8th January

COVID-19 STATISTICS

TIDES

Low 4:50AM 0.7m
High 11:33AM 1.6m
Low 6:03PM 0.8m

 

 

WEATHER
Sunny, & Humid
Max 25C
Wind -SSW 19 kmh

Tests Conducted – 6,967,478 |  Positive Cases – 1 170,590
Recoveries – 938216  Deaths – 31809

Active cases in nearby Kouga region as at 5th January
St Francis – 32 | Oyster Bay – 0 | Humansdorp – 85 |  JBay – 91

Keep Safe  and PLEASE …  SAVE WATER

LOCAL NEWS: (Kouga)

Load Shedding Stage 2 – Power off at 5:00 am to 07:30 and be prepared for possibly from 13:00 to15:30 should load shedding continue today

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 low 9.45% 

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

SANDF members to be deployed on Garden Route beaches  –  SANDF members would be deployed to assist police in enforcing lockdown regulations on beaches along the Garden Route.

COVID NEWS:

COVID-19 LIVE UPDATES | Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine appears effective against mutation in new coronavirus variants -study  –  Pfizer Inc and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine appeared to work against a key mutation in the highly transmissible new variants 

Mkhize faces 3 hour grilling on vaccines, Ivermectin, budgets  –  Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize’s appreance before parliament’s portfolio committee on health on Thursday resulted in three hours of grilling from his fellow MPs.

LOCKDOWN:

Cigarette buying frenzy due to tighter lockdown rumours  –  Smokers are not getting caught without their fix again, and as rumours abound of tighter lockdown regulations coming, they are ensuring they stock up.

POLITICS:

All eyes on Ramaphosa as he delivers ANC’s January 8 statement  –  All eyes will be on ANC President, Cyril Ramaphosa, as he is today expected to deliver the governing party’s historic January 8 statement to mark 109 years since it was founded in 1912.

‘We didn’t even discuss Ace at first NEC,’ says Nomvula Mokonyane  –  Vaccines, a virtual January 8 address and lockdown consume the governing party’s first national executive committee meeting of the year.

‘Now the vaccine looting begins’ — Seven reactions to SA’s one million vaccines announcement  –  EFF MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi was one of many who reacted to the news that SA will be receiving a million doses of Covid-19 vaccine this month and 500,000 doses in February from the Serum Institute of India (SII).

ENERGY:

South Africa’s electricity crisis hits in 2021  –  Eskom said the load-shedding is necessary to recover and preserve its emergency generation reserves.

SA & AFRICA NEWS:

Tributes flow in for SA ‘sports unifier’ Mluleki George  –   Politicians and sporting heavyweights have expressed their sorrow over the loss of the former deputy defence minister, who has become the latest high-profile figure whose life has been claimed by Covid-19.

BUSINESS:

South Africa is getting more tax hikes in 2021 – there’s just one very big problem  –  The South African government responded to the Covid-19 pandemic with the largest relief effort in the country’s history, despite the fact that it and other emerging markets have had to take the crisis with fewer resources and higher borrowing costs.

TECHNOLOGY:

Trump blocked by Twitter and Facebook  –  Donald Trump has been suspended from Twitter and Facebook after tweeting to supporters who attacked the US Capitol. 

“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 blows up US democracy’: the world watches on in horror  –  Leaders from nations around the world condemn ‘shocking scenes’ unfolding at US Capitol

SCIENCE & EVIRONMENT:

Climate change: Alaskan wilderness opens up for oil exploration  –  The Trump administration is pushing ahead with the first ever sale of oil leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The giant Alaskan wilderness is home to many important species, including polar bears, caribou and wolves

SPORT:

American consortium buys controlling share in Sharks after failed Stormers attempt  -  In what will be regarded as a ground-breaking development for sport in South Africa, an American consortium has bought a controlling share in the Sharks rugby team.

Collo's Comment:

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 surfers on totally deserted beaches.  

 

THIS & THAT:

Watching Gordon Ramsey Burn His Mouth On Durban Spice Might Be The Best Thing You See All Day!  KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (03 January 2021) – Gordan Ramsey was never ready for some “skop and donder” South African spice!

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