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Second Hand Sam’s in George



Sam's Clothing.
GEORGE BUSINESS NEWS - Second Hand Sam’s first opened in George in 2012, having been in Knysna since 1989. The response of the people of George, both buyers and sellers of clothing, has resulted in the business requiring new bigger premises. And so, 2nd Hand Sam’s is moving a few doors down, to 76 Market Street.

The business is unique in that it deals in high quality, gently-used coats and jackets, imported from Europe. Used clothing and soft goods are also bought in from the public locally.

The business is jointly owned by Tony Buchalter and Linda Swanepoel.

“Although we are involved in several stores selling new clothing, I particularly love the 2nd stores. There is the element of recycling and environmental awareness, and a real sense of providing quality clothing at really good prices. There is also the idea that each coat or jacket is one of a kind,” say Tony. “We buy quality clothing, bedding, curtains etc from people who no longer need it and our customers benefit by buying at a fraction of the normal price.”

Linda says, “The coats and jackets that are brought in from Europe are quite unbelievable. I have seen brands like Armani, Versace, Levi, Hugo Boss, amongst others. New Jackets like these would cost thousands of rands. We sell between R100 to R300.”

“Our new shop is almost twice the size of our current store, and provides a much more pleasant shopping experience. More space, more windows, more light and better parking. And the same old low prices.”

The new premises are at 76 Market Street, just 3 doors down from the current position.

Tony says, “To show our gratitude to the people George for their support, we will be having a Grand Opening Sale on 25th May. Be There!”
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Children have the right to feel safe




The annual Child Welfare Groot Brak River child protection awareness march will take place on Thursday 1 June, from the Greenfields cemetery to the Groot Brak Secondary School, where the marchers will be addressed by role players in providing safe living conditions for children.


GEORGE NEWS - The ACVV George will celebrate National Child Protection Week (CPW) from 27 May to 3 June and urge Georgians to join the ACVV's 'One Day without Shoes' campaign.

Riana Lategan, manager of the ACVV George, said, "We often take things for granted because we think it should be that way.

We are urging the public to go about their daily activities without shoes on Thursday 1 June and, if possible, to donate the pair of shoes they would have worn or a pair of shoes they haven't worn in ages, for the less fortunate. The shoes can be dropped off at ACVV George, c/o Cradock and Marberius streets."

National Child Protection Week is observed in South Africa annually to raise awareness of the rights of children as articulated in the Children's Act of 2005.

The campaign began in 1997 and it aims to mobilise all sectors of society to ensure that children are cared for and protected. It is every citizen's duty to play their part in protecting children and creating a safe and secure environment for them.
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Wes-Kaap tot rampgebied verklaar.




Die pyl dui die posisie van drie hengelaars langs die dam aan en gee 'n idee van hoe laag die damvlak tans is.


NASIONALE NUUS - Die droogte in die Wes-Kaap het die provinsie se premier, Helen Zille, genoodsaak om die Wes-Kaap vir 'n drie maande tydperk as 'n rampgebied te verklaar.

Zille se verklaring is in die regeringskoerant geproklameer.

Damme in die Wes-Kaap se watervlakke staan nou op 'n gemiddelde 18,6%, waar dit dieselfde tyd verlede jaar op 30,5% gestaan het.

Drie damme in die Suid-Kaap en Karoo-omgewing wat as voedingsbronne dien, is dolleeg, met nog vyf damme wat minder as 10% water bevat.

Al drie die leë damme, Gamkadam (Beaufort-Wes), Gamkapoortdam (Ladismith) en Prinsrivierdam (Prinsrivier) is in die Suid-Kaap-omgewing. Drie van die vyf ander damme wat oor 'n watervlak van minder as 10% beskik is ook in die Suid-Kaap-omgewing geleë. Dit is die Stompdriftdam (De Rust - 6,3%%), Kammanassiedam (Oudtshoorn - 6,1%) en Floriskraaldam (Laingsburg - 4,4%).

Die Floriskraaldam was presies 'n jaar gelede 25,8% vol. Die Suid-Kaapse leë damme was dieselfde tyd verlede jaar onderskeidelik 37,4% (Gamkadam), 3% (Gamkapoortdam) en 26,9% (Prinsrivierdam) vol.

So was die Stompdriftdam 37% vol, met die Kammanassiedam op 55,6%.

Volgens Zille se verklaring gaan die Wes-Kaap gebuk onder die ergste droogte sedert 1904. "Die droogte gaan ons biljoene rande uit die sak jaag. Daar is reeds R27 miljoen bewillig om hulpbronne in plek te stel."

Zille het 'n interim ministeriële komitee saamgestel om met oplossings vorendag te kom om water aan Wes-Kapenaars te voorsien.

'n Navraag oor hoe die droogte Oudtshoorn raak en of streng waterbeperkings ingestel gaan word, is Maandag aan die munisipaliteit gerig.

Met ter perse gaan Donderdagmiddag is die navraag nie beantwoord nie.



Drie hengelaars op die kaal oewer van die Calitzdorpdam wat tans minder as 30% water bevat. Foto's: Hannes Visser
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123 Lawaaikamp land claims settled


123 Lawaaikamp land claims settled



Stella Nyakathi (middle) receives a voucher from Skhwatsha. With them is Lawaaikamp struggle veteran Mama Ndiwa (left).
GEORGE NEWS - The Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Mcebisi Skhwatsha, handed R13-million to 123 Lawaaikamp community land restitution claimants on Saturday 20 May at the Conville Community Hall.

The claimants were forcibly removed from their land during the apartheid government in 1961 in terms of the Group Areas Act of 1957. Lawaaikamp was proclaimed a Coloured Group Area and members of other racial groups were forbidden to have property there.

The claimants include community members from Oubos, Blikkiesdorp, Bossiegif, Rosemoor, Maree Kamp, Môreson, Skuinskraal, Leeukloof and De Jaar Community. Each household will receive 110 000.

According to the department, after negotiations and verification the claimants accepted a Standard Settlement Offer as full and final settlement of the claim. R86 638 52

was paid for individual claims during phase 1 to 3. The current settlement, phase 4, is the last and is the largest amount paid to a restitution project in the Eden District Municipality.

Speaking to the media, Skwatsha said although the money won't fully compensate for the painful past during the apartheid government, he hopes that the claimants will use the money wisely and that it will make a meaningful contribution to their lives.

Skwatsha said his department advises people not to accept money as compensation, but to request their land back. "Land is everything; you can work the land and do something that can sustain you and your family for generations to come, while money has a limited scope. We therefore encourage people as a department to accept land as opposed to money as land is more important," he said.

One of the beneficiaries, Stella Nyakathi (78), said she has been waiting for a very long time for this moment and that she is happy that the department has finally compensated them. Nyakathi said she will use the money to renovate her family home and save the rest for her children.

"I am very happy and there are many things I would like to use the money for. I want to fix my home and my furniture."

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The beneficiaries of the Lawaaikamp land claimants with the minister are, back from left: Magdalena Wildemans, Phillip Witvoet, Stufarnus Appollis, Monica Gallant, Minister Mcebisi Skwatsha, Thomas Gysman, Sam Jordan. Front: Thembha Witbooi, Boniwe Setheni, Hombhakazi Ngcongco, Stella Nyakathi, Johena Martina Sauer and Katy Jood.



The Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Mcebisi Skhwatsha, addresses people at the Conville Community Hall.
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'SA must produce own oil'




Oil prospecting. Image: Generic.
SOUTHERN CAPE NEWS - Sungu Sungu, an upstream oil and gas company, is no newcomer in the prospecting game. The company is currently at the centre of an environmental impact assessment (EIA) process for a seismic survey in the Pletmos Basin along the Southern Cape coast – a project that has been attracting major backlash from residents and other role players.

While the company has responded to queries about the project, it has, however, diverted questions over the EIA and the possible impact on the local marine life and economy to SRK Consulting, who is tasked with doing the EIA.

Sungu Sungu exploration geophysicist Solomon Lephoto said that the company had experience in seismic surveying and had carried out two before – one in the Orange Basin and another in Namibia’s Luderitz Basin in 2012.

He added that the Johannesburg-based company has been in the oil and gas industry since 2009. It currently has two exploration licenses, he said, in Nambia and in South Africa.

“Then we have two exploration right applications – one in Namibia and the other in the Pletmos Basin. The company also has technical cooperation permits in South Africa that only allow for desktop studies, to enable the company to decide whether they apply for an exploration licence or not.”

He said that oil and gas prospecting is a very important drive for South Africa, as the country is currently consuming about 700 000 barrels a day. "However, about 70% of this is imported. Therefore we are at the mercy of international geopolitical dynamics because of the fluctuations in price caused by supply challenges that arise,” Solomon said.

“So Sungu Sungu's foray into oil and gas is part of national problem solving along with other major companies participating in the oil and gas industry offshore South Africa.”