Wednesday Morning Edition

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Great news for seasoned and aspiring wine-lovers.  Next part in the George Municipality on energy efficiency.  Heidedal learners become eco-warriors.  Gauteng Voortrekkers learn about water purification in George.  George Municipality begins building houses.  

The OCC pays tribute to Pieter du Preez.  Torpedo SwimRun around the corner.  Knysna Golf Club results.  

In with Ursula van der Leyen, out with Christine Lagarde as the EU braces for a no-deal Brexit.  EU talks tough on Venezuela.  White House moves to block asylum for border crossers.

Poor productivity in the spotlight at Parliament.  RIP Johnny Clegg.  Zuma can only remember that it’s all a plot against him, but Barbara Hogan may jolt his memory.

US Congress wants China to spy on Americans.  JSE higher despite losses by the Rand.  SARB may be hesitant to cut the rate.

SA women water polo team gets thumped, the netball team is through to the semis, men’s water polo team draw and the ‘Boks prepare for Australia.  Jantjies has potential, but Dyantyi has an injury scare.  WP need to score more tries.


Wine & Whatever Experience – Are you missing out on one of life’s greatest pleasures?

Garden Route, George (July 2019) – Have you ever wondered what all the fuss around enjoying a glass of wine with or without food is all about?  Maybe you’ve tried, but didn’t enjoy it?  Yet you are keeping wondering why others do.

Part 4: Technical Series on Energy Efficiency

George Municipality has launched a “ World of Tomorrow Festival 2019” to help increase public awareness of the importance of energy efficiency and the nine participating schools will present a 15-minute drama production.

Heidedal Primary – Eco Warriors in the Making

Led by their teacher Mr Schoeman, this group of Heidedal Primary pupils are participating in the George Municipal “World of Tomorrow Festival” and will be performing their play about creating awareness around energy efficiency.

Gauteng Voortrekkers leer by George oor watersuiwering

Twintig kinders van die Voortrekkers Oord Goudrand (Randburg) het die George Munisipaliteit se watersuiweringsaanleg gedurende die skoolvakansie besoek om waterbewustheid te bevorder.

Sod turning signals start of new integrated housing project

The George Municipality and Western Cape Department of Human Settlements hosted the sod turning ceremony of an integrated housing project in which members from different informal settlements will eventually be housed to form a new community.


The OCC pays tribute to Pieter du Preez

“Actuarial Analyst in the Actuarial & Insurance Solutions Department at Deloitte & Touche in Johannesburg and Motivational Speaker” does not sound like the CV of a C6 Quadriplegic.

Torpedo SwimRun Season – set your sights

With 2 newly launched blue grade Torpedo races there’s now a SwimRun for everyone! Torpedo Moon is our newest race up in Joburg/Pretoria and Torpedo Flow provides an easy alternative to Wild (the badest Torpedo of them all) in Wilderness.

Who’s been winning at the Knysna Golf Club?

Regular Newsletters

George Golf Club Newsletter

Fancourt Golf Club Newsletter

Knysna Golf Club Newsletter

Pinnacle Point Golf Club Newsletter

International News

Ursula von der Leyen elected to lead European Commission July 16, 2019

The former German defence minister’s ambitious social, climate and migrant plans win votes

EU braces for no-deal Brexit or another delay under Boris Johnson July 16, 2019

EU to refuse any requests for changes in the divorce terms

Christine Lagarde resigns as head of IMF July 16, 2019

French MD says she has more clarity about her nomination as next European Central Bank chief

EU wants ‘concrete results’ or Venezuela gets more sanctions July 16, 2019

The EU wants results from talks between the government and the opposition leader, and warns Nicolás Maduro to end human rights abuses

White House moves to block asylum for migrants crossing Mexico July 16, 2019

The Trump administration moved to declare ineligible for asylum most migrants who cross the US southern border after passing through Mexico.

National News

Poor productivity of courts under the spotlight in parliament July 16, 2019

DA justice spokesperson Glynnis Breytenbach says the battle against crime and corruption cannot be won unless the courts are productive

Hamba kahle, Johnny Clegg July 16, 2019

South African music legend Johnny Clegg died at his home in Johannesburg, his longtime manager and friend Roddy Quin confirmed to Channel24.

LIVESTREAM: Zuma appears before Zondo commission July 16, 2019

Former president Jacob Zuma is expected to appear before the commission of inquiry into state capture on Wednesday. Watch the proceedings here

Zuma’s next hurdle — Barbara Hogan July 16, 2019

Before the commission could get stuck into Barbara Hogan’s evidence, the former president’s counsel asked for an early adjournment

Business News

US Congress bypasses Trump with bills that restrict Huawei July 16, 2019

The legislation would bar the removal of the  telecoms equipment firm from a US commerce department trade blacklist

MARKET WRAP: JSE closes higher, as rand loses earlier gains July 16, 2019

The rand ended its winning streak after better-than-expected US retail sales for June gave the dollar a little more breathing room

EDITORIAL: Reserve Bank’s cautious rate cut likely to underwhelm

An aggressive cut now would threaten what the central bank has achieved so far and might see inflation expectations edge higher

Sports News

Dobson acknowledges WP attack must improve July 16, 2019

Western Province coach John Dobson was disappointed with the lack of opportunities created in their Currie Cup victory over the Blue Bulls.

SA women’s water polo side crash to rivals New Zealand July 16, 2019

The SA women’s water polo team was better, but still no match for rivals New Zealand in their second match at the FINA World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju.

Herschel Jantjies has great potential, says Bok assistant coach Stick July 16, 2019

“Even for his size, he makes a lot of tackles on those big forwards, so he is courageous and also a fighter.”

Bok camp upbeat ahead of Rugby Championship July 16, 2019

The Springboks say they had more than 30 players at a training camp in the build-up to the start of the Rugby Championship against Australia in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Springbok’s Dyantyi under injury threat July 16, 2019

Springbok winger, Aphiwe Dyantyi has been withdrawn from the training squad to undergo rehabilitation to a hamstring injury picked up in training last Friday.

Proteas maintain perfect record at Netball World Cup July 16, 2019

The side’s fourth victory from four matches leaves them on the brink of a semifinal berth, which they can seal with a victory over Uganda on Wednesday.


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Al Attiyah/Baumel on the brink of historic Silk Way victory

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Tyre industry will have to find new ways of doing business to survive

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