13th January

COVID-19 STATISTICS

TIDES

High 3:53AM 1.9m
Low 9:55AM 0.4m
High 4:05PM 1.9m
Low 10:18PM 0.3m

 

WEATHER
A little rain this morning; otherwise, cloudy and humid
Max 23C
Wind – E 22 km/h

New Cases –  13105 | Active Cases – 1 259 748
Recoveries – 1 019 123  Deaths – 34334

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)

Welcome rains recorded overnight in Eastern Cape  –  Welcome rain fell over large parts of the Eastern Cape overnight, including Nelson Mandela Bay’s catchment area in the Langkloof.

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

NMB cautiously optimistic about Covid19 decline while Buffalo City shows an uptick  –  Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor Nqaba Bhanga says he’s cautiously optimistic about the decline in Covid19 positive cases in the Metro.

COVID NEWS

755 deaths recorded in 24 hours, as SA’s total Covid-19 fatalities pass 34,000  –  More than 13,100 cases confirmed in the past 24 hours, as the number of confirmed recoveries passes the million mark

LOCKDOWN:

Government will only review the latest lockdown restrictions when we’ve passed the Covid peak: Dlamini-Zuma  –  Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says that South Africa is unlikely to review its lockdown restrictions until it sees a decline in active Covid-19 cases.

7,000 people arrested for not wearing masks got criminal records – Cele  –  Cele also revealed that police have arrested more than 342,000 people since the beginning of the lockdown.

Compulsory wearing of masks ‘invalid’, ‘unconstitutional’, says LFN in court  –  ‘There hasn’t been a proper assessment of the mask-wearing and the minister has not given out a section 83 application.’

POLITICS:

2021: South Africa’s last chance saloon  –  This is a pivotal year for South Africa. It is still bans, curfews and permits. Livelihoods, not so much.

SA & AFRICA NEWS:

Vehicle licence renewal crisis in South Africa  –  The Minister of Transport’s refusal to extend the validity period for vehicle licences in South Africa will lead to dangerous queues and severe backlogs at licensing centres in South Africa.

CORRUPTION WATCH:

‘Flabbergasted’ Matshela Koko denies he knowingly sent emails to Gupta-linked account  –  He claimed he thought he was sending confidential documents internally, but Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo questioned the emails’ tone of secrecy.

‘What circus is this, really?’: Andile Mngxitama fumes after being implicated at Zondo commission  +  An unnamed witness, an operative of the State Security Agency (SSA), is expected to implicate Mngxitama in corruption, fraud and money laundering

BUSINESS & MONEY MATTERS:

Inflation is muted, but rising food prices a concern in a sea of poverty  –  South African food prices are on the rise, which could stoke wider inflation trends while inflicting further hardship on the swelling ranks of the poor.

Residential property market expected to plummet this year  –  ‘If you’re looking to buy upwards, this is a great opportunity to do so because the bigger properties are taking the bigger discounts’: Berry Everitt, CEO at Chaz Everitt International Property Group.

What it’s like being bullied by Santam – which is STILL trying to duck out of business interruption cover: hotel owner  –  Santam has offered to pay up to three months of business interruption cover but that’s not the deal that was agreed when many of its clients signed up for the insurance. 

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

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Privilege

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Surfing South Africa motivates for relaxing surfig restrictions

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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

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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:

Stage set for impeachment after Pence dismisses House call to invoke 25th amendment  –  Vice-president’s refusal to paves the way for the House to move forward with impeachment

Italy braces for biggest mafia trial in decades  –  Hundreds of alleged members of Italy’s most powerful mafia group are set to face justice in the country’s biggest organised crime trial in decades.

SOCIAL MEDIA:

EARTH, SPACE & THE UNIVERSE:

Breaking: For the first time in an Arctic winter, commercial vessels traverse Far North from opposite sides  –  Gas tankers meet at New Siberian Islands in a historic Russian test voyage, as polar mercury hits record highs.

THIS & THAT:

Mohair – a fibre named desire –  ‘It starts with the land and the rain.’ It starts with a goat that travelled from Turkey to South Africa, back in the 19th century.

’No limit’ – the more exercise the better, heart health study finds  –  When it comes to matters of heart health, no amount of exercise is too much, and the myth that high levels of vigorous physical activity might not always be beneficial.

SPORT:

Masters plans to admit limited number of spectators in April  –   But, no fans will be allowed at next month’s PGA Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Golf distances itself from Donald Trump despite his love of the game  –  As much as President Donald Trump loves golf, leaders of the sport are racing away from the embattled US leader for what they say is the good of the game.