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'Strictly come dancing' raises funds

Dancing the jive - Raymond and Samantha du Plooy.

GEORGE NEWS - The Sports Academy George held their annual Strictly Come Dancing themed fundraiser at the Civic Centre on Friday 4 May. Ten local couples competed to raise funds for the non-profit organisation (NPO), which uses sport to raise up leaders.

The couples from George received dance lessons from two local dance schools for 10 weeks - Outeniqua Dance Academy and Alexander Academy of Dance.

Each couple was taught a ballroom or Latin dance routine to perform during a gala dinner. The audience voted for their favourites by donating to Sports Academy.

The couples that raised the most funds danced again in the final and the winner was chosen by the judging panel, which consisted this year of Linda Johnson, a dance teacher from York High, Tarryn Hampson of last year's winning couple, and William Constable, the dance teacher at George High.

It was a fun event with plenty of glitz and glamour.

Sports Academy George is delighted with the incredible response to the evening and generous donations to the charity.

Director of the academy, Wayne McAfee, said, "We are so grateful to the people of George for getting behind Sports Academy and our effort to transform young lives in this region".

These glamorous couples performed at the gala dinner.

The winning couple dancing the Vienesse waltz, Roger and Amanda Joubert.

Imeul and Carlize Earle do the Argentine tango.

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Vermiste man se liggaam gevind
Christo van Aarde (55) van Denneoord.

GEORGE NUUSFLITS - Die liggaam van Christo van Aarde, die man wat op Maandag 30 April vermis geraak het, is gistermiddag Maandag 7 Mei, in ‘n beboste area in Vyfdelaan, Denneoord, gevind.

‘n Geregtelike doodsondersoek word gedoen.

Geen misdaad word in hierdie stadium vermoed nie. Geen verdere inligting is tans beskikbaar nie.
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The Gladiolus sempervirens was found close to where an ecological burn had taken place in the mountains.

GEORGE NEWS - The teams in the Garden Route National Park are excited about the discovery of two threatened plant species in Goudveld and Millwood near Knysna.

They were discovered by SANParks scientist Johan Baard, who consulted Wilderness resident Di Turner of the local Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers (Crew) group. She visited Goudveld and confirmed that the plants belong to species whose existence is threatened.

Discorea burchelli is indicated as threatened by Sanbi (South African National Biodiversity Institute) and as vulnerable by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). IUCN has described this species as endemic to the Eastern and Western Cape provinces of South Africa, occurring from George to the Kareedouw pass.

According to IUCN, the species is threatened by degradation from development and competition from an increase of invasive alien species.

Gladiolus sempervirens is a Sanbi threatened species. According to the Red List of South African plants, this is a "rare species that occurs only in favoured habitats in the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountains".

Baard says both plants are located in areas of the park that used to be plantations and are "exit areas" - that is, where commercial forestry is exiting or in negotiations with SANParks to exit to rehabilitate the areas for inclusion into the Garden Route National Park.

Baard found the Discorea burchelli and referred Crew to its GPS location. Crew had been looking for a specimen of the plant for a long time and members were elated that one was eventually tracked down.

The Gladiolus sempervirens was found close to where there had been an ecological burn.

Baard says the plants were found because they are now getting light and not growing in the shade under tall trees.

According to Baard, of the 2 200 plant species recorded in the Garden Route National Park, 240 are invasive alien species and 1 960 are indigenous.

Goudveld is a popular hide-away situated 22km from Knysna. Back in 1876, James Hooper discovered gold along the Karatara River. In 1887, more discoveries were made in the nearby Millwood area. Millwood in those days had hotels, a church, a shop, a surgery, a bank, school and a post office.

Nestled in the lower slopes of the Outeniqua mountains, the area has a magnificent variety of fynbos, birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammal species.
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George Music Society presents the Hungarian Trio

The George Music Society proudly presents the Hungarian Trio on Friday 11 May at 19.30 at the Oakhurst Insurance Arts Theatre.
Tickets are available online at www.georgemusicsociety.co.za or at the concert at R150 for the public, R100 for members and R30 for learners.

This trio of highly acclaimed musicians consists of Nerina von Meyer, flute, Gabor Jeney, violin and Donat Pellei, double bass.

The programme will include something for everyone with beautiful compositions by Bach, Lehar, Strauss, Bartok, Liszt and even Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Mariza Gouws talented flutist from Outeniqua High and Susan Hattingh, accompanist, will appear as guest artists from 19h00 in the Back Stage Cafe

Nerina von Meyer studied in Cape Town, Vienna and London. She holds a M.Mus in Performance and has performed as soloist for many orchestras. She is also an experienced teacher and adjudicator

Gabor Jeney was born and studied in Hungary at the Bela Bartok Conservatoire and London’s Royal College of Music. Benjamin Britten composed ‘Gemini Variations’ for Gabor and his twin brother.

Donat Pellei was born in Hungary and studied at the Franz Liszt Music Academy and Bela Bartok Conservatoire in Budapest. He is a winner of the Franz Liszt Double Bass prize. He has toured Europe with many orchestras.

All three musicians are based in Cape Town where they are sought after as freelance musicians.

For more information check out the George Music Society Facebook page.


J.S. Bach Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring

Franz Lehar Meine Lippen sie kussen so heiss

Richard Strauss Di Rigori and Valse from Der Rosenkavalier

Ferenc Erkel Hymnusz es Csardas

Johann Strauss The Beautiful Blue Danube

Bela Bartok Rumanian Folk Dances


Franz Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody

Franz Lehar Alom, Alom

Andrew Lloyd Webber All I Ask of You

French Traditional Under Paris Skies

Jacob Gade Jealousie Tango

Ronald Hardiman Lord of the Dance
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Waboomskraal community being equipped

Waboomskraal community members had reason to be joyful as 11 of their community members had the opportunity to receive training at Cape Access and were awarded ICDL (International Computer Drivers’ License) and e-learner certificates.

In front from left are Peter Noble (George Municipality), Joann Appels, Matheus Fortuin, Shervon Maans, Pieter Trompetter, Tracy Boesak, Andries Plaatjies, Mario Jacobs, Ashleyann Appels (Development Manager, Trainer) and Brandon Titus (Centre Manager).
Back: Janco Minnaar, Joshia Abrahams, Jenny van Niekerk (CEO, ICDL SA), Deavon Jacobs, Kelvin Groeneveldt (Cape Access, Programme Manager), Jessica Plaatjies, Gerhard Pretorius (Speaker George Municipality) and Adam Lewie ( Waboomskraal Thusong Centre Manager)
ICDL is the world’s leading Computer skills certification. In 2010,Cape Access entered into an Agreement with ICDL South Africa to offer training in their centres. The modules offered in the centres are as follow, Computer Essentials, Online Essentials, Presentation, Database, Excel and Microsoft Word.

Cape access have trained trainers that train the community.

The Waboomskraal community was in a very festive mood when 11 of their members were awarded ICDL and E-Learner certificates by Cape Access. The top E-Learner student, Matheus Fortuin got a mark of 86% and the two top candidates in ICDL was intern, Janco Minnaar with 96% and Jessica Plaatjies with 90%.

There are 70 Cape Access centres across the Western Cape and 19 of those are situated in the Eden District. In George there are a centres at Thembalethu Thusong Centre and Waboomskraal Thusong Centre. Two centres respectively placed in Thembalethu Library and the Conville Library is being upgraded currently.

George Municipality would like to encourage our youth to go and visit their nearest e-Centre and enrol for free accredited computer training courses.

CAPTION: The role players in the success of the project are from left, Brandon Titus (Centre Manager: eCentre), Ashleyann Appels (Development Manager e-Centre), Adam Lewie (Thusong Centre Manager Waboomskraal eCentre, Joyce Kimari (Regional Coordinator Cape Access, Jenny van Niekerk (CEO ICDL South Africa) Peter Noble (Customer Care Manager :George Municipality and Kelvin Groeneveldt (Programme Manager: Cape Access).
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Surely you did not threaten Elmien du Plessis, Mr Roets?

When I read the article on News24 by Amanda Khoza regarding AfriForum's Ernst Roets's angry reply to Elmien du Plessis's article I was really disappointed in Roets. I mean, how could he threaten Elmien?

But then I took the trouble to listen to his "tirade". Do yourself a favour and listen to it. You may want to support AfriForum!

It is filled with chilling facts about farm murders, contradicting Du Plessis on many points and putting AfriForum's side of the story. The so-called 'threat' as stated in Khoza's article is only in the mind of those who want to mislead. His quote only serves to point out his disdain in the honourable Prof Du Plessis and her ilk who prefer to ignore the cries of anguish of the tortured and murdered farming community.

Please give it a listen. It may just broaden your mind.
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Why I will and won't miss Aunty Pat

I will seriously miss the original Patricia de Lille.

You know, the one who had video cameras live streaming from her office. The one who was hailed as one of the hardest working mayors in the world.

There was a time when I looked up at Patricia De Lille. Not because of our political views. Mine cannot in any way differ more from hers. I respected her, though the doctrine she supports, the party she represented, is and always will be abhorrent to me.

A party of useless, two-faced snakes with hidden agendas. A party of cowards. A party not man enough to handle someone like Patricia de Lille with the necessary discipline, when her nepotism came to light. When she failed us ordinary people with a total disregard of our service needs, leading to the Day Zero fiasco.

I will definitely not miss Patricia de Lille when I get my City of Cape Town (COCT) monthly account, which has become a huge mess under her watch.

I will never miss De Lille whilst we Capetonians struggle through terrible water shortages, something she new about for years, yet chose to ignore.

I will never miss De Lille every time there is a riot by those people seeking something, basically guaranteed by our constitution - simple service delivery. De Lille failed in her duty to provide for such people.

De Lille is also responsible for harm to innocents, like the young man who died on Wednesday last week in Mitchells Plain during the Siqualo rampage. Should she have done her duty as a decent mayor should, that boy's death would not have happened. It would have been just another peaceful night in Colorado.

Patricia de Lille, Helen Zille and ultimately Mmusi Maimane has the blood of dozens of Capetonians on their hands. For the DA in the Western Cape failed these people.

Although I will not miss De Lille for the things I mentioned, I will most definitely remember how she defiled her oath as mayor, someone chosen by the people, and who then sold her soul to the devil.

I am frankly relieved that her lately messy argument with the DA has come to a head. Hopefully some other useless DA COCT members will also go. Like De Lille. Like Achmat Ebrahim. Like Melissa Whitehead. You know who you are, but I single out three despotic tyrants who have no place in COCT nor in the Western Cape.

Helen Zille, JP Smith and Anton Bredell. I hope your autocratic, nonsensical rule over your portfolios are ended soon.

It's time for decent, civil, BETTER managers to take the reigns at COCT and in the Western Cape. We need proper, capable people with MORALS to pull us out of this state YOU put us in. You, unfortunately, do not qualify.

What a sadness our beautiful city has become, since you people came onto the scene....
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WC Fire Chiefs meet in George ahead of International Firefighter’s Day

WC Fire Chiefs meet in George ahead of International Firefighter’s Day

George Acting Executive Mayor Charlotte Clarke this morning (4 May 2018) welcomed the Western Cape Fire Chiefs to the city ahead of their joint provincial meeting and the International Firefighters’ Day celebrations this weekend.