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Vodacom Empowers High School Learners With Free Education Content

23rd February 2015

Vodacom Empowers High School Learners With Free Education Content

Vodacom introduced its education portal called Vodacom e-school at Riet Valley Combined School, KwaZulu Natal. The Vodacom e-school serves as a learning platform with Internet access to education content sites for all grades 10-12 high school South African learners.Vodacom introduced its education portal called Vodacom e-school at Riet Valley Combined School, KwaZulu Natal. The Vodacom e-school serves as a learning platform with Internet access to education content sites for all grades 10-12 high school South African learners.

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Occ Wheelchair Race 2015

21st February 2015

21stFebruary 2015  this is the date that the Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge (OCC) takes place in George this year. Here, race organiser Ansie Swart is with Mathys Roets who participated in the 10km event last year.

This year’s Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge – the thirteenth race since its inception in 2002 – takes place in host and founder city George on 21 February 2015. The race - fondly known as the ‘OCC’ amongst the athletes - attracts over 1000 entrants from South Africa and at least eight different countries around the world every year.

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Buffalo Rally Is On Its Way

20th February 2015

Mossel Bay is ready to welcome thousands of riders and their friends when the 2015 Buffalo Rally gets under way on Friday, 20 March. (Photo: Kevin van Blerk)

Mossel Bay is gearing up for the return of the Buffalo Rally - ‘The Buff - which will take place from 20 to 22 March. This 38th edition of the Rally - which is organised by Cape Town’s Nomads Motorcycle Club - will mark the 10th time that it’s been held in Mossel Bay.

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Local Girl Rescues Tourist

20th February 2015

Stefni Muller saved a British tourist from drowning at Buffel's Bay.

A Knysna jeweller, Stefni Muller saved a British tourist from drowning at Buffel's Bay on Tuesday afternoon, February 17. According to Magru Muller, Stefni's mother who saw the whole rescue operation, the six-foot tall tourist Geoff Church landed in a rip-current in extremely rough sea conditions.

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Fuel Price Helps Ease Inflation

20th February 2015

Much of South Africa's fuel is transported by road. (Photo: Sasol / MediaClubSouthAfrica.com)

South Africa's Consumer Price Index dropped to 4.4% in January 2015 – its lowest level since April 2011, Stats SA announced on Wednesday. Economists say inflation is expected to drop further in February as the significant fuel price decreases continue to filter through.

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Low Oil Price To Hit African Exploration Groups

20th February 2015

The port of Saldanha. Global oil and gas groups are negotiating joint ventures with South African firms at the Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone (Photo: Saldanha Bay IDZ Licencing Company)

According to Fit for Oil in Africa, Africa has reported substantial successes in the exploration for hydrocarbons over the past decade. However, oil and gas explorers will need to rethink their expenditure in Africa in light of the drop in the global oil price.

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Wilderness Hotel To Be Upgraded

19th February 2015

Wilderness Hotel to be upgraded

The Wilderness Hotel, believed to date back to 1932, has changed hands many times and was at one time known as Möven Pick Hotel, Protea Hotel and Karos and Oude Karos Hotel (when it was sectional title owned).

Inset:  The Robin's Nest team of graphic designers, interior decorators and owners examine the plans for an upgrade of the Wilderness Hotel involving several million rand. From left are: Leon de Kock (manager, Wilderness Hotel), Albert Wiffen (co-owner, Wilderness Hotel), Madré van den Berg, Natashia Barnard, Janet Kruger, Sue Oelofse and Robin van den Berg (owner, Robin's Nest Interiors) (Photo: Pauline Lourens).

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Lewis Pugh In 'world's Most Dangerous Swim'

19th February 2015

Lewis Pugh had to abandon his first Antarctic swim  at Campbell Island on 14 February 2015 - after he was chased by a sea lion.

The human polar bear is in the Antarctic to swim five consecutive 1km swims in waters as cold as -1.7°C to help draw attention to his campaign to have the Ross Sea declared a marine protected area.

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Second Group Of South Africans Sent To West Africa

19th February 2015

A laboratory worker examines samples to help diagnose suspected Ebola patients during an outbreak in the Congo in 2012 (Image: WHO)

Another group of South African health workers, comprising nurses and paramedics, are flying to Sierra Leone, where they will join other agencies in combating the Ebola outbreak and treating people infected with the virus.

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Another Tourism Board Member Resigns

18th February 2015

Greg Vogt CEO, Knysna Tourism with Councillor Louisa Hart.

Knysna Tourism CEO Greg Vogt accepted the resignation of the board’s chairperson, Jo Melville yesterday. “Our chairperson sited a ‘conflict of interests’ as one of her reasons for her resignation,” said Vogt.

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Outeniqua Pass Roadworks

18th February 2015

Outeniqua Pass roadworks (Photo: Myron Rabinowitz)

The resealing of the Outeniqua Pass is going according to plan and traffic flow is expected to return to almost normal by the end of next week.

Inset:  The resealing of the Outeniqua Pass is going according to plan and traffic flow is expected to return to almost normal by the end of next week. (Photo: Myron Rabinowitz)

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How New Technologies Benefit Poorer Economies

18th February 2015

The state-of-the-art mining robot developed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research is able to assess mines after blasting, to ensure they are safe for mineworkers to enter. (Image: Shamin Chibba)

Over the past 20 years, technology has helped emerging economies climb the income league tables. Globalisation has allowed them to adopt innovations from developed markets, helping to improve health, education levels and accelerate urbanisation, writes economist Madhur Jha.

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Annual Oakhill Waterfront Chukka Festivals Kick Off This Weekend

18th February 2015

Annual Oakhill Waterfront Chukka Festivals kick off this weekend

Oakhill School’s 4th annual Waterfront Chukka Festivals, which have helped to put water polo back on the map in the Garden Route, are set to take place from 19 to 22 February (Prep School) and 27 February to 1 March (College). Registration is on the Thursday of each weekend, with games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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Plett To Host 2nd Mad Festival

17th February 2015

Plett to host 2nd MAD Festival

Organisers announced this week that the second Plett Music, Arts and Drama (MAD) Festival will be held from June 25 to July 18 and will run concurrently with the popular Knysna Oyster Festival and National Arts Festival in an attempt to increase visitors' Garden Route experience.

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Man Falls To His Death

16th February 2015

A 27-year-old man fell to his death yesterday while busy removing alien vegetation near the Bloukrans River. (Photo: Hilton Roman)

A 27-year-old man fell to his death on Thursday while busy removing alien vegetation near the Bloukrans River.  An Oudtshoorn Western Cape Health Department medical emergency service rescue helicopter was dispatched at about 12.30 after reports that a man had fallen down a cliff in the Nature's Valley area.

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Load Shedding Hurts Local Business

13th February 2015

Garden Route Mall Operations Manager Geoff Warner (left) and Centre Manager Rion Olivier. The mall is exploring the possibility of installing generators. (Photo:  Alida De Beer)

With load shedding here to stay for the foreseeable future, business owners are forced to either fork out and invest in costly generators, or, as is the case with many small businesses, face losing out each time the power is cut.

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Ibm Invests R700m In Sa Research Lab

13th February 2015

An artist's visualisation of IBM's new South Africa Research laboratory  (Image: IBM)

IBM plans to expand its global research network into South Africa by establishing a research lab in Tshimologong Precinct in Braamfontein. The lab will focus on advancing big data, cloud computing and mobile technologies.

Inset:  An artist's visualisation of IBM's new South Africa Research laboratory. The lab will be co-located with Wits University in the Tshimologong Precinct in Braamfontein – an inner-city area which is re-emerging as one of Johannesburg's most dynamic and vibrant districts. (Image: IBM)
 

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Cycling Stars Heading For Knysna

12th February 2015

Three-time Absa Cape Epic champion Stefan Sahm will head up a star-studded field for the Garden Route 300 mountain bike stage race in Knysna from February 27 to March 1 (Photo: Jetline Action Photo)

Top international mountain-bikers will descend on Knysna for a serious three-day test at the Garden Route 300 (GR300) stage race that starts on February 27.

Inset:  Three-time Absa Cape Epic champion Stefan Sahm (photographed during the Pennypinchers Origin of Trails, which he also won) will head up a star-studded field for the Garden Route 300 mountain bike stage race in Knysna from February 27 to March 1. (Photo: Jetline Action Photo.)

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Kulula Comments On Bumpy Flight

12th February 2015

Kulula airline

Kulula airline has commented on last week's article in which the George Herald reported on a landing on the afternoon of 29 January and a take-off on Sunday morning 1 February. Both incidents occurred at OR Tambo International Airport (Ortia).

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Fire Keeps Farmers Awake

12th February 2015

The fire in Waboomskraal, which started on Monday afternoon, had residents worried. According to the photographer, Vianca Viljoen, this tree is at least two storeys high.

A fire that started on Monday on a farm in Waboomskraal was still causing a lot of smoke yesterday morning - visible from George. The fire had farmers running around throughout the night on Monday and was only brought under control by Tuesday afternoon.

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