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Africa's Miners Gather In Cape Town

2nd February 2015

An Anglo American miner. (Image: Anglo American)

Africa's largest mining companies and most influential industry chief executives will be in Cape Town for the Investing in African Mining Indaba. For the past two decades, the conference – in its 21st year this year – has been the top spot for deal-making in African mining.

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Joss' Soul Lives Forever

30th January 2015

Joss van Kerkhof, minutes before he drowned at Platbank, Sedgefield.

The world may just be a better place if its inhabitants took a leaf out of Glenn van Kerkhof's book. Van Kerkhof is trying to cope with the loss of his son, Joss T who disappeared after being caught in a strong rip-current at Platbank Beach, Sedgefield on New Year's Day. Sadly his body has not yet been recovered and the search has been called off.

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Be A Daredevil For Cancer

30th January 2015

Join Cansa and Hollard for the Daredevil Run on 13 February at the Garden Route Botanical Garden.

The second Daredevil Run for cancer will take place on Friday 13 February at the Garden Route Botanical Garden from 17:00 to 19:00. The run involves brave men running in Speedos to raise awareness about the cancers affecting men. Cansa is spreading the message that awareness and early detection saves lives. The focus will be on testicular cancer as it is the most common cancer among men.

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Cape Town Has World's Second Best Beaches

30th January 2015

Clifton beach, Cape Town. (Image: SA Tourism)

National Geographic Travel magazine has named South Africa's "capital of cool" in second place on its latest list of the top 10 best beach cities in the world. Cape Town pips sweet spots such as Honolulu, Miami and Rio on the list.

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Johann Rupert Donates R10 Million To Amateur Golf

28th January 2015

Johan Rupert (Image sagoodnews.co.za)

The South African Golf Association (SAGA), in association with the South African Golf Development Board (SAGDB), will launch a South African National Golf Squad programme in response to the sum of R10 million they have received from the foremost financial patron of South African golf, Johann Rupert.

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Saa Leads The Global Field

28th January 2015

An SAA plane flies into Cape Town. Image: SAA)

South Africa leads sky-commerce with the world's first aircraft tracking and real-time payment innovation. South African Airways has developed – and installed – the Satellite Authorisation System, which will allow credit card transactions in the sky, anywhere and anytime.

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Busy Sunday For Knysna Nsri

27th January 2015

Busy Sunday for Knysna NSRI

At 18:50 on Sunday, January 25, NSRI Knysna duty crew launched its sea rescue craft Jaytee III following concerns by a NSRI Knysna crewman at Brenton-on-Sea, who witnessed two SUP surfers (stand-up paddleboarders) appearing to unable to make any headway about a nautical mile off-shore between Three Sisters and Castle Rock.

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South African Scientists Make Astronomy Breakthrough

27th January 2015

The CT2 and CT3 telescopes of the HESS telescope array in Namibia, near Gamsberg mountain. (Image: Wikimedia Commons: HESS Collaboration)

Wits physicists have announced a breakthrough in the study of external galaxies using the High Energy Stereoscopic System telescopes. The team has found three "extremely luminous gamma-ray sources in the Large Magellanic Cloud", a satellite dwarf galaxy of the Milky Way.

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Sa's Vodacom Offers M-pesa Card

26th January 2015

A Vodacom m-pesa EMV card. (Image: APO)

Mobile operator Vodacom has started the large-scale rollout of an EMV banking card that is accepted anywhere, and is linked to its mobile wallet offering, m-pesa. A chipped card, it is secure, and offers greater convenience, security and social inclusion.

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Sa Takes Strides Against Rhino Poaching

26th January 2015

The Kruger National Park has recorded the highest number of rhino killed in 2014. (Image: Kruger National Park )

In 2014, 1 215 rhino were killed by poachers in South Africa. But there has been some success: the National Prosecuting Authority got a 61% conviction rate in the year against poachers, and cross-border co-operation led to arrests in Europe. The translocation programme is also a success.

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Local Is Sa's Greatest Host

23rd January 2015

Graham Greenwood, owner of the Candlewood Lodge in Upper Old Pace, said he could hardly believe it when he heard on Thursday, January 15 that he was one of 40 people worldwide to receive the TripAdvisor Exceptional Service Award.

A guesthouse owner in Knysna has been recognised by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel website, as South-Africa’s most hospitable man!

Inset:  Graham Greenwood, owner of the Candlewood Lodge in Upper Old Pace, said he could hardly believe it when he heard on Thursday, January 15 that he was one of 40 people worldwide to receive the TripAdvisor Exceptional Service Award.

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Junior Surfing Series Starts On Saturday

23rd January 2015

Marieke Viviers surfing at Vic Bay (Photo: Brian Wheal).

The third season of the popular Just Water Quiksilver Vic Bay Junior Summer Surfing Series starts on Saturday 24 January. The series consists of three events over the course of the summer. The main aim of the event is to introduce kids to the wonderful sport of surfing at a young age and to develop and nurture these kids that they could become the future stars of the sport.

Inset: Marieke Viviers surfing at Vic Bay. (Photo: Brian Wheal)

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French Cyclists Ms Pass Through Knysna

22nd January 2015

The 26-year-old cyclist William Taute (left) of Knysna was very to accommodate a team of six French cyclists, camping in his garden as they passed through Knysna on a world tour to raise awareness of Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

Cyclist William Taute of Knysna said he felt really privileged to be able "to pay the favour forward" on Sunday, January 18 when he welcomed a team of six French cyclists into his home for the night.

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Local National Chess Champ

22nd January 2015

The A team: SA u.10 Junior National Chess Champion Michael Sweetbert from George with his chess coach Terry Quirk, from Sedgefield. The medals around Michael's neck are medals he won during 2014.

Michael Sweetbert (9), from George, is the new u.10 national junior chess championship of South Africa. Michael won the title at the SA Junior Chess Championships (SAJCC) in Kimberley on 10 January.

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South Africa Helps To Beat Ebola

22nd January 2015

South Africa helps to beat Ebola (Image: Facebook/WHO)

A team of South African health care professionals is to leave for Sierra Leone, where a South African mobile laboratory already offers Ebola testing facilities. The team leaves as the World Health Organization says trials of two vaccines are to start on healthy human volunteers soon.

Inset: Health workers at the community care centre in Kagbantama village are given thorough training in infection control and use of personal protective equipment to avoid being infected with the Ebola virus. (Image: Facebook/WHO)

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Grootbos Champions South Africa's Biodiversity

22nd January 2015

The Boma, under twisted milkwood trees, at Grootbos. (Image: Facebook/Grootbos)

Grootbos Nature Reserve is one of five African destinations on National Geographic's Unique Lodges of the World list – three from South Africa and two from Tanzania. It has also been nominated for an international Tourism for Tomorrow Award for its conservation programmes.

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Us Publisher Buys Rights To Young South African's Tale

22nd January 2015

'Memoirs of a Born Free: Reflections on the Rainbow Nation' by Malaika wa Azania. (Image: Jacana Media)

Seven Stories Press plans to publish 23-year-old youth activist Malaika wa Azania's book, Memoirs of a Born Free: Reflections on the Rainbow Nation, in the US this year. She reminds us of a "young Steve Biko", the New-York based publisher said.

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South Africa: The 'most Open Country For Fdi In The World'

21st January 2015

South Africa offers investors the stability of a developed country, the opportunities of a vibrant emerging market, and a climate that fosters growth (Photos: Siemens South Africa / MediaClubSouthAfrica.com)

South Africa attracted almost a quarter of all the foreign investment projects in Africa between 2007 and 2013, writes Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies as he heads to Davos for the the annual World Economic Forum meeting.

Inset:  South Africa offers investors the stability of a developed country, the opportunities of a vibrant emerging market, and a climate that fosters growth (Photos: Siemens South Africa / MediaClubSouthAfrica.com)
 

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Knysna International School Opens

20th January 2015

Knysna International School opens

Co-founder of Knysna International School, Michiel Coetzee says that everything was ready for the school’s 2015 student orientation week which started today, January 19.

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Calling All Female Entrepreneurs

20th January 2015

Calling all female entrepreneurs

SEDA (the Small Enterprise Development Agency) is sponsoring a number of coaching programmes for female entrepreneurs and will be working with the SEDA branch in George to launch the Eden District programme.

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