Monday 14th June

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LOAD SHEDDING 
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WEATHER
Partly sunny
Max 20C
Wind – SSW 11 km/h

LOCAL: (St Francis & Kouga Region)

The shell shingle vegetation of the Cape St Francis coast  –  A photo essay by Richard Cowling

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

Father, 87, found dead in house after daughters spot couple in his Gqeberha home  –  Two suspects are under arrest in connection with the murder of an 87-year-old man in Walmer, Gqeberha, after they were spotted inside the home by his daughters.

SA & AFRICA NEWS: 

Remote jamming on the rise in South Africa  –  For any South African, becoming a victim of remote jamming is a very real threat.

Diamond rush’ in KZN sparks call for calm, pending inspection  –  Geological and mining experts will be dispatched to KwaHlathi outside Ladysmith, where throngs of people have gathered in the belief they have found diamonds.

Race to get Zimbabwean boy mauled by hyena to SA for life-changing surgery  –  Rodwell Khomazana is nine years old and a keen footballer, with dreams of becoming a doctor. His life changed on May 7, when a hyena mauled his face 

COVID NEWS:

7 657 new Covid-19 in SA, 64% reported in Gauteng  –  A total of 7 657 new Covid-19 cases were reported on Sunday, representing a 17.2% positivity rate,

COVID VACCINE:

2 million of South Africa’s COVID-19 vaccines to be destroyed  –  South Africa’s Covid-19 vaccination programme could be dealt a big blow as two million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will likely be destroyed.

 

LOCKDOWN:

Acting health minister hints tighter lockdown restrictions are on the cards  –  As Covid-19 cases continue to surge in the country, acting health minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said her department will make recommendations to the national command council this week.

POLITICS:\

SA welcomes G7’s resolve to make skills accessible for girls, women: Ramaphosa  –  Empowering women was central to eradicating poverty and promoting inclusive growth in Africa,

ANC to lay fraud charges against Cape MMC JP Smith  –  This after alleged fraudulent statements were made on JP Smith’s CV regarding an honours degree in English from Stellenbosch University.

COURTS, NPA, HAWKS CRIME & SAPS:

Judge Hlophe’s hand-picked representative from WC Bench to vote on tribunal impeachment verdict  –  Judicial Service Commission spokesperson Doris Tshepe confirmed to Daily Maverick that Judge Monde Ishmael Samela “represented the Western Cape Division of the High Court 

Political warfare waged in the courts is a threat to South Africa’s legal system  –  If the strategy is not to argue law or application of the law to proven facts, it is most certainly to attack the legitimacy of the prosecution, whether it be headed by Billy Downer or anyone else.

BUSINESS & MONEY MATTER:

SA has ‘extremely bright economic prospects’ – economists  –  Roelof Botha expects the economy to grow by at least 5% in 2021; Azar Jammine says the global environment is helping.

Medical practitioners lambast Discovery Health for ‘unethical, irregular’ clawbacks  –  Medical practitioners are up in arms, saying the scheme is forcing them to hand over clinical notes and intimidating them into paying debt that has long prescribed.

CRYPTOCURRENCY:

Bitcoin jumps on Elon Musk message  –  Bitcoin jumped above $39,000 after Elon Musk said Tesla Inc. would resume transactions with the cryptocurrency when mining is done with more clean energy.

ENERGY & ESKOM:

Minister Creecy suspends environmental assessment process for Karpowership project in Saldanha Bay  –  The environmental impact assessment approval process for the controversial Turkish emergency powerships deal in Saldanha Bay has been suspended 

TECHNOLOGY & TELEVISION:

Halo Infinite, Starfield and Forza Horizon 5  –  A Christmas release date for Halo: Infinite was among dozens of announcements at Microsoft’s E3 show.

The shell shingle vegetation of the Cape St Francis coast

When walking from Surfer’s Car Park, past the Cape St Francis lighthouse and thence to the eastern reaches of Rocky Coast, you may have...

Covid-19 VACCINATION REGISTRATION DRIVE

KOUGA Municipality, in conjunction with the Department of Health, is set to hold a COVID-19 Vaccination Registration Truck Roadshow in the region on...

KOUGA RUNNERS TAKE TO THE ROAD FOR AUTISM

FIRST-TIME Comrades Marathon athlete and Kouga Municipality employee, Eric Ruiters, is set to take to the road on Sunday, June 13 for the local leg...

COMMERCIAL ELECTRICAL ACCOUNTS TO BE RECTIFIED

ALL Kouga Municipality consumers on the 60kVA commercial tariff, who are exceeding the Notified Maximum Demand (NMD) as per the account, will be...

Gangbusters Issue 4 Is Live!

Time does seem to fly when you’re having fun. It seems just the other day that we were thinking about publishing a new online surfing...

Kouga active Covid-19 cases show slight increase

THERE has been a slight increase in the number of active COVID-19 cases in the Kouga region.Active Covid-19 cases totalled 46 on June 6, according...

Slight decrease in local active Covid-19 cases

 THERE has been a slight decrease in the number of active COVID-19 cases in the Kouga region.Active Covid-19 cases totalled 44 on June 4, according...

Artists in St Francis – Artist of the Week Dodds Blom

It was a chilly July morning mid-lockdown the day I first encountered the serenity of a Dodds Blom work. Trade Wind had opened for...

Notice of Basic Assessment Process: Maintenance Management Plan for the Cape St Francis coastal zone

The Kouga Local Municipality plans to develop a maintenance management plan for the area between the Cape St Francis Point (34°11'45.64"S...

Council Approves Municipal Budget For 2021/ 2022

KOUGA Municipality’s budget and tariffs for the 2021/2022 financial year, starting July 1, were approved unanimously by Council on Wednesday, May...

INTERNATIONAL:

Israeli coalition ousts Netanyahu as prime minister after 12 years  –  Far-right former settler leader Naftali Bennett to be installed as prime minister

Johnson defends G7 deal amid criticism of final communique  –  Green campaigners and anti-poverty groups say Cornwall summit failed to address challenges facing the world

EARTH, SPACE & THE UNIVERSE:

Chamoli disaster: ‘It hit the valley floor like 15 atomic bombs’  –  Nature often takes us by surprise. Its power is all too frequently underestimated, with catastrophic consequences.

 

SPORT: 

‘I knew I could do it,’ says Novak Djokovic as 52-year Grand Slam landmark falls in Paris  –  Novak Djokovic said he never doubted he could launch a dramatic fightback from two sets down to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in Sunday’s French Open final 

’Mr Grumpy’ Dean Elgar wants Proteas to keep raising the bar against West Indies   –  It will take a lot of work for new Proteas captain Dean Elgar to find something wrong with his team’s performance in the first Test against the West Indies.

With no Tiger in U.S. Open return to Torrey, expect pretty much anything  –  The strongest memory from the last U.S. Open at Torrey Pines was accompanied by three words that explain what golf was like then and now.