Friday Morning Edition

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Engen 1 Stop Mossel Bay staff make us proud.  Shades of Pink walk in George.  Knysna Literacy Festival fund raising dinner.  Engen provide free health screening for truck drivers.  GCIS meeting in Mossel Bay.  The latest Plett Tourism Newsletter.  Planned power outages for Nelson Mandela Boulevard and Hoekwil. 

S Cape mid-amateurs lose both matches again in Kimberly.  Plett has become a premier mountain-biking destination.  Latest George Golf Club Newsletter.

Trump fed up with the Fed, but it’s good news for the Rand.  French fed up with fake news.  Trump demands answers re journalist missing in Saudi Arabia.  British MP’s demand answers from BoE.  Will this mushroom save the honey bees?

Lots of dirty laundering coming out into the open in SA these days.

Is the worst over for the Rand.  Tito Mboweni’s appointment should have a positive effect on business confidence.  Hawks and NPA to investigate the VBS heist.

David Miller licking his lips at Senwes Park.  Youth athletes continue to shine.  Now SAFA is at odds with its biggest benefactor.  T20 venues announced.

Latest Local News

Engen staff give Belgian tourists a taste of real Mossel Bay hospitality

When Belgian tourist Michèle Simonis realised she had forgotten her handbag at the Engen 1 Stop in Mossel Bay, the family was already 200km away and believed they would never see it again.

Shades of Pink Walk in George

It’s that time of the year again for our annual CANSA breast cancer walk.

Knysna Literary Liaison Invitation

An exclusive dinner 7 November.

Free health screenings for Mossel Bay truck drivers

Engen Driver Wellness once again brings health to the front seat for truck drivers by providing them with free health screenings. As part of National Transport month, Engen officially launched the annual programme on 1 October.

GCIS Garden Route District Public Hearing

GCIS Garden Route District hereby request all community organisations, Mossel Bay Council, ward committees, Community Development Workers and Community Police Forums to assist with mobilization and distribution of invitations to community members to attend this Public Hearing taking place on Friday, 19 October 2018 from 10 am at D’ Almeida Community Hall.

Renew Able Plett: Free Training Available

Free training is available for you and your staff on Renew Able Plett practices, the how’s and why’s of reducing single-use plastics, recycling and sending less waste to landfill.

Rage News – Howler: beyond just going out

Over the course of the last few editions of Rage News ‘18 we have spoken to a range of individuals at various associations who dedicate their time, effort and care into ensuring that each passing festival maintains the highest levels of safety and security for the young party goers.

Top Picks for Camping & Glamping in and around Plett

As daylight slowly begins to increase in hours and the evening temperatures become tank-and-cooler-box worthy, the Plett wilderness is at its absolute best.

Wandisile’s Plett: Andile Khumalo woos the crowd at Plett Tourism’s “Conversations in Kwano”

The second installment of the Plett Tourism’s Conversations in Kwano took place at the newly established N2 Lounge situated at the entrance of Kwano, and saw investment banker extraordinaire Andile Khumalo winning the hearts of everyone in attendance, including this lowly writer, something that doesn’t happen often.

Planned power outage – small portion of Nelson Mandela Bv and Khozi Street

Planned power outage – portion of Kammasie Street, Hoekwil

Latest Local Sports News

Champions have one more goal at SA Mid-Amateur IPT

The Southern Cape men’s mid-amateur golf teams again lost both matches yesterday, 7 5 against Gauteng North and by the same score against KZN.  They have another bye today.

Western Cape becoming one of the hottest MTB destinations in the world

More evidence that the Western Cape is becoming one of the hottest mountain-biking destinations in the world and that Plettenberg Bay is the final destination of choice!

The adventure never stops for Plett Adventure Racing Team

Petrus Maree of Plett Adventure Racing Team catches us up their latest adventures

George Golf Club Newsletter

International News

IMF chief defends rate hikes after Trump slams ‘crazy’ Fed October 11, 2018

Donald Trump has blamed US Federal Reserve policies for contributing to financial market turmoil

French MPs adopt ‘fake news’ bill October 10, 2018

The bills enable a political party to seek a court injunction preventing the publication of ‘false information’ three months leading up to an election

Trump demands Saudis explain missing journalist October 11, 2018

US President Donald Trump demanded Saudi Arabia provide answers over the disappearance of journalist and US resident Jamal Khashoggi, whom Turkish officials suspect was murdered after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Senior MP asks Carney to clarify Brexit house price comments October 11, 2018

Nicky Morgan made the request in a letter to Bank of England Governor Mark Carney in which she reiterated that the BoE should produce an analysis of the impact of Brexit.

How a mushroom could help save the world’s honeybees October 11, 2018

Decades ago, a Washington mycologist named Paul Stamets noticed that bees seemed drawn to water droplets on mushrooms in his garden.

National News

‘Damning new evidence’ filed in court relating to arms deal October 11, 2018

Right2Know and Corruption Watch say key information was ignored by the Seriti commission leading to an invalid conclusion

Outrage greets VBS bank report October 11, 2018

Many of those named in the report are taking legal action or protesting their innocence, but its author is standing his ground

Floyd Shivambu’s brother says he will sue for defamation after VBS report October 11, 2018

‘My company did not have any business relationship‚ nor did it receive money from VBS Mutual Bank,’ Brian Shivambu says

Business News

MARKET WRAP: JSE extends losses for eighth session, but gold miners surge 10% October 11, 2018

A global stock market rout enters its second day,  with the JSE on track for its worst week since January 2016

Rand strengthens as dollar loses ground on subdued US inflation October 11, 2018

Rand gains on weaker dollar as lower inflation trend in the US raises questions about Fed’s hawkish stance

The worst is probably over for the rand, Nomura says, if Moody’s keeps SA out of junk status October 11, 2018

Nomura’s view is at odds with others including Societe Generale and Deutsche Bank, who have recommended shorting the rand

Tito Mboweni’s appointment could drive business confidence up further October 11, 2018

Sacci says greater certainty will emerge after the medium-term budget policy statement and the investment summit

Hawks, NPA team up to investigate VBS Mutual Bank looting October 11, 2018

The Hawks says it has assembled a strong, well-resourced team to investigate the looting of funds from the Venda-based VBS Mutual Bank. 

Sports News

Miller returns to happy hunting ground October 11, 2018

David Miller returns to the scene of where he scored the fastest T20I century of all time as the Proteas gear up to face Zimbabwe at Senwes Park.

Houlie and Coetzee book semifinal spots in Argentina October 11, 2018

Team South Africa’s flagbearer at the Youth Olympics Michael Houlie advanced to the semi-finals of the 50m breaststroke on Thursday

SABC hits back at SAFA October 11, 2018

The SABC says it made a commercially viable offer for the rights to broadcast national team matches, which was rejected by the South African Football Association (SAFA). 

CSA announces host venues for T20 League October 11, 2018

This was carried out by Nielsen Sport who are acknowledged experts in this particular field of expertise.

Press Releases

DOUVOORDAG releases long-awaited debut album!

DOUVOORDAG’s (Ilse and Jattie de Beer) debut album, DIE AVONTUUR, was officially released online on 5 October 2018 and immediately…

Wheelchair Wednesday makes huge impact

The Wheelchair Wednesday campaign, sponsored by SPAR Eastern Cape, continues to make a massive impact within the physically disabled community,…

Family business’ entrepreneurial spirit trumps tough times

11 October 2018: The current economic landscape is having a detrimental effect on both consumer and business confidence, however, PWC’s…

Samaai, Letsoso take top UJ sports awards

National long jump ace Ruswahl Samaai and Banyana Banyana soccer star Thato Letsoso were named the University of Johannesburg sports…

Spanish-made Luck shoes step into SA market

Cycling distribution company Positive Sports Solutions has added another string to its bow by setting up an agreement to distribute…

Paarl & Wellington wine tourism celebrates the roots of Pinotage

The Paarl & Wellington wine routes are celebrating International Pinotage Day on Saturday, 13 October, by paying homage to the…

Regular Columns & Opinion Pieces

Cartoon – The VBS Heist Gang

GWM Steed 5E completes epic Journey around South Africa

Brian Joss – GWM’s Steed 5E has just completed a journey of almost 4 500km along the east coast of…

Some fuel-saving tips to help you to have more fun on the road

Brian Joss – Due to increasing crude oil prices and exchange rate depreciation, South Africans now pay record prices for…

Jaguar’s I-Pace gets early warning system for vulnerable road users

Brian Joss – With no engine sound, the electric Jaguar I-Pace required a new way to warn blind, visually impaired…

The Self Employed and getting Home Loans

Of those interviewed this year for Old Mutual’s latest Savings & Investment Monitor, just 6% earn 40 000 or more…

Until next time…


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