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Sedgefield’s 5th Annual Slow Festival

17th April 2014

Sedgefield’s 5th annual Slow Festival  (Photo: Desmond Scholtz.)

The countdown to Sedgefield's annual Slow Festival on Easter Weekend, April 18 to 20, has already begun with the launch of several quirky orange-themed competitions which seek to roll out the orange carpet, draping the town - and its townspeople - in the official festival colour.

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Botanical Garden: Tea Garden Closes

17th April 2014

The Garden Route Botanical Garden will be closing this month. In the meantime, it seems that the George Municipality came to the party last week by throwing a lifeline in the form of a reduced service rate. (Photo: Pauline Lourens)

The Garden Route Botanical Garden (GRBG) announced last week that it will be closing its tea garden as a direct result of the enormous 600% hike in the municipal service account.

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More Awards For South Africa's Felix

17th April 2014

Scene from South African feel-good film Felix (Photo: Felix the Movie)

South African feel-good movie Felix has added to its long list of accolades by winning three more awards at international film festivals in March and April, bringing to 13 the number of awards the film has scooped so far.

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Proteas Honoured As World's Best

17th April 2014

Proteas claimed the ICC Mace for the first time in September 2012 after a 2-0 series win over England in England. (Photo: Cricket South Africa)

South Africa's cricket team has finished the year as the number one test team in the world, being awarded the prestigious Reliance ICC Test Championship mace on Tuesday. It is the second time since the ranking system was introduced in 2003 that the Proteas have finished at the top of the table.

Inset: Proteas claimed the ICC Mace for the first time in September 2012 after a 2-0 series win over England in England. They have been the world's top ranked test team ever since then. (Photo: Cricket South Africa)

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Plans To Establish Mosque In Knysna

16th April 2014

The Knysna Muslim Council has acquired this property in Rawson Street  (Photo: Google Maps (taken in 2009).)

Plans to establish a mosque in Knysna are progressing well and the town's Muslim faithful may soon be accommodated at Erf 503, behind Checkers and next to the Olde’s Pub and Grill in Rawson Street.

Inset:  The Knysna Muslim Council has acquired this property in Rawson Street and hopes to develop it into a mosque soon. (Photo: Google Maps (taken in 2009).)

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Plett Easter Games This Weekend

16th April 2014

(Knysna-Plett Herald Generic image)

The Plett Easter Games kick off on Friday, April 18 with a full day of events.  The day's events will include the Cairnbrogie Trail Run, which includes a 17km trail with R10 000 in prize money up for grabs, as well as a 12km trail for the social runners, a 5km family fun run and a 1,5km adventure trail for kids.

Inset:  Friday's events will include the Cairnbrogie Trail Run, which includes a 17km trail with R10 000 in prize money up for grabs, as well as a 12km trail for the social runners, a 5km family fun run and a 1,5km adventure trail for kids. (Generic image)

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Big Plans For Botanical Garden

16th April 2014

Garden Route Botanical Garden trustees (Photo: Pauline Lourens)

Ambitious plans that provide for an education hub, a botanical art gallery, restaurant, administration hub, conservatory and research division are part of the Garden Route Botanical Garden's (GRBG) long-term strategy to develop this public facility to the greater benefit of the entire community.

Inset: Fine tuning. Garden Route Botanical Garden trustees met with Landscape Architect Hannes Stander (left) last week Thursday. Trustee Colin Ralston (middle) and CapeNature's Benjamin Walton were hard at work last week finalising the Landscape Master guide plans for presentation on 23 June this year. (Photo: Pauline Lourens)

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Magakwe The First South African To Break 10-second Barrier

15th April 2014

Simon Magakwe: the first South African to crack the 10-second barrier in the 100 metres (Photo: Varsity Sports SA)

Simon Magakwe became the first South African to break the 10-second barrier for the 100 metres at the South African Athletics Championships in Pretoria on the weekend, clocking 9.98 seconds to break the 26-year-old national record of 10.06 seconds that he shared with Johan Rossouw.

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Nuclear Build Announcement 'within Two Months'

15th April 2014

The Koeberg nuclear power station outside Cape Town - Africa's sole nuclear power station (Photo: Eskom)

The Department of Energy will make a definite announcement on South Africa's nuclear build future within the next two months, Energy Minister Ben Martins told a business briefing in Pretoria on Monday.

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Shark Debate Shows Less Teeth

14th April 2014

Shark debate shows less teeth

Since February, a variety of water users in Mossel Bay and from surrounding areas have been having open discussions regarding the safe use of the bay.

Inset:  Oceans Research, responsible for various marine research projects in Mossel Bay, has been in the spotlight for chumming activities. They have embarked on a pro-active intiative to ensure the safety of other water users, which includes ongoing discussions with the community. (Photo: Supplied)

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Sanparks Man Promoted

14th April 2014

Jill Bunding-Venter, general manager of the Garden Route National Park, with Andre Riley (outgoing area manager for Knysna).

Well-known SANParks Knysna area manager Andre Riley has been appointed as SANParks head of Planning and Environmental Coordination as from April 1.

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Dan Plato Pays A Visit

14th April 2014

From left are Plato, Cathy Weideman, Tumi Liwani and Rodney Ney. (Photo: Fran Kirsten.)

The Western Cape minister of Community Safety, Dan Plato visited Knysna and a very wet Sedgefield on Wednesday, April 2. Besides campaigning for the upcoming elections, the minister answered several questions posed by concerned residents.

Inset: Western Cape Community Safety Minister Dan Plato addressed the Smutville community on Wednesday, April 2. From left are Plato, Cathy Weideman, Tumi Liwani and Rodney Ney. (Photo: Fran Kirsten.)

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Whale Watch Continues As Mossel Bay’s Mild Season Approaches

11th April 2014

A bottlenose dolphin in the surf at Mossel Bay. (Pic by Monika Betts.)

Mossel Bay’s tourism industry is preparing for this year’s whale season by making accommodation and attractions more and more affordable.  “Mossel Bay’s Mild Season runs from the 1st of May to the 31st of August – which coincides nicely with the period when the southern right whales come to South African waters to mate and calve,” said Mossel Bay Tourism’s Marcia Holm.

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Knysna Tourism Seeks New Ceo

11th April 2014

Knysna

The search for a new CEO for Knysna Tourism is on.  The Knysna Tourism Board announced on Tuesday, April 8 that it will initiate the formal process of appointing a new CEO.

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Dale Steyn Named World's Leading Cricketer

11th April 2014

Star South African fast bowler Dale Steyn (Photo: England and Wales Cricket Board)

Cricketer's bible Wisden has named South African fast bowler Dale Steyn the leading cricketer in the world for 2013, a year in which he took 51 test wickets in nine games at an average of 17. "Fast, penetrative and parsimonious - it was some combination," Wisden writes.

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Knysnas Own At Kknk

10th April 2014

Knysna's Thabiso Newman (foreground) and Siyabulela Marinana (of Ubumnandi Bethu theatre group) performing at the KKNK where they staged their award-winning production, Life After Hurt.

Knysna's own amateur theatre group, Ubumnandi Bethu, performed its award-winning play, Life After Hurt at the Absa Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK) in Oudtshoorn on April 5.

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Garden Route Botanical Garden Rocks

10th April 2014

Sedgefield band Cloud 9 will be rocking the Garden Route Botanical Garden from 15:00 to 17:00 this Saturday as part of the garden's fundraising drive.

 At the Garden Route Botanical Garden the membership recruitment drive is doing well.  A total of 129 people have joined up from 2 to 8 April and, by doing so, have helped improve the finances of the non-profit organisation that manages this public amenity.

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Sa Wheelchair Tennis Shines At Ability Challenge

10th April 2014

Wheelchair tennis superstar Lucas Sithole shares a high five with South African Fed Cup player Natasha Fourouclas (Photo: Reg Caldecott)

South Africa's excellence in wheelchair tennis was celebrated at The Ability Challenge at iThembelihe Lsen School in Primrose, Germiston on Tuesday, with some of the country's wheelchair stars taking on top players and celebrities in a team competition.

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Aussie Siblings Look To Make Mtb History In South Africa

9th April 2014

Hutchinson UR Team rider Mick Hannah  (Photo: Gameplan Media)

Australian downhill racing siblings, Mick and Tracey Hannah, are hoping to make history by winning the men's and women's titles at the opening round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, which gets under way in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa on Friday.

Inset: Hutchinson UR Team rider Mick Hannah finished runner-up in the downhill in the UCI MTB & Trails World Championships at the Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg in 2013 (Photo: Gameplan Media)

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Bon Voyage To Knysna’s Biggest

8th April 2014

Thursday, March 27 was a special day, when Knysna’s biggest, and probably most expensive, creation sailed away under the command of skipper Dariusz Drapella.

 Thursday, March 27 was a special day, when Knysna’s biggest, and probably most expensive, creation sailed away under the command of skipper Dariusz Drapella.  At a length overall of 23.5 metres and a beam of 10.5 metres she is approximately a metre longer than the previous biggest vessel, the Brig Knysna built by George Rex.

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