What a strange creature this is!
This ‘thing’, for a loss of a better word, was find in the Stilbaai area and Shanelle (@shanellefinucane5) posted a photo on Instagram.
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There are so many places in Stilbaai with spectacular views!
Like this one from a garden that is maintained by private residents in Stilbaai Heights overlooking the Goukou River..
Beautiful views – another reason why we think Stilbaai should be the Kwêla ‘Dorp van die Jaar’. (Voting for ‘Town of the Year’ takes place from 26 to 31 May. Please vote then by sms’ing the word STILBAAI to 33157. Up to 30 sms’s per phone number allowed at R1.50/sms.)
Stilbaai, a relaxed coastal village on the southern Cape coast, just 26 kilometres off the N2 highway that also forms part of the Garden Route, is the first of nine finalists in the Kwêla ‘Town of the Year’ (Dorp van die Jaar) competition that is being broadcasted on Kyknet. Stilbaai has reached the final of this competition in the past and this holiday and retirement village in the Hessequa region is now pulling out all the stops to claim the title.
Stilbaai is probably one of the smallest towns with an estimated figure of between 5 000 and 6 000 permanent residents, but this popular holiday town looks totally different when thousands of holidaymakers visit it during the December summer break. Stilbaai has also been the town where many visitors have been spending their holidays for generations and interesting stories can be told about family holidays from as early as the late 1800’s.
Stilbaai is also a popular retirement village and with a strong, yet relatively small industrial area and various businesses, everyday life in town goes its (relaxed) way.
Some excitement has been added to the daily routines now that Stilbaai stands a chance to be the ‘Town of the Year’. A group of volunteers together with Stilbaai Tourism and Dries de Beer as chairman, got the ball rolling in an effort to get as many votes when the voting lines open on Sunday, 26 May.
Organisations, businesses and residents will be working together during the next few weeks so that when it is time to vote, everyone who loves Stilbaai as well as neighbouring towns in the Hessequa region and even the Western Cape, vote for Stilbaai by sending up to 30 sms’s per phone number. Voting will take place from Sunday evening (26 May) to 12:00 on Friday, 31 May.
Marketing on social media has already played a huge role and the announcement on Sunday (31 March) on Stilbaai Tourism’s Facebook page that Stilbaai is the Western Cape winner, has reached 77 800 people on Facebook while this post were shared 611 times.
The announcement has received positive feedback in general and many people in the tourism and business industry are of the opinion that the extra exposure and additional marketing will be to the benefit of the town and that it will encourage much needed tourism. The cold and wet winter months are only weeks away and these are the most challenging for tourism and businesses in Stilbaai. If the exposure attracts more visitors and tourists especially during these months, it will be a much needed economical boost for the town that will be favourable to all.
Stilbaai Tourism thanks everyone who is involved in the ‘Town of the Year’ voting campaign as well as the Hessequa Municipality for their support.
Various activities are planned for the next few weeks. Visit the Facebook pages of Stilbaai Tourism and Hessequa – The Explorer’s Garden Route to be part of the excitement.
The sms voting lines open on 26 May 2019 after the Kwêla ‘Dorp van die Jaar’ program and stays open until Friday, 31 May at 12:00.
Sms the word STILBAAI to 33157 (during the voting week only).
The buzz in Stilbaai is not only because of the two long weekends in April – it is because of Stilbaai winning the Western Cape round of the Kyknet Kwêla television program, Dorp van die Jaar (Town of the Year) and having a foot in the door of being the winner.
The banners at the turn-off from the N2 to Stilbaai are announcing the news and will serve as a reminder to vote for STILBAAI from Sunday, 26 May to Friday, 31 May when the sms lines close at midday. Up to 30 sms’s per number are allowed at R1.50 per sms.
In the meantime, residents, businesses, holidaymakers and visitors who love Stilbaai, are working hard for the town to win this title that will mean a lot for tourism for Stilbaai as well as the Hessequa region.
Duhne Liebenberg from Namo Health Stilbaai took this photo to show their support for the project.
To see what is happening in Stilbaai, have a look at our updated EVENTS calendar and visit THINGS TO DO for suggestions on what you can do in Stilbaai.
STILBAAI is die Wes-Kaapse wenner van Kwêla se Dorp van die Jaar-kompetisie en is nou een van nege dorpe wat vir die kroon gaan meeding.
Nadat Stilbaai aanvanklik genoeg stemme ontvang het om ‘n semi-finalis in die Wes-Kaap-streek te wees, is daar Sondagaand (31 Maart) aangekondig dat Stilbaai meer sms-stemme as die ander twee semi-finaliste, Worcester en Bredasdorp, ontvang het en dus die wenner van die Wes-Kaap is. Dit is ook die eerste finalis wat in vanjaar se kompetisie aangekondig is met die res van die agt streke se wenners wat die volgende paar weke aangekondig sal word.
Wanneer al nege dorpe op Kwêla gewys is, sal die publiek van 18:00 op 26 Mei tot 12:00 31 Mei 2019 vir die wendorp kan stem. Daar word tot 30 sms’e per nommer toegelaat. Die wendorp word op 16 Junie 2019 op Kwêla aangekondig.
Enige dorp in Suid-Afrika of Namibië kan benoem word, mits dit:
Minder as 500 000 inwoners het
Nie ’n streekswenner in die laaste twee jaar was (2017: Mosselbaai, Margate, Nespruit/Mbombela, Hoopstad, Tzaneen, Vanderbijlpark, Barkley-Oos, Van Zylsrus, Gobabis. 2018: Fochville, Wakkerstroom, Jeffreysbaai, Montagu, Upington, Mariental, Parys, St. Lucia).
Vorige wendorpe mag vir 5 jaar na hulle as wenner aangewys is nie weer deelneem nie (Sabie, Fouriesburg, Middelburg, Hentiesbaai, Mosselbaai en Jeffreysbaai.).
Volgens Kwêla is die wendorp die dorp wat die meeste sms-stemme ontvang het. Die wendorp kry ’n ongelooflike R1 miljoen se bemarkingswaarde van kykNET. Homebrew Films, die vervaardigers van Kwêla, sal ’n 45 sekonde advertensie oor die dorp maak, wat gedurende kykNET se advertensietyd uitgesaai sal word. Daar sal ook ’n groot KIA dorp van die jaar-makietie in die wendorp gehou word – musiek, kos, pret en sommer baie van daai wendorp-gees! Kwêla sal weer daar wees om dit te verfilm, en dit sal later die jaar uitgesaai word.
Hier is die program wat Kwêla oor Stilbaai gemaak het.
On Wednesday and Thursday evenings, March 27th and 28th, the fourth annualStilbaai Craft Beer, Gin & Wine Expo will be taking place in the community hall and with wines from 21 selected wine estates as well as craft beer from various breweries and unique craft gins, this Tasting Experience is not to be missed.