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Mediclinic Receives New Stroke Unit

3rd June 2015

Some of the members of the stroke unit's team, from left: Sr Petro Fockens, Dr Isabel van der Merwe (head of the emergency centre), Dr Stella de Kock (neurologist) and Dr Ignatius Immink. (Photo: Alida de Beer)

Mediclinic George is part of an ambitious initiative in conjunction with Boehringer SA to establish a centre of excellence for stroke care at the hospital, aiming for eventual registration as one of a few official stroke units in South Africa.

Inset: Some of the members of the stroke unit's team, from left: Sr Petro Fockens, Dr Isabel van der Merwe (head of the emergency centre), Dr Stella de Kock (neurologist) and Dr Ignatius Immink (specialist physician),(Photo: Alida de Beer).

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Beached Whale: Rescue Mission Abandoned

2nd June 2015

Beached whale: Rescue mission abandoned

The rescue operation to save a Humpback whale that beached earlier today in Great Brak, was unsuccessful. According to Tersia Marais, freelance photographer for the Mossel Bay Advertiser, who arrived on the scene shortly after it was reported this morning that a whale beached, the operation was abandoned at around 13:30.

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Millions For Upgrading Knysna

2nd June 2015

Millions for upgrading Knysna

The Knysna Municipality has allocated millions of the 2015/2016 budget for upgrading and expanding municipal services. This was announced on Friday during the annual State of the Town address by Executive Mayor, Georlene Wolmarans.

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Rescue Mission To Save Beached Whale

2nd June 2015

A Humpback whale has been reported beached in Great Brak River.

A Humpback whale has beached in Great Brak River. A resident from Muizenberg, house-sitting in Great Brak, David Wilson discovered the whale this morning when taking his dog for a walk on the beach.

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New Visa Rules To Visit South Africa

2nd June 2015

Learning to dance like a local at one of South Africa's cultural villages (Photo: South African Tourism)

A new law has come into effect that requires unabridged birth certificates and other documentation for children under the age of 18 when visiting or leaving South Africa. The government says the move is to curb child trafficking, but there are concerns it will affect tourism.

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Fnb Assesses Impact Of Interest Rates On Commercial Property

1st June 2015

Attie Anderson, Head of Business Lending at FNB Commercial Property Finance (Photo: sagoodnews.co.za).

Short term small rate movements will most likely affect consumer spending patterns but there should be no material impact on commercial property investors. This is the view of Attie Anderson, Head of Business Lending at FNB Commercial Property Finance.

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Colouring-in Brings Hope

1st June 2015

Tanya O' Connor's new book 'Colour brings Hope' will be sold at the Cuppa for Cansa event this Saturday, at the Langeberg Mall.

The worldwide popular trend of colouring-in for adults has now led to an exciting partnership between the Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa) and Naledi, publishers of a therapeutic colouring-in book, Colour Brings Hope.

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Plett Show Staged In Zim

1st June 2015

hemba sets out to search for his inheritance in Lunchbox Theatre's production, iLifa. (Photo Anja Wiel.)

Plettenberg Bay’s talent was in the international spotlight recently when six Lunchbox Theatre members participated in the Harare International Festival of Arts (HIFA) in Zimbabwe.

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South African Doctor Makes Skin Graft Breakthrough

29th May 2015

The skin biopsy of 7x3 centimetres was taken from the hip area of the patient. (Image: Western Cape Department of Health)

Until recently the outlook for patients in South Africa with extensive burns was bleak. The best they could hope for were highly specialised transplant techniques, depending on the availability of resources.

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Small Town Hospitals, Big Town Sophistication

28th May 2015

Dr Piet Loubser, darling of the UCT medical students at the Oudtshoorn Hospital, with Alexia Rossi (left), Victoria Parker, Katherine Calver and Priyanka Naidu (Photo: Myron Rabinowitz).

Eight final year medical students studying Family Medicine and Obstetrics at the University of Cape Town (UCT) spent a month at the George and Oudtshoorn Hospital and feel the opportunity to study in a smaller town hospital has truly prepared them for their internship next year.

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Junior Boks Jet Off To World Championships

28th May 2015

Springbok captain Jean de Villiers inspires the Baby Boks ahead of their Argentina tour. (Image: Saru)

Fresh from a series victory over Argentina, the Junior Springbok squad are on their way to Italy for the World Rugby Under-20 Championship. "The boys are rearing to go and we have a great team spirit," says coach Dawie Theron ahead of the three-week long tournament.

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Municipal Court Coming To George

27th May 2015

The high level delegation who met in George today to announce the forthcoming establishment of a Municipal Court for George.

The Executive Mayor of George, Charles Standers today welcomed a high level delegation from the Department of Public Prosecution and the Western Cape Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, who have given approval to the George Municipality to establish a Municipal Court for George.

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Healing In South Africa's Fynbos Soil

27th May 2015

Hiking through South Africa's uniquely beautiful fynbos. (Photo: Galeo Saintz, Eden to Addo Corridor Initiative)

A researcher at Stellenbosch University has discovered lantibiotics in fynbos soil. They have the same function as strong antibiotics and work to kill disease-causing bacteria, including Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. They could be an alternative to traditional treatments.

Inset:  Hiking through South Africa's uniquely beautiful fynbos. The Eden to Addo Mega-Hike straddles five distinct biomes: Afromontane Forest, Mountain Fynbos, Succulent Karoo, Savanna Grassland and Albany Thicket (Photo: Galeo Saintz, Eden to Addo Corridor Initiative)

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Largest Attempt Outside Of Africa To Move Rhinos Out Of Harm’s Way

26th May 2015

Largest Attempt Outside of Africa to Move Rhinos Out of Harm’s Way

In the Texas grassland, home to white-tailed deer and rattlesnakes, outdoorsman Charly Seale sees a vast sanctuary of open spaces that could be used to protect the wild African rhino from its biggest enemy - poachers in search of the animals' valuable horns.

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Knysna Nsri Helps 2 To Shore

26th May 2015

Knysna NSRI during a rescue.

At 11:35 on Friday, May 22, the NSRI Knysna duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Jaytee III to rendezvous with a 4.7m rubber duck with two local men on board, off-shore of Buffel's Bay.

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South Africa's Tourism Sector Set To Grow

26th May 2015

The cheetah: the world's fastest land animal, and South Africa's second-most endangered carnivore after the wild dog. (Image: Philip van den Berg, South African Tourism)

There have been some challenges and new visa rules need to be taken on board, but the World Travel and Tourism Council expects the sector to expand this year well above the 2% growth predicted for the broader economy. Employment levels are also expected to rise.

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Knysna's Mysterious Midnight Dogs

25th May 2015

Mark Taylor photographed the mysterious midnight dogs in Knysna's Trotter Street.

When photographer Mark Taylor was returning from photographing the fire at Île de Païn at midnight on Wednesday, May 6, a pack of dogs, ironically seen under a veterinary sign in Trotter Street, was an odd sight to come across in the centre of town, but when the Knysna-Plett Herald started investigating the dogs a can of worms was opened.

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Elephant Causes 'welcome' Damage

25th May 2015

An employee of ZD Stander en Seuns Vervoer en Ontginning inspects the Bell logger damaged by an elephant on Wednesday night 13 May.

An elusive Knysna Forest elephant made his (or her) mark during the night of Wednesday 13 May when the mighty beast overturned a heavy Bell logger in the Goudveld Forest plantation.

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Addo's Lion Cubs Leave Home

22nd May 2015

Lion cubs at play. (Image: Free Images)

The three orphaned lion cubs at Addo Elephant National Park are now nine months old and have been moved from their protected boma to a camp where they can start hunting and fending for themselves. Rangers will keep a watchful eye as they return to the wild.

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Plett Tourism Spicing Things Up

21st May 2015

The UK Food Network’s Reza Mahammad, ‘The Spice Prince’ will warm up Plett this July at the Plett Food and Film Festival.

Plett Tourism will be spicing things up this winter when one of television’s hottest international culinary stars heads to the coastal holiday town for the second annual Plett Food and Film Festival.

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