24th February

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COVID-19 STATISTICS

New Cases –  998 | Active Cases – 38714

Recoveries – 1 .419 459  Deaths – 49413

Active cases in nearby Kouga region 
St Francis –  0 | Oyster Bay – 1 | Humansdorp –  5 |  JBay – 3
Keep Safe  and PLEASE …  SAVE WATER

LOCAL NEWS: (Kouga)

No increase in local Covid-19 active cases  –  THERE has been no increase, or decrease, in the number of active COVID-19 infections in the Kouga region.

REGIONAL NEWS: (East Cape, Port Elizabeth & Southern Coast) 

It is official, Port Elizabeth has a new name — Gqeberha  –  The decision was officially approved and gazetted by sports, arts and culture minister Nathi Mthethwa on Tuesday.

At least 800 Port Elizabeth pupils left hungry after theft of school food supplies  –  For many children at Frank Joubert Primary School in Schauderville, Port Elizabeth, their school meal on a Monday is the first substantial food they will receive after the weekend.

SA & AFRICA NEWS:

Angry SAs speak: Step aside, Magashule. Your time is over.  –  During a recent appearance at a magistrate’s court in Bloemfontein, ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule and 15 co-accused defendants were charged with a total of 74 crimes relating to money laundering, fraud and corruption. 

How government wants to change marriage laws in South Africa  –  The South African Law Reform Commission (SALRC) has called for comments on its discussion paper focusing on a single marriage statute for South Africa.

EDUCATION:

The metrics of matric: How the Class of 2020 actually fared, province by province  –  The national matric results for 2020, when taken province by province, show that our outcomes are improving and our inequality narrowing. 

COVID NEWS:

Covid infection in Lagos ‘may top Africa’s official total’  –  A Covid-19 antibodies survey in Nigeria suggests that four million people in Lagos state alone have had the virus – more than has been officially recorded for the whole of Africa.

Daily Covid-19 update: 998 new cases confirmed as recoveries hit 94%  –   The total number of vaccines that have been administered stands at 32,315.

COVID VACCINE:

Mkhize tells parly why he had to sign vaccine non-disclosure agreements  –  This allows the country to gain critical insight into the manufacture’s “supply lines, their manufacturing plans, and possible blockages in the manufacturing pipeline.”

SA to receive second batch of J&J Covid-19 vaccines on Saturday  –  The Health Department is expected to take delivery of its second batch of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine by the weekend.

LOCKDOWN:

Alcohol sales ban was not thought through and ‘has no merit’, says SAB –  South African Breweries (SAB) has argued that the government’s assertion that its decision to ban the sale of alcohol was taken carefully is without merit.

OPNION:

Zuma may finally have met his match in Zondo Commission secretary Itumeleng Mosala  –  Mosala has clearly been instrumental in the new political and legal clarity that marked the commission’s stance in relation to the former president since he left a hearing without permission in November last year.

POLITICS:

Electoral reform in the air: Two new reports chart way forward for South Africa  –  In 2020, the Constitutional Court declared the Electoral Act unconstitutional because it doesn’t allow for independent candidates to be elected.

Put the blame on ANC, says EFF on unemployment increase  –  ‘Unemployment is a pandemic whose vaccine is a total dispense with the ANC.’

CORRUPTION WATCH:

State capture witness copies Zuma’s arguments, says he won’t testify  –  A sequel to the defiance of former president Jacob Zuma is unfolding at the state capture inquiry.

Zweli Mkhize’s ‘family friend’ and ex-private secretary pocket Covid-19 cash via R82m Department of Health contracts  –  The company, Digital Vibes, has secured DoH contracts worth more than R82m for work related to the pandemic.

 

COURTS, NPA, HAWKS, CRIME & SAPS:

Not a Zuma supporter in sight as date is finally set for Arms Deal trial  –  The corruption and racketeering trial of former president Jacob Zuma and French arms company Thales will begin in May.

 
 

BUSINESS & MONEY MATTERS:

Budget 2021 ’could make or break’ SA’s residential property sector  –  The property industry is hoping that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni will outline some solid plans to address unemployment in his 2021 Budget Speech on Wednesday.

Change coming in March could have a major impact on South Africa’s tax base: analyst  –  The financial emigration law amendment that comes into effect on 1 March could cause a mass exodus of South Africa’s tax base, 

Jobs bloodbath unrelenting: Unemployment rate now highest since 2008  –  When the job statistics for the third quarter of 2020 were announced, the feeling was that South Africa had reached the peak of unemployment. S

TECHNOLOGY:

Facebook v Australia: Who blinked first?  –  Australian news will return to the social media giant’s platform, and it will reach deals to pay news groups for their stories.

DStv subscribers may be forced to pay TV licence fees  –  The Department of Communications wants broadcasters like MultiChoice to be obligated to collect TV licence fees from their subscribers.

No increase in local Covid-19 active cases

THERE has been no increase, or decrease, in the number of active COVID-19 infections in the Kouga region.Active cases remained at 13 as at February...

Kouga puts brakes on corruption

KOUGA Municipality asks for residents’ patience at the Humansdorp Traffic Department.This after an employee at the Traffic Department was arrested...

Integrated Development Plan (IDP): One week left to submit comments

KOUGA residents and stakeholders have just over a week left to submit comments on the Kouga Municipality’s draft Integrated Development Plan (IDP)...

Slight increase in local Covid-19 active cases

There has been a slight increase in the number of active COVID-19 infections in the Kouga region.Active cases climbed to 13 as at February 14,...

FOSTER needs your support, please become a supporter

Thanks to FOSTER’s efforts over the past 30 years, our region has four well-managed nature reserves, each with unique natural and...

Dam levels drop below 18%

Kouga residents, businesses and visitors are urged to use water extremely sparingly, with the combined levels of the supply dams in the region...

Books galore for Sea Vista Library

The Sea Vista Library received an enormous boost on Friday 12th February, when the Rotary Club of St Francis officially handed over new books to the...

Rotary SF donates Jungle Gym for Hankey Kids

The Rotary club of St Francis was recently in a position to facilitate a donation of a complete children’s jungle Gym and several bags of pre-loved...

Running the gauntlet in a St Francis 50 #3

If you haven't yet read Part One Click Hereand Part Two Click HerePart ThreeContinuing on from Part Three…..  . If we didn’t go now, we’d probably...

Hospice receives a boost through Rotary Club of St Francis

Corrected bank details at the end of this postSt Francis Rotarians had the pleasure of formally handing over a Lazy Boy electric chair and two...

INTERNATIONAL:

Tiger Woods suffers ‘multiple leg injuries’ in Los Angeles car crash  –  Tiger Woods has been undergoing surgery after suffering “multiple leg injuries” in a car crash in Los Angeles.

EARTH, SPACE & THE UNIVERSE:

Climate change: West Antarctica’s Getz glaciers flowing faster  –  Wherever you look in West Antarctica right now, the message is the same: Its marine-terminating glaciers are being melted by warm seawater.

Attenborough’s stark warning on climate change: ‘It’s already too late’  –  The veteran broadcaster tells the UN Security Council the climate crisis is the “biggest threat to security” humans have faced. 

THIS & THAT:

Did Covid-19 steal your mojo? Watch out for the burnout danger zone  –  Burnout is real, but it can be prevented and addressed. We need to reach out for help when we realise we are in the danger zone.

Restaurant etiquette: 9 things to keep in mind when dining out during the pandemic  –  We have seen how severe the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has been on many industries, particularly the hospitality trade.

SPORT:

South Africa looks to European Human rights court in Caster Semenya case  –  The Portfolio Committee on Sports, Arts and Culture held a meeting on Tuesday and one of the matters discussed was Caster Semenya, as the Tokyo Olympics looms.

 

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