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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.

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New Corporate Manager at Fancourt Estate

Christianna has a diploma in International Hotel Management, and began her career in the hospitality industry in 2002, as a receptionist at Sentinel Executive Apartments Hotel.

From there, she went on to work for the Court Classique Hotel, Sheraton Pretoria Hotel, as well as Towers and Premier & Resorts, working in various departments within the different properties.

Fancourt looks forward to a promising future ahead with Christianna on the team and knows that she will add priceless value to building increased awareness of the Fancourt offering within the Gauteng corporate market.
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George Trails signage vandalism and theft

It is with both shock and sadness that we have learned that about 70% of the trail signage (posts, route markers and sponsor’s advertising boards) around the GR Exp Saasveld Trail System, located between the Garden Route Dam and NMMU Campus have been maliciously damaged and stolen amounting to tens of thousands of Rands worth of damage.

James Krause with some of the broken trail signage and an orange glove picked up on the scene

As partners in the George Trails Project, the Green Sport Foundation, MTO Forestry and George Municipality strongly condemn these actions in our natural surroundings and a case of theft and vandalism has been opened with the George SAPS.

After more than two years of planning and negotiations the Green Sport Foundation non-profit company secured contracts with the George Municipality and MTO Forestry as landowners in the middle of 2016, to mark, manage, maintain, permit and market a multi-use trail network (for hiking, running and mountain biking) under George Trails as a sports tourism project to promote community wellness, environmental education, tourism, job creation and to establish a well-marked and safe trail network around George. Green Sport also provides millions of Rands worth of public liability cover through its affiliation with AMARider (African Mountain Biking Association).

No other party have previously successfully negotiated or secured trail management agreements with the local landowners and thus there are no rights to previously (and often illegally) constructed trails and sign boards on the landowner’s property by any other party, other than that negotiated by Green Sport. The parties advocates responsible trail use, trail construction and land management and this is part of the reason they entered into the agreements to make a positive difference to trail sports and nature-based recreational activities around the City of George.

After assessing the damage we can confirm that a total of 25 wooden sign posts have been removed and stolen. Furthermore, a variety of 66 sign boards that included route markers, emergency detail and sponsors advertising have been removed or damaged. The remaining boards have been taken down for now to avoid further damage/loss and to avoid people getting lost by following incomplete marked routes due to the damage. In the meantime, the GPX files of the routes can be downloaded for use on GPS devices from the George Trails website at www.georgetrails.org.za in order to still navigate the routes.

The vandals not only caused damage to property but also put the lives of people in danger by the damage and removal of the emergency numbers and codes linked to the Eden Emergency Centre.

We kindly request members of the public to come forward with any information that might lead to the arrest and prosecution of the culprits by contacting Detective Sweli on 078 274 1687, sending an email to info@georgetrail.org.za or inboxing the George Trails Facebook Page. None of the 25 x 2.3m sign posts that were removed were found in the vicinity of where they were removed so it is assumed that it was a coordinated effort and that it was loaded onto a vehicle so chances are that users spotted the vehicle in the plantation. It will also help the case if we can get information on when last users saw the signs up in order to narrow down the search.

(This is a joint press release between the Green Sport Foundation, MTO Forestry and the George Municipality)
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SA athletes victorious at 2017 OCC

Participants in the 10km race wheel off from the starting line. Photo: Supplied.
GEORGE NEWS & VIDEO - The 15th annual Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge (OCC), a race exclusively for athletes living with physical disabilities was held in George on Saturday 18 February with South African athletes dominating in the winners’ circle.

The 42km men’s race was won by Steward McCreadie (South Africa) in the hand cycle category, Ernst van Dyk (South Africa) in the racing chair category and Pieter du Preez (South Africa) took the men’s quads title. Claiming victory in the women’s 42km race was Justine Asher (South Africa) in the hand cycle category and Ayishetu Seidu (Ghana) in the racing chair category.

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The George Arts Theatre: What’s happening in March 2017

Valentine’s day was preceded by two world-class performers at the theatre. Arno Carstens and Pieter-Dirk Uys came to the theatre.

Both shows were sold out and the audiences had a great night out. The good news is that Pieter-Dirk Uys loved our theatre and wants to come back next year! Watch this space for details.

In March, we have a bumper line up yet again.

We have the Dalene Mathee classic, Kringe in ‘n Bos, a tribute to Brel in the form of Bonjour Brel. Andrew Young visits us again and we have an early treat with a George Society of Arts kid’s show, The Girl with the Golden Locks. This show directed by Bronwyn Stammer, will thrill the youngsters with a fantastic romp through the much-loved fairy tales with a modern twist.

Book now on our online ticketing system, It’s easy, quick and you get to book the great shows as they open!

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