Friday Morning Edition

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The latest from the Southern Cape Landowners Initiative.  GRDM celebrates internal auditors’ month.  Planned power outages for Thembalethu.  Update on the Caledon Street upgrade.

S Cape in with a chance of winning the B Section at the SACD Golf Tournament in Plett.  The latest George & Pinnacle Point Golf Club newsletters. 

May falls on her sword to get a Brexit deal.  Boris Johnson puts up his hand for the job.  Two more Democrat presidential hopefuls.  Iran bluster over Trump’s threats.  Trump is lining up a complete immigration overhaul – set to visit S Korea again.  Hope for Venezuela.

Possible voting fraud.  Ramaphosa to save R100 million on Zuma’s inauguration – hell’s bells – what did that cost?  Expert witness backs up Duduzane Zuma’s story.

JSE up – bucks the trend.  Guptas still doing dirty business in SA.  Moody’s warns of a downgrade if Ramaphosa doesn’t get his act together.  Economic contraction looms in the first quarter.  June’s expected petrol prices.

Brooks Koepka takes an early lead in the US Open.  No surprises at the Italian Open.  Semenya to miss the Stockholm meeting.  Markram backs Amla.  Fleck names Stormers squad to meet the Crusaders.

Latest Local News 

Efforts to enlarge conservation footprint catalytic for conservation

The recently launched SCLI Cape Floristic Corridor Revival and Training Programme, implemented by the Southern Cape Landowners Initiative (SCLI) and funded by the Table Mountain Fund (TMF), may be catalytic in enlarging the conservation footprint in the region.

Celebrating International Internal Auditors’ Month

Garden Route DM’s Internal Audit Unit’s Motto: “Teamwork divides the task and multiplies the success”

Planned power outage – portion of Thembalethu, Allbrick East line

WEDNESDAY, 22 MAY 2019 FROM 10:30 TOT 12:00

UPDATE Caledon Street Rehabilitation and Upgrade

The Left-Hand Side of the road between Porter Street and the railway crossing that has failures will be repaired starting on today, 16th May. For approximately a week the area will be subject to one-way traffic with stop and go signals in place.

Planned power outage – Thabata line, Thembalethu

WEDNESDAY, 22 MAY 2019 FROM 09:00 TOT 11:00

Latest Local Sports News

SA Country Districts heads to humdinger final

Southern Cape have an outside chance to win the promotion battle after a convincing fourth-round victory in the SA Country Districts at Plettenberg Bay Country Club; credit GolfRSA.

Regular Newsletters

George Golf Club Newsletter

Fancourt Golf Club Newsletter

Knysna Golf Club Newsletter

Pinnacle Point Golf Club Newsletter

International News

Britain’s Theresa May vows exit timetable to secure Brexit deal May 16, 2019

British prime minister will set out a timetable for her departure in early June

Boris Johnson throws his hat into the next British PM ring May 16, 2019

Known for his gaffes and accused of misleading voters over Brexit, Johnson says, ‘Of course I’m going to go for it’

New York mayor, a Trump critic, joins crowded Democratic race for president May 16, 2019

Mayor promises to stand up to President Trump as he struggles to stand out among his rivals

Iran accuses US of ‘unacceptable’ escalation in tensions May 16, 2019

Despite international scepticism, the US government has been pointing to increasing threats from Iran

Donald Trump to unveil radical immigration overhaul May 16, 2019

Under the proposals, the US would welcome better-educated people and those with job offers.

Trump to visit S. Korea for talks on North’s nukes – White House May 16, 2019

It will be the second meeting between the pair since the collapse of a summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi in February after they failed to reach a deal on denuclearisation.

Venezuela representatives and opposition hold peace talks in Oslo May 16, 2019

Representatives of Venezuela’s regime and the opposition are holding “peace negotiations” in Oslo this week, Norwegian media reported Thursday. 

National News

Discrepancies point to possible voter fraud May 16, 2019

DA calls for audit as figures recorded at some voting stations reinforce allegations of double voting

Cyril Ramaphosa’s inauguration will cost R100m less than Zuma’s May 16, 2019

Cost-cutting measures also mean the ceremony will take place at Loftus Versfeld instead of at the Union Buildings

Expert witness testimony matches Duduzane’s story May 16, 2019

An accident reconstruction expert’s testimony confirmed that the former president’s son was well within the speed limit on the night of his crash

Business News

MARKET WRAP: JSE closes higher despite US-China strife May 16, 2019

The all share was up 0.88% with resources leading the gains, up 1.08%; the top 40 rose 0.97%

Gupta-linked firm scored R227m in loan swaps for Transnet, says acting CEO May 16, 2019

Regiments Capital allegedly performed the task for the SOE, despite Transnet’s treasury team being more than capable of doing it

Moody’s warns of downgrade unless Ramaphosa makes good on reform promises May 15, 2019

Moody’s analyst says SA’s credit rating remains at risk without effective policies to reverse low growth, steadily rising debt and leveraged state-owned enterprises

Contraction in economy looms in the first quarter May 15, 2019

The economy has not grown by more than 2% annually since 2013 and is struggling to gain momentum despite political changes and Ramaphosa’s efforts to weed out corruption

Possible fuel price increase expected in June May 16, 2019

The Automobile Association says there is a possibility of a marginal fuel price increase next month. This is due to the forthcoming Carbon Tax – to be introduced on June 5. 

Sports News

Koepka grabs early PGA lead as Tiger struggles May 16, 2019

Defending champion Brooks Koepka fired a bogey-free round to seize a clubhouse lead early in the opening round of the PGA Championship.

Roger Federer saves two match points, Rafa Nadal advances at Italian Open May 16, 2019

Defending champion Rafael Nadal lost just two games in two matches before booking his place in the quarter-finals of the Italian Open on Thursday.

Caster Semenya won’t line up at Stockholm Diamond League May 16, 2019

Margaret Wambui told AFP on Thursday her future was uncertain due to the IAAF’s decision.

Markram backs Amla to open at World Cup: I feel very lucky to be here May 16, 2019

Aiden Markram still reckons he is fortunate to have cracked the 15-man squad, believing that his Proteas statistics were not deserving of selection.

Fleck names Stormers team for Crusaders game May 16, 2019

Stormers coach Robbie Fleck has named his team that will take on defending Super Rugby Champions Crusaders in a crunch game at Newlands on Saturday. 

Press Releases

Unearth Black Gold at Anthonij Rupert Estate

Renowned internationally as ‘black gold’, the culinary delicacy of fresh truffles is often a hot topic for conversation – not…

TOKARA Shiraz releases wild herbs and berries in your glass

TOKARA Shiraz 2017, the latest red wine to be released from this acclaimed family owned Stellenbosch wine estate, is a…

Kingsridge geared up for tough hockey challenge

Kingsridge coach Mark Taljaard is expecting fierce opposition when his team chase their fourth straight title in the East London…

Regular Columns & Opinion Pieces

Cartoon – Nuclear Implosion

Ford’s Woolridge/Huxtabale ready for Berg 400 challenge in KwaZulu-Natal

Brian Joss – The South African Cross Country Series (SACCS) will be taking on a challenging new route when the…

Ford Ranger Raptor takes wing in South Africa

Brian Joss – One of the most highly anticipated new models for 2019, the all-new Ford Ranger Raptor is now…

Festival of Motoring is back bigger and better

Brian Joss – The Festival of Motoring (FoM) makes it annual return for the fourth year, to the Kyalami Grand…

Perky Peugeot 208 GT Line is practical and fun to drive

The flagship of the Peugeot range, the 208 GT Line had a major revamp last year, done with typical French…

SAFPS takes aim at fraudsters through its Secure Citizen App

Fraud is an unfortunate reality of everyday life in South Africa. Recent statistics point out that 77% of South African…

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