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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.
 
Membership to friendsofgeorge offers you a wealth of benefits.  In the regular networking functions you will have opportunity to meet your fellow Friends and promote and advertise your business: You are able to have a page on our website clearly defining your business: By introducing a new Friend, you will become a Best Buddy¹ and earn commission; You will be able to enjoy discounts at selected shops and restaurants: Participate in fund raising efforts and simply enjoy fun events: Be involved in various community projects and charitable organizations: Become a champion for our city and guard its beauty and resources. Get involved now! RADIANT SUMMER GROUP (PTY)LTD - TEL: 044 873 4155 - 076 135 5955 - 9 RAND ST - GEORGE INDUSTRIA - GEORGE - PO BOX 9712 - GEORGE 6529


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5 THINGS MAKING HEADLINES IN SA TODAY

- IN GENERAL
KPMG apologises over scandals, PIC inquiry to look into Steinhoff BEE deal, ex-Necsa board to challenge removal. Eskom still a concern, rand update.



KMPG is looking to start 2019 on a clean slate. Photo: Moneyweb


1. KPMG apologises for scandals
KPMG is looking to start 2019 on a new note. The auditor is apologising for its misdeeds and scandals it was involved in and is asking for a second chance to reestablish its brand. A number of companies have dropped KPMG as its auditor after reports and probes revealed that the firm did work with the infamous Gupta family and after a probe found that it released a misleading report on the South African Revenue Service. The firm’s chairman is seeking to win South Africa’s trust back.

2. PIC inquiry to look into Steinhoff BEE deal
The inquiry into the Public Investment Corporation is going beyond the fund manager and will be investigating a BEE deal which concerns fallen retailer, Steinhoff. The inquiry is seeking to look into the PIC’s R9 billion loan to Lancaster 101. The Business Day is reporting that this is one of nine investigations that the inquiry is looking into.

3. Ex-Necsa board to challenge removal in courts
Members of the axed Necsa board are not taking their removal by energy minister, Jeff Radebe lightly. According to the Business Report, the members of the ex-board are planning to take the matter to the High Court in hopes of the minister reversing his decision. Last week, Radebe removed the board over concerns regarding governing issues.

4. Load shedding on pause – for now
The case of Eskom remains a concern to South Africa, but in the latest, the parastatal announced a temporary cancellation of load shedding after two of its generating systems came online. The temporary cancellation holds no long-term promise as Eskom is still fighting to maintain its stockpiles and to find ways to fund its debt.

Public enterprises minister, Pravin Gordhan expects to halt load shedding completely, ahead of the festive season.

5. Rand update
The holiday period is upon us, and it’s time for giving, receiving and rejoicing. There is hope that the rand also joins into the festive spirit by lifting gains, but for now, it’s not quite there. At 7:58, the rand was at R14.19 to the dollar.

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WHY ESKOM CAN’T KEEP THE LIGHTS ON

- IN GENERAL Why Eskom can’t keep the lights



NATIONAL NEWS - Delays in procurement processes to get new coal contracts are behind the latest bout of nationwide load shedding by state power producer Eskom.

The utility’s spokeperson, Khulu Phasiwe, said several power stations were suffering supply shortages as a result of the cancellation of Eskom’s controversial contract with the Gupta-Zuma owned entity Tegeta.

Yesterday, the utility announced stage 1 load shedding as of midday to preserve emergency resources.

“Customers are advised to keep checking their load shedding schedules on the Eskom and their municipal website, and to plan on the assumption that load shedding will take place. We continue to appeal to residents and businesses to use electricity sparingly during this period.

“Please switch off geysers as well as all non-essential lighting and electricity appliances to assist in reducing demand.”

The announcement came after an energy analyst predicted the event, warning that Eskom’s stockpiles had declined significantly and the utility was headed towards a supply crisis.

This was despite the fact that the under-construction Medupi Power Station was sitting with a surplus stockpile, which is currently being used to supplement other stations, according to Phasiwe.

“We don’t have a coal problem at Medupi; the problem is at the other stations that were previously supplied by Tegeta.

“There are plans in place to sign 14 new coal contracts and, to date, we have signed 27 contracts in total.

“Hopefully all of these things will be alleviated by then and we are looking at stockpile levels improving by the end of March next year,” Phasiwe said.

Meanwhile, the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) was receiving public submissions after the cash-strapped utility applied for a 15% tariff increase in October, which would last for the next three years.

The utility also applied for retroactive shortfall funding via a regulatory clearing account (RCA) application of R21.6 billion for the fifth year (2017/18) of the MYPD 3 period.

The Nersa MYPD (multi-year price determination) methodology requires Eskom, after financial year end, to submit its RCA application to Nersa, based on efficient and prudent costs reflected.

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FOOTWEAR INTERDICT TO BE APPEALED

- GEORGE NEWS


Braam van Huyssteen
GEORGE NEWS - Five former Tekkie Town employees want to appeal an interim interdict recently obtained against them by Pepkor. It prohibits them from selling certain footwear that compete with Tekkie Town stock.

According to a media statement from the group, their application for leave to appeal was handed in on Monday 19 November at the Cape Town High Court, which had issued the interdict against them on 7 November.

The group is made up of Tekkie Town founder Braam van Huyssteen, Bernard Mostert, Dawie van Niekerk, Gert Claassens and Michael Brown, all founders of the newly established Mr. Tekkie.

Van Huyssteen says in the statement, "We view the application to appeal to be the responsible avenue to defend ourselves and also the legal system from the vexatious behaviour by Pepkor, Steinhoff and its senior leadership. The list, purported by Pepkor to be 'Annexure A' of the ruling, was indeed not 'Annexure A' but unilaterally produced by Pepkor nearly a week after the ruling was handed down."

He says the "Pepkor-fabricated" list was never placed before the court. "It was never audited or verified and, contrary to Judge Elizabeth Baartman's instruction, was not provided to the respondents or the court before judgement was delivered."

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BRITISH MINISTER PROMOTES POST-BREXIT TRADE IN ISRAEL

- GLOBAL NEWS

British minister promotes post-Brexit trade in Israel

Britain's International Trade Secretary Liam Fox in London's Downing Street on November 26, 2018.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS - British International Trade Secretary Liam Fox met Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday as his country prepares to leave the European Union and pursue an independent trade policy.

Britain's exports to Israel already grew by 75 percent in the first half of 2018 compared to the same period last year, Fox's office said, citing Israeli official figures.

Last year saw more than $9 billion in trade between the two nations, a record high, it said.

"And as we leave the European Union and Britain takes up its place as an independent state of (the World Trade Organisation), we want to push our concept of free trade even further," Fox told Netanyahu ahead of their meeting.

"In a world where the siren calls of protectionism are rising, two free-trade nations like ours need to make the case for global free trade because trade spreads prosperity."

Netanyahu said: "Britain is in fact our largest trade partner in Europe - one of our most important trading partners in the world - and we value the friendship."

Israel is notably an import market for British cars, while Scotch whiskey sales in Israel have increased by 300 percent since 2012, according to Fox's office.

Other leading British exports to Israel have included mineral products and machinery and electrical equipment, as well as chemical industry products, according to the British embassy.

British Prime Minister Theresa May is seeking to convince hostile MPs to back her draft deal for future ties with the EU after her country exits the bloc next March. A vote is scheduled for December 11.

Fox arrived in Israel on Monday and met with Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday.

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THE EXAMS ARE OVER... AND NOW WE WAIT

- GEORGE NEWS

The exams are over... and now we wait
From left are Marguerite Herbst, Luke Hartley, Nicole Moss and Cara Kaboni, saying goodbye to York for the last time.
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GEORGE NEWS & VIDEO - It was flowers, balloons, hugs, goodbyes and school shoes in the blue box at York High School on Monday 26 November when the class of 2018 finished writing their last paper, National Senior Certificate English paper 3.

Parents, brothers, sisters and special friends waited outside the school's examination centre for their loved ones to emerge from the hall for the last time.

York High's head girl, Cara Kaboni, just can't believe she's actually finished school. "It has been a long six weeks of exams. Next year I am going to study law at Wits."

York High dux student Marguerite Herbst is pleased the exams are over. "I am going to the Plett rage and then I am off to either UCT or Stellenbosch to study medicine."

Click here for a photo gallery.

Headmaster Francois Moll says the exams were slightly "trickier" than in the past, but trusts the class of 2018 will deliver the goods.

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GARDEN ROUTE DAM LEVEL AT 77%

- GEORGE NEWS

GEORGE NEWS - The Garden Route Dam level is currently at 77%.

The latest reading was taken by the George Municipality this morning, Wednesday 28 November.

Rainfall since 22 November: 35mm.

The following Section 2B water restrictions currently apply in George and surrounds:

• Handheld watering of gardens using a hose and municipal water: even-numbered households Mondays and Thursdays, 15:00 - 17:00 AND uneven-numbered households Tuesdays and Fridays, 15:00 - 17:00.

• Mechanical irrigation of gardens (sprayers) using municipal water is prohibited.

• Watering sports fields using municipal water is prohibited, except for golf course greens, bowling greens and cricket pitches, daily 15:00 - 17:00.

• Filling up of swimming pools using municipal water is prohibited.

• Washing cars with a hose using municipal water is prohibited (buckets allowed), except for commercial car washes.

• Cleaning of outside surfaces using a hosepipe with municipal water is prohibited (buckets allowed).

• “OWN WATER” signage must be displayed where applicable and must be proven on request by municipal officials.

• Applications for exemption of some restrictions may be considered on merit.

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22 DEAD, SCORES FEARED DROWNED AFTER UGANDA BOAT SINKS

- GLOBAL NEWS


It is not uncommon for ferries to capsize on Lake Victoria and the number of fatalities is often high due to a shortage of life jackets and the fact many local people cannot swim.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS - Twenty-two people have died and more than 60 are feared drowned after a pleasure boat sank on Lake Victoria, Ugandan police said Sunday.

The vessel carrying close to a hundred revellers sank during bad weather on Saturday in the latest deadly incident to affect passenger boats on Africa's largest lake.

"Twenty-two bodies have been recovered and 26 people rescued," said Asuman Mugenyi, director of operations for the Uganda police. "According to one of the survivors there were more than 90 people on board."

The boat, on which party-goers were drinking, dancing and listening to music, sank a short distance from the shore off Mutima in Mukono District, close to the capital Kampala.

Mugenyi said overloading and bad weather were likely to blame.

"We expect (the number of passengers) is beyond the capacity of the boat. It was overloaded and unfortunately people were drunk," Mugenyi said. "We suspect the mechanical condition of the boat and the weather contributed to the sinking."

"A big storm hit," said local government official Richard Kikongo. "It can be fine on land but bad weather on the lake."

Kikongo said first responders were among the victims. "Fishermen on two small boats could see that the boat was sinking and went to help. People tried to jump onto the boats but they were too many and those sunk. The rescuers died too," he said.

Nearby residents said the vessel was hired out for parties every weekend and often overloaded with revellers.

The Mutima Country Haven resort had been converted to a triage centre and morgue on Sunday morning where police were collecting the swollen bodies of victims

Police spokesman Emilian Kayima said rescue efforts were continuing.

Lake Victoria is the site of many boat disasters. In September, hundreds died when the MV Nyerere passenger ferry sank on the Tanzanian side of Lake Victoria.

With a surface area of 70,000 square kilometres (27,000 square miles), oval-shaped Lake Victoria is roughly the size of Ireland and is shared by Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.

It is not uncommon for ferries to capsize on the lake and the number of fatalities is often high due to a shortage of life jackets and the fact that many local people cannot swim.

In 1966, more than 800 people lost their lives on Lake Victoria when the MV Bukoba sank off the mainland town of Mwanza, according to the Red Cross.

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GROOT-BRAKRIVIER MOORDENAAR IN HEGTENIS

- IN GENERAL


GROOT-BRAKRIVIER NUUS - Die sogenaamde meesterbrein agter die dubbele moord van ‘n egpaar op Groot-Brakrivier wat landuit gevlug het, is in hegtenis geneem.

Polisiewoordvoerder kaptein Malcolm Pojie het bevestig dat die verdagte, Lebohang Lekoro gister in Bloemfontein gearresteer is.

Lekoro het na Lesotho gevlug kort na die grusame moord op die 72 jarige Tewie en 62 jarige Eurika Human by hulle huis op Groot-Brakrvier in Julie 2016.

Tewie is met ‘n panga doodgeslaan en Eurika is met ‘n mes gesteek.

Lekoro het vir die Humans gewerk.

‘n Ander verdagte, ‘n vriend van Lekoro, die 27 jarige Thamsanqa Sishuba is in September verlede jaar twee lewenslange vonnisse opgele vir sy aandeel in die moord.

Lekoro sal Maandag in die Mosselbaai Landdroshof verskyn op twee aanklagte van moord.

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LIGHTS FESTIVAL: FUN FOR THE LITTLE ONES

- GEORGE NEWS


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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Battalion installing barbed wire fences on the banks of the Rio Grande

- GLOBAL NEWS

Soldiers from the Kentucky-based 19th Engineer Battalion installing barbed wire fences on the banks of the Rio Grande in Laredo, Texas.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS - They started work in the cool of the morning and moved quickly, uncoiling reel after reel of vicious-looking fencing and tying it with barbed wire to green poles hammered into the ground.

Over the course of three days, a gleaming, shoulders-high barrier of concertina-wire emerged like a silver snake along a lush riverbank, stretching as far as the eye could see.

This was the work of 100 or so American troops from the 19th Engineer Battalion, based in Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Rather than finding themselves in a far-off warzone, the soldiers are in Laredo, a busy border town overlooking a stretch of the Rio Grande river in southwest Texas, carrying out controversial orders from President Donald Trump.

He has sent about 5,800 troops to the border to forestall the arrival of large groups of Central American migrants traveling through Mexico and towards the US, in a move critics decry as a costly political stunt to galvanize supporters ahead of midterm elections earlier this month.

Before the election Trump called the matter a "national emergency" and warned that so-called migrant caravans were an "invasion" with "some very bad thugs and gang members."

So far at least, the most visible aspect of Trump's deployment is the fence, a visible deterrent and physical obstacle to migrants, designed to corral would-be asylum seekers towards organized points of entry into the US.

Residents with cakes

Over the weekend, Lieutenant Alan Koepnick's platoon could be seen stringing concertina wire, which is built to snag clothing, along one edge of a quiet riverside park near downtown Laredo.

As families walked dogs, grilled sausages and relaxed, the soldiers mounted the wire, occasionally ripping their camouflaged uniforms on its metal barbs.

Koepnick said some Laredo residents had voiced disquiet about the fencing and the presence of US troops.

"But there's also been a lot of support, people coming in, vets shaking our hands, bringing us cakes, water, things like that," Koepnick told AFP.

About 100 yards (meters) behind him, a group of people on the Mexican side of the river could be seen standing on the bank.

"You'll see people across the river cursing at us in Spanish, throwing bottles at us. But on this side it's more positive," Koepnick said.

He and his soldiers were unarmed, but a group of armed military police officers stood by to provide "force protection."

Under US law, the military is not allowed to conduct domestic law enforcement in most cases, so soldiers here will not have any direct interactions with migrants.

Trump created a media whirlwind by sounding the alarm about the migrant caravans before the November 6 elections. He has mainly stopped raising it since, though last week he praised the military's work.

"They built great fencing, they built a very powerful fence," said Trump, who wants to build a hardened wall along the entire 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometer) border.

Laura Pole, a British tourist visiting Laredo for the third time, was less enthusiastic.

"It reminds me of Hitler and the concentration camps," she said, but added: "I really don't know what's the best thing to do."

No risk of combat

The border mission has put the supposedly non-political military in an uncomfortable spotlight.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has hit back at critics who say the Pentagon should not be doing Trump's political bidding, saying "we don't do stunts".

He visited troops on the border last week and reiterated that their job in the short term was to assist under-resourced Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents and put up physical obstacles.

But "longer term, it's somewhat to be determined," he said.

After some rank-and-file troops grumbled about the purpose of the mission to US media last week, they are now under strict instructions not to voice personal opinions to the press.

Several soldiers AFP spoke to said their time on the border provided valuable real-world training, albeit without the risks of combat.

"We have a very large group of brand-new soldiers and it's really good for them," Corporal Samuel Fletcher said, citing a chance for the green troops "to do real work and put their skills to use."

Focus on Tijuana

In Laredo, large groups of migrants from the caravans in Mexico had not arrived.

Instead they were mainly headed to Tijuana, about 1,300 miles away in San Diego, where authorities say more than 3,000 have already arrived.

Still, a CBP agent, who was not authorized to give his name, said he was glad of the military assistance as each day, "hundreds" of migrants attempt to cross the approximately 30-mile stretch of border he patrols.

The military deployment is set to wrap up December 15 and it is not clear what will become of the wire fencing.

Already, the winds whistling down the Rio Grande valley are strewing trash, clothing and plastic bags along the jagged wire.

"Nobody seems to know when it's coming down. It's not really our decision," said Koepnick.

"If we are told to take it down, we will take it down with a smile on our faces, like good soldiers."

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