2022 forced us to reboot with a smaller, toned-down Pink Loerie Festival due to COVID-19 regulations and restrictions, but we made it – this year, we hosted our 22nd edition!

We would like to request your input and suggestions on how we can improve and increase visitors and directly your bed nights – email office@pinkloeriefoundation.com with subject “Pink Loerie 2023”

While we on the subject of requests, If you would like to contribute any item, accommodation vouchers, artwork, hampers, auction items or donations, please feel free to contact us at office@pinkloeriefoundation.com with subject “Donatons”

Thank you to every person who placed an advert, made a donation, provided products and offered assistance and auction items. None of this would’ve been possible without your help. I do apologise in advance if, for some reason, I’ve missed a person or company, but our gratitude goes out to the following people and companies for their continued support and belief in our brand and cause:

Knysna Municipality

Executive Mayor of Knysna, Councillor Levael Davis

Personal Assistant to Executive Mayor of Knysna, Kirsty Hofhuis

Richard Meyer and support staff

Murro-Wayne Spies and support staff

Anthony Bans and support staff

Pamela Booth and support staff

Noxolo Mcothama and Brian Cornelius

Shanelle Pretorius

Ntombekhaya Nkoane

Garden Route District Municipality

The GRDM Speaker, Alderlady Georlene Wolmerans

Chief Communications Officer – Herman Pieters

George Municipality

Executive Mayor, Alderman Leon van Wyk

Cllr Jackie von Brandis

East Region DA LGBTQIA+

Cllr Jackie von Brandis


CEO – Ms Stander

Events Administrator – Zothando Tsulo

Visit Knysna

Keagon Borchards, Thozeka Sikali and Hanlie de Villiers

Plett Tourism

CEO – Patty Butterworth

Knysna Ziplines – SA Forest Adventures

Offshore Adventures Diving with Seals

Bitou Vineyards

Naming Rights Sponsor

Villa Castollini – Dirk and Sonia Claassen. Thank you for always opening your doors to us and for the abundance of love towards the LGBTQIA+ community and us.

In Association with Sponsors

Men International South Africa – Rudi du Toit

ETC-ZONE Centurion – Christo de Beer

Jacaranda LGBTQIA+ Pride

Official and Preferred Venue

Villa Castollini – Dirk and Sonia Claassen, Carin, Shadi, Quinton, Ashley, Tersia, Rose and Porcia.

Executive Chef

L&L Catering – Chef George Beyl

Table Décor

ECOZEST – DP Ferreira and Hannes Stander

Masters of Ceremony

Leigh Myles and De Wet Mickey Louw

Bar and Waiter Staff

Benjamin B Mazeka and his staff

Sound and Staging

Brilliant Events – Mikey, Dudley, Chad, Eldeo and Vuyani

Special Guest Artist Courtesy of Marshall Arts Talent

Cassa Jackson (London-based singer-songwriter with a soulful edge) and Mom Tina, thank you for making the journey to South Africa and fitting in with our crazy schedule.

Guest of Honour

Shanon Kannigan, Mr Gay World™ South Africa 2021 and family. Thank you for sharing the event with us and making new memories.

Medic Services

Villa Castollini – Mark and Jackie Stevens

Knysna Pride and Street Party – Frontier Medix

Knysna Provincial Hospital – Dr Brink and Vinette Ruiterson

Life Knysna Private Hospital – Carmen Grobler

Western Cape Department of Health – Keith Kleinhans

Official and Preferred Vehicle Partner

Mahindra South Africa

Safety and Security

South African Police Service Knysna – Col De Wet and support staff

Knysna Traffic Department – Mr Anthony Barns and support staff

Knysna Fire Department – Mr Spies and support staff

Allsound Security

Management Team – Michael Simon and Ashley Boetius

Supervisor Introduction and training – Leon Koch

Team on duty – Samantha Mlanjeni, Chris Nquma, Analo Ngqmshe and Sinxolele Sihola

Knysna CPF

Cheryl Brits and team

Accommodation Sponsors

Villa Castollini – Sonia Claassen

Simola Hotel Country Club & Spa – Roxanne Marais

The Lofts Boutique Hotel – Peter Siebert

Rexford Manor – Ri-Han de Jager-Craven

Knysna Wayside Inn – Brent Hicks

Gooderson Knysna Chalets – Cheryl Gooderson Otto

Southern Sun The Cullinan – Jacques Moolman

Official and Preferred 2022 Restaurants

Olde’s Pub and Grill Restaurant – Priscilla and team

Oaks on Main – Margot and team

Ten on Queen Street – Helena and team

The Oysters Edge – Gary and Rene Atkinson, Mike and Kirsty Hofhuis

Media Partners

Panthera Media

Write Touch Communications – Jacques Marais

Gay Pages – Rubin van Niekerk

Mambaonline.com – Luiz De Barros

Action Ads (Julie, after 12 years, we finally met)

Public Relations

Brandfundi – Michelle Cavé – Public Relations

Media and Interviews

Eden Fm

You FM – You with The Boys with presenters: Pat

Cash, Kamo Gee and Bingo

Expresso Morning Show – SABC 3

SABC News with Sagree Chetty and Sphiwe Hobasi

Graphic Designer, Magazine Layout, Social Media and Psychologist

Designerart – Natasha Ungerer


Dragon Consulting – Rob, Michelle and team


Michael Hilton Hofhuis Photography – Mike Hofhuis

Rudi du Toit Photography – Rudi du Toit

Thank you to the following individuals and or organisations

Mahindra Centurion – Stefan Smit

Licence to Travel – Henk Smit

AH Productions – Hermann Winter-Greyling

Bidfood – Louise Carter

Shabby Fufu Lifestyle Farm – Werner Erasmus LeGrange

Sedgefield Craft Brewery – Gordon McKean

Mortlock Distillery – Gregory Visser

Fanglasstic – Robin Kittles, Willem Basson and Vicky Matthyse

Nel Art – Luan Nel

GOLD Restaurant – Cindy Muller and Lita Brits

Characters Signs George – Greig

Super Rent – Sheree Raubenheimer and driver

Chad Flannigan

ABI – Bridgette Wessels

Impi Wire – Ronny Elias

Painting donations – Shirley Howells

Freeze Flame Media – Chris de Villiers

The Head Explorer Catamaran – Rika Fourie

Birthday Cakes – Vanessa Aylward

Cavanagh & Richards Attorneys

Night in Shining Armor – Danie Munnick

Limited Edition Pink Loerie 22nd Edition Dolls – HJB Handmade

And last but not least

Thank you to my fellow committee members, Carin de Jager, Ri-Han de Jager-Craven and Jacques Marais for all your hard work. Johann, you have stood by me during this event with unwavering support.

This project has its challenges, but you have remained patient and present. I am so appreciative.

One thing is sure: we became masters of changing venues and routes on number 99 – not by choice but due to circumstance.

It has been rewarding to deliver food to much-needed soup kitchens in support of the town of Knysna, its residents and surrounding areas over the past two years. We intend to maintain these efforts to make a positive difference.

To honour one of the organisers during our annual VIP Dinner for her selflessness and what she does for her community, was also a very special experience.

Pink Loerie Magazine

We are proud to release the long awaiting 22nd Special Edition Pink Loerie Magazine, our late release is based on the overwhelming interest in businesses showing support n being a part of this milestone issue.

After lock down difficulties this issue brings us back as we celebrated the Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival loud and proud to make up for the last years lost to the lock down.

This issue is dedicated to giving businesses who have supported us the opportunity to tell their stories and showcase their businesses.

A thank you to DesignerArt & Graphics for the design and layout of this awesome issue!

Kind regards,

Pink Loerie Organising Committee

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