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How cool is this?  Two Southern Cape golfers, after seeing off some of the best amateurs outside of America, will battle it out in the final of the SA Amateur Matchplay Championships at Humewood today.  Good luck to both Christo and Caylum!

I think Donald Trump has popped up just in time to prevent America from slipping into a Libtard-induced coma – a state in which people are so convinced that what they have been told to think is correct, that they refuse to entertain any other options.  It’s a state of mind in which people think that if it makes sense intellectually, it must be true despite any amount of reality checks along the way; and, unless I can conceive it, it can’t be possible – leading to Coddled and broken millennials now needing adult schooling [see below].

What worries me though, is the possibility that Trump is being set up to be the president under which the US economy collapses – how the mainstream media will eat that up and the devastating effect it will have on the re-awakening of America.


     Latest Local News

KKNK musiekprogram bied verskeidenheid vir elke smaak

“Musiekliefhebbers by vanjaar se KKNK kan ’n wye spektrum van musiek beleef – van kontemporêr en klassiek, tot kabaret en selfs ’n Afrikaanse musiekblyspel”, sê Rhodé Snyman, uitvoerende hoof van dié fees, wat van 8 tot 15 April op Oudtshoorn aangebied word.

Knysna Literary Festival – Moeletsi Mbeki

LET YOUR IMAGINATION TAKE FLIGHT. Explore creative minds and encourage youth to tell their own stories during this year’s Knysna Literary Festival, 16 – 19 March, 2017.

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Houses at Knysna High athletics compete Knysna-Plett Herald

KNYSNA NEWS – Knysna High School (KHS) held their interhouse athletics on February 2. There was good competition among the three houses: Red …

Repair work to Impact Damaged House at R271 Rhobololo, Knysna SA-Tenders

Repair work to Impact Damaged House at R271 Rhobololo, Knysna Tender number: 185/2016/17 Closing date and time: Friday 10 March 2017 at …

KKNK 2017: Promosie tyd Oudtshoorn Courant

Die KKNK-rivierbuurt. OUDTSHOORN NUUS – Die KKNK vier vandag (Donderdag 23 Februarie) hul 23ste verjaarsdag met die Beleef23-promosie.

Georgians feel unsafe George Herald

GEORGE NEWS – The latest results (2015/2016) released by Statistics South Africa’s Victims of Crime Survey (VOCS), show that South Africans …

Meeting kicks off with admin issues Knysna-Plett Herald

Committee members complained that the agenda was only received two days before the meeting. Other points raised include the absence of the last …

Community still mourns youngster’s death Knysna-Plett Herald

PLETTENBERG BAY NEWS – While the family of slain former Bitou law enforcement member Franklin de Waal is still battling to come to grips with his …

Eden District Health introduces council members Knysna-Plett Herald

One of the main functions of the Council, appointed by the Western Cape Minister of Health, Dr. Nomafrench Mbombo, is to promote co-operative …

Miss SA finalist has great ambitions Knysna-Plett Herald

SEDGEFIELD NEWS – In the previous edition of the Knysna-Plett Herald (KPH) we introduced you to Sedgefield local Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, one of …

New chairman for Wilderness ratepayers George Herald

GEORGE NEWS – After three years of leading the Wilderness Ratepayers and Residents … ‘We bring you the latest George, Garden Route news’.

Care-free speeding days numbered George Herald

GEORGE NEWS – The period of grace speeding motorists have been enjoying in the George … ‘We bring you the latest George, Garden Route news’.

Trial against syndicate continues George Herald

GEORGE NEWS – The trial of an alleged organised crime syndicate accused of a string of … ‘We bring you the latest George, Garden Route news’.

New Caddy for Hospice Knysna-Plett Herald

We applied to the NLC for a grant that included a vehicle with a wheelchair lift to make it easier for our wheelchair-bound patients to be brought to our …

Mossel Bay part of Walking Festival Mossel Bay Advertiser

MOSSEL BAY NEWS – The Garden Route Walking Festival, which consists of 52 walks in the coastal area from Mossel Bay to Storms River, takes …

What if the Garden Route had no more trees? News24

Ray Nolan started the Precious Tree project to reclaim the Garden Route for indigenous vegetation, and proclaim the message that we need to replant …


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Southern Cape duo to duel for SA Amateur title

PORT ELIZABETH, 23 February 2017 – The first all-South African final since 2014 will also be an all-Southern Cape affair in the Sanlam SA Amateur Championship after Caylum Boon and Christo Lamprecht showcased their skills in a four-club south-westerly wind that pummelled the players in first the quarterfinals and then the semifinals at Humewood Golf Club on Thursday.


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France’s Macron Raises Curtain on Election Alliance to Beat Le Pen

Emmanuel Macron, (R) head of the political movement En Marche !, or Onwards !, candidate for the 2017 presidential election, and Francois Bayrou, French centrist politician and the leader of the Democratic Movement (MoDem), arrive for a news conference …

A US Commander Works With Iraqi Forces To Fight ‘Brutal Enemy’ ISIS

The war against ISIS is entering a tough new phase, as Iraqi fighters with growing U.S. assistance push into western Mosul, warns the senior American commander in Iraq, Lt.

Europe’s child refugees? Stop being so sentimental about them, UK Conservative MP says

Critics of the government’s decision to close the door on refugee children from Calais have been urged to “stop being sentimental” by a Conservative lawmaker.

Coddled and broken millennials now needing adult schooling

In recent years, the Millennial generation has caught a lot of flak for being coddled, useless, and overly sensitive. They say this is a generation stuck living with their parents, jobless, directionless, loaded with debt, and reluctant to grow up, because they weren’t raised properly.

 
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Moyane turns to Zuma in his bitter battle with Gordhan

Against the backdrop of a R30.4-billion in revenue shortfall, 16 confidential -letters expose the true extent of the war between Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and South -African Revenue Service commissioner Tom Moyane.

Joburg Social Movement rejects Mashaba’s claims of ANC affiliation

Johannesburg – The Johannesburg Social Movement on Thursday denied Mayor Herman Mashaba’s claims that it was an ANC-aligned organisation.

‘Where is that corrupt bastard?’ – Molefe receives frosty welcome from opposition MPs

‘THE HONOURABLE MOLEFE’: Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe in the National Assembly after being sworn in as an ANC member of parliament.

Fight for top DA position gets dirty

Acting DA leader in Western Cape Bonginkosi Madikizela has attacked rivals for the post of interim provincial leader for forcing a vote.

Dlamini to return to ConCourt requesting SASSA, CPS extension

Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini says she will return to the Constitutional Court to request an extension of South African Social Security Agency’s (SASSA) current service provider Cash Paymaster Services (CPS).

Adjusted budget to prioritise Tshwane’s finances, residents’ needs

Msimanga said one of the main challenges facing the metro was the R2 billion deficit, which ended the 2015/16 financial year. Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga tabled his 2016/17 adjustment budget on Thursday, focusing on stabilising city finances.

 
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     Business News

Nersa caps Eskom tariff hike at 2.2%

The National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) said on Thursday Eskom’s tariff increase for 2017-18 would be limited to 2.2% when the new prices come into effect on April 1. The decision is based upon methodology applied by Nersa which has a complex …

Solution in sight for Nelson Mandela Bay water woes

Residents of Nelson Mandela Bay continue to face water restrictions due to a crippling drought and there is no long term forecast for significant rainfalls.

Fitch Ratings says Budget 2017 maintains fiscal stance

Fitch Ratings said on Thursday that South Africa’s 2017/18 budget broadly maintained fiscal settings and macro economic forecasts, and clarified revenue measures promised last year.

Rand strengthens to 18-month high 

The rand hit an 18-month high against the dollar on Thursday as the greenback slipped after minutes of the latest US Federal Reserve meeting.

Cell C board rejects Telkom’s overtures 

The board of Cell C has rejected overtures from rival Telkom to acquire the mobile operator and said it is “unable and not willing to pursue any discussion” with South Africa’s fixed-line incumbent.

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     Sports News

IPL bids shun budding Proteas

There was a double reason for the majority of South Africa’s cricketers to rue the start of the week, which saw them lose a nail-biting one-day international (ODI) to New Zealand in Christchurch on Tuesday after being spurned at the potentially life …

The rise and fall of Claudio Ranieri

They were the words Tweeted by Leicester City fan Gary Lineker when the Italian was announced Foxes boss back in July 2015. Ranieri made him eat his words, and present BBC Match of the Day in his pants 10 months later, when he steered his side to their …

Super Rugby Week 1: What to look out for

For the most cynical of South African rugby supporters, there is little to be excited about and many are expecting another season of New Zealand dominance.

 
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Voorste Suid-Afrikaans sangers kan nie wag om by Afrikaans is Groot in die Kaap op te tree nie

Suid-Afrika se voorste sangers is dit eens dat dit ‘n voorreg is om saam in die Moederstad te kan kom optree.

De Jager eyes River Mile gold

Having been runner-up in the past two years, 17-year-old Amica de Jager is going for gold in the 93rd River Mile in Cannonville just outside Port Elizabeth this weekend.

cafe Roux Cape Town and cafe Roux Noordhoek March Shows

café Roux, one of SA`s much-loved premier live music s is now situated in both Noordhoek and in city centre Cape Town.

Riverbed Launches Major Updates to SD-WAN Offering

Riverbed Launches Major Updates to SD-WAN Offering, Delivering a Powerful Cloud Networking Solution for Today’s Digital Enterprise 

Appointment of new Franschhoek Wine Valley CEO

The board of Franschhoek Wine Valley are pleased to announce that Reinher Behrens has been appointed as the CEO of The Franschhoek Wine Valley Tourism Authority NPC (FWV), which came into effect on 1 February 2017.

Dope brands and marketers invited to a room

Dope Brands and a Room is a new innovative conference and workshop designed to bring urban culture together with big brands and the advertising and marketing industry – to talk to each other and find common purpose.

Riaad Moosa around SA

They say “life begins at 40”… Riaad Moosa invites along audiences around South Africa to his brand new one-man show, Life Begins, to join in figuring out whether life really does begin at 40.

Pearson pupil gears up for River Mile examination

Pearson High School swimming star Ian Venter has shown outstanding form this season, but he knows he will need all his wits about him when he challenges for the SPAR River Mile title on Sunday.

Zuurberg aim to please – on and off the bike

Organisers of the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek are doggedly focused on providing a premium experience to live up to the mountain bike event’s tagline of “Great Outdoors. Great Indoors.

Tour of Good Hope on African champ’s bucket list

Having recovered from a year hampered by injury, professional road cyclist Willie Smit is looking forward to making his mark when his team compete in the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope next month.


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Critics of the 2017 Budget Speech

South Africa’s Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivered his Budget Speech on the 22nd of February.

Cartoon – Just an MP?

The Velar, a luxury SUV, is a new addition to the Range Rover family

The Velar, a new addition to the Range Rover family, fills the space between the Range Rover Evoque and the Range Rover Sport.

Mitsubishi Outlander gets a make-over, inside and out

Mitsubishi’s popular crossover SUV, the Outlander, has undergone a make-over giving it a fresh new look along with some interior upgrades.

Cartoon – Recipe for Xenophobia

The old way of buying cars – SSF – is inefficient, no longer relevant and expensive

Car buyers are looking for personalised solutions in the purchasing process nowadays, according to Chris de Kock, the CEO of WesBank, the leading vehicle and asset finance house in South Africa.

Book Review: Two Oceans

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