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COVID-19 Update Five– We’re All In This Together  –  Daily updates on Covid-19 and developments and news in St francis

PE, East Cape & Southern Coast 

Two who test positive for Covid-19 in PE travelled to Europe, London  –  Port Elizabeth recorded its first two Covid-19 cases on Thursday bringing the number of cases in the Eastern Cape to five. 

Nowhere to go for Bay homeless  –  The homeless in Nelson Mandela Bay have been left in a terrifying limbo for the next 21 days.

A Call for Food Parcels


Kouga Service Emergency Numbers


Draft budget and IDP adopted

Kouga Municipality’s draft Integrated Development Plan (IDP)...

7 000 Soaps Distributed – More Needed!

Almost 7 000 households across Kouga were armed with soap and...

NSRI Durban assist Queen Mary 2

 NSRI Durban duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Alick...


ESSENTIAL service delivery will continue across Kouga during...

No controlled burns allowed during lockdown

Approval has been withdrawn for all controlled burns until...

Water rationing to Hankey and Patensie lifted for Covid-19 lockdown

Water rationing to Hankey and Patensie will be lifted...


The Kouga Council is in full support of the 21-day lockdown...

Kouga Municipality notice on restrictions on local public facilities

Quick reference to measures in place to contain the spread of...


The CitizenIt’s a time to be responsible, South Africans  –  We have been drafted to fight in a war that will kill many if we do not toe the line, and rosaries and rosé wine are not the solution.

Daily MaverickLockdown laws: The Good, The Bad and The Vague  –  Lockdown regulations promulgated on Wednesday in terms of the Disaster Management Act are not always as clear as they could have been, but they should work

TimesliveIt’s official: We’re in lockdown. And these are the rules  –  Basically, it boils down to one rule: unless you have to, don’t leave home


News24Real-time updates on the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak  –  Special hub: Get the latest numbers, news and information on the lockdown

The CitizenSA Covid-19 cases now at 927, health minister confirms  –  The health minister has warned South Africans not to panic about the big daily jumps.

Independent On Line‘SA could have 1500 coronavirus cases in a few days’: Ramaphosa warns of invisible enemy  –   President Cyril Ramaphosa warned that South Africa could have more than 1 500 confirmed coronavirus cases within the next few days. 

Coronavirus misinformation: Fake cures, risky rumours  –  From being duped into taking poisonous “cures”, to watching businesses crumble and avoiding life-saving medication, people are suffering devastating real-world impacts of a deluge of online virus misinformation.

A Podcat

Daily MaverickCovid-19: How Pandemics Give Birth to Revolutions & Dictatorships  –  It’s now clear that the Covid-19 pandemic is going to have effects that we’ll be dealing with for quite some time afterwards

South Africa & African Continent

TimesliveButchery owner arrested for price hiking during Covid-19 outbreak  –  If found guilty, the owner — who admitted hiking prices — will pay a R1m fine or up to 10% of his business’s annual turnover.

News24By-law restricting water testing in Cape Town nature reserves has academics up in arms  –  A proposed by-law drafted by the City of Cape Town preventing anyone  from independently testing the water quality in City-run nature reserves 


BusinesstechEskom reports massive drop in electricity demand as South Africa heads into lockdown  – Eskom says that demand in the grid dropped by a massive 6,000MW on Thursday evening, ahead of the planned 21-day coronavirus lockdown.


Daily MaverickBREAKING: Ten WC High Court judges file official complaint to the JSC in Judge President John Hlophe assault saga  –  What really went down in the corridors, meeting rooms and chambers of the fraught Western Cape High Court Division between February 2019 and January 2020?


Daily MaverickG20 nations back Ramaphosa’s appeal to give Africa economic aid to fight Covid-19  – President Ramaphosa made the appeal for the continent at a virtual G20 summit on Thursday. 

Business, Money & The Economy

money webSA farmers in focus – Lockdown period may lead to newfound respect for our food producers.  –  Bacon, eggs, milk, fruit, juice, sandwiches, steak, salad, braaied mielies. We take the ready availability of such food for granted.

money webSA’s response to Covid-19 should be war-like  – Nothing like this has ever been implemented before, and how deep and how lasting its effects will be cannot be fully foreseen.

Business MaverickSA Express rescue practitioners move to liquidate the state-owned airline  –  The business rescue practitioners of SA Express believe the airline has no reasonable prospects of being rescued because it has run out of cash.

International News

BBC newsCoronavirus: US overtakes China with most cases  –  The US now has more confirmed cases of coronavirus than any other country with more than 85,500 positive tests.

The GuardianAnger over Prince Charles’s Covid-19 test is a warning sign of divisions to come  –  The virus is throwing familiar inequalities into sharp relief – and may force us to confront some new ones, too

The CitizenItaly’s dead overwhelm morgues as virus toll tops 8,000  –  Italy’s coronavirus death toll now stands at 8,165 — more than that of second-placed Spain and China, where the virus emerged in December, combined.


Business InsiderEvery SA website must promote the govt portal on Covid-19, and cell number transfers banned  –  Every website with a domain name that ends in .za – from government portals to private blogs – must now link to the government’s main Covid-19 page on its front page

BBC newsHuawei P40 flagship phones launch amid Covid-19 crisis  –  Huawei has launched a range of new flagship smartphones despite the coronavirus pandemic.


Sport24Coronavirus lockdown will be a huge challenge, admits Am   –  Springbok centre Lukhanyo Am is coming to terms with the Covid-19 pandemic, social-distancing and the imminent lockdown, and training on his own.

Book Club

The Guardian‘The perfect time to start’: how book clubs are enduring and flourishing during Covid-19  –  As the world goes into lockdown, reading groups are moving to Zoom, Twitter and Instagram to bring readers together


Coronavirus: Pangolins found to carry related strainsBBC news  –  Smuggled pangolins have been found to carry viruses closely related to the one sweeping the world.


TimesliveCovid-19: Love in the time of lockdown — how safe is it to have sex?  –  We asked an expert  –  Erudite people with pensive faces will have a lot of questions right now, such as “how much will this slow the spread of the virus”


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