Friday 26th June

Covid-19 and Local News & Updates

Tests Conducted – 1 460 012  |  Positive Cases – 118375  |  Recoveries – 59974  |  Deaths – 2292

LOCAL:  

After a week or more of glorious “Indian Summer” weather some cold and windy weather is reported to be on its way. Wrap up, mask up and keep warm

PORT ELIZABETH, EASTERN CAPE & SOUTHERN COAST:

AlgoaFMNMB concerned about Covid stats as Uitenhage numbers are growing and hospitals are filling up  –  The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has noted with concern the rising numbers of COVID-19 infections in Uitenhage and KwaNobuhle.

Blankets and masks given to NMB isolation facility  –  Hundreds of blankets and thousands of masks  have been donated to the Covid-19 isolation facility located at the Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) Stadium.

AlgoaFMR1 million in cellphones stolen in PE robbery  –  Port Elizabeth police are investigating a case of business robbery after 500 brand new cellphones were stolen from a cellphone company in Cape Road.

COVID-19:

TimesliveAnother Covid-19 record as more than 6,500 cases recorded in 24 hours  –  Another Covid-19 record was broken on Thursday, as 6,580 new cases of the respiratory illness were reported in the past 24 hours.

Distance, Dose, Dispersion: An experts’ guide on Covid-19 risks in South Africa and how to manage them  –  Understand the three things that can make the most difference to easing the lockdown and reopening South Africa with the least risk, whether you are using a taxi, socialising, working, working out, or running a shop.

Independent On LineMapping active Covid-19 cases in SA: This is where the virus is alive  –  Active cases – those who are currently living with the virus – stand at over 52 717 across the country, with the most active cases being recorded in Gauteng. 

BusinesstechHere are the deaths by age in South Africa’s coronavirus hotpsots  –  The latest data from the Department of Health shows a clear correlation between age and the coronavirus mortality rate.

NATIONAL COMMAND COUNCIL & LOCKDOWN:

Restaurants, cinemas and casinos are now unbanned – but must wait for more rules before opening  –  A late-night update to lockdown regulations on Thursday formally unbanned gatherings at conferences, restaurants, casinos, cinemas, theatres, museums, and libraries.

BATSA, Dlamini-Zuma set to face off in court next week over cigarette ban  –  BATSA has filed its latest legal papers in a bid to have the tobacco ban during lockdown overturned. 

SOUTH AFRICA & AFRICAN CONTINENT:

Maverick LifeThe man behind St James’ menhirs  –  “Each stack represents the strength humans can embody in the face of adversity,” says Sipho Njengezi, the man credited with creating some of the rock installations spotted in Kalk Bay.

The CitizenMagashule’s ex-bodyguard back in court in October over stolen Pierneef painting  –  The Hawks’ investigation suggested Ricardo Metler removed the painting by South African painter JH Pierneef from a safe in Magashule’s office in February 2018.

AlgoaFMPerlemoen dealers to be deported and may never set foot in SA again  –  Two Chinese Nationals who were running an abalone operation in the Western Cape will soon be deported back to their home country and will never be allowed to return to South Africa.

Daily MaverickBotswana lawyers decry involvement of AfriForum in Bridgette Motsepe case  –  Botswana lawyers have described their government’s appointment of AfriForum’s Gerrie Nel to help pursue a case involving businesswoman Bridgette Motsepe as ‘alarming’ and ‘ill-advised’.

Daily MaverickMalawi’s remarkable election – and fresh opportunity  –  With all but three of the 28 districts counted, the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation on Thursday 25 June gave opposition leader Dr Lazarus Chakwera what appears to be an unassailable lead

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS:

TimesliveParliament is still in charge, not Covid-19 command council: Mabuza  –  The national coronavirus command council (NCCC) has not stripped parliament of its powers to hold ministers managing the Covid-19 crisis accountable.

ANC expresses concern over Mogoeng’s purported Israel-Palestine remarks  –  The party says Mogoeng has entered the arena of political commentary which might make him vulnerable in the future.

The CitizenGauteng DA’s Moriarty reveals why he will fight Zille for party top job  –  Moriarty said Zille was wrong in her tweets about colonialism and he believed her views on apartheid were wrong as well.

SCHOOLS:

Motshekga satisfied with reopening of schools, says ‘platooning’ likely as more children go back  –  Basic education minister Angie Motshekga says there has been a 98% attendance rate by the first cohort of pupils to return to class as schools reopened for grades 7 and 12.

CORRUPTION:

The CitizenMalema denies VBS links, points to ANC involvement  –  Malema denies any link between his party and the looting of funds from VBS, but says more arrests are coming, including ANC politicians and several others.

Daily MaverickFear rules in affected communities as prosecutors zoom in on suspected VBS killings  –  The arrest of the suspected VBS bank looters has brought hope to communities, but victims remain fearful as old wounds fester.

Former acting CFO arrested for ‘R50m invested with VBS Mutual Bank’  –  A former manager at the Merafong municipality was arrested on Thursday in connection with R50m that was invested with VBS Mutual Bank.

SA AIRWAYS:

Business MaverickFlying into flak: Another snag and delay for the rescue of SAA  –  If there are further objections to the SAA business rescue plan, which would affect its approval, the rescue practitioners are required by the Companies Act to declare that SAA has no reasonable prospects of being rescued.

money webIs the SAA business rescue plan the best course of action?  –  ‘We cannot spend our way out of trouble. We have got to make real, proper reforms, not play-play reforms.’ – Mike Schüssler, Economists.co.za.

BUDGET:

Daily MaverickMboweni must look at how SA dug itself out of the 1932 debt crisis with techniques we can learn from  –  Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s revised Budget is the last nail in the coffin of a poor majority already doomed to hell.

money webWhat the budget didn’t say  –  For one thing, how will taxes be increased?

TECHNOLOGY:   

My BroadbandHow COVID-19 saved ADSL in South Africa  –  The COVID-19 pandemic and South Africa’s national lockdown implemented to curb the spread of the virus has fundamentally changed Telkom’s ADSL strategy.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS: 

BBC newsCoronavirus: ‘Very significant’ resurgences in Europe alarm WHO  –  Europe has seen an increase in weekly cases of Covid-19 for the first time in months as restrictions are eased, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.

The GuardianTrump administration sent $1.4bn in stimulus checks to dead people  –  US Government Accountability Office said almost 1.1 million dead people received payments of about $1,200 each

CLIMATE:

BBC newsClimate change: Ireland on the verge of its ‘greenest government ever’  –  Ireland stands on the brink of putting climate change at the heart of its government if Green Party members vote in favour of a new coalition.

A LETTER TO COVID-19:

Independent On LineA letter to Covid-19  –  Dear Covid 19  –  I understand that you are in the world because in some greater plan of God you needed to appear. 

  SPORT:

Liverpool: 2,000 fans celebrate outside Anfield after side win Premier League  –  Supporters waved flags and sang “we’ve gone and won the league” – many wore face masks and some lit flares.

The CitizenAustralia and New Zealand chosen to host 2023 women’s World Cup  –  Australia and New Zealand will host the 2023 Women’s World Cup after the countries’ joint bid was chosen by FIFA on Thursday.

New TLB Driver Clears The Way For Women

A former litter-picker is clearing a new career path for women at Kouga Municipality.Nokufika Mvundla (46) has become the first woman to be appointed as a plant operator at the...

NSRI warns of increased shark activity on Southern Coastline

NSRI are appealing to bathers, paddlers, body borders and surfers to be cautious along the Southern Cape coastline and the Eastern Cape coastline, in particular around the coastline of...

FOSTER Chairman responds to complaints over Wildside barriers

FOSTER has been responsible for proclaiming and managing the reserve network in the St Francis region since the 1980s.It does this with the full support of the Kouga Municipality which...

Reader unhappy with blockades on the Wildside

There has been a fair amount of discussion on social regarding the barriers that FOSTER has erected along the walkways on the Wildside. here is one readers view.“I am shocked and most...

Address by Mayor Hendricks on latest Covid-19 infections in Kouga Region

A sudden surge primarily at Humansdorp has see cases of the virus double in two days 

Sea Vista Food Relief Project paused to reassess needs 

After almost 14 weeks and 6500 food parcel deliveries, the DVG, St Francis United Church and Rotary Club St Francis food relief project has now been paused so that we may reassess the...

Fabulous Foods for Father’s Day

According to Grace Stevens, in her experienced opinion as a baking genius and as a mom, nothing is more important than showing your family how much you appreciate them. Fabulous food is...

On the matter of clearing bush

There has been concern on social media that an area of bush cleared between the township and the Air Park has been cleared so more shacks can be built.  This is not the case and as...

St Francis Property Owners committee instructed to amend  NPC MOI

Kouga local municipality has issued an instruction to the SFPO NPC directors to amend the MOI to make it compliant with Kouga municipal property rates policy In the SFPO NPC Minutes of 6...

Bush Clearing – this is serious, folks!

Considering the gale force winds of yesterday it does not take much imagination to visualise what would have happened had there been just a spark of fire somewhere in the bush in and...

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