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South Africa Sparks Creativity And Book

28th November 2014

South Africa sparks creativity and book

David W Cox (63) does not strike one as someone who would ever spend his free time writing a children's book. But looks and accent can be very deceiving and this tattooed Englishman has one more item he can successfully tick off his bucket list. He has even learned to speak Afrikaans!

Inset:  An Englishman in Sedgefield, inspired by living in South Africa, has self-published a children's book, The Keepers of the Forest. In writing the book he found yet another avenue to express his multi-faceted creative streak.

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Africa Is Becoming Increasingly Attractive To Retailers

28th November 2014

The African middle class is expanding rapidly on the back of strong economic growth (Image: APO Photos: Joan Bardeletti)

Tapping into Africa's fast growing consumer market, African-focused trading firm CFAO Group has signed up five French retail brands that will open shops in its malls across the continent.

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Special Fundraiser For A Special Young Man

27th November 2014

Shaun Butler and his mother Selma Calitz (behind him) presented a bouquet of thank you flowers to Anna Carst and Sharon Sharrocks who organised a magnifcent and successful fundraiser for Butler. Behind them are some of the paintings donated by local artis

A total of R38 385 was raised during a fundraising event for Shaun Butler (23) held at the Knysna Yacht Club on Saturday, November 15.

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Knysna Art Route Launching In December

27th November 2014

Knysna Art Route launching in December

In celebration of Knysna's fine and varied art and artists the Knysna Art Society is launching a Knysna Art Route that will be open to the public from December 11 to 13.

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2014 Plett Rage Starts This Friday

27th November 2014

More than 10 000 school-leavers are on their way to Plettenberg Bay for the annual Plett Rage festival. (Photo: www.plettrage.co.za)

More than 10 000 school-leavers are on their way to Plettenberg Bay for the annual Plett Rage festival, and accommodation establishments are filled to the brink.

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Aerobatic Planes Fill Mossel Bay Skies

26th November 2014

A team practising for the aerobatics championship that starts on Wednesday.( Photo: Tersia Marais)

Mossel Bay residents have had a delightful foretaste during the past week of the spectacular aerobatic flying displays they can expect to see in two world championships being hosted here from Wednesday 26th.

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Warning: Don't Release Chinese Lanterns

26th November 2014

While lovely to look at, the release of Chinese lanterns into the air are considered a “disaster” for the National See Rescue Institute (NSRI), because they are often mistaken for distress flares.

While lovely to look at, the release of Chinese lanterns into the air are considered a “disaster” for the National See Rescue Institute (NSRI), because they are often mistaken for distress flares. Not only that, these lanterns can even be more disastrous to wildlife, because it can cause run-away veld fires as well as set bird nests alight.

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Brave Hearts Of Knysna

25th November 2014

The six Knysna NSRI volunteers who swam the Goukamma River to rescue a Dutch tourist from Drupkelders.

The six Knysna NSRI volunteers who swam the Goukamma River to rescue a Dutch tourist from Drupkelders on Monday, November 10 are Donald Brink, Darren Berry, Marc Van Staden, Marck Cooper, Rein Hofmeyr, Declan Nurse and their station commander Jerome Simonis.

 

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Knysna Basin Project Meeting: November 27

25th November 2014

The Knysna Basin Project's annual public meeting will take place at the Leisure Island Bowling Club on Thursday, November 27, at 18:00. Everyone with an interest in the Knysna Estuary is most welcome to attend.

The Knysna Basin Project's annual public meeting will take place at the Leisure Island Bowling Club this Thursday, November 27, at 18:00. Everyone with an interest in the Knysna Estuary is most welcome to attend.

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South Africa Opens Its Biggest Solar Plant

25th November 2014

The 96 megawatt solar photovoltaic Jasper plant, near Kimberly in the Northern Cape province (Image: Solar Reserve)

A new solar power plant in South Africa's Northern Province can produce 180 000 megawatt-hours of energy a year for South African residents, enough to power up 80 000 homes. The Jasper plant was completed two months ahead of schedule and will help the country meet its critical electricity needs.

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Rearing Springbuck At Petrosa

24th November 2014

Hand-rearing is done at the boma.

Recently a springbuck capture was done at the PetroSA Nature Reserve to remove 22 springbuck in order to relieve some of the grazing pressure these animals have on the veld.

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Cape Town Rolls Out Free Wi-fi In Public Buildings

24th November 2014

Cape Town is rolling out free Wi-Fi in 61 public buildings. (Image: City of Cape Town )

By June 2015, the City of Cape Town plans to have connected 61 public buildings and public access hot spots with free Wi-Fi as part of its R1.3-billion seven-year broadband network strategy.

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Injured Tourist Praises Nsri

21st November 2014

Dennis van Duijvenbode (31).

The Dutch orthopaedic surgeon, Dennis van Duijvenbode (31), who was injured while kloofing at Drupkelders near Rheenendal on Monday, November 10, was discharged from the Knysna Life Hospital.

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George To Host Film Festival In 2015

21st November 2014

George to host film festival in 2015

George will host a film festival next year and George Tourism Manager Joan Shaw will go all out to get the Indian Bollywood filmmakers and Hollywood producers to come see for themselves the diversity of locations and sophisticated services available.

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Eden And George Reveal Fire Hazard Plan

21st November 2014

Eden District Municipality's fire brigade and Working for Fire members conducting a controlled fire.The public has been asked to be patient and endure the smoke when controlled fires take place, as this will be good for the long-term.

George Municipality and the Eden District Municipality confirmed in a joint statement, issued on Tuesday, that a wildfire Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) plan for the whole of George is in place following a risk assessment report tabled earlier in 2014.

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Rhino Poaching Numbers In South Africa Continue To Grow

21st November 2014

The Kruger National Park has recorded the highest number of rhino killed in 2014. (Image: Kruger National Park )

The number of rhinos killed in South Africa so far this year has hit 1 020. But South Africa is not sitting on its laurels, a number of interventions put in place to curtail rhino poaching has seen 344 alleged poachers arrested since the beginning of 2014.

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Local Golf Enterprise Makes Global Waves

20th November 2014

Local golf enterprise makes global waves

Knysna's Platinum Golf, Tours and Accommodation was awarded the title Africa's Best Golf Tour Operator at the first annual World Golf Awards held in Portugal over the weekend of November 15 and 16.

Inset:  Husband and wife Ypie Kingma and Erik Ekkelkamp are Team Platinum. Their enterprise, Platinum Golf, Tours and Accommodation, was awarded the title of Africa's Best Golf Tour Operator at the first annual World Golf Awards.

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Brics On Track To Set Up Development Bank

20th November 2014

BRICS leaders meet on the sidelines of the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Brisbane, Australia. (Image: GCIS.gov.za )

BRICS countries met on the sidelines of the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Brisbane, where they agreed to set up an interim board of directors to lead the next phase of establishing the National Development Bank.

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South Africa Remembers Nelson Mandela

20th November 2014

Amateur and professional cyclists will feature in this year’s Unite 2.0 campaign cycle race. (Image: Unite4Mandela )

Commemorative events of the first anniversary since the passing of Nelson Mandela will feature a music concert, cycling and marathon competitions, a cricket match between the Proteas and the Boks and of course the annual Nelson Mandela Challenge between Bafana Bafana and Ivory Coast.

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Knysna Has Enough Water

18th November 2014

Following the recent rains that fell in the Greater Knysna District, the Karatara Weir has been reported to be overflowing. (Photo: Fran Kirsten)

With the holiday season only a few weeks away, Greg Vogt, Knysna Tourism CEO says that the water situation in Knysna is not as dire as was reported recently in the media. “Recently the media reported that Knysna had only three months’ supply of water. This was not an accurate interpretation of the towns water supply. Our dams are at capacity and right now, with the recent rains, and the Karatar weirs is capacity.”

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