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 Pipeline – Medina, the 3x Brazilian World Champion, delays the start of his 2022 Championship Tour season.
Photo Of The Day – Groms at play © Delphine Decaruge
CENSUS WORK AVAILABLE FOR JBAY RESIDENTS – If 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 fraud – Detectives 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 councillor – The 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 recording – Members 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 Limpopo – Three 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 contemplate – It’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 mount – On 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.
Malema accuses ANC of wanting to dip into SSA ‘R4bn slush fund’ after Gungubele appointment – Julius 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 action – The 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.
Brought to account: Absa ‘fraudster’ joins several ex-employees caught with fingers in the till – The Absa employee who was arrested by the Hawks for allegedly stealing more than R100 million from the bank joins a number of former colleagues.
Americans have become SA’s biggest overseas tourists – overtaking Brits and Germans – South Africa’s primary source market for tourists in 2021 was the United States, with almost 72,000 Americans having arrived by December.
Covid outbreak hits ship heading to Tonga; South Africa registers 3,197 new cases – Pfizer 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.
SA Wines Win at 2021 Global Sauvignon Blanc Masters – Two 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 Eggers – When 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-ready – Microsoft’s new multifunction goggle system for the U.S. Army shows promise, but the $22 billion program isn’t yet ready for combat deployment.
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.
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?
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.