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S Cape fires pose a serious risk to forestry.  GRDM get a new bulldozer.  RDI in George are styling.  George flushing out cancer.  Young kid from Knysna gets a substantial bursary.

The Rotary Knysna Splash is on.

So Trump was behind the Huawei arrest.  Clearly, he has drawn a line in the sand against China’s theft of US IP.  Theresa May gets a wake-up call from within her own party.

Gordahn steps in at SAA.  Malema wants to be able to riot and trespass without any criminal ‘complications’.  The DA has had a horrible year and Maimane can’t spin it.

Seems the money markets don’t want Trump to shake things up with China – they’d rather has them steal billions in IP?  It’s no secret I guess, but the 2019 elections will be make-or-break for the SA economy.

Scare as Naka rushed to hospital.  Cameron van der Burgh retires.  Ashwin and Sharma both out of the second test.

Top Local Stories 

Southern Cape forest fires pose serious risk to sustainability of regional timber industry

December 12, 2018 – A total of 7 643 hectares of predominantly pine plantations belonging to private timber growers in the Southern Cape region have either been totally or partially destroyed in the fires that raged in the Outeniqua Mountains between 25 October and 16 November 2018.

Western Cape Department of Transport hands over R5.7 million new bulldozer to the Garden Route DM Roads Department

A new Caterpillar (CAT) D7R bulldozer was officially handed over to the Garden Route District Municipality (GRDM) Roads Department on Thursday, 6 December 2018, at the DR1524/18.5/0.5R borrow pit near Riversdale.

RDI takes workshop décor and thinking to the next level

When Peter van Mosseveld, the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA) rep for Eastern Cape, visited RDI Automotive and Service Centre in George he was amazed by the level of detail in the décor and how the new workshop is thinking out of the box.

George workshop ‘Flushes Cancer Out’

Businesses in George have been passing around a purple toilet to raise funds as part of the Cansa Relay for Life George 2019.

Early Christmas present for young Lixa Sithonga

Ling Dobson (right), founder and sponsor of the Knysna Literary Festival, this week handed over a bursary to the value of R10 000 to Knysna Primary School principal, Rob Stoker (left) and learner Lixa Sithonga.

Knysna DA councillor to face council disciplinary hearing – EWN December 12, 2018

CAPE TOWN – The disciplinary hearing against Democratic Alliance councillor in Knysna Peter Myers has been recommended to the council by the disciplinary committee.

Geen vuurwerke in Hessequa 12th December 2018

Die Uitvoerende Burgemeesters Komitee besluit van 28 November 2018 oor die afvuur van vuurwerke in die Hessequa streek, is herroep. Die Raad het die bevoegdheid om ‘n algehele verbod op die afvuur van vuurwerke en Chinese lanterns in die Hessequa munisipale area te plaas en is in lyn met relevante wetgewing.

Latest Local Sports News

Rotary Knysna SPLASH 2018 is back on 29 December!

Knysna SPLASH, the annual festival presented by the Rotary Club of Knysna, will be back on 29 December 2018 with two fun-filled events for the whole family.

International News

Detained Canadian in China probed for ‘harming state security’ after Huawei arrest December 12, 2018

Former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig detained after police in Canada arrest Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou on December 1 at the request of US authorities, infuriating Beijing

Huawei executive gets bail in case rattling China ties December 12, 2018

Meng Wanzhou’s December 1 arrest in Vancouver has shaken China’s relations with Canada and the United States

Wounded May seeks EU compromise to save Brexit deal December 13, 2018

The British leader, who survived a confidence vote staged by her own party’s MPs late on Wednesday, now needs to turn a narrow victory on home turf into an unlikely away win.

Brexit in dates: how May has stumbled from leave shock to confidence vote December 12, 2018

Here are the milestones on Britain’s rocky road out of the EU

UK’s May plans to quit before 2022 election — MPs December 12, 2018

There was some doubt about whether May had ruled out leading the party into any snap general election should her government fall before 2022

National News

High drama at SAA as Gordhan steps in to keep CEO on board

CEO Vuyani Jarana believes he is not being given enough freedom to pursue the airline’s turnaround strategy

Malema’s calls for land occupation could lead to anarchy‚ NPA tells court December 12, 2018

Lawyers argue that EFF leader Julius Malema is constitutionally entitled to discuss and debate the land issue, but not to incite people to break the law

Maimane: Losing NMB was tough for DA this year December 12, 2018

DA leader Mmusi Maimane says he still remembers the day he got the news that they had lost the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality.

DA is not losing support, Maimane says in response to recent poll December 12, 2018

DA leader Mmusi Maimane has outlined his party’s challenges ahead of 2019 national elections.

Business News

World stocks cheered by Trump trade talk as sterling claws off lows December 12, 2018

Donald Trump says trade talks are ongoing with China, and he could act on Huawei’s CFO saga;  the pound rises off 20-month low as May faces party challenge

MARKET WRAP: JSE lifted by easing US-China tension December 12, 2018

Progress in the US-China trade talks injects a sense of optimism into global markets, but a no-confidence vote in UK Prime Minister Theresa May looms

‘2019 elections outcome could determine SA’s long-term economic prospects’ December 12, 2018

The outcome of the 2019 elections could determine South Africa’s long term economic prospects. Should the African National Congress (ANC) manage to increase or maintain its support base and continue with its current reforms, this could positively impact on sentiment. 

Sports News

‘Massive bleeding’ sees Drotske rushed back to hospital December 13, 2018

Former Springbok hooker Naka Drotske’s condition has been stabilised, but he remains critical.

Cameron van der Burgh retires from competitive swimming December 12, 2018

South African swimmer Cameron van der Burgh took Gold in the men’s 100m Breaststroke final at the FINA swimming championships in Hangzhou on Wednesday.

Double India blow as Ashwin, Sharma out of 2nd Oz Test December 13, 2018

India suffered a big setback on the eve of the second Test against Australia when ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and batsman Rohit Sharma were ruled out.

Press Releases

Summer Nathi ready to rock in Nelson Mandela Bay

The Nelson Mandela Bay festive period will kick off with a bang on Sunday when SPAR Summer Nathi unveils the…

Madibaz star receives national sevens contract

Madibaz sevens rugby star Eloise Webb is ready to take her career to the next level after being awarded a…

Hertz takes flight with four Feather Awards

The annual Feather Awards for airports awarded by Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) are based on independent surveys of passengers…

Ballantine’s True Music Series next heads to the friendly city

Ballantine’s True Music Series next heads to the friendly city of Port Elizabeth on Friday, 21 December 2018 at the…

3rd Steenberg winemaker inducted into the Cape Winemakers Guild

Winemaking prowess knows no bounds at Steenberg Vineyards with the news that JD Pretorius has become the third Steenberg winemaker…

Regular Columns & Opinion Pieces

Cartoon: Democracy – BLF Style

Deceased Estates – What you need to know when a loved one leaves you a property

Dealing with the sale of a property after a loved one has passed away, will more than likely be a…

Minimum Wage Act applies to domestic workers

Brian Joss – The National Minimum Wage Act sets South Africa’s first national minimum wage at R20 an hour, equivalent to…

Ways To Rewire Brain Plasticity, As Proven By Experts

Imagine the film of a camera. Pretend that the film represents your brain. Now imagine using the camera to take…

5 Retail trends and predictions for 2019

2019 is here, and if you’re in retail, you’re likely wondering what the next 12 months will bring. What must…

Cancer & AIDS: The Casual Link and How To Reduce Your Risk

Critical illnesses like cancer and AIDS are difficult to discuss, because most of us know at least one or more…

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