Friday 1st October

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LOCAL NEWS: (Kouga)

Notes From The New EditorThey call these things ‘soft launches’. Colin Watt has worked very hard at building the St Francis Today machine over the last few years.

Kouga Mayor Honoured With Alderman Title  –  THE Council of the Sarah Baartman District Municipality (SBDM) hosted a Special Council Meeting on Tuesday, September 28 to confer the title of Alderman/Alderwoman upon sixteen of its Councillors

St Francis Runners Fun Run 2021The St Francis Runners hold a half marathon every year. Called the Nautical Half, it was postponed again this year.

St Francis Property Owners Association 2021/2022 Annual Memberships – St Francis Property Owners Association memberships are due for renewal from 1st October 2021.

St Francis Bay Representing at the 24th Sea Harvest SA Junior Surfing Champs.The country’s most prestigious annual junior surfing event, the 2021 Sea Harvest SA Junior Surfing Champs, gets underway today.

Local Lifeguards Receive Award Certificate –  Some 22 dedicated and hard-working young residents from Kouga between the ages of 16 and 30 have received their prestigious Lifeguard Award certificate from Lifesaving SA.

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

Coastal Safari Launches in Cape Recife Nature ReservePort Elizabeth residents and visitors have a spectacular new activity to add to their bucket list. Guided land-based coastal safaris through the Cape Recife Nature Reserve, on the outskirts of the city, will open up a whole new world of wonder.

SPAR Grand Prix Series set for Thrilling Finish in GqeberhaAs this year’s SPAR Women’s Challenge Grand Prix Series draws to a close, local road running aficionado and commentator Alec Riddle believes it has been critical in promoting excellence among South Africa’s athletes

SA & AFRICA NEWS:

Police still puzzled by ’unlicensed’ paraglider’s death on Lion’s Head  –  Roderick Theron died in a paragliding accident on Saturday, February 20 this year after crashing into Lion’s Head, Cape Town.

LOCKDOWN:

Ramaphosa announces level 1 lockdown for South Africa — big increase in size of gatherings – President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that South Africa will move to adjusted Covid-19 lockdown Alert Level 1 from Friday.

POLITICS, GOVERNMENT & PARLIAMENT:

Independent Republic of the Western Cape: Dream on, suckers, it ain’t gonna happen – The supposed secession plan of the Western Cape from the rest of South Africa is premised on the impression that the province is well governed, unlike the other provinces, and is able to stand on its own as an independent economic powerhouse.

COURTS, NPA, HAWKS, CRIME & SAPS: 

Hushed up: Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina’s high-speed crash in ‘borrowed’ blue light carCity of Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina was in a high-speed, midnight crash at the wheel of a luxury municipal car he allegedly had no permission to drive.

 

BUSINESS & MONEY MATTERS:

SA could be open in time for summer – with sport, concerts, and foreign tourists, Ramaphosa says South Africa could be open for business this summer, President Cyril Ramaphosa says, if a “majority” of people are vaccinated. He suggested foreign tourists (including from the UK) could be welcomed, and the last restrictions on bars and restaurants dropped.

CRYPTOCURRENCY:

Hilton College matric student solves multi-billion dollar crypto puzzle  –  Homing in on one way in which crypto holders lost billions, Matthew Wilson came up with a solution.

TECHNOLOGY & TELEVISION:

Electric era of motoring: Bombproof may not be futureproof  –  Will the car world’s toughest brands survive the electric transition? Car brands built around proletarian principles as opposed to specific dynamic deliverables will likely fare better.

St Francis College Otter Challenge

Paddle training during the week for the grade 7's.   Over the next few days, the Grade 7 learners at St Francis College will celebrate their...

Photo Of The Day 27 October 2021

Miss Lucy, as captured by Robin Moulang. Find more of his work on Instagram @gumboot.camera

How To Survive The Zombie Apocalypse

Summer's coming. Notes From The Editor Monday 22 October 2021 How To Survive The Zombie Apocalypse Or  How To Get Through The Festive Season In St...

Photo Of The Day – Monday 25th October 2021

A wonderful photo  of an orchid Satyrium princeps flowering in the Airpark . Image by Gregg Darling - a local wildlife/nature photographer.

Notes From The Editor

Notes From The Editor One thing that has been part of the pleasures of living in St Francis is that the restaurants are generally very full over the...

KOUGA RATED BEST MUNICIPALITY IN EASTERN CAPE

KOUGA Municipality was rated the best performing municipality in the Eastern Cape – one of only two municipalities in the province that is not in...

Photo Of The Day – Friday 22 October

This stunning photo of two Caspian Terns at the beach was shot by local photographer Si Cunneen. If you have any images you would like to submit for...

Cape Town Big Wave Surfer Matt Bromley Releases His Surf Movie ‘Over The Edge.’

Press release For immediate release Tuesday 19 October 2021   Cape Town Big Wave Surfer Matt Bromley Releases His Surf Movie ‘Over The Edge.’...

Notes From The Editor

Notes From The Editor 20 October 2021 The point of my Notes From The Editor column is to simply remind everyone of good things happening in our...

Photo Of The Day 20th October 2021

Robin Moulang captured this epic angle of some very cool clouds, and our beloved lighthouse. For more of his work go to his Instagram feed on...

INTERNATIONAL:

German elections 2021: ‘Robot’ coalition on the cards while disturbing far-right extremist threat coalesces  –  The most likely outcome of the coalition talks under way in Germany is a Red, Yellow and Green coalition — the traffic light or, in South African terms, a robot coalition.

ENTERTAINMENT:

Squid Game: The Netflix show adding murder to playground nostalgiaIn Squid Game, a group of 456 people, in debt and desperate, are lured into a bloodthirsty survival game where they have the chance to walk away with 45.6 billion Korean won (R589 million) if they win a series of six games. The twist? They die if they lose.

EARTH, OCEANS, SPACE & THE UNIVERSE:

Virgin Galactic cleared to resume space flights  –  Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic company has been cleared to resume flights of its space plane, Unity.

THIS & THAT:

Meet the Mays from NSRI in St Francis BayThe Mays are perhaps unique in the NSRI family, as currently all four family members, including two teenage children, are volunteering at Station 21 (St Francis Bay).

SPORT:

Tatjana Schoenmaker praises ’amazing spirit for Team SA’ during Olympics parade –  Mzansi finally had their chance to celebrate Team South Africa’s successes at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics this year with an open-top bus parade.