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friendsofgeorge is a formidable group of people from varying walks of life, from housewives and retired gentry to earnest entrepreneurs and top executives. Our primary objective is to enhance the economic  viability of George by the establishment of a business initiative forum to safe guard our business fraternity. Through frequent networking functions, and an informative and interactive website are we able to connect with one another, supporting each other in our businesses, our social and cultural activities and even day to day living.
Furthermore through friendsofgeorge, we are able to take an active part in addressing social needs in our city with mentoring support groups for young entrepreneurs from the disadvantaged sectors of our community. In addition we are able to support several local charity organizations and are involved with some exciting fund raising projects. We are a group of men and women living in and around George who are proud of our beautiful city with its many faces.

This is our Eden where we work and live, where we bring up our children in a safe and relaxed environment, where people still have time for one another and for others.  We recognize that as citizens of George, we are all custodians of our beautiful city and must take responsibility for our extraordinary heritage.  Collectively through friendsofgeorge, we have the clout and know-how to be an effective part of ensuring the future of our community as well as the protection of our precious natural resources. We are passionate about our city and through friendsofgeorge we are able be an integral part of protecting George's treasure chest of natural beauty, our dams, rivers, beaches, mountains, flora and fauna.
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MEDIA RELEASE: Recycling programme continues in-house


George Municipality

MEDIA RELEASE: Recycling programme continues in-house

Issued George Municipality, 16 November 2020

George Municipality confirms that the collection and delivery of blue and green bags has continued in-house. Blue and green bags are collected on the same day as black bags by our municipal refuse trucks, but not at the same time. A separate trip is made for the collection of the blue bags.
Households or businesses that are actively recycling and require additional green or blue bags or have not received the two blue and two green replacement bags., can either phone in to 044 8022900 with their address to report or collect from the municipality Environmental Services department at 82 Meade Street
The municipality remains committed to waste reduction and recycling, and we acknowledge that the current system is not without flaws but all attempts are being made to resolve issues as they arise. The areas currently serviced by recycling include all suburbs of George as well as the outer areas of Wilderness, Kleinkrantz, Hoekwil, Victoria Bay and Herolds Bay.
George Municipality Environmental Services
82 Meade Street, George. Phone 044 802 2900
Reception/all departments: 044 802 2900 ccunningham@george.gov.za or ykibido@george.gov.za
Uncollected BLACK bags 044 802 2900/20 or ymali@george.gov.za
Uncollected GREEN and BLUE bags: 044 802 2900/ mabotha@george.gov.za
Households may put out seven black, four green and an unlimited number of blue bags.
Additional tied bundles of branches are allowed if they are shorter than a metre in length and can be picked up by one person.
BLUE bags are for non-soiled recyclable materials, including plastic, paper, card board, glass etc.
GREEN bags are for green waste, including organic kitchen waste such as fruit and vegetable peels, as well as garden waste, including grass cuttings, leaves etc. No soil is allowed in green bags.
BLACK bags are for ‘wet’ waste, things that cannot be recycled.
All refuse bags must be put out by 7am on removal day.
Please don’t put bags out the day or night before removal.
Please wrap broken glass in newspaper before placing in bags to prevent injuries to workers.
A pack of 26 black bags are distributed to households quarterly.
MONDAY: Blanco, Riverlea, Heatherpark, Heatherlands, Glen Barrie, Kraaibosch, Groenkloof, Blue Mountain Village, Herold's Bay, Victoria Bay, Rondevlei area (George side)
TUESDAY: Levallia, Rosemoor, Conville, Protea Park, Parkdene, Ballotsview, Borchards, Lawaaikamp, Thembalethu, Wilderness, Constantia Kloof, Kleinkrantz
WEDNESDAY: Camphersdrift, Fernridge, Denneoord, Bo-Dorp, Blommekloof, Tweerivieren, Hoogekraal, Hoekwil, Touwsranten farm areas
THURSDAY: Wilderness Heights, Dormehlsdrift, George South, Le Grand, Bos en Dal, Groeneweidepark, Sinksabrug, Herold, Geelhoutboom, Eselsjacht, Hansmoeskraal, Jonkershoek, Rooirivierrif, Pacaltsdorp, Rosedale, Waboomskraal, Touwsranten village
FRIDAY: Glenwood, Loerie Park, Eden George, Genevafontein, Denver Park, Bergsig, Eastern Extension
BUSINESSES: Monday, Wednesday and Friday


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Biden, pledging unity, begins transition as Trump refuses to concede


Biden, who turns 78 on November 20, is the oldest person ever elected to the White House.

Donald Trump was out playing golf over the weekend.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS - US President-elect Joe Biden took the first steps on Sunday towards taking over the White House 73 days from now but Donald Trump showed no signs of being ready to admit defeat and continued to sow doubt about the election results.

As congratulations poured in from world leaders and supporters nursed hangovers after a day of raucous celebrations, Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris launched a transition website, BuildBackBetter.com, and a Twitter feed, @Transition46.

While Trump is refusing to concede Tuesday's election and most Republican lawmakers are adopting a studied silence, former president George W. Bush said the "outcome is clear."

Bush, 74, the only living Republican ex-president, said he had called "President-elect" Biden and Harris to extend his "warm congratulations." While Trump has the right to request recounts and pursue legal challenges, Bush said "the American people can have confidence that this election was fundamentally fair, its integrity will be upheld, and its outcome is clear."

"Though we have political differences, I know Joe Biden to be a good man, who has won his opportunity to lead and unify our country," Bush said in a statement. "We must come together for the sake of our families and neighbors, and for our nation and its future."

The transition website lists four priorities for an administration led by Barack Obama's former vice president: Covid-19, economic recovery, racial equity and climate change.

"The team being assembled will meet these challenges on Day One," it said in a reference to January 20, 2021, when Biden will be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States.

Biden, who turns 78 on November 20, is the oldest person ever elected to the White House.

Harris, 56, the junior senator from California, is the first woman and first Black person to be elected vice president. Biden plans to name a task force on Monday to tackle the coronavirus pandemic which has left more than 237,000 people dead in the United States and is surging across the country.

He has also announced plans to rejoin the Paris climate accord and will reportedly issue an executive order on his first day reversing Trump's the travel ban on mostly Muslim countries.

Biden has vowed to name a cabinet that reflects the diversity of the country although he may have some trouble gaining Senate approval for more progressive appointees if Republicans retain control of the Senate -- an outcome that will depend on two runoff races in Georgia in January.

'Accept the inevitable'
Biden, after John F. Kennedy just the second Catholic to be elected US president, attended church Sunday morning in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, and visited the graves of his son, Beau Biden, who died of brain cancer in 2015, and his first wife and daughter, who died in a 1972 car accident.

Trump, 74, was playing golf on Sunday at his course near Washington, the same place where he was on Saturday when the US television networks delivered the news that Biden had secured enough Electoral College votes for victory.

"Since when does the Lamestream Media call who our next president will be?" Trump complained in a tweet on Sunday. First Lady Melania Trump also chipped in, tweeting: "The American people deserve fair elections. Every legal -- not illegal -- vote should be counted."

The Trump campaign has mounted legal challenges to the results in several states but no evidence has emerged so far of any widespread irregularities that would impact the results. Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday, Symone Sanders, a senior advisor to Biden, dismissed the court challenges as "baseless legal strategies."

Biden received nearly 74.6 million votes to Trump's 70.4 million nationwide and has a 279-214 lead in the Electoral College that determines the presidency. Biden also leads in Arizona, which has 11 electoral votes, and Georgia, which has 16, and if he wins both he would finish with 306 electoral votes -- the same total won by Trump in 2016 when he upset Hillary Clinton.

Only two Republicans senators, Mitt Romney and Lisa Murkowski, have congratulated Biden and Democratic Representative James Clyburn of South Carolina said the Republican Party has a "responsibility" to help convince Trump it is time to give up.

Romney, who voted to convict Trump at his impeachment trial, said the president will eventually "accept the inevitable." The Utah senator added that he "would prefer to see the world watching a more graceful departure, but that's just not in the nature of the man."

'Do not concede, Mr. President'
But Trump ally Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said the president should keep fighting. "We will work with Biden if he wins, but Trump has not lost," Graham said on the Fox News show "Sunday Morning Futures." "Do not concede, Mr. President. Fight hard."

Another Trump ally, House minority leader Kevin McCarthy, told the same show it was too early to call the election.

"What we need in the presidential race is to make sure every legal vote is counted, every recount is completed, and every legal challenge should be heard," McCarthy said. In a victory speech on Saturday, Biden promised to unify the bitterly divided nation and reached out to Trump supporters, saying "they're not our enemies, they're Americans."

"Let's give each other a chance," he said. "Let this grim era of demonization in America begin to end, here and now." While only a handful of Republican lawmakers have congratulated Biden, the leaders of Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and other European countries have done so along with Australia, Canada, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan and South Korea.


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"George area of concern"


GEORGE NEWS - A grim picture was sketched about the current Covid-19 situation in George and the district earlier this afternoon (30 October) at a meeting of the Garden Route District Municipality (GRDM).

Disaster Management Chief Gerhard Otto updated councillors on the current situation.

He said the area is not moving in the right direction and the figures are still climbing. The area of specific concern is George. Over the last month, the active cases in George increased by 89. There are currently 3901 confirmed cases in George, of which 208 are active cases.

According to Otto, it has been decided to focus on an awareness programme in George at the taxi ranks, as well as visits to taverns and bars. There they will have one-on-one meetings with owners and try to make them aware of the prevailing Covid-19 threat.

Current active cases of Covid-19 in the district:

Oudtshoorn 39
Bitou 14
Knysna 48
George 208
Mosselbay 46
Hessequa 12
Kannaland 8

That brings the total amount of active cases in the district to 375.

Information about Covid-19 deaths in the district:

Oudtshoorn 106
Bitou 24
Knysna 51
George 114
Mosselbay: 71
Hessequa 19
Kannaland 2

In total there have been 387 deaths so far. Otto said, if compared to the beginning of the month, there have been 28 additional deaths.

He said the virus is ongoing and will be present for some time.

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Fenomenale Elsie Pells - wynkenner van formaat


Die Kaapse wynmeester, Elsie Pells, by haar vriendin se huis in George tydens 'n onlangse besoek. Pells was die geleentheidspreker tydens Hoërskool Outeniqua se jaarlikse wynveiling. Foto: Kristy Kolberg

GEORGE NUUS - Vyf minute in gesprek met die legendariese Elsie Pells en jy verstaan presiés hoekom sy 'n Kaapse wynmeester is. En dan besef jy dat dit wat jy gedink het jy weet van wyn is eintlik minder as 'n druppel in die emmer.

Dié bekroonde internasionale wynbeoordelaar het al reg oor die wêreld gereis en soms aan die uithoeke van die aarde gestop om wyn te proe. Sy het onlangs ook 'n draai gemaak by haar alma mater, Hoërskool Outeniqua, waar sy as geleentheidspreker tydens hulle jaarlikse wynveiling op Saterdag 17 Oktober opgetree het.

Pells se loopbaan in die aromatiese wêreld van wyn het in 2000 begin toe sy met 'n tesis oor brandewyn 'n Kaapse wynmeester geword het.

Daarna het sy vir sowat vyf jaar by NMK Schultz Wine Distribution in Johannesburg en Kaapstad gewerk en vandag is sy 'n wêreldbekende wynverskaffer, koper, konsultant, skrywer en internasionale beoordelaar.

Sy woon in Kaapstad maar spandeer so drie of vier maande per jaar in Praag as 'n aandeelhouer by House of Wine SRO, waar sy verantwoordelik is vir die maatskappy, wat grootliks op Suid-Afrikaanse wyn fokus, se internasionale wynportefeulje. Pells beoordeel steeds oorsee.

Sy is in Sabie gebore, maar op het op Knysna grootgeword. Sy was 'n leerder aan Hoërskool Outeniqua waar sy in 1969 gematrikuleer het. In 1981 word sy een van die stigterslede van die Spier Jonkershuis-wynproeërs, onder leiding van Neil Joubert.

"Neil was een van my mentors en ek het my tande op wonderlike wyne gesny, maar ek is van nature 'n nuuskierige mens en wil altyd die stert ook sien, nie net die kop nie. Daarom het ek in die vroeë 90's besluit om my Cape Winemasters-kursus te doen," vertel Pells.

Sy is 'n spesialis in Nieu-Seelandse en Australiaanse wyne en haar fenomenale kundigheid op haar vakgebied het haar na wynstreke soos Bordeaux, Cognac, Boergondië, Loire, Champagne, Rhône en Alsace geneem, om maar net 'n paar te noem.

In 2003 word sy aangewys as 'n Australasiese wynmeester gedurende 'n loodsprogram wat deur die Centre for International Wine Studies aan die Universiteit van Wes-Australië aangebied was. Sy het ook by verskeie universiteite in Amerika en Engeland lesings oor Suid-Afrikaanse wyn gegee.

"My wynpaadjie het my oral deur die wêreld geneem en ek was feitlik in elke wynland in Europa behalwe Rusland. Suid-Amerika is ook nog op my bucket list, maar ek glo 'n mens moet vir jouself 'n uitdaging oorhou om voor te leef," sê sy.

Pells het baie jare as professionele beoordelaar deurgebring en by verskeie internasionale kompetisies opgetree waaronder Mundus Vini in Duitsland, International Wine and Spirit Competition in Londen en Suid-Afrika, Vina Roku in Praag, die Praagse wyntrofee, Vino Llubljana in Slowenië en die Berliner Wein-trofee in Duitsland asook die Shiraz Challenge in Suid-Afrika.

"Ek het in 'n huis grootgeword met twee fantastiese kokke - my ma en my ouma. Hulle het my oor geure geleer en vandaar het ek 'n aroma-geheue ontwikkel.

"Een van die belangrikste dele van wynmaak is jou geheue en jy moet sensitief wees vir geure en aroma. Hoe meer jy dit oefen, hoe makliker word dit. Hoe meer jy draf hoe fikser word jy," sê sy.

Sy het ook baie goeie nuus vir wyndrinkers: "Die wynkwaliteit wêreldwyd was nog nooit so hoog soos nou nie. Verbruikers besef nie hoe gelukkig hulle is nie."


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For Florida Latinos, Trump's tough talk against socialism rang true


Supporters of US President Donald Trump rally in front of the Cafe Versailles in Miami, Florida on November 3, 2020.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS - President Donald Trump's big win in Florida owes much to his strident denunciation of leftist governments in Latin America, which resonated loud and clear with conservative Hispanics in the southeastern state.

In Florida, this demographic is led by Cubans who loathe the communist government in Havana, against which Trump adopted a hard line during his presidency and the campaign for the White House.

In Miami's Little Havana neighborhood, dozens of Cubans listened to salsa music and waved American flags Tuesday night as they celebrated Trump's victory in Florida, and its rich prize of 29 electoral votes.

The state famous for its tight presidential races was seen as critical to Trump's reelection bid against Democrat Joe Biden.

Outside the famous Cafe Versailles, a popular Spanish song urging people to vote for Trump rang out.

"Freedom for Cuba!" one woman shouted as TV crews filmed her.

Trump won Florida because of his anti-communist rhetoric and also because of his popularity among rural whites, experts said.

"The Democrats lost the Hispanic vote. Not just among the Cubans. Also the Venezuelans, Argentines, Bolivians, Colombians. They are all pro-Trump here," said Eduardo Gamarra, a professor of political science at Florida International University (FIU).

Anti-racism protests that swept America after the police killing of George Floyd in May did not persuade Florida Latinos to vote for Biden - who unlike Trump supports the Black Lives Matter movement - as they do not identify with Blacks in the United States, Gamarra said.

South Americans living in Florida tend to come from the middle and upper class in their home countries, the scholar said.

"But Latinos in the rest of the country have a different image of themselves because of their social origin, and are more committed to the debate on civil rights," he said.

According to Gamarra, Black Lives Matter actually hurt Biden among Latinos in the Sunshine State.

'Praying' for Trump to win

Take Carlos Rizo, a Cuban who was watching the election returns at home and "praying" for Trump to win.

He said Black Lives Matter is a leftist ploy to undermine democracy - an opinion not uncommon among the state's Latinos.

"Everybody knows what Black Lives Matter is and what they have provoked," Rizo, a 53-year-old truck driver, told AFP.

He said BLM and the loose leftist grouping called Antifa were used by the Democrats "to create panic and terror."

Jorge Duany, head of the Cuban Research Institute at FIU, said it's not just Hispanics - they make up 20 percent of the electorate in the Sunshine State - that fueled Trump's win.

You can win without them if you capture the support of rural Floridians, Duany said.

But the "tight relationship" Trump cultivated with the Cuban and Venezuelan communities in Miami yielded good results, he said.

"Those two groups are not decisive when it comes to the overall win but they must have tipped the balance in Trump's favor," said Duany.

Biden was slow to campaign in Florida and slow to react to Trump's depiction of him as the face of the far left who would usher in socialism in the US, he added.

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Kom speel jukskei en kennetjie


"Ons wil hê besoekers moet iets beleef wat vir hulle aangenaam is. Dis deel van kultuurerfenis."

Kom speel jukskei en kennetjie

Gerda Stols, voorsitter van die Vriende van die Tolhuis, gesels met lede van die netwerkorganisasie, friendsofgeorge tydens 'n besoek aan die ou tolhuis. Foto: Eugene Gunning

GEORGE NUUS EN VIDEO - As die Vriende van die Tolhuis hul sin kry, gaan tradisionele Afrikaanse sport en gebruike soos jukskei, kennetjie, kleilat en kettieskiet weer herleef en toeganklik wees vir die jonger geslag.

Op die oomblik is die tradisionele sport hoofsaaklik bekend by die ouer garde.

Gerda Stols, voorsitter van die organisasie en dryfkrag agter die heropbou en instandhouding van die geskiedkundige tolhuis in die Montagupas, het tydens 'n geleentheid van die netwerkorganisasie, friendsofgeorge by die tolhuis, aangedui dat daar beoog word om 'n jukskeibaan by die tolhuis te vestig.

Stols het na afloop van die geleentheid meer vertel oor die toekomstige uitbreidingsplanne by die tolhuis. "Ons wil graag die kinders aan heerlike aktiwiteite en speletjies van die ou tye blootstel.

"Ons wil hê besoekers moet iets beleef wat vir hulle aangenaam is. Dis deel van kultuurerfenis."

Die jukskei sal met regte jukke gespeel word en die organisasie soek nog na jukke. Die baan sal met 'n sandput toegerus word. Dit sal suiwer vir ontspanning wees en nie mededingend nie.

Daar word gehoop om die baan voor einde November gereed te hê.

Volgens haar is die tolhuis steeds baie gewild en besoeke is gratis.

Rockey Sonnekus, stigterslid van friendsofgeorge, het gesê hy is verstom oor dit wat by die tolhuis reggekry is. "Opvallend is dat die mense van George hul harte so oopgemaak het. Ons omgewing het soveel historiese waarde en kultuur wat verlore sal gaan as dit nie opgekikker word nie."


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Liedjie wen Magnus 'n enkelsnit


Magnus Neveling se liedjie, Legende Pa, het hom die kompetisie laat wen.

GEORGE NUUS - Die liedjie, Legende Pa, het vir Georgiet, Magnus Neveling, nuwe deure oopgemaak. Die liedjie is een oggend om 03:00 geskryf en was deel van sy manier om vrede te maak na sy pa skielik in 2012 oorlede is.

"Ek het Legende Pa ingeskryf omdat ek vas glo daar is soveel mense wat daarmee kan relate," vertel hy.

Magnus het reeds op laerskool begin sing en op 16 begin kitaar speel. Hy vertel hy het nooit lesse gehad nie en het homself met 'n geleende kitaar geleer. "Musiek was nog altyd deel van my. My ouma aan my pa se kant van die familie was baie musikaal. So ook my oupa aan my ma se kant. Musiek was altyd vir my 'n manier om my prentjie te skets en om 'n storie te vertel."

Hy het aan George Herald vertel dat hy gereeld sy eie musiek skryf. "Daar is hope wat nog net woorde is wat wag vir musiek. Ek skryf nie enige happy go lucky songs nie. Ek sit my ervaringe en emosies op papier en kleur dit in met akkoorde en melodieë."

Toe hy in 2018 van Storm Music Productions se jaarlikse enkelsnitkompetisie hoor, het hy besluit om twee van sy eie komposisies in te skryf. Sy High Walls en Legende Pa het dit tot in die toptien gemaak.

Magnus spog dat hy uit 103 inskrywings die 2019-kompetisie met 80% gewen het. Hy was self geskok dat hy sulke hoë punte toegeken is.

"Die prys behels 'n vol produksie en studio-opname van die lied, wat deur die grendeltyd vertraag was. Ek gaan binnekort Johannesburg toe vir die produksie. Dit word dan ook na verskeie radiostasies versprei."

Jade Storm van die produksiemaatskappy sê Magnus se produksie van sy wen lied, alhoewel bietjie gestuit deur die onverwagte pandemie, sal met die verslapping van regulasies binnekort klaar wees.

"Hy was algehele wenner in 2019 met sy nostalgiese en meevoerende wals, Hero Pa. Daar was aanvanklik 103 inskrywings en Magnus het homself vinnig in die eindronde bevind waar hy deur die beoordelaars, Jaco Smit, Pauline Matthews en René Bester 80% toegeken is."


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- GEORGE NEWS-friendsofgeorge- Hey, this is your invitation to a special Network at the "Tolhuis" on the old Montagu Pass Rd. Please come and market your company and product, you will be given the chance to do so. If possible please bring a small donation and/or a tin of condensed milk. Every bid helps the restoration after the fire.Don't be late and please invite a friend who needs the marketing opportunity. We will feed you coffee and the best pancakes ever......! It'sall free....!

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Lucas Maree se hoofstuk nou afgesluit


René Janse van Vuuren, suster van die bekende Afrikaanse sanger wyle Lucas Maree, Maandag by die rotse aan die suidwestelike punt van Victoriabaai waar sy 'n blom neergesit het. Dit is waar haar broer se gedenksteen tot in Januarie vanjaar nog gestaan het. Foto: Eugene Gunning

GEORGE NUUS - 'n Protea is vroeg Maandagoggend deur René Janse van Vuuren, suster van die bekende Afrikaanse sanger, wyle Lucas Maree, op die rotse aan die suidwestelike punt van Victoriabaai geplaas. Dit is waar haar broer se gedenksteen tot in Januarie vanjaar nog gestaan het.

Sy en haar eggenoot, Lukas Janse van Vuuren was op pad terug na Bloemfontein na 'n kort vakansie in die Kaap, maar hulle het eers by Victoriabaai gestop.

Janse van Vuuren het vroeg vanjaar uit eie wil ingestem dat die gedenksteen verwyder word. (Sien kassie) Dr. Danie Langer, besturende direkteur van die FAK en Gerda Stols, 'n inwoner van George, het haar gehelp en die proses hanteer.

Janse van Vuuren het Maandag gesê sy is hartseer, maar tevrede met die uitkoms. Sy is vir niemand kwaad nie. "Ek sou graag die plekkie hier nog vir die steen wou gehad het. Dit was 'n geskenk vir Victoriabaai in Junie 2019. Dit was nie 'n grafsteen vir Lucas nie."

Dit was eindelik ook nie 'n gedenksteen nie. Die idee was om dit deel te maak van 'n kunsroete as mense die KKNK op Oudtshoorn en ook Hartenbos besoek en ook oor die woorde van sy liedjie, Victoriabaai.

"Ek dink Lucas sou dit nog geniet het om op so 'n manier vir die mense te sê hoe mooi hul plekkie is. Almal kon dit sien. Die woorde van sy liedjie is so tipies. Victoriabaai is die mooiste plekkie."

Sy moedig mense aan om steeds Victoriabaai te besoek. "Vir my sit Lucas nog steeds op sy kliptroon by Victoriabaai."

Die gedenksteen van wyle Lucas Maree by Victoriabaai kort voordat dit in Januarie verwyder is. Foto: Eugene Gunning

Sy het begrip dat van die inwoners 'n slegte ondervinding met die gedenkstene en kissies gehad het. Sy het bygevoeg: "Ek is bly dinge het so uitgedraai. Ek sluit met die neersit van die blom die hoofstuk van die gedenksteen af. Ek sal nog steeds blomme daar kom neersit as ek hier kom."

Janse van Vuuren het haar dank teenoor Stols en Langer uitgespreek. "Hul bydrae om in te spring en te help, was 'n riem onder die hart. Gerda Stols was 'n steunpilaar in die storm wat losgebars het oor die gedenksteen."

Sy het benadruk dat sy en die Maree-familie geen betrokkenheid het by huidige of toekomstige projekte oor Lucas Maree by Victoriabaai nie.

Hoekom steen verwyder is Janse van Vuuren het in Januarie vanjaar uit eie wil ingestem dat die gedenksteen verwyder word. Dit was nadat van die inwoners ongelukkig was oor van die kruise en kissies met as daar.

Die Federasie van Afrikaanse Kultuurvereniginge (FAK) gehoor het dat inwoners ongelukkig is oor die gedenkstene en kissies. Dr. Danie Langer, besturende direkteur van die FAK, het haar gekontak en wou hoor of hulle dit kan kry om te skuif na die Afrikaanse liedjietuin by die Voortrekkermonument in Pretoria. Gerda Stols, 'n inwoner van George, is deur die FAK genader en sy het die proses plaaslik hanteer.

*Maree is op 18 Februarie 2011 aan nierversaking oorlede en sy as is later in die see by Victoriabaai gestrooi.

Die blom wat René Janse van Vuuren, suster van die bekende Afrikaanse sanger wyle Lucas Maree, Maandag op die rotse aan die suidwestelike punt van Victoriabaai neergesit het. Dit is waar haar broer se gedenksteen tot in Januarie vanjaar nog gestaan het. Foto: Eugene Gunning

Early on Monday morning René Janse van Vuuren, the sister of the well-known Afrikaans singer, the late Lucas Maree placed a flower on the rocks at the southwestern point of Victoria Bay. That was a plaque in remembrance of Maree and was removed in January after the FAK received permission from his family to take it to Pretoria. In December some of Vic Bay's residents agreed that a way must be found to remove the plaques and urns with ashes that have been put at the southwestern end of the bay. Janse van Vuuren said by placing the flower the chapter on the plaque at Victoria Bay is closed.

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Christo van der Rheede, die nuwe uitvoerende direkteur van Agri SA.

TUINROETE LANDBOU NUUS - Landbouers moet hul nie aan politieke geraas steur nie en voortgaan om te boer. So het Christo van der Rheede, die nuwe uitvoerende direkteur van Agri SA, Maandag aan George Herald gesê.

Van der Rheede het onlangs die leisels by Omri van Zyl, wat nou aan die hoof van Agri SA Enterprises staan, oorgeneem. Van der Rheede was voorheen die adjunk- uitvoerende direkteur van Agri SA.

In 'n openhartige gesprek het Van der Rheede gepraat oor die uitdagings in landbou en die pad vorentoe. Volgens hom kan verwag word dat die politieke geraas in felheid gaan toeneem in die aanloop tot aanstaande jaar se munisipale verkiesing.

Landbouers moet hulle nie daaraan steur nie en voortgaan om te boer. Dis die werk van georganiseerde landbou om die politieke geraas te hanteer en in die proses hul belange te beskerm.

Daar is uitdagings en een van die grootste is die onsekere beleidsomgewing. Landbouers weet byvoorbeeld nie waar hulle staan oor 'n moontlike verandering van die grondwet wat voorsiening sal maak vir onteiening sonder vergoeding nie.

Die Covid-19-pandemie het ook 'n negatiewe uitwerking op die wêreldekonomie gehad en Suid-Afrika is dit nie gespaar nie.

Aan die positiewe kant is landbou een van die min bedrywe waar daar altyd 'n behoefte voor gaan wees. Landbou se taak is om te sorg dat mense kos het. Hy sien sy grootste taak om die regering te oortuig dat die land beleidsekerheid nodig het.

"Ons rol is om die ekonomiese realiteite by politici tuis te bring."

Hy glo die regering besef dit reeds en juis die afgelope naweek het 'n paar interessante dinge plaasgevind soos die beskikbaarstelling van staatsgrond. Dit beteken minder klem op onteiening sonder vergoeding.

Die probleem is nie grond nie. Daar is genoeg grond in Suid-Afrika. Hy wil hê dat dit makliker vir nuwe boere gemaak moet word om grond af te koop.

Van der Rheede sien die Suid-Kaap as 'n belangrike gebied in die landbou. Daar word reeds gesien dat al meer van die melkbedryf na die kus skuif. Die Suid-Kaap kan 'n baie groot rol speel in die melk- en kaasbedryf.

Daar kan gekyk word hoe oorskot melk verwerk kan word in poeier en in die mark beskikbaar gestel word. Dit bied geleenthede vir agri-prosessering. Daar is ook die bessiebedryf. Die Suid-Kaap/Oos-Kaap kan hom posisioneer in nisbedrywe.

Sy advies aan landbouers is om hul plase te gaan koop en byvoorbeeld in vennootskappe met hul werkers te gaan.

Hy het benadruk sonder landbou is Suid-Afrika gedoem.

Christo van der Rheede, the newly appointed chief executive of AgriSA, is optimistic about the future of agriculture, as there will always be a need for food. He says farmers should leave the task of dealing with politics and protecting the interests of farmers to organised agricultural structures and concentrate on their daily farming activities. He believes his main task is to convince the government that the country needs policy security.


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Young Ricardo the 600cc SA champ


Bright future... Ricardo Otto from George.

GEORGE NEWS - Ricardo Otto reached a new milestone in his relatively short racing career when he was crowned the South African 600cc motorcycle champion last weekend.

The 17-year-old from George has been honing his craft in regional and club motorcycle racing championships for a few years.

In 2020 he and his team, Otto Racing Team/Power Motorsport, decided to take on the NGK SA SBK Supersport 600cc championship, which was slowed down and shortened slightly by the Covid pandemic.

But everything fell into place at the South African 600cc championship at Redstar Raceway in Delmas last weekend with Ricardo bagging the big one.

What makes his winning streak even more impressive is that there's one full round of the championship still remaining.

Ricardo said the 2020 racing season would not have been possible without the support of Raw Projects and Otto Racing Team/Power Motorsport.

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