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COVER YOUR STEEL WITH THE BEST...!

- GEORGE NEWS


Night shift workers have a special bond, working long hours at what they do best.
SOUTHERN CAPE BUSINESS NEWS - South Cape Galvanising recently celebrated their first birthday under new ownership.

These specialists in metal coating rose like a phoenix and spread their wings to accommodate much bigger operations.

Manager Johan Naudé says their new plant is using a bigger "kettle" and can now galvanise beams up to 11m in length, and bigger gates (6m x 2m). "Previously this was not possible, and products had to be sent to Cape Town. This is no longer necessary because we can do it right here in George," he says.

Metallurgical bond
The technique used at South Cape Galvanising is called hot-dip galvanising, and involves the process of coating iron and steel with zinc. The process results in a metallurgical bond between the zinc and steel. The zinc alloys with the surface of the steel when the metal is immersed in a bath of molten zinc at a temperature of around 449°C. Galvanised steel is a strong material that protects the base metal from corrosion. The coating protects the base metal by acting as a barrier between the metal and the atmosphere.

Green at heart
Naudé is very proud of their plant's exceptionally light carbon footprint. He says being environmentally friendly is one of their business's top priorities. "With our new filtration systems our impact on the environment has been decreased even more," he says. "The last tests show that our plant's operations have almost no effect on the environment." The business makes use of the company Enviroserve to transport their waste.

Why galvanise?
Galvanising is lower in first cost than many other commonly specified protective coatings for steel. It is also almost invariably the cheapest option in the long term, because it lasts longer and needs less maintenance. The life expectancy of galvanised coating on structures is in excess of 50 years in most rural environments, and more than 25 years in areas with severe coastal and urban exposure.

A galvanised coating has a unique metallurgical structure which gives outstanding resistance to mechanical damage during transport, erection and service.

Every part of a galvanised product is protected – even sharp corners and inaccessible areas. No coating applied to a structure or fabrication after completion can provide the same protection. A galvanised process is not dependent on weather conditions and the product can be used and erected the moment the process has been finished. No time is lost on surface preparation, painting and inspection.

• South Cape Galvanising is open to the public on weekdays, Monday to Thursday from 08:00 to 17:00, and Friday from 08:00 to 15:00. Business is closed on Saturdays and Sundays. For information or bookings, phone 044 874 4284.



With a staff component of 28 friendly workers, South Cape Galvanising takes pride in their business. At the back, second from left, is the manager, Johan Naudé, and third from right the office manager, Marica Krüger. Photo: Michelle Pienaar



Production manager Jonathan Kolbé.

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NUWE NEUROCHIRURG OPEN PRAKTYK IN GEORGE

- GEORGE NEWS


Dr. Percy Bezuidenhout en sy vrou, Michelle.
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GEORGE SAKENUUS - George word 'n nuwe neurochirurg ryker, dr. Percy Bezuidenhout van Rustenburg.

Hy open op 1 Julie 'n praktyk in Mediclinic George waar 'n praktykgeleentheid ontstaan het na die aftrede van dr. Pieter Eksteen vroeër die jaar.

Dr. Bezuidenhout het sy voor- en nagraadse studies aan die Universiteit van Pretoria voltooi. Hy was sedert sy kwalifisering in 2002 as neurochirurg in 'n privaat praktyk in Rustenburg. "Ek het besluit om my praktyk na George te skuif omdat dit as 'n vriendelike en veilige plek bekend is.

"Dit is mos 'die plek waar almal wil wees'. Met dr. Eksteen se aftrede, het die geleentheid beskikbaar geword," sê hy.

Sy werk behels chirurgie van die senuwees, dus breinchirurgie vir toestande soos breinkankers, vaskulêre abnormaliteite in die brein en ook trauma van die brein.

Hy doen ook spinaaloperasies waar degenerasie van die spinaalkolom of trauma en kankers van die spinaalkolom voorkom.

"Ek het 'n spesiale belangstelling in chroniese pynbehandeling asook chirurgiese behandeling van bewegingsiektes soos Parkinson-siekte, spastisiteit en tremor deur middel van diepbreinstimulasie (DBS - deep brain stimulation).

Die plan is om soortgelyke klinieke in George te begin en sodoende die dienste aan die omgewing beskikbaar te maak."

Dr. Bezuidenhout is getroud met Michelle en die egpaar het vyf kinders.

Hy is 'n ywerige sportman wat deelneem aan driekamp en marathons, is lief vir die buitelug en geniet aktiwiteite saam met sy gesin.

Adres: Tweede Vloer, Mediclinic George (dr. Eksteen se vorige spreekkamers)
Tel: 044 873 2661

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GEORGE KRY HULP MET ERFENISINVENTARIS

- GEORGE NEWS


Marlize de Bruyn, waarnemende voorsitter van die George Erfenistrust, dr. Antonia Malan, voorsitter van die Wes-Kaapse Erfenisraad, Stefan de Kock, 'n erfenisdeskundige en Colette Scheermeyer, adjunk-direkteur Erfenis Wes-Kaap. Foto's: Eugene Gunning

GEORGE NUUS - Erfenis Wes-Kaap gaan die George-munisipaliteit help met die opstel van 'n erfenisinventaris. Dit het aan die lig gekom na 'n vergadering Dinsdagmiddag tussen verteenwoordigers van die Wes-Kaapse Erfenisraad, Erfenis Wes-Kaap, bewaringsinstansies en plaaslike owerhede.

Dit kom teen die agtergrond van kwaai kritiek wat in Februarie uitgespreek is oor die huidige inventaris. So 'n inventaris moet ingevolge die Erfeniswet van 1999 tot stand kom en die plaaslike owerheid is daarvoor verantwoordelik.

Probleme met die huidige inventaris kom al 'n lang pad. Die munisipaliteit het 'n inventaris laat opstel, maar dit het nie voldoen aan al die vereistes nie. 'n Paar jaar gelede is dit aanvanklik verwerp, maar later met streng voorwaardes goedgekeur. Die inventaris moet inligting bevat van alle strukture wat 60 jaar en ouer is. Voordat enige strukture verander of aangepas kan word, moet die Wes-Kaapse Erfenisraad eers toestemming aan 'n munisipaliteit gee. Die inventaris word as die basis vir ingeligte besluite beskou.

Colette Scheermeyer, adjunk-direkteur Erfenis Wes-Kaap het na Dinsdag se vergadering op vrae van die George Herald bevestig dat George se erfenisinventaris bespreek is. Volgens haar is voorgestel dat George kyk na hoe ander munisipaliteite dit suksesvol opgestel het. Daar is verskillende wyses hoe om dit te doen.

Wanneer die kwessie van die opstel van inventarisse ter sprake kom blyk dit dat munisipaliteite nie noodwendig die kapasiteit het nie. Op die vergadering is alternatiewe ookbespreek.

Voorbeelde van ander inventarisse sal beskikbaar gestel word.

Scheermeyer het benadruk dat Wes-Kaap Erfenis meer sigbaar wil wees en help. Vandeesweek se besoek is die eerste in 'n reeks van uitreikprogramme. Gewoonlik hou die Wes-Kaapse Erfenisraad sy vergaderings in Kaapstad by sy hoofkantoor. Verlede jaar is 'n raadsvergadering op Hermanus gehou en Woensdag die eerste keer in George.

Dr. Antonia Malan, voorsitter van die raad, het gesê die raad wil die "gesigte agter die telefoon en e-posse" ontmoet. Waar daar probleme is moet gekyk word hoe dit opgelos kan word.

Daar is nooit genoeg kapasiteit nie. Munisipaliteite is onder druk om byvoorbeeld te ontwikkel, inkomste te genereer, huise te bou en water te verskaf.



Van die verteenwoordigers van die Wes-Kaapse Erfenisraad, Erfenis Wes-Kaap, bewaringsinstansies en plaaslike owerhede wat Dinsdag se vergadering in George bygewoon het.

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LOVE WINS FOR COUPLE IN ENDURANCE RIDE

- GEORGE NEWS


Love extends to winning. Mandie Cronje (right) and Ashley Gower. Photo: Carlu Janse van Rensburg

GEORGE NEWS - The annual George endurance ride took place again at the Aartappelstoor of 4 Brothers last weekend.

The main race of the day was won in style by experienced long distance riders Mandie Cronje and Ashley Gower, both riding for Team 765 of Peter Chantler.

Mandie and Ashley are a couple and showed that true love extends across the finish line. Electronic tags were used to determine stop times at the race and their tags clocked exactly the same time, to the second.

A very close second place went to Mabet Cilliers, who rides for the renowned Saruk stud from Riversdale.

The 80km race was won by Le Roux Endurance from Uniondale, taking first in the standard weight category, and first and second in the lightweight category. Julia de Kock finished second in the 80km standard weight.

Riders came from Cape Town as well as the Eastern Cape and although it was pretty much winter chilly when the 120km participants departed at 04:30, the weather played along and fun was had by all at the foot of the Outeniqua mountains.

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UPDATE: CALEDON STREET ROADWORKS

- GEORGE NEWS

Caledon Street (Stock image)

GEORGE NEWS - Motorists can expect lane closures and stop and go points again this week in Caledon Street while areas that failed tests during the final snagging are being repaired, according to the George Municipality.

The municipality did not say when construction will be completed.

The project has been dragging along for more than a year.

The municipality warned road users to exercise caution during and respect the road signs that are put in place for safety's sake and said the roadworks are weather dependent.

Concerns and comments may be sent to admin@hilland.co.za or 082 305 5097.
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POPULAR GETAFIX CAFÉ CLOSES DOWN

- GEORGE NEWS


The outside tables at Getafix Café were popular.
GEORGE NEWS - Getafix Café in the Garden Route Botanical Garden is closing its doors after trading for four years.

The popular venue, that launched events like the successful monthly Friday night market and garden movie nights, has suffered a major loss of income during the past year due to the roadworks in Caledon Street and the business has become unviable, said owner Michelle Cawood-Van Vuuren.

"It is with a heavy heart that we have reached the decision to close Getafix Garden Café last Thursday night. This has not been an easy decision as staff is involved. Breadwinners who feed families have been impacted by this decision."



She said the effect of the roadworks placed them in a position where they could not pay their rent on time.

"We did try to sustain the rent with small events. The Botanical Garden Trust was advised that I would pay as soon as I can, but on Thursday afternoon we received a lawyer's letter from them to inform us of the cancellation of our rental contract.

"We would like to thank all who supported us, both our clientele and our suppliers who stood by us during the lean year when we were placed under severe stress from the roadworks. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by our closure but we are left with no alternative," said Cawood-Van Vuuren.

Chairman of the Garden Trust, Roger Bath, said, "It is very important to us to have a viable, quality tea garden restaurant at the Botanical Garden so we are also very sorry to have to take these steps, but we have to look to the interests of the trust which remains financially stressed - although the position is substantially improved - and we cannot subsidise her business."

Residents of Caledon Street recently met with an attorney regarding possible financial damages claims against the George Municipality. The rebuilding of the road began in June last year and was supposed to have been completed within about four months.

According to the municipality, the project was undertaken for the sake of improved carrying capacity for the buses of the public bus service. Limited and difficult access to properties during the roadworks caused a sharp decline in visitor numbers to businesses like guesthouses and the restaurant.

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DANCING FOR DOGS AT THE ARTS THEATRE

- GEORGE NEWS


Dancers from left are Courtney Ellis, Nico Fourie, Karla Janse van Rensburg, Marianne Holm, Tristan Bruton and Erin Shackleton.


GEORGE NEWS - Local dance schools are taking hands in a project to raise funds for mass sterilisations of township animals.

Dancers of York High School Dance Department, the Nico Fourie Dance Academy, Absolute Dance Studio and Marlise's School of Spanish Dance are joining host Abbi Geldenhuys Academy of Ballet to put up a variety show in aid of this cause.

Dance Mosaic - Dancing for Dogs showcases a tangible mix of dance styles, ranging from classical ballet to tango, Hip Hop, lyrical jazz, contemporary and Spanish dancing.

The performance will take place on 12 and 13 July at the Oakhurst Insurance George Arts Theatre. Shows will take place at 15:00 and 19:00 on both days,

Proceeds from the shows on Friday 12 July will go to the PDSA, and Odin will receive Saturday's takings. Tickets cost R100 (adults) and R80 (block bookings 10 plus) and R60 kids under 12.

Tickets are available on Computicket or Theatre Box Office. The public is asked to please bring along tins of cat or dog food for the charities, who will be present on their respective days.

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SIMPLE RULES FOR A WINTER GARDENA WINTER GARDEN

- GEORGE NEWS

Simple rules for a winter garden
For plants like roses, fruit trees, wisteria and ornamental shrubs, a good prune during the last two weeks of July or the first week of August is a must.

PROPERTY NEWS - Out of sight, out of mind: that is how many gardens suffer neglect though winter. Your winter garden may not be the prettiest it's ever been - the trees are bare, the grass is browning and it's just too cold to be outside.

But if you look forward to beautiful spring blooms and a spring-ready garden, grabbing a jacket and bearing the cold will be worth it.

Prepare your plants
When animals hibernate for the winter they do it on a full stomach and with stores of food. Think of your winter garden as your garden in hibernation. In nature, the fallen leaves and plant matter fill the soil with the extra nutrients plants need through winter so they can thrive through spring.

Make sure your plants have their fill of mulch and compost throughout winter. This will help to protect them from the cold and give them a great start come spring.

Stay clear of quick release fertilisers though - you don't want to encourage new growth just before a cold snap.

Be water wise
Although it is better to water your plants at night during summer to avoid the water evaporating before it is absorbed, in winter it's better to water plants during the day. This will help prevent the water freezing on your plants and damaging them if temperatures dip.

Prune, prune, prune and prune some more
Pruning your plants in winter seems like you risk finishing them off after they've been battered by the elements, but looks in this case are definitely deceiving.

For plants like roses, fruit trees, wisteria and ornamental shrubs, a good prune during the last two weeks of July or the first week of August is a must.

Pruning increases your plant's ability to flower and in some cases bear fruit - which is just what you need in spring.

Read up on winter planting
Spring may be the time for blooming, but that doesn't mean nothing will grow in your garden in winter. Fill the empty patches in your garden with annuals and even some veggies that thrive during the colder months and you will be surprised by the difference it makes to your garden.

Try planting some of the following flowering seedlings for a pop of colour: English daisies, stocks, Iceland poppies, violas, pansies, foxgloves, snapdragons, sweet Williams and primulas.

These veggies will do well in winter if you plant them now: peas, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, tatsoi, lettuce and onions. Look for seedlings to give your homegrown veg a head start.

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SHARKS ALONG OUR COAST – DANGEROUS OR IN DANGER?

- GEORGE NEWS

Sharks are facing man-made threats. If this leads to their removal from the ecosystem, it can have drastic and unpredictable consequences.

GEORGE NEWS - Dr Enrico Gennari, world-renowned marine researcher and research director at Oceans Research, Mossel Bay, will give a fascinating talk on the topic, 'Sharks along our coast - dangerous or in danger?' on Wednesday 12 June at the Wilderness Hotel.

"Sharks tend to be at or near the top of the food chain and play an important role in regulating numbers of the prey animals on which they feed. But they are facing man-made threats.

"Their removal from the ecosystem can have drastic and unpredictable consequences," says Gennari.

He has been studying the movement of large sharks using active and passive acoustic telemetry.

His main focus is on the movement of sharks, besides other work on the biology, population dynamics, and the ecology of sharks, marine mammals and bony fish.

His research has shaped the current multi-pronged shark conservation approach along the South Cape coast.

The talk is hosted by the Wilderness Ratepayers and Residents Association (WRRA). It will start at 18:00 for 18:30. Entry is R10 for WRRA members and R20 for non-members.

A cash bar will be available and why not enjoy a meal at one of Wilderness's restaurants after the talk?

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