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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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123 Lawaaikamp land claims settled

123 Lawaaikamp land claims settled

Stella Nyakathi (middle) receives a voucher from Skhwatsha. With them is Lawaaikamp struggle veteran Mama Ndiwa (left).
GEORGE NEWS - The Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Mcebisi Skhwatsha, handed R13-million to 123 Lawaaikamp community land restitution claimants on Saturday 20 May at the Conville Community Hall.

The claimants were forcibly removed from their land during the apartheid government in 1961 in terms of the Group Areas Act of 1957. Lawaaikamp was proclaimed a Coloured Group Area and members of other racial groups were forbidden to have property there.

The claimants include community members from Oubos, Blikkiesdorp, Bossiegif, Rosemoor, Maree Kamp, Môreson, Skuinskraal, Leeukloof and De Jaar Community. Each household will receive 110 000.

According to the department, after negotiations and verification the claimants accepted a Standard Settlement Offer as full and final settlement of the claim. R86 638 52

was paid for individual claims during phase 1 to 3. The current settlement, phase 4, is the last and is the largest amount paid to a restitution project in the Eden District Municipality.

Speaking to the media, Skwatsha said although the money won't fully compensate for the painful past during the apartheid government, he hopes that the claimants will use the money wisely and that it will make a meaningful contribution to their lives.

Skwatsha said his department advises people not to accept money as compensation, but to request their land back. "Land is everything; you can work the land and do something that can sustain you and your family for generations to come, while money has a limited scope. We therefore encourage people as a department to accept land as opposed to money as land is more important," he said.

One of the beneficiaries, Stella Nyakathi (78), said she has been waiting for a very long time for this moment and that she is happy that the department has finally compensated them. Nyakathi said she will use the money to renovate her family home and save the rest for her children.

"I am very happy and there are many things I would like to use the money for. I want to fix my home and my furniture."

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The beneficiaries of the Lawaaikamp land claimants with the minister are, back from left: Magdalena Wildemans, Phillip Witvoet, Stufarnus Appollis, Monica Gallant, Minister Mcebisi Skwatsha, Thomas Gysman, Sam Jordan. Front: Thembha Witbooi, Boniwe Setheni, Hombhakazi Ngcongco, Stella Nyakathi, Johena Martina Sauer and Katy Jood.

The Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Mcebisi Skhwatsha, addresses people at the Conville Community Hall.
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