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Friday 10th July

Covid-19 and Local News & Updates

Tests Conducted – 2 000 569  |  Positive Cases – 238339  |  Recoveries – 113061 |  Deaths – 3720

LOCAL:

Relief as Building Plan Amnesty extended   –  Home-owners have been granted a further year to apply for amnesty from fines and penalties payable for incomplete or incorrect building plans 

SA Weather Office issues warning for Kouga  –  The South African Weather Services (SAWS) has warned of strong to gale force winds over parts of the Eastern Cape province from Thursday to Sunday.

LINKS NEWS – Covid guidelines don’t stop the avid golfers!  –  Since the official reopening of the Club, it has been like a grand re-opening for golf. We have seen more members on the course than ever before.

PORT ELIZABETH, EASTERN CAPE & SOUTHERN COAST:

Independent On LineR10m Eastern Cape medical scooter project is a ‘fail’, reveals health minister  –  Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has said the controversial scooters purchased by the Eastern Cape Health Department to transport patients did not meet the basic requirement for patient transport as an ambulance.

ANC councillor lays complaints against ex-acting city manager  –  The complaints were laid at the Humewood police station after accusations that Nqwazi had increased her salary and those of several other senior managers.

AlgoaFMSuspect arrested moments after hijacking a bakkie in PE  –  A lone Port Elizabeth police official has been lauded for arresting a suspect after witnessing a hijacking on Wednesday

COVID-19:

TimesliveOver 13,500 new Covid-19 cases in SA in another record-shattering day  –  South Africa recorded its highest ever single-day increase in Covid-19 cases, with 13,674 infections confirmed in the past 24 hours.

Gauteng is not digging 1.5 million graves – the number is the capacity available  –  Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku says there is capacity for 1.5 million grave sites in the province. 

NATIONAL COMMAND COUNCIL & LOCKDOWN:

Daily MaverickGauteng’s oxygen shortages raise questions about lockdown planning  –  Gauteng’s oxygen shortages raise questions about lockdown planning 

The CitizenCourt agrees to hear Fita’s bid for leave to appeal cigarette sales ban ruling  –  The state has defended its ban on the sale of cigarette as necessary for health reasons amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

SOUTH AFRICA & AFRICAN CONTINENT:

The CitizenWATCH: Trucks blown over as cold front hits SA  –  Heavy rain is expected in several parts of the country as a severe cold front moves across the country.

Police investigating Table Mountain trail runner’s death  –  Police have opened an inquest into the death of trail runner Ken Stephen after a body, believed to be his, was discovered on Table Mountain on Wednesday.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS:

Daily MaverickThe ANC needs to move on from 1960s Soviet-styled cadre deployment  –  The ANC is pretending that nothing has happened in the past three decades and insists on maintaining a 1950s- and 1960s-style appointment’s authority to the public service.

The CitizenCovid-19 corruption ‘tsotsis’ must be dealt with says Mboweni as SIU about to pounce  –  The proclamation should be submitted to the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Ronald Lamola next week, says the SIU.

ESKOM:

money webEskom warns of load-shedding during evening peak  –  Says constrained power supply situation may persist through the weekend.

EDUCATION:

Fear and loathing at UCT as university Ombud calls VC Mamokgethi Phakeng a ‘bully’  –  A report by UCT’s Ombud Zetu Makamandela-Mguqulwa claims the vice-chancellor, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, is a bully who rules by fear – and lists her enemies in “a black book”.

BUSINESS, MONEY & ECONOMY:

Business MaverickDe-industrialisation acceleration: SA manufacturing output almost halved in April 2020  –  South Africa appears to have de-industrialised in April 2020 as the hard lockdown forced factories to close.

money webInsurers cannot use lockdown as grounds to reject claims – FCSA  –  Regulator lambasts industry for deliberately avoiding paying out legitimate business interruption insurance claims.

BusinesstechSARS will do your tax filing for you from next month – here’s what you need to know  –  The South African Revenue Service (SARS) will from August, begin to assess a significant number of taxpayers automatically, based on data received from employers, financial institutions, medical schemes, retirement annuity fund administrators and other third-party data providers.

TECHNOLOGY: 

BBC newsElon Musk says full self-driving Tesla tech ‘very close’  –  Tesla will be able to make its vehicles completely autonomous by the end of this year, founder Elon Musk has said.

My BroadbandSouth African online stores targeted by hackers  –  The “Keeper” Magecart Group targeted at least six South African ecommerce websites as part of a battery of cyberattacks conducted between 1 April 2017 and 7 July 2020

INTERNATIONAL NEWS: 

The GuardianNew York City mayor helps paint ‘Black Lives Matter’ outside Trump Tower  –  Slogan painted on Fifth Avenue a week after president tweeted it would be ‘a symbol of hate’

Independent On LineJohnny Depp wrote on wall with blood from finger severed in row, court told  –  Hollywood star Johnny Depp wrote on a wall with blood from his severed fingertip during a long and violent confrontation with his ex-wife Amber Heard

THIS & THAT:

The GuardianHow to stop your glasses steaming up – and 19 other essential facts about face masks  –  How often should you wash a cloth mask? And how effective are the disposable ones? The expert guide to choosing, wearing and caring for your face covering

  SPORT:

My BroadbandLive rugby and cricket coming to Showmax Pro in South Africa – Analyst  –  MultiChoice’s Showmax Pro streaming service – which includes live sport content – is expected to be available in South Africa in the next few weeks.

Sport24SA’s Dylan Frittelli one of 3 Covid-positive players to tee off together at PGA event  –  Three players who continue to test positive for Covid-19 teed off together in Thursday’s opening round of the US PGA Workday Charity Open under “clarified” rules for symptomatic participation.

Independent On LineSkipper Holder takes 6-42 as West Indies dismiss England for 204  –  West Indies captain Jason Holder took a career-best 6-42 as England was bowled out for 204 on the second overcast day of the first test at the Ageas Bowl on Thursday.

Relief as Building Plan Amnesty extended 

Home-owners have been granted a further year to apply for amnesty from fines and penalties payable for incomplete or incorrect building plans. The extension was approved by the Kouga...

NSRI advise caution following the SA Weather Service severe weather forecast:

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) is appealing for public caution following the South African Weather Service (SAWS) forecasting high, rough seas and gale force winds expected...

Kouga Traffic re-opens for licence renewals and registration

The Kouga Traffic Department in Humansdorp has re-opened for driving and motor vehicle licence renewals and registrations. Motorists are asked to take note that the operating hours has...

The Magic of the Cape St Francis Nature Reserves is being Discovered

Wonderful article submitted by Matt Gennrich on our nature reservesCape St Francis is home to 4 different nature reserves showcasing the amazing biodiversity of the fauna and flora of...

Extra Rates Rebate For Pensioners

Applications Now OpenPensioners who own property in Kouga can now apply for extra rates rebates if their combined monthly household income is R15 000 or less.The rebates were approved by...

Water Drive off to great start

Water Drive off to great start as Hankey & Patensie head For the annual "Dry Period" from 11 to 26 JulyThe water drive for Hankey and Patensie got off to a great start this weekend,...

A Word of CAUTION 

With the roadworks presently underway on St Francis Drive and the intersections on Lyme Roads North and South as well as the SPAR parking exit, drivers must take extra care. Whilst roads...

Water drive for Hankey and Patensie

Kouga Municipality is collecting bottled water for residents from Hankey and Patensie.The Kouga Dam, which supplies the towns with water, is almost dry.In addition, the annual dry period...

Hankey SMMES benefit from ground-breaking project

History is being made in the Gamtoos Valley where ten local SMMEs have been employed by Kouga Municipality to build temporary shelters for beneficiaries of the upcoming Hankey RDP...

New TLB Driver Clears The Way For Women

A former litter-picker is clearing a new career path for women at Kouga Municipality.Nokufika Mvundla (46) has become the first woman to be appointed as a plant operator at the...

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