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Wednesday Morning Edition

Good morning all,

This Edition is sponsored by the Pomodoro Restaurant.  

Local news updated continuously.  International, National, Business & Sports News updated at 8 am weekdays.



SANParks rangers on high alert after Wilderness trail robbery

Cape Town – Rangers at South African National Parks (SANParks) and South African Police Service (SAPS) are on high alert following the mugging of a Dutch couple in Wilderness on Monday, 19 February. 

Former Touwsranten teacher wins National eTeaching award

Mariëtte Vorster formerly of Touwsranten Primary School, Hoekvil, near George, is South Africa’s top eLearning teacher.

Arts & Crafts Fair – 3 March 2018 (9:00 – 12:00)

Art & Craft lovers are invited to put the 3rd March 2018 on their calendar’s. The Service Centre Committee of GSCUC ( George Service Clubs Utility Company) are planning the 7th Annual Art & Craft Fair at RLR Retirement Centre De La Fontaine Street in George.

2018 Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge: “It’s cool to participate!”

George, February 2018  – More than 1000 athletes in wheelchairs participated in the 16th Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge that took place on Sunday 18 February. 

OCC athletes awed by GO GEORGE accessibility features

“This is paradise. Never, ever have we experienced public transport like this!” 

Suzanne’s dream of becoming a doctor helps her win competition

Suzanne van Schalkwyk (10), a pupil at Pacaltsdorp Primary School, won R500 in Shoprite’s Class of 2018 competition. 

Knysna Fires leaves NPC without Happy Hooves

Registered Non Profit Company (NPC), Happy Hooves, now trading as Garden Route Horse Welfare (GRHW), strives to create a shelter and safety for equines within Greater Knysna is in dire need of assistance.

Old School Country Legends Tribute @ ReedValley – Saturday, 24 February

With the continuing success of the “Oldies But Goldies” and “Elvis: Rock ‘n Roll Tribute” shows, James Marais and Monique Cassells now bring you a brand new show, “Old School Country Legends”.

Everything you need to know about the new seal from Old Vines Project

‘Ambitious plans’ for Grey Street Knysna-Plett Herald

KNYSNA NEWS -Just over 30 property and business owners attended the Grey Street CBD renewal project session held at the Log Inn Hotel held on Tuesday morning, 20 February. Urban designers CMAI architects, appointed by the municipality, presented an overall plan for the street which includes …

Plans for Outeniqua Choo Tjoe on track Knysna-Plett Herald

The train in 2016 at the Knysna station where it still parks. Photo: Martin Hatchuel. GARDEN ROUTE NEWS – The project to revive one of the Garden Route’s favourite tourist attractions – the much-loved Outeniqua Choo Tjoe steam train – is on track. “We’re very aware that everyone wants to get the Choo …

Facilities Maintenance Manager jobs in Mossel Bay CareerJunction

Find over 3 Facilities Maintenance Manager jobs in Mossel Bay. Find your new career opportunity or upload your CV to stay up to date for new jobs.


Inaugural SWD Cricket Coaches Conference

Friday the 23 February will see cricket coaches from around the region gather at the Recreation Ground in Oudtshoorn, for what will be the first Cricket Coaches Conference held in SWD. 

SWD Cricket League fixtures

With some clubs who still has six matches to play the SWD Premier league can expect some interesting clashes this weekend. 

SWD women want to end season on a high

The SWD Women’s coach, Shaun Pretorius and his team, is ready to end the 2017/18 season on a high when they take on Northern Cape this weekend in their final round of matches in the Cricket South Africa Provincial Women’s competition. 

SWD Cricket League results

George Cricket Club moved to the second position on the SWD Premier League log position after the weekend’s action. 

Outeniqua crowned SWD Schools T20 champions

Outeniqua High School, on Friday, were crowned the Coca-Cola Schools T20 championships when they defeated Langenhoven Gymnasium of Oudtshoorn by 21 runs in the final.

SWD Schools Cricket fixtures

George Golf Club Newsletter

Fancourt Golf Club Newsletter

International News

German army is far from fit for service, says report February 20, 2018

Nato allies from Washington to Warsaw complain that Germany is not doing enough to get its army fighting fit as foreign deployments multiply

Venezuela launches its oil-backed crypto-currency, the petro February 20, 2018

The country is trying to dig itself out of a deep financial hole, but many are sceptical about the petro, which is valued at $60, the same as a barrel of Venezuelan crude

Lawyer charged with lying in US probe of Russia election role February 20, 2018

Special Counsel Robert Mueller unsealed criminal charges on Tuesday against lawyer Alex van der Zwaan for allegedly lying to the FBI last November.

National News

Ramaphosa promises to compensate families for killed Marikana miners February 20, 2018

‘I am determined to play whatever role I can in the process of healing and atonement for what happened at Marikana’

Edward Zuma does not understand what hate speech is, Human Rights Commission says February 20, 2018

The HRC wants the equality court to find Jacob Zuma’s son guilty of hate speech and fine him R100,000 for comments about Derek Hanekom and Pravin Gordhan

Ramaphosa announces lifestyle audits for top govt officials February 20, 2018

President Cyril Ramaphosa also called on the opposition to exercise patience while government overhauls the bloated public service.

Business News

MARKET WRAP: JSE closes weaker as renewed risk-off trade hits market February 20, 2018

Broad-based losses see the gold index drop 3.44%, general retailers 2.02%, resources 2.01%, food and drug retailers 1.78%, industrials 1.42%, and banks 1.26%

SA has about a year to cash in on ‘Ramaphosa rally’, Citi analyst says February 20, 2018

David Lubin says to attract more direct investment flows, SA needs policy changes as opposed to changes in the Cabinet

Reserve Bank indicator gives a glimpse of a faster-growing economy February 20, 2018

The leading indicator dipped in December from November, but the average for the quarter still bodes well for economic growth to beat 2% in the second quarter of 2018

Tax increases are inevitable to plug SA’s gaping revenue hole February 20, 2018

SPONSORED | If the government doesn’t raise the VAT rates, where else can it turn for extra revenue?

Sports News

Proteas bowler Dala looking for improved execution in must-win match February 20, 2018

Junior Dala (obscured) celebrates with his teammates after taking the wicket of Rohit Sharma on Sunday. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Sharks lose Dan du Preez for at least a month, Kings facing injury crisis February 20, 2018

Sharks eighthman Daniel du Preez is likely to be out of action for at least one month after he picked up a shoulder injury against the Lions.

Du Plessis back in training ahead of Australia test series February 20, 2018

Faf du Plessis missed the majority of the one-day international and Twenty20 series against India after picking up a fracture to his right index finger.

Day zero for the battered Proteas February 20, 2018

For the Proteas to prevail against an in-form Indian side‚ batting‚ bowling and fielding must improve


Paul Cluver Wines releases its first Noble Late Harvest in three years

Hot off the press and out of the cellar is the release of the Paul Cluver Wines Noble Late Harvest 2017.

Bottomless Coffee Band launches new album at Oude Libertas on Friday

Multi-Instrumental Folk-Pop Duo Bottomless Coffee Band has steadily been making waves in the SA Music Industry and fans will be delighted with the news that their second full length album   “Anthelia” is due for release in February 2018.

Belgian star relishes Tour of Good Hope test

International mountain bike star Frans Claes is relishing the prospect of testing himself in South Africa’s premier road race, the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope, next month. 


Volvo Cars debuts three-cylinder engine in new XC40 compact SUV

Brian Joss – The new powertrain is the first three-cylinder engine in the company’s 91-year history. 

Don’t forget about tax-free investments

As South Africans await eagerly for this year’s budget speech, tax-free investments are once again in the spotlight.

Isuzu Motors South Africa officially launches business operations in South Africa

Brian Joss – Isuzu Motors announced the official launch of its business operations in South Africa.

Mutual Separation Agreements are Valid and Binding- Constitutional Court

By Neil Coetzer, Partner and Manala Rabothata, Candidate Attorney, Cowan-Harper Attorneys 

Until next time…


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