Partly sunny and beautiful
Wind – SSE 15 km/h
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
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.
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%.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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