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Grant Mclachlan speaks about the Hermanus Ratepayers Association
Trawler runs aground at Betty's Bay.
Authorities are working together to prepare for clean-up operations after a chokka vessel ran aground near the Betty's Bay Marine Protected Area (MPA) on 27 February 2014.
The 19 metre vessel from Hout Bay was carrying 10,000 litres of diesel and engine oil when it ran aground at approximately 4:00am.
The vessel is five kilometres away from the Stony Point penguin colony in Betty's Bay where a seabird and animal rescue team is stationed to observe seabirds for diesel contamination.
So far, no affected birds have been recorded.
The spill is also being assessed for environmental control by SAMSA (South African Maritime Safety Authority). CapeNature, Overstrand Municipality and Western Cape Disaster Risk Management are assisting SAMSA with the spill in the vicinity of the Penguin Colony.
The Stony Point Penguin Colony will remain closed to the public until further notice.
Roleplayers include the South Africa Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), National Department Environmental Affairs (DEA), CapeNature, Overstrand Municipality, National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) and SANCCOB (bird protection agency).
WWW Runs Fishing Workshop in Kleinmond
Whale Coast 96FM's Neknomination
When Brent Lindeque received a nomination from one of his friends to down a beer, he decided to do something worth while. He recorded himself giving someone a sandwich, chocolate and soft drink.
Whale Coast 96FM wants to spread the goodwill that Lindeque started.
The men and woman in blue protect us everyday and Whale Coast 96FM wanted to show our appreciation for their tireless service. We donated scatter cushions for the crisis centre, tea and coffee and plants to plant in their garden. Fernkloof Nursery were kind enough to offer advice and donate a few plants.
Now, we are nominating all media organisations in the Overstrand to show their appreciation to the SAPS through a small act of kindness. We look forward to seeing yours...
Main Road Opening on Valentine's Day
After being resurfaced, the Main Road in the Hermanus CBD was re-opened to motorists and pedestrians by Nicolette Botha-Guthrie, mayor of the Overstrand.
Compiled by Dayne Elizabeth Nel for Whale Coast Media.
Niekie Van Den Berg praat met Heidi oor sy jare op die draadloos
Niekie Van Den Berg spoke to Heidi on Oggend Joernaal.
TB Bewusmaking saam met Linda Fourie
Heidi spoke to Linda Fourie on Oggend Joernaal.
Removing Red Tape for Entrepreneurs
MEC Alan Winde speaks to Doc Martin about job creation and entrepreneurship in the Western Cape. He also mentions the various programs which are available to support entrepreneurs.
New Space Weather Radar Heads for Antarctica
The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) bid farewell yesterday to a team of scientists and engineers as they departed Cape Town on the SA Agulhas II for Antarctica. The 53rd Antarctic expedition marks a milestone for the Space Agency with the commissioning of a new High Frequency Digital Radar system which will be installed at the South African Antarctic research base.
This system forms part of the Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN) an international network of over 30 radars used to monitor the dynamics of space weather. “Studying the weather in space is an important area of research as it helps us understand how to protect technology on earth and in space from the devastating effects of solar activity” said Dr Lee-Anne McKinnell, SANSA Space Science MD.
While Antarctica may be the coldest, driest and windiest places on earth it is one of the best locations to conduct space weather research due to the earth’s magnetic field lines converging at the pole and acting as a funnel for space plasma to travel into the earth’s atmosphere. Just like police radars that send out beams which reflect from vehicles, the SuperDARN radars measure the position and speed of plasma in the Earth's ionosphere.
Once the team arrives in Antarctica they will spend six weeks installing the new radar system and perform routine maintenance on other equipment used to monitor the space environment. “The new radar will go a long way in contributing to the SuperDARN network as it is one of the most advanced, state-of-the-art digital radars in the world” said McKinnell.
Monitoring the space environment enables SANSA to deliver a vital service to the nation by providing forecasts and warnings on space weather activity, playing an important role in protecting satellite technology, communication and navigation systems as well as electrical power grids.
Qhayiya school's Grade 12 pass rate went up from 66 to 76% for the 2013' Matric's - even the Bachelors (exemption) pass went from 12 to 38%.
This means that three times more kids can potentially now go on to further studies and better futures. The funding of the Xhosa speaking specialized teachers from Cape Town over weekends and holidays had a huge amount to do to make this possible....
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