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KNYSNA DECLARED DISASTER AREA BY COUNCIL

(Pictured above:- Acting Municipal Manager Johnny Diuglas with Mayor Eleanore Bouw-Spies) In a special Council Meeting held this afternoon at Knysna Council Chambers, Executive Mayor Eleanore Bouw-Spies tabled a motion to declare Knysna a ‘Local Disaster Area’, receiving full support from all the other councilors. This as flare-ups of the widespread fire are being reported in Belvidere, […]

TOURISM LIVES AGAIN

(Picture:- Staff and board members of Knysna and Partners celebrate the announcement outside Knysna Municipal Chambers) There were loud cheers from the gallery at the council meeting held on Friday 26 May, when Knysna Executive Mayor Eleanore Bouw-Spies announced council’s resolution to sign a new Service Level Agreement (SLA) with Knysna and Partners (formerly Knysna Tourism), […]

MOTHER’S DAY TRAGEDY

Picture – Catherine Marais stands next to the burnt out shell of her mother’s home. (Information compiled by Noel Solomons) Annette Magdalena Marais, the sixty five year old mother of Catherine and grandmother of Christopher ‘Seuntjie’, lost her life when her RDP home on the cul de sac off Luthango Street was engulfed in flames between […]

ECOLOGICAL BURN IN BRENTON

(Press release issued by SANParks) It’s official! The planned ecological burn which was postponed last year is now burning. The steering committee concerned about the ecological wellbeing of the area made a decision guided by the weather to burn on  Monday, the 15th May 2017. Approximately 71 hectares on the Southern slopes along the Brenton-on-sea Road […]

RACING CARS BURN ON N2

8/05/2017:- At least five racing cars from this weekend’s Simola Hill Climb were burned beyond recognition on a trailer travelling on the N2 between Knysna and Sedgefield . Eyewitnesses say the fire started sometime before 11am as the vehicle carrier was approaching  the Groenvlei Lake. The vehicle carrier parked on the side of the busy highway and drivers of other […]

Thrilling climax to record-setting 2017 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb

Andre Bezuidenhout claims King of the Hill title in the Single Seater and Sports Car category, setting all-new Hillclimb record of 37.695 sec Wilhelm Baard secures his second title in the Modified Saloon Car category with new tin-top record of 39.892 sec Reghard Roets snatches the Road and Super Car title on debut outing with […]

LOCALS ALLEGE POLICE BRUTALITY

Some residents of the Smutsville community are up in arms, alleging they suffered brutality at the hands of a SAPS unit from George. They believe members of the unit should be brought to book for cases of hit and run, wrongful arrest and assault. One of the locals involved was thirty year old father of […]

ANOTHER PHENOMENAL SLOW FESTIVAL

by Mark Dixon “Even after a brilliant sunset, the stars come out to shine” Surely a saying that epitomises this year’s Slow Festival activities. Right from the opening ceremony on Wednesday evening with Executive Mayor Eleanore Bouw-Spies and Knysna & Partners Chairlady, Elmay Bouwer, both praising the initiative and dedication of the organising committee, this […]

SEDGEFIELD STANDS AGAINST ZUMA

The tiny hamlet called Sedgefield was certainly not its usual quiet self this Friday morning, when residents came out in their droves to publicly stand against President Zuma. Answering the nationwide call from various political groups, including some ANC stalwarts, Sedgefielders took to the N2 to show their displeasure at the President’s recent actions, specifically the axing of […]

MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM NOT TO BE MISSED

The Sedge Players have certainly pulled out all the creative stops for their production of Shakespeare’s comedy “Midsummer Night’s Dream”, opening this Thursday. Hearing it was to be performed in the open air on the other side of the railway line in front of Sedgefield Station, I foolishly wondered if such a setting would work. […]