26th March

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LOCAL NEWS: (Kouga)

Cape St Francis Community Meeting  –  Cape St Francis Community Meeting Re Application for an On Consumption Liquor License at Erf 493, Seal Point Lighthouse Estate, Cape St. Francis

STATE OF THE MUNICIPALITY ADDRESS 2021 – Part Four  –  Kouga keeps growing and caring

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

Controversial Watsons’ wind farm approval overturned on review  –  The company has been given until April 1, to appeal the Department of Environment’s decision.

Survival of the fittest: Battle for help at Eastern Cape clinics  –  In the third of our series of reports on the state of the Eastern Cape Health Department, we look at the state of clinics where patients access HIV, TB and primary healthcare. 

K9 Mufasa nabs alleged cable thief  –  The K9 unit in Nelson Mandela Bay arrested a 34-year-old man who was allegedly part of a group digging up cables in Burt Drive in Adcockvale.

EFF Student Command cleans up in NMU elections  –  The EFF Student Command has won student representative elections at four of NMU’s five campuses.

SA & AFRICA NEWS:

‘I deal with discrimination every day’: Ndebele activist Thando Mahlangu  –  Ndebele activist and author Thando Mahlangu says he doesn’t only wait for Heritage Day to publicly demonstrate his culture — but that means he constantly has to explain why he dresses the way he does

Purer form of crystal meth from Afghanistan and Pakistan hitting South African drug market  –  South Africa is home to the largest and most established meth consumption market in East and southern Africa.

COVID NEWS:

SA records 163 Covid-19 deaths in 24 hours  –  There have been 52,535 total fatalities recorded across SA and 1,541,563 confirmed cases since Covid-19 first came to the country

COVID VACCINE:

All of SA set to be vaccinated by next February  –  The government has set a target of vaccinating all South Africans by February 2022 as the country continues its Sisonke Covid-19 vaccine roll-out programme.

POLITICS:

EFF defends Mpofu, lashes Zondo for being ‘scared of white people’  –  The EFF says it is proud of its former national chairman’s comments against ‘both Pravin Gordhan and his white legal counsel’.

Taxpayers won’t pay for SAA again, Pravin Gordhan promises  –  Business rescue practitioners say they expect to exit the process ‘in the next couple of weeks, all things going to plan’

Ramaphosa slams banks over R200bn Covid-19 loan guarantee ‘failure’  –  Ramaphosa said he was disappointed in the way banks had managed the loan guarantee scheme

CORRUPTION WATCH:

Zuma and the ConCourt: The punishing of the ex-president could lead to the making of a martyr  –  Former president Jacob Zuma has clearly defied a Constitutional Court order – but that doesn’t mean the State Capture Commission’s Constitutional Court application to send him to prison for two years

Dali Mpofu gets a stern rebuke, while Van Loggerenberg explains how SARS ‘rogue unit’ narrative gathered steam  –  Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has harshly criticised Dali Mpofu’s behaviour at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, saying the advocate disrespected the commission.

COURTS, NPA, HAWKS, CRIME & SAPS:

Upheaval and division of the ANC looms if Jacob Zuma is jailed: MKMVA  –  Spokesperson for the MKMVA Carl Niehaus, a strong ally to Zuma, maintained the organisation’s stance that the former president’s constitutional rights had been violated.

BUSINESS & MONEY MATTERS:

Reserve Bank keeps repo rate unchanged at 3.5%  –  The South African Reserve Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has decided to keep the repo rate unchanged at 3.5%.

Magda Wierzycka startles SA with Sygnia decision  –  The rumour mill is buzzing about possible reasons, but this top entrepreneur and businesswoman explains that her motives are far from sinister.

Life at Denel – No salaries and a struggle to survive  –  Denel is in a death spiral. Its finances are a mess, its top management has left the company, and technical skills and valuable IP are walking out the front door.

Price increases you can expect in South Africa over the next few months  –  Data from Statistics South Africa on Wednesday (24 March), showed that South Africa’s headline consumer price inflation slowed to 2.9% year-on-year i

ENERGY & ESKOM:

Contractual hurdles in South Africa’s path to acquiring independent power  –  This is the first in a series of three interviews that explore the rationale, outcomes and details of the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement (RMIPPP) Programme.

TECHNOLOGY & TELEVISION:

Facial recognition beats the Covid-mask challenge  –  Anyone with a smartphone that uses facial recognition will know it does not really work with a mask on.

SABC to launch sports channels on Openview  –  The agreement is intended to make the SABC’s content accessible to a wider audience

Our Beautiful Flowers raise their heads once again

Article by Yvonne BosmanAll around St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis one can see the beautiful pink flowers coming out of the grass from the canals...

REVIEW OF IDP AND BUDGET WARD 12

 KOUGA Municipality commenced with the virtual review of the 2017/ 2022 Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and the Budget for the 2021/ 2022 period –...

Kouga Municipality Engages With Striking Employees

MEDIA RELEASEKOUGA Municipality has yet again consulted with striking municipal employees in a bid to find a speedy resolution to the ongoing and...

An inspiration to young and old

It’s wonderful to feel inspired. It gives us that extra zest for life. Albeit trying something new or re-inventing the way we already do something,...

Council Approves Draft Budget Unanimously

Just in case you haven't yet seen itKOUGA Municipality’s cash-backed draft budget and tariffs for the 2021/2022 financial year, starting July 1,...

New Outfits for Preferred Kouga Car Guards

THE multicoloured, the blue . . . the preferred car guard.In a renewed bid to clamp down on illegal car guards operating in Kouga – especially at...

Great Sports at Kouga Easter Festival

 IS it a bird? Is it a plane?No!It is the Easter Bunny with his superhero squad: Superman, Spiderman, Iron Man, Elsa, and Anna. And they are all...

Slight Increase in Local Active Covid-19 Cases

There has been a slight increase in the number of active COVID-19 cases in the Kouga region.Active Covid-19 cases totalled 11 on March 30, according...

Nonsensical and counter productive

Collo's ColumnThe ban on liquor off-sales over the Easter weekend has nothing to do with preventing Covid infections, it is all about...

Learning to Toyi-Toyi in the land of the free

South Africa is truly an amazing country. I often wonder about what it is that connects us to this diverse and complex place. I’ve observed over the...

INTERNATIONAL:

Suez blockage is holding up $9.6bn of goods a day  –    The stranded Ever Given mega-container in the Suez Canal is holding up an estimated $9.6bn (£7bn) of goods each day, according to shipping data.

China sanctions UK businesses, MPs and lawyers in Xinjiang row  –  Former Conservative party leader Iain Duncan Smith says he will wear the retaliation like a ‘badge of honour’

EARTH, OCEANS, SPACE & THE UNIVERSE:

Extinction: Elephants driven to the brink by poaching   —  The ivory trade, loss of vital habitat and a deeper understanding of elephant biology have all combined to reveal a previously underestimated threat to Africa’s elephants.

Discovery on Dyer Island opens world of mystery for CapeNature  –  CapeNature has discovered what appears to be elephant teeth on Dyer Island near Gansbaai.

Toxic puffer fish mass washouts in Cape Town  –  The City of Cape Town has requested that people and their dogs stay clear of toxic evil eye puffer fish washed up on Cape Town’s beaches.

South African scientists helped forge new historic black hole image  –   Contributing to astronomy’s ‘sharpest photography’, local brainpower helps take us closer to some of the most mesmerising objects in the universe.

THIS & THAT:

Rarely-seen Van Gogh sells for over R231 million  –  The last Van Gogh sold at a public auction, ‘Labourer in a Field’ from 1889, went for $81 million at a New York sale in 2017.

SPORT:

Calling all captains: When it comes to match play, you better pay attention to Kevin Kisner  –  Over the next few months, experts will yammer on about how this player or that player is built for match play, and sometimes this is true.

‘Excited’ Mick Schumacher prepares for F1 debut and generation game in Bahrain  –  Nine years on from his father’s last racing campaign, Mick Schumacher admitted on Thursday that he is excited to represent the family name in Formula One again