14th January

COVID-19 STATISTICS

TIDES

High 4:32AM 1.9m
Low 10:34AM 0.4m
High 4:42PM 1.9m
Low 10:54PM 0.3m

 

LOAD SHEDDING
Today

WEATHER
Probability of Thunderstorms
Max 26C
Wind – E 33 km/h

New Cases –  18555 | Active Cases – 212233
Recoveries – 1 030 930   Deaths – 35140

Active cases in nearby Kouga region as at 11th January
St Francis – 27 | Oyster Bay – 0 | Humansdorp –  38 |  JBay – 83
Full Sarah Baartman Covid Stats as at 13th available at bottom of page

Keep Safe  and PLEASE …  SAVE WATER

LOCAL NEWS: (Kouga)

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

Eastern Cape concerned about Covid-19 vaccine rollout in far-flung areas  –  The Eastern Cape government has expressed concern that it may encounter problems with vaccination distribution to far-flung areas of the province.

Nearly 50% of Eastern Cape residents who died at home had Covid-19  –    Her report showed that out of the 363 bodies tested, 161 tested positive and 202 negative.

COVID NEWS:

Highest daily Covid-19 death toll in SA as 806 people die in 24 hours  –  SA recorded 806 new Covid-19 related deaths in the past 24 hours, the most single-day deaths so far.

Fake news could jeopardise SA vaccine rollout  –  The country is expected to receive the first Covid-19 vaccine batches later this month, but uptake remains uncertain.

LOCKDOWN:

POLITICS:

SA & AFRICA NEWS:

JSC refers Mogoeng ‘devil’ vaccine remarks to judicial conduct committee  –  The African Alliance said it had filed a complaint following Mogoeng’s ‘false and dangerous vaccine claims’.

Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono remanded on ‘unconstitutional’ charges  –   The crackdown in Zimbabwe and the continued arrest of journalist Hopewell Chin’ono and opposition figures Job Sikhala and Fadzai Mahere have been condemned by Amnesty International.

CORRUPTION WATCH:

State capture: How former army general ‘irregularly’ scored R95m from Transnet  –  Transnet skeletons that are 13 years old have risen to haunt former defence force general Siphiwe Nyanda

Zondo furious at own goal by state capture inquiry legal team in Anoj Singh summons  –  The Zondo commission legal team has committed an own goal that has brought a temporary reprieve from accountability for former Eskom CFO Anoj Singh.

BUSINESS & MONEY MATTERS:

Taxpayers frustrated as Sars fails to shift from outdated tech  –  A failure by revenue service Sars has left citizens perplexed as to why the tax collector failed to find a solution to a glitch in its online software

Calendar of major events expected in South Africa in 2021 – including elections, load shedding, and strikes  –  French international banking group BNP Paribas has published a research note analysing South Africa’s outlook for 2021 and the major events to look out for.

ENERGY:

Supreme Court of Appeal’s December ruling on municipal debt pushes Eskom further into a tight corner  –  One of the major threats to our nation’s future is Eskom’s financial hole – its crippling debt impairs its ability to generate enough electricity to keep the economy going. 

TECHNOLOGY:

This graph shows how South African WhatsApp users are flocking to Telegram  –  Users around the world have flocked to Telegram after WhatsApp’s most recent privacy policy update, and South Africans are no exception.

WhatsApp, Facebook new privacy rules and what they mean for the future of social media – tech expert  –  In the tech sector, nothing can be taken for granted. Remember the collapse of seemingly impregnable Netscape, MySpace, Napster and Blackberry? 

Open Water swim champs takes off in Jbay

MARINA Martinique will once again be the venue for the Nelson Mandela Bay Open Water Swim Championship as swimmers from all over the country dust...

Affordable rental housing to grow Kouga

Some 300 jobs to be createdKOUGA is set to soon boast affordable social rental opportunities in Jeffreys Bay – a first for the Eastern Cape.Some 300...

St Francis Bay Golf Club – Toyota Betterball 24th Feb

TAKEN FROM A FACEBOOK POSTYesterday’s winners in the Toyota Better Ball competition played in breezy but warm weather conditions were:1st: Wallie...

You can change names but you cannot change history

TAKEN FROM A FACEBOOK POSTA rather well stated post by the Cruthmullet (Don Clark) on Facebook yesterday with reference to changing PE's nameSo now...

No increase in local Covid-19 active cases

THERE has been no increase, or decrease, in the number of active COVID-19 infections in the Kouga region.Active cases remained at 13 as at February...

Kouga puts brakes on corruption

KOUGA Municipality asks for residents’ patience at the Humansdorp Traffic Department.This after an employee at the Traffic Department was arrested...

Integrated Development Plan (IDP): One week left to submit comments

KOUGA residents and stakeholders have just over a week left to submit comments on the Kouga Municipality’s draft Integrated Development Plan (IDP)...

Slight increase in local Covid-19 active cases

There has been a slight increase in the number of active COVID-19 infections in the Kouga region.Active cases climbed to 13 as at February 14,...

FOSTER needs your support, please become a supporter

Thanks to FOSTER’s efforts over the past 30 years, our region has four well-managed nature reserves, each with unique natural and...

Dam levels drop below 18%

Kouga residents, businesses and visitors are urged to use water extremely sparingly, with the combined levels of the supply dams in the region...

INTERNATIONAL:

Donald Trump is impeached – again – in unprecedented US House vote for incitement of insurrection  –  Ten Republicans joined the Democrats as an angry House impeached US President Donald Trump at 4:25 Eastern Standard Time (EST) yesterday in the US.

SOCIAL MEDIA:

Information Regulator engaging with Facebook SA over WhatsApp update  –   The regulator is looking to ensure whether WhatsApp’s privacy policy update is applicable to South African users.

THIS & THAT:

Virus politics and the politics of the virus: Epidemics hold up a mirror to our society  –   Virus politics and the politics of the virus: Epidemics hold up a mirror to our society

SPORT:

Imran Tahir still wants to wear the Proteas’ badge  –  Imran Tahir may be fast approaching his 42nd birthday, but the charismatic leg-spinner has not given up hope on pulling on his beloved Proteas jumper again.

Giniel de Villiers looking for a strong finish at Dakar Rally  –  Giniel de Villiers had another tricky day during the 10th stage of the Dakar Rally. The Tayota Gazoo driver finished in 6th place in the 243km stage from Neom to AlUla.