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Friday 22nd May

Covid-19 and Local News & Updates

Tests Conducted – 525433  |  Positive Cases –  19137  |  Recoveries – 8950  |  Deaths – 369

LOCAL:

Covid-19 Update #31 – Level 3 Here We Come!  –  There has been much rumour and speculation about the impending drop to Level Three, when it’s going to start, and what it’s going to entail. 

The beauty of this great estate  –  njoy the walks, keep your camera ready, ladies, and continue enjoying our great community!

PORT ELIZABETH, EASTERN CAPE & SOUTHERN COAST:

Independent On LineWestern, Eastern Cape partner to formulate travel protocols between provinces  –  The Western Cape and Eastern Cape have released a joint statement on travel protocols between the provinces

Ford employees produce face shields for front-line workers  –  As the country prepares to move to level 3 of the lockdown, 85 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa employees have produced almost 190,000 protective face shields for medical and essential services workers.

Science and tech centre produces sanitisers and masks  – The Nelson Mandela Bay Science and Technology Centre has produced hand sanitisers and other safety goods in a bid to assist the department of education with the reopening of schools .

AlgoaFMTwo stores closed in Garden Route due to Covid 19  –  A spokesperson for Massmart, Brian Leroni says Game in the Garden Route Mall is temporarily closed after a client tested positive for Covid-19.

AlgoaFMAlleged serial rapist who lured victims via Facebook, nabbed in EC  –  A 32-year-old man who is believed to have raped several women was arrested in Komani this week and appeared in court on Thursday.

COVID-19:

Governments have got Covid-19 data analysis HORRIBLY wrong – SA number experts. MUST READ!  –  Is it possible that governments have shut down countries, effectively pushing nations into economic crisis, on the basis of flawed Covid-19 data analysis? 

Citizen Covid-19Covid-19: now the horror begins in SA hospitals  –  The dire situation at many hospitals in Cape Town, where there is a lack of beds and medical personnel to deal with the situation, is likely to get much worse in the coming weeks,

Independent On LineCovid-19 in SA: This is where the 1134 new infections, 30 new deaths came from  –  In terms of confirmed cases, the two provinces accounted for 944 new infections out of the 1134 new cases confirmed – or over 83% of new cases.

Daily MaverickLatest Covid-19 projections suggest SA cases could total three million  –  There is considerable difficulty in the task of predicting what could lie ahead for South Africa’s Covid-19 infection curve. 

Superheroes need help too: Health workers in plea for protective gear  –  Health and emergency workers are on the frontline of the Covid-19 war, but there have been reports that many go into battle with inadequate personal protective equipment.

NATIONAL COMMAND COUNCIL & LOCKDOWN:

defend truthHelen Suzman Foundation approaches ConCourt to order Parliament oversight of Covid-19 response  –  The Helen Suzman Foundation has directly approached the Constitutional Court seeking an urgent order for the president, the Cabinet and the National Assembly to fulfil a constitutional duty 

defend truthWhere did all the masks go?  – Before Covid-19 lockdown South Africa’s personal protective equipment manufacturers exported masks like there was no tomorrow, contributing to the current shortage.

BACK TO SCHOOL:

BusinesstechThis is the document sent to schools with details on how they must operate when they open next month   –  The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has sent a document to South African schools outlining the standard operating procedure for schools during the Covid-19 lockdown.

SOUTH AFRICA & AFRICAN CONTINENT:

My BroadbandThe best-selling products on South African online stores  –  South African online retailers are now able to sell their full range of products, following new regulations published by the Department of Trade, Industry, and Competition.

SA chef to tutor Gordon Ramsay on traditional cuisine  –  South African culinary culture will be in the spotlight as multi award-winning chef Zola Nene joins British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay on the new season of his culinary adventure show

Independent On LineStray bullet strikes 13-year-old Cape Town boy on his bum  –  Thirteen-year-old Reece van Wyk was hit in the buttocks by a stray bullet during an alleged gang shooting near Geneva Court on 

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS:

TimesliveCyril Ramaphosa told us he is under ‘great pressure’ to open the economy, say opposition leaders  –  Insiders at the meeting say the president told them business wants the country to skip level 3 and go straight to level 2

The CitizenZulu ‘takes exception’ to claims her dept stops NGOs providing food  –  This comes a day after a commissioner of the SAHRC said the department had violated the Constitution by preventing the provision of food.

The CitizenNational Assembly to speed up budget for Covid-19 response  –  Parliament is expediting the passing of the budget, which would allow Finance Minister Tito Mboweni to table an adjustment budget earlier than what normally would be the case.

BUSINESS, MONEY & ECONOMY:

Business MaverickEmerging markets’ hidden debt risk  –  With the pandemic engulfing ever more countries, EMs face a mass exit by foreign investors seeking safe assets. 

money webInvestors gird themselves for an onslaught of financial fraud  –  If the 2008 collapse is any guide, this economic downturn will expose a wave of corporate shenanigans.

My BroadbandVodacom South Africa to be a standalone company  –  Vodacom Group has “simplified its structure” following the recent expansion of its African portfolio, the company announced.

World:

BBC newsChina security law ‘could be end of Hong Kong’  –  Pro-democracy activists say they fear “the end of Hong Kong”, after China announced plans for a new security law.

Here’s how Covid-19 could change the way we fly  –  As the world slowly eases its way out of the Covid-19 lockdown, we’re on the verge of a new era in air travel.

This & That:

BBC newsBirds ‘ingesting hundreds of bits of plastic a day’  –  Birds living on river banks are ingesting plastic at the rate of hundreds of tiny fragments a day, according to a new study.

The GuardianWhy are Africa’s coronavirus successes being overlooked?  –  Remember, early on in the Covid-19 pandemic, the speculation as to how apocalyptic it would be if this disease hit the African

The GuardianThis pandemic threatens to undo what generations of feminists have fought for  –  With schools and daycares closed, and employers embracing permanent work-from-home arrangements, women will be forced to pick up the slack

ENTERTAINMENT:

Trevor Noah wins 7 Webbys as ‘The Daily Show’ rakes in the numbers  –  Comedian Trevor Noah is on cloud nine after he and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah won seven awards at the prestigious Webby Awards,

SPORT:.

The ‘Sweet And Sour’ Of Newlands Drama  –  The Stormers managed to escape SA Rugby’s infamous 21-day clause with only some minor chinks in their armour.

Collo’s Blog:

Kouga covid-19 recovery rate remains steady at 83%

The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Kouga region has increased to 1 175.This is according to the latest report that was tabled by the Department of Health at the...

New Vehicles for Kouga Lifeguards & Disaster Management

As the Tourism industry slowly but surely re-opens, Kouga Municipality has set the wheels in motion to welcome visitors back to its swimming beaches this coming festive season.A new 4x4...

St Francis Property Owners Chairman on developments in St Francis

With the Covid-19 lockdown many property owners, regular and not so regular holiday makers and international visitors will not have seen all the improvements that have quietly been...

World’s Best Surfers Are Back for Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold Rumble at the Ranch

Live competitive surfing is back this weekend with a one-day, winners-take-all surf showdown in the perfect waves at the Surf Ranch in Lemoore, California on Sunday, August 9, 2020 at...

Rip Curl E-Pro Online Surf Contest Round Two Results

There were a few waves in the excellent range in round two of the Rip Curl E-Pro online surf tournament currently taking place, as well as a number of other quality rides. Top round two...

Councillor caring for the elderly 

A Jeffreys Bay councillor is helping to look after the frail and elderly in his ward. Ludwig Vorster, the ward councillor for ward eight, recently delivered six new wheelchairs to the...

Four Nature Reserves each offering a different experience

Not all who reside in the area and certainly most holiday makers, are aware that there are 4 separate nature reserves in Cape St Francis, all offering nature trails and different...

CELEBRATING WOMEN’S MONTH 2020 

 Kouga Municipality and Oasis FM have joined hands to celebrate Women's Month 2020. Join us every Tuesday from 10am for interviews with dynamic women across Kouga who will be speaking...

Rip Curl E-Pro South Africa Round One Results

It was a mixed bag of surf and results for round one of the Rip Curl E-Pro. There were some big East Coast barrels dominating, and both Dan Redman and Mike Frew’s efforts might see them...

Working on Fire to help fireproof Cape St Francis

Working on Fire (WOF), which started in 2003, is an Expanded Public Works Programme aimed at providing work opportunities to young men and women. The Programme resides under, and is...

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