The Knysna Council will, today, vote on whether to close Knysna Tourism down, reincorporating it into Knysna Municipality and hiring contractors where needed. Some citizens will be horrified at the idea but i welcome it because no one has been held accountable for the abuse of public funds e.g. a staff member’s holiday to Jamaica, loans to private companies, illegal Board member payments, the R270,000 silent handshake to the CEO who was found guilty, and, maybe most of all, the failure to spend the agreed percentage on development of disadvantaged people. Elmay Bouwer stepped in, as the new Chairperson of … ‘Click here to read full article…’
We object to all oil exploration off our Southern Cape coast. Immediately, we object to the latest application for oil/gas exploration rights by Sungu Sungu Petroleum (Pty) Ltd (Ghana) for a 2,500 km² portion of the 11,224 km² area known as the Pletmos Baisin (offshore, between Knysna and Jeffrey’s Bay). In between, there is the famous Tsitsikamma National Park with iconic tourist destinations such as Nature’s Valley and Storms River. Other towns affected include Plettenberg Bay and Cape St Francis. Remember the Kiani Satu. Imagine something far worse happening! SIGN PETITION AGAINST OIL EXPLORATION PUBLIC PARTICIPATION Last year, PASA (Petroleum … ‘Click here to read full article…’
The existence of Knysna & Partners, what was previously known as Knysna Tourism, is in jeopardy. During summer, rumours that the organisation may be shut down, reincorporated into Knysna Municipality, flew around like uncomfortable flies. What carried more weight was alleged political influence, that Deputy Mayor Peter Myers was in conflict with CEO Greg Vogt, seeking to get rid of him. Whatever the truth, it’s been kept quiet but, as always, will eventually buzz out, probably too late for the public to be able to provide input into decisions that have likely already been made. Nevertheless, the show must go … ‘Click here to read full article…’
The Western Cape Government presented its draft 5–year Tourism Strategy (15/16 – 19/20) at the TAE Plenary session on 14 March 2014. As a follow up, the Department of Economic Development and Tourism will be hosting regional stakeholder engagements to discuss the draft document. The Department invites stakeholders to attend and participate. Your inputs will allow for alignment of the strategies and ensure that a cohesive approach to tourism encompasses national, provincial and local government objectives. 24 July 2014 Town Hall, George 10:00 – 12:00 Please confirm your attendance by email to Viola.May@westerncape.gov.za and TAE.Partnership@westerncapegov.za.