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Special Feature - Daytrips around Plett
Buffel`s Bay
Being in Plett, you are already spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches.  However, if you felt the need to explore other beaches close by, I would highly recommend this one.  Buffel`s Bay is clearly signposted just South of Knysna on the N2.  The road winds through some quite scenic farmland before you hit the coast.
The beach curves all the way around the bay to Brenton-on-Sea, and is a great day walk on it`s own.  What makes this beach special for me is the swimming, which is very safe and great for all forms of surfing.
The restaurant that looks over the beach is a real old fashioned, no frills place, with a large open air deck.  They are known for thier home baked scones served with the obligatory cream and jam.  Just what you need to keep you going for the drive back to Plett.

Plett`s facelift
Our twenty year wait to see the CBD receive a much needed upgrade may finally be over.  The outgoing mayor and municipal manager have conducted a final review of the plans and committed to the project.  Phase 1 will cost R6m, of which R2,5m has been approved out of the current budget.  Tender documents have been issued and it is anticipated that work will commence in April.  The result will be that Main Street will become a pedestrian friendly space, with timber boardwalks, water features, land art elements, seating spaces and leafy shaded areas.
It is a bit worrying that only a fraction of the total cost has been approved from the current budget.  Let`s hope that our newly elected politicians (see below) will continue to support this much needed project.

Country Club saga
Negotiations may be under way between the municipality and the members of the country club to sell this prized asset to the members themselves. It sounds like the purchase may be financed wholly or in part by interest bearing loans from wealthier members.  It will be interesting to see what form the new entity would take, as well as what safeguards (if any) will be put in place to ensure that the property does not become another exclusive golf development.

Better the devil you know
Plettenberg Bay is the only town in the Southern Cape where the ANC achieved an outright majority (ANC 60%, DA 31%).  Parties in other towns are now trying thier best to woe the Independent Democrats and others, who seem unwilling to form coalitions.  In the meantime our new mayor, Lulama Mvimbi (31), has been sworn in.  Mvimbi has previously been mayor of Plettenberg Bay, before moving off to become the deputy mayor of Eden District Municipality for a few years.  During his time away he remained an ANC councillor of Plettenberg Bay.

KKNK and Polisiekarre
The organisers of the popular Klein Karoo Nationale Kunstefees have been severely criticised by local christian organisations for inviting the controversial Afrikaans punk rock band Fokofpolisiekar (no jokes) to perform on the last night of the festival.  The band is well known for thier blasphemous actions and lyrics.  The problem for the organisers is that many of the venues used during the festival are donated or rented from schools and churches.  And so we enter an interesting argument.  If the unhappy residents who control the venues withdraw thier support for the festival over this, what`s stopping them from doing it again when the next unpopular decision is taken.  Oudtshoorn and the Karoo need this festival.  The latest news on this front is that the churches have accepted an apology offered by the band for thier actions.

Until next time
The Accommodation Bureau Team


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