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Emo Adams together with favourite local mascots set to brighten up the city.

A previous lights festival in George.
GEORGE NEWS - The 2018 Lights Festival on 8 December will have a jam packed programme running for children, with appearances by four of George’s favourite mascots.

Georgie from GO GEORGE says he is the most famous selfie personality in George and is always ready to brighten up your photo with his friendly smile! He loves to tell children all about the marvelous GO GEORGE bus service.

Smartie is the new kid on the block and Georgie's best friend forever. He says he is not such a selfie celebrity yet, but he is really a bit smarter than Georgie, so it's okay. Smartie says his job is to help people understand how to work the new Smart Card.

Daantjie Kat loves road safety and he has been teaching children how to use road and where it is safe to play for over 15 years in George.

And the very newest super hero in George will be there as well - Rocky the Recycling Rooster is a recycling hero and he teaches children all about how cool it is to recycle their rubbish!

Georgie and Smartie from Go George

Come and meet your favourite characters from 14:00 – 17:00 in the cordoned area next to the George Tourism office. Entrance is from York Street.

Fun galore for all ages with jumping castles, face painting and other exciting activities.

Parents must accompany under aged children and Community Development officials identifiable by orange bibs with name tags will be present to assist on the day.

Recycle with Rocky Rooster

The youth programme will start on the main stage from 14:00 with the Classic Programme starting at 17:00. The switching on of the Festive Season Lights will take place at 20:00 followed by a performance by Emo Adams.

York Street between Hibernia / Langehoven and Courtenay Streets as well as a portion of Cathedral Street will be closed from 12:00 in order to ensure the safety of all. Directional signage will be in place.

A number of stalls will be available throughout the day from 14:00 selling food and other items.


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GARDEN ROUTE NEWS - Marc Rodgers, station commander of the NSRI Plettenberg Bay station, urges bathers and paddlers along the Plettenberg Bay coastline to be cautious due to confirmed increase shark activity inshore along the coastline.

The sharks are attracted to and feeding on a juvenile Humpback whale carcass that has washed ashore among rocks at Groot Bank, close to Keurboomstrand, off-shore of the Salt River.

Bitou municipal solid waste removal are investigating options to remove or dispose of the carcass.


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- GEORGE NEWS Outeniqua-rolbalklub bederf brandweerhelde

Rita Louw verpak die groot aantal worsrolletjies wat aan die brandweerpersoneel geskenk is.
GEORGE NUUS - Uit dankbaarheid vir hul geesdrif en heldhaftige pogings om die vure onder baie moeilike omstandighede teen die Outeniquaberge te beveg, het Outeniqua-rolbalklub besluit om die dapper vegters met ietsie te ete en te drinke te bederf.

Klublede het ingespring en worsrolletjies gemaak wat deur die klub geskenk is.

Kiste vol koeldranke en water is ook aan die brandweerstasie gegee om as lafenis in die snikhete omstandighede te dien.

Petro Scheepers (links) en Rita Louw by van die drinkgoed wat geskenk is.


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- GEORGE NEWSCongratulations and a very big welcome Hayleigh and we wish you every success for the future regarding this new venture of yours. This from myself and all the staff.

Rocky Sonnekus

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From left are Theo Raubenheimer, Ben Raubenheimer, Jeanette Raubenheimer and Renè Koen.

GEORGE NEWS - In 1995, Ben and Jeanette Raubenheimer founded Label Leaders in George with a single three-colour press and three staff members in a 110m² factory. They could never have dreamt that 23 years later they would employ 38 people and have a 2 000m² state-of-the-art factory.

There is now a studio where they produce their own plates, four pre-press machines, five printing presses, three finishing machines and four high-speed rewinders.

Their newest edition of finishing machines can do print jobs with exceptional precision and is the only of its kind in Africa.

Label Leaders is a thriving label printing operation that's one of few, if not the only, narrow-web flexographic printers between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth!

Ben and Jeanette Raubenheimer have decided to retire and since last year the day-to-day operational management has been in the capable hands of Theo Raubenheimer and René Koen, son and daughter of the founding members - both now directors and shareholders.

Label Leaders operates its own in-house DTP department. They pride themselves that they have gained the marketing knowledge to advise clients on designing the most effective label to sell their product. It is never "just a label".

Over the years Label Leaders has constantly invested in technology, acquiring the latest presses to stay ahead of the ever-changing need of their clients.

Label Leaders will continue their vision as a family business that will lead in technology, but service and quality will never be compromised. They live their motto: "Let's grow together!"


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Visit George


The city of George is nestled in the heart of the Garden Route.

George is the sixth oldest city in South Africa and has a growing population of approximately 190 000. Centrally situated, this one-of-a-kind city lies halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth and is a mere stone’s throw away from endless stretches of beautiful and pristine beaches.

Beautiful city
Known for its breathtaking scenery – from the foothills of the majestic Outeniqua Mountains to the indigenous Fynbos forests and sweeping coastline of the Indian Ocean – George is often referred to as one of South Africa’s most beautiful cities. As a preferred holiday destination all year round, George offers a tantalising blend of old world charm, natural beauty and local treasures.

It is believed that this beautiful part of the world was first explored in 1688 in the hope of finding fresh water and food. The city was eventually named after King George III, England’s reigning monarch at the time, and was declared a drostdy by the Earl of Caledon in 1811.

So much to do
George has something for everybody and visitors are always welcomed with open arms by the city’s friendly residents.

A visit to the city would simply not be complete without exploring the treasures of the Montagu and Outeniqua Passes and historical landmarks such as the Pacaltsdorp Stone Church – the oldest church in George - and the ancient slave tree in York Street. Other must-see attractions include the Railway Museum, the ever-popular Hop Route, the Museum – a collection of local gems – and the beautiful greenery of the Garden Route Botanical Garden at the top of Caledon Street.

The Garden Route has a mediterrranean climate with mild to chilly winters and moderately hot summers. During the warmer months - November to March - the cool water of the Indian Ocean is the perfect ending to a long, hot day.

Temperatures generally start cooling down from April. Because of it's mild climate, George is the ideal setting for outdoor adventure. Thrill-seekers can enjoy adrenaline-pumping activities such as hiking, abseiling, canoeing, surfing and hang-gliding throughout the year.

Golfing is a huge attraction in George and annually over 150 000 rounds are played on our beautifully maintained fairways and greens. And with world-class golf courses such as the George Golf Club, Oubaai, Fancourt and Kingswood all within minutes of the city centre, it is not difficult to see why George is the golfing hub of the Garden Route and often referred to as ‘Golfer's Paradise’. George truly offers a golfing experience that is comparable with the very best in the world.

The city of George boasts a sophisticated infrastructure with a host of banks, conference facilites and modern, convenient shopping destinations – including leading chain stores. Top restaurants and coffee shops in and around George will ensure a dining experience like no other while visitors can relax and unwind after a long day’s exploring at one of our many local guest houses, bed & breakfasts or convenient self-catering resorts. The recently upgraded George Airport ensures that George is the ideal platform from which to explore the entire Garden Route.

George is truly the city for all reasons!


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- GEORGE NEWSGarden Route District JOC fire update @ 08:30.
Monday, 05 November 2018, 08:50

Monday morning fires update

This photo was taken in George by Dominik Dimatellis.

GARDEN ROUTE NEWS - The evening was cool with low speed winds from east but turned to the NE during the early hours of the morning. These conditions reduced the running lines on the northern fireline and reduced the heat intensity of flare ups along these lines.

They did, however, raise fire lines on the southern fireline.

Firelines were active in the de Vlugt area and in the SW of the fire. Flare ups were contained through the evening and early hours of the morning. Flare ups are at the moment minimal and are addressed in short periods of time.

Many lines have effectively been contained but the long distances and accessibility of lines do make mopping up slow and difficult in places.

The weather for today is predicted to be 11°C on average for the day and the wind will remain at about 12km/h predominantly from the south, 6mm of rain is expected across all divisions, however this may be less on the northern side of the mountains.

These conditions are conducive to mopping up activities and increased ground crew resources, if effectively managed, can result in the current 30% containment areas to increase to 80 % containment by the end of the next four operational periods.

It is planned to replace some of the exhausted Incident Management Teams (IMT) members with rested fresh staff. The cool rainy conditions do allow a good rest opportunity for the regional staff allowing them to resume positions in the period which shows hotter weather later in the week. Briefing meetings have improved in efficiency and line staff are attending, allowing for improved quality of assignment tasking and better communications throughout the operational period.

Injuries: None

The southern line on Jonkersberg fire and Groeneweide Farm have not joined yet. Active lines moved south during the evening were anchored on old plantation roads and suppressed where possible. No threats at this point. Plantation lines on the urban interface have been well contained with good scratch lines and effective mopping up. Northern area at Highlands lodge has been contained and are currently mopping up.

Lines are mostly being mopped up and containment actions are progressing. Activities are still focussed on the Goudveld hot lines.


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- GEORGE NEWSMonday, 29 October 2018, 12:10

George covered in smoke...!

Update: Residents evacuating Golden Valley

GEORGE NEWSFLASH & VIDEOS - George Municipality is as a precaution evacuating residents in Blanco Golden Valley and Stepaside.

The Traffic Department and SAPS will assist. GO GEORGE buses will be arriving shortly to assist.

We request people to move carefully and not to panic.

Shelter will be provided at Town Hall.


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Issued jointly George Municipality and Garden Route District Municipality Monday 29 October, 11:00
Source George Municipality | Monday, 29 October 2018, 11:14
Update: Outeniqua mountain fire
Fire on the Outeniqua mountain on Sunday night, 28 October.

GARDEN ROUTE NEWS - The Outeniqua Pass remains closed until further notice.


The fire remains active in the mountain area in Karatara but is currently contained by Sansparks. Backburns and firebreaks will be done during the course of the day.

Outeniqua Mountain:
The Outeniqua fire remains active on the mountain slopes. Backburns from the horseshoe to the back of the Denneoord Water Works were successful yesterday. A number of firebreaks have been put in place by the George Municipality to act as a line of defense for the urban interface.

Aerial Support:
Two huey helicopters, two fixed wing bombers and SANDF Oryx Helicopter are in place to render aerial support. All aerial support relying on weather conditions, currently poor visibility due to smoke. Wind direction is due to change from 12:00 onwards.

Resources: Currently over 300 resources available in the field.

Please put the following measures in place:

Keep windows and doors closed until further notice as protection against smoke and heat.
Keep pets indoors where possible.
Move garden furniture that is flammable under cover where possible.
Wet thatch roofs, ensure gutters are clean.
Elderly and persons with health issues who are able to voluntarily remove themselves from the areas adjacent to slopes of the mountain to please do so.
All donations towards the firefighting efforts must please be delivered to the George Fire Brigade at Mitchell Street. Thank you for all the donations so far.

We are in need of the following:

smaller bottles of water (not 5L) for the firefighters
Juices / Energades
Lip Ice Vaseline
Wet Wipes
Chocolates / Energy bars / Bar Ones


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GEORGE NEWS - GO GEORGE has announced free bus travel over four consecutive weekends for passengers holding their own Smart Cards.

To celebrate this milestone when the system goes live, cardholders will also travel for free on the first three days after implementation of the Smart Card system: Thursday to Saturday, 15, 16 and 17 November.

This generous offer to the public has been announced as incentive to purchase their Smart Cards soon after they become available on 15 October.

On Saturday and Sunday 20 and 21, and 27 and 28 October, 3 and 4, and 10 and 11 November, passengers will be allowed to travel for free if they can produce their Smart Card.

"Apart from getting people to buy their Smart Cards as soon as possible and to avoid a bottleneck when we roll out, we also want to encourage passengers to use the accrued savings from the free travel days to load trips onto their Smart Cards so long, that can then be used from Sunday 18 November," says James Robb, GO GEORGE manager.

"As soon as Smart Cards become available, trips can be loaded at the same Smart Card kiosks and mobile vehicles that sell the cards. The top-up vendors will start selling trips on 1 November."

A leaflet with the list of Smart Card kiosks and the schedule of the mobile vehicles that will travel to different parts of town to sell cards and trips is now available from GO GEORGE communication champions on the buses and at bus stops.

It can also be picked up at the info kiosk at the Transport Hub, where the information officer is ready to answer questions about the new system, or it can be downloaded from the home page at www.gogeorge.org.za.

For more information, please phone the GO GEORGE Call Centre on 0800 044 044, send an e-mail to info@gogeroge.org.za, or follow GO GEORGE on Facebook for the latest news.