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Local News (St Francis & Kouga)

Neighbourhood Watch Needs You - Crime is on the increase in St Francis Bay and the town is now under the threat of regular home invasions

Kouga Municipality's 24/7 emergency number update - The lines that were knocked out by lightning over the weekend have been repaired

Rotary Recycle Swap Shop Project to reopen - Some good news news for recycling in St Francis

SPORT:
Rooney says he's staying at United - Rooney's agent had been in China speaking to interested clubs but Rooney nsisted he was remaining at Old Trafford.

LIFESTYLE:
Why you should let children play with their food - Children allowed to mess around with their fruit and veg are more likely to eat it

News from South Africa & Africa

Four Cabinet Ministers' Snub Of Gordhan Tells Us A Hell Of A Lot - Interesting: these are the ministers who didn't give PravinGordhan a standing ovation when the House did

Insults hurled at tainted MP Molefe - The appointment of Brian Molefe as an ANC MP has sparked a row in Parliament, with opposition members objecting to his presence.

Embedded in their culture - Institutions of higher learnings' response to sexual violence appears to protect the institution and annihilate victims

How many South Africans are moving to New Zealand - New Zealand is often ranked as the best country to live and raise children, and is a popular immigration choice among South Africans

International & Other News:

- The President says the US is not going to fall behind any country with its weapons capacity.

Kim Jong-nam killing: VX nerve agent 'found on his face' - Kim Jong-nam was poisoned at Kuala Lumpur airport after two women wiped a toxin on his face.

ECONOMY:
Minimum wage debate rages on - The proposed national minimum wage of R3 500 is an insult to the victims of slave wages, poverty, unemployment and inequality,

ENERGY:
Good news on electricity - The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) on Thursday authorised Eskom to raise tariffs by 2.2 percent in the 2017/18 financial year.

 

Local News (St Francis & Kouga)

Very little news today - It would seem the Budget Speech this afternoon has closed down the news streams

NUCLEAR:
The Largest Procurement In SA To Date Is In The Hands of The Western Cape High Court - Critics warn that the nuclear deal has the potential to bankrupt the country.

PORT ELIZABETH & SOUTH COAST:

SPORT:

It’s the silence that kills us: The sad case of Dan Vickerman - Dan Vickerman’s death serves as another reminder that we are still too silent on the issues of the mind

Chris Bertish sets new world record - Chris Bertish set a new world record for his 24-hour solo, unsupported and unassisted, open ocean distance of 50.03 nautical miles

News from South Africa & Africa

De Lille expulsion reports 'part of smear drive' - Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille and the DA chief whip Shaun August, have denied claims that they have been handed notices to face a disciplinary hearing

Couple's horrific murders eerily similar - A family’s desperate plea for the safe return of their ailing father has ended in confirmation of a double tragedy, with the discovery of the 66-year-old’s body

Hout Bay Harbour a crime-ridden eyesore - Hout Bay Harbour, one of the jewels in Cape Town’s tourism crown has turned into a derelict, crime-infested place to fear,

Whiskey, ties, tickets and houses - MPs declare gifts - From genuine ostrich leather notepad to cellphones, apartments and houses, land, shares and company directorships

International & Other News:

- A British man said by Islamic State to have detonated a suicide bomb attacking Iraqi forces in Mosul is former Guantanamo Bay detainee

ECONOMY:
CATCH IT LIVE: #Budget2017 to be delivered amid political uncertainty - Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will deliver his annual Budget speech in Parliament on Wednesday evening.

Budget predictions: Motorists, drinkers & smokers beware - The fuel levy & so-called sin taxes are expected to increase when the finance minister tables SA's budget in Parliament.

Stop the alternative facts about land reform - Sstate owns and controls about 30 percent of the economy. The Public Investment Corporation is the biggest single investor with the R1,8 trillion in the pension funds of civil servants (overwhelmingly black)

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Local News (St Francis & Kouga)

New specie discovered in Irma Booysen Nature Reserve, Cape St Francis! - This highly unusual insect genus was first described in 2011 and is only found in the Cape Floristic Region.

Neighbourhood Watch - RECRUITATHON to be held at the Saturday Market this Saturday

Young African Penguins Are Dying Because They Can't Find The Fish They Need - They use their instincts to head to feeding grounds, only to find there's no food left anymore.

SPORT:

Super Rugby kicks off today - The first match, Rebels vs Blues kicks off the new Super Rugby Season - The Fixture List

News from South Africa & Africa

#Budget2017: How much tax will you be paying now? - to answer your question, type your salary in the TaxTim calculator below to see how much tax you’ll be paying going forward:

Zuma in tough position after well-received #Budget2017 - Political analysts believe President Jacob Zuma is in a tough position if he was intending to axe Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan based on the overwhelming support he received

'Whites want us to keep working for them': Mugabe - Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe says he's worried that whites "have taken over once again" - especially on some farms.

Zimbabwe's Mugabe praises Trump's 'America First' policy - Donald Trump's "America First" policy has an admirer in Zimbabwe's longtime president, who says the policy resonates with his own thinking.

International & Other News:

- The distant worlds are Earth-sized, probably rocky and could have contained oceans, increasing the likelihood of life.

UN urgently seeks $4 billion aid to avert famine for 20 million in Africa, Yemen - More than $4 billion is needed by the end of March to help nearly 20 million people who risk starvation in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen

ECONOMY:

Ryk van Niekerk weighs in on Pravin Gordhan’s 2017 Budget Speech - Watch video

Executive summary of SA’s 2017 National Budget Speech - The country’s top 100 000 income earners have been targeted and will carry an effective R11.2bn of the additional tax burden

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Local News (St Francis & Kouga)

Food & Wine benefits Hospice -
A highlight of the St Francis Christmas calendar is the annual St Francis Food and Wine Festival hosted by St Francis Links

Teddy’s for Disney Crèche Kids - Two St Francis Bay business owners joined forces to bring a little love and joy to the children at the Balobi Disney Centre Crèche i

PORT ELIZABETH & SOUTH COAST:
Plett man in plea bargain over 18,000 child porn charges - Child rights activists are hoping for a lengthy prison term for a Plettenberg Bay computer engineer accused of having links to a horrific international baby pornography network

SPORT:
Neymar: Barcelona forward to stand trial on corruption charges - Barcelona player Neymar and his club will stand trial on corruption charges over his transfer from Brazilian team Santos, after losing a final appeal.

News from South Africa & Africa

ICYMI: Medicinal cannabis gets the go-ahead - The government has given the green light for the manufacture of cannabis for medicinal use – with the IFP hailing it a “major victory”

Judge Davis: Removing Gordhan won’t solve SA’s problems - udge Dennis Davis says it is time to create a new vision for the economy of South Africa and ultimately focus on supporting 50 million people.

More than 100 injured in Pretoria train crash - More than 100 Metrorail passengers have been injured when two trains collided at the Rosslyn station in Pretoria,

Collusion case strengthens Zuma's hand in battle with banks - A finding by the Competition Commission that more than a dozen local and international banks colluded to rig foreign-currency trades will bolster government accusations

The man who saves dogs from certain death

International & Other News:

- A small plane carrying five people has crashed into a shopping centre near an airport north of Melbourne, Australia.

- The Golden State voted for HiIlary Clinton in November's election, and a network of groups say they will never accept Mr Trump.

ECONOMY:
Gordhan unperturbed by Molefe reports - Finance Minister Pravin has remained unfazed by reports of former Eskom boss Brian Molefe taking over his job.

ENERGY:
Crunch time as Eskom faces break up push - In an attempt to undo Eskom’s “monopolistic control” in the energy sector, the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) has lodged a complaint with the Competition Commission.


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Local News (St Francis & Kouga)

News Snippets:
Kouga Emergency numbers struck by Lightning - Mixd Bowls Champs

Drowning at the Cove - A man in his mid-30's drowned at the Cove on Saturday afternoon

Comment of the week on SRA - Ons het nou die geleentheid om vir die eerste keer in jare iets daadwerkliks te doen, en nou probeer elkeen ‘n selfsugtige stuiwer in die armbeurs gooi. Daar is ‘n plan op die tafel – kom ons begin net

PE & EASTERN CAPE:
Bruising battle for Eastern Cape DA - The DA in the Eastern Cape faces a bruising battle to find a replacement for provincial leader Athol Trollip. Also read - Race row rocks Western Cape DA

SPORT:
Johnson replaces Day as world number one with LA win - Dustin Johnson on top of the world after Genesis Open victory

News from South Africa & Africa

Fedusa dismayed by appointment of Molefe as ANC MP - Brian Molefe, linked to the wealthy politically-connected Gupta family, is to be sworn in as an African National Congress MP.

SA’s High Commissioner to Singapore Hazel Ngubeni fired - This follows a Sunday Times expose last year that Ngubeni is a convicted drug trafficker.

Mathews Phosa: This was my Damascus moment - I understand that these words will land me in the firing line. I know that I am not the only one who feels this way

Somalia Mogadishu car bomb: At least 34 people killed - At least 34 people have been killed and about 50 injured in a car bomb blast in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

Zimbabweans splurge on DStv, booze - Zimbabweans love the sweet things in life and they are increasingly switching to expensive wines and ciders while also taking up subscriptions for DStv

International & Other News:

Donald Trump has said his reference to a non-existent incident in Sweden was based on a TV report he had seen on Fox News.

ECONOMY:
Russia's Rosatom denies it has nuclear deal in the bag - This week Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson confirmed to journalists in Parliament that 22 companies had submitted such requests to Eskom.

Jackson Mthembu backs Ramaphosa to be next ANC leader - The chief parliamentary whip of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress threw his support behind Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

TECHNOLOGY:

Historic lift off for Elon Musk's SpaceX rocket - SpaceX on Sunday blasted off its Falcon 9 rocket carrying the unmanned Dragon cargo ship, packed with food and supplies for the six astronauts living at the International Space Station.


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Owing to an unforeseen situation arising last week no news was posted on Tuesday to Friday. We apologise to our readers and trust we can catch you up on some of the happenings this coming week.