Friday 14th February

NO Load Shedding Today 

Local News

The news today is obviously dominated by SONA 2020  but for some welcome respite from the antics of the EFF, the inefficiencies of the ANC and the whining of the DA, click on the link below and be wowed.

Mountain Biking One Of The Most Remote Islands On Earth  –  Andre Hogo and Darren Peens from St Francis Bay recently embarked on a trip to St Helena – the 2nd most remote inhabited islands on earth to film a mountain bike film.

Excitement Mounts As Wine Estates Confirmed For Wine On Water Festival  –  Sales have been brisk for the inaugural Wine on Water festival in St Francis Bay on the canals, and it seems that it is going to be a popular wine-tasting event. 

Great events, great course and great food!  –  On Monday, we held our first board meeting for the year. It was suggested that I share part of my CEO report for the 1st quarter 

PE, East Cape & Southern Coast

Authorities net illegal fish traders  –  Nearly 300kg of fish and squid have been seized and nearly R20,000 worth of fines have been issued in a series of raids

Bay traffic department centres back online  –  The issuing of new driver’s licences and the renewal of licences is now back online at the Uitenhage and Korsten traffic and licensing centres.

A Call for Food Parcels

A DONATION OF R200 WILL BUY ONE FOOD PARCEL AND 100% OF ALL...

Kouga Service Emergency Numbers

CONTACT THE KOUGA CALL CENTRE FOR SERVICE EMERGENCIES DURING...

Draft budget and IDP adopted

Kouga Municipality’s draft Integrated Development Plan (IDP)...

7 000 Soaps Distributed – More Needed!

Almost 7 000 households across Kouga were armed with soap and...

NSRI Durban assist Queen Mary 2

 NSRI Durban duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Alick...

ESSENTIAL MUNICIPAL SERVICES TO CONTINUE DURING LOCKDOWN

ESSENTIAL service delivery will continue across Kouga during...

No controlled burns allowed during lockdown

Approval has been withdrawn for all controlled burns until...

Water rationing to Hankey and Patensie lifted for Covid-19 lockdown

Water rationing to Hankey and Patensie will be lifted...

COVID-19 LOCKDOWN: –  STATEMENT BY KOUGA EXECUTIVE MAYOR HORATIO HENDRICKS

The Kouga Council is in full support of the 21-day lockdown...

Kouga Municipality notice on restrictions on local public facilities

Quick reference to measures in place to contain the spread of...

SONA 2020

THE FULL TEXT  – your weekend read –  2020. The annual presidential address comes in the midst of a harsh economic environment, service delivery failures, incapacitated SOEs, rampant crime and high

How Miss Universe and Mr Springbok saved the night at stormy SONA  –  It was a night where President Cyril Ramaphosa would be facing a disillusioned nation and a fiery opposition.

8 key points from Ramaphosa’s SONA  –  Here are some key points from the State of the Nation Address

eNCA NewsKey quotes from Ramaphosa’s 2020 Sona  –  Ramaphosa highlighted a number of issues during his speech, including load shedding, inclusive growth, student accommodation, corruption and climate change.

eNCA NewsEFF objects to FW de Klerk at Sona 2020  –  “Honourable Speaker, we have a murderer in the house,” EFF leader Julius Malema said in reference to De Klerk.

Please close the door!’ EFF leave parliament after disrupting Sona  –  The party had caused a suspension of proceedings after an hour.

News24Ramaphosa promises free data for low-income South Africans  –  Low-income households will receive free daily data to gain access to educational and other public interest websites, 

News24Government cannot fix SA’s economy on its own, Ramaphosa admits in SONA speech  –  President Cyril Ramaphosa has admitted that government will not be able to fix South Africa’s economic woes on its own. 

South Africa & African Continent

Eskom

News24WATCH | No plan for Eskom: Parties react to Ramaphosa’s SONA speech  –  The DA says President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address showed that he had chosen the ANC over South Africa 

My BroadbandRamaphosa’s plan to solve Eskom’s load-shedding crisis  –  “Every time it occurs, it disrupts people’s lives, causing frustration, inconvenience, and hardship,” Ramaphosa said.

Business, Money & The Economy

SA to get sovereign wealth fund, state bank  – More details expected in Finance Minister’s budget speech later this month.

Businesstech‘Significant uptake’ in South Africans using these visas to get to Australia  –  A growing number of successful South African business owners are applying for Australia’s Temporary Skill Shortage and Business Talent Visas,

International News

BBC newsWilliam Barr: Trump tweets make my job ‘impossible’  –  US Attorney General William Barr has said that President Donald Trump “undercuts” him by tweeting, making it “impossible for me to do my job”.

Coronavirus

The GuardianHuge rise in coronavirus cases casts doubt over scale of epidemic  – China reports 13,332 additional cases due to a change in how authorities are counting them

Technology

BBC newsHuawei: US issues new charges of racketeering and theft  –  he US has expanded its lawsuit against Huawei, accusing the Chinese telecoms giant of a “decades-long” plan to steal technology from US firms.

SPORT

WSL LogoCT Athletes Dominate on Day 3 of the Oi Hang Loose Pro  –  Yago Dora, Filipe Toledo and Jadson André all had commanding performances at the QS5000 in Fernando de Noronha.

Sport24Warner, Smith brace for ‘very hostile’ SA crowds after cheating scandal  –  Australia opener David Warner is braced for a hostile reception but hopes fans will show “respect”

Science

BBC newsNew Horizons spacecraft ‘alters theory of planet formation’  –  Scientists say they have “decisively” overturned the prevailing theory for how planets in our Solar System formed.

Fashion (Well sort of)

IN PICS | The strange and the sublime: fashion on the #Sona2020 red carpet  –  Political movers and shakers show off their personal style on the Sona red carpet

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