15th January

COVID-19 STATISTICS

TIDES

High 5:09AM 1.9m
Low 11:11AM 0.4m
High 5:17PM 1.9m
Low 11:28PM 0.3m

 

LOAD SHEDDING
Today
09:00 – 11:30

WEATHER
Partly Sunny and Windy
Max 26C
Wind – WSW 30 km/h

New Cases –  18503 | Active Cases – 211214
Recoveries – 1 049 740   Deaths – 35852

Active cases in nearby Kouga region as at 11th January
St Francis – 31 | Oyster Bay – 0 | Humansdorp –  41 |  JBay – 101
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)  

DA lashes out over failing Eastern Cape municipalities  –  The DA in the Eastern Cape has presented itself as a party with a plan before the local government elections later in 2021.

Lifeline for 22 struggling EC businesses  –  The Eastern Cape Government said 22 distressed businesses received support from the Jobs Stimulus fund to save 1 123 jobs.

COVID NEWS:

Number of new SA Covid-19 cases stays on 18 000 mark  –  A total of 712 deaths (806 yesterday) were reported: Eastern Cape 97, Free State 21, Gauteng 114, KwaZulu-Natal 232, Limpopo 11, Mpumalanga 10, North West 50, Northern Cape 15 and Western Cape 162. 

Past Covid-19 infection may provide ‘months of immunity’  –  Most people who have had Covid-19 are protected from catching it again for at least five months, a study led by Public Health England shows.

COVID-19: How did coronavirus begin? If our journey is anything to go by, China won’t make it easy to find out  –  A team of investigators has arrived at COVID’s ground zero, but China’s political obstacles may delay results further.

AfriForum considering legal action to have Ivermectin approved for Covid-19 treatment  –  ‘If a safe drug is available that can possibly restrict the intensity of the pandemic and can help to relieve symptoms and suffering as well as reduce the number of deaths,’ says the Afrikaner lobby group.

LOCKDOWN:

POLITICS:

Chilling facts about land expropriation without compensation laws that President Ramaphosa has promised to push in 2021  –  President Cyril Ramaphosa told the ANC at the start of the year that passing legislation to allow for land expropriation without compensation is a priority for the ruling party this year. 

Niehaus claims people want him dead after recovering from Covid-19 pneumonia  –  Niehaus promised he would not be silenced even though the pneumonia had damaged his lung capacity and he was still dependent on oxygen.

SA & AFRICA NEWS:

What you shouldn’t do if you get arrested for breaking South Africa’s lockdown laws: legal expert  –  SAPS officials have arrested more than 20,000 people for failing to follow South Africa’s adjusted level 3 lockdown restrictions introduced on 28 December.

Let’s not forget SA’s second pandemic  –  While addressing the nation on Monday, President Cyril Ramaphosa stated the country is facing two pandemics, Covid-19 and gender-based violence.

Mkhize warns against neglecting TB victims’ plight amid Covid-19 pandemic  –  Tuberculosis (TB) has to be given adequate attention alongside the challenges of dealing with the deadly coronavirus that continues to ravage the country, 

CORRUPTION WATCH:

Eskom paid McKinsey, Trillian R1.6bn for ‘completely unnecessary’ work, commission told  –  Former Eskom executives Anoj Singh and Matshela Koko were central in the unlawful outsourcing of work to McKinsey and Trillian, former Trillian CEO Mosilo Mothepu has told the State Capture Commission.

Ramaphosa makes four vital NPA appointments that could soon  –  A top UN advisor will come home to bolster Shamila Batohi’s deputy directorate, while new special prosecutors have been named to fight the war on white-collar crime and deepen the skills base to prosecute those involved in State Capture.

 
 

BUSINESS & MONEY MATTERS:

Obtaining residency and doing business in Mauritius  –  Recent legislative changes have made it easier for foreigners to live and work in the country.

South Africa’s 4IR strategy: Huge gap between what’s on the ground and what the Ramaphosa commission recommends  –  How will the recommendations of the Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution catapult South Africa? 

ENERGY:

Eskom announces stage 2 load-shedding, through to Sunday night  –  People working from home, be warned to make alternative arrangements — Eskom is plunging SA back into a new round of load-shedding.

TECHNOLOGY:

Wikipedia at 20: The encyclopedia in five articles  –  On 15 January 2001, two American entrepreneurs – Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger – launched an online encyclopedia

Telegram and Signal are growing, but WhatsApp remains dominant in South Africa  –  New data shows that Telegram and Signal have seen a big usage increase in South Africa after WhatsApp announced its new privacy policy on 8 January.

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...

Books galore for Sea Vista Library

The Sea Vista Library received an enormous boost on Friday 12th February, when the Rotary Club of St Francis officially handed over new books to the...

Rotary SF donates Jungle Gym for Hankey Kids

The Rotary club of St Francis was recently in a position to facilitate a donation of a complete children’s jungle Gym and several bags of pre-loved...

Running the gauntlet in a St Francis 50 #3

If you haven't yet read Part One Click Hereand Part Two Click HerePart ThreeContinuing on from Part Three…..  . If we didn’t go now, we’d probably...

Hospice receives a boost through Rotary Club of St Francis

Corrected bank details at the end of this postSt Francis Rotarians had the pleasure of formally handing over a Lazy Boy electric chair and two...

INTERNATIONAL:

‘No time to waste’: Biden unveils $1.9tn coronavirus stimulus package  –  Plan includes $160bn in vaccination funds and $1tn in relief to families, including $1,400 stimulus checks

SOCIAL MEDIA:

EARTH, SPACE & THE UNIVERSE:

Sunken ivory trove highlights historic decimation of forest elephants  –  In 1533, a Portuguese trading ship, the ‘Bom Jesus’, went missing on its way to India. Today, its recovered ivory cargo off Namibia has revealed the decimation of forest elephants along the West African coast pre-dating European trans-Atlantic slavery.

Climate change: ‘Exceptionally hot’ 2020 concludes warmest decade  –  Global meteorological agencies agree that 2020 was a scorching year but they are divided on just where it ranks in the temperature records.

Seagrass ‘Neptune balls’ sieve millions of plastic particles from water, study finds  –  Researchers counted particles in seaballs that washed up on beaches in Spain

THIS & THAT:

SPORT:

Boks might never win World Cup again if Icasa proceeds with ‘remedies’ – SA Rugby  –  According to SA Rugby, broadcast rights make up 58% of their income, and sponsorships, which are largely dependent on TV exposure, make up another 26%.

Mark Boucher is calling on the Proteas to make return to Pakistan a memorable one  –  Mark Boucher stressed the importance of international cricket returning to Pakistan saying the country holds a unique position in the sport.