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Load shedding stage 2 will be implemented from 08:00 – 22:00.  George will be off from 16:00 to 18:30.  Uniondale will be off from 19:00 to 21:30.  The public has been asked to assist in combating vandalism at the George Libraries.  George Water update 13 February.  New universally accessible sidewalks for Caledon Street.  The Old Car Show bids farewell to PW Botha High School.  Nataniël in concert.  Heidelberg Town Hall.  Wednesday 28 August. 

Get ready for the Swartberg 100 Gran Fondo.  The latest Pinnacle Point Golf Club Newsletter was published yesterday.

Trump warns Mnangagwa, weighs options to fund the wall and meets with Columbia to discuss Venezuela.  EU defies Trump.  

Gordhan says Eskom looters will be held accountable – but what happens if the loot landed up in the coffers of the ANC?  EFF go after Ramaphosa and Gordhan.  Eskom plays the semantics game.

JSE up in spite of poor December retail numbers.  No growth during the present Eskom crisis says Standard Bank.  Gordhan dreaming of higher tax revenues on the back of higher GDP.

Proteas get caught napping in Durban, de Kock to the rescue.  UK wants to classify Semenya a biologocal male – IAAF balks.  Nico Rosberg wants Johan Rupert to back a F1 race in SA – doubt Rupert wants the spotlight.  Stormers vs Bulls should be a cracker – well as exciting as the modern game can be.


Top Local Stories 

Gemeenskap se hulp benodig om George biblioteekgeboue teen vandalisme te beskerm

George Biblioteke benodig die hulp van die gemeenskap om na dié kosbare geboue om te sien waar jonk en oud toegang het tot hulpmiddele vir hul opvoeding asook kommunikasie, maar word beskadig weens probleme met vandale.

Planned power outage – portion of Syferfontein

TUESDAY 19 FEBRUARY 2019 FROM 08:30 TO 17:00

George Water update 13 February 2019

Dam level: 81.75% (up from 80.92%). Rainfall since 7 February 2019: 6.5mm. Demand/usage: 28.23 megalitres (target 22Ml). Months water left in dam: 9

New universally accessible sidewalks for Caledon Street

During the current reconstruction of Caledon Street, the contractor used portions of the sidewalk on both sides of the road as part of the traffic management plan to provide access to properties.

‘Not just a pile of junk’

George – The 23rd George Old Car Show, proudly supported by Oakhurst Insurance Company, took place at PW Botha College in York Street for the last time on Saturday and Sunday 9 and 10 February and will move to a new venue after 19 years at the current venue.

Nataniël in concert

Heidelberg Town Hall.  Wednesday 28 August 2019

Life is a Garden | Keep calm and LOVE your garden

Latest Local Sports News

Cycling in Prince Albert: Get ready for the Swartberg100 Gran Fondo

The charming little Karoo village of Prince Albert certainly deserves its reputation for being one of the most beautiful in the country.

Pinnacle Point Golf Club Newsletter

International News

Trump administration issues stern warning to Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa February 13, 2019

But Sadc countries close ranks with the Zimbabwean government

EU moves ahead with Russia gas pipeline despite US opposition February 13, 2019

A new directive means Gazprom will have to play by EU rules, but it also means the Russian firm can send gas to Europe while bypassing Ukraine

Donald Trump weighing all options to fund border wall, White House says February 13, 2019

Congress faces a tight deadline to pass legislation to avert another US government shutdown amid standoff

Trump, Colombian president meet over Venezuela crisis February 13, 2019

Washington has thrown its full weight behind Juan Guaido, recognising him as interim president, demanding that Nicolas Maduro step aside.

National News

Eskom culprits will be held accountable, says Pravin Gordhan

The public enterprises minister says President Cyril Ramaphosa will make an announcement on Thursday aimed at reassuring investors

EFF wants new commission to probe Cyril Ramaphosa ‘sellout’ claims February 13, 2019

The EFF has called for a commission of inquiry into claims that President Cyril Ramaphosa collaborated with apartheid authorities in the early 1970s.

DPE issues correction: Eskom not insolvent, but has “liquidity challenges” February 13, 2019

An earlier presentation by the department of public enterprises offered a grim diagnosis of Eskom’s future. It has since been corrected

Business News

MARKET WRAP: JSE rises 1% as diversified miners jump February 13, 2019

Reports of further production cuts in Saudi Arabia supported diversified miners, but general retailers fell after disappointing sales figures for December

Eskom a significant threat to growth, warns Standard Bank February 13, 2019

Chief economist Goolam Ballim estimates growth of 1.3% for 2019, but with persistent electricity shortfalls, that 1.3% ‘faces material downside risks’

#BudgetSpeech2019: “We expect tax revenues to grow in line with GDP growth” – PwC February 13, 2019

PwC has considered some of the most crucial factors that will be addressed in the Budget Speech 2019.

Sports News

Proteas caught ‘off guard’ against Sri Lankan quicks February 13, 2019

The Proteas were caught off guard on day one of the opening Test against Sri Lanka, says Quinton de Kock.

Fearless De Kock saves shaky Proteas in Durban February 13, 2019

South Africa, heavily favoured to waltz to victory in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Durban, are off to a shaky start.

IAAF deny UK report of wanting to classify Caster Semenya as a ‘biological male’ February 13, 2019

Semenya is challenging the IAAF’s new rules that will force women’s middle-distance athletes to have reduced levels of testosterone for the previous six months.

[EXCLUSIVE] Nico Rosberg calls on Johann Rupert to bring Formula 1 back to SA February 13, 2019

Speaking to EWN Sport ahead of the Laureus Sports Awards, Nico Rosberg said South Africa is on top of the list of destinations where Formula 1 should return to.

With Boks on each side, Bulls and Stormers prepare for ‘Test’ at Loftus February 13, 2019

The Super Rugby opener promises to have all the fireworks and rugby fans are invited to enjoy the ride

Press Releases

Xhosa theatre production for children at US Woordfees 2019

For the first time, an all Xhosa children’s theatre production at US Woordfees featuring the doyenne of SA storytelling, Sindiwe…

TOKARA Autumn Open Garden and Annual Rare Plant Fair

Experience TOKARA in all its autumn splendour when this acclaimed Stellenbosch family wine and olive estate opens its extensive farm…

Joint meeting at Madibaz a big success

The Bestmed Madibaz Athletics Club have hit on a winning formula after hosting a successful meeting for senior and junior…

Je t’aime! French lioness transferred to SA settles in well next to war lion

Showing promising signs of possible socialisation with Syrian lion Saeed Cape Town, 6 February 2019 – The lioness transferred to…

Regular Columns & Opinion Pieces

Is the reaching of the retirement age a barrier to a reinstatement claim?

By Siphamandla Dube, Senior Associate, Fasken – Reinstatement is the primary remedy under the Labour Relations Act, 1995 and involves placing…

Motor body repairers call on industry to help grow emerging black-owned businesses

Brian Joss – With SME development being placed in the centre of government policy in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of…

SPECIAL BOKAMOSO | No more talking. No more watching. South Africa needs action

The following speech was delivered yesterday by DA Leader, Mmusi Maimane, during the Joint Sitting Debate on the President’s State…

This month of love your money enough to put some of it away

Reaching a goal you have set for yourself is not always easy, especially if it involves money. Maybe one of…

Cartoon – Fakie Mentor

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