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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.
 
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MAN SURVIVES FALL FROM VIC BAY CLIFF

- GEORGE NEWS


The man was airlifted to hospital. Photos: NSRI Wilderness
GEORGE NEWS - A 30 year old man survived a fall from a cliff in Victoria Bay on Saturday.

Craig Lambinon, NSRI Spokesman, says the man survived a 10m fall of a cliff face. According to Lambinon the man was airlifted to hospital in a serious but stable condition.

He said the man was helped by NSRI Wilderness, EMS and George Fire and Rescue and they were assisted by a private doctor who happened to be on holiday.

“The doctor initiated medical treatment. The man was first airlifted out of the barely accessible area before taken to hospital by helicopter.”

Athane Scholtz, George Municipality media liaison officer, says it was a joint operation between NSRI and George Fire and Rescue.



The man was helped by NSRI Wilderness, EMS and George Fire and Rescue and they were assisted by a private doctor who happened to be on holiday.

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WORLD CHAMP AT AGE 7

- GEORGE NEWS

Mia Ryan

GEORGE NEWS - At age seven, little Mia Ryan from George was crowned Junior Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Champion in England two weeks ago.

Mia has had a busy year, training hard and competing all over South Africa and Europe. This youngster has some impressive wins to her name.

She is the current South African champion, took gold in Italy, gold in Lausanne in Switzerland, gold in Geneva, Switzerland, gold at NAGA Germany, is the UK national champion, and now reached her dream and took gold for No Gi and bronze for Gi at the Junior World Championships.

She's not alone in her accomplishments. Her brothers Ben (12) and Tim (9) also did very well.

Ben took silver on day one in two categories, with a nail-biting final against the current double world champion, then on day two took third in a higher weight category. He has also had a busy year, winning his categories in Italy, Switzerland, UK and Germany.



Tim took bronze on day two in a very large, experienced category. He can also boast gold in his categories in Italy, Switzerland, UK and Germany.

For the past year the children have been training really hard, seven days a week, on techniques and fitness under the coaching of Robert Harris and Linda van de Merve of Bear Fight Club and Boxfit in George.

Mia and her family currently live in Switzerland while her dad works there. They will return to George later this year.

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LAUDA WOULD HAVE TAKEN HIS HAT OFF FOR THAT, SAYS VICTORIOUS HAMILTON

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Lewis Hamilton stands on the podium after beating Max Verstappen

MOTORING NEWS - Lewis Hamilton converted strategic brilliance into an exhilarating victory for Mercedes in Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix and said it was a triumph that would have delighted the late Niki Lauda.

Seven days after leaving Germany with a sore throat after his worst performance for the team, the championship leader bounced back to his best.

"Hats off to the team," said Hamilton after the 81st win of his career and his record seventh in Hungary. "I think that if Niki was here now he would take his hat off."

The former non-executive chairman of the Mercedes team Lauda always wore a scar-covering red baseball cap that he would doff to the team whenever they achieved a great success.

On Sunday, Hamilton was in second place behind Max Verstappen of Red Bull who, apart from few laps around the pitstops, had led from his maiden pole position until the final three laps.

Then the team made a key strategic decision.

So ragged and overwhelmed at Hockenheim just a week earlier, Hamilton and Mercedes made a gamble when they pitted unexpectedly for a second time with 20 laps remaining leaving the defending five-time champion to charge down a 20 seconds deficit on fresher and faster medium-compound tyres.

"Honestly, we'd had brake problems all weekend and I was a bit worried," said Hamilton after a stirring triumph that has lifted 62 points clear of team-mate Valtteri Bottas in the championship with Verstappen third.

"I was actually doing a lot of coasting and not touching the brake for half the lap. I was just trying to save as much as I could.

"It was very difficult to get by. Their defence was great. They're quite quick on the straights. I honestly didn't know if I could catch that 19-second gap, as it's big.

"But, like the team said, 'just get your head down and keep pushing'’ which I did."

Hamilton was full of praise for his team.

A week on from their rain-swept and desultory exit from a near-disastrous German Grand Prix, they had clearly responded with a smart strategy, slick tactics and pitstops.

"I feel really grateful for the day and for the team who continue to believe in me. To take a risk, to take a chance on me," said a clearly emotional Hamilton, having responded to days of speculation that Verstappen was poised to take over as the leading driver in the sport.

"We've been together seven years and it never gets old. It feels like a new win for us all."

Two-time champion Fernando Alonso, once his partner at McLaren, was thrilled by the race and used Twitter to convey his congratulations to both Hamilton and Verstappen.

"Bravo," he said. "Both impressive -– thanks for the show."

Verstappen conceded defeat gracefully.

"Today we didn't win, but it was a good day and a good weekend for us," he said.

"Congratulations to Lewis. He was pushing me really hard. I like that and it's still a good weekend for us. Second is OK and means a good haul of points.

"We were just lacking a bit of grip. We tried a one-stop and they had the opportunity for two and that worked out well for them."

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ERNST VAN DYK: OCC HERO

- GEORGE NEWS
The 17th OCC will take place in George on Saturday 14 September.



Ernst van Dyk: OCC hero

GEORGE NEWS - Ernst van Dyk is probably the best known and most watched athlete in the history of the Outeniqua Cycle Challenge. He has been the star attraction and has been instrumental to the success of the event. For that George and the OCC is eternally grateful.

Ernst was born with congenital absence of both legs. His parents, two provincial-level athletes, recognised his athletic abilities and encouraged sports participation.

"I thought I was given a disability to overcome and that was part of my process of growing up and how the Lord wanted to teach me to be a better person. I realised He had given me a talent to perform well on the world scene, to inspire people and to make people realise that when they think there is no way out, there is actually a way out," he told Beyond the Ultimate in 2012.

While at school in Kimberly in his teens, he competed nationally as a swimmer.

In 1992 he began his studies at Stellenbosch University and also competed in the Barcelona Paralympics as a swimmer and wheelchair athlete.

The cheering crowd at the athletics track in Barcelona persuaded him to concentrate on wheelchair racing, but after the Games he lost his sponsorship. "It felt like being fired from the job," he said at the time. "I quit training for nine months until I reminded myself of a commitment I had made to my father."

Since then Ernst has competed in every Paralympics to date. He won numerous silver and bronze medals before finally winning gold in Beijing in 2012.

Ernst has won a record 10 Boston Marathons, including six straight between 2001 and 2006. The ninth, in 2010, was a record for that event for any class. Apart from Boston, he has won the New York City Marathon and the Los Angeles Marathon twice, as well as the Paris Marathon and the Great North Run.

The South African government has also recognised Van Dyk's contribution to sport. He received the Presidential Golden Award for sport in 2002 and 2004. In 2010 he was awarded the Order of Ikhamanga in silver.

Internationally he was also awarded the Laureus World Sports Awards for Sportsperson with a Disability of the year for 2006 and voted Commonwealth Sports Star of the year for 2004.

In spite of all of his sporting success, Ernst believes that his biggest achievement is being the first disabled person to graduate with a degree in Sports Science. Van Dyk's company, Enabled Sport, deals in equipment for athletes with disabilities. He lives in Paarl with his wife and daughter.

The Outeniqua Cycle Challenge
The 17th OCC, a wheelchair race exclusively for disabled athletes, which attracts athletes from all over the world, will take place in George on Saturday 14 September.

Athletes in racing wheelchairs, adapted bicycles, hand cycles, basketball chairs and ordinary wheelchairs have made this into the premier sporting event for the disabled on the South African sporting calendar. It undoubtedly has the potential to develop into one of the best events of its kind in the world!

Apart from the George Municipality and the George Business Chamber, Lancewood and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport are supporting the event and Halfway Toyota is the venue host.

For more information about the OCC, contact event organiser Alewijn Dippenaar on 082 457 5675 / visit the OCC website www.georgeocc.co.za / www.facebook.com/OCC.Wheelchairchallenge. Online entries can be made at http://georgeocc.co.za/wp-content/upl...er2019.pdf

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PANEL RELEASES LAND REFORM REPORT

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Source SAnews.gov.za | Wednesday, 31 July 2019, 11:54
Panel releases land reform report

The Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture has proposed for an amendment of the Constitution. Photo: Constitution Hill

NATIONAL NEWS - The Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture has proposed for the amendment of the Constitution that clarifies that expropriation without compensation may be necessary in limited circumstances.The proposal contained wide-ranging recommendations that will see government implement a fair and equitable redistribution. The recommendations, which are contained in the final report of the Presidential Expert Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture, was released on Sunday. Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister Thoko Didiza, accompanied by members of the panel, released the report. President Cyril Ramaphosa in September last year appointed the panel to support the work of the Inter Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Land Reform and to advise the IMC on a broad range of policy matters associated with land reform, including restitution, redistribution, tenure security and agricultural support.

The final report has been noted by Cabinet.

Delivering the report, panel chairperson Dr Vuyo Mahlati said the panel over the time met and discussed with relevant ministers and experts on several platforms. Panel members were Prof Ruth Hall, Prof Mohammed Karaan, Adv Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, Bulelwa Mabasa, Dr Thandi Ngcobo, Wandile Sihlobo, Daniel Kriek, Thato Moagi and Nick Serfontein. “It was incumbent on each member of the panel to hear the cries of the majority of our ancestors who were dispossessed of the land of their birth through blood shed and untold pain, but to also be mindful of the hopes and dreams of our future generations for a just, prosperous and egalitarian country.

“The premises of the work undertaken by the panel is the firm belief that land reform could enable social cohesion, deliver social justice and restore dignity to the majority of people of our country,” she said. The panel, she added, also believed that land reform can contribute to inclusive growth and sustainable development. She said the panel was hopeful that the recommendations contained in the report would contribute to expediting land reform objectives as directed by the Constitution. In its findings, the panel in the report said critical issues of land hunger, insecurity of tenure with the majority land rights that are not legally recognised in both rural and urban areas, are threatening stability, inclusive growth and development. With 80% of urban dwellers residing on only 2% of the country’s land, a radical shift was required in land reform trajectory, the panel found.
“This is exacerbated by government’s reluctance, we believe, to address communal tenure and underdevelopment of communal areas perpetuating the marginalisation of women, the rural poor and the communal farmers, in general,” she said. The report provides recommendations for immediate action, among these is the allocation of land, building on and refocusing private partnerships and strengthening of food systems and rural urban linkages. The report further calls for a consolidated national land reform policy framework with a new whitepaper that will address current gaps to include urban land, address spatial transformation and climate change. “The framework must also add land administration as the fourth pillar, retaining and strengthening land restitution, redistribution and tenure, as indicated in the 1997 land national land policy,” Mahlati said. In the report, the panel calls for the expedition and refocus of land reform to address inequality and historical injustices.
“South Africa has made world headlines as the most unequal country. The report attributes the persisting inequalities to the manner in which land is owned, managed and transacted. ” The panel in the report urges President Cyril Ramaphosa and the Cabinet to expedite land reform by using all its powers to resolving all outstanding land restitution claims, release lease acquired private land and much more effectively identify privately owned land needed for redistribution. Land redistribution without compensation. Regarding land redistribution without compensation, the majority of panel members endorsed the proposed policy shift towards using provisions of the Constitution. “The majority of the panel felt it is an inescapable fact that Section 25 of the Constitution is compensation centric… it draws from global examples where it is inextricably linked to some form of compensation. The panel has therefore offered a proposal for a constitutional amendment that clarifies that expropriation without compensation may be necessary in limited circumstances, and we do indicate those circumstances,” she said.

The panel said some members felt compensation may be zero in justifiable circumstances.
Another recommendation was for the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development to finalise the database of applications under the land reform labour tenants of 1996 and prepare a proper time bound and publicly available plan for implementation. “We call on Parliament to monitor implementation of this plan and to amend regulation to the act addressing labour tenants and restitution claims. Those whose claims have been lost must have an opportunity to resubmit and the Department must identify claims where expropriation may be used to break the deadlock,” Mahlati said. As a game changer to land reform, the panel proposed a bold approach of recognising and recording the varying tenure rights that exist in the country, saying 60% of land rights in South Africa were not recorded or recognised. The panel in the report also calls the reform of the Land Claims Court, the establishment of Land Reform Fund that will bring together state and private finance to support land reform – both the acquisition of land and support for beneficiaries thereafter.

The panel also recommended the development of a Donations Policy, which encourages landowners to donate properties, or part of their properties, by offering exemptions from donations tax, and carrying the conveyancing costs of land transfer. Minister Didiza, on behalf of the Cabinet, appreciated and thanked the Advisory Panel for the work done and the speed with which they have completed the task. “The panel was to advise government on circumstances in which the policy on expropriation without compensation will be implemented, what procedures to follow and institutions to enforce as well as the rights of any affected persons, including the rights to judicial review. In a sense this process of the panel was to do a review and also be forward looking in anticipation of the Constitutional Amendments,” the Minister said.

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SWINE FLU – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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Fears of a full-scale swine flu outbreak in South Africa are unfounded as only isolated cases of H1N1 virus infection have been reported in humans in the country in 2019.



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LIFESTYLE NEWS - The death of a young boy with swine flu symptoms in Krugersdorp led to fears of an outbreak across the country, but his death was caused by pneumonia, reported The South African.

A particularly virulent strain of flu is doing the rounds in South Africa, which sparked fears that the swine flu that killed several people in 2009 had returned.

The MEC for Health in KwaZulu-Natal, Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu, said there is no swine flu outbreak, after the H1N1 virus claimed the life of a nine-year-old girl in Pietermaritzburg on Friday, 19 July 2019.


The death of a young boy with swine flu symptoms in Krugersdorp led to fears of an outbreak across the country, but his death was caused by pneumonia, reported The South African.

A particularly virulent strain of flu is doing the rounds in South Africa, which sparked fears that the swine flu that killed several people in 2009 had returned.

The MEC for Health in KwaZulu-Natal, Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu, said there is no swine flu outbreak, after the H1N1 virus claimed the life of a nine-year-old girl in Pietermaritzburg on Friday, 19 July 2019.

Simelane-Zulu said this “does not constitute an outbreak”. She said the H1N1 virus “is now a seasonal influenza virus that becomes prevalent in winter and co-circulates with other seasonal viruses and it is thus being treated as normal flu”.

“We have issued a notice to health facilities across the province to ensure that they are on the lookout for severe types of influenza, and treat them with urgency. If influenza is treated on time and treated correctly, it need not have any devastating results,” Simelane-Zulu said.

Isolated reports of swine flu diagnosis began to surface in May when a child at Kontiki Pre-Primary School in Bloemfontein was diagnosed with the H1N1 virus.

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CLIVIASKOU OP 10 AUGUSTUS

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Die Jingle Bells interspesie wat deur Bertie Guilliome gekweek is.

GEORGE NUUS - Die Garden Route-cliviaklub hou op Saterdag 10 Augustus 'n skou by George-kwekery.

Besigtiging deur die publiek is tussen 10:00 en 13:00. Cliviaplante van bekende kwekers sal te koop wees.

Besoek die klub se webwerf, www.gardenroutecliviaclub.org.za vir meer inligting of bel die voorsitter, Carrie Kruger by 083 343 1288 of die sekretaris, Rocco Kriel by 083 653 9644.

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