Farmers in the Central and Little Karoo are delighted with the good rainfall they have received over the past 24 hours.

Charles Muller, an agricultural producer from Merweville, sent the good news from the region this morning:

“This is the best rain since January 2014 in our region. This rain is incredibly valuable and with follow-up rain every 2 weeks it could be the end of the longest drought ever. This past week, farmers said they were just going to keep farming until the end of December, then they will throw in the towel. Now everyone just wants to farm! ”

PF Theron, Agri Western Cape’s regional representative in Central Karoo believes that this region has received really good rains.

“It rained widely and I suspect no one was skipped. It ranges from 15mm to 100mm. This is the best rain in 6 years. ”

Laubscher Coetzee, AWK’s regional representative for the Little Karoo, says it is still raining lightly on his farm with a measurement of 46 mm, whereas other areas such as Waboomskraal more than 70 mm rain was received.

Jannie Strydom, Chief Executive Officer of Agri Western Cape says this is great news for the region which has been plagued by severe drought for years.

“This is the most rain that the Little and Central Karoo has seen in years, we are incredibly grateful for every drop!”

Table Mountain has been announced by the World Travel Awards as Africa’s Leading Tourist Attraction for 2021.

“This award could not have been announced at a better time,” said Wahida Parker, managing director of Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company (TMACC) “As South Africa is finally removed from the UK’s Covid-19 travel red list, we can definitely expect to see more tourists, from all over the world, coming to experience Africa’s leading tourist attraction.”

Parker also saluted and thanked TMACC’s fellow contenders for Africa’s Leading Tourist Attraction 2021: Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania; the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania; Egypt’s Pyramids of Giza; and two fellow Cape Town Big Six attractions – Robben Island and the V&A Waterfront.

In addition to being named Africa’s Leading Tourist Attraction in the World Travel Awards , TMACC has also been nominated as the World’s Leading Cable Car Ride for 2021.

The other contenders in this category are: Bondinho Pão de Açúcar in Brazil; the Cable Car at Sun World Ba Na Hills in Vietnam; the Disney Skyliner Cable Car in the United States; Mi Teleférico in Bolivia; PEAK 2 PEAK 360 in Canada; New Zealand’s Skyline Queenstown; and Wings of Tatev in Armenia.

“We are one of only three rotating cable cars and our impeccable safety track record should stand us in good stead to bring the award home,” said Parker of this nomination.

Further, Table Mountain is also in the running for World’s Leading Tourist Attraction.

Cast your votes to help TMACC and Table Mountain win in these prestigious WTA world categories by visiting worldtravelawards.com

Voting for the world nominees closes at midnight on 24 October 2021.

Singer Tony Bennett has set another Guinness World Record with the release of his new album.

At 95 years old the legendary singer has released his latest album Love For Sale which he created with Lady Gaga. This is the second time that Gaga and Bennett have musically teamed up.

According to the team at the Guinness World Record, Tony Bennett is the oldest person to release an album of new material.

This video was posted on social media to mark the occasion:

This is not the first time that Tony Bennett has made it into the Guinness Book of World Records.

In 2014, Tony Bennett achieved the acchttps://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/olade for the oldest person to reach number one on the US album chart when he released new music. He was also a record-breaker before that when he released a re-recording with rocketed up the charts. He has the record for the longest time between the release of an original recording and a re-recording of the same single by an artist.

Lady Gaga continues to be his biggest fan. In the video clip announcing his latest record-breaking achievement, Gaga said: “I see a young boy every time I sing with him. And it just makes the experience of singing so freeing, to have it be about two souls singing together. And yet, at the same time, I have taken all of his wisdom, the wisdom of all of his years.”

Eight foreign nationals have been arrested in an early morning raid in Cape Town for their links to an alleged R100 million online dating internet scam.

The group was arrested in a joint operation led by the FBI, the United States Secret Service, Interpol and with assistance from the Hawks Serious Commercial Crime Investigation unit.

Cape Town’s Metro Police also assisted in the raids.

The suspects in this investigation are alleged to have ties to a transnational organised crime syndicate originating in Nigeria.

It is alleged that the suspects preyed on victims on dating sites and social media, and who were then led to believe that they were in romantic relationships but were scammed out of their money.

The eight suspects, aged 33 to 52, will appear in court tomorrow.

There are more candidates standing for election in Western Cape Wards in the upcoming poll than in the 2016 Local Government Elections.

The Independent Electoral Commission has confirmed that 12 400 candidates will contest the Local Government Elections on 1 November in the province.

Amongst the candidates are 904 individuals under the age of 30. There are 844 seats across 30 Municipalities in the Western Cape.

In the video below the Dullah Omar Institute explains what voters can expect on election day.

How many ballots will you have? What is each ballot for?