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Free Wifi For Touwsranten Community

26th August 2014

Free wireless internet was officially launched at the Touwsranten Community Hall today by Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities.

Youths from the Touwsranten community, a rural settlement near Hoekwil, can now search the internet for school related tasks or do job hunting from a smart phone, from their own homes.

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Sa, Namibia, Angola Adopt Benguela Current Pact

26th August 2014

South Africa's West Coast Fossil Park, near to Langebaan in the Western Cape, has a wide range of marine life supported by the nutrient-rich Benguela current (Photo: West Coast Fossil Park)

South Africa, Angola and Namibia have signed and adopted the Benguela Current Convention, which will see the three countries working together on the protection and sustainable use of the Benguela Current marine ecosystem, one of the richest ecosystems on earth.

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South Africa's West Coast Explodes In Colour

25th August 2014

Tourists stop to admire the remarkable spring display of wild flowers at the West Coast National Park (Photo: South African National Parks)

It's "flower safari" time as South Africa's West Coast National Park prepares for its annual influx of visitors, come to see the spectacular spring flower displays that take place every August and September.

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Sa Go-ahead For Grand Inga Hydropower Project

25th August 2014

The Inga gorge and dam complex on the Congo River in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Photo: UNEP DR Congo)

The Cabinet has approved the treaty on the Grand Inga hydropower project between South Africa and the DRC, paving the way for what could become the largest hydroelectric project in the world, with the potential to power half the continent.

Inset:  The Inga gorge and dam complex on the Congo River in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, showing the current hydro-electric facilities, which are run off the river schemes, meaning that only a fraction of the main river flow is diverted through the power plants (Photo: UNEP DR Congo)

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Plettenberg Bay Nsri Honoured

22nd August 2014

Plett NSRI to the rescue aboard the RIB, Leonard Smith. (Photo: David Haysom.)

The Plettenberg Bay National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) volunteer crew made Plett proud when they were honoured for their dedication to the service of those in peril at sea at an awards ceremony in Cape Town, on Monday night, August 18.

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Sedgefield Mobile Meals To Close

22nd August 2014

Sedge Mobile Meals chairperson, Carine Bryant photographed at an earlier fundraising event. It is with sadness that she announced that the NGO will close its doors at the end of the month. (Photo: Fran Kirsten.)

It is with tremendous sadness that the Sedgefield Mobile Meals chairperson Carine Bryant announced the possible closure of the much relied-upon, registered Public Benefits Organisation.

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Vic Bay Kiosk Gets New Owner

22nd August 2014

Employees of the sheriff's office loading tables and chairs belonging to Spencers Restaurant in Victoria Bay in August last year. (Photo: Alida de Beer)

The five year lease for the George Municipal tender of the Victoria Bay restaurant was awarded to a Ms RIM Parrang at a rental of R17 105 per month (14% Vat excluded), plus 10% annual escalation per annum. The contract for the kiosk/restaurant was signed on 13 August.

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French Hunt For Beautiful Bargains

21st August 2014

Knysna Hospice's 'Maison Market' offers something to look forward to for all lovers of beautiful things and bargains.

Knysna Hospice will, once again, be hosting its ‘Maison Market’, a market founded in the French tradition, that offers gently used home and garden treasures at bargain prices, on Friday and Saturday, August 29 and 30.

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Mobile Video-streaming App For Low-bandwidth Africa

21st August 2014

Mobile video-streaming app for low-bandwidth Africa (Photo: Tuluntulu)

A South African developed video streaming solution, specially designed to cater for the low-speed internet environment encountered in most parts of Africa, has been released as a free mobile application for Apple and Android phones.

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South African Banks Healthy, Robust: Sarb

21st August 2014

A First National Bank branch at Fourways Mall in Johannesburg (Photo: Fourways Mall)

South Africa's banking sector is healthy and robust, the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) said on Tuesday, adding that it disagreed with the decision by ratings agency Moody's to downgrade the country's "big four" commercial banks.

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Flower Show Hosted Again In October

20th August 2014

The Mossel Bay Flower Show is an annual delight to gardening enthusiasts and visitors alike.

The annual Mossel Bay Flower Show to held at the Bartolomeu Dias Museum from 24 to 26 October attracts thousands of entries from locals, but also surrounding areas from Knysna to Albertinia.

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Locally Made Trophies For Rs Tera World Sailing

20th August 2014

Displaying The Hellstrom family. James (centre) is the new RS Tera Pro World Champion. Here he and his sister Robyn are with their unique trophies, crafted in Knysna

The recent RS Tera World Sailing held at Pine Lake Marina in Sedgefield was a great success and will have a very positive influence on the hosting of future international events in Knysna, says Knysna Tourism marketing manager Johan van Schalkwyk.

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Dance Mosaic Wows Audiences

20th August 2014

Dance Mosaic was a spectacular show.

For 90 minutes audiences were enthralled while being presented with a show filled with drama, passion and exquisite choreography, during Saturday's three shows of Dance Mosaic.

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Sa Scientists Helping To Develop 'game-changing' Tb Drug

20th August 2014

Photo: Je'nine May / University of Cape Town

South African scientists are part of an international research group that is on track to deliver more effective, less expensive and shorter TB treatment - and one which also has the potential to cure multi-drug-resistant TB - using a new combination of drugs.

Inset:  Dr Rod Dawson (right), head of the Clinical Research Unit at the UCT Lung Institute, with the rest of the UCT's team of TB researchers (from left) Thami Mlonyeni, Bernie Isaacs, Michelle Evreva, Dr Kim Narunsky, Gloria Vusani, Lizette Rooi, and Suraya Beukes (Photo: Je'nine May / University of Cape Town)

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Africa's Growth Potential - And Its 'next 10' Biggest Cities

20th August 2014

Luanda, capital city of Angola (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Global investors are increasingly taking note of the untapped potential of sub-Saharan Africa, and most major international corporations are already active in its three largest cities. According to a new report, they should also be getting excited about the region's "Next 10" biggest cities.

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Southern Cape Artists Stream To Exhibition

19th August 2014

In the 'Narrative' section this oil painting, titled Eight Months, by Neeske Alexander was awarded a R1 000 cash prize. Neeske was not present at the awards.

Over 200 art lovers streamed into the George Museum's beautiful Sayers Hall on Tuesday evening as guests of the South Cape Association for the Visual Arts (Scava).

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R2.7-billion Youth Fund Launched

19th August 2014

Dynamic young entrepreneurs are helping to drive South Africa's job creation and economic growth (Photo: Brand South Africa)

The National Youth Development Agency, Industrial Development Corporation and Small Enterprise Finance Agency have launched a R2.7-billion Youth Fund aimed at creating millions of sustainable jobs in the country.

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Upgrade Complete For Oyster Catcher Trail Run

18th August 2014

The Oyster Catcher Trail Run takes runners along some of the best-kept secrets along the coastline of Mossel Bay (Photo: Mark Sampson)

They say if a business makes it past the third year it should survive. In this case, and in its third year, the Oyster Catcher Trail Run in the Western Cape of South Africa is going to far exceed expectations.

Inset: The Oyster Catcher Trail Run takes runners along some of the best-kept secrets along the coastline of Mossel Bay and its surrounds and, with a third day added to the previous two stages, it allows even the most unfit trail runner a suitable option to choose from according to their fitness. (Photo: Mark Sampson)

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Oyama Matomela: Hard Work, Belief Give You Wings

18th August 2014

Matomela was born in 1991 in Port Elizabeth and it was there, in the friendly city, that her aunt would take her and her cousins to the Port Elizabeth International Airport to watch aircraft take off and land.

Watching planes take off and land at Port Elizabeth International Airport inspired a passion for flying in Oyama Matomela; today she is one of South Africa's youngest pilots, and was the first woman to qualify as a pilot through an Eastern Cape bursary scheme.

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Sailors Head To Olympics

15th August 2014

Young sailor Megan Robertson, with coach Rob Holden are currently in Nanjing, China for the Youth Olympics. (Photo: Supplied)

After a year of preparation, planning and organising, the day has finally come that the Youth Olympic sailing team sets off for China. "This will be the first year that South African youth sailors will be taking part in the Youth Olympic Games and we are excited to learn from this experience," said Rob Holden, the Youth Olympic coach.

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