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Shell Kraaibosch's excellent service earns award on global front
Morné Strauss at Shell's Smiling Stars Global event in Dubai with the Shell Global Gold Sites of the Year 2017 award earned by the dedicated Shell Kraaibosch staff.
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GEORGE BUSINESS NEWS - The Shell Kraaibosch Service Station is elated after being named one of Shell's Global Gold Sites of the Year 2017. Owner Morné Strauss received the award at Shell's Smiling Stars Global event held in Dubai.

This is no mean feat, since 45 000 filling stations take part in the annual judging to determine the top sites. Judging is done by a mystery marker who visits every filling station four times a year to mark them according to international Shell standards. It forms part of Shell's "People Make the Difference Real" programme.

The international award follows Shell Kraaibosch being named (for the third consecutive year) as South African Gold Site of the Year (2017), a title that is granted to the top 10 South African filling stations out of 650.

"We are over the moon to be also one of the top sites internationally. It is a big honour and it motivates everyone in the team to keep up the excellent work," said Strauss.

He said high service levels are prerequisite in order to be considered for a Gold Site award. "We do not know who the mystery marker is and when he or she is coming, so the marks are a true reflection of the service of our employees. They are really dedicated to delivering top-notch service."

24-hour convenience shopping
Shell Kraaibosch is a convenience destination that offers a 24-hour filling station, 24-hour Spar Express with a Bean Tree Café, Steers, and ATMs of all four major banks. The Spar Express offers the same variety as the Super Spar, from quality meat to a large variety of foodstuffs.

Address: Garden Route Mall intersection, Knysna Road

Contact: 044 887 0480

'We bring you the latest George, Garden Route news'
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“Live in Style with Old School Perfection™"

Classic Paints Opens under New Ownership
Classic Paints new address in 96 Meade Street at the Big Green Building.

BUSINESS NEWS - Supporters and business affiliates attended the opening of Classic Paints (Pty) at their new premises in 96 Meade Street, on Thursday 7 June. The Classic Paints brand was established on 1 March 1985. In 1995 it was decided that the only way to become competitive was to manufacture its own brand of paint.

The name Classic Paints very soon grew into a household name within the Southern Cape area. In January 2018 Classic Paints (Pty) Ltd obtained the intellectual property rights and formulations of the Classic Paints brand and is now continuing the legacy.

Classic Paints (Pty) Ltd. is the manufacturer and retailer of High Quality, Affordable & Reliable paint. This includes, but is not limited to Exterior and Interior paints such as: Satin Sheen, High Cover PVA, Super Acrylic, Roof Paints, Enamel, Classiseal, Classiguard, Wood Varnishes, Lacquers, Industrial Paint and Luxor Driven Automotive Paints.

We offer technical advice as well as colour tinting and matching. With these top quality products, a surface will still look as good as new ten years after it has been painted, saving our the customer time and money. Classic Paints is good value for money.

With Classic Paints now located in George, the brand is sure to go a long way. Contact Classic Paints for all your painting solutions on 044 873 4750 or visit their shop at 96 Meade Street.
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Visit George


The city of George is nestled in the heart of the Garden Route.

George is the sixth oldest city in South Africa and has a growing population of approximately 190 000. Centrally situated, this one-of-a-kind city lies halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth and is a mere stone’s throw away from endless stretches of beautiful and pristine beaches.

Beautiful city
Known for its breathtaking scenery – from the foothills of the majestic Outeniqua Mountains to the indigenous Fynbos forests and sweeping coastline of the Indian Ocean – George is often referred to as one of South Africa’s most beautiful cities. As a preferred holiday destination all year round, George offers a tantalising blend of old world charm, natural beauty and local treasures.

It is believed that this beautiful part of the world was first explored in 1688 in the hope of finding fresh water and food. The city was eventually named after King George III, England’s reigning monarch at the time, and was declared a drostdy by the Earl of Caledon in 1811.

So much to do
George has something for everybody and visitors are always welcomed with open arms by the city’s friendly residents.

A visit to the city would simply not be complete without exploring the treasures of the Montagu and Outeniqua Passes and historical landmarks such as the Pacaltsdorp Stone Church – the oldest church in George - and the ancient slave tree in York Street. Other must-see attractions include the Railway Museum, the ever-popular Hop Route, the Museum – a collection of local gems – and the beautiful greenery of the Garden Route Botanical Garden at the top of Caledon Street.

The Garden Route has a mediterrranean climate with mild to chilly winters and moderately hot summers. During the warmer months - November to March - the cool water of the Indian Ocean is the perfect ending to a long, hot day.

Temperatures generally start cooling down from April. Because of it's mild climate, George is the ideal setting for outdoor adventure. Thrill-seekers can enjoy adrenaline-pumping activities such as hiking, abseiling, canoeing, surfing and hang-gliding throughout the year.

Golfing is a huge attraction in George and annually over 150 000 rounds are played on our beautifully maintained fairways and greens. And with world-class golf courses such as the George Golf Club, Oubaai, Fancourt and Kingswood all within minutes of the city centre, it is not difficult to see why George is the golfing hub of the Garden Route and often referred to as ‘Golfer's Paradise’. George truly offers a golfing experience that is comparable with the very best in the world.

The city of George boasts a sophisticated infrastructure with a host of banks, conference facilites and modern, convenient shopping destinations – including leading chain stores. Top restaurants and coffee shops in and around George will ensure a dining experience like no other while visitors can relax and unwind after a long day’s exploring at one of our many local guest houses, bed & breakfasts or convenient self-catering resorts. The recently upgraded George Airport ensures that George is the ideal platform from which to explore the entire Garden Route.

George is truly the city for all reasons!
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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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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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2018 Sanlam Cansa Golf Day at Fancourt

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What’s on the cards for property in 2018

PROPERTY NEWS - 2017 has been a challenging year for the South African property market in general, despite small pockets of thriving activity in areas like the Western Cape.

As we head into 2018, Tony Clarke, Managing Director of the Rawson Property Group, casts his eye forward to property trends and market influences that could make their impact felt in the New Year.

Demand and Market Activity
“2017 showed a slow but consistent decrease in market activity across the country,” says Clarke, “with the average time on the market increasing to around 16 weeks.

"This was mainly due to two influences: a decrease in consumer confidence and spending power thanks to our tumultuous political and economic climate, and a reluctance – or inertia – from sellers to adjust their asking prices accordingly.”

While these influences are unlikely to change much in 2018, and their combination will almost certainly continue to depress market activity in the mid- to high-end price bands, Clarke says the outlook for entry-level properties is much more positive.

“No matter what the financial situation, people need a place to live, which means there’s always going to be demand for property,” he explains.

“In tough economic times, that demand shifts towards more affordable investments, increasing activity on the lower end of the market.”

As a result, Clarke predicts new developments and entry-level housing to hit the ground running in 2018, and remain a profitable investment in the long term.

Price Growth
In keeping with demand trends, Clarke predicts that the lower end of the property market will likely experience the highest growth in 2018.

“We’ve already seen this trend making its impact felt over the course of 2017, with properties valued under R1million seeing far stronger price growth than those over the R1million mark,” says Clarke.

“There are, of course, areas that buck this trend and show excellent price growth in other value bands, but on average, we do expect affordable property to outperform the rest in 2018.”

Despite 2017’s economic issues, banks are reported to have lightened up on their lending criteria towards the end of the year, which could make things easier for buyers in 2018.

“We’ve seen bonds being granted at better rates than we’ve had for a while,” says Clarke, “and banks are making it easier for entrepreneurs to access housing finance.

"That’s good news for first-time buyers who are considering getting into the market – they could find very favourable options on the table in 2018.”

For the "Buyer to Be", Clarke strongly advises to save for the highest deposit possible in order to secure a better loan to value ratio, this will inevitably give the buyer negotiating power with the banks in order to achieve the best interest rate possible.

Clarke also points out that affordability is still key, and that consumers should be conservative in their expenditure wherever possible.

“Banks may be tending towards leniency, but they’re far from reckless,” says Clarke.

“You’re still going to need to be able to prove financial responsibility and your ability to service a loan.

"With all our economic uncertainty, I’d definitely recommend erring on the side of caution when it comes to financial commitments, but I do think property remains one of the most stable investments you can make in present circumstances.”

2017 has been a challenging year for the South African property market in general, despite small pockets of thriving activity in areas like the Western Cape.

As we head into 2018, Tony Clarke, Managing Director of the Rawson Property Group, casts his eye forward to property trends and market influences that could make their impact felt in the New Year.
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