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A poll on Heraldlive shows Ramaphosa to win the Presidents seat by a huge margin (68% vs 11&) with Lindiwe Sisulu a close third (10%) although Sisulu has now withdrawn and thrown her support behind Ramaphosa. So it seems all cut and dried until one listens to the predictions of the various news media where a far closer battle is predicted with several giving it to Dlamini Zuma. South Africa really does balance on a knife’s edge this week for the choice of president will influence all our lives for years to come.

Don’t forget the Market tomorrow!

Presidency pats itself on back with review of how SA moved forward in 2017 – And as weary citizens prepare to enjoy the holidays, the government has expanded on all the ways it has made progress this year, while warning the country to take a good break so people return “invigorated” for 2018.

Local (coastal) News

Beach Blondes proving popular – It is that time of the year when beach blondes are not only a dime a dozen on our beaches but also a popular, thirst quenching beer in several of our taverns.

Dogs and kids of Sea Vista enjoy an early Christmas – St Francis Animal Rescue, that band of dedicated volunteers who give so much of their time caring for the pets of Sea Vista and informal settlement of China Town threw a party at the weekly outreach on Tarragona Road yesterday afternoon

National News

Malema explains why he believes Dlamini-Zuma will lose to Ramaphosa – Malema said he would have wanted the former AU chairperson to win so the EFF would stand a better chance of beating the ANC in 2019. According to the outspoken leader, Ramaphosa will win because his opponent is “surrounded by crooks”.

Groote Schuur transplant programme breathes again – Groote Schuur Hospital’s lung transplant programme took its first breath — and its last — in 1993‚ when surgeons performed a single transplant.

De Lille suspended from party activitiesThe federal executive of the DA has decided to suspend City of Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille from party activities pending the outcome of ongoing investigations into a series of reports and an affidavit containing allegations of maladministration in the city,

Dutch arms dealer used ‘blood money’ to finance his lavish lifestyle in Cape Town, court hearsA Dutch fugitive, convicted of crimes against humanity and selling firearms to former Liberian president Charles Taylor, used “blood money” to fund his extravagant lifestyle,

MONEY & ECONOMY

Christo Wiese quits board as Steinhoff scandal deepens – Steinhoff International Holdings chairperson and largest shareholder, South African billionaire Christo Wiese, is stepping down from the supervisory board after an accounting scandal engulfed the retail giant.

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International News

Australia child abuse inquiry: Final recommendations released – A five-year inquiry into child sexual abuse in Australia has released its final report, making more than 400 recommendations. The royal commission uncovered harrowing evidence of sexual abuse within institutions, including churches, schools and sports clubs

Sport

Froome ‘not ashamed’ of using asthma inhaler – Chris Froome has said his use of an inhaler is “not something to be ashamed of” after a urine test at the Vuelta a Espana in September showed excess levels of an asthma medication.

This & That

Women are happier after retirement – Women are more miserable than men for almost their entire lives and are happier only in their mid-80s, according to a new survey.The study found that women’s happiness grows after retirement – before they overtake men at age 85.


Beach Blondes proving popular

St Francis Brewery wins beer award for Beach Blonde It is that time of the year when beach blondes are not only a dime a dozen on our beaches but also a popular, thirst quenching beer in several of our taverns. News thus of St Francis Brewing Co's  Beach...

A Dog Day Christmas

Dogs and kids of Sea Vista enjoy an early Christmas St Francis Animal Rescue, that band of dedicated volunteers who give so much of their time caring for the pets of Sea Vista and informal settlement of China Town threw a party at the weekly outreach on...

Scrooge apology

Owner had every right to block beach pathway The article “A Scrooge in Cape St Francis – Surely not??” certainly managed to get the spider out the hole but we were out of order. Sadly we only elicited the local road community’s side of the story and yes...

A Scrooge in Cape St Francis?

A Scrooge in Cape St Francis – surely not ???  Hopefully it was an unthinking oversight but the way thorny brush has been piled to block the pathway to the beach on de Jonge Thomas Road in Cape St Francis does sadly appear intentional. A week or so back we...

Rock Lily Music Bar & Kitchen

A review on the popular Cape St Francis pub by Kirsten Doyle The Rock Lily has been a local haunt of mine since it opened. We used to go there back in the day when it was still called Stix, and I really like the facelift owner Michael Kimmings has given the place,...

RDP Houses for Christmas

First RDP houses handed over in Kouga in more than a decade Thirty-five families from Humansdorp received the biggest Christmas presents of their lives today when the first RDP houses of the Kruisfontein 391 project were handed over. Kouga Mayor Elza van...

Christmas Gift from Council

A Christmas Gift to help reduce road accidents Father Christmas must have paid an early visit to Kouga Council for there can be no other explanation for what they are offering as an early and extremely thoughtful gift to Kouga residents. With the recent...

St Francis Rocks

St Francis really can rock Saturday dawned looking ready to rain on the parade (concert) but as the day progressed so the rain then the wind stopped leaving perfect weather for St Francis Rocks. And what a great day, and concert it was! Congratulations are...

Busy weekend for NSRI

NSRI in action from early Saturday morning NSRI St Francis Bay had a rather busy week when just after midnight on Saturday, 09th December, NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew launched sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II to rendezvous with the fishing vessel...

Bridge Club end of year function

Fun and Festivity at the St Francis Bay Bridge Club Cheerful colours and innovative décor marked the end of year festivities with the Annual General Meeting, Christmas competition followed by lunch, being enjoyed by members of the St Francis Bay Bridge...

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