The Plett MAD Festival and Plett Food Film Festival – the second annual Plett MAD (Music, Art and Drama) Festival held in June and July of this year included the Plett Fringe Festival with artists from all over South Africa performing at The White House, interesting art exhibitions, musical performances all over town and the Plett Food Film Festival – a pairing of compelling food and delicious film hosted by actress Lika Berning and celebrity chefs Reza Mahammad and Karen Dudley.
Also in its second year, the Sasfin Plett Wine and Bubbly Festival was a huge success – held right on Central Beach with musical performances from Arno Carstens, Josie Field, Gerald Clarke and local musicians. Plett wine and bubbly were the stars of the show with 9 estates showcasing their delicious MCC bubbly, whites, roses and even some new reds – the Plett Winelands are expanding each year. Fun, fabulous food was provided by some of Plett’s top restaurants and the holiday period was made even more enticing by the inclusion of smaller wine estate events, the Tour de Plett MTB race and the Robberg Xpress Trail Run all over the same period.
Easter is always a good time to visit Plett – the weather is still very summery and there are usually a slew of nature/sport events to enjoy during the holiday period. Most popular is the Pennypinchers Adventure series which includes a night MTB relay, surf-ski race and a trail run – all in Plett’s amazing natural surroundings. Watch this space for more information on Plett Easter 2016.

Colourful Plett Summer is a really wonderful time to visit Plett! Plett is flooded with South African and international visitors, awesome international acts like Good Luck and Castle Lite’s Republic of Extra Cold, Plett polo every day and so much action on the beaches including the Color Run, Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge and ClemenGold’s Hobie Regatta to name but a few.


Deon Truter, NSRI Plettenberg Bay station commander, said: At 15h30, Thursday, 14th January, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from Cape Nature Conservation officers for a 46-year-old Port Elizabeth man fallen and injured his right knee while hiking at the Robberg Nature Reserve trail with his son.

We launched our sea rescue craft Leonard Smith and Discovery Rescue Runner and WC Government Health EMS responded. On arrival on the scene, we sent rescuers ashore and they hiked approximately 3 kilometers to reach the casualty who was treated for an injured right knee.

The AMS/EMS Skymed rescue helicopter was activated but due to fog restrictions limiting the aircraft from approaching the scene a helicopter rescue operation was aborted and we secured the injured man into a stretcher and assisted by EMS paramedics the rescue teams carried him to the shore where he was floated out to our sea rescue craft secured into our floating stretcher and taken aboard the sea rescue craft.

He was brought to our sea rescue base aboard our sea rescue craft and transported to hospital in a stable condition by EMS ambulance. The man is expected to make a full recovery.


SMS 32287 (R1/sms) with your name and a message of support for our Sea Rescue crew


Organize Your Closet: 9 Genius Rules for Deciding Which Clothes to Keep or Toss

Prepare for Your Purge

Give yourself at least four hours to dedicate to your closet reorg. Label three heavy-duty garbage bags “donate,” “tailor,” and “consignment.” Pull on nude, seamless undergarments and get ready to try on some clothes. Optional: your best friend and a bottle of wine.

Start With a Sweep

Begin on one end of your closet and pull out everything you know with certainty you don’t want. If you have to think about something for more than 10 seconds, move on and deal with it later, advises Cyndy Aldred on her blog the Creativity Exchange.
Aim for the Perfect Tops-to-Bottoms Ratio

The ideal wardrobe has three times as many tops as bottoms—the same ratio they’re sold in at the store, according to Real Simple. Aim for a 60 to 40 ratio of solids and neutrals to statement pieces and prints.

Stay Coordinated

When debating whether to keep or toss a piece, ask yourself if it matches at least three other things you currently own. Better yet, do this type of curation going forward by buying your basics at a maximum of three stores. Most shops have their own preferred style and fabrics. By shopping at only a few, you’ll find that more of your items match.

Consider: ‘Is the Item the Best Version of Itself?’

Don’t let thriftiness win at the expense of looking put together. If a garment has stains, fading, sagginess, uncontrollable pilling, or fits you poorly, take it to the tailor or donate it (and get yourself a new, better-fitting version).

Ask Yourself…

Would I buy this now? Do I have too many of the same item (i.e., three black cardigans)? Does this still fit without bumps, bulges, or hanger marks?

Part With Your T-Shirt Pile

Cotton T-shirts make great rags, and polyester is recyclable (check with your recycling center first). If one particular shirt holds sentimental value—say, your son’s spirit tee from a state championship—consider putting it in a frame and hanging it as artwork, suggest Erin Doland on Other fun options to consider are quilting the shirts together (Campus Quilt Company will even make the quilt for you!), crafting a tote bag, or making a pillow.

Go to the Tailor (or Toss!)

If you have a pile of clothes waiting to go to the tailor, get a new button, or have some other type of work done, fix them this week, or toss them, suggests on Preciously Paired.

Learn Your Lesson

Flip your perspective by considering that each item you get rid of serves a purpose, advises blogger Ashley Trexler on Each discarded item can teach you not to buy that certain cut, color, fabric or size again.
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Dear friends of KAWS, Let me first introduce myself – my name is Cathie Garner and I have the privilege of working on the KAWS Committee. My portfolio is FUND-RAISING for KAWS, upon which the Society relies heavily!

I am currently working on our fund-raising event programme for 2016, and I would like to call upon all friends of KAWS, who are willing to donate a few hours of their time, to become involved and assist with the FUND-RAISING events this year.

I’m looking to create a fund-raising team, where we will have a group of like-minded people, sharing ideas, inspiring each other and collaborating to ensure an awesome fund-raising year ahead for KAWS! This means that organising and running each of our events can be undertaken by different people, so that there is less pressure on everyone.

We need people who can:

1. generate great ideas for fund-raising
2. organise and plan the events
3. jump in and help out at the actual event
4. assist with all of the above 🙂

Some of the events already on our calendar for this year are:

KAWS Quiz Night
Simola Hill Climb ticket sales
Knysna Car Show
Slow Festival Dog Walk
Leisure Isle Festival Stall
KAWS Book Sale
KAWS Boerie-Bash

If you are interested in joining this new team, would like to share some ideas, or have a few questions before making a decision, please click on the button below to contact me directly via email.

I really look forward to hearing from you!

Cathie Garner
Knysna Animal Welfare Society – Fund Raising
Cell: 083 291 7967
E-mail: cathie.garner

Commercial Mediation: It’s just good business

My company is often embroiled in legal battles that end in expensive litigation and drag on for many years. Legal disputes are part of our business environment, yet it would be nice if we could resolve some of these disputes faster. I’ve heard about mediation, but am not sure if this would just be delaying the inevitable litigation to follow?”

Businesses around the world are increasingly opting for mediation as a method of commercial dispute resolution. Likewise in South Africa, there is a substantial scope for mediation to become a real solution for businesses to resolve their commercial disputes. In fact, in Africa, mediation is generally a deeply rooted element of tribal community structures and it makes sense that these traditions also pervade our commercial dealings.

The structure of the commercial mediation process offers parties the opportunity of resolving their disputes as well as saving a business relationship. The parties come together to try, with the help of a skilled mediator, to resolve their differences before formal legal or arbitration proceedings are commenced. This leaves room for a viable business relationship to survive the dispute, which, once parties come to formal legal blows, is often no longer possible.

Good corporate governance demands that company directors ensure that disputes are resolved as effectively and efficiently as possible and commercial mediation can provide options for parties generally not available through litigation or arbitration and so contribute to good governance. Likewise the new Companies Act also encourages the use of mediation by providing for alternative forms of dispute resolution in respect of company affairs, including the use of mediation.

With litigation becoming increasingly expensive and time-consuming, and arbitration results often ending back in court for review, legal practitioners are being forced to look at alternative ways of assisting clients to resolve their commercial disputes, with mediation increasingly coming up on top.

The success of commercial mediation in countries like the USA, Canada and Australia can generally be attributed to the benefits that commercial mediation holds for parties, such as the ability to undertake the process voluntary, confidentially and without prejudice to any of the rights of the parties. It also affords parties greater control over the outcome of the proceedings. Given its voluntary nature, it is non-binding unless the parties reach a joint settlement agreement. The process allows the parties, with the help of a skilled mediator, to deal with their issues and raise their respective commercial interests to try and reach a joint resolution to their dispute. This allows the possibility of a continuing business relationship as well as an agreed solution that works for both parties. If mediation does not work, the normal remedies still remain open to the parties, but given the lower costs and risks relating to mediation, it is an option well worth considering.

Accordingly, to address you concerns regarding your company’s current litigation history, it may be worth referring a dispute to mediation and assessing the outcome thereof against your current litigious approach, costs and time in managing your commercial disputes.

Mosdell, Parma & Cox
T: +27 044 5331101
F: +27 044 5331115


knysna-munKnysna residents have halted the construction of a mosque in the town, arguing that it would contravene several municipal by-laws.

Last year the Knysna Muslim Council received approval from the Knysna municipality for their application to rezone and develop a 1 277m² property.

But 22 Rawson Street homeowners have objected to the construction and have been joined by the Knysna Ratepayers’ Association (KRA) in opposing the municipality’s ruling.

They are citing various reasons, from access and parking in Rawson Street being limited to the municipality transgressing its own bylaws.

Knysna Muslim Council (KMC) chairperson Omar Essa said they had received documentation for the appeal against the municipality’s decision.

“The objectors have applied to the Western Cape High Court to appeal the decision and now everything has been put on hold,” said Essa.

Muslims in the area started the process of finding a space and funding construction of the mosque back in 2013. Numerous stumbling blocks had halted the project, including the current opposition from the ratepayers.

Residents have also questioned the effect the development would have on the architectural vision for Knysna. A manager at a local pub and grill adjacent to the site of the proposed mosque said objections from some of the resident were justified.

“There’s a lot of people who are not happy about it (the mosque), especially over the issue of parking. Where are these people going to park?” she asked.

She said some owners of expensive flats in the area had also objected. “Some of the flats have fantastic lagoon views, but instead of looking at the lagoon, their view will now be obstructed by the mosque.”

Zoning for residential and worship zones differ and the KMC had successfully applied for and received approval for rezoning of the property. The maximum height for buildings in residential zones may not exceed 8.5m, while worship zones have a maximum of 12m.

Parking must be allocated for the 150-strong congregation with one bay per six seats as stipulated by the by-law, which means that provision has to be made for 25 bays and 60 bays for double that number.

Noise regulations have also been considered a factor and had been brought up with the application process of the mosque.

The call to prayer or “athaan” is normally done over a loud speaker. The KMC agreed to proceed without the use of a loudspeaker in conforming to the noise requirements.

KRA attorney Franci Joubert said objections to the construction of the mosque was neither religious nor political. “Our application is the start of the legal process as the municipality has not followed their own by-laws and regulations.”

The application has been submitted to the municipality as they are the first respondent, and the KMC as they are the second. Joubert said that all further questions must be referred to KRA spokesperson Mick Hudspith.

Hudspith confirmed only that they have an application appealing the rezoning and immediately hung up.

The Knysna municipality said they received the review application and have appointed an attorney to oppose it. Municipal manager Grant Easton said: “At the moment the matter is sub judice and we cannot comment further.”•

12 Do’s and Don’ts for Flying With a Dog

You want Rover to accompany you on the vacation but aren’t sure how he’ll handle the flight. Dogs thrive on routine and breaking from it can put even the most laid back pooch on edge. Here are some do’s and don’ts for flying with a dog.


Check for Pet-Friendly Airports
Airports now offer pet services like designated animal relief areas at Detroit Metropolitan Airport and Boston’s Logan International Airport, according to Pet Friendly Travel. Use them to your advantage when you travel.

Decide How Your Pooch Will Fly
Depending on your dog’s size, she can fly as carry-on (in a carrier you take on board with you) or as checked baggage (in a crate that you hand over when you check in, to be put in the cargo hold of the plane). Opt for a window seat to separate your pup from the commotion of the cabin. Sitting toward the front or back of the plane separates you from other passengers, so you’re less likely to cause a disturbance.

Choose Travel Days Carefully
Some airlines, such as American Airlines, won’t carry animals if the ground temperature exceeds 85 degrees Fahrenheit or drops below 45 degrees Fahrenheit along the route. Avoid flying with a dog on holidays, when airports are busy and personnel is overwhelmed.

Instead, plan your trip during the off season and fly on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. “Those are lighter travel days, and the less airline employees have on their plate, the more they’re going to be focused on your pet and keeping it safe,” says Susan H. Smith, the president of Pet Travel.

Prepare Your Dog for the Flight
The sooner you start, the better. Leave the crate open and invite your dog to explore it, offering plenty of rewards when he does. Use the crate to transport your dog to his favorite places so he associates it with something fun.

Microchip Your Pup
A microchip is a tiny tracking chip your veterinarian will insert under your dog’s skin. If you’re traveling internationally, most countries require it. Even if you’re not, microchipping is the smart way to make sure you and your dog are reunited should anything happen. Just make sure to register your dog’s chip information.

Tell the Airline
Airlines limit the number of pets both on board and in the hold. If Rover doesn’t have a reservation, you may not be flying with him after all.

Use Medication Wisely
A light sedative or motion sickness medication could take the edge off for pets who don’t travel well. Always check with your veterinarian before giving your dog any medication, and try them at home first.

Remind the Flight Crew
They can check to make sure your dog was boarded and “notify the pilots just to be sure the message was passed along that their furry friend is below,” says Meghan Hemingway, a flight attendant for a major airline and an editor at The Flight Attendant Life. The pilots can then double check the correct temperature is set in the cargo hold.


Use the Wrong Crate
Your dog must be in a crate. Each airline has its own requirements, so check with yours to find out what you need. For carry-on canines, Smith recommends a soft-sided carrier that compresses to fit under the seat in front of you.

Cargo-bound pooches need a hard plastic crate with the top and bottom bolted together and the door tied shut with a cable. Also, ensure that your crate is still in good shape — that all the latches, handles, and doors are working.

Forget Fido’s Paperwork
Your dog will need a health certificate from your veterinarian to leave the country or fly in the cargo hold. You may also have to show vaccination records.

Let Your Dog Out of the Crate
Besides being against airline rules, it could result in a lost or hurt animal, not to mention angry fellow passengers.

Let Your Dog Get Dehydrated
Flying and dehydration go hand in hand, so make sure your dog has plenty to drink. Offer him ice cubes through the slots in his crate throughout the flight. For dogs in the hold, freeze water in their attachment bowls prior to the flight so it can gradually thaw without spilling.

While you know fun times await you at your destination, your dog doesn’t. The more you do to take the stress out of flying, the easier it’ll be for Rover sit back, relax and enjoy the flight.

Busy period for Plett NSRI

On Wednesday, 23rd December, at 15h43, NSRI Plettenberg Bay assisted a man, from Pretoria, after his boat capsized behind the breakers off Keurbooms River Mouth.

The man was rescued from the surf onto the Sea Rescue craft and his boat, which had washed ashore, was recovered and he was brought to the Sea Rescue base where his family collected him. He was not injured.
At 12h30, Sunday, 27th December, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew responded their Sea Rescue craft and a land party with rescue swimmers following reports of a drowning in progress at Natures Valley.

A 28 year old man from Austria, on holiday, got into difficulty in a rip current while swimming.

While responding to the scene a local spear fisherman had swum out to the man and assisted him to shore.

On NSRI’s arrival on the scene the casualty was found safe ashore, not injured and he required no further assistance.

The spear fisherman is commended for assisting the casualty.
At 15h39, Sunday, 27th December, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew responded aboard sea rescue craft and a land party, including NSRI rescue swimmers and an NSRI doctor, following eye-witnesses reporting a man in difficulty in the water off the rocks on the Wild Side of Robberg.

The man is believed to have been swept off rocks while fishing and 2 male family members had jumped into the water to try to assist him.

The EMS/AMS Skymed rescue helicopter, WC Government Health EMS and the Mountain Club of South Africa – Search and Rescue also responded.

It was then reported by an American lady, who had witnessed the incident, that she was on the scene and she had managed to assist the fisherman onto rocks and she reported him to be injured.

The two family members had managed to swim out of the water and they were not injured.

On NSRI’s arrival on the scene the fisherman was found to be suffering difficulty in breathing, a dislocated shoulder and multiple lacerations to his body sustained from the rocks.

The NSRI doctor assisted by NSRI medics and paramedics treated the man before he was airlifted to hospital in a stable but serious condition by the Skymed rescue helicopter.