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23 April 2014


Easter on the Garden Route was enjoyed by all! The Plett Easter Games and Slow Fest in Sedgefield were both blessed by the best possible weather, so seeing record attendance figures - view the galleries on the ShowMe website and find more pictures on page 10 of this edition

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News & Views

23 April 2014

Travelling on CemAir – A personal account Bitou resident BASIL VAN ROOYEN tells of his recent experience with the aviators bold enough to reintroduce scheduled commercial flights linking Plettenberg Bay to Johannesburg and the Cape

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S one of many people in Plettenberg Bay who have to commute to larger centres on a regular basis for business purposes, I was glad to hear of the new CemAir service but rather apprehensive about using it. I thought the proof of the pudding is in the eating, so I booked CemAir for my last business trip to Joburg. The trip proved to be a revelation - of the positive kind. Service was efficient and friendly. We got there with a minimum of fuss. To put things in perspective, it might help to compare what you get with the Kulula flights from George that most of us are familiar with. I will not even mention SAA, except to say I avoid it where possible because of a dysfunctional website, numerous flight delays, grumpy stewardesses and plastic food imitations you are forced to stare at right through your flight to Johannesburg. On balance, Kulula prices are probably cheaper than CemAir. However, Kulula flights vary wildly in cost, depending on the time of the year, the day of the week and, I suspect, the colour of your eyes. For example, flying back from Johannesburg to George on Friday is expensive, but on Saturday cheap. One also has to bear in mind the cost of fuel to get to George and the ever-escalating cost of leaving a parked vehicle at the airport. To me, however, the major CemAir advantages lie elsewhere: time saved and less hassle. One can always get some friend or family member to quickly drop you at Plett Airport. Formalities are minimal; it takes, like, 30 seconds to check in and pass security. The plane only accommodates 16 people, so it takes two minutes to board. The captain just pulls up the door and chats for one minute about safety and there you go. You get a box of adequate munchies on your seat and can pick up a cold drink on your way in. There is a cen-

GORGEOUS! One of the things that make the trip on CemAir worthwhile is the stunning views on departing and approaching Plett, like the gorge of Keurbooms River pictured here

tre aisle with one seat on each side, so you do not sit squashed up against other people. Leg space is ample compared to Kulula. Each seat has a window, although the view might be limited to the aircraft wing. The cockpit is open so you can watch the pilot and copilot. The two flights I was on were as smooth as any I have ever experienced. It took just above two hours to get to Johannesburg (with the wind behind us) and two and a half hours getting back. When you arrive in Johannesburg you get out (no

more than five minutes after you stopped) and get given your bags from the hold. A short bus ride gets you to the terminal where you can just walk out, not having to wait ages for your baggage. On the return, you have to go through the usual OR Tambo thing: security, announcers sounding like a Trevor Noah send-up, etc. However, once on the little bus and back on your little plane the atmosphere is yet again relaxed and friendly and everything happens with a minimum of fuss. Descending at Plett is so rapid that

you are in the street with your bag before your lift is there. There are, however, two drawbacks to bear in mind. First, the total weight allowed (hold baggage plus hand luggage) is only 20kg - perhaps not ideal if you are flying on to London or wherever. Second, there is no toilet on board so stay away from coffee and beer before boarding (apparently they hope to get a plane with toilet on the route soon.) I have not done the flight to Cape Town but imagine it would be even better value. It must be infinitely preferable to the expensive Airlink flight from George, which is always sold out and makes for a trip not much faster than driving the whole way by car. The biggest downside of CemAir is that flights are only on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at the moment, but one hopes that with good support they will become more frequent. Apart from regular business commuters, it will prove a blessing to Plett people to get more regular visits from family in Joburg or Cape Town (and vice versa). However, I think hopes of a massive tourist influx are rather overblown because of the limited capacity of the planes.

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23 April 2014



Crime fighting gets shot in arm as Plett courts reopen After intense lobbying by local residents and authorities, the Plettenberg Bay Magistrate’s Court is finally up and running - YOLANDÉ STANDER reports


HE doors of the modern building in Marine Way officially opened on April 1 and by last week the court rooms were packed with residents seeking justice and suspects facing the long arm of the law. This came after the Pletten-

berg Bay Periodical Court was closed on August 1, 2011, when the Justice Department refused to send a magistrate, prosecutor and administrative staff to the court as it felt travelling to Plettenberg Bay was a security risk to staff.

Since the closure residents, Bitou Municipality, and other role-players placed pressure on government to reopen the court, and one of these measures was a petition signed by about 5,000 residents and visitors who felt that the closure was a “complete disreOPEN DOOR TO JUSTICE: The modern new Plettenberg Bay Magistrate’s Court officially opened at the beginning of April after the town’s periodical court was closed in August 2011


Joint effort for justice in Plett CBD

TTO Olivier of the Plettenberg Bay Crime Prevention Association (PBCPA) recently lauded Bitou Ward 2 councillor Wayne Craig for making time to attend to valid complaints and requests from the SAPS and PBCPA, while also being instrumental in getting Plett’s court re-established. “He has signed our petition

and got our courts re-instated through many interactions and communications with the departments of Justice and Constitutional Development in the Western Cape,” says Olivier. After having reopened its doors on April 1, the following services are again available in Plett CBD to Bitou residents:

• Criminal court (including backlog and traffic court) • Family court • Quasi-judicial services • Administrative justice services. It is envisaged, with the new infrastructure being prepared, that small claims court services will also be extended to Plettenberg Bay from Knysna, where it is currently held.

gard for the administration of justice in the area and the consequent safety and security of residents”. During the lobbying period Plettenberg Bay Community Policing Forum vicechairman Otto Olivier said one of the reasons the town needed a court was that once a suspect had been arrested in Plett, police officers had to take him or her to Knysna to

appear in court - leaving Plett with fewer vehicles and officers to fight crime locally. He added that conviction and sentencing also took a long time as cases were postponed regularly due to suspects not having transport to get to court. Witnesses also often refused to fork out for transport costs to make their way to Knysna, which led to several cases being taken off the court roll. Police spokesman Lieutenant Marlene Pieterse said

the new court prevented this from happening. “Witnesses now don’t have to travel all that way and the whole process is just so much quicker,” Pieterse said. Local councillor Wayne Craig said a lot of hard work went into bringing back the local court. “I must compliment the Department of Public Works for getting things going. Everyone played a role and these efforts paid off,” Craig said. Ictfgp"Tqwvg"Ogfkc



News & Views

23 April 2014

Teachers up for alleged sex crimes back in court in May, July Yolandé Stander


WO educators accused of sexually assaulting young girls appeared in local courts recently. A 52-year-old teacher at

Fraaisig Primary School in Knysna appeared in the town’s regional court on April 16 on charges relating to the alleged rape and sexual assault of a 12-year-old pupil at the school last year. During court proceedings the accused indicated that he would plead on July 21, whereafter his trial would commence. Nine witnesses are expected to be called by the state and another two by the teacher’s legal team. A 64-year-old Wittedrift High School teacher also briefly appeared in the Plett Magistrate’s Court on the same day for allegedly sexually assaulting his six-yearold granddaughter. This case was postponed to May 22 for the matter to be transferred to a regional court. Both men are currently out on bail, but are no longer teaching at their respective schools. The Fraaisig staffer, who had been a teacher for 31

years and at the school for 29 years, was arrested on August 23 last year after he was allegedly caught red-handed by the acting principal who alerted the girl’s parents. On August 19, the teacher allegedly pinned a pupil against a wall in the school’s photocopying room after she had helped him hand out documents, and covered her mouth with his hands before raping her. He however denies the incident and claims he only touched her hip while trying to pull himself up from under a table where he was busy picking up documents that had fallen out of one of the copiers’ trays. The former Wittedrift High teacher was arrested on December 15 last year. According to police he had shown his young granddaughter pornography and told her to touch his private parts in August 2012. Childline executive officer Dumisile Nala said that sex-

ual abuse at the hands of an authority figures, especially in the school environment, was spiralling out of control. “And the ones the general public is aware of and make headlines, only scratches the surface. It is when you talk to communities, that you discover the true horrors and the extent of the problem,” Nala said. She added that it was “sad” that children suffered at the hands of those who were tasked with protecting them. “There are two main roleplayers when it comes to the protection of children - the one is the family and the other is our schools. When they fail to do so, it is a horrific abuse of power.” Nala said she believed what was fuelling the fire even further was the lenient sentences that some offenders received. “We need to send out a clear message to sexual offenders that this will not be tolerated and to do that, we need more severe sentences.”

News Briefs Oquugn"Dc{"vggp"owtfgtgf" kp"uejqqn"dwu Great Brak police are investigating the death of 15-yearold Joseph Isaacs, a Great Brak High student who died on April 17 as a result of a stab wound to his chest while en route to school. Preliminary investigations indicated that Isaacs boarded a bus travelling from Jonkersberg to school, and argued over a seat with the murder suspect, also aged 15, who stabbed him with a knife. The victim apparently got off the bus on the R102 near Sinksabrug. Here he was joined by his father, who accompanied him to George Hospital. But attempts to save his life was unsuccessful and he died in hospital. Further investigation led to the arrest of the suspect who was pointed out by witness-

es. At the time of our going to press, the suspect was to appear in the Mossel Bay Magistrates’ Court on April 22 on a charge of murder. Dncpeq"nqecn"eqwnf"cuukuv" kp"dguvkcnkv{"ecug W/O Borg of the George Family violence, Child protection and Sexual offences unit requests that anyone who knows the whereabouts of Deon Oktober, 19, from Blanco contact him urgently, as Oktober could possibly assist with the investigation of a bestiality case that occurred during July last year in Robyn Crescent, Golden Valley. It is alleged that a suspect had sexual intercourse with two different dogs on July 24, and subsequently a warrant of arrest was issued. Anyone with information should contact W/O Borg on 044 803 4618.

News & Views

23 April 2014


Terrence Shank: internationally T acclaimed theatre-maker Director of Plett’s Lunchbox Theatre STUART PALMER pays tribute to his great friend and mentor who recently departed


ETERAN of the stage Terrence Shank opened the Knysna Playhouse in late 2007 after many of the town’s locals talked him out of retirement. With a particularly impressive theatrical career and a love of Knysna, it seemed only natural that Terrence took up the challenge. What he brought to the Garden Route was a year of back-to-back high quality theatrical productions. I had the honour of performing in seven of his productions, including Fgcvj"Vtcr, Dncem" Eqogf{, Ctv, Uvtcpigtu"qp"c" Vtckp, Xkukvkpi"Ot"Itggp"and Fkppgt"ykvj"Htkgpfu. Other productions staged here included Eqnngevgf"Uvq/ tkgu with Claire Oosthuizen and Lynn Harris, and Vjg" Ftcygt"Dq{ which featured Marius Weyers, Clyde Berning, and Stephen Gurney. Terrence was an actor, director, founder of The Colony Theatre in Los Angeles, and long-time artistic director of The Ice House Theatre in Florida before his run at the Playhouse. He died on Saturday April 4 of bone cancer at his home in Knysna. He was 73. Pwvujgnn"dkqitcrj{ Born in the USA, Terrence started acting early in life, touring with Vjg" Uqwpf" qh" Owuke as a teenager. He left his studies at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh when he was cast in a play

INSPIRATIONAL: Terrence treated each actor with respect while extracting the best out of even the least experienced

in New York. Terrence was founding artistic director of The Colony in LA, where he rubbed elbows with actors like Tom Cruise and Kirstie Alley. He staged 24 plays there from 1975-1984, including works by science-fiction writer Ray Bradbury, a friend. The Colony was nominated for 16 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle awards and won a further 10 awards for distinguished achievement during Terrence’s tenure. From 1985-1991, he cemented his love for his country when he took the job as director of drama with the National Theatre. He returned to SA in 2006 after resigning from The Ice House to focus on writing and composing for his muchloved opera. It was here that he was coerced into running

The Knysna Playhouse from 2007-2009. Terrence collaborated with many actors at the Playhouse, some experienced and some new to the game. He treated each with the utmost respect and had a natural way of extracting the best out of even the least experienced actor. Terrence always ensured that no show opened until his very high expectations were met. Sometimes a hard task master, he always shone through as a mentor, friend and inspiration. The Playhouse eventually collapsed in 2009 under financial strain, despite regular full houses. Thank you, Terrence, for all the love and joy you brought to our lives. May your memory live on in the hearts and minds of all those blessed enough to have worked with you, so being a part of all the amazing stories you have brought to life. *WUC"jkuvqt{"htqo"c"tgrqtv" d{"Orlando Sentinel"uvchh" ytkvgt"Ocvvjgy"L"Rcno." rwdnkujgf"qp"Crtkn"320+



Mr Twidle remembers Mr Shank

ERRENCE Shank, who hailed from Dayton, Ohio in the mid-west of the United States of America, died recently in Knysna. He had had a long and illustrious career in theatre, his skills ranging from acting, producing and directing, to script writing and composing. Shank, who had a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama from the New School for Social Research in NYC,

won a Tony for his script of John Steinbeck’s novel Vjg" Itcrgu"qh"Ytcvj. He worked extensively in theatre in SA from 1985 to 1991, with impresario Peter Toerien, directing productions at The Market Theatre and The Alhambra Theatre Complex in Joburg, as well as with then Natal Performing Arts Council and Cape Performing Arts Board. Shank went back to America in 1991 but returned to SA - and Knysna - in 2006,

when he was instrumental in launching The Knysna Playhouse. During his time in Knysna, I interviewed Terrence Shank for an article in the Eastern Cape press, when he said: “I have always been drawn to Africa, its folklore and the spectacular scenery and topography of the continent. South Africa is a world in one and being able to connect with the energy of this country is special for me.”



News & Views

23 April 2014

Could you fight a big fire on your land? I

N the past, veld and forest fires in and around Plettenberg Bay have been disastrous - and they happen all too often. Fires start small but can rapidly flare up and spread. A call to Plett Fire Department, due to distance, may bring help too late or could be very expensive. All rural landowners, whether in residence or absent, are legally bound to both prevent and combat fires on their land. Battling fires requires a team effort

with fire-fighting equipment and experienced team leaders ready to go into action. For these reasons, many rural landowners in Bitou belong to their local Fire Management Unit (FMU) that has the equipment, experienced team members, and a network of communication that enables them to respond quickly and effectively. The annual cost of membership is low because FMUs and Plett Fire Department is one, too - are operated by

volunteers drawn from the region. FMUs are coordinated and supported by the statutory Southern Cape Fire Protection Association (see www. Members also gain FPA membership, and both FMUs and FPAs are non-profit organisations assisting their members at rates aimed at covering direct expenses only. The oldest unit in Bitou, the Plett South FMU (formerly the Plett South FPA), has operated continuously and suc-

cessfully since 2002. Its constitution can be downloaded from and its area has been increased to include all private land south of the N2, between Robberg Road in the east to the Harkerville Sasol filling station in the west. If you own land in this area, please attend the unit’s AGM at Tharfield Estate (F36 off Plett N2) at 6pm today, April 23. E-mail fpaplettsouth@ or phone 083 460 7802 to find out more about the Plett South FMU.

YOU WANT THEIR NUMBERS... ON SPEED DIAL: These Plett Fire volunteers assisted during the recent CemAir launch – as your local fire department could not possibly always be first on the scene, landowner membership to local Fire Management Units is imperative and you can find out why at the Plett South FPU meeting tonight at 6pm - Photo: Russell Honeywill

What was your Argus time?

And along comes congenial pioneer Bill Mylrea - Part IV With this year’s event having concluded last month, Plett inventor JOHN STEGMANN jogs his memory in this six-part account on the run-up to the first Argus Cycle Tour


enjoyed spending time in discussion with Bill Mylrea, a congenial, modest and humble pioneer of hyperbolic concrete shell roofs, gunite swimming pools, tilt-up and no-fines concrete walls, raft foundations, tunnel farming and more. Maintaining high ethical standards and with an ability to motivate people to do their best, he established profitable businesses. To make personal mobil-

ity more affordable, Bill returned from the Netherlands with a dealership for mopeds. The European moped concept is a bicycle with a small single-speed silent motor, limited to 35km per hour, which can be ridden by anyone over the age of 12 when neither vehicle nor driver would be licensed. He commissioned me to style a body for the moped he wanted to manufacture here. Sadly, our Road Traffic

PERSONALLY MOBILE: My 49cc car proved to be the perfect wheels for our son Richard to scale three floors of spiral ramp at Cape Town’s Cavendish Square for a milkshake on the rooftop Photo: Pam Stegmann

Ordinance put an end to this as it regarded 49cc mopeds as motorbikes and required machine and rider to comply with all regulations. Bill reasoned that good roads meant that cars need not be as powerful as they are. To some extent I proved that by building an allweather car using one of his 0.75kW single-speed moped engines. With temporary licence plates, I took our son Richard to Cavendish Square and up the spiral ramp three floors to the drive-in on the roof for a milkshake. Bill and I realised that bicycles were underutilised in South Africa. His survey

showed that adults wanted cycling to be safe. Cape Town Municipality’s traffic planner, Ivan Speed, advised us to conduct a more scientific traffic survey. With help from my fellow Rondebosch Rotarians, we conducted a survey of 14 schools in Rondebosch and surrounds where underutilised bicycle sheds were being dismantled. The survey showed a high level of bicycle ownership and very low usage due to the perceived physical dangers of riding on roads designed for and dominated by motor vehicles. To be continued... 4236"´"Lqjp"Uvgiocpp

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23 April 2014



Oom Paul’s contribution yields old foam photos... Derek Frielinghaus of Haus Rentals in Plett dug up these pictures after the ‘Foam attack’ cover of our April 9 edition (visit www. and click on pages 1 and 5 to see the photos submitted by ‘Oom’ Paul Pretorius of Poortjies). They were taken in Victoria Bay outside George circa 1984. Says Derek: ‘Some Plettenberg Bay surfers sent me the pictures of Vic Bay, which in those days offered better surf than Plett. I can only imagine how disappointed they must have been, not being able to catch a wave in that ocean of foam.’

Constance of the Knysna foam? Knysna columnist, photographer and bon vivant Gigi Lewis shared this pic taken at Leisure Island on Sunday March 30. She wrote: ‘What an unusual phenomenon with foam floating around everywhere! It made me think of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess who was born of the sea foam. The goddess here is a teacher at Knysna High school by the name of Constance...’

Chilling in Nature’s Valley with Tibetan monks

CXPRESS of February 26 told the story of three Tibetan monks who blessed Plett with its own mandala during a four-day visit to Sat Chit Anand centre, where this ancient sand artwork was constructed (see this edition at and visit www. for more info). Louisa Shneor, centre at left, shared these pics and wrote: ‘After building the mandala, the monks had one leisure day on the Garden Route so I offered to show them Nature’s Valley. They were amazed by the natural colour of our “breakwater” and loved the giant yellow woods and proteas. They were hoping to see baboons but we didn’t. They swam in the lagoon with me and floated in the water enjoying a day of relaxation amid their tight schedule. We walked on the beach and found the driftwood structure above. Later, we ate at the restaurant beneath the tree with all the discarded shoes of Otter Trail hikers and they asked me about the length of the hike. We spoke briefly about the plight of people in exile - “displaced foreigners” - worldwide from nations in political turmoil. I was amazed by their sense of humour and appreciation for life despite the great sadness they expressed about the current state of their beloved Tibet, and how the retreat where they live in New Zealand is an attempt to cling on to Tibetan culture. What glorious weather and what a special experience!

Billy’s hazy view On top of our beautiful bay

Born in Africa’s ever-vibrant Belinda Coram submitted this dreamy picture of the Keurbooms estuary, taken recently on a hazy autumn morning.

Sally Plokhooy of Bay College in Plett sent this pic and said: ‘On Sunday April 6, Craig Dugmore organised for a group of Bay College students, teachers and friends to climb Formosa Peak. It was a long and gruelling walk but well worth it, as we see from the happy faces at the summit. We are very proud of all those who took part and are hoping to make this an annual event.’




23 April 2014

Electricity sales to exceed rates revenue Retired Plett architect ALASTAIR GRANT penned these thoughts on the Bitou IDP Budget and our laggardly use of solar energy


HANKS are due to our mayor for presenting the proposed budget so clearly in the Bitou municipal notice in CXPRESS of April 9 [visit to view]. The subject which drives me to put pen to paper is electricity. Revenue from electricity is likely to be almost R107million and will exceed rates revenue by about R5-million. The municipality buys our electricity from Eskom and the costs will go up by 8.6% but consumers will pick up an increase of only 7.4% on what we pay now. To some extent consumers are shielded, nevertheless, this percentage increase exceeds all other service tariffs which will go up by around 5% or 5.5%. The revenue from electricity won’t cover the cost of infrastructure development and maintenance, for which a separate budget is planned. With municipalities selling electricity, and benefitting from consumption - sometimes even wasteful use, for

which they rightly charge extra - there seems no real incentive for our local authorities to encourage users to change to alternative energy sources. They should do so of course, in the interest of falling in line with international protocol. The exceptionally high rate of population growth in the region is adding to the strain on Eskom. And we are banking on more growth, so outages are not going to be a thing of the past. There are circumstances arising which now encourage a switch to solar power in our homes, not least of which is the threat of outages. The installation of photo voltaic (PV) panels is becoming affordable. But unfortunately, one has to buy expensive batteries for uninterrupted power supply, because there is little possibility at present of Eskom receiving electricity generated by households independently. Missing from this picture

are sensible feed-in tariffs and reversible meters. Without Eskom’s monopoly, the need for building new power stations would not be so pressing, the environment would benefit, and green industries would provide sustainable jobs. Building coal fired power stations up north, not being a sustainable source of job creation anyway, never provided our residents with employment.

Those solar powered LED lights - which include a PV panel, battery and sensor designed for security - have more potential uses than they were designed for, and they are not expensive. Our roof window over the kitchen, installed for good daylight where it is needed, provides sufficient sunshine to charge an internal LED light with sensor. When you go into the kitchen at night it comes on automatically -

nice when you are carrying the dishes. There are many suitable solar powered LED lamps on the market which should be used throughout the house. They are astonishingly efficient and can readily be powered by sunshine. We can reduce dependence on Eskom by acquiring new technology but the products are not as readily available as they should be. Prices are becoming more

affordable but choices are limited here. And energy efficiency ratings are not usually displayed on current models of appliances. Clearly there are missed opportunities for business in green industries in South Africa and on the Garden Route in particular. With our climate we should all have solar panels on our roofs. There are many more seen in rainy northern Europe, as per the photograph below.

IT’S ONNN TOP: Photo voltaic solar panels on council housing in Linton, Cambridge, in the UK – and they don’t receive a fraction of our sunshine! - Photo: Alastair Grant - September 2013

Investor Focus

Malcolm Stewart – Investment manager at Michaelides Parker Wealth Knysna & Plett

Retired investing or ‘decumulation’ - Part II


UOTES from some recent studies on the above-mentioned subject include: • “It is striking that asset managers are virtually absent from financial decumulation markets.” - Ernst & Young • “Accumulation is hard, but it’s not complicated. Decumulation is both hard and complicated.” - JP Morgan head of retirement, Michael Falcon (2012) • “The challenge of decumulation has yet to be effectively addressed.” - Black Rock (Cogtkec‚u"Tgvktgogpv" Pggfu 2013)

• “In future, products and services will be valued for how they solve clients’ problems and facilitate financial security, rather than how they perform. For retirees, they will create products and services specifically to address the need for consistent, dependable lifetime income streams with inflation protection.” - Tgvktgogpv" Kp/ eqog"Tgfgukipgf (a paper by Evansky & Katz retirement specialists based in Florida USA) In South Africa, there are 150 high equity funds, 75 medium equity funds, and 109 low equity funds. Very few tell you their actual yield, i.e. their distributions relative to the unit price. Most retirees will hold a balanced fund in their Living Annuities (LA); the 60-year-

olds will have a high equity fund; the 70-year-olds a medium equity fund; and the 80-year-olds a low equity fund. Because they are measured on performance, only very few retirees know the actual income they generate. If the fund is housed in a Living Annuity then the situation is further complicated because distributions from a Living Annuity are based on its capital value. This becomes a value trap in times of volatility. The income you draw from your LA is generated by selling units in the underlying unit trust, thus when markets are down, you sell more units than normal. This erodes the value of the LA, as there are therefore fewer units left over to participate in the following market rally.

Partial protection from this erosion is to have a separate fund, normally a money market fund, from which your monthly distributions are drawn. This is fine as long as the market is strong at top-up time, for it is then that units in the underlying fund must be sold. The ideal situation is to hold assets (shares or funds) that generate sufficient income to meet your needs and do not have to be sold at all, thus securing the asset base. Further examples of specific investment ideas will follow next week. Ocneqno"jcu"dggp"kp"vjg" kpxguvogpv"kpfwuvt{"hqt"qxgt" 62"{gctu0"Jg"jcu"ytkvvgp" vjku"eqnwop"kp"EZRTGUU" hqt"vjg"ncuv"37"{gctu"cpf"ku" c"urgekcnkuv"kp"ocpcikpi" tgvktgf"ygcnvj0

Here’s how you can get five extra years out of your vehicle


HESE tips could add valuable years to you car’s life, saving you wads of cash in the process. • Check the oil level every month to make sure it’s at the full-level mark on the dipstick. Be certain to only use the type of oil and other fluids as specified in the vehicle owner’s manual. • Every three months (or before leaving for, and upon returning from, a trip), check the tyre pressure and the transmission fluid, brake fluid, power steering

fluid, radiator coolant, and windscreen wiper fluid. It sounds like a bore, but making sure the levels are all on full will reduce friction and heat - which causes parts to wear out more quickly. These checks can add years to the life of your vehicle. • If you drive 9,600 kilometres or less per year, change the engine oil and oil filter twice a year - at the beginning of spring and the end of autumn. If you drive 16,000 or

more kilometres per year, change the engine oil and oil filter every 3,000 to 3, 500 miles or about every four months. An easy way to remember oil changes is to mark up a calendar reminding you when it’s due. • Give your car a thorough wash and wax twice a year. This will prevent corrosion and wipe out any unsightly chips and scratches that can widen and provide a foothold for rust. *yyy0hur0eq0|c+


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Social Scene

23 April 2014

CHAMELEON TO ADD BRILLIANT COLOUR TO BON VIVANT: Is there anything more to write about Chris Chameleon? It seems that every possible word regarding his creativity, talent and enigmatic personality has been penned. If you want to see the many faces of this supercool singer, storyteller and showman, diarise May 10, when Chris will thrill diners at an exclusive feast hosted by Transkaroo in Great Brak River. The second annual Bon Vivant dinner will raise funds for Carpe Diem School and promises to be just as extravagant as last year’s event. Bon Vivant is synonymous with opulence, grandeur, and a gastronomic journey guaranteed to leave you gobsmacked. Contact Karools Hauptfleisch on 044 874 4074 or at for more info.

HEAR, SEE, SPEAK NOT OF TSUNAMIS... At the April 16 launch of last weekend’s Discovery Plett Easter Games, sponsors and organisers agreed that the only factor beyond anyone’s control, and which could possibly interfere with the event’s brilliant outcome, was the Bay’s fickle weather. Bitou mayor Memory Booysen in closing pronounced that he’d have none of it, and that the only wildness to expect was a ‘sporting tsunami of note’. In the photo above, Ian McMillan of Music Box, photographer Glenn Murray, and Nature Sport Co safety officer Mark Edington concur that they refuse to foresee/hear/ tell of anything but brilliant conditions for the jampacked Games line-up. And despite Ian’s peeping, the weekend was blessed indeed with beautiful weather. At right, Pennypinchers stalwarts James ‘Lettuce’ Stewart, left, and Sean Gannon flank Plett cycling celeb Kevin Evans. Suffice to say, no-one was particularly surprised when Kev won Sunday morning’s 52km MTB challenge. Watch this space for more photos and results in CXPRESS of April 30.

Photos: Sharyn Hodges - ShowMe Plettenberg Bay

People, places & events

PLETT’S OWN IRONMAN SAYS TA: Deon Coetzer of Plett Sports competed in this year’s Ironman on April 6 in Port Elizabeth. The race has three legs - ocean swim (3.8km), cycle (180km) and run (42.2km). Each leg has a cut-off time, and even if you finish 30 seconds after the cut-off you can no longer compete. ‘The hardest part of the race was the cycle,’ says Deon. ‘As we were riding against the East wind, this was where a number of competitors dropped out. It was a gruelling ride and I was absolutely exhausted by the end of it. My legs felt like jelly and I still had to run a marathon!’ Deon has been raising money for Ironman 4 the Kidz (, all of his earnings benefiting Plett’s Sabrina Love Foundation. He says a HUGE thank you to everyone who has supported him: ‘No amount was too big or too small - support from Plettenberg Bay has been overwhelming, thank y’all!’

HAPPY HEYNS CLAN FÊTES 25 YEARS: Mike & and Hayley Heyns - the tall gent at centre in the back, and lady in the brilliant red dress, hiding behind her mum - celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in style at a function for family and specially selected friends, with a five-course dinner at Kilzer’s Kitchen in Knysna on Saturday April 5. In this happy photo, the couple’s lovely daughter Jessica joins their closest family members for a party picture. Mike’s smile from ear to ear says it all! - Gigi Lewis

NOVICE RIDERS SHOW THEIR STUFF: On Sunday April 13, Piesang Valley Riding Centre hosted a Beginner Training Show, which was very well attended and great fun for all involved, as demonstrated by this little unicorn (check the headgear...) and pretty white pony. Says the Centre’s Megan McQuillan: ‘Well done to all the riders who took part - you did us proud - and a huge thank you to everyone who came to support us.’


23 April 2014



I got caught peeing in the local swimming pool today. The lifeguard shouted at me so loudly, I nearly fell in!

How to wash a cat

1. Put both lids of the toilet up and add 1/8 cup of pet shampoo to the water in the bowl. 2. Pick up the cat and soothe him while you carry him towards the bathroom. 3. In one smooth movement put the cat in the toilet and close the lid. You may need to stand on the lid. 4. At this point the cat will self-agitate and make ample suds. Never mind the noises that come from the toilet, the cat is actually enjoying this! 5. Flush the toilet three or

four times. This provides a ‘power-wash’ and ‘rinse’. 6. Have someone open the front door of your home. Be sure that there are no people between the bathroom and the front door. 7. Stand well back, behind the toilet as far as you can, and quickly lift the lid. 8. The cat will rocket out of the toilet, streak through the bathroom, and run outside where he will dry himself off. 9. Both the toilet and the cat will be sparkling clean. [qwtu"ukpegtgn{."Vjg"Fqi

Kort maar kragtig! MISVERSTAND My vrou was vreeslik beïndruk toe sy hoor hoe ‘n yslike klomp geld ek elke maand vir ejctkv{ gee. Maar sy was hoogs befoeterd toe sy uitvind Charity werk by Teazers. SIEK DIEF ‘n Dief het verlede week by my woonstel ingebreek en die TV se tgoqvg gesteel. Nou ry hy kort-kort verby my woonstel en verander die TV se kanale.

Siek blikskottel... O JINNE! Jannie gaan na ‘n ongure plek en natuurlik vind sy ma daarvan uit. “Ja, mannetjie, wat het jy nou alles daar gesien wat jy nie moes gesien het nie?” Jannie antwoord: “Vir Pa!” VLOOIE Die seuntjie kyk hoe sy tannie poeier op haar baba gooi. Seuntjie: “Tannie moenie sleg voel nie, ons hond het ook vlooie.”

Reporting a missing wife...


husband went to the police station to file a Missing Person Report for his missing wife. Husband: “I lost my wife she went shopping and hasn’t come back yet.” Inspector: “What is her height?” Husband: “To be honest, I never checked.” Inspector: “Is she slim or, er, healthy?” Husband: “Not slim, must be healthy.” Inspector: “And what’s the colour of her eyes?” Husband: “Never noticed.” Inspector: “And the colour of her hair?” Husband: “It changes according to the season.” Inspector: “What was she

wearing?” Husband: “Not sure whether it was a dress or a suit.” Inspector: “Was she driving at all?” Husband: “Yes.” Inspector: “Please describe the vehicle.” Husband: “Black Audi A8 with supercharged 3.0 litre V6 engine, generating 333 horse power teamed with an eight-speed tiptronic automatic transmission with manual mode. And it has full LED headlights, which use light emitting diodes for all light functions and it has a very thin scratch on the front left door… ” And then he started crying. Inspector: “Don’t worry, Sir. We will find your car.”

Dis die Blond, dis al • Die baas toets die blondine se wiskunde: “As ek vir jou R5-miljoen minus 10% gee, hoeveel trek jy af?” Blondine: “Als Meneer! Skoene, rok, bra, pantie -

FLIPPEN ALLES!” • Hoekom staar die blondine asof vasgenael na haar resepteboek? Die resep sê: “Moenie roer nie.”



Home & Health

23 April 2014

Harness the power of the warm-up


T the start of the year everyone has the best intentions of getting into shape, and with a growing number of individuals electing not to use a gym as part of a fitness programme, sports like mountain biking, trail running and triathlons are gaining in popularity. “There’s a whole new outdoor fitness movement that continues to grow,” says Peter Jordan, Principal Officer of Fedhealth - the newest partner to team up with Stillwater Sport & Entertainment. Jordan says that training like anything needs to be started slowly. “Overdo it and you’re more than likely to finish your run injured, exhausted or down in the dumps,” he says. The key is a good warm-up. Yctokpi"wr"ku"c"iqqf" kfgc"dgecwug000 A smart warm-up gives your muscles, bones and joints a chance to loosen up; gently brings up your heart rate; and makes it easier to get into the rhythm you want to sustain so you can run longer, and finish energised and excited for your next workout. Jqy"fq"K"ycto"wr" eqttgevn{A Walk: Walk gently for three to five minutes, this gets your body from sitting mode into workout mode. Walking takes the muscles, tendons and joints through the same motion as running, just with lower intensity, and it raises the temperature in the muscles and core. It also speeds up blood flow to all the muscles and tells your brain that it’s time to go. Start adding strides: Strides flood the muscles with blood, activate your fast-twitch muscle fibres, and help your body transition from walking to running. Here’s how to do them:

GET INTO THE RHYTHM: Dynamic stretching before training is all the rage as it loosens up muscles, increases heart rate, body temperature and blood flow

• Jog easy for two minutes. • Gradually pick up the pace over the course of 60100 metres, then gradually decelerate. • After each stride walk around and shake out your legs for 90 seconds. • Stride back in the opposite direction. You don’t have to time each stride and the exact distance of each stride is not important. Be careful not to

over-stride, as that’s a common cause of injury. Keep your steps short and quick as you’re taking your stride and keep your feet and legs underneath your upper body. Do dynamic stretches. Say goodbye to static stretching (holding a muscle in a fixed position for 30sec or more), as it could lead to injury. Dynamic stretching (controlled leg movements) on the other hand is all the rage

Knysna gardeners gather at Herbhill Farm Knysna Garden Club’s next meeting is on Wednesday April 30 at 9:45 for 10am at Herbhill Farm just off the N2 – when coming from Knysna, look out for the sign on the left about 500m before the Buffels Bay turn off. The dirt road is adequate but a bit rough and not suitable for low profile sports cars! The meet’s topic is something completely different and very interesting: Aquaponics and growing food for the table in a sustainable way. Bring your chairs, hats and walking shoes. Refreshments will be provided and visitors are welcome. Phone Elinor on 044 387 1966 for further details.

as it loosens up muscles, increases heart rate, body temperature and blood flow to help you run more efficiently. Try this: • Skip 25-50 metres, gradually increasing the height and range of each skip as you go. • Side step/shuffle. Step to the side, 10-20 metres to the right, then 10-20 metres to the left. Progress from a walk to a jog. As your muscles warm up, you can build the intensity so that you cover as much ground as possible with as few steps as possible. • Weave step or grapevine. Step your right foot to the right, then step your left foot behind your right foot. Repeat for 10-20 metres to the right, then repeat the cycle to the left. Alternate between left and right. Start by walking, then increase the intensity to a jog, trying to move as quickly as possible. • Jog backwards for 50 metres, then gradually take it further. • Toy soldier. Keep your back and knees straight, walk forward, lift your legs straight out in front and flex your toes. Add a skipping motion as you get more advanced. Do 10 repetitions on each side. Jordan says ideally one should incorporate walking, strides and dynamic stretches into your warm-up routine to get even more enjoyment from your running or cycling. “We encourage individuals and our members to push themselves outside of a “health and wellness” comfort zone by participating in challenging outdoor events that promote improved lifestyle choices and lead to a sense of accomplishment and a positive resolve to continue staying fit, keeping active and remaining healthy,” concludes Jordan.

Home & Health

23 April 2014



Famsa Knysna scores correctional services award and party loot, to boot! T

TWENTIES RULE AT 40TH: At left, the Thomopoulos children are dressed and ready to party; above right are Karin du Plessis and Lou van der Merwe, right, from Famsa Knysna; at far right, suave gentlemen Martin Fraser-Mackenzie, Steve Buchalter and Brett Lederle catch that Twenties spirit - Famsa Knysna can be contacted on 044 382 5129

The Department of Correctional Services recently held a gala event in George, where Famsa Knysna was presented with a special award by Area Commissioner for the Southern Cape, NP Booi. The organisation also received a Certificate of Excellence in recognition of its contribution in assisting Knysna Correctional Services with workshops on communication skills, anger management, conflict management, relationships, self-image, personal growth and individual counselling for inmates and parolees. These awards recognise external stakeholders who have shown an exceptional and well-balanced performance throughout the year. In the pic from left is the proud Famsa team of Karin du Plessis, Knysna Correctional Services head X Madikane, Famsa volunteer Noleen Dirkse, X Dyantyi of Correctional Services, Jo-Anne Lewis, and Ronnie Madiloyi. The insert at right shows Famsa volunteer Kathleen Melambo, who was not present when the pic was taken.

Five oral care habits that may harm you


S your oral care routine helping or harming your health? A recent study* suggests that overuse of mouthwash and poor oral hygiene may be linked to oral cancer. Dirna Grobbelaar, oral hygienist for IVOhealth, lists five habits that may be doing you more harm than good. Dtwujkpi"koogfkcvgn{ Don’t brush straight away after indulging in sweet foods and drinks. Sugar makes the mouth more acidic, weakening tooth enamel. Rather rinse with water or an alcohol-free mouthwash and wait an hour before cleaning the teeth. Pqv"engcpkpi"kp/dgvyggp Ninety percent of dental problems start in-between the teeth; brushing the teeth is simply not enough, daily interdental cleaning is essential. If you find flossing awkward look for tiny interdental brushes such as the Sunstar GUM range or go high-tech and use the Philips Sonicare AirFloss, which jets microbursts of air and water be-

tween every tooth in just 30 seconds. Urggfkpi Brushing is not something to rush - brush the teeth twice a day for a full two minutes each time. Watch the clock or use a timer. Philips Sonicare power brushes have built-in timers that help you brush for the correct length of time. Cxqkfkpi"vjg"qtcn"j{ikgpkuv The plaque that an oral hygienist professionally removes has hardened into tartar and cannot be brushed away at home. The hygienist uses special tools to carefully remove tartar without damaging teeth and gums. See your hygienist twice a year. Wukpi"okpvu"vq"htgujgp" dtgcvj Minty sweets and breath fresheners just temporarily mask bad breath and because many contain sugar they can actually damage your teeth. Rather chew on sugar-free gum for a few minutes as this stimulates saliva flow and cleans the mouth naturally. “Not cleaning teeth and

gums properly on a daily basis is the biggest mistake many people make. If plaque builds up on the teeth, it can cause gum inflammation (gingivitis) or, even more seriously, periodontitis and that can lead to tooth loss. “Gum disease has been linked to heart disease, diabetes and pre-term or low birth-weight babies. Oral hygiene is not only about having fresh breath and a bright smile, it is directly linked to your body’s overall health and well-being,” she says. Fktpc"Itqddgncct"ku"cxckn/ cdng"vq"cpuygt"cnn"qtcn"ectg" swgtkgu" qp" vjg" KXQjgcnvj" Hcegdqqm" rcig" yyy0hceg/ dqqm0eqo1kxqjgcnvj" qt" xkukv" yyy0kxqjgcnvj0eq0|c" hqt" cf/ fkvkqpcn"kphqtocvkqp0 * Ahrens W, Pohlabeln H, Foraita R, et al. Oral health, dental care and mouthwash associated with upper aerodigestive tract cancer risk in Europe: The ARCAGE study. Oral Oncology. Published online March 28 2014.

URNING 40 means different things to different people, and a recent 40th birthday celebration had a particularly happy ending for the folk at Famsa Knysna. Residents Jason and Suzi Thomopoulos, who both turned 40 during the past weeks, decided to celebrate the milestone with friends and family at a Twenties-themed party. In a selfless gesture, they asked that guests make donations to Famsa Knysna in lieu of gifts. “My husband and I have always felt great anger and sorrow at the injustices and abuse perpetrated specifically on women and children throughout the world,” said Suzi. “So instead of our party guests gifting us with presents for our 40th we hoped that the giving could make a more meaningful difference. “Famsa Knysna was suggested to us as a local organisation that plays an effective role in diminishing abuse. I have to agree that Famsa surely does that, the team’s aims and efforts being truly laudable.” Much fun was had by all, more so for the fact that everyone knew they contributed to a worthy local cause.



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On the Soapbox

23 April 2014

Letters to the Editor

Email: - Fax: 044 533 0852 - PO Box 1449, Plett 6600

Put Plett reputation first when reporting on crime The article headed ‘Free for all as thieves outnumber understaffed police’ in CXPRESS of April 9 refers. Your ongoing support for and continuing interest in our fight against crime in reporting on matters involving criminal activity is deeply appreciated, owing to the fact that Plettenberg Bay is a town that is almost entirely dependent on the tourism industry for the prosperity of our local residents. But it is of vital importance to our community that press reports are accurate in all respects and appropriately captioned so as to properly and accurately inform residents and visitors while not creating undue alarm and unnecessarily harming our tourism industry. To this end, careful thought needs to be given by local publications, in particular, to the use of emotive wording such as “free for all” and, as used in the body of an article in your April 24 edition last year, the phrase, “unprecedented crime wave”. Although these are catchy headlines that attract atten-

tion, neither accurately described the situation on the ground at the time and both had the potential to harm our tourism industry, which is presently undergoing growth unequaled in recent times. In addition to the above, the beginning of the article directs attention to the Plett police in stating: “The ability of the Plettenberg Bay police to effectively deal with crime has been placed under the spotlight…” A reasonable reader would understand from this phraseology that the shortcoming was with the Plett police. But Plett and KwaNokuthula are two independent police stations each with its own station commander and with different policing districts. Although both are underresourced, and while concerns exist in the Community Police Forum (CPF) and Plett Crime Prevention Association (PBCPA) as to the performance of the KwaNokuthula station, the Plett police are doing a sterling job and working very closely with the CPF, the PBCPA and the community to re-

duce criminal activity here. It is consequently not only damaging to the reputation of the Plett SAPS, to whom we owe a considerable debt of gratitude, but also damaging to the town to impute that an out of control problem exists in what tourists know as Plettenberg Bay, and that it involves shortcomings in the Plett police. In fact, even applied to KwaNokuthula police station, there is by no means a “free for all” - and Plett CPF is in the process of endeavouring to address the relevant concerns at a senior level in order to make sure that these are attended to. It is, and always has been, our desire to work very closely with the press who are also invaluable in our efforts to draw more tourists to our town, but we would ask that caution be exercised when reporting on crime, which is such an emotive issue in South Africa. The term “unprecedented crime wave” is a very emotive phrase which is strongly indicative of an out of control situation involving nu-

merous serious criminal acts and would not in any way accurately describe any period of time during the sevenyear period that I have been involved in the CPF. As the officially recognised liaison body between the police and members of the public, the CPF should be the first port of call for comment on issues in the town involving criminal activity and if it would assist the process, I would be very happy to make myself available to review and give guidance on these matters. In closing, having said the above, comments made by PBCPA deputy chairperson Otto Olivier have been correctly reported. The damage is done in the heading and the opening sentence. I sincerely trust that this communication will be received in the spirit of cooperation intended. Dtweg"Tkejctfuqp"/"Rngvv" ERH"ejcktocp" *Rngcug" dg" cuuwtgf" vjcv" yg" ujctg" {qwt" eqpegtp" qxgt" vjg" kocig"qh"qwt"vqwtkuv"vqyp."Ot" Tkejctfuqp"/"pq"dwukpguu"ecp" uwtxkxg"ykvjqwv"fqkpi"gxgt{/

Eye on Bitou municipal rubbish dump...

‘Plettie’ sent these pictures and wrote: ‘I have enclosed three images, two concerning the Plett municipal dump which we were all told is in the process of being closed, but it can be clearly seen there are vehicles dumping all day long, and it appears that there are two trucks and trailers carting rubbish to Mossel Bay. You will also notice in the photograph that electricity has now been connected via newly-positioned poles to the wood chipper on site, which I have never seen working. As is clearly seen from the photo above at left, rubbish has recently been bulldozed over the far bank - which is not obvious from the entrance, but be sure that it’s not just vegetation. The photo at right shows what Plett residents have been doing since news from Bitou Municipality that only household refuse in black bags would be collected. Many are thus filling black bags with garden refuse and the bags in the photo have been outside this house for over a month, with new bags added to the pile weekly. Driving around Plett, one cannot but help noticing black bags that obviously have been left by the collection truck as they’re filled with garden refuse.

Bitou budget notice leaves readers none the wiser Through the good offices of your newspaper I wonder if I might seek assistance in gaining some understanding of two communications from Bitou Municipality. On page 8 of CXPRESS of April 9, [visit www.cxpress.] there is published the Bitou Municipality IDP/ Budget 2014/2015. Unless I am much mistaken I cannot find an explanation of the acronym IDP, and in the subheading reference is made to MFMA, which is also not defined. Later on there is mention of NERSA, CPI, and NDP - all of which are similarly unexplained. The tabulation of Operating

Expenditure is for the period 2010/11. Is this correct? The table headed Medium Term Revenue Framework (whatever that may be - I have never heard of such a thing!) is also for the period 2010/11 - once again, is this correct? Another local weekly of the same date carries a notice from Bitou Municipality signed by Allen Paulse, Municipal Manager in which it is stated: “We have been informed by Eskom that the network will remain in the red zone for the entire month of April. Please note that you must activate your Geyser Load Control system every morning and evening during

weekdays.” I would be must grateful if the “red zone” could be deciphered and what, pray, is a geyser load control system? The notice goes on to say: “As a reminder, the peak hour time slots which are applicable during week days are as follows...” followed by a blank space! May I venture to suggest that Bitou Municipality either clarify what is being referred to in all of the points mentioned above or either publish all of these communications again, in a manner and in a language that can be understood. VT"Vykfng."Rngvv



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Slogan for tourist spot Your last edition, CXPRESS of April 16, had an article on Knysna Tourism. In it the branding theme was given as ‘Naturally Knysna’ - not a bad slogan, quite good actually. It could also be swapped around to state ‘Knysna Naturally’. May I propose that Plett Tourism adopts a branding theme of ‘Plett Preferably’? We must let all tourists know where best to visit! Rgvgt"Uvtcvvgp."Rngvv



Sport & Adventure

23 April 2014

Jaguar Simola Hillclimb to rev Knysna next month


AY in Knysna means motorsport as 130 competitors and thousands of motorsport fans will descend on the town for the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb. Unlike traditional forms of motorsport, a hillclimb is man and machine versus the clock - or, in this case, an electronic timing system which is accurate to 1000th

BLACK BEAUT: Des Gutzeit’s brutal Nissan Skyline - the previous occasion saw Jade Gutzeit taking just 41.932 seconds to win in his Nissan

of a second. It also happens to be one of the oldest forms of motorsport, with the first recorded hillclimb taking place near Nice, France, in January 1877 - less than 11 years after the first motorcar was unveiled by Karl Benz (1886). Amazingly, the world’s oldest motorsport event still held on its original course is the

hillclimb at Shelsey Walsh in Worcestershire, England, which held its first meet in 1905, only wars interrupting the occasion. Of course, the event in Knysna is much newer and this year marks the fifth time it will be held. The 2km course takes competitors on a high-speed blast up to Simola, and a competitive time is around the 42 second mark. At the last Hillclimb, Jade Gutzeit took just 41.932 seconds to win in his Nissan. Classic Car Friday is a more sedate affair with the grand old ladies of the road, like the 1937 DKW F7 Meisterklasse Cabriolette of Gino Nolli getting to the top in 2min 14sec and the winner - an original Mini Cooper driven by Cor-

ban Slabbert - winning in 1min 7.39sec. Multiple South African motorsport champion and 2010 Hillclimb winner Geoff Mortimer says it is an incredibly fast course. “I recall speeds of about 230 kph before the tricky 100kph turn two, and then there are lots of high-speed sweeps to the finish and the average speed up the hill is around 160kph,” he enthused. Film producer Anton Rollino, who will be at the wheel of an MG B GT, said: “Hillclimbs are a singular discipline - you against the clock, solo on the track and totally

focused on a course which was never meant to be a race track. So each run is going to be a singular challenge.” The event has proved so popular that for this year the organisers limited the number of entries. Classic Friday is limited to only 50 competitors, with entries for the King of the Hill component being cut off at 80 cars, and only the fastest 10 qualifying for Sunday afternoon’s King of the Hill shootout. The Jaguar Simola Hillclimb is an experience not to be missed and with hordes of off-course action, there is something for everyone.

Plett Mussels launched!

The Plett Junior Rugby Club had an exciting launch last week, as is clear in this photo picturing players and coach Kyle Hans. Winning touch rugby team The Tigers demonstrated great skill and passion and were duly awarded with a large slab of chocolate each. The junior club aka Plett Mussels, which had its first official practice on Tuesday April 22 at the Plett rugby field off Longships Drive, is open to all U10 and U11 players in and around Plettenberg Bay. If you missed the past two Tuesdays’ gatherings, have a look at www.plettjuniorrugby. for further details. Says Kyle: ‘We look forward to growing the community through rugby and creating everlasting friendships and fun.’

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