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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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- GEORGE NEWSThis press release is from Donald Grant, Minister of Transport and Public Works. The response including a video from the local taxi industry will follow shortly.

GEORGE NEWS - Following three days of violence and criminal acts, including the torching of two George municipal traffic patrol cars and the petrol bombing of the private vehicle of a GoGeorge Bus Service employee, I, as the Western Cape Minister of Transport and Public Works, have published a notice in the Government Gazette, making known my intention to implement extraordinary measures to protect commuters and secure infrastructure.

The notice, published in terms of Section 91 of the National Land Transport Act, Act 5 of 2009, identifies all the ranks and routes that the Minister may close in the event that the violence continues, or escalates.

In the notice, the Minister also provides the background to the conflict between disgruntled taxi operators and their drivers and the operators of the GoGeorge bus service.

The Department of Transport and Public Works has requested the SAPS and traffic enforcement in George to be on high alert, following reports that UNCEDO leaders were calling on operators from outside of George to flood the area and block key routes, ranks and the bus depot.

I have made it clear that criminal charges will be pursued against any operators who participate in- or encourage acts of criminality.

The Provincial Taxi Registrar and the Provincial Regulatory Entity (PRE) will also investigate incidents and implement disciplinary action against associations, operators or their employees who breach the Codes of Conduct for taxi associations, operators and drivers.

The origins of the conflict in George go back as far as 2006, when the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works, in partnership with the National Department of Transport and the George Municipality, started initial engagements with the public transport industry in George around the development and implementation of a George Integrated Public Transport Network (GIPTN)(then known as the George Mobility Strategy).

Since then, the Western Cape Government has worked closely with the National Department of Transport, the George Municipality, the George public transport (taxi) operators as well as the people of George to deliver a public transport system that will see mobility in George transformed.

This project is South Africa’s first non-metro integrated public transport system and has been adopted as the pilot project for the future roll-out of other IPTNs outside of large cities.

Following extensive consultation with public transport operators, other affected stakeholders and the George community, the necessary infrastructure was developed and a Vehicle Operating Company (George Link Pty Ltd) was established, comprising legal taxi operators at the time, to enter into a negotiated contract with government to provide scheduled public transport services within the George municipal boundaries.

As part of the implementation of the GIPTN, minibus-taxi operators agreed to relinquish all minibus-taxi type operating licences authorising services within the George municipal boundaries.

It should be noted that negotiations were protracted and difficult. On 25 May 2014 the chief negotiator for the minibus-taxi industry, Mr Tom Queba, was murdered.

Phase 1 of the project was eventually rolled out in December 2014. This was followed by phase 2 in March 2015 and phase 3 in May 2015. The service was broadly welcomed by the people of George.

The Go George service offers commuters affordable, scheduled, safe and reliable services, contributing to improved quality of life and much better access to opportunities.

However, certain factions within the taxi industry expressed unhappiness with the negotiation process, claiming that no data collection and analysis was part of the design of the system, no investigations conducted to establish training needs and empowerment programmes, and that proper consultation had not taken place with all affected stakeholders.

Phase 4 of the project was due to be implemented in September 2015. However, a memorandum of demands was delivered to the George Municipality on 27 July 2015.

As per the memorandum, the taxi industry threatened to embark on non-stop strike action until the George Municipality re-opens the negotiation process. It was stated that the intention of the strike was to make George ungovernable.

On 19 August 2015, five Go George buses were set alight, roads were blockaded and CCTV cameras and police vehicles damaged by taxi drivers and operators.

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Michél Nunes and his mother Marlene at the Raffaele D'Amato store in the Garden Route Mall.

BUSINESS NEWS - It is with great sadness that the owner of Raffaele D'Amato Jewellers, a landmark business in the CBD for the last 62 years, had to make the decision to move the town branch to amalgamate with their branch in the Garden Route Mall.

The branch in the Garden Route Mall has been trading for the last 12 years.

"We believe that this move will be of great benefit to our clients from a security and parking point of view," says owner Michél Nunes.

"We would like to assure our clients that nothing has changed and that they can expect the same service ethics we are known for, with all our well-known staff in attendance. The same well-known faces that our customers have come to trust will be in the mall too."

Nunes is one of South Africa's leading jewellery designers and is a fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain. He also formerly served on the board of the South African Jewellery Council. He recently became an accredited Canadian Jeweller's Association graduate.

The design team at Raffaele D'Amato Jewellers creates stylish, unique designs. Individual design portfolios are created to meet the customer's needs, from wedding and engagement rings to extravagant exhibition pieces. Each piece is lovingly crafted by hand on the premises.

Nunes's grandfather, Raffaele D'Amato, started the business in 1957 together with his stepson, Deryck Nunes, Michél Nunes's late father.

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Sandra Prinsloo met haar vertoning, Moedertaal.
GEORGE NUUS - Optog! is op 18 Mei in George wanneer Sandra Prinsloo met haar vertoning, Moedertaal, die gehoor gaan vermaak.

Die vertoning begin om 19:30 by Eden Place.

Afrikaans.com is een van die borge vir die geleentheid.

Die Optog!-inisiatief, met Nataniël as die beskermheer, is die grootste enkele konserttoer waarby plaaslike kunstenaars betrokke is en poog om lewe te blaas in baie van die teaters en sale in Suid-Afrika.

So kry gemeenskappe in alle uithoeke van die land die geleentheid om hul kultuur te beleef. Kaartjies is by iTickets beskikbaar.

'Ons bring jou die nuutste George, Tuinroete nuus'


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The children are loving their jungle gym.

GEORGE NEWS - In 2018 the George branch of Investec Private Bank became involved with the Seven Passes Initiative through their annual golf day. Vince Vermaak was so touched by what he witnessed that he soon brought the area managers for a visit to Seven Passes.

The financial support given by Investec enabled Seven Passes to redo the kitchen of the organisation and build a jungle gym for the children.

The Port Elizabeth branch of Investec, that won an internal competition in the company, donated all of their winnings to Seven Passes Initiative so that food, cool drinks, sweets and other much-needed supplies could be bought for the children. The staff members individually also donated secondhand clothes and toys.

Chantal Damons, aftercare and food manager of Seven Passes, was elated by this gesture. "The much-needed donation from Investec is greatly appreciated but the donation from staff members really touched our hearts. The Seven Passes Initiative would like to deeply thank Investec for their generous support."

During the visit of Investec to Seven Passes, from left: Lizzie Fredericks, Jacky Buys, Chantal Damons, Morné le Roux, Tracey van Goeverden and Vince Vermaak. The kitchen could be redone thanks to Investec's donations.

Investec's efforts ensured that food could be bought for the children. From left are Vince Vermaak, Morné le Roux, Tracey van Goeverden, Denzel de Swardt, Chantal Damons and Shuntel Oelf.


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The lovely building at 125 York Street began its journey 110 years ago, as the First Class Public School for Girls, in 1905. By the Fifties, the facility was of no more use to the rapidly expanding local schools, and the building’s main hall was used as a bioscope (the old film reel projector still lives in the theatre foyer) for a few years. In 1968, a group of entertainment enthusiasts known as the George Society of Arts (founded in 1948) bought the derelict building and set about converting it into a 217-seat theatre. A year later, on 26 April 1969, the George Arts Theatre opened its doors to the public with its first show, The Sleeping Prince. At the time it was the only fully operational, community-run theatre in the triangle formed by Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Kimberley.

Since 2014, the generous patronage of the theatre’s neighbour and local company Oakhurst Insurance, new life has been breathed into the heritage building, which is being restored to glory inside and out. The revival of interest in the dramatic arts, and the support offered by the companies and individuals of George as well as the Department of Arts and Culture, has been vital in keeping this important Non-Profit Public Benefits Organisation alive. The George Arts Theatre continues to thrive in serving its purpose of feeding the artistic soul of the community at every level.

Now in its 50th year, the heart of the Oakhurst Insurance George Arts Theatre beats loudly with activity – from the many acts, both amateur and professional, who grace the grand main stage itself and the brand-new Outdoor Amphitheatre, to the daily buzz of the Backstage Lounge Café, the much-loved Wardrobe & Costume Hire facility and the many outreach programmes that touch the lives of local George youth daily.

The theatre is the proud host of many an artistic event and function for the public and private sector in the Garden Route. A number of full-length productions are held throughout the year, as well as concerts and plays featuring both local and international artists. The George Society of Arts’ December pantomime is a proud, popular holiday tradition for many families. The legacy of one of South Africa’s last-standing community theatres continues to grow thanks to the support of the public it benefits through the dramatic arts.


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There are 6 more shows, 6 opportunities to come and watch this good old fashioned theatre production. Be transported back to a time where ankles were not shown, and etiquette was followed. Where love triumphs all, with a heck of a good sense of humor under the perfect guidance of Ilze Tulleken.

More about the play.

The George Arts Theatre is turning 50 this year and we have many wonderful things planned for 2019!

The Theatre opened in 1969 with The Sleeping Prince being the very first show on our stage. As a celebration of this wonderful occasion, we will be bringing this love story back to the stage with the dynamic Ilze Tulleken making her directorial debut.

The Sleeping Prince: An Occasional Fairy Tale is a 1953 play by Terence Rattigan, which was conceived to coincide with the coronation of Elizabeth II in the same year. Set in London in 1911, it tells the story of Mary Morgan, a young actress, who meets and ultimately captivates Prince Charles of Carpathia.

Times: 11-13 April 2019 @18H30
13 April 2019 @13H30

[Due to unforeseen circumstances the show on the 14th April has been canceled]

Prices: R50 Adults
R20 Children


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The raising of the Garden Route Dam spillway will start soon. Photo: Alida de Beer

GEORGE NEWS - The construction of the Garden Route Dam spillway is expected to start in May, depending on the finalisation of all contractual documentation.

George municipal manager Trevor Botha said the municipality is cautiously optimistic that, following a more than ten-year process, the raising of the dam would finally start.

"Statutory approvals and contractual processes are in the process of being finalised but the municipality can confirm that local company, Khubeka Construction, has been awarded the contract. Once completed, the dam’s full supply level will effectively be raised by 2.5 metres, which will increase the total storage capacity of the dam by approximately 25%.

“While we are very excited about the long-term benefits, the temporary impact on citizens' access to the dam will be affected. We appeal in advance to all hikers, cyclists and everyone else who uses the space around the dam, to please stay away during construction. The site will be active on many fronts, with major construction and other equipment that can be potentially very dangerous. Signage and communication in this regard will soon commence," said Botha.

The construction activity period is expected to be eight months from time of commencement.

A professional dam engineer registered with the department of water and sanitation (DWS) for a category III dam will oversee the construction works. All designs for the works have been approved by the DWS’s dam safety office.

Once the contractor is on site (within the next few weeks) the Garden Route Dam area will be considered a construction site, at which time the contractors' health and safety plan takes immediate effect. All residents and especially visitors to the area surrounding the dam wall (hikers, runners, cyclists, anglers and day visitors) will not be allowed entry to the dam area due to safety measures.

There will be numerous heavy construction vehicles that will be active around the dam as well as large material delivery vehicles. At the same time bush-clearing along the entire dam flood line will be done and plant debris will be carted to various stockpile areas for further processing. These activities present a considerable safety risk to the public, and the area will be closed to the public. Ongoing safety risk reviews will be carried out and areas will be opened to public access only if it is considered safe for general access.

Special care should also be taken when using the roads surrounding the dam area as large earth-moving machinery and delivery vehicles will be active on the surrounding roads.

The earth-moving plant and equipment will be stored on site but must commute from the MTO side of the dam to the municipal side each night as a safety precaution and these vehicles will be using the surrounding roads. It is expected that over 3 000 heavy vehicle trips will be made in the dam area.

These vehicles will use the narrow MTO access roads that have tight bends and cyclists and hikers are at extreme risk.

"If possible, the area will be made accessible during the 2019/20 December-January holiday period, but this will depend entirely on the safety of the site and the progress of the works being constructed," said Botha.


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Shani Myburgh.

GEORGE SAKE-NUUS - Martin Botha, die eienaar en oogkundige van Outeniqua Oogkundiges, wil graag vir Shani Myburgh bekend stel aan George.

Shani het in Oktober 2018 by Outeniqua Oogkundiges aangesluit en sal dus al reeds aan van die lesers bekend wees.

Shani het aan die Universiteit van die Vrystaat (Kovsies) haar Baccalaureus-graad in optometrie verkry. Sy was die laaste drie jaar werksaam in Somerset-Wes by Colin van Wyk Oogkundiges waarna sy en haar man Marius Myburgh na Rheebok verhuis het.

Shani het veral 'n voorliefde vir kinders en is dus bereid om vir kinders onder die ouderdom van 12 jaar, gratis visuele siftingstoetse te doen.

Dit is om te verseker dat hulle nie agter raak met hulle skoolwerk as gevolg van visuele probleme nie.

Shani is ook baie behendig met laevisie-hulpmiddels vir persone wat sukkel met oogsiektes soos onder andere makulêre degenerasie en gloukoom wat hul visie inkort en waar 'n bril alleenlik nie genoeg is nie.

Outeniqua Oogkundiges het reeds 17 jaar gelede, in Maart 2002, in George tot stand gekom.

Met Shani se aanstelling glo Martin dat die praktyk net van krag tot krag sal gaan en dat die George publiek ook vir haar sal ondersteun soos hulle reeds die afgelope 17 jaar vir hom doen.

Outeniqua Oogkundiges glo daaraan om slegs die beste kwaliteit brilrame en lense te gebruik teen 'n bekostigbare prys. Sodoende word daar verseker dat jy as pasiënt die beste moontlike visie en gemak sal ervaar.

Dit is die praktyk se beleid om die beste moontlike oogsorg aan al hulle pasiënte te verskaf en word hulle oogtoetse 45 minute uitmekaar bespreek.

Die praktyk beskik ook oor 'n fundus-kamera waarmee foto's van die retina geneem word met elke volledige oogtoets. Hierdie foto's is baie noodsaaklik om byvoorbeeld diabetiese retinopatie of makulêre degenerasie te monitor of vroegtydig op te spoor.

Skakel vandag nog 044 871 2931 en maak 'n afspraak vir u volgende oogtoets.


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Dam level at 90,67%

The Garden Route Dam.

GEORGE NEWS - The George Municipality reported a dam level reading of 90,67% today, Wednesday 3 April.

The following Section 2B water restrictions currently apply in George and surrounds:

• Handheld watering of gardens using a hose and municipal water: even-numbered households Mondays and Thursdays, 15:00 - 17:00 AND uneven-numbered households Tuesdays and Fridays, 15:00 - 17:00.

• Mechanical irrigation of gardens (sprayers) using municipal water is prohibited.

• Watering sports fields using municipal water is prohibited, except for golf course greens, bowling greens and cricket pitches, daily 15:00 - 17:00.

• Filling up of swimming pools using municipal water is prohibited.

• Washing cars with a hose using municipal water is prohibited (buckets allowed), except for commercial car washes.

• Cleaning of outside surfaces using a hosepipe with municipal water is prohibited (buckets allowed).

• “OWN WATER” signage must be displayed where applicable and must be proven on request by municipal officials.

• Applications for exemption of some restrictions may be considered on merit.


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