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South African Doctor Makes Skin Graft Breakthrough

29th May 2015

The skin biopsy of 7x3 centimetres was taken from the hip area of the patient. (Image: Western Cape Department of Health)

Until recently the outlook for patients in South Africa with extensive burns was bleak. The best they could hope for were highly specialised transplant techniques, depending on the availability of resources.

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Small Town Hospitals, Big Town Sophistication

28th May 2015

Dr Piet Loubser, darling of the UCT medical students at the Oudtshoorn Hospital, with Alexia Rossi (left), Victoria Parker, Katherine Calver and Priyanka Naidu (Photo: Myron Rabinowitz).

Eight final year medical students studying Family Medicine and Obstetrics at the University of Cape Town (UCT) spent a month at the George and Oudtshoorn Hospital and feel the opportunity to study in a smaller town hospital has truly prepared them for their internship next year.

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Junior Boks Jet Off To World Championships

28th May 2015

Springbok captain Jean de Villiers inspires the Baby Boks ahead of their Argentina tour. (Image: Saru)

Fresh from a series victory over Argentina, the Junior Springbok squad are on their way to Italy for the World Rugby Under-20 Championship. "The boys are rearing to go and we have a great team spirit," says coach Dawie Theron ahead of the three-week long tournament.

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Municipal Court Coming To George

27th May 2015

The high level delegation who met in George today to announce the forthcoming establishment of a Municipal Court for George.

The Executive Mayor of George, Charles Standers today welcomed a high level delegation from the Department of Public Prosecution and the Western Cape Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, who have given approval to the George Municipality to establish a Municipal Court for George.

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Healing In South Africa's Fynbos Soil

27th May 2015

Hiking through South Africa's uniquely beautiful fynbos. (Photo: Galeo Saintz, Eden to Addo Corridor Initiative)

A researcher at Stellenbosch University has discovered lantibiotics in fynbos soil. They have the same function as strong antibiotics and work to kill disease-causing bacteria, including Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. They could be an alternative to traditional treatments.

Inset:  Hiking through South Africa's uniquely beautiful fynbos. The Eden to Addo Mega-Hike straddles five distinct biomes: Afromontane Forest, Mountain Fynbos, Succulent Karoo, Savanna Grassland and Albany Thicket (Photo: Galeo Saintz, Eden to Addo Corridor Initiative)

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Largest Attempt Outside Of Africa To Move Rhinos Out Of Harm’s Way

26th May 2015

Largest Attempt Outside of Africa to Move Rhinos Out of Harm’s Way

In the Texas grassland, home to white-tailed deer and rattlesnakes, outdoorsman Charly Seale sees a vast sanctuary of open spaces that could be used to protect the wild African rhino from its biggest enemy - poachers in search of the animals' valuable horns.

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Knysna Nsri Helps 2 To Shore

26th May 2015

Knysna NSRI during a rescue.

At 11:35 on Friday, May 22, the NSRI Knysna duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Jaytee III to rendezvous with a 4.7m rubber duck with two local men on board, off-shore of Buffel's Bay.

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South Africa's Tourism Sector Set To Grow

26th May 2015

The cheetah: the world's fastest land animal, and South Africa's second-most endangered carnivore after the wild dog. (Image: Philip van den Berg, South African Tourism)

There have been some challenges and new visa rules need to be taken on board, but the World Travel and Tourism Council expects the sector to expand this year well above the 2% growth predicted for the broader economy. Employment levels are also expected to rise.

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Knysna's Mysterious Midnight Dogs

25th May 2015

Mark Taylor photographed the mysterious midnight dogs in Knysna's Trotter Street.

When photographer Mark Taylor was returning from photographing the fire at Île de Païn at midnight on Wednesday, May 6, a pack of dogs, ironically seen under a veterinary sign in Trotter Street, was an odd sight to come across in the centre of town, but when the Knysna-Plett Herald started investigating the dogs a can of worms was opened.

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Elephant Causes 'welcome' Damage

25th May 2015

An employee of ZD Stander en Seuns Vervoer en Ontginning inspects the Bell logger damaged by an elephant on Wednesday night 13 May.

An elusive Knysna Forest elephant made his (or her) mark during the night of Wednesday 13 May when the mighty beast overturned a heavy Bell logger in the Goudveld Forest plantation.

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Addo's Lion Cubs Leave Home

22nd May 2015

Lion cubs at play. (Image: Free Images)

The three orphaned lion cubs at Addo Elephant National Park are now nine months old and have been moved from their protected boma to a camp where they can start hunting and fending for themselves. Rangers will keep a watchful eye as they return to the wild.

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Plett Tourism Spicing Things Up

21st May 2015

The UK Food Network’s Reza Mahammad, ‘The Spice Prince’ will warm up Plett this July at the Plett Food and Film Festival.

Plett Tourism will be spicing things up this winter when one of television’s hottest international culinary stars heads to the coastal holiday town for the second annual Plett Food and Film Festival.

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Green Flag Status For Knysna Forest Trails

21st May 2015

The 9.5km Perdekop nature walk as well as the Olifants hiking trail in Diepwalle were accredited With Green Flag status by the Hiking Organisation of Southern Africa (HOSA).

Two hiking trails in the Knysna Forest, part of the Garden Route National Park (GRNP), recently received Green Flag status. The Perdekop (9.5km nature walk) and Olifants hiking trail in Diepwalle were accredited by the Hiking Organisation of Southern Africa (HOSA) on May 14.

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Senior Citizens Worried About Future

21st May 2015

Rina de Swardt, chairman of ACVV George. (Photo: Myron Rabinowitz)

Maree Akestoridis, a resident of the ACVV's Harmony Flats in Sas de Kock Street and member of the Byekorf Service Centre, is worried about her future and that of her fellow senior citizens.

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Bigger Cape World Heritage Site Is On Cards

21st May 2015

A Knysna turaco, known in South Africa as the Knysna loerie, in Knysna. (image: David Siu, Wikimedia Commons)

The Southern Cape's Afromontane forests – most of them part of the Garden Route National Park – are being considered for a ranking on the World Heritage List. This would double the size of the existing site, and expand the Cape Floral Kingdom already under protection.

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International Culinary Star To Visit Plett

20th May 2015

The UK Food Network’s Reza Mahammad, ‘The Spice Prince’ will warm up Plett this July at the Plett Food and Film Festival.

Plett Tourism will be spicing things up this winter when one of television’s hottest international culinary stars heads to the coastal holiday town for the second annual Plett Food and Film Festival.

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Kirstenbosch Wins Again At Chelsea

20th May 2015

The 1999 Namaqualand and 1997 Eastern Cape section of the Sanbi-Kirstenbosch exhibit at the Chelsea Flower Show 2015. (Image: Sanbi, Kay Montgomery)

Despite delivery problems that meant the feature plants for the exhibit never arrived in London, the South African National Biodiversity Institute Kirstenbosch team collected a Silver Gilt award at the annual international flower show. Once again, the display shows South Africa's beauty.

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Oyster Festival: Only 6 Weeks To Go

19th May 2015

Photo from last year's Oyster Festival. Photo: Supplied.

The last meeting of the joint organising committee for the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival was held at the Log Inn, Gray Street on Thursday, May 14. Owing to family commitments the festival manager could not be present and the meeting was led by Steyn Momberg of World Sport, Pick n Pay’s promotional company, assisted by three of his staff and Kegan Borchards of Knysna Tourism.

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2 Severely Injured During Robberg-hike

19th May 2015

Part of the Robberg hiking trail.

The Plettenberg Bay duty crew were activated at 14:18 on Sunday, May 17 following reports from a former NSRI crewman, Dr. Herman Nel, that he and his family had come across an emergency situation while hiking on the Robberg Nature Reserve hiking trail.

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Possible Cause Of Bird Deaths

18th May 2015

Red-knobbed coots were among the recent avian deaths noticed in the Wilderness Lakes Area. (Photo: Fran Kirsten)

South African National Parks (SANParks) has finally received the first report from the state vet who was consulted to find the cause of the extensive recent avian deaths in and around the lakes between Wilderness and Sedgefield.

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