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Tuesday 20th October

Covid-19 and Local News & Updates

Tests Conducted – 4 565 980  |  Positive Cases – 705254 |  Recoveries – 635257  |  Deaths – 18492

 

Wildflower Chase 2020 St Francis Field

A report by Colleen SmithThe lockdown, because of Covid-19, called into question whether we hold a Wildflower Chase this year or not. Dave Bowmer and I discussed it – there was no spectacular display of the pink and yellow Senecio’s...

Manoa Robb Wins Monster Combo Round 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7qwgkpf8WQ&feature=youtu.beIt is a big congratulations to Manoa Robb, the official Round 1 winner of the Monster Combo. Manoa's efforts see him win a R2000 Pollywog gift voucher and an entry into the...

Rotarians donate life saving equipment to St Francis community

The Rotary Club of St Francis officially presented a Defibrilator and Holter to the community of St Francis last week. The equipment is to be held at Dr Jean Malan’s medical practice at the St Francis Medical Centre where it will be...

A busy weekend for NSRI on southern coastline

NSRI Oyster Bay duty crew were activated on Saturday afternoon following a request for assistance from a fisherman on a fishing sea kayak who reported to NSRI EOC (Emergency Operations Centre) that he was in difficulty off-shore of...

Bush-clearing to help keep Humansdorp safe

Major bush-clearing is under way at Humansdorp in a joint effort to keep Kouga communities safe from crime.Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said about 60 men and women from Humansdorp and St Francis Bay had started clearing alien...

World Food Day 2020 – 16th October

World Food Day 2020: Sustainable seafood links ocean health with people’s lives and platesFood insecurity is a reality for many South Africans with nearly half of the nation’s households living under the poverty line and not being able...

Swart Maandag (Black Monday) Drive

PRESS RELEASEThe organizers of the Swart Maandag (Black Monday) peaceful protest drive based in the beautiful town of Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape would like to inform you of the following.We are a small town with a BIG voice, but also...

Warning to estate agents

Estate agents are reminded that it is illegal for the municipality to supply them with the details of property owners in the region.Kouga Finance Portfolio Councillor, Brenton Williams, said CDs with this information were available to...

Good rain, but dam levels remain low

Kouga residents and businesses have been urged to continue using water sparingly.“Some much-needed rain has fallen in the catchment areas, but not enough to make a significant difference to the dam levels.“This means we cannot relax yet...

Africa’s First Adaptive Learning Online High School Launches

PRESS RELEASEPrestigious, independent school, Bridge House and award-winning EdTech company, Digemy, have joined forces to create ConnectEd - the first Independent Examinations Board (IEB) curriculum online high school in Africa to...

LOCAL:

Rotarians donate life saving equipment to St Francis community  –  The Rotary Club of St Francis officially presented a Defibrilator and Holter to the community of St Francis last week.

SURFING:

Manoa Robb Wins Monster Combo Round 1  –  It is a big congratulations to Manoa Robb, the official Round 1 winner of the Monster Combo.

Sun City springs a Surprise unveiling revamped Valley of the Waves  –  Sun City unveiled its revamped Valley of the Waves in spectacular fashion, playing host to pro surfer, Chad Du Toit and rising star, Surprise Maphumulo.

PORT ELIZABETH, EASTERN CAPE & SOUTHERN COAST:

Diving into a promising future  –  Five Bay men ready for exciting careers after qualifying to work underwater anywhere in world

Another slight increase in local dam levels  –  According to the latest figures released by the municipality on Monday morning, the Metro’s four main supply dams are currently at 22.46% of total combined capacity

COVID-19:.

SA records nearly 1,500 new Covid-19 cases in past 24 hours  –  SA recorded 1,461 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, the health ministry confirmed on Monday.

The slow motion race for a TB vaccine versus the sprint for a Covid-19 vaccine  –  In recent months, the world has seen unprecedented investment in new vaccines.

NATIONAL COMMAND COUNCIL & LOCKDOWN:

V&A Waterfront rebounds after lockdown battering  –  International tourists and returning office workers key to full recovery.

SOUTH AFRICA & AFRICAN CONTINENT:

Agrizzi moved to private hospital as his condition worsens  –  Former Bosasa chief operations officer (COO) Angelo Agrizzi has been moved to a private hospital at the family’s request due to his “worsened condition”.

WATCH: BBC exposé reveals thousands of boys kept in chains, tortured and abused in Sundanese Islamic schools  –  A BBC News Arabic investigation has uncovered systemic child abuse inside Islamic schools in Sudan. There are nearly 30 000 Islamic schools, known as “khalwas” across Sudan.

FARM MURDERS:

Senekal Magistrates’ Court carries the scars of violent protest as suspect appears for bail hearing  –  The court was quiet on Monday when a suspect allegedly involved in the protest appeared and was granted R15,000 bail.

Suspect charged over KZN farm murders  –  Police in KwaZulu-Natal have confirmed that a 20-year-old man, Doctor Vikani Ngwenya, has been charged with the murder of a KwaZulu-Natal farming couple, Glen and Vida Rafferty.

WATCH | ‘I stole for a living’: Inside the life of a reformed livestock thief  –  Sente Abel Mahini spent a decade of his life stealing cattle to make ends meet.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS:

ANC Free State members call for Magashule to step down  –   Two weeks ago, Magashule supporters marched to Luthuli House to protest what they said was a ‘politically motivated attack’ on Zuma and him.

ZONDO COMMISSION:

Zondo may ask Cyril Ramaphosa to recover R17m paid to Siyabonga Gama  –  State capture commission chairperson Raymond Zondo may recommend that President Cyril Ramaphosa goes after former Transnet board members 

Zondo astounded Transnet board let Gama off the hook on paying high court cost order  –  Commission chair says legal costs could have been between R800 000 and R1 million and asks why it was decided that parastatal would pay 75% of CEO’s costs.

ZUMA:

My dad feels like he’s being treated unconstitutionally: Duduzane  Zuma  –  Duduzane Zuma has come to the defence of his father, former president Jacob Zuma, amid growing calls for him to appear again before the state capture commission.

JUDICIARY:

WC Judge President John Hlophe accuses Chief Justice Mogoeng of perjury and conspiracy  –   Embattled Judge John Hlophe has labelled his deputy, Judge Patricia Goliath, a ‘nonentity’ and accused the Chief Justice of South Africa, Mogoeng Mogoeng, of conspiracy and perjury.

The leading female candidates in the running for the next Chief Justice   –   The appointment of a woman as Chief Justice is a prospect that ought to be taken very seriously. 

BUSINESS, MONEY & ECONOMY:

Capitec ranked as South Africa’s best-performing bank  –  The Banker has launched its inaugural performance rankings for the top 25 banks in Africa, listing Capitec as the country’s best-performing bank.

Eskom’s debt burden is sidestepped in a cascade of plans to revive South Africa’s economy  –  Eskom has a debt load of about R488-billion, which weighs on already deteriorating public finances. 

TECHNOLOGY & TELEVISION:

The tech skills which can get you into Australia  –  The Australian government has recently announced updates to the country’s migration programmes for 2021, which is aimed at attracting scarce skills.

Russia planned cyber-attack on Tokyo Olympics, says UK  –  Foreign secretary condemns ‘cynical and reckless’ bid to disrupt Games, before they were postponed

TRAVEL:

Germany added to SA’s high-risk list  –  Increase in Covid-19 infections curbs leisure travel to South Africa, barring visits of three months or more.

Here’s the updated list of high-risk countries that can’t travel to South Africa  –  The Department of Home Affairs has reviewed the list of high-risk countries which will be restricted from entering South Africa under the country’s level 1 lockdow

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

France teacher attack: Four school students held over beheading  –  Four school students are among 15 people who have been taken into custody in France following the beheading of teacher Samuel Paty,

US ELECTIONS 2020:

Presidential debate commission adopts rules to mute microphones  –  Candidates will be muted while the other has the floor and any interruptions will count toward their time

SCIENCE:

Nasa’s Osiris-Rex probe aims for daring ‘high five’ with asteroid Bennu  –  An American spacecraft is about to attempt the audacious task of grabbing rock samples from an asteroid.

SPORT:.

Bulls lose Aplon, but exciting Kriel now set to get his chance in the No 15 jersey  –   “I can’t wait to show off my worth, my first-choice position is fullback and having a big kicking boot helps there,” said the youngster.

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