ON NOW: Watercourse History Fest in Plett 

Watercourse History Festival in Plett
Published: February 14th, 2020

The first Watercourse History Fest is now on in Plett from 13 Feb to 15 Feb.

Plett Tourism is excited to introduce a new highlight on the Plett Calendar of events, the Watercourse History Fest in Plett, 13 – 15 February 2020.

Local Media and Development Consultant and publisher of the Watermark Press series, Mike Kantey, is the festival director and impresario of the first history festival in Plettenberg Bay.

VENUE: Mainly Piesang Valley Community Hall and Old Nick
DATE: Thursday 13 to Saturday 15 Feb 2020
TIMES: 09h00 to 23h00
TICKETS AT: Barney’s Info Kiosk

The first Watercourse History Fest in Plett offers a variety of programmes for both residents and visitors to experience the Southern Cape’s unique cultural heritage and historical resources. The Watercourse Media & Development Company has developed a schedule designed to tell the story of Early Modern Humans and the “first people” of the Southern Cape during this community-wide event. All events are free of charge unless otherwise stated.

Plett offers a variety of programmes for both residents and visitors to experience our unique cultural and historical heritage. The organisers have developed two days of presentations and debate to introduce two eras in Southern Cape history: the period of Early Modern Humans and that of so-called ‘First People’, otherwise known as Khoekhoen and ‘Bushmen’.

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The Bitou Municipality is a proud sponsor of the first Watercourse History Fest, and Plett Tourism is one of the media sponsors. Let’s support this new initiative and let a thousand voices be heard!

About the presenters

Sarah Wurz

Professor Sarah Wurz of Witwatersrand
Professor Sarah Wurz of Witwatersrand

Sarah Wurz is Professor of Archaeology at the School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies, University of the Witwatersrand and the Centre of Excellence on Early Sapience Behaviour at the University of Bergen. She is the director of excavations and research at Klasies River main site situated in the Eastern Cape on the Tsitsikamma coast, a key site for understanding the origins of modern humans or Homo sapiens. Her research on the Middle Stone Age and the Klasies River sequence led to new insights into the complexity of lithic technological and related behaviours from the last 120 000 years.

Her background and expertise include music science and psychology.  This provides the multidisciplinary context from which she investigates the roots of the unique aspects that underlie typically human behaviors and cognition. She is also active in archaeological heritage management, and previously filled positions at the Iziko Museums of Cape Town and the South African Heritage Resources Agency.

Role in SapienCE: Sarah Wurz is the principal investigator (PI) at the Middle Stone Age site Klasies River, one of the sites from which  researchers in the Sapience team conduct several types of analyses, including dating and palaeoenvironmental studies. She is also involved in co-supervision of post-graduate students and collaborative projects.

David Bristow

David Bristow
David Bristow

David Bristow grew up in the veld north of Johannesburg. He has an honours degrees in Journalism from Rhodes University, as well as a Masters degree in Environmental Sciences from Cape Town University. After studying he spent a year working as a guide and camp manager in the Okavango Delta.

He started off “real life” as a news hound in Johannesburg but, after the success of his first book Mountains of Southern Africa, decided that life as a full time nature and travel writer was the life. Since then he has authored more than 20, including numerous travel and hiking guides.. In between there was  a 13-year stint as editor of Getaway travel magazine.

A few years ago he turned his hand to writing non-fiction narratives with a series titled “Stories from the Veld”. First in the series is titled Running Wild: the Story of Zulu, an African Stallion tells the true story of a Boerperd that became a zebra (or at least became the alpha stallion of a wild zebra herd in Mashatu Private Game Reserve in Botswana).

The second is The Game Ranger etc. featuring 20 curious characters from South Africa, present and past. The third, Of Hominins, Hunter-Gatherers and Heroes, features 20 amazing places in South Africa. The fourth in the series “stories from the veld” will have a strong environmental bent, provisonally titled Teach Your Children.

Having climbed mountains all around the world, he now prefers the more sedentary pursuits of riding a mountain bike, doing a bit of scuba diving and surfing (long board). He lives on a marina near Cape Town with his partner, three boats, two bicycles, two surfboards and a cat.

All three current books will be available at R200 each,  cash or card (retail price is around R250).