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WEDNESDAY – Today’s News sponsored by

Local News (St Francis & Kouga)

South Africa vs the Rest of the World - Fun and laughter was the order of the day at the St Francis Bay Bowling Club this last weekend when the South Africa versus the Rest of the World

PE & CAPE COAST:
Baby rhino wins hearts with cute looks – and attitude - The Kragga Kamma Game Park's newest addition to its rhino family is growing fast, and developing an attitude even faster

SPORT:
Drawn test secures 2nd spot for SA - they will receive $500 000 as they finished the season as the runners-up to the No 1-ranked India in whites after winning the series 1 - 0.

SA Rugby flexes muscles on Bosch - Curwin Bosch's commitment to the Sharks in Super Rugby will be severely diluted in May ... if he is selected to be a part of the South African U-20 squad, that is

News from South Africa & Africa

'Gordhan, Jonas are definitely out' - Two people are in the running to take Pravin Gordhan’s place as Minister of Finance in what is likely to be a much-changed Cabinet named by President Jacob Zuma either on Sunday evening or Monday.

Mbeki: Kathrada’s death a painful loss to SA - Kathrada's death should not hinder the vital discussion between ANC veterans & leaders on ways to fix problems.

Court blocks Guptas' bid to make Gordhan pay - The High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday, rejected a vigorous bid by Gupta-owned Sahara Computers to have Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan personally pay legal costs

#ORTamboHeist: New suspect charged - The court heard that Dube was employed as a stand exhibitionist and was earning R400 000 per month. 

International & Other News:

- Theresa May will be typically business-like on the historic day but many Brexit-supporting Conservative MPs will celebrate.

What Trump's climate change order accomplishes -- and what it doesn't - Here is a breakdown of what Trump's executive order accomplishes and what it doesn't:

ECONOMY:
Fuel price relief could be short-lived - South African motorists will enjoy some relief at the pumps next month, but the joy could be short-lived if politics keep the rand on the backfoot.

INTERESTING READ:
A pocket sized snack that changed the English Language - Tiny pies have been a favourite food in Britain since the Middle Ages – and have changed the English language with idioms, nursery rhyme verses, even a mention by Shakespeare.

TUESDAY – Today’s News sponsored by

Local News (St Francis & Kouga):

Liquid Lines a winner producung winners - What an absolute winner Haydyn and Maria Holmes have given the community in Liquid Lines. Not only is it producing some really fine swimmers but also for what it offers the St Francis community at large

Eco-Route Environmental Consultancy- The “Kromme Enviro-Trust” (St Francis Bay) is fortunate to have Dr Colleen Ebersohn address a group at 15:30 on Wednesday 5th April at the Heritage Centre

SURFING:
Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel - Great to see local St Francis Bay travel agent supporting junior surfing

News from South Africa & Africa

'He breathed his last today'- Ahmed Kathrada Foundation - The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation has confirmed that 87-year-old stalwart Ahmed Kathrada died in the early hours of Tuesday morning

Gordhan crackdown: Chaos, confusion and Cyril - Crude, bizarre, uncertainty and disrespect - these were some of the words used by economists responding to President Jacob Zuma's decision

Arms stash found in Randburg - Masondo there was also a suicide vest among the ammunition and weapons, which included R5 and AK-47 rifles.

Helen Zille: Reclaim the city protest self-serving & dishonest - The Premier's office says the group is trying to take credit for affordable housing projects initiated by provincial government.


International & Other News:

Cyclone Debbie: 'Monster' storm reaches Australian islands - A cyclone carrying winds of up to 263km/h (163 mph) has battered popular holiday islands as it moves towards the coast of Queensland, Australia.

ECONOMY:
SAA trebles net loss in 11 months - In the first eleven months of the current financial year SAA more than trebled its net loss of the previous year, recording a staggering R4.3 billion net loss

SPORT:

SA vs New Zealand Third Test update - SA trailing NZ lose eraly wickets

International & Other News:

Brexit bill: Parliament clears way for talks with EU - Parliament has passed the Brexit bill, paving the way for the government to trigger Article 50 so the UK can leave the European Union.

- The PM is sensitive to the Treaty of Rome anniversary but there are consequences, too, if she waits to start the EU exit process.

ECONOMY:
Bank sale opens door for black owners - Black investors seeking to gain market share in the banking industry have been given an opportunity to enter the market

TECHNOLOGY: - Government bodies are warning that criminals and states are exploiting cyber weaknesses on "a scale and boldness not seen before.

THURSDAY – Today’s News sponsored by

Local News (St Francis & Kouga)

Apologies readers but some advice if we may - It's that time of the year again when nasty bugs infest our bodies taking major toll on the health particularly the elderly

Meet the Bushmen - Clive Horlock has ventured into a world very few other have and he would like to share the experience and invite you to come along!

Eco-Route Environmental Consultancy - Invitation to a discussion on the environmental legislation pertaining to properties in the greater st francis area.

7 hurt as lift plummets four storeys in PE - A lift at the Mount Road police station in Port Elizabeth plummeted four storeys with seven occupants inside 

SPORT:
McIlroy, Spieth suffer upsets at WGC - Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth suffered upset defeats as the underdogs bared their teeth on the opening day of the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play

News from South Africa & Africa

#ElectronicsBan: How are SA travellers affected? - South Africans travelling to the UK and US via Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Cairo, Doha and several other cities will no longer be allowed to use their laptops, iPads, tablets, kindles or e-readers in-flight

Google Apologises To Major Advertisers For Extremist Content - It's reported several major companies have pulled their advertisements from Google & YouTube after their ads were showcased alongside content from hate preachers & extremist groups

Alleged mastermind behind chief justice robbery still at large The alleged mastermind behind the theft of 15 computers from the Office of the Chief Justice is still on the run, police said on Wednesday.

‘No need to change land clauses’ -  For former Constitutional Court judge Albie Sachs, the constitution – especially in its dealings with land reform – requires no amendment.

International & Other News:

London attack: Five dead in Westminster terror incident - Forty other people were injured after a car struck pedestrians on nearby Westminster Bridge, before it crashed.

- At about 2.30pm on Wednesday afternoon, the suspect drove a grey Hyundai car across Westminster Bridge, hitting pedestrians along the way.

FINANCE:

Lower inflation signals possible rate cut - The possibility of a rate cut before the year’s end has improved, given lower inflation as well as a narrower than expected current account deficit

R250 billion to transform ownership of SA's banking sector - R244.6 billion. This is what it would cost investors and funders for the JSE's top 17 listed financial sector companies to achieve the 25% black ownership 

Monday – Today’s News sponsored by

Local News (St Francis & Kouga)

Valuation Roll to be compiled - Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said the tender pro-cess to appoint a service provider to do the valuations was at an advanced staged.

Oyster Bay Lodge now Fair Trade Tourism approved- “Oyster Bay Lodge’s approval opens up significant economic benefits to the local economy,” says Claire Kloka, Oyster Bay Lodge Operational Manager

Greetings from St Francis - Links Greensomes were well received!

SPORT:
Eagle helps Leishman to Bay Hill title - Australia's Marc Leishman sank a 51-foot eagle putt on the 16th hole on Sunday and held off a charging Rory McIlroy and two others to capture the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

News from South Africa & Africa

Chief Justice burglary not a coincidence - Save SA - The burglary at Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng's office is no coincidence, Save South Africa said on Sunday.

Five suspects arrested in OR Tambo heist - Five suspects allegedly linked to the R24m OR Tambo Airport heist were arrested over the weekend.

Trump to maintain HIV funding, including for SA - Though US President Donald Trump plans to slash US spending on diplomacy and development aid by 28%, he intends to maintain current funding levels for the vital Pepfar programme

DA welcomes relief efforts following fire at Swartland Hospital - Acting Democratic Alliance Western Cape leader Bonginkosi Madikizela on Sunday welcomed relief efforts following the fire at Swartland Hospital in Malmesbury

International & Other News:

- A 350ft image of the Forces' Sweetheart will also be in celebration of the release of her new album, Vera Lynn 100.

FINANCE:
Municipalities want new tax for South Africa - The South African Local Government Association (Salga) has stated that it is time for “the third tier of government” to participate in the tax regime.

OPINION:
Decolonisation that assaults African values not worth its salt - Steve Biko once wrote: “Lack of respect for the elders, in the African tradition, is an unforgivable and cardinal sin”

ENTERTAINMENT:
Chuck Berry: His colourful life in pictures - A look at the life of rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry, who has died aged 90.

Friday – Today’s News sponsored by

Local News (St Francis & Kouga)

A consolidated list of Questions and Answers on the SRA - St Francis Today erred somewhat in not listing all the SRA questions and answers in a single post preferring to publish them over a period of three days.  All the Q&A's we have received are now consolidated in a single document with new Q&A;s added, some addressing private estates.

Only 9 % of national budget is spent on Municipalities - The National Assembly has passed the 2017 Division of Revenue Bill with an objection from the DA.

Let's work together - With the announcement in parliament that only nine percent of the 2017 / 18 budget will be spent on municipalities, possibly those opposed to the St Francis Property Owners SRA proposal should reconsider

News from South Africa & Africa

#HelenZille 'was not justifying colonialism' - Zille's spokesperson Michael Mpofu has now explained what the premier's tweets were referring to.

CPS expected to make R4.6bn from new contract - CPS wanted the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) to pay R4.6bn for its services over the next two years, as it phased out its operation

Numsa fumes over Eskom plant closure plans - Nearly 30,000 people could lose their jobs if Eskom goes ahead with its planned phasing out of five coal power stations in Mpumalanga.

ConCourt to hand down Sassa judgment - The Constitutional Court will hand down the much anticipated judgment in the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) matter on Friday.

International & Other News:

Britain's GCHQ agency denies wiretapping Donald Trump - Britain's communications intelligence agency GCHQ has issued a statement denying it wiretapped Donald Trump during the US presidential campaign.

ECONOMY:

SA's economic future lies in oil and gas - Zwane - South Africa’s petroleum resources sector is one of the focal points of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA), and its development will benefit the economy.

SPORT:

LIVE CRICKET UPDATE - South Africa vs New Zealand - 2nd Test Wellington - SA 349 / 9

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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.