Friday 5th June

Covid-19 and Local News & Updates

Tests Conducted – 761534  |  Positive Cases – 35812  |  Recoveries – 18313  |  Deaths – 755


Covid-19 Update 36 – Dredging Notice  – We note queries in regard to the sand washed into Ski Canal by the recent storm, and advise that dredgers are currently being deployed to clear the sand.

Essential Services (Kev’s Team) have not stopped since lockdown  –  Kevern is sometimes referred to the man who doesn’t sleep. It’s not uncommon for him to be sipping a coffee at 5am after he has toured the perimeter fence 


Eastern Cape premier tests negative for Covid-19, warns of booze crackdown  –  Mabuyane said he was concerned about the snaking queues at liquor stores, which he feared may thwart the province’s fight against the virus.

AlgoaFMNMBM to hold first ever virtual meeting  –  The Nelson Mandela Bay Council will hold its first-ever virtual meeting on Friday following a lengthy break due to the coronavirus pandemic.


The CitizenCovid-19 cases shoot up by huge record 3,267 to 40,792  –  The total number of deaths is now 848, after 56 more people died.

Independent On LineUse of high-flow oxygen in Western Cape ‘game changing Covid-19 alternative to ventilator’  –  The Western Cape has turned to the use of high-flow oxygen to treat patients in place of ventilators, after teams at Tygerberg Hospital recorded encouraging results,


Citizen Covid-19State of disaster to be extended by a month, with court judgment to be appealed  –  The current state of disaster will be extended by one month, while government launches an appeal against a court ruling which found lockdown regulations unconstitutional.


Business MaverickIllicit trade in cigarettes and alcohol has thrived during lockdown  –  Government has under-estimated how much the banning of alcohol and cigarettes boosted illicit trade. 

TimesliveSmoking ban a sign of a ‘responsible government’, says Dlamini-Zuma  –  The overarching rationale for prohibiting the sale of tobacco products was to protect human life and health, and to reduce the potential strain on the health-care system.


Daily MaverickIn these pandemic times, Covid-419 scams abound  –  Fraudsters are using the coronavirus pandemic to target unsuspecting and desperate people online.

TimesliveGeorge Floyd killing triggers ANC, SACP and Cosatu to start Black Friday  –  George Floyd’s death at the hands of the police has sparked protests across the US and beyond. It has also inspired the ANC-led tripartite alliance

BusinesstechYou can renew your car licence at the Post Office again – but avoid these dates  –  The South African Post Office says that motor vehicle licensing is once again available at all Post Office branches that offer the service.


TimesliveCharge those accused of stealing cable with economic sabotage: Mbalula  –  Transport minister Fikile Mbalula has called for cable theft suspects to be charged with economic sabotage.


Daily MaverickThe Big Sweep: pre-dawn raid nets rotten cops in clampdown on corruption – cases “watertight”  –  Eight SAPS members, including a former Lieutenant-General, as well as six “citizens”, have been arrested in a dramatic pre-dawn raid in Gauteng.


Daily MaverickA recent court ruling could see many dark apartheid-era secrets coming to light  –  Good news and glimmers of hope are in short supply these days. This is perhaps all the more reason to take note of a recent precedent-setting court judgement.


money webMango, FlySafair, Airlink and CemAir to take flight in Level 3  –   But Comair and SAA remain grounded. Businesspeople who are now allowed to undertake essential travel between South Africa’s ‘golden triangle’ hub cities of Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban,

Fin24Khaya Sithole | SAA’s revival budget – a gross miscalculation  –  This week, as the country moved to Level 3 lockdowns with the economy gradually opening up, two documents surfaced that intrigued me.


The GuardianCovid-19 makes it clearer than ever: access to the internet should be a universal right  –  The internet eased lockdown life for millions. But millions more still can’t get online, and that’s fundamentally unfair

My BroadbandHow South African networks fight battery thieves – Photos  –  Battery theft at cellphone towers is a major problem plaguing South African mobile networks.


BBC newsMadeleine McCann ‘assumed dead’ by German prosecutors  –  Madeleine McCann is “assumed” to be dead, say German prosecutors, who are investigating the disappearance of the British girl in 2007.

The GuardianBrazil overtakes Italy as country with third-highest coronavirus deaths  –  Brazil registers a record 1,473 deaths in day, with Mexico also registering over 1,000, as Latin American countries seek to reopen

This & That:

BBC newsA cluster of islands: How Shetland locked down early and stopped the virus in its tracks  –  Early in the Covid-19 outbreak, the Shetland Islands were one of the worst-hit areas of the UK by head of population. Now, no new cases have been detected there for six weeks. 


Sport24Conor O’Shea urges rugby chiefs to seize ‘moment’ for change  –  The Rugby Football Union’s (RFU) performance director Conor O’Shea on Thursday urged the sport’s bosses to use the enforced coronavirus break to sort out the global calendar “once and for all”.

Collo’s Blog:

Showing their love for the community pets  –  Never did I imagine that when Stephanie Ernstein and I joined forces to form a small animal outreach on the Sea Vista playing fields some five or so years ago that it would ever grow into what it is today.

Showing their love for the community pets

Never did I imagine that when Stephanie Ernstein and I joined forces to form a small animal outreach on the Sea Vista playing fields some five or so years ago that it would ever grow...

Sea Vista Food Parcel Update: Is Your business still being prevented from opening?

The St Francis Disaster Volunteer Group along with St Fr Francis United Church and Rotary St Francis continues their incredible work in assisting those in our Sea Vista township still...

Kouga Traffic Re-Opens for License Re-newals and Registration

 The Kouga Traffic Department in Humansdorp has re-opened for driving and motor vehicle licence renewals and registrations.No new learner or driving licence test applications will,...

Some updates on our water supply

Further to our post of  May 28th 'An Overview of St Francis Water Supply'  Chris Cowling sent us an update on the dams that supply us with our life sustaining water supply. Churchill and...

Mission Chokka Industry St Francis

Louanne Mostert so well known to many in St Francis returned on a mission to profile the Chokka fishing industry and the livelihoods that depend on it. "In early March, I had the...

An Overview of St Francis Water Supply

Chris Cowling has submitted the following interesting and indeed important facts about the dams that supply our water "I have noticed that a lot of emphasis is placed on the level of the...

Nationwide Delay In Re-Opening Of Traffic Departments

Nationwide Delay In Re-Opening Of Traffic Departments For Licensing & RegistrationTraffic departments around the country have been unable to re-open because the online system...

Lockdown Ban On Controlled Burns Lifted

The ban on permitted, prescribed burns in the Kouga region has been lifted.Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said land owners and farmers could once again apply...

Stacy-Lee May – The Queen of Smoke 

Lockdown is many things for many people, but one person who has taken it in her stride is 23-year-old ‘spinner’ and daredevil Stacey-Lee May from Eldorado Park. Her craz car tricks and...

The other side of the smoking ban

Those deprived of their nicotine fix and having to go cold turkey will have climbed walls an no doubt there has been family arguments and some serious psychological damage done.Most...

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