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Friday 22nd February

Seems no load shedding now that the budget speech is done and dusted and the ANC has again fooled us all!

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Local (Kouga, PE, Eastern Cape  & South Coast) + Blog

Use a tour guide when sightseeing  – you see and understand more of what you are seeing! – Wednesday saw us embark on adventure to learn a little more about the Adventure Province that is the Eastern Cape.

Helicopter deployed in search for escaped Karoo lion  –  The desperate search for an escaped lion in the Karoo National Park outside Beaufort West continues into the sixth day.

Tests could lead to water outages at Aston and Paradise   –  Expert contractors have been appointed to carry out a series of tests in the Kouga municipal region to help combat water losses.

Angels of death: It’s been a year, but the pain is still fresh for families of Ngcobo massacre  – The officers were remembered on Thursday at the Ngcobo police station, where three of them were killed, while another two were gunned down less than 10km away.


Fire Gordhan right now for Eskom cost overruns – Numsa  –  Gordhan ‘was part of the leadership responsible for the open looting of SOEs while presenting themselves as fighting to undo the Eskom crisis’.


Batohi acts fast, tough in Bosasa’s NPA mole case  –  It has taken the country’s new National Director of Public Prosecutions, advocate Shamila Batohi, barely two weeks to swing into action in the case of Jackie Lepinka, an NPA employee accused of having received R20,000 in monthly bribes from Bosasa.

Liquidator moves to secure documents, computers at Bosasa head office  –  Within hours of being notified of his appointment as a liquidator for the Bosasa group of companies, a Johannesburg based insolvency practitioner has moved to secure documents and computers at the Krugersdorp head office of the company.

National & African News

Watch: Elephant stampede gives safarigoers once in a lifetime experience   –  A group were on a game drive in the Kruger National Park when a herd of elephants came stampeding across their path, some were not too happy to see them.

Gordhan slams opposition parties for ‘points-scoring’ in Eskom debate  –  The DA’s Natasha Mazzone told MPs that Eskom, along with the governing African National Congress, was holding South Africans ‘hostage’.

We’re sorry, ANC tells Gordhan after accusing him of attacking black engineers  –  The ANC on Thursday apologised to public enterprise minister Pravin Gordhan and the party’s head of organising and NEC member Senzo Mchunu after criticising them

Manhunt launched for remaining #EdenvaleHighSchool shooting suspects   —  Gauteng police on Thursday launched a manhunt for suspects linked to an alleged robbery at Edenvale High School that left two people dead.

#Elections 2019

After budget, the ANC looks like a sure thing as election nears  –  Having navigated the gauntlet of this year’s budget without taking any hits, Ramaphosa can now turn his full attention to the upcoming election

Business, Money & Economy

Black tobacco farmers ‘dismayed’ by Tito’s new taxes  –  As many as 10,000 jobs may be lost, they say.

Nowhere to hide for tax dodgers stashing assets offshore  –  Putting money into offshore structures, thinking that you are safe from the tax man, is no longer the case

International News

Johnson & Johnson is being investigated over fears its baby powder may cause cancer — here’s how worried you should be   –  Let’s be clear: If you know that your baby powder is pure, there’s nothing dangerous about slapping some on a newborn or sprinkling a little bit in some smelly shoes.

Islamic State women begging for food and medicine in Syria campThe women were attracted to a utopian fantasy propagated by IS but now face punish ment in a Syrian camp, writes Sky’s John Sparks.

Jussie Smollett: Judge calls alleged hate hoax ‘despicable’   –  A Chicago judge has said charges that US actor Jussie Smollett staged a hoax hate crime against himself are “utterly outrageous” and “despicable” if true.


Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker Prepares For Mavericks Challenge Big Wave Event   –  South African big wave surfer and two times Big Wave World Champion Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker is currently in California, preparing for the final big wave event of the 2018/2019 Big Wave Tour


Super Rugby – Round Two, Part Two  –  An overview on some of this weekends games  – Sharks / Blues – Stormers / Lions

Quinny is making a big difference, says Markram  –  It’s a bit scary to think where the Proteas would be without him in the Test series against Sri Lanka.


Growing threat to food from decline in biodiversity  –  The plants, animals, crops and micro-organisms that are the bedrock of food production are in decline, according to a UN study.

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Use a tour guide when sightseeing

BLOGUse a tour guide when sightseeing  - you see and understand more of what you are seeing!Wednesday saw us embark on adventure to...

Tests could lead to water outages at Aston and Paradise

Expert contractors have been appointed to carry out a series of tests in the Kouga municipal region to help combat water losses.Kouga...

Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker Prepares For Mavericks

Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker Prepares For Mavericks Challenge Big Wave Event South African big wave surfer and two times Big Wave World Champion...

Coastal repairs underway at Oyster Bay

REPAIR and protection work has started along the beachfront of one of Kouga’s most pristine coastal towns. Kouga Municipality this week...

Golf & Beauty at Play

Golf, Beauty Treatment and a Ryder Cup Atmosphere!The Pop In Beauty Bar golf morning on 12th February at St. Francis Bay Golf Club...

Man missing at Sundays River Mouth

NSRI Station 6 Port Elizabeth were activated following reports the three men were in difficulty in currents at Sundays River Mouth late...

Kabeljous Estuary Adventure

Kabeljous Estuary Adventure with HarrySt Francis College Grade 3’s were treated to a very special outing on 14th February.  They walked through the...

Homeowners must play their part

New Risk Reduction Committee formed to minimize fire risksA new Risk Reduction Committee has been set up by Kouga Municipal Fire...

Intruders to flee gunshots

Intruders flee as victim fires shots trough bedroom doorDetectives from the South African Police Service in Jeffreys Bay have launched a...

Couple attacked on Patensie Farm

Manhunt for two suspectsThe South African Police Service in Patensie have launched a manhunt for two suspects who allegedly attacked a...