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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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KW EDEN - KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY..... wishing you.....!


If you know of anyone that wants to sell or buy, I'm happy to assist them.

Bertie Kingsley
o: (044) 873 3060
m: 0795255110
e: bertie.kingsley@kwsa.co.za

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Brenda Vorster, manager of George Airport, showing the media around on Thursday morning. Photo: Eugene Gunning
GEORGE NUUS - Expansion plans are in the pipeline for George Airport.

If all goes according to plan, construction will start in March/April 2020 and be finished by December 2022.

In the 2014/15 financial year, the total number of passengers was 615 688. By the end of the financial year 2018/2019, it had reached 835 906 - a growth of 35,7% over four years.

When the new expansions are finished, the airport will have the capacity to handle 1,2 million passengers per year.

On Thursday morning, 14 November, members of the media were shown around the airport and informed of the new plans.

More detailed announcements will be made later. In the first stage, the number of boarding gates will be increased from 6 to 8.

Brenda Vorster, George Airport manager, said that the Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa) is very much aware and proud of George Airport's status as a gateway to tourism that has national and international significance.

Vorster said that development of tourism and business in the region has been central to the airport’s growth.


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Durban-Pietermaritzburg river pollution is a microcosm of nationwide water pollution control failures.

Dead fish pile up on the banks of the Msunduzi River after the spill. Photo: Dusi Media Office
NATIONAL NEWS - Sometimes, a really bad dose of pollution news can have a silver lining.

On 13 August about 30,000 litres of edible cooking oil and caustic soda spilled from collapsed storage tanks at the Willowton Oil factory into a tributary of the Msunduzi River, scene of the historic Dusi Canoe Marathon between Pietermaritzburg and Durban.

Within a matter of days, fish, crabs and invertebrate life were all but wiped out from a 40km stretch of river.

The sticky liquid clogged the gills and breathing systems of fish and other water creatures – choking the life out of them, aquatic experts explained to delegates attending the annual Conservation Symposium near Howick last week.


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By Juanita Botha

The George Municipality reminds residents and visitors that fireworks, fire crackers, flares, paper lanterns and other such paraphernalia are considered a major fire risk and are not allowed in public or private spaces in the municipal area this summer, or at any other time.

George Fire Chief Neels Barnard said the George Municipality Public Safety and Nuisance bylaws, overall fire safety and disaster management regulations, and ongoing dry and hot conditions of the Western Cape fire season were all reasons why fireworks remained banned in the municipal area. “We appeal to residents and visitors to consider that the city and all its neighbourhoods and beaches are surrounded by natural vegetation and that, combined with hot and windy summer weather conditions on the Garden Route, the fire risk is omnipresent.”

The selling of fireworks is also illegal, and no such permits have been issued or will be issued by the George Municipality. The illegal trading, possession and/or setting off of fireworks carry fines of R300 and fireworks will be confiscated. Such activities can be reported on the numbers below.

While the current municipal bylaw mentions application for a permit for professional pyrotechnic shows, the George Fire Department reiterates that no such permits have been issued for years and are extremely unlikely to be issued in the foreseeable future.

Mr Barnard stressed there had not been designated sites for fireworks in the George municipal area for years and was unlikely to be reinstated, despite public tradition to ‘self-designate’ certain areas such as beaches, parks and streets. “This summer we are especially concerned about our coastal zone, which has been identified as a high-risk area in our recent fire risk assessment. While we know the intention is to light the fireworks over the sea or out of harm’s way, the risk of misreading wind direction or a change in wind direction is not worth taking when lives and property are at stake.

“Paper lanterns hold duel concern. In addition to the risk of blowing and dropping out of sight and catching fire in vegetation or on flammable material before it is extinguished, paper lanterns also waste resources when rescue services are incorrectly alerted to an ‘emergency flare’.

“Similarly, the illegal setting off of a signal flare on New Year’s Eve 2019 caused a fire that destroyed several homes and necessitated evacuations at Betty’s Bay. A man was ultimately arrested and charged in terms of the National Environmental Management Protected Areas Act.

“The public must please understand that any kind of spark or heat holds a threat – while fireworks, flares and lanterns are being highlighted, the appeal is for responsible, fire-aware action throughout. Please exercise extreme caution always, make fires only in protected and designated areas, and dispose of cigarette butts safely.”

The George Fire Department’s access to high-tech equipment such as a drone has this year enabled it to do extensive fire risk assessment across the municipal area, specifically in areas that are difficult to access on land. “The fuel load in the coastal zone is particularly high, mostly due to the areas not having naturally burnt off for some time, which means relatively thick layers of very dry wood and other plant material close to beaches and beachside communities that would probably burn hot and fast should it catch fire. The vegetation in these zones are generally fynbos, afro-montane indigenous forest and alien vegetation, and are mostly on private agricultural and residential land.

“The George Municipality has already taken steps to address issues highlighted by this assessment. We have started issuing notices to landowners reminding them of their legal responsibility regarding alien vegetation and fire management. A small patch of coastal land belonging to the municipality will be cleared shortly, and patches municipal land in other high-risk areas cleared before the start of the official fire season on 1 December 2019.”

The municipality will also be erecting ‘no fireworks’ posters ahead of the festive season at beaches, public open spaces and streets known for fireworks activities.

“We make an urgent appeal to all who live and visit here to respect the fireworks ban and to be generally fire-aware wherever they go, whatever they do. As a community still reeling from devastating fires over the past two years, the people of George and the Garden Route need everyone’s help to raise fire risk awareness and be safe. We thank you in advance for your cooperation and support,” said Mr Barnard.

Please report illegal trade and setting off of fireworks in George to Law Enforcement at 044 801 6350 or after hours at 044 801 6300.
Please report illegal, irresponsible and unsafe fires to the Fire Department on 044 801 6300.

FIRE EMERGENCIES: 044 801 6311


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The late Harold Basson and his wife Lidia.

GEORGE NEWS - Mr Trevor Botha, Municipal Manager for George Municipality today offered his condolences and that of George Municipality and Council to the family, friends and colleagues of Harold Basson who passed away suddenly last week.

Harold was previously employed by the George Municipality for 31 years and as Director: Civil Engineering Services for the last 11 years.

Our thoughts are with everyone who knew him and worked with him and we wish his wife Lidia and family, much strength during this difficult time.


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Over 40 000 workers could embark on a national strike on Friday to stop retrenchments in the industry.

Increased digitisation is not driven by banks but consumer behavior. Photo: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg
BUSINESS NEWS - Over 40 000 banking sector workers are expected to take to the streets on Friday, in a national bank strike led by finance union Sasbo. But this could prove futile if the underlying factors that have led to the changes in the banking industry are not dealt with.

There are three main demands that Sasbo has put forward, starting with a moratorium on job losses, the regulation of CEO and executive salaries and a just transition that focuses on reskilling and upskilling workers for the fourth industrial revolution.

Banking Association of South Africa (Basa) managing director Cas Coovadia says what needs to happen is for the banks and Sasbo to sit down and map out how they are going to address the underlying issues of low economic growth and the evolution of banking in an increasingly digitising economy.

“You can’t freeze retrenchments, because if you freeze the retrenchments of 100 people today, in six months’ time you are probably looking at the retrenchments of more people,” said Coovadia.

The banks, represented by Business Unity South Africa (Busa), have launched a court challenge to interdict the protests on technical terms, saying the strike notice that union federation Cosatu submitted was not valid for the strike to be protected. The matter will be heard on Wednesday.

Coovadia made it clear that business respects Sasbo’s right to strike, however this has to be done within the regulations and rules of the country.

Sasbo Secretary-General Joe Kokela told Moneyweb that the strike will go ahead as planned on Friday, saying it’s a lawful and protected action.

Retrenchments not an operational issue
Kokela described the potential retrenchments by the banks as “an act of corporate greed and nothing else”.

Standard Bank announced it would be closing 91 branches as part of its efforts to digitise its retail and business banking, placing 1 200 jobs at risk. Two months ago Nedbank confirmed that it was in talks with 1 500 employees over potential job cuts, while reports state that in excess of 800 jobs could be at risk at Absa, as the bank rolls out its restructuring model.

All three banks were contacted by Moneyweb and did not respond to questions as to whether they would accede to Sasbo’s demands on freezing the job cuts process, or indicate how many jobs had already been affected.

Absa said the restructuring process isn’t complete, thus it can’t provide final numbers on the number of jobs that have been affected. Absa together with Nedbank mentioned that they’re committed to engaging with Sasbo on its concerns.

Kokela said banks are hiding behind “operational requirements” to retrench workers through Section 189 of the Labour Relations Act, which is “wrong and misplaced”.

Kokela said digitisation, or the advent of the fourth industrial revolution, is not an operational requirement – especially when there are consumers who fall in the lower groups (one to four) of the Living Standards Measure.

“Those are people that are struggling with banking and when you look at what the banks are doing, it excludes poor people in the system,” said Kokela.

But Coovadia said banking models are not driven by banks but rather customer behaviour.

“Banks are responding to customer pressures that say we want banking services now, conveniently, cost-effectively and through different platforms,” said Coovadia, adding that this new reality of banking is a worldwide phenomenon.

Little to no disruption
Sasbo will give the banking sector seven days to respond to its demands, failing which Kokela said it will embark on another strike. “It will be for a longer period because we cannot allow this to happen.”

In the meantime, Basa has assured the public that its members are taking precautions to ensure that banking services are not disrupted on Friday.

Consumers have been encouraged to use digital banking platforms. Absa has also encouraged its corporate clients to consider scheduling their payments, transactions and other services to earlier dates.

Similarly, the South African Revenue Services has encouraged taxpayers to submit their payments or conduct other tax-related transactions two business days in advance.


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Lara Mostert, co-owner of Monkeyland, with the Major Tourist Attraction trophy.
GARDEN ROUTE NEWS - The Garden Route tourist attraction Monkeyland, together with its three sister sanctuaries, has won the accolade of Major Tourist Attraction at the global 2019 Sustainable Tourism Awards.

Co-owner of Monkeyland, Lara Mostert, went to Miami to collect the award on behalf of the South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (Saasa), the holding company of these institutions.

The handover took place on 15 September during the opening ceremony of the Skål World Congress, held from 14 to 21 September on board the Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas.

Andrew Rogers, president of Skål International Garden Route, with which Saasa is affiliated, expressed delight about the win.

Skål International is a professional organisation of tourism leaders around the world and an affiliated member of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

"As an international organisation of tourism industry leaders, Skål International is a powerful force in the travel and tourism industry to initiate change and encourage the conservation of the environment in order to promote tourism and travel," he said. "We adopted the Global Code of Ethics in Tourism, and also support the Sustainable Tourism-Eliminating Poverty (ST-EP initiative)."

A total of 56 entries from 25 countries competed this year. The awards were launched in 2002 and any company from the public and private sector, NGOs, government agencies and educational institutions may submit an entry in one of nine categories.


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Leerlinge, almal deel van die Early Act-klub by Laerskool Outeniqua, by kos en ander voorrade wat hulle as deel van hul nuutste gemeenskapsprojek aan Odin (Oudtshoorn Dogs In Need) oorhandig het.

GEORGE NUUS - Leerlinge van die Laerskool Outeniqua het hul liefde vir weerlose diere gewys toe hulle onlangs kos en ander voorrade oorhandig het aan Odin (Oudtshoorn Dogs In Need).

Die leerlinge, almal deel van die Early Act-klub by Laerskool Outeniqua het dit as deel van hulle nuutste gemeenskapsprojek voltooi.

Early Act word by laerskole deur die internasionale Rotariërs ondersteun en het as doel om geleenthede te verskaf aan jong leerders vir aktiewe burgerskap in a kultureel diverse samelewing in ‘n interafhanklike wêreld.

"Ons het onlangs bewus geword van die Odin-projek wat vier jaar gelede op Oudtshoorn begin is, en nou ook aktief is in George, met hul plaaslike basis net buite Blanco," het Danielle Barnard, onderwyser en Early Act-koördineerder by Laerskool Outeniqua, vertel.

"Die inisiatief behels 'n veilige hawe vir mishandelde en verwaarloosde diere waar hul versorg en gerehabiliteer word tot op die punt waar lede van die publiek die diere kan aanneem, maar slegs nadat ondersoek geloods is oor die aanneemouers ten einde herhaalde trauma vir die dier te vermy.

"Ons wou graag iets doen vir die diere sowel as die spesiale mense wat na hul omsien. Ons Early Actors was meer as opgewasse vir die taak."

Die leerlinge, almal deel van die Early Act-klub by Laerskool Outeniqua het dit as deel van hulle nuutste gemeenskapsprojek voltooi.

Die leerders by die Early Act-klub, bygestaan deur hul ouers, sowel as die skool in sy geheel, het kos en ander voorrade gereël vir die samekoms. Op die dag van die besoek het sowat 35 Early Actors by die Odin-basis buite Blanco byeengekom, die voedsel en voorrade oorhandig, en toe met die honde en katte op die gronde gespeel.

"Die sleutelwaardes van ons skool is respek, hoflikheid, probleemoplossing en verantwoordelikheid," het Johan Smit, hoof van Laerskool Outeniqua, gesê.

"Early Act verskaf aan ons 'n manier om hierdie beginsels te koester en te bevorder."

Carryn Trollope, president van die George Rotariërs, het gesê die organisasie is trots om met die Outeniqua Early Actors geassosieer te word.

"Hulle inisiatiewe verpersoonlik die leierskap, empatie en gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid wat ons land baie nodig het."

Enige persoon wat navrae het oor die lansering van 'n Early Act-klub by hul laerskool is welkom om met Wilhelm van der Vyver van die George Rotariërs te skakel tydens kantoorure by 044 873 0215.


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"BUZZ OVER COFFEE" Your invitation...!

- NETWORKINGThis is your invitation to "Buzz over Coffee"

with the friendsofgeorge. On 29th August 2019 we will be at the KAROO KIDZ Educare Center and Creche in VICTORIA ST 42 - George at 10h00. Please come and check out this lovely Creche and promote your company and exhibit your product at the same time. We would love to get to know you. No need to bring money...... it's free...!!!

Kind Regards

Rocky Sonnekus

076 135 5955



Karoo Kidz pre-school/kleurter skool. The best beginning for your little one.
Loving teachers, healthy food, fun learning activities daily and of course lots of music and play. We cater for afrikaans & enhlish.Come and visit us at 42 Victoria street George central or whatsapp Kyla: 0659233703 or check us out @ www.karookidz.co.za



044 873 4155

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GEORGE NUUS - Nes die Kaapse Dokter, storm Tanja die musiekbedryf binne op 'n jong ouderdom en is hier om te bly. Getoë in Melkbosstrand en alreeds 'n meester van die klawerbord op ouderdom sewe, het Tanja geweet musiek spoel soos die branders deur haar - onkeerbaar.

Sy neem haar debuut album in 2009 op en die optredes stroom landwyd in, maar nou is sy op pad met 'n splinternuwe album getiteld, Ek is oppad.

En sy is op pad na George waar sy op Saterdag 24 Augustus in die George-kunsteteater optree met 'n lewendige orkes.

Gaskunstenaars vir die aand is eie aan die Tuinroete, Bea Crawford en Albert Meintjes. Beide gevestigde sangers en liedjieskrywers, gaan hulle bydra tot die aand se vermaak. Bea is 'n talentvolle musikale teateraktrise en bekroonde skrywer, en het verskeie van haar gedigte in Suid-Afrika gepubliseer.

Albert se sterkste bron van liriese inspirasie word getrek uit die gebeure van die daaglikse lewe en die emosies wat hulle op ons aanspreek.

Sy verhale van liefde, avontuur en die al te dikwels onsigbare natuurskoon wat ons omring, beloof om sy gehoor op 'n inspirerende en boeiende reis te neem.

Kaartjies is beskikbaar by Computicket of skakel 044 874 3142 vir navrae.

Tanja is op pad na George waar sy op Saterdag 24 Augustus in die George-kunsteteater optree met 'n lewendige orkes.


Biltong Warehouse & Nuts - George

Biltong & Nuts
The Biltong Warehouse & Nuts Address: Knysna Rd, Eastern Extension, George, 6529, South Africa City of Western Cape Post Office box: 1641, George, 6530 Phone number: 044 871 1892,, Fax: 044 873 6113
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