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Knysna's Mysterious Midnight Dogs

25th May 2015

Mark Taylor photographed the mysterious midnight dogs in Knysna's Trotter Street.

When photographer Mark Taylor was returning from photographing the fire at Île de Païn at midnight on Wednesday, May 6, a pack of dogs, ironically seen under a veterinary sign in Trotter Street, was an odd sight to come across in the centre of town, but when the Knysna-Plett Herald started investigating the dogs a can of worms was opened.

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Elephant Causes 'welcome' Damage

25th May 2015

An employee of ZD Stander en Seuns Vervoer en Ontginning inspects the Bell logger damaged by an elephant on Wednesday night 13 May.

An elusive Knysna Forest elephant made his (or her) mark during the night of Wednesday 13 May when the mighty beast overturned a heavy Bell logger in the Goudveld Forest plantation.

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Addo's Lion Cubs Leave Home

22nd May 2015

Lion cubs at play. (Image: Free Images)

The three orphaned lion cubs at Addo Elephant National Park are now nine months old and have been moved from their protected boma to a camp where they can start hunting and fending for themselves. Rangers will keep a watchful eye as they return to the wild.

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Plett Tourism Spicing Things Up

21st May 2015

The UK Food Network’s Reza Mahammad, ‘The Spice Prince’ will warm up Plett this July at the Plett Food and Film Festival.

Plett Tourism will be spicing things up this winter when one of television’s hottest international culinary stars heads to the coastal holiday town for the second annual Plett Food and Film Festival.

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Green Flag Status For Knysna Forest Trails

21st May 2015

The 9.5km Perdekop nature walk as well as the Olifants hiking trail in Diepwalle were accredited With Green Flag status by the Hiking Organisation of Southern Africa (HOSA).

Two hiking trails in the Knysna Forest, part of the Garden Route National Park (GRNP), recently received Green Flag status. The Perdekop (9.5km nature walk) and Olifants hiking trail in Diepwalle were accredited by the Hiking Organisation of Southern Africa (HOSA) on May 14.

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Senior Citizens Worried About Future

21st May 2015

Rina de Swardt, chairman of ACVV George. (Photo: Myron Rabinowitz)

Maree Akestoridis, a resident of the ACVV's Harmony Flats in Sas de Kock Street and member of the Byekorf Service Centre, is worried about her future and that of her fellow senior citizens.

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Bigger Cape World Heritage Site Is On Cards

21st May 2015

A Knysna turaco, known in South Africa as the Knysna loerie, in Knysna. (image: David Siu, Wikimedia Commons)

The Southern Cape's Afromontane forests – most of them part of the Garden Route National Park – are being considered for a ranking on the World Heritage List. This would double the size of the existing site, and expand the Cape Floral Kingdom already under protection.

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International Culinary Star To Visit Plett

20th May 2015

The UK Food Network’s Reza Mahammad, ‘The Spice Prince’ will warm up Plett this July at the Plett Food and Film Festival.

Plett Tourism will be spicing things up this winter when one of television’s hottest international culinary stars heads to the coastal holiday town for the second annual Plett Food and Film Festival.

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Kirstenbosch Wins Again At Chelsea

20th May 2015

The 1999 Namaqualand and 1997 Eastern Cape section of the Sanbi-Kirstenbosch exhibit at the Chelsea Flower Show 2015. (Image: Sanbi, Kay Montgomery)

Despite delivery problems that meant the feature plants for the exhibit never arrived in London, the South African National Biodiversity Institute Kirstenbosch team collected a Silver Gilt award at the annual international flower show. Once again, the display shows South Africa's beauty.

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Oyster Festival: Only 6 Weeks To Go

19th May 2015

Photo from last year's Oyster Festival. Photo: Supplied.

The last meeting of the joint organising committee for the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival was held at the Log Inn, Gray Street on Thursday, May 14. Owing to family commitments the festival manager could not be present and the meeting was led by Steyn Momberg of World Sport, Pick n Pay’s promotional company, assisted by three of his staff and Kegan Borchards of Knysna Tourism.

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2 Severely Injured During Robberg-hike

19th May 2015

Part of the Robberg hiking trail.

The Plettenberg Bay duty crew were activated at 14:18 on Sunday, May 17 following reports from a former NSRI crewman, Dr. Herman Nel, that he and his family had come across an emergency situation while hiking on the Robberg Nature Reserve hiking trail.

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Possible Cause Of Bird Deaths

18th May 2015

Red-knobbed coots were among the recent avian deaths noticed in the Wilderness Lakes Area. (Photo: Fran Kirsten)

South African National Parks (SANParks) has finally received the first report from the state vet who was consulted to find the cause of the extensive recent avian deaths in and around the lakes between Wilderness and Sedgefield.

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South Africa Will Not Privatise Eskom

18th May 2015

Rainbow over electricity pylons in South Africa's Free State province (Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com)

The state will not privatise basic services, such as electricity and sanitation, but South Africans can expect load shedding for the next three years while it finishes new power stations. Already, Medupi has passed the 700MW milestone and will be fully operational by the end of June.

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Gold For Knysna Ballerinas

15th May 2015

Gold for Knysna ballerinas

In a positive tour de force, four of the leading ballet dancers at the the Sidwell Roman School of Ballet in Knysna have returned victorious and dripping in gold from the Cape Town Eisteddfod.

Inset: These four ballerinas of Sidwell Roman School of Ballet did their ballet master and town of Knysna proud at the recent Cape Town Ballet Eisteddfod. The ballerinas are (back, from left) Elrese Matthews and Thristan Pedro, and (in front) Zoe Metelerkamp and Hanna Micklewood.

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Kenako Students Selected For Junior Golf Team

15th May 2015

Franklin Manchest

Cameron Moralee, Julien Sale and Caylum Boon have been selected for the South African Golf Association (SAGA) junior team to play in the Challenge IPT from 17 to 22 May at the Milnerton Golf Club, while Franklin Manchest has been selected for the Presidents team.

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Growth Spurt Predicted For South Africa's Hospitality Sector

15th May 2015

Sightseeing from Table Mountain, Cape Town. (Image: Cape Town Tourism )

More foreign visitors and rising room rates have boosted South Africa's hotel industry, with further growth expected over the next five years. But the impact of new visa regulations, which are intended to protect South Africa, on tourism remains to be seen.

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Emerging Filmmakers Promote South Africa In Cannes

15th May 2015

Wearing a Hulk buster suit, Iron Man takes on The Hulk in the inner city streets of Joburg. (Image: Media Club South Africa)

A group of 20 black filmmakers are at the Cannes International Film Festival to promote their work and learn new skills at various workshops. The group is also promoting South Africa as a location destination to film studios from around the world.

Inset:  Wearing a Hulk buster suit, Iron Man takes on The Hulk in the inner city streets of Joburg. Part of the hit film Avengers: Age of Ultron was filmed in the city. (Image: Media Club South Africa)
 

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Get Ready For Whale Rally 2015

14th May 2015

Members of the Garden Route Ulysses motor cycle club at a previous charity drive.( Photo: Supplied)

The Whale Rally is coming to town. The Eleventh Ulysses Garden Route Whale Rally will be held at the ATKV Hartenbos from 5 to 7 June and promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

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Harvest Mud Prawn Responsibly

14th May 2015

Harvest mud prawn responsibly

SANParks scientist Kyle Smith says most anglers who fish within South Africa's estuaries would at some point have used the local mud prawn as bait.

Inset:  SANParks scientist Kyle Smith says most anglers who fish within South Africa's estuaries would at some point have used the local mud prawn as bait.

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The School Bag That Turns Into A Light At Night

14th May 2015

Thato Kgatlhanye, one of the co-founders of Repurposes Schoolbags – a bag that charges during the day and then can be transformed into a light at night. (Image: Anzisha Prize)

Long-time friends Thato Kgatlhanye and Rea Ngwane have come up with an idea to make life easier for children in poor communities: bags made from upcycled shopping bags that have built-in solar technology. The bag charges up in the day, and transforms into a light at night.

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