Published: November 6th, 2023
by Bitou Municipality
Plett joins world leaders in sustainable shark safety by signing three-year MOU with Shark Spotters
The Bitou Municipality Council has resolved to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with the Plett Shark Spotters Non-Profit Organisation – a move that will see holidaymakers feel safer in Bitou’s Blue Flag beaches.
The council resolved this week to contribute an amount of R800 000 towards the employment costs of the 14 Plett Shark Spotters on an annual basis for a period of 3 years. The Plett Shark Spotters was established through a partnership with the municipality, Plett Shark Action Group (PSAG) and the Cape Town Shark Spotters in November 2022. They have been ...more
Published: September 23rd, 2023
Severe Weather Warning issued by SA Weather Service
24 September 2023
23 September 2023
The South African Weather Services has issued multiple severe weather warnings from Sat 23 to Monday 25 September 2023 for large parts of South Africa, including the Garden Route and Plettenberg Bay.
Take the warnings issued by the SAWS seriously and take precautions to keep your families, property, pets and live stock safe - rather be safe, than sorry. A steep upper air trough west of SA is developing into a Cut-Off Low pressure system (COL). The system is expected to rapidly intensify into a severe storm over the next 36 hours and bring adverse weather conditions to large ...more
Published: September 5th, 2023
Have a bite from all over the world with Chef Gareth
Ten years ago, The Burnt Orange was to be found tucked away behind a water park in Plettenberg Bay. However, five years ago, they moved to Keurboomstrand and, according to co-owner Michelle Chant, the move has been a good one: “This location is good for business because a lot of tourists travelling between the Western Cape and Eastern Cape always make a stop here for a good meal.” says Michelle Chant.
Michelle and Gareth Gardiner are mother and son, and business partners. The inspiration for the business was Gareth, a well-travelled and qualified professional chef who is best known for his private chefing. He has ...more
Published: August 8th, 2023
Women’s Month with Nicky Namntu
Featured image: Nicky Namtu by Julia Evans of Daily Maverick
This women’s month, we take a close look at Nicky Namntu, who is a Field Manager with Plett Shark Spotters. Nicky admits that it took her a while to get where she is now, and that she had to dig deep to find a career path she really loves and has passion for.
“After high school, I enrolled at South Cape College for business management which I never completed because it was not my passion. From there I worked in the retail industry for seven years but that was also not a career path I wanted to pursue,” she explains.
Choosing a career path should be one of ...more
Published: May 10th, 2023
Offshore Adventures partners with Plett Shark Spotters for May
Over the past decade, Robberg Nature Reserve and swimming with Robberg’s colony of Cape fur seals has grown in popularity and it’s not difficult to see why: in the shallow, clear and sheltered waters on the leeward coastline of Robberg, the seals are in their natural element - playful and engaged - making for a unique and unforgettable marine adventure in South African waters.
Offshore Adventures has been operating seal swimming excursions to Robberg since December 2010, offering many visitors the opportunity to get a breathtaking look at South Africa’s marine wildlife. Plettenberg Bay’s ...more
Published: December 28th, 2022
Bitou Municipality welcomes Dr. Sara Andreotti to Plett as she introduces the ‘shark safe beaches’ discussion to tourists
The Bitou Municipality welcomes Dr. Sara Andreotti and her team in Plett as she introduces the ‘Shark Safe Beaches’ discussion – a talk about white shark behaviour and how to reduce the chance of negative encounters.
The white shark population around the South African coastline declined rapidly over the past two decades, due to a combination of the use of lethal net and drumlines, climate change, orca presence, overfishing of important food sources and poaching. Nevertheless, some white sharks are still sighted in Plett. What we need to ...more
Published: December 28th, 2022
Plett Ocean Smart launches a dedicated shark patrol jet ski and the shark spotter team increases awareness for season
Plett Ocean Smart has launched a dedicated patrol jetski to assist the Plett Shark Spotters. The jetski has been partly sponsored by Offshore Adventures and will be operating under the Ocean Outfitters Marine Conservation Trust.
Plett Yamaha supplied the jetski and performed a full service of the craft and Plett Tractor Services continues to assist with the daily launching and retrieving of the craft. We would also like to recognise the Plett Rage Event owners as they made a generous contribution to the running costs for the holidays.
The jetski is operated ...more
Published: November 22nd, 2022
Eight international Blue Flags for Plett’s 2022/2023 Season
Plettenberg Bay was proud to play host to the national WESSA (Wildlife & Environment Society of South Africa) Blue Flag ceremony for 2022/2023 at Lookout Beach on Thursday 3 November 2022.
Plett was selected as the official venue for the ceremony which recognises international Blue Flag status beaches, sustainable boating tourism operators and marinas throughout South Africa, and are thrilled to be awarded Blue Flag status for six beaches and two boats - a total of eight Blue Flag awards.
Plett Tourism CEO, Patty Butterworth, “We are very honoured and privileged, with efforts made by the Bitou Municipality, to have won the ...more
Published: November 13th, 2022
Shark spotters wanted for summer season in Plett
Plett Shark Spotters is looking to employ 12 shark spotters to trial our safety programme at five Plettenberg Bay beaches over the coming summer season.
FIXED TERM CONTRACTS
17 November 2022 – 31 April 2023
Closing date: Wednesday 16 November at 10am
• Continuous visual surveillance from elevated vantage points
• Communication of shark and other marine life sightings to Lifesavers
• Data collection
• Adherence to all standard operating procedures and safety protocols
• Public communication and education
• Safeguard and maintenance of personal equipment
• Over 18 years old
Published: November 3rd, 2022
Plett hosts national Blue Flag Awards and receives eight
Congratulations to Bitou Municipality for Plett's recognition of six international Blue Flag beaches for the 2022/2023 season at a national WESSA (Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa) ceremony held in Plettenberg Bay today.
Additional congratulations to Offshore Adventures for recognition of two International Blue Flag Boats - the only Blue Flag Boats in South Africa!
Our Blue Flag Boats are Robberg Express & Oceanic Express, and our beaches are Robberg 5, Lookout, Keurboomstrand, The Dunes, Singing Kettle & Nature's Valley!
Congratulations to all the municipalities whose beaches received Blue Flag status ...more
Published: November 2nd, 2022
Bitou Municipality, Plett Shark Action Group and Shark Spotters partner to improve shark safety in Plettenberg Bay
The Bitou Municipality and the Plett Shark Action Group (PSAG) are pleased to announce they have formally invited Shark Spotters, the Cape Town based shark safety programme, to join them in Plettenberg Bay to develop effective strategies to reduce shark-human interactions in the area.
Following the increase in shark activity in the area and two fatal shark incidents earlier this year, the municipality and the PSAG have been proactive in investigating solutions to mitigate shark-human conflict in Plettenberg Bay.
To date new Plett Ocean Smart signage has been ...more
Published: October 15th, 2022
Plett Ocean Smart rolls out public awareness campaign with shark safety measures and other shark information services in October
Plett Shark Action Group (PSAG) - The Plett Ocean Smart Campaign will be launched with new signage at key beach locations along the Plett coastline, training of shark watchers and the release of literature to the public by the end of October.
The PSAG met earlier this week on 12 October to discuss matters pertaining to the campaign and established short-term, mid-term and long-term goals and objectives for the programme.
Short-term goals and objectives (immediate)
Confirmed short-term goals include 1) new Plett Ocean Smart signage to be ...more