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South African Research Team Develops Concentrated Solar Power System

27th August 2015

Designed and developed at Stellenbosch University, the Helio100 system is portable and easy to install without losing the effectiveness of solar energy technology. The system can generate up to 150kW. (Image: Solar Thermal Energy Research Group)

The Solar Thermal Research Group at Stellenbosch University has completed a prototype system to help make generating solar energy more efficient and cheaper. The Helio100 system uses mirrors to focus the sun's energy on to one central point, turning heat into electricity.

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South Africa Is Top For Affordable Financial Services

27th August 2015

Unlike many other countries, both men and women make use of financial services in South Africa, where about 69% of men and 69% of women have accounts with a formal financial institution or mobile money provider. (Image: Media Club South Africa)

Three-quarters of adult South Africans have bank accounts, and women generally have equal access to formal financial services. Several mobile money payment systems, initiatives to digitise government transfers, and an extensive banking infrastructure all support financial inclusion.

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Cycling From Cape To Cairo

26th August 2015

Gaven Sinclair as he was leaving Mossel Bay en route to Plettenberg Bay.

Gaven Sinclair left Muizenberg in Cape Town on 15 August on a bicycle trip from Cape Town to Cairo. He stopped over in Mossel Bay, where he rested for the weekend.

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Flysafair Launches Insane R1 Sale

26th August 2015

FlySafair launches insane R1 sale

FlySafair has launched an insane sale, which will see tickets sold at a ridiculously low price. The sale will see 30 000 flights on all the airline's routes sold for R1 each. To make it even crazier, the price is inclusive of airport taxes.

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Holy Cross Celebrates 120 Years

26th August 2015

On 14 September Holy Cross George will be 120 years old.

On 14 September, Holy Cross George will be 120 years old. Principals, teachers and pupils from 9 Holy Cross schools in Southern Africa and Namibia will come to celebrate this milestone in George.

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Experts Ready For Young South Africans Online

26th August 2015

Experts ready for young South Africans online (Image: Media Club South Africa)

Advice from health experts such as psychologists, nutritionists and general practitioners is now just a few clicks away, following the launch by the Department of Health of a mobi-site targeting young people. It will help adolescents to make informed choices about their health.

Inset:  A mobi-site helps young people to make informed decisions about their health and social issues. It also gives them an opportunity to talk to professionals about their problems. (Image: Media Club South Africa)
 

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Celebrate The Arrival Of Spring

25th August 2015

Santos Beach from the top (Photo: Mossel Bay Advertiser)

Residents of Mossel Bay and surrounds are invited to 'bring your bling' and celebrate the official arrival of spring on 1 September with a dip in the sea at Santos beach. Jacques Arendt, presenter of the Algoa FM Garden Route drive-time show on weekday afternoons, has promised to be the first in the water.

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South Africa’s Medupi Power Station Is Up And Running

25th August 2015

Almost 800 megawatts of power are being fed into Eskom’s grid since one of Medupi Power Station’s units went into commercial operation on 23 August 2015. (Image: Eskom)

Despite all the constructions delays and labour turmoil, Medupi Power Station went into commercial operation on Sunday, 23 August. It will pump almost 800 megawatts of power into the national grid and will help to alleviate the load shedding that has plagued the country.

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Birding Splendour Among The Lakes

24th August 2015

A kingfisher enjoys the warmth of the sun at the swimming pool of birder-friendly Serpentine Manor in Wilderness. Photos provided by Serpentine Manor owner and bird lover, Susan Schridde.

The road trip has, in the last decade or so, become a great break from reality for singles, friends, families and couples who head off to see where the road may lead.

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More Go George Routes Operational Monday

24th August 2015

GO GEORGE buses.

The GO GEORGE operations team just announced that the Denneoord and Loerie Park bus routes will also go operational on Monday morning, at the usual times.

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Concerns About Front Dune Development

21st August 2015

Hard surfaces such as this paved area and high walls are starting to dominate along Wilderness Beach, says a concerned residen (Photo: Alida de Beer).

Developing on frontal dunes along the coast is becoming increasingly risky because of climate change and rising sea levels, but this does not seem to deter investment in properties on the seafront.

Inset:  Hard surfaces such as this paved area and high walls are starting to dominate along Wilderness Beach, says a concerned resident. Part of an intact dune still covered in milkwoods, an excellent stabilising factor, can be seen on the left. (Photo: Alida de Beer)

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South Africa Reaches One Million .co.za Domains

21st August 2015

The .co.za domain for websites has surpassed the one million mark, following its creation in 1992. (Image: ZACR)

Following its creation in 1992, the .co.za domain zone has hit the one million mark, says the ZA Central Registry, which manages it and other domains. The first website to use the domain was bksinc.co.za, which looks almost unrecognisable compared to today's websites.

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South African Golfer Takes His Place At The Top

20th August 2015

Brendan Grace feels like he belongs among the world’s top golfers. Despite a few setbacks, his game improved at the final golf major of the year, the PGA Championship from 13 to 16 August 2015. (Image: PGA Tour, via YouTube)

Brendan Grace, one of South Africa's best golfers, flew the country's flag high at the PGA Championship, where he came in third after what he termed " a couple of silly mistakes around the turn". But he believes he is coming into his own as a top contender on the world's greens.

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George Tourism Off To Getaway Show

19th August 2015

A previous Getaway Show in Cape Town.

George Tourism will again represent George this year at the Gauteng Getaway Show during the weekend of 28 to 30 August at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg.

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South Africa Invests R100m In Tourism

19th August 2015

A huge baobab tree in Limpopo's Vhembe district, South Africa (Image: South African Tourism, Flickr)

Tourism Month was launched in Limpopo, where Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom announced that R100-million had been invested in the sector. He encouraged all South Africans to become proud ambassadors through travel, which will engender a sense of pride and belonging.

Inset:  A huge baobab tree in Limpopo's Vhembe district. South Africans are encouraged to travel locally and become proud ambassadors, Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom says at the launch of Tourism Month in the province on 16 August 2015. (Image: South African Tourism, Flickr)

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Gates Foundation Grant For Developing Data Journalism In Africa

19th August 2015

Information- and research-based journalism is making news stories relevant to ordinary people again, using data analysis as a visualisation tool to tell more accurate and more compelling stories. (Image: Pixabay)

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded a ,7 billion grant to support data journalism in Africa. The International Center for Journalists programme will run in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria, including a journalism school in Cape Town.

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André Schwartz Performs At Gourmet & Gourmand Event

19th August 2015

Well-known South African performer, André Schwartz, will be the guest artist at the annual Gourmet & Gourmand Event in George on the 22nd of August.  The Carpe Diem School for learners with special needs hosts this annual fund-raising event.  The theme for the evening is "Food of the Opera."  Apart from the performance by Schwartz, chefs from 19 Garden Route restaurants will present a menu to match the opera theme.

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Dubai Tourist Injured On Boat

18th August 2015

Dubai tourist injured on boat (Photo:  Knysna-Plett Herald)

The NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew were activated at 10:25 on Friday, August 14 following a request for assistance from Ocean Blue Adventures reporting multiple casualties on their whale-watching boat Damara.

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Municipality Gives R100 000 For Local Tourism

18th August 2015

From left are: Councillor Daniel Maritz, Claudine Carelse (acting tourism manager), Colin Horn and Natalie Waldeck (Outeniqua Tourism Association), Councillor Marlene Viljoen and Councillor Chris Neethling.  (Photo:  Michelle Pienaar)

Local tourism received a welcome boost with funding from George Municipality. The George Garden Route and Klein Karoo Pass, Wilderness Ratepayers' and Residents Association, Outeniqua Tourism Association, Garden Route Botanical Garden Trust and the Uniondale/Haarlem Tourism Committee received cheques of R20 000 each as part of the municipality's investment in the tourism section.

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Amazon To Open Johannesburg Cloud Technology Hub

18th August 2015

The first Amazon Web Services office in South Africa – the Amazon Cape Town Development Centre - opened in 2004. (Image: Pixabay)

Global internet retailer and cloud service provider Amazon will open a Johannesburg office to join the current successful Cape Town office in increasing the company's digital presence in Africa and giving businesses swift and easy cloud technology support.

Inset:  Amazon provides cloud technology and storage offerings to businesses, including web start-ups, SMMEs and governments. The first Amazon Web Services office in South Africa – the Amazon Cape Town Development Centre - opened in 2004. (Image: Pixabay)
 

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