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Fire at Great Brak shops

The fire in Long Street.

GREAT BRAK RIVER NEWS - Several shops lining Long Street in Great Brak River were ablaze earlier today.

According to an eyewitness, the fire started at around 12:00.

Fire and rescue arrived minutes later and are still at the scene.

According to an eyewitness at the scene, the fire seems to have been contained.


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- GEORGE NEWSMonday, 29 October 2018, 12:10

George covered in smoke...!

Update: Residents evacuating Golden Valley

GEORGE NEWSFLASH & VIDEOS - George Municipality is as a precaution evacuating residents in Blanco Golden Valley and Stepaside.

The Traffic Department and SAPS will assist. GO GEORGE buses will be arriving shortly to assist.

We request people to move carefully and not to panic.

Shelter will be provided at Town Hall.


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Issued jointly George Municipality and Garden Route District Municipality Monday 29 October, 11:00
Source George Municipality | Monday, 29 October 2018, 11:14
Update: Outeniqua mountain fire
Fire on the Outeniqua mountain on Sunday night, 28 October.

GARDEN ROUTE NEWS - The Outeniqua Pass remains closed until further notice.


The fire remains active in the mountain area in Karatara but is currently contained by Sansparks. Backburns and firebreaks will be done during the course of the day.

Outeniqua Mountain:
The Outeniqua fire remains active on the mountain slopes. Backburns from the horseshoe to the back of the Denneoord Water Works were successful yesterday. A number of firebreaks have been put in place by the George Municipality to act as a line of defense for the urban interface.

Aerial Support:
Two huey helicopters, two fixed wing bombers and SANDF Oryx Helicopter are in place to render aerial support. All aerial support relying on weather conditions, currently poor visibility due to smoke. Wind direction is due to change from 12:00 onwards.

Resources: Currently over 300 resources available in the field.

Please put the following measures in place:

Keep windows and doors closed until further notice as protection against smoke and heat.
Keep pets indoors where possible.
Move garden furniture that is flammable under cover where possible.
Wet thatch roofs, ensure gutters are clean.
Elderly and persons with health issues who are able to voluntarily remove themselves from the areas adjacent to slopes of the mountain to please do so.
All donations towards the firefighting efforts must please be delivered to the George Fire Brigade at Mitchell Street. Thank you for all the donations so far.

We are in need of the following:

smaller bottles of water (not 5L) for the firefighters
Juices / Energades
Lip Ice Vaseline
Wet Wipes
Chocolates / Energy bars / Bar Ones


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The fires on the Outeniqua mountain on Thursday 25 October.

GEORGE NEWS - All hiking trails in the Outeniqua mountain are closed until further notice. This has been confirmed by CapeNature. The public is advised to stay away as the fires in the Outeniqua mountains and the Herold area are still active.

Chantel Edwards-Klose, spokesperson for the George Municipality, told the George Herald that a spotter plane was used to evaluate the situation, but no other aerial support has been used.

The fire is under control and poses no threat to George, infrastructure or any property. Preventative measures are in place.

The Outeniqua pass is open for traffic but the Montagu pass remains closed.

Motorists using the Outeniqua pass are cautioned to drive safely, reduce speed and take into consideration that fire-fighting teams are in the area.
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South Africa’s Zulu nation joins white farmers in fight against government land seizures


The largest ethnic group in South Africa, Zulu, has spoken out against the expropriation of land without compensation in the country. Zulu is ready to cooperate with the country's white farmers, known as Afrikaners or Boers.
Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has said the group will cooperate with South African minority rights group AfriForum.

“The Zulu nation I’m talking about will not exist if we don’t have food. That’s why I say farmers must come closer so that we discuss what we can do when we talk about agriculture and the availability of enough food in the land. That’s why I’m asking AfriForum of the Boers to come and help us,” Zwelithini said, as quoted by eNews Channel Africa.

“Because when government started talking about the appropriation of land, expropriation without compensation, Boers downed tools. There is no food in South Africa,” he added.

© Dimitri Otis‘We will take the land by force’

South Africa’s land crisis may explode into racial violence
Zulu people are the largest ethnic group in South Africa, with an estimated 10-12 million people living mainly in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. The group accounts for more than a fifth of the country’s population and its opinion is important in the context of the general elections next year.

“Anyone who wants to be voted for and elected by us, I’m going to talk now, anyone who wants to be elected by us must come and kneel here and commit that I will never touch your land,” the Zulu King said.

While kings have no official power in modern South Africa, they still have the loyalty of millions of people and are recognized in the constitution as traditional leaders.

The land expropriation program run by President Cyril Ramaphosa is designed to redistribute land to poor black people to tackle severe inequality 24 years after the end of apartheid. It mostly involves lands owned by Boers, whites primarily of Dutch descent. However, the program has aroused discontent among the Zulus, too.

The Zulu King said he is waiting for a meeting with the president. “He (Ramaphosa) must come here... and say it, write it down in an agreement and sign off that the land of the Zulus will not be touched,” Zwelithini said.
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3 Dead as strong quake hits Indonesia

A 7.5-magnitude quake and subsequent tsunami struck off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi in September, killing more than 2,000 people.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS - An earthquake Thursday killed three people in Indonesia and rattled hotels where IMF delegates are attending a major summit, a fortnight after a quake-tsunami killed more than 2,000 elsewhere in the archipelago.

The 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia's Bali and Java islands in the early hours, jolting residents awake and sending them rushing into the streets.

Some attendees in Bali for the International Monetary Fund and World Bank annual meetings this week evacuated their hotels as the quake shook the island.

"I felt the quake for at least 30 seconds and I panicked. At first I didn't want to go out but then I decided to leave," Katharina Sudiyono, an Indonesian attendee at the summit, told AFP.

Peter Jacobs, head of the Indonesian Central Bank's IMF-World Bank taskforce, said delegates in Bali's Nusa Dua district for the summit were quickly informed of the situation.

"Many summit participants woke up and asked questions, but we immediately sent out information to them that there had been an earthquake and the impact in Nusa Dua," he told AFP.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries in Bali and the summit proceeded Thursday uninterrupted.

"We send our condolences to those affected by the earthquake. Here in Bali, the earthquake has not caused significant damage nor any disruption to the meetings," an IMF spokesman said.

The conference centre was designed to withstand seismic events, and participants had been told to remain there in the event of a quake.

In case of tsunami risk, attendees would be evacuated to a nearby building.

Holidayers in the island's popular tourist districts also rushed into the streets as buildings swayed.

"Wow, that was really strong and it lasted a long time," said one woman who took refuge in a hotel parking lot in Nusa Dua, a few kilometres from where the IMF and World Bank are holding their meetings.

Others in Nusa Dua, south of Bali's main international airport, also panicked.

"The quake was very big. I immediately woke up and took my little kids out of the house," Ni Komang Sudiani told AFP.

"All my neighbours were also running, said the mother of two.

Dwikorita Karnawati, the head of Indonesia's geophysics agency who was also in Nusa Dua for the IMF summit, said no tsunami warning was issued.

"I felt the quake too," she told AFP. "We are also still gathering data from our team in East Java.'

In East Java, three people were crushed to death in their sleep when the quake brought down buildings in Sumenep district and sent people fleeing their homes.

"Everybody panicked and the entire village ran outside. We have never experienced an earthquake as strong as last night," Zainurrohman, a 21-year-old from the district told AFP.

"We stayed outside until dawn," he said. Many Indonesians go by one name.

The tremor's epicentre was in the Bali Sea around 40 kilometres (25 miles) off the eastern end of Java island, according to the United States Geological Survey.

The tremor comes after a 7.5-magnitude quake and subsequent tsunami struck off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi last month - around 1,000 kilometres northeast of the latest quake's epicentre - killing more than 2,000 people.

Thousands more remain missing since the twin disaster ravaged the city of Palu and surrounding areas. The search for the dead is expected to end Thursday.

A string of earthquakes in Lombok in eastern Indonesia killed more than 550 people over the summer.

Indonesia, one of the most disaster-prone nations on earth, straddles the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide and many of the world's volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur.
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Teacher stress and safety challenges

Debbie Schäfer.

WESTERN CAPE NEWS - Debbie Schäfer, Western Cape Minister of Education, joined thousands of teachers in the province on Friday 5 October to celebrate World Teachers' Day.

With the recent flare-up of attacks on teachers across the country, it is important that Government has programmes in place that provide psycho-social support to all teachers in need, said Schäfer. "We are aware that a number of our teachers are faced with increased disciplinary challenges in their classrooms."

World Teachers' Day represents an effort to raise awareness, understanding and appreciation for the vital contribution teachers make to education and development across the world.

The Western Cape's theme this year is "The Year of Value-Driven learning". The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has also adopted a mindset change programme, which aims to help individuals make the shift from adopting negative attitudes to positive approaches instead.

Through the Employee Health and Wellness programme (EWP), the WCED aims to address teacher stress and safety challenges.

This includes:

Profiling schools in gang and violent areas (which commenced at the start of 2017) and offering EWP services.
An agreement with the EWP service provider to make contact with schools in gang and violent areas and advocate services and support. The service provider will also make contact with schools where incidences of violence, trauma and gangsterism are reported.
For 2019, an agreement was forged in the Provincial Education Labour Relations Council (Perc) to focus specifically on teachers in schools at risk and provide psycho-social support and training interventions.
During the period 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018, 30 group trauma debriefing sessions took place at schools across the province, benefiting approximately 471 teachers.

Incidents supported during group trauma debriefing sessions are: loss of learners, loss of teachers, hijacking, stabbing, violence, armed robbery and gang violence.

The top psycho-social issues presenting in teachers accessing the EWP services are:

Relationship issues (personal);
Organisational issues (work relations, performance management);
Mental illness / psychiatric problems;
Schäfer stressed that the department requires the assistance of parents and community members. "They too have a crucial role to play. Parents need to take primary responsibility for their children's discipline and values and also need to set the right example of how one should behave.

Parents must also be made aware that if their children do choose to behave inappropriately towards a teacher, their children's actions will have severe negative consequences," said the MEC.

"We do not want to see learners' futures jeopardised through such unnecessary and unacceptable actions and we trust that this will serve as a caution. Our teachers are our most important resource, not just for the WCED, but for the country as a whole. They are valued professionals and should be given the respect that they deserve."

Schäfer wished all the teachers a happy World Teachers' Day and extended a big "thank you" for what they do.
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GEORGE NEWS - GO GEORGE has announced free bus travel over four consecutive weekends for passengers holding their own Smart Cards.

To celebrate this milestone when the system goes live, cardholders will also travel for free on the first three days after implementation of the Smart Card system: Thursday to Saturday, 15, 16 and 17 November.

This generous offer to the public has been announced as incentive to purchase their Smart Cards soon after they become available on 15 October.

On Saturday and Sunday 20 and 21, and 27 and 28 October, 3 and 4, and 10 and 11 November, passengers will be allowed to travel for free if they can produce their Smart Card.

"Apart from getting people to buy their Smart Cards as soon as possible and to avoid a bottleneck when we roll out, we also want to encourage passengers to use the accrued savings from the free travel days to load trips onto their Smart Cards so long, that can then be used from Sunday 18 November," says James Robb, GO GEORGE manager.

"As soon as Smart Cards become available, trips can be loaded at the same Smart Card kiosks and mobile vehicles that sell the cards. The top-up vendors will start selling trips on 1 November."

A leaflet with the list of Smart Card kiosks and the schedule of the mobile vehicles that will travel to different parts of town to sell cards and trips is now available from GO GEORGE communication champions on the buses and at bus stops.

It can also be picked up at the info kiosk at the Transport Hub, where the information officer is ready to answer questions about the new system, or it can be downloaded from the home page at www.gogeorge.org.za.

For more information, please phone the GO GEORGE Call Centre on 0800 044 044, send an e-mail to info@gogeroge.org.za, or follow GO GEORGE on Facebook for the latest news.