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A New Season For Conservationists

25th July 2014

The Pinnacle Conservation team are now settled into their new home at the PetroSA Reserve. Here are Andries le Roux, Aiden Beck (manager), Kelly-Jane Peo, Sarel Serfontein, Vivien Stadler, Ruanlie Oosthuizen and Kay Prinsloo.

Pinnacle Conservation has had a busy 2014 thus far, which includes their relocation and setting up office at the PetroSA Nature Reserve.

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South Africa Considers Compulsory Pre-schooling

25th July 2014

Children return to their homes in Kliptown, Soweto after daycare (Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com)

The government plans to conduct a review of the relevent legislation that could make it compulsory for all South African children to receive at least two years of pre-school education, says Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.

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Zuma To Lead Sa Team To Us-africa Summit

25th July 2014

South African President Jacob Zuma and US President Barack Obama during a press briefing at the Union Buildings, Pretoria, 29 June 2013 (Photo: GCIS)

President Jacob Zuma will lead a South African delegation to the first United States-Africa Leaders' Summit taking place in Washington in August. The summit will seek to build on the closer ties that were forged during US President Barack Obama's three-county African tour last year.

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Reawakening The Knysna Wood Industry

24th July 2014

Working with Wood Festival organising committee and Knysna Tourism. (Photo: Fran Kirsten.)

“When I was a young man and wanted to become a cabinet-maker, there was no question about it, I had to go to Knysna. In those days all wood related businesses and careers started in Knysna. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we can get that reputation back?” said Richard Henley, owner of Full Circle Furniture, Bibby’s Hoek.

Inset:  Working with Wood Festival organising committee and Knysna Tourism during a planning meeting held at Timber Village.  Front left: Gene Kruger (Knysna Timber Initiative), Greg Vogt (Knysna Tourism CEO), Johan van Schalkwyk (Knysna Tourism Marketing Manager), Daniel Mellin (Vermont Sales), Morne Smith (Fechters) and Jock McCannichie. (Photo: Fran Kirsten.)

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12th Annual Vodacom George Cheese Festival

24th July 2014

12th annual Vodacom George Cheese Festival  (Photo: Melanie Maré)

Lsst night the 12th Vodacom George Cheese Festival started with a gala evening at its new venue at Outeniqua Park in Langenhoven Road. The festival takes place from Friday 25 until Sunday 27 July.

Inset:  Here the festival management raise a glass and a cheese or two to the festival's success this weekend. From left: Celeste Africa, Attie Bedeker, Benita Milton (festival organiser), Gena van der Watt, Jackie Meyers and Jacques Theunissen. (Photo: Melanie Maré)

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Plenty At Stake For Proteas In Colombo Test

24th July 2014

Proteas' stars AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn celebrate victory over Sri Lanka in the first test in Galle, 20 July 2014 (Photo: Cricket South Africa)

There is plenty at stake for Hashim Amla and company going into the second and final test in Colombo on Thursday. Victory would secure South Africa's second series win in Sri Lanka - and see the Proteas regain the number one spot in the world test cricket rankings.

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Habana On Standby For Commonwealth Games

24th July 2014

Feeling good! Bryan Habana celebrates scoring a try against Samoa, Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, 22 June 2013 (Photo: SA Rugby)

Bryan Habana, the Springboks' all-time leading try scorer, was placed on standby for the Commonwealth Games on Tuesday after his French club, Toulon, decided belatedly to release him for the Games.

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Exciting Programme By Trio Volant

23rd July 2014

Jaqueline Kerrod, Liesl Stoltz and Jill King.

Three outstanding musicians plus an eclectic selection of composers equals Trio Volant.  Their exciting programme will be performed by Liesl Stoltz, flute, Jacqueline Kerrod, harp and Jill King, viola, presented by the Mossel Bay Arts Society, at the Maritime Museum, on Friday, 1 August, at 19:30.

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Annual Ross Taylor Surf Contest

23rd July 2014

Going for the right wave during a previous Ross Taylor Surf Contest. (Photo: Elle Photography.)

The annual Ross Taylor Surf Contest will take place at Buffel's Bay from August 8 to 10, and as usual the organisers and competitors are looking forward to a day of "good surf and great vibe", all in memory of the late Ross Taylor and according to his wishes that the annual event raises funds for Hospice.

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Science Week At Botanical Garden

23rd July 2014

Science Week will take place at the Garden Route Botanical Garden from 2 - 9 August.

National Science Week will take place from 2 to 9 August at the Garden Route Botanical Garden.  The programme will be packed with science experiments and experiences for young and old. Interesting subjects like rocket stoves and crystallography will be discussed daily from 08:00 to 17:00.

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Zuma To Send Delegation To Israel Over Gaza Invasion

23rd July 2014

Palestinian Foreign Minister Raid Malki meets South African International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane in Pretoria, 2 May 2014 (Photo: GCIS)

President Jacob Zuma is to send a delegation to Israel to convey South Africa's concerns over the mounting loss of civilian lives through Israel's invasion of the Gaza strip, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane announced on Tuesday.

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Durban's 2022 Games Bid Highlighted In Glasgow

23rd July 2014

The Moses Mabhida Stadium, with its iconic arch, was made famous by the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and is one of Durban's most recognisable sports venues (Photo: Moses Mabhida Stadium)

South African delegates, led by Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula, made an impassioned plea for Durban to be named host of the 2022 Games at the Commonwealth Games Federation's general assembly in Glasgow on Monday.

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Critically Endangered Fynbos In Central Knysna

22nd July 2014

Critically endangered fynbos in central Knysna

During a recent visit to Pledge Nature Reserve (PNR) by SANParks employees Johan Baard (scientist: GIS and Vegetation Ecology) and Maretha Alant (environmental planner), it was determined that the fynbos sections that occur on the upper areas of the reserve represent the critically endangered Garden Route Shale Fynbos. (The lower-lying areas comprise of Groot Brak River floodplain and Groenvlei coastal forest.)

Inset:  Critically endangered fynbos sections exist in the upper areas of Pledge Nature Reserve. The reserve's management hopes that these areas will continue being protected with the cooperation of other roleplayers. The Pledge Nature Reserve in the centre of Knysna used to be a brickyard and dump, but the dedication of many passionate volunteers ensured that it became the spot of Paradise that it is today.

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South Africa Moves To Unlock 'blue Economy'

22nd July 2014

Cape Point on the Cape peninsula, Western Cape (Photo: Herman Potgieter, South African Tourism)

Teams of representatives from the government, business, labour, civil society and academia have begun working on plans to unlock the economic potential of South Africa's oceans, in the first activation of a new initiative, dubbed Operation Phakisa, that was launched by President Jacob Zuma on the weekend.

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Sedgefield Gearing Up For 2014 Rs Tera World Sailing Championships

21st July 2014

Bhekumuzi Hani, Wanga Mbabe and Georgou Divaris practice downwind technique

With less than a week to go to the opening of the 2014 RS Tera World Sailing Championships, Sedgefield, the ‘slow town’ of Naturally Knysna, is gearing up to host an influx of visitors from 24 July. 

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From Cape Town To Knysna For Bone Marrow

21st July 2014

After cycling more than 700km, Eric Tollner reached the finish line of his journey upon completing the 42km Knysna Forest Marathon.

Eric Tollner cycled solo and unaided from Cape Point to Knysna in nine days and then completed the full Knysna Forest Marathon the following day, all in a selfless effort to raise awareness of the desperate need for bone marrow donors.

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Knysna To Host National Launch Of Blue Flag Season

21st July 2014

Knysna to host national launch of Blue Flag Season

Celebrated for maintaining and sustaining Blue Flag status for two of its beaches and one marina, Knysna will play host for the national launch of the annual Blue Flag season in October this year.

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Mandela Day: It's In Our Hands Now

18th July 2014

"It is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now ..." Nelson Mandela Day challenges each of us to give 67 minutes - one minute for every year of Mandela's public service - to help change the world for the better and, in doing so, to build a global movement for good.

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Ajax Cape Town Training Camp At Saasveld

18th July 2014

George Akpabio (white jersey), Ajax's Nigerian born striker, beats two defenders and the goalkeeper to header in the first goal in the 22nd minute. (Photos: Myron Rabinowitz)

Ajax Cape Town Football Club is conducting a week long pre-season training camp at the NMMU's Saasveld Campus this week. In a friendly match played at the Outeniqua Stadium on Saturday, Ajax beat NMMU's Madibaz 4-0.

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Dragon Swimmers Brave Icy Water

17th July 2014

The Dragon Lagoon swimmers pass the Paddle Cruiser in their one mile swim. (Photo: Elle Photography.)

The Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival's Knysna Dragon Lagoon Mile Swim on Sunday, July 6, tested the 87 participant's fitness in water of 11 degrees as they swam one mile (1.8km) in open-water.

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