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South Africa Mulls Legalising Rhino Horn Trade

13th November 2014

The Kruger National Park continues to bear the brunt of rhino poaching in South Africa. (Image: Kruger National Park )

South African Department of Environmental Affairs is considering legalising trade in rhino horn as a medium-term solution to rhino poaching. This is just one of the measures that the department is undertaking to slow down the killing of the animals.

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Cape Town Voted Ultimate Fun City

11th November 2014

Sightseeing from Table Mountain, Cape Town. (Image: Cape Town Tourism )

International travellers have for the umpteenth time picked Cape Town as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, ranking the Mother City 24th out of 1 830 cities from around the globe for being a fun place to visit.

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Mossel Bay Man Honoured With Book

11th November 2014

Welile Falake with his copy of the book. (Photo: Cornelle Carstens)

Welile Falake received one of the first copies of 'View Points, the University of Cape Town and its treasures', which has just been published.

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3 Drown At Garden Route Dam

11th November 2014

Three people drowned at the Garden Route Dam this afternoon. The Wilderness NSRI duty crew was activated at 13:50, following reports from EC Government Health Emergency Services that they were responding to a drowning at the dam.

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The King Of Aces Wins Par3 Tournament

11th November 2014

The king of aces wins Par3 tournament

It was fitting that Knysna professional golfer and winner of over 30 professional tournaments, John Bland won the inaugural Sedge Links PGA (Professional Golfers Association) Par3 Invitation Tournament on Saturday, November 8.

Inset: The camaraderie amongst the twelve professional golfers who played the inaugural Par 3 tournament in Sedgefield over the weekend was infectious. Standing behind John Bland (holding his trophy) are several tournament players. From left: Altus Kapp (Scratch Golf - Knysna); Peter Berman (owner of Scratch Golf - Knysna); Roelof Roelofse (One of SA’s top 25 professional teaching professionals); Heinrich Bruiners (George local and European PGA tour player), Chris Dixon (Top 9 professional golfers in South and South Eastern Region), Cliff Barnard (Partially hidden -Plettenberg Bay professional) and well-known professional Titch Moore. (Photo: Fran Kirsten)

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Whale Carcass Washes Up At Noetzie

10th November 2014

A humpback whale washed up on the beach near Noetzie recently. (Photo courtesy of www.LoveKnysna.com.)

The carcass of a humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) washed up West of the Noetzie River some time over the weekend of November 1 and 2.

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Conrad Pezula Lends A Hand

10th November 2014

The Conrad Pezula team, representatives of the Knysna Education Trust, Sophakama Playschool staff and some of the children were at the official handing over of the revamped preschool. (Photo: Christo Vermaak.)

"Yoh! I'm happy, happy. I never thought that I will be in a place like this. It's like a wonder world"

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Safe To Swim In Swartvlei

10th November 2014

Safe to swim in Swartvlei

The Garden Route National Park (SANParks) has removed signs warning people not to swim at the Swartvlei mouth. Jill Bunding-Venter, general manager of SANParks, said on Monday six of the seven sample readings taken last week were compliant.

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Mobile Subscription In Africa Set For Huge Growth

10th November 2014

The mobile industry has transformed the lives of millions of people across sub-Saharan Africa. (Image: Groupe Speciale Mobile Association)

A report by Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA) shows that individual mobile subscribers in sub-Saharan Africa will grow significantly in the next five to six years, fuelled by cheaper mobile services and the current economic boom in the region.

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Chester, The Diabetic Cheetah

7th November 2014

Chester, the diabetic cheetah, receives a dosage of insulin. Photo: provided.

Most of us know about diabetes, or perhaps we even know someone with diabetes. We might even have heard about some domestic cats and dogs to develop diabetes, but a wild animal? Not so much.

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600 Kids Enjoy Petrosa Reserve

6th November 2014

Ridgeview visited the PetroSA Reserve

Pinnacle Conservation experienced a busy time recently, when about 600 learners from Ridgeview Primary School visited the PetroSA Nature Reserve over the course of five days.

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New Project Will Teach Kids The Value Of Pets

6th November 2014

New project will teach kids the value of pets

Knysna Tourism together with Lunchbox Theatre in Plettenberg Bay are planning a joint venture to educate school kids about the value of their pets, specifically dogs. The initiative is due to start next year.

Inset:  Knysna Tourism and Plettenberg Bay's Lunchbox Theatre plan to launch an educational programme to teach Knysna school children that dogs should be cherished. CEO of Knysna Tourism Greg Vogt, (left), Lunchbox Theatre director Stuart Palmer (centre) and Knysna Tourism's operations manager Johan van Schalkwyk met to discuss the possibilities of such a campaign on Friday, October 31.

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Sa Lauded For Promoting Responsible Tourism

6th November 2014

SAASA has won an award for demonstrating that animal attractions can liberate previously captive wildlife and, without petting or exploitation, be commercially successful. (Image: The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance )

Once again, South Africa has come out tops in the 2014 World Responsible Tourism Awards held in London. Three hospitality establishments and an animal sanctuary have received recognition for being environmental friendly whilst being commercially successful.

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Local Development Project Wins Award

4th November 2014

Local development project wins award  (Image: Mossel Bay Advertiser)

The Wolwedans human settlement development project of Great Brak River was awarded the winner in the community upliftment category of the IMESA Biennial Project Excellence Awards.

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Honde Onwelkom Op Strande

3rd November 2014

Vanaf 30 November mag honde, met of sonder halsbande, nie meer op Mosselbaai se strande kom nie.Foto: https://m1.behance.net

Vanaf 30 November sal honde, met of sonder halsbande, nie meer op Mosselbaai se strande toegelaat word nie.  Die proeftydperk van 10 maande, wat in November 2013 deur die munisipale raad goedkeur is om honde op sekere strande, en onderhewig aan sekere voorwaardes, in die Mosselbaai munisipale gebied toe te laat, verstryk op 30 November.

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Tour The George Gardens

3rd November 2014

Lesley Jurgens's garden can be viewed on Saturday 8 November along with others.

Visit magnificent gardens in George on Saturday 8 November and Sunday 9 November. This year's Garden Route Gardens - 'George Open Gardens for Charity' - includes a variety of gardens with beautiful features. Organiser Philda Benkenstein explained, "On Saturday 8 November the town gardens in George will be open for viewing and we hope that the timing is just right to catch the most flowers in bloom.

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Business Solutions Discussed

31st October 2014

Business solutions discussed  (Photo: Fran Kirsten.)

On Tuesday, October 28, representatives of local government, business and industry in the Eden district gathered at Simola Hotel Country Club and Spa to engage in discussions of integrated solutions to grow businesses in the district.

Inset: At a recent business discussion were (from left) Western Cape Economic Development Partnership representative, Andrew Boraine, Eden DM executive mayor Wessie van der Westhuizen and minister of Tourism, Economic Development and Agriculture, MEC Alan Winde. (Photo: Fran Kirsten.)

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Skatelab Gets Kids Off The Streets

31st October 2014

Luke Hartley, Pat Cole and Josh Loff wait for the rain to abate so that they can start the competition. (Photo: Myron Rabinowitz)

Despite last Saturday's inclement weather, 23 skateboarders arrived bright and early in the rain at Skatelab in York Street to compete in the Fire Starter Jesus Triple Tier Skate Comp.

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Leisure Isle Festival This Weekend

29th October 2014

Leisure Isle Festival this weekend (Image: Elle Photography)

This weekend (November 1 and 2), Knysna will celebrate the 12th edition of the Leisure Isle Festival, under the leadership of the festival committee chairperson, Roger Voysey.

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Motsepe Donates Us-million To The Fight Against Ebola

29th October 2014

Patrice Motsepe has donated US-million to the Ebola Fund. (Image: Motsepe Foundation )

South African billionaire and mining guru Patrice Motsepe has donated US-million to the fight against Ebola in Guinea, one of the three West African countries affected by the epidemic.

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