19th February

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COVID-19 STATISTICS

New Cases –  2327 | Active Cases – 46844 | Recoveries – 1 403 214   Deaths – 48708

Active cases in nearby Kouga towns 
St Francis – 0| Oyster Bay – 0 | Humansdorp –  3 |  JBay – 9

Keep Safe  and PLEASE …  SAVE WATER

LOCAL NEWS: (Kouga)

Kouga puts brakes on corruption  –  KOUGA Municipality asks for residents’ patience at the Humansdorp Traffic Department.

Integrated Development Plan (IDPp): 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) for the 2021/ 2022 financial year.

SANTA SAYS … Always looking for a better way – Work of the course and the Estate is always on the go

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

Special Investigating Unit welcomes sacking of EC health MEC  –  The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has welcomed the decision by Eastern Cape premier Oscar Mabuyane to relieve health MEC Sindiswa Gomba of her duties on Thursday.

K9 pup praised for his biggest drug bust yet in Makhanda  –  Eastern Cape K9 officer Bayley who is just one year old, netted his greatest success during a drug bust in Makhanda on Wednesday

SA & AFRICA NEWS:

IEB records 98.07% matric pass rate for class of 2020  –  The Independent Examinations Board (IEB) has recorded a 98.07% matric pass rate for 2020, a slight drop compared to the previous year’s 98.82%.

Fast-food advertising is a threat to children’s right to health, says report  –  Fast-food advertising makes the problem worse and poses a marked threat to children’s constitutional right to health.

COVID NEWS:

SA records 2,327 Covid-19 cases and 230 deaths in 24 hours  – The new cases came from 34,556 tests at a positivity rate of 6.73%.

COVID VACCINE:

A new vaccine is being tested in Cape Town: Here’s why it’s different  – Scientists hope SARS-CoV-2 will be less likely to evade the vaccine candidate.

LOCKDOWN:

Planned law aims to change rules around South Africa’s state of disaster and lockdown –  The opposition Democratic Alliance has announced plans to introduce the Draft Disaster Management Bill, which aims to change South Africa’s laws around how a state of disaster is handled.

POLITICS:

Is ANC in its death throes? Big political changes loom, but first: get set for State Capture Round 2  –  Dr Frans Cronjé, CEO of the IRR – the thinktank that played a key role in educating ANC leaders and the demise of apartheid – says the ANC is in the midst of an existential crisis.

#Sona2021 Debate: Glass-half-full President let down by Home Affairs’ cut-and-paste job   –  Caravan park and campground managers are a critical skill in South Africa, according to a draft list gazetted by Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi on Thursday. 

New ActionSA members Vytjie Mentor and Makhosi Khoza blast Zuma  –  Mentor and Khoza were both driven out of the ANC following their public criticism of Jacob Zuma.

CORRUPTION WATCH:

Politicians performing poorly: Zondo fails them on SOE board appointments  –  But deputy chief justice says this poor performance could be because ‘processes that were in place were not processes that enabled or promoted quality appointments’

COURTS, NPA, HAWKS, CRIME & SAPS:

South Africa’s deadly mix of explosives, extortion and organised crime a ticking timebomb  –  The use of terrorist tactics by criminals highlights the urgency of dealing with smuggled explosives. 

OPINION:

Steinhoff fraud saga: The white, rich and ‘qualified’ can stop the wheels of justice from turning  – It is more than three years since the Steinhoff saga unfolded and not a single arrest has been made. 

BUSINESS & MONEY MATTERS:

Promising collection signs alleviate pressure for tax increases  – There are positive signs that it might not be necessary to increase tax rates this year

Here are the most critical tech skills in South Africa  –  The Minister of Home Affairs, Aaron Motsoaledi, has published the 2021 Critical Skills List which shows which skills are in high demand in South Africa.

Tax on tobacco, alcohol and cool drinks works well  –  We are making healthier choices, because people respond to financial incentives.

Open Water swim champs takes off in Jbay

MARINA Martinique will once again be the venue for the Nelson Mandela Bay Open Water Swim Championship as swimmers from all over the country dust...

Affordable rental housing to grow Kouga

Some 300 jobs to be createdKOUGA is set to soon boast affordable social rental opportunities in Jeffreys Bay – a first for the Eastern Cape.Some 300...

St Francis Bay Golf Club – Toyota Betterball 24th Feb

TAKEN FROM A FACEBOOK POSTYesterday’s winners in the Toyota Better Ball competition played in breezy but warm weather conditions were:1st: Wallie...

You can change names but you cannot change history

TAKEN FROM A FACEBOOK POSTA rather well stated post by the Cruthmullet (Don Clark) on Facebook yesterday with reference to changing PE's nameSo now...

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,...

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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...

INTERNATIONAL:

Millions of Texans struggle for drinking water following deadly winter storm  –  Record low temperatures damaged infrastructure and froze pipes, disrupting services and contaminating supplies for 12 million

SOCIAL MEDIA:

Facebook under fire over move to ‘bully democracy’ in Australia  –  Politicians and news providers in UK and US condemn site after blocking access to media content

EARTH, SPACE & THE UNIVERSE:

Nasa’s Perseverance rover in ‘great shape’ after Mars landing  –  The American space agency has successfully landed its Perseverance rover in a deep crater near the planet’s equator called Jezero.

Climate change: Earth ‘broken’ by ‘senseless and suicidal war on nature’, UN warns  –  The three interlinked environmental crises – climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution – must be tackled together, it says.

THIS & THAT:

2021 Sony World Photography Awards: National & Regional winners  – The Sony World Photography Organisation recently announced the winners of its regional and national awards for 2021.

GOOD NEWS  FRIDAY

SPORT:

Chris Morris to bank millions as most expensive player in IPL  –  The 33-year-old Morris, who played for the Royal Challengers Bangalore last season, was bought by rivals Rajasthan Royals for $2.25 million on Thursday

‘Best I’ve felt’ – Novak Djokovic fires warning ahead of Australian Open final  –  Eight-time champion Novak Djokovic said he was peaking just at the right time on Thursday