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WHO ARE THE "friendsofgeorge"

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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Extreme heat is expected over the northern parts of the Western Cape today and over the Central and Little Karoo tomorrow (Wednesday).
WESTERN CAPE | KAROO NEWS - A severe weather alert has been issued by the Cape Town Weather Office.

Extreme heat is expected over northern parts of the Western Cape today (Tuesday) and over the Central and Little Karoo tomorrow (Wednesday).

Whenever there are prolonged periods of little or no rain coupled with warm dry winds, veld or bush fires can easily be sparked and will spread rapidly in strong winds.

Precautions: Dangerous veld/bush fire conditions

Don’t make fires in the open and/or leave fires unattended.
Don’t throw cigarette butts out of cars or in the open veld.
Don’t throw bottles in the veld as they can magnify the sun’s rays and start fires.
Prepare and maintain fire breaks in a controlled manner. In the case of a large fire report it immediately and move away from the area to let the professionals deal with it.
Never throw water onto a fire started by an electrical fault or fires started by oil or paraffin lamps. In this case sand or a blanket should be used to smother the fire.
Listen to the radio or TV for warnings and obey the instructions from disaster management officers.

Description: Extremely high temperatures

When temperature and the humidity is high at the same time or when the temperature exceeds a certain threshold, humans' ability to cool their bodies through sweating is reduced.

This can be a real threat that leads to hyperthermia.

Precautions: Extremely high temperatures
Stay indoors in a cool room near a fan if possible. The old and infirm must take extra care to stay hydrated and cool. Avoid strenuous outdoor activity, playing excessive sport and hard labour.

Dress in light weight clothes and drink plenty of liquids; alcohol.

No strenuous outdoor activity is advised.

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Depression has become a major issue among especially business owners. friendsofgeorge has arranged for a 1 hour free workshop on 13 Feb 2020 at 15h00 for 15h30 on Thursday at 9 Rand St George Industria. Should you like to help someone in your social surrounding or maybe a friend or family who suffers from depression then you need to get involved.

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Buzzing with the friendsofgeorge

- NETWORKING-friendsofgeorge- your invitation to: "BUZZ OVER COFFEE"

...with the "friends" on Thursday 13 FEB 2020. Feel free to come and market your company and product at no cost at all. We will feed you coffee and cookies. Come as a guest and leave as a "friend"...!


THE VENUE : TOUW MEUBELS - 108 FICHAT ST - GEORGE INDUSTRIA (Please note - Fichat St on the Industrial side of the railway line.)

Date: Thursday 13 Feb 2020 Time: 09h45 for 10h00

Thank You

Kind Regards




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Buzz over Coffee at Texas Grill.


"BUZZ OVER COFFEE" With the -friendsofgeorge- Please join the "friends" on Thursday 30 Jan 2020 at 10h00 for a great opportunity to freely market your company and product. This is an A C T I V E Network for you to exhibit or tell us about your product...! It's FREE!!!. We wil be at

TEXAS GRILL STEAKHOUSE on Thursday 30 Jan 2020 in Meade Street. 10h00. Come and meet Steve and Lilly Pawson, new owners of the TEXAS GRILL STEAKHOUSE and new to GEORGE.

We will feed you coffee...! Looking forward to meet you...!

Kind Regards



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It’s easier than you think. The most important factor is in your control.

Start as early as possible. Save as much as you can.
BUSINESS NEWS - Investing is often presented as something complicated. Trying to make sense of the range of products available, the different asset classes, and the relationship between risk and return can be daunting to a lot of people.

In reality, however, the basic principles are extremely simple:

Start as early as possible. Save as much as you can. Be patient, and let time work in your favour.

To illustrate this, Morningstar put together some data on what it takes to save your way to R1 million. Using different monthly contributions and rates of return, it calculated how long it would take an investor to become a millionaire.

Show me the money
“The analysis used a range of return outcomes varying from the current return investors can achieve by putting their money in a bank account up to a maximum of 17% per annum,” explains Victoria Reuvers, senior portfolio manager at Morningstar Investment Management.

“Realistically, many investments can deliver higher returns in short periods of time, but 17% per annum was considered a large annual return and a prudent maximum, as delivering such a strong outcome would require some meaningful risk-taking.”

The findings are presented in the table below.

The first thing to note from this analysis is that even at just R200 a month, and at the lowest rate of return, it is possible to become a millionaire within the average South African’s lifespan. It would take just under 63 years to get there, which is almost exactly equivalent to the country’s current life expectancy.

These numbers are even more powerful if one uses the return an investor could reasonably expect from a local balanced fund. It is fair to assume that these unit trusts can deliver a 10% return per year over the long term.

If someone contributes just R500 per month and receives that rate of return, it would take less than 30 years for them to become a millionaire. That is well within a normal working lifetime.

This shows that at an undemanding monthly contribution and at an extremely realistic potential rate of return, becoming a millionaire is simply a matter of time. If an investor keeps up the monthly contributions and shows the necessary patience, it is well within reach.

Size matters
The second observation is perhaps even more powerful. It is illustrated by the column furthest to the right, which considers what happens when an investor makes contributions of R10 000 per month.

At this contribution rate, it would take just seven years to reach R1 million, even at the measly return of just 5%. But more significant than that is that the higher rates of return do not get you to R1 million exponentially faster.

Doubling the rate of return from 5% to 10% only shaves nine and a half months off the time it takes to become a millionaire. Tripling it to 15% speeds up the process by just one and a half years.

This is something that a lot of investors fail to appreciate. Almost always, the main focus in any investment discussion is on the return. That is what leads to extreme views such as thinking that you have to take all your money offshore, or you should invest in a particular stock or sector because it is the next ‘big thing’.

However, the return you are able to get on your investment is not the most important factor when determining whether or not you reach your goals. If you want to get to R1 million, the surest way of speeding up that process is to save more.

Read: How much you save is more important than the return you get

“Yes, performance is important, particularly when monthly contributions are small,” Reuvers notes. “But what this exercise shows is that, more important than performance, is a consistent contribution and the size of the monthly contribution.”


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The Bolivian Cochran frog is a species of glass frog native to Bolivia and notable for its transparent belly.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS - A rare species of frog native to the eastern slopes of the Bolivian Andes has been spotted in the South American country for the first time in 18 years, the investigation team that made the discovery told AFP.

The Bolivian Cochran frog is notable for its transparent belly, leading to its nickname, the "glass frog".

"The rediscovery of this species fills us with a ray of hope for the future of the glass frogs - one of the most charismatic amphibians in the world - but also for other species," said investigation team members Rodrigo Aguayo and Oliver Quinteros, from the Natural History Museum "Alcide d'Orbigny", and Rene Carpio of the San Simon University in Cochabamba.

The team came across the frogs on January 8 during a mission to rescue reptiles and amphibians threatened by a hydroelectric project in the Carrasco National Park to the east of Cochabamba, the fourth largest city in Bolivia.

Glass frogs are tiny, measuring only 0.7-0.9 inches (19-24 millimeters) and weighing just 2.5-2.8 ounces (70-80 grams). They can be found in the departments of La Paz (west), Cochabamba, Santa Cruz (east) and Chuquisaca (southeast).

Some frogs' hearts and digestive tracts can be seen through their transparent bellies.

Those found in the Carrasco National Park had a transparent belly with a "white chest. The bones and vocal sac of the males are dark green," the team said.

The three frogs found were taken to the K'ayra amphibian conservation center at the Alcide d'Orbigny museum.

Experts will try to encourage the frogs to breed as part of a conservation strategy.

The K'ayra Center is also home to a pair of Sehuenca water frogs, known as Romeo and Juliet, that scientists have been trying to convince to mate to help preserve their critically endangered species.

Their attempts have so far been in vain.


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About those New Year’s Resolutions….


Hi Folks,

About those New Year’s Resolutions….

Most of us set New Year’s Resolutions at the beginning of each new year, I am sure that you have too! Research shows that generally by around the 20th of January all those resolutions are out of the window!

WHY? Because they are “nice to have things” that have not been transformed into “GOALS”!!

You have probably heard this before: A Harvard study back in the 1950’s showed that:

3% of people were independently wealthy

10% lived comfortably

60% just got by

And 27% needed support to survive

The only measurable difference between these groups was that the 3% group had written and specific goals and a plan in place to achieve them. The 10% group had goals generally in mind but they were not written down. The rest had very few dreams or aspirations at all.

Success leave footprints! We don’t need to reinvent the wheel, just do what successful people over the ages have done. Have written goals and a plan to achieve them.

So, what will your New Year’s Resolutions be?

To lose weight
To stop smoking
To finally do that sales or marketing course
To join a gym
To get rid of your stress
To improve your significant relationships
To employ a life coach

Whatever it is, you need to have it written down in the form of a present tense, believable and achievable goal. Then you need to plan step by step what you need to do to bring it into reality.

I have a very useful goal planning template for this purpose. Yours at no cost, just ask!

That’s not all there is too it! You need to develop the ideal mindset to make it happen. Success in life is 10% skill and 90% attitude! “Think you can, think you can’t, either way you are right”!

My Subliminal CD’s and MP3’s are very useful tools to help you create that ideal mindset.

I consult with my clients to help then set goals in all areas so that they can develop balance in their lives. There is no point in growing a highly successful business and then suffering from a heart attack. Look at all areas, business or career and financial, relationships, personal and material goals, health and wellness, personal growth and development, spiritual and also the social and leisure area. Yes, you need to have fun too!

So start your year with a goal planning session with me so that you can crystalize your thinking, develop a plan for achieving your significant goal, develop a sincere desire for what you want, develop supreme confidence in yourself and your abilities and develop a dogged determination to follow through on your plan regardless of obstacles, criticism or circumstances.

Paul J Meyer of Success Motivation Institute said:

“Whatever you vividly imagine, sincerely desire and enthusiastically act upon must inevitably come to pass”.

I wish you all a fantastic 2020, may all your goals and dreams be realised!

Warmest regards,

John Broome


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Sirius Supercapacitor eliminates all Chemical Batteries

The Sirius come with a 10 Year Warranty & a 45 Year Operational Life.

BUSINESS NEWS - Kilowatt Labs' supercapacitor based storage, the Sirius, delivers the first supercapacitor based energy storage system as an alternative to chemical batteries.

Why not change your chemical batteries to a more advanced super capacitor?

Traditional chemical storage technologies “batteries” have many shortcomings and are therefore limited to certain applications. These problems include size, form-factor, power density, energy density, weight, temperature, limited life, speed of charge & discharge, theft as well.

The Sirius energy storage system is modular and can be discharged rapidly or slowly, depending upon the requirements of the load. With an energy density of more than 115Wh/Kg, the Sirius battery can be charged in less than 30 seconds without affecting cycle life. An infrastructure of fast-charging stations eliminates the need for large battery banks with extended range.

The Sirius can be deployed from watts to megawatts, a cycle life of 1 million cycles at -30 degree Celsius to 85 degree Celsius, with a depth-of-discharge (DOD) of 100%, a round-trip efficiency of 99%, non-flammable, non-toxic, low cost of manufacturing infrastructure and lowers capital cost by reducing the number of batteries, cheaper pricing, the Sirius energy storage solution is a serious alternative to all chemical batteries and is a new paradigm in energy storage.

The Sirius battery can be deployed in extremely harsh environments without cooling or heating.

Sirius Applications:
Utility scale storage for frequency regulation, peak shaving, asset deferral, black start; EV's; Behind-the-Meter storage for residential, commercial and industrial applications; micro-grid systems for remote locations; refrigerated containers; man-camp housing; container housing; telecom towers and electrical vehicles.

The Sirius come with a 10 Year Warranty & a 45 Year Operational Life.


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Map of Africa
GARDEN ROUTE NEWS - The Map of Africa is one of the coolest things to see in the George area.

The world-famous landmark in Wilderness Heights is about 15km from George in the direction of Knysna.

The vantage point overlooking the Map of Africa is a sought-after launch site for hang gliders and paragliders. The large lawn also provides a wonderful picnic spot for the whole family. Pets are welcome if they are well behaved and on a leash. So, if you want to take the family out for a picnic with a very nice view, this is just for you.

The bright and colourful paragliders create a beautiful picture against the blue sky. The last stretch to the viewpoint is dirt road, but it is very well maintained. Keep in mind that this is a very popular viewpoint and on weekends a long line of cars is parked along the road.

The Map, as it is known among locals, is a spectacular landscape of mountains and forests. It is amazing how nature formed this ‘map’ of Africa.

Make sure all your goodies are in your picnic basket. Of course, remember sunscreen, a hat, chairs, blankets and your camera. Children and pets are welcome.


Biltong Warehouse & Nuts - George

Biltong & Nuts
The Biltong Warehouse & Nuts Address: Knysna Rd, Eastern Extension, George, 6529, South Africa City of Western Cape Post Office box: 1641, George, 6530 Phone number: 044 871 1892,, Fax: 044 873 6113
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