Tuesday 11th May

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LOAD SHEDDING SUSPENDED

WEATHER
Partly sunny
Max 20C
Wind – WSW 19 km/h

LOCAL: (St Francis & Kouga Region)

NMB dam levels very disappointing in spite of recent rains  –  The level of Nelson Mandela Bay’s main supply dams has dropped 0.1% this week to 12.44% of total combined capacity despite last week’s good rains 

Increase in active Jeffreys Bay Covid cases  –  There has been an increase in the number of active COVID-19 cases in the Kouga region.

JBay surfing ace grabs third place at Margaret River  –  Jeffrey’s Bay surfing ace Matthew McGillivray recorded his best-ever result on the World Surf League’s elite Champions Tour on Monday 

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY

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SA & AFRICA NEWS: 

Worker tells court how Chinese nationals, accused of human trafficking, abused ‘staff’  –  A witness in the trial of seven Chinese nationals facing human trafficking and child labour charges has detailed a web of abuse 

WATCH: Huge blaze on N3 after deadly crash between bus and truck  –  It has been reported on Monday, just after 7pm, that seven people had been declared dead in the aftermath, all occupants of the same vehicle.

Social Relief of Distress Grant: State chooses austerity over the welfare of millions  –  The Constitution says the state must ‘within its available resources’ work to ‘progressively realise’ its duty to fulfil the constitutional right to social assistance.

COVID NEWS:

COVID-19 WRAP | SA records 90 new Covid-19 deaths in past 24 hours  –  SA recorded 1,129 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, health minister Dr Zweli Mkhzie said on Monday.

COVID VACCINE:

Register for a COVID-19 vaccine in South Africa via WhatsApp or SMS  –  The National Department of Health has launched COVID-19 vaccine registration portals on WhatsApp, USSD, and SMS 

POLITICS:

Inside the NEC: How Ramaphosa dealt Ace a double blow and scored a victory for ANC reform  –  President Cyril Ramaphosa has agreed to a new land expropriation party committee in return for high-level party support for his tough stance on the step-aside rule.

Ace Magashule told to apologise for ’suspending’ Ramaphosa or else  –  Suspended ANC secretary general Ace Magashule has suffered yet another blow, as top officials in the ruling party want him to apologise

CORRUPTION WATCH:

‘Hawks’ wanted R500m from me, claims former Prasa boss Lucky Montana during commission testimony  –   Former Prasa chief executive Lucky Montana was supposed to answer questions about property transactions, but he ended up making allegations that witnesses were threatened to testify.

House, guns, cars: Transnet pension fund gets personal in quest for Trillian ‘loot’  –   The spotlight has fallen on the sale of cars and the ownership of Eric Wood’s Sandhurst home and Limpopo game farm, with the Transnet pension fund seeking the sequestration of the former Trillian CEO.

 

BUSINESS & MONEY MATTER:

Bribes are not tax deductible: SARS rejects payments by Regiments Capital to letterbox companies  –  The SA Revenue Service has taken issue with alleged professional fee deduction claims of hundreds of millions of rands by Regiments Capital for payments it made to letterbox companies 

Clicks acquires Pick n Pay’s pharmacy business  –  Independent analyst Chris Gilmour posits that we may find the rather strange situation of ‘having a Pick n Pay store with a Clicks pharmacy inside it’.

What I learned about money from having too many zeros in my bank account  –  Like everyone, throughout my life, I’ve had to manage my money and my relationship with it. Those are two different things. One is an expression of the other.

Here’s what is boosting the rand right now – as it hits R14 to the dollar  – The South African rand moved below R14 to the dollar on Monday morning (10 May), as it benefited from strong commodity prices, subdued US jobs data, and positive local news.

ENERGY & ESKOM:

Municipalities robbing the poor to pay the rich  –  Between 2014 and 2019, R38.3 billion meant to provide electricity to indigent households was used by municipalities for unauthorised purposes.

AIRLINES:

SAA and pilots’ association to meet over pending disputes  –  Following ruling ordering the airline to pay Saapa members’ outstanding allowances and salaries.

TECHNOLOGY & TELEVISION:

Mind-boggling magnets could unlock plentiful power   –  “It’s every engineer’s dream really, to have a project that’s technically challenging, which requires you to develop new technology and solutions to hard problems,

Microsoft might have just killed Windows 10X – Report  –  Microsoft has reportedly shelved its new Windows 10X operating system (OS) and will instead continue to focus on improving Windows 10.

St Francis Disaster Group again shows the way!

Following the welcome but, in parts, destructive rainfall of Wednesday night, St Francis Disaster Volunteer Group members were again quick to...

Heavy Rainfall Causes Some Havoc around Kouga

Kouga Municipality Media ReleaseHEAVY falls of rain on Wednesday night, caused some havoc across the Kouga region - damaging several houses and...

CENTRE OF GRACE FOUNDATION: KOUGA BACKS AUTISM CENTRE FOR CHILDREN

 Kouga Municipality Media ReleaseTHE little dark head girl laughs exuberantly – her dark eyes gleaming with innocent pleasure as her colourful...

FOSTER – 30 years of supporting our natural heritage

Whatever your view of Cape St Francis, and however you use the nature reserves -- to walk, to cycle, to let their resources of wildflowers, birds...

Local surfers up in arms over Webcams

Local surfers were up in arms last week following news of a webcam having been erected on a private property overlooking Seal Point. I took the...

COURT CONFIRMS SAMWU STRIKE ILLEGAL AND UNLAWUFUL

KOUGA Municipality’s case against SAMWU was heard in the Labour Court in Port Elizabeth on Friday (April 30).The court needed to give judgement on...

ST FRANCIS NEEDS YOUR VOTE TO WIN TITLE

The greater St Francis is in the running for the coveted kykNET Kwêla Town of the Year title for 2021 – after being named one of the three...

MUNICIPALITY TO ROLL-OUT FIBRE IN KOUGA

RESIDENTS and local businesses’ internet connection are set to receive a hefty shot of steroids that will make an ADSL-line look like snail...

Quick action prevents Sea Vista shack fire spreading

Thanks to swift action last night (27th April) by our Sea Vista volunteers who alerted the DVG to a shack fire, the Kouga Fire Services was alerted...

Kouga Embarks on Water Drive as Hankey Patensie Go Dry

FILL up and drop off . . . all for a good cause for thousands of local households in desperate need of water.Kouga Municipality, in conjunction with...

INTERNATIONAL:

Israel launches airstrikes on Gaza Strip after Hamas rocket attacks  –  Gaza health ministry says 20 Palestinians were killed in Israeli strikes after Palestinian groups fired rockets into Israel

Colonial hack: How did cyber-attackers shut off pipeline?  –  Investigators at the largest fuel pipeline in the US are working to recover from a devastating cyber-attack that cut the flow of oil.

EARTH, SPACE & THE UNIVERSE:

Oceans’ extreme depths measured in precise detail  –  Scientists say we now have the most precise information yet on the deepest points in each of Earth’s five oceans.

THIS & THAT:

WATCH: Canadian-South African model Maye Musk joins son Elon on SNL – South Africa was well represented on Saturday night’s edition of Saturday Night Live when Maye Musk joined her famous son as he hosted the US TV comedy show ahead of Mother’s Day.

Golden Globes backlash: Tom Cruise hands back awards and NBC drops broadcast  –  Actor and network join industry figures distancing themselves from Hollywood Foreign Press Association after exposé

 

SPORT: 

Boks-Georgia series ‘will lift spirits’ ahead of Lions visit  –  “Jacques Nienaber and his team have been working around the clock to get the team as well prepared as possible,” said Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus ahead of the visit by the Lions.

Bamboo bats could revolutionise cricket: study  –   Cricket is a sport defined by tradition, but change may be in store after research suggested bamboo could be an attractive alternative to willow