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Concern About Historic Gum Trees

16th September 2014

The historical gum trees outside George.

After flowering for more than a century, the future of a line of historical gum trees outside George is uncertain. The trees - red flowering gums from Australia (Eucalyptus ficifolia) - are found on the eastern side of George, next to CTM on Knysna Road, in the direction of Wilderness.

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Rhino Poaching At Crisis Level

16th September 2014

So far this year, more than 730 rhino have been killed for their horns by poachers in the country. Most were killed in the Kruger. Over 1000 were killed last year.(Image www.geoegrherald.com)

For retired army general Johan Jooste, the fight against rhino poaching in the vast Kruger National Park (KNP) is far from being won. He has seen many a rhino carcass left behind by poachers since his appointment in 2013 to help save the endangered species.

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The Sweetest Way To Save A Life

15th September 2014

Cupcakes of Hope is a non-profit company and community-driven project that aims to to create awareness and raise funds for children with cancer, through the love of baking cupcakes. (Iimage: Knysna-Plett Herald)

Cupcakes of Hope is a non-profit company and community-driven project that aims to to create awareness and raise funds for children with cancer, through the love of baking cupcakes. As September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Cupcakes of Hope's main fundraising event is hosting the National Cupcake Day 4 Kids with Cancer at 55 malls across South Africa on September 27.

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Brenton Celebrates Trees

15th September 2014

Brenton celebrates trees

In celebration of Arbor Week (September 1 - 7), the Brenton Ratepayers Association handed three local, indigenous Yellowwood trees (Podocarpus latifolius) to the owner and managers of the new Brenton Haven Hotel in Brenton-on-Sea.

Inset: Celebrating Arbor Week in Brenton-on-Sea are (from left) Nicci Mander (Brenton Ratepayers), Penny Houreld (Brenton Ratepayers), Catriona Kent (Brenton Ratepayers), Candace Myers (Brenton Ratepayers), Tony Rischbieter (Brenton Owls), Ron Samuels, Derek Odendaal (Brenton Haven) Judy Harrison(Brenton Ratepayers), Jacomi Odendaal (Brenton Haven), Chef Juan Van Straaten (Brenton Haven), Nols Meyer (Brenton Haven) (Photo Knysna-Plett Herald).

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Coastal Clean-up: 20 September

15th September 2014

Coastal clean-up: 20 September

The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (Wessa) is organising a beach clean-up event for the Groot Brak River mouth area. This year’s International Coastal Clean-up Day will take place on Saturday 20 September at 08:00. The group will meet at Groot Brak Rriver mouth (parking area at the end of Suiderkruis Road.)

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Dr Evil's Warm-up

12th September 2014

The Pennypinchers Dr Evil Classic offers riders a beautiful route and an opportunity to warm up for the Karoo to Coast Challenge.

There has been an evolution in sport circles on the idea of tapering with a move away from complete rest, over recent years. While you want to be as rested as possible for a big race, you also want your muscles to be reactive – you want to be peaking and not in a trough.

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Local Resident Held Ransom

12th September 2014

Melanie Janse van Rensburg's husband, Daniel, has been held hostage in Equatorial Guinea for the past 12 months.

Hoekwil resident and aviation consultant Daniel Janse van Rensburg has been returned to the notorious Black Beach Prison in Equatorial Guinea for a second time after a South African Government contingent arrived late for a meeting with EG president's brother-in-law Gabriel Mba Angabi.

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Eyes On Waste At Roadshow

11th September 2014

Angelique Oelofse (16, left) and some pupils of York High's Environmental Club received valuable information on worm farming from Christo Fouché (right). Fouché also produces paints, called Greencoat eco paint, which is totally biodegradable and odorless.

Tips on recycling and home composting formed part of an extensive display for waste management in the Eden District.

Inset:  Angelique Oelofse (16, left) and some pupils of York High's Environmental Club received valuable information on worm farming from Christo Fouché (right). Fouché also produces paints, called Greencoat eco paint, which is totally biodegradable and odorless.

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'we Are Not Father Christmas' Says Minister

11th September 2014

We are not Father Christmas  (Photo: Michelle Pienaar).

People must take responsibility for their own lives and stop being a burden to Government - we are not Father Christmas. Those who take responsibility must be rewarded as such.

Inset:  Bonginkosi Madikizela (second from left), the Western Cape minister of human settlements, payed a visit to the Eden District earlier this week. From left: Lionel Esau, deputy mayor of Eden, Madikizela, Hessequa Mayor Emor Nel, Kannaland Mayor Jeffrey Donson and George Mayor Charles Standers. Madikizela reported on his three point plan for the next five years relating to housing opportunities for the Western Cape, during a District Coordinating Forum at Eden District Municipality on Tuesday (Photo: Michelle Pienaar).

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Pensioners Get Together

10th September 2014

A talk on wills and estates will be on the programme of the BPS get-together.

The committee of the Garden Route Branch of the Bank Pensioners Society (BPS) intend holding a get-together on 11 September from 10:0 to 14:00 at Carmel by the Sea, Victoria Bay, George. 
 

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Fnb Voted As Top Corporate Bank

10th September 2014

FNB has been voted as South Africa's top Corporate Bank in the 2014 Sunday Times Top Brand Survey. Commissioned by Sunday Times, the survey gauges customer sentiment towards brands delivering valuable insights to business leaders and marketers in South Africa.

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Suid-kaap Kinderkoor Wen Weer

9th September 2014

Die Suid-Kaap Kinderkoor.

Die Suid-Kaap Kinderkoor, onder leiding van Jan-Erik Swart, het gister nog 'n eerste vir die Suid-Kaap behaal. Die koor is tydens die finaal van die ATKV Animato Internasionale Koorkompetisie nie net as beste kinderkoor gekroon nie, maar ook as algehele beste koor van die kompetisie aangewys.

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National Parks Week Launched

9th September 2014

Wild dogs at the Kruger National Park (Image: www.thesouthafrican.com  )

In an effort to promote access to the natural beauty that South Africa has to offer, the South African National Parks (SANParks) in partnership with First National Bank (FNB) and Total South Africa, have launched the 9th National Parks Week.

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Acclaimed Rockers Perform For Surfer Kids

8th September 2014

Legendary musicians Piet Botha and the Akkedis Band.

The Surfer Kids Non-Profit organisation (136-987 NPO) is based in Friemersheim, a rural village between Mossel Bay and George. Their mission is to empower youths living in marginalized communities through surfing in the Southern Cape of South Africa.

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Spring Fashion Show For Animal Welfare

8th September 2014

The Plettenberg Bay Animal Welfare Service (PAWS) will host a Local is Lekker Spring Fashion Show to benefit its furry friends. The fashion show will take place at Ouland Royale on Thursday, September 18.

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Ebb And Flow Road Re-opened

8th September 2014

The entrance road leading to Ebb & Flow in the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) is now officially open.

The entrance road leading to Ebb & Flow in the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) is now officially open. The 650m sub-base of the paved road was resurfaced after being damaged during the last floods. Construction work mainly included the removal of the current paving to re-stabilise the base of the road.

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New Digital Payment Service For South Africa

8th September 2014

Image: businesstech.co.za

Wallet One South Africa has announced the launch of its third party payment service, enabling the purchase of prepaid services including airtime and prepaid electricity. Wallet One South Africa has announced the launch of its third party payment service, enabling the purchase of prepaid services including airtime and prepaid electricity.

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Plett Launches Bubbly Wine Fest

5th September 2014

Plett launches bubbly wine fest

Lovers of good food and wine can look forward to the Plett Wine and Bubbly Festival where they can sip more than 30 local wines, savour of artisanal foods, while enjoying the festivities in the the Plettenberg Bay Winelands.

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Go George Buses In Production

5th September 2014

There was great excitement among the delegation at this first viewing of the Go George buses during a visit to Johannesburg last week. Mayor Charles Standers (behind the wheel) was part of the first group to travel in one of the buses.

The Go George buses - as the project is also named - are still in Johannesburg, together with a further 29 buses that are currently in process on the production line, said Chantel Edwards-Klose, the George Municipality's media liaison officer.

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Bonsai Convention In George

5th September 2014

Portulacaria afra

Kat River Kai, the local bonsai club from George, in conjunction with the South African Bonsai Association, will host a bonsai convention in George from Thursday 25 September to Saturday 27 September at Mount View Resort and Lifestyle Village.

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