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The unlikely iceberg
The last month has seen some strange sightings off the coast of Plett.  First one of our countries new submarines popped up in the bay much to the fascination of everyone, young and old.  Apparently the crew needed some fresh air so they decided to come ashore for a beach braai before descending into the depths again.  Oh the life of a seaman...
Shortly thereafter a large iceberg was ALLEGEDLY spotted by a Mossel Bay fishing boat off the coast of St Francis.  Despite expert opinions to the contrary, the fishermen are sticking to thier story that they sailed past an iceberg which was so large it should have been picked up by ship radar and satellite images.
Maybe the SA Navy got a state of the art disguise thrown into the deal when they purchased thier new submarine.  Only problem is it isn't plausible in the warm oceans of the world.

We have started our descent into Plett
A short list of bidders for the contract to upgrade the Plett airport have been interviewed by the municipality, and the winner should be announced shortly.  The Civil Aviation Authority recently visited the site and recommended various changes that would need to be completed before the airport licence would be renewed.
SA Airink holds the route licence for commercial flights, and plans to introduce scheduled flights with a capacity of 100 passengers once the runway has been lengthened.  There is growing business market for this route as more businessmen commute on a weekly basis with thier families based in Plett.

Interesting insects
Aquatic insects that have not seen any major natural disasters since the age of the Dinosaurs were discovered during an environmental impact assessment of the Salt River in 2000, about 20km east of Plettenberg Bay.
Now a three phase research project funded by the Table Mountain Fund has commenced in order to classify the unknown aquatic insects that could be unchanged as a species for more than 100 million years.

Phase 2 gets under way
Phase two of the upgrade to Main Street should commence in about three weeks time and should be completed by the end of May 2008.  Thankfully no work will take place over the December/January holiday season.  Phase two will follow on the work of phase one, and will include refurbishment of the road, pavements and promenades of Main Street down to the point where it starts descending the hill.
Further phases are planned that will see Sewell and High streets becoming 'ring' roads as well as other upgrades to town centre.  The total cost of all phases is expected at R70 million.

Plett Pinot Noir?
Climate change is causing the Western Cape to become hotter and drier, and as a result the alochol content of SA wines has increased 10% in a decade, with riper more robust styles becoming the norm.  Increasingly wine producers are looking for grapes grown in wetter, cooler climates.  The Langkloof above Plettenberg Bay is becoming an important source of grapes for wineries located in the hotter, drier West.

Body boarders get kids wet
The 5A rated SA Body Boarding Championship was recently held at The Wedge in Plett, and the competitors took some time out introduce the sport to a group of underpriviledged children from Harkerville, some of whom had never been to the beach, despite living only a few kilometres from the ocean.  The children belong to a Belgium/SA non-profit organisation called Born In Africa, that has 324 children to whom it offers educational and social support.
The children loved the outing, especially when a pod of dolphins swam by and played in the area for a while.  An unforgettable memory I am sure.

Plett wins housing award
Plett's council has won a prestigious award for excellence in housing delivery and development of local communities.  An independent panel appointed by the SA Housing Foundation chose Plett as the winner recently, this despite the views of a small group of residents and politicians which resulted in severe unrest in a local township a few months ago.

Our own magisterial district
In an announcement by the Ministry of Justice, Plett will be allocated it's own magisterial district.  Presently Plett falls under the jurisdiction of Knysna.
There are numerous positive spin offs for the town.  An new, larger court building would eventually be built, and a regional judge would be seconded to Plett.  More cases could then be dealt with in Plett resulting in lower costs for the state and the public.
Other long term benefits could include a vehicle licencing department and testing station, a full 24 hour state hospital and district surgeon.

Until Next Time
The Accommodation Bureau team


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