Thursday Morning Edition

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George Municipality water update 19 September.  Binah celebrates 20 years with Peregrine.  Plett still one of the best whale watching spots.  Crack a bottle of Plett’s tipple on Heritage Day.  Get the tissues out for Homeward Bound.  Plett also has a cave – I wonder if Trevor Noah will approve?  Seven Plett establishments up for Lilizela Awards.  Hessequa Harmonie gathers speed – make sure you get your tickets.  A fourth suspect arrested in connection with the murder of Mandla Tyololo.  Mossel Bay puts out a tender for the repair of the desalination works.  Still no sign of the missing German tourist.

S Cape drop points against KZN – going to be a tough ask to win now.  Mark McNulty confirms for the SA Senior Open.  Schools MTB season wraps up.  George to host ‘better together’ games.  Bianca Buitendag leads from the front.

Still lots to sort out with Brexit.  Zim opposition walk out of meeting.  Trump still determined to build the wall.  Macron to meet Trump.  New York gets ready for UN session.

State capture is not unique to SA.  Will learners ever respect their educators again?  Crack down on abalone poachers, but it seems the Chinese are behind it – so don’t expect many prosecutions. 

EU tackle Amazons abuse of data – they [the EU] do have a use.  SARB between a rock and a hard place – again – or is that still?  How Zwane leaned on Nedbank.  A look at Ramaphosa’s stimulus plan.  How does one say ‘baas’ in Chinese?

Tiger looking for a win.  Kepler Wessels to become a match referee.  FIFA bans three for life.  Marcel Coetzee is catching the eye again.  Wakefield says Newlands won’t be sold – time will tell. 

Top Local Stories 

George Municipality water update 19 September

Dam level: 70.92% (slightly down from 71.33% last week Wednesday).  Rainfall since 13 September 2018: 13mm.  Demand/usage: 25.75 megalitres (target 22Ml)

NPO Binah special needs awareness involved in Peregrines 20 year anniversary

The NPO BINAH recently had the privilege to take part in celebrating Peregrines 20 Year Anniversary. 

Whale watching in Plett

We’ve known it for quite some time, but it is still rewarding for Plettenberg Bay to be included in this list, from Inside Guide, as one of the best places in the Cape to watch whales.

#TasteSunshine this Heritage Day

We’d like to invite you to open a special bottle of Plett wine or bubbly to celebrate on 24th September for a “lekker kuier”.

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

5th October – Plett Food Film and iKasi Media present the greatest adventure of them all! Sassy, Chance and Shadow star in Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, featuring the voices of Sally Field, Don Ameche and Michael J Fox.

Rage News: Become a ‘Friend of the Festival’ at Plett Rage 2018

“This will be our 4th Rage as a ‘Friend of the Festival’, allowing us to provide promotion’s directly to ‘Ragers’ from our outlet.

Plett’s Natural Heritage: Nelson Bay Cave

Nelson Bay Cave, also known as Wagenaar’s Cave, is located on our iconic Robberg Peninsula. It is an archaeological site showing evidence of human occupation dating as far back as 125 000 years. 

Plett finalists in Lilizela Provincial Awards

Seven Plett products have been selected as finalists in the Lilizela Tourism Awards.

Heerlike verskydenheid van wyne by Rasende Ryme

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.

Fourth suspect in Knysna ward councillor’s murder appears in court September 19, 2018

Mandla Tyololo has appeared in the Knysna Magistrate’s Court on a charge of conspiracy to commit murder.

Mossel Bay Local Municipality invites bidders to repair desalination plant ESI Africa

Deadline date: 05 October 2018. Mossel Bay Local Municipality, in South Africa, is seeking qualified bidders for the repair of communication problem …

Search continues for German tourist who went missing in Plettenberg Bay Eyewitness News

CAPE TOWN – The search for a German tourist who has gone missing in Plettenberg Bay continues. Niels Szenbek booked in at a caravan park in the …

Latest Local Sports News

Lions moving right along at SA IPT in Oubaai

GEORGE, 19 September 2018 – Defending champions Central Gauteng continued to run hot in the  58th South African Inter-Provincial Tournament, sponsored by Tempest Car Hire, as cold, wet and windy weather wreaked havoc in Wednesday’s the third round at Oubaai Golf Club.

Sunshine Tour Stalwarts Set To Light Up SA Senior Open

Two-time SA Open champion and current SA Senior Open Champion Mark McNulty has confirmed his participation at the 2018 SA Senior Open Hosted by Bitou Municipality.

Province in the pound seat at SA IPT

GEORGE, 19 September 2018 – A fifth straight victory in Wednesday’s weather-hit third round at the 58th South African Inter-Provincial Tournament, sponsored by Tempest Car Hire, cemented Western Province as the frontrunner in this year’s B-Section battle for promotion.

Western and Southern Cape wraps up a ‘successful’ regional leg of the Spur MTB Schools League

September 2016: Mountain biking buffs in the Southern and Western Cape have concluded the regional leg of the Spur Schools MTB League, and now it’s all systems go for the Inter-schools final next month.

George to host Garden Route Better Together Games

George Municipality will this year host the annual Garden Route Better Together Games taking place on 28th September at Rosemore Sport Complex.

Buitendag leads from the front in Japan Team South Africa

Bianca Buitendag produced an inspiring captain’s performance on Tuesday’s second day of the Urban Research ISA World Surfing Games in Tahara, …

SA team move into medal contention at World Games Team South Africa

Team captain Bianca Buitendag of Victoria Bay again led the way for the Saffas, cruising into the last six in the women’s main event. Last year’s bronze ..

International News

EU warns Britain it must ‘rework’ Brexit plans September 19, 2018

The Irish border and future economic relationship remain key sticking points, says EU council leader Donald Tusk

Donors halt aid to Zambian social welfare scheme over suspected misuse September 19, 2018

The UK and Finland have frozen funding of a social welfare scheme, suspecting that $4m has been misappropriated

What’s holding up Brexit talks? The Irish issue explained September 19, 2018

The main sticking point in Brexit negotiations is the future of the Irish border once Britain leaves the EU

Trump: 9/11 memorial renewed my resolve to build border wall September 19, 2018

Without elaborating President Donald Trump told Hill.TV he’ll “be doing things over the next two weeks having to do with immigration”, which will “impress”.

North Korea’s Kim to visit Seoul, shut missile site September 19, 2018

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un agreed to make a historic visit to Seoul soon and close a missile testing site in front of international inspectors at a summit with the South’s President Moon Jae-in in Pyongyang.

Macron to meet Trump, Iran’s Rouhani at UN in New York September 19, 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron will separately meet his US and Iranian counterparts, Donald Trump and Hassan Rouhani, during the UN General Assembly in New York next week, the French presidency said.

New York readies for UN General Assembly September 19, 2018

The United Nations is in final preparation for the annual high level segment of the General Assembly that will see the world’s political elite descend in New York City. 

National News

State capture is a worldwide occurrence meant to benefit a few elite, says academic September 19, 2018

International economist and analyst Daniel Kaufmann details how some countries experience state capture in the oil‚ mining and financial sectors

[LISTEN] ‘Respect for educators is no longer there’ September 19, 2018

Talk Radio 702’s Azania Mosaka speaks to Gauteng MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi about the spate of attacks on teachers by pupils.

20 years in jail for ‘arch-villain’ in abalone poaching syndicate September 19, 2018

A Port Elizabeth man has been sentenced to 20 years for two counts of racketeering and one count of operating a fishing establishment without a permit.

SABC to appear before Parliament over retrenchments September 19, 2018

The Communications Committee’s urgent request to call the SABC before Parliament has been approved, following the public broadcaster’s announcement of possible retrenchments.

Business News

EU to probe Amazon’s use of merchant data September 19, 2018

The probe comes as the world’s largest online retailer faces calls for more regulatory intervention and even its potential break-up

MARKET WRAP: JSE flat as big guns fall on firmer rand, while banks gain September 19, 2018

Trading is cautious ahead of the Reserve Bank’s interest-rate decision on Thursday

Reserve Bank walks a tightrope on interest rates

Most economists expect monetary policy committee to hold, while others say weak rand and oil price will force its hand

How Mosebenzi Zwane leaned on Nedbank’s Mike Brown over Gupta accounts

The Nedbank group CEO told the state capture inquiry Zwane put pressure on the bank to keep the Gupta accounts open

PETER BRUCE: President Ramaphosa must go big with stimulus plan

Whatever plan he presents, it’ll be imperfect. Try not to complain too much though

LUMKILE MONDI: Reserve Bank must be allowed to keep doing its own thing

The Bank is one of the few SA institutions that has withstood the hollowing out of public institutions by the ANC and well-connected individuals

Sports News

Tiger hunts victory ahead of Ryder Cup September 19, 2018

Tiger Woods tees off in the season-ending Tour Championship for the first time in five years, determined to end his victory drought ahead of next week’s Ryder Cup.

Wessels set for new role at Cricket Australia September 19, 2018

Former South African captain Kepler Wessels will make his debut as a match referee in Australia this month.

FIFA bans three football officials for life for corruption September 19, 2018

FIFA has given three officials, who pleaded guilty to corruption in a US court, life bans from all football-related activities.

Springbok Marcell Coetzee catching the eye for Ulster in Pro14 September 19, 2018

Former Springboks flank Marcell Coetzee has impressed since returning from injury for Ulster in the Pro14.

Wakefield: We won’t sell Newlands when we move to Cape Town Stadium September 19, 2018

Western Province President Thelo Wakefield says that they will not sell Newlands Rugby Stadium when the Union hopefully moves to the Cape Town Stadium in 2021.

Press Releases

Carne SA champions rare vintage wines

A well-aged steak is at its best when enjoyed with a well-matured red wine and at Carne SA, Chef-proprietor Giorgio…

Madibaz shape up for key encounter with Maties

The SPAR Madibaz netball team are geared up to make one final push for a spot in the Varsity Netball…

Kunjani Wines Launches New Spring Menu

The latest addition to the Bottelary Hills sub route of Stellenbosch, Kunjani, has launched their new spring menu which will…

Hermanus Night Shelter Black Tie Event

Join Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate on the 27th October for a luxurious evening of fine dining with live entertainment…

Regular Columns & Opinion Pieces

Man-made urban farm

The Ecsponent Group Operations and Investments

The Ecsponent Group’s results were announced yesterday.  Please have a look, it is a condensed one pager depicting our seventh…

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

Brian Joss – When the Sasol GTC Championship last visited Cape Town’s Killarney Raceway in April, the team earned three…

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