Proposed Plettenberg Bay Multi-Discipline Sports Facility

Name and background of
applicant / developer
John Ruiters (local entrepreneur)
Core focus sector Infrastructure/Construction/Sport
Project status Pre-feasibility
Partnerships Plettenberg Bay and Bitou Municipalities, western Cape Government (Sport and Recreation, Finance, Economic Development and Tourism)
Full contact details of project lead Bitou Municipality, LED Department: Lesley Jacobs;
Potential jobs created 200

The objective is to construct a multi-purpose sporting facility including a wooden indoor velodrome, the Plett Cycling Veldodrome, with cycling as the anchor tenant. Such a world-class facility presents many opportunities and will amplify Plettenberg Bay as a preferred destination with the added attraction of offering world-class sporting events.

As a flagship facility (not only in South Africa but on the African continent), it will greatly enhance the region’s opportunities for hosting future national, continental and international events with the proven related economic benefits.

This will be an ideal facility for use not only by South African cyclists but also as a training base for all African countries as well as attracting many European nations who flock to South Africa for training camps during their winter season.

A world-class velodrome opens up many opportunities for staging international track events, such as World Series events and inter-continental events laying the foundation for the hosting of the prestigious World Track Championships. The possibility of hosting an international cycling festival in the town encompassing all five disciplines is a huge opportunity as it has never been staged previously on the continent. Plettenberg Bay can be at the forefront of such a great initiative, taking the lead in globalising the sport. Plettenberg Bay and ultimately South Africa will be positioned as the Cycling Mecca with many riders flocking to the town for numerous international events.