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friendsofgeorge is a formidable group of people from varying walks of life, from housewives and retired gentry to earnest entrepreneurs and top executives. Our primary objective is to enhance the economic  viability of George by the establishment of a business initiative forum to safe guard our business fraternity. Through frequent networking functions, and an informative and interactive website are we able to connect with one another, supporting each other in our businesses, our social and cultural activities and even day to day living.
 
Furthermore through friendsofgeorge, we are able to take an active part in addressing social needs in our city with mentoring support groups for young entrepreneurs from the disadvantaged sectors of our community. In addition we are able to support several local charity organizations and are involved with some exciting fund raising projects. We are a group of men and women living in and around George who are proud of our beautiful city with its many faces.


This is our Eden where we work and live, where we bring up our children in a safe and relaxed environment, where people still have time for one another and for others.  We recognize that as citizens of George, we are all custodians of our beautiful city and must take responsibility for our extraordinary heritage.  Collectively through friendsofgeorge, we have the clout and know-how to be an effective part of ensuring the future of our community as well as the protection of our precious natural resources. We are passionate about our city and through friendsofgeorge we are able be an integral part of protecting George's treasure chest of natural beauty, our dams, rivers, beaches, mountains, flora and fauna.
 
Membership to friendsofgeorge offers you a wealth of benefits.  In the regular networking functions you will have opportunity to meet your fellow Friends and promote and advertise your business: You are able to have a page on our website clearly defining your business: By introducing a new Friend, you will become a Best Buddy¹ and earn commission; You will be able to enjoy discounts at selected shops and restaurants: Participate in fund raising efforts and simply enjoy fun events: Be involved in various community projects and charitable organizations: Become a champion for our city and guard its beauty and resources. Get involved now! RADIANT SUMMER GROUP (PTY)LTD - TEL: 044 873 4155 - 076 135 5955 - 9 RAND ST - GEORGE INDUSTRIA - GEORGE - PO BOX 9712 - GEORGE 6529


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"BRUNCH" Free Boereworsroll and Coffee...!

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"Buzz over Coffee" It's FREE!!! Please join us for another "great" A C T I V E Network at 9 Rand St at 10h00 - George Industria on Thursday 20 July 2019. Come and meet our host " MADELYNE LANSDELL - 081 701 7998 - OHS OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY. Come and tell us about your Company and Product. We will feed you Boerewors Rolls and Coffee......! It's all FREE...! For more information please call

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POPULAR GETAFIX CAFÉ CLOSES DOWN

- GEORGE NEWS


The outside tables at Getafix Café were popular.
GEORGE NEWS - Getafix Café in the Garden Route Botanical Garden is closing its doors after trading for four years.

The popular venue, that launched events like the successful monthly Friday night market and garden movie nights, has suffered a major loss of income during the past year due to the roadworks in Caledon Street and the business has become unviable, said owner Michelle Cawood-Van Vuuren.

"It is with a heavy heart that we have reached the decision to close Getafix Garden Café last Thursday night. This has not been an easy decision as staff is involved. Breadwinners who feed families have been impacted by this decision."



She said the effect of the roadworks placed them in a position where they could not pay their rent on time.

"We did try to sustain the rent with small events. The Botanical Garden Trust was advised that I would pay as soon as I can, but on Thursday afternoon we received a lawyer's letter from them to inform us of the cancellation of our rental contract.

"We would like to thank all who supported us, both our clientele and our suppliers who stood by us during the lean year when we were placed under severe stress from the roadworks. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by our closure but we are left with no alternative," said Cawood-Van Vuuren.

Chairman of the Garden Trust, Roger Bath, said, "It is very important to us to have a viable, quality tea garden restaurant at the Botanical Garden so we are also very sorry to have to take these steps, but we have to look to the interests of the trust which remains financially stressed - although the position is substantially improved - and we cannot subsidise her business."

Residents of Caledon Street recently met with an attorney regarding possible financial damages claims against the George Municipality. The rebuilding of the road began in June last year and was supposed to have been completed within about four months.

According to the municipality, the project was undertaken for the sake of improved carrying capacity for the buses of the public bus service. Limited and difficult access to properties during the roadworks caused a sharp decline in visitor numbers to businesses like guesthouses and the restaurant.

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DANCING FOR DOGS AT THE ARTS THEATRE

- GEORGE NEWS


Dancers from left are Courtney Ellis, Nico Fourie, Karla Janse van Rensburg, Marianne Holm, Tristan Bruton and Erin Shackleton.


GEORGE NEWS - Local dance schools are taking hands in a project to raise funds for mass sterilisations of township animals.

Dancers of York High School Dance Department, the Nico Fourie Dance Academy, Absolute Dance Studio and Marlise's School of Spanish Dance are joining host Abbi Geldenhuys Academy of Ballet to put up a variety show in aid of this cause.

Dance Mosaic - Dancing for Dogs showcases a tangible mix of dance styles, ranging from classical ballet to tango, Hip Hop, lyrical jazz, contemporary and Spanish dancing.

The performance will take place on 12 and 13 July at the Oakhurst Insurance George Arts Theatre. Shows will take place at 15:00 and 19:00 on both days,

Proceeds from the shows on Friday 12 July will go to the PDSA, and Odin will receive Saturday's takings. Tickets cost R100 (adults) and R80 (block bookings 10 plus) and R60 kids under 12.

Tickets are available on Computicket or Theatre Box Office. The public is asked to please bring along tins of cat or dog food for the charities, who will be present on their respective days.

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Our host: MARK GROENEWALD - McDONNALD'S COURTENAY ST. - GEORGE

Please come and introduce yourselves, your company and your Product to the “friends” on
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SIMPLE RULES FOR A WINTER GARDENA WINTER GARDEN

- GEORGE NEWS

Simple rules for a winter garden
For plants like roses, fruit trees, wisteria and ornamental shrubs, a good prune during the last two weeks of July or the first week of August is a must.

PROPERTY NEWS - Out of sight, out of mind: that is how many gardens suffer neglect though winter. Your winter garden may not be the prettiest it's ever been - the trees are bare, the grass is browning and it's just too cold to be outside.

But if you look forward to beautiful spring blooms and a spring-ready garden, grabbing a jacket and bearing the cold will be worth it.

Prepare your plants
When animals hibernate for the winter they do it on a full stomach and with stores of food. Think of your winter garden as your garden in hibernation. In nature, the fallen leaves and plant matter fill the soil with the extra nutrients plants need through winter so they can thrive through spring.

Make sure your plants have their fill of mulch and compost throughout winter. This will help to protect them from the cold and give them a great start come spring.

Stay clear of quick release fertilisers though - you don't want to encourage new growth just before a cold snap.

Be water wise
Although it is better to water your plants at night during summer to avoid the water evaporating before it is absorbed, in winter it's better to water plants during the day. This will help prevent the water freezing on your plants and damaging them if temperatures dip.

Prune, prune, prune and prune some more
Pruning your plants in winter seems like you risk finishing them off after they've been battered by the elements, but looks in this case are definitely deceiving.

For plants like roses, fruit trees, wisteria and ornamental shrubs, a good prune during the last two weeks of July or the first week of August is a must.

Pruning increases your plant's ability to flower and in some cases bear fruit - which is just what you need in spring.

Read up on winter planting
Spring may be the time for blooming, but that doesn't mean nothing will grow in your garden in winter. Fill the empty patches in your garden with annuals and even some veggies that thrive during the colder months and you will be surprised by the difference it makes to your garden.

Try planting some of the following flowering seedlings for a pop of colour: English daisies, stocks, Iceland poppies, violas, pansies, foxgloves, snapdragons, sweet Williams and primulas.

These veggies will do well in winter if you plant them now: peas, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, tatsoi, lettuce and onions. Look for seedlings to give your homegrown veg a head start.

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GREAT "BUZZ OVER COFFEE" A C T I V E NETWORK.
Our host: JOHANN NYSSCHEN - VIDEOGRAPHY AND PHOTOGRAPHY

Please come and introduce yourselves, your company and your Product to the “friends” on Thursday 06 June 2019 morning at 10h00

It’s FREE.! You will be given the opportunity to tell us all about your business. You can also come and exhibit your
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ABOUT JOHANN KNYSSCHEN - VIDEOGRAPHY AND PHOTOGRAPHY

Palm Films is an effective VIDEO and PHOTO production studio managed by Johann and his wife Annette Nysschen. The studio is based in George, situated in the Western Cape, South Africa The couple enjoy traveling to various locations, whatever the production calls for.

Johann Nysschen is an independent producer/director capable of handling all facets of production, from concept to final product with his own production equipment. The full HD workflow allows him to convert to all popular video standards.
He also specializes in corporate marketing and promotional productions, having extensive experience in working with a huge variety of businesses. He employs freelance professionals on a regular basis, but handle most facets of production and post production himself.

His passion is documentaries and still photography with human interest and nature.
Some of his clients and previous work include the following:
" Nokia defend your streets (Broadcasted National)
" Nokia Dealer Conferences (Broadcasted National)
" Women's World Cup Of Golf (Opening and Closing shows - Sun City) (Broadcasted International)
" World Motor Cross Championship (Broadcasted International)
" Old Mutual - Vukani Fashion Week, Johannesburg (Broadcasted National)
" Mrs South Africa 2011 - Fancourt, George (Broadcasted National)
" Steve Hoffmeyer, Juanita du Plessis and Theuns Jordaan at ATKV Hartenbos 2011 - Live Video Feeds
" Mossel Bay Tourism, Diaz Festival 2011
" Eden District Municipality
" BBEC - Kaelo Awards - Hyatt Hotel Oubaai 2012
" Geloof Hoop en Liefde - Three episodes filmed in Mossel Bay
" Kwêla - 2008
" "Keuses" - Afrikaans Feature Film (Released National 2009)
" "Die Erfgenaam" - Afrikaans Feature Film (Released National 2018)
Mission:

Passionate to help the community - passion to use visual mediums to entertain, inspire, effect change in, and bring a message of hope to the world around me.
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SWEEPING CHANGES KEY TO PROTEAS’ REVIVAL

- IN GENERALGenerally, when South Africans are down we tend to bounce back quite well and we play our best cricket under pressure, says Harris.



Protea's captain, Faf du Plessis.

CRICKET NEWS - Although they believe the national team can bounce back and reach the play-offs, sweeping changes will be required for the Proteas to regain their best form, according to some of the country’s former cricket greats.

After falling in crushing defeats to hosts England and Bangladesh, the SA team were gearing up to face giants India in Southampton tomorrow in their third game of the Cricket World Cup. Former Proteas’ spin bowler Paul Harris felt the players could recover if they increased their intensity.

“They’ve put themselves under enormous pressure, considering they play India in their third game, but if they get the intensity right and start stringing some partnerships together with the bat, they can come back,” Harris said.

“Generally, when South Africans are down we tend to bounce back quite well and we play our best cricket under pressure, which we are under now.”

Although the squad had been dealt multiple injury blows, with key players being sidelined, former top-order batsman Jimmy Cook was confident of their chances. But he, too, admitted tomorrow’s match would be crucial.

“They’ve had injury problems, but that’s why you take a full squad. They need to make do with what they’ve got,” Cook said.

“I think they can still turn it around, but they will need to beat India. That game is a must-win now.”

Admitting he was disappointed with the results produced by the Proteas so far, retired spin bowler Pat Symcox felt long-term changes were required in order to lift the domestic standard of cricket. He believed a winning culture had to be injected into the game across the board for the national side to achieve their full potential.

“We can have a go at the team and the players, but they are probably the best we’ve got at the moment, and they’re only products of the system,” Symcox said.

“I have no confidence in the system, or the production line, any more and this can’t be turned around by one or two players.”

With the Proteas proving expensive with the ball in the early stages of the tournament, former fast bowler Fanie de Villiers insisted the fitness level of the players was below par and the coaches needed to be reassessed.

“We’ve got a system that can’t keep bowlers fit. They’ve got problems with their weight and their size,” he said.

“We need to make sure these guys are fit and strong and if the system isn’t good enough to keep them fit, then they must fire whoever is in charge of that.”

If they did not turn things around tomorrow, De Villiers believed the national team’s lengthy drought would continue, with the global title remaining elusive.

“There’s a helluva big problem with our bowling,” De Villiers said, “and we need to sort it out sooner, rather than later, or we’re probably going to endure the worst World Cup we’ve ever had.”

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HOMEOWNERS ADVISED TO REDUCE DEBT

- GENERAL NEWS

This is while interest rates remain stable.

Homeowners need to prepare not only for potential inflation-activated interest rate increases, but also a significant rise in household expenses.
PROPERTY NEWS - The South African Reserve Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee’s decision to keep interest rates unchanged for at least the next two months, was in line with most analysts’ expectations, but raised a few eyebrows after a slight drop in inflation triggered hopes for a potential interest rate decrease from some.

With the repo rate now pegged at 6.75%, the prime lending rate at 10.25% and minimum repayments on all forms of credit remaining unchanged, the Reserve Bank’s decision offers consumers little in the way of tangible financial relief.

However, Tony Clarke, MD of the Rawson Property Group, says this time presents a valuable opportunity for existing and prospective homeowners, nonetheless.

“In terms of inflation, this could well be the calm before the storm,” says Clarke. “The Monetary Policy Committee has already vocalised concerns over the upward pressure Eskom’s electricity tariff hikes and unstable international oil prices will have on inflation. If these influences cause the inflation rate to rise much beyond the Central Bank’s preferred target midpoint of 4.5%, we could well see the repo and prime lending rates start to climb once again.”

Read more on how inflation influences the repo and prime lending rates, here.

Eskom’s electricity tariff increases amount to an effective 14% and will start affecting consumers in most municipalities well before the end of this year. (The city of Johannesburg has announced a 13% increase as of 1 June.) Water tariffs are also on the rise, adding to the financial pressure on consumers already burdened with petrol prices at their highest levels in six months.

As a result, Clarke says homeowners need to prepare not only for potential inflation-activated interest rate increases, but also a significant rise in household expenses.

“We would have loved to have seen an interest rate decrease giving homeowners a bit of breathing room to prepare for rising costs coming down the pipeline, but the unchanged interest rate still offers an important chance to consolidate finances, pay off debt and boost savings as much as possible,” he says.

“This will go a long way towards minimising the effect any interest rate increases will have on the security of consumers’ property investments and help new purchasers cover their necessary fees and deposits, despite tight financial times.”

While the situation may sound dire, Clarke says comparatively high interest rates on an international level will fuel foreign investment and boost both the economy and the property market in the long run.

This, he says, together with the short-term price-growth stagnation that has been affecting properties across the country, makes now a surprisingly favourable time for property investors with the means to get in on the action and capitalise on future growth prospects.

“Price stabilisation means there are plenty of well-priced properties available, and lenders are coming to the table with some very competitive mortgage rates,” he says.

“I definitely wouldn’t recommend overextending yourself in these liminal moments, but using this time to buy low and pay off as much debt as possible could put you in a strong position for the future.”

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SHARKS ALONG OUR COAST – DANGEROUS OR IN DANGER?

- GEORGE NEWS

Sharks are facing man-made threats. If this leads to their removal from the ecosystem, it can have drastic and unpredictable consequences.

GEORGE NEWS - Dr Enrico Gennari, world-renowned marine researcher and research director at Oceans Research, Mossel Bay, will give a fascinating talk on the topic, 'Sharks along our coast - dangerous or in danger?' on Wednesday 12 June at the Wilderness Hotel.

"Sharks tend to be at or near the top of the food chain and play an important role in regulating numbers of the prey animals on which they feed. But they are facing man-made threats.

"Their removal from the ecosystem can have drastic and unpredictable consequences," says Gennari.

He has been studying the movement of large sharks using active and passive acoustic telemetry.

His main focus is on the movement of sharks, besides other work on the biology, population dynamics, and the ecology of sharks, marine mammals and bony fish.

His research has shaped the current multi-pronged shark conservation approach along the South Cape coast.

The talk is hosted by the Wilderness Ratepayers and Residents Association (WRRA). It will start at 18:00 for 18:30. Entry is R10 for WRRA members and R20 for non-members.

A cash bar will be available and why not enjoy a meal at one of Wilderness's restaurants after the talk?

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