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NEWS SNIPPETS:
Art Of Living happiness course level 1 at The Studio || Prime Timers celebrate with Richard Cock conducting The Eastern Cape
Philharmonic Orchestra || It's Market time again!!

Audition for Drama and Dance Festival - Budding stage performers from Kouga will have an opportunity to put their talents to the test in auditions to be held for a major upcoming festival at Grahamstown

Re-opening of the municipality's vehicle test centre at Humansdorp - More than two years after a flash flood shut down operations, the vehicle testing centre at Kouga Municipality is up and running again

Make sure your address is registered at IEC - It is critical that every South African is enfranchised and able to cast their vote in an election where there is a very real possibility that the ANC will slip below 50 % of the vote.

SPORT:
Mitchell set to coach Bulls - The Blue Bulls confirmed on Thursday evening that decorated international rugby coach John Mitchell has been appointed as their new Executive of Rugby.

News from South Africa & Africa

Maimane deported from Zambia due to 'unknown reasons' - DA leader Mmusi Maimane was deported to South Africa, for reasons unknown, when he landed in Zambia. ALSO READ ... Maimane slams Zuma

SA warned on return of IS fighters - The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says the government needs to prepare adequately for the return of former Islamic State combatants as they might pose a risk to the country.

Zuma too implicated to choose judge for state capture inquiry, says Sexwale - Zuma should not appoint the judge leading an inquiry into state capture as he himself has some explaining to do

#AfricaDay: Political parties call for unity - Political parties on Thursday called on Africans to unite in order to tackle the various challenges currently facing the continent.

#VanBreda: Henri's statement under debate - The first witness in a trial-within-a-trial was called to testify on Thursday in the case against 22-year-old triple murder accused Henri van Breda.

Cape Town set to start using last 10% of water in its dams - Plan to access the last 10% of the water in Cape Town's dams will take effect next week.

International & Other News:

- As armed officers guard UK trains, hospitals prepare themselves for a possible new attack over the bank holiday weekend.

STATE CAPTURE:
'SA has experienced a Silent Coup' -A new report says that a power elite centred around Jacob Zuma has built a symbiotic relationship between the constitutional state and the shadow state to execute this coup.

ECONOMY & FINANCE:
MPC keeps repo rate unchanged at 7% - South Africa’s central bank kept its benchmark repo rate steady at 7% on Thursday, as expected, citing concerns about the inflation outlook

FOOD:
10 Super tasty avo recipes to make while they're in season - Avocados are versatile fruits (yes fruits) that can make or break almost any dish. Soup, smoothies, wraps, pastas, salsas and salads!

A BIT OF SPORT HISTORY
The Stanley Matthews football revolution made in Ghana - Sir Stanley Matthews remains one of England's most famous footballers. But he was also arguably the first global icon ......

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St Francis College Vs Hermitage House Annual Sports Meeting - The annual 2 day tradition of sports and comradeship between these two schools took place on Friday and Saturday 19 and 20th May

Data collectors start gathering info for new General Valuation Roll - The official municipal valuers will be collecting preparatory data in Kouga towns from 24 May to mid-June 2017.

Public meetings to introduce Kouga's new municipal valuers - With the compilation of Kouga's new General Valuation Roll set to commence in July 2017, four public meetings have been arranged to explain the process to property owners.

All Four Men Advance to Round 2 at ISA World Surfing Games in France - The SA surfing team built on the momentum from team captain Bianca Buitendag's medal performance in the women's event

SPORT:
England thump Proteas in opener - South Africa folded for just 267 in pursuit of 340 as they suffered a rather hefty 72-run defeat at the hands of England in their first one-day international at Headingley

News from South Africa & Africa

High noon for President Zuma as key ANC leaders seek his ouster - Zuma faces a key battle for his political survival this weekend when senior members ofof ANC say they'll push for ian order him to step down.

Motsoeneng loses another battle as Labour Court dismisses case - Former SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng suffered another defeat on Wednesday when the Labour Court dismissed his application.

DRC ebola outbreak puts Health Department on high alert - he South African Department of Health is on alert following the reported outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

SA Super Sleuth Piet Byleveld Dies - South Africa’s most successful police detective, known as ‘Piet Byl’, has died at the age of 67.

Lawyers 'dance' in court as they try to prove attacker caused Henri van Breda's wounds - Henri van Breda watched n alleged attacker‚ and not Van Breda himself‚ produced “parallel‚ uniform and equidistant” cuts on his forearm.

International & Other News:

Manchester attack: May to tackle Trump over 'evidence' leaks - Theresa May is to raise concerns with Donald Trump after evidence from the Manchester Arena bombing was apparently leaked to US media.

- Counter-terrorism sources tell Sky News there was a "significant" connection between Salman Abedi and IS recruiter Raphael Hostey.

ECONOMY:
Reserve Bank likely to keep rates on hold - analysts - With inflation easing below the target band to 5.3% in April, analysts expect the Reserve Bank to keep rates unchanged at 7%.

ELECTIONS:
DA declares victory in Beaufort West - The Democratic Alliance has declared victory in the hotly contest Beaufort West by-elections, which ensures the party retains control of the municipality.

SMOKING:
South Africans weigh in on tobacco and reduced-risk products - South Africans were asked in a poll how they feel about tobacco harm reduction and reduced risk products.

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St Francis Today is taking a little time off this week and will be out of town to go and have some spare parts fitted. We should be back online before the weekend.

Final team arrives and the party is on -The final Expedition Africa team arrived early Saturday afternoon some 150 hours after leaving Cape St Francis last Sunday

Greetings from St Francis Links - Hats off to Fasie Malherbe and Cape St Francis Resort for securing the event with sponsorship and hosting the athletes and supporters at the Resort.

Projects aim to increase run-off water to dams - Various Working for Water (WfW) projects are playing an increasingly critical role in squeezing out precious run-off to swell the rivers that feed the major supply dams.

SPORT:

Blitzboks crowned Sevens Series champions - The Springbok Sevens team was crowned HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series champions in London on Sunday night, as the 2016/17 series concluded with the final and tenth tournament of the World Series,


News from South Africa & Africa

Alleged sex texts 'could end Radebe's presidential hopes' - The “slight” chance Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe might have had to become ANC president and president of the country, has become even slimmer,

Are men trash? - The recent deadly attacks on women and children countrywide, have prompted some survivors of abuse to share their stories on social media.

SAA staffer in R13.6m tender scandal - A SAA employee forged signatures of senior executives to manipulate a multi-million rand tender is being protected by the airline’s other senior executives.

Dungeons of gold: Sex, booze and braais in underground mine cities - Millions of rands in sex, food and alcohol is being traded in secret underground cities linked to illegal mining activities in small towns such as Welkom in the Free State.

Court to hear more details on wounds sustained by Henri van Breda -  forensic expert has testified in the Western Cape High court last week that several of Van Breda's injuries could have been self-inflicted.

International & Other News:

Trump visits Israel amid tight security - US President Donald Trump is visiting Israel and the Palestinian territories, as he continues his Middle East trip.

ECONOMY & BUSINESS:
Ramaphosa: SA must not be mafia state - Ramaphosa said the ANC must keep the nation from becoming a “mafia state” and called for a judicial inquiry that the government has been unduly influenced by private interests.

Survey unveils what millennials want at work - Global statistics revealed that 56% of participants want flexible work hours and a work/life balance, compared with the 63% of South African respondents.

10 big pension mistakes to avoid - When you are young you think that you have a lifetime to save for retirement, but before you know it retirement is around the corner.

Rhino owners cry foul after poaching gang suspects get bail - South Africa’s rhino security community has expressed outrage after a Grahamstown High Court judge granted bail to three of the country's most notorious rhino poaching suspects,