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2015 Tour De Plett

6th May 2015

The Tour de Plett is a popular event among mountain bikers.

Holidaymakers will have one more reason to visit Plettenberg Bay during the October school holidays this year. Not only will the coastal holiday town host its second Sasfin Plett Wine and Bubbly Festival to celebrate the finer things in life, but it will also host the popular Tour de Plett mountain bike race over the same period to highlight the variety of activities on offer.

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Vote For Plett As 'town Of The Year'

6th May 2015

Vote for Plett as town of the year

While most residents and visitors regard Plettenberg Bay as the ultimate destination, this sentiment could soon be official as the popular coastal holiday town made this year's 'Kwela Dorp van die Jaar' semi-finals.

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Sa Airlink To Fly Straight To Bush Lodges

6th May 2015

Traditional bush dinner, served under the African night sky, at Sabi Sabi game reserve(Photo: Sabi Sabi)

Visitors to some of South Africa's most luxurious private lodges will soon be able to fly directly to their bush getaways thanks to the imminent acquisition of four new Cessna aircraft by independent airline SA Airlink.

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South Africa To Build Six New Dams

6th May 2015

Water surges after the valves are opened at the official opening of De Hoop Dam near Steelpoort in Limpopo on 24 March 2014. (Image: DoC)

Six dams will either be built or expanded over the next 10 years, according to the Presidential Infrastructure Co-ordinating Commission. A more co-ordinated system across spheres of government will also get water from source to tap quicker and more efficiently.

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Dolphin Research Project

5th May 2015

Dolphin research project

The public can assist with a project being conducted on the numbers and movement of dolphins along the Garden Route coast.

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Saa Will No Longer Transport Hunting Trophies

5th May 2015

(Image: Male lion (Panthera leo), Eastern Cape, South Africa. Winfried Bruenken (Amrum): Wikimedia Commons)

South African Airways Cargo will no longer transport hunting trophies of rhino, elephant, lion and tiger around the world. The SAA freight division put the embargo in place after cargo it was transporting was misdeclared. The ban is "to curb the problem of illegal transportation of animals".

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Elon Musk Reveals Battery To Power Homes

5th May 2015

South African born and raised tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, who founded electric-car company Tesla Motors. (Image: Tesla Motors)

A solar-powered battery that allows home owners to go completely off-grid has been unveiled by South African-born and raised technology entrepreneur Elon Musk, who believes his company's latest innovation will help change the "entire energy infrastructure of the world".

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Mr Gay World Crowned In Knysna

4th May 2015

Mr Germany, 21-year-old Klaus Burkart, was crowned Mr Gay World 2015 in Knysna

Mr Germany, 21-year-old Klaus Burkart, was crowned Mr Gay World 2015 in Knysna on Saturday night 2nd May. The fourth runner-up was Iceland's Troy Michael Jonsson, and third runner-up was Jordy de Smedt (Belgium).

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Knysna In Bloom

4th May 2015

The allure of the roses didn't escape even the young.

The Knysna Mall was graced by hundreds of exquisite blooms on April 24 and 25, in a celebration of nature’s bounty. The annual Knysna Autumn Rose Show, organised by the Knysna Rose Society (KRS), is not only a competition between local gardeners for the top spot, but a spectacle enjoyed by all.

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Knysna Seahorses Poached

4th May 2015

This Knysna seahorse lives in a tank at 34° South at the Knysna Waterfront (Photo: Mark Taylor).

The Knysna seahorses (Hippocampus capensis) are being threatened in the only home they know, the Knysna Estuary. It has now been confirmed that the poaching and selling of the Knysna seahorses is a threat to their survival. Although SANParks's spokesperson, Nandi Mgwadlamba did not want to elaborate much on details of this serious matter, she confirmed that it is under scrutiny by law enforcement agencies in the area.

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Mr Gay World Welcome

1st May 2015

Finalists and delegates of Mr Gay World 2015 were welcomed to Knysna this morning. Standing in their midst are Knysna’s executive mayor Georlene Wolmarans, Councillor Richard Dawson and deputy mayor Esmé Edge.

The 22 finalists and delegates of the Mr Gay World 2015 contest were officially welcomed to Knysna by the executive mayor Georlene Wolmarans this morning.

Inset:  Photographed at the welcoming of MR Gay World contestants and delgates were (from left) Knysna’s executive mayor Georlene Wolmarans, Mr Gay South Africa Craig Maggs, deputy executive mayor Esmé Edge, Mr Gay Australia Scott Fletcher and Knysna councillor Richard Dawson.

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A Deadly Tradition At Red Bridge

1st May 2015

A young woman jumps from the top of the Red Bridge's support structure. Insert: She first had to brace herself before she took the daring plunge (Photo: Christo Vermaak).

Jumping from the Red Bridge into the Knysna River can be fun, but take care - it can be deadly.On Sunday, April 26, the Knysna-Plett Herald saw and photographed two adrenalin-fueled people jumping from the Red Bridge. Upon studying the photos more closely it became apparent that that this daring stunt, while a long-standing tradition among Knysna youngsters, can result in serious injuries.

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Alexandra Needs Your Support

1st May 2015

Alex Swarts lives by her motto,

Rundle College Grade 11 student Alexandra Swarts (17), one of the 44 semifinalists in this year's Miss Teen Commonwealth SA competition, will fly to Johannesburg later today for the final selection of the 24 finalists.

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Garden Route Boasts Top Residential Spots

30th April 2015

Although the region’s estates did not make it to the top of the list, it did end up on the podium with George’s Fancourt in third position.

The Garden Route’s natural beauty and premier lifestyle activities have led to it fared well in this year’s list of South Africa’s top residential estates. New World Wealth, an organisation that provides a glimpse into the lives of the rich and famous especially in Africa and the Middle East, this week announced its top 10 residential estates for 2015.

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Knysna Mom Advances To Mrs Sa Finals

29th April 2015

Knysna mom and entrepreneur, Jackie Wilson Lowe (32), has been chosen as one of 25 finalists in the Mrs South Africa pageant.

Knysna mom and entrepreneur, Jackie Wilson Lowe (32), has been chosen as one of 25 finalists in the Mrs South Africa pageant. The announcement was made at Emperor's Palace in Johannesburg on Saturday.

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Pezula In Top 5 Sa Residential Estates

29th April 2015

Pezula Golf Estate. (Photo: www.pezulagolf.com)

The Garden Route’s natural beauty and premier lifestyle activities have led to it dominating this year’s list of South Africa’s top residential estates.

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Local Dancers Heading For Los Angeles

29th April 2015

The dancers from Kim's Dance Studio are, from left: Kara Van Niekerk (16 ), Zanele Mabena (15), Kayla de Lange (13), Khanyisile Mabena (18), Danay van Langelaar (14), Denalize Visagie (14) and Mia Wessels (14).

Four local girls from Kim's Dance Studio who participated in the SA Championships of Performing Arts in Rustenburg recently, are going to represent the country in Los Angeles at the world championships in July.

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Young Tourist Rescues Baby Turtle

29th April 2015

At Herold's Bay, Isabelle Labuschagne (7), a visitor from the Seychelles, rescued a turtle from the freezing foamy waters.

Baby loggerhead turtles, which breed on the northern KwaZulu-Natal shoreline, have during the past few weeks been washed far south along the Southern Coast and their lives have been threatened by the cold current of these southern waters.

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More Voices For Glenwood Golf Course

28th April 2015

A player tees off at Glenwood Short Golf Course. (Photo: Alida de Beer)

The Southern Cape Golf Union has added its voice to the call for the Glenwood Short Golf Course to be granted a renewal of its lease. In a letter to the George Municipality (the lessee), the union says the course forms an important part of its junior and development training programme.

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South Africa Comes Of Age On Freedom Day

28th April 2015

The South African flag blowing in front of Table Mountain, onboard the Sikhululekile ferry, which transports visitors to Robben Island from Cape Town harbour. (Image: Witstinkhout: Wikimedia Commons)

South Africa marked its 21st year of democracy on Freedom Day, with a call for radical action to transform and tackle poverty, unemployment and inequality. The consensus was that the country was in a far better position than it was during apartheid, but there was some way to still go.

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