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From the garden to the canteen

Published: January 19th, 2021
From the garden to the canteen Wandisile’s Plett

A blog by Wandisile Sebezo

A recipe for success: how a Plett soup kitchen is improving the quality of life for the people it serves

Plett is known for its amazing beaches along a beautiful coastal line. Hey, we have even won awards for it. What is hardly said is that we also boast caring and good people who will go the extra mile when helping those in need.

One such project that reflects this can be found in Kranshoek. It is run by ‘People of Love’, a special project where locals come together to work the land in a sustainable manner and are able to feed themselves and their families. The project is based on four key pillars which include vegetable gardens, ...more


Plett Tourism and Bitou Municipality host Eden FM to kick-start #PlettSummer season

Published: December 9th, 2020
Plett Tourism and Bitou Municipality host Eden FM to kick-start #PlettSummer season Wandisile’s Plett

A blog by Wandisile Sebezo

In a joint venture between Plett Tourism and Bitou Municipality, the Plett Summer season kicked off when the two entities hosted the largest radio station in the Garden Route – Eden FM on Monday the 7th of December.

Eden FM’s mobile station arrived on Sunday afternoon and all necessary arrangements were made to ensure a smooth sailing process, and the van subsequently parked at the Taxi Rank in Central Plett where it broadcasted live between 06h00 to 09h00 and again from 12h00 to 15h00.

Plett Tourism was represented by Acting CEO Patty Butterworth and Plett Tourism’s writer more


Plett Food Fund and N2 Lounge brings Social Saturdays

Published: November 19th, 2020
Plett Food Fund and N2 Lounge brings Social Saturdays Wandisile’s Plett

A blog by Wandisile Sebezo

Since opening its doors in 2018, N2 Lounge has been championing social causes, from Cancer Awareness to raising money for sanitary towels for girls, and this time, to put bread on the table for those less fortunate.

“Umntu ngumntu ngabantu - a person is a person through other people. That is why charity is so close to our hearts,” say the owners of N2 Lounge, Shaun and Melony.

COVID-19 has seen the closure of many small businesses and loss of jobs. As a result, many people couldn’t feed their families. For small tourism dependant towns such as Plett, this meant that the lack of tourism activity dealt a huge ...more


Art fused with Beer and Amapiano comes to life at Malibu’s Tavern

Published: November 18th, 2020
Art fused with Beer and Amapiano comes to life at Malibu’s Tavern Wandisile’s Plett

A blog by Wandisile Sebezo

Township life is sophisticated in all its respects. One of those is the kind of music enjoyed by those inhabiting these areas. In the 90’s there was Kwaito, then house, and then Gqom which took many dance floors by storm. Now, South Africans are dancing to a different kind of tune – Amapiano.

It’s not easy to decide where exactly it fits, if you listen to it carefully, though, you get a bit of deep house and an upbeat jazzy piano vibe. It’s thought to have originated in Pretoria. In our part of the world though, it’s at Malibu’s Tavern where you’ll get the most of it.

There is a new twist, ...more


Bitou baritone scores scholarship in Germany

Published: November 5th, 2020
Bitou baritone scores scholarship in Germany Wandisile’s Plett

A blog by Wandisile Sebezo

EXCITEMENT has been running high since news landed that local Plettenberg Bay opera singer Mike Bhayibhile has been awarded a prestigious scholarship to the Berlin Opera Academy.

Over a strong black coffee at my house in Kwano, the singer couldn’t hide his delight as he sat down to tell me all about it.

Significantly, his recorded concerts for this year’s virtual Plett Arts Festival played a pivotal role, having served as vocal audition in Berlin.

Mike, 40, was born in Mdantsane, East London. His family moved to Plett in 1998 in search of greener pastures. He completed his school career at Murray High, and by this time ...more


Evening with film director Koos Roets a great success

Published: October 15th, 2020
Evening with film director Koos Roets a great success Wandisile’s Plett

A blog by Wandisile Sebezo | Photos courtesy Wilhelm Vincent

Evening with film director Koos Roets a great success

It was a cosy Thursday night on the 1st of October, down at Emily Moon where about 50 Plett locals gathered for a night of wine, wood-fired pizzas, a movie, and a chance to chat away with one of South Africa’s foremost film directors, Oom Koos Roets, who was with his wife Eunice.

The reason? To raise funds for an upcoming short film set to be shot in Kranshoek, which is in itself a heritage site as it is home to one of South Africa’s oldest tribes from the Khoi and San – The Griqua.

The short film celebrates a traditional ...more


We came, we braai’d and we danced because – Heritage!

Published: September 30th, 2020
We came, we braai’d and we danced because – Heritage! Wandisile’s Plett

A blog by Wandisile Sebezo.

We came, we braai’d and we danced because - Heritage!

About a hundred or so Kwano residents flocked to Sishuba Street, the main street of Kwano, to celebrate heritage day, and I caught the glimpse of the activities.

The 24th of September is heritage day in South Africa and South Africans never run short of ways to express their culture, be it food, clothes, dance or music - the people living in the Southern tip of Africa are just proud people.

The people of Plett were not to be left behind. This free heritage event was organised by Kwano Crime Prevention Unit, a community-led organisation with the sole mission of ...more


Traditional Khoisan Dance Fuses with Contemporary Day Hip Hop in New Short Film

Published: September 18th, 2020
Traditional Khoisan Dance Fuses with Contemporary Day Hip Hop in New Short Film Wandisile’s Plett

A blog by Wandisile Sebezo.

Traditional Khoisan Dance Fuses with Contemporary Day Hip Hop in New Short Film

A Quadrant Media Advisory Production. Directed by Koos Roets.

As South Africa sets about to celebrate Heritage Month, a new short film about traditional Khoisan dance, fusing with modern day hip hop dance is about to be shot right here in our coastal town, in a Griqua settlement just 15 minutes away from Plett.

Talking of all things heritage, one can say the first nations people of Southern Africa, collectively known as Khoe-San/Khoisan have been largely forgotten and side-lined to the margins of ...more


Are we braaiing this year? Hell yeah!

Published: September 16th, 2020
Are we braaiing this year? Hell yeah! Wandisile’s Plett

A blog by Wandisile Sebezo.

Of familiar spaces, people and events; are we braaiing this year? Hell yeah!

Almost six months ago the world stopped, took a deep breath and sighed – bracing itself for the unknown as a corona virus was ravaging all those in its wake.

The music was turned off, lights stopped glittering and the outdoor was unfamiliar. No bookings, no check-ins and no rushing to catch that flight at the airport. Life as we know it, changed dramatically.

But as we’re adjusting well into level two of the nationwide lockdown, South Africans are saying andizi (I’m not coming), not anymore, it’s time to get the groove back.

While international ...more


Hundreds take part in Plett Jerusalema flash mob

Published: August 26th, 2020
Hundreds take part in Plett Jerusalema flash mob Wandisile’s Plett

A blog by Wandisile Sebezo.

Hundreds take part in Plett Jerusalema flash mob

Our seaside town joined in on the worldwide dance sensation when a few 100 Plettonians descended on the Main Street to dance along to the upbeat gospel song.

Jerusalema, a song by South African producer and DJ Master KG, features vocalist Nomcebo. It was released in November 2019 and has since been a hit globally.

On our local end, organisers of the event last Saturday hoped to attract upwards of 1000 Plett peeps all in effort to revive our spirits, and declare for all to know that Plett is open for business; and after the last five months of being locked indoors and ...more


Turn illegal dumping sites into food gardens and involve the youth in it

Published: August 10th, 2020
Turn illegal dumping sites into food gardens and involve the youth in it Wandisile’s Plett

A blog by Wandisile Sebezo.

Turn illegal dumping sites into food gardens and involve the youth in it

July 18 was declared by the United Nations as “Nelson Mandela International Day” (or Mandela Day) in November 2009 with the first UN Mandela Day celebrated in July 2010.

It’s basically a call to action that each individual can play a role in transforming society for the better. The campaign says “Nelson Mandela has fought for social justice for 67 years. We’re asking you to start with 67 minutes”.

There have been great projects the world over observing Mandela Day, from 67 blankets for Mandela, to feeding the ...more


Mike Bhayibhile – A passion for classical music and performing

Published: July 16th, 2020
Mike Bhayibhile – A passion for classical music and performing Wandisile’s Plett

A blog by Wandisile Sebezo.

Plett’s Mike Bhayibhile talks about his passion for classical music and performing at the Plett ARTS Festival

Mike Bathande Bhayibhile might have grown up in a township like most of his peers, but he’s not your regular Joe where playing soccer and rugby is what makes a man in these neck of the woods; he rather opted for something totally different – classical music.

I begin our conversation by asking him why classical music of all things he could have done, and after a short chuckle, the church he points out, the Apostle Church to be exact, is all that influenced his passion for music and later a career ...more