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'Eden has highest suicide rate in SA'

A former health worker at a clinic in George, Juanita Nel, has walked her own difficult road with major depression and is now motivating others in her position to get help.

GARDEN ROUTE NEWS - Juanita Nel suffered from the "blues" during her years at college.

She started hearing voices after the birth of her first baby, and it was dismissed as postnatal stress. She became delusional after her second child and only then received the help she desperately needed.

Nel, as with many other patients, had a difficult time explaining to her family how she felt. She was ultimately diagnosed with major depression.

Through the support of her family, community and professional help, Nel is now able to enjoy life. A former health worker at Conville Clinic in George, Nel does motivational speaking at the clinic with the hope of motivating others to seek help.

“I am not ashamed to admit that I have a mental illness. Neither should anyone else,” she said.

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Water restrictions for George

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GEORGE NEWS - The level of the Garden Route Dam has fallen below 60%.

George Mayor Melvin Naik announced today that certain water restrictions are to be implemented with immediate effect to ensure the water safety of George.

This announcement was made during a Mayoral Committee meeting.

The immediate measures are:

1. The mechanical irrigation of gardens is prohibited.

2. Gardens may only be watered between 19:00 and 21:00 in the evening. Garden hoses must be handheld only. Mondays and Thursdays are for households with even street numbers ONLY. Tuesdays and Fridays are for households with uneven street numbers ONLY.

3. The irrigation or watering of all sport fields is prohibited. Exemption from restrictions in the following instances only: golf course greens, bowling greens and cricket pitches, which may only be watered between 19:00 and 21:00.

4. The washing of vehicles with a garden hose, except by a commercial enterprise whose business it is to wash cars, is prohibited.

5. The cleaning of any area by means of water is prohibited.

6. The filling of swimming pools is prohibited.

7. Where own water from a borehole or reservoir is used, the appropriate notice shall be displayed on the premises.

Mayor Naik urged the public to take these restrictions seriously.

Report water leaks to the Civil Engineering Department on 044 801 9262/66.

In a statement issued by the George Municipality today, Chantel Edwards-Klose (Communications Manager), said: "The right of access to basic water supply and sanitation is a basic right for all communities and it is the responsibility of the George Municipality as the Water Services Institution to take reasonable measures to ensure these rights.

"The decision has been taken in terms of the provisions of the George Municipal Drought Management Policy and is applicable to George and Haarlem."
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Jong vrou sterf in ongeluk

GEORGE NUUS - 'n Jong vrou van George, Caroline van der Merwe, het gisteraand in 'n noodlottige botsing in Knysnaweg gesterf.

3 Voertuie - 'n Peugeot, Chevrolet Sonic en 'n Volkswagen Caddy - was in die gru-botsing betrokke omstreeks 23:00 naby die Glenwood-gholfbaan.

Caroline was die bestuurder van die Peugeot.
Sy is op die toneel dood verklaar en reddingswerkers moes haar liggaam met meganiese kake uit die wrak lossny.

Twee manlike passasiers wat saam met haar in die motors was, moes ook uitgesny word. Albei is na die Mediclinic George geneem.

In die Chevrolet Sonic, wat ook erg beskadig is, was twee mense. Albei is ook na die Mediclinic geneem sowel as die bestuurder van die Caddy. Hy was alleen in die voertuig.

Dit is in die stadium onduidelik presies wat gebeur het.

ER24, Metro-nooddienste, Eden 911, verkeer, die polisie en brandweer was tot na midderdag op die toneel om na die beseerdes om te sien en die wrakstukke, wat oor die pad gestrooi was, op te ruim.

'n Gedeelte van die pad was vir 'n geruime tyd vir verkeer gesluit met verkeer wat deur die aangrensende woonbuurt herlei is.

Meer inligting sal volg soos dit beskikbaar word.
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Second Hand Sam’s in George

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GEORGE BUSINESS NEWS - Second Hand Sam’s first opened in George in 2012, having been in Knysna since 1989. The response of the people of George, both buyers and sellers of clothing, has resulted in the business requiring new bigger premises. And so, 2nd Hand Sam’s is moving a few doors down, to 76 Market Street.

The business is unique in that it deals in high quality, gently-used coats and jackets, imported from Europe. Used clothing and soft goods are also bought in from the public locally.

The business is jointly owned by Tony Buchalter and Linda Swanepoel.

“Although we are involved in several stores selling new clothing, I particularly love the 2nd stores. There is the element of recycling and environmental awareness, and a real sense of providing quality clothing at really good prices. There is also the idea that each coat or jacket is one of a kind,” say Tony. “We buy quality clothing, bedding, curtains etc from people who no longer need it and our customers benefit by buying at a fraction of the normal price.”

Linda says, “The coats and jackets that are brought in from Europe are quite unbelievable. I have seen brands like Armani, Versace, Levi, Hugo Boss, amongst others. New Jackets like these would cost thousands of rands. We sell between R100 to R300.”

“Our new shop is almost twice the size of our current store, and provides a much more pleasant shopping experience. More space, more windows, more light and better parking. And the same old low prices.”

The new premises are at 76 Market Street, just 3 doors down from the current position.

Tony says, “To show our gratitude to the people George for their support, we will be having a Grand Opening Sale on 25th May. Be There!”
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Children have the right to feel safe

The annual Child Welfare Groot Brak River child protection awareness march will take place on Thursday 1 June, from the Greenfields cemetery to the Groot Brak Secondary School, where the marchers will be addressed by role players in providing safe living conditions for children.

GEORGE NEWS - The ACVV George will celebrate National Child Protection Week (CPW) from 27 May to 3 June and urge Georgians to join the ACVV's 'One Day without Shoes' campaign.

Riana Lategan, manager of the ACVV George, said, "We often take things for granted because we think it should be that way.

We are urging the public to go about their daily activities without shoes on Thursday 1 June and, if possible, to donate the pair of shoes they would have worn or a pair of shoes they haven't worn in ages, for the less fortunate. The shoes can be dropped off at ACVV George, c/o Cradock and Marberius streets."

National Child Protection Week is observed in South Africa annually to raise awareness of the rights of children as articulated in the Children's Act of 2005.

The campaign began in 1997 and it aims to mobilise all sectors of society to ensure that children are cared for and protected. It is every citizen's duty to play their part in protecting children and creating a safe and secure environment for them.
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