It’s that time of the year again. Holiday homes are being cleaned and aired, gardens trimmed, new businesses rushing to finish and open their doors when the visitors arrive. Plett has that air of “great expectations” this year and well it might. Our town is beautiful with copious rain in the past few months everything is lush and our bay and beaches stunning as ever.
Climate Change Warning
Dennis Dykes, chief economist at Nedbank has warned South Africa of the severe implications of climate change as the country is a “greenhouse gas offender” due to its heavy reliance on carbon fuels. The effects of climate change, including more droughts, floods and fires on the southern Cape’s Eden district, including George, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay would be severe.
Mr Dykes said that an appropriate estimate of damages, particularly with regard to living standards, may lie in the upper part of the range of 5% - 20%. Nedbank recently launched South Africa’s first green index in an attempt to encourage companies to introduce sustainable and environmentally-friendly business practices.
All of us should do our bit – maybe fewer braais and more healthy outdoor menus this year.
Launched in November 2001 as part of the government’s new coastal legislation, the programme has seen the number of beaches being awarded the Blue Flag status grow from 3 in the first year to 27 this year.
Plettenberg Bay’s Robberg fifth beach has again been awarded the coveted Blue Flag status, which means a lot for the town and the local economy. The municipality deserves praise for developing the beaches, managing the natural environment and offering safe, clean and well-managed facilities.
Let’s aim for a Blue Flag coastline!
Algoa FM goes further.
Algoa FM will be extending its services on the Garden Route, broadcasting to the towns in this region by this December. They will be promoting the whole region to the thousands of people who travel along the Garden Route and those who visit the Eastern Cape.
This will help the tourist industry and encourage people to stay a little longer, explore the region more and to come back again next year to experience what they missed.
The station aims to increase its listenership to the 1 million mark by 2012. This will be very important in helping to promote big events in the area and extends the reach of advertisers to an audience of skilled professionals, wealthy holidaymakers and comfortably retired residents.
So switch on and enjoy!
Rare shark identified
A shark washed ashore at Nature’s Valley near Plettenberg Bay in 2002 has been identified as a rare megamouth shark. This is only the second recording of a megamouth in South Africa and just the 54th worldwide, the first being in Hawaii in 1976.
Together with the coelacanth it is regarded as one of the most sensational ichthyological discoveries of the twentieth century.
Discover the tranquility of Robberg
Whilst winging their way to South Africa overseas visitors, searching for somewhere peaceful and tranquil will find everything they are looking for in Plettenberg Bay’s Robberg Marine Protected Area.
It offers a serene alternative with pristine beaches, rocky cliffs and coastal fynbos framing spectacular walks. The peninsula gets its name from its native seals – “rob” is the Afrikaans word for “seal”
After a period of ruthless hunting the seals are now protected and have returned to healthy numbers. They can easily be spotted by wildlife enthusiasts from the numerous walking trails. Robberg is a perfect place to take an adventurous hike or a rather wet ride in a kayak, which gives you a unique opportunity to get close to the amazing biodiversity conserved here. Although commercial fishing is banned, keen fishermen can obtain a special permit from CapeNature, which is responsible for conservation in the area and drop a line into the fish-rich waters!
A Safer Plett
The Plettenberg Bay Crime Protection Association (PBCPA) is now well established in Bitou and in conjunction with the Police Services incorporates 10 security companies.
The PBCPA aims to combat crime together as a fortified unit. Although all the participating companies will still function independently, it was agreed that together they would make a marked impact on the crime situation in Plett.
Radio communication has been established between all the security firms involved to enable a faster response with more vehicles available in the Plettenberg Bay area. The crime prevention number for any crime related matter is 082 251 8134.
Finally a reminder to all our visitors that we want you to enjoy our beautiful beaches and outstanding bathing but always swim within your means and only where there are lifeguards on duty.
So pack your bags, travel safely and we’ll see you in Plett!