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George’s water situation still looks pretty good.  More accolades for De Krans.

Disabled golfers get to take on their able-bodied counterparts.

Enough of the MSN – now for the real stuff.  Trump walks out of the meeting with Chuck & Nancy and a national emergency seems his only alternative.  Brazil joins Trump in turning their backs on the globalist-inspired ‘migration’.  Yellow vests taking Europe back from the globalists.  The Brits have lost their bulldog.  Merkel bullying Greece.

McBride vs the SAPS hotting up.  Radebe takes aim at the NEC board.  Ramaphosa points the youth league to Peter Mokaba.

China vows to buys lots of US goods.  JSE is looking strong.  Gold slips as investors see a brighter future.  SA vehicle manufacturing looks bright.  Huawei is copping flack from all sides.

Kolisis has lost some of his shine with the politicians.  Hamza set to make his debut – if he can bat as well as he can catch, he’ll do just fine.  Another Saffer picked for a European rugby squad.  Albie Morkel hangs up his boots.

 
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George Water Update: 9 January 2019

Dam level: 81.14%. Rainfall since 10 January: 20mm. Demand/usage: 27.79 megalitres (target 22Ml). Months water left: 10.

De Krans Top Cape Port producer in Top Wine SA Results

As one of South Africa’s leading port producers, De Krans’ commitment to producing a quality product has yet again been acknowledged by the South African Wine & Cellar Classifications, which saw De Krans being recognized as one of the two most successful Cape Port producers over the past 10 years.

 
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Disabled and able-bodied golfers to play together in charity golf day

Disabled and able-bodied golfers will play together in the first ever George Disability Awareness Charity Golf Day at Kingswood Golf Course on 11 February 2019.

 
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     International News
 

President walks out of Dem meeting, says ‘total waste of time’

The planned meeting with Republican and Democrat leadership turned out to be a “total waste of time,” because Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) vowed “no wall” even if the government was reopened, President Trump announced.

Trump: Emergency declaration coming if no deal

Once again, Infowars is tomorrow’s news today: President Trump said he will declare a national emergency to build a border wall if the Democrat-controlled House can’t come to terms with him on the wall.

Bolsonaro Withdraws Brazil From UN Migration Pact

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has announced his country’s withdrawal from the United Nations Global Compact for Migration just days after taking office.

Yellow vest protestors begin controlled demolition of the entire banking system

A proposed “bank run” idea is already spreading to neighboring countries such as Italy and the UK.

Theresa May suffers parliament defeat as Brexit debate restarts January 9, 2019

UK legislators demand the government devise a plan B within days if premier loses a vote on her deal to leave EU

Merkel to press Greece on reforms during rare Athens visit January 9, 2019

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will urge Greece to press on with tough economic reforms and maintain strict fiscal discipline when she visits Athens on Thursday for the first time in nearly five years.

 
     National News
 

Ipid’s McBride in court battle with police bosses over ‘contract cover-up’ January 9, 2019

The police watchdog head says the trio acted unlawfully by blocking probes into alleged money-laundering plan

Radebe is determined to boot out Necsa board January 9, 2019

Minister makes damning allegations in court papers about the board and CEO

[WATCH] Ramaphosa: ANCYL must learn from the late Peter Mokaba January 9, 2019

President Cyril Ramaphosa was addressing the ANCYL during the league’s celebration of what would have been former president Peter Mokaba’s 60th birthday.

 
     Business News
 

China pledges to buy ‘substantial amount’ of US goods January 9, 2019

Officials from the world’s two largest economies held face-to-face meetings aimed at easing trade tensions

MARKET WRAP: JSE jumps 2% to reach two-month high January 9, 2019

The local bourse records broad-based gains as investors pile into equities, with sentiment boosted by developments in the US-China trade talks

Gold slips as investors rediscover their risk appetite January 9, 2019

Palladium hits a record high of $1,340.50/oz, as the markets await US Fed minutes later in the day

Exports of SA-built vehicles hit high in 2018 January 9, 2019

Exports of SA-built vehicles in 2018 compensated for what turned out to be a disappointing year for sales in the local market.

New documents link Huawei to suspected front companies in Iran, Syria January 9, 2019

US authorities allege CFO Meng Wanzhou deceived international banks into clearing transactions with Iran by claiming that Skycom Tech Co Ltd and shell company Canicula Holdings Ltd, were independent of Huawei.

 
     Sports News
 

Kolisi’s views on quota system described as ‘unfortunate’ January 9, 2019

Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Sport and Recreation has described the views of Springbok Captain Siya Kolisi about the quota system in sport as “unfortunate.”

Hamza set to debut as South Africa eye series sweep January 9, 2019

South Africa are set to hand a debut to batsman Zubayr Hamza in the third and final test against Pakistan starting at the Wanderers on Friday as they seek a clean sweep of the series against a battered touring side.

SA-born Paul Willemse included in France’s Six Nations squad January 9, 2019

Ex-Bulls lock Paul Willemse qualifies for his adoptive country on residency grounds having spent more than three years with Top 14 clubs Montpellier and Grenoble.

Twitter reacts to Albie Morkel’s retirement January 9, 2019

Well wishes poured in for former Proteas all-rounder Albie Morkel who announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.

 
     Press Releases
 

Nortje’s varsity career key to his development

Former Madibaz cricketer Anrich Nortje, who is fast emerging as one of South Africa’s brightest bowling prospects, says a broader…

Keeping things pink

If you’re looking for a light summer drink, look no further than the ‘Original’ Pink Gin. It’s the perfect aperitif…

Shoprite fights high education costs with low-price uniforms and school fee competition

Shoprite is helping to ease the burden of rising education costs by offering its customers a basic school uniform for…

 
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Mazda CX-5 Individual just the ticket for a long-distance trip

Brian Joss – Mazda gave me its latest version of the CX-5, the Individual 2 litre Front Wheel Drive Automatic…

Car sales expected to remain flat in 2019, says NAAMSA

Brian Joss – Domestic vehicle sales ended 2018 on a weak note with aggregate industry new vehicle sales for December,…

Nissan LEAF e+ debuts, broadens best-selling electric vehicle’s appeal

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Jan. 9, 2019) – Nissan today unveiled the Nissan LEAF e+, further broadening the appeal of the world’s…

 
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