Wednesday Morning Edition

Good morning all,


MY VIEW

4×4 enthusiasts invited to sample the Garden Route National Park.  Plett chef to take her Cape Malay delicacies to Abu Dhabi.  Old cars to visit Namaqualand.  Good move by Go George – solves the problem of used tickets littering the pavements.  Courtney Street rehabilitation upgrade.  Knysna Municipality raises water and sewerage tariffs.  Johnny Wolf at Reed Valley.  De Krans’ Chenin Blanc is perfect for summer.  The latest news on Hessequa Harmonie.

Day 2 of the IPT at Oubaai – S Cape still on course after dusting off Free Sate, but they still trail Central Gauteng on the points table.  SWD Cricket season kicks off.  SWD train groundsmen and hand out KFC coach of the month certificates.  Dr Evil this weekend.

Still much strife ahead for Zimbabwe.  Trump opposed to FBI inquiry into Kavanaugh’s so-called offences.  EU wants the US to stay on board.  Trump threatens China.

Pot is legal – or no longer illegal at home.  How do they now stop people smoking cigarettes at home?  Banks did not collude with the Gupta minions.  DA scrambling to limit the damage after Maimane’s daft move.  Municipal accounting officers are unqualified.

Rand strengthens against the dollar – don’t flatter yourself – should read dollar weakens against the rand – big difference.  SABC can’t wait until after the elections to start retrenching – just how bad is it?  Expect massive retrenchments after the next elections – whichever way it goes. 

Congressional will host the PGA for the foreseeable future.  Kapp takes her 100’th wicket.  Rassie will coach the Barbarians against Argentina in December.



LATEST LOCAL NEWS

Invitation to 4 X4 enthusiasts to a road less travelled in the Garden Route National Park

The SANParks Honorary Rangers, Wilderness Region, are calling 4X4 enthusiasts to the “Road Less Travelled Off-Road Experience” in the Garden Route National Park on the 06- 07th October 2018. Last year the event attracted close to 100 drivers with friends and family.

SA’s Chef Martha Williams invited to cook in Abu Dhabi!

Chef Martha Williams from the 5-star Plettenberg Hotel has been invited to cook at the Cape Malay Food Festival at Vasco’s, Hilton in Abu Dhabi from 28 September to 6 October 2018. She will present her delicious South African recipes in her unique Cape Malay cooking style.

Watch out for these old cars!

The 2018 Heritage Tour, sponsored by Montego Pet Nutrition, sets off on Saturday for a tour of the West Coast to enjoy the beautiful Namaqualand wildflowers.

GO GEORGE Smart Card on its way

GO GEORGE is proud to announce the implementation of the long-awaited GO GEORGE Smart Card, resembling a plastic bank card and replacing the paper ticket system of the bus service from 15 November 2018.

Courtenay Street Rehabilitation and Upgrade

Progress of the roadworks along Courtenay Street.

Outreach Programme celebrates with grand Prize Giving Ceremony

Knysna Municipal Library Services presented a number of programmes throughout the year. These included, reading, spelling bees, debates and book reviews. To celebrate the achievements and hard work of the participants a grand prize giving ceremony was held on Saturday, 15 September at the Hornlee Civic Centre.

Municipality adapts sewerage and water tariffs to cover service delivery costs

Water and sewerage tariffs charged in 2017/18 failed to cover the costs associated with delivering the service, and Council resolved to adapt these to cover expenses with regards to these services.  Executive Mayor Mark Willemse said that property rates were used to subsidize the service.

Reed Valley: Pizza + Gin on Tap + Live Music this Sunday

We are also excited to welcome Johnny Wolf to the farm on Sunday. Johnny is a sweet-on-the-ear acoustic act and makes use of vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, kick-pedal, ukulele, percussion-pad, harmonica and loop-station during his performances, bringing those feel-good vibes. Doors open at 10:00 and entry is free.

Soak up Summer with De Krans Free-Run Chenin Blanc 2018

With the emphasis on unique yet traditional, consumers will enjoy the new vintage unwooded De Krans Free-Run Chenin Blanc 2018 – perfect enjoyment for the long Summer days!

Hessequa Harmonie – Promo Video

The programme for the upcoming Harmony Classical Music Festival presented by festival director, Niël Rademan, in the picturesque town of Heidelberg (Western Cape), between 25-30 September promises to open a new world of music, words, and pictures.

‘Heldinne’ opvoering by Hessequa Harmonie

Die musiekmeester Wilken Calitz tree saam met immer gewilde aktrise Elsabé Daneel op (Carmen en Bianca van die Kyknet-sepie “Suidooster” se ma: Estelle Fourie) Kom kuier op Heidelberg!

Rasende Ryme Met Elsabé Daneel en Wilken Calitz

In die kontemporêre woord- en musiek produksie Rasende Ryme delf die veelsydige aktrise Elsabé Daneel en bekroonde musikus Wilken Calitz onder die oppervlak om ou en nuwe gedigte se inherente musikaliteit te ontgin.


Custom Workwear: Light Weight Polar Fleeces – embroidered with your logo

We have our Light-weight Polar Fleeces on special until the end of September 2018.


Mossel Bay Hospital: Repair of electrical reticulation infrastructure and installation of energy … SA-Tenders

Mossel Bay Hospital: Repair of electrical reticulation infrastructure and installation of energy efficient light fittings. Tender number: ENG7014 – 2018.

Wesgro to Support Knysna’s Tourism Promotion Travel Trade Daily

Following Wesgro’s meetings with Knysna Municipality, it has been agreed in-principle that the Agency, together with the local tourism industry, will …


LATEST LOCAL SPORTS NEWS

Southern Cape and KZN give chase at SA IPT

Southern Cape is two-for-two in this year’s tournament, but the host union will need to up their games count. Central Gauteng have 18 games points in hand, with Southern Cape still 3.5 behind.

Western Province on fire at Oubaai

Western Province continued its rampage at Oubaai Golf Club on Tuesday to pull well clear in the B-Section battle for promotion at the 58th South African Inter-Provincial Tournament, sponsored by Tempest Car Hire.

SWD Club Cricket season kicks off

The SWD Cricket Twenty20 league will kick-off this weekend. The thirty-two affiliated clubs are divided into eight pools of four teams each. Within each pool teams will play each other on a round-robin format. The finals for this league will be contested on 20 October 2018.

Tough weekend for SWD at Africa T20 Cup

It was a tough weekend for SWD when Pool B of the Africa T20 Cup was hosted in Oudtshoorn. The Oudtshoorn based team lost all four their matches as Gauteng ended up as pool winners.

SWD Cricket invests in groundsmen

South Western Districts Cricket recently presented a Groundsmen course for club groundsmen at the Rosemoore Cricket Ground in George.

KFC Mini-Cricket coaches of the month

The respective Coach of the Month winners of the KFC Mini-Cricket program for 2017 received their certificates on Saturday during the Africa T20 Cup matches that were played at the Recreation Ground in Oudtshoorn.

Three Days of Classic Garden Route Riding on the Cards at the Dr Evil Classic

The Garden Route has long been one of South Africa’s mountain biking meccas. With a plethora of trails through the lush indigenous forests and the relaxed coastal town atmosphere proving infectious to all you drive into Plettenberg Bay; it is easy to see why. For riders taking part in the BUCO Dr Evil Classic, this weekend, the joys of three days of amazing riding await.

George Golf Club Newsletter


South Africa: De Vries Starts Best for SA At World Games AllAfrica.com

Team captain Bianca Buitendag of Victoria Bay made full use of her World Tour experience, winning her opening encounter in the women’s division …


International News

Zimbabwe’s opposition MPs walk out of Emmerson Mnangagwa’s address September 18, 2018

During his first state of the nation address in parliament, opposition parties heckle Mnangagwa and then file out

Trump says FBI should not probe allegations against top court pick September 18, 2018

Donald Trump blamed Democrats for the delay weeks before the US midterm congressional elections on 6 November.

EU publishes WTO reform ideas to keep US on board September 18, 2018

The European Commission’s proposals seek to tackle US concerns regarding the World Trade Organisation almost line by line

Donald Trump threatens ‘retaliation’ if China targets US farmers September 18, 2018

China announces retaliatory tariffs on $60bn in US goods, including  aircraft, computers, beef and wine, and files a complaint with the World Trade Organisation


National News

Legalised pot spots: A rarity around the world September 18, 2018

While many countries have decriminalised the use and possession of cannabis, only a handful have gone as far as to make it fully legal

Parliament will consider ‘introducing a new bill’ following cannabis ruling September 18, 2018

The court gave Parliament 24 months to update legislation relating to cannabis to be in line with its ruling

#StateCaptureInquiry: ‘Banks did not collude in cutting Gupta ties’ — FNB official September 18, 2018

Johan Burger’s testimony dealt with attempts by the ANC and government to intervene in the closure of the accounts

DA to announce Zille’s successor September 18, 2018

The frontrunners are the party’s Western Cape leader and Human Settlements MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela and Alan Winde, the MEC for Economic Opportunities.

Less than 50% of municipal accounting officers and CFOs have required competency levels September 18, 2018

The finance minister says steps are being taken to address the situation, in which only 79 of the country’s 218 municipal CFOs have the required skill levels


Business News

MARKET WRAP: JSE slightly higher with rand hedges mixed, while platinums shine September 18, 2018

Investors appear not to have warmed to Naspers’s unbundling of MultiChoice

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s plan to kick-start economy unfolds September 18, 2018

Ramaphosa’s office says the stimulus package will reprioritise government spending, within the existing fiscal framework

Businesses urged to invest in technology to curb crime September 18, 2018

Businesses have been urged to invest in technology in an effort to combat crime targeting their operations.

Rand strengthens against dollar September 18, 2018

The rand has strengthened in early trade as a weaker dollar lifts investor appetite for riskier assets after United States President Donald Trump imposed an additional ten per cent tariffs on Chinese imports on Monday.

SABC to push ahead with retrenchments plan September 18, 2018

Despite severe criticism from communications minister Nomvula Mokonyane, the SABC intends pushing ahead with a restructuring that is likely to include retrenchments to reduce its cost base.


Sports News

Congressional named as long-term PGA venue September 18, 2018

Congressional Country Club will host eight key championships and events over the next two decades starting with the Women’s PGA Championship.

Proteas’ Kapp hopes 100th ODI wicket is just the beginning September 18, 2018

Marizanne Kapp may have started her career as a batting all-rounder, but the Proteas bowler took her 100th wicket on Sunday.

Banyana Banyana captain eyes World Cup September 18, 2018

Banyana Banyana captain, Janine van Wyk, says her ultimate goal is to play in the World Cup. 

Rassie Erasmus to take charge of the Barbarians September 18, 2018

Rassie Erasmus has a confirmed Twickenham date with the Barbarians when they take on Argentina in the Killik Cup match on Saturday, 1 December.

Currie Cup teams receive Bok boost September 18, 2018

A number of Currie Cup teams have received a timely boost with news that a few of their Springbok players will be available for selection this coming weekend.


PRESS RELEASES

Hearty Italian Produce Grown in the Cape Winelands

 (September, Paarl) – Ayama Wine Farm will be hosting their first Artichoke Festival in the Voor Paardeberg on Sunday, 14…

Past auction gems on Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Charity Auction

Eight unique lots of previous Cape Winemakers Guild Auction wines will go under the hammer as individual charity items at…

7 Gold for Stellar Winery at Vitis Vinifera Awards

Seven of Stellar Winery’s organic wines received gold awards at this year’s Vitis Vinifera Awards. The wines that were awarded…

Grande Provence hails Pinotage Day with special menu

Saturday, 13 October 2018, The Restaurant at Grande Provence, Franschhoek Celebrate Pinotage Day at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate in…

Taal monument springs to life

THE once contested Taal Monument in Paarl will transform into a beehive of cultural activity with the One World Festival…

Getting your children off screens and into nature with Samara Private Game Reserve

Award-winning Samara Private Game Reserve is the ideal place to go for a family bush experience. Samara welcomes children of…

Hanneke Benade art exhibition of new work at La Galleria in McGregor from 13 Oct to 18 Nov

The French term ‘mise-en-scène’ originates in the theatre as a reference to the stage arrangement for a theatrical production and…


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Is Property Still A Safe Investment In South Africa?

Even though South Africa has entered an era of uncertainty around property, investors are still buying. Proposed amendments to Section…

Volkswagen Motorsport aiming to replicate winning streak at Killarney meeting

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Toyota Gazoo make it 1,2,3 at Harrismith 400

Brian Joss – It was a Toyota whitewash at the Harrismith 400, Round 5 of the 2018 South African Cross-Country…

Harrismith proves a happy hunting ground for Ford motorsport

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Cartoon – Potecting the vote(rs)

Four in line to win Engen Polo Cup at Killarney

Brian Joss – The 2018 Engen Polo Cup travelling show will perform at the Western Cape Killarney circuit for the…

Consumer behaviour changing the way manufacturers think about cars

Brian Joss – The global automotive industry has reached an inflection point but South African-born Johan de Nysschen, who has…

Book Review: The Force

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Until next time…

Bruce

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