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Friday Morning Edition

Good morning all,

This Edition is sponsored by Little Stint Self-Catering.

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


Latest Local News

Garden Route & Klein Karoo App shines

The Garden Route Klein Karoo official app, available on both the App Store & Google Play, is getting very good traction, both locally and abroad. 

FREE Tourism Ambassador Course for Plett

Plett Tourism is working with the Francois Ferreira Academy, a cookery school based in George, and Skål International Garden Route, to bring a Tourism Ambassador Course to Plett. 

Knysna Water Update

We are pleased to inform you that the status of Knysna with regards to water restrictions as indicated on the Western Cape map, which appears on the Western Cape Water Wise Tourism website, has been changed from “Severe Water Restrictions” to “Moderate Water Restrictions” at the request of Knysna Tourism.

Scheduled Power outage notice – Electricity down

The Snow Goose

Plett theatre lovers are in for a treat this month, as the critically acclaimed play, The Snow Goose, will be performed at the The White House Theatre, presented by Contagious Theatre. 

Tsala is Tops

Another Plettenberg Bay hotel, Tsala Treetop Lodge, has received top honours in the Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards, with a bouquet of awards including: one of the top 25 small hotels, luxury hotels and boutique hotels in South Africa and the entire continent of Africa. 

It’s all happening at the Knysna Arts Festival Knysna-Plett Herald

It’s all happening at the Knysna Arts Festival. The Knysna Art Festival is in full swing at the Premier Hotel where over 50 works are on show, under the theme Displays of Brilliance. The annual festival officially kicked off Wednesday 21 February and besides exhibiting artworks, there are talks, demos and …

The other side of a cannabis bust Knysna-Plett Herald

KNYSNA NEWS – Two recent “drug” busts involving the police confiscating marijuana plants from residents in Greater Knysna have placed a spotlight on the plant – and bringing with it much controversy, as witnessed on social media after Knysna-Plett Herald (KPH) reported on the most recent case.

Oudtshoorn-water moet gekook word Knysna-Plett Herald

OUDTSHOORN NUUS – Uitslae van waterlesings wat die munisipaliteit by 4 verskillende punte in Oudtshoorn geneem het, is vanmiddag bekendgemaak. Omdat die water troebel is as gevolg van onlangse reën, is die chlorinering van die water nie so doeltreffend soos dit behoort te wees nie.

Classical trio play to packed crowd Knysna-Plett Herald

KNYSNA NEWS – The classical trio Bella Musica performed their debut concert in Knysna at Amble Ridge Retirement Village to a packed audience on Sunday 18 February. All the available seats were filled, in expectation of hearing these three musicians perform a high quality and highly enjoyable …

9 years on, Zeelie murder case back in court Knysna-Plett Herald

Generic image. KNYSNA NEWS – Almost a decade later, the high-profile murder trial of Shantel Zeelie started in the Knysna Circuit Court this week, on Monday 19 February. Zeelie was killed in January 2009 and her body hidden under bushes near a popular viewpoint overlooking the Knysna Heads …

Latest Local Sports News

Laerskool George-Suid Atlete is tops!

Na afloop van die Eden-byeenkoms is van LGS se atlete gekies vir die Eden-span. Ons is baie trots op al die atlete wat so hard geoefen het.

Plett Tourism sponsors Lunchbox Legends

Plett Tourism has pledged to support Lunchbox Theatre by sponsoring one of their “Lunchbox Legends” team members, Brendon Morris, in the upcoming Cape Argus cycle tour which takes place on 11 March along the Cape Peninsula.

The “Grail of Trail” is Salomon’s Grand Final

Salomon has announced their ‘Golden Trail Series’—a revolutionary new trail running race series concept commencing in May 2018 – and it includes South Africa’s Otter Trail Run near Plett as the Grand Final! 

Knysna hosts Nomads’ first golf game of new year Knysna-Plett Herald

Knysna hosts Nomads’ first golf game of new year. The Nomads played their first monthly game of 2018 on the lagoonside course at Knysna, where 68 Nomads and friends enjoyed a wonderful course and great hospitality at Knysna Golf Club. Prev; 1; Next. Posted on: 08:27 Thu, 22 February 2018.

Great Knysna and Jaguars clash Knysna-Plett Herald

Gallery. KNYSNA NEWS – Greater Knysna Rugby Club and Jaguars from Crags played to a 12-all draw in their SWD club rugby warm-up encounter in Hornlee, Knysna on Saturday 17 February. In an error-filled encounter both teams at times showed marvellous skills but unforced errors kept breaking …

World champion Tyler Wright makes a strong start to Surfest 2018. Newcastle Herald

She outscored Spaniard Garazi Sanchez-Ortun (11.76), South African Bianca Buitendag (11.64) and Newcastle 17-year-old Madison Poole (7.96), a wildcard entry. A winner of 13 events on the World Surf League circuit, 23-year-old Wright is yet to join the list of legends on the Surfest honour roll.

Kwaggas oorheers interskole atletiekbyeenkoms op Oudtshoorn George Herald

Kwaggas oorheers interskole atletiekbyeenkoms op Oudtshoorn. Generiese foto. GEORGE NUUS – Uitstaande prestasies is onlangs by die Hartloop-interskole atletiekbyeenkoms by die De Jagers-sportkompleks op Oudtshoorn gelewer. Die leerders van die Hoërskool Outeniqua, Langenhoven ..

Dias Vasbyt starts in cool weather Mossel Bay Advertiser

Video. MOSSEL BAY NEWS AND VIDEO – South Africa’s premier annual endurance walk event, the Dias Vasbyt started today, Thursday 22 February from the Dias Beach parking lot in Mossel Bay. The race attracts 500 athletes from across the country. There was an air of urgency, excitement and …

International News

Conservative faction calls on Theresa May for a quick Brexit February 22, 2018

Sixty-two legislators demand a tougher approach in a number of areas, including trade and ‘autonomy’

Journalists fired when US magazine tried to hide exposé February 22, 2018

Editors and journalists at renowned Newsweek were fired as the company that owns the magazine sought to suppress an exposé

Brexit ‘clear and imminent threat’ to Ireland: Sinn Fein February 22, 2018

Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald warned Thursday that Brexit was “a clear and imminent threat” to the island of Ireland and was incompatible with Northern Ireland’s two decades-old peace accord.

Germany’s far-right AfD set to embrace anti-Islam PEGIDA February 22, 2018

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the Social Democrats are struggling to stop voters switching to the AfD.

Merkel eyes overhaul of EU finances for post-Brexit bloc February 22, 2018

The idea of faster integration was backed by 51% while 49% said they were generally in favour of closer EU cooperation.

National News

Protector finds Brown misled Parliament, says DA February 22, 2018

Ramaphosa has two weeks to take action against the public enterprises minister, according to the DA

Labour Court orders Eskom to pay Koko’s legal fees February 22, 2018

The court rules that the instruction ‘ordering’ Matshela Koko to resign is unlawful

Zuma-free campaign could prove tough for opposition February 22, 2018

Ramaphosa’s election, however, threatens to see the ANC take back the urban black vote it had lost in 2016.

Gigaba talks the talk on public sector corruption February 22, 2018

At the top of the 2018 Budget was renewed vigour in tackling corruption that had become commonplace in the public sector

President Ramaphosa’s first Q&A session set for 14 March February 22, 2018

As speculation continues to swirl over who will be President Ramaphosa’s pick for his deputy, the National Assembly has had to re-jig its programme.

Business News

MARKET WRAP: JSE closes lower in risk-off trade on hawkish US Fed February 22, 2018

Gold shares fare worst on lower local bourse as Sibanye-Stillwater plummets more than 16% on disappointing results and lack of dividend payment

Rating agencies have given SA’s budget a preliminary thumbs-up, says Treasury February 22, 2018

Fitch Ratings, S&P Global Ratings and Moody’s are of the view that the Treasury has done well and government finances have improved since the medium-term budget

Nkosi: Sars commissioner commits to increased revenue target February 22, 2018

Sars boss Tom Moyane says they have necessary regional revenue management structures to close any revenue gaps and leakages.

Sports News

Why Stormers have puncher’s chance February 22, 2018

Whilst the Waratahs are being branded favourites in many circles, Rob Houwing reminds of some good reasons why the Stormers can conquer in Sydney …

Pollard raring to go February 22, 2018

It’s hard not to notice the excitement on Handre Pollard’s face when he talks about starting the Super Rugby season.

Captain Snyman back to lead Blitzboks in Las Vegas February 22, 2018

Philip Snyman is back from injury and will lead the Springbok Sevens’ effort next weekend in Las Vegas in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

SAFA confirm Ellis as Banyana head coach February 22, 2018

Desiree Ellis had been serving on an interim basis for the past 18 months since Vera Pauw left the position in 2016.

Australia eager to be tested by SA February 22, 2018

Visitors fielding strongest side in warm-up match

Press Releases

Dimension Data excited at tackling Tour of Good Hope

With two champions in their line-up, the Dimension Data for Qhubeka Continental Team are eager to show their credentials when they tackle the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope road race in the Western Cape next month. 

Entries Now Open For The 2018 HI-TEC Walkerbay Xtreme

(Cape Town, 22 February 2018) The HI-TEC Walkerbay Xtreme (WBX), a four-day adventure sports festival situated in the heart of Hermanus, will return to the Whale Capital for a third time between 27 and 30 April 2018.

Red Carpet Creative Kicks off 2018 with a Rebrand and Signs Four New Accounts

Following eight years of success Red Carpet Concepts has recently undergone a rebrand, kicking off the new year as Red Carpet Creative – Bespoke communications and events specialists in high-end hospitality and luxury-lifestyle brands.

Madibaz determined to keep on fighting

Despite losing their third match in a row, FNB Madibaz rugby captain Riaan Esterhuizen says the mood in their camp remains positive and they will continue to fight hard in the Varsity Cup.

Regular Columns & Opinion Pieces

Book Review: Dare Not Linger

Book Review: The Kingsbridge Trilogy

Fuel levy increases will hurt the poor (and everyone else)

Brian Joss – The 52 cents a litre increase in the General Fuel and Road Accident Fund levies announced by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba in yesterday’s Budget Speech is cause for great concern, notes the Automobile Association (AA). 

End of an era as BMW 3 Series makes way for new BMW X3 at Rosslyn plant

Brian Joss – Thursday February 21 marked yet another significant milestone for BMW Group South Africa when the last BMW 3 Series Sedan rolled off the production line at BMW Group Plant Rosslyn in Pretoria. 

National Budget geared to instil confidence, says Dr Andrew Golding

Given the hand they were dealt, government has performed a delicate balancing act which it is hoped will serve to reignite confidence in investment in South Africa, regain our global credibility and satisfy the credit ratings agencies, says Dr Andrew Golding, chief executive of the Pam Golding Property group.

Until next time…


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