Friday 3rd December

 

High 2:40AM 1.86m
Low 8:42AM 0.26m
High 2:58PM 2.05m
Low 9:13PM 0.19m

LOCAL NEWS: (Kouga)

A Walk On The Wild Side with Ben Trovato – Trouble brewing in St Francis Bay. Oh dear…

Kouga Residents Can Now Submit Their Meter Readings Via EmailKOUGA residents can now submit their water and electricity meter readings on a monthly basis via email to Kouga Municipality. Residents who choose this option will be billed on their actual readings.

Photo Of The Day – 3 December 2021Just A Feather by Si Cunneen

St Francis Bay Surf Report –  Waves are pumping right now. Get out there if you can. Cowabunga, dude! 

St Francis Bay Weather ReportPartly cloudy, maybe  a drizzle later

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

Plett Rage cancelled due to alarming number of positive testsThe organisers of Plett Rage at Plettenberg Bay have announced the cancellation of this year’s post-matric bash, just a day before it was due to start. In a statement on the Plett Rage Facebook page, the organisers wrote that the alarming number of positive Covid-19 cases being reported to them by their customers, from their hometowns, had shaken them to the core.

EL suitcase killer jailed for 25 years – East London High Court Judge Thami Bheshe has sentenced convicted murderer Alutha Pasile to an effective 25 years in prison. The 25-year-old killed and dismembered Fort Hare University law student Nosicelo Mtebeni in August this year and stuffed parts of her body in a suitcase in a crime that shocked the nation.

Ford announces R600m investment in Gqeberha engine plantFord Motor Company announced a R600-million investment in their Struandale Engine Plant in Gqeberha, to produce a new engine derivative and to support the existing assembly line. Sifun’umsebenzi — work for all.

SA & AFRICA NEWS

THE RISE OF OMICRON: Covid-19 infections surge in Nelson Mandela Bay – The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) sent out an alert on Thursday that its wastewater surveillance project had detected high levels of coronavirus in Nelson Mandela Bay’s wastewater.

POLITICS, GOVERNMENT & PARLIAMENT:

NPA misses deadline on prosecutions for apartheid-era Cradock Four murders — families to take legal actionThe Fort Calata Foundation said it was ‘deeply disgusted and disappointed’ that the National Prosecuting Authority head, Shamila Batohi, had missed the deadline set by her office.

SA could not keep quiet and let Miss SA go to Israel, says Deputy Minister MafuSport, Arts and Culture Deputy Minister Nocawe Mafu says the government of South Africa has a foreign policy on what should happen between Israel and Palestine. Mafu also said they could not keep quiet and just let Miss SA go to the Miss Universe pageant in Israel without stating their position.

CORRUPTION WATCH:

NPA’s Investigating Directorate boss no more: Hermione Cronje quits after frustrating 30 monthsHermione Cronje has resigned as head of the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA’s) Investigating Unit. It comes just two and a half years since her appointment and amid a growing level of public discontent at the slow pace of criminal prosecutions to emanate from the broader State Capture basket of corruption cases.

COURTS, NPA, HAWKS, CRIME & SAPS: 

Karpowership’s R3.3bn-per-year ‘freebie’The company’s own figures suggest Eskom will be drawing only 40% of Karpowership’s available power, while paying for a minimum of 72.7% — meaning the effective tariff will be nearly double what minister Gwede Mantashe told the public in March.

SOCIAL MEDIA:

Twitter wants you to feel safe -The popular social media platform has announced that they will remove photos and videos of others if they are posted without their permission.They said:’Beginning today, we will not allow the sharing of private media.

BUSINESS & MONEY MATTERS:

South Africans could pay R330 less per tank of petrolWhile the recent increase was primarily driven by a weakened rand and climbing crude oil prices, South Africans also pay a substantial amount of tax on every litre of petrol. If it weren’t for the taxes levied on petrol, a litre of 95-octane would be R12.85 — 37% less.

COVID VACCINE:

More than 11,500 Covid-19 cases recorded in 24 hours as infections continue to spikeSA recorded 11,535 new Covid-19 infections in the past 24 hours, as the numbers of confirmed cases continue to spike across the country.

Omicron appears to evade immunity from prior Covid-19 infection, data shows – The Omicron variant appears to be able to evade immunity from prior Covid-19 infection.

Walk On The Wild Side with Ben Trovato – Trouble Brewing In St Francis

I once rented a house in St Francis for a few months. Not on the canals, obviously. I didn't want to be mistaken for one of those people. You know...

Photo Of The Day – 3 December 2021

Just A Feather - by Si Cunneen

Inaugural Alaïa Open Winter Cup Surf Event Is Happening In Switzerland!

Newsflash! Inaugural Alaïa Open Winter Cup Surf Event Is Happening In Switzerland!   Sion, Switzerland – Despite some minor global challenges, the...

Kouga Residents Can Submit Their Meter Readings Via Email

KOUGA residents can now submit their water and electricity meter readings on a monthly basis via email to Kouga MunicipalitKouga Finance Portfolio...

Water Crisis: Municipality To Throttle Water Supply with immediate effect

KOUGA Municipality is set to reduce water pressure to households across the region with immediate effect – to force the reduction of water...

Photo (s) Of The Day – 2 December 2021

Beachbreak Blurs by Clive Wright  

Cooking With Conrad Gallagher – This week we chat menus, meat and beef marrow truffle sauce

Welcome to our weekly food and cooking column, Cooking With Conrad Gallagher. Conrad Gallagher is a Michelin Star chef and author and is the owner...

Surfing Today with Rip Curl – Matthew McGillivray Into Round of 32 at Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold Haleiwa Challenger

HALEIWA, Oahu/Hawaii (Tuesday, November 29, 2021) - The World Surf League (WSL) Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold Haleiwa Challenger, the final stop of the...

Photo Of The Day – 1 December 2021

Dogs living their best life at Cape St Francis by Si Cunneen

Photo Of The Day – 30 November

St Francis Seal, by Si Cunneen

INTERNATIONAL:

Peng Shuai ‘reconfirms’ she is safe and well in second call with IOC, says Olympic organizationThe International Olympic Committee (IOC) held a second call with Peng Shuai on Wednesday and said that the Chinese tennis star “reconfirmed” that she was safe and well given the “difficult situation” she is in. Peng publicly accused a former top Communist Party official, Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, of coercing her into sex at his home three years ago.

TECHNOLOGY & TELEVISION:

Elon Musk just introduced Tesla’s latest product — a R790 whistle. It’s already sold out.If you fancy owning a Tesla but don’t have $45,000 to spend on a car, why not splash out on Tesla’s new model hyper-affordable item: A whistle.  Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Tuesday introduced the company’s latest gadget — a $50 (R790) whistle inspired by the Cybertruck.

ENVIRONMENT:

Five worthy winners influencing climate change – Creating sustainable, scalable ways to preserve and restore polluted rivers. Using alien vegetation to produce eco-friendly fuel. Recycling previously unrecyclable plastics into strong eco-bricks. These were among the inspirational initiatives that received top honours for their contribution towards mitigating climate change at the Climate 360 virtual conference.

THIS & THAT:

We tried KFC’s 50th birthday menu, and the Doughnut Zinger Burger was actually the star of the showThe Doughnut Zinger Burger is just that, two doughnuts with a crunchy chicken fillet in between, plus glazing on top. A taster was mind blown.”In South Africa, chicken is chicken. It’s not something people would want to mix with doughnuts, but at first bite, it tastes surprisingly delicious. The zinger taste really stands out,” he said, OK then.

SPORT:

Bongi Mbonambi beefs up Sharks stocks for Bulls clashBongi Mbonambi has arrived in Durban just in time to help beef up a Sharks pack previously bullied by their United Rugby Championship Friday night opponents. The World Cup-winning hooker was named to start on debut for his new franchise against his former team, the Bulls, at Kings Park (19:00).

India seek clarity on South Africa tour with Omicron spreadIndia skipper Virat Kohli said on Thursday his side were seeking clarity about the upcoming tour of South Africa, which is in doubt over the spread of the Omicron Covid variant. 

Premier League: Liverpool thrash Everton, with Arsenal travelling to Old TraffordA comprehensive wrap of all the collated fixtures, scores and match reports from the Premier League.

Inaugural Alaïa Open Winter Cup Surf Event Is Happening In Switzerland!Super glassy, very consistent, 4 degrees Celsius.