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Plett Tourism's Path To The Future

10th October 2014

Plett Tourism's path to the future

Plett Tourism chairperson, Peter Wallington reflected on the progress made by Plett Tourism during 2013 and 2014 following the restructuring of this former local government department at the beginning of 2013.

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Blue Flag Status For Brenton & Buffel's Bay

9th October 2014

Derek Hanekom, the national minister of Tourism hoists the Blue Flag at the Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa's (WESSA's) national Blue Flag launch held at Thesen Island on Tuesday, October 7.

Knysna’s sparkling beaches are proudly flying their Blue Flag status again! This is the second year that Brenton-on-Sea and Buffel's Bay receive this prestigious, international award.

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Eco-warriors To Collect Underwater Trash

9th October 2014

Eco-warriors to collect underwater trash

An eco-conscious streak beats strong in the hearts of a number of Knysna residents, and National Marine Week (October 6 to 10) offers an ideal opportunity to express that.

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Challenge To Dress Knysna In Pink

9th October 2014

Charmaine Kruger (left) and Vera Moir wrap Lagoon Lodge in Knysna's trees in pink in aid of the 2014 Pink Trees for Pauline Project.

Knysna has officially joined the Pink Trees for Pauline initiative. Charmaine Kruger, daughter of Knysna's Lagoon Lodge owner, wrapped the lodge's trees in the signature pink fabric used by the Pink Trees for Pauline campaign. She now challenges all other local guesthouses and accommodation facilities to follow in Lagoon Lodge's steps.

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Local Junior Cyclist Wins Three-stage Race

8th October 2014

Local Amy Williams junior cyclist wins three-stage race

Knysna's junior mountain-biker Amy Williams returned home with three stage wins and an overall victory in the mixed category of the Isuzu 3Towers Mountain Bike Challenge in Nelspruit on October 3 - 5.

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George Open Gardens For Charity

8th October 2014

Desmond Benkenstein's plant collectors garden features an interesting perennial collection. It can be admired on Saturday 8 November.

This year's Garden Route Gardens project, George Open Gardens for Charity, has been set for Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 November, when garden lovers from the region can visit a variety of gardens with beautiful features.

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Local Girl Accepted Into Oprah Winfrey Academy

8th October 2014

13-year-old Lihle Moyi, the head girl of Heidedal Primary School in Borcherds has been accepted into the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. (Photo: Myron Rabinowitz)

13-year-old Lihle Moyi, the head girl of Heidedal Primary School in Borcherds, could not believe her luck when she received a phone call from her mother in the Eastern Cape on 1 October saying that she had been accepted as a full-time student by the prestigious Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls (OWLAG) in Gauteng.

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Growing Hazelnuts Spells A Sweet Deal For South Africa’s Export Market

8th October 2014

Growing hazelnuts in receptive climates in the southern hemisphere would expand production capabilities for the Ferrero Group, while growing local agriculture. (Photo: Zoha Nve)

The Ferrero Group’s hazelnut operations in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province are promising to create jobs and boost local exports, making the country a strong contender in the hazelnut market.

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Tankwa Trek Route Tweaked For 2015

7th October 2014

The single-track through the sandstone region on Stage 3 of the Du Toit Tankwa Trek is one of the race's signature features. (Photo credit: Zoon Cronje/Nikon/Xtremedia)

The third edition of the three-day Tankwa Trek cycle race taking place from 13 to 15 February next year once again promises to draw a world-class line-up. The Tankwa Trek is held near Ceres and the geography of the region makes it a mountain bike route designer’s dream.

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Public Meeting To Discuss Petrosa Fracking

7th October 2014

PetroSA's refinery near Mossel Bay (Photo:  Mosselbay-Advertiser)

An open house meeting will be held on Wednesday 8 October for interested and affected parties to gain insights on PetroSA's proposed well stimulation in the F-O Field off-shore Mossel Bay.

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Acclaimed Author Comes To Knysna

7th October 2014

Gareth Patterson

The Knysna Literary Festival - presented by Pam Golding Properties Knysna - is bringing yet another acclaimed author to Knysna for what is sure to be an entertaining evening.

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George Hosts 2 Cuppa For Cancer Events

7th October 2014

George hosts 2 Cuppa for Cancer events (Image:  George Herald)

Two Cuppa for Cancer teas will be held in George in the next two weeks. The first event, hosted by the George Cuppa for Cancer, will be on Saturday 18 October at the Eden Place Community Centre in Knysna Road.

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Western Cape Celebrates 62% Land Reform Success Rate.

7th October 2014

USB Leaders' (L-R) Angle Dirk Troskie & Mogale Sebopetsa

An external evaluation process has shown that the Western Cape enjoyed a 62% success rate with the running of its 246 agricultural land reform projects in the province. Of the 38% failed projects, 24% was experiencing challenges while 14% failed completely.

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Lesetja Kganyago Appointed New Sa Reserve Bank Governor

7th October 2014

Lesetja Kganyago is the new governor of the South African Reserve Bank. (Image: SAReserveBank flikr)

The current deputy governor of the South African Reserve Bank (Sarb), Lesetja Kganyago, will take over from Gill Marcus as governor of the bank as from 9 November 2014.

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Friemersheim Fragrance Route On Sabc3

6th October 2014

Friemersheim Fragrance Route on SABC3

The Friemersheim Fragrance Route, launched at Proe Mosselbaai 2013, will be featured on the programme Naweek on SABC 3, at 19:00 tonight. The latest edition of South Magazine also featured an article on this exciting venture and so did the Sunday Argus.

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Tourism Industry Excites

6th October 2014

Rita Knotze (left), Scarab Village co-owner, exhibited her beautiful artwork at the tourism event. Taking a well-deserved break is Pam Snyman, event co-ordinator and Skål Garden Route past president. (Photo: Fran Kirsten.)

Several national tourism stakeholders gathered at the Scarab Village in Sedgefield for the inaugural Tourism and Skills Development Expo, presented by Skål Garden Route, on Thursday, September 25.

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National Parks Grow In Appeal

6th October 2014

Bottlenose dolphins surfing a breaking wave in the Tsitsikamma Marine Protected Area (MPA) at the Garden Route National Park. (Photo: Peter Chadwick)

National parks are fast becoming a haven for visitors, making travelling both fun and informative. The Garden Route National Park (GRNP) is an open access park with approximately 155 000ha of land including indigenous forests, lakes, rivers, wetlands and the sea.

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South Africans Vie For Africa Prize For Engineering Innovation

6th October 2014

The Royal Academy of Engineering’s Africa Prize for Innovation rewards innovations that solve local problems, showing how engineering improves quality of life across the continent. (Photo: RAE)

Two South Africans have been shortlisted for the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, which recognises local solutions to local problems. The engineers will vie with 10 other African inventors to win the £25 000 grand prize and receive commercialisation training and mentoring.

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Working For Water Creates 180 000 Jobs

6th October 2014

Water hyacinth is pretty, but it\'s also an invasive weed that chokes up water sources and reduces water supply. (Image: Steve Rapport)

South Africa's Working for Water programme, the largest public-funded project to eradicate invasive alien plants and improve water resources in the world, has created over 180 000 full-time jobs over the past two decades.

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Sa’s Nedbank Acquires 20% Stake In Ecobank

6th October 2014

South Africa’s fourth largest bank is expanding its footprint in Africa with the acquisition of a 20% stake in pan-African Ecobank. (Image: Sandton City)

South Africa's Nedbank has acquired a 20% in Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI), consolidating its banking alliance with one of the leading pan-African banking institutions.

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