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George Airport First To Go Solar

26th February 2015

George Airport first to go solar

George Airport is set to become the first national airport to run entirely off solar energy.

Inset:  Eden Mayor Wessie van der Westhuizen and Deputy Executive Mayor Lionel Esau hand over their support and endorsement of the proposed solar project. From left are: Councillor Wessie van der Westhuizen, Councillor Lionel Esau, Brenda Vorster (George Airport manager), Cornelius du Plessis (chief engineer, Acsa), Marclen Stallenberg (head of department, maintenance and electrical, Acsa) and Vernon Gibbs-Halls (environmental specialist, Eden District Municipality).

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South Africa's Economy Grows By 4.1%

26th February 2015

Nampak's glass manufacturing plant at Roodekop outside Johannesburg (Photo: Nampak Wiegand Glass)

South Africa's Gross Domestic Product increased by 4.1% in the fourth quarter of 2014, Stats SA announced on Tuesday, accelerating much more than the markets expected – thanks largely to higher production in the manufacturing sector.

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Budget 2015: South Africa Raises Income Tax

26th February 2015

Filling up in South Africa (Photo: Sasol / MediaClubSouthAfrica.com)

The tax rate will increase by 1 percentage point for all South Africans – except the lowest earners, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said in his first Budget speech on Wednesday, which aims to stabilise government debt and rebalance fiscal policy.

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Public Invited To Go George Info Sessions

25th February 2015

his Saturday, GO GEORGE buses will start operating on routes between the CBD and Blanco, Heatherlands and Heather Park.

This Saturday, GO GEORGE buses will start operating on routes between the CBD and Blanco, Heatherlands and Heather Park, with the roll out of the second hhase of the public transport service.

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George Hops Festival This Weekend

25th February 2015

The organisers of Saturday's George Hops Festival in festive mood at the Blanco Hops Farm. (Photo: Pauline Lourens)

For an action-packed, fun-filled day for the whole family, the Hops Festival this weekend at Mount View Resort in York Street in George is an absolute must.

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South African Producer's Film Wins Oscar

25th February 2015

Ida, which tells the story of a young girl who discovers she is Jewish as she is about to become a nun, won the Best Foreign Film award at the Oscars on 22 February 2015. (Image: ida-movie.com)

"It's wonderful when the underdog triumphs," South African producer Eric Abraham said after his film Ida took top honours in the Best Foreign Language film category at a ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

Inset: Ida, which tells the story of a young girl who discovers she is Jewish as she is about to become a nun, won the Best Foreign Film award at the Oscars on 22 February 2015. (Image: ida-movie.com)

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Oakhill’s Prep School Waterfront Chukka Festival Not Affected By Weather

24th February 2015

Oakhill’s Prep School Waterfront Chukka Festival 2015

Rain on the second day of this weekend’s Oakhill Waterfront Chukka Festival did nothing to dampen the spirits of the players or spectators who came from all over the country to participate in the three day event.

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Rescued Sea Turtles Find Freedom

24th February 2015

On my way home. One of the happy turtles that was released last Sunday. (Photo: Tersia Marais)

Sunday morning was a beautiful day to release two rescued Green Sea Turtles back in the ocean. The turtles both had a condition named ‘floater syndrome’, in which air is trapped under the shell, preventing them from diving and thus, feeding.

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With A Hundred Pipers

24th February 2015

The iconic bluegrass band Blacksmith will delight the crowd during the Celtic Concert on Saturday, February 28

Pipers, drummers and Highland dancers from all over South Africa will descend upon Knysna on Saturday, February 28 when the inaugural Knysna Celtic Festival comes to town!

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Visitors Flock To Cape Town's Kirstenbosch

24th February 2015

The treetop canopy walkway at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town (Photo: Adam Harrower, South African National Biodiversity Institute)

More than a million people visited Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden in 2014. Tourism is crucial to the survival of South Africa's conservation and biodiversity assets, as the income generated from visitors helps to manage protected areas. They also raise awareness of conservation issues.

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Sa Business Aquires Construction Computer Software Company With International Footprint

23rd February 2015

construction site

South African technology and outsourcing solutions company EOH Holdings said on Tuesday it had acquired Construction Computer Software (CCS) for an undisclosed amount.

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Vodacom Empowers High School Learners With Free Education Content

23rd February 2015

Vodacom Empowers High School Learners With Free Education Content

Vodacom introduced its education portal called Vodacom e-school at Riet Valley Combined School, KwaZulu Natal. The Vodacom e-school serves as a learning platform with Internet access to education content sites for all grades 10-12 high school South African learners.Vodacom introduced its education portal called Vodacom e-school at Riet Valley Combined School, KwaZulu Natal. The Vodacom e-school serves as a learning platform with Internet access to education content sites for all grades 10-12 high school South African learners.

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Occ Wheelchair Race 2015

21st February 2015

21stFebruary 2015 – this is the date that the Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge (OCC) takes place in George this year. Here, race organiser Ansie Swart is with Mathys Roets who participated in the 10km event last year.

This year’s Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge – the thirteenth race since its inception in 2002 – takes place in host and founder city George on 21 February 2015. The race - fondly known as the ‘OCC’ amongst the athletes - attracts over 1000 entrants from South Africa and at least eight different countries around the world every year.

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Buffalo Rally Is On Its Way

20th February 2015

Mossel Bay is ready to welcome thousands of riders and their friends when the 2015 Buffalo Rally gets under way on Friday, 20 March. (Photo: Kevin van Blerk)

Mossel Bay is gearing up for the return of the Buffalo Rally - ‘The Buff - which will take place from 20 to 22 March. This 38th edition of the Rally - which is organised by Cape Town’s Nomads Motorcycle Club - will mark the 10th time that it’s been held in Mossel Bay.

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Local Girl Rescues Tourist

20th February 2015

Stefni Muller saved a British tourist from drowning at Buffel's Bay.

A Knysna jeweller, Stefni Muller saved a British tourist from drowning at Buffel's Bay on Tuesday afternoon, February 17. According to Magru Muller, Stefni's mother who saw the whole rescue operation, the six-foot tall tourist Geoff Church landed in a rip-current in extremely rough sea conditions.

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Fuel Price Helps Ease Inflation

20th February 2015

Much of South Africa's fuel is transported by road. (Photo: Sasol / MediaClubSouthAfrica.com)

South Africa's Consumer Price Index dropped to 4.4% in January 2015 – its lowest level since April 2011, Stats SA announced on Wednesday. Economists say inflation is expected to drop further in February as the significant fuel price decreases continue to filter through.

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Low Oil Price To Hit African Exploration Groups

20th February 2015

The port of Saldanha. Global oil and gas groups are negotiating joint ventures with South African firms at the Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone (Photo: Saldanha Bay IDZ Licencing Company)

According to Fit for Oil in Africa, Africa has reported substantial successes in the exploration for hydrocarbons over the past decade. However, oil and gas explorers will need to rethink their expenditure in Africa in light of the drop in the global oil price.

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Wilderness Hotel To Be Upgraded

19th February 2015

Wilderness Hotel to be upgraded

The Wilderness Hotel, believed to date back to 1932, has changed hands many times and was at one time known as Möven Pick Hotel, Protea Hotel and Karos and Oude Karos Hotel (when it was sectional title owned).

Inset:  The Robin's Nest team of graphic designers, interior decorators and owners examine the plans for an upgrade of the Wilderness Hotel involving several million rand. From left are: Leon de Kock (manager, Wilderness Hotel), Albert Wiffen (co-owner, Wilderness Hotel), Madré van den Berg, Natashia Barnard, Janet Kruger, Sue Oelofse and Robin van den Berg (owner, Robin's Nest Interiors) (Photo: Pauline Lourens).

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Lewis Pugh In 'world's Most Dangerous Swim'

19th February 2015

Lewis Pugh had to abandon his first Antarctic swim – at Campbell Island on 14 February 2015 - after he was chased by a sea lion.

The human polar bear is in the Antarctic to swim five consecutive 1km swims in waters as cold as -1.7°C to help draw attention to his campaign to have the Ross Sea declared a marine protected area.

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Second Group Of South Africans Sent To West Africa

19th February 2015

A laboratory worker examines samples to help diagnose suspected Ebola patients during an outbreak in the Congo in 2012 (Image: WHO)

Another group of South African health workers, comprising nurses and paramedics, are flying to Sierra Leone, where they will join other agencies in combating the Ebola outbreak and treating people infected with the virus.

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