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UPDATE MUNICIPAL SERVICES DURING COVID-19
Latest update: 11 February 2021 (current Level 3 amended)
George Municipality hereby confirms that it is open for business, services are being rendered and administration buildings are open except for halls, venues and sport facilities.

While in-person services are rendered where required, we appeal to the public to consider doing transactions and business online, per telephone or via email to avoid coming to the municipality in person and helping to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

During the Covid-19 crisis period, certain staff may be working from home or on rotation, which means contact details and office hours of some services may differ from usual operations. Please see below for more details per directorate.

Please note access to all municipal buildings by members of the public, when open, is subject to Covid-19 protocols which include registration, temperature-checking, sanitising of hands and always wearing a face mask.

Depending on the size of foyers and reception areas, the number of people allowed into a specific department or section may differ and you will be advised accordingly upon arrival. We kindly request the public to be patient and to allow for extra waiting time.

GENERAL
Depending on the requirements of a specific department, staff are working on rotation or from home, and access by the public may be limited. Please phone or email as far as possible as per details below.
Switchboard: 044 801 9111
All after-hours George Municipality emergencies: 044 801 6300
Garden Route District Municipality Disaster Management emergencies: 044 805 5071 (all hours)

PROTECTION SERVICES
Protection Services administration offices are closed to the public.
Fire emergencies only: 044 801 6311 (all hours)
General fire department enquiries: 044 801 6300
Law Enforcement: 044 801 6350/89
Anti-Land Invasion: 044 801 6310
GIPTN PTOO: 044 801 6345
All after-hours emergencies: 044 801 6300

Traffic Department Offices, Driving and Learners Licences:
Mission Street, Pacaltsdorp 044 878 2400
Open to the public Monday to Friday 8am-3pm unless otherwise announced as per Covid-19 measures.

The department is open for new appointments for driving and learner’s licences as per usual rules (see Driving and Learners Licence section under Protection Services at www.george.gov.za for details).

Pick-up times for newly issued driving licences from the Pacaltsdorp offices: Monday to Friday 8am to 3pm, except if your confirmation SMS indicates a Saturday collection opportunity. Please bring your ID document and show the pick-up confirmation SMS to the official at the entrance.

Please note that learner’s licences, driving licences, temporary driving licences and professional driving permits which expired from 26 March 2020 up until 31 December 2020 are deemed valid and validity is extended for a further grace period ending 31 August 2021.

If your driving or learners’ licence test was cancelled during lockdown or because of offices being closed due to Covid-19 measures, you will receive an SMS with a new date and time. Please phone 044 878 2400 if you have not received an SMS within 20 days from your previous appointment.

Traffic fines
To pay your traffic fines online, use the account details below and use the traffic fine number printed on the fine as reference.
Bank: First National Bank (FNB)
Account Name: George Municipality
Account Type: Public Sector Cheque Account
Account Number: 62869623168
Branch Code: 210554
Swift Code: FIRNZAJJ

Vehicle Testing Station
Hibernia Street (next to train station) 044 801 9312
Open to public Monday to Friday 8am-3pm, access control from gate at the street.

Motor Vehicle Registration and Licencing
Please note the email addresses for proof of payment of online payments have been changed.
Hibernia Street (next to train station) 044 801 9310
Open to the public weekdays 8am-3pm, except Wednesdays when closed at 2pm due to compulsory training, or if otherwise indicated as per Covid-19 measures.
Access control is from the gate at the street, when necessary.

Please consider ONLINE RENEWAL of vehicle licenses as per details below instead of in-person renewals at the vehicle licencing centre as Covid-19 regulations significantly impacts on the amount of people that can be served in a day.
Bulk transactions are being handled separately or after hours when required.
Pregnant women, the elderly and disabled can pre-arrange preferential treatment by calling 044 801 9310.

While vehicle licence RENEWALS CAN be done online, the REGISTRATION of vehicles CANNOT be done online as RICA requirements stipulate that the owner of the vehicle must physically appear in front of the official and the documentation must be original – this is, among other things, a measure against fraudulent registration of vehicles.

ONLINE ELECTRONIC PAYMENT OF VEHICLE LICENCE RENEWALS
1. The customer starts by registering a profile online at https://online.natis.gov.za/#/ or download the RTMC mobile application for Android from Google PlayStore.
2. Choose between registering as an individual or business.
The following information will be required:
Individual: initial, name, surname, ID number, driving license number, contact details via mobile phone or email.
Organisation: name of business, ID number of proxy, driving license number of proxy, contact details via mobile phone or email.
3. A one-time pin will be sent to your email or mobile phone number, which you must enter online.
4. Go to the ‘View motor vehicle renewals’ section and verify the information of the vehicle for which you are renewing the licence.
5. Access and/or download your electronic motor vehicle license RENEWAL NOTICE (also known as a MVL2 notice).
6. If your licence disk is valid but near expiry or if it has expired but is still in the 21-day grace period after expiry, the amount for the renewal of your vehicle will be on the notice.
7. If your license has already expired beyond the grace period, it will not indicate an amount on the system and clients must please phone the George Motor Vehicle Licensing office at 044 801 9310 to confirm the amount due.
8. Pay the amount due into the George Municipality, FNB Public Sector Cheque Account, Number 62869623150 (Branch Code 210554). Use the relevant vehicle license number as a reference such as CAW ###### / Private number ##### WP.
9. Email the proof of payment to [email protected] and [email protected]. Please note the forementioned email addresses are no-reply addresses and are set up for proof of payments only and cannot be used for enquiries. Please phone 044 801 9310 for enquiries.
10. Keep a copy of your proof of payment in the relevant car until you receive your license disk but keep your expired disk on your window in the meantime. Traffic law requires officials to still issue you with a ticket for displaying an invalid disk, but you can appeal the fine and submit the proof of payment as part of your request to have the fine cancelled (details for the appeal process is on the back of the fine).
11. Once payment reflects on the municipality’s bank statement, the vehicle license will be processed, and you will be contacted to arrange collection. Please do not collect unless pre-arranged and notified via telephone – you won’t have to queue in the transaction lines when you collect.
If you want the licence posted to you, please give the person who phones you the address to which you require it posted.
Licences that have not been collected within two weeks from the notification phone call, will be posted to the address listed on the NaTIS system – onus is on the vehicle owner to ensure the correct address is logged on the national system.
The turnaround time for online license renewals is about two weeks.

CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES
Services continue as usual but public access to administration offices (old City Hall) and Customer Services (corner York and Progress Streets) is limited to protect staff.
Urgent appointments that cannot be dealt with via online meetings on MS Teams or other electronic means will be attended to by prior arrangement. Please phone 044 801 9354 or 044 801 9277 to obtain relevant email address.
Report water leaks and burst pipes, sewerage blockages, leaks and spillages and urgent road and stormwater issues to:
044 801 9262/6 (7.45am-4.30pm)
044 801 6300 (after hours)
Estimated response times are 24-48 hours from recorded time of complaint at the above numbers.

ELECTROTECHNICAL SERVICES
Services continue as usual and the administration offices are open to the public weekdays 7.45-4.30pm.
Two people are allowed in the foyer at any given time and members of the public will be allowed into offices following screening at the security desk.
Planned maintenance continues and essential repairs for which planned outages are required will be communicated.
Please report power outages, broken street lights and faulty traffic lights to:
044 801 9222 (7.45am-4.30pm)
044 801 9202
044 801 6300 (after hours)
Estimated response times from recorded time of complaint at above numbers:
Low voltage electricity – within 24 hours.
High voltage electricity faults – can be longer than 24 hours depending on type of fault.
Street lights – three to four weeks.
Pre-paid electricity queries to Itron/Ontec: 044 873 5474 (8am-4pm).

COMMUNITY SERVICES
Community Services Administration, 82 Meade Street, is open to the public on weekdays 7.45am-4.30pm unless otherwise indicated as per temporary Covid-19 measures.
One person is allowed in the foyer at any given time, but no public allowed into the administration offices for any reason. Please contact the specific person via telephone or email as listed below to arrage for online meetings if necessary.

Reception/all departments: 044 802 2900 [email protected] or [email protected]
Office of the Director: 044 802 2904 and [email protected]
Parks and Recreation complaints: 044 802 2921 and [email protected]
Uncollected BLACK bags 044 802 2900/20/27 or [email protected] / [email protected]
Uncollected GREEN and BLUE bags: 044 802 2900/ [email protected] / [email protected]
Environmental Health: [email protected] / [email protected]
Transfer Station: [email protected]

Landfill Site and Transfer Station, Airport Road, open to public weekdays 7am-6pm and Saturdays 7am-1pm. Covid-19 protocols in place, bring your own pen to sign in for extra safety. [email protected]

Street cleaning crews continue to operate in and around the CBD and entrance roads to the city at selected hours, seven days a week.

Public toilets at the CBD taxi rank and Doneraile Square open every day, toilets at Shoprite open on weekends.

Please report illegal dump sites to 044 802 2900 or [email protected] or [email protected]. The municipality appeals to communities to remain safe and to not dump waste, which is illegal and can be hazardous to their health.

Attendance of funerals is limited to 50 persons or less provided that no more than 50 percent of the capacity of a venue is being used. Attendees must observe a distance of at least 1.5m, wear face masks and adhere to all health protocols. Night vigils and ‘after-tears’ are not allowed.

Visitation to cemeteries by small groups are allowed at weekends provided that all Covid-19 protocols are observed.

Municipal sport fields and public swimming pools are closed for all activities, practices and games. Enquiries Gerald de Villiers on [email protected] or 044 801 9488.
This measure does not apply to municipal sport facilities rented out to clubs and sports bodies, such as tennis and squash courts. Please contact relevant clubs in this regard.

Community Development offices behind the Main Building are open on weekdays 7.45am-4.30pm. Contact 044 802 2000 or [email protected]

The municipality continues to support 129 municipal soup kitchens. Strict social distancing and hygienic practices apply. Emergency essential social services enquiries 072 693 3488.

The Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP) unit is open to the public by appointment only, weekdays 7.45am-4.30pm. Contact 044 802 2010 or [email protected] to arrange appointments or phone 072 070 7234 for emergencies only.

All libraries reopened on 8 February 2021 with all protocols in place. Opening hours remain reduced and admittance to the George Main Library remains by appointment only while the community libraries will be access-restricted based on the amount of people inside the library according to the size of the facility.
A new service is available in which patrons can select books via the online library portal (see details below) and email a list of materials they want to loan. Librarians will make up piles of available materials and arrange a time for collection. You can also phone your librarian to inquire about a book-by-phone service.
Library services remain limited as follows:
Issue and return of books.
Ten books per library member for lending period of a month at a time.
Admittance to adults and children older than 12.
Children’s section is closed to children, but adults can take out books on behalf of children.
Research and reference services arranged by phone and/or email.
Internet services - preference given to pre-booked patrons, maximum two people at any given time.
Study area limited in compliance with regulations.
Wearing of masks and sanitising of hands are compulsory.
Your temperature will be taken before entering the library area, no admittance if it is 37.5C and higher.

Library materials handed in will be quarantined for 72 hours as per national and Western Cape safety standards and plastic covered materials wiped with sanitiser before being made available for loan.

Avontuur Library: 044 752 3351 [email protected] - Monday 12pm-3pm, Tuesday 11am-2pm, Wednesday and Thursday 10am-1pm.
Blanco Library: 044 870 7047 [email protected] - Monday to Friday 9am-4pm
Conville Library: 044 801 9320 [email protected] - Monday 9am-4pm
George Library: 044 801 9288 [email protected] - Monday to Friday 9am-4pm, Saturday 9am-12pm
Haarlem Library: 044 763 1023 [email protected] - Monday, Thursday and Friday 2pm-5pm, Tuesday and Wednesday 2pm-5pm
Noll Library: 044 745 1014 [email protected] - Monday and Wednesday 12pm-3pm, Saturday 9am-12pm
Pacaltsdorp Library: 044 803 9340 [email protected] - Monday to Friday 9am-4.30pm
Thembalethu Library: 044 803 9260 [email protected] - Monday to Friday 9am-4.30pm
Touwsranten Library: 044 803 9285 [email protected] - Monday to Friday 9am-4pm
Uniondale Library: 044 752 1024 [email protected] - Monday to Friday 10am-4.30pm
Waboomskraal Library: [email protected] - Monday to Friday 10am-2pm

George Municipality library portal link: wc.slims.gov.za/desktop/desktopwcgeplge
You can search online according to author, title, subjects, keyword, publisher or ISBN number.
Type in your library number on your card to check your library materials status including due date and opportunity to renew your books yourself.

CORPORATE SERVICES
Records are open to the public weekdays 8am-4pm unless otherwise announced as per temporary Covid-19 measures.
Central Records Main Building: 044 801 9286/9431/9125/9178 and emergencies only Cynthia Boltman 072 1780 327.
Building Plan Records (corner York and Progress Streets) 044 801 9367 and emergencies only Mia Mackenzie 083 475 6722.
Area offices are open to the public on weekdays 8am-3pm and contactable by phone until 4.30pm as per below list unless otherwise announced as per temporary Covid-19 measures. After-hours emergencies to 044 801 6300.
Covid-19 protocols are in place and thresholds apply as to how many people are allowed into each applicable building.
Services available at area offices and service points include reporting essential services faults such as water and electricity problems, all other municipal complaints, account inquiries, indigent applications, housing waiting list enquiries, property valuation roll queries and general inquiries.
Blanco: 044 803 9275
Conville: 044 803 9261
Pacaltsdorp: 044 803 9286
Protea Park: 044 801 9111 ask for extension 2796 (Tuesday, Thursday)
New Dawn Park: 044 801 9111 ask for extension 2797
Rosedale: 044 803 9295
Rosemoor: 044 801 9379 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
Touwsranten/Wilderness/Kleinkrantz: 044 803 9280
Thembalethu: 044 801 9448

Thusong Centres reception are open weekdays 8am-3pm, but other departments’ tenants are open as per their usual individual office hours.
Waboomskraal Thusong Centre: 044 886 0040
Thembalethu Thusong Centre: 044 801 9448
After hours emergencies: 044 801 6300
Community halls and venues are closed to the public. Enquiries to Rozendra Thysse on 044 8019111/5 or [email protected] and Alwyn Joseph 044 801 9005.
Acting Superintendent Halls: 060 823 3607 (on rotation with Maintenance)
Acting Superintendent Maintenance: 083 418 4588 (on rotation with Halls)

Human Resources offices are closed to the public unless otherwise arranged, HR functions continue. Enquiries to [email protected]

HUMAN SETTLEMENTS
Human Settlements administration offices are open to the public weekdays 7.45am-4pm. Covid-19 protocols are in place and only two people are allowed into the foyer at any given time.
For basic services (water and sanitation in informal areas) queries and complaints in informal settlements please contact 044 802 2003.
For assistance with emergency structures following disaster (fire, flooding etc) please phone 044 802 2029.
Queries and complaints for water leakages and sewerage complaints (indigent cases) can be reported at the office on above times, but preferably by phone on 044 801 9210/9994/9453 or [email protected] or [email protected]

Existing Housing Offices
Existing Housing offices are open to the public weekdays 7.45am-4pm.
Covid-19 protocols are in place and only two people are allowed into the foyer at any given time.
Enquiries: 044 801 9113 or 044 801 9078

New Housing
New Housing Department (St Johns Street) offices are open to the public weekdays 7.45am-4pm.
Covid-19 protocols are in place and only two people are allowed into the foyer at any given time.
Please note only the person making the enquiry will be allowed access.
There may be a waiting period and/or the person can leave their contact details and enquiry on the form provided at the security point where after an official will make contact.
Enquiries: 044 802 2003

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT
Please note Town Planning, Building Control and Property Management offices are closed until further notice but officials can still be contacted by phone or email or can arrange a virtual Zoom or Microsoft Teams appointment with the relevant official to discuss any matters.
Town Planning General enquiries: 044 801 9477
Property Transfer Certificates: Marina Welman [email protected] / 044 801 9171
Zoning Certificates: Lorraine Malangeni [email protected] / 044 801 9477
Zoning Rectifications: Jeanne Fourie [email protected] / 044 801 9138 and Ilané Huyser [email protected] / 044 801 9550
Illegal Land Use Complaints: Robin Hector [email protected] / 044 801 9475 and Mawethu Bonga [email protected] / 044 801 9520

Land use applications
Land use applications can be submitted as per instruction sheets on website. See ‘Covid 19 Level 1 Land Use Applications Submission Guidelines - Oct 2020’ and ‘Public Participation Instructions Covid 19 Level 1 - Oct 2020’ on the link https://www.george.gov.za/george-documents/land-use-applications/land-use-submissions/
Enquiries land use applications as below:
Erven ending with an even number (i.e. 0, 2, 4, 6, 8): Primrose Nako 044 801 9416 [email protected]
Erven ending with an odd number (i.e. 1, 3, 5, 7, 9): Marissa Arries 044 801 9473 [email protected]
Farm/portion numbers: Marina Welman 044 801 9171 [email protected]

Building Control
Building plans can be submitted online. See https://www.george.gov.za/planning-development/building-control/ for more information.
Building Control General Enquiries 044 801 9370
Request for existing building plans (Registration Department):
Phindiswa Lingani: 044 801 9370 [email protected]
Sinazo Moshani: 044 801 9019 [email protected]
Musa Dyakop: 044 801 9166 [email protected]
Status on building plan approvals: Vasti Laws: 044 801 9509 [email protected]
Andrea Griessel: 044 801 9502 [email protected]
Please contact Building Inspectors directly during office hours:
James Vollenhoven: 076 823 0412
Fuzisa Siguba: 083 949 8651
Illegal activity: Nolan Noemdoe 083 757 3717

Property Management
Donald Gelderbloem: Manager Property Management 044 801 9073 [email protected]
Leasing of properties: Josephine Mpembe 044 801 9190 [email protected]
Sale of properties: René Hendricks 044 801 9472 [email protected]
General enquiries: Monique Isaks 044 801 9375 [email protected]e.gov.za

Economic Development
Cathedral Square office is open to the public 9am-4pm, strict protocols apply.
Business queries: Joan Shaw 081 412 9995
Other queries: 044 801 2820 [email protected]

IDP Office
Closed to the public but contactable during office hours.
Ronel le Fleur: 044 801 9075 / 071 870 7887 [email protected]

Ward committee operations
Closed to the public but contactable during office hours.
Paulina Saaiman: 044 801 9074 / 060 579 6829 [email protected]

George Tourism
Open to the public weekdays 8.30am-4.30pm, strict protocols apply.
044 801 9295 [email protected]
Wilderness Tourism
Open to the public weekdays 8.30am-4.30pm, strict protocols apply.
044 877 0045 [email protected]

FINANCE
The Finance Hall in the Main Building is open to the public weekdays from 8am-3.30pm.
Covid-19 protocols are in place and only six people are allowed inside the Finance Hall at any given time.
Estimated waiting time is 20 minutes depending on the type of queries of the customers ahead of you in the queue.
While electronic payments are recommended (see details below), the Finance Hall is open for account payments in addition to municipal account queries, opening of accounts, new connections, duplicate accounts, arrangements on arrears, indigent applications etc.
Printed municipal accounts are being issued every month. If you have not received your account by the due date of the 15th of each month, please contact us to forward an email copy or pay your monthly average amount. Online accounts via email have not been affected by lockdown. If you want to receive your account via email please mail a request to [email protected].
Ratepayers are requested to use one of the below-mentioned methods to make payments.
Accounts can be paid via electronic transfer (EFT - see details below), via [email protected] mobile applications (see details below) and at Pick n Pay, Checkers, Shoprite, USave and SPAR.
Please take your most recent available account statement with you so that the shop can access the bar code that connects your payment to your GRG account number.

Meter readings
A new service provider, Electro Cuts, has commenced services for George Municipality on 1 January 2021 and will pick up the reading service as it applies from 17 December 2020.
Consumers who have in the past sent water meter readings to Ikapa, must please note the change in email address for this purpose to [email protected]. Online submissions of water meter readings are welcomed and can be provided via the above email address by the 5th of each month along with the accountholder’s name, contact details and GRG account number.

Bank Details for electronic payment (please note bank details changed 1 December 2020)
The old account is being phased out so please amend as soon as possible. For now it is still active and payments made so far will have been received.
If you have a debit order on your account, details will automatically be updated. If you have created an account for online banking, please delete the old account and create a new one with the details as below.
First National Bank (FNB)
Account Type: Public Sector Cheque Account
Account Name: George Municipality
Account Number: 62869623150
Branch Code: 210554
Swift Code: FIRNZAJJ
Reference: your GRG account number
Proof of payment to be sent to [email protected]

[email protected] mobile applications
Download Masterpass, Snapscan or Zapper application on your mobile phone and complete your profile.
Load your credit or debit card.
To pay the account, open ‘Wallet’ inside the App you have downloaded and scan the QR code (the black square with the little squares inside it on the bottom right of your account).
Enter the amount you are going to pay and complete the transaction.
The App will confirm your successful, secure transaction.
You can also use the following link for payment of your account:
https://payat.io/qr/11413
Click on the link and enter the [email protected] reference number (number starting with 11413) which appears on your account. Your customer information will appear with payment options to choose from.

Prepaid electricity purchases
www.prepaid24.co.za
https://home.ontec.co.za
www.ipay.co.za
The electricity token is automatically sent to the client via SMS or email.
Mobile apps belonging to banks also have a pre-paid electricity purchase function.
For prepaid enquiries please contact 044 873 5474.

General enquiries to [email protected] or 044 801 9111.
Please provide your GRG account number with all enquiries.
Please note that limited assistance is available as personnel may be working offline.

Credit Control enquiries: 044 801 9111

MUNICIPAL COURT
The George Municipal Court is open to the public on weekdays 7.45am-4.30pm unless otherwise indicated due to temporary Covid-19 measures.
Please note the office of the Clerk of the Court is closed every day 1pm-1.45pm for representations and other transactions.
Enquiries: 044 801 9400

UNIONDALE
Offices are open to the public on weekdays 8am-4.30pm unless otherwise indicated due to temporary Covid-19 measures.
Fire: 044 752 1225
Switchboard and fault reporting: 044 752 1024
Tourism: 044 752 1076
Haarlem: 044 763 1013
After hours: 044 801 6300

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21/12/2022

MOSSEL BAY:

JC Roos, NSRI Mossel Bay station commander, said:

At 14h48, Tuesday, 20 December, NSRI Mossel Bay were alerted following reports of Pygmy S***m Whales beached at Diaz Beach, Mossel Bay.

Mossel Bay Municipal lifeguards, assisted by bystanders, were attempting to get the whales, 3 adults and a calf, back into the water.

Members of Mossel Bay Municipality, NSRI Mossel Bay rescue swimmers, SMART (Stranded Marine Animal Rescue Team), the SA Police Services, Mossel Bay Law Enforcement officers, members of the Environmental Service Incident Working Group Africa and members of the Ocean Research Institute responded.

Marine Scientists were alerted.

Following numerous attempts to save the whales, in poor health and suffering, marine scientists advised humane euthanization by the authorities.

The public were respectfully requested to retreat to a safe distance.

3 whales died naturally and one sadly was required to be humanely euthanised.

All involved in the efforts to save the whales are commended.

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20/12/2022

SEA RESCUE – Plettenberg Bay – Sunday, 19 December. Boat capsizes:


Robbie Gibson, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty coxswain, said:

At 10h56, Sunday, 18 December, The NSRI Plettenberg Bay siren was sounded activating the NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew to respond following reports of a boat, with 4 adult crew onboard, 3 females and a male, capsized off-shore in waves while exiting the Keurbooms River Mouth.

The sea rescue craft Rescue Eric Stratford, Rescue Free Runner and Courtney's Rescuer were launched while NSRI rescue swimmers, Bitou Municipal lifeguards and NSRI medics responded directly to the scene.

On arrival on the scene the casualty RHIB (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat) was found to already be on the beach with all 4 casualties who were not injured.

NSRI and lifeguards assisted to right and recover their casualty boat on the beach.

No further assistance was required.

Visit Knysna Newsletter - 09 December 2022 12/12/2022

Visit Knysna Newsletter - 09 December 2022

Summer Events & Maps
The 2022 summer flyer is available click here to download and on the reverse thereof is the updated suggested list of “Things to Do in the greater Knysna area”.

As space are limited on the flyer and can not accommodate all events, please also watch our page and website for event updates

Please remember to collect a stock of information maps for your facility or venue: these elaborate on the details for activity offerings, with suggested details also available on www.visitknysna.co.za.

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Iconic Plett property celebrates 50 years 28/11/2022

Iconic Plett property celebrates 50 years

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28/11/2022

UPDATE:FIRE DEPARTMENT SERVICES & EMERGENCY TELEPHONE LINES ARE STILL DOWN

Fire Department Telkom lines for after-hours and emergencies 044 801 6300 and fire emergencies number 044 801 6311 are still down. Technicians have identified the problem and are working on it today. The public is requested to use an alternative number to report any emergencies 044 801 9111.

28/11/2022

SEA RESCUE – Southern Cape – Monday, 28 November. Incidents:


Mike Vonk, NSRI Wilderness station commander, said:

Police divers are continuing in an ongoing search for a 16 year old male, from George, missing since Sunday afternoon in the sea at Wilderness Beach.

NSRI Wilderness and the WC Government Health EMS rescue squad are assisting Police divers in their ongoing search on Monday.

At 10h07, Saturday, 26 November, NSRI Wilderness duty crew were alerted to reports of a drowning in progress at Leentjiesklip.

While resources were responding it was reported that a swimmer who had been in difficulty in the surf was safely out of the water and no further assistance was required.

Our NSRI Wilderness crew were activated at 18h13, Saturday, 26 November, to respond to Myoli Beach where a whale calf was reported to have beached.

On arrival on the scene a whale calf was located in shallow water on the beach. Members of the public had attempted to return the calf back into the water. Unfortunately, the new-born Bryde’s whale did not survive.

The carcass was recovered to above the high-water mark.

SA National Parks are arranging disposal of the whale carcass.

On Sunday, 27 November, at 11h30, NSRI Wilderness were alerted to a Penguin reportedly entangled in fishing gear at Gerickes Point, Sedgefield. The Marine Animal Stranding Network were notified and the Penguin has been disentangled and recovered for rehabilitation by Marine personnel.

At 12h00, Sunday, 27 November, our NSRI Wilderness duty crew, while conducting routine training exercises, were alerted to a female caught in a rip current at Wilderness Beach.

An NSRI lifeguard, using an NSRI Pink Rescue Buoy, and an NSRI rescue swimmer deployed into the surf.

A public member had also launched into the surf.

The public member reached the girl first and he was able to bring her towards the beach where the NSRI lifeguard and the NSRI rescue swimmer assisted them safely onto the beach.

The girl, a local, was not injured.

At 12h55, Sunday, 27 November, NSRI Wilderness duty crew were activated following reports of a paraglider accident at Swartvlei Beach Carpark.

NSRI EOC (Emergency Operations Centre) and the ARCC (Air Rescue Coordination Centre) were alerted.

NSRI medics responded directly to the scene, while our NSRI rescue vehicle with additional NSRI medics onboard, ER24 ambulance services and Knysna Fire and Rescue Services responded.

On arrival on the scene a 72 year old local male, who had crashed into a vehicle in the Swartvlei Beach parking area while paragliding, was treated for suspected serious injuries and he was transported to hospital by ER24 ambulance in a stable condition. He has been discharged from hospital and is recovering at home.

At 13h09, Sunday, 27 November, NSRI Wilderness while treating the injured paraglider at Swartvlei carpark, we were alerted by members of the public to reports of a drowning in progress at Swartvlei Beach.

A female, believed to be aged in her 20's, was caught in rip currents.

A man, believed to be aged in his 60's launched into the water to assist but when he reached the casualty, the good Samaritan also got into difficulties.

That man's son, armed with an NSRI Pink Rescue Buoy, launched into the water to assist and he reached the female and he rescued her to the shore.

An NSRI rescue swimmer launched into the water. He reached the 60-year-old male and together, with another member of the public who had also swum out to assist, they rescued him safely to the beach.

There were no injuries.

On NSRI resources returning to our NSRI Wilderness rescue station, at 14h03, Sunday, 27 November, NSRI Wilderness duty crew were alerted to a drowning in progress at Wilderness Beach.

2 local males, aged 15 and 16, were caught in rip currents. NSRI believe that there were initially 5 boys in the water. 3 got out safely prior to NSRI arriving on the scene.

The NSRI rescue craft Ann Stratford Rescuer was immediately launched while an NSRI rescue swimmer was deployed into the surf. NSRI Rescue Craft Oscar Rescue was also launched to join the search.

Frontier Medics ambulance services, WC Government Health EMS ambulance and rescue squad, the SA Police Services, a Police Dive Unit and the EMS/AMS Skymed rescue helicopter responded.

One of the youngsters (age 15) was located and recovered onto an NSRI rescue craft and he was brought to shore where he was treated by paramedics for non-fatal drowning symptoms.

An extensive air, sea and shoreline search, including NSRI rescue swimmers deployed into the surf to conduct free dive sweeping line search efforts, continued for the 16-year-old male who remains missing.

During this search an off-duty lifeguard, who happened to be at the beach at the time, noticed 2 people caught in rip currents nearby.

He ran down the beach and launched into the surf to assist.

NSRI resources and the EMS/AMS Skymed rescue helicopter, that were there searching for the missing teenager, diverted to assist in this rescue operation.

Two male teenage casualties, were located in the surf impact zone by the EMS/AMS Skymed rescue helicopter. An NSRI rescue swimmer was deployed from the rescue helicopter into the surf where he secured one teenager who was semi-conscious in the water.

That casualty (age 16) and the NSRI rescue swimmer were taken onboard NSRI's Oscar Rescue and brought to shore where paramedics initiated medical treatment to the casualty who was in a serious condition suffering non-fatal drowning symptoms.

The second casualty teenager (age 15) was located and recovered onto an NSRI Ann Stratford rescue craft and he was brought to shore where he was attended to by paramedics.

The 15 year old male was transported to hospital by EMS ambulance in a stable condition.

The 16 year old male, secured into a specialised stretcher, was transported along the beach on the NSRI rescue vehicle, to the EMS/AMS Skymed rescue helicopter, and he has been airlifted to hospital by Skymed in a serious but stable condition.

The search for the missing 16 year old male at Wilderness Beach is ongoing.

Our thoughts are with the family of the missing teenager in this difficult time.

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Calypso innings by Andrews stuns Western Province – The Gremlin

A calypso batting display by Six Gun Grill Garden Route Badger all-rounder, Miceala Andrews, stunned the unbeaten log leaders in the CSA Twenty20 Women Top 6 competition at the Six Gun Grill Recreation Ground on Sunday.

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George-based artist a finalist in MTN x UJ New Contemporary Awards – The Gremlin

The four artists selected as finalists for the MTN X UJ New Contemporary Awards Programme are Cape Town-based artists Inga Somdyala and Thandiwe Msebenzi, Callan Grecia working in George, and Natalie Paneng based in Johannesburg.

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PACALTSDORP & CAVALIERS SET THE PACE IN PREMIER LEAGUE

Pacaltsdorp United and Knysna Cavaliers are the only unbeaten teams after the third round of the Six Gun Grill Premier league competition. Pacaltsdorp (289/6) outplayed Plett Pioneers (169 all out) for a 120 runs bonus point victory.

Francois Bonthuys (6/19) was the hero for Knysna Cavaliers (88/6) in their 4 wickets victory against Sussex (87 all out). Union Stars (242/6), at their home ground, won by 107 runs against George (135 all out).

In a low scoring contest at the Military Sport Club Harlequins Forces (77/8) recorded a 2-wicket victory against Mossel Bay (86 all out).

The summarised score cards are:

Plett Pioneers vs Pacaltsdorp United
PACALTSDORP UNITED 289/6 (50 overs) (Bradley Carolus 70,
Leroi Bredenkamp 59, Franco Geldenhuys 38, Randy Wesso 22,
Travis Ackermann 2/39) PLETT PIONEERS 169 all out (41.5 overs)
(Jacques Arendse 59, Danrick Moodien 40, Mark Vermeulen 25, Gert Swart 3/36, Ricardo Majolla 2/18, Bradley De Villiers 2/22)
Pacaltsdorp United won by 120 runs

Union Stars vs George
UNION STARS 242/6 (50 overs) (Thurston Murphy 69*, Keanan Arries 46,
Mauritz Pretorius 30, Grant Esau 21, Miichael Gilchrist 2/48)
GEORGE 135 all out (28.4 overs) (Johandre Barnard 39*, Brett Wagner 36,
Ziano Lewis 5/12, Ayabonga Ngondo 3/18)
Union Stars won by 107 runs

Knysna Cavaliers vs Sussex
SUSSEX 87 all out (31.5 overs) (Francois Bonthuys 6/19)
KNYSNA CAVALIERS 88/6 (29.1 overs) (Hayden Sweet 37*, Quinton Visagie 22*, Basil George 5/20) Knysna Cavaliers won by 4 wickets

Harlequins Forces vs Mossel Bay
MOSSEL BAY 76 all out (28.1 overs) (Jacques Budricks 18, Hershell America 3/30, Reagan Engelbrecht 2/1, Marco Jansen 2/23) HARLEQUINS FORCES 77/8 (18 overs) (Lleyton Avontuur 23, Arno Moolman 4/12)
Harlequins Forces won by 2 wickets

21/11/2022

RECORD PARTNERSHIP SECURE VICTORY FOR BADGERS

The highest partnership in the history of the Six Gun Grill Garden Route Badgers – an unbeaten 336 (301 minutes) for the sixth wicket between the captain Onke Nyaku 201* (352 balls, 6x6, 14x4) and Sean Whitehead 155* (271 balls, 3x6, 10x4) - paved the way for a victory by an innings and 106 runs against Impala Limpopo in a Cricket South Africa Division 2 Four-Day match that was played at the Six Gun Grill Recreation Ground the past weekend. The previous record for the highest partnership in first class cricket was held by Obus Pienaar and Hanno Kotze – 257* for the 5th wicket between Hanno Kotze and Obus Pienaar (vs Border at Oudtshoorn; 2017/18 season).

The visitors, who won the toss, posted 274 (all out) after they recovered from 126/6 thanks to a century by Lauren Steenkamp (136; 188 balls, 2x6, 19x4). André Malan (3/41) and Sean Whitehead (3/58) both bagged three wickets each.

The Badgers batted for 178.1 overs as they posted their highest ever first class innings total - 611/5 (declared) bettering the previous highest first class score (601/8 vs Northerns in Pretoria; 2013/14) Nyaku and Whitehead received support from Blayde Capell (126), Jhedli van Briesies (40), André Malan (33) and Hanno Kotze (37).

With a massive lead of 337 the visitors lasted 88.1 overs before they were dismissed for 231. Ruan Haasbroek (63) and Lauren Steenkamp replied with half centuries. Whitehead (4/79) was the pick of the bowlers.

The summarised score card is:

LIMPOPO IMPALA 1st innings 274 – all out (Lauren Steenkamp 136, Ntokoza Mhlaba 38, André Malan 3/41, Sean Whitehead 3/58, Onke Nyaku 2/44) and 2nd innings 231 – all out (Ruan Haasbroek 63, Lauren Steenkamp 53, Marcello Piedt 2/49, Sean Whitehead 4/79, Pheko Moletsane 2/41) GARDEN ROUTE BADGERS 611/5 – declared (Blayde Capell 126, Onke Nyaku 201*, Sean Whitehead 155*, Sitembile Langa 2/66) Garden Route Badgers won by an innings and 106 runs

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14/11/2022

SEA RESCUE – SOUTHERN CAPE – Sunday, 13 November. Search for missing man:


Mike Vonk, NSRI Wilderness station commander, said:


A search is continuing for an adult fisherman, from George, who went missing on Saturday after a wave swept him off rocks from the shoreline while he and a fellow fisherman were reportedly collecting bait East of Gwaing River Mouth, near to Herolds Bay, Southern Cape, on Saturday.

On Sunday NSRI Wilderness, George Fire and Rescue Services and WC Government Health EMS continued in an ongoing search operation.

On Saturday George Fire and Rescue Services received the first alarm.

At 09h56, Saturday, 12 November, NSRI Wilderness, George Fire and Rescue Services, WC Government Health EMS rescue squad and ambulance, the SA Police Services and the EMS/AMS Skymed rescue helicopter were activated.

NSRI Wilderness launched the NSRI rescue craft V’s Rescuer from Herolds Bay. The NSRI rescue craft Oscars Rescue was towed to the scene and launched. They conducted sea search efforts.

NSRI rescue swimmers were dispatched directly to the scene and together with the emergency services conducted a shoreline search.

The Skymed rescue helicopter conducted an air search.

Sea conditions deteriorated during the search efforts on Saturday.

Despite an extensive air, sea and shoreline search there remained no sign of the missing man.

On Sunday NSRI Wilderness launched the NSRI rescue craft Ann Stratford and Spirit of Rotary. NSRI Wilderness rescue swimmers and crew, George Fire and Rescue Services and WC Government Health EMS rescue squad conducted shoreline search efforts while the NSRI rescue craft conducted sweeping line sea search efforts.

There remains no sign of the missing man.

Police divers are continuing in an ongoing search effort.

Our thoughts are with the family of the missing man in this difficult time.

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11/11/2022

Waste Management | DEA&DP

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.

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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 p**p 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.

11/11/2022

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

11/11/2022

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

11/11/2022

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

11/11/2022

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

11/11/2022

NOTIFICATION OF THE INTERRUPTION
OF THE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY.

THE FOLLOWING AREAS WILL BE AFFECTED:

NELSON MANDELA BLVD: THEMBALETHU
PORTION OF ZONE 4 AND ZONE 5

NOTICE is hereby given that the electricity supply will be interrupted on WEDNESDAY 16 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
WEDNESDAY 23 NOVEMBER 2022 FROM 09H00 TO 17H00

11/11/2022

NOTIFICATION OF THE INTERRUPTION
OF THE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY.

THE FOLLOWING AREAS WILL BE AFFECTED:
PORTION OF WILDERNESS HEIGHTS
WHITES RD, DE WAAL DRIVE

NOTICE is hereby given that the electricity supply will be interrupted on WEDNESDAY 16 NOVEMBER 2022 FROM 09H00 TO 16H30 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 17 NOVEMBER 2022 FROM 09H00 TO 16H30

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We’re not sure if it’s the Christmas decorations or the warmer, balmy Karoo evenings, but we are so ready for the festive season – bring on the sunny days and the chilled glasses of Rosé.

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11/11/2022

PUBLIC NOTICE: LAND USE APPLICATION SUBMISSION_ ONLINE PORTAL LIVE
Issued George Municipality, 10th November 2022 for immediate release

The Directorate of Human Settlements, Planning and Development is tasked with creating, facilitating and promoting an environment for economic growth in George. It is critically important to create and enable opportunities for progress and development for all residents and businesses in our town. As part of the change in the management process, George Municipality is undertaking a principle to ensure the ease of doing business. Key to this is Red Tape Reduction.

George Municipality already utilises several automated processes for the work required. One such automation was the process developed for building plan applications several years ago. This initiative was supported by DEDAT to great success. The implementation, roll out and use of this process made a big impact on the effectiveness of service delivery.

In mid-2021 the decision was taken to automate all processes within the built environment sections to expedite processes. These processes included the processing of Land Use Applications and an off-site portal for clients to submit and track their land use applications.

The public is herewith advised that as of this week (7 November 2022), all new Land Use Applications must be submitted online and no further email applications will be accepted. The Portal will enable the Public to interact electronically with the George Municipality and perform a selection of services.

• Individuals or companies can create a collaborator account whereafter they need to register as a partner on the portal and activate their required ‘services’. For the submission and processing of land use applications, “Land Use Services” will need to be activated.

• All new Land Use Applications will be directly uploaded and submitted to the collaborator portal. Applicants will be able to delete, amend or upload additional documents to an existing land use application via the portal. Applicants will also be able to track and monitor the progress and status of their application at any time. The portal notifies the applicant of the status whenever an action has been completed.

• Applicants may have peace of mind that the documents uploaded are immediately committed to the Municipality’s registry system, meaning there is minimal chance of a document being misfiled or lost.

• All uploaded applications will have two reference numbers, one for the applicant to track the application on his account and one internal reference number which the Municipality will use to track the application internally. Applicants will receive both reference numbers.

• Should your application comply, you will receive your Section 38 and Invoice simultaneously. At this point your application has not yet been circulated and pending at finance.

• Proof of payment needs to be send to finance , Cheryl Langeveldt - [email protected] or Werner Joubert [email protected], (see instruction in Section 38).

• Finance will clear the payment and the application will be automatically send to the administrative officer and internal departments for comments.

• You should now receive either a SMS or email, confirming proof of payment and that the application is now formally being processed. The notification will also state that you may now continue with PPP (if required).
• Objections will still be sent to the applicant via email from the administrative officer and the reply thereon will also be send back via email to the admin.
• Applicants will be able to track and view the progress and status of the application at any time.

• All other documents/additional documents must be uploaded by the applicant.

Please ensure that you register on the portal (create your profile) and familiarize yourself with the contents of the documents. See the links below for the guidelines and portal for registration.

Click for link to Online Portal Land Use Applicationshttps://westerncape.collaboratoronline.com
Click for How to Register on Online Portal Land Use Applications https://www.george.gov.za/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/How-to-Register.mp4

Enquiries and complaints with regard to the online portal for Land Use application Submissions, please contact [email protected]
The programme will be improved constantly and we welcome suggestions from users.

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