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Monday 21st August 2017

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Monday – Today’s News sponsored by

St Francis, Kouga, Eastern Cape & Southern Coast:

FOSTER needs OUR help - An impassioned plea from the Chairman of FOSTER. As gaurdians of of all that is nature in and around St Francis FOSTER desreves our support.

Calamari Festival 2017 - Building on success of the Calamari Classic Golf, squash and bowls tournaments Tourism is delighted to announce the introduction of the Calamari Festival

The Great Calamari Cook-Off - A great opportunity to show your creativity in the kitchen preparing that winning calamari dish at the Calamari Cook-Off during the Calamari Classic on September 23rd

International News:

- Search and rescue efforts are under way after a US warship collides with a merchant ship in waters east of Singapore.


Tributes pour in for All Blacks great Colin Meads - World Rugby led global tributes Sunday to All Blacks great Colin Meads who died aged 81 following a year-long battle with cancer.

South Afica & Africa:

Cyril Ramaphosa: Can ‘Mr Nice’ Be A Decisive President? - Some say he lacks decisiveness, also in pursuit of his own interests.

UDF stalwarts lash ANC corruption, factions - Factionalism and corruption within the ANC took centre stage during the commemoration of the United Democratic Front (UDF) launch

ANC acts to remove Hanekom as disciplinary chair - The ANC has taken aim at MP and chairperson of its disciplinary committee Derek Hanekom.

Mother feels let down by government as Grace Mugabe leaves SA - The mother of a South African woman who was assaulted by Grace Mugabe says she feels let down by her own government.

Dirco Gives Reasons for Grace Mugabe Immunity - The department says 'the minister has agonised over this matter and the decision was not an easy one to make'.

Money & The Economy:

Tax amnesty: The net is closing in - Despite indications that it is relatively unfriendly and expensive, there has been growing interest in government’s special tax amnesty programme in recent weeks.


This & That:

Wow where did yesterday's weather come from? After a freezing Saturday with that biting cold beastly easterly, Sunday's weather was quite the most beautiful day. Has spring sprung early? Methinks not as a cold front sits on the horizon from tomorrow.

St Francis Today is off to PE for a few days to see if 'hopefully', the spare parts to our fuel injection system can be fitted. We will not publish tomorrow and possibly the rest of the week depending on the outcome.

Fine & Country Properties, St Francis Bay

Pop In Beauty & Nail Bar


Friday – Today’s News sponsored by

St Francis, Kouga, Eastern Cape & Southern Coast:

From the Mayor's Desk - 17 August 2017 - Since taking over Kouga in August 2016, there are a number of financial claims and serious matters of non-compliance hanging over the municipality

Cape St Francis athlete brings home Gold - Heilie Uys from Cape St. Francis participated in her 7th WTG and returned with gold medals in golf, discus, shot put and javelin as well as a silver medal in ball throw

Breaching the Seekoei mouth could lead to bigger problems - Kouga Municipality would like to appeal to residents of Paradise Beach not to breach the mouth of the Seekoei estuary unlawfully.

Concern over children's creche in residential zone - An open letter from local residents Neil & Les Brent regarding a proposed children's creche off Lyme Road


Curwin Bosch a must for Boks, says Allister Coetzee - The Springboks will take another step in their bid for redemption when they host struggling Argentina in the Rugby Championship on Saturday, hoping to build on a 3-0 clean sweep of a home June series against a depleted France.

South Afica & Africa:

Makhosi Khoza axed: Parliament throws disciplinary rulebook at cadre with a conscience - Outspoken ANC MP Makhosi Khoza was removed on Thursday as chairperson of Parliament’s public service and administration committee

Many willing to accept donor organ – but won't donate - Surveys conducted by the Organ Donor Foundation this year show 71% of people are not willing to be donors, yet 77% would accept a donor organ.

Grace Mugabe Is Next On Gerrie 'The Bulldog' Nel's Infamous Prosecution Criminal List - He revealed the alleged victim had been approached to settle out of court.

Cape Town reveals sites of proposed new water desalination plants - Cape Town's Granger Bay, Hout Bay and Dido Bay may soon be home to three proposed new desalination plants that the city intends commissioning to make extra drinking water

Money & The Economy:

95 years for VAT fraudsters - Three men, accused of fraudulently claiming value added tax (VAT) refunds to the value of approximately R300m, were sentenced to a total of 95 years imprisonment.

International News:

- Five suspected terrorists have been killed in a shoot-out with Spanish police as they carried out a similar vehicle attack to the one in Barcelona

What's on in St Francis

SPCA book sale 19th August outside Tails and Thyme ex Euro cafe at nine o clock.

Fish Friday at Cape St Francis Resort - Hake & Chips R69.00

Rugby Saturday - Joe Fish will have a roaring fire for the rugby with Car Park John draught at R25 a pint or a bucket of Corona for R150

Pommes Frietes restaurant St Francis Bay

Gourmet on the Go

Residents and visitors are reminded that there is a serious water shortage in Kouga because of the prolonged drought. If you have visitors, please warn them to use water sparingly so that our taps don't run dry! Read ...

THURSDAY – Today’s News sponsored by

St Francis, Kouga, Eastern Cape & Southern Coast:

R7-m project to safeguard Santareme from stormwater nears completion - Almost exactly five years after a torrent of water crashed through St Francis Bay, the upgrade of the stormwater system at the Santareme dune field is nearing completion.

Kouga, Eskom and Red Cross forge fire partnership - Eskom and Red Cross have partnered with Kouga Municipality to help strengthen communities at Longmore and Thornhill against natural disasters.

Massive diesel spill clean-up under way, threatens river - Clean-up operations, following a diesel spill on Meiringspoort Pass near De Rust will take two weeks.

Mediation efforts fail in Mandela Bay council brawl case - The case against two ANC councillors from Nelson Mandela Bay, facing charges of assault will go to trial after mediation efforts failed. 


DStv creates a pop-up channel for The Money Fight - DStv customers are in for a massive treat as SuperSport launches a pop-up channel ahead of the “Money Fight” between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.

South Afica & Africa:

Model's furious mom says they won't drop charges against Grace Mugabe - “We won’t drop the charges against Grace Mugabe. We are frustrated and furious about the police’s handling of the matter,” 

Oscar Pistorius let out of jail for gran's funeral - Pistorius was released for a few hours on Wednesday morning to join his family in bidding farewell to his grandmother.

Five times Grace Mugabe lost it - eNCA takes a look at previous incidents during which she reportedly lashed out or provoked violence:

Declassified: Apartheid profits – The Sanctions Busters’ Toolkit - This week we zoom out and unpack some of the ways that the private sector colluded with the apartheid government to bust sanctions 

Money & The Economy:

Jonas: growing antagonism towards firms - Firms are employment generating projects and their growth could address the youth unemployment problem, but there is a growing antagonism towards firms

International News:

- Criticism continues to grow, with former Republican presidents invoking Thomas Jefferson in a veiled rebuke of Donald Trump.

WEDNESDAY – Today’s News sponsored by

St Francis, Kouga, Eastern Cape & Southern Coast:

St Francis Links - A new card and hollowtining explained - Ever wondered what is involved in HOLLOWTINING - great videos on the process at St Francis Links explains the process

International News:

40 years ago America was shocked by the death of THE KING

- As a war of words continues between the US and North Korea over the secretive state's rocket launches, Sky looks at whether the situation is at crisis point.


Will Curwin Bosch be Elton Jantjies back up at flyhalf on Saturday? - Springbok backline coach Franco Smith was playing his cards close to his chest when he was asked at a press conference on Tuesday what the plan would be were first choice flyhalf Elton Jantjies to be injured


Arthritis of knee doubles... due to our lazy lifestyles - While it is often thought the condition is caused by ‘wear and tear’ and old age, a study has found that arthritic knees is a highly preventable condition.

South Afica & Africa:

It is time to review the appointment of Busi Mkhwebane - There had been persistent unease about whether the public protector, advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane, was the fit and proper person to fill Thuli Madonsela’s shoes.

Grace Mugabe Escapes SA Police, Lands in Zimbabwe - Mugabe was due to appear in the Randburg Magistrates Court on Tuesday afternoon.

Ndebele-flavoured BMW 7 series back in SA - Esther Mahlangu’s uniquely South-African flavoured BMW 7 Series is back in South Africa and will be used to preserve the Ndebele cultural heritage of her people.

Mafia business forum in action again - members of an alleged "shady, mafia-style" business forum are continuing to shut down building sites, demanding jobs or a slice of the profits

Money & The Economy:

Gigaba will engage with FNB CEO over SAA boycott - Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba will engage with FNB CEO Jacques Celliers following his declaration that he will no longer fly with South African Airways

Mark Pamensky speaks out on charges linked to Guptas, Eskom - Former Eskom and Oakbay Resources and Energy board member Mark Pamensky has spoken out after OUTA laid charges against him on Tuesday

Good bye Silo

Few living in St Francis haven't from time to time encountered Silo, much loved companion of Angela Gawler-Cadman and family. Silo sadly moved on to the Rainbow Bridge yesterday. We will miss your old boy.

Fine & Country Properties, St Francis Bay

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