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Financial insecurity threatens Plettenberg Bay arts festival.  A fire broke out at the Oudtshoorn dump site on Thursday last week.  Water supply to the Little Karoo Rural Water Supply Scheme is under great pressure.  More accolades for DeKrans.  The newly renovated Grand Hotel in Plett receives praise.  MediaBoxx Events brings you a day of music, food, and wine at the gorgeous Kay & Monty Vineyards in the Plett Winelands. How to capture that Plett feeling.  Grab your calendar and have a browse through selected upcoming events in 2019.  Plett Adventure Update.

The times they are a changing… Yellow vests in Europe and now Brazil and Venezuela announce the end of socialism and political correctness.  FBI still running an investigation against Trump.  Theresa May warns of catastrophe if Brexit is abandoned.

The ANC will protect the independence of the Reserve Bank.  Zondo Commission resumes this week.  Wealth manager backs the land-theft – mmm – makes you realize whose side he’s on.  DA calls the ANC election manifesto, ‘same old same old’.  Overstrand fires devastate.  

Repo rate to remain unchanged?  Higher maize prices coming in the wake of the drought.  Makate rejects Vodacom’s offer in ‘please call me’ issue.

Steyn and De Kock put the Proteas on the front foot.  De Gea makes 11 saves in the second half to secure Man U a win against Spurs.  RIP Phil Masinga – legend.


Latest Local News

In the media – Financial insecurity threatens arts festival

An excerpt from the Weekend Post – One of Plettenberg Bay’s flagship festivals is in doubt amidst financial turbulence facing the town’s tourism body.

NSRI assist stricken launch vehicle

Andre Fraser, NSRI Mossel Bay station commander, said: On the afternoon of Saturday, 12th January, NSRI Station 15 Mossel Bay dispatched the sea rescue craft St Blaze Rescuer and an NSRI rescue vehicle to the launch slip way at the Yacht Club in Mossel Bay Harbour and the SA Police Services and a breakdown recovery vehicle responded.

Brand by Groot Kop Stortingsterrein

Oudtshoorn, 11 Januarie 2019 – ‘n Brand het ontstaan by die Groot Kop Stortingsterrein om ongeveer 14h30.

Water supply problems on the Little Karoo Rural Water Supply Scheme

Water supply to the Little Karoo Rural Water Supply Scheme is under great pressure due to problems with the borehole pumps at two of the boreholes with the strongest supply.

De Krans Top Cape Port producer in Top Wine SA Results

As one of South Africa’s leading port producers, De Krans’ commitment to producing a quality product has yet again been acknowledged by the South African Wine & Cellar Classifications, which saw De Krans being recognized as one of the two most successful Cape Port producers over the past 10 years.

Tourism news – The newly renovated Grand Hotel

Sitting pretty in the same spot for nearly 16 years, the newly renovated Grand Dame, part of Grand Africa Rooms & Rendezvous collection, has been basking in her praises as nearly every Plett patrician and silk stocking has made his or her way through its welcoming rococo wooden doors.

Events – Plett Truck & Vine Festival

MediaBoxx Events brings you a day of music, food and wine at the gorgeous Kay & Monty Vineyards in the Plett Winelands. Bring along family and friends for another Truck & Vine event under the Plett summer sun.

Editorial – How to capture that Plett feeling

By @wherejosiegoes Plettenberg Bay has long since been an all-time favourite for all those in search of sunshine, warm(er) water than most of SA and a lifestyle that’s hard to beat.

What’s on – Plett dates to diarise in 2019

A little bit of planning goes a long way when there are so many tempting events in Plettenberg Bay in 2019. We are thrilled to be able to offer visitors adventure and sporting events, food, wine, arts and culture in our enviable natural setting. So, grab your calendar and have a browse through selected upcoming events in 2019.

Showme Newsletter 10  –  18 January 2019

Velvet Home & Living: New Arrivals/Back in Stock – January 2019

Life is a Garden | January Gardening Goodness

Garden Route matriculant triumphs despite ordeal by fire TimesLIVE

A matriculant who lost three family members when her home was destroyed by fire during the second week of her final exams still completed the job …

Top police manager found guilty of racism and disparaging remarks News24

… Sandra Malebe-Thema was the Head of Basic Police Development when she taken to task over remarks made during an event in Oudtshoorn.

Double murder accused back in Great Brak River court Algoa FM (press release)

A man who was hunted by police for two years following the brutal murders of a Great Brak River couple will make his second court appearance on …

CAA once again suspends CemAir Eyewitness News

The airline flies routes between Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Plettenberg Bay and Margate, among others. Following CemAir aircraft being grounded in ..

Trawler runs aground at Mossel Bay Algoa FM (press release)

A fishing trawler has run aground at Vleesbaai in Mossel Bay. The NSRI said they were notified at around 3.40 am on Friday and local duty crew ..

Tebowing is Back! Former Heisman Winner Proposes to Miss Universe Fanbuzz

All of that remains to be true, but now he is officially off the market. … 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, a 23-year-old model from Sedgefield, South Africa.

Latest Local Sports News

Blog – Plett Adventure Update

By Plett Adventure Racing Team’s Petrus Maree” When your mantelpiece is filled with photos and trail trophies then you know it’s been a good year and grateful for a healthy body and great opportunities.  2018 was jam-packed with events and adventure, as a team as well as many individual events.

Fancourt Golf Club Newsletter

WP’s Adams banned after Oudtshoorn ‘gun-pointing’ incident SA Cricket Mag (blog)

Western Province batsman Qaasim Adams has been banned for three first-class and three List A fixtures after reportedly drawing a gun on teammate …

International News

Brazil’s new President declares the end of socialism & political correctness

Leftist ideology is waning thanks to failed globalist policies

NYT story revealed leak showing Deep State launched coup against President Trump

The leaker of an explosive New York Times story had “an agenda” in disclosing an alleged FBI probe of of President Donald Trump after he fired ex-bureau director James Comey, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Sunday.

Socialism on its way out in South America

The opposition party in Venezuela is calling for mass protests to depose the current government, and end the socialist nightmare.

Trump rejects report that he hid details of meetings with Putin January 13, 2019

US president says there was nothing to hide from his talks with the Russian president

Theresa May warns it would be catastrophic to halt Brexit January 13, 2019

The British prime minister says MPs must not let down voters who backed leaving the EU

Media watchdog condemns ‘yellow vest’ attacks on journalists January 13, 2019

Overnight Friday protesters had blocked the printing centre of the L’Yonne Republicaine newspaper

National News

ANC vows to preserve Reserve Bank’s mandate

Analysts have warned that the manifesto points to uncertainty about the party’s commitment to the Bank’s independence

POLITICAL WEEK AHEAD: Zondo state capture inquiry resumes this week

Deadline looms for applications for the top job at the SA Revenue Service

World’s largest wealth manager believes land expropriation will be handled ‘sufficiently well’ January 13, 2019

Despite lingering doubts over the land reform plan, President Cyril Ramaphosa is seen as a safe pair of hands

‘ANC not serious about tackling corruption head on’ – DA in reaction to ANC manifesto launch January 13, 2019

The Democratic Alliance is of the view that the ANC’s manifesto is proof that the governing party is not serious about tackling corruption.

Firefighters receive more aerial support to combat Overstrand fires January 13, 2019

Helicopters with water buckets and ground crews are currently battling to contain the flames, which are not posing any threat to property at this stage. 

Business News

ECONOMIC WEEK AHEAD: Interest rates expected to remain steady

Analysts are forecasting the monetary policy committee will leave the repo rate unchanged amid improved growth

Farmers predict higher maize prices due to drought conditions January 12, 2019

Free State Agriculture says food security will be extremely affected if weather conditions remain as they are.

‘Shocking and an insult’: Makate rejects Vodacom settlement January 12, 2019

The former Vodacom employee who claims to have come up with the idea for the “please call me” service has rejected a settlement tabled by the operator’s CEO, Shameel Joosub, describing the amount offered as “shocking and an insult”.

Sports News

Steyn strikes put Proteas in command January 13, 2019

After a solid start by the Pakistan, Proteas speedster Dale Steyn struck twice to put the home side in command at the end of day three of the third Test at the Wanderers.

De Gea produces masterclass as Man United beat Tottenham January 13, 2019

In an open game where both teams had multiple chances, United goalkeeper David de Gea proved the difference on Sunday night

Bafana legend Phil Masinga passes on January 13, 2019

Former Bafana Striker and legend Philemon Raul “Phil” Masinga has passed away, following a stay in hospital.

Press Releases

Fidelity SecureDrive hits the fleet market offering a safer, smarter and more connected fleet experience

Fidelity SecureDrive, the latest offering from Fidelity Security, is set to cause waves in the vehicle tracking and telematics market.…

New Year, new chef, new menu!

Elevate your senses with our new menu in 2019. Situated in central main road Somerset West, Nom Nom has undergone…

Jägermeister presents Up the Creek 7-10 February 2019

It is almost time for the annual Jägermeister presents Up the Creek, one of the most fabulous festivals for music…

Regular Columns & Opinion Pieces

Driving skills to get you to work and home safely

Brian Joss – As many motorists return to work and consequently a morning commute, they may once again face traffic…

Cartoon – 11 Jan 2015

A switch from gas-guzzler to runabout could cost more in the long term

Brian Joss – Many South African motorists who are feeling the burden of inflation, soaring fuel prices, the recent repo…

Vehicles for “soccer moms” that have the best resale value will surprise

Brian Joss – The first school term for 2019 has started. And so too will vehicle shopping for some soccer…

Do some homework before buying tyres

Brian Joss – Tyres are a recurring purchase for vehicle owners, and they are also vital to ensure safety and…

BOKAMOSO | South Africa needs change now, not tokens and summits

On Wednesday morning I accompanied my son Daniel to his first day at school. His little hand in mine, he…

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