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This News and Events section will keep you alerted to what's going on around the country, including major sporting events, conventions, exhibitions, agricultural shows, festivals and breaking travel related news.

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Stellenbosch - Lanzerac Hotel - Winter Specials

Lanzerac  Estate
Lanzerac Estate Credits: freda

Lanzerac Hotel in Stellenbosch has two excellent winter specials that run to the end of August.

The first is their

Winter Warmer Promotion

R795 pps bed and breakfast plus a wine tasting and cellar tour.

The second is the

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Swellendam - Canola Carnival - August 2012

Canola Carnival or Karnaval in Swellendam from 9th to 12th August 2012

Swellendam celebrates all that is good in South Africa in a four day festival of activities ranging from art, theatre productions, live concerts, mountain bike challenges and numerous other healthy activities. Then theres plenty of food and wine for those who prefer a more chilled approach to carnivaling.

See the full Carnival Program

See images of Canola in full bloom 

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Hermanus - Kalfie Fees - Wine and Food Fair - August 2012

Taste more than 250 wines from Producers across the Overberg from Elgin to Elim at the Hermanus Wine & Food Festival. 

The Hermanus Wine and Food Fair has all the above and located in the beautiful Hemel en Aarde Village, Hermanus. Three days of indulgence offering

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Durban - Canon - Ladbrokes Gold Cup Final Field and Draw 2012

hey You Never Know
hey You Never Know

The Final Field, Draw, Jockies and Trainers for the Canon- Ladbrokes  Gold Cup 2012 Have been announced. Two trainers have 4 horses each and another 4 have 2 horses each. That accounts for 16 of the 20 runners so there are plenty of couplings available for those who wish to improve winning chances. The full final field is :-

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Bloemfontein - 56th National SA Vleismerino Auction - August 2012

Vleis Merino Jongensklip
Vleis Merino Jongensklip Credits: Freda

National Meat Merino Auction

The 56th South African Meat Merino (Vleismerino) National Annual Auction takes place on Wednesday 1st August in Bloemfontein.

154 Rams and 80 Stud Ewes will come under the hammer of CMW Elite starting at 10h00 with the Ewes and at 11h30 for the Rams.

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Prince Albert - Attractions - De Beer Family Reunion - September 2012

No To Fracking Waste Drum
No To Fracking Waste Drum Credits: Freda

De Beer Family Reunion

This year - 2012 sees the 250th anniversary of the establishment of the town of Prince Albert in the Karoo. 250 years ago 3 De Beer brothers - Zacharias, Mathys and Johannes -arrived in the district to establish their farm "Queekvalleij" at the foot of the Zwartberg. Today the area is called Kweekvallei and the mountain Swartberg.

The town of Prince Albert has put together

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South Africa - N1 and N12 - Now Open

Despite the press announcement that the N1 and N12 would remain closed all of today the 18h00 newscast on RSG stated that both are open. Traffic Authorities say that caution needed as the roads are still wet and driving conditions are still poor.

No word on the Eastern cape Roads including the N6 AND N9.

Weather forecasts for Monday indicate a drying up from the South and West, so perhaps back to normal by Tuesday.

 

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Prince Albert - Attractions - Art Festival - Sept 2012

"Honour Our Roots - Inspire our Youth" is the slogan of Prince Albert as it celebrates its 250th Anniversary during 2012.  

As part of the 250th birthday celebration, The Prince Albert Gallery will be hosting an Art Festival In September 2012. 

The festival is scheduled

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Breedekloof - Sop en Soetes Festival - July 2012

10 Wine farms will be involved in the Breedekloof Sop en Soetes Festival on Friday and Saturday 20th and 21st July. The cost is R30 per person, for which you get a tasting glass and a soup mug. Go from farm to farm and enjoy the warmth of great South African Sweet Wines and homemade soups. You buy your tickets at the first farm you visit.

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South Africa - Severe Weather Patterns - July 2012

Light Snowfall
Light Snowfall Credits: Sally Walsh

Severe Weather Patterns are forecasted by the South African Weather Bureau. The full press release from Weather SA dated 11th July is below. Take note of the final paragraphs regarding mountain passes.

Media Release

11 July 2012

Extreme weather conditions expected over part of South Africa

The South African Weather Service warns of weather conditions which are set to become extreme in places over the Western Cape, Northern Cape,

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