Wednesday 23rd September

Covid-19 and Local News & Updates

Tests Conducted – 34 064 117 |  Positive Cases – 663282 |  Recoveries – 592904  |  Deaths – 16118

The West Wind – September 22nd

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Emergency Plan for the Spit

St Francis Property Owners NPC issued the following media release with regard the recent breach on the spitThe Spit has been breached 4 times since early in April. The SFPO NPC has been monitoring the Spit over the past year, as we did...

Keep Kouga Safe Campaign Launched

Kouga has set it sights on becoming the safest municipality in South Africa to live, work and play.The Keep Kouga Safe campaign was officially launched at the first Kouga Public Safety Summit at Mentors Country Estate last week.Hosted...

The Monster Combo 2.0 Is Live and Entries Are Open 

The Monster Combo is an online campaign celebrating progressive, high-performance surfing. We’re looking for rides that link up a succession of moves in quality surf.It has been a winter for the record books in sunny South Africa, and...

JBay’s Matt McGillivray Scores Runner-Up Finish

JBay's Matt McGillivray Scores Runner-Up Finish In The First Australian Grand Slam Event JBay's top professional surfer Matt McGillivray ended up a very impressive runner up in the first of the Australian Grand Slam of Surfing events,...

Is plot clearing ridiculously expensive?

Further to our article on clearing plots last week, Trevor Wright who offers  assistance to land owners, outlines some of the costs as well as charges owners will face if it is left to the municipality to clear an overgrown plot that is...

The Tortoise and the Hare – The story of two Trees

Why are large milkwood trees so scarce in Cape St Francis?An article on Milkwood's by Prof Richard CowlingThink of the Cape coast and what tree springs to mind? For most, it would be the white milkwood tree (Sideroxylon inerme). From...

Maya Gabeira Sets New World Record, Wins cbdMD XXL Biggest Wave Award 

 Yesterday, the World Surf League (WSL) announced that Maya Gabeira (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) won the cbdMD XXL Biggest Wave Award and set the new World Record for the largest wave ever surfed by a woman. As part of the Red Bull Big Wave...

Kouga Fire Department makes headway on bush-clearing!

Bush-fires affect the entire community and can have a devastating, wide-spread effect on individuals, businesses, industry and facilities. We all have a joint civic responsibility to take whatever measures are necessary to protect our...

Matt MacGillivray stoked at being included

The World Surf League (WSL) Australian Grand Slam of Surfing series has issued a Green Alert for the Tweed Coast Pro to run this Sunday, 13 September. A moderate East swell is forecast for the region over the weekend and into next week....


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AlgoaFMR50m for drought intervention in EC municipalities  –  The Department of Water and Sanitation has announced that R50m had been allocated for drought intervention in Eastern Cape Municipalities.

Burgersdorp outbreak: Eastern Cape Health MEC bemoans mass non-compliance of lockdown regulations  –  The people of the Eastern Cape were in ‘level one’ before anyone else, according to Health MEC Sindiswa Gomba


Citizen Covid-19Covid-19 update: 1,346 new cases bring SA’s total to 663,282  –   The country has also reported 126 more Covid-19 deaths.


TimesliveBheki Cele ‘disturbed’ by liquor outlets disregarding lockdown laws  –  310,494 people have been arrested for breaking Disaster Management Act


‘I held on for dear life’: mom as man grabs daughter through car window  –  A mother had to hold on for “dear life” to her three-year-old daughter’s legs when a man grabbed the child through an open car window at an intersection in Gauteng.

Common cellphone tracking service used in ambush and murder of top policeman Kinnear  –  Those who plotted the shooting of Anti-Gang Unit Lieutenant-Colonel Charl Kinnear ‘used a Location Based Service’ to track the detective’s cellphone

TimesliveProtesters dig up tarred KZN road as service delivery frustrations spill over  –  Four years of frustration over the lack of water and electricity for a northern KwaZulu-Natal community reached a climax this week when residents dug up the road in protest.

The CitizenHere’s a list of 30 hotspot areas linked to GBV  –  Domestic violence including cases of murder, rape and attempted murder were considered in compiling the list.


Concerned South Africans wish Ramaphosa a speedy recovery as he recovers from a cold   –  Reports about President Cyril Ramaphosa being sick have concerned many South Africans and leaders of opposition parties who flooded Twitter to convey well wishes.

The CitizenParliament to reopen in October  –   Regular Cabinet programme will resume on 6 October.


Daily MaverickFormer SAP executive implicates global software business in corruption probe  –   SAP executives in the US and Germany were repeatedly warned the practice of paying commissions to ‘business development partners’ in South Africa was an invitation to corruption

Daily MaverickGauteng ANC indecision on PPE corruption accused is a harbinger of more drawn-out battles to come  –   After two days of meetings, the Gauteng ANC is still not ready to act against three top officials implicated in personal protective equipment (PPE) procurement corruption.

Businesstech3 types of corruption that have found their way into everyday life in South Africa   –  Civil society group Corruption Watch has published its latest corruption trends report based on accounts it has received from the start of the year until the end of June.


Daily MaverickR631m vanishes in Free State housing scam — with no arrests a decade later  –  Some foundations were laid for RDP houses. Building materials, when delivered, were dumped on site. Contractors simply failed to build houses

Independent On Line’RET Forces’ take on Zondo commission for targeting Zuma  –  The State Capture Inquiry chaired by deputy chief justice, Raymond Zondo, has come under fire from supporters of Jacob Zuma who are accusing it of “targeting” the former president.


BusinesstechMboweni has lost the battle with SAA – and now we face the consequences: analyst  –  President Cyril Ramaphosa has selected the Department of Public Enterprises’ (DPE) line on South African Airways (SAA) above National Treasury


money webR5.35bn starch sale a relief for Tongaat Hulett  –  Group’s share price surges more than 15% as deal with Barloworld gets go-ahead.

money webDraft cannabis bill ‘completely misses the mark’  –  Legislators seem oblivious to the business and tax-generating potential of the industry.

Business MaverickRoaring Rhodium: the most valuable metal in history keeps hitting record prices  –   The world’s five top producers of the most precious metal in history are all South African companies. At $14,500 an ounce, rhodium is on a rampage.


My BroadbandThe R15-billion blunder  –  The technology world is littered with blunders which cost companies billions of dollars and saw them fall out of favour with investors.

The GuardianElon Musk says cheaper, more powerful electric vehicle batteries are 3 years off  –  Tesla CEO acknowledged the design and manufacturing process of the new cells, which he says will be half as expensive, is not complete

Independent On LineThe future of shopping: Immersive tech set to reinvent online shopping  –  Migration to the public cloud can achieve significant carbon reduction in the form of a 5.9% decrease in total IT emissions or nearly 60 million tons of CO2 globally per year,


PM urged to explain plans for military to support police as new restrictions announced  –  The Army could help by “backfilling” police duties such as guarding protected sites, the prime minister’s spokesperson has said.


Biden, Trump appear to be deadlocked in these states, new polls suggest  –  Surveys also show competitive Senate races in both states with control of chamber up for grabs


The GuardianMore than 450 whales now stranded in Tasmania after rescuers discover pod of 200 dead  –  Second pod sighted by helicopter on Wednesday morning, making it the worst whale stranding in Tasmania’s history


Animal lovers getting a Move on for conservation  –  From SA to New Zealand, concerned animal activists will be participating in the Move campaign to shine a light on poaching and other environmental issues.


The CitizenBosch has the Boks – and the No 10 jersey – in his sights  –  With World Cup winner and Springbok first-choice flyhalf Handre Pollard injured, there’s plenty to play for in the coming weeks.

Independent On LineRajasthan beat Chennai despite Faf du Plessis half-century  –  Rajasthan Royals rode explosive half centuries from Sanju Samson and captain Steven Smith’s to beat Chennai Super Kings by 16 runs in a high-scoring Indian Premier League fixture on Tuesday.