Friday 16th July

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WEATHER
Nice with plenty of sun
Max 22C
Wind – NE 11 km/h

LOCAL NEWS: (Kouga)

Stephen’s Scribble – Teetering on a slippery slope  –  As I was driving back from the inevitably over crowded Point today I noticed two Xhosa women laughing.

SA & AFRICA NEWS:

Massive fuel price hike and possible shortages ahead, warns AA  –  The Automobile Association (AA) has called on South Africans to limit all non-essential travel as road transport comes under pressure from unrest and the spectre of fuel shortages.

Poultry industry euthanises chickens amid riots  –  Problems sourcing animal feed are among the challenges due to looting, arson

Zimbabwe fears food disruptions, higher prices after SA riots; pins hopes on ANC fixing chaos soon  –  Zimbabwe says the ANC has the capacity to deal with SA’s current turmoil and that for now there’s no need for Sadc intervention.

COVID NEWS:

Huge study supporting ivermectin as Covid treatment withdrawn over ethical concerns  –  The preprint endorsing ivermectin as a coronavirus therapy has been widely cited, but independent researchers find glaring discrepancies in the data

SA’s Covid cases increase by 16 435 with 377 new deaths recorded  –  MORE than 16 000 additional people have tested positive for Covid-19, taking South Africa’s total number of confirmed coronavirus cases to 2 253 240.

LOCKDOWN:

POLITICS:

Police Minister Bheki Cele to be grilled by MPs on SA unrest  –  The portfolio committee on police has confirmed that Police Minister Bheki Cele will appear before it on Friday, following a spate of violent protests and looting

CHAOS & UNREST:

State of emergency ‘not appropriate’ to deal with the unrest  –  Government and police criticised for slow response to looting

Insightful, fearless, uplifting – Gift of the Givers founder Dr Imtiaz Sooliman on SA’s looting locusts  –  It is often during times of great adversity, that we witness the extraordinary strength of the human spirit. 

The stunted arm of the law: Civilians step in as law enforcement is outnumbered and outwilled  –   Communities across Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal hit by waves of looting and destruction stepped in to plug the gap left by the crushingly poor efforts of law enforcement to contain this week’s mayhem.

One of 12 ‘instigators of riots’ in Gauteng and KZN is under arrest  –  Acting minister in the presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni said on Thursday that one of the 12 alleged instigators of riots that swept across two provinces has been arrested.

CORRUPTION WATCH:

Popo Molefe says he was state capture buster  –  Former (Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa) Prasa board chairperson Popo Molefe has maintained that he was a “state capture buster”

COURTS, NPA, HAWKS, CRIME & SAPS: 

Should amnesty for looters be ‘one size fits all’?  –  Amnesty is not new to South Africa. Always shrouded in controversy, this time the idea is to waive prosecutions against those who come forward and return what they looted.

 

BUSINESS & MONEY MATTERS:

Can Sasria honour claims of up to R30bn?  –  You can sail a 22-foot yacht across the Atlantic by yourself if things go right, but you will struggle to survive if they don’t.

These are the banking scams you should look out for in South Africa right now – with fraud on the rise  –  Iresults of its annual SITEisfaction Report reveals the behaviours and experiences of online customers using South Africa’s six main consumer banks:

CRYPTOCURRENCY:

Bitcoin bombs  –  Bitcoin’s slide accelerated Thursday, with the coin drifting toward $31,000 once again while strategists eye a potential break lower.

ENERGY & ESKOM:

Green Scorpions close in as Karpowership fights to rescue R225bn deal  –  The Turkish-led consortium has filed an appeal against the rejection of its powership emergency energy solution on environmental grounds.

Working towards a Chain Free Sea Vista!

St Francis Animal Rescue has been successfully unchaining tethered dogs in our local township of Sea Vista since December 2019 and, to date, we have...

A Salute to Successful Kouga Women

WOMEN from different walks of life will be sharing their achievements and the challenges they have faced in the past with the broader Kouga...

Increase In Local Active Covid-19 Cases

THERE has been an increase in the number of active COVID-19 cases in the Kouga region.Active Covid-19 cases totalled 212 on July 26 according to the...

Do Not Close Fire Hydrants

Kouga residents are urged to not close open fire hydrants.Once a water pipe has been repaired, these hydrants must be opened to let the air out of...

Additional boreholes to help counter drought effects

TEN viable boreholes will be connected in areas worse affected by the drought to help mitigate the effect of the prolonged drought.This after one...

Residents must save water now

TAPS in Humansdorp are set to run dry should residents not drastically safe water with immediate effect.“Due to technical problems at the Churchill...

Teetering on a slippery slope

As I was driving back from the inevitably over crowded Point today I noticed two Xhosa women laughing. They held the hands of two white toddlers as...

One at a time is all that it really needs

Following comments on Social Media regarding the potential of spreading the virus when several members of a single family all visiting our local...

Two Luxury Yachts destroyed in St Francis fire

Two yachts under construction at Nexus Yachts in St Francis Bay, each valued in region of R30 million  were destroyed in yesterday’s fire. The cause...

FOSTER – 30 years of supporting St Francis’ Heritage

For many years, the membership of FOSTER remained fairly static at around 100 members which brought in around R30 000 of the R100 000 needed to...

INTERNATIONAL:

Germany floods: Merkel voices horror at ‘catastrophe’ amid search for estimated 1,300 missing  –  Angela Merkel says her ‘heart goes out’ to flood victims after disaster leaves at least 59 dead

SOCIAL MEDIA:

Instagram admits moderation mistake over racist comments  –  Instagram has admitted a mistake in its technology meant racist comments and emojis were not removed.

EARTH, OCEANS, SPACE & THE UNIVERSE:

Climate change: ‘No more excuses’ at COP26 climate summit – poor nations  –  More than 100 developing countries have set out their key negotiating demands ahead of the COP26 climate meeting in Glasgow.

WATCH: Durban chemical spill alleged to have killed scores of marine life  –  Our natural environment could not escape the negative effects of the recent civil unrest unfolding in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng it appears.

SPORT:

SA’s Louis Oosthuizen plays ’the perfect round’ to lead The Open  –  Former champion Louis Oosthuizen said he was off to the “perfect start” in his quest to end a long-wait for a second major title after a six under par 64 fired him into a first-round lead

Jordan Spieth evoking memories of Royal Birkdale, without the theatrics in Round 1  –  He was as chatty and twitchy as ever as he peppered caddie Michael Greller with a running dialogue that stretched well past 18 holes.

Video: Gatland’s Stinging Jab at ‘Water Boy’ Erasmus  –  British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has fired the first shots in what will be an intriguing war of words during the build-up to the three-Test series against South Africa.