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Friday 24th July

Covid-19 and Local News & Updates

Tests Conducted – 2 632 106 |  Positive Cases – 408052  |  Recoveries – 236260 |  Deaths – 6093

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Cell Phone Mast furore

A furore has finally erupted with regard a number of applications to have 4G (cell phone) masts erected at several places both in St Francis Bay and further south at Cape St Francis. As...

Rip Curl E-Pro 2020 Online Surf Contest Finalists Announced

In an absolute flurry of ridiculously good waves and incredible surfing, the finalists of the inaugural Rip Curl E-Pro were decided.In the first women’s semifinal, the two goofy-footers...

Voting Open For Rip Curl E-Pro Surf Event Semi-Finalists

The voting is open for the Rip Curl E-Pro semi-finalists, and there are some incredible rides to vote on.In the women’s competition, Zoe Steyn from East London is facing off against...

Some Phenomenal Surfing As Rip Curl E-Pro Men and Women Semi-Finalists Decided

It was an action-packed quarter-final showdown in the inaugural Rip Curl E-Pro, as the surfers started dropping some of their best clips to advance.Shane Sykes from Salt Rock was the...

St Francis all a-buzz at last

What a wonderful site to see St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis bustling with visitors again. The lifting of travel and accommodation restrictions certainly brought visitors flocking...

Women on the Frontline – Live Tuesday 11th August

Women have played a leading role in local efforts to keep communities safe from COVID-19.Join Kouga Municipality on Tuesday, 11 August, when they chat to Sr Cathy Brown from the...

Rip Curl E-Pro Round 4 Men and Round 1 Women Results

For South African surf fans, the action was fast and exciting for Round 4 of the men and Round 1 of the women's events at the Rip Curl E-Pro online surf tournament. The judges had to dig...

Joint effort to address domestic animal challenges

Kouga residents have been asked to report problems related to stray or neglected domestic animals to the municipal call centre (042 200 2200, option 5).Kouga Community Services Portfolio...

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...

PORT ELIZABETH, EASTERN CAPE & SOUTHERN COAST:

Daily MaverickMassive ‘markups’ at heart of Eastern Cape’s R538m tablets and e-learning deal with Surve-owned Sizwe Africa IT  –  Education officials in the Eastern Cape seemingly relied on grossly inflated prices to justify controversial lease deals for tablets and virtual classrooms 

TimesliveEC government threatens Nelson Mandela Bay metro takeover  –  The Nelson Mandela Bay metro has been given seven days to convince Eastern Cape co-operative governance & traditional affairs MEC Xolile Nqatha not to place it under administration.

Citizen Covid-19Covid-19: Zweli Mkhize unlocks urgent help for Eastern Cape as deaths soar  –  Mkhize says the recent re-banning of alcohol sales had already had a ‘major impact’ on the availability of hospital beds.

The CitizenMore than 100 people to be retested after samples lost in PE truck hijacking  –  The bio-hazard samples went missing on Monday when two workers, from a courier company hired by the NHLS to collect samples from local clinics, were ambushed by two gunmen.

Frank the flamingo rescued from Port Alfred beach  –  National Sea Rescue Institute members had their hands full on Wednesday while trying to catch a fledgling flamingo that had found its way to Kleinemonde near Port Alfred.

COVID-19:

Citizen Covid-19Eastern Cape records highest number of daily Covid-19 deaths   –  Sub-Saharan Africa has recorded more than 750,000 coronavirus cases, including 15,000 deaths.

Daily MaverickZweli Mkhize plays down discrepancy in reported deaths  –  Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has downplayed the possible under-reporting of Covid-19 deaths after a study showed thousands of excess natural deaths.

NATIONAL COMMAND COUNCIL & LOCKDOWN:

TimesliveTop scientist slams ‘irrational’ lockdown regulations  –  ‘Government keeps saying scientists are the ones making these decisions and that is part of our frustration’ – Prof Francois Venter

FIRST TAKE | Ramaphosa evades another opportunity to lead as he caves in to unions  –  President Cyril Ramaphosa, ignoring volumes of evidence about why schools can and must remain open, on Thursday night buckled to pressure from teachers’ unions 

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SOUTH AFRICA & AFRICAN CONTINENT:

Independent On LineYou will soon be able to apply online for protection orders, says Justice Minister  –  Justice Minister Ronald Lamola has announced that the public will soon apply online for protection orders as his department modernises the justice system.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS:

Ramaphosa vows ‘very, very severe’ consequences for theft of Covid-19 relief funds  –  The president has vowed to crack down on corruption and theft relating to Covid-19 relief funds. 

Flag to fly at half-mast as special funeral declared for Andrew Mlangeni  –  The late Rivonia trialist Andrew Mokete Mlangeni will receive a special funeral, the presidency declared on Thursday.

SCHOOLS:

TimesliveDA slams Ramaphosa for ‘bowing to union pressure’ to close schools  –  DA leader John Steenhuisen has slammed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision to close public schools for a month,

CORRUPTION:

The CitizenNational Lotteries Commission: Cars of two witnesses in corruption case ‘torched’  –  The intrigue around alleged corruption with the beneficiaries of the National Lotteries Commission (NLC ) deepens as it emerges that two key witnesses’ cars were torched this past week.

BUSINESS, MONEY & ECONOMY:

Business MaverickWirecard Scandal: Is their South African operation squeaky clean?  –  By its very nature, accounting fraud is perpetrated across multiple geographies by companies that have convoluted structures that are difficult to understand

money webRenewed calls for tax relief for home office expenses  –  As things stand, individuals must meet strict requirements in order to claim any lockdown-related home office expenditure.

money webSarb cuts the repo rate  –  Rate has now been cut by 300 basis points in 2020 to mitigate economic impact of Covid-19 pandemic.

BusinesstechHere’s how much money you will save on a R1 million bond with rates at historic lows  –  With the interest rate at its lowest in decades, it may now be more financially prudent to buy rather than rent a home, 

TOURISM & HOSPITALITY:

Angry SAs speak: Are you listening Ramaphosa? Restaurants are on ICU. #JobsSaveLives  –  The strict lockdown regulations imposed by President Cyril Ramaphosa in response to the coronavirus pandemic have all but annihilated the restaurant industry in South Africa.

My BroadbandTravel as you knew it is over – Airbnb CEO  –  Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky said the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the travel industry forever, but all is not lost.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

The GuardianMike Pompeo says free world must change China or ‘China will change us’  –  US Secretary of state calls for countries to triumph over Beijing’s ‘new tyranny’ as four Chinese nationals charged with visa fraud

BBC newsTrump scraps Republican convention in virus ‘flare-up’  –  President Donald Trump has cancelled the Republican party convention in Florida, citing the coronavirus “flare-up” as US cases passed four million.

 

TECHNOLOGY:

 

Daily MaverickAnonymously threatened with gang rape and murder, SA teenager takes Facebook Inc to court to disclose perpetrator  –  It has already cost the family of a Gauteng teen anonymously threatened with gang rape and murder a small fortune in legal fees and months of trauma

PLASTIC POLLUTION:

BBC newsPlastic pollution to weigh 1.3 billion tonnes by 2040  –  An estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of plastic is destined for our environment – both land and water – by 2040, unless worldwide action is taken.

INTERESTING:

Daily MaverickLizard people and freedom of expression  –  Earlier this week a former reality TV personality, who now hosts a programme on eNCA, created a stir when he announced that David Icke would appear on his show.

SPORT:

Mike Tyson returns to boxing with LA fight against Roy Jones Jr  –  Tyson, 54, and Jones, 51, are expected to wear headgear and use larger gloves for the match on 12 September.

Sport24After 2-year nightmare, Wayde van Niekerk eager to break the 43-second barrier  –  The 400 metres world record holder Wayde van Niekerk says he wants to become the first athlete to break the 43-second barrier for the one-lap event.

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