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     My View

We seriously need PetroSA to start making the news for the right reasons for a change – hopefully the latest statement isn’t just talk.  Eden Municipalities keeping clean sheets – kudos to all those involved.  We make the best ports in the country – no arguments; as well as a few really good table wines of late.  More international recognition for the Garden Route – use it to advertise your tourism business folks – do it now!  Someone takes the Hill Climb to the roads – not very clever!

The SWD Eagles field quite a few new faces – let’s hope they can put the Vodacom Cup behind them.  Christo Lamprecht continues to impress.  S-Cape and Central Gauteng battle for the Senior IPT golf title in Knysna – who would have thought that 10 years ago?  Must testament to the growth of golf in the area.  Louis Oosthuizen & Branden Grace team up at the Zurich Classic – let’s hope they can pick up where they left off at last year’s President’s Cup.

Trump’s first 100 days has told me more about the underhanded nature of American politics than it has about the President.  Israel emboldened by Trump’s unambiguous support.  Imagine if Le Pen wins the French elections – that would be another blow for the banksters – and don’t write off the possibility.

South Africans, at last, seeing the worth of their votes – and it’s worth more than a food parcel or a t-shirt every 4 years.  Has Ramaphosa suddenly grown a pair, or does he feel it’s safe enough to pull his head out of Zuma’s butt?  Methinks it’s the latter.

China blocks N Korea – some little stories tell more than the headlines.  I hope that this means China is falling into line in the face of Trump’s bold foreign policy.  What a relief to hear the court has blocked the nuclear option – does that mean another cabinet reshuffle?

Kevin Anderson runs into the greatest clay-court player of all time – and comes off second-best.  Kudos to Gift Ngoepe – the first African to play major league baseball.  I’m calling out Lewis Hamilton.  One wonders if he would feel the same if he’d ever had a compliant no.2 like Michael Schumacher did?

     Latest Local News

Petro SA to focus on a turnaround strategy to help ailing oil giant

State-owned company, Petro SA, says it will now focus on a turnaround strategy to revitalise the ailing oil and gas giant.

3rd Clean Audit for Eden DM

Eden District Municipality was one of 23 out of 30 municipalities within the Western Cape who have been awarded a clean audit for the 2015/2016 financial year.

Bursaries benefiting Eden DM employees and youth

The doors of learning were once again opened to 12 youth and 20 employees of Eden District Municipality (Eden DM), when a momentous handover of bursaries took place on 21 April 2017 at the Eden DM Head Office in George.

Launch of the Garden Route Botanical Garden Environmental Education Centre

The Garden Route Botanical Garden Environmental Education Centre building was officially launched by the Executive Mayor of George, Aldm Melvin Naik, in the presence of Honourable Minister of Education in the Western Cape, Ms Debbie Schafer and other delegates.

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A huge thank you for all those who turned up to support the preview of, ‘Beyond the River’.

Boplaas skitter by Top 100 wyne

Boplaas Familie Wingerde in Calitzdorp het ‘n driekuns behaal by vanjaar se National Wine Challenge Top 100-wyne en weereens bevestig waarom dit as Suid-Afrika se leier in die produksie van Portugese tafelwyne en Cape Port beskou word.

New Furniture & Decor Arrivals from Velvet Home & Living. 

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Life is a Garden: April Newsletter #2

Man nabbed doing 170km/h near George Eyewitness News

CAPE TOWN – A motorist will spend the night behind bars after being caught driving at 170km/hour between George and Mossel Bay. The 53-year-old …

Garden Route slams another global title for World’s Best Route for affordability Traveller24 – News24

More reason to love the Garden Route and all its secrets…

A man with a passion for cleaning up Mossel Bay Advertiser

MOSSEL BAY NEWS – He is not scared to pick up other people’s garbage. In fact, he thrives on doing so, especially when this passion for cleaning up …

Municipal manager suspension continues Knysna-Plett Herald

KNYSNA NEWS – Municipal budget office manager Avitha Sunkar’s disciplinary process is set to continue next month after her suspension, with salary, …

Knysna Road crash trending on SA social media George Herald

GEORGE NEWS – A video on our website of an accident in Knysna Road on Sunday morning is trending on social media, and by yesterday …

Update: Knysna ‘disaster area’ Knysna-Plett Herald

KNYSNA NEWS – In the Knysna-Plett Herald (KPH) edition of March 30, the KPH reported on the Knysna municipality alluding to the possibility that, …

Clever car made by students Knysna-Plett Herald

The ultra-light, carbon-composite car is powered by a fuel-injected, 125cc, 4-stroke engine. Designed and built by NMMU students, it qualified as the …

New Jet Ski for Plett NSRI Knysna-Plett Herald

PLETTENBERG BAY NEWS – Plettenberg Bay’s NSRI station received a massive boost this week when they took delivery of a new and more efficient …

Residents recruited at roadblocks in George Herald

GEORGE NEWS – The Camphersdrift, Glenbarrie and Heatherlands (CGH) Neighbourhood … ‘We bring you the latest George, Garden Route news’.

Semigration to George on the increase George Herald

GEORGE PROPERTY NEWS – The city of George on the Garden Route is increasingly perceived not only as a safe haven for retirees, but also as an …

Harvey World Travel Bridal Competition George Herald

SOUTHERN CAPE NEWS – Harvey World Travel George, Knysna and Oudtshoorn invite all brides of the Southern Cape to enter their popular Bridal …

Seven Passes Road closed George Herald

GEORGE NEWS – Seven Passes Road, which is being upgraded, will remain closed until the … ‘We bring you the latest George, Garden Route news’.

Raising of dam wall to start in October George Herald

GEORGE NEWS – The raising of the Garden Route Dam spillway will start in October 2017 with completion scheduled for May next year. Aurecon has …

Evicted and no place to go George Herald

GEORGE NEWS – A couple who have resorted to sleeping inside their Kombi in front of the … ‘We bring you the latest George, Garden Route news’.

Downgrades hammer fuel price George Herald

MOTORING NEWS – Fuel price rises will be the first major expense to hit South Africans in the wake of depreciation of the rand against the US dollar, …

Illegal connections cause power failures George Herald

GEORGE NEWS – Residents of Zone 7 in Thembalethu are tired of power failures in the area, … ‘We bring you the latest George, Garden Route news’.

     Latest Local Sports News

Here is the programme for Friday night at Outeniqua Park:

15:00 Gates Open 
16:00 George U/15 vs Pacaltsdorp U/15
17:00 Soa Bras U/15 vs Hilcrest U/15
Tickets: R40 Adults & Kids Free

SA vs India return Test match announced

CAPE TOWN, 27 April 27, 2017 – Such was the success of the inaugural Golf Test Series against India in December that a reverse fixture, to be played at the iconic Leopard Creek Country Club, has been arranged for later this year.  [I’m expecting at least 4 S. Cape golfers to be picked for these 3 teams – Ed].

Fabulous Frade triumphs at Westlake

CAPE TOWN, 27 April 2017 – Nicholaus Frade from Gauteng North finally got the putter going and it paid off with a provincial breakthrough in the Western Province Amateur on Wednesday.  Top 10 finish for Christo Lamprecht.

Lions hunt Southern Cape at SA Senior IPT

KNYSNA, 27 April 27, 2017 – Central Gauteng are within a games point of A-Division log leaders Southern Cape at the midway point of the 29th SA Senior Amateur Inter-Provincial Championship after a powerful assault in Wednesday’s second round in Knysna.

Knysna Golf Club Newsletter

Kansa Straatmyl Mossel Bay Advertiser

Mosselbaai Mall Heiderand & Mossel Bay Advertiser; MOSSELBAAI MALL R10 000 prysgeld; MOSSEL BAY ADVERTISER Gratis advertensiespasie …

Oosthuizen: Choosing Grace for Zurich Classic was ‘easy’ Sport24

Cape Town – South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen said he had no difficulty in choosing Branden Grace as his partner for the PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic.

Nail-biting finish for first place in the Eden Regatta Mossel Bay Advertiser

The calm waters of Island Lake, Wilderness, home to George Lakes Yacht Club, were once again the venue for the 2017 SA Sailing Eden District Interschool Regatta. The event attracted teams from 10 high schools and eight primary schools from Mossel Bay and George.

Easter soccer tournament in Mossel Bay Mossel Bay Advertiser

Easter soccer tournament in Mossel Bay. Players had to contend with an uneven pitch and irregularly bouncing ball. MOSSEL BAY NEWS – A small …

Redstone MTB and trail run in May George Herald

SOUTHERN CAPE NEWS – The well known Redstone MTB and trail running weekend is … ‘We bring you the latest Klein Karoo, Garden Route news’.



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     International News

Trump: Major conflict with North Korea possible

US President Donald Trump said he wanted to peacefully resolve a crisis that has bedevilled multiple US presidents. FILE: US President Donald Trump.

After missile attack in Damascus area, Israeli fires Patriot to intercept ‘target’ from Syria

BEIRUT – An apparent Israeli missile attack on a Syrian military installation near Damascus International Airport shook the capital early on Thursday morning and raised tensions between the two hostile neighbors.

The Daily Fix: India’s decline in the press freedom index should bother us all

International media freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders released its annual press freedom index on Wednesday, and the results for India are sobering.

Here’s How the Bernie Bros of France Could Elect Le Pen

Heading into the second and decisive round of the French presidential election, grumbling leftists vow to abstain rather than vote Macron.

RNC Chairwoman: Trump’s historic first 100 days

From the outset of the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised to work on behalf of the American people to protect our interests both home and abroad.

China’s CGN says Brexit to pose challenges in nuclear cooperation

BEIJING, April 28 (Reuters) – Great Britain’s decision to withdraw from the European Union will bring uncertainties to nuclear cooperation among Britain, China and France, an executive at China’s CGN Power Co Ltd said on Friday.

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     National News

‘You can’t eat votes’ – the best Freedom Day quotes from SA’s leaders

Political leaders were visible across the country today to celebrate Freedom Day. While many of the leaders agreed on the importance of this day they had conflicting views on the state of the country as it enters its 23rd year of democracy.

So, where to, freedom?

Various political theorists have noted that freedom comes in two forms. There is freedom from, and freedom to. Freedom from usually comes before freedom to, though the second is implied in the first.

Alleged ‘coup plotter’ set to make first appearance

Cape Town – A man who allegedly plotted to assassinate officials perceived as state capture beneficiaries is set to make his first appearance in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

Gordhan praises Ramaphosa, backs state capture inquiry

Cape Town – Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Thursday told CNN that a judicial commission of inquiry into allegations of state capture would “clear the air”.

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     Business News

China allows North Korean coal ships to unload, but not import

BEIJING: China has allowed ships carrying North Korea coal to unload in port for “humanitarian reasons”, but the cargo will not go through customs, the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

Court ruling upturns state’s claim SA-Russia nuclear deal is nonbinding

A Western Cape High Court judge has rejected government claims that the far-reaching nuclear agreement between SA and Russia was simply a a bilateral international framework agreement for nuclear cooperation, concluding instead that it laid the basis …

Eliminate monopoly and oligopoly domination of our economy – SACP

Today marks the 23rd anniversary of the first democratic general election held in South Africa on 27 April 1994. The election, the first ever in our country to be based on the principle of one adult person one vote without regard to race and gender was …

The Republic of Gupta: Pieter-Louis Myburgh delves deeper into state capture

From selling goods from the boot of their cars at Johannesburg’s Bruma Lake in the 1990s to becoming multi-billionaire businesspeople who have been linked to the hiring and firing of Cabinet ministers – the Guptas have become South Africa’s most …

Terrorism researcher sceptical over alleged coup plot

A man was arrested for his alleged involvement in a plot to assassinate 19 people, including Cabinet members and other prominent South Africans.

SACCA to file review against SAA interdict

SAA said in a statement on Wednesday that 32 flights were cancelled in total which included 28 domestic, three regional and one international flight.

Latest News Here

     Sports News

Fellaini sees red as United hold on for goalless draw at City

Manchester United held on for a goalless draw in a feisty derby with Manchester City after midfielder Marouane Fellaini was sent off for a headbutt on Thursday.

Super Rugby goes into a nosedive

A month ago there seemed to be light at the end of the tunnel for South African rugby. The Stormers were in the middle of a six-match winning streak and the Lions edged aside the Sharks 34-29 in a high-quality encounter in Johannesburg.

Cricket Australia’s new pay offer knocked back by players

The Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) has rejected the new pay deal from the game’s governing body, saying it would be a “win for cricket administrators, but a loss for cricket.

Nadal, Murray advance to Barca Open quarters

Third seed Rafael Nadal remained on course for a 10th Barcelona Open title after reaching the quarterfinals with a 6-3 6-4 victory over Kevin Anderson on Thursday.

‘I told myself not to cry’: South Africa’s Gift Ngoepe makes MLB history

It came as a rare glimmer of good news in a country struggling with economic and political crises: a South African has crossed a historic barrier by becoming the first African to reach baseball’s major leagues.

I’m no fan of team orders in F1, says Hamilton

Valtteri Bottas let Lewis Hamilton by twice during the Bahrain GP. (Photo: Steve Etherington/LAT Images). LAT Images email: sales@latimages.

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     Press Releases                                                                 

Precision agriculture, farming for a sustainable future

Globally, industries are turning to digitally integrated solutions that promise to bring an increase in productivity and efficiency, resulting in more revenue.

Neil Ellis Groenekloof Sauvignon Blanc 2016

This wine is produced from low-yielding bush vines on Neil Ellis’s property in the highly acclaimed Groenekloof ward in the Darling Hills on the West Coast.

Introducing Shannon Vineyards Sanctuary Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Situated high on the western rim of the cool-climate Elgin Valley and owned by James and Stuart Downes, Shannon Vineyards produce three highly-acclaimed site-specific wines, all with names taken from geographical features along the mountain range above the vineyards.

The Groote Post Sauvignon Blanc 2016 and the Kapokberg ‘Vineyard Selection’ Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Groote Post, the historic estate in the cool-climate Darling Hills, with its vineyard plantings on the south-facing upper slopes of the Kapokberg (the highest of the Darling Hills) overlooking the icy Atlantic Ocean, has become almost synonymous with Sauvignon Blanc since their maiden vintage Sauvignon Blanc was launched to high acclaim in 1999.

Johnny Clegg embarks on The Final Journey World Tour

Nearly forty years after he began one of music’s most remarkable careers, Johnny Clegg is embarking on his Final World Tour, titled The Final Journey.

Stellar Organic Winery’s helping hand for South African school kids

In the Matzikama region of South Africa, 300km north of Cape Town, Steilhoogte Primary is home to more than 120 young children from surrounding farms. 

Introducing the new look Jason’s Creek – tradition with a bit of edge

Jason’s Creek, a classic Cape Blend, illustrates the story of Jason’s Hill in its revamped label design.

Terry Ramabulana appointed as head of public sector at Mazars

26 April 2017: Mazars recently appointed Terry Ramabulana as the Head of Public Sector at Mazars. He joins Mazars from Grant Thornton, where he was a Partner and Head of Public Sector since 2012.

Woolcock heads strong pro field at Great Zuurberg Trek

One of South Africa’s most experienced cyclists, Waylon Woolcock, has set his sights on overall victory in the three-day PwC Great Zuurberg Trek mountain bike race next month.

Revamped Paarl MTB Classic ‘something special’

Organisers have reinstated the Bestmed Paarl MTB Classic with the objective of building it into the premier off-road one-day race in the Cape Winelands. After not featuring on the cycling calendar last year, race director Darren Herbst said they had decided to reintroduce the event next month after an overwhelming demand from the cycling fraternity.

Flying start to Madibaz XCO Series

The Madibaz Mountain Bike XCO Series made a flying start at the NMMU campus in George this weekend, with the organisers receiving double the number of entries compared to last year’s corresponding event.

Madibaz striker shines on and off the field

The past year was one that Madibaz football captain Cloudius Sagandira took full control of as he shone both on and off the field.

Nasty C’s two videos automatically disqualified from SAMA 23

The RiSA/SAMA office received a number of enquiries about the qualification of Nasty C’s music videos i.e. Good Girls and Don’t Do It in the category Best Music Video as announced at the SAMA 23 Nominees event on 20 April 2017.


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     Regular Columns & Opinion Pieces

Cartoon – Freedom Day. Zuma-Style

Mitsubishi’s new Triton: the workhorse that behaves like a sports utility vehicle

I spent some time with Mitsubishi’s new Triton 2.4 Di-DC MIVEC Double Cab automatic and I predict it’s going to give the Ford Ranger and probably Toyota’s much-vaunted Hilux some stiff competition in this segment of the market.

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