Thursday Morning Edition

The Gremlin

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Good morning all..

This Thursday Morning Edition is sponsored by Strandmeer Private Estate, Plettenberg Bay.

The Kaaimans railway bridge is named a Heritage Landmark.  George Mayors says repairs to the burst pipeline over the Kaaimans will take longer to repair than originally thought.  Plans for a new library in Rose Valley, Oudtshoorn coming along.  You’re invited to participate in the second Adventures Garden Route Indaba & Expo as well as to join the Disabled Road Race Foundation which organizes the OCC.  Major acknowledgment for The Plettenberg.  All the latest from Plett Tourism. 

The Fed is scraping the barrel looking for excuses not to lower the rate and dampen the Trump economy.  ‘Gloves off’ is a good description of where the impeachment thing is at.  China flexing its muscles in the American culture – expecting a reaction from Trump soon – he’s already warned US businesses to start looking elsewhere.  Trump defends his decision to withdraw from Syria – personally I think it was a master-stroke – it’s forced the other players to face each other as they all have competing objectives in the area.  Biden joins the impeachment chorus – guess he has no option.

Ramaphosa backs Mboweni’s plan – but how much support will he get?  SARS & Treasury understaffed – not the place to cut spending.  Treasury sets out conditions for the ESKOM bailout.  Surve blames Gordhan for the raid on his offices.  SABC claims a significant increase in news viewership – but is that just propaganda? 

JSE down but business sentiment is up.  BoE beginning to accept Libra?

Mourinho eyes Spurs job.  Proteas want to throw the first punch in the second test.  Wales and Australia go through to the playoffs. 

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     Latest Local News

Kaaimans Railway Bridge Named Heritage Landmark

On Wednesday 9 October the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE), together with George Municipality Executive Mayor Melvin Naik, unveiled a plaque at Dolphin’s Point overlooking the bridge, thereby conferring the “2019 SAICE Civil Engineering Heritage Landmark” on the Kaaimansrivier Railway Bridge.

Bridge repair will take longer than expected: Ward 4 consumers asked to please reduce consumption of water

The Executive Mayor for George, Melvin Naik today participated in an emergency meeting called to discuss the repair of the 250mm main supply line which burst on Sunday 6 October, in a section running along the Kaaiman’s Railway Bridge.

Construction of a new library for Rose Valley & surrounds

Oudtshoorn, 09 October 2019 – The construction of the envisaged Rosevalley library is drawing nearer as the tender process to appoint a service provider is in an advanced stage, the director for Community Services, Mr. Thomas Matthee announced yesterday, 8 October 2019.

Invitation Second Adventures Garden Route Tourism Indaba and Expo 25 Oct 2019

Just a reminder to complete the Registration Form for the Second Adventures Garden Route Indaba & Expo.

Invitation to attend the Disabled Road Race (OCC) Foundation AGM

The DRRF is a public NGO and membership is open to anybody who can associate themselves and support the objectives of the DRRF. Please attend the AGM and become a member. No membership fees just a willingness to assist with the OCC.

The Liz McGrath Collection takes two spots in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2019 Readers Choice Awards!


Garden Route Casino is going pink and gold this October!

Garden Route Casino, Mossel Bay’s favourite entertainment destination, is painting its casino floor pink and gold this October. Pink in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and gold to treat loyal Gold cardholders to an exclusive promotion, only for them!

Video – Plett HIGH FIVE vlog – did you miss out?

Did you miss out?

People – A slice of Plett life with Ruby Kiss’s

You could say it’s growing season for Ruby Chetty, the creative green fingers behind Ruby Kiss’s. It’s tucked away in a modest location at the Market Square Shopping Center in Plett, next to PnP. At a glance, the storefront reads like a plant nursery and florist; but it’s also a boutique, and not just of botanicals.

Music – Join + Geluk Experiences on Lookout Beach

Join Geluk Experiences on 26th and 27th October at The Grand Africa Lookout Beach and The Lookout Deck for a unique experience featuring top DJs playing house music and much more.

Nature – Marching orders for Plett penguins

Aquila Stadtherr is a local, who has spent his life enjoying the benefits of our beautiful local shores. An avid surfer and former lifeguard, he joined the NVT marine team to develop his skills in education and sustainability within a natural environment.

Golf – Book your SA Senior Open discounted accommodation

22-25 October 2019: The popular SA Senior Open, hosted by Bitou Municipality, returns to the Plett Country Club and two-time SA Open champion and current back-to-back SA Senior Open champion, Mark McNulty, has confirmed that he will return to defend his title.

Blog – Wandisile’s Plett: Exploring Heritage & Street Food in Plett

Besides the scenic views and pristine beaches found in Plett, we also boast some of the best and affordable street food. Exploring urban heritage is an exciting new element to township tourism, and in this article we showcase street food from one of the oldest townships in Plett – Qolweni.

Birding – New birding festival for Plett

If you drive towards Plett and turn inland onto one of two roads that points to Wittedrift, you’re in for a surprise.

Wine – Plett bubbles among the best around

Newstead Lund Family Vineyards, located on Redford Road in the Plett Winelands, continues to put Plett’s bubblies on the international map!

The Knysna Film Festival – September 2019 Edition

With only weeks to go the festival has ramped up its activities and are about to announce the semi-finalists. The Programme for Industry and Audience Activities will be released in the coming week AND also the schedule of films. Visit and follow us on Facebook @knysnafilmfest. GET listed on our Garden Route activities, accommodation and suppliers section of the site.

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     International News

Fed members worried about rising global risks and trade wars October 9, 2019

Fed minutes say models gauging recession probabilities have ‘increased notably in recent months’

Gloves off as Trump impeachment bid intensifies October 9, 2019

Democrats press on with investigation of the president as White House refuses to co-operate with the probe

China warns Apple of ‘reckless’ support of Hong Kong protesters October 9, 2019

Claiming an Apple app helped rioters, a state-run newspaper said ‘people have reason to assume that Apple is mixing business with … illegal acts’

US going into Middle East was ‘worst decision ever’ – Trump October 9, 2019

US President Donald Trump says the US military becoming involved in the Middle East was the “worst decision ever made” and that he was ensuring the safe return of troops.

Biden, in first, says Trump should be impeached October 9, 2019

The remarks mark a significantly tougher stance by the Democrat who until recently has been the outright frontrunner in the race for the party’s 2020 nomination.

     National News

Ramaphosa backs Mboweni plan for renewal October 9, 2019

Despite resistance from alliance partners, president appears to encourage his new advisory council to run with the proposal

Understaffed Sars appeals to Treasury for more funds October 9, 2019

Commissioner Edward Kieswetter says the additional money is needed to fill critical vacant posts and invest in its modernisation project

Treasury sets list of conditions on Eskom bailout October 9, 2019

These will include daily liquidity updates and monthly financial statements as well as explanations of all deviations from the annual budget that exceed R100m

Surve blames Gordhan for raid on offices October 9, 2019

The FSCA conducted a search and seizure Sekunjalo premises on Wednesday

SABC News shows significant growth in audiences October 9, 2019

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has shown significant growth in audiences across its News platforms in the first two quarters of the current financial year.

     Business News

MARKET WRAP: JSE drops for a second day amid continuing trade-war uncertainty October 9, 2019

Sacci’s business confidence index rose to 92.4 index points in September from a 34 year-low of 89.1 in August

Business sentiment takes a turn for the better in September October 9, 2019

The positive move came from higher merchandise export volumes and a stronger rand exchange rate weighted against major trading and investment currencies, among other factors

Bank of England sets out rules of engagement for Facebook’s Libra October 9, 2019

The Bank of England set out the rules of engagement that Facebook’s Libra crypto-currency and other new digital payments providers would have to meet.

     Sports News

Mourinho eyes replacing Pochettino at ailing Spurs October 9, 2019

Jose Mourinho is monitoring Tottenham’s situation as he looks for a route back into management.

Proteas aiming to throw first punch in second test against India October 9, 2019

The Proteas will be looking to throw the first punch when they take on India in the second of three ICC World Test Championship matches starting on Thursday morning in Pune, India.

Wales beat Fiji to reach World Cup quarters, put Australia through October 9, 2019

The result also guaranteed Australia’s progress to the last eight ahead of their final Pool D game against Georgia on Friday.

     Press Releases

Van Loveren family vineyards adds Zandvliet to its wine portfolio

Van Loveren Family Vineyards has acquired the premier Zandvliet wine brand from ANB Investments, which will continue to focus its…

Savour festive cheer at Tryn – Steenberg’s vibrant new restaurant

Spoil your loved ones this festive season at Tryn, Steenberg’s vibrant new signature restaurant, where Chef Kerry Kilpin is treating…

Madeliefie Makietie met rede die grootste fees aan die Weskus

Die skilderagtige Weskus-vakansiedorp, Strandfontein, is weer vanjaar die tuiste vir die gewilde Madeliefie Makietie-fees. Dié dorp sal op Vrydag, 25…

     Regular Columns & Opinion Pieces

Eskom’s proposed pricing plan cannot stop solar power in South Africa

By Manie de Waal, CEO of Energy Partners Solar: 9 October 2019: Eskom’s recent announcement of a new suggested pricing structure…

Achieve your this-time-next-year dream with a savings account

Money invested wisely into a savings account will not only give you peace of mind but also help you

Building a large boiler solution

07 October 2019: Regardless of the application, the priority of any steam operation is cost effectiveness. Finding the most cost-effective…


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