Friday 20th August

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Warmer with sunshine and patchy clouds
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LOCAL NEWS: (Kouga)

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

Alleged attacker shot and killed on farm in Bedford  –  Police in the Eastern Cape are investigating a case of housebreaking, attempted murder and murder after a suspect was shot and killed on a farm in Bedford.

 

SA & AFRICA NEWS:

Porcupine quill collector helps woman caught in spiky spot after car crash  –  A man who stopped at a viewpoint on the side of the road in Simon’s Town to collect porcupine quills turned out to be a life saver for a woman whose car had fallen 100m into the ravine below.

 

COVID NEWS:

317 more deaths recorded as SA’s Covid-19 cases increase by 13 672  –  A further 317 people succumbed to Covid-19-related illnesses, taking South Africa’s total death count to 78 694.

COVID VACCINE:

Covid-19 vaccinations open for under 35s from Friday — but bad news about lockdown  –  South Africa will open vaccinations for persons between 18 and 34 years from Friday, 20 August 2021.

POLITICS, GOVERNMENT & PARLIAMENT:

WATCH | New National Assembly speaker announced, demands order four times in first minute  –  Former defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on Thursday became the fifth woman to be announced as National Assembly speaker since the start of SA’s democratic era.

Parties slam election of new Speaker  –  Opposition parties have slammed the election of former defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula as the Speaker of the National Assembly

ZUMA: 

Decision to jail Zuma was patently lawful: Helen Suzman Foundation  –  Using international law to interpret whether former president Jacob Zuma’s incarceration was justified would only confirm that his imprisonment did not violate his right to security and freedom.

CORRUPTION WATCH:

WATCH | Five biggest testimonies over three years of the state capture inquiry  –  The hearings of the judicial commission of inquiry into state capture have come and gone.

Types of corruption you can expect in every major metro in South Africa  –  A new report published by Corruption Watch (CW) highlights the corruption issues that have plagued municipalities in South Africa for almost a decade.

COURTS, NPA, HAWKS, CRIME & SAPS: 

Conservationist Fred Daniel vs Deputy President Mabuza: A secret history of the state’s ‘Stalingrad defence  –  The first three days of the high court showdown between conservationist Fred Daniel and Deputy President David Mabuza have been marred by a series of avoidable delays.

 

BUSINESS & MONEY MATTERS:

Mandatory social security plan proposes another tax on the middle class  –  The government is determined to introduce a comprehensive social security system with a mandatory payroll deduction of 8-12% to help fund the scheme.

New Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana wants economic growth, not endless debate  –  Concrete action on economic growth, rather than endless certainty-sapping debate, is Enoch Godongwana’s mantra, 

ENERGY & ESKOM:

Load-shedding warning for South Africa  –  Power utility Eskom warned on Thursday evening that it could be forced to implement load-shedding at short notice should it lose further generating capacity.

Surf legends shine in sizeable conditions at the SA Longboarding Champs

Day Two of the South African Longboarding Champs presented by RYD Brand sanctioned by Surfing South Africa kicked off in balmy weather and, once...

Jeffreys Bay delivers pristine waves for Day 1 of the SA Longboard Championships

Llandudno surfer Luke Slijpen is embarking on his rookie year on the World Surf League's (WSL) World Qualifying Series (WQS) with the strong backing...

Llandudno Surfer Luke Slijpen Signs Multi-Year Deal With Quiksilver International

Llandudno surfer Luke Slijpen is embarking on his rookie year on the World Surf League's (WSL) World Qualifying Series (WQS) with the strong backing...

International Lighthouse Weekend – A happy belated Mandela Day celebration for Talhado

   When Sunday’s weather turned out to be near perfect it was destined that the fundraiser organised for Talhado Children’s Haven at the Seal Point...

Municipality To Find Lasting Solution For Stray Animals

KOUGA Municipality is looking at different approaches to find a permanent solution for roaming animals across the region.Community Services...

Kouga Adds No Markup on Electricity Tariff Increase

AS much as Kouga Municipality was mindful of the tough economic climate on residents, its recent electricity tariff increase was guided by the...

Municipality to Clamp Down on Illegal Electricity

KOUGA Municipality, in conjunction with the local South African Police Service, is set to clamp down on illegal electricity connections in the...

International Lighthouse Weekend celebrated at Seal Point Lighthouse this Sunday.

 This coming weekend is International Lighthouse Weekend where Lighthouse managers, keepers and owners are encouraged to open their lighthouse or...

So many ways people are helping FOSTER

FOSTER as an organisation is managed by a small committee of dedicated volunteers with different portfolios and responsibilities which is ably...

The Experience Northern Cape Namakwa Challenge Is Approaching

The inaugural WSL Speciality Event for the Northern Cape region, the Experience Northern Cape Namakwa Challenge presented by Billabong Adventure...

INTERNATIONAL:

Delaying US exit a month could have meant peace in Afghanistan, says negotiator  –  Biden’s hasty withdrawal removed leverage in talks with Taliban, says first female vice-president of Afghan parliament Fawzia Koofi

Taliban violently block Australian citizens from Kabul airport evacuation flights  –  Australians report being hit with weapons and whipped by Taliban militants when they presented their documents

Taliban carrying out door-to door manhunt, report says  *  The Taliban have stepped up their search for people who worked for Nato forces or the previous Afghan government, a UN document has warned.

SOCIAL MEDIA:

Facebook reveals most-seen posts are inane questions, not politics  –  After being accused of spreading right-wing content, Facebook has revealed that its most-viewed posts include asking if sugar goes with spaghetti.

EARTH, OCEANS, SPACE & THE UNIVERSE:

Greta Thunberg says claims that UK is a climate leader are ‘a lie’ as UNICEF report finds one billion children at ‘high risk’ from climate impacts  –  The latest report by UNICEF has found that around 1 billion of the world’s 2.2 billion children live in countries classified as being at “extremely-high risk” of the impacts of the climate crisis.

THIS & THAT:

Flying solo, 19-year-old woman takes off on round-the-world record bid  –  Belgian-British pilot Zara Rutherford, 19 poses for pictures before departing for a round-the-world trip in a light aircraft, aiming to become the youngest female pilot to circle the planet alone

SPORT:

Springboks vs All Blacks in London a possibility  –  It is far from impossible that the mouth-watering 100th Test match between the Springboks and the All Blacks could be played before a sold-out Twickenham audience 

Argentina demote star Nicolas Sanchez for second Springboks Test  –  Argentina star Nicolas Sanchez has been relegated to the bench for a Rugby Championship second-round match in South Africa on Saturday.