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Dogs Allowed On Blue Flag Beaches

24th October 2014

While dogs will still be allowed to enjoy the beaches, their movements will be more restricted to comply with international Blue Flag requirements.

Two of Knysna's favourite beaches, Buffel's Bay and Brenton-on-Sea, once again received Blue Flag status for the upcoming holiday season. While dogs will still be allowed to enjoy the beaches, their movements will be more restricted to comply with international Blue Flag requirements.

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Wonders Of The Blue Yonder

24th October 2014

A travelling humpback whale.

Ocean Odyssey, Knysna’s only permitted close-encounter whale-watching operation, has been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag status. The company's all-women team received this international award given to beaches, marinas and nature-based boat excursions for meeting excellent standards in the categories of environmental education, environmental management, safety and security and water quality. The criterion is laid by the international coordinators of the Blue Flag campaign in Europe, the FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education).

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Big Honour For Small Businesses

24th October 2014

Tyson Sharpe (left), Gcobani Ntsentwana and Gloria Qumba  (Photo: Michelle Pienaar)

Three entrepreneurs from George are still overwhelmed by the recognition their various business efforts received at the national AHI congress in Durban earlier this month.

Inset:  Tyson Sharpe (left), Gcobani Ntsentwana and Gloria Qumba with their certificates from the AHI, which they received during the national AHI congress in Durban earlier this month. They were treated as VIP guests at the function, and honored for the way they started their various small businesses. (Photo: Michelle Pienaar)

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Nmmu Rebranded

23rd October 2014

From left: Prof Derrick Swartz (NMMU vice-chancellor), Daniel Maritz (deputy mayor of George), NMMU Chancellor Santie Botha and Prof Quinton Johnson (NMMU George Campus principal).

Dignitaries from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) George Campus, George Municipality, the George Business Chamber, university staff and students gathered at the entrance to the NMMU George Campus to celebrate the unveiling of the campus' new corporate signage.

Inset:  With the snip of the ribbon, the NMMU George Campus' new corporate signage is unveiled. From left: Prof Derrick Swartz (NMMU vice-chancellor), Daniel Maritz (deputy mayor of George), NMMU Chancellor Santie Botha and Prof Quinton Johnson (NMMU George Campus principal). (Photos: Fran Kirsten)

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Sedgefield Brewing Up A Festival

22nd October 2014

Front from left: Petricia Pieterse (Masithandane), Tania Human (Windpomp Diner), Tertia Rothman (Masithandane), Jacky Weaver (Masithandane), Kirsten Freiwald (KeeZee), Jan Schiebe (Wurst Express) and Belinda Hobson (Sedgefield Tourism)

When Benjamin Franklin said: “Wine is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy,” he certainly had not been to a beerfest or tasted beer before. Fortunately visitors and residents of the Garden Route will not have the same fate bestowed upon them. The Sedgefield Slow Town Beerfest at Scarab Village, just outside Sedgefield will give beerfest visitors the opportunity to taste a variety of beer and wine while raising funds for the worthy Sedgefield NPO, Masithandane on October 25 and 26.

Inset:  The Sedgefield Slow Town Beerfest organising committee making sure the event is a huge success. Front from left: Petricia Pieterse (Masithandane), Tania Human (Windpomp Diner), Tertia Rothman (Masithandane), Jacky Weaver (Masithandane), Kirsten Freiwald (KeeZee), Jan Schiebe (Wurst Express) and Belinda Hobson (Sedgefield Tourism)

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'celebrate Life' Fun Walk At Oubaai

22nd October 2014

The Oubaai Resort and Spa will again be celebrating life by hosting the 'Celebrate Life' fun walk/run aimed at raising funds for Carpe Diem School.

The Oubaai Resort and Spa will again be celebrating life by hosting the 'Celebrate Life' fun walk/run aimed at raising funds for Carpe Diem School. The Oubaai Resort has taken on the Carpe Diem School as its official social responsibility project for 2014. This school for children with special needs only receives a minimal subsidy per pupil from Government and initiatives like these aid the school in supplying the necessary facilities to their pupils.

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Go George Buses To Serve Entire Community

22nd October 2014

The accepted prototype hydraulic lift design option approved for GO GEORGE minibuses by the National Department of Transport.

All the buses to be used in the GO GEORGE project are fully accessible to persons with special needs – in other words easy to board and accessible to all persons such as the aged, frail, pregnant women, women with young children and those with various disabilities.

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South Africa’s Or Tambo International Airport Best In Africa

22nd October 2014

OR Tambo Airport in South Africa processes thousands of travellers to sub-Saharan Africa daily. (Photo: Jorge)

Taking the top three spots for best airports in Africa, South Africa’s major international airports sport all the modcons for business and leisure travellers as they traverse the African continent.

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Open Gardens Of Knysna Returns This Weekend After Eight Years

21st October 2014

One of the gardens being prepared for display this weekend (25 and 26 October 2014) on Thesen Islands.

Open Gardens of Knysna will be back this weekend after several years of drought and severe water restrictions forced the organisers to put the annual show on hold. Organiser Esther Townsend, who is chairperson of Knysna’s gardening club, Gardening at Leisure, said that the show will feature 11 stunning gardens, from a large farm garden to small town gardens, all charming with their own unique characteristics.

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More Travellers To Sa In 2013

21st October 2014

More travellers to SA in 2013

The total number of foreign travellers who visited South Africa increased from 13.7 million in 2012 to 15.1m in 2013, Statistics SA said today.

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South Africa’s Sere Wind Farm Plugged In

21st October 2014

The Western Cape Sere wind farm aims to harvest wind energy, boosting South Africa’s plans to move away from coal to cleaner energy sources. (Photo: Eskom)

Eskom’s first large scale renewable energy project, the Sere wind farm, in the Western Cape has been plugged into the national grid, with the ability to light up some 30 000 homes.

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University Of Cape Town Leads In Plant-based Hpv Vaccine Research

21st October 2014

South Africa is the first African country to introduce an HPV vaccination schedule. Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the country. (Photo: Steven Depelo )

A world leader in plant-based vaccine research, the University of Cape Town’s Biopharming Research Unit will team up with Canadian pharmaceutical concern Medicago to produce a plant- based HPV vaccine.

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New Visa Regulations For Mossel Bay

20th October 2014

De Bakke is one of Mossel Bay's beautiful attractions.

Tourism businesses in Mossel Bay have begun to feel the effects of reduced visitor numbers as a direct result of South Africa’s new visa regulations. One company - Unravel Surf Travel, which offers 14-day tours that are sold largely in the Russian market - has reported that four of the six guests who booked for a tour that’s scheduled to start this month have cancelled as a direct result of the new visa requirements.

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Oyster Festival Raises R2,1-million For Charity

20th October 2014

Oyster Festival raises R2,1-million for charity

For the first time in the 31-year old festival’s history, the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival has announced it breached the R2-million mark in money raised for charity in a single year.  This brings the total amount raised by the festival for charity since 2007 to more than R11-million.

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Elephant Park Celebrates 20 Years

20th October 2014

The resident herd at Knysna Elephant Park currently comprises nine elephants. The public have been invited to celebrate the park's twentieth anniversary on Sunday, October 26.

The Knysna Elephant Park (KEP) celebrates twenty years in operation this year. Although the Knysna Elephants' story began hundreds of years ago when these pachyderms roamed freely in the Knysna Forest, the story of KEP began in 1994 when two orphaned elephants from a Kruger Park cull, Harry and Sally, were offered a home by Lisette Withers.

Inset:  The resident herd at Knysna Elephant Park currently comprises nine elephants. The public have been invited to celebrate the park's twentieth anniversary on Sunday, October 26.

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Update: Couple Loses Legs In Rogue Rally Crash

20th October 2014

Maria and Rodney Lakay

“I am not sorry that this happened,” said Rodney Lakay who lost both his legs just above the knee when a Lamborghini lost control during the Knysna leg of the rogue Rally on 25 September.

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Hoekwil Shares Its Beauty

17th October 2014

The garden at Vaseworld.

The Hoekwil area has many spectacular and unique gardens and the gardeners are kind enough to open their gardens to the public for the second year during Hoekwil Open Gardens on Saturday 1 November from 09:00-17:00.

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Victoria Bay Needs One Boss

17th October 2014

Victoria Bay needs one boss

Victoria Bay has the reputation as a surfer's paradise. But a collective plea for effective management has come up from surfers, lifesavers, members of the public and homeowners who say that lack of law enforcement is creating an unsafe environment all round.

Inset:  Victoria Bay was all quiet on Sunday. The George Municipality has promised to step up law enforcement in December. Homeowners and visitors alike feel that there is room for improvement. Drunk and unruly behaviour is ruining the peace. But the municipality says no barbeques will be permitted and a ban on liquor will be strictly enforced. (Photos: Pauline Lourens)

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Fnb, Silicon Cape Partnership Will Boost Sa Business Activity

17th October 2014

A partnership deal between First National Bank (FNB) and non-profit organisation Silicon Cape will help boost business activity not only in Cape Town but in the rest of South Africa.

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South Africa Has Plenty To Offer International Visitors

17th October 2014

The Table Mountain Cable Car gives visitors a 360 degree view of the Cape Peninsula. (Photo: Table Mountain)

South Africa has an array of attractive tourist destinations and the increasing number of international visitors indicates there is plenty to discover, from hidden tourist treasures in Soweto to the pristine beaches of Hermanus.

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