14th April

TIDES

High 4:47AM 2m
Low 10:53AM 0.3m
High 4:58PM 1.9m
Low 11:00PM 0.3m
 

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LOAD SHEDDING 
St Francis – NIL
Humansdorp – 11:00 – 13:30 & 19:00 –  21:30
Jeffreys Bay – 
11:00 – 13:30 & 21:00 – 23:30

WEATHER
Partly sunny and not as warm but pleasantt
Max 24C
Wind – SW 13 km/h

Eskom implements Stage 2 load-shedding

LOCAL NEWS: (Kouga)

Our Beautiful Flowers raise their heads once again  –  All around St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis one can see the beautiful pink flowers coming out of the grass from the canals alongside the pavements of both villages

REVIEW OF IDP AND BUDGET WARD 12    –   virtual review of the 2017/ 2022 Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and the Budget for the 2021/ 2022 Wards 4, 5, 6, 12 and 15

 

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

EC wild bird deaths explained after test results released  –  Bird keepers have been advised to implement biosecurity measures and vaccination for their birds following the release of the findings into the deaths of wild birds, mostly pigeons,

K9 Misty and her handler’s passion for closure  –  A Police Officer from the K9 unit in Nelson Mandela Bay says that after 27 years in the South African Police Service, nothing gives him more satisfaction than getting closure for grief-stricken families.

Port Alfred local arrested for alleged fraud involving Covid-19 donations  –  On the very first day of the hard lockdown on the 26th of March 2020, Christopher Stylianou and two other people started raising funds for food parcels

SA & AFRICA NEWS:

Sustainable ’Angel Network Villages’ project pushing to give SA’s needy a ’hand up’  –  The Angel Network has already assisted 200 000 people in need in all nine provinces – but it intends to increase its reach more significantly through its #ConnectingKindness campaign

Fake government job ads on Facebook lure desperate South Africans  –  A Facebook page offering employment within government departments continues to lure unsuspecting South African job-seekers.

COVID NEWS:

SA’s Covid-19 recovery rate remains steady at 95%  –  Mkhize said SA’s Covid cases has climbed by just over 800 with 67 new deaths reported in the last 24 hours.

COVID VACCINE:

EU seeking ‘urgent clarification’ on Johnson & Johnson Covid vaccine delay  –  Company has said it is postponing deployment in Europe following concerns about blood clots in US

South Africa suspends COVID-19 vaccine rollout  –  Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that South Africa will temporarily suspend its Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS:

ANC against the ropes ahead of testimony to Zondo Commission next week  –   The limits of technology and a lack of discretion splattered across the political landscape on Tuesday, 13 April, as more details of an online ANC meeting of its top officials were leaked on social media.

Parliament asked to act over Malema’s role in judicial interviews, given his disparaging comments about judges  –   The EFF leader’s criticism of the judiciary calls into question his role representing the National Assembly at the Judicial Service Commission judges’ interviews

LISTEN | Leaked audio reveals how Jessie Duarte advised Jacob Zuma not to appear before state capture inquiry  –  ANC deputy secretary-general was scathing about judge Raymond Zondo’s conduct despite having apologised to him for similar attacks in February

CORRUPTION WATCH:

Questions asked about why Anoj Singh was in Dubai at same time as the Guptas and associates  –  Travel Excellence told the Zondo inquiry on Tuesday, through one of its agents Sameera Sooliman, that it was Essa who financed Singh’s many trips to the United Arab Emirates

COURTS, NPA, HAWKS, CRIME & SAPS:

Would-be ConCourt judge says it’s ‘indisputable’ that he has white privilege  –  Gauteng judge David Unterhalter says it’s vital to build a better society by taking advantage of privileges one has benefited from

Zuma to pay back the money: Court’s legal costs order essential ‘to remedy the abuse of public resources’  –  The punitive costs handed to former president Jacob Zuma by the Supreme Court of Appeal serve as a warning to others who ‘make unwarranted allegations that scandalise the court’.

Judge Hlophe slams Judicial Conduct Tribunal’s impeachment recommendation, blames ‘Judge Kriegler’s campaign’  –  Hlophe, through his legal counsel, also accused the tribunal of endorsing ‘the views of a political party that engaged in political campaigns,

BUSINESS & MONEY MATTERS:

Tax evaders should face jail time to curb rising non-compliance – Judge Dennis Davis  –  Says Sars should hone in on taxpayers who can afford a Ferrari, but pay less tax than working class South Africans.

Amendment to Employment Equity Act will benefit only the politically connected, parliament hears  –  A possible amendment of the Employment Equity Act will benefit only the elite while the majority of black people in SA will continue to suffer

TECHNOLOGY:

NATO prepares for world’s largest cyber war game – with focus on grey zone  –  The Locked Shields exercise will place as much focus on grey zone activities as it will on the technical aspects of cyber defence.

Our Beautiful Flowers raise their heads once again

Article by Yvonne BosmanAll around St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis one can see the beautiful pink flowers coming out of the grass from the canals...

REVIEW OF IDP AND BUDGET WARD 12

 KOUGA Municipality commenced with the virtual review of the 2017/ 2022 Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and the Budget for the 2021/ 2022 period –...

Kouga Municipality Engages With Striking Employees

MEDIA RELEASEKOUGA Municipality has yet again consulted with striking municipal employees in a bid to find a speedy resolution to the ongoing and...

An inspiration to young and old

It’s wonderful to feel inspired. It gives us that extra zest for life. Albeit trying something new or re-inventing the way we already do something,...

Council Approves Draft Budget Unanimously

Just in case you haven't yet seen itKOUGA Municipality’s cash-backed draft budget and tariffs for the 2021/2022 financial year, starting July 1,...

New Outfits for Preferred Kouga Car Guards

THE multicoloured, the blue . . . the preferred car guard.In a renewed bid to clamp down on illegal car guards operating in Kouga – especially at...

Great Sports at Kouga Easter Festival

 IS it a bird? Is it a plane?No!It is the Easter Bunny with his superhero squad: Superman, Spiderman, Iron Man, Elsa, and Anna. And they are all...

Slight Increase in Local Active Covid-19 Cases

There has been a slight increase in the number of active COVID-19 cases in the Kouga region.Active Covid-19 cases totalled 11 on March 30, according...

Nonsensical and counter productive

Collo's ColumnThe ban on liquor off-sales over the Easter weekend has nothing to do with preventing Covid infections, it is all about...

Learning to Toyi-Toyi in the land of the free

South Africa is truly an amazing country. I often wonder about what it is that connects us to this diverse and complex place. I’ve observed over the...

INTERNATIONAL:

US says troops to leave Afghanistan by 11 September  –  US President Joe Biden is set to announce that American troops will leave Afghanistan by 11 September, 

Minnesota Police Chief Tim Gannon, Officer Kim Potter resign after deadly Daunte Wright shooting  –   Minnesota Police Chief Tim Gannon and Officer Kim Potter have resigned after the deadly shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, 

Biden proposes summit with Putin after Russia calls US ‘adversary’ over Ukraine  –  US President Joe Biden called on Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to reduce tensions stirred by a Russian military build-up on Ukraine’s border

SOCIAL MEDIA:

Ville de Bitche: Facebook mistakenly removes French town’s page  –  Facebook has been criticised for temporarily removing the official page of the small French town of Bitche.

SPORT:

Gary Player’s son reportedly banned from Masters after marketing stunt  –  Gary Player’s son, Wayne. has reportedly been banned from The Masters after taking part in an apparent marketing ploy during honouring of Lee Elder, the first black golfer to compete in the competition.

Elton Jantjies says he’s off to France to stay sharp for Springboks  –  The aim of the game is to ensure that when the British and Irish Lions do roll into South Africa later this year, that then Elton Jantjies will be his best self for the Springboks.