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The NSRI will remain at their posts – legends.  Some initial details about the SMME funding.  George outlines the lockdown implications.  George’s water situation remains good.  Plett rolls out its COVID-19 precations.

Spain now has the second-highest number of deaths from the virus.  An in-depth look at the US stimulus package.  This virus will change politics as we know it and I suspect Trump is up to something.  The worldwide death figure has hit 20 000.  The UK hits 463 – still none in SA thankfully.

The government has intensified the lockdown rules – no walking the dogs, and no alcohol sales.  Unprecedented number of cyber attacks.

Markets recover on the news of the US stimulus.  Bond yields fall as SARB extends its stimulus.  Government still in talks with the retails sector over operating hours.  SARB steps up liquidity.  Telkom eventually agrees to lower charges to the ISP’s.  

Wimbledon now in doubt.  ASA supports the postponement of the World u/20 Champs.  Jake White joins the Bulls – not sure if that’s a good fit or not.  Postponing the Olympics will give Wayde van Niekerk more time to get up to speed.

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Latest Local News 

NSRI remains fully operational and in service during the lockdown

NSRI remains fully operational and in service to respond to emergencies during the Covid19 lockdown.

Ministry of Small Business Development

Please see attached documents released yesterday by the Ministry of Small Business Development for your information.

Covid-19 lockdown implications for George Municipality

George Municipality Municipal Manager Trevor Botha hereby confirms essential services delivery implications for the George Municipal area during the Covid-19 lockdown (midnight 26 March 2020 – midnight 16 April 2020).

George Water Update: 25 March 2020

Dam level: 95.2% (down from 95.63%). Rainfall since 19 March 2020: 2,5mm. Demand/usage: 26,171 megalitres.

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).

Plettenberg Bay rolls out new measures as COVID-19 affects the small town

The coronavirus outbreak has already affected people in the Bitou / Plettenberg Bay area.

2020-03-25 Visit Knysna Newsletter – COVID-19 update incl WESGRO web & email & business impact survey

We are continuously monitoring and managing all communications that are affecting the tourism industry with regards to COVID-19.  Please note that we can only share verified information when official directives are issued.    

Life is a Garden – We are in this together                

While the humans are home, the plants will grow!

Latest Local Sports News


Regular Newsletters

George Golf Club Newsletter

Fancourt Golf Club Newsletter

Knysna Golf Club Newsletter

Pinnacle Point Golf Club Newsletter

International News

Spain now has second-highest death toll from Covid-19 March 25, 2020

Hospitals across the country are overwhelmed, with many doctors infected, and a skating rink in Madrid  turned into a makeshift morgue

Breaking down the $2-trillion Covid-19 stimulus package March 25, 2020

Businesses owned by Trump, the vice-president or members of the US Congress won’t see anything

The Covid-19 pandemic is a wildcard that will change politics as we know it March 25, 2020

The crisis is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for unscrupulous leaders to further their own interests — and they are already taking advantage 

Worldwide coronavirus death toll hits 20 000 – report March 25, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 20 000 people worldwide, most of them in Europe, according to an AFP tally.

UK deaths from coronavirus outbreak rise to 463 as of March 25 – Govt March 26, 2020

The number of coronavirus deaths in the UK has risen to 463 as of Wednesday from 422 on Tuesday, the British government said, adding that more than 9 500 COVID-19 cases have now been reported in the country.

National News

Government to issue new spectrum temporarily for Covid-19 shutdown

The government said on Wednesday it will issue new frequency spectrum to the country’s telecom operators on a temporary basis to expand the network during the nationwide lockdown.

No dog walking, no alcohol sold during lockdown

South Africans will not be allowed to walk their dogs, order food from a restaurant or buy alcohol during the 21-day national lockdown to try curbing the spread of Covid-19, police minister Bheki Cele said on Wednesday.

Unprecedented spike in cyber attacks hits SA since declaration of national disaster March 25, 2020

Cybersecurity company Kaspersky warns attacks have jumped tenfold, and recommends stronger security measures as remote working increases

Business News

Coronavirus-battered markets jump after US $2-trillion stimulus March 25, 2020

Europe’s main markets in London, Frankfurt and Paris all opened 4%-5% higher after the Nikkei in Tokyo had risen almost 7%

MARKET WRAP: Bond yields fall as Reserve Bank extends stimulus March 25, 2020

The all share rose 5.17%, as did the top 40, with resources and gold miners both up significantly

Government to talk to retailers about operating times during Covid-19 lockdown

Government will be talking to retailers such as supermarkets, which are allowed to remain open during the national lockdown, about operating times.

Reserve Bank steps up liquidity measures March 25, 2020

Additional measures to be implemented to add liquidity to the financial system

Telkom agrees to cut wholesale broadband prices to ISPs March 25, 2020

Telkom and the Competition Commission have reached an agreement over concerns the regulatory watchdog had over its wholesale IP Connect product.

Sports News

Wimbledon to hold ’emergency meeting’ with postponement or cancellation on cards March 25, 2020

Wimbledon could be postponed after All England Club chiefs called an “emergency meeting” for next week to discuss whether to go ahead.

Athletics SA support decision to postpone World Athletics Under-20 Championships March 25, 2020

Athletics SA (ASA) on Wednesday welcomed the postponement of the World Athletics Under-20 Championships due to the spread of Covid-19.

Former World Cup winning coach Jake White joins the Bulls March 25, 2020

The former Springbok coach and Rugby World Cup winner assumes the position vacated by Alan Zondagh, who stepped down earlier this year.

Wayde van Niekerk looks on positive side after Games postponement March 25, 2020

Olympic 400m champion and world record-holder in the event says holding the games in 2021 gives him more time to train and recover from injury

Press Releases

The Sponsors of Brave campaign – fourth nominee registered Nurse Dudu Ndlovu

Dudu Ndlovu is a registered nurse at Port Shepstone Regional Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal. She works predominantly in the Thuthuzela Care Centre unit…

Global Update – currencies, markets, property, crypto – Information is Power… Get the latest information!

 “The right information at the right time is nine-tenths of the battle.” Napoleon We live in uncertain times and this…

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…

Regular Columns & Opinion Pieces

COVID-19 Phishes Explode as SA prepares to go into lockdown

Cybercriminals are now repurposing standard phishing templates adding a Corona spin on it “With the lock down imposed from midnight…

Towing in a safe and responsible way

Most of us have at some time or another experienced the sinking feeling of breaking down on the side of…

The Covid-19 lockdown: what business is doing

Driver trainers to work remotely from home Brian Joss – South Africa followed in the steps of many other countries…

Hyundai steps into the future with ‘Prophecy’ concept electric vehicle

Brian Joss – Hyundai Motor Company unveiled its new concept electric vehicle, the “Prophecy”, expressing the company’s latest design language.…

Motor body repairers appeal to insurance sector to lessen payment burden on industry

Brian Joss – The South African Motor Body Repairers’ Association (SAMBRA),  whose members are responsible for repairing over 80% of…

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…

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