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Sa Fields Strong Squad For Junior World Cup

24th April 2014

The South African under-20 team celebrate (Photo: SA Rugby)

After announcing a team that includes players with Super Rugby and previous IRB Junior World Cup experience, South Africa will be among the favourites to lift the title in New Zealand in June.

Inset:  The South African under-20 team, after trailing 0-21, celebrate a stunning 41-34 victory over New Zealand in the playoff for third place at the 2013 IRB Junior World Championships in France (Photo: SA Rugby)

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Sa, Mozambique To Fight Wildlife Crime

24th April 2014

Black rhino, Limpopo province (Photo: Nigel Dennis, South African Tourism)

Anti-poaching measures will be beefed up following the signing of a memorandum of understanding between South Africa and Mozambique. It is hoped that this will help protect the rhino and other endangered species in the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park.

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Mossel Bay Hosts Billabong Surfing Series

23rd April 2014

Joshe Faulkner from Pellsrus in J'Bay, who placed sixth in the world at the recent ISA World Junior Games in Ecuador, will also be competing in this weekend's Billabong Jnr Series, presented in Mossel Bay.

This weekend will see the first in the three-part Billabong Junior Surfing Series take place in Mossel Bay.  The event dates are 25 to 27 April.  The best junior surfers in the country will converge around the Point area of Mossel Bay, in preparation for a Friday morning start.

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New Beer Delivered The Old Way

23rd April 2014

Knysna’s newest craft brewery, the Red Bridge Brewing Co made an attempt to replicate the way beer would have been delivered to Knysna 100 years ago - by boat.

Knysna’s newest craft brewery, the Red Bridge Brewing Co made an attempt to replicate the way beer would have been delivered to Knysna 100 years ago - by boat.

Inset:  Knysna’s newest craft brewery, the Red Bridge Brewing Co made an attempt to replicate the way beer would have been delivered to Knysna 100 years ago - by boat.

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New Buyers 'impressed With Sa Wines'

23rd April 2014

Vineyards in the Hex River Valley, Western Cape (Photo: Hein von Hörsten / South African Tourism)

South Africa's competitively priced wine is attracting new buyers - who are impressed by the quality of the wines, a recent report by international financial services company Rabobank found. Exports of South African bulk wine rose in 2013 by 37.6%, outpacing the global average growth rate of 26%.

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All Systems Go For Garden Route Relay

22nd April 2014

It's all systems go for the CANSA Relay for Life Garden Route, taking place on Saturday, 26 April.

It's all systems go for the CANSA Relay for Life Garden Route, taking place on Saturday, 26 April.  To be hosted at the D'Almeida Stadium, the event is aimed at taking cancer awareness even closer to local communities.

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Artists Open Studios To The Public For Charity

22nd April 2014

David Kantey, a well-known Plett artist is one of those participating in this charitable initiative .

Seven Plettenberg Bay based artists will open their studios to the public for one day in aid of charity on Sunday, April 27.  Visitors have been invited to view the process behind the creation of a diverse array of works in various artistic media. The studios are all located between Harkerville and the Crags. Abstract and figurative painting, ink drawings and paintings, whimsical ceramics and conceptual sculpture are some of the styles one can expect to see.

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South African Doctors At The Forefront Of Innovation

22nd April 2014

Epicel, a cloned skin was used for the first time in South Africa on 2 year old Pippie Kruger. (Image: Oz Healthcare Communications)

Medical advances are making history, and people - and babies - are surviving extraordinary odds. Many of these ground-breaking medical techniques are mastered by doctors in South Africa. In some instances, they are showing the world the way.

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Easter Road Safety Dos And Don'ts

19th April 2014

Play your part and exercise road safety (Image: Brand South Africa)

As many South Africans prepare to head off to holiday destinations for the Easter long weekend, the SA National Roads Agency's Elna Fourie offers a few tips on how to get there - and back - safely.

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Sedgefield’s 5th Annual Slow Festival

17th April 2014

Sedgefield’s 5th annual Slow Festival  (Photo: Desmond Scholtz.)

The countdown to Sedgefield's annual Slow Festival on Easter Weekend, April 18 to 20, has already begun with the launch of several quirky orange-themed competitions which seek to roll out the orange carpet, draping the town - and its townspeople - in the official festival colour.

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Botanical Garden: Tea Garden Closes

17th April 2014

The Garden Route Botanical Garden will be closing this month. In the meantime, it seems that the George Municipality came to the party last week by throwing a lifeline in the form of a reduced service rate. (Photo: Pauline Lourens)

The Garden Route Botanical Garden (GRBG) announced last week that it will be closing its tea garden as a direct result of the enormous 600% hike in the municipal service account.

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More Awards For South Africa's Felix

17th April 2014

Scene from South African feel-good film Felix (Photo: Felix the Movie)

South African feel-good movie Felix has added to its long list of accolades by winning three more awards at international film festivals in March and April, bringing to 13 the number of awards the film has scooped so far.

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Proteas Honoured As World's Best

17th April 2014

Proteas claimed the ICC Mace for the first time in September 2012 after a 2-0 series win over England in England. (Photo: Cricket South Africa)

South Africa's cricket team has finished the year as the number one test team in the world, being awarded the prestigious Reliance ICC Test Championship mace on Tuesday. It is the second time since the ranking system was introduced in 2003 that the Proteas have finished at the top of the table.

Inset: Proteas claimed the ICC Mace for the first time in September 2012 after a 2-0 series win over England in England. They have been the world's top ranked test team ever since then. (Photo: Cricket South Africa)

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Plans To Establish Mosque In Knysna

16th April 2014

The Knysna Muslim Council has acquired this property in Rawson Street  (Photo: Google Maps (taken in 2009).)

Plans to establish a mosque in Knysna are progressing well and the town's Muslim faithful may soon be accommodated at Erf 503, behind Checkers and next to the Olde’s Pub and Grill in Rawson Street.

Inset:  The Knysna Muslim Council has acquired this property in Rawson Street and hopes to develop it into a mosque soon. (Photo: Google Maps (taken in 2009).)

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Plett Easter Games This Weekend

16th April 2014

(Knysna-Plett Herald Generic image)

The Plett Easter Games kick off on Friday, April 18 with a full day of events.  The day's events will include the Cairnbrogie Trail Run, which includes a 17km trail with R10 000 in prize money up for grabs, as well as a 12km trail for the social runners, a 5km family fun run and a 1,5km adventure trail for kids.

Inset:  Friday's events will include the Cairnbrogie Trail Run, which includes a 17km trail with R10 000 in prize money up for grabs, as well as a 12km trail for the social runners, a 5km family fun run and a 1,5km adventure trail for kids. (Generic image)

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Big Plans For Botanical Garden

16th April 2014

Garden Route Botanical Garden trustees (Photo: Pauline Lourens)

Ambitious plans that provide for an education hub, a botanical art gallery, restaurant, administration hub, conservatory and research division are part of the Garden Route Botanical Garden's (GRBG) long-term strategy to develop this public facility to the greater benefit of the entire community.

Inset: Fine tuning. Garden Route Botanical Garden trustees met with Landscape Architect Hannes Stander (left) last week Thursday. Trustee Colin Ralston (middle) and CapeNature's Benjamin Walton were hard at work last week finalising the Landscape Master guide plans for presentation on 23 June this year. (Photo: Pauline Lourens)

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Magakwe The First South African To Break 10-second Barrier

15th April 2014

Simon Magakwe: the first South African to crack the 10-second barrier in the 100 metres (Photo: Varsity Sports SA)

Simon Magakwe became the first South African to break the 10-second barrier for the 100 metres at the South African Athletics Championships in Pretoria on the weekend, clocking 9.98 seconds to break the 26-year-old national record of 10.06 seconds that he shared with Johan Rossouw.

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Nuclear Build Announcement 'within Two Months'

15th April 2014

The Koeberg nuclear power station outside Cape Town - Africa's sole nuclear power station (Photo: Eskom)

The Department of Energy will make a definite announcement on South Africa's nuclear build future within the next two months, Energy Minister Ben Martins told a business briefing in Pretoria on Monday.

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Shark Debate Shows Less Teeth

14th April 2014

Shark debate shows less teeth

Since February, a variety of water users in Mossel Bay and from surrounding areas have been having open discussions regarding the safe use of the bay.

Inset:  Oceans Research, responsible for various marine research projects in Mossel Bay, has been in the spotlight for chumming activities. They have embarked on a pro-active intiative to ensure the safety of other water users, which includes ongoing discussions with the community. (Photo: Supplied)

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Sanparks Man Promoted

14th April 2014

Jill Bunding-Venter, general manager of the Garden Route National Park, with Andre Riley (outgoing area manager for Knysna).

Well-known SANParks Knysna area manager Andre Riley has been appointed as SANParks head of Planning and Environmental Coordination as from April 1.

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