Friday Morning Edition

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The GRDM is looking for someone to take over the lease at the Calitzdorp Spa and De Hoek Mountain Resort.  George’s water situation still looks good.  Fancourt is offering another golf/accommodation package.  Black smoke emissions from Nestle in Mossel Bay explained.

Nearly time for the Simola Hill Climb.

Trump backs Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights – oh dear – more outrage.  Venezuela arrests Guiado aid.  Pompeo takes hardline stance vs Hezbollah.  Trump says make the Mueller report public.  New Zealand ban semi-automatic weapons.

Now the ANC claims hero status for protecting us from a total blackout.  New NPA will need funding – but will they get it to prosecute those high up in the ANC?  Now it’s 3 mayors implicated in murder.

Jacob Zuma would have saved us from load shedding – no matter that nuclear would have bankrupted us.  SARB unlikely to change rates.  

Sunwolves to be axed from Super Rugby.  Lions stay in the hunt for the Momentum Cup.  Bafana face date with destiny on Sunday.  What defines a female athlete?


Latest Local News 

Lease to manage & operate De Hoek Mountain Resort & Calitzdorp Spa

Notice is hereby given in terms of the Local Government: Municipal Finance Management Act (No 56 of 2003), read with the Municipal Asset Transfer Regulations (R878 of 2008), the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act (No 3 of 2000) as well as the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act (No 32 of 2000) that the Council of the Garden Route District Municipality in terms of Resolution H.2 intends to enter into a long-term lease agreement (50 years) with LEN24 (Pty) Ltd to manage and operate De Hoek Mountain Resort and Calitzdorp Spa.

Roadworks update for the KKNK

Motorists travelling to the upcoming Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK) are advised that TR75/1 (the N12) between Oudtshoorn and George, and TR1/2 (the N9) between George and Uniondale, will be open to two-way traffic from 21 March to 31 March 2019. Certain sections of these roads will have delineators on the shoulders to protect some of the works. A traffic safety officer will be on patrol.

George Water Update: 20 March 2019

Dam level: 86.67% (up from 85.67%). Rainfall since 13 March 2019: 6 mm. Demand/usage: 31.01 megalitres (target 22Ml). Months water left in dam: 9.

Fancourt brings back popular golf package for South African market

George, South Africa – South African golfers can once again take advantage of a special package aimed at introducing them to Fancourt Estate’s beautiful Outeniqua and Montagu courses and the various golfing delights on offer at this globally recognised, award-winning Garden Route destination.

Black Smoke Emissions and Soot Deposits From Nestlé in Mossel Bay explained

Community members lodged their concerns on Facebook regarding black smoke emissions and soot deposits emanating from Nestle, Mossel Bay.


Showme Newsletter 21 – 29 March 2019


Latest Local Sports News

Motoring’s greatest marques head for Knysna Motor Show

Choosing a headline act at this year’s Knysna Motor Show on April 28 is going to be all but impossible with so many examples of motoring’s great marques set to grace the lawns of the Knysna High School Sports fields.


International News

Trump says US will recognise Israel’s sovereignty over Golan Heights March 21, 2019

Recognition of the disputed area marks a major shift in US policy as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu campaigns for re-election

Venezuela arrests top aide to Juan Guaido March 21, 2019

Opposition leader’s chief of staff nabbed by intelligence officers in pre-dawn raid

Mike Pompeo hardens US stance against Hezbollah as risk to Middle East stability March 21, 2019

US secretary of state targets  the Lebanese party, as well as Hamas and Yemeni Houthis

Trump says Mueller investigation report should be made public March 22, 2019

The nearly two-year-old investigation is examining whether the US president himself criminally obstructed the probe

New Zealand bans types of semi-automatic weapons following mass shooting March 21, 2019

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she expects the new laws to be in place by 11 April and buy-back scheme will be established for banned weapons.


National News

The purpose of load-shedding is to try to avoid the unthinkable March 21, 2019

As Eskom’s operational crisis worsens, the prospect of a national blackout remains likely

New NPA directorate will need funding, says Glynnis Breytenbach March 21, 2019

Former senior state prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach said the signing of the proclamation meant to establish an investigating directorate in the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) will not amount to much if inadequate funds are put in place for its operations. Bulelwa Makeke, the NPA’s head of communications, on Thursday said the prosecuting authority was finalising the […]

Three mayors investigated for murders March 21, 2019

ANC leaders Sindiso Magaqa, Wandile Ngubeni and S’bu Maphumulo were assassinated


Business News

Jacob Zuma stands by his discredited Russian nuclear deal

Former president Jacob Zuma says a proposed nuclear deal with Russia, which emerged as a factor behind the firing of  two finance ministers and market turmoil during his scandal-hit administration, would have prevented the country’s energy crisis.

Reserve Bank likely to keep interest rates unchanged March 21, 2019

The central bank’s anticipated decision not to hike interest rates will come as a relief to cash-strapped consumers who are battling with increases in fuel and several other costs

Ramaphosa confident SA will overcome electricity crisis March 21, 2019

President Cyril Ramaphosa says restoring a reliable supply of electricity is government’s top priority


Sports News

CONFIRMED: Sunwolves to be axed from Super Rugby March 22, 2019

Japan’s Sunwolves will be axed from Super Rugby as the tournament returns to 14 teams from 2021, SANZAAR confirmed.

Lions stay alive in playoff hunt after derby win March 21, 2019

Malusi Siboto and Wiaan Mulder helped the Highveld Lions stay in the One-Day Cup semi-final hunt thanks to a tense win over the Titans.

Crunch time for Bafana in Afcon qualifiers March 21, 2019

It’s crunch time for Bafana Bafana in the CAF Africa Cup of nations qualifiers as they play away to Libya on Sunday.

Experts dispute testosterone test for top female athletes March 21, 2019

Barring Caster Semenya due to naturally high testosterone levels would be like excluding basketball players because they are too tall, experts commented.


Press Releases

Hard work pays off for Madibaz rugby

FNB Madibaz rugby captain Riaan Esterhuizen says the hard work they put in during their pre-season programme is paying dividends…

Shoprite makes donating to drought relief efforts that much easier

The Shoprite Group is working with Gift of the Givers to make it as easy as possible for South Africans…

Sneakers Make Financial Literacy More Fun for Western Cape Kids

Metropolitan has undertaken the mammoth task of equipping SA teens (tomorrow’s adults) with financial literacy skills by taking its teen-tailored…

April Breakfast special at The Marine

The Continental Buffet & The Marine Breakfast Special this April at The Marine, Hermanus.  Make April special by breakfasting at…

Baby Hope celebrates turning 1 with her African Bank family

Baby Hope Grace Daniels, South Africa’s smallest surviving premature baby in South Africa by weight (300g), turned one today and…


Regular Columns & Opinion Pieces

Focus on innovation, skills and “buy local” at Automechanika expo

Brian Joss – There will be three major focus areas at this year’s Automechanika Johannesburg. The trade fair for the…

Tips to communicate digital transformation and encourage change

By Ronelle Bester, Owner and Director of Red Ribbon Communications:  If you’re running a business in 2019, digital transformation should be…

Cracking start at Toyota Gazoo Racing wins Dullstroom 400

Brian Joss – It was a cracking start to the 2019 South African Cross-Country Series season for Toyota Gazoo Racing…


Until next time…

Bruce

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