Friday 4th December

Covid-19 and Local News & Updates

Tests Conducted – 5 500 669 |  Positive Cases – 800872  |  Recoveries – 739367  |  Deaths – 21803

2021 Calendar to the Rescue (s)

The perfect Christmas GiftTori Stowe, Creative Director at Stowe & Co. and The Corner Gallery and appointed designer for a successful Australian brand and a varied and charming range of...

Municipality Clarifies Status Of Festive Events

NO BILLY’S BEACH IN 2020"In light of the current spike of Covid cases and the further impending curfews and restrictions being set, we unfortunately have to cancel this years...

Around the world yachtsman saved by a glimmer of light

Local SFT contributor Stephen Praetorius himself an accomlished yachtsman recounts the harrowing tale of a miraculous rescue of around the world yachtsman Kevin Escofficier 800 nautical...

All events cancelled – No all are back on

Confusion reigns in Kouga council it would seem. After publishing a notice, apparently in error, cancelling all events including the annual Billy's Beach, it would appear council has had...

Kouga records 194 new Covid-19 cases in two days (28;11)

The number of active Covid-19 cases in the Kouga region stood at 329 on Saturday, 28 November.According to the latest information from the Department of Health, the breakdown of active...

“Then and now” in the Greater St Francis Region – #3

Immediately south of the Cape St Francis  lighthouse in the spring of 2003. Note the abundance of species: pink fluffy beach indigos, yellow beach buttons, white needle everlastings and grey shrubs...

Our famous lighthouse

Many will have seen this wonderful history on our lighthouse on Facebook recently but for those who don't use Facebook you can read it here.On July 4th 1878, the lamp of Cape St. Francis...

Big Wave Surfer Frank Solomon Opens Parley Ocean School with Parley for the Oceans and Sentinel Ocean Alliance

Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa. Sentinel Ocean Alliance founded by Frank Solomon in 2017 to create ocean-based opportunities and environmental education for the youth of South Africa,...


St. Francis Bay; Cape St. Francis, Oyster BayKindly take note that the electricity supply will be interrupted on the date and time indicated below. This interruption is necessary for new...

110 Disaster Management Volunteers appointed for the festive season

110 Disaster Management Volunteers have been appointed by Kouga Municipality to assist curb the spread of the Coronavirus in the municipal hotspots.With the festive season rapidly...


Police arrest Perlemoen poachers in Jeffreys Bay   –  The Police dog unit managed to track down eight suspects and also sniffed out 429 abalone (perlemoen) hidden in the bushes in Wavecrest, Jeffrey’s Bay.


World’s Best Surfers set for 50th Edition of Billabong Pipe Masters  –  The Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons is celebrating its 50th edition as the world’s best male surfers arrive on the seven-mile miracle known as Oahu’s North Shore.


Level 1 crackdown for SA, higher lockdown restrictions for Nelson Mandela Bay  –  While all existing Lockdown Level 1 restrictions remain in place for the rest of the country, there will be a crackdown by law enforcement.

DA welcomes Ramaphosa’s decision to declare Nelson Mandela Bay a hotspot  –  DA Leader John Steenhuisen reiterated the president’s call for South Africans to play their part in preventing the spread of infections.

In the midst of water restrictions, clean water gushes out of taps in Uitenhage  –  Water restrictions are in force in Nelson Mandela Bay, but clean water has been running down the streets of informal settlements in Uitenhage for months.


EC records 42 deaths as SA’s Covid-19 caseload spikes by 4400  –   The Eastern Cape recorded the highest number of deaths, with 42 people having succumbed to Covid-19-related illnesses 


Updated lockdown rules for South Africa – including travel, self-quarantine and repeat testing  –  Government has updated its Covid-19 rules relating to travel and isolation under South Africa’s level 1 lockdown.


‘You risk your life every day’: CIT guard speaks out ahead of festive season  –  According to Grant Clark from the CIT Association of SA, there were 260 cash-in-transit incidents in 2020, compared with 244 in 2019

New deadline for driver’s licence renewals in South Africa  –  The Department of Transport has extended the deadline for driving licence renewals once again, Minister Fikile Mbalula stated in new regulations gazetted today.

’Adolf Hitler’ scores a big win in Namibia’s local elections  –  Adolf Hitler Uunona, 54, a politician of the ruling SWAPO party was last week elected local government councillor for Ompundja constituency in northern Namibia, 


Mystery of R5.5-million Lottery grant  –   The National Lotteries Commission (NLC) gave R5.5-million to a Limpopo organisation which says it never got the money.


Guptas wove an intricate global web of money laundering, commission hears  –   ‘Round-tripping’, ‘smurfing’ and ‘cash firebreaks’ were detailed in the Gupta enterprise’s internal ledgers, which reveal how South African taxpayers’ money was laundered

Order Zuma to answer questions at commission, Zondo asks ConCourt  –   The inquiry is also seeking an order that Zuma must answer to allegations that ‘concern his alleged failure as president and head of the national executive to fulfil his constitutional obligations’.


It was a Bleak Black Friday for SA retail  –   For the beleaguered retail industry, Black Friday and Cyber Monday were meant to be events that would kick-start festive season spending and help redeem a terrible sales year


Insurance claims are soaring — and it’s not just the pandemic to blame  –  New figures show South Africa’s insurance companies are facing a whirlwind of claims — even before the effects of the coronavirus pandemic are taken into account — posing difficult questions about the long-term health of the industry.


Covid-19: Facebook to take down false vaccine claims  –  Facebook says it will start removing false claims about Covid-19 vaccines to prevent “imminent physical harm”.

DStv without a dish – How it stacks up to Netflix  –  DStv recently launched its standalone streaming service in South Africa, allowing local subscribers to sign up for packages without a satellite installation.


Brexit talks falter as UK claims EU is hardening negotiating stance  –  Progress stalls as robust lobbying from France alleged and tussle ensues over UK subsidies regulator


Biden to ask Americans to wear masks for 100 days  –  US President-elect Joe Biden has said he will ask Americans to wear masks for his first 100 days in office to curtail the spread of coronavirus.


Singapore to be first country to sell lab-grown meat  –   Lab-grown chicken will soon be available in restaurants in Singapore after the country became the first to green-light meat created without slaughtering any animals.


China’s Chang’e-5 mission leaves Moon’s surface  –  China has executed the next stage of its Chang’e-5 Moon mission, blasting into orbit samples gathered on the lunar surface.


In-form Bezuidenhout among six leading South African Open  –  Christiaan Bezuidenhout opened with a five-under-par 67 to place him in a six-way tie for the first-round lead of the South African Open

Langeveldt’s confidence grows as Proteas shift focus to longer format  –  There will be at least two changes to South Africa’s batting line-up, with the in-form Faf du Plessis being rested for the ODIs and Reeza Hendricks released from the squad.

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