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York High Mourns Loss Of Another Learner

30th September 2014

Justin Grimsell.

For the second time in two months a memorial flame is burning in the foyer of York High School. Yorkies were stunned when they heard of the tragic death of Justin Grimsell, a 17-year-old Grade 10 learner who died in the early hours of yesterday morning. His body was discovered by his sister.

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Joan Shaw New George Tourism Manager

30th September 2014

Joan Shaw is George's new Tourism Manager. Pictured here with Mayor Charles Standers at the recent George Tourism Indaba

Joan Shaw, the current Oudtshoorn Tourism Manager, has been appointed as the new Tourism Manager in George. The announcement was made by Mayor Charles Standers at a press conference earlier this week.

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Sa Team Develops Hiv Monitoring Tool

30th September 2014

SA team develops HIV monitoring tool  (Image: Michael Hammond, UCT)

An innovative electronic register that monitors patients on treatment for HIV and tuberculosis developed by the University of Cape Town is being picked up by other countries across the world, including Mozambique, Vietnam and Pakistan.

Inset:  In training: UCT hosted a training workshop in September for Oren Jalon (centre, seated), an epidemiologist in Malawi, and fellow TIER.Net workshop participants (from left): Natacha Gomas Dos Santos and Artemisa Julieta Uqueio Matsinhe, both from Mozambique; UCT's workshop facilitator Robin Burley; Vietnamese epidemiologist Dr Nguyen Thi Lan Huong; and Mozambican data manager Walter Macueia. (Image: Michael Hammond, UCT)

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Thomas Moyane Is Sa's New Taxman

30th September 2014

Thomas Moyane, the Commissioner of SA's Revenue Service (Image: GCIS)

Tax compliance is crucial if South Africa is to effectively serve the interests of its people - and Thomas Swabihi Moyane, newly appointed commissioner of SARS, promises that he will be working with the team to close up any existing loopholes abused by tax dodgers.

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Sedge Pastor's Life Inspires Film

29th September 2014

Pastor Leon Terblanche (right) with his wife Elmarie and actor Greg Kriek at the George premiere of Born to Win, a film based on Terblanche's life story.

It is not often that someone's life story is considered inspirational enough to base a film on it, but Sedgefield pastor Leon Terblanche (59), sporting his signature MacGyver-hairstyle, says the fame has not gone to his head and that he is adamant that the movie will never become more important to him than his loyal Suid-Kaap Christen Familie-congregation.

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Karoo Succulents Flourish In The Newly Declared Knersvlakte Nature Reserve

29th September 2014

Bababoudjies flower in the succulent Karoo’s arid soil, revealing a flora wonderland to the determined botanist. (Photo: Martin Heigan)

Homing one third of the world’s 10 000 succulent species, 85 500 hectares of the Succulent Karoo region now falls under the protection of the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act as the Knersvlakte Nature Reserve.

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South Africa’s Elephant Norms And Standards To Be Amended

29th September 2014

South Africa’s elephants are in an enviable position, as the population is stable and robust, but proper population management is essential to prevent overcrowding. (Photo: Clive Reid )

As one of the few African countries with a stable and strong elephant population, South Africa has stringent norms around managing the animals. It regularly updates or amends these.

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The Cape Wheel, Mantis, Forever Wild Partner To Save Rhinos

29th September 2014

South Africa is stepping up efforts to save the rhino population. (Photo: Savingrhinos)

Visitors to The Cape Wheel will be able to contribute R5 to save the rhino, thanks to a partnership between the popular tourist destination, Mantis Collection and the Wilderness Foundation.

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Rhino Poaching Syndicate Nabbed In Pretoria

26th September 2014

The ten syndicate members are alleged to have contributed to the slaughter of 24 rhinos between 2008 and 2012. (Photo: Colin the Scot)

Elite investigative unit The Hawks struck a blow against rhino poaching in South Africa this week, arresting 10 suspected members of a rhino poaching syndicate that has operated across the country.

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Ross Taylor Surf Contest Raises R35 000

25th September 2014

Ross Taylor Surf Contest raises R35 000 (Photo: Elle Photography).

The sixth Annual Ross Taylor Benefit Surf Contest raised a magnificent amount of R35 000 for the Knysna Sedgefield Hospice.

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Dr Evil Reveals His Nicer Side

25th September 2014

Winner of this year’s Pennypinchers Dr Evil Classic Kevin Evans leads the pack during the final stage of the race. (Photo: Desmond Scholtz).

The Garden Route lived up to its reputation as one of South Africa's most scenic mountain-biking destinations, as riders from across the country took on the breathtaking routes of the third Pennypinchers Dr Evil Classic.

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Development May Threaten Wetland

25th September 2014

This map indicates Knysna's Erf 12403, which the owners want to develop. (Source: www.ecoroute.co.za)

If residents of Hunters Home and Rexford in Knysna do not take action immediately, they may soon find a massive development on their doorstep and birds and wildlife of the wetlands compromised.

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Plett Environmental Activists Take A Stand

23rd September 2014

Plettenberg Bay added its voice to the international movement to take action to preserve the planet for future generations.

Plettenberg Bay added its voice to the international movement to take action to preserve the planet for future generations ahead of the UN Climate Change Summit that commences in New York tomorrow.

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George Gets Festive

23rd September 2014

The city of George.

George is becoming a cultural hot spot with a dizzying string of festivals, sports and religious and cultural events lined in the next few months. First up is the Crafted Beer and Food Festival to be held at the Thousand Sensations smallholding in Blanco on 19 and 20 September when 13 craft brewers will have their beer on tap.

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Revival Of Legendary Timber Industry

22nd September 2014

Knysna will be hosting the Working with Wood Festival from 9 – 11 October at the well-known Timber Village. A festival which allows all to experience Knysna’s rich timber heritage. (Photo: Fran Kirsten)

Knysna’s inaugural Working with Wood Festival organisers are hard at work to make sure that this exciting inaugural event fulfils its main aim of reviving the timber industry within Knysna and surrounds.

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Charged By Sun And Science

22nd September 2014

On October 3 the sun-powered cars will pass through Plettenberg Bay, Knysna and Segefield.

The countdown to the Sasol Solar Challenge has begun. On October 3 the sun-powered cars will pass through Plettenberg Bay, Knysna and Segefield, much to the delight of fan of these vehicles of the future.

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A Tribute To Ron Wiggett

22nd September 2014

The late Ron Wiggett with his wife, Dorothy, daughter Janys and son, David.

The murder of Ron Wiggett, a formidable and respected former York High School teacher, has sent shock waves through the community. Wiggett (76) was found murdered in his home in Great Brak River on Monday morning.

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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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