Thursday Morning Edition

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George housing database drive this weekend.  Planned power outage for large portions on George on 22 September.  Knysna goes on a Twitter drive.  Birdwatching festival outside Plett.  What’s on in Plett this month.  Plett Tourism and Takealot running a competition.  300 people protest against violence against women in George.  All the latest from Hessequa Harmonie.

SA Senior Open returns to Plett.  Oudtshoorn Municipality donates R20 000 to the SA Table Tennis Federation.  Seeff sponsors a cycle race in Plett.  Kwano Cycle Academy raise funds.  New route for the HotChillee Rainmaker RollerCoaster.

Trump reads the riot act to the Taliban.  9/11 18 years on – and the world still blames the wrong people.  Rocketman is up to his tricks again.  Trudeau on the election path, but I think it’s a lost cause.  

Not sure why KZN banned foreign doctors in the first place.  Kudos to those who have secured an export deal with Britain – that’s no mean feat.  Government moves ahead with the redistribution of state-owned land.

JSE up on hopes of a stimulus package – seems a long shot.  SARB forecasts 0.6% growth, Old Mutual is a little more optimistic.  Business confidence is at its lowest in 20 years though.

McIlroy named PGA player of the year.  Sunette Viljoen talks about real life.  Men’s u/23 side qualifies for AFCON.  Proteas talk the talk in India.  Rassie has turned the ‘Boks from no-hopers to title-contenders in 18 months.

Top Local Stories

Housing database verification and registration drive in George

Western Cape Human Settlements Minister, Tertuis Simmers, together with the George Municipality will this weekend embark on a Housing Database verification exercise. This will take place on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September.

Planned Power Outage – 22 September

SUNDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER 2019 FROM 09:00 TOT 15:00 

Twitter chat: #NaturallyKnysna

Have you experienced the Greater Knysna Area? Tell us about your experience by answering the following questions on Wednesday, 11 September 2019 between 09:00 and 10:00.

Nature – New bird watching festival for Plett

The first ever Wittedrift Birding Festival will take place this September in the outskirts of Plettenberg Bay.

What’s on – Super September in Plett

It’s springtime in South Africa! September is South Africa’s Tourism Month and Heritage Month – it’s the month when the country wakes up from a short winter hibernation and starts making the most of their weekends and school holidays!

Enter to win – Stand a chance to win a R500 Takealot voucher with Jurni

Do you know of a little accommodation establishment nobody has heard about but that is truly exceptional? Or a tourist attraction you feel has always been overlooked by international and local tourists and that you feel should be on every tourist itinerary?

300 people protest against violence against women

George Municipality officials and members of the public embarked on a demonstration today, 11 September in front of the George Municipality Civil Engineering building on the corner of York and Market Streets to put their voices and concern with million others across South Africa about violence against women and children.

Gerekende kunstenaars stal uit in Stilbaai

Stilbaai is bekend vir asemrowende natuurskoon en spog onder andere met die pragtig Goukourivier, verskeie Melkboomwoude en pragtig strande.

Hessequa Harmonie kunsuitstalling

Uitstallers: Sonja Malberbe, Maritza Malberbe, Tiaan van Schalkwyk, Meisie, Renato de sa Perreira, Louise Kluyts, Pieter van der Bank, Morne Pretorius van Footloose, Elsa Sparks en Marilise Mentz Lombard.

It takes 3 to Tango

Peter en Suzanne Martens,  Elna van der Merwe en baldansers speel Heidelberg Stadsaal-verhoog aan die brand.

Liefde – My Kuns op Klip

Ek het Stilbaai toe verhuis vanaf Calitzdorp in 2011 – Sou saam my suster Elmarie De Villiers kom werk het, maar sy is ‘n maand later skielik oorlede aan ‘n hart- aanval.

George Municipality ‘learnt’ of fraud, corruption probe via media September 11, 2019

Local government MEC Anton Bredell said the probe would focus on the George Integrated Public Transport Network and irregular appointments made at the Municipality.

Latest Local Sports News

Golf – The legends return… SA Senior Open hosted by Bitou Municipality

Two-time SA Open champion and current back-to-back SA Senior Open Champion, Mark McNulty, has confirmed his participation at the 2019 SA Senior Open hosted by Bitou Municipality.

SA Tafeltennisfederasie kry R20 000

Oudtshoorn munisipaliteit het vroeër hierdie week ‘n donasie van R20 000 oorhandig aan die Suid-Afrikaanse Tafeltennisfederasie. Die Tafeltenniskampioenskappe gaan hierdie jaar vir die eerste keer in Oudtshoorn plaasvind vanaf 22 tot 28 September 2019 by die De Jager Sportkompleks.

Sporting events – Seeff Tour de Plett

12 October 2019: The 9th running of the Seeff Tour de Plett MTB race will be on Saturday October 12th, 2019.

Fundraiser – Kwano Cycling Academy: The First World Champions

Michael Charton returns to Plett to tell his second story: THE FIRST WORLD CHAMPIONS.

Cycling – New route for the HotChillee Rainmaker RollerCoaster

The second edition of the Rainmaker RollerCoaster will take place in the Western Cape this October, covering over 500km of farm trails and gravel roads between Swellendam and Plettenberg Bay.

Regular Newsletters

George Golf Club Newsletter

Fancourt Golf Club Newsletter

Knysna Golf Club Newsletter

Pinnacle Point Golf Club Newsletter

International News

Trump vows to hit Taliban ‘harder’ than ever as US marks 9/11 September 12, 2019

President Donald Trump has pledged to hit the Taliban “harder” than ever as America marked the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that led the country into war in Afghanistan.

WATCH | 18 years on – remembering 9/11 September 11, 2019

18 years ago, the United States changed forever.

North Korea fires ‘super large’ rocket launcher September 11, 2019

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has supervised a fresh test of a “super-large multiple rocket launcher” system, state media said – the latest in a series of provocations by Pyongyang.

Canada’s Trudeau kicks off tough re-election campaign, faces ethics questions September 12, 2019

But polls strongly suggest Trudeau may not win enough seats to govern by himself after a series of missteps that called into question his leadership while cutting into his once sky-high popularity.

National News

KZN lifts its surprise ban on recruiting foreign doctors September 11, 2019

Bid to make space for newly qualified local health professionals returning from training in Cuba

Relief for exporters as SA finalises deal with UK ahead of Brexit September 11, 2019

The Southern African Customs Union has an ‘in principle’ agreement with the UK, which is SA’s fifth largest trading partner

Government to publish criteria for redistribution of state-owned land September 11, 2019

For the first phase, 278 portions [over 1.5-million hectares] of land have been identified that must be redistributed, David Mabuza says

Business News

MARKET WRAP: JSE closes at one-month high on stimulus hopes September 11, 2019

Business confidence slumps with the BER and Sacci readings at 20- and 34-year lows, respectively

Reserve Bank forecasts 0.6% economic growth September 11, 2019

The Reserve Bank is forecasting an economic growth rate of 0.6% this year, climbing to 1.8% next year and 2% in 2021. 

Economic rebound enough for 1% growth, Old Mutual Investment group says September 11, 2019

Higher growth will largely be based on the rebound in consumer spending and private-sector fixed investment spending.

Business confidence hits lowest in at least 20 years September 11, 2019

The BCI has not been this low since the 1998-1999 emerging-market debt crisis

Sports News

McIlroy named PGA Tour player of the year September 11, 2019

Rory McIlroy was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year, winning the prestigious Jack Nicklaus Award for the third time.

Sunette Viljoen opens up on finding the balance between athlete and mother September 11, 2019

Sunette Viljoen has spoken about the bond that exists between her and her son and how it is fuelling her 2020 Olympic ambitions.

SA’s U23’s qualify for AFCON September 11, 2019

The South African national U23 men’s team has confirmed its place in the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament scheduled from the eighth until the 22nd of November in Egypt this year. 

Proteas aim for nothing less than a T20 series win September 11, 2019

Proteas Interim Team director (Head Coach) Enoch Nkwe has declared that they are looking for nothing short of a series victory in their upcoming three-match T20 series against India starting on Sunday, September 15.

Boks’ stunning revival makes them World Cup contenders September 11, 2019

Rassie Erasmus took over the side in March 2018 after being installed as Director of Rugby and the upswing in fortunes has been dramatic.

Press Releases

Madibaz need to stay focused in Varsity Netball

After bouncing back with a victory over University of Western Cape in Port Elizabeth on Monday, the SPAR Madibaz netball…

New film explores parent-child bond in a post-pandemic world!

The timeless story of a parent dedicated to a child above all else is one everyone can relate to. Set…

Franschhoek Vignerons rated amongst the best in Tim Atkin report

Not only did the beginning of September signify the start of a new season, but it also coincided with the…

Regular Columns & Opinion Pieces

Ford demonstrates its electrified future at the Frankfurt Motor Show

Brian Joss – Ford demonstrated its commitment to an electrified future for customers at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany.…

Ferrari ‘s V12 spider returns

Brian Joss – Exactly 50 years after the debut of the last spider in the Ferrari range to sport a…

Tyre management enhances aspects of fleet management, says Bridgstone

Brian Joss – A new generation of technology-enabled products and services is revolutionising tyre management-and creating more profitable, more streamlined…

You need a Will – National Wills Week (16 to 20 September)

By John de Villiers – Editor of the LexisDigest:   [DURBAN, 11 September 2019] Far too many South Africans die every year…

Until next time…


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