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Sedgefield's Aspiring Mr South Africa

26th February 2014

Fanus Brink

Sedgefield resident Stefan Brink (28), an insurance broker in George, is one of 92 young men who will compete for the title of Mr South Africa.

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Fire At Wonki Ware Pottery Studio

26th February 2014

Wonki Ware owner, Di Marshall's son, Dillon Marshall and girlfriend, Josslyn Quin.

A fire that broke out at 18:00 on Saturday at the pottery kilns of Wonki Ware Di Marshall's Pottery in York Street, was contained within an hour by the George Fire Brigade.

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J-bay Returns To Asp World Championship Tour

26th February 2014

South African surfing superstar Jordy Smith goes aerial (Photo: Kelly Cestari)

The Association of Surfing Professionals has announced the return of world-famous South African surf spot Jeffreys Bay to the elite ASP World Championship Tour schedule for the next three years.

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Surfing Brings Voluntourists To Mossel Bay

26th February 2014

All images courtesy Jenya Zhivaleva

A young Mossel Bay-based business that describes itself as “a social enterprise of travelling companions rather than just a tour company” is using its social non-profit arm and voluntour programme to bring real value to kids in the rural village of Friemersheim.

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Polocrosse Tournament In Wilderness

25th February 2014

A recent photo taken by Fran Kirsten at the Tenikwa Polocrosse Club.

Garden Route polocrosse enthusiasts seldom have the opportunity to compete or watch this magnificent sport so close to home, but thanks to Tenikwa Polocrosse Club, they are able to do so on 1 and 2 March.

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Emotions Run High Over Burnt Train

25th February 2014

The train was destroyed in the fire. (Photo: Tanya Watson)

Emotions are running high after a devastating fire destroyed the well-known train - previously home to Hop In, Herman's and Zanzibar - in Courtenay Street early yesterday morning.

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Over R1bn In Small Business Funding Approved

25th February 2014

Khengenene Welding Works in Tsonga, Mpumalanga got access to funding for new machinery through the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Photo: Small Enterprise Development Agency)

The Small Business Finance Agency, a subsidiary of the state-owned Industrial Development Corporation, has approved funding of over R1-billion for small business development in South Africa over the last two years, says Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel.

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R165m Fund To Develop Transnet's Small Suppliers

25th February 2014

A locomotive belonging to state-owned transport company, Transnet Freight Rail. Transnet is spending heavily to revive South Africa's rail network (Photo: Transnet)

State company Transnet has partnered with the Small Enterprise Finance Agency and resources giant Anglo-American to launch a R165-million fund to help small black-owned companies become the rail utility's suppliers.

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Proteas Turn The Tables On Australia

25th February 2014

Proteas' fast bowler Dale Steyn celebrates capturing an Australian wicket, second test, Port Elizabeth, 23 February 2014 (Photo: Cricket South Africa)

There are plenty of statistics in cricket. One thing that cannot be quantified, however, is character, but there was plenty of it on show in the second test in Port Elizabeth as South Africa thrashed Australia by 231 runs in four days to reverse a massive defeat in the first test.

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Ska 'will Be An Astronomy Game-changer'

24th February 2014

Artist's impression of Square Kilometre Array dishes at night.   (Image  Swinburne Astronomy Productions / Square Kilometre Array)

"There is a global buzz about doing cutting-edge science with the SKA, and the project is already attracting some of the world's foremost scientific talent to South Africa," project director Bernie Fanaroff said last week as the who's who of global radio astronomy gathered in Stellenbosch to discuss the Square Kilometre Array.

Inset: Artist's impression of Square Kilometre Array dishes at night. The full facility will comprise around 3 000 antennas with a combined collecting area of roughly one square kilometre (Image © Swinburne Astronomy Productions / Square Kilometre Array)

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South Africa 'to Speed Up Economic Transformation'

24th February 2014

South African President Jacob Zuma responds to the debate on his State of the Nation address, Parliament, Cape Town, 20 February 2014 (Photo: GCIS)

South Africa will enter a new "radical phase" of economic transformation over the next five years to address poverty, unemployment and inequality, President Jacob Zuma said in Cape Town on Thursday.

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Another Expert's Opinion On Red Tide

22nd February 2014

Red tide in Knysna. (Photo by Janet Upsher.)

Grant Pitcher of the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) confirmed that the dinoflagellate species, Lingulodinium Polyedrum, was present in a water sample from the Knysna Estuary.

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Dusi Champ Zondi Wants Non-stop Title As Well

22nd February 2014

Andy Birkett and Sbonelo Zondi romped to victory in the 2013 Non-Stop Dusi Canoe Marathon and the 2014 Dusi Canoe Marathon (Photo: Anthony Grote, Gameplan Media)

Just two weeks after winning the 2014 Dusi Canoe Marathon with paddling partner Andy Birkett, Sbonelo Zondi will chase what would be a remarkable victory over the same route - this time in a K1 kayak, and over one day - in the Non-Stop Dusi.

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Scifest Africa To Celebrate African Space Science

22nd February 2014

National Geographic Emerging Explorer Barrington Irving Jr will be a special guest of Scifest Africa 2014 (Photo: Department of Science and Technology)

Scifest Africa, South Africa's national science festival, lifts off in Grahamstown on 12 March under the theme "Into the space!", offering visitors over 500 events exploring spaces big and small, including the human brain, the atmosphere and the universe.

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Whatsapp Takes Sa Mobile Phones By Storm

22nd February 2014

Africa is the fastest growing mobile phone market in the world (Image courtesy of kiwanja.net)

WhatsApp could soon be the leading social network on South African mobile phones, with more than half - or 10.6-million - of the country's urban adults now using the instant messaging service, according to researchers World Wide Worx and Fuseware.

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Hawks Pounce On Creative 'smugglers'

21st February 2014

Hawks pounce on creative 'smugglers'

Sedgefield artists, Bevan van Druten and Laura Stalpers literally felt grabbed by the horns on their return trip from Johannesburg on February 4.

Inset: Two Sedgefield artists, Bevan van Druten and Laura Stalpers, got pulled off the road by the Hawks for 'smuggling' this beautiful rhino made from driftwood. All said and done, they could have no better compliment for their work!

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World-class Choir In Plett

21st February 2014

The internationally acclaimed Cape Town Youth Choir will perform in Plettenberg Bay on February 22 and 23.

The internationally acclaimed Cape Town Youth Choir will perform in Plettenberg Bay in aid of Hospice Plett over the weekend of February 22 and 23.  The choir, originally founded as the Pro Cantu Youth Choir in 1997, brings together exceptionally talented young South Africans and allows them the opportunity to sing in an ensemble of the highest standard whilst offering their audiences a moving musical experience.

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Cemair Announces Plett Flights

20th February 2014

CemAir wil use a Beechcraft 1900 to transport passengers between Plettenberg Bay, Johannesburg and Cape Town.

CemAir is pleased to announce a new scheduled flight service between OR Tambo International Airport and Plettenberg Bay with connecting flights between Plettenberg Bay and Cape Town International Airport, commencing on Friday, March 28.

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Botanical Garden In Need

20th February 2014

Jacques Lourens and  Kristen Hoek (Photo: Pauline Lourens)

The financial predicament of the Garden Route Botanical Garden (GRBG) has been in the headlines for the past weeks. 

Inset: Website administrator Jacques Lourens joined up as a 'Friend of the Garden' last week and also pledged his involvement to help create a new interactive website for the Garden Route Botanical Garden. He chats to administrative officer Kristen Hoek about the plants sold at the nursery from Monday to Friday. (Photo: Pauline Lourens)

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Duo To Fly Sa Flag At World Cycling Champs

20th February 2014

South African track cycling star Bernard Esterhuizen (Photo: Track Cycling South Africa)

Cycling South Africa has selected Bernard Esterhuizen and Nolan Hoffman to represent the country at the 2014 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Cali, Colombia, which takes place from 26 February to 2 March.

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