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Business Solutions Discussed

31st October 2014

Business solutions discussed  (Photo: Fran Kirsten.)

On Tuesday, October 28, representatives of local government, business and industry in the Eden district gathered at Simola Hotel Country Club and Spa to engage in discussions of integrated solutions to grow businesses in the district.

Inset: At a recent business discussion were (from left) Western Cape Economic Development Partnership representative, Andrew Boraine, Eden DM executive mayor Wessie van der Westhuizen and minister of Tourism, Economic Development and Agriculture, MEC Alan Winde. (Photo: Fran Kirsten.)

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Skatelab Gets Kids Off The Streets

31st October 2014

Luke Hartley, Pat Cole and Josh Loff wait for the rain to abate so that they can start the competition. (Photo: Myron Rabinowitz)

Despite last Saturday's inclement weather, 23 skateboarders arrived bright and early in the rain at Skatelab in York Street to compete in the Fire Starter Jesus Triple Tier Skate Comp.

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Leisure Isle Festival This Weekend

29th October 2014

Leisure Isle Festival this weekend (Image: Elle Photography)

This weekend (November 1 and 2), Knysna will celebrate the 12th edition of the Leisure Isle Festival, under the leadership of the festival committee chairperson, Roger Voysey.

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Motsepe Donates Us-million To The Fight Against Ebola

29th October 2014

Patrice Motsepe has donated US-million to the Ebola Fund. (Image: Motsepe Foundation )

South African billionaire and mining guru Patrice Motsepe has donated US-million to the fight against Ebola in Guinea, one of the three West African countries affected by the epidemic.

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Pezula To Host Major Golf Tournament

29th October 2014

Pezula will host the Vodacom Origins of Golf final on Friday, October 31.

The Vodacom Origins of Golf final national tournament, presented by Samsung, will be played at Pezula The final round on Friday, October 31 is the culmination of six tournaments played at various South Africa venues.

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New Wards Open At George Hospital

29th October 2014

New wards open at George Hospital

Two new wards, the Psychiatric Ward and the Family Medicine Ward, were officially opened at George Provincial Hospital on Friday 24 October during a formal ceremony attended by staff members and the community.

Inset:  Dr Linda Hering (centre), senior manager of Medical Services at WCG Health, has the honour of cutting the ribbon for the Family Medicine Ward. With her are from: left Michael Vonk (CEO, George Hospital), Dr Rachel Schaefer, Dr Elmari de Klerk-Green (George Hosptial) and Dr Louis Jenkins (head of Family Medicine, George Hospital).

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Plett Open Garden Day For Charity

28th October 2014

Plett Open Garden Day for charity

The Plettenberg Bay Animal Welfare Service (PAWS) volunteers have once again been hard at work planning the third annual Plett Open Garden Day in aid of PAWS to be held on Saturday, November 1.

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Open Day For Local Charities

28th October 2014

An open day for local charities will be held on Saturday 1 November at the Outeniqua Farmers' Market.

An open day for local charities will be held on Saturday 1 November at the Outeniqua Farmers' Market.

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Ukzn Solar Car Places Third Internationally In Sasol Solar Car Challenge

28th October 2014

UKZN Solar Car Places Third Internationally in Sasol Solar Car Challenge

The UKZN Solar Car, designed and built by six final year UKZN mechanical engineering students and their two supervisors, took the top position in South Africa and third place internationally in the 2014 Sasol Solar Car Challenge this Octobe

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New Computers For Zeekoegat

27th October 2014

Jan Pasmans with some of the children

Eager young faces gathered to open 34 boxes, containing computers, toys and clothing this week. The shipment, from the Netherlands, arrived at Zeekoegat Primary School just outside Oudtshoorn and was organised by Jan and Mieke Pasmans.

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Groups Join Hands In Beach Clean-up

27th October 2014

Interns from the Oceans Campus and members of the Seals of Nam did a great service to the marine environment last weekend, as they participated in a much-needed beach clean-up.

Last weekend, the Seals of Nam joined up with interns from Oceans Campus, in a bid to clean up the environment. Working from the tidal pool towards the Point, the interns formed teams of two and began the meticulous task of picking up marine debris and trash. It became a race against time to see which team would collect the most trash and win the coveted prize of sponsored T-shirts. Pat Dickens from The Seals of Nam explained that marine debris is an enormous problem in our oceans.

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South Africa Takes Up Citrus Black Spot Issue At Wto

27th October 2014

South Africa exports some 100 million cartons of citrus to the tune of R6-billion in export revenue. (Photo: Franco Folini)

South Africa is tackling threats to its large citrus export market, aiming to keep the country’s R6-billion citrus industry export competitive.

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Big Game And Big Luxury Make Londolozi The Best Resort In The World

27th October 2014

Sophisticated holidaying set in South Africa’s overwhelming natural beauty brings tourists back to high-end resorts like Londolozi year after year. (Photo: Mike’s Birds)

South Africa’s natural beauty and sophisticated tourism industry was lauded this week with the announcement that the country’s famed Londolozi resort was voted the best in the world in the annual Condé Nast Readers’ Choice Awards.

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Dogs Allowed On Blue Flag Beaches

24th October 2014

While dogs will still be allowed to enjoy the beaches, their movements will be more restricted to comply with international Blue Flag requirements.

Two of Knysna's favourite beaches, Buffel's Bay and Brenton-on-Sea, once again received Blue Flag status for the upcoming holiday season. While dogs will still be allowed to enjoy the beaches, their movements will be more restricted to comply with international Blue Flag requirements.

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Wonders Of The Blue Yonder

24th October 2014

A travelling humpback whale.

Ocean Odyssey, Knysna’s only permitted close-encounter whale-watching operation, has been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag status. The company's all-women team received this international award given to beaches, marinas and nature-based boat excursions for meeting excellent standards in the categories of environmental education, environmental management, safety and security and water quality. The criterion is laid by the international coordinators of the Blue Flag campaign in Europe, the FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education).

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Big Honour For Small Businesses

24th October 2014

Tyson Sharpe (left), Gcobani Ntsentwana and Gloria Qumba  (Photo: Michelle Pienaar)

Three entrepreneurs from George are still overwhelmed by the recognition their various business efforts received at the national AHI congress in Durban earlier this month.

Inset:  Tyson Sharpe (left), Gcobani Ntsentwana and Gloria Qumba with their certificates from the AHI, which they received during the national AHI congress in Durban earlier this month. They were treated as VIP guests at the function, and honored for the way they started their various small businesses. (Photo: Michelle Pienaar)

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Nmmu Rebranded

23rd October 2014

From left: Prof Derrick Swartz (NMMU vice-chancellor), Daniel Maritz (deputy mayor of George), NMMU Chancellor Santie Botha and Prof Quinton Johnson (NMMU George Campus principal).

Dignitaries from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) George Campus, George Municipality, the George Business Chamber, university staff and students gathered at the entrance to the NMMU George Campus to celebrate the unveiling of the campus' new corporate signage.

Inset:  With the snip of the ribbon, the NMMU George Campus' new corporate signage is unveiled. From left: Prof Derrick Swartz (NMMU vice-chancellor), Daniel Maritz (deputy mayor of George), NMMU Chancellor Santie Botha and Prof Quinton Johnson (NMMU George Campus principal). (Photos: Fran Kirsten)

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Sedgefield Brewing Up A Festival

22nd October 2014

Front from left: Petricia Pieterse (Masithandane), Tania Human (Windpomp Diner), Tertia Rothman (Masithandane), Jacky Weaver (Masithandane), Kirsten Freiwald (KeeZee), Jan Schiebe (Wurst Express) and Belinda Hobson (Sedgefield Tourism)

When Benjamin Franklin said: “Wine is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy,” he certainly had not been to a beerfest or tasted beer before. Fortunately visitors and residents of the Garden Route will not have the same fate bestowed upon them. The Sedgefield Slow Town Beerfest at Scarab Village, just outside Sedgefield will give beerfest visitors the opportunity to taste a variety of beer and wine while raising funds for the worthy Sedgefield NPO, Masithandane on October 25 and 26.

Inset:  The Sedgefield Slow Town Beerfest organising committee making sure the event is a huge success. Front from left: Petricia Pieterse (Masithandane), Tania Human (Windpomp Diner), Tertia Rothman (Masithandane), Jacky Weaver (Masithandane), Kirsten Freiwald (KeeZee), Jan Schiebe (Wurst Express) and Belinda Hobson (Sedgefield Tourism)

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'celebrate Life' Fun Walk At Oubaai

22nd October 2014

The Oubaai Resort and Spa will again be celebrating life by hosting the 'Celebrate Life' fun walk/run aimed at raising funds for Carpe Diem School.

The Oubaai Resort and Spa will again be celebrating life by hosting the 'Celebrate Life' fun walk/run aimed at raising funds for Carpe Diem School. The Oubaai Resort has taken on the Carpe Diem School as its official social responsibility project for 2014. This school for children with special needs only receives a minimal subsidy per pupil from Government and initiatives like these aid the school in supplying the necessary facilities to their pupils.

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Go George Buses To Serve Entire Community

22nd October 2014

The accepted prototype hydraulic lift design option approved for GO GEORGE minibuses by the National Department of Transport.

All the buses to be used in the GO GEORGE project are fully accessible to persons with special needs – in other words easy to board and accessible to all persons such as the aged, frail, pregnant women, women with young children and those with various disabilities.

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