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The SCLI is working with landowners to rehabilitate the rivers.  The George dam is not far from overflowing.  The drive-in is making a comeback.  George soup kitchens continue to feed those in need.  Visit Knysna announces Photo Competition winners.  Mossel Bay encourages tourists to escape.  Boplaas and De Krans continue to rake in the awards.  ADT recover a stolen bicycle in Plett.  Zinzi Restaurant wins a prestigious award.

The latest George Golf Club Newsletter. George Business Chamber Golf Day set for 5 November.

Trump puts Pelosi in a corner yet again over the stimulus cheques.  All Nancy can do is dream of being president – and she’s not alone.  Ted Cruz nails the importance of the SCOTUS confirmation.  Trump does what Trump does – gets on with the job.

Is the tide turning against the real criminals in South Africa?

Even the JSE reacts positively to Trump ending the ‘stimulus talks’ circus.  Economic recovery is now a ‘priority’ for the cabinet.  Problem is, whatever they decide will not be implemented – the ANC simply doesn’t have the personnel to do so – they got rid of all the competent people along with Thabo Mbeki.  But Ramaphosa’s new deal seems like the same old mess rehashed.  

The Stormers name 9 ‘Boks in their Super Rugby squad.  The Proteas women have a new-ball pair that is the envy of the world.  Young Lions want the Sharks game to be the beginning of a new era.  Tsitsipas through to the French Open semis.

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Latest Local News 

Rehabilitation of under-threat Southern Cape river systems

“The rehabilitation of under-threat Southern Cape river systems by private landowners can provide the perfect environment for the creation of more wild spaces in the Garden Route,” says Cobus Meiring of the Southern Cape Landowner Initiative (SCLI).

Excitement grows as Garden Route Dam level heads towards new high

Excitement is growing as the Garden Route Dam is filling up towards its new capacity following the raising of the dam wall and completion of its new spillway last December (2019).

George Water Update: 7 October 2020

Dam level: 100% (up from 92.45%).  Rainfall since 1 October 2020: 25mm.  Demand/usage: 27,369 megalitres.

Garden Route International Film Festival brings back the drive-in concept

The Little Karoo and Garden Route regions of the Western Cape have taken a trip down memory lane with the magic of the drive-in film festival.

Soup kitchens continue to feed communities

The George Municipality continues to feed communities through its longstanding soup kitchens programme.

Planned Power Outage – 7 October 2020

WEDNESDAY, 07 OCTOBER 2020 FROM 09:00 TOT 16:30

Visit Knysna announces winners of this year’s Visit Knysna Tourism Month Photo Challenge

Visit Knysna is delighted to congratulate the winner of this year’s Visit Knysna Tourism Month Photo Challenge, Emma Rorke, who won herself a weekend getaway in the greater Knysna area that will also incorporate meal and activity vouchers.

The Great Escape to Mossel Bay

On the night of 24 March 1944, one of the largest and most daring escape attempts took place.

Boplaas named Best SA Port alongside haul of medals at Michelangelo

Boplaas Family Vineyards excelled at this year’s Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards, claiming the Trophy for Best SA Port (Museum Class) as well as seven medals in Double Gold and Gold categories.

De Krans Wines Excels On The Competition Front

It’s the height of the competition season for the wine industry, and De Krans Wines in Calitzdorp is no stranger to bringing home sought after accolades. Confirmation that they are still regarded as South Africa’s leading producer of port-style wines.

Stolen bicycle recovered in Plett

A stolen bicycle was recently recovered by two armed response officers while they were doing patrols in Piesang Valley Road.

Plettenberg Bay restaurant, Zinzi, receives top TripAdvisor award

Now, more than ever, international recognition of tourism experiences is a reason to celebrate.

Latest Local Sports News

SAVE the DATE for our GOLF DAY 5 November 2020 and book your 4 Ball with us today!

Regular Newsletters

George Golf Club Newsletter

Fancourt Golf Club Newsletter

Knysna Golf Club Newsletter

Pinnacle Point Golf Club Newsletter

International News

President Trump puts ball in Pelosi’s court, tweets support for ‘stand alone’ $1,200 stimulus checks

Hours after demanding the cancellation of further negotiation on a wholesale coronavirus relief package until after the election, President Donald Trump signaled support for a second round of $1,200 stimulus checks to be paid to the American people.

Ted Cruz: ‘If the Supreme Court Is Divided Four-Four, There Is no Answer’ to Election Lawsuits

Sen. Ted Cuz (R-TX), author of One Vote Away: How a Single Supreme Court Seat Can Change History, highlighted the need for a ninth Supreme Court justice to avoid a four-four deadlock over expected election-related lawsuits after November 4, sharing his remarks on Tuesday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow.

Behar to Pelosi: I’m Dreaming of the Day When We All Say ‘President Nancy Pelosi’

Co-host Joy Behar revealed one of her desires about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Wednesday’s broadcast of ABC’s “The View.”

President Trump returns to the Oval Office for the first time since COVID care

President Trump returned to the Oval Office Wednesday after being released earlier this week from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he had been treated for COVID-19.

National News

‘Haunted’ VBS executive Truter sentenced to seven years October 7, 2020

Phillip Truter, the former chief financial officer of the defunct mutual bank who pleaded guilty to fraud and other charges, will work with authorities on how the alleged heist took place The post ‘Haunted’ VBS executive Truter sentenced to seven years appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

What is the noise about Ace? October 7, 2020

The Hawks have distanced themselves from a news report that the ANC’s secretary general Ace Magashule has been issued with a warrant of arrest

High court puts temporary halt on R500-million tablet tender October 7, 2020

State technology agency wins first battle in IT tender war, with court to hear rest of the matter on urgent basis

Business News

MARKET WRAP: JSE firms as investors digest Trump’s move to halt stimulus talks October 7, 2020

The all share firmed 1.01% and the top 40 1.09%, with banks, resources, platinum miners, industrials and financials all up on the day

Domestic travel is key to saving the tourism sector October 7, 2020

Staying ahead of the digital curve, including local communities in tourism offerings and promoting domestic tourism can help the ailing tourism sector survive and thrive 

Economic recovery top priority of Cabinet Lekgotla October 7, 2020

With COVID-19 having had devastating effects on the country’s economy, a virtual Cabinet Lekgotla is underway to discuss South Africa’s economic recovery plan.

PETER BRUCE: Ramaphosa’s New Deal has its roots in an old mess October 7, 2020

Unlike Roosevelt, our president is not facing a war, but an economy ravaged by years of ANC ineptitude

Sports News

Nine Springboks, upcoming young talent in Stormers squad for Super Rugby Unlocked October 7, 2020

Stormers head coach John Dobson has named his 47-man squad for the upcoming Super Rugby Unlocked competition.

New-ball duo of Ismail and Kapp the envy of world cricket October 7, 2020

The new-ball duo of Shabnim Ismail and Marizanne Kapp are a fearsome unit with Ismail widely recognised as “the fastest bowler in the world”. Kapp, meanwhile, has routinely been ranked close to the very top on the ICC bowler’s list.

Lions look to kick start ‘new era’ against the Sharks October 6, 2020

The men from Johannesburg also welcome back eight players who were part of the Springbok Showdown in Cape Town last weekend, including captain Elton Jantjies, Carlu Sadie, Marvin Orie and Vincent Tshituka.

Tsitsipas breaks Rublev hold to reach French Open semis October 7, 2020

Greek player bags second Grand Slam semifinal and his first on clay

Press Releases

TOKARA gold rush at Michelangelo International Wine Awards

Gold rush fever has taken hold at TOKARA, the prized Stellenbosch family owned wine and olive estate, after a Double…

Checkers Xtra Savings has signed up five million customers – who have saved a total of R1 billion in the first year

In under a year, more than 5 million customers have signed up for the Checkers Xtra Savings rewards programme, making…

The DO MORE FOUNDATION partners with Kingsley Holgate to #DoMore for young children living ‘on the edge’

Durban, 18 September 2020: Today the world-renowned adventurer and humanitarian, Kingsley Holgate, set out with his son Ross on an…

Get cracking with Chef Kerry Kilpin on World Egg Day

Celebrate World Egg Day on Friday, 9 October with Executive Chef Kerry Kilpin and her famous Eggs Benedict breakfasts at…

Suzuki sizzles as it sets new sales record

Brian Joss – Suzuki Auto South Africa ended the third quarter on a high note. A very high one indeed,…

SA’s sweetheart overcomes all obstacles & releases new pop single

Haylea Heyns is back with a new single titled ‘Blow Your Speakers’, a modern and effervescent love song to lift…

Survivor Pinotage is the pride of the Swartland

Survivor Pinotage, acclaimed flag bearer of this proudly South African grape variety, is the pride of the Swartland with two…

Steenberg Lady R strikes London Gold at IWSC

Steenberg’s prestige cuvée, Lady R 2015, has brought home London Gold from the 2020 International Wine & Spirit Competition with…

Regular Columns & Opinion Pieces

How can automation and AI bolster the fight against money laundering?

Author: Erik Stretz, Principal Consultant, FICO: Several extensive investigations around the globe into the activities of banks have revealed massive failings…

Tweaked Pajero Sport keeps its sense of adventure

Brian Joss – More than 3.3 million people can’t be wrong: that’s how many have bought derivatives of the Mitsubishi…

Domestic staff members should be your partners in home security

Home owners spend a lot of time and effort in setting up the best possible armed response and security measures…

What to do when strikers disrupt traffic

Brian Joss – A number of strikes are expected to disrupt traffic this week. As people resuming regular economic activities,…

Film director uses “flow-motion” technique for launch of Jaguar F-Pace

Brian Joss – Jaguar has teamed up with BAFTA award-winning film director, Rob Whitworth, to produce a stunning launch film…

Ford is top vehicle exporter for September

Brian Joss – Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) emerged as the top vehicle exporter for September 2020, with…

#Customer Service Week: Company culture is the holy grail of good service

October 5 to 9 is Customer Service Week, an annual observance which celebrates the importance of customer service and the…

Hino aims for 30th consecutive finish in Dakar

Brian Joss – Hino, which has built up an amazing record for reliability and durability in the gruelling cross-country Dakar…

The Ford Model T “revolutionized” transport

Brian Joss – It is a fascinating exercise to think of what October’s Transport Month would look like, were it…

How continuous learning helps business to innovate

For businesses to remain competitive, they need to innovate, adapt, motivate and encourage their employees to expand their skill set…

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