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Eskom's Medupi Power Station Produces First Electricity

5th March 2015

Construction on the Medupi power station in Lephalale, Limpopo province (Photo: Bevline Mechanical Projects)

The first of Medupi power station's six units was connected to South Africa's national power grid on Monday, marking "an exciting milestone" toward full commercial power of the Limpopo plant, Eskom boss Tshediso Matona said.

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Wildfires Ravage Cape Peninsula

5th March 2015

Photographer Andrea Nixon posted this photograph of the Cape Town fires  (Image: Andy Nix/Facebook)

The fires in the Cape have destroyed more than 4 000 hectares of vegetation so far, the City of Cape Town said on Wednesday. Together with the City, volunteers, communities as well as fire fighters from elsewhere in South Africa are working to combat the furious blaze devastating the Southern Peninsula.

Inset:  Photographer Andrea Nixon posted this photograph of the Cape Town fires on Facebook on 3 March 2015. She writes: "Muizenberg Peak and Lakeside from Zandvlei at 5am on day three of the fire – having covered Silvermine from Farmer Peck's to Hout Bay, it has returned to where it began." (Image: Andy Nix/Facebook)

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Almost Time For Sedgefield Slow Festival

4th March 2015

This year's festival promises to be jam-packed with events right up until the end of April 5. This photo was taken by Desmond Scholtz at last year's festival.

The Sedgefield Slow Festival committee is hard at work to get this year's festival ready for kick-off on Thursday, April 2. This year's festival promises to be jam-packed with events right up until the end of April 5.

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Major Blow To Garden Route Property Market

4th March 2015

Major blow to Garden Route property market

National finance minister Nhlanhla Nene dealt a major blow to the Garden Route property market with massive transfer duties on luxury homes. This, just as the market started regaining momentum again after the 2008 recession.

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Amla, Du Plessis Lead Sa To Smashing Victory Over Irish

4th March 2015

Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis celebrate their 200-run partnership during theirICC World Cup Pool B match at Canberra on Tuesday 3 March 2015. (Image: Cricket SA)

It was another record-breaking day for the Proteas as Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis shared a second-wicket stand of 247 against the Irish in their World Cup pool match at Canberra on Tuesday. The Proteas scored more than 200 runs in the final 20 overs for the second match in a row.

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Online Entries Open 4 March For Momentum Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour

3rd March 2015

Online entries open 4 March for Momentum Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour

Online entries for this year’s Momentum Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour will open on Wednesday, 4 March 2015, according to tour director Elwin Thompson. The popular annual cycle tour, which celebrates its 28th year in 2015, will take place over the weekend of 4 and 5 July. Touted as a two-day festival of cycling for the whole family, it is a premiere event of the popular Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival and attracts thousands of cyclists of all levels to the picturesque town every year.

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Alien Invasion In Knysna

3rd March 2015

Rozanne Steyn of NIS pointa at an example of the invasive alien plant infestation in Knysna.

"Despite all-out efforts by concerned landowners and conservancies, the levels of infestation of invasive alien plants in Knysna remain unacceptably high, and on the increase," says Cobus Meiring of the Southern Cape Landowners Initiative (SCLI).

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Respect Vegetation In Sensitive Areas

3rd March 2015

Sedgefield residents expressed their concern that this man was chopping down trees within the Sensitive Coastal Area of the Swartvlei Mouth.

The Garden Route National Parks' marine ranger in Wilderness responded to reports from alert, nature-loving Sedgefield residents of a man illegally chopping down trees in the Sensitive Coastal Area (SCA) at the Swartvlei Mouth on Friday, February 20.

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Gallant Amajimbos Have Much To Be Proud Of

3rd March 2015

The 2015 South African under-17 team is the country's first-ever team to qualify for the u17 World Cup. (Image: Safa)

The South African national under-17 team lost 2-0 to Mali in the 2015 African Youth Championship final in Niger on Sunday night. But, says coach Molefi Ntseki, said he was proud of his boys' spirited performance.

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Travel Market Looks At Responsible Tourism In Africa

2nd March 2015

The rolling hills of the Transkei, the birthplace of Nelson Mandela (Photo: Ukubona Africa)

More than 400 exhibitors are expected at the World Travel Market Africa, the second year of the travel and tourism conference. It will focus on the travel offerings on the continent, as well as on responsible tourism initiatives in Africa, with talks and debates by leaders in the field.

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Ska Will Drive Growth Of Africa's Human Capital

2nd March 2015

Artist's impression of the core of the Square Kilometre Array. (Image © Swinburne Astronomy Productions / Square Kilometre Array)

The Square Kilometre Array will contribute to Africa's efforts to build innovation-led, knowledge-based economies, says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. It fits into African Union's Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy and is developing a new cohort of young scientists.

Inset:  Artist's impression of the core of the Square Kilometre Array. The full facility will comprise around 3 000 antennas with a combined collecting area of roughly one square kilometre (Image © Swinburne Astronomy Productions / Square Kilometre Array)

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Siemens Turbines To Run Sa Wind Farms, Generate 360mw

27th February 2015

Siemens Turbines to Run SA Wind Farms, Generate 360MW

Siemens will supply and install turbines for a 9 billion rand (0 million) project to build three wind farms in South Africa with a combined capacity to generate 360 megawatts of power.

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George Airport First To Go Solar

26th February 2015

George Airport first to go solar

George Airport is set to become the first national airport to run entirely off solar energy.

Inset:  Eden Mayor Wessie van der Westhuizen and Deputy Executive Mayor Lionel Esau hand over their support and endorsement of the proposed solar project. From left are: Councillor Wessie van der Westhuizen, Councillor Lionel Esau, Brenda Vorster (George Airport manager), Cornelius du Plessis (chief engineer, Acsa), Marclen Stallenberg (head of department, maintenance and electrical, Acsa) and Vernon Gibbs-Halls (environmental specialist, Eden District Municipality).

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South Africa's Economy Grows By 4.1%

26th February 2015

Nampak's glass manufacturing plant at Roodekop outside Johannesburg (Photo: Nampak Wiegand Glass)

South Africa's Gross Domestic Product increased by 4.1% in the fourth quarter of 2014, Stats SA announced on Tuesday, accelerating much more than the markets expected – thanks largely to higher production in the manufacturing sector.

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Budget 2015: South Africa Raises Income Tax

26th February 2015

Filling up in South Africa (Photo: Sasol / MediaClubSouthAfrica.com)

The tax rate will increase by 1 percentage point for all South Africans – except the lowest earners, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said in his first Budget speech on Wednesday, which aims to stabilise government debt and rebalance fiscal policy.

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Public Invited To Go George Info Sessions

25th February 2015

his Saturday, GO GEORGE buses will start operating on routes between the CBD and Blanco, Heatherlands and Heather Park.

This Saturday, GO GEORGE buses will start operating on routes between the CBD and Blanco, Heatherlands and Heather Park, with the roll out of the second hhase of the public transport service.

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George Hops Festival This Weekend

25th February 2015

The organisers of Saturday's George Hops Festival in festive mood at the Blanco Hops Farm. (Photo: Pauline Lourens)

For an action-packed, fun-filled day for the whole family, the Hops Festival this weekend at Mount View Resort in York Street in George is an absolute must.

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South African Producer's Film Wins Oscar

25th February 2015

Ida, which tells the story of a young girl who discovers she is Jewish as she is about to become a nun, won the Best Foreign Film award at the Oscars on 22 February 2015. (Image: ida-movie.com)

"It's wonderful when the underdog triumphs," South African producer Eric Abraham said after his film Ida took top honours in the Best Foreign Language film category at a ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

Inset: Ida, which tells the story of a young girl who discovers she is Jewish as she is about to become a nun, won the Best Foreign Film award at the Oscars on 22 February 2015. (Image: ida-movie.com)

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Oakhill’s Prep School Waterfront Chukka Festival Not Affected By Weather

24th February 2015

Oakhill’s Prep School Waterfront Chukka Festival 2015

Rain on the second day of this weekend’s Oakhill Waterfront Chukka Festival did nothing to dampen the spirits of the players or spectators who came from all over the country to participate in the three day event.

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Rescued Sea Turtles Find Freedom

24th February 2015

On my way home. One of the happy turtles that was released last Sunday. (Photo: Tersia Marais)

Sunday morning was a beautiful day to release two rescued Green Sea Turtles back in the ocean. The turtles both had a condition named ‘floater syndrome’, in which air is trapped under the shell, preventing them from diving and thus, feeding.

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