30th April

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LOCAL NEWS: (Kouga)

THIS WEEKEND  –  A huge sporting honour and win for St Francis   –  This Sunday (2nd) 

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

Jayde Panayiotou’s killer handed another life sentence for 2015 murder of Gqeberha granny  –  ust four months after murdering schoolteacher Jayde Panayiotou, Sinethemba Nenembe, 33, and three others murdered a 78-year-old grandmother in Gqeberha. 

SA & AFRICA NEWS:

Man arrested for Table Mountain fire no longer faces arson charges  –  The man arrested in connection with a Cape Town fire last weekend will no longer face charges of arson, the Cape Town Magistrates Court heard on Wednesday.

UCT fire ‘can bring rebirth’ of San and Khoi history  –  The San and Khoi Inter-University Digital Archive Research Group at UCT’s African Studies department said the fire tragedy had highlighted the need to address “the alleged regrettable misconceptions

Buthelezi announces ’unexpected’ death of Regent of Zulu nation Queen Mantfombi  –  Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi announced the passing of Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu, 65, Regent of the Zulu nation.

COVID NEWS:

46 more Covid-19 deaths reported in SA  –  A total of 1 086 new Covid-19 cases have been identified in South Africa, with the cumulative number increasing to 1 579 536.

POLITICS:

For two days, Ramaphosa toed the party line, downplayed ANC’s State Capture inertia and lapses  – Amid chuckles and bonhomie, President Cyril Ramaphosa, over two days, took control of the optics to do some damage control for the governing ANC

OPINION:

Waterkloof Air Force Base, 30 April 2013: South Africa is invaded, violated and captured   –   The touchdown of a Jet Airways chartered flight with about 200 guests of the Gupta family on board at Waterkloof was a catalytic moment in South Africa’s modern political history. 

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CORRUPTION WATCH:

As Ace Magashule’s step-aside deadline expires, Supra Mahumapelo vows to fight suspension  –  The deadline for ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule to step aside, meanwhile, appears to have been extended.

Ramaphosa pushes party line in parliamentary oversight – but Zondo isn’t buying it  – President Cyril Ramaphosa put political party front and centre at the inquiry, saying the ANC initially wanted the police and other law enforcement agencies to probe State Capture.

COURTS, NPA, HAWKS, CRIME & SAPS:

Bheki Cele stops the sheriff from auctioning R1.2m in police assets  –  Police assets at the Pretoria headquarters worth an estimated R1.2 million were nearly on the auction block before Bheki Cele intervened.

BUSINESS & MONEY MATTERS:

Racist” FNB must close EOH bank accounts – Transformation RSA  –  FNB must close the bank accounts of JSE-listed technology services company EOH due to its role in the procurement of overpriced contracts for the Department of Defence (DoD).

How South Africa’s richest 1% make their money  –  Wealth-X has published its wealth report for 2021, detailing how the world’s richest people make their money.

Offshore investment advice: Magnus Heystek reveals how advisors are vilified in SA  –  The Johannesburg stock market has perked up this year, sparking a fresh wave of attack on investment advisors who have recommended offshore diversification. 

ENERGY & ESKOM:

Karpowership consortium: In affidavit, losing bidder claims ‘blatant corruption’, fingers Mantashe ‘associate’  –  A jilted firm is asking the high court to overturn the government’s appointment of preferred bidders for the supply of emergency power

AIRLINES:

SAA business rescue plan ‘puzzling’ and out of date  –  SAA’s business rescue practitioners say projected figures in its plan had not been updated since before lockdown a year ago.

South African Airways maintenance arm to cut jobs  –  To help navigate the crisis that’s gripped the air-travel industry throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

TECHNOLOGY & TELEVISION:

Plans to shut down 2G in South Africa  –  Shutting down South Africa’s 2G networks to make way for newer technology is no small task as many businesses with legacy machine-to-machine and Internet of Things systems rely on it.

Tim Cook warns of Apple product shortages  –  ndustries around the world are struggling to meet a surge in demand for products such as cars, high-tech gadgets and smartphones.

St Francis Disaster Group again shows the way!

Following the welcome but, in parts, destructive rainfall of Wednesday night, St Francis Disaster Volunteer Group members were again quick to...

Heavy Rainfall Causes Some Havoc around Kouga

Kouga Municipality Media ReleaseHEAVY falls of rain on Wednesday night, caused some havoc across the Kouga region - damaging several houses and...

CENTRE OF GRACE FOUNDATION: KOUGA BACKS AUTISM CENTRE FOR CHILDREN

 Kouga Municipality Media ReleaseTHE little dark head girl laughs exuberantly – her dark eyes gleaming with innocent pleasure as her colourful...

FOSTER – 30 years of supporting our natural heritage

Whatever your view of Cape St Francis, and however you use the nature reserves -- to walk, to cycle, to let their resources of wildflowers, birds...

Local surfers up in arms over Webcams

Local surfers were up in arms last week following news of a webcam having been erected on a private property overlooking Seal Point. I took the...

COURT CONFIRMS SAMWU STRIKE ILLEGAL AND UNLAWUFUL

KOUGA Municipality’s case against SAMWU was heard in the Labour Court in Port Elizabeth on Friday (April 30).The court needed to give judgement on...

ST FRANCIS NEEDS YOUR VOTE TO WIN TITLE

The greater St Francis is in the running for the coveted kykNET Kwêla Town of the Year title for 2021 – after being named one of the three...

MUNICIPALITY TO ROLL-OUT FIBRE IN KOUGA

RESIDENTS and local businesses’ internet connection are set to receive a hefty shot of steroids that will make an ADSL-line look like snail...

Quick action prevents Sea Vista shack fire spreading

Thanks to swift action last night (27th April) by our Sea Vista volunteers who alerted the DVG to a shack fire, the Kouga Fire Services was alerted...

Kouga Embarks on Water Drive as Hankey Patensie Go Dry

FILL up and drop off . . . all for a good cause for thousands of local households in desperate need of water.Kouga Municipality, in conjunction with...

INTERNATIONAL:

Dozens killed in crush at religious festival in Israel  –  Emergency services and ambulances ‘treating dozens of injured’ as rescue services say 28 killed

White House investigating ‘unexplained health incidents’ similar to Havana syndrome  –  Two US officials experienced symptoms similar to ones suffered abroad that were probably result of directed energy device

EARTH, OCEANS, SPACE & THE UNIVERSE:

Watch | Seven lions held captive in Ukraine have been set free in South Africa!  –  We didn’t realise we’d be crying at our desks on a Thursday afternoon, but here we are: Thanks to some exceptional work from two charities, 

THIS & THAT:

LOOK: World’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge opens in Portugal  –  “Oh…here we go!,” the 42-year-old said anxiously as he gathered enough courage to step onto the see-through metal grid pathway of the 516-metre-long (1693-ft) bridge

SPORT: 

SA PGA club pros primed to tackle Humewood links  –  South Africa’s PGA club golf professionals are gearing up for a tilt at the Humewood links when the Diners Club National Championship heads to Nelson Mandela Bay for the first time next week.

Stormers not concerned about Kolisi sharing secrets  –  The last time Kolisi turned out for the Stormers was in their Currie Cup semifinal defeat to the Sharks in Cape Town earlier

T20 World Cup could be moved to United Arab Emirates, says BCCI  –  This year’s Twenty20 World Cup could be moved to the United Arab Emirates if India continues to suffer with a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.