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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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Saving South Africa's Wildlife

20th February 2014

The Riverine Rabbit or Vleihaas is South Africa's second most endangered animal after the De Winton's Golden Mole. Pictured above is a juvenile Riverine Rabbit. (image: Endangered Wildlife Trust)

Did you know the Riverine Rabbit is South Africa's second-most endangered animal after the De Winton's Golden Mole? The Endangered Wildlife Trust has been working since 1973 to protect many of Africa's unique species from extinction. Read more about its conservation programmes on Play Your Part.

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Crazy Ties Big Band Live On Stage

19th February 2014

Crazy Ties Big Band live on stage

Big band orchestras do not easily find their way to the Garden Route, but sometimes fortune favours opportunity. "On Tuesday 25 February the citizens of George will be privileged to see the Crazy Ties Big Band live on stage," said George Music Society's Sandra van der Merwe. This orchestra comprises 20 members, ranging in age from 15 to 53.

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S&p Launches New South African Index Suite

19th February 2014

The JSE ranks as one of the top 20 exchanges worldwide in terms of market capitalisation (Photo: IvyFunds.com)

S&P Dow Jones, the world's largest provider of securities indexes, has announced the launch of the S&P South African Composite, which measures the performances of companies actively traded and listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

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Klaasen, Butorac Claim Title In Memphis

19th February 2014

South African tennis star Raven Klaasen won three ATP World Tour doubles titles in 2013 (Photo: Tenis Seguros Bolivar)

South African tennis star Raven Klaasen continued his outstanding start to 2014 when he and partner Eric Butorac teamed up to capture the doubles title at the US National Indoor Tennis Championships in the USA on Sunday.

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Occ: Another Win For Ernst Van Dyk

18th February 2014

The main event of the day, the 42,2km race, was once again won by well-known athelte, Ernst van Dyk (left). (Photo: Henrica Veldman)

Despite the sweltering heat on Saturday (15 Feburary), more than 1 000 athletes took part in the annual Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge (OCC).  Competitors from across the country, and the world, competed in this year's event - a highlight on George's annual calendar.

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Sa Movie Goes Trilingual For Dvd Release

18th February 2014

South African animated movie Khumba has has been translated into over 20 foreign languages (Image: Triggerfish Animation Studios)

In a first for South African film, animated adventure comedy Khumba will be available to the South African public on DVD in English, isiZulu and Afrikaans from 3 March. The film is still on circuit internationally and has been translated into over 20 foreign languages.

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Pierre Terblanche Puts Sa Design Skills On The Map

18th February 2014

Pierre-Tereblanche

South African Pierre Terblanche's childhood passion for design and motorbikes blossomed into an automotive design career that has seen him create some of the world's most beautiful motorcycles.

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Mainstream Renewable Power Announces R9 Billion Wind Build

17th February 2014

Leading Irish based renewable energy company, Mainstream Renewable Power, has unveiled eight utility-scale wind and solar projects which are to reach financial close and go into construction this year. Three of these projects are situated in South Africa.

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Cupcakes Of Hope For Cancer Children

17th February 2014

Cupcakes of Hope for cancer children

The Garden Route Ladies Circle will be hosting a Cupcakes of Hope ladies tea on 1 March at Trattoria Figaro Restaurant (next to Let's Go Bowling in York Street), George. Their aim is to create awareness and raise funds for children with cancer to cover their medical expenses.

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Man And 'best Friend' Hit The Long Road

17th February 2014

Russel Kearney and his faithful travel companion Kei is docking in Mossel Bay as part of their 6000km journey through South Africa.

When it comes to Russell Kearney's walkabout adventures, it seems like the old adage of 'having been around the block more than once', rings true in a very literal sort of way. In the past 11-and-a-half months, Kearney and his two-year-old Africanus x Pitbull, Kei, have trekked 5500km all over South Africa.

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