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Annual Ross Taylor Surf Contest

23rd July 2014

Going for the right wave during a previous Ross Taylor Surf Contest. (Photo: Elle Photography.)

The annual Ross Taylor Surf Contest will take place at Buffel's Bay from August 8 to 10, and as usual the organisers and competitors are looking forward to a day of "good surf and great vibe", all in memory of the late Ross Taylor and according to his wishes that the annual event raises funds for Hospice.

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Science Week At Botanical Garden

23rd July 2014

Science Week will take place at the Garden Route Botanical Garden from 2 - 9 August.

National Science Week will take place from 2 to 9 August at the Garden Route Botanical Garden.  The programme will be packed with science experiments and experiences for young and old. Interesting subjects like rocket stoves and crystallography will be discussed daily from 08:00 to 17:00.

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Zuma To Send Delegation To Israel Over Gaza Invasion

23rd July 2014

Palestinian Foreign Minister Raid Malki meets South African International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane in Pretoria, 2 May 2014 (Photo: GCIS)

President Jacob Zuma is to send a delegation to Israel to convey South Africa's concerns over the mounting loss of civilian lives through Israel's invasion of the Gaza strip, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane announced on Tuesday.

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Durban's 2022 Games Bid Highlighted In Glasgow

23rd July 2014

The Moses Mabhida Stadium, with its iconic arch, was made famous by the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and is one of Durban's most recognisable sports venues (Photo: Moses Mabhida Stadium)

South African delegates, led by Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula, made an impassioned plea for Durban to be named host of the 2022 Games at the Commonwealth Games Federation's general assembly in Glasgow on Monday.

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Critically Endangered Fynbos In Central Knysna

22nd July 2014

Critically endangered fynbos in central Knysna

During a recent visit to Pledge Nature Reserve (PNR) by SANParks employees Johan Baard (scientist: GIS and Vegetation Ecology) and Maretha Alant (environmental planner), it was determined that the fynbos sections that occur on the upper areas of the reserve represent the critically endangered Garden Route Shale Fynbos. (The lower-lying areas comprise of Groot Brak River floodplain and Groenvlei coastal forest.)

Inset:  Critically endangered fynbos sections exist in the upper areas of Pledge Nature Reserve. The reserve's management hopes that these areas will continue being protected with the cooperation of other roleplayers. The Pledge Nature Reserve in the centre of Knysna used to be a brickyard and dump, but the dedication of many passionate volunteers ensured that it became the spot of Paradise that it is today.

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South Africa Moves To Unlock 'blue Economy'

22nd July 2014

Cape Point on the Cape peninsula, Western Cape (Photo: Herman Potgieter, South African Tourism)

Teams of representatives from the government, business, labour, civil society and academia have begun working on plans to unlock the economic potential of South Africa's oceans, in the first activation of a new initiative, dubbed Operation Phakisa, that was launched by President Jacob Zuma on the weekend.

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Sedgefield Gearing Up For 2014 Rs Tera World Sailing Championships

21st July 2014

Bhekumuzi Hani, Wanga Mbabe and Georgou Divaris practice downwind technique

With less than a week to go to the opening of the 2014 RS Tera World Sailing Championships, Sedgefield, the ‘slow town’ of Naturally Knysna, is gearing up to host an influx of visitors from 24 July. 

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From Cape Town To Knysna For Bone Marrow

21st July 2014

After cycling more than 700km, Eric Tollner reached the finish line of his journey upon completing the 42km Knysna Forest Marathon.

Eric Tollner cycled solo and unaided from Cape Point to Knysna in nine days and then completed the full Knysna Forest Marathon the following day, all in a selfless effort to raise awareness of the desperate need for bone marrow donors.

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Knysna To Host National Launch Of Blue Flag Season

21st July 2014

Knysna to host national launch of Blue Flag Season

Celebrated for maintaining and sustaining Blue Flag status for two of its beaches and one marina, Knysna will play host for the national launch of the annual Blue Flag season in October this year.

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Mandela Day: It's In Our Hands Now

18th July 2014

"It is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now ..." Nelson Mandela Day challenges each of us to give 67 minutes - one minute for every year of Mandela's public service - to help change the world for the better and, in doing so, to build a global movement for good.

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Ajax Cape Town Training Camp At Saasveld

18th July 2014

George Akpabio (white jersey), Ajax's Nigerian born striker, beats two defenders and the goalkeeper to header in the first goal in the 22nd minute. (Photos: Myron Rabinowitz)

Ajax Cape Town Football Club is conducting a week long pre-season training camp at the NMMU's Saasveld Campus this week. In a friendly match played at the Outeniqua Stadium on Saturday, Ajax beat NMMU's Madibaz 4-0.

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Dragon Swimmers Brave Icy Water

17th July 2014

The Dragon Lagoon swimmers pass the Paddle Cruiser in their one mile swim. (Photo: Elle Photography.)

The Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival's Knysna Dragon Lagoon Mile Swim on Sunday, July 6, tested the 87 participant's fitness in water of 11 degrees as they swam one mile (1.8km) in open-water.

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Knysna Features On Dstv

17th July 2014

DStv's Ignition Channel crew Gino Shelile (left) and Sonke Nxumalo spent two days filming in Knysna to feature the town as a motoring destination.

On invitation of Knysna Tourism, a film crew from DStv’s Ignition channel (189) visited Knysna during May. The brief was to highlight Knysna as the motoring destination that it has become.

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South Africa To Host Africa Branch Of Brics Bank

17th July 2014

The leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa at the sixth Brics summit in Fortaleza, Brazil, 15 July 2014 (Photo: GCIS)

The leaders of the Brics emerging market bloc have signed an agreement paving the way for the establishment of a New Development Bank, to be headquartered in Shanghai, China, as well as an African regional centre of the bank, to be located in South Africa.

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President Zuma To Play His Part For Madiba

17th July 2014

President Jacob Zuma greets Tanya Garande and Hollie Brown (Photo: GCIS)

President Jacob Zuma will take part in an Operation Clean Up for Madiba activity at the Nelson Mandela School of Science and Technology in the Eastern Cape on Friday. Zuma has called on all South Africans to mark Mandela Day and "demonstrate our love for our beautiful country by cleaning our surroundings together".

Inset:  President Jacob Zuma greets Tanya Garande and Hollie Brown during a prayer service for the late Nelson Mandela at the Bryanston Methodist Church in Johannesburg, 8 December 2013 (Photo: GCIS)

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Weekly Parkrun A Huge Success

16th July 2014

Youngest particpant. Len Liddell (5) was quite chuffed to have completed the parkrun together with his mother, Chantelle Liddell, the parkrun director. With them is his brother Eon (2) who gave Len a hug at the finish line. (Photo: Pauline Lourens)

The sunshine held out for the 15th parkrun in which 225 people participated - the youngest being Len Liddell (5), who was very proud to step over the finish line with his mother, Chantelle Liddell, the parkrun director, and his grandfather, Neville Myburgh, in a time of 1:02:01 on Saturday.

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Amla Set To Make History Against Sri Lanka

16th July 2014

South African test captain Hashim Amla (Photo: Cricket South Africa)

Hashim Amla will make history on Wednesday when he leads the Proteas onto the field at Galle International Stadium as the first player of colour to captain South Africa's test cricket team on a permanent basis. Amla also enters the two-test series against Sri Lanka in excellent batting form.

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South Africa's Visa Rules 'updated For Security, Efficiency'

16th July 2014

Ensuring smooth, safe movement of people through South Africa's ports of entry (Photo: Department of Home Affairs)

South Africa's new immigration rules will allow for more efficient issuing of visas and easier sourcing of critical skills from overseas, while reducing the country's vulnerability to the security threats of the modern world, says Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba.

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Relay For Mandela Sets A New Record

16th July 2014

South Africans do it for Madiba in the second Kaya FM 67km Relay for Mandela Day, Johannesburg, 13 July 2014 (Photo: Nelson Mandela Day)

More than 17 000 runners participated in the second Kaya FM 67km Relay for Mandela Day in Johannesburg on Sunday, creating the biggest corporate relay ever seen in Africa.

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Nadine Gordimer Dies At 90

15th July 2014

Nadine Gordimer

Nobel laureate and one of South Africa's foremost novelists, Nadine Gordimer has been an unwavering critic of apartheid and an outspoken advocate of black majority rule.

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