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Magaliesberg - Port and Sherry Festival May 2010

Magaliesberg - Port and Sherry Festival May 2010
Credits: www.winefestival.co.za

The Cellar Rats Wine Tasting Club is holding its 9th Annual Port and Sherry Festival on Saturday 29th May 2010.

 The festival starts at 13:00 and a closing time of 16:00 is indicated but port and sherry drinkers are renowned for leaving watches and other time pieces at home.

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Swellendam - Canola Karnaval - Aug 2010

Swellendam - Canola Karnaval - Aug 2010
Credits: www.canolakarnaval.co.za

The Organisers of the “Swellendam Canola Karnaval” have announced the dates for this years event. It happens on the weekend starting Friday 6th August and ends on Sunday 8th August.

The full program of events have not been published but if last year’s event is anything to go by then 2010 promises to be a winner.

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White River - Uplands Festival May 2010

White River - Uplands Festival May 2010
Credits: www.uplands-festival.co.za

The Uplands Preparatory School and Uplands College present the Uplands Festival for the seventh consecutive year from Friday 28th May to Sunday 30th May 2010.

The Uplands Festival is the premier art festival in the Lowveld and this year promises to exceed all their previous efforts. 

There is an art festival running for the full duration of the event with exhibits from over 50 individual artists, sculptors, glass blowers and Quilters including Nicola Leitch, Ardmore, Nkosi Jubane and many others.

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Blue Flag Beaches - Wordwide

Hermanus Grotto Beach
Hermanus Grotto Beach Credits: Photo: Rosanne Turner
INTERNATIONAL BLUE FLAG JURY MEETING, APRIL 2010   

The International Blue Flag Jury met in April to award Blue Flag status to European, Moroccan, Tunisian and Canadian beaches.

The full list of blue flag beaches in the Northern Hemisphere will be released on 5th June.

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Knysna - Oyster Festival July 2010

Knysna Oyster Festival
Knysna Oyster Festival

The Knysna Oyster Festival from Friday 2nd July to Sunday 11th July promises to be an excellent event and it could be even busier this year than normal if tourists from overseas stay on after their sides are knocked out the World Cup.

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Pietermaritzburg - Major Roadworks on N3 begin

The South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) has started work on the upgrading and rebuilding parts of the Chota Motala Road Interchange with the N3 in Pietermaritzburg.

South African National Roads Agency says that the project will be undertaken in three stages .

Stage 1 will be the rebuilding of the Chota Motala Road from Church Street to about a kilometre out on the road to Greytown.

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Flamingos Again Under Threat - Kimberley

Baby flamingo at Kamfers Dam
Baby flamingo at Kamfers Dam Credits: Save the Flamingo Association

Some time ago press reports indicated that breeding of lesser Flamingos at Kamfer's Pan just outside Kimberley was in full swing despite the environmental degradation of Kamfer's Pan.
It seems that things are not as well as they appear to be at Kamfer's Pan, judging by the latest press articles published in the last few days.

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Clico Guest House hosts Financial Planning seminar

Clico Guest House Rosebank
Clico Guest House Rosebank

Sunel Veldtman of Barnard Jacobs Mellet will be hosting a seminar on financial planning for women at Clico Guest House in Rosebank Johannesburg on Thursday 29 April 2010 at 8.30am for 9.00am at R180 per person. The informal, discussion-style event will commence with coffee and a morning snack, followed by the first session, covering "the meaning of money". Brunch, which will be prepared by chef, Sean Ackerman, at 10.00am, should include Sean's secret-recipe scrambled eggs. During brunch, Sunel will be available for discussions.

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Winter Good Food and Wine Show Cape Town May 2010

Winter Good Food and Wine Show Cape Town May 2010
Credits: www.urbansprout.co.za
Cape Town's top lifestyle show - the Winter Good Food & Wine Show, where South Africa showcases its finest food, beverage and lifestyle concepts will treat food aficionados and good-life devotees to the most sensational line-up of international celebrity chefs ever under one roof in Cape Town.

Gordon Ramsay will make his first ever public appearance in South Africa at the Winter Good Food & Wine Show, Master Pâtissier Eric Lanlard, the gorgeous Anjum Anand, Italian Giorgio Locatelli,

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S A Hot Air Balloon Championships - Bethlehem April 2010

 S A Hot Air Balloon Championships - Bethlehem April 2010
Credits: www.bafsa.co.za

 

The 34th Annual Hot Air Ballooning Championship takes place from Monday 26th April to Saturday 1st May 2010.
The Event is being held at the Bethlehem Airfield in the Eastern Free State under the Auspices of the Balloon and Airship Federation of South Africa.

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