Sunny, & Humid
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-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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Trump blocked by Twitter and Facebook – Donald Trump has been suspended from Twitter and Facebook after tweeting to supporters who attacked the US Capitol.
‘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
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.
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!