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The Executive Mayor of the Graden Route DM weighs in on the national lockdown.  George Municipality closes the licensing station and announces which services will be available and which not.

Simola HillClimb update.  The latest Knysna Golf Club Newsletter.

More African states go into lockdown.  Why it’s more difficult for Africa to flatten the curve.  New York cases now over 25 000 5x the national average – how will the Dems spin that one?  China reopens to the world – an act of desperation?  Infections in Italy slow down which is promising.

If there’s one positive to come out of this – let’s hope Ramaphosa stands up and takes the lead – and gets rid of the Gang of Four.  Regulators warn not to take anti-malarial drugs for the coronavirus.  The PP enjoys a rare “victory”, but is it not just in preparation for her ultimate firing?

The world’s economies bust a gut trying to keep things afloat.  The JSE takes some comfort in the lockdown decision.  State to expand support for small businesses.

Herschel Jantjies signs a new two-year deal with the Stormers – says he’s living his dream.  The Olympics will probably take place around October next year.  Dolphins crowned 1-day champs – and the Lions the 4-day champs.  

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Latest Local News 

Statement by Executive Mayor, Cllr Memory Booysen

As the Executive Mayor of Garden Route District Municipality, I welcome the lockdown and various measures introduced by the South African President, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa on 23 March 2020.

Driving License and Vehicle Testing Station closed Covid-19 lockdown

The Western Cape Department Transport and Public Works has confirmed to George Municipality that Driving Licencing Centres and Vehicle Testing Centres would be closed for the duration of the Covid-19 lockdown period (midnight Thursday 26 March 2020 to midnight 16 April 2020).

Essential and emergency services continue for George

Municipal Manager, Trevor Botha confirmed today, Tuesday 24 March 2020, that following the President’s announcement last night of a nation-wide lockdown which will be enacted in terms of the Disaster Management Act.

Wine – making Coronavirus slightly less intolerable

As we go into lockdown in order to combat Coronavirus, day drinking is to be avoided – it leaves nothing to look forward to in the evening. You are probably also opening a lot of carefully preserved special bottles but there will be happier times beyond the pandemic.

Latest Local Sports News

Simola Hillclimb Coronavirus (COVID-19) Status update No 2

Following the decision to postpone the 2020 Simola Hillclimb shortly after the declaration of the State of Disaster by President Ramaphosa in light of the coronavirus outbreak, our team has been engaged in understanding all the implications of the decision while also engaging with stakeholders to plot the way forward.

Regular Newsletters

George Golf Club Newsletter

Fancourt Golf Club Newsletter

Knysna Golf Club Newsletter

Pinnacle Point Golf Club Newsletter

International News

More African states impose curfews and lockdowns in Covid-19 response March 24, 2020

Namibia imposes a partial lockdown,Botswana orders 14-day quarantines for all arrivals and DRC declares a state of emergency

Covid-19: Why it is so difficult for Africa to ‘flatten the curve’ March 24, 2020

Several factors unique to the continent will complicate the efforts to reduce coronavirus infections

Covid-19: New York cases reach 25,665 — five times higher than rest of US March 24, 2020

New York governor says the rate of Covid-19 infections is doubling about every three days

China reopens as rest of the world locks down March 24, 2020

Hubei, where Covid-19 emerged late in 2019, will allow healthy residents to leave the province from midnight, two months after they were ordered to stay indoors

Italy’s new virus infections ‘slowing’, as it drops to lowest point in crisis March 24, 2020

Italy has received more reassuring evidence that its coronavirus infection rate was slowing thanks to a painful lockdown that other nations are starting to apply at great economic cost.

National News

EDITORIAL: Lockdown shows the president’s mettle

Civil society will stand by Cyril Ramaphosa for taking the right decision, even when elements in the ANC seek to undermine him.

Medicines regulator warns consumers not to use malaria drug for Covid-19

SA’s medicines regulator says there is no evidence that antimalaria drug combats the coronavirus.

Mkhwebane enjoys rare legal victory March 24, 2020

The judge stressed his ruling was motivated by parliament considering her possible impeachment

Business News

Top economies vow to do whatever they can to maintain stability and beat deadly virus March 24, 2020

Finance officials highlight urgency to boost support for rapid development, manufacture and distribution of diagnostics, therapeutics and a vaccine

MARKET WRAP: JSE firmer ahead of SA’s Covid-19 lockdown March 24, 2020

The all share firmed 7.53% and the top 40 8.23%, with industrials, banks, financials, platinum and gold miners all up on the day

State to expand support for small businesses across the board

The support measures come at a time when SA’s growth is dismal and its fiscal position acutely fragile.

Sports News

Bok scrumhalf Jantjies ‘living the dream’ with Stormers March 24, 2020

Springbok and DHL Stormers scrumhalf Herschel Jantjies has signed a two-year contract extension with Western Province Rugby.

Tokyo 2020 to be rescheduled to no later than summer 2021: IOC and Japanese organisers March 24, 2020

The International Olympic Committee and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have concluded the Tokyo 2020 Olympics must be postponed, and held no later than the summer of 2021, the IOC and Tokyo 2020 organisers said on Tuesday.

Dolphins crowned One Day Cup champs, Lions take 4-Day Series title March 24, 2020

The business end of the season was poised for an exciting finish before it was brought to an abrupt halt following the global COVID-19 pandemic that caused the cancellation of the knock-out rounds of the One-Day Cup as well as the final two rounds of the 4-Day Domestic Series.

Press Releases

Fight germs the natural way

March 2020: Keeping clean on the go can prove challenging, but there is a way to beat the germs with…

Enjoyment all year round with Elgin Ridge’s new release Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir

South Africa is home to only a handful of certified biodynamic wine producers, and Elgin Ridge Wine Estate happens to…

Water scarcity is the next big challenge

World Water Day – 22 March 2020: 23 March 2020 – There is another crisis looming: that of water scarcity. On…

Regular Columns & Opinion Pieces

Some sectors of automotive industry should be “declared essential services”

Brian Joss – Following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement for a national 21-day lockdown, the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI),  are…

Dr Andrew Golding, CE of the Pam Golding Property group, comments on the property market

While last night’s announcement by the President has dramatically changed the lives and lifestyles of South Africans, time has proven…

Top 5 home workouts for all fitness types

If you’ve been tuning in to Tropika Island of Treasure Curaçao on Tuesdays at 19h30 on SABC3, you would know…

Take control of overspending with a budget

Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni would certainly have had his work cut out for him in finalising the 2020/21 budget…

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