As we are closing this year, we know that the majority of South Africa's people will be travelling, for families to come together and celebrate the 2017 festive season. It is the time to thank our creator for the life he has given us, for his blessings while keeping in mind the need to share with those who are less fortunate. We also need to celebrate and plan for new opportunities that will be provided to us in 2018.
We need to acknowledge that 2017 was not an easy year too many families, particularly in our poor communities, given the negative impact of SA's junk status on the rising food prices, increasing fuel prices, job losses, sluggish economic growth and many other challenges we have experienced.
Recently, our region was severely devastated by fires, lives were lost and properties where destroyed during this time. I salute everybody who participated in the fight against the fires and who continue with the rehabilitation processes.
The Western Cape is experiencing a severe drought and the Bitou Municipal area has also been declared a drought-stricken area. Bitou is under stage 1 water restrictions and we encourage residents and visitors to protect our environment and to preserve this precious commodity, our water.
On behalf of Bitou Council, I would like, to thank our residents, business community, municipal employees, Councillors across the political affiliation and our communities.
It gives me pleasure to announce that Bitou now boasts six (6) beaches with Blue Flag status, our water quality enjoyed Blue Drop recognition. All the communities in Bitou are provided with quality services daily.
I would like to encourage you to support our law enforcement officers as they strive to maintain law and order. Please adhere to the rules of the road, do not exceed the speed limit, always lookout for pedestrians, and please do not drink and drive. Avoid drugs and any similar substance, and help us in promoting and encouraging good conduct during this time of the year.
Importantly, we want to assure holidaymakers that we are pulling out all the stops to ensure quality services and peaceful stay in Bitou.
We extend a warm welcome to all our visitors who decided to make Plettenberg Bay and its surrounding areas their holiday destination. We would like you to enjoy your time with us, and I wish you and our residents a blessed festive season
By working together with our people, we will be the best together and continue to build Bitou to be right up there with the top municipalities in this country.
I wish you all an enriching and Merry Christmas, and quality time with your loved ones, friends and extended families.
May 2018 be a very prosperous new year for all.
Bitou Municipality Executive Mayor Cllr: Peter LobeseLast published 30 November 2018