15th January

TIDES

Low – 12:33AM – 0.4m
High – 6:52AM – 1.8m
Low – 12:56PM – 0.6m
High – 6:55PM – 1.6m

LOAD SHEDDING
Today
None on Stage 1
But 23:00 –  01:30 if Stage 2

WEATHER
Cloudy in morning then sunshine
Max 24C
Wind – E 28 km/h

COVID-19 STATISTICS

New Cases –  12267 | Active Cases – 202380
Recoveries – 1 098 441   Deaths – 37105

Active cases in nearby Kouga region as at 11th January
St Francis – 31 | Oyster Bay – 0 | Humansdorp –  41 |  JBay – 101
Full Sarah Baartman Covid Stats as at 13th available at bottom of page

Keep Safe  and PLEASE …  SAVE WATER

“Then and now” in the Greater St Francis Region – #5

Submitted by Matt GennrichFynbos growing on the present-day corner of Grosvenor and Arago St, Cape St Francis, in 1991. The yellow-hued shrubs...

Privilege

This lovely article by Sandra Hardie is a must read. For long time residents it calls back the past that many will remember and indeed...

Surfing South Africa motivates for relaxing surfig restrictions

The Board of Surfing South Africa has submitted a motivation to the authorities to request that the current regulations preventing...

A triple tragedy

Added to the tragedies is news just received of a further tragedy with the death of Kastine Burgers who passed away on Friday from a...

St Francis Today back online from today

It is with a rather heavy heart that we enter our return to publishing St Francis Today in 2021. As if 2020 was not Annus Horribilus...

“Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more”

A Whatsapp message from Jal Rigaard, Cape St Francis Civics Chairman, on the DVG WhatsApp group midday on Thursday was possibly one of...

Rather funerals and church than healthy beaches

One can only wonder if Police Minister Cele is deploying as many police to monitoring funerals and church services as he is to the lone...

Local Dam Levels critically low

Dam levels continue to drop and the combined total has now dropped to below 20% of capacity with our largest dam.  Kouga at a perilously...

A PLEA FROM THE MAYOR’S OFFICE

Covid-19 infections are on the increase in St Francis! Residents and visitors are reminded that everyone MUST wear face masks when in public. This...

Can this virus be stopped?

Eventually yes for man is able to achieve even the almost impossible given time. But it the meantime as this virus gains momentum in its...

LOCAL NEWS: (Kouga)

Privilege  –  Sandra Hardie recounts life as it was in the early days of St Francis. A wonderful article for those who lived here way back then and for newcomers to reflect on what a life is really all about.

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

Gift of the Givers completes another project in EC  –  Gift of the Givers continues its support for health facilities in the Eastern Cape, having completed the renovation of a building at the Bhisho Hospital

Homeowner wounded by men looking for booze  –  Two men kicked down the door of a home in Port Elizabeth in search of liquor, and when none was found, they opened fire.

COVID NEWS:

Daily Covid-19 update: Nearly 17k patients in hospital as SA tops 37k deaths  –  Since the start of the pandemic on local soil, hospitals have admitted 174,373 patients of which 121,451 were discharged.

Covid-19: The vaccine sums don’t add up  –  The South African government is adamant that it must vaccinate 67% of the population to achieve herd immunity – roughly 40 million people. Just one problem

Dlamini-Zuma set to file response to vaccine challenge by Wednesday  –  The two organisations have taken legal action against Dlamini-Zuma and health minister Zweli Mkhizwe to seek clarity on whether the private sector would have access to Covid-19 vaccines.

LOCKDOWN:

Surfing South Africa motivates for relaxing surfig restrictions  –  The Board of Surfing South Africa has submitted a motivation to the authorities to request that the current regulations preventing surfers from accessing the ocean, be relaxed or amended to enable all surfers to surf legally

SAB goes on an offensive on alcohol sales ban  –  SAB on Friday cancelled a further R2.5bn of investment following the third ban on alcohol sales in December which has been extended indefinitely.

POLITICS:

There is no way the Ugandan elections can be declared free and fair – yet the AU and SA stay silent   –  History will judge this South African government and the African Union for their silence in this moment. 

South Africa at a crossroads: A liberal perspective on how to break the mould  –  As the country stands at a political and economic crossroads, an understanding of the post-World War 2 history of liberalism, and of the kinds of alliances that are possible, is essential to understanding the trajectory of liberal opposition to the ANC.

SA & AFRICA NEWS:

As painful as it gets: The great school reopening debate  –  The decision by the Department of Basic Education to delay the reopening of government schools has been supported, but at the same time harshly criticised.

Petrol at R15 per litre – or R20?  –  Take your pick from several oil price and exchange rate forecasts.

CORRUPTION WATCH:

SAPS PPE scandal: Clash of top brass amid claims of massive corruption  –  Top cops investigating suspended Crime Intelligence head are themselves in sights of Hawks and Special Investigations Unit for PPE corruption.

The SAPS deals: Inside the Thoshan Panday indictment  –  The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is set to mount a massive offensive in the 2010 Fifa World Cup graft case against Umhlanga businessman Thoshan Panday

 
 

BUSINESS & MONEY MATTERS:

Evidence that banks sell repossessed houses for cents in the rand  –  According to an affidavit filed in support of the R60bn class action suit by dispossessed homeowners against major banks.

ENERGY:

More Stage 2 load shedding set for Monday  –  “We currently have 6,384MW on planned maintenance, while another 13,181MW of capacity is unavailable due to unplanned maintenance, breakdowns and the outage delays mentioned.”

TECHNOLOGY:

WhatsApp delays launch of business feature after privacy backlash  –  WhatsApp sets a new launch date of 15 May for the business tools and will approach users gradually to review the policy changes.

INTERNATIONAL:

Alexei Navalny: Poisoned Putin critic detained after arriving in Moscow    Alexei Navalny has carved out a life of activism between court appearances, house arrest and periods in detention before

Small far-right groups gather at US statehouses ahead of inauguration  –  Law enforcement and media outnumber members of ‘Boogaloo Bois’ as only a handful of armed men show up to demonstrations

SOCIAL MEDIA:

EARTH, SPACE & THE UNIVERSE:

Branson’s Virgin rocket takes satellites to orbit  –  Sir Richard Branson’s rocket company Virgin Orbit has succeeded in putting its first satellites in space.

Electric eels work together to zap prey  –  More than 200 years after the electric eel inspired the design of the first battery, it has been discovered that they can co-ordinate their “zaps”.

THIS & THAT:

How to brew a boozy apple cider that’ll be ready to drink in a day or so  –  It’s quick and easy to make a batch of sparkling apple cider with this simple recipe – no special equipment needed

Brewing beer at home is easy — and no, you don’t need pineapples  –  With her wine stocks running low and a ban on buying alcohol in place, our food editor investigates other options

SPORT:

Disarray as 47 Australian Open players affected after positive tests on planes  –   “Weeks and weeks of practice and hard work going to waste for one person positive to Covid in a 3/4 empty plane. Sorry but this is insane.”

Solskjaer bemoans ’missed opportunity’ as Klopp ponders scoreless streak  –  Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted Manchester United’s 0-0 draw at Liverpool was a “missed opportunity” after Alisson Becker made two superb saves to deny the Premier League leaders.