Thursday Morning Edition

Good morning all,


George, and probably most of the region, desperately needs affordable housing – BUT where does one build these houses – that’s the question.  Knysna Tourism introduces the seasonal pop-up shops.  Oudtshoorn getting back onto the correct awards podium.  Focussing on abuse for 16 days saddens me, but at least it does [focus that is].  George water situation looking even better.  Let’s hope we can offer our visitors lights as well.  

BestMed Eden Street mile coming up.  George Municipality plays games.

Robert Meuller is desperately trying to stay relevant with so much other stuff going on, Brexit, the Bush funeral, the last days of Macron and Merkel.  Poor guy has to play The Phantom of the Capital.  Clearly, he has nothing on Trump, so don’t expect the report anytime soon.  Better to keep the rumours going.

South Africa is a far more interesting place – it’s like watching a real-life Game of Thrones complete with the ‘little birds’ who write fake news stories and get paid in sweets.

How did we manage a 2.2% growth – mmm – that’s going to make an interesting read over another cup of coffee.

The Blitzbokke need to play like men playing for their freedom this weekend.  Sundowns take a stroll down the cabbage patch.  Man, I’d love to be a stump mike during this India vs Australia series – sure some beautiful, creative word-art will come to the fore.  Brandon Grace looking to fill that last space in his SA trophy cabinet – then for a few majors!

Top Local Stories 

Proposed growth and development strategy for George over the next 20 years

George Municipality wishes to thank citizens for their participation in the process of amendment of the Municipal Spatial Development Framework(MSDF).

Creating business opportunities & celebrating creativity with Knysna’s annual Pop-Up Shop

Yesterday, Executive Mayor Mark Willemse and Wesgro CEO Tim Harris, officially opened the annual ‘Knysna Loving Local Collective Pop-Up Shop’.

Govan Mbeki Awards: A proud moment for Oudtshoorn Municipality

Oudtshoorn, 05 December 2018 – The Oudtshoorn Municipal Human Settlements Department won the award for Best Informal Settlements upgrading project in the National Govan Mbeki Awards 2018 held at the East London ICC on Friday evening, 30 November 2018.

Assist the homeless as part of the 16 Days of Activism

George Municipality is celebrating 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women, Children and Men from the 25th November 2018 until 10 December 2018.

George Municipality water update: 5 December 2018

Dam level: 80.32% (up from 77% last week Wednesday). Rainfall since 29 November 2018: 4mm. Demand/usage: 32.86 megalitres (target 22Ml). Months water left: 10

WineMag Newsletter: Top 20 Best Buys of 2018

In the introduction to the 2019 edition of Platter’s entitled “Some trends in South African wine”, the following observation is made: “The ‘ultra-premium’ category is identified by the leading industry analyst Nielsen is of red wines selling for R125 or more, and whites over R96. It represents less than 2% of the local wine market; well over 50% of bottled wine sells to wine-drinkers for under R40 per bottle.” 

Latest Local Sports News

Ryan Mphahlele in aksie by BestMed Straatmylreeks

Een van Suid-Afrika se opwindendste atlete, Ryan Mphahlele, het aangedui dat hy tydens die BestMed Eden Straatmylreeks later vandeesmaand in die Suid-Kaap en Klein Karoo in aksie sal wees.

Fun and games at Annual Mayoral Municipal Sport and Wellness Day

1700 Municipal staff dressed in their departmental colours, last Friday attended the annual Mayoral Sport and Wellness Day to have fun and participate in sports and games.

International News

Theresa May accused of misleading MPs over Brexit deal December 5, 2018

Prime minister suffers series of stunning defeats in parliament which could change course of Brexit

Trump meets Bush family ahead of former president’s state funeral December 5, 2018

Trump meets Bush family ahead of former president’s state funeral

Phantom-like Mueller holds Washington spellbound December 5, 2018

Eighteen months into his investigation, special counsel Robert Mueller has the US capital spellbound

Brexit goes down to wire as May calls last-day talks December 5, 2018

Theresa May said she will return to Brussels for more talks on the eve of a planned signing summit

In historic first, UK government found in contempt of parly December 5, 2018

Row in lower chamber House of Commons centred on publication of legal advice related to British PM’s Brexit deal

EU leaders approve Brexit deal with UK December 5, 2018

European leaders formally endorse Brexit deal, paving the way for British parliamentary vote next month

Macron caves in to French protesters – too late, they say December 5, 2018

The French government caved in after Paris’ worst rioting in decades and delayed an increase in energy taxes – but it was seen as “too little, too late” by many protesters whose anger seems increasingly focused on embattled President Emmanuel Macron.

Germany looks beyond Merkel as party elects successor December 5, 2018

The wild card in the race is Jens Spahn, a 38-year-old openly gay minister in Merkel’s cabinet who long railed against her refugee policy.

National News

Land expropriation without compensation drive enters next crucial phase December 5, 2018

Parliamentary committee to begin redrafting property clause in constitution

Public Protector survives removal proposal in Parliament December 5, 2018

After considering a 25-page defence submitted by Mkhwebane, the justice portfolio committee voted that it was premature to begin proceedings

“Journalists were being paid to write ‘fake stories’” December 5, 2018

The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) says it is alarmed by a statement from National Lotteries Commission‘s (NLC) chairperson, Professor Alfred Nevhutanda that the State Security Agency (SSA) must investigate journalists. 

Business News

MARKET WRAP: JSE falls 1% after US equities tumble December 5, 2018

The Dow fell more than 3% on Tuesday due to cooling expectations from the hiatus in the US-China trade war

WATCH: How the SA economy pulled itself out of recession December 5, 2018

Citadel chief economist Maarten Ackerman talks to Business Day TV about the third-quarter GDP data 

Don’t believe the 5G hype December 5, 2018

5G will be revolutionary in many ways, but not how the headlines are proclaiming.

Sports News

Du Preez: Blitzboks need to step up their defence in Cape Town December 5, 2018

Sevens veteran Branco du Preez says the Blitzboks need to step up their defence if they hope to win the Cape Town Sevens this weekend.

Not much bite from Leones Vegetarianos as Mamelodi Sundowns produce five-star display December 5, 2018

The remainder of the first half had the look of a practice match about it for Sundowns as they completely outplayed their opponents.

#AUSvIND: I think a bit of banter is not harmful at all, says Virat Kohli December 5, 2018

“They still have the skill to dominate at home. We’re not taking anything for granted.”

SA Open title is the one that’s missing for Branden Grace December 5, 2018

“My game feels in good enough shape to win this week. I know if I have a good week this week, I’ll be in the top 50 at the end of the year.”

Press Releases

Kyoto Garden Wins Eat Out ‘Best Seafood Restaurant’ Award 2018

Kyoto Garden Japanese Restaurant, Cape Town has won the ‘Best Seafood Restaurant’ award in the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Awards 2018.…

Madibaz women chase a medal in USSA water polo

The Madibaz women’s water polo team will be aiming to transform a series of competitive results into a medal-winning position…

AC Hotels by Marriott opens first hotel in Middle East and Africa in the Mother City

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA 5th DECEMBER 2018: AC Hotels by Marriott, Marriott International’s European-inspired lifestyle brand, today announced the opening of AC…

Quick and Easy Classic Summer Cocktails for Home Entertaining

The long hot days of summer have arrived and it’s the perfect opportunity to break out the home bar –…

Regular Columns & Opinion Pieces

Holgate and team reach the “eighth wonder” of the world

Brian Joss – Kingsley Holgate and his Cape Town to Kathmandu expedition team have realised a dream by finally reaching one…

Keep that seatbelt fastened, even for a short trip to the beach

Brian Joss – As many motorists set off for various holiday destinations this holiday month, road safety experts can hope, with…

Cartoon – Minimum Wage Bill

Ford spreads the festive cheer by donating 26 new vehicles to charity

Brian Joss – Ford is spreading the cheer this Festive Season with a donation of 26 new vehicles to 22 selected…

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