Thursday Morning Edition

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WRAP

Blade Nzimande puts the brakes on Go George.  Knysna’s Paddle Cruiser has been refloated.  Knysna’s vegetation is recovering nicely.  All the latest news from Plett Tourism.  George water update.

Oudtshoorn will host the national kickboxing championships.

Mueller Report out today – so what’s the next plan of attack?  What will the new Notre Dame Cathedral look like?  Rocketman is firing rockets again.  EU threatens US with sanctions.

Eskom’s new CEO lies through his teeth.  SA’s decline is the worst in the world bar those countries at war.  PRASA protested.

JSE ends flat.  Rand is under R14/dollar.  SARB says no growth if load shedding persists.  

Joshua/Miller fight is off.  Liverpool and Spurs go through to the semis.  Junior ‘Boks lose to Argentina.  Should the selectors just pick Amla?


Top Local Stories 

‘Unfortunate’, ‘premature’, ‘ill-considered’; WC MEC responds to Minister’s decision

The Department of Transport and Public Works notes the media statement released by Minister Blade Nzimande this morning.

Paddle Cruiser refloated

Knysna, 14h00, 17 April 2019 – Contractors working on the salvage of Knysna’s Paddle Cruiser successfully refloated the stricken vessel at around 11:00 a.m. today.

Recovery in Knysna and surrounds well underway…

The vegetation recovery in Knysna is well underway with some projects re-started after the Knysna 2017 fires. Vegetation is growing much to the satisfaction of SANParks scientists who gave thumbs up for some of the trails to be re-opened and projects re-started.

Die Kospakkie – Nuusbrief Nr. 3/2019

Nog ʼn maand het verby gevlieg en Paasfees is om die draai.

Activities – Blackwater tubing on Storms River

Prepare yourself for a wild ride through the ancient Storms River Gorge when you book a blackwater tubing experience with Tube ‘n Axe.

Relax – Chin-Chin! Sundowners with a view in Plett

Let’s not pretend that sipping an expertly prepared drink against the aquamarine backdrop of the ocean isn’t one of the coolest things to do. It simply insists that you relax and take in the scenery and cool, zesty flavours.

Achievements – The Fat Fish takes 9th place in StreetSmart

The Fat Fish restaurant has been involved with the Plett StreetSmart programme since its inception in 2014. This is part of the national programme – StreetSmart SA, a non-for-profit raising funds for street children and programmes to assist them.

Events – Freshers Street Bash with Cula Loxion

20 April 2019 – Music, fashion, food & drink and, of course, an epic battle of the DJs & MCs – the Freshers Street Bash will be the ultimate musical gathering this Easter, celebrating emerging young creatives and individuals with an interest in performing arts.

In the media – Top Billing explores Plett

TV presenter, Harmony, and the crew of top SABC3 lifestyle show, Top Billing, recently visited Plettenberg Bay to film an insert on our marine attractions, sustainable tourism and that Plett feeling with Ocean Blue Adventures.

What’s on – Hop to it this Easter

Our Easter visitors always arrive bright eyed and bushy tailed for an action-packed long weekend aimed at active families, nature-lovers and sportspeople, with a good measure of music and entertainment too!

News – Plett Tourism gets high at World Travel Market

Plett Tourism’s newest product, the Plett HIGH FIVE adventure week, launched this past week at World Travel Market® Africa 2019 (WTM) at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).

George Water Update: 17 April 2019

Dam level: 90.67% (down from 91.31%). Rainfall since 11 April 2019: 15mm. Demand/usage: 31.05 megalitres (target 22Ml). Months water left in dam: 9

Robberg Nature Reserve

No trip to Plettenberg Bay is complete until you’ve walked the Robberg Nature Reserve peninsula – or at least part of it.

Swartberg Nature Reserve

There’s little that compares to the vast, stunning stillness of the Swartberg Nature Reserve.


Amazing insights into the youth gained from the Tshisa High School Talent Competition

Journey with us as we discover the hottest talent in four Garden Route High Schools

Are wine ratings becoming useless?

There seems to be a growing feeling in some quarters that ratings on Winemag.co.za occur in too narrow a band to be useful.


Bowling community in shock after Mossel Bay shooting – News24 April 17, 2019

SA’s first gin school opens its doors – IOL April 17, 2019

Good Governance Index: 75% of best-performing municipalities are DA-run – The South African April 17, 2019


Latest Local Sports News

Oudtshoorn to hosts kickboxing national championships

Oudtshoorn, 17 April 2019 – Oudtshoorn will host the kickboxing national championships from 26 to 28 April 2019.


International News

Democrats set to move quickly to get full Robert Mueller report April 17, 2019

Party mulls subpoenas as attorney general’s version, due for release on Wednesday, is expected to be heavily redacted

France opens the question: should Notre-Dame be rebuilt as it was? April 17, 2019

President Emmanuel Macron wants the cathedral rebuilt in five years and prime minister says there may be a case for a more modern spire

N.Korea’s Kim oversees test of new weapon with ‘powerful warhead’ April 18, 2019

Wednesday’s test was “conducted in various modes of firing at different targets” the Korean Central News Agency reported, adding that Kim “guided the test-fire”.

EU threatens US with reprisals if Trump sanctions Cuba investments April 17, 2019

The European Union (EU) is threatening the United States (US) with reprisals if President Donald Trump decides to sanction EU investments in Cuba, a copy of a letter showed on Wednesday.


National News

Surprises at Eskom are over, says CEO Phakamani Hadebe April 17, 2019

After 15 months in the job, power utility’s boss says he now knows what needs to be done and how it should be done

SA’s decline the worst of conflict-free nations, study shows April 17, 2019

SA has slumped to 88th out of 178 nations in 2018 from 31st in 2006 against a raft of social, economic and governance measures

Commuters and activists occupy PRASA and ANC offices April 17, 2019

Eighty demonstrators occupied the offices of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, demanding that Transport Minister Blade Nzimande fix the country’s rail system.


Business News

MARKET WRAP: JSE flat as banks offset losses by iron-ore miners April 17, 2019

Local and international data on the day was positive, but BHP and Kumba Iron Ore slump, the former after a downbeat production report

Rand pushes towards R13.90/$ on upbeat data April 17, 2019

Better-than-expected Chinese GDP numbers lifted the rand, while SA’s inflation and retail sales numbers surprised to the upside

If load-shedding persists, SA will see almost no growth, Reserve Bank warns April 17, 2019

The depth and damage wrought by state capture has proven to be worse than thought, says the Bank, with power supply being the tipping point


Sports News

Joshua-Miller fight off after New York denies license April 18, 2019

Jarrell Miller was denied a license to box by the New York State Athletic Commission, scuppering his planned bout with Anthony Joshua.

‘Something crazy’ – Klopp delight as Liverpool march on in Europe April 18, 2019

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hailed as “crazy” his team’s achievement in once again reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Discipline costs Junior Boks against Argentina April 18, 2019

Junior Springbok coach Chean Roux attributed his team’s 34-33 defeat against Argentina in the U20 International Series to ill-discipline.

‘It’s cruel’: Guardiola misery as City crash out April 18, 2019

Pep Guardiola bemoaned VAR’s failure to rule out Fernando Llorente’s decisive goal for Tottenham as Manchester City’s quadruple bid was shattered.

Why Hashim Amla should go to World Cup April 17, 2019

SA veteran is an innings from discovering his form


Press Releases

The First Task Chair With Automatic Tilt

The revolutionary design demonstrates that, even as the family of brands adds product breadth, Herman Miller continues to offer depth.…

Clover milks technology by adopting a disruptive, cost-saving turnkey solution

Clover certainly isn’t waiting for the cows to come home – it has recently incorporated a proprietary App with stand-out…

Shoprite bursaries available now

Shoprite is still accepting bursary applications for the 2019 academic year. Accounting (first and second year), Logistics, IT and Data…

Checkers hot cross buns going viral

Checkers hot cross buns are trending on social media and South Africans are in stitches following the release of a…

Ennis heads Madibaz efforts at rowing regatta

The Madibaz Rowing Club returned from the University Sport South Africa sprints regatta with its reputation firmly enhanced following some…

Madibaz swimmer excels at artistic nationals

Madibaz artistic swimmer Courtney Musson continues to impress in the national arena. She returned from the national championships in Durban…


Regular Columns & Opinion Pieces

Land Rover celebrates 30 years of all-terrain adventure with Discovery Landmark Edition

Pretoria, 17 April 2019 – The Land Rover Discovery SUV has been raising the bar for all-terrain capability and everyday versatility…

New technology to curb drunk driving

Imagine this scenario: you leave a function after a couple of drinks, thinking that you’re perfectly capable of driving. You…

African auto industry needs OEM investment to realise potential

Mike Whitfield, Managing Director of Nissan Group of Africa – ROSSLYN, South Africa (April, 17 2019) Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has identified an increase…

Toyota’s Small Car Range Tweaked

Colourful Additions to Aygo Aygo X-Clusiv The compact city car now offers two new models each with bespoke colour combinations…

The critical link between extra mural activities and effective learning

Let’s consider what it takes to transform rough diamonds into the magnificence that we admire in beautifully polished, sought-after stones. …

A Free Online Legal Document Drafting Tool For NPO’s Launches

Epoq Legal (South Africa), a pioneer of online legal services, is proud to announce the launch of JusDraft. JusDraft is…


Until next time…

Bruce

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