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FREE – BASIC COMPUTER SKILLS TRAINING The programme is designed to upskill unemployed youth in basic computer skills. Basic computer skills will help to empower youth and make them more attractive for employment. This programme offers practical, real-world learning experiences that are delivered by accredited professionals. Students will receive a certificate on completion. Course will […]

Invasive plants making a comeback – we need to act now

Landowners need to wake up to the growing threat of invasive alien plants In many ways, the recent fires raging through the Garden Route, and specifically Plettenberg Bay, Knysna and Brenton (as well as Still Bay), did the environment a favour, says Cobus Meiring of the Southern Cape Landowners Initiative (SCLI).   What the fires […]


Garden Route: Post-fire plant regrowth patterns

By Cobus Meiring: The Southern Cape Landowners Initiative (SCLI) “Following the devastating Knysna fires, there has been much speculation as to how nature will recover”, says Cobus Meiring of the Southern Cape Landowners Initiative (SCLI). Because of very high densities of invasive alien plants in the Southern Cape, one would expect that there will be […]


Statistics of the Knysna Inferno

From 7 to 12 June 2017, a devastating fire destroyed huge tracts of land and infrastructure in and around Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, burning down formal and informal housing, and claiming seven lives. The Knysna Inferno is regarded as one of the largest fire disasters South Africa has ever experienced. The fire was stoked by […]


By Leah Moodaley Natural disasters create a climate for teamwork and synergy. Graeme Huddy shares how information technology played a role in fighting the Knysna Inferno.  Graeme Huddy took up the position of Information Technology (IT) Manager at Knysna Municipality just nine months ago. Who could have known the obstacles and opportunities this new venture […]

Climate change or not – we are all affected

By Cobus Meiring, SCLI “Whether you agree with the causes and effects of climate change or not – we are all affected by natural events of recent times”, says Cobus Meiring of the Southern Cape Landowners Initiative (SCLI). The severe and prevailing drought in the Western Cape and hundreds of fires across the Province, including the very significant Knysna/Plettenberg Bay fire […]

Route to Recovery – Our role in the Garden Route Rebuild

By Leah Moodaley Dr Hildegarde Fast, Deputy Director-General of Energy Security for the WCG, was appointed to head the activities of provincial government in the Garden Route area. Dr Fast explains that the role of the WCG in rebuilding Knysna and Bitou is one of coordination.  “We are tasked to pull everything together. A lot […]