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Construction work at Meul Sewer Pump Station 29 November 2022

Construction work at Meul Sewer Pump Station
29 November 2022
 
PROJECT:
Upgrading of Meul Sewer Pump Station
 
DESCRIPTION:
CIVIL WORK AT MEUL PUMP STATION, GEORGE.
 
PLANNED CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES AT PUMPSTATION:
The realignment of the existing 400mm sewage rising main at the Meul Sewer Pumpstation.
 
PERIOD FOR DISRUPTION IN SERVICES:
29 November 2022, from 11h00 to 14h00
 
SERVICE DISRUPTION:
The public and residents of Saasveld, Welgelegen, Kraaibosch, and Blue Mountain are requested to use water sparingly during this time and to discharge as little as possible water into the sewer network. Please limit flushing toilets, washing clothes, dishes, shower or bathing.
 
CONSTRUCTION IMPACT:
The Meul Sewage Pump Station will be intermittently operational during this period.
 
ACCESS TO SITE:
The public is requested to stay away from the site, and the access road to the site, to prevent hinderance of the emergency work being executed and for health and safety compliance.
 
ENQUIRIES: iX Engineers: 082 944 3654
 
The George Municipality apologises for any inconvenience that might be caused and thanks the residents and public for their co-operation to ensure the successful execution of the works.
 

Planned water outage in portion of George-East

Planned water outage in portion of George-East

THE FOLLOWING AREAS WILL BE AFFECTED:

Boekenhout Str, 4th & 5th Avenue, Mann Str and Mimosa Str – GEORGE – EAST

NOTICE is hereby given that the water supply will be shutdown on TUESDAY, 29 NOVEMBER 2022 FROM 09H00 TO 15H00 due to maintenance on the Main Water Supply line.

Should circumstances prevent the work being carried out during the abovementioned period; the work will be done on WEDNESDAY 30 NOVEMBER 2022 FROM 09H00 TO 15H00.WEDNESDAY 30 NOVEMBER 2022 FROM 09H00 TO 15H00.

 

KENNISGEWING VAN WATER ONDERBREKING

DIE VOLGENDE AREAS SAL GERAAK WORD:

Boekenhout Str, 4th & 5th Avenue, Mann Str and Mimosa Str – GEORGE – OOS

KENNISGEWING geskied hiermee dat water toevoer onderbreek sal word op DINSDAG, 29 NOVEMBER 2022 VANAF 09H00 TOT 15H00 weens instandhouding aan die Hoofwatertoevoerlyn.

Sou omstandighede verhoed dat die werk gedoen kan word gedurende bogenoemde periode, sal die werk gedoen word op WOENSDAG 30 NOVEMBER 2022 VANAF 09H00 TOT 15H00.

PROPOSED SPECIAL RATING AREA BYLAW – GEORGE MUNICIPALITY

PROPOSED SPECIAL RATING AREA BYLAW – GEORGE MUNICIPALITY

Link to the Bylaw: https://www.george.gov.za/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Special-Rating-Area-Bylaw-2022_approved-for-PP.pdf

 

 Notice is hereby given in terms of Section 12(3)(b) of the Municipal Systems Act, 2000 (Act 32 of 2000) that the Municipality of George intends to implement the abovementioned Bylaw.

Full particulars of the proposed Bylaw is available for inspection at the following places:

  1. Municipal Offices: York Street, (Office of the Director:, 5th floor); Uniondale Municipal offices;
  2. Libraries: George Library; Blanco Library; Conville Library; Pacaltsdorp Library; Thembalethu Library; Uniondale / Haarlem Library;
  3. Municipality’s Website: https://www.george.gov.za/george-doc-categories/documents/bylaws-and-regulations/planning-and-development/

 

Written comments to the proposed By-law, if any, must be lodged:

  1. via mail to reach the Director: Planning and Development, P.O. Box 19, George, 6530 before 15 January 2023; or
  2. via e-mail with subject line “Special Rating Area ByLaw, 2022” to mjordaan@george.gov.za and copied to post@george.gov.za

 Any person who is unable to write, can submit their input, verbally to the Council’s offices where they will be assisted by a staff member to put their comments in writing.

Dr M Gratz

Municipal Manager

Civic Centre

York Street

George

6530

 

NOTICE NR. 054/2022

VOORGESTELDE SPESIALE GRADERINGAREAS VERORDENING – GEORGE MUNISIPALITEIT

Kennis word hiermee gegee in terme van Artikel 12(3)(b) van die Munisipale Stelsels Wet, 2000 (Wet 32 van 2000) dat die George Munisipaliteit van voorneme is om bogenoemde verordeninge te implementeer.

Volledige besonderhede aangaande die voorgestelde Verordening is beskikbaar by die volgende plekke:

  1. Munisipale Kantore: Yorkstraat, (Kantoor van die Direkteur, 5de vloer); Uniondale Munisipale kantore:
  2. Biblioteke: George Biblioteek, Blanco Biblioteek, Conville Biblioteek, Pacaltsdorp Biblioteek, Thembalethu Biblioteek, Uniondale / Haarlem Biblioteek
  3. Munisipale webtuiste: https://www.george.gov.za/george-doc-categories/documents/bylaws-and-regulations/planning-and-development/

Skriftelike kommentaar rakende die voorgestelde Verordening, indien enige, moet aangedien word:

  1. Per pos na Direkteur: Beplanning en Ontwikkeling, Posbus 19, George, 6530 voor 15 Januarie 2023; of
  2. Per epos met onderwerp lyn “Spesiale Graderingareas Verordening, 2022” aan mjordaan@george.gov.za en kopieer aan post@george.gov.za

Enige persoon nie in staat om te skryf, kan hulle insette mondelings deurgee by die Raad se kantore waar hulle deur ‘n personeellid geassisteer sal word om hulle kommentaar skriftelik op te neem.

Dr. M Gratz

Munisipale Bestuurder

Burgersentrum

York Street

George

6530

Eskom Loadshedding schedule Thursday, 24 November 2022

Eskom Loadshedding schedule

Thursday, 24 November 2022: Courtesy of the diesel supplied by PetroSA this week, Eskom is able to reduce loadshedding during the night to Stage 3 (from Stage 4) at 16:00 – 05:00 until Monday morning. Daytime loadshedding will be maintained at Stage 2 during 05:00 – 16:00 daily until further notice. Eskom will publish a further update as soon as there are any significant changes.

George will be affected as follows:

Thursday 24/11/2022
20:00 – 22:30

Friday 25/11/2022
02:00 – 04:20
10:00 – 12:30

Saturday 26/11/2022
02:00 – 04:20
10:00 – 12:30
18:00 – 20:30

Sunday 27/11/2022
18:00 – 20:30

Monday 28/11/2022
02:00 – 04:00

Uniondale will be affected as follows:

Thursday 24/11/2022
23:00 – 01:30

Friday 25/11/2022
05:00 – 07:20
13:00 – 15:30

Saturday 26/11/2022
13:00 – 15:30
21:00 – 23:30

Sunday 27/11/2022
21:00 – 23:30

Monday 28/11/2022
05:00 – 07:00

Issued by George Mun on behalf of Eskom

Planned power outage: portion of George South

Planned power outage: portion of George South
 
NOTIFICATION OF THE INTERRUPTION OF THE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY.
 
THE FOLLOWING AREAS WILL BE AFFECTED:
PORTION OF GEORGE SOUTH
MITCHELL, FICHAT STREETS
 
NOTICE is hereby given that the electricity supply will be interrupted on FRIDAY 25 NOVEMBER 2022 FROM 09H00 TO 16H00 for the purpose of doing alterations to the electrical mains. Consumers are warned to treat the installation as being live for the full duration as the supply may be resumed at any time within the notified period.
Should circumstances prevent the work being carried out during the abovementioned period; the work will be done on
MONDAY 28 NOVEMBER 2022 FROM 09H00 TO 16H00.
 
 
KENNISGEWING VAN DIE ONDERBREKING VAN DIE ELEKTRIESE TOEVOER.
 
DIE VOLGENDE AREAS SAL GERAAK WORD:
GEDEELTE VAN GEORGE- SUID
MITCHELL, FICHAT STRATE
 
KENNISGEWING geskied hiermee dat die elektriese toevoer onderbreek sal word op VRYDAG 25 NOVEMBER 2022 VANAF 09H00 TOT 16H00 met die doel om veranderings aan elektriese hoofleidings te maak. Klante word gewaarsku om die installasie as lewendig te beskou vir die volle periode aangesien die toevoer enige tyd gedurende die periode aangeskakel mag word.
Sou omstandighede verhoed dat die werk gedoen kan word gedurende bogenoemde periode, sal die werk gedoen word op MAANDAG 28 NOVEMBER 2022 VANAF 09H00 TOT 16H00.
 

Success of the beautified illegal dumping spots

Media Release: Success of the beautified illegal dumping spots

Issued by George Municipality 24 November 2022 for immediate release

 

George Municipality had some great successes by cleaning up illegal dumping hotspots in and around George and beautifying these areas by creating parks and/or gardens.

An illegal dumping site in Rose Street, Pacaltsdorp was beautified and is still in a good condition as well as in Vuyani Ncamazana Street, Lawaaikamp, two spots in Tabata Street, Thembalethu, 32nd Street, and Nelson Mandela Boulevard. Unfortunately, after the Beer Street, Rosemoor site was beautified, everything including plants, tyres and ecobricks were stolen from the site.

According to Janine Fernold: Manager: Environmental Services,  six coordinators have been appointed to lead cleansing teams and an additional 15 workers will be appointed in the near future to tackle illegal dumping and hotspots. These teams will also be used to clean other illegal dumping sites that are not considered hotspots at this stage.

Georgians can now “Adopt a Spot”, which means the process through which applicants approach the George Municipality to adopt a piece of Municipal-owned land for the purpose of maintenance and beautification within a specific timeframe, at no cost to the Municipality. The public is allowed to apply to adopt public open spaces, private open spaces and nature reserves across a vast area within municipality boundaries.

The programme has been approved by Council and is applicable to all land zoned “Open Space” or “Undetermined” and helps in establishing a partnership between the Municipality and the applicant.  The purposes of the partnership agreements is to make use of, control, or manage a public open space to maintain and enhance its functionality as a form of a contribution to the management and maintenance of such an open space.

The Adopt a Spot programme aims to overcome the challenges of ecological degradation, illegal land use, illegal dumping, criminal activities and lack of safety in public open spaces. The public and all interested parties are hereby invited to approach the Municipality to adopt a piece of Municipal-owned land for any of the purposes mentioned. There is no cost to Adopt a spot from Municipality, however it is expected that the “adopters” will assist in the maintenance and upkeep of the site.

The policy is available on the George Municipality’s website at https://www.george.gov.za/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/ADOPT-A-SPOT-PROGRAMME-policy.pdf

Download the application form here: https://www.george.gov.za/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Adopt-a-spot-application.pdf

Enquiries or request for more information on the process may be directed to Nosidima Vumindaba at nvumindaba@george.gov.za or on 044 802 2900 at the Parks and Recreation department.

ILLEGAL DUMPING IS EVERYBODY’S PROBLEM
If you throw your junk just anywhere, it will eventually become your problem some way or another. It can make you sick or kill you.

What is illegal dumping?

  • Illegal dumping is anything you throw away in a place where it does not belong.
  • If you know who is dumping illegally, report them to 044 801 6350 or gmun@george.gov.za  or 044 801 6300 (a/h).
  • Information that will help the case for a warning or fine: car description and/or registration number, address of alleged perpetrator, type of waste and address of where it was dumped. A cellphone photo of dumping in action will help, but is not essential.
  • Report dumped waste for collection to 044 802 2900 or 044 801 6300 (a/h).

 

Captions: A before photo of an illegal dumping spot on the corner of Nelson Mandela Boulevard and Gcakani Street being cleaned by cleansing staff.

 

  1. The after photo of the same area after it was beautified by George Municipality and members of the community.

Update on low water pressure and possible water outages

Update on low water pressure and possible water outages: Portions of Borchards, Lawaaikamp and Parkdene are currently experiencing low water pressures and in some instances no water due to a high volume of water that was lost yesterday after a private fibre contractor damaged two main lines. On top of the water loss, the water demand is considerably high today, due to the hot weather. Our engineers foresee that the water supply will only stabilise later this evening when the demand is lower. All properties in Lawaaikamp should have water but will experience low pressures. Three water trucks were deployed to roam the Lawaaikamp area. We ask the public to be patient and use water sparingly and phone any water problems through to 044 801 9262/6 (7h45-16h30) or after hours 044 801 6300. Please do not post individual complaints on social media as our social media is not a formal complaints channel and is not manned 24/7. Issued by George Mun 23 November 2022 at 14h30.

IT’S TIME FOR THE GEORGE TENS SPORT & LIFESTYLE FESTIVAL AND WE’RE ON A MISSION!

IT’S TIME FOR THE GEORGE TENS SPORT & LIFESTYLE FESTIVAL AND WE’RE ON A MISSION! 

 We have a goal – to turn the George’s TENS into the biggest social sport and lifestyle event in South Africa! Will you join us?

Kicking off in 2019 as a rugby only festival, the event has now evolved to include Netball, Golf, a Trail run, Mountain Biking, Men’s and Women’s Rugby, and for the 2022 edition, Beach Volleyball and Touchies!  Oh, and we forget, for good measure, Boeresport!

We took a break in 2020 due to Covid 19, but got right back on track in 2021, all be it with a couple of natural disasters and restrictions still in place.  The 2022 Event is going to be SPECTACULAR!  That’s our story, and we’re sticking to it!

Once again, squads and fans alike, will gather from across the country, at Outeniqua Park and surrounds on 15 – 18 Dec ’22, to play their favourite sports, experience the vibe, enjoy the shows, forge new friendships, create memories and share a couple of cold ones!

Co-founded by former Springbok Coach Heyneke Meyer and IG van der Merwe, and presented in collaboration with the George Municipality, the 2022 event is proud to welcome some of SA’s biggest icons, including the likes of Victor Matfield, Pieter Hendriks, Vlok Cilliers, Anton Leonard, and many many more!!

Want to meet them in person?  Join these legends for a round of golf at Oubaai Golf Estate & Spa or Pinnacle Point Golf Estate on 15 Dec ’22!  Limited 4-balls still available!

On 16 & 17 Dec, Wilderness Beach will gear up with Boeresport, Touchies and Volleyball!

(Did we mention the Boeresport is open to all and free to participate in! – no registrations required; you just need to be on the beach!)

Netball will hit Outeniqua Park on 16 & 17 Dec, Rugby on 16, 17 & 18 Dec.

The Mountain Bike event, 17 Dec, and Trail Run, 18 Dec, will kick off from Outeniqua Park and travel across some of the most awe-inspiring views of the Garden Route.

Not really into the activities? No problem, here’s the Festival Village line-up:

16 Dec ’22:  Die Heuwels Fantasties;

17 Dec ’22:  Spoegwolf;

18 Dec ’22:  Early B

1925 band will be opening for all, supported by our MC’s Mickey Louw & Pieter Rischmüller, aka Piet Pompies from DJ Ossewa!

“The George Municipality is delighted to support this important and exciting event.  This event has the promise of stimulating and developing the George economy in a tremendous way and I encourage all role-players in the George economic community to get behind this initiative,” says Portfolio Councillor for Finance and Strategic Services, Dirk Wessels.

Meyer reiterates, “Whether you are young or old, want to join as a sponsor, vendor, participant or spectator, there’s an activity for you!  We’ve paid our dues with Covid – it’s time for a December event of note – one that not only provides an amazing holiday experience, but benefits an entire community!  We can’t wait you welcome you!”

Follow @George10s on Facebook and www.georgetens.co.za.

Here follows the registration information for the all the specific codes:

All prices, registration information and more on www.georgetens.co.za

Golf

15 December

Oubaai Golf Resort & Spa & Pinnacle Point Golf Estate

Women’s & Men’s Rugby

16, 17 & 18 December

Outeniqua Park

Schools:                      Bulletjies, Primary Schools, High Schools

Students:

Social:                         Amateurs: (U/35), Veterans (Above 35)

Premier Division:        Professional, Semi-Professional

 

Ladies & Mixed teams Netball

16 – 17 December

Outeniqua Park

School:                        Primary Schools, High Schools

Students

Social:                         Social/Amateurs (U/35), Veterans (O/35)

Touchies

16 December

Wilderness

Volleyball

17 December

Wilderness

Professionals

Schools:                       Primary Schools, High Schools

Social:                         Amateurs (U/35) / Veterans (Above 35)

Mountain Biking,

17 December

20km

Trail Running

18 December

5 km

14km

20km

ENDS

Social Media Tags / Handles:

#GeorgeTENS

#Festival

#GeorgeTENSFestivalVillage

#Wilderness

#georgetourism

#georgemunicipality

#georgevents

#visitgeorge

#tourismgeorge

Website:                      www.GeorgeTENS.co.za

Facebook:                   George TENS

Invictus Sport and Entertainment

Instagram:                   @george_tens

@invictussportan

MEDIA 7 INTERVIEW QUERIES

juanita@invictusinternational.co.za

frieda@invictusinternational.co.za

admin@georgetens.co.za

Community Development celebrates Transgender Awareness Week

Media Release: Community Development celebrates Transgender Awareness Week

Issued by George Municipality 23 November 2022 for immediate release

George Municipality Community Development Services in collaboration with the Social Health and Empowerment organisation, took the initiative of starting organic food gardens at two local Educare centres, Rosedale Educare centre and Golden Valley Creche in Blanco last week week to celebrate Transgender Awareness Week. Transgender Week runs from 13-19 November each year and is a one-week awareness and celebration event with the aim to advance advocacy around issues of prejudice, discrimination and violence that affect the transgender community.

Jonathan Fortuin (District Sector Leader LGBTQIA++ Garden Route District and municipal official) said, “We are not only starting the gardens but will look after them with the help of the community. We want to show the world that we take ownership and are active and responsible citizens. We will be starting food gardens for members of LGBTQIA++community at homes to give needy people and people who use chronic medication, access to healthy food.”

For any queries or information regarding LGBTQIA++ please contact George Community Development  at 044 802 2000.

Gardengroup: The group of the George Municipality the LGBTQIA++ helpdesk and the Social Health and Empowerment organisation with some of the toddlers from Rosedale creche with seeds for the garden.

 Gardengolden: The group of the George Municipality the LGBTQIA++ helpdesk and the Social Health and Empowerment organisation at Golden Valley creche.

 Garden 1,2,3: Some members of the group work the land at the creches to start the organic food gardens.

Law Enforcement officers sweep 95 shops for fireworks

George Municipality Law Enforcement has visited more than 95 shops in George and surrounds in the past week to put up posters about the ban on fireworks in the George Municipal area and has already written out warnings and issues a number of fines to shop owners.

Law Enforcement officers, Roland Hardnick, Daniella Laws and Verona Botha have confiscated fireworks to the value of R1120 at different shops and have written out three fines in the amount of R4500 each.

We remind the public that due to the high fire risk, the setting off, and possession of fireworks, firecrackers, flares, paper lanterns and other such paraphernalia in the George municipal area is not allowed. The fireworks confiscated by our Law Enforcement officers will be handed over to the police for disposal. Confiscation notices are issued to the offending shops.

George has strict firework legislation and according to the Bylaw on Community Safety, Section 58 (13) No person may discharge fireworks outside of a designated Fire Works Area. No Fire Works area has been made available in George and should someone be caught discharging a firework, a flare, or lighting a Chinese lantern an immediate fine of R1000 is applicable as well as a potential charge of arson.

Setting off marine rocket flares for fun is hugely dangerous and irresponsible. NSRI is compelled to log and investigate every incident in case it is a real emergency which of course takes up their time and valuable resources and could detract from genuine flare sightings. It is also hugely dangerous for those setting off the flares, as they are quite costly, and sometimes also out of date.

Marine guidance notes explain that all old flares need to be disposed of correctly.
Rocket flares degrade with time and there have been cases where the rocket propellant separates from the parachute, and you are left with an uncontrolled flare which then comes back down and hits the person who has fired it off.

George Municipality will firmly enforce the applicable by-laws and additional Law Enforcement officers will be deployed at various areas and beaches over the festive season to attend to fireworks complaints. This will hopefully assist in reducing the noise levels and allow people (and their pets) to plan for “noisy” periods thus allowing for a quieter, safer environment for all concerned. For some pets, especially dogs and cats with particularly noise-sensitive ears, the sound of fireworks can cause intense fear responses. Some pets will go to extremes to hide, others get startled and run away, and general anxiety caused by unexpected loud sounds can have long-lasting effects on animals.

Please report the illegal setting off of fireworks to 044 801 6350 or after hours at 044 801 6300.
Please report the illegal trade in fireworks to 044 801 6350 or after hours at 044 801 6300.

FIRE EMERGENCIES: 044 801 6311

 

Caption: Roland Hardnick from Law Enforcement Services at George Municipality hands over a poster to Shakiel Mohammed from George Superette that warns about the ban on fireworks in the municipal area.

 

Eskom loadshedding schedule – 21 November 2022

*Eskom stage4 loadshedding (instead of Stage 5) will be implemented continuously until 05:00 on Tuesday morning. Thereafter Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented daily at 05:00 – 16:00. Stage 4 will be implemented daily at 16:00 – 05:00 until further notice.*

_*George will be affected as follows:*_

Monday 21/11/2022

12:00 – 14:30

20:00 – 22:30

Tuesday 22/11/2022

04:00 – 05:30

12:00 – 14:30

20:00 – 22:30

Wednesday 23/11/2022

04:00 – 05:30

20:00 – 22:30

Thursday 24/11/2022

04:00 – 06:30

20:00 – 22:30

Friday 25/11/2022

02:00 – 04:30

10:00 – 12:30

18:00 – 20:30

 

_*Uniondale will be affected as follows:*_

Monday 21/11/2022

15:00 – 17:30

23:00 – 01:30

Tuesday 22/11/2022

15:00 – 17:30

23:00 – 01:30

Wednesday 23/11/2022

15:00 – 17:30

23:00 – 01:30

Thursday 24/11/2022

07:00 – 09:30

16:00 – 17:30

23:00 – 01:30

Friday 25/11/2022

05:00 – 07:30

13:00 – 15:30

21:00 – 23:30

 

Issued by George Mun on behalf of Eskom – 21 November 2022

Motor Vehicle Registration telephone line out of order

Motor Vehicle Registration telephone line out of order

Please note that phone lines and network are currently offline at Motor Vehicle Registration (MVR). It has been reported to the relevant section for attention.

Issued by George Municipality
18 Nov 2022

Get to know George

Get to know George – 11 NOVEMBER 2022

#gettoknowgeorge

 HIDDEN GEMS AND TOURISM NEWS

Tourism news and lesser-known gems to inspire you:

 1. New! Blue Flag Full Status for Dreamy Herolds Bay

 It’s a yay for Herolds Bay!  Our family-friendly cove has officially joined the ranks of our other full status Blue Flag beach, Wilderness.  This warm, Indian Ocean beach is situated at the bottom of a long and winding hill and features a tidal pool, lawn area and promenade, beach showers and ablutions, as well as ice cream and food vendors for a truly enjoyable day soaking up the rays.

 2. Hidden Gem Bucketlist – Microlight flight at Louvain

Did you know that the captivating Louvain Guest Farm offers exhiliarating microlight flights? Flights are enjoyed over the mountain to the Garden Route coastline or to the north over the Kammanassie Mountains and the Langkloof Valley or in the Klein Karoo, departing at sunrise.  Costs range from R500 to R1500.  We recently sent Travel Bug Rose on this experience; see her first-person experience Facebook video here.

  1. New Art Gallery in Wilderness – Ninette Steyl

Enjoy a visit to the new gallery at the Palms Square Centre in Wilderness. Steyl’s work is an emotive portrayal of feelings experienced at a specific setting.

  1. When’s the last time you visited Timberlake Village?

 Did you know that Timberlake Village is home to several small local businesses which feature mohair, gemstones, wine, fine art, leather, resin art, pottery and driftwood sculptures?  There’s a trendy bakery, proper coffee roastery, oyster bar and a German deli. And Acrobranch tree top adventures recently-ish added a giant zipline over the village where you can zip down and enjoy a fun ride.  Timberlake has play areas for children and a Faerie Garden walk where kids can meet strange and wonderful creatures.  Fur babies of the canine variety are also welcome.  The village is a member of the Paradise Ridge conservancy, which means that they capture rain water, recycle grey water, compost wet waste, use no harmful chemicals, plant trees (400+ to date) and clear alien Wattle annually.  Isn’t that awesome!  A skillfully crafted driftwood sculpture exhibition of South African wildlife is also on display; these pieces are sold to collectors all over the world. Timberlake is open 7 days a week.

UPCOMING EVENTS

 There’s a full line up of local events you can participate in and enjoy from now until the end of the year.

 MARKETS

 

Every Wednesday                              08:30-15:00 Hinenni Community Market 63Bo-Langvlei Road, Rondevlei, Wilderness 082 788 8500

www.facebook.com/HinenniFS

Every Saturday                              08:00-14:00 Outeniqua Family Market N2, George, Outeniqua Family Market 082 465 2952

www.outeniquafarmersmarket.co.za

info@outeniquafamilymarket.co.za

Every Sunday                                                       10:00-15:00 Sunday Funday Market Milkwood Village, Beacon Street, Wilderness 061 547 0625

milkwoodmanagement@gmail.com

10-22 December Outeniqua Kersmark Moederkerk, George 083 772 8252

www.Facebook.com/OuteniquaMark

stolsgerda2016@gmail.com

15-31 December

(Closed Sundays)

Boerevintage Gift Market Redberry Farm, George 083 398 0205

www.boerevintage.co.za

info@boerevintage.co.za

17 December Hilltop Herolds Bay Garden Market  c\r Rooidraai \ Rooiktansie street Herolds Bay Heights 082 490 6200

acrawley@aifrica.com

 

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN NOVEMBER

 

12 George Open Gardens Various Locations, George www.georgeopengardens.co.za

philda.desmond@gmail.com

12-13 Trail Girl Trail Run Fairy Knowe Hotel, Wilderness 083 662 2022

www.trailgirl.co.za

janine@trailgirl.co.za

13 Big Walk by Binah Garden Route, Botenical Garden, George 083 270 6382

binahnpo@gmail.com

19-20 Eden LC Champs Conville Swimming Pool, George 082 458 7427

lacoetze@gmail.com

 

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN DECEMBER

 

5-21 Uncle George Party Step Aside Farm, George 071 433 6961

www.unclegeorgeparty.co.za

info@unclegeorgeparty.co.za

9-13 Western Cape Swimming Championship Conville Swimming Pool, George 082 458 7427

lacoetze@gmail.com

15-18 George Tens Outeniqua Stadium, George 071 457 2696

www.georgetens.co.za

16-31 Bush Lapa Musiekfees Herolds Bay Resort Bush Lapa, George 044 851 0113

www.facebook.com/BushLapaMusiekfees

17 Cairo to Cape Trail Run Map of Africa, Wilderness 082 457 5675

dyndev@mweb.co.za

 

Is your event not yet listed here?  Please let us know at info@visitgeorge.co.za

 JOIN THE CONVERSATION!

When exploring the destination, share your photos and experiences on social media with the hashtags:

 

#visitgeorge #exploregeorge

#visitwilderness #explorewilderness

#visituniondale #exploreuniondale

 

We’d love to see your adventures and experiences, and may even share them on our official social media pages (with your permission, of course!).

VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRES

Find information about things to do, places to stay, upcoming events, eateries and gastronomic experiences as well as tourism transport at visitgeorge.co.za or pop in at our Visitor Information Centres where our friendly staff are ready to assist you.

  •  GEORGE TOURISM

124 York Street, George Central, George, 6529 | +27 44 801 9295 | info@visitgeorge.co.za

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  • WILDERNESS TOURISM

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GO GEORGE staff sensitised to the world of persons with disabilities

DISABILITY RIGHTS AWARENESS MONTH
GO GEORGE staff sensitised to the world of persons with disabilities
Issued 7 November 2022
 
“Knowledge does not lead to change – understanding does.”
This statement was the point of departure during a series of sensitisation workshops with GO GEORGE frontline staff presented by Glen Fortuin, Community Development Worker at the George Association for Persons with Disabilities (APD).
 
With November being Disability Rights Awareness Month, GO GEORGE is once again collaborating with key stakeholders who take an interest in people with disabilities, to raise awareness and achieve greater efficiency towards an inclusive service. The focus is on the attributes of GO GEORGE that make it accessible to all and to empower the community to access work, economic and educational opportunities.
 
Persons with disabilities include those who have perceived and or actual physical, psychosocial, intellectual, neurological and/or sensory impairments and who, as a result of various attitudinal, communication, physical or information barriers, are hindered in participating fully and effectively in society on an equal basis with others.
According to Morné Lakay, Acting GO GEORGE Manager, the bus service aims to empower frontline staff such as Call Centre agents, information officers and communication champions with skills to support persons with disabilities. “We want to assist with the process of attitude change among passengers. People’s intentions might be pure, but they might not know how to approach a person with a disability when offering assistance. We need to keep in mind that not all disabilities are visible when we interact with people in public and that many people might require different ways of interaction. People might refer to ‘wheelchair-bound’ people while the correct terminology is wheelchair users – Glen rightfully taught us that a wheelchair is a mode of transport and not a prison,” he said.
 
A few hints from Glen Fortuin:
• Always speak to the person with the disability and not the person accompanying them.
• Do not push a person’s wheelchair without their permission.
• When talking to a wheelchair user, sit on a chair so that you sit at their eye level.
• People using canes or crutches need their arms to balance themselves, so never grab them by the arm.
• Be prepared to offer assistance to persons with limited hand, wrist or arm function.
• If the person is unable to shake your hand, it is acceptable to fist-bump or put your hand on their arm or shoulder.
• For people with hearing loss, speak one at a time; don’t cover your mouth; face them while talking.
Anyone with a disability feeling uncertain about using the GO GEORGE bus service is welcome to phone the GO GEORGE Call Centre on 0800 044 044 to request personal guidance and assistance by passenger support staff.
 
CAPTIONS:
Glen Fortuin, Community Development Worker at the George Association for Persons with Disabilities (APD), explains the importance of being sensitive towards people with invisible disabilities too.
 
 
BEWUSMAKINGSMAAND VIR DIE REGTE VAN PERSONE MET GESTREMDHEDE
GO GEORGE-personeel gesensitiseer om die wêreld van persone met gestremdhede te verstaan
Uitgereik 7 November 2022
 
“Kennis lei nie tot verandering nie, maar begrip wel.”
Hierdie stelling was die vertrekpunt tydens ‘n reeks sensitiseringswerkswinkels met GO GEORGE-frontliniepersoneel wat deur Glen Fortuin, gemeenskapsontwikkelingswerker by die George Vereniging vir Persone met Gestremdhede (George APD), aangebied is.
Met November wat die bewusmakingsmaand vir persone met gestremdhede is, werk GO GEORGE weereens saam met belanghebbendes in dié sektor om bewustheid te verhoog en groter doeltreffendheid vir ‘n inklusiewe diens te bereik. Die fokus is op die eienskappe van GO GEORGE wat dit vir almal toeganklik maak en om die gemeenskap te bemagtig om toegang tot werk-, ekonomiese en opvoedkundige geleenthede te verkry.
 
Persone met gestremdhede sluit in diegene wat fisiese, psigososiale, intellektuele, neurologiese en/of sensoriese gestremdhede het en wat as gevolg van verskeie houdings-, kommunikasie-, fisiese of inligtingshindernisse verhoed word om ten volle en effektief, op gelyke basis met ander in die samelewing deel te neem.
Volgens Morné Lakay, waarnemende GO GEORGE-bestuurder, het die busdiens ten doel om frontliniepersoneel soos inbelsentrumagente, inligtingsbeamptes en passasiersdiensbeamptes te bemagtig met vaardighede om persone met gestremdhede te ondersteun. “Ons wil help met die proses van houdingsverandering onder passasiers. Mense se bedoelings kan suiwer wees, maar hulle weet dalk nie hoe om ‘n persoon met ‘n gestremdheid te benader wanneer hulle hulp aanbied nie. Ons moet in gedagte hou dat nie alle gestremdhede sigbaar is wanneer ons met mense in die openbaar omgaan nie, en dat mense verskillende maniere van interaksie benodig. Iemand kan na ‘rolstoelgebonde’ mense verwys terwyl die korrekte terminologie rolstoelgebruikers is – Glen het ons met reg geleer dat ‘n rolstoel ‘n vervoermiddel is en nie ‘n tronk nie,” het hy gesê.
 
‘n Paar wenke van Glen:
• Praat altyd met die persoon met die gestremdheid en nie die persoon wat hulle vergesel nie.
• Moenie ‘n rolstoel sonder die gebruiker se toestemming stoot nie.
• Wanneer jy met ‘n rolstoelgebruiker praat, sit op ‘n stoel sodat jy op hul oogvlak sit.
• Mense wat kieries of krukke gebruik, het hul arms nodig om hulself te balanseer, so moenie hulle ooit aan die arm gryp nie.
• Wees gereed om hulp aan persone met beperkte hand-, pols- of armfunksie te bied.
• As die persoon nie jou hand kan skud nie, is dit aanvaarbaar om vuis te stamp of jou hand op hul arm of skouer te sit.
• Vir mense met gehoorverlies, praat een op ‘n slag; moenie jou mond bedek nie; praat met jou gesig na hulle gedraai.
Enigiemand met ‘n gestremdheid wat onseker voel oor die gebruik van die GO GEORGE-busdiens is welkom om die GO GEORGE-inbelsentrum by 0800 044 044 te skakel om persoonlike leiding en hulp deur passasiersondersteuningspersoneel te versoek.
 
BYSKRIFTE:
Glen Fortuin, gemeenskapsontwikkelingswerker by die George-vereniging vir persone met gestremdhede (APD), verduidelik hoe belangrik dit is om ook sensitief te wees teenoor mense met onsigbare gestremdhede.
 

Public invited to comment on Environmental Affairs Waste Management Plan

Public invited to comment on the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning’s Waste Management Plan

Issued by George Mun 11 November 2022 on behalf of Department of Environmental Affairs and Development planning

The Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning is busy developing its Western Cape Integrated Waste Management Plan (2022 – 2027).

The attached link can be used to access the various draft WC IWMP and related documentation which members of the public are invited to scrutinise and provide their comments.

https://www.westerncape.gov.za/eadp/about-us/meet-chief-directorates/environmental-quality/waste-management

Comments are due by 12 December 2022.

Planned power outage: portion of Kleinkrantz

Planned power outage: portion of Kleinkrantz
 
NOTIFICATION OF THE INTERRUPTION
OF THE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY.
 
THE FOLLOWING AREAS WILL BE AFFECTED:
PORTION OF KLEINKRANTZ
TELKOM, KRANTZ VLEI HOMES
 
NOTICE is hereby given that the electricity supply will be interrupted on FRIDAY 18 NOVEMBER 2022 FROM 09H00 TO 17H00 for the purpose of doing alterations to the electrical mains. Consumers are warned to treat the installation as being live for the full duration as the supply may be resumed at any time within the notified period.
 
 
Should circumstances prevent the work being carried out during the abovementioned period; the work will be done on
FRIDAY 25 NOVEMBER 2022 FROM 09H00 TO 17H00.
 
KENNISGEWING VAN DIE ONDERBREKING VAN DIE ELEKTRIESE TOEVOER.
 
DIE VOLGENDE AREAS SAL GERAAK WORD:
GEDEELTE VAN KLEINKRANTZ
TELKOM, KRANTZ VLEI HUISE
 
KENNISGEWING geskied hiermee dat die elektriese toevoer onderbreek sal word op VRYDAG 18 NOVEMBER 2022 VANAF 09H00 TOT 17H00 met die doel om veranderings aan elektriese hoofleidings te maak. Klante word gewaarsku om die installasie as lewendig te beskou vir die volle periode aangesien die toevoer enige tyd gedurende die periode aangeskakel mag word.
 
Sou omstandighede verhoed dat die werk gedoen kan word gedurende bogenoemde periode, sal die werk gedoen word op VRYDAG 25 NOVEMBER 2022 VANAF 09H00 TOT 17H00.
Issued by George Municipality

Planned power outage: portion of Pinedew line

Planned power outage: portion of Pinedew line
 
NOTIFICATION OF THE INTERRUPTION OF THE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY.
 
THE FOLLOWING AREAS WILL BE AFFECTED:
PORTION OF PINEDEW LINE
ACROBRANCH GARDEN ROUTE, OYSTERS R US, WILD X WILDERNESS, SITHEMBILE SAND MINE, AFRI ECO RESORT WILDERNESS
 
NOTICE is hereby given that the electricity supply will be interrupted on THURSDAY 17 NOVEMBER 2022 FROM 09H00 TO 17H00 for the purpose of doing alterations to the electrical mains. Consumers are warned to treat the installation as being live for the full duration as the supply may be resumed at any time within the notified period.
 
Should circumstances prevent the work being carried out during the abovementioned period; the work will be done on
THURSDAY 24 NOVEMBER 2022 FROM 09H00 TO 17H00.
 
 
KENNISGEWING VAN DIE ONDERBREKING VAN DIE ELEKTRIESE TOEVOER.
 
DIE VOLGENDE AREAS SAL GERAAK WORD:
GEDEELTE VAN PINEDEW LYN
ACROBRANCH GARDEN ROUTE, OYSTERS R US, WILD X WILDERNIS, SITHEMBILE SAND MYNE, AFRI ECO RESORT WILDERNIS
 
KENNISGEWING geskied hiermee dat die elektriese toevoer onderbreek sal word op DONDERDAG 17 NOVEMBER 2022 VANAF 09H00 TOT 17H00 met die doel om veranderings aan elektriese hoofleidings te maak. Klante word gewaarsku om die installasie as lewendig te beskou vir die volle periode aangesien die toevoer enige tyd gedurende die periode aangeskakel mag word.
 
Sou omstandighede verhoed dat die werk gedoen kan word gedurende bogenoemde periode, sal die werk gedoen word op DONDERDAG 24 NOVEMBER 2022 VANAF 09H00 TOT 17H00.

Public Notice: Dogs on beaches(sand area) detrimental to Blue Flag status

Public Notice: Dogs on beaches(sand area) detrimental to Blue Flag status
Issued George Municipality, 11 November 2022 for immediate release
 
George Municipality wishes to inform all dog owners that in order to adhere to the Blue Flag international standards at all of our beaches, it is imperative to enforce strict rules of NO DOGS ON BEACHES (SAND AREAS) that is in line with the Municipality’s By-law, Keeping of dogs, cats and animals.
 
Dog excrement can contaminate the water and jeopardise the Blue Flag status of our beaches-even if the dog poop is picked up. Dog owners are therefore warned to keep dogs on a leash and off the sandy areas at the beaches. Law Enforcement officers will not hesitate to act against those that do not adhere to the By-law.
 
Wilderness Beach and Herold’s Bay both have full Blue Flag status and Victoria Bay has Pilot status for the 2022 festive season. Blue Flag is an international coastal management programme that accredits beaches that meet standards of excellence in water quality, environmental management, environmental education and information as well as safety and services. In South Africa the programme is implemented by the Wildlife Environmental Society of South Africa (WESSA). The Blue Flag season runs from 1 December 2022 to 31 January 2023.
 
Further to this By-Law no dog or other animal may be in any public street or public space (any open public space the public has access to which falls under the George Municipal jurisdiction for example beachfronts, parks, sport fields and sidewalks) except on a leash and under control. This is unless the animal is in an area designated by the George Municipality as a free-running area.
 
A person is not allowed to walk a dog other than a guide dog, ON A BEACHFRONT, a public street, public place, without carrying enough plastic or paper bags or wrappers, to place the excrement into, in the event of the dog defecating. Please note that dogs are allowed on the sidewalk areas, (tarred, brick-paved etc.) of beachfronts, if these conditions are adhered to.
The beach areas under the control of the George Municipality include Herold’s Bay, Gwaiing River Mouth Beach, Victoria Bay and the Leentjiesklip and Wildnerness beach areas up until the NSRI (Salina’s Restaurant). The area to the left of Salina’s Restaurant (facing the sea) falls under Sanparks.
The George Municipal By-Law may differ from that of other municipalities. Please humanely muzzle and keep dogs under control, which could be considered dangerous, vicious or ferocious. No animals should be left in an unattended and or closed vehicle or open bakkie in any public street or space. If this by-law is not adhered to, a fine from R500 and up can and will be imposed.
 
Animal owners leaving on vacation should please ensure that they have their animals cared for by a reliable person or at an animal boarding facility such as kennels or catteries.
 
We ask dog owners to familiarise themselves with a map of Sanparks attached, to see where dogs are allowed on beaches and where not.

Public Notice: No Alcohol at beaches

George Municipality strictly enforces NO ALCOHOL ALLOWED on our beaches and especially over the Festive Season. The George law enforcement officers will be assisted by 30 Beach Monitors during the Festive Season to assist with beach patrols and bag checks. All Beach Monitors will be identifiable, whether by reflector jackets or reflector bands and carry identification cards.

The municipality encourages all beachgoers to assist our officials in ensuring that their day at the beach is a safe and pleasant experience. Neighbourhood Watches, Community Police Forums, George Traffic Services, Provincial Traffic Services as well as the South African Police Service (SAPS) also work closely with the Municipality regarding Community Safety.

Any type of liquor is strictly prohibited on all beach areas under the control of the George Municipality which include Herold’s Bay, Gwaiing River Mouth Beach and Day Camp, Victoria Bay, Wilderness, and Leentjiesklip areas. If Law Enforcement confiscates liquor from beachgoers, a notice of confiscation will be issued to the offender. All confiscated items or goods are handed over to SAPS, for disposal at their discretion.

For any further information or complaints please contact the Law Enforcement office on 044 801 6350 (7.45am-4.30pm) or 044 801 6300 (a/h)(standby team for bylaw-related emergencies only).

The public can also email sprins@george.gov.za with complaints or related matters.

The physical address of the Law Enforcement Office is 25B Cathedral Street.

 

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Public Notice: Preventing dogs attacking refuse workers

George Municipality urges dog owners to please keep their dogs out of direct contact with our refuse workers and cleansing officials with property gates closed or keep them on leashes. Recently a number of incidents have led to our officials being attacked by dogs while doing their duties. A dog’s instinct is to protect its home and family and coupling this instinct with a noisy refuse truck and several individuals in its territory, even a friendly dog could bite.

A request is made to all dog owners to take responsibility for their pets on the days that the refuse is being collected. Keep dogs indoors, behind a fence, or on a leash for the safety of the refuse workers and other members of the public.

According to Richard von Willingh, Manager: Law Enforcement, pedestrians and other dogs are also being regularly attacked by dogs who are allowed onto streets without proper supervision and being on a leash, or the property is poorly fenced off or the animals somehow finds an escape route to the public areas.

A portion of the Bylaw Prevention Public Nuisances and Nuisance from Keeping Animals states:

  1. Control of dogs (1) No person who owns or keeps a dog may – (a) permit a bitch on heat to be in a street or public place without supervision; (b) urge a dog to attack, worry or frighten any person or animal unless in self-defense; (c) keep a dog if the premises is not adequately fenced to keep such dog inside when it is not on a leash; or (d) permit a dog – (i) to trespass on private property; (ii) to constitute a hazard to traffic using any public road; (iii) to constitute source of danger or injury to a person outside the premises on which such dog is kept; or (iv) to be a source of danger to employees of the municipality entering such premises for the purpose of carrying out their duties. A notice to the effect that a dog is kept must be displayed in a conspicuous place. (e) keep any dog which interferes materially with the comfort, convenience, peace, or quiet of neighbours by– (i) barking, yelping, howling or whining; (ii) charging any vehicles, animals, poultry, pigeons or persons outside any premises where it is kept; or (iii) by behaving in any other manner. (2) The municipality may seize and impound a dog which is found in a street or public place in contravention of the provisions of this by-law. (3) A dog impounded in terms of subsection (2) may be released to the owner upon payment of a fee determined by the municipality. (4) A person who contravenes a provision of subsection (1) commits an offense.

A fine of R1000 is applicable if people do not adhere to the regulations set out in the bylaw.

For the full bylaw click on the link:

https://documentportal.george.gov.za/storage/protection-services-regulations/May2020/spwwQNT46qrPehs3uRPt.pdf

For any further information or complaints please contact the Law Enforcement office on 044 801 6350 (7.45am-4.30pm) or 044 801 6300 (a/h)(standby team for bylaw-related emergencies only).

The public can also email sprins@george.gov.za with complaints or related matters.

The physical address of the Law Enforcement Office is 25B Cathedral Street.

The Garden Route SPCA, George telephone number is 044 878 1990.