Wednesday 26 January

Low 2:49AM 0.7m
High 9:29AM 1.54m
Low 3:55PM 0.85m
High 9:59PM 1.36m

LOCAL NEWS:

CENSUS 2022: REGISTER NOW TO CHOOSE HOW YOU WANT TO BE COUNTED – All Kouga households have until 30 January to register online and choose how they want to be counted in the census 2022. Those who register can complete the census survey online or choose to be interviewed telephonically. Those who do not register and select the online/telephone option will be visited by fieldworkers

Defending World Champion Gabriel Medina Withdraws From Billabong Pro PipelineMedina, the 3x Brazilian World Champion, delays the start of his 2022 Championship Tour season.

Photo Of The DayGroms at play © Delphine Decaruge

CENSUS WORK AVAILABLE FOR JBAY RESIDENTSIf you have matric, this is a unique opportunity for temporary employment. Let Stats SA know you are interested by registering asap on the database at http://www.statssa.gov.za/hr. Proof of Address is needed for registration.

St Francis Bay Weather Report – Fine to warm with a moderate easterly breeze.

St Francis Bay Surf Report Small swell, easterly wind. Good day to go watch Spiderman

REGIONAL NEWS: (East Cape, Port Elizabeth & Southern Coast)

Ettienne Scheepers investigated for fraudDetectives in George are investigating a charge of fraud against Ettienne Scheepers whose wife, Heidi, died with her two children after the vehicle they were travelling in crashed over a cliff at Voëlklip in Herolds Bay.

Five in court for assault on ADM councillorThe allegation is that the five unlawfully and intentionally assaulted Rulashe, forcefully removing her from her office. In the scuffle, she was also hit with clenched fists and dragged on the floor.

SA & AFRICA NEWS:

Scopa wants Ramaphosa to explain in writing details of leaked recordingMembers of Scopa have resolved to write to President Cyril Ramaphosa to demand a written response concerning the utterances attributed to him in a leaked audio.

Three killed in mob justice incident in LimpopoThree men were allegedly during an incident of mob justice that took place at Ga-Maila a Mapitsana under Sekhukhune policing area Monday.

THIS AND THAT:

Believe me, Helen, apartheid and those Broederbond cadres were the alternative that was too ghastly to contemplateIt’s happened again. Helen Zille has tweeted. This time, not about colonialism or ubuntu, but about cadre deployment. Can’t her children keep her quiet? By Koos Kombuis

POLITICS, GOVERNMENT & PARLIAMENT:

Appeal court dismisses bid to resuscitate Gordhan-SARS ‘rogue unit’ report – Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s legal bills mountOn 19 January 2022, the Supreme Court finally banged the last nail in the coffin of the ‘Rogue Unit’ report, dismissing Mkhwebane’s ‘application for reconsideration of her petition for leave to appeal’.

Mkhwebane disappointed by Mabuyane’s ‘continued public display of conduct unbecoming’Busisiwe Mkhwebane expressed concerns over continued attacks from Oscar Mabuyane because of her findings against him.

CORRUPTION WATCH:

Malema accuses ANC of wanting to dip into SSA ‘R4bn slush fund’ after Gungubele appointmentJulius Malema has cautioned against the move by Ramaphosa to delegate political responsibility for the State Security Agency to ally Mondli Gungubele.

COURTS, NPA, HAWKS, CRIME & SAPS:

Final SIU Covid-19 corruption report released — now comes Ramaphosa’s time for tough actionThe SIU final report into Covid-related procurement irregularities names names, points to how corruption has become a web, and is a ticking clock for President Cyril Ramaphosa to act.

Crime in SA | WATCH | Tshegofatso Pule’s killer offered R70,000

Brought to account: Absa ‘fraudster’ joins several ex-employees caught with fingers in the tillThe Absa employee who was arrested by the Hawks for allegedly stealing more than R100 million from the bank joins a number of former colleagues.

TRAVEL:

Americans have become SA’s biggest overseas tourists – overtaking Brits and GermansSouth Africa’s primary source market for tourists in 2021 was the United States, with almost 72,000 Americans having arrived by December.

COVID VACCINE:

Covid outbreak hits ship heading to Tonga; South Africa registers 3,197 new casesPfizer and BioNTech are starting a study of a Covid-19 vaccine that targets the Omicron variant, enrolling participants in a clinical trial that will evaluate the shot’s ability to prompt an immune response in adults.

ENTERTAINMENT:

SA Wines Win at 2021 Global Sauvignon Blanc MastersTwo South African Wines were awarded Gold by The Drinks Business, landing in the top 12 of the best Sauvignon Blanc wines of 2021.

The Every: The hilarious and horrifying new novel from Dave EggersWhen the world’s largest search engine/social media company merges with the planet’s dominant e-commerce site, it creates the richest and most dangerous – and, oddly enough, most beloved – monopoly ever known: The Every. This is not going to end well.

TECHNOLOGY & TELEVISION:

Microsoft’s $22 billion Army goggles still aren’t combat-readyMicrosoft’s new multifunction goggle system for the U.S. Army shows promise, but the $22 billion program isn’t yet ready for combat deployment.

Photo Of The Day

Groms at play © Delphine Ducaruge

Defending World Champion Gabriel Medina Withdraws From Billabong Pro Pipeline

“The past few months have been difficult for me personally, and it has taken a toll,” said Medina. “As such, I’ve decided to withdraw from the start of the 2022 WSL Championship Tour. I had every intention of competing for the entire season had made all the preparations medically (I took my COVID vaccination during my holidays) and mentally and physically. Still, I’m not in a place where I believe I can perform against the world’s best surfers right now. “

CENSUS WORK AVAILABLE FOR JBAY RESIDENTS

STATISTICS SA urgently needs fieldworkers from Jeffreys Bay, including, Wavecrest, Kabeljous and C-Place, to help conduct the 2022 population census...

CENSUS 2022: REGISTER NOW TO CHOOSE HOW YOU WANT TO BE COUNTED

All Kouga households and accommodation establishments have until 30 January to register online and choose how they want to be counted in the census...

Photo Of The Day

Two suns in the sunset - © Silas Biasch

What To Expect In The 2022 Property Market

2021 was our best year ever in terms of sales at Harcourts. We were 50% better than our previous best year!
As most in the industry expect, interest rates will continue to edge up. Realistically, we can expect another 0.75% increase over the forthcoming 12 months, which might see a slowing of buyer demand.

Photo Of The Day – sundowner time somewhere

Sundowner time somewhere by Cesar

The Season In Retrospect – St Francis Bay

Billy’s Beach continues to attract the under 25’s (and their families!). And the numerous and well-organised sporting events continue to draw the crowds.

Property News You Can Use

The Property Practitioners Act was finally passed (after about 4 years in the making) and will come into effect from 1 February. There is a lot to be happy about for all in the estate agency industry.

Photo Of The Day – What Beauty Lies beneath

What Beauty Lies Beneath © Linus Nyland

INTERNATIONAL:

Transparency International – South Africa stagnates in fight against corruption – Transparency International released its annual Corruption Perceptions Index report South Africa is among the 131 countries that have over the past 10 years stagnated in ranking, scoring 44 on a scale of 0 to 100.

ENVIRONMENT:

Gwede Mantashe vs academia and activism (and the media, and the world)The forces acting against Mantashe are not ANC factions, as one might expect — but entities running an alleged anti-Mantashe conspiracy within academia and activism, aided by the “predominantly white liberal media”. Huh?

SOCIAL MEDIA:

Major WhatsApp update — new voice note and notifications features WhatsApp has rolled out an update for its iOS app with several new useful features previously only available to beta users, including much-anticipated support for pausing and resuming voice recordings.

BUSINESS & MONEY MATTERS:

South Africans have spent R3 million on mini salt shotguns to murder flies – many with laser sights – Bug – A – Salt is expecting very big growth as that established base of people find joy in murdering flies, and become its sales representatives, selling the joy of salt-based fly murder to their friends and family.