Monday Morning Edition

The Gremlin

Online Newspaper for the Garden Route & Klein Karoo



Good morning all..

This Monday Morning Edition is sponsored by Lodge on the Lake in the Wilderness.

The SCFPA is still driving the initiative to reduce the risk of fire.  Wilderness spends most of the weekend without water – thank goodness we have a municipality that works – and works over the weekends if necessary.

The latest George Golf Club Newsletter.  Free State chase down a big total at the Rec.  SWD Cricket announces age-group teams for the national weeks.  Team Kwano continue their impressive rise.

Is Tulsi Gabbard positioning herself for 2024 – if so, it’s a very smart move?  Kurds finally get off their high horse and make a deal with Turkey.  US to withdraw up to 1000 troops from Syria – not my circus – not my monkeys.  Chinese government feeling the pressure from internal opposition. 

Will Mmusi Maimane survive – I think not – he doesn’t have the spine and the DA is in a mess.  Municipalities get deeper into debt.  Ramaphosa goes to London – sign some more trade deals.

China on the back foot re the trade war?  Another quarterly contraction? It’s time for action on the economy – and we’ll have to swallow some bitter pills in the next few years.  W Cape seems to have a good record when it comes to paying creditors.

‘Bok women are champions of Africa, Bafana down Mali but the Proteas take a pasting.  Welcome to the big league Japan – the success story of the RWC thus far.  Ferrari just not up to it as Mercedes secure their 6th consecutive contructors trophy.  Who’s in the bigger mess, SA Cricket or WP Cricket?

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     Latest Local News

Combined efforts address high fire risks on Seven Passes Road

The South Cape Fire Protection Association (SCFPA), George Municipality and a private property owner are combining efforts to reduce fire load and related risks on a large agricultural property above Wilderness.

Water Emergency Ward 4

Water Supply restored to ALL areas of Wilderness and surrounds. PLEASE REDUCE CONSUMPTION to ensure sustainable water supply to the whole area.

Showme Newsletter 11 – 18 October 2019

     Latest Local Sports News

Free State victorious in big run chase

Free State, thanks to a massive run chase in their second innings, outplayed SWD in their Cricket South Africa Provincial Three-Day match that ended at the Recreation Ground on Saturday. The visitors from Bloemfontein were victorious courtesy of an unbroken 157 runs partnership for the 6th wicket.

SWD teams for national cricket weeks announced

South Western Districts Cricket this week announced the teams for the Cricket South Africa Youth weeks that will be held in December.

Team Kwano win 2019 Rainmaker RollerCoaster

The second edition of the Rainmaker RollerCoaster was won yesterday by Siphe Ncapayi and Nik Cook racing for Team Kwano. The pair dominated the 500km point to point race, finishing 35 minutes ahead of the field.

Regular Newsletters

George Golf Club Newsletter

Fancourt Golf Club Newsletter

Knysna Golf Club Newsletter

Pinnacle Point Golf Club Newsletter



     International News

Tulsi Gabbard says she might skip the next debate because the DNC is so corrupt

Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) said Friday that she may skip Tuesday’s primary debate because the Democratic National Committee has rigged the system to influence the primary result, according to The Hill.

Kurds announce deal with Syria against Turkey’s offensive October 13, 2019

The massively outgunned Kurds describe their deal with the Syrian government as a necessary step to stop Turkey’s assault

Pentagon says up to 1,000 US troops to withdraw from northern Syria October 13, 2019

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper told Fox News that the number of troops being pulled back totaled ‘less than a thousand.’

China’s President warns attempts to divide the country will end in ‘shattered bones’ October 13, 2019

Chinese President Xi Jinping warned on Sunday that any attempt to divide China will be crushed, as Beijing faces political challenges in months-long protests in Hong Kong and US criticism over its treatment of Muslim minority groups.

     National News

POLITICAL WEEK AHEAD: DA meeting to discuss Mmusi Maimane’s leadership

A critical week lies ahead for the DA, as the party’s highest decision-making body between congresses is set to meet over the coming weekend.

Municipal debt to the auditor-general keeps rising

The office of the auditor-general is burdened with outstanding debt of R744m in unpaid audit fees, with nearly half of it being due by municipalities.

Ramaphosa arrives in London for 2-day working visit October 13, 2019

According to a statement from the Presidency, the president was expected to deliver the opening address at the 6th ‘Financial Times’ Africa Summit on Monday.

     Business News

China focuses more on progress, less on a pending US trade deal October 12, 2019

Two parties have ‘an honest, highly efficient, and constructive discussion’ in economic and trade issues

ECONOMIC WEEK AHEAD: Risk rises of another quarterly economic contraction

Retail sales data isn’t usually gripping stuff, but with the economy rapidly losing momentum economists will be hanging on every word of the retail release this week for a clearer indication as to whether overall growth contracted during the third quarter.

If Tito Mboweni plans to put SA on the right track, the budget will be a bitter pill to swallow

On October 30 finance minister Tito Mboweni will unveil the medium-term budget policy statement. This provides an update on budget performance in 2019 and critically also sets new revenue and expenditure targets for the next three fiscal years.

W Cape Government boasts 99 % of invoices paid within 30 days October 13, 2019

The Western Cape Government says it has paid 99 % of all invoices for goods and services within 30 days to all it’s suppliers for the 2018/2019 financial year.

     Sports News

Springbok Women’s Sevens champions of Africa October 13, 2019

The Springbok Women’s Sevens side confirmed their status as the best team in Africa when they won the Rugby Africa Women’s Sevens.

Bafana down Mali to claim Nelson Mandela Challenge title October 13, 2019

Bafana Bafana have defeated Mali in their friendly to lift the Nelson Mandela Challenge title in Port Elizabeth.

Japan fans jubilant over first trip to knockout stage October 13, 2019

Japan fans hugged, exchanged high-fives and chanted “Nippon!” as the gong sounded at the end of their game against Scotland.

Rampant India send Proteas packing October 13, 2019

India maintained their formidable home record by crushing South Africa by an innings and 137 runs in the second test at Pune to clinch the three-test series with a match to spare on Sunday.

Ferrari slip helps Bottas win Japanese GP and give Mercedes the constructors’ title October 13, 2019

Valtteri Bottas roared to victory in Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix as Mercedes clinched the Formula One constructors’ championship and guaranteed themselves an unprecedented sixth consecutive title double.

CSA disputes some WP Cricket Association claims as urgent interdict filed October 13, 2019

Cricket SA denies being in breach of the memorandum of incorporation between the organisations

     Press Releases

Warner Music South Africa is proud to present Janie Bay’s latest single

It`s been an exciting year for the popular, chart-topping singer-songwriter Janie Bay. Her brand new single “Die Heelal” featuring Afrikaans…

TOKARA Cabernet Sauvignon wins Michelangelo Double Gold

TOKARA’s singled minded focus on Cabernet Sauvignon has been richly rewarded with a Double Gold medal at the 2019 Michelangelo…

NSRI Pink Rescue Buoy Project

Sea Rescue presented our NSRI Pink Rescue Buoy emergency flotation project at International Lifesaving’s biannual ‘World Conference on Drowning Prevention’…

Complete Roofing and Roof Repair Services at a Single Place

Elegant Roofing has always strived to offer comprehensive and quality roofing solutions to all sectors – industrial, commercial and residential.…

Gouveris, Schoeman lead the way in Lorraine Cycle Tour

Brad Gouveris’s late decision to enter the Lorraine Cycle Tour paid dividends when he finished top of the podium in…

Finalists announced for the 2019 Diners Club Winemaker Awards

The finalists for the 39th Diners Club Winemaker and 19th Young Winemaker of the Year awards have been announced. Five…

     Regular Columns & Opinion Pieces

Funeralcar drives hearses to a new world record

Brian Joss – is the driving force behind a new world record.  In 2012 a record was set in…

Toyota’s De Villiers/ Haro race to victory in Morocco

Brian Joss – Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Giniel de Villiers and Spanish co-driver, Alex Haro, won the fifth and final…

Toyota’s E-Palette provides palatable transport for Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Brian Joss – Toyota said that it will supply up to 20 specially-designed “Tokyo 2020 Version” e-Palette vehicles to support…

Top five pre-owned SUVs vie for People’s Choice Award

Brian Joss – The SUV market continues to boom in South Africa. Great urban handling with room for the family…

‘Second- Life’ EV batteries can help the world to become a greener place

Brian Joss – Electric vehicles (EVs) have the potential to significantly enrich people’s lives in a world of zero emissions.…

Linking People to the Right Mental Health Service for Them

Cape Town, October, 2019 – In a bid to help the public more easily connect with psychologists, social workers, counsellors,…

Consumer lawyer has Pharmaceutical company in her sights

Brian Joss – Consumer attorney Trudie Broekman of Broekman Attorneys in the Bo-Kaap is tackling a pharmaceutical company on behalf…


Until next time...


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