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Program for Season, Polo, Barnyard, Shopping, Services, Animal Encounters, Archeology, Highlights of the year and much much more.... - keeping you in touch with our Community

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ENRICOS, MANJA KWA AND FISHING Full page Patrick +27 (0) 82 534 2029 / / Bottom Fishing, Shark / Skate Fishing & Game Fishing: The charter fleet consists of 2 excellent sea worthly craft: Pescatore: 27 ft fishing crags - 10 seater - T-top canopy ( shade) Pescatore Too: 29 ft sport fisher - 10 seater - toilet - fridge freezer - front cabin Trip Details: Departure from Central Beach Summer 06h00 Winter 07h00 GPS: S34° 03.483 E23° 22.693 Charter Duration: +- 5 - 6 hours Eats and Drinks - subject to order Quality fishing tackle and bait supplied Bring along a warm jacket and sunscreen Children Policy: min age 6yrs ( accompanied by an adult) * Fishing licenses required - pls purchase a recreational fishing license at Post Office

Have your catch of the day cooked to perfection at the world renowned Enrico’s Restaurant, ask your skipper for tasty details!

Manja Kwa Chef Kallie back with Nick now at Manja Kwa with german bakery & confectionary. Fresh bread, pastries and cakes daily. 044 533 3645 Whalesong, Marine Drive

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A Big welcome to all our guests... enjoy our beautiful area with us. We trust you will have a wonderful time with family and friends and return to your homes refreshed and revitalised. It has been quite a challenging year for most folk and Plett poeple have had to rally together and make things happen. It has been a year full of super activities and a lot of community get-togethers. We share some of these with you in this year’s Plet Summer Scene. We have also had a number of tragedies in our town during the year and through these, particularly, have come to realise again just how important it is to support and care for each other. We trust you will find the contents interesting and informative. Thank you to the many folk who have contributed to the contents. We value feedback. Please email us


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Introducing Bitou Municipality’s New Councillors A very vibrant first meeting of our new Council took place on Monday 6th June at the Piesang Valley Hall when the new Cope DA Alliance came onto power in our area. The results of the election saw the following councillors appointed. Democratic Alliance / Demokratiese Alliansie Pr 1 - Memory Booysen Pr 2 Johann Wichardt Greyling Brummer Pr 3 - Elaine Elizaberth Paulse Pr 4 - Annelise Renata Olivier Ward Councillors 10407001 — Nevelle Marthinus De Waal 10407002 — Charles Leon Dreyer Congress of the People Pr 1 - Adam Brendon Van Rhyner African National Congress Pr 1 - Lulama Lennox Mvimbi Ward Councillors 10407003 - Lungiswa Monica Seyisi 10407004 - Lenhard Richard Jonas 10407005 - Mpakamisi Mbali 10407006 - Sandiso Enoch Gcabayi 10407007 Jan Jacobus Nolan Stuurman Cllr. Johann Brummer is the Speaker Cllr Memory Booysen is Mayor Deputy Mayor is Adam van Rijner Ward Councillors 10407003 - Lungiswa Monica Seyisi 10407004 - Lenhard Richard Jonas 10407005 - Mpakamisi Mbali 10407006 - Sandiso Enoch Gcabayi 10407007 Jan Jacobus Nolan Stuurman Members of the Mayoral Committee as appointed by our new mayor are Cllr Charles Dreyer and Cllr Elaine Paulse Councillors who represent Bitou at the Eden District Municipality are Cllr Lulama Mvimbi and Cllr Annelise Olivier.

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We wish you all a wonderful Festive Season and all good wishes for 2012 St. Theresa's Prayer: "May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us."

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073 9888 563 for bookings 216 Keurbooms River Lodge, Keurbooms River (Old Protea Hotel)N2 Opposite Thyme & Again We have all you need for the beach from Summer clothing to buckets & spades, umbrellas & boogi-boards. Sea Folly, Speedo, Qucksilver, Eversun.

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Hidden Gems Peer into ocean and observe the life at a coral reefwhat can you see?





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Several fish scattering and a plethora of coral? Look closer and you may see more animals than you would think! Camouflage is an important part of many animals' lives, including the octopus, and is caused by cells called chromatophores. One octopus can have tens of thousands of them and every cell has three different containers of colour and63 relax and contract to spread the colour. Each chromatophore is directly controlled by the nervous system, allowing the octopus to change colour within seconds.87 Iridophores are cells on the surface of the skin that add to the dramatic appearance by reflecting the nearby surroundings.107 An octopus also has papillae on its exterior which become raised or flattened to mimic textures within the environment.136 These three components help the octopus to blend, so next time, look carefully! Christina Shajenko, ORCA foundation Conservation Corner What’s new in Plett November 2011


Market Square, Plettenberg Bay TEL: 044 533 4331 FAX: 044 533 4341

TRADING HOURS Mon 12th & Tues13th Dec Wed 14th - Sat 17th Dec Sun 18 Dec Mon 19th - Fri 23rd Dec Sat 24th Dec Sun 25 Dec Mon 26th Dec Tues 27th Dec Wed 28th Dec Thurs 29th Dec Fri 30th Dec Sat 31st Dec Sun 1st Jan

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wishing all our Customers & Friends a wonderful Festive Season

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wishes all our clients a happy and wonderful Christmas and festive season. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Children’s Art Competition Plettenberg Bay Arts Association is pleased to inform the public of a very successful Art Competition we organised involving the Bitou 10 Primary Schools. The subject was “MY STREET” and some very beautiful work was handed in for judging. Prizes were given for the best six paintings in each school and in addition an overall first, second and third prize was presented. The presentation took place at the Plett Primary school on the 22nd November 2011. Packets of sweets and biscuits were also handed out while the adults received drinks and refreshments. It is hoped that this will become an annual event encouraging young people in the arts. The photograph captures the spirit of the event and some of the winners.

The following now available: - A new range of beautiful vases and giftware - A new selection of outdoor plants or silk flowers - A bridal accessories section. All bridal enquiries are welcome. - All fresh flowers flown in weekly from Jhb, please place your orders in advance for the season, to avoid disappointment. - 24 hours notice for all orders placed will allow us time to ensure your satisfaction. All seasonal flowers available.

Wittedrift Butchery great meat @ competitive prices

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Market Square Info Centre Elephant Sanctuary Boat & Kayak Trips Golfing Bunjy Jumping

Accommodation Game & Bird Tours Whale & Dolphin Tours Sky-Diving

Monkeyland Birds of Eden Fishing Trips Shark Diving

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• Well priced cigarettes • Cigars • Electronic Cigarettes • Novelty Gifts • Credit Card Facilities • Lotto Trading Hours: Mon - Fri 7:30 - 19h00 Sat & Sun 08:00 - 14h00

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Creative, fun Workshops!

Lunchbox Theatre has many years experience in facilitating a variety of creative workshops with a range of kids. We have worked extensively in Knysna and

PLETT MOVIE HOUSE Market Square, Beacon Way  044 533 3952 ALVIN & THE CHIPMUNKS STARTING 16 DECEMBER! Plett schools and have run the entertainment section of the Young Knysna Oyster Festival for at least 3 years. Our puppetry, music, dance and drama workshops are great fun and highly interactive with the emphasis being on creative expression Dates December – January: 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, 31, 1, 2 1 or 2 Workshops a day ( 11am – 12pm and 1pm – 2pm) R40/child/hour 6-12 years Max 20 kids/workshop Bookings phone Stuart Palmer 083 423 0083

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Tel: 044 533 6986 / 071 297 2541 Michelle & Cathy look forward to seeing you

Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge 2011 Goes BIG this year ! Plettenberg Bay will again play host to the 2011 Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge brought to you by Stonehage and Discovery. The event is named after a little girl by the

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name Sabrina who died at the age of 7 because of a rare bone disease. Her parents Tony and Suzy Lubner - started the Sabrina Love Foundation and started the event in 2004 with 24 people swimming from Robberg Beach End to Main Beach (6km). Sabrina loved the colour pink - which resulted in an entire town being branded pink over the days of the event. In 2010 we had 2000 participants and are expecting 2600 in 2011. All the proceeds go the Sabrina Love Foundation, who care for kids with special needs in the Bitou area.

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Dates This years event will take place over the 28th& 29th December with registration starting on the afternoon of the 27th December. Venues As in the past Day One activities will all happen from Central Beach in Plettenberg Bay with Day Two now moving to the highly prestigious Kurland Polo Estate in The Crags. Sporting Options Day One will continue to host; The Sabrina Swim the 6km Ocean Swim, The Sabrina Run 10km Urban & Beach Run, The Sabrina Ski 15km Surfski Paddle The Sabrina Beach Walk 5km beach Walk Day Two will now include; The Sabrina Lake Swim, 600m Lake Swim The Sabrina Ride 25kmMountain bike Ride The Sabrina Trail Run, 10km Trail Run The Sabrina Tri The 3 afore mentioned events which can all be done as a staged Tri Athlon. The Sabrina Kids of Steel The greatly enhanced Kids Of Steel which will include a 30-80 meter swim (dependent on age) and a 1.5km Adventure Run. On Line Entries are now open

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All picture framing needs undertaken by a professional artist / framer Fineart, Sculpture and original illustration

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I take commissions in oils, watercolour and pencil portraits, landscapes, seascapes See also my unique exhibition of original artworks / illustrations, all of which have been published in coffee table books, advertising, Fair Lady, Cosmopolitan, Huisgenoot and on South African Postage Stamps. The exhibition runs from 10th Dec until 15 January Shop 57, Melville’s Corner. Standard Bank Level 044 533 4472 / 082 378 8065

You simply can’t visit the Garden Route without making a turn to Old Nick Village. As many a visitor knows this is were you can experience a special kind of shopping experience. The lush indigenous gardens are a treat and the ancient yellow wood trees, food for the soul. Tucked amongst the greenery are 10 independent shops housed in an historic 19th century farm complex, presenting their goods to an eager audience of dyed in the wood shoppers. What always stands out is the variety and integrity of the products available. Most of the shop owners are creative manufacturers themselves who strive towards quality and originality. Space does not allow for a detailed description but you will find designer clothing, stones and crystals, African artefacts, fresh handmade soaps and lotions, a large variety of products for the home and interiors, fabulous water features and other garden and home ceramics, handmade glassware, beautiful linens, soft furnishings and contemporary art. To complete the excursion there is a wonderful garden restaurant well known for delicious breakfasts, teas, and lunches al fresco. The bakery, too, has a growing reputation. Whilst you sip a cup of coffee or a glass of wine there is lots for children to do, a scratch patch, weaving and spinning lessons and a wonderful climbing sculpture for the more energetic. Do not miss what is bound to be a memorable visit to a very special place.

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Another Blue Flag Beach award for Plett

Plettenberg Bay’s very own The Waves beach at Keurbooms have been awarded Blue Flag Beach Status for 2011 -2012. With Robberg 5 been awarded its Blue Flag Status in 2008, it’s another notch under Plett’s belt reiterating the world class natural resources we have on our doorstep. Beaches are awarded the Blue Flag based on compliance with 32 criteria covering the following: 1) Environmental Education and Information 2) Water Quality 3) Environmental Management 4) Safety and Services

Protect the endangered manatees The manatee is a large marine mammal with teeth, a thick grey and wrinkled skin, two flippers and a large flat tail. He is completely herbivorous, slow-moving and extremely gentle. We find him in shallow waters where sea grass growth is stimulated by sunlight- like estuaries, slowmoving rivers, saltwater bays, canals, coastal areas, etc. Despite the fact that manatees don’t have any enemies, they face many threats and are close to extinction today. Indeed, as they are mammals, they need to surface regularly to breathe air, every 3 to 5 minutes; consequently, the most important cause of manatees’ death are collisions with powerboats and their propeller. The destruction of their habitat caused by human development is also a threat, as well as the ingestion of fish hooks, litter or natural diseases. On top of that, manatees have a low reproductive rate. Info from ORCA Conservation Corner—What’s New in Plett

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Curtains, roman blinds, scatter cushions, upholstered headboards and bed wraps Contemporary furniture, bespoke items, outdoor furniture and outdoor umbrellas Original artwork Tel - (044)533 5887 Lamps, carpets, and Polish glasswear. Fax - 086 663 5887

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Bringing Up Baby As dawn breaks the forest comes alive and the air is filled with a cacophony of shrieks, squeals, chirrups and squawks. It’s baby season! Those that have not already had their young are either busy making them or preparing for imminent births. In the wild, animals and birds will generally synchronise the births of their young to coincide with a time when food is at its most plentiful. This is never an issue here; in fact some 200kg of fruit, vegetables and seeds are lovingly prepared every day to ensure our animals and birds never go hungry. Despite this, many of the births are still synchronised so that all of the young are born together and the whole group is actively involved in their care and protection. Our Capuchins however have learned to take advantage of their human carers and, safe in the knowledge that the cupboard is always full, throw caution to the wind and make love whenever they 10

feel like it resulting in babies popping out year round. Like most of us, primates just love babies and there is never a shortage of babysitters. Siblings and aunts are always at the ready to give Mom a break, often being quite insistent about it; babies are snatched from their Mothers to be ‘cooed’ over by the rest of the group. Dads too take their turn, teaching their offspring the ways of the forest and reprimanding them when they get out of hand. It is a common sight to see a Capuchin baby screaming back to Mom after Dad has given it a ticking off! In some species however, it is the father who is the primary caregiver, carrying the infant from birth and handing it back to Mom only for feeding. But this is where our similarity ends. When it comes to babies our reproductive issues are far more closely connected to birds…. Soon after conception the preparations begin; a safe haven has to be prepared and the parents scour the forest for the finest of furnishings with which to build their nest. After her eggs are laid Mom puts her feet up and nestles down to nurture

the precious embryos while Dad dashes around bringing food to keep her strength up. A short period of expectant bliss before all hell breaks loose. Chicks are born naked and noisy with a two word vocabulary…. ‘FEED ME!’ From dawn to dusk the parents take turns to stuff food into the ever demanding mouths in between clearing out their poo and protecting them from nature’s dangers. Then they stand by virtually helpless when the time comes for their cherished offspring to finally fly the nest. One thing all parents have in common though is the avid protection of their young. Monkey toddlers are hastily grabbed by their Mothers when strangers approach and anyone who has visited Birds of Eden recently will have incurred the wrath of Daddy Goose who has been diligently guarding his nest bound mate. Ruffed lemurs hide their offspring in cleverly concealed nests and Vervet monkeys deviously take multiple Continued on page 39


remains one of the favourite spots in Plett to shop and unwind. Le Fournil Bakery in the courtyard remains laid back and relaxed — great food in idyllic surroundings. Stroll at leisure through the Lookout Gallery, The Book Nook. The framing expert is Adri at Milkwood, You’ll find the No1 Gasman at Plett Handigas. Ice Palazzo has delicious ice cream. Leonie Baynes is the resident Attorney. The Surf Shop is a legend for the best surfing gear and authentic Seaside clothing. Core Interiors inspires with their furniture & style. The Print Shop Team are there for copies, faxes and is also the home of the weekly “What’s New in Plett” and Hello Plett Directory.

Lookout Art Gallery Plettenberg Bay Visit our Gallery in the Lookout Courtyard and browse through our exciting new Summer Collection of Paintings, Sculptures & Blown Glass by well know South African Artists Phone: 044 533 2210


PLETT HANDIGAS CENTRE Rennie & Claire Gibson Gas Deliveries, Refills, Exchange, Helium, Registered Gas Installers, Gas Appliances, Sales, Services & Repairs

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THE BOOK NOOK Secondhand & Rare Books Faye Lazarus LOOKOUT CENTRE Main Street

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There is so much good in the worst of us And so much bad in the best of us That it ill behoves any of us To talk about the rest of us… (Author unknown, but clearly wise...)




Why Meatless Mondays? Meatless Monday began during WW I when the US Food Administration encouraged families to reduce their consumption of staple foods. Today, it is more about the benefits for people’s health and the environment. Meat contains higher levels of saturated fat than plant based foods. Saturated fat intake has been linked to multiple preventable illnesses, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and various cancers. Recently the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization declared the meat industry generates nearly half of the manmade greenhouse gas emissions that lead to climate change. Meat production methods cause nearly half of all stream and river pollution. The production of a pound of beef takes approximately 2,500 gallons of water, compared to a pound of soy, which requires only 220 gallons. The thought behind choosing Monday is since it’s typically the start of the work week, the day when individuals settle back into their weekly routine. Unhealthy habits that prevailed over the weekend can be forgotten and replaced by positive choices. Cape Town started a first for Africa when on April 6th, 2010 Compassion in World Farming joined with Cape Town’s Health Portfolio Committee in agreeing to officially endorse one meat-free day a week.

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Sterreweg Sterreweg turned 5 recently. What a blessing they are to our community. Supporters and volunteers came from far and wide to celebrate the happy occasion

is a special day care centre in New Horizons established in October 2006. We are a special service provider in the wider Plettenberg Bay area for children with special needs or disabilities and their families. We also function as a resource centre for the broader community. At Sterreweg the children come first. Our well trained caregivers and staff make sure that these little stars get the appropriate care to make them shine! Already 24 children are in our care. Children who live too far from the centre can benefit from our outreach programme. At “Sterreweg� we give personalised care as well as educational and recreational activities. The goal of working with children with special needs or disabilities is to improve their functional abilities and to facilitate and encourage their individual development. The focus is on improving their motorskills, social and emotional skills, communicationskills and mental development.

We invite you to come and join our children for morning ring (every week day at 8h30 or we can arrange another time if that suits better). They will warm your hearts and enrich your visit to Plett! Contact Tamarin or 044 533 2639 Please note : Sterreweg is closed for school Holidays from December 10, 2011 until January 17, 2012 12

We are very pleased to be a town that boasts a College Campus. It has been the dream of many to see education taken to a new level in our area. Our 2010 students did us proud.

DISTINCTIONS FOR BITOU CAMPUS Congratulations to the students at South Cape College, Bitou Campus who raised the academic bar in 2010 with a 73% pass rate, ranking 2nd among the six South Cape College campuses. Hermanus V and Mdingana N, Level 2 Tourism students obtained 6 distinctions and 5 distinctions respectively. The following Level 4 students obtained one or more distinctions:- Casa S; Saphuka P; Smith A and Vena A In Level 3 Dickson A; Kam B; Kapp N; Jansen LGA and Yonn C passed into Level 4 with one or more distinctions. Level 2 students passing into Level 3 with one or more distinctions are:Andrews G; Botha S; Petersen Y; Plaatjies G; Mboyiya L; Sixholo N; Wabanie M; Borchards A; Dixon DA; Goeda L; Kalase S; McCallum E; Petersen L; Siphungu T; Booysen W; Jacobs E; Kleynhans L; Koliti B; Koopman L; Meiring C; Mpupa O; Muller S; Patani M; Peterson S; Sozwakala B; and Windvogel A. Bitou Campus offers three National Certificate Vocational courses from Level 2 to Level 4 in Hospitality, Office Administration and Tourism. The courses are of a very high standard and the facilities and tuition offered are excellent. The students qualify with a National Certificate, Level 4, which is equivalent to a Matriculation. The advantage these students have is that they are ready for the work place. All courses for 2011 are full and the College has opened a waiting list. Remember to register early should you wish to make the most of the opportunities offered for 2012. We wish to commend our newly appointed Head of Campus and his Staff for being responsible for the excellent results achieved. We wish to thank you for your good work and dedicated service to the Educational Development of our young students. ROSEMARY MURRAY

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Fin Profiling As most of you already know, the waters surrounding Plettenberg Bay are abundant in marine life. What you may not know is that many of these animals are seasonal – they only visit the Bay in certain seasons and certain months each year. To find out when these animals visit, pictures are taken of their dorsal fin, or of distinctive markings on their head. The dorsal fin on these whales and dolphins are as unique to each animal as fingerprints are to each human being. The exception to this is the Southern Right Whale, which doesn’t have a dorsal fin, but instead can be identified by the callosities (calluses) on their head, the pattern of which is also unique to each Right Whale. Once there is a sufficient amount of pictures of the animals (multiple years worth), the photos can be matched up by these defining characteristics to see when these animals visit out Bay. Like human fingerprints, the Dorsal fins on dolphins have unique markings that allow scientists to identify individuals within a pod. This can be done through the method ‘Fin profiling’. In order to do this, photographs are taken of the dorsal fins of as many dolphins as possible in one trip. These are then download onto a computer, and then each fin is cropped out of that photo. The fins are then categorized into 5 main groups, Very distinctive fin such as half of it missing, Very distinctive marking, like distinct coloration, Fin tip where the very top of the fin is indented or nicked, Notches, often in the shape of Vs or Us along the back of the fin and finally Leading edge, where markings occur on the front side of the fin. These are then put into a database where individuals and re-sightings are logged. This can be used to determine population size, group structure, habitat use, migration periods and various other aspects to the life of a dolphin. Currently there is research, using this method, to determine whether the winter Indo Pacific bottlenose dolphins in the bay return yearly during the months of June/July/August, and as to whether these

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Earth tremor hits the Garden Route

The Southern Cape was quite literally “rocked” by an earth tremor on Saturday 14th May at about 16:15pm. According to the US Geological Survey the tremor measured 4.3 magnitude on the Richter Scale and was at a depth of 5km. The tremor was felt for at least five secMany studies have been conducted lookonds in towns like Plettenberg Bay, Knysna, ing at the benefits of human/animal interacSedgefield, George, Mossel Bay, Prince Altions. Most of this research looks at the mental, emotional and physical benefits on bert and in the Langkloof, according to the website of the South African Weather and people of all ages who have pets, or who Disaster Information Service. have access to dogs or cats in hospitals or Many residents took to Facebook and care homes, (for example, Friedmann et al, Twitter to give their accounts of the inci1983; Siegel, 1990; Allen et al, 1991; Meldent. son, 2002; Daly & Morton, 2006) No injuries or damages were reported. This research has contributed to the growth of a therapeutic model, known as Animal Assisted Therapy, (AAT). Therapy is conducted with the help of dogs, horses or dolphins to help people who suffer from emotional, behavioural, or physical health conditions develop new social, cognitive or developmental skills. A small scale project was conducted in 42 Longships Drive Plettenberg Bay to see the emotional impact of going on a whale and dolphin watching boat or a seal swim. The preliminary results  SELLING  LETTING show that, on average, happiness scores,  HOLIDAY HOME ADMINISTRATION when measured on a scale from 1-10 inWide selection of houses and stands creased by 0.3 after the boat trip, and anxiety available, many with spectacular sea, lagoon scores reduced, on average, by 1, when and mountain views. measured on the same scale. These results are consistent with previous Phone 533 2181 or 533 4395 research that shows that interacting with After Hours: 082 784 5011 animals is good for our mental health.

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SANParks would go out to assess the turtle and whether it required rehabilitation. On arrival, the SANParks team initially tried to put the turtle back in the water, but she was adamant that she wanted to be out the water. It was clear that intervention was needed in order to save the turtle, and so it was decided to transfer the turtle to Tenikwa Rehabilitation Centre at The Crags. But this lady weighed a hefty 33.3kg and there was no box big enough to

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transport her, so she landed up being taken to Knysna on the back of the bakkie. Volunteers from the Orca Foundation collected her from It was a Saturday afternoon and one of the locals was walking along the Sedgefield estuary KnysaSANParks and quite far in from the mouth when he spotted a transported her to Tenikwa Rehabilitastrange object on the sandbank, that hadn’t tion Centre where been there the previous afternoon. He wandered closer to get a better look, and found to she was hydrated and her wounds treated. his surprise a large barnacle-encrusted turtle Throughout her lying inert on the sand. What was it doing so treatment, Tenikwa far inland, and was it still alive? He waded out to the sandbank and after a bit was in contact with Ushaka Marine World in KwaZulu Natal who provided advice and guidelines for her treatment. Within a few days, another smaller turtle weighing 8.02kg came ashore at Natures Valley and joined the first at Tenikwa. It was very unusual for these adult turtles to come ashore, and although the first had injuries to its shell, the second was uninjured. Turtles sometimes suffer from a syndrome of prodding, the turtle opened one eye but lay called “Cold Shocking” when sea temperaquite still. After a few phonecalls, he was put in tures drop significantly over a short period and the turtle gets stunned as it is unable touch with Mandy Freeman from Tenikwa to adjust to sudden temperature changes. Wildlife Awareness Centre. This was the first Before the turtles were released, they had adult turtle rescue call they had received, so to undergo pre-release checks which inshe contacted Cape Nature in search of an expert to give opinion on what to do. She was volved monitoring their diving ability and how long they remain under water. Injuput in touch with Nick Hanekom from SANries to the scutes on a turtle’s shell can Parks, and it was decided that a team from take up to a year to heal, and sometimes 16

excessive barnacles on a turtle’s shell can indicate too much buoyancy caused by the turtle mistaking plastic in the water for jellyfish and the plastic getting consumed and remaining in the turtle. Luckily both turtles were cleared for release and once Cape Nature had confirmed that the sea temperature had risen sufficiently, the release was eagerly planned. The smaller of the two turtles was released off the beach at Nature’s Valley and went happily back into the sea. The larger lady enjoyed a boat ride sponsored by Ocean Blue Adventures and was released off-shore in the deeper waters where she gave a flip of her flipper and disappeared under the swell. Subsequent to the release, a third turtle arrived at Tenikwa in November weighing 27.6kg and has also been released. It’s great to know that we have such dedicated people working on the Garden Route to ensure the survival of our wildlife. You can follow the admissions and rehabilitation work that Tenikwa is undertaking by joining the Tenikwa Group on Facebook.


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opener’ to him personally. He added that it would probably change the way RDP houses in the local area would be built in the future. In fact, new RDP houses scheduled to be built in January and February of next year will be taking into account the findings of the research. So, these young designers have already made a huge impact on their local environment and on the future lives of township residents. Well done Greenwood!!

Greenwood WINS the eta 2011 Young Designers Category Eskom and the Department of Energy are celebrating the 22nd Annual eta Awards. The aim of the eta Awards is to reward the proven application of sound energy efficiency principles in the commercial, industrial, residential, agricultural and education sectors. Energy efficiency is part of Eskom’s drive to ensure a sustainable electricity supply into the future. Given the significant emphasis place on energy efficiency by the Government of SA, the Minister of Energy is the official patron of the eta Awards. Greenwood Independent School participates in WESSA’s Energy and Sustainability Programme, which is funded by ESKOM. The young team at Greenwood, in Plettenberg Bay, examined the relationship between the climate, building design and energy usage. Their aim was to see what they could do, through research and recommendations, to influence local municipality officials to more efficiently design and build their RDP houses, for maximum energy efficiency. The team looked at how RDP houses are currently designed, taking

field trips to local townships to look at house construction and to identify ways to make them more energy efficient. Through a series of experiments back at school, they found that RDP houses had no insulation meaning that precious heat would escape through the roofs and windows heat would escape through the roofs and windows, and so alternative, often more dangerous forms of heating would have to be used such as paraffin heaters, often the source of house fires. The team also found that those built facing north had a temperature rise of 6 degrees internally, compared with their west-facing equivalents, which saw no temperature rise at all. This innovative young team of designers from Greenwood Independent School were invited to visit their local mayor to present their research findings who informed them that their research and recommendations were a real ‘eye

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Primary schools. A total of 62 children visited Plett Optical this year and glasses were prescribed to a total of 15 children. There were 15 serious cases which were referred to the eye specialist Dr Harker and the necessary treatment has been given. We are hoping to continue this project as it is a life changing one!

To date we have sponsored 18 students who are attending Wittedrift High as weekly borders mattresses with two of them having been nominated as school prefects. Our tertiary Green Point, Piesang Valley students are also continuing to make us proud. Plettenberg Bay Charne Majavie has completed her first year of P:044 533 0833 Physiotherapy at UWC and Shenise Stuurman F: 044 533 0834 has completed her first year at NMMU studying Marketing. Candy Gadebe and Berna-Lee Email: Ewerts are keeping our name high at Eden Campus where they are studying Business Communication. Having such motivated youngsters is truly an inspiration for our Rainbow Nation. Our Crags and Kranshoek Homework Centers have assisted a total of 70 learners on a daily basis throughout the year with homework asI recently watched an amazing documentary sistance, project research and additional Engon BBC where a colony of ants built a life raft lish and Math lessons. There they also receive to cross parts of the Amazon river. The ants worked as a team and literally stuck together to make it across the river. Should one ant have let go, the raft would have fallen apart and the colony would have been lost in the river. Looking back at the Born in Africa organisation this year, I can see the “Ant-Amazon� story repeating itself down to the tee. As a team, Born in Africa had a mammoth task of making a positive and permanent difference in the lives of the children living within the Bitou area and together we have achieved our goal and survived to tell the tale! We had a closer look at why so many children struggle with reading in class and one a balanced meal and the necessary guidance to thing was for sure; many of them struggle to enable them to develop their full educational see the blackboard or the words within their potential. This project has tied in wonderfully books. Many of them even struggle to see with our teachers’ assistant programme which what they write, let alone spell the words has been running for the past six years. Born in correctly. After extensive research, Born in Africa has employed some wonderfully motiAfrica launched the Sight for Life project in vated teacher assistants who help the class conjunction with Jan Le Roux of Plett Optical. teachers with literacy and numeracy. Initially 435 children were tested from Crags A total of 60 learners from Harkerville and Primary, Harkerville Primary and Kranshoek Wittedrift completed our Learn to Swim pro-

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gramme with Chaz Fraser. Living at the coast is bliss but not to those at risk of drowning. The children in the programme each took part in 12 swimming lessons which included a pre and post test to mark their progress. Once they completed the lessons, they were treated to a beach outing where the NSRI and the Beach Lifesavers Club taught them about ocean currents and emergency safety etc. Well done you little dolphins! Ten Education Camps were held with a total of 344 students attending. With 2011 being the International Year of the Forest, we based a number of camps on the importance of conservation. The youngsters were treated to a magical Fairytale camp while the Gr 11 and 12 learners spent their weekend practicing leadership skills and visiting a tertiary study institution to prepare them for further studies. Five additional outings were also held to reward students for their outstanding behaviour and progress. These outings were to Tenikwa Wildlife Centre, Knysna Elephant Park, Water Awareness, Central Beach and the Movies. Our Art & Craft programme enriched learners from Crags, Wittedrift and Kranshoek this year. During the classes, learners made an incredible variety of items which they were able to give as gifts to their families. Teaching the children these kind of skills also develops their creativity which is vital for any youngster. The Born in Africa volunteers have done an outstanding job this year assisting the Bitou schools with various skills. Computer skills, life skills, assistance with reading and maths, Art & Craft classes, admin and swimming are just a few of the areas where the much needed volunteers added value. Lastly but not least, our Born in Africa mentors and staff followed an intensive FAMSA course which enriched their knowledge further with regards to dealing with children who may be at risk. Our mentors have all received laptops which will assist them with report writing and general administration which previously was done by hand. So as you can see folks, together as a team we have achieved so much during 2011. This would not have been possible without our donors, hard working staff and volunteers, children who want to succeed and the Bitou community. Well done to all and we wish you and your loved ones a wonderful festive season. Stay safe, care for one another and be kind to those in need. From the Born in Africa family. For more information you can find us on: or you can mail us:






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Tag and Release fishing by Carly Appleby—ORCA foundation Fishing is a popular recreational sport in Plettenberg Bay, with a local angling club, fishing charters, recreational fisherman, and a dense influx of holiday makers who practice fishing as a hobby. Due to our dwindling supply of ocean resources, certain fish are listed with regards to their stock size as green (best choice), orange (caution), or red (no sale) according to the South African Sustainable Seafood Initiative ( Providing an equal amount of entertainment, though feasibly not food for the braai, is tag and release fishing. Data collected provides valuable information on fish movement patterns, growth, mortality and stock size. This can be used in biological studies of fish by scientists around the country and thereby contribute hugely to conservation measures. Those already involved say that the thrill of releasing a beautiful, large fish is extremely rewarding, even more so when you re-capture a fish that you have previously tagged.

Whale Stranding On Friday 10/06/2011 a Pygmy Sperm Whale (Kogia breviceps) washed up by the ‘Waves’ on Keurbooms Stand. The whale was adult male that was 2.9 metres in length. The maximum size of these whales is 3.5 metres and maximum weight of 400kg and are found in all temperate oceans. There isn’t much known about the animals as they are generally found in deep waters and are only seen inshore when they have stranded. They eat a variety of squid which is evident from stomach contents examined from stranded whales. The species of squid can be determined by the shape and size of the beak which is the only part of the squid that does not dissolve in the whale’s stomach. BayWorld came to conduct the autopsy along with Cape Nature and the ORCA Foundation. If any stranded animals are found, dead or alive, please contact any of the above companies to assist.

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Leervis: These are excellent fighting fish caught mainly during the summer months on spoons, poppers & live bait. The larger ones are caught between the months of April & August. Immediately after the south-east wind, an angler can expect good results at the popular Robberg Point. Other good spots are Meidebank, Beacon Island & Look -Out Rocks. Boats have a lot of success trolling behind the surf line. Galjoen/Hottentot: These fish are caught mainly during winter using red bait or musselworm for bait. Galjoen of up to 5kg are not uncommon. Favourite spots, - Keurbooms, Rooberg & Kranshoek. White Steenbras: This fish is usually about in large numbers between March & October with the average size being around 8kg and large ones of up to 17kg can be caught. They are found mainly off the beaches but can be caught off the rocks. Favourite bait is prawn, chokka, red bait and pilchard.

Plett’s Underwater Wonders Scuba diving in Plettenberg Bay is both interesting and varied with vibrant soft corals, anemones and sponges decorating reefs teeming with marine life including rays, shysharks, seals and many species of nudibranchs and reef fish. Summer brings all sorts of wonders for scuba divers and snorkelers alike:

Nudibranchs: are Underwater slugs. It sounds disgusting but they are the tiny “belles of the ball” with species called “Spanish Dancer”, “Gas Flame” and “Twin-Crowned” Nudibranchs. They can found in every colour of the rainbow and Plett’s vibrant soft coral is their ideal home.

Juveniles: are found in Plett during the summer months, making the reefs seem like a garden full of buzzing insects. They range from thumbnail sized and up and include species such as Red Roman, Zebra, Blacktail and Butterfly fish.

Sea Stars: are not only to be found washed up on the beach. Spiny sea stars and brittle sea stars adorn Plett’s reefs and the exquisite Basket Star can be found clinging to sea fans on the deeper dives. Keep an eye out for the smaller, delicate basket starfish and elegant feather star.


Soft Coral, Sponges: and other colourful creatures make Plett diving a photographer’s dream. Swimming along a wall can resemble an art gallery with orange wall sponge, blue choir boys, purple soft coral and strawberry anemones offering a fireworks display of colour.

Shysharks:so called “shysharks” due to their tendency to curl up when threatened, these smaller species are found on many of Plett’s reefs. The Pyjama Shark has grey and black stripes down the length of his 1m body, where Leopard Shysharks and Puffadder Shysharks are spotted and smaller. There is nothing to fear from these harmless, graceful little guys.

Fishing Plettenberg Bay offers anglers many different types of fishing, be it estuary, rock & surf, ski boat and even trout fishing. There is absolutely no reason why any angler visiting Plettenberg Bay cannot be reasonably successful. Elf: The most popular fish to catch in Plett, it can be caught along the surf line, off the rocks and the river. Favourite spots are Beacon Isle, Look-Out Rocks, Robberg and various places at Keurbooms and Nature’s Valley. The best times to catch these fish are early morning and evening, using pilchard bait or spoon. The winter months produce the really big elf.

KOB: These are caught mainly during the summer months and the hours of darkness produce the best results. Fish of up to 15kg can be caught but smaller ones in the 2-5kg class are common throughout the year. Boats have reasonable success fishing off Keurbooms & Nature’s Valley. Kob of up to 10kg can be caught in the Keurbooms River using chokka, pilchard or livebait. Musselcracker: Mainly a summer fish but they can be caught any time as long as the water is reasonably warm. Favourite bait - crab, siffie & red bait. They are found off Robberg, Keurbooms, Nature’s Valley & Kranshoek. They bite mainly at low tide. Stockfish & Kingklip: Stockfish are the most common fish caught deep sea off the coast of Plettenberg Bay. Both stockfish (hake) and Kingklip are deep water fish. Other Fish: Ski boat anglers can try for red steenbras, santer, carpenter, red roman, dageraad, poenskop, rock cod and geelbek. Other rock and surf fish include stumpnose, blacktail, baardman, mullet, yellowtail and grunter. Estuary Fishing: Grunter, white steenbras, kob, leervis, mullet, springer, elf and white stumpnose can all be found in the Keurbooms and Bitou River. Salt water fly fishing is now very popular and most of these estuary fish will take a fly. Boats, motors and canoes can be hired from the Plett Angling Club Marina situated on the Keurbooms River. Ski boat launching facilities off the Main beach are under the control; of the Plettenberg Bay Ski Boat Association. Boats & motors can be hired from Allan at the Angling Club 044-535 9740 mornings. All anglers, please adhere to the regulations concerning bait collection, fish size, bag limits and seasons. Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to call on Deon & Jane at Plett Sports, lower floor, Yellowood Centre, Main Street . We stock a wide range of fishing tackle including ready-made custom-built graphite surf rods.

Below is a poem Audrey Hepburn wrote when asked to share her

Where is “Away,”

'beauty tips.'

after you throw trash away?

It was read at her funeral years later. For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone. People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others. Success will flow from success, and the successful people around here are the ones that roll up their sleeves and just get on with the work. The ones doing the finger-pointing, rarely achieve much except to try to shoot down any good ideas that didn’t come from them.

We live in a disposable world. When you buy coffee, it’s served in a plastic cup; groceries are packed into plastic bags. Water bottles, bags of chips, you name it. What happens with this rubbish after it is thrown away? “Out of sight out of mind?” Well it should be on your mind. Most trash is non-decomposable materials and is sent to landfills. These landfills are quickly filling up and polluting our earth. Toxins seep into the ground leaving the earth infertile. Chemicals are washed down the drains, polluting water systems. We need to be mindful of what we throw away and where it goes. Next time you go to the store, take a cloth bag with you. Bring a reusable cup for coffee. Reuse water bottles. We need to protect our earth and every little bit helps.


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Our secondary focus is on skills development and job creation for South Africa’s underprivileged youth with our aim being to unearth local artists and performers and lead them through development opportunities that will be beneficial to their careers. It also includes actor training programs that bring local adults on board as Lunchbox Theatre actors who are cast in our educational theatre shows as well as trained in stage management, project management, script writing and directing.

Lunchbox Theatre is a diverse, dynamic and creative team working together to achieve our vision of a more socially and environmentally conscious society in which people fulfill their creative potential and live in greater harmony with each other and the natural environment. The organization was launched on the Garden Route in January 2008, with our Chairperson and founder, Stuart Palmer, bringing over 10 years of professional theatre experience into the creation of the organization. Lunchbox Theatre is a fully registered NonProfit Organization and we work with a three tier focus. Our primary focus is that of school based education theatre shows. Theatre as a medium is highly engaging and the live aspect allows the audience to connect more directly with performers. Our use of interesting and relevant characters makes it easy for learners to identify with them. The story telling allows for the information to be contextualized and for the audience to become practically involved with the information. Lunchbox Theatre uses a dynamic blend of theatre tools to create engaging, interactive, entertaining and informative shows that raise awareness around relevant environmental and social issues. We make use of English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa to make the information accessible to all. 22

Our third tier looks at workshops which focus on theatre skill development at schools and for adults and carry themes such as Performance, Dance, Music and Rhythm and Parade. All workshops use minimal resources and rely heavily on recyclable goods. We are passionate about working closely with other organizations and working together to advance the aims and objectives of these organizations. For more information please visit our website or email us You can also follow our latest movements on facebook and twitter.

It started with the head of a Duck …

Danny De Kock is a charming young man who has a passion for driftwood. He has always enjoyed walking along the beach. One day he saw a piece of driftwood that look like the head of a duck and so his artistic expression began After the duck came various other forms, including a violin, the head of a horse, mirror frames, lamps, seahorses and more. There are a number of driftwood artists in the area, and Danny’s craft is exceptional. He uses only the driftwood glued together to make the form. He creates according to what the form and shape of each piece of driftwood dictates His most ambitious project is a very impressive rhino, which Danny says is the first of what he hopes to be the Big Five. See pics of his work on Search Danny de Kock – Driftwood Artist - Latest News page. If you would like to commission Danny to do a special piece for you or would like to see his work phone his dad, Danny snr on 076 505 7415.

Some of Danny’s beautiful driftwood items

More people we are extremely proud of Our Sportmen and Sportswomen do us proud too. The Oriented Birds Soccer Club are in the Vodacom League. Our Dolphin Netball Club have done well and came back triumphant after their tour. Many of our school students excell in their chosen sports. We have to make special mention of our Mountain Bike Champion Kevin Evans who won the DCM Cape Pioneer Trek 6 Day Mountain Bike Stage Race with his partner David George on Saturday 22nd October. The race is 659km, with 13500m inclines Kevin has had a year of triumphs and challenges. The Bike Shop has moved to beautiful new premises in Piesang Valley. Our Olympic Paddler Michele Eray has had a very good year. Michele earned the 2011 SA K1 River Woman Champion title when she won the 2 day 45km South African championship race. One week later Michele won the Dunlop Surf Ski World Cup when she paddled 26km in the sea from Durban Bay to Umdloti and then Michele won the woman’s US Surf Ski Championship in San Francisco in August !

hazard – if they are caught in the wind and land in trees or dry grass fields or on buildings while the candle is still burning! Wire frame Chinese Lanterns have been found on occasion to have ensnared small animals and birds sometimes long after they have been left abandoned wherever they land.

based on the number of false alarms that the NSRI respond to, which turn out to be chinese lanterns mistaken to be red distress flares, that the practice of setting off chinese lanterns, into the sky, is irresponsible behavior. Released by: Craig Lambinon Sea Rescue Communications

The NSRI strongly believe that, based on the potential risks that chinese lanterns may pose and

NSRI are appealing to the public not to set off Chinese Lanterns. Chinese Lanterns are made out of a balsa wood or thin wire frame, a paper shell and a candle in the centre. The candle is lit allowing the generation of heat to send the lantern skyward where it floats through the sky (similar to a hot air ballon) until the candle burns out and then the structure falls to the ground. Chinese Lanterns were (literally) made famous by the film Beach starring Leonardo Di Caprio and have also been depicted in the animated film Tangled. Chinese Lanterns appear to be set off (into the sky) to mark occasions such as weddings, birthdays or special moments! Once Chinese Lanterns are set off they are usually abandoned by the people setting them off and are seldom, if ever, followed by their owners to be properly disposed of wherever they land. It is widely believed to be near impossible to predict what they will do or where they will go once set off as they are at the mercy of the elements of the weather and wind conditions. It has also been debated, in some circles, that they may pose a threat to aviation once sent airborne. Chinese Lanterns, once airborne and floating through the sky, are often mistaken by eyewitnesses as red distress flares. Chinese Lanterns are also feared to be a fire

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13th NSRI FUNRUN sponsored by Robbie and Jane Weddell at Total Beacon Isle. All the proceeds go to our station 14 towards covering the yearly expenses.

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Qolweni Community Conservancy On September 29th 2011, the official opening of Qolweni Community Conservancy was held at the Siyakula Preschool within the township. Kenneth Magaga (the newly elected chairman of the conservancy) was host to this special event. Barend le Roux from Cape Nature, gave a presentation on conservancies to the community. “This will be the first Township Conservancy within the area...” Barend explained, “As this particular initiative is not entirely an urban conservancy, or a rural conservancy.” Luigi Lottino (Nature Conservationist working with the ORCA foundation) as well as Cassandra Cardiff (an International Development and Anthropology student from Canada) aided in the starting of the conservancy in May 2011, and the conservancy has been working hard ever since to get to where they are today. From ORCA Foundation, we wish the new conservancy within Qolweni luck for the future and hope that they are supported by everyone so that they can achieve every goal they set. - Luigi Lottino, ORCA Foundation. 26

08 January 2012

NSRI Annual Golf Day at Plett Country Club The Morning field is a shotgun start at 0730, of which there are only spaces for 13 four balls left. The afternoon field is also a shotgun start at 1330 and it is already fully booked. I will take names in case of cancellations, although we already have a few four balls in waiting for the PM field. The cost is R300 per player (including an evening meal), and anyone wishing to sponsor a hole can pledge between R 500 and R 1000. We would like to get these by the 15th December so that we can have boards prepared to place on the course beforehand. If one wishes to donate more we will certainly not complain. As we all know this is really a most worthy cause, and they might just have to save you or I one day. Anyone still interested can contact Rodney Gray on 0833789234 or my email;


Plett Ocean Festival The Plett Ocean Festival that took place on the 12th of November 2011 in memory of Tim van Heerden was a huge success, the body boarding had 24 entrants, 70 entries for the surf competition held at Lookout and we had some very enthusiastic teams and families that took place in the memorial race/walk on Central Beach in the morning. Bos Tea kept the judges and Plett Ocean Festival staff in refreshing ice tea and fun was had by all. On the evening of the 12th the Surfer’s Ball took place in an absolutely beautiful tent – the décor team, headed by Liesje Hirschberg and Nadine Warring and the assistance that they received from very gracious helpers, the tent really looked stunning. An important aspect of this inaugural Plett Ocean Festival was the overwhelming assistance from businesses and locals. R38 000 was raised from the festival which will be used for the various projects the fund has identified. One of the projects was a memorial shower to be built at the lookout which has already been completed. To assist the Shark Attack Fund further, donations can be made to: The Shark Attack Fund—Nedbank: 10901400 Account Number: 2003111468 Southern Right Whale Calf What a wonderful surprise to see that a southern right whale calf born in the River mouth . The whales visit our waters to mate and to calf and have travelled here from the subAntarctic. During their time here they generally do not eat, but have been seen feeding opportunistically. At birth they are approx 4 metres in length and can weigh up to a tonne. Their weight can increase as much at 20kg and length increase up to 3cm per day. They are fed on a high fat diet of milk, with the consistency of yoghurt. They can consume up to 400 litres of milk per day. A full grown adult can be 12-16 metres in length and an amazing 40 to 60 tonnes. Whats New in Plett - July 2011

Natural Help for Jet Lag We have all experienced the grogginess, muscle soreness and overall sensation of not feeling well after a long plane flight. After all, air travel that takes us across time zones can upset our sleepwake cycle and our internal clock. But I have good news for you—several natural remedies can help your body counter the effect of jet lag. Here’s what you need to know for your next trip... In addition to the symptoms already mentioned, jet lag (regardless of whether you are flying east or west) can cause sleep problems, digestive upset and headache. Changes in cabin pressure and dehydration also can contribute to symptoms. The remedies below can help you. You can take all of them... or just the ones that best suit your needs. They are all available at health-food stores and safe for everyone. Remedy: Melatonin. What it does: Helps you sleep when you arrive at your destination. How to use: Take 3 mg of sublingual or time-released melatonin half an hour before bedtime in your new time zone. Remedy: Homeopathic Gelsemium. What it does: Helps prevent fatigue and drowsiness. How to use: Take two pellets of a 30C potency every two hours during air travel when you don’t want to sleep during the flight. Remedy: Vitamin B Complex. What it does: Improves energy level. How to use: One 50 mg B-complex tablet every morning and afternoon after your arrival. Remedy: Ashwagandha. What it does: This adaptogen assists the body in coping with physical and emotional stress. How to use: Take 125 to 250 mg daily of a standardized to contain 0.8 withanolide extract. Remedy: Psyllium. What it does: For constipation caused by dehydration. How to use: Take as directed on the label after arrival. Other ways to adjust to your new time zone... Stay hydrated. Be sure to drink plenty of bottled water while flying. During the flight, avoid foods and beverages that contain caffeine and/or have a high sugar content, as these can be dehydrating. Help your body adjust. Consider taking a hot bath when you arrive—this reduces stress and soothes muscles. Exercise during the day in your new time zone. Evening exercise could keep you awake Dr Mark Stengler – High Energy for Life WNIP 1 DEC 2011

Have you ever wondered what your inner animal spirit could be? After numerous years of pondering, I finally discovered mine. Big curious inquisitive eyes, whiskers tickling you as they come in for a closer look, quickly disappearing with a stream of bubbles as they whisk away off to play in the surf, spending their days playing in the water and sunbathing. These remarkable animals are known as South

Africa’s fur seals or Cape fur seals, one of eight different sub-species and considerably smaller than the Northern fur seal. Make no mistake, for what they lack in size, they make up for in personality. These furry little critters are by far, the most sociable and hospitable wild animals I’ve come across. Jumping towards the boat as it approaches, to welcome you in the water. Pups bobbing upside down on the surface, eyeballing you for a bit of attention, adult males gently gliding underneath you for a glimpse of the action and before you know it the cold water is all forgotten. For that brief 30 minutes in the water around the seals, it feels like you in another world, amazing, magical, unbelievable and a must do!

John Fairweather 9 Hutchinson Street Plett Industrial Area, 6600 Tel / Fax: 044 533 5942 Cel: 084 414 9639 / 072 185 8080



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being swept out to sea faster than what they can swim towards shore. If you are caught in a rip-current: -Do not panic and do not try to swim against the current. As hard as it sounds let the current take you out to sea. -Tread water by moving your arms and legs in circular movements to stay afloat and keep your lungs gently filled with air to aid in your buoyancy. -Raise one arm in the air and shout for help to alert people on the shore that you are in trouble. -The rip-current force dissipates the further out to sea it gets so at your first opportunity swim parallel to the shore front until you are free of the rip and then use the incoming waves to aid your progress to get back to shore.

NSRI WATER SAFETY TIPS FOR VACATION SEASON: The NSRI urge recreational boaters, sailors, paddlers, bathers, fishermen, children, seafarers and anglers to exercise safety and caution around coastal waters, inland waters and swimming pools at all times especially during the upcoming festive season.

water so that if you land up in a life threatening situation the steps you take to ensure your survival are well rehearsed. -Life-Jackets are the safety belts when you are on water and should be worn at all times. -Have your communications devices, a cell-phone or VHF radio, with fully charged batteries stored in watertight plastic sleeves. -Carry red distress flares, a signaling mirror or CD disc, a referees whistle, a waterproof torch and wear the correct brightly colored gear and a hat and sunscreen and keep yourselves well hydrated.

Do not drink alcohol and then go for a swim, drive a boat, paddle a paddle craft, surf, go angling off rocks close to shore, sail a sail craft or jump off rocks or from high places into any water. Every year accidents occur around waterways, inland and coastal, and a safety conscious approach to water will contribute to your families safety this summer.

Safety and ensuring your survival when the odds, or the weather, unexpectedly turn against you begins before you leave home. We have gone so far as to recommending to boaters and paddlers to practice safety and emergency techniques by jumping into a swimming pool with all your gear to practice using your safety safety equipment (practice in a safe environment) as it is no good trying to familiarize yourself with your safety equipment for the first time in a real emergency.



Launching your craft in fine weather could see you fighting through a major storm only hours later and we therefore urge anyone making use of the sea and on inland waters to check out weather forecasts before launching and to take all the necessary safety precautions into account in order to be prepared for the worse if weather conditions change suddenly or if you land up, unexpectedly, in a dire emergency situation. Also prepare yourself and your crew for an emergency. Don't try to handle an emergency situation for the first time in a real emergency! Anyone launching any kind of craft to go to sea or on inland waters should keep safety top of mind always: -Always let a responsible person know your time of departure, the route you plan to travel and your estimated return time and stick to your route and plans. Make sure the responsible person has an action plan well versed to contact the NSRI if you do not return as scheduled. -Check that your craft and equipment are in good working order and carry the correct safety approvals and certifications. Make sure your craft has your name and a land based contact number and your details stenciled on the craft -Have your nearest NSRI emergency phone number stored in your phone (You can obtain your nearest NSRI emergency phone number from NSRI's Head Office during office hours at 021 – 4344011 or Other vital national emergency numbers are 10177 (from any phone) and 112 (from a cellphone). -Plan for an emergency before launching onto 28

Anglers fishing along the coastline are urged to wear Life-Jackets while fishing close to the shores edge. Be acutely aware of the high and low tides, never turn your back to the sea and take extra precautions during the twice monthly Spring Tides. Never turn your back to the sea when fishing close to the shores edge.

BATHERS: Children should have responsible adult supervision around any water at all times especially at swimming pools. Statistics released by the Medical Research Council show the greatest number of drowning accidents occur amongst children aged between 5 and 14 in swimming pools, rivers, lakes and dams. Always have someone responsible watching over your children while they are swimming. Swimming Pools should be surrounded by a cloak of safety. Nets over a swimming pool and fences and gates should be well maintained and securely placed at all times. Children should not be left alone around swimming pools. Rip-Currents are the greatest cause of drowning accidents along the coast. A rip-current is a river of water flowing fast out to sea against the incoming waves and can occur at different places along the coastline regularly throughout the day. Rip Currents are a naturally forming channel, or river, of water heading out to sea against the incoming currents. As waves push water onto the shore the water has to find a way of heading back out to sea. This is done by rip currents. They form at different places constantly. Anyone caught in a rip-current will realize they are

During Spring Tide, which happens twice a month every month of the year at full moon and again at new moon along every coast in the world, rip currents are at their strongest for a few days leading up to Spring Tide, peaking on the day of Spring Tide (full or new moon), and lasting for a few days after the Spring Tide. Spring Tides cause a higher than normal high tide and a lower than normal low tide and hence much stronger rip-currents than at other times of the month. Spring Tides are caused by the Magnetic pull of the Moons effect on earth. Spring Tide rip-currents can be so strong that they are known to sometimes sweep people off their feet in ankle deep water and sweep people rapidly out to sea. Extreme caution should be exercised during the Spring Tides. Bathers at beaches should try to swim only when and where lifeguards are on duty and swim within the safe demarcated swimming zones are posted by lifeguards at the beach using their red and yellow flags. Lifeguards at beaches change the safe demarcated swimming zones regularly throughout the day (depending where they detect the strongest rip currents to be) and ask bathers to move to bathe in the new placed channel. The public should obey the lifeguards instructions. Swimming at rivers, lakes and dams can be dangerous as swirling water and rapidly flowing rivers can cause a bather to be sucked under water while swimming, or swept rapidly down stream and into possible danger, hence inland water bathers should be cautious at all times.

IN AN EMERGENCY: Everyone living along the coast or anyone visiting the coast and all sea users should find out what their nearest NSRI emergency telephone number is. The NSRI have rescue stations along the coast around South Africa and also have rescue stations at the Vaal Dam, the Hartbeespoort Dam and at Victoria Lake in Germiston. To find out what your nearest sea rescue emergency number is phone 021-4344011 during office hours or go to

Plett NSRI 044 533 2744 A very important emergency phone number to store in your phone is 10177 (dial from any phone). 10177 is the National emergency medical and rescue contact number and should only be used to report an emergency. Released by: Craig Lambinon Sea Rescue Communications

Some Highlights of the Year 2011 Our year has been very busy… Plett and other folk have organized a number of fun events and happenings. its always fun to be in Plett. High Season Summer holidays are great, but many prefer the local feel of the relatively quieter months... Some fun and good stuff which happened in 2011, in no particular order were Tanushka Riding for the disable d Training Show in February VERNISSAGE III the third annual Life drawing paintings and sculpture exhibition The CANSA CANSA Shavathon, . Offthehook Adventure Series Mountain Bike Challenge, Mountain Bike Fun Ride , Regional PWMSA Launch and Local Artists Bash, Pre-Pennypinchers Easter Surfski Challenge Race, the first Classic Car Show in Plett, the Harley Davidson Rally in Plett, The Rondebosch Boys’ Concert Band, Food for Waste Project Launched , The final State of the Town address for the outgoing Council , an ECD Resource centre was officially opened. This is going to bless so many of our future leaders, The beautiful new Day Hospital in KwaNokuthula was opened. Great Health Care in a wonderfully equipped facility for all, The 4th Pennypinchers Easter Surf Ski Race , this year incorporated into the first Plett Easter Games 2011, a four day Easter weekend sports festival which also included a Trail Run (4km & 10km), Golf tournament, MTB Challenge (20km & 40km) and Road Run (10km), Beacon Isle Mile swim, Golf, Music, and a kiddies guppy race. There was also the Thula Township 10km Road Race in Kwanokuthula, Hip hop township music and dance; Plett Field band full complement of brass, percussion, steel drums and dance. Generously sponsored by local and national business folk who love Plett and supported by the Bitou Municipality and Plettenberg Bay Tourism. Site_Specific Introduced Land Art to All The People of Bitou - South Africa’s first-ever international Land Art celebration Local visual and performing artists and conservation groups partnered with Site_Specific to create a lasting impact. The Kwanokuthula community of artists; the Kranshoek Griqua village stonemasons and riel dancers; the Madiba 90 tree project in New Horizons; the Eden-Addo conservancy; and the Green Ticket are among the existing initiatives to join forces with Site_Specific for this inaugural event. Sixteen top international artists, including Swiss land art star Urs Twellman and South African Strijdom van der Merwe created temporary public sculptures using materials such as sticks, stones, and sand. Muffin Bekker Baladjia organized the Guerilla group– community artists’ participation More than 120 learners from Bitou schools took part in a treasure hunt along the land

art trail as part of a pioneering art, education, and skills development program, The young people explored work by environmental art star Urs Twellman from Switzerland, South Africa’s leading land artist Strijdom van der Merwe, and 13 top artists to learn how to make art from sticks, stones, sand, and other materials found free-ofcharge in nature. By linking art, culture, history, and the environment, Site_Specific is creating a model for using the power of land art to challenge and change people’s perceptions about their natural environment. See some fabulous photographs on Then there was the Cruise the Crags Festival organised by Yolandi where folk re-discovered the quiet charm of the Crags. The first Tour de Plett Cycling Festival a 2 day festival of cycling was staged in July. Organised and run by the MTN Club 100 Plettenberg Bay, the event catered for both mountain bikers and roadies with superb routes planned on and off the tar Saturday The mountain bikers headed out from Wittedrift, over the Stofpad and through the stunning Protea Wilds and Petrus se Brand, taking a newly chartered route through MTO forests and pedaling home amongst the giraffe, eland and wildebeest of the spectacular Buffalo Hills Game Reserve ( The roadies started from Marine Drive in Plett and enjoying the fast and flat route along the N2 all the way to the Coldstream turnoff. The way home went down into Nature’s Valley and back up the renowned Nature’s Valley pass, giving hill climbers a chance to test their mettle. The Ride finished at the Plett NG Kerk in Marine Drive where their hard work on the saddle was rewarded by food, drink and beer tents. To enter the 2012 Tour de Plett or send an email to The Wedge Classic 10th – 16th July 2011 The 17th SABA Wedge Classic Body boarding contest took place in during the July School Holidays. The very controversial addition of a national Jet Ski race resulted in a petition and a peaceful protest. The newly elected Mayor, who had given permission of the race, conceded that it should possibly not take place during the Southern right whale season which takes place annually from May—November as these giants migrate and linger in our bay to mate and calf. There was a well organised International Drug Awareness Day in Plett Grade 7 students from schools in the area, as well as the Masizame Best Centre, competed in a Poster and Poem competition. Bitou Horse Welfare has a very enjoyable Medieval Festival at Bellamunga . There was a joyous Mandela Day Celebration at Madiba’s Trees hundreds of people from all communities gathered at Madiba’s trees on Monday 18th July 2011 to celebrate and honour our great leader and to acknowledge the values he taught us and which we should try to emulate. The Young Actors’ Theatre Academy

showcased their work in two super plays American Apostles Isaac and Prophetess Deborah Jones visited Plettenberg Bay, Kranshoek MCfm Big Walk / Family Day organised by The MCFM /Remax Prime Properties at the Plett Rugby Club was a fantastic day, in fact so good that even the German Navy showed up for it. Women of Worth, WOW Beads Project was launched at KwaNokuthula. A very worthwhile project to support. The "Old Crocks" celebrate Heritage Day on the Soccer Field. Saturday 24 September 2011 was a day for the Masters of Bitou to showcase some of the talent of years gone by. The Masters soccer players are all 35 years and older and the tournament was held at the Kwanokuthula Sport Field. This was the first Masters Cup to be held in Bitou and included 2 teams from Kwanokuthula (Plett Masters and Khora Bhayana), Barcelona Masters from Qolweni and Kurland Masters from The Craggs. PAWS Annual Dog 4X Walkathon There have been weekly Prayer Walks against Drugs The 3rd annual Plett for Peace - Festival of lights organized by Vinthi at Old Nick Village was lovely. Music, dance, food, fun, laughter, candle lighting, sky lantern release and Pranic healing The first Plett Pet Day was organised by Heidi Knight, our champion for animals. There were lots of stalls, diplays, competitions and many folk with their pets. Wags and Whiskers Pet Grooming Salon, sponsored the Fun Day. Funds were raised towards a mass spay. Our Annual Breast Cancer Awareness walk was an outstanding success, the best and biggest ever. More than 450 people took part, Grannies and Grandpas, Moms and Dads, young people, children, babies in prams and even some dogs. On World Interconnectedness Day 11-11-11 Plett hosted Awaken the Dreamer Symposium, and The Barefoot University Foundation in partnership with Plant-for-the Planet Children Foundation hosted Plant-for-the Planet Academy at Simunye, Kwanokuthula. The purpose of the academy was to empower youth with environmental education. Plant-for-the Planet Academy was embraced by the presence of Barefoot University Foundation, Kjell from Germany, the academic facilitators, teachers and 130 students from Bitou schools. A brand new EMS Unit was opened at Kwanokuthula by the Western Cape Minister of Health, Theuns Botha. Aimed to service the Bitou District community of approximately 60 000 occupants, the station will service the communities of Harkersville, Kranshoek, Wittedrift, New Horizons, Kwanokuthula, Bossiesgif, Welcome Location, The Crags, Covie and Natures Valley. Western Cape Government Health has prioritised the establishment of health facilities in communities, locating them closer to communities, ensuring better service delivery and public accessibility. So as you can see a whole lots happens in the quiet season, and then there are all the regular club, sports, school, friends activties... it can turn into a little mouse race! Plet Summer Scene 29


1st December 2011 – 1st January 2012 Bitou Arts and Culture Society, will be hosting an

“ Summer Arts and Culture Festival ” during the school holidays from the 1st December 2011 to 1st January 2012, It will be a total different Festival, with lots of fun and entertainment, we will be having cultural dancers at our local beach with a tent where Arts and Craft will be exhibited and sold to tourists, and at the Melvilles corner we will have dance groups that will be entertaining tourists. In certain days we will be having an “ Cleanup campaign” as the Arts Society, assisting municipality to clean beaches and our town and we will also assist SAP by patrolling in town, car parking areas and local shops and reporting any criminal activities by means of radio communication, by doing this we want to keep our Plett and tourists attractions safe and we also want to plough back to businesses who supported our programs during the June – July Anti drug and Aids Awareness program.


FUN CRAFT morning at:Melville’s Corner Centre, GAZEBO (Opp. Clicks) Tuesday, 13 December 2011 Tuesday, 20 December 2011 Time:10h00 – 12h00 (midday)

Activities will include: Hand painting, Making Christmas Cards, Drawing, Face painting – demonstration, Music…….. All children are invited.

Helpende Hand Plettenberg Baai.

Kaskenades en Familie Sport Dag op die 17de Desember 2011. Waar: Rugby Veld in Grizzness - Tyd: 11:00 tot laat. Kom geniet die dag saam ons. Dis alles vir ‘n goeie doel. Vir enige navrae. Kontak Salome by of skakel haar gerus by 083 299 2233 . Daar sal stalletjies, speletjies, en ‘n kontant kroeg en musiek beskikbaar wees. Plet Summer Scene 31

New Ideas about Old Caves by Prof Judith Sealy A talk to the Van Plettenberg Historical Society on 15 May 2011 The many caves and open-air archaeological sites on the Robberg Peninsula have long been known to contain a wealth of archaeological material, some of it many hundreds of thousands of years old. Plett and surrounding areas were desirable places to live in those days, just as they are today, and for many of the same reasons – including mild weather year-round and good fishing! The best-known cave is Nelson Bay Cave, excavated by archaeological teams in the 1960s and 1970s. It contains perhaps the most complete record of any site in South Africa of occupation over the past 22000 or so years, as well as older remains dating to before 60000 years ago. Nelson Bay Cave provides an excellent picture of life in the past, but questions remain. One important question is “Are the patterns seen at Nelson Bay Cave typical of other sites in the area, or are some of them idiosyncratic features of this particular cave?” This can only be answered by investigating more caves. We do, of course, have a good deal of evidence from Matjes River Rock Shelter, at Keurboomstrand, but the excavations there were not well documented and we lack detailed information about what was found, and where. We also know, from the bone chemistry of human skeletons found at Matjes River and on the Robberg Peninsula, that between 4500 and 2000 years ago, different groups of people with different ways of life lived on either side of the Keurbooms/Bitou estuary. They were all hunter-gatherers, but the folk who lived at Robberg and Plettenberg Bay were specialized marine-oriented hunter-gatherers for whom fish, seals and seabirds were major food items. People who lived at Matjes River, on the other hand, ate much more mixed diets in which plant foods and the meat of terrestrial animals were more important. This is a relatively recent finding, published in the academic journal Current Anthropology in 2006. In order to explore these issues further, a team from UCT undertook excavations in June/July 2007 and 2008 in the very large cave on the western side of Robberg, just beyond The Gap. Many locals know this cave as East Guanogat. Archaeologists often call it Hoffman’s Cave, after Hoffman, a former Director of the National Museum in Bloemfontein, who dug a trench there in (we think) 1958. Hoffman himself called it “Robberg Cave”, but as there are many caves on Robberg, this isn’t a very helpful name. It is, as everyone who has walked around Robberg knows, an enormous cave with a very large shell midden spilling out of the mouth. The path around the peninsula bypasses the cave immediately below the mouth. The surface inside the cave is very soft, so our first problem was how to move about in the cave without causing damage. With a great deal of help from the staff of CapeNature, we filled sandbags with beach sand and laid these down, together with coir mats, to make pathways across the site. We decided to work back from the western side of the trench left by Hoffman, cleaning the surface, identifying the different depositional 32

layers, then removing them one by one using small mason’s trowels. All excavated material was sieved and the sand used to fill more sandbags, while shells, bones, stone artefacts and anything else we found were placed in bags for further study at the university. We found a lot! The midden is packed full of shells, fish bone, estuarine grass (Zostera sp.) brought into the site for use as mattresses and cushions, as well as rarer finds such as mammal bone, stone artefacts, bone and ostrich egg-shell beads and other items. Some, but not all of the finds have now been studied. Shellfish were a major food for the inhabitants of the cave, and Katharine Kyriacou has identified the discarded shells for her masters thesis. She found that brown mussels were the most common shell species, with pear-shaped limpets second. This is interesting, since both these species are found today on the steep rocky slopes immediately beneath the cave. Siffies and alikreukel were also collected and eaten regularly. Karen van Niekerk has studied the fish bones for her doctoral thesis. She found that the inhabitants of the cave caught 29 different kinds of fish, of which the most common were yellowtail, galjoen, blacktail, harders and strepies. Species such as yellowtail and galjoen were almost certainly line-caught, while harders were probably taken with nets. We also found stone artefacts, and items fashioned from bone, shell and even ivory. Stone artefacts of this period consist mostly of crude flakes used as rough cutting tools. A great deal of work was, however, devoted to manufacturing finely crafted objects in other materials. We found perfectly symmetrical bone points that were probably used as arrow-tips, and bone beads made by ringing and snapping birdbones, then grinding the snapped edges smooth. We also found parts of one or more bowls made from the shells of fresh-water turtles. The upper parts of the shells were kept intact, and the undersides removed and the edges smoothed to produce beautiful and useful bowls. As in other coastal sites of this period, we found surprisingly little evidence of fishing equipment. We did recover fragments of twine that may have been parts of nets, and small stones with a groove all the way round them that were probably used as line sinkers. These are known also from Nelson Bay Cave and other south coast sites. We do not, however, know what these ancient fishermen used as hooks: nothing resembling a hook has been found at this site or any other dating from this time. Presumably they were made of some perishable material that has not survived. It is remarkable that the entire 1.7metre depth of midden that we excavated accumulated in only 1000 years, between about 4500 and 3500 years ago. Such a thick deposit is unusual, and offers a wonderful opportunity to get a detailed picture of changes through time. This period is also well represented at other sites in the southern Cape, from which we can infer that populations were large and population densities high at this time. We do not yet know why this was, but I suspect that the way that people were dividing up the landscape, as shown by the separation between groups on either side of the Keurbooms/Bitou estuary, was a response to population pressure and presumably pressure on food and other resources. The changes that this brought about within hunter-gatherer society, and

the ways that they coped with the challenges of rapid population growth are of considerable interest, and resonate with some of the problems we face in our own society today. Why did we not find anything older than 4500 years? At the base of our excavations, we encountered a sand-dune composed of very fine, wind-blown sand. Zenobia Jacobs, of the University of Wollongong in Australia, has dated this for us to about 7000 years ago. At that time the sea level was a little higher than today, and the shape of the shoreline was therefore slightly different. I think that the dune we see in the cave is the same one that occurs today on the side of Robberg between the cave and the ‘island’, but that it was displaced slightly towards the mainland during the time of higher sea level. It is quite possible that there is older archaeological material underneath the sand-dune, but it would be very difficult to reach it. The sand is very fine, so as soon as it is exposed it dries out and then starts to ‘run’. We do not know how deep the dune is, but it is certainly more than a metre thick – possibly several metres – so any serious attempt to dig through it would require substantial boards or plates securely fixed in place to prevent the sides of the trench falling in. It is also interesting that the site lacks deposits more recent than 3500 years ago. Perhaps there was once more recent material on top, but this has been eroded away. Alternatively, by 3500 BC the cave may already have been so full of other people’s rubbish that it was no longer an attractive place to live, and other camp-sites were chosen instead. Nelson Bay Cave has a number of layers dating between 3500 and 2000 years ago, so people were living on Robberg at that time. After 2000 years ago, there is much less evidence of occupation. In fact, all along the southern and western coastlines of South Africa, people harvested marine foods much less intensively after 2000 years ago. This was just part of the disruption of old ways of life as the first domesticated sheep and cattle were brought into South Africa, and people turned from hunting and gathering to sheep - and later cattle-herding. Robberg is clearly not an ideal environment for these activities, and early herders would have gravitated towards grassier environments. Evidence from this site is making an important contribution to understanding the long-term history of South Africa. The hunter-gatherer communities who have lived in South Africa for many thousands of years have a dynamic history that is of considerable interest, although it is not yet well known. It is especially important for archaeology to document the variation in huntergatherer lifestyles, because it is becoming increasingly clear that there are many ways to be a hunter-gatherer. What determines which path a particular community follows? Is it to do with climatic and environmental conditions? The demands of increasing or decreasing population size? Cultural choices? As we go further back in time, archaeological remains tend to be less wellpreserved and therefore more difficult to interpret. Along the south coast, we have some sites such as Pinnacle Point, Blombos, Klasies River and others that contain evidence of early modern humans who were, of course, also hunter-gatherers. Reliable interpretations of sites like these depend crucially on understanding the range of options for how to make a living as a hunter -gatherer in this environment.

Changing times at Matjes River rock shelter by Dr Janette Deacon A Talk to the van Plettenberg Historical Society 30 January 2011 Location and history Matjes River Rock Shelter is on private property above the western bank of the mouth of the Matjes River, a small stream a few hundred metres east of the beach at Keurboomstrand. It was declared a national monument in 1960 because it is one of the largest shell middens in a rock shelter in the world. Since the National Heritage Resources Act (Act 25 of 1999) replaced the National Monuments Act, all former national monuments have become Provincial Heritage Sites and in the Western Cape are managed by Heritage Western Cape in the provincial Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport in Cape Town. A ‘midden’ is simply a pile of discarded food remains such as ash, shell, vegetable matter and bone. This one, which is about 30 m long, 15 m wide and 10 m deep, tells the story of the people who lived there between 10,800 and 1,000 years ago against a backdrop of the climatic changes that took place worldwide during that time. Mussels and limpets were a major food source and have added to the bulk of the midden. Over 100 people were buried in the shelter, most of them children. In 1928/29 the first archaeological excavations of the midden were undertaken by Prof T.F. Dreyer, a Zoologist at the University of the Orange Free State. After World War II, further excavations were done in 1952-57 by Dr A.C. Hoffman of the National Museum, Bloemfontein, and Dr A.J.D. Meiring of the State Museum, Windhoek. They were interested mainly in the burials in order to identify the hunter-gatherer people who lived there. In the belief that most of the graves would be against the back wall of the shelter, they dug away all the midden in that area, and put a trench at right angles to it in the middle of the midden, thereby isolating two piles of deposit that are no longer supported by the rock wall. They concluded that the inhabitants were the ancestors of the San (Bushmen) who were joined within the last 2000 years by ancestors of Khoe herders. Some 40 years later, Prof H.J. Deacon, head of the Department of Archaeology at the University of Stellenbosch, conducted further excavations in 1993-94 and the


Tel: +27 (0) 44 535 9739 Now at The Mohair Mill Shop! results were reported in a MA thesis by Willemien Dockel. The purpose of this excavation was to test whether the earlier work had reached the base of the midden (it had), and to obtain radiocarbon dates on the shells to correlate changes in sea level, and therefore climate, over the past 10,000 years. Unfortunately, erosion of the top of the midden caused by wind erosion and people trampling on it, had already removed the most recent 4000 years of the deposit in Layer A. The results of all three excavation seasons confirmed that the rock shelter was occupied by Later Stone Age hunter-gatherers who made stone and bone tools and shell ornaments, collected shellfish, fished, hunted small game animals and seals and collected plant foods such as bulbs, herbs and fruits from the coastal forest. They lived on the midden, made fires there, prepared skins for leather clothing and made hunting, fishing and gathering equipment. Graves were sometimes covered with powdered red ochre, and sometimes with large stones – one of which had an enigmatic painting on it – and a few were accompanied by shell and ostrich eggshell ornaments. Changes through time Over the time that people have lived in Matjes River Rock Shelter many changes have taken place. Artefacts • Layer A (4000 to less than 2000 years ago): a few potsherds at the very top, a few stone tools, a stone sinker, beads of shell, ostrich eggshell and tortoise shell, small antelope bones • Layer B (4700 to 6700 years ago): stone and polished bone tools for working leather, seal and fish bones • Layer C (6700-7900 years ago): well made small stone tools and ornaments, burials covered with red ochre • Layer D (9600-10,800 years ago): large stone tools, bone ‘fish gorges’ Economy and lifestyle A major change in economy took place when, between 1000 and 2000 years ago, Khoe herders came into the area and left behind some


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sherds of the pottery they made to store milk products from their sheep and cattle. They also hunted and collected shellfish. Their lifestyle contrasted with that of the earlier San hunter-gatherers. Shellfish Changes in shellfish species reflect changing climate over the past 10,000 years. During the Last Glacial Maximum which peaked at 18,000 years ago, there was so much water locked up in the ice caps at the north and south poles that sea levels worldwide were 130 m below their present level. At that time you would not have seen the sea from Matjes River rock shelter. Global temperatures began to rise and the ice caps began to melt from about 14,000 years ago.  Layer D has mostly white sand mussels and black mussels indicating a sandy beach, lower sea level, and colder sea temperature. At this time (between 11,000 and 9000 years ago), the ice caps at the north and south pole were continuing to melt but the sea level was not yet as high as it is now.  In Layer C there are more limpets indicating a rocky shore as the sea level continued to rise.  In Layer B, the predominance of brown mussels indicates warmer sea temperatures. At this time (5-6000 years ago) it was slightly warmer worldwide and the sea level was about 2 m higher than at present.  The earlier excavators reported brown mussel shells in Layer A but as this layer was absent in the 1990s, the numbers of shellfish species could not be confirmed. Conservation challenges For some years after the rock shelter was declared a national monument, a caretaker was employed to be present at the site during school holidays and at weekends. After the caretaker died, no-one was appointed to replace him. Visitors walked on top of the midden and climbed the steep slopes, and the fence and notice board were broken. When the excavations were completed in 1993, a wooden boardwalk was constructed with the help of the National Monuments Council, CapeNature and local donors to keep visitors away from the top and sides of the midden. Sandbags were wrapped in geotextile to protect the slopes and two information boards were installed. A peel of the sections was made for display purposes. About ten years later, after damage to the geotextile and bags by people or baboons, the Keurboomstrand Property Owners Association co-ordinated repairs and put up a ladder for easier access to the forest path, and SANParks with a Working for Water team made the path safer. Because there is no sand available in the vicinity of the rock shelter to fill more sand bags, wind continues to erode the slope of the midden that has not been supported by sand bags and geotextile. The next step is to persuade some young and energetic people to fill bags with dry sand from the sides of the river mouth and carry them up the hill to the rock shelter. When we have enough, they can be wrapped in geotextile and stacked in place. Plet Summer Scene 33

Masizame Giving Vulnerable Children of Bitou a Future Many people want to help children but are often uncertain about where donations really end up. Be assured that at Masizame Children’s Shelter we provide professionally managed child and youth care services on a very limited budget. Masizame operates 3 distinct but synergistic centres; namely:.Masizame Shelter l Masizame ECD (crèche) l Masizame Drop-In Statutory Residential Care l Masizame ECD (crèche) l Masizame Drop-In for 30 children 6-18 yrs l a prevention initiative for 130 preschoolers l Street children & Youth at Risk Masizame was founded on the beliefs that all children should be protected from abuse, treated with dignity, be able to attend school, receive adequate medical care and grow up free from violence and sexual exploitation. Our projects are evaluated quarterly, and formally audited twice a year by Dept of Social Services and Department of Education, our grant makers and organisational development specialists from NACOSA. Masizame must meet tough standards regarding innovation, sustainability and likelihood of success. Masizame is a Xhosa word meaning ‘Let Us Try!’. It is exactly the attitude a group of local business women motivated to do something about the phenomenon of the street children in the greater Plettenberg Bay area in 1992.

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In the years to come the Masizame Street Children’s Project was registered with the Dept of Social Services. The project offers the vulnerable child an alternative to the destructive environment of an unbearable home-life. Sadly, their home-life typically includes; domestic violence, alcoholic parents, poverty , physical and mental abuse and the child’s inability to cope with stepparents. s . Masizame is also a Place of Safety and Healing for abused children. The project and aims to restore self-dignity through equipping the child with life skills, self reliance and coping mechanisms to build resilience in both the child and their family. Through constant communication, and meaningful intervention we seek to restore positive contact with their family in their own community. Our parenting forums, support networks and our ‘Youth Development through Football’ initiatives enables us to establish long-term support structures within the local communities. Over the past nineteen years, Masizame has evolved according to the needs of the children and the reality of the challenges that they face on a daily basis. We continue to be recognised as one of Plettenberg Bays success stories in terms of NGO’s. A wonderful positive team spirit is evident at Masizame, and this would not be possible without the vision, devotion and ongoing commitment of our skilled staff.

How you can help ? The most significant challenge that children still face is abuse and exploitation Child abuse is everyone’s problem. Create Awareness. Be vigilant. Speak Out. Challenge any adult behaving inappropriately with a child of 18 years or younger. Report child abuse, exploitation or neglect, by completing a Form 22 at the local police station, Child Welfare, or Department of Social Services office in Kwanokuthula . FORM 22 REPORTING OF ABUSE OR DELIBERATE NEGLECT OF CHILD (Regulation 33) [SECTION 110 OF THE CHILDREN’S ACT 38 OF 2005]; REPORTING OF ABUSE TO PROVINCIAL DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, DESIGNATED CHILD PROTECTION ORGANISATION OR POLICE OFFICIAL

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Extinction is probably the most feared word in the world of conservation. It is the complete end of a species, where it is no longer able to breed and reproduce for future generations. The most famous of these modern extinct animals is the dodo, which was found on Mauritius. It has been estimated that as many as 99.9% of all species that ever existed are now dead. Most species have died naturally mainly due to complex changes to their environment, however some have died due to human interferences such as over harvesting. To preserve the animals we do have left, the simple act of recycling can make a huge difference in the protection of natural habitats. Robyn Jones.

Getting into the Festive Spirit ? A small donation can Make a Big, Big Difference to Masizame Children’s Shelter for Abused and Vunerable Children in Kwanokuthula! Look out for our collection boxes in the local stores or donate electronically. Masizame Registration: NPO 005-341 PBO 930014082. FNB Plett, Account 62078381151 Masizame Children’s Shelter Call us on 044-5336640/5332365 to arrange a personal visit to our Shelter. Guareenteed to uplift your spirits. Every contribution helps in our service in bringing healing to a wounded child. We send you our blessings for a wonderful season in Plettenberg Bay.

Filters of our Ecosystems A wetland can simply be described as a body of land that is waterlogged permanently or for a significant duration of time during the year. Wetlands are very productive systems which allow for unique species of plants, animals and insects to thrive where others cannot. They provide species-specific habitats to plant and animal life endemic to each wetland. Unfortunately, wetlands have been exploited by humans for many years, have fallen victim to large scale drainage for development and farming and flooding for recreational lakes. By 1993, half the world’s natural wetlands were destroyed. As a result of this, humans have had to spend millions on building filtration systems that mimic what wetlands once did “free of charge”. Today there are many conservation programs and laws that protect wetlands worldwide. You can start conserving wetlands today by preventing pollution of these precious areas or starting a recycling system in your home. Luigi Lottino – ORCA Foundation

CHILDREN'S CHILDREN ARE THE CROWN TO THE AGED, AND PARENTS ARE THE PRIDE OF THEIR CHILDREN ( PROVERBS 17:6 *NKJV ) Grandchildren are indeed the crown to their grandparents, for they believe in those they trust with all their hearts. They have an open mind and are eager to learn and believe all that they can. I hope that you will enjoy these as much as do..... 1. Dear God, please put another holiday between Christmas and Easter. There is nothing good in there now. Amanda 2. Dear God, Thank you for the baby brother but what I asked for was a puppy. I never asked for anything before. You can look it up. Joyce 3. Dear Mr. God, I wish you would not make it so easy for people to come apart. I had to have 3 stitches and a shot. Janet 4. God, I read the bible. What does beget mean? Nobody will tell me. Love, Alison 5. Dear God, how did you know you were God? Who told you? Charlene 6. Dear God, is it true my father won't get in Heaven if he uses his golf words in the house? Anita 7. Dear God, I bet it's very hard for you to love all of everybody in the whole world. There are only 4 people in our family and I can never do it. Nancy 8. Dear God, I like the story about Noah the best of all of them. You really made up some good ones. I like walking on water, too. Glenn 9. Dear God, my Grandpa says you were around when he was a little boy. How far back do you go? Love, Dennis 10. Dear God, do you draw the lines around the countries? If you don't, who does? Nathan 11. Dear God, did you mean for gi-

raffes to look like that or was it an accident? Norma 12. Dear God, in bible times, did they really talk that fancy? Jennifer 13. Dear God, how come you did all those miracles in the old days and don't do any now? Billy 14. Dear God, please send Dennis Clark to a different summer camp this year. Peter 15. Dear God, maybe Cain and Abel would not kill each other so much if they each had their own rooms. It works out OK with me and my brother. Larry 16. Dear God, I keep waiting for spring, but it never did come yet. What's up? Don't forget. Mark 17. Dear God, my brother told me about how you are born but it just doesn't sound right. What do you say? Marsha 18. Dear God, if you watch in Church on Sunday I will show you my new shoes. Barbara 19. Dear God, is Reverend Coe a friend of yours, or do you Just know him through the business? Donny 20. Dear God, do not think anybody could be a better God than you. Well, I just want you to know that. I am not just saying that because you are already God. Charles 21. Dear God, it is great the way you always get the stars in the right place. Why can't you do that with the moon? Jeff 22. Dear God, I am doing the best I can. Really. Frank Now, saving the best for last: 23. Dear God, I didn't think orange went with purple until I saw the sunset you made on Tuesday night. That was really cool. Thomas.

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At 2 years and 4 months old, in October 2011 at the National Championships of the Field Band Foundation, the Plett Pioneers was the youngest Field Band to ever compete in the Premier Division of the Championships. The

Plett Pioneers secured their spot to compete in the 2011 FBF National Championships’ Premier Division after earning a Silver Trophy in the First Division (as a Baby Band) in 2009. The stage for the 2011 FBF National Championships was Wanders Cricket Stadium in Johannesburg. This year marked the 10th Anniversary of Partnership between the Field Band Foundation and Norges Musikkorps Forbund (NMF), Norway. Thus, the event was the most spectacular National Championships ever - with all 19 Field Bands throughout South Africa bringing their “best” to the field. The Plett 36

Pioneers did exactly that. With their “WHISTLE STOP” themed show, the Plett Pioneers caught the entire stadium by surprise as the youngest band competing in the Premier Division. The Plett Pioneers took the audience on a 10 minute “Whistle Stop Tour” of the World, capturing the Music and Dance styles of South America (Olodum Percussion), Central America (Guantanamera – ChaCha), North America (Earth Wind and Fire – Soul), Europe/Spain (Malaguena – Flamenco), Asia/India (Jai Ho – Bollywood) and back to South Africa with Johnny Clegs’ Cruel Crazy Beautiful World. Their “Whistle Stop” show earned them a Silver Medal, finishing just below the top three Gold Level Champions. In addition, the Plett Pioneers were awarded two Ensemble awards: Mixed Ensemble (2nd Place) and Percussion Ensemble (3rd Place). Says Project Officer Bridget RobinsonWagner; “we are very proud of our achieve-

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ments this year – the only regret/ disappointment is that there were not more members of the Plettenberg Bay community to witness the event”. Next year the Plett Pioneers Field Band hopes to organize an extra “supporters” bus to the National Championship Event. Many thanks to our Major Sponsors and the Plettenberg Bay Community for all of the support and love! 2011 Field Band Foundation National Championship Premier Division Results: 1. Bertie and Ronnie Lubner National Champions Trophy ~Black Like Me Mdantsane (East London) 2. GSA Runners-up Trophy ~De Beers Kimberley 3. Second Runners-up Trophy ~De Beers PPC Cullinan 4. Silver Medal ~Plett Pioneers (Plettenberg Bay) 5. Silver Medal ~PFG Londulusha 6. Silver Medal ~Stocks Anglo Bafokeng 7. Bronze Medal ~Cape Whalers (Cape Town) 8. Bronze Medal ~De Beers Blouberg 9. Bronze Medal ~PG Bison Buccaneers (KwaZulu Natal) Plett Pioneers Field Band Ensemble Awards Mixed Ensemble ~Silver Award (2nd Place Overall) Percussion Ensemble ~Bronz Award (3rd Place Overall)

Plett Pioneers Field Band Team Project Officer ~Bridget Robinson-Wagner; Band Coordinator/Music Director ~Riaan van Heerden (Port Elizabeth); Percussion Teacher ~Vusi Ngcongwane (Soweto) ; Dance Teacher / Choreographer ~Sthembiso “galfriend” Mncube (Soweto); Brass Teacher ~Cheslin Pegram-Louw (Plettenberg Bay) Pit Percussion Teacher ~Mongezi Kheswa (Soweto) ; Plett Pioneers Field Band Major Sponsors Bitou Municipality, Bitou 10 Foundation, Ocean Blue Adventures, Hunter Hotels, The Grand Café and Rooms, Three Cities Group

The Bitou Community Veterinary Clinic The Bitou CVC was founded in Plettenberg Bay by Dr Bert van Reenen, who is the Chairman. As there is a great need to help animals in the under privileged areas, the own-

ers, most living below the bread line, are just unable to pay for treatments, vaccines, or sterilization. Thus the CVC. We collect money and jumble, and subsidize any costs incurred for the Treatment, vaccines and sterilization of the animals. Since March 2009 we have managed to sterilize 1300 dogs and cats, preventing Thousands of unwanted animals being born. We have also treated many dogs and cats for injuries caused by motor vehicles, dog fights and abuse. Our main aim is to reduce the number of unwanted animals. For this reason we try and Sterilize as many females as possible. We also remove unwanted animals, as these are the ones that are really abused and neglected. The Charity Shop in the Atmar centre (behind Pep Stores) helps us to fund this project. We are always in need of unwanted items - anything from clothing to bric-abrac, kitchenware and linen. Contact No. 0822121613

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Rock Hyrax More commonly known as the klip dassie (Procavia capensis), is a cute little animal resembling a large guinea pig. These little seen creatures make their home on Robberg where there are at least 5 different colonies. A colony can consist of up to 20 animals depending on the availability of food. They are 2-4.5 kg in weight with brown colouring on their backs. They have no tail but are equipped with leathery toes which enable them to agilely climb the steep rocky cliffs of Rob-

berg. These animals are surprisingly the closest living relative to the elephant and the dugong. Most specifically because of the shape of their feet, their jaw and teeth, and the fact that their mammary glands are between their forelimbs. These amazing little animals are also the only animals that can look directly into the sun without damaging their eyes. They do this because this is where their predators come from; hawks and eagles will attack from the sky! Tracy Meintjes - ORCA Foundation

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Great news for the Old Rectory! Finally!

Plans drawn up by Gabriel Fagan Architects for the restoration of the Old Rectory and construction of a boutique hotel have been granted approval by HWC. The environmental consultants for the project are Bluepebble and the plans were made available for comment on their website" Congratulations to Nico Opperman for his perseverance and concern for preserving and enhancing this historical heritage of Plett. What’s New in Plett 10 Nov 2011

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This is a delightful little reed, boma restauran with a deck overlooking the lily-clad Klein Piesang River.

It nestles in a tranquil setting amongst park-like surroundings, dubbed “Plett's best kept secret” by the locals. It also has a cosy, intimate fireplace for chilly, wintry days. The restaurant is licenced and George, the owner and chef, caters for all discerning palates. His menu changes with the seasons, but there are always the perennial favourites, such as calamari & his famous calamari salad, grilled fish, home-made burgers, assorted wraps, varieties of fresh garden salads and scrumptious breakfasts - not to mention his fresh scones, muffins and famous brownies! River Café is a very popular venue for the locals in Plett, especially for private functions. The little restaurant is well-known for hosting a wide variety of functions - from baby showers to kitchen teas, to evening parties and gatherings.

Open Daily for awesome food in awesome surroundings

Greenpoint Avenue off Robberg Road /Piesang Valley Tel: 044 533 3815 Cel: 071 675 1806

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We have a good variety of restaurants which each have an ambience of their own, to suit every budget. Menues and styles of cooking are many, so there is something for everyone to enjoy. It is always a good idea to book—also to check the menu beforehand ; most have the menu displayed outside their entrance. Also check if there is a “speciality of the house”. so that you have the choice


at Monkeyland The Crags GPS 33' 50' S 23' 28' E

tel: 044 534 8393

offers a unbeatable experience. Enjoy quality food & service while watching a multitude of monkeys play in the forest which surrounds you. NO ADMISSION FEE TO COME TO THE RESTAURANT.

Cnr Church & Main Street

Take-Away or Sit-In The best burgers in town! your 24hr Take-Away in town

ENRiCO 1st Beach Keurboomstrand Traditional Italian feasts inspired by Enrico’s passion. Enjoy the view and fall in love with my food

DELICIOUS SUSHI You can order by phone

Order or Booking 533 0971 Open 7 days a week

Noel Centre -Main Street

The little big Restaurant in the heart of Plett

@ the Heath 044 532 7928

Restaurant • Caffé • Bar tel: 044 535 9818

Marine Building, Under Flashbacks, Main Street

Italian Restaurant Tel 044 533 6623

Jade’s Café


Satisfying appetites with passion

Chinese restaurant

Ciccio al Fresco

Fabulous breakfasts & best pizzas in Plett

Checkers Centre, Main Street Plett 044-533 6942 /

Country style cooking Breakfast, lunch, home bakes and top class coffee available. Licensed Restaurant. Open 7 days per week from 8:30 am till late arvi. Gr8 4 kids


Noel Centre, Main Street 0027 (0) 44 533 3693 Plet Summer Scene 41


Traditional French Bakery serving Breakfast and Lunch too! Lookout Centre Courtyard phone 044 533 1390

Open daily . Darn Good Food Rock Star Service Join us for sundowners on our cocktail terrace with stunning sea, beach & mountain views 044 533 5056

Smoothies, Booster Juices, Wraps, Sandwiches, Vegetarian Food Central Beach, Ocean Safaris 083 2688 582 /

Great slow-roasted foods, and also your only destination for exquisite seafoods! ph: 044 5333102 Village square, Main Street, Plettenberg Bay

“Outstanding food, wine & service: Explosive flavours!”

Legendary Venue for the Best Breakfasts on the Garden Route.

Main Street, Plettenberg Bay

Tel: 044 533 1420

MOBY DICKS Overlooking the Ind ia n Oc ea n and the Beacon Island Hotel, we have enhanced the true meaning of Seafood Also great Steaks & other dishes for our carnivores & vegetarians.

Ph. 044 5333682

Lookout Alfresco Dining no other can match Beach 044 533 Sundowners / 1379 Cocktails

Manja Kwa Chef Kallie back with Nick now at Manja Kwa with german bakery & confectionary. Fresh bread, pastries and cakes daily. 044 533 3645

Welcome to the SEAFOOD DELI

Open Breakfast, Lunch and dinner Mon—Sat

044 533 0796

Pub & Restaurant

The restaurant that has become a way of life, where quality service and value are of utmost importance. Our dishes are prepared on order, so sit back, relax and enjoy your meal with us. Open from 8h00 till late

Tel: 044 - 5330165


Serving global cuisine with the emphasis on fresh local produce and the very best of South African wines,

Ask Karin Location: Industrial Area Plett Tel: 044 533 0597 or 044 501 2620 / 082 589 1318

Reservations essential

Sand at The Plettenberg

is an unforgettable dining experience. Call 533 2030

The Plettenberg 40 Church Street


Sao Goncalos Portuguese Restaurant bakery coffee shop

Pub & Grub

Open for breakfast, lunches & light meals. * Private Functions * Formosa Bay Resort 079 157 2289

Open 8am - 6pm Tel: 044 533 6016

For delicious Breakfast Special served daily until 11am The Market Square PLETTENBERG BAY (044) 533 4695

Wybo’s Pub, Grill & Boma


24 HOURS Shell Ultra City

Cnr Marine & N2 Roads, Plett

Tel: 044 533 0143

Pizza, Pasta, Steak & Fish


Tel: 044 533 2152

Steaks, Game meat, Pasta’s & Home cooked food. Open for Light Lunches & Dinner

A vibrant, casual & relaxed restaurant for the whole family

Keurboomstrand Plett Tel: 044 535 9942

2 D’LishUs Crescent Street Tel 044 533 4840

Fresh Fish, Chips, Calamari , Take Aways


(t) 044 533 4945 (e)

82 Longships Drive, Plettenberg Bay

Breakfast, lunch & teas picturesque setting on the river ideal for sundowners, an early evening meal and functions Wild Waters Park Piesang Valley 044 533 3815

@ Global Village

Good wholesome food served in a tranquil setting. Picnic Baskets.

044 533 4718 082 577 4985


Breakfast, Light lunches, salads and cakes 9am - 17h00 Visit our Market day every last Saturday of the Month. Bookings advisable call Phillip @ 073 072 8949 /

Most occasions are celebrated with food and drink… and with TV having become the king we often forget how special gathering around a table can be for sharing fun, fellowship and family togetherness. Make it a rule to have at least one meal a week around the table without the TV on and rekindle that unity … you’ll be making precious memories.

Dynamic Duo at Scotty’s After owner-chef Scott’s accolade as runner up in the Sunday Times Chef of the Year in 2010, he encouraged Delvin to enter the competition in 2011 and Delvin emerged as the honourable winner of the 2011 Sunday Times’ Stalwart of the Kitchen title. This is an amazing achievement for any restaurant and for each of these great chefs. To enter the competition, chefs are required to send in their own recipes, with details of how they are prepared and photographs of the dishes. About 400 chefs in each category submit entries each year. A panel of international and national judges scrutinise the recipes, methods and photographs and then decide who will be invited to participate in the final competition. Chefs are then chosen to compete in the cook-off in their respective categories. All competing chefs in the finals follow the same protocol and cook from a mystery basket of ingredients that are compulsory to use in their dishes. The mystery baskets remained confidential until the cook-off time, and all plates are presented to the judges anonymously. Contestants are given thirty minutes to plan a three-course menu and to set up the kitchen in preparation of their dishes. There is also a pantry table from which the chefs may choose vegetables to accompany their dishes. Each contestant has to serve 4 plates of each dish. 2 for the judges, 1 to be photographed and 1 for the evaluation session. They aree given a time limit and for every minute late, the chefs lose a point. Contestants also lose points for their dress code, slinging their cloth over their shoulder, not being clean-shaven, not wearing their hat correctly – in fact any breach of kitchen etiquette. Plettenberg Bay is very proud of both Scott and Delvin. Visit Scotty’s to enjoy some of their fabulous cuisine. To Book find their details in Hungry Haunts

Have a fabulous day in our beautiful Bay.

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Plettenberg Bay

Polo - Fixtures 2011 / 2012 The format of our Summer Polo Season will change to make it more attractive to overseas patrons and local players from other provinces. Tournaments will be for shorter duration although the overall time span of polo being played in Plettenberg Bay will remain the same. Further Enquiries: Telephone 044 534 8786

Plettenberg Bay Summer Polo

PLETTENBERG BAY MINIATURE RAILWAY SOCIETY Visit Plett’s Miniature Railway created & operated by local model engineering enthusiasts. We will be operating on Wed & Sat afternoons during the Christmas School Holidays., as well as the last Sunday of each month. See station notice board for running times or ph: 044 533 3815 for info. Track at Community Hall Grounds, next to Wild Waters, off Piesang Valley Rd

Beauty the Butterfly I’m Beauty the Butterfly, Just look at my wings, Such wonderful softness, And bright colourings. I come in your gardens, To find your nice flowers, And drink in their sweetness, Through warm sunny hours.


Clothing and Alterations Noel Centre Zelda 072 9911361


The Plett Summer Polo season gets underway with the Stonefield Invitational commencing on the 12th December. Six sponsors will bid for their high goal professional at an auction evening preceding the start of the tournament. Play for this event is scheduled for December 12th, 14th and 16th. The Formosa Cup follows immediately after this on Saturday 17th with five teams competing for this magnificent old trophy dating back to the 1800’s. Teams will consist of a blend of youth and experience with many of South Africa’s top professionals back from playing abroad. Running concurrently with this will be an Eight and Two goal tournament basically ensuring polo action everyday weather permitting. The finals of these tournaments take place on Friday 23rd December just before Christmas. Entry into Kurland is free other than for the final matches where there will be a cover charge of R200 per car - the proceeds of which will go to a local charity. Spectators are most welcome and free to bring a picnic basket or better still enjoy the fine cuisine and beverages of the Pavilion Restaurant. Kurland will be opening their new Katarina Restaurant on the 9th December situated in the renovated “Tack Shop” building. The restaurant boasts a new state of the art kitchen/chef where the public can enjoy a Bistro style menu in the tranquil settings of the Kurland Estate. Polo commences after Christmas again on the 27th of December with another Twelve Goal running through to the 7 January 2012. The well known “Black Bears” team based in the UK will be taking part in this tournament for the first time featuring SA’s Jean du Plessis who was recently promoted to 6 goals in the English league. Another visitor who hasn’t frequented Plett for a few seasons, is 7 goal Argentine Gonchi von Wernich, who will be turning out for Kurland alongside George Morgan, Clifford Elphick and Cody Ellis. Jaeger Polo will feature two 6 goal players in the form of Tom de Bruin and Gareth Evans which should prove to be a formidable force. Mike Griffith’s Rocksteady team have the services of a young South African, Leroux Hendricks, who hasn’t played in Plett for a number of seasons but who will be keen to

show his talents in a keenly contested tournament. He will be ably assisted by Chris MacKenzie, finalist in the 2011 British Open and recently promoted to 5 goals. With the abundance of talent on show, spectators will be treated to some exciting polo with goals a plenty – members of the public are most welcome to enjoy an afternoon at Kurland interacting with the players and ponies, ending off a perfect day with sundowners on the deck at the Pavilion. For information regarding the polo schedule and times please contact Clive Peddle on 082 454 9746 or log onto the Plett Polo website on

Sharks The very word often congers up feelings of fear and hatred, but sharks aren’t to be feared or hated. Sharks are vital to healthy oceans and healthy oceans are vital for healthy people. Without sharks the oceans fall apart. Sadly sharks are being hunted at an alarming rate. It has been estimated that shark populations have declined as much as 90%. Some people may say good. Who needs sharks? Well I’ll tell you this... everyone needs sharks. In parts of the ocean where the shark population has decreased the fishing industry has virtually collapsed. Sharks are apex predators that weed out the sick and the weak, preventing disease outbreak among the species they hunt. Without them the species they hunt would grow to populous and over hunt their prey, many of which are fish people like to eat. The ocean depends on sharks and people depend of the ocean. Orca Foundation- Katie Mundon Conservation Corner - What’s New in Plett

Some Plett People we are very Proud of The Med celebrates... Many blessings to Chris, Dave, Marianne and the Team at The Med who celebrate their 25th Birthday this year . Consistently fabulous food and great service. Wishing you many more happy and successful years.

Curves in Knysna and Plett take Top Awards Local fitness facilities receive recognition in Heathrow London. This year at London Convention held in Heathrow. Plettenberg Bay and Knysna received honorable award for Membership Growth Internationally. Plettenberg Bay and Knysna grew by of 48% and 52% respectively over the previous financial year. Brendon Andrade, the owner, stated that he was very proud of the teams for their persistence in doing their best. This was not the only awards grated through the year. Special recognition was given to Madeleen Janse van Vuuren (Plett) Ansu Colditz (Knysna) for being nominated as top 10 circuit coaches within Curves Africa. Rumbi Mukosi won overall proceedings as top circuit coach in Africa.

Our own Golden Oldie Pletts own Rugby Golden Oldie Tom Botha was been invited to the Golden Oldie Rugby Tournament in Port Elizabeth. Oom Tom as he is fondly known is 79 and he still firmly believes in keeping fit. He is truly an inspiration and example to us younger folks.

Forever Resorts Plettenberg wins 7 Awards At the recent Forever Resorts Group annual awards presentation hosted at Kloofzicht Lodge in Muldersdrift, Johannesburg, Forever Resorts Plettenberg scooped 7 awards! Competing against 23 other properties in the group, Forever Resort Plettenberg, as a small comodity, did very well and rubbed shoulders with the big Resorts in the Company, Warmbaths, Badplaas, Loskopdam and Swadini. Forever Resorts Plettenberg brought back one gold, two silver and four bronze awards. The awards were based on financial performances, general resort standards, HR relations and compliances etc For the 2009 year where awards were handed out last year, Forever Resorts Plett also had a good performance by winning 4 awards. Now for 2010 it seems that the team’s hard work is reaping benefits and that they are going from strength to strength. Also congratulations to Leeroy’s Garden Services on winning the bronze this year for the best kept gardens and grounds.

Plett Surf Lifeguards win at East Cape Champs in East London. A small, but talented team set off to East London on the 18th February to compete in the East Cape Champs, held on Nahoon Beach in East London. Plett is so proud of our

Wittedrift High Team They just keep achieving great things. The maths teachers deserve accolades because Wittedrift high is the 7th best school in the Western Cape for Maths! (There are 234 schools! And we beat some of the ‘best’ ) The Language teachers were awarded 3 Gold and 1 Silver Certificate for their student’s achievements. The Gold certificate is awarded if no student has failed over a 3 year period and the Silver if there is 1 failure in only one of the 3 year period.

Plett is so proud of Mr Leigh Dunn who is the provincial winner in the category of excellence in special needs education. After winning the Eden-Central Karoo District award in August, Leigh competed against educators from eight Western cape Regions and was awarded top honours. The ELSEN class at Formosa Primary is the first dedicated special needs class in the Bitou sub-region. Leigh will represent Formosa, Plettenberg Bay, and the Western Cape at the national awards ceremony in Pretoria in January.

Glenn Murray One of our internationally renowned local photographers, was commissioned by SA Rugby to take photographs at the World Cup. They are all great ambassadors for the area. Plet Summer Scene 45


Yellowwood Centre, Main St, Plett 044 533 4445


Health Shop and Smoothie Bar Quantic and Rife Therapy

Jenny Smith D. Emed




Qualified, Certified & Registered Prac # EPH 060100301


The Brand New Beacon Island Plett’s been abuzz about the big re-furb at the Beacon Island Resort, which necessitated a closure of two and a half months, and everyone who has seen the new BI since its opening on 1st October say it is looking great!. Congratulations to all concerned!

Here are some of the interesting facts about the process. 200 bedrooms were refurbished with 200 bathrooms rebuilt in just 77 days. On the day of closure, working like a colony of ants, all the linen, mattresses, bed bases 46

and operating equipment was removed. By 21h00 everything that needed to be stored away was covered or locked. The last guest had barely left when the jackhammers started removing tiles. The Maintenance team collected light fittings, fans, curtain rails and beadings. The indoor pool patio area was remodelled, a new stage was built for entertainment, a dedicated crockery and cutlery collection point, as well an a new umbrella store. New air conditioners installed in the Sea Lounge and Lookout Room. Heat pumps were converted to a hot water/chill air system, a new heat pump was installed for the indoor pool. Major repair work was done in and around the building. In their quest to become Green and a responsible tourism destination, the Beacon Island has as part of its Environmental management program already reduced energy usage. A Monitoring, Archiving and Control unit was installed as part of the Eskom Demand Side Management programme. A +/- 10% auditable and verifiable reduction has been achieved, which qualifies the Resort from potential ECS penalties and at today’s rates equals R225 000.00 saving per year. The 1,5 litre kettles were replaced with 750ml kettles reducing energy usage from 2.2kw to 1.2kw to boil. Compressor minibars were replaced with absorption cooling system mini bars, Guest room windows were replaced with Solarvue neutral HL, which stabilises the temperature, reducing use of fans and heaters Power saving Television panels were installed. LED bulbs are used. The old plumbing system has been replaced by a more efficient one, eco green shower roses were installed reducing water usage. The newly installed guest room toilets have a dual flush system, Separate showers were installed for convenience. Active recycling is practiced with guest and

staff participation. The aim is to be a responsible landmark hotel: visually, with guest satisfaction and to be able to achieve both in a sustainable clean, safe and looked after environment. The New Island Diner Have increased their salad options and also have great vegetarian dished to tempt. The old favourites are back with great pizza, pasta and sushi for all. The Indigo Bay seafood and grill restaurant has a decorative new look and an improved menu. The wonderful platters are back with bigger cuts of meat and also tasty fresh seafood and prawns. The dessert offering has also been changed to cater for all tastes. Coral Reef will re-launch to be the first fully organic restaurant in the garden route with very select and unique meals . Underwater enthusiasts have eagerly awaited the re-opening of Prodive which took the opportunity to give the Dive centre a complete facelift. The team is always concerned with divers’ comfort and enjoyment and the facilities have been renovated to include a state-of-the-art training centre, improved equipment and kit up area. Jiwu Spa and Salon invites all our local clients to come and look at our beautiful new upgraded spa and salon which have amalgamated and offer a combined reception. Entrance at the bottom for spa and salon exclusively for our clientele We have a changing room for the ladies and gents; A relaxation room with very relaxing lulu lounger couches for before and after treatments with a view over the lagoon and Piesang river. The room with bath and shower is bigger to comfortably accommodate two beds for couples treatments and two extra treatment rooms have been added. New products to compliment our range include Mama Mio for pregnant ladies, and products for problem areas, like “Shrink the Waist”. Optiphi, is a new medical product for clients serious about ageing, pigmentation and dehydration, working in consultation with a Dermatologist. Shellack for the nails is a paint on gel that looks great, doesn’t chip, is easy to remove with no buffing and lasts 2weeks plus Nail varnish that lasts on the finger nails. Watch out for the new look of our uniforms, thank you Linda. Additions to the Jiwu team are Eloise/ receptionist and Lin/hair stylist - welcome ladies to the Jiwu family.

Bitou’s Problem Plants Why are invasive plants and weeds such a threat? - They are able to reproduce and spread at alarming rates - They increase the risk and intensity of fires - They deplete water resources - They reduce biodiversity - They threaten fynbos - The have no natural control agents - They provide no support for wildlife - Some are extremely toxic The Bitou Municipal area lies within priceless indigenous forests, mountain fynbos and a coastal dune thicket. Living here we must be sensitive to the fact that any invasive plants which we allow to prosper can spread into these natural areas. Categories are 1, 2 and 3. Category 1 – Lantana – untidy flowering shrub/ climber. Flowers are pink, red crimson, orange, yellow or a combination with white. Toxic to livestock and humans, fruits are spread by birds and it is considered to be one of the worst weeds in the world. To control, hack away prickly branches, destroy stem/root with herbicide before they sprout. Black and silver wattle, Rooikrans, and Port Jackson – category 1 & 2 – These are serious invaders replacing fynbos and clogging river beds and infesting sandy dunes. Acacias produce seeds which can remain dormant for 50 years. Cut trees and saplings low and paint stumps with herbicide Long leaved Wattle – a major invasive of fynbos and woody areas, favours moist sites. A biological control programme using a gall-forming wasp is in progress and is producing very good results. Stinkbean - looks like a black wattle with dark green leaves and flowers in bottlebrush like heads especially strong in spring. This tree is becoming more and more evident and a threat to most forests. Gum trees / eucalyptus – category 2 – They are quick growing and coppice after cutting or ring barking. Stems must be treated with herbicide before the seeds are spread with the wind. Clearing them has been shown to increase stream flow. Blackwood – category 2. They produce excellent timber and have been harvested to replace yellowwood and stinkwood. However, they are difficult to eradicate which must be done by hand when small, bearing in mind that they have a tough root system. Trees regenerate from root suckers and herbicides are recommended after cutting. Pines – category 2. Pines are invading our fynbos across the Bitou region. They release their seeds through the cones when cut or burnt. Wood makes excellent braai wood. Cestrum – category 1. It is found in coastal bush and has a very strong leaf aroma. The plant’s unripe berries and shoots re poisonous, ripe berries are purple-black while flowers are whitish green. Stumps must be treated with herbicide. Ginger lilies – category 1. All four of these canna-like plants are declared weeds and must be destroyed. They invade shady places and forests’ under storey. All traces must be dug out to prevent continued growth. Some of the category 3 /ornamental plants include Australian silky oak, myoporum, Pearl acacia, Brazilian pepper tree, Pepper tree wattle, New Zealand Christmas tree, Eugenia, Seringa fruits of which are poisonous, sword fern a serious invader and tubers should be removed from properties frequently. Peanut butter cassia, yellow flowers smell like peanut butter. Category 3 invasive ornamentals need not be removed but must be controlled and be replaced over time. Once they have been identified, it is advisable to plant a locally indigenous species within their protection, and once established, to remove the invasive alien. Information supplied by Flower Power, 083 453-6632.

Wild in the Garden Route Another year draws to a close and soon we will welcome visitors from all over South Africa to Plettenberg Bay to enjoy the natural beauty of this area. Our spectacular landscape is shared with many furry and feathered creatures of the wild who inevitablybecome compromised through our day to day activities. This is where Tenikwa Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre plays a pivotal role in maintaining a balance and giving every wild animal that is abandoned or injured, a second chance to return to nature. The centre is based at The Crags, just outside Plettenberg Bay, and is also home to Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre where you can learn about the indigenous cats of South Africa. By taking a guided tour to see our South African Wild Cats, or joining us for a cheetah walk, you support the running costs of the Rehabilitation Centre which

receives some 200 - 250 animals a year for treatment from all over the Western Cape. Tenikwa has an active Facebook Group which you can follow, to see the interesting animals which are admitted during the year. This year, the centre has received several endangered animals for rehabilitation. A young Cape Vulture landed in a flower pot at a resident at The Crags one morning – very unusual visitor to the area. He was starving but luckily no other injuries and once he had recovered sufficiently, was released at DeHoop Nature Reserve back into a resident colony of vultures. Another success story of a rare animal was an adult female Cape Clawless Otter. She came in from the Grootbrak area where she had come into conflict

with some dogs. For some time it was not sure whether she would make sufficient recovery from her injuries to be able to survive in the wild, but she was eventually cleared for release and returned to an uninhabited section of the river. Our populations of the Jackass Penguin continue to decline in South Africa, and Tenikwa has received 40 penguins this year for rehabilitation, much less than in the previous years, indicative of the population crash that this species has experienced. To raise awareness, Tenikwa has worked with Born In Africa at their eco camps to make the children of our community aware of the plight of penguins and what to do should you encounter a penguin on the Plett Beaches. All penguins found on the Garden Route should be brought to Tenikwa for rehabilitation and return to their colonies nearer Port Elizabeth and Cape Town.

Useful wildlife numbers to keep handy : Cape Nature Plettenberg Bay 044-5332185 Tenikwa Wildlife Centre 044-5348170 Penguins (Knysna area) 083-4146730 Plet Summer Scene 47

Welcome to the Elephant sanctuary – an elephant experience for life! The herd consists of five female elephants and one young male. This is a very well balanced family structure and forms part of the reason why we have such a happy and relaxed herd of elephants. The elephants are exercised and stimulated daily, which provides a firm foundation for trust and bonding between the elephants, their handlers and visiting guests. The Elephant Sanctuary is wheelchair friendly and also has wheelchairs available for any guests who may require a wheel chair. Elephants are herd animals and need to be in constant communication through touch, smell, sight and sound for their emotional wellbeing and comfort. The training of elephants is based on trust and positive reinforcement – a reward system that not only works very successfully with elephants, but with all other animals as well. Elephants in captivity have always been and will always be a controversial issue. The Elephant Sanctuary, as responsible elephant owners, constantly strive to improve the relationship between the elephants, their living environment, health and emotional conditions and also with the animal welfare organisations and other experts in the field of elephants in captivity. The Elephant Sanctuary has always had a very professional relationship with animal welfare organisations. The Elephant sanctuary also support and sell goods on behalf of some animal welfare and anti poaching units to provide funding for those units. The Elephant Sanctuary is proud that it has never removed wild elephants from the bush for the purposes of tourism or entertainment. The Elephant Sanctuary merely took responsibility for the elephants after they had been removed from their natural environment by other people for various reasons. The Elephant Sanctuary has the best and most modern stable facilities available and the stables have been designed with the elephant’s health, safety and wellbeing first and foremost in mind. The Elephant Sanctuary hosts a unique and fully guided educational program that sets itself apart from anything else that South Africa has previously had on offer in terms of elephant interaction and touching elephants. Guest numbers are limited to ensure personal attention and maximum elephant interaction for each guest which makes this a truly memorable and enriching experience. Please note our last program of the day departs at 15h30. 48

Estuaries: Where rivers meet the sea An estuary is where the river meets the sea, and plays an important role in the life of many animals. Throughout the day, week or year the physical and chemical variation can change dramatically. The major source of this variation is the tidal fluctuations. This means that the animals that live in these environments must be able to cope with these drastic changes in salinity, temperature and water level, making them very unique and special creatures. Many juvenile fish migrate into the estuaries during late winter, spring and early summer. This is when the water temperatures are high and the food supply is abundant. The juvenile fish are better protected from most marine predators in the estuaries and therefore rely on these habitats in order to survive into adolescence. They return to the open ocean when they are big enough. (Wallace JH, “South African Estuaries and their importance to fishes”, South African Journal of Science 80, 203-207 (1984). Human activities can have severe effects on estuaries resulting in the loss of biological diversity. Some of the most common problems include dredging, pollution and accelerated sedimentation due to erosion. If we want the estuaries and the species that thrive there to survive we must limit these destructive activities as much as possible. info from ORCA

You might easily miss the sign off the N2 pointing the direction of THE MILL – along the road towards Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, Elephant Sanctuary and Tenikwa – at the Crags. But one look into the MOHAIR MILL SHOP and you will never again be forgiven for missing the sign. Because their philosophy is to source and promote local and South African produced products, their store is bright and inviting – a splash of colour with a feeling of being at home. And you will feel at home – in the kitchen, in the bedroom, in the kiddies playroom, and even a lounge area for ‘Grumpy Husbands’ – to let their wives shop in peace! All the furniture is for sale, also including bed linen, nguni, springbok carpets and hides – so kitting out your holiday home is no longer a chore. And if the husbands fancy a coffee, have a cappaccino at the Peppermill Restaurant, next door within THE MILL Emporium. You will find the biggest smiles on the faces of Deborah and the other MILL girls, happy to help and advise - in terms of colour, sizing and finish of the vast selection of mohair

blankets. Within THE MILL Emporium, visit Siyaphambili Beading Workshop; Katrina’s hand woven carpets; Porcupine Fine Raku Ceramics (where you can kit out your kitchen and bathrooms with original hand-painted basins); Boobabs Gifts and African Art; Zandla Zam handpainted fabrics and African gifts. PLUS a one-stop shop for the garden too – now encorporating a nursery with many indigenous plants and trees. Jordy and his family, the resident angora goats at THE MILL, will leave you feeling like moving out to the country. Embarrassingly, my kids splattered the ‘skaapkorrels’ (pellets) all over the ground in trying to feed these mo -hairy friends. They love to tickle the goats on the head with the goats vying for the attention. But beware any man wanting to open the gate and enter behind the fence – Jordy is a ball of testosterone and protective of his kiddies and wives! This year, I have decided, I will be doing all my Christmas one-stop shopping at THE MILL - so I can spend more time on the beach and with the kids. So , not only will your children remind you, but after one visit to THE MILL, you will find yourself making a special trip to this destination store, not a quick pop in en route to Plett or Port Elizabeth.'

Take a ride out to The Crags and find LANGALAPU FABRICS ( Sunlappies) on the N2 20kms on P.E side of Plett and ZANDLAZAM ( My Hands) at The Mill on the way to Monkeyland. For an exotic, colourful experience of beautiful old and new handcrafted objects by local and foreign Artisans. Jewellery, Fabrics, Clothing, Kikois, Baskets and other nice things. The Fabrics are sundyed, lino printed and screenprinted in The Crags with fun and passion by groups of women. Know that when the sun shines fresh leaves are picked and fascinating shapes and colours emerge. Open DAILY in season 8am - 6pm Langalapu - 044 534 8612 Zandlazam - 044 534 8297 Pru: 072 904 8819


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