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THURSDAY – Today’s News sponsored by

Local News (St Francis & Kouga)

Rose's little shoppe "Gourmet to Go" already proving a hit - Well known St Francis Bay Chef, Rose Carter recently opened her shop Gourmet to Go in the village and is a must visit

SRA Vote delayed until 2018 - The targeted implementation date will be set for 1 July, 2018 should the SRA application be consented to by the majority of property owners and the Kouga Municipality

Santam donates R1 million fire fighting equipment to Sarah Bartman District - The Sarah Baartman District Municipality received a donation of fire-fighting equipment worth R1.3 m following devastating fires in parts of the region

SPORT:
Van Niekerk sets new world record - Wayde van Niekerk had promised to get "ridiculous" and the South African tyro hailed as Usain Bolt's likely successor did just that when sprinting to a world record

News from South Africa & Africa

ANC stalwarts to discuss consultative conference boycott - Disgruntled ANC stalwarts and veterans are on Thursday set to shed light on plans to boycott the ruling party’s consultative conference,

What does the ruling on religion in school mean for your children? - School governing bodies must ensure that no religion gets a preference over another in public schools

Outa Believes It Has Enough Evidence To Get Zuma Booted Out As President - President Jacob Zuma recently said he doesn't know why he should resign, nobody told him what he did wrong.

South African held by Al-Qaeda in Mali is 'well': father - Stephen McGown's father Malcolm said he had spoken twice to Johan Gustafsson, who was detained alongside Stephen, since his release earlier this week.

International & Other News:

- PC Wayne Marques says: "I'm thinking 'there's a knife in my leg while I'm fighting the second one and the third one'."

ECONOMY & FINANCE:

SA Car industry Radical Economic Transformation plan revealed - South Africa’s vehicle manufacturers are to create a transformation fund that would allocate funds to develop black ownership in the supply chain and vehicle dealership network

GOOD NEWS:

Burnt Knysna horse walks home - A badly burnt horse that survived 16 days in the veld after devastating wildfires near Knysna has found his way back to the farm where he lives by walking along the N2.

WEDNESDAY – Today’s News sponsored by

Local News (St Francis & Kouga)

Super Fun At Monte Carlo Royale Fundraiser - The St Francis College community put on the Ritz as they turned out in numbers to support the Monte Carlo Royale evening at St Francis Links on Friday

Bring on the YOUTH - PGA Teaching Professionals at St Francis Links encouraging and promoting the growth of golf with all of our members, our friends and our juniors

Employment offered: NOMVULA’S looking for an assistant with experience in retail and customer relations

SPORT:
Whiteley out of Super Rugby - The Emirates Lions were hit with a massive blow with the news that Springbok captain Warren Whiteley is unlikely to run onto the field for them again in the Vodacom Super Rugby

News from South Africa & Africa

SAA board faces criminal charges - The South African Cabin Crew Association (SACCA) says South African Airways (SAA) is a profitable organisation that is being undermined by looters

Stop protector in her tracks, SARB boss urges court - The Reserve Bank has warned that the call by Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane to amend the constitution could undermine its role to ensure financial and economic stability.

State rests its case in Panayiotou trial: An overview, so far - The State finalised its case against Christopher Panayiotou and his co-accused in the Eastern Cape High Court in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday.

Zuma jokes about being put out to pasture on the farm - President Jacob Zuma has joked that when he retires in two years’ time he will venture into farming.

International & Other News:

- Sky's Adam Parsons looks at why the European Commission is taking the fight to the internet giant - and will keep punching.

Global ransomware attack causes turmoil - Companies across the globe are reporting that they have been struck by a major ransomware cyber-attack.

ECONOMY & FINANCE:
Zuma is SA’s economic policy - Don’t expect the 3 000 delegates at the ANC’s upcoming policy conference to focus their energies on policy, especially economic policy.

HEALTH & FITNESS:
Making Calories Count - Rather than Counting Calories. - Are you are being advised to cut back on fruit due to its high content of NATURAL sugars and replace it with factory made Vitamins?

TUESDAY – Today’s News sponsored by

Local News (St Francis & Kouga)

Update of progress of Sand River Bridge - Bridge is on track to carry traffic over December holiday season but construction will continue well into 2018.

Kouga hosts Youth in Energy Summit - Young people from across Kouga will take part in the first Youth in Energy Summit at Cape St Francis Resort this week.

Financial skills training - Kouga Local Economic Development Portfolio Councillor Bryan Dhludhlu said the training would be free and open to anyone older than 15 years.

SPORT:
Fleck has a Kitshoff dilemma - Fleck says he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of Kitshoff playing for the Stormers in the play-offs, but it does seem unlikely

News from South Africa & Africa

Man arrested with Timol testifies about being ‘near death’ from police torture - Salim Essop was testifying at the inquest into the death of Timol which was reopened at the request of his family.

Radical political transformation is the order of the day - Is it beyond the bounds of possibility Zuma is using the country’s intelligence machinery to plot against his enemies?

Panayiotou co-accused's prize turned out to be an arrest warrant - The High Court has heard how one of the co-accused in the Christopher Panayiotou case was tricked into giving his details to the police.

Further water restrictions loom in Cape Town - Capetonians should brace for more stringent water restrictions as water use continues to peak above the 600 million litres a day target.

International & Other News:

IS takes slaves as battle for Marawi intensifies - The fighting is intense and sustained - mortars and helicopters mounted with machine guns are being used, as well as armoured personnel carriers and ground troops

ECONOMY & FINANCE:
What could happen to your South African Bitcoin on 1 August - With Bitcoin having risen from R11,000 on 5 January 2017 to R35,200 on 22 June it is clear that the potential risks and rewards in investing in are now much higher than in the past.

Breathing room for consumers? - In terms of the outlook for consumers, there is reason for cautious optimism due to lower inflation and the potential for modest interest rate cuts

Monday – Today’s News sponsored by

Local News (St Francis & Kouga)

Mid-winter madness - Either crazy or very, very brave, 22 souls test their fortitude in this freezing mid-winter event

SPORT:

Lewis Hamilton calls Sebastian Vettel 'a disgrace' after Azerbaijan GP collision - Lewis Hamilton called title rival Sebastian Vettel "a disgrace" after the Ferrari driver drove into his car in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku

Final Results Jordy Smith Cape Town - Joshe Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay) was the only South African winner at the event, successfully defending the junior men’s crown he won last year

News from South Africa & Africa

ANC set to lose 2019 elections, says Maimane - “The state capture that the DA warned about in 2013 is now an undisputed reality,” Maimane told journalists in Durban following the DA’s two-day federal council meeting.

EFF Links Gigaba to reorts of Gupta's spying on Malema - n the face of concerns over the safety of its leader, the red berets claim the Guptas have definitely been spying on Julius Malema.

Nothing called ‘white monopoly capital’ in our vocabulary – Mashatile - Mashatile said the use of slogans smacked of populism that would bring confusion in the organisation.

International & Other News:

- After eight years, the Royal Navy's newest aircraft carrier is to set sail from the Rosyth dockyard where she was built.

ECONOMY & FINANCE:
Guptas, Zuma escape fine with spectacular discount - Tegeta Resources (owned by the Gupta family and Duduzane Zuma) had received a 78% discount on the fine imposed by Eskom on Optimum coal mine.

Myeni to face firing motion in Parliament over SAA ‘lie’ - SAA chairperson Dudu Myeni will face a motion to be fired in Parliament on Tuesday, following a report that she allegedly “lied

Friday – Today’s News sponsored by

Local News (St Francis & Kouga)

Kouga Mayor launches massive clean-up intervention - Some 600 tonnes of rubbish was collected at Jeffreys Bay as Kouga Mayor Elza van Lingen officially launched a massive clean-up campaign

Important info for Municipal payments and account holders - PLEASE READ if you are a resident or ratepayer in Kouga

SPORT:
Surfers Conquer Victory-at-Sea Conditions on Day 1 of Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro - Dale Staples (St Francis Bay) had fun in his heat and was happy to advance to the last 64 in the event as he prepares for the Championship Tour event at Jeffreys Bay

Dreyer makes eight Lions for final test- Prop Ruan Dreyer will become the eighth Emirates Lions player in the Springbok team for the third test against France on Saturday 

News from South Africa & Africa

Secret ballot for What? Why Zuma can still laugh it off -  A spectacular moment in time that brought together the three arms of the South African government in a triumph of constitutionalism and a sham of political accountability. 

Stop lying about me, Zuma tells Maimane - He said government was still committed to its pursuit of adding 9,600 megawatt of power the electricity network using nuclear power.

Watch this space, says Vodacom on #SocialMediaBlackout campaign - For now, people can use Facebook for free, as Vodacom is apparently working on ‘changing the social media game’.

Nearly 16‚000 Fords recalled over fire risk - Ford South Africa has announced another fire-risk related recall - this time on its entry-level Figo and Ikon models.

International & Other News:

Trevor Noah stopped 10 times by US police - Trevor Noah, one of the most prominent comedy hosts in the United States, has spoken out against the wider problem of racial bias among police

ECONOMY & FINANCE:
Parliament to seek court order to set aside Public Protector action - Parliament has joined Absa and the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) in heading to court to get Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s remedial action set aside

Gerrie Nel: 4 things needed to fight corruption in SA - There are four things needed to fight corruption, namely a strong political will; a free judiciary; a free press and an independent and active civil society

SOME FUN:
“How to tell if you’re a South African” post goes crazy-viral - “HOW TO TELL IF YOU’RE SOUTH AFRICAN ….