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This Friday Morning Edition is sponsored by Ebenhart's Smoking Pipes, Calitzdorp.

     My View

Export opportunities opening up for local businesses.  Bitou Municipality stills struggling with that swing vote.  Tourism community up in arms with their motion to take control of Plett’s tourism function and the airport debacle still not sorted out.

Branden Grace starts well at the AT&T.

More victories for the Donald.  Israel emboldened by recent developments.  Assad runs to Russia – but Putin doesn’t seem keen on the Middle East troubles anymore.  Massive victory for life on earth as EU court upholds the ban on insecticides that harm bees.

The next chapter in the soap opera that is SA politics.

The oil price is bad news for us – and it will probably get worse.  The government throws small fishermen a lifeline – or should that read – throws a net over…

Conte and Mourinho go head to head for the final time this season.  Eben Etsebeth may miss the series against England.

     Latest Local News

Exciting export opportunities for Eden

An economic injection of note awaits the Southern Cape and Klein Karoo if the George airport and Mossel Bay harbour…

Bitou Municipality in Crisis

With reference to recent Press Statements in the Knysna Plett Herald by the Bitou ANC Chief Whip, Cllr Phakie Mbali,…

SACAA determined to upgrade Plettenberg Bay Airport

Plettenberg Bay Airport (PBZ) will need to undertake substantial upgrades to runway and related facilities, emergency and fire services, and…

Municipal Health Services conducts Health & Hygiene Training at Tapas & Oyster

It becomes more evident that many bacteria, especially foodborne diseases, come to life as a result of poor hygiene practices…

Boplaas Port again takes top honours at Top 100 SA Wines

Boplaas Family Vineyards has achieved an outstanding performance at this year’s National Wine Challenge, securing no less than four entries…

“Proactive vigilance leads to drug arrest in Sedgefield”

A suspect was arrested in Sedgefield with a large quantity of drugs in his possession. The arrest follows the proactive…

South African Sharon Fruit harvest equal to last season FreshPlaza

Sharon Fruit (kaki fruit) volumes from the Southern Cape are expected to be on par with last year’s harvest. Initially an increase was expected from this …

New tourism bylaw could spell disaster for Plettenberg Bay Citizen

A controversial new proposed tourism bylaw by the Bitou Municipality has left Plettenberg Bay residents and tourism stakeholders hot under the collar, …

     Latest Local Sports News

Pinnacle Point GC News

The Monthly Meat Competition We had a great turnout for this past Wednesday’s meat competition. 39 players paired up in…

Branden Grace shoots 5-under 66 in round one of the AT&T Byron Nelson

In his first round at the AT&T Byron Nelson, Branden Grace hit 14 of 14 fairways and 16 of 18 greens in regulation, finishing at 5 under for the …



     International News

Why Iran will exit its nuclear deal May 17, 2018

The nuclear deal was a political shield for Iran. After the US’s pull-out, pressure for regime change will be back on the table

Mueller concedes he ‘can’t indict’ Trump in Russian meddling probe – Giuliani May 17, 2018

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team has told the White House that whatever evidence it comes up with in the Russian meddling probe, it cannot indict President Donald Trump, according to Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

Israel launches new air raid on Hamas in Gaza May 17, 2018

Israel has announced it launched an overnight air raid on a Hamas facility in Gaza after gunfire from the territory targeted its soldiers and damaged a building.

Syria’s Assad flies to Russia for talks with Putin – Kremlin May 18, 2018

Since fighting broke out in his country in 2011, Assad has travelled only rarely, but has made three publicly-acknowledged visits to Russia, each time for meetings with Putin.

Trump seeks to placate North Korea’s Kim over uncertain summit May 18, 2018

US President Donald Trump said that as far as he knew the meeting with Kim was still on track, but that the North Korean leader was possibly being influenced by Beijing after two recent visits he made there.

EU court upholds insecticide ban to protect bees May 17, 2018

The court says the EU’s ‘precautionary principle’ meant that the 28-member bloc could take measures if there was scientific uncertainty about risks to human health or the environment.

     National News

Solly Msimanga’s chief of staff resigns amid qualifications controversy May 17, 2018

Tshwane mayor said he had no other option than to request Marietha Aucamp’s resignation

ANC attempts to deflect attention away from Manana in Parly May 17, 2018

Opposition MPs say the ANC must walk the talk, and Minister Bathabile Dlamini must lead the charge for Mduduzi Manana’s removal from Parliament.

Trevor Manuel: ‘Why did we tolerate Zuma’s misrule for so long?’ May 18, 2018

Former Cabinet minister Trevor Manuel says he often wonders why Jacob Zuma’s presidency was allowed to continue for as long as it did.

Justice department clarifies approach to reach Guptas

Co-operation between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and SA is limited to the Gupta brothers and not a broader extradition treaty, the justice ministry says..

     Business News

MARKET WRAP: JSE dips on negative sentiment towards emerging markets May 17, 2018

Reports that the new Italian government intends canceling bonds sends the euro into a tailspin, as Brent crude hits $80 a barrel

Fund to cast a line to small fisheries in SA May 17, 2018

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana wants black-owned businesses to benefit

Total CEO says oil price could hit $100 ‘in coming months’ May 17, 2018

The CEO of French oil giant Total said Thursday he would not be surprised to see the price of a barrel of crude reach $100 “in the coming months.”

     Sports News

Mourinho and Conte feud adds heat to FA Cup final showdown May 17, 2018

Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, and Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte, will go head to head again in Saturday’s FA Cup final.

Five talking points for the Super Rugby weekend May 17, 2018

An inaugural match in steamy Hong Kong, the return of a Reds stalwart and a porous Lions defence are among our talking points as Super Rugby enters week 14:

SA still at 72 in world football rankings May 17, 2018

Among Africa’s world cup-bound sides‚ Tunisia remain number one on the continent followed by Senegal

Etzebeth likely to miss England Test series

The news comes after Stormers coach Robbie Fleck confirmed that the 26-year-old will not make a return to Super Rugby until July.

     Press Releases

Franschhoek Bastille Festival | 14 & 15 July 2018

Save the date for SA’s French inspired 25th annual Franschhoek Bastille Festival, which takes place at the historic Franschhoek Huguenot Monument on 14…

Unveiling of Glenelly’s Flagship Lady May 2012

Glenelly Estate have released the 2012 vintage of their highly acclaimed flagship wine: the Lady May named in honour of Glenelly’s…

De Beer ready to capitalise on his form

Madibaz star Kyle de Beer will be aiming to take his form from the recent PE Open into the World…


     Regular Columns & Opinion Pieces

All eyes are on 1928 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 Super Sport at 2018 Mille Miglia

Brian Joss – The Mille Miglia has been the supreme expression of the passion for cars for more than ninety years.…

Two millionth Fiat 500 Rolls off the line

Brian Joss – The two millionth Fiat 500 was made at the Tychy Plant in Poland. It is a Fiat 500C…

Mahindra Pik-up a good blend of workhorse and leisure vehicle

Brian Joss – The Mahindra Pik-up, the reincarnated Scorpio, won’t get a podium place at any beauty pageant but it will…

South Africa has the worst labour relations in the world

In the World Economic Forum’s latest World Competitiveness Report, South Africa has the worst labour-employee relations in the world, ranking…

Until next time...
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