Dear Reader

Doo Bee Doo Bee Doo....
In 2006 the South African band Freshly Ground won the MTV Best African Act award, and they are the headline act for the Heritage Day jazz festival to be held in Plettenberg Bay on September 23. Other acts include the Offshore Jazz Quartet, Malaika and Selaelo Selota. Tickets are available from the local tourist offices in Plett and surrounding towns, and at Central Beach on the day.
Plettenberg Bay's Whisky Whales and Jazz Festival takes place from 21 - 24 Sept, and includes many special activities and events to keep everyone suitably merry and entertained.

Main Street goes green 
The final stage to complete phase one of the upgrade of Main Street will see indigenous flora being planted in a seies of theme gardens, including medicinal plants, fynbos and plants of Bitou.
In fact the Bitou Municipality gets it's name from the tick-berry bush (Bitou bush), several species of which have been planted as well. Also included is the hardy spekboom, which research has shown can mop up CO2 faster than any other species on the planet. So much so that apparently the USA has expressed interest in purchasing the plant from SA.
Eventually 2000 flowers, shrubs and trees will be planted along Main street. With some of the gardens already taking shape, Main Street is starting to look very good indeed.

Robberg might get Blue Flag
The Bitou council has submitted an application to the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa for full Blue Flag status to be granted to a section of Robberg Beach known as Robberg 5. Tenders for the reconstruction and development of the ablution facilities at the beach have been called for, and it is hoped that the status will be awarded before the year end influx of local and foreign visitors. Blue Flag status is particularly important for foreign visitors who know they can expect to receive a minimum standard when using a Blue Flag beach. 

Sanparks opens it's doors 
The second annual SANParks 'Parks week' celebration started on 17 Sept. Entry to most national parks around the country will be free during the five day event. The Southern Cape will be see most activities taking place in the Wilderness, Knysna and Tsitsikamma National Parks, such as interpretative walks, folk tales and campfire stories.
A new programme called the Garden Route National Parks Best Kept Secrets will also be launched during the week, focusing on lesser known but equally beautiful spots on the Garden Route.

Tourists saved by local builder
A German family of three were recently saved from drowning by a local builder who just happened to be working on a project close to where the father and two sons were caught in a rip tide off Keurbooms beach.
Deon Truter who is the deputy commander of the local NSRI station, swam out to the two boys whilst the father managed to swim back to shore on his back.  He stayed with the boys until they were all picked up by the NSRI boat.
The family were extremely lucky as 90% of people caught in rip tides drown.  Well done Deon!  Signs warning swimmers of the strong currents off Keubooms beach are to be erected in the next few weeks.

Eskom vs Blue Heron
Eskom has made application to erect a power sub station at the lower end of the pristine Bitou Valley, just outside Plettenberg Bay.  The area encompasses sensitive wetlands that serve as nesting sites for many species of bird including the blue heron, SA's national bird.
The move has been strongly opposed by local environmental groups and concerned residents. The plan includes running aerial power lines from the sub station to New Horizons about 5 km away.  The visual impact of the pylons and lines will detract significantly from this beautiful valley.  Let's hope that Eskom take cognisance of the objections and agree to lay the lines underground next to the N2 instead.

Coastal and Inland Provinces: 22 - 30 September 2007 school holidays
Heritage Day: Monday 24 September 2007

Until Next Time
The Accommodation Bureau Team


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