Bitou News Welcome to Plett


Name & Surname
Joanna Chetty

From where did you relocate?

Why did you move to Plett?
Well my husband, myself and our baby came hereon holiday and we fell in love with the town, one thing lead to another and here we are.

What is your current occupation?
I work at Hair of Hollywood as a stylist and I am awesome at it ***big smile***

Do you have children? If yes please tell us more
My pride and joy is a bouncing (and I mean that literally) 10 month old girl.

What is your favourite meal?
I am typically South African so it braai, yeah!

What are your hobbies and interests?
Anyone with a 10 month old knows they consume all your time so for now she is my everything.

What is your favourite holiday destination?
If I really had to choose I would have to say Mauritius.

I never leave home without?
My high heels ***grin***

Tell us some interesting facts about yourself:
I can cook better than my mum….if you tell her this I will deny ever saying or having knowledge of this ***giggle***




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A HOUSE WITH A VIEW R3.85mil. Well maintained home with gorgeous and ever-changing views, a mere two minute walk to the town. Alet Ollemans 0836575678 SEEFF

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Personal Assistant required. Must have a min Matric qualification, fluent in English and Afrikaans, good social and communication skills as well as strong administative qualities. Please send a short CV to no reply is received withing 5 days, please consider application unsuccessful.

Double Win for Iain Campbell at Plett Wedge Classic 2013

The Gremlin

Plettenberg Bay, 9th July 2013 – The annual Wedge Classic bodyboarding contest, held last week in Plettenberg Bay, was another huge highlight on the South African bodyboarding calendar, with riders from all the provinces gathering at the popular Wedge Beach in Plett to fight for the “King of the Wedge” title.

The competition was fierce, from the Boys division all the way of to the Pros, with conditions varying from testing to absolutely brilliant. SABA chairman, Michael van Huyssteen said: “Once again, a very well run event and, in all aspects, did South African Bodyboarding proud. The riding from all divisions was of a very high standard.”

Central Kwa-Zulu Natal rider, Iain Campbell was the definite champion of the Wedge Classic 2013, winning both the Drop Knee division and the Pro division, making him the undeniable “King of the Wedge”. He came up against tough competition in the Drop Knee final with Bradley Moys, Michael Ostler and Chris Green.


The Pro Man on Man final saw Iain again facing off with Bradley Moys, which was absolutely epic to watch! Ultimately, Iain Campbell clinched both titles, a feat achieved just last year by Sacha Specker. Iain said of his wins :”It is always amazing to be back in Plett for the Wedge. I am happy to be ‘King of the Wedge’ 2013 and to get the double title as Sacha did last year. The feeling is back at the Wedge and it was awesome to see everybody from all over the country there to enjoy the Wedge.”

With over 100 entries and daily crowds of 500+, The Plett Tourism catch-phrase of “it’s a feeling” was clearly in evidence on the beach and in the water. The Red Bull chill-out lounge and spinning station kept the riders on form during the contest and Red Bull’s Mobile music ensured that there was always something happening on the beach, with Wedge promo girls, soccer matches and a generally celebratory atmosphere as riders and spectators enjoyed that “Plett feeling”. Mike van Huyssteen said of organisers Offthehook Events: “The association with Offthehook Events is going to be a long one and here’s to another 18 years – at least!”

Another standout of the contest was 10 year old Alex Nutt, who took second place in the Boys division after some very consistent riding from Plett local, John-Barry Coleman. Alex, however, won “Best Move of the Contest” with a huge invert that saw him tied for this honour with South African Bodyboarding Champion, Tristan Roberts – which was then broken by a final vote from the Head Judge – with Alex winning!

South African Champion Tristan Roberts took the Juniors trophy after a tough battle with Plett locals, Nik Martin and Michael Searle, and WesternProvince’s Wilder Schultz, producing some of best moves of the contest! Another highlight was the Ladies division, which had 8 entrants, twice as many as last year’s Wedge Classic. SABA chairman said: “This is one the largest entries that I have seen at a South African Bodyboarding event.” The division was ultimately won by Janneke de Kock with Plett local, Nicky Gerricke in second.

It was great to see the local Plett kids placing so highly throughout the contest and, with intense provincial pride on display throughout, the South African Champs in September in Mossel Bay are sure to be thrilling. Next up on the South African Bodyboarding circuit is the “West Beach Warfare Contest” taking place from 9-11 August at West Beach, Port Alfred.•

On the Lighter Side!

A man leaves a bar, gets into his car and drives away. 200 yards further he’s stopped by a police officer.

Officer: “Good evening sir. We’re testing drivers for drunken driving. Would you please blow into this machine?”

Man: “I’m sorry, I can’t do that. I have asthma. If I blow on that machine I will get out of air.”

Officer: “Please come along to the office and we can give you a blood test.”

Man: “I can’t do that. I have anemia and if you stick a needle in me I will bleed to death.”

Officer: “Then you’ll have to get out and walk 5 yards along this white line.”

Man: “Can’t do that either.”

Officer: “Why not?”

Man: “Because I’m dead drunk.”


Interruption of Electricity Supply



IIngingqi zonke zaseBitou. NgeCawa, 21 July 2013 ukususela 06:00 to 19:00.

Ukuba ngaba ngenxa yesiphina isizathu olu phazamiseko alukhange lubekho ngomhla we- 21 July, luyakwenzeka ngomhla we-28 July 2013

UEskom uyakube esenza umzebenzi obalulekileyo kubuxhakaxhaka beentambo ezihambisa umbane kwezingingqi zingentla apha.

UMasipala uyangxengxeza ngokubangela uphazamiseko kwaye uzakuzama konke anakho ukuwubuyisa ngokukhawuleza umbane

Wonke umntu uyalunyukiswa ukuba azithathe njengezinombane ophilayo zonke izixhobo zombane ngelixesha likhankanyiwe ngentla apha.

Ngeenkcukacha ezibanzi qhagamshelana no Mr W. Albertyn kulenombolo 084 448 2846.


All Bitou areas on Sunday, 21 July 2013 from 06:00 to 19:00.

In case the outage can for any reason not take place on 21 July the alternative date is Sunday, 28 July 2013 from 06:00 to 19:00.

Eskom will carry out maintenance work on the distribution network to the abovementioned areas.

The Municipality apologizes for any inconvenience caused. Customers are warned to treat all electrical equipment as live at all times.

For further information please contact Mr W. Albertyn at 084 448 2846.


Alle Bitou areas op Sondag, 21 Julie 2013 vanaf 06:00 tot 19:00.

Indien die afsluiting om enige rede nie op 21 Julie kan plaasvind nie, is die alternatiewe datum: Sondag, 28 Julie 2013 van 06:00 tot 19:00.

Eskom sal noodsaaklike instandhouding op die distribusie netwerk uitvoer. Die Munisipaliteit vra verskoning vir enige ongerief. Kleinte word gewaarsku om alle toerusting as lewendig te beskou.

Vir enige navrae kontak Mnr W. Albertyn te 084 448 2846.


Notice no. 82/2013


TEL: 044-533 3952


MAN OF STEEL – PG 10 – 143 MIN
Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Weekdays: 13h20 17h10 20h00
Weekend: 11h00 20h00


Warner reboots Superman again, with some inputs from Dark Knight wunderkind Chris Nolan. The basic storyline generally follows the expected introductary arc, but the timeline is juggled and there are a few adaptations. With his home planet Krypton about to be destroyed, a father sends his son away in a spaceship, which eventually lands on Earth. A farming couple raises the boy, who gradually learns of his super powers. When grown to manhood, the baddie from Krypton arrives, intent on destroying Earth, and it’s up to Superman to see off the threat. Note that this movie is far more violent than previous instalments.
Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, Antje Traue, Harry Lennix, Richard Schiff, Kevin Costner


EPIC – PG 10 – 102 MIN
Action, Adventure, Family
Daily: 11h00 13h30 15h50


Epic tells the story of an ongoing battle between the forces of good, who keep the natural world alive, and the forces of evil, who wish to destroy it. When a teenage girl finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, she teams up with an elite band of warriors and a crew of comical, larger-than-life figures, to save their world… and ours.

Voices of Amanda Seyfried, Beyoncé Knowles, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Johnny Knoxville, Aziz Ansari, Pitbull, Jason Sudeikis, Steven Tyler, Blake Anderson, Judah Friedlander


SPUD 2 – NPU 13 – 87 MIN
Fri/Sat/Sun:: 15h50 18h00
Monday to Thursday: 11h00 13h40 20h00


The year is 1991, and Spud Milton’s long walk to manhood is still creeping along at an unnervingly slow pace. Approaching the ripe old age of fifteen, Spud is coming to terms with the fact that he may well be a freak of nature. With a mother keen to emigrate, a father making a killing out of selling homemade moonshine, and a demented grandmother, the new year seems to offer little except extreme embarrassment and more mortifying Milton madness. He is soon beset with women trouble, coerced into misguided late-night adventures and finds his dreams of a famous career on the stage in tatters after landing a bad role. Then things get worse.

John Cleese, Troye Sivan, Jason Cope, Tanit Phoenix, Jeremy Crutchley, Aaron McIlroy, Julie Summers, Graham Weir, Charlbi Dean


Many beginners will walk into the gym, look around, and walk straight to the exercise machines. The chest press machine is probably the most popular of the weight lifting machines, but the average newbie will skip over the iron dumbbells and barbells in favor of the simpler, easier-to-use machines.
Big mistake!

The Battle of Free Weights versus the Machines
Did you know that using free weights will actually help you to see muscle growth faster than using the machines will? Why is that, you may ask? Let’s take a look at the basic exercise every weightlifter does: The Bench Press.

Chest Press Machine
Sit down in the comfy chair, adjust the weight of your chest press and push. The handles of the machine just go straight forward, and you strain and push to extend your arms. You bring the handles back to your chest, and you push again to complete your set. Your chest gets a great workout, and your shoulders and triceps are hit at the same time. All in all, it’s a good workout.
Free Weight Bench Press
Lie back on the bench, reach up to grip the bar, and push the bar from its rest to hold it over your chest. Your shoulder and chest muscles twitch to keep the bar in its position as you adjust it, and your arms have to work with your core to keep the bar perfectly straight. Now, you slowly lower it to your chest, and you stop the weight just before your elbows crack a 90 degree angle. You have to push it back up, and you have to use your arm muscles in tandem to ensure that the bar stays level and centered over your chest. You finally get the weight back up, and you repeat the exercise to get a good workout for your chest.

HoistHalfCageLargeWhat’s the Difference?
The difference between the two is the muscles that are used: The chest press machine works out the chest muscles, the arms, and the shoulders.

– The free weights work out the chest muscles, the arms, the shoulders, the back, and the core.
The bench press is designed just to hit the chest and triceps, but you can’t isolate the exercise enough to stop it from working out the muscles in your shoulders. However, with the free weights, your entire upper body has to work together to keep the weight balanced, level, and in position, and it will actually increase the number of muscles used to do the exercise. You will only see visible results in the chest and triceps muscles, but all of those other little muscles that have to hold the weight in place will become stronger as you get accustomed to doing bench presses. By the time you’re benching 300 pounds of free weights, your entire upper body will be a whole lot stronger and more powerful than it would be if you used the machine.
This is because working out with machines only hits the targeted prime movers–the larger muscles that you’re trying to hit. With free weights, all of the muscles around the prime mover are also included, as they help to keep the weight steady. If you want to see good results and better gain in your body overall, using free weights will work your muscles out a lot more evenly than machines will.

Note: The exception is the cable machine. The cable machine doesn’t have the limited range of motion that regular machines do, and it works similarly to free weights. The muscles surrounding the prime mover have to be engaged in order to move the cable in the direction you want it to go, so it’s just as handy as free weights.
3. RESEARCHED BY : KÁTIA C. ROWLANDS – Pilates Instructor & Personal Trainer – 082 513 4256•

Cleaning Your Koi Fish Pond

Koi fish ponds need not only regular maintenance, but also cleaning if you want to have a healthy marine environment. The water should be clean, non-toxic, de-chlorinated and clear.

Maintenance prevents the accumulation of organic wastes in the pond. Prevent over-population since this will cause crowding, dirty the pond and cause ecological imbalance.

KoiPondsFish feed only to the extent required should be dropped. Excess would settle at the bottom or float atop. Their decay and decomposition will make the water toxic.

Cleaning involves use of fine-meshed nets for lifting out floating wastes, excess food and debris. Filters at the bottom of the pond will drain insects, algae, and mud. Biological filters which use bacteria to convert toxic into harmless matter can also be installed. Water can be aerated by installing fountains or waterfalls using pumps with filtration plants.

Algae oxygenate the water. When the pH level of the water rises, they will grow rampantly. Adding pond salt with baking soda or adding barley straw extract will regulate their growth and maintain the desired pH levels.

Koi fish generate a lot of waste. It is mandatory to clean the pond annually every spring wherein the water will be drained out completely and refilled after all the mud and wastes are cleared.

Cleaning the pond involves:

• Shifting fishes to an aerated tank located in a cool and shady place.

• Removing the parts fitted in the pond and checking for any damage.

• Clearing the pond of mud, wastes and debris using pressure wash.

• De-chlorinating the tank and fitting all the parts back.

• Filling the pond and shifting the fishes.•

Symphony of Life

“The Rhythm of the Body, the Melody of the Mind and the Harmony of the Soul create the Symphony of Life” B.K.S. Iyengar


In the pursuit of a happy home, a prosperous career and “keeping up with the Joneses” we leave little time to ask ourselves – “Is our life taking us on a scenic journey or down a one-way frustrating street?”

We all have a deep need to achieve meaningful goals, but often fall into the trap of “I will be happy when…” never noticing how much there is to enjoy in the present. The natural beauty that surrounds us; the love of family and friends as well as a sense of gratitude for the ability to earn a living.

Perhaps even more importantly, we may be so focused on an outcome based goal that we neglect to examine how to change our current circumstances so that life is as in tune as a beautiful symphony rather than “Chopsticks” played with one hand on the piano.

Being creatures of habit we find sustainable and effective changes difficult. When the quality of daily life becomes a masterpiece of harmonic balance between our personal values and long term goals, then the effort is most rewarding.

As with any symphony, life will not be all high notes, but when you can view painful experiences as a part of a magnificent whole they seem less traumatic and more a natural part of the ebb and flow of time.
This is a challenge that I encourage anyone less than satisfied with life to take – identify an area in your life that you would like to change. Write down your dislikes and consider the changes needed to enhance the quality of your life and then as Nike say “JUST DO IT”.