Friday 19th November

Today's tide for Cape St. Francis
High 3:28AM 1.79m
Low 9:26AM 0.35m
High 3:38PM 1.95m
Low 9:50PM 0.3m

LOCAL NEWS: (Kouga)

A Walk On The Wild Side with Ben Trovato“She asked if I wanted a pre-med to relax. This is where it starts. They slip you a couple of pills to loosen you up and the next thing you know, you’re unconscious and they’re swigging bottles of lightly wooded chardonnay and drawing a silly face on your willy.”

Photo Of The Day – 19 November 2021Lighthouse Roundabout, by Si Cunneen

St Francis Bay Surf ReportBig onshore coming. If you find a wave, hit it!

St Francis Bay Weather ReportFine weather today, little drizzly tomorrow.

Video Interview  with Sandy Coffey  – Storyteller and photographer Sandy Coffey engages on Gino’s Spot.

St Francis Property Owners Association and NPC Newsletter – 19 November 2021Membership Drive, Sheep Raffle and AGM’s.

Security Update – 19 November 2021What To Do When Witnessing A Crime

Meet The Locals – Our wonderful vet Nerine Botha.

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

Algoa Bay oil spill being monitored, says SA Maritime Authority  –  THE South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) said on Thursday night that it was monitoring and investigating the oil spill in Algoa Bay in the Eastern Cape.

Dramatic developments in Vicki’s murder put bail proceedings on holdThe bail hearing of the two men accused of killing 42-year-old Vicki Terblanche was postponed on Thursday in the Port Elizabeth Magistrates court following the arrest of Terblanche’s estranged husband Arnold.

SA’s men striving to be more effective fathers than their own, research shows –  Three local studies provide evidence that South African men are taking up ideas and practices of fatherhood which include close involvement in their children’s lives.

SA & AFRICA NEWS

Declare South Africa’s wastewater treatment a national disaster, urges SAHRC  –  With an electricity crisis, service providers can literally turn off the power to rectify a situation, but when it comes to water and sanitation, there is no way to shed shit.

Kidnapping scourge on the rise in SA  –  Anticrime activist Yusuf Abramjee said the majority kidnappings were organised and researched

COVID VACCINE:

Health department extends R100 vaccination incentive to 50-year-olds  –  The health department has extended the incentive offer of R100 grocery vouchers for first dose vaccinations to people in their 50s as of this Thursday.

POLITICS, GOVERNMENT & PARLIAMENT:

Election funding: Patrice Motsepe’s firm gave ANC more than R5m, while Ramaphosa bailed party out twice  –  Ramaphosa made two sizable donations to the ANC but his brother-in-law Patrice Motsepe’s company donated way more. 

ANC and ActionSA biggest recipients of donations in second set of party funding disclosures  –   Donations received by political parties during the period of April to June 2021 have now been disclosed to the IEC — or, rather, some of them. 

Gayton McKenzie hits back at Julius Malema as debate on ex-convicts serving in government rages  –  Patriotic Alliance (PA) leader Gayton McKenzie has hit back at EFF leader Julius Malema after the latter called him a bandit this week.

CORRUPTION WATCH:

High court extends restraint order to freeze assets and belongings of Guptas and Sharma to 2022  –  The Free State high court in Bloemfontein on Thursday extended the restraint order to freeze assets and belongings of the Guptas and Iqbal Sharma.

COURTS, NPA, HAWKS, CRIME & SAPS: 

Family paid R50m ransom for kidnapped Moti brothers safe return: report  –  News24 reports that the family paid ransom in bundles of cash, securing the safe release of their sons.

Good morning, Colombia: Kidnappings, assassinations and corruption – SAPS is a systemic threat to SA  –  A weak SAPS, infiltrated by organised crime and in cahoots with the security industry, is a toxic brew and one for which we have already paid a heavy price.

Murder of wine farmer was staged by his wife, State alleges  –  The wife of a wealthy Stellenbosch farmer allegedly hired two men to kill him and forged his will to get her hands on his assets.

BUSINESS & MONEY MATTERS:

How much more you will pay on your bond after the latest interest rate hike  –  For most homeowners with bonds, the interest rate hike announced by the Reserve Bank on Thursday (18 November) will mean paying extra on their monthly repayments.

ENERGY & ESKOM:

Eskom load-shedding reprieve –  Eskom will suspend stage 2 load-shedding from 21:00 on Thursday, and implement stage 1 rotational power cuts from 05:00 to 21:00 on Friday, 19 November.

Walk On The Wild Side with Ben Trovato – Trouble Brewing In St Francis

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Photo Of The Day – 3 December 2021

Just A Feather - by Si Cunneen

Inaugural Alaïa Open Winter Cup Surf Event Is Happening In Switzerland!

Newsflash! Inaugural Alaïa Open Winter Cup Surf Event Is Happening In Switzerland!   Sion, Switzerland – Despite some minor global challenges, the...

Kouga Residents Can Submit Their Meter Readings Via Email

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Water Crisis: Municipality To Throttle Water Supply with immediate effect

KOUGA Municipality is set to reduce water pressure to households across the region with immediate effect – to force the reduction of water...

Photo (s) Of The Day – 2 December 2021

Beachbreak Blurs by Clive Wright  

Cooking With Conrad Gallagher – This week we chat menus, meat and beef marrow truffle sauce

Welcome to our weekly food and cooking column, Cooking With Conrad Gallagher. Conrad Gallagher is a Michelin Star chef and author and is the owner...

Surfing Today with Rip Curl – Matthew McGillivray Into Round of 32 at Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold Haleiwa Challenger

HALEIWA, Oahu/Hawaii (Tuesday, November 29, 2021) - The World Surf League (WSL) Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold Haleiwa Challenger, the final stop of the...

Photo Of The Day – 1 December 2021

Dogs living their best life at Cape St Francis by Si Cunneen

Photo Of The Day – 30 November

St Francis Seal, by Si Cunneen

INTERNATIONAL:

Canada floods: 18,000 people still stranded in ‘terrible, terrible disaster’  –  Rising flood waters surround buildings in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada. Photograph: Canadian Press/REX/Shutterstock

SOCIAL MEDIA:

Instagram: US states investigate how platform targets children   –  A group of US states is investigating how Instagram targets children, despite it posing potential risks to them.

TECHNOLOGY & TELEVISION:

Big Vodacom 5G surprise  +  Comparing Vodacom’s coverage map and real-world tests revealed that the mobile operator’s 5G coverage is far more extensive than anticipated.

3D-printed ‘meat’: Does the plant-based product pass the taste test?  –  For the first time, 3D-printed ‘meat’ is being served as a whole ‘cut’, with the product launching in four cities around the world this week.

 
For the first time, 3D-printed ‘meat’ is being served as a whole ‘cut’, with the product launching in four cities around the world this week.

EARTH, OCEANS, SPACE & THE UNIVERSE:

Amazon sees worst deforestation levels in 15 years  –  Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest has hit its highest levels in over 15 years, official data shows.

THIS & THAT:

Meghan tells Ellen DeGeneres Prince Harry loves the California lifestyle  –  The Duchess of Sussex said Prince Harry loves the California lifestyle and weather during an interview with US chat show host Ellen DeGeneres.

Some Tips to Traveling Internationally Again During COVID TimesMany South Africans will be taking to the skies this December as they make their way to holiday destinations, but what can you expect while flying internationally in these COVID times. Air travel puts people in close physical proximity to strangers, which can increase your chances of contracting any contagious disease

SPORT:

’We’ll show them our forward pack is not weak,’ says Eddie Jones ahead of Springbok showdown  –   “They’re implying that our forward pack is weak! Well, our forward pack’s not weak, and we’ll have our opportunity on Saturday to show that.”

Rory McIlroy (65) leads Euro finale: ‘Feeling like I’ve got my golf game back’  –  Rory McIlroy is back playing his best golf again, even if it has come too late to win another Race to Dubai title.

Surfing Comes To Switzerland – The inaugural Alaïa Open Winter Cup surf competition will take place on the weekend of 4/5 December, with warm-up and training sessions on Friday 3 December. The trend of ‘winter surfing’ is growing.