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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."

Read a previous article: R13-million on 123 households

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.”
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Free feeding is bad for your DOG!

Do you free feed your dog?

GARDEN ROUTE NEWS - Ad lib/free feeding a dog means that a dog has access to food all day long. So that means the dog is eating whenever it wants to and that makes me a good owner, right?


Whenever food is readily available, most dogs will eat continually. So what is bad about that? In studies it has been found that a shocking 52,6% of domestic dogs are obese. Even worse, most owners are unaware that their dogs are obese!

Obesity may lead to many illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, some cancers, early arthritis and joint problems because of the extra weight the dogs carry.

In training our dogs, food is the best reward for good behaviour. For example, if the dog comes when he is called and is rewarded with a tasty treat, he is much more likely to come to you the next time he is called.

If our dogs are continually full, there is no reason for them to want to do anything in order to receive their reward.

After all, with ad-lib feeding they probably permanently feel as we do after devouring our large Sunday roast!

Food can also be used to correct unwanted behaviour, like barking excessively when alone. There are many toys on the market that can be filled with food so that when your dog learns how to use the toy, he will find his breakfast/supper. This could occupy him for ages trying to get to his meal.

Food is also used to correct behaviours such as pulling on a lead or running away in a dog park. This kind of training is not possible with a dog that has ad-lib food.

Many owners who complain that their dog doesn't listen, is naughty, stubborn and not food-motivated, have unwittingly devalued the dog's food because he has access to it all day. However, by controlling food intake, it's much easier to elicit a specific behaviour in exchange for rewards.

If you feed your dog twice a day, you will immediately notice when your dog is reluctant to eat. This may be a sign that he is sick. This can be life-saving in the case of say, biliary fever, where time is crucial.

So, now that you know why it is preferable to have regular mealtimes, make the choice that is right for your dog!
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ACTIVE Networking at its best...!

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CANSA Relay for Life... 2017 George

CANSA Relay for Life - To take place on the 18th of March 2017

Please help us collect 2'000 2 Ltr Coke Cola bottle's for candle holders. All bottle's do not work as the top half is wider than the bottom half. If possible can you please be so kind AND RINSE THE BOTTLES before handing them in. We need to collect before the 18th of March.

Drop of zones are CALTEX FUEL STATION - 1 YORK STREET - YORK CENTRE and SVSOLAR AT 8 MEMORIUM STREET just of Courtenay Street on your left. Thank You so much for your help. Any inquiries can be directed to Rocky 076 135 5955.