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MY VIEW

Knysna Tourism is planning how to tackle next year’s trade shows.  Plettenberg Bay restaurants and diners raise funds for StreetSmart.  Kansa has organised two sun awareness walks in Stilbaai and Hartenbos.  Dance with a purpose in Hartenbos.  Fans flock to see Garth Taylor at the GR Casino.  Mujo releases their offerings for holidays.  More accolades for Boplaas.

The seven-stage TransCape journey from George to Franschhoek begins in February.  The Knysna Bull requires baggies.

The EU plays hardball with Britain over Brexit and with Switzerland over the stock exchanges.  France fears more protests.  D-day for Brexit approaches.

Gordhan’s tough stance on Eskom spooks investors.  We’re all rooting for Batohi.  Treasury working hard to re-establish our credibility.  SABC puts the ball in the new Minister’s court after board resignations.  

Britain finds some dodgy money brought in with the ‘golden visa’.  Huawei official arrested in Canada – investors fear a backlash from China.  Rand slips below 14 dollars.  Fitch re-affirms our BB+ rating.  Ramaphosa punts zones for economic recovery – the American system in the agricultural sectors works well – will have to see how this one pans out.

Local boys, Louis Oosthuizen and Jovan Rebula start well at Rand Park.  Uncle Ernie had better keep it together.  Baroka not intimidated by Pirates.


Latest Local News 

International and Local Trade Shows 2019

As 2019 is fast approaching and the season is on our doorstep, planning has started for the strategic marketing of the Greater Knysna area to the world.  We have identified certain markets and would like to have your opinion which one or more interests you and which ones in your opinion would benefit the Greater Knysna area as a whole:

StreetSmart diners in Plettenberg Bay do it again in aid of vulnerable children

StreetSmart SA, an organisation dedicated to helping vulnerable children, at risk of becoming street children, rebuild their lives through donations from restaurants, accommodation establishments and wine tasting venues in the Western Cape, Garden Route, Gauteng and KZN, has handed over R80,000 to their Plettenberg Bay beneficiaries for 2019.

Kansa Sonslim Bewusmaking Stap

Hartenbos 17 December

Kansa Sonslim Bewusmaking Stap

Stilbaai 17 December 

Dance with a purpose

Hartenbos 7 & 8 December

Fans Flock to See Garth Taylor at Garden Route Casino

On Friday, 30 November 2018, the legendary Garth Taylor made his return to Tsogo Sun’s Garden Route Casino where he serenaded fans with favourites like Why, Only With You, If I Gave You My Soul, Tonight, Home Again, and If I Don’t Call.

Mujo Bar: Food & Happiness

Boplaas white blend triumphs with best score in Wine magazine annual report

The Boplaas Gamka Branca Reserve 2017 has received 94/100 points in the Cape White Wine Report from Wine Magazine, the highest score of all wines featured in the highly regarded South African survey. Wines from 32 producers including some of the country’s top wineries were submitted for consideration.


Plettenberg Bay matrics bow out with music SABC News

The picturesque town of Plettenberg Bay in the Southern Cape has once again been turned into a non-stop party ground for thousands of matriculants.

Two arrested for robbing elderly in Mossel Bay retirement home Algoa FM (press release)

Police in Mossel Bay have arrested two people following the attack and robbery of an 80-year-old woman from a local retirement village on Sunday.


Latest Local Sports News

Liberty’s boost for Encounter Series

The annual Encounter Series, which includes three multi-stage races under the ASG Events banner, will retain its popular status among South African mountain-bikers after Liberty renewed their sponsorship for 2019.

Knysna Bull , you’re better in baggies           

You’re better on the trails in your custom Bull baggies.

George Golf Club Newsletter

Fancourt Golf Club Newsletter

Pinnacle Point Golf Club Newsletter


International News

Take it or leave it, EU chief negotiator tells Brexiteers ahead of crucial vote December 6, 2018

It’s the final countdown for the UK’s divorce settlement with the EU as British MPs prepare to vote on the separation package

French authorities fear more violence as yellow vest anger endures December 6, 2018

Troops on antiterrorism patrols may be redeployed to help deal with another wave of protests and rioting in Paris this weekend 

Brexit vote to go ahead despite report ministers seek delay December 6, 2018

Theresa May has repeatedly said if lawmakers reject her deal with Brussels, which would see Britain exit the EU on 29 March with continued close ties.


National News

Gordhan’s call to arms on Eskom crisis spooks bond investors December 7, 2018

Public enterprises minister does not provide answers on the utility’s bigger problem, its financial crisis

Editorial: We are rooting for Batohi December 6, 2018

The task of securing South Africa for future generations is immense

Gupta looters leave SA in the dark December 6, 2018

And a planned PetroSA plant shutdown meant Eskom could not replenish diesel supplies

Treasury to implement measures to regain SA’s investment status December 7, 2018

Ratings agency Fitch has affirmed South Africa’s long-term foreign and local currency debt ratings at BB+ with a stable outlook. The ratings, therefore, remain below investment grade.

SABC waits for Ndabeni-Abrahams after resignations December 6, 2018

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) says it will wait for the Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams to indicate what needs to happen next, following the resignation of four board members.


Business News

EU sends ultimatum to Switzerland on stock exchanges December 6, 2018

European Commission warns Switzerland it will not extend recognition of its main stock exchange if it does not agree to a draft pact on future relations

Britain suspends ‘golden visas’ to tackle money laundering December 6, 2018

Influx of super-rich has brought billions of pounds in investment, but the government has been concerned by the provenance of some of the wealth

MARKET WRAP: Markets thrown into disarray on renewed US-China jitters December 6, 2018

JSE and rand take a pounding as global risk aversion dominates markets after Canada arrests Huawei CFO for possible extradition to the US

Rand slips past R14/$ as current-account deficit worsens December 6, 2018

Global risk aversion has also put pressure on most emerging-market currencies

Fitch affirms SA’s BB+ rating with stable outlook December 6, 2018

But it warns that SA’s ratings are weighed down by low growth potential, large government debt and contingent liabilities, and the risk of rising social tension

Zones can help launch economic recovery says Ramaphosa December 6, 2018

President Cyril Ramaphosa says Special Economic Zones can work as launching pads for much needed economic recovery in the country. 


Sports News

Oosthuizen hungry for more Open glory December 6, 2018

Louis Oosthuizen made the perfect start to this year’s South African Open when he signed for a bogey-free round on the Bushwillow course.

Rebula lays down a marker in SA Open December 6, 2018

Reigning Amateur champion Jovan Rebula laid down an early marker in the hunt for the Freddie Tait Cup after day one of the SA Open.

Baroka FC will not be intimidated by Orlando Pirates December 6, 2018

Baroka FC Assistant Coach Bushy Moloi says they will not be intimidated by the in-form Orlando Pirates. 


Press Releases

Biggest SA music collaboration ever to honour icon, Johnny Clegg

More than 50 artists recorded a special version of Clegg’s soulful track, “The Crossing.” Over 50 prominent artists came together…

New seasonal dishes refresh the menu at Catharina’s Restaurant

Celebrate the best season of the year with some delicious new tastes at Catharina’s Restaurant, the signature eatery at Steenberg…

Tour of Good Hope lands UCI status

The Takealot Tour of Good Hope’s elevation to UCI status for 2019 will ensure that one of South Africa’s premier…

Elandré kom maak ’n draai

Die Keldery het vanjaar talle top-kunstenaars verwelkom wat besoekers vermaak het met hul lekker sing- en dansliedjies en Vrydag, 7…

S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna Chef of the Year 2018 – Kobus van der Merwe

Cape Town, South Africa, November 2018 – Each year South Africa’s top chefs and restaurant teams are acknowledged and ranked…


Regular Columns & Opinion Pieces

Even if your car is fuel- efficient, you can still save at the pumps

Brian Joss – As major retail chains start to decorate their shops with festive cheer, we now have visual reminders…

Driving tips when travelling long distances this festive season

With the December holidays around the corner and exceptional holiday destinations throughout South Africa to look forward to, safety on…

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…


Until next time…

Bruce

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