12th January

COVID-19 STATISTICS

TIDES

High 3:10AM 1.8m
Low 9:12AM 0.5m
High 3:25PM 1.9m
Low 9:40PM 0.3m
 

 

WEATHER
Humid with occasional rain and drizzle
Max 24C
Wind -ESE 22 km/h

Tests Conducted – 7 236 389  |  Positive Cases – 1 246 643
Recoveries – 973265  Deaths – 33579

Active cases in nearby Kouga region as at 11th January
St Francis – 27 | Oyster Bay – 0 | Humansdorp –  38 |  JBay – 83

Keep Safe  and PLEASE …  SAVE WATER

LOCAL NEWS: (Kouga)

A triple tragedy  –  The 2020 holiday season has been different for everybody this year.

Something for our ardent local golfers today  –  The Greatest Golfers Of All Time – 2021 Edition  –  In every sport, there are people at the top of their game. Players at the pinnacle of their skill, who have truly mastered the game. If you have ever been interested in playing golf for yourself, it may have been because of these great players. 

And some advice from the Links

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

Life-saving device to fight Covid19 developed in EC  –  A group of East London-based volunteers, including doctors, engineers and entrepreneurs, have developed a portable, the cost-effective device said to deliver high levels of oxygen to Covid19 patients and helps keep their lungs from collapsing.

COVID NEWS

Further drop in new Covid-19 cases in SA  –  There has been a further drop in the number of new Covid-19-related cases in South Africa, with 15 046 new cases having been identified.

Should the Covid-19 vaccine be mandatory? We asked the experts  –  Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has said that having the Covid-19 vaccination will not be compulsory in South Africa. 

Too afraid to go to public hospital, many are dying of Covid-19 at home  –  Many critically ill Covid-19 sufferers appear to be dying at home because they are too afraid to go to a public hospital, a top government health official said on Monday.

LOCKDOWN:

IN FULL | Vaccines, booze ban and new curfew times: Ramaphosa’s full address to SA  –  In positive news, Ramaphosa said that the country had secured 20 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine, most of it to be delivered this year.

First take: ‘Sit tight, we have no idea what we are doing’  –   The fact of the matter is that while we are in the midst of a second wave – with infection and death rates far outstripping the first – government does not have many answers to give, if any at all, besides closing borders and beaches, and banning booze

SA & AFRICA NEWS:

Domestic worker evicted after voicing unhappiness over R40K ’retirement package’  –  Elizabeth Modise, the housekeeper who is unhappy with her “retirement package” of R40k offered by her employer of 30 years, has been evicted from the larney house in Somerset West.

Hippo on the loose – Gauteng agriculture dept cautions Fourways residents  –  The Gauteng Department of Agriculture has warned residents to be on the lookout for a hippopotamus roaming the Fourways area near the Jukskei River

CORRUPTION WATCH:

R60m World Cup graft scandal: Five more to be charged  –  In the more than a decade-long criminal investigation into the 2010 Fifa World Cup accommodation graft scandal, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has decided to charge some of Thoshan Panday’s family, including his mother

Parliament accused of failing to investigate alleged capture of Alexkor mine, inquiry hears  –  MPs have been accused of allegedly failing to investigate numerous state capture complaints relating to state-owned diamond miner Alexkor Mine 

BUSINESS & MONEY MATTERS:

AB InBev’s legal battle over alcohol ban could be a presage of more to come  –  AB InBev subsidiary SAB went out on a limb when it challenged the government ban on alcohol.

Global banking expert Kokkie Kooyman expects sector to bounce back in 2021  –  Despite the sector rallying over 30% in the last quarter of 2020, Kokkie believes there is far more upside to the share prices in the unloved banking sector.

TECHNOLOGY:

Elon Musk’s Starlink given green light in UK  –  Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite internet service is already being used by a handful of people across the UK.

This school will join some of the first to focus on technology in South Africa – with longer days and less homework  –  When schools re-open in 2021, Northriding College in Johannesburg will become one of Curro’s new DigiEd schools with a focus on a ‘technology-rich’ curriculum.

“Then and now” in the Greater St Francis Region – #5

Submitted by Matt GennrichFynbos growing on the present-day corner of Grosvenor and Arago St, Cape St Francis, in 1991. The yellow-hued shrubs...

Privilege

This lovely article by Sandra Hardie is a must read. For long time residents it calls back the past that many will remember and indeed...

Surfing South Africa motivates for relaxing surfig restrictions

The Board of Surfing South Africa has submitted a motivation to the authorities to request that the current regulations preventing...

A triple tragedy

Added to the tragedies is news just received of a further tragedy with the death of Kastine Burgers who passed away on Friday from a...

St Francis Today back online from today

It is with a rather heavy heart that we enter our return to publishing St Francis Today in 2021. As if 2020 was not Annus Horribilus...

“Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more”

A Whatsapp message from Jal Rigaard, Cape St Francis Civics Chairman, on the DVG WhatsApp group midday on Thursday was possibly one of...

Rather funerals and church than healthy beaches

One can only wonder if Police Minister Cele is deploying as many police to monitoring funerals and church services as he is to the lone...

Local Dam Levels critically low

Dam levels continue to drop and the combined total has now dropped to below 20% of capacity with our largest dam.  Kouga at a perilously...

A PLEA FROM THE MAYOR’S OFFICE

Covid-19 infections are on the increase in St Francis! Residents and visitors are reminded that everyone MUST wear face masks when in public. This...

Can this virus be stopped?

Eventually yes for man is able to achieve even the almost impossible given time. But it the meantime as this virus gains momentum in its...

INTERNATIONAL:

Trump impeachment: Democrats formally charge president with inciting insurrection  –  Five people died in the attack last week, including a police officer, which Trump prompted when he told supporters to “fight like hell”

Capitol riots: FBI warnings amid fears of more pro-Trump violence  –  The FBI is warning of the possibility of armed protests being held across the US in the days before Joe Biden is sworn in as president.

SOCIAL MEDIA:

Opinion divided over Trump’s ban from social media  –  Actions spark debate on free speech and whether chief executives of tech firms are fit to act as judge and jury

EARTH, SPACE & THE UNIVERSE:

Climate change: Africa’s green energy transition ‘unlikely’ this decade  –  Fossil fuels are set to remain the dominant source of electricity across Africa over the next decade, according to a new study.

THIS & THAT:

Lie about Elon Musk’s Pretoria Boys High School donation exposed  –  The story that billionaire Elon Musk has made a R1-million donation to Pretoria Boys High School, but asked never to be contacted again, has been widely circulated over the last few years.

To drink, or not to drink? A response to Panyaza Lesufi  –  Despite having quit alcohol, I disagree with a politician I otherwise respect, Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi, who thinks a ban on alcohol should be permanent. A total ban is not a public health solution to addiction.

SPORT:

WATCH: Paine slammed for poking Ashwin, Smith also in the news after drawn Test  –  India captain Ajinkya Rahane said he was not too concerned with the chatting in the middle “as long as it stays on the field”.