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Plett Tourism attends WTM Cape Town with WESGRO

Published: April 18th, 2018
Plett Tourism attends WTM Cape Town with WESGRO

VACATION PLETT Packages, Plett Tourism’s new industry product, was launched at the World Travel Market® Africa 2018 (WTM) at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) today on 18 April.

Plett Tourism is participating with Wesgro, the official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape. Other area tourism representation on the Wesgro stand includes several Garden Route towns and our Regional Tourism Office, Garden Route & Klein Karoo.

VACATION PLETT Packages have been put together specifically to market the town, including our festival seasons – in particular, packages developed for the Plett ARTS Festival (25 June – 8 July), the ...more


New Plett retirement village in 2nd phase

Published: April 18th, 2018
New Plett retirement village in 2nd phase

Devmark Property Group’s brand new retirement village in Plettenberg Bay, The Plettenberg Manor, broke ground this week to start building the second phase of at least 30 houses before the end of this year.

The development will offer residents eight accommodation types ranging from apartments to three-bedroom exclusive homes designed in the Cape vernacular style, juxtaposing the Cape South Coast’s rural charm with sophisticated modern functionality and open plan living.

Says Hein Ehlers, CEO of Devmark Property Group: “We’re absolutely thrilled with the development on the estate. The first residents are starting to move in and the Gatehouse and Entrance Road were completed end November ...more


Plett celebrates Mam’ Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Published: April 17th, 2018
Plett celebrates Mam’ Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Wandisile’s Plett

A blog by Wandisile Sebezo

Last week on Thursday the 12th, Plett joined the series of many memorials organised across the country, in celebrating the life and times of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, affectionately known as the mother of the nation.

At a municipal organised event at Phakamisani Primary School, in the presence of Minister and Plett Constituency Head, Ayanda Dlodlo, the executive mayor, Cllr Peter Lobese and speaker of council, Cllr Annelise Olivier- her memory was well engraved in all our hearts, after-all, they say memory is the struggle against forgetting, and may we dare not forget.

Speaker after speaker, accolades of how Winnie epitomised the ...more


Plett ARTS Fest: How Woke Are You?

Published: April 16th, 2018
Plett ARTS Fest: How Woke Are You? Wandisile’s Plett

A blog by Wandisile Sebezo

The expression “stay woke” originates from the African-American Vernacular English. It was popularised in 2014 by the Black Lives Mater movement to promote awareness about racial and social injustice in America, but has since entered the lexicon as an expression that encompasses many different social issues, from labour to health to LGBT rights.

Simphiwe Dana is woke because most if not all her songs touch on social issues that affect ordinary people in modern South Africa. The students that started the Fees Must Fall campaign are also woke, for they highlighted the hypocrisy of a system that not only commodified education, but also sought to ...more


Plett’s weekend warriors – even a little is a lot!

Published: April 13th, 2018
Plett’s weekend warriors – even a little is a lot!

Adventure races vary dramatically from race to race unlike a triathlon where, if you sign up for a sprint triathlon, you know the exact distances and order of events, no matter where it is. In an adventure race, part of the fun is NOT knowing exactly what lies in store until the race starts, writes Patty Butterworth.

Just a few years ago, adventure racing was an obscure sport with a cult-like following. But as more sponsorship and television deals are signed and the sport attracts better athletes, adventure racing has become a more professional and mainstream sport.

The basic rules require teams of four or five, at least one of whom must be a woman, to travel together. If one member can’t ...more


Plett features in Grandeur Magazine

Published: April 13th, 2018
Plett features in Grandeur Magazine

Plettenberg Bay, located along the Garden Route in the Western Cape area, is an ideal South African destination for its breathtaking backdrop and numerous activities.

“The scenery is perhaps the greatest highlight of all, and the sweeping vistas of pristine lagoons and beaches can’t easily be beaten anywhere else along the Garden Route. There are six internationally recognized Blue Flag beaches, each with its own personality, along the town’s 20 kilometres of picturesque Indian Ocean coastline,” Plett tourism spokesperson Patty Butterworth writes in an email interview.

Blue Flag is a certification by the Foundation for Environmental Education that signifies management of the beach meets ...more


Time to enjoy winter in style at the 2018 Plett ARTS Festival 25 June – 8 July

Published: April 13th, 2018
Time to enjoy winter in style at the 2018 Plett ARTS Festival 25 June – 8 July

Plettenberg Bay celebrates the arts with two weeks dedicated to live performances, workshops, fashion and much more from 25 June – 8 July, 2018 during 5th annual Plett ARTS Festival. As always, Plett presents a one-of-a-kind backdrop to an arts extravaganza not to be missed. Enjoy exciting international performances and unique cultural activities at one of the most exciting new festivals along the Garden Route.

We bring you two weeks filled with interesting and exciting festival events and activities. The town will be salivating with its arty self; relishing in music, pop-up art exhibitions, street performances and street food during the Twilight Meander along ...more


Kwano Cycling Academy creates new worlds for Kwano kids

Published: April 13th, 2018
Kwano Cycling Academy creates new worlds for Kwano kids Wandisile’s Plett

A blog by Wandisile Sebezo

Following our brief coverage of the Kwano Cycling Academy in our Plett Summer magazine, we include a thorough follow-up on the great work they do in the community of Kwanokuthula, writes Wandisile Sebezo.

An excerpt from the Plett Summer magazine: “It’s ground-breaking not only because it offers young pupils of Murray High something to do after school, in a community that is engulfed with a growing rate of petty crimes amongst its young, it’s changing the lens through which young black people see the world of sport - that it’s okay to be something else other than a soccer or a rugby player, sporting codes which are ...more


Plett AFROJAZZ to feature Dave Reynolds

Published: April 12th, 2018
Plett AFROJAZZ to feature Dave Reynolds

Plett Tourism is excited to announce that award-winning South African composer and multi-instrumentalist Dave Reyonolds will be performing at the first ever Plett AFROJAZZ concert which will be held at Central Beach in Plett on July 7th.

David George Reynolds (12 February 1972) is an award-winning South African composer and multi-instrumentalist whose tour de force centers on the steelpans.

Reynolds' love for music was triggered at an early age. He graduated from Rhodes University cum laude in 1993 and moved to Johannesburg where after winning a SAMRO Composer’s Award he began performing and recording alongside Tananas bass player Gito Baloi.

Over the years Reynolds has toured the world ...more


Pops Mohamed to play at Plett AFROJAZZ

Published: April 12th, 2018
Pops Mohamed to play at Plett AFROJAZZ

Plett's first ever AFROJAZZ concert will be held at Central Beach in Plett this July and Plett Tourism is excited to announce that multi-instrumentalist, jazz musician and producer Pops Mohamed (born Ismail Mohamed-Jan) will be performing at the event.

Born in 1949 in Bemoni in South Africa, Ismail Mohamed-Jan – better known as Pops Mohamed – may be South Africa’s most versatile musician. He first played the guitar and keyboard then turned to traditional music from various lands, especially South Africa. He plays ancient instruments like the thumb piano, kora and didgeridoo but also experiments with the newest technology, always in the service of music.

Pops Mohamed owes his artistic openness ...more


Tourism Ambassadors trained in the Garden Route

Published: April 11th, 2018
Tourism Ambassadors trained in the Garden Route

Plett Tourism joins forces with the Francois Ferreira Academy, Skål International and Bitou Municipality to train Tourism Ambassadors in the Garden Route

The hospitality industry is the lifeblood of countless coastal havens and Plett is no different. Guest satisfaction depends largely upon the level of service establishments are able to offer. To this end, the Tourism Ambassador Programme was hosted locally in March, with great success.

“The response from the new Plett Ambassadors and the Plett attractions to this initiative from the Francois Ferreira Academy and Skål International, has been beyond expectations. We look forward to this enthusiasm and improved knowledge contributing to our ...more


Video: Massive seal in Plett lagoon catches fish in shallows

Published: April 9th, 2018
Video: Massive seal in Plett lagoon catches fish in shallows

Bathers and beach goers were treated to an exhilarating show today when a massive seal in Plett's Keurbooms lagoon was spotted chasing fish in the shallows. The seal, which seemed completely unperturbed by the bathers and boats around it, appears to chase a single fish onto the shallow bank before making off with it in its mouth.