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Wednesday 18th October 2017

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RIP Peter Bosman - Well known and longtime St Francis Bay resident Peter Bosman passed away peacefully on Sunday evening after a long struggle with cancer.

Summer Wellness Expo to be held at St Francis Links - Following on the success of last year’s well-attended Expo, St Francis Animal Rescue is hosting another ‘Summer Wellness’ Expo at The Links Golf Club on Saturday November 4th

NMB Dam Levels - Please save water

International News:

- Roy Price faces claims he inappropriately propositioned a producer in the back of taxi and dismissed an actress's rape claim.

Sport:

Mitchell focused on future, not semi - Vodacom Blue Bulls coach John Mitchell may be relishing the chance of underdog status ahead of Saturday’s Currie Cup semifinal against the log-topping Cell C Sharks

South Afica & Africa:

Shooting rocks Cape Town International Airport

Confidante says Ramaphosa next to go - President Jacob Zuma intends on using yet another intelligence report to justify the removal of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa from government,

Cabinet Reshuffle: Zuma may strike yet again before December - President Jacob Zuma has shuffled the deckchairs for a twelfth time in a move that seems to have been aimed at dealing with political weaknesses

Gerrie Nel To Privately Prosecute Duduzane Zuma For Culpable Homicide - The prosecution is related to a car crash in 2014, where a young woman was killed. Zuma Jr was the driver.

Panayiotou trial: Last witness called - The defence concluded its case in the Christopher Panayiotou trial in the Eastern Cape High Court in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday.

Money & The Economy:

Cabinet reshuffled to secure R1 trillion nuclear deal? - There have been reports that Russian nuclear agency Rosatom is the front-runner to win the contract.

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Three Cheers to all those who worked so hard to stop Thyspunt happening - So massive was Friday’s news that there it is of little wonder that it took the power out throughout St Francis / Oyster Bay for some 12 hours or was that just Eskom’s way of giving us the finger

Panayiotou Trial: Mistress takes to the stand - Christopher Panayiotou's mistress, Chanelle Coutts, took to the stand in his defence on Monday when the trial resumed 

WATCH: Eastern Cape backs Ramaphosa for ANC president - The ANC in the Eastern Cape has announced Cyril Ramaphosa as its preferred candidate to lead the party.

International News:

Sport:

Tiger Woods cleared by Doctors to return to Golf - The 41-year-old American has only played six competitive rounds in the past two years while trying to recover from multiple back surgeries.

South Afica & Africa:

Lindiwe Sisulu has no respect for those who fought apartheid, says Mthembu - He said the ANC presidential candidate should read more about the country’s revolution.

Matshela Koko: Is This South Africa’s Most Bent Public Servant? - Holding the stewardship of Eskom is one of South Africa’s most important public jobs as the utility holds the key to power.

US warns of security flaw which can compromise Wi-Fi connections - a security flaw in Wi-Fi encryption protocol can open the door to attacks to eavesdrop on or hijack devices using wireless networks.

Van Breda expert witness never worked in forensic lab - State - The expert DNA witness hired by Henri Van Breda’s defence team has never worked in a forensic laboratory, the Western Cape High Court heard on Monday.

WATCH: Cape Town train surfers risk their lives 'for adrenaline' - Young men in Cape Town risk their lives by "train surfing".

Money & Finance:

Treasury must look at alternative tax revenue streams - economist - The slow pace of growth in SA's economy means that Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba may have to consider additional “revenue taps” to plug budget shortfalls,

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How Does Menopause Affect the Skin? - Beauty talk with Anne at Bard'Au & co

The Top 3 Mental Health Conditions Faced By Students - And Where They Can Get Help - With school and university exams around the corner may parents should read

THURSDAY – Today’s News sponsored by

St Francis, Kouga, Eastern Cape & Southern Coast:

Sand River Bridge Open - Although there is a lot of work still to be done opening will certainly relieve trafffic flow

PinkDrive’s services to benefit communities in the Eastern Cape - PinkDrive will be offering their services to communities in the Eastern Cape during October.

News from St Francis Links - Els for Autism is a huge success with 84 players and 100 for dinner as the day yields R230 000+ for Ernie's kids in SA!

International News:

- A complete list of the women who have come forward with accusations against the film mogul - and everyone who has commented.

- The strike was reportedly kept secret by the CIA over fears the jihadist's 12-year-old son may have also died in the blast.

South Afica & Africa:

Could we be witnessing Zuma’s final ambush? - What the numbers are showing us is that the most likely win for them would be a Mkhize and Dlamini-Zuma combined slate.

Don't give 'money directly to street people' - he City of Cape Town on Tuesday reiterated its call for residents to not give money or food directly to homeless individuals

Money & The Economy:

Lessons From Gordhan And Sars: How The Assault On The PIC Will Play Out - The modus operandi in the attack on the Public Investment Corporation seems to be the same as the offensive on Pravin Gordhan and Sars.

Sport:

Springbok assistant Van Graan to coach Munster - Springboks forwards coach Johann van Graan has been released from his contract to join Munster as head coach, South Africa Rugby and the Irish province announced on Wednesday.

 

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Swim for Rivers athletes to take on the Kromme river - The Kromme River will be one of the rivers in the Eastern Province Leg of this WESSA "Rivers for Life" next Saturday (14th October)

News from the Links - Links CUP - Prez CUP

International News:

Trump NFL row: Mike Pence walks out of game after players kneel - US Vice-President Mike Pence has walked out of a National Football League (NFL) game after several players refused to stand for the US national anthem.

Sport:

Kiwi website awards Marx a 'perfect 10' - Springbok hooker Malcolm Marx put in a "perfect" performance in the Rugby Championship defeat to the All Blacks at Newlands on Saturday.

South Afica & Africa:

Panga gang attacks group of cyclists - A traumatised cyclist has spoken out after five men armed with pangas and knives robbed a cycling group of their bicycles near Langa

NPA 'just watching' State capture continue - Blade Nzimande - SACP General Secretary Blade Nzimande criticised the National Prosecuting Authority on Sunday for being lax in prosecuting those implicated in the Gupta email leaks.

WATCH: Rehabilitated African penguins released - Hundreds of people gathered at Seaforth beach to witness the release of rehabilitated African penguins.

Eskom's campaign against renewables will cost it more customers -  Eskom, South Africa’s unlisted, state-owned electricity company, generates about 95% of the nation’s electricity and about 45% of the electricity generated on the entire continent of Africa.

 

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 - Dolphin Beach in Jeffreys Bay provided the ideal setting for the 2017/18 Blue Flag launch. The wide, sandy beach makes it popular with families, while its legendary surfing spot “Supertubes” has given the beach international fame.

Beauty and the Beast - A lot of older guys have an aversion to beauty facilities be it a ladies hair dresser or beauty shops lest we be labelled Metrosexuals but ...

Police arrest NMU rape suspect - Port Elizabeth police in the Eastern Cape arrested a wanted suspect on Wednesday afternoon, for the rape and robbery of two students at Nelson Mandela University.

International News:

Sky Views: Fake news in Las Vegas - fake news, misinformation and propaganda has gathered slowly and inexorably over the last 18 months, undermining our trust in the information we see online.

Sport:

Bold defensive shift key for Boks - Whenever the Springboks talk about being bold the reference is to their attacking game but they may need a much bolder tweak to their defensive strategy 

South Afica & Africa:

Analysis: In the ANC leadership race, past performance is no guarantee of future results - During the dinner Zwane remarked, “We already know who will be president… It’s a done deal”.

#JacobZumaMonument: Rubber bullets fired at opposition protest - A protest by opposition parties at the unveiling of Jacob Zuma Arrest Sitewas squashed by the police on Wednesday.

Meet The South African Conservationists Fighting For More Safe Land For Threatened Wildlife - We're entering the sixth-wave of mass-extinction. We stand to lose up to 75 percent of the world's species, some report as soon as mid-century. 

R1bn Clifton tender awarded to consortium - The proposed development will improve public access to the beach, ocean and recreational facilities as well as protect the natural vegetation 

Money & The Economy:

Why SA mining execs boycotted Zwane’s Jhb Indaba banquet - The 28 council members at South Africa’s Chamber of Mines made a very public statement against mining minister Mosebenzi Zwane – all of them boycotted the Joburg Indaba banquet where he was guest of honour.

 


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NMB Dam Levels - Please save water

Billabong SA Junior Champs start today - the country’s most prestigious annual surfing event for competitors aged 18-and-under, gets underway at Lower Point in Jeffreys Bay

International News:

Catalan referendum: Region's independence 'in matter of days' - Catalonia will declare independence from Spain in a matter of days, the leader of the autonomous region has told the BBC.

Sport:

Mtawarira: 95 Tests and approaching greatness - If Tendai Mtawarira plays in each of the remaining five Springbok Tests in 2017, he will earn his 100th cap against Wales in Cardiff on December 2. 

Fish River Canoe Marathon - For those competing in this week's Fish River - a look at the new Baroda Weir built this winter to cut out the annoying portage right after the start of the second day - Good spectator vantage spot

South Afica & Africa:

Elected leaders have betrayed South Africans: Graca Machel - Former president Nelson Mandela’s widow, Graca Machel said some leaders that have been elected to lead the country, have betrayed South African

'Auntie Pat has become a thorn in the flesh for many' - Controversial senior DA City of Cape Town councillor JP Smith says he intends to attend the party’s Western Cape congress this weekend despite his suspension

The McKinsey Dossier, Part 2 – Contract to pay McKinsey and Trillian R1.6-bn ‘invalid’ - In Part 2, we show how the flawed contract was used to justify a massive settlement for McKinsey and its de facto empowerment partner, Trillian

FW De Klerk On The Future Of South Africa, Jacob Zuma And The End Of Apartheid - "The ANC alliance has started to break up, and we need it to happen. We need to move away from racially based politics towards policy-driven politics."

Harsher Security Is Not The Answer To Curbing Rape At SA Universities - Nelson Mandela University (NMU) students have resorted to protesting in an attempt to force the institution to get stronger security on campus


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Money & The Economy:

‘Profound tragedy’ if KPMG fell over - It would be a “profound tragedy” for risk management if South Africa’s big four auditing firms reduced to three as a result of the KPMG debacle, a former finance minister has argued.

Other News

- The colourful linguist - not known for holding back - pulled in laughs and huge cheers from the crowd as he spoke in Manchester.

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St Francis, Kouga, Eastern Cape & Southern Coast:

Why visit Namaqualand when we have just as good on our doorstep? - It may not be as expansive as offered up in the spring flowers in Namaqualand but it is just as breathtaking

St Francis Bay Oktoberfest 2017 - After the success of the OktoberFest last year, plans are well underway for the 2017 edition which promises to offer loads of fun

Steenkamps did not endorse #OscarPistorius movie - A US movie company who produced a film depicting the tragic death of Port Elizabeth model Reeva Steenkamp at the hands of her paralympian boyfriend, Oscar Pistorius, has released a trailer for 'Oscar Pistorius: Blade Runner Killer'.

International News:

- A gunman fires at a concert from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and wounds more than 500 others before killing himself.

Sport:

Leyds impresses as his 'dream comes true' - Hair-pulling aside, it was an impressive starting debut in Test rugby for 25-year-old Dillyn Leyds in Bloemfontein on Saturday. 

Money & The Economy:

Pressure piles on SA household finances - index - The real value of South African households’ net wealth decreased in the second quarter of 2017 to levels last seen in 2014,

Petrol up R0.25 / litre from midnight tonight

South Afica & Africa:

Mistrust, backstabbing in DA meltdown as De Lille takes on Smith - The gloves have come off between Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille and mayoral committee member for safety, security and social services JP Smith

Mugabe Family Faces Outrage Over ‘Disgusting Spending’ - This comes on the back of the news that first lady Grace Mugabe recently bought herself a R6 million car.

SARS Wars: KPMG report – the Firm, the Lawyers, the Auditor and the Blame Game - While KPMG SA might have withdrawn the findings and conclusions of a controversial “forensic” report the saga is far from resolved.

Dramatic helicopter rescue off Table Mountain - A hiker, who suffered from dehydration on Table Mountain, was rescued by an ER24 helicopter on Monday evening.

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The photographer who captured the swinging 60s - David Hurn documented the glamour, and the grit, of Britain in an era of liberation.

Friday – Today’s News sponsored by

St Francis, Kouga, Eastern Cape & Southern Coast:

Champions in Billabong Junior Series Crowned at Seal Point - The 20th annual champions in the Billabong Junior Series pres. by All Aboard Travel were crowned at Seal Point in Cape St Francis on Sunday

Whale assisted in disentanglement operation - SA Whale Disentanglement Network (SAWDN) were alerted of a whale entangled in rope between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay

International News:

- More than 30 aircraft have been chartered by the Civil Aviation Authority to bring 110,000 Monarch customers back to the UK over the next fortnight.

Sport:

Day 4 match recaps; U.S. clinches Presidents Cup - The Americans finished with a 19-11 points advantage, although the Internationals won the Sunday Singles session 7.5 to 4.5 points in the 12 matches

Billable Hours — how SA’s best and brightest screwed the country out of a future - Idiots are bad. Smart people are worse.Enough is enough! I've had it with these motherf%*king snakes on this motherf%*king plane!

'Festival of chairs' - Ramaphosa on violent ANC elective conference - Using violence and approaching the courts cannot be seen as ways to resolve disputes within the ANC, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday. 

Decision on Color Run this week amid drought worries - The City will decide this week whether the go-ahead will be given for the popular Color Run, following calls for the event to be postponed because of the worsening drought in Cape Town.

Mkhwebane’s Office Unfazed by Withdrawal of its Attorneys from Absa Report Case - Eyewitness News revealed on Sunday that Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s attorneys had withdrawn from the case.

'Vigilante' Community Patrol Members Mowed Down By Gangs - The 11 people killed in the Marikana informal settlement in Cape Town on Friday night are believed to be community safety patrol members

 

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St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis electricity interruption tomorrow - Eskom will be switching off the power supply to St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis on Thursday, 7 September, from 9am to 4.30pm.

College Girls Score at Fun Gymnastics - Five St Francis College girls took part in the Bay Gynastics  fun Spring Day competition in Uitenhage on September 2nd. 

International News:

- Florida has declared a state of emergency, asking Mr Trump for a "pre-landfall" emergency declaration as the storm heads its way.

Sport:

Proudfoot believes Mtawarira has created the appetite in the Bok team - Springbok scrum coach Matt Proudfoot says Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira's quietly powerful contributions have mirrored the team's ascendant test performances this season.

South Afica & Africa:

Michaelhouse pupils stunned by horrific bus crash which killed one boy‚ injured 47 - The grounds of Michaelhouse resembled a ghost town as news of a bus crash‚ which left almost 50 pupils injured‚ spread around the school on Tuesday afternoon.

Court reserves judgment in Zuma impeachment application - After more than seven hours of arguments the Constitutional Court has reserved judgment in an application brought by the EFF and other opposition parties .

SA's 10 most exclusive residential estates revealed - Exclusive Paarl estate Val De Vie was once again rated as South Africa’s top estate in a survey, which reveals where South Africa’s most exclusive residential estates are located.

Millionaire student 'traumatised' - Sibongile Mani, the student whose bank account was erroneously credited with R14-million, is living in fear

Money & The Economy:

SA economy still not out of the woods - analysts - The South African economy may be out of a technical recession, but analysts are still concerned that GDP growth is not robust enough, with projections for 2017 still below 1%.

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Our pledge to voters and our values are not negotiable in coalitions - In the build-up to the 2016 Local Government Elections, we made the same promises to people wherever we campaigned. Mmusi Maimane

International News:

North Korea nuclear crisis: Kim Jong-un 'begging for war'- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is "begging for war" with his latest and most powerful nuclear bomb test, the US envoy to the United Nations has said.

Sport:

Thomas beats Spieth by three shots - Justin Thomas rode a couple of lucky breaks to become the first five-time champion on the PGA Tour this season when he won the Dell Technologies Championship

Petrol up R0.67 / litre from midnight tonight

South Afica & Africa:

British PR regulatory body terminates Bell Pottinger’s membership - Fatal blow: UK PR firm Bell Pottinger has been kicked out of its industry regulatory body

ConCourt expected to hear application for Zuma's impeachment - The Constitutional Court will on Tuesday hear an application by opposition parties for Parliament to institute impeachment proceedings against President Jacob Zuma.

Some of the most memorable break-ins to rock SA - Several offices occupied by high profile South Africans have been broken into in recent months. 

ANC calls for investigation into state agencies, Ramaphosa emails - ANC Chief Whip, Jackson Mthembu says the party and government should investigate claims state agencies are behind the hacking of Cyril Ramaphosa’s emails.

Money & The Economy:

Tax refund delays the exception, not the norm - SARS - SARS said it was “unfortunate’ that Tax Ombud Judge Bernard Ngoepe had concluded that delayed payments to taxpayers by SARS was a “systemic issue”.

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St Francis, Kouga, Eastern Cape & Southern Coast:

Help Amica fulfil her dreams - Our very own Amica de Jager has been selected to represent South Africa but she needs help to compete in Rome and New Zealand,

Water to be pumped from the Seekoei River - Kouga Municipality and the residents of Paradise Beach had a productive meeting with the Department of Environmental Affairs yesterday

ANTI-NUKE - Solar plants now power the whole Northern Cape - one has to wonder why the DoE and DPE tolerate Eskom’s continued refusal to sign additional power producer agreements.

International News:

Houston floods: Storm Harvey 'affected 100,000 homes' - About 100,000 homes have been affected by Storm Harvey and the flooding it brought to parts of the southern US, a White House aide has said.

Sport:

SuperSport to screen PRO14 - The Cheetahs’ opening match in the ground-breaking PRO14 broadcast live on SuperSport 1 this weekend (Friday, 20:35 SA and Southern Kings' on Saturday (SS1, 18:30 SA time).

 

South Afica & Africa:

Shot and robbed by the Facebook ‘pal’ from hell - A Joburg man is fighting for his life after being shot by an unknown gunman he befriended on Facebook and invited to his home.

WATCH: I'm not corrupt, says Duduzane Zuma - Duduzane Zuma denies claims of corruption in an exclusive interview with the BBC's Milton Nkosi.

EXCLUSIVE: Guptas, guests enjoyed VIP police protection - The Guptas and some of their friends and associates were treated like Cabinet ministers by the South African Police Service (SAPS)

'Defamatory' posts by Manyi scare billionaire - Billionaire entrepreneur Magdalena Wierzycka says she is living in fear after a string of "defamatory" social media posts by new media owner Mzwanele "Jimmy" Manyi.

Money & The Economy:

Corruption toll could be R27bn to GDP, 76 000 job losses - Corruption costs the SA gross domestic product (GDP) at least R27bn annually as well as the loss of 76 000 jobs that would otherwise have been created, 

 

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