Monday 9th December

St Francis & Kouga News

Load Shedding Today – Stage 2 – 19:00 – 21:30

Your 2019 St Francis Sporting Calendar  –  The 13th annual St Francis Sport Summer Series will kick off on Monday 16 December 2019 with a canal swim, and ends on the 31st of December with the annual MTB Challenge.

End of Year Bridge Celebration  –  The final competition of the year for the St Francis Bay Bridge Club took place at the St Francis Links on Friday 6 December

Off to the Presidents Cup – Ernie, here I come!  –  It’s our year to win! Ernie vs Tiger, again!

Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape & Southern Coast

‘Way beyond the urgency and emergency phase’, Gift of the Givers ‘battle’ with worsening Eastern Cape drought  –  Humanitarian organisation Gift of the Givers says it is struggling to keep up with the impact of the drought in the Eastern Cape.

Patrons shine light on lacklustre Luminosity market  –  The much-discussed Luminosity Christmas Market at Victoria Park this weekend failed to shoot the lights out for many angry patrons who said the event was a rip-off.

NSRI

NSRI Safety Appeal and Incidents this week  –  NSRI continue to appeal to the public to only swim at beaches protected by lifeguards and only swim during the lifeguard beach stand-by times.

Surfing

Holding Period for 2019 Billabong Pipe Masters Opens Today,  –  The holding period for the 2019 Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons, the final stop on the World Surf League (WSL) Men’s Championship Tour (CT), officially opened yesterday

National & African News

WATCH: South Africa’s Zozibini Tunzi wins Miss Universe 2019  –  She was crowned during the prestigious ceremony in Atlanta in the United States.

SOE’s

Twelve years of load shedding – written, starring & directed by the ANC  –  The ANC will no doubt deny that it can be held responsible for load shedding and it will explain how mistakes were made.

SA’s state pension fund draws line in the sand on Eskom bailout  –  The Government Employees Pension Fund’s principal executive officer, Abel Sithole, said it will only consider recapitalising debt-laden Eskom if the government puts in place good terms and conditions.

Eskom wants R27bn clawback from consumers  –  It’s asking for more from tariffs to cover the under-recovery of its actual costs in 2018/19, while subjecting consumers to crippling load shedding.

#ZondoCommission

From Agrizzi ‘spilling the beans’ to Zuma’s spy claims: Review of Zondo Commission  –  The Judicial Commission of Inquiry into allegations of State Capture,  really came alive in 2019,

Politics 

Infighting shows up the ANC for what it now really is  –  What is disturbing for the president and his supporters is that some of his erstwhile Nasrec allies have defected to the ‘other side’.

EFF in factional battles ahead of conference  –  The EFF is heading to Nasrec, a suburb of Johannesburg, to decide its future leadership.

‘It has enhanced my political career’: Malema relishes court cases piled against him  –  EFF leader says his trials are a mobilisation platform and claims Ramaphosa’s presidency has resulted in ‘the arrogance of white people coming back’

International

White Island: tourists injured during New Zealand volcano eruption  –  Level four alert was issued for the volcano, also known by its Māori name Whakaari, indicating a ‘moderate volcanic eruption’

General election: Leaked Treasury document ‘wrong’ on Brexit checks, Boris Johnson claims  –  The PM tells Sophy Ridge on Sunday that he would pledge to bring down immigration if he wins a majority next week. 

Sport

Double Dubai success for South Africa sevens programme  –  The Blitzboks kept the spirit of Rugby World Cup 2019 well and truly alive after a superb victory at the Dubai Sevens on Saturday

Anthony Joshua regains world titles: Briton’s victory over Ruiz in pictures  –  Anthony Joshua reclaimed his world titles in style with an accomplished performance in his rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr.

Water

Our groundwater is in peril as mismanagement of this vital resource continues  –  More than 700 global scientists, practitioners and experts in groundwater and related fields are calling for action to ensure sustainable climate adaptation and the protection of groundwater.

It’s all downhill: A proposal to tap gravity to solve southern Africa’s water crisis  –  South Africa’s government says it plans to spend R900-billion over the next decade to upgrade the country’s water supply and storage systems. 

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NSRI Safety Appeal and Incidents this week:

NSRI continue to appeal to the public to only swim at beaches protected by lifeguards and only swim during the lifeguard beach stand-by times.NSRI are appealing to boaters and paddlers of craft launching to go to sea to download, from...

Holding Period for 2019 Billabong Pipe Masters Opens Today,

Incoming Swell Likely to Jumpstart Competition TomorrowBANZAI PIPELINE, Oahu/Hawaii (Sunday, December 8, 2019) - The holding period for the 2019 Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons, the final stop on the World Surf League...

Your 2019 St Francis Sporting Calendar

The 13th annual St Francis Sport Summer Series will kick off on Monday 16 December 2019 with a canal swim, and ends on the 31st of December with the annual MTB Challenge.Sporting enthusiasts can look forward to the usual swimming,...

End of Year Bridge Celebration

The final competition of the year for the St Francis Bay Bridge Club took place at the St Francis Links on Friday 6 December and followed the Local Bridge Club’s Annual General Meeting, during which a new committee was appointed.The...

SRA answers questions posed by CRA members

One of the gripes those regularly by those who submit comment deriding the SRA committee and the work they as doing to improve St Francis Bay is that that don’t answer questions. Well a brand new post on the St Francis Property Owners...

Steven Sawyer in action as Taiwan Open World Longboard Championships Called On at ‘The Left’

THE LEFT, TAITUNG / TPE (Friday, December 6, 2019) - The 2019 Taiwan Open World Longboard Championship has been called on and excitement amongst the field is growing with the competition moving to 'The Left.' The event was forced to move to this...

Professor Richard Cowling on Plot Clearing

Professor Cowling comments on Tuesday’s article ‘Damned if you Don’t so better you do’!The concerns raised by some residents regarding the impact on wildlife of mechanical clearing of dense, mostly alien-invasive bush on vacant plots,...

2020 World Surf League Qualifying Series

2020 World Surf League Qualifying Series to Commence at Corona Open China Hosted by WanningCOOLANGATTA, QLD / AUS (Thursday, December 5, 2019) - The 2020 World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) is set to commence at the perfect...

Improving facilities in St Francis

Facebook readers may have read of some of the St Francis Property Owners achievemnts and ongoing projects so for yhose who are not on Facebook ….The SFPO NPC, with the SFPO Association, supports the identification and scoping of third...

First Women’s Eliminations at Taiwan Open World Longboard Championships

JINZUN HARBOUR, TAITUNG / TPE (Wednesday, December 4, 2019) - The Taiwan Open World Longboard Championships has continued today in more solid and windy conditions at Jinzun Harbour. All eight heats of Women’s Round 2 were completed in...

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