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Friday 29th May

Covid-19 and Local News & Updates

Tests Conducted – 634996  |  Positive Cases –  25937  |  Recoveries – 13541  |  Deaths – 552


Mission Chokka Industry St Francis  –  Louanne Mostert so well known to many in St Francis returned on a mission to profile the Chokka fishing industry and the livelihoods that depend on it.”

Covid-19 Update #33 – No haircuts, no night vigils, no touching in church  –  Level three is upon us! Most businesses will start opening up again on Monday 1 June. We can have booze, and we can have pies again! We can go to church again, but we can’t have haircuts. 


Oil spill teams on standby as Chinese tanker runs into trouble on Wild Coast  –  Emergency rescue and oil spill response teams are on standby after a crippled Chinese crude oil tanker narrowly missed being wrecked on the Wild Coast because of engine problems.

AlgoaFMKiller brew claims 16 lives in Eastern Cape  –  Four people, including a couple, have died after drinking homemade brew at the community of iLitha outside King Williams’s Town.

AlgoaFMSeveral arrests as traditional healers ignore initiation ban due to Covid 19  –  The Eastern Cape COGTA says it will continue enforcing the decision to suspend traditional initiation during the winter season in line with Covid 19 regulations.


TimesliveSA’s Covid-19 cases and deaths rise as department admits testing backlogs  –  For the second day in a row, the number of new Covid-19 cases increased by significantly more than 1,000 – taking the national tally to 27,403 (up from 25,935 on Wednesday).


Daily MaverickLevel 3 regulations clear as mud amid ministerial micromanagement  –   The Covid-19 lockdown Level 3 regulations seemed to shift the approach from lists of what’s permitted – like short-sleeved T-shirts as undergarments – to expressly stipulating what’s not allowed.

Ramaphosa’s lockdown lesson: Trust is hard to build and easily broken  –  Trust makes things easier for the state, makes collaboration possible, and ensures a unity of effort. 

Level 3 lockdown: How it will work  –  Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel has described lockdown Level 3 as ‘the most significant reopening of the economy since the lockdown began’.


Rethink decision to open schools on Monday, SAHRC urges department  –  The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) does not agree with the government’s plan to have grade 7 and 12 pupils back in class on Monday.


Columnist David Bullard axed over K-word tweet  –  The Institute of Race Relations (IRR) has fired columnist David Bullard as a contributor to its Daily Friend news platform after he posted a racially insensitive tweet about the K-word.

The CitizenKhosa family’s lawyer slams SANDF inquiry report as ‘rubbish’  –  Steyl further added the family was in disbelief that what they witnessed on that fateful day was being dismissed.

BusinesstechDomestic workers can return to work under level 3 lockdown  –  Domestic workers can return to work from 1 June under South Africa’s new level 3 lockdown, says minister of Trade and Industry, Ebrahim Patel.

BusinesstechSalons and hairdressers could reopen in South Africa sooner than you think  –  Minister of Trade and Industry Ebrahim Patel has outlined the rules that South African businesses will need to follow from 1 June.

The CitizenFresh jihadist violence hits northern Mozambique  –  The attack comes a week after Mozambique called on its southern African neighbours to help it fend off the escalating jihadist insurgency.



My BroadbandSouth Africa lost R15 billion in taxes due to cigarette and alcohol ban  –  South Africa lost between R14 billion and R15 billion in taxes because of the ban on alcohol and cigarette sales during the lockdown.

TimesliveCorrelation between people who don’t listen and spread of virus: Bheki Cele  –  Police minister Bheki Cele said there was a correlation between the number of people arrested by his department and the spread of Covid-19 in the country.

The Citizen‘Do not go to church, you’re going to die, it’s a trap,’ says Malema  –  ‘We are led by fools, non-thinkers, people sitting on top of their brains,’ the EFF leader added.

Independent On LineDudu Myeni slams judgment declaring her a delinquent director  –  Former SAA boss Dudu Myeni has launched a scathing attack on North Gauteng High Court Judge Ronel Tolmay who declared her a delinquent director 


money webEmbattled tourism industry wants to start ‘opening up’ in Level 3  –  Declares it will have stringent protocols in place to deal with Covid-19.

Business MaverickHow South Africa can save R10bn this year and R23bn next year  –  In a world where interest rates have been cut to zero in many countries, South Africa has the ability to attract significant amounts of local and foreign investment into government bonds 

money webBusiness in Level 3 – what you need to know  –  Workplace plans, agreements and hypervigilance.


Independent On Line5 easy ways to improve your WiFi signal  –  Before you get to upgrading your package, buying a booster or changing networks completely, consider these simple solutions to help boost your WiFi strength and connectivity.


BBC newsGeorge Floyd: National Guard deployed after Minneapolis clashes  –  The US National Guard has been deployed to Minneapolis after two nights of violent clashes following the death of an unarmed black man in police custody.

The GuardianUK says it will extend Hongkongers’ visa rights if China pursues security laws  –  Foreign secretary Dominic Raab threatens to change status of British national (overseas) passport holders

This & That:

BBC newsWorld’s deepest octopus captured on camera  –  The deepest ever sighting of an octopus has been made by cameras on the Indian Ocean floor.

The GuardianThe world wasn’t ready for a Green New Deal in 2009. Today, it may be  –  There is no easy route to a greener global economy. But since coronavirus hit, politics and business are thinking again



Daily MaverickIt was 40 years ago: The curious tale of John Lennon in Cape Town  –  Only two images reportedly from the trip can be found on the internet. One, presumably taken by the taxi driver, purports to show John Lennon on a bench from which he had a view of Table Mountain, the other was taken by a fellow passenger on his flight home.


The GuardianPremier League plans restart on 17 June with Manchester City v Arsenal  –  The Premier League looks set to resume on 17 June, three months after it was forced into hiatus by the Covid‑19 pandemic.

Sport24Why 2017’s Junior Springboks are crucial to the domestic game’s survival  –  The 2017 team that earned bronze at the Under-20 World Champs are arguably the men that needs to keep the domestic game alive

Collo’s Blog:

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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So you can at least have a view of our beautiful St Francis whilst you are under lock-down we will give you a new view to enjoy every day