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Opening Cruise Starts Sailing Season

19th September 2014

Sailors participating in the opening of the sailing season cruise, prepare to salute the commodore of the Mossel Bay Yacht and Boat Club. (Photo: Cornelle Carstens)

The annual opening of the sailing season cruise of the Mossel Bay Yacht and Boat Club took place on Sunday.  Although the cloudy and cool weather was a bit disappointing, as opposed to the warm and sunny conditions on Saturday, this did not dampen any of the participants' enthusiasm.

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A Stone Or A Sacred Message?

19th September 2014

Does this stone have a 130-million-year-old message inscribed in its centre? The Heart of Uruguay is travelling South Africa for the first time ever and can be viewed in Knysna soon. (Photo: www.taracelebrations.com).

A healing stone is currently travelling around in South Africa for the first time. The stone, in the care of Frenchman Michel Almers will be on display at Spookasem coffee shop on the Rheenendal Road on Thursday, September 25 between 17:30 to 20:30. Almers will present a short talk on the stone before those who wish to may touch it.

Inset: Does this stone have a 130-million-year-old message inscribed in its centre? The Heart of Uruguay is travelling South Africa for the first time ever and can be viewed in Knysna soon. (Photo: www.taracelebrations.com).

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Knysna Residents Take Action

19th September 2014

These men pose as municipal workers, leaning on their brooms or spades, as they watch the pothole-ducking traffic go by. From the left are Xolani Ncube, Brad Portway, a worker, Chris van der Merwe, André Schutte and Robert Smit of Remax Coastal.

A group of Knysna residents took action when service delivery continued to fail them. Chris van der Merwe and a group of people representing Remax Coastal and Pezula Golf Estate began fixing potholes in sections of Wilson Road between George Rex Drive and the traffic circle heading up to the golf estate this morning.

Inset: These men pose as municipal workers, leaning on their brooms or spades, as they watch the pothole-ducking traffic go by. From the left are Xolani Ncube, Brad Portway, a worker, Chris van der Merwe, André Schutte and Robert Smit of Remax Coastal.

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Crafted Beer & Food Festival In George

19th September 2014

Crafted Beer & Food Festival in George (Image:  Georgeherald.com)

The Crafted Beer and Food Festival in George will be held on 19 and 20 September and festival goers will hear the following lyrics roll over the fields outside Blanco "Ein Prosit, Ein Prosit, der Gemütlichkeit".

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Scarab Village Hosts Tourism Stakeholders

18th September 2014

From left) Pam Snyman (Skål Garden Route), Belinda Hobson (Sedgefield Information), Tania Human (Windpomp diner) and Rita Knotze (Scarab Village). (Photo: Fran Kirsten)

In celebration of World Tourism Day, Skål Garden Route will host tourism stakeholders from across the country at Sedgefield’s Scarab Village on Thursday, September 25 in their Tourism and Skills Development Expo.

Inset:  Checking that the final arrangements for the Tourism and Skills Development Programme, September 25 are in order are (from left) Pam Snyman (Skål Garden Route), Belinda Hobson (Sedgefield Information), Tania Human (Windpomp diner) and Rita Knotze (Scarab Village). (Photo: Fran Kirsten)

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Save Pledge Nature Reserve

18th September 2014

Pledge Nature Reserve

If Pledge Nature Reserve's 10 hectares of pristine natural land is to be maintained for the enjoyment of picnic-goers, visitors and happy wedding couples, the reserve needs immediate financial help and assistance to secure the land against unwanted and criminal elements. Sadly, at least a 100 name plates of nature-loving sponsors have been stolen in the last year alone.

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Acclaimed Dancer To Perform In Plett

18th September 2014

Internationally acclaimed performer, Mamela Nyamza will present her show, Hatched, in Plettenberg Bay on October 4. Do not miss this rare opportunity to see Nyamza's moving work.

Internationally acclaimed South African dancer, choreographer, activist and teacher, Mamela Nyamza, will visit Plettenberg Bay during the first week of October.

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Local Pupils To Attend World Rhino Summit

18th September 2014

Jacomé Pretorius (left) and Monhé van der Walt in front of the rhino art exhibition at Glenwood House School. (Photo: Myron Rabinowitz)

Monhé van der Walt and Jacomé Pretoruis of Glenwood House School will be attending the three day World Youth Rhino Summit at the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, which starts on Sunday 21 September.

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Transcape: The Ultimate Physical Test

17th September 2014

Image: www.knysnaplettherald.com

Mountain-bike enthusiasts looking for the ultimate physical test, but who still want to enjoy their creature comforts while racing through one of the most picturesque regions of South Africa, better get their entries in for the 'new kid' on the local mountain-bike stage-racing block, the TransCape MTB Cycle Race.

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Climate March In Plettenberg Bay

17th September 2014

Image: www.knysnaplettherald.com

Plettenberg Bay environmental activists are mobilising in solidarity with the International People's Climate March ahead of the landmark United Nations Climate Summit on September 23 at the UN headquarters in New York.

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Bark In The Park At Botanical Garden

17th September 2014

The annual Bark in the Park will be hosted at the Garden Route Botanical Garden on 4 October.

The SPCA's Bark in the Park on Saturday 4 October at the Garden Route Botanical Garden (GRBG) will combine fun with a serious reminder of animal rights.

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Sa's Energy-efficient Buildings Are Good Investments

17th September 2014

Image from: www.gbcsa.org.za

Energy-efficient commercial buildings in South Africa deliver better returns for their owners, and as a result are better investments, according to a new study conducted by Investment Property Databank (IPD) and the Green Building Council of SA (GBCSA).

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Concern About Historic Gum Trees

16th September 2014

The historical gum trees outside George.

After flowering for more than a century, the future of a line of historical gum trees outside George is uncertain. The trees - red flowering gums from Australia (Eucalyptus ficifolia) - are found on the eastern side of George, next to CTM on Knysna Road, in the direction of Wilderness.

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Rhino Poaching At Crisis Level

16th September 2014

So far this year, more than 730 rhino have been killed for their horns by poachers in the country. Most were killed in the Kruger. Over 1000 were killed last year.(Image www.geoegrherald.com)

For retired army general Johan Jooste, the fight against rhino poaching in the vast Kruger National Park (KNP) is far from being won. He has seen many a rhino carcass left behind by poachers since his appointment in 2013 to help save the endangered species.

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The Sweetest Way To Save A Life

15th September 2014

Cupcakes of Hope is a non-profit company and community-driven project that aims to to create awareness and raise funds for children with cancer, through the love of baking cupcakes. (Iimage: Knysna-Plett Herald)

Cupcakes of Hope is a non-profit company and community-driven project that aims to to create awareness and raise funds for children with cancer, through the love of baking cupcakes. As September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Cupcakes of Hope's main fundraising event is hosting the National Cupcake Day 4 Kids with Cancer at 55 malls across South Africa on September 27.

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Brenton Celebrates Trees

15th September 2014

Brenton celebrates trees

In celebration of Arbor Week (September 1 - 7), the Brenton Ratepayers Association handed three local, indigenous Yellowwood trees (Podocarpus latifolius) to the owner and managers of the new Brenton Haven Hotel in Brenton-on-Sea.

Inset: Celebrating Arbor Week in Brenton-on-Sea are (from left) Nicci Mander (Brenton Ratepayers), Penny Houreld (Brenton Ratepayers), Catriona Kent (Brenton Ratepayers), Candace Myers (Brenton Ratepayers), Tony Rischbieter (Brenton Owls), Ron Samuels, Derek Odendaal (Brenton Haven) Judy Harrison(Brenton Ratepayers), Jacomi Odendaal (Brenton Haven), Chef Juan Van Straaten (Brenton Haven), Nols Meyer (Brenton Haven) (Photo Knysna-Plett Herald).

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Coastal Clean-up: 20 September

15th September 2014

Coastal clean-up: 20 September

The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (Wessa) is organising a beach clean-up event for the Groot Brak River mouth area. This year’s International Coastal Clean-up Day will take place on Saturday 20 September at 08:00. The group will meet at Groot Brak Rriver mouth (parking area at the end of Suiderkruis Road.)

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Dr Evil's Warm-up

12th September 2014

The Pennypinchers Dr Evil Classic offers riders a beautiful route and an opportunity to warm up for the Karoo to Coast Challenge.

There has been an evolution in sport circles on the idea of tapering with a move away from complete rest, over recent years. While you want to be as rested as possible for a big race, you also want your muscles to be reactive – you want to be peaking and not in a trough.

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Local Resident Held Ransom

12th September 2014

Melanie Janse van Rensburg's husband, Daniel, has been held hostage in Equatorial Guinea for the past 12 months.

Hoekwil resident and aviation consultant Daniel Janse van Rensburg has been returned to the notorious Black Beach Prison in Equatorial Guinea for a second time after a South African Government contingent arrived late for a meeting with EG president's brother-in-law Gabriel Mba Angabi.

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Eyes On Waste At Roadshow

11th September 2014

Angelique Oelofse (16, left) and some pupils of York High's Environmental Club received valuable information on worm farming from Christo Fouché (right). Fouché also produces paints, called Greencoat eco paint, which is totally biodegradable and odorless.

Tips on recycling and home composting formed part of an extensive display for waste management in the Eden District.

Inset:  Angelique Oelofse (16, left) and some pupils of York High's Environmental Club received valuable information on worm farming from Christo Fouché (right). Fouché also produces paints, called Greencoat eco paint, which is totally biodegradable and odorless.

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