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Friday 3rd April

Covid-19 and Local News & Updates

A Call for Food Parcels  –  A donation of  R200 will buy one food parcel and 100% of all donations will go to the Covid-19 cause.

Kouga Service Emergency Numbers  –  Residents can phone the Kouga Call Centre 24/7 during lockdown for municipal service emergencies, including, water, sewer, electricity and refuse.

Covid-19 Update #12 – Disaster Volunteer Group showing the way  –  The members of the Disaster Volunteer Group in St Francis have been working quietly and tirelessly with the people of Sea Vista and in so many other areas around the village.

Fin24Could a basic universal income grant work?  –  In an open letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa and the Cabinet earlier this week, 76 South African economists, academics and business analysts asked government to urgently assist those hardest hit by the novel coronavirus crisis.

Timeslive‘Quite an increase’ as number of Covid-19 cases jumps to 1,462  –  Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize gave the update at the Universitas Hospital in the Free State after a visit on Thursday.

BBC newsSouth Africa’s ruthlessly efficient fight against coronavirus  –  One week into South Africa’s nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus, and it is tempting – dangerously tempting – to breathe a sigh of relief.

BusinesstechSouth Africa now has a coronavirus database which tracks all your personal information – what you need to know  –  Government has published updated regulations for South Africa’s 21-day coronavirus lockdown 

News24Govt to use cellphone numbers to trace those with Covid-19, global cases hit 1 million  –  Stay up to date with the latest news, views and analysis as the number of coronavirus cases in SA increases.

STRANDED:
Daily MaverickSAA evacuation flights to take stranded foreigners home  –  Despite the start of the evacuation flights from SA, hundreds of South Africans still stranded aboard remain uncertain if they will be able to come home soon.

LOCKDOWN:
LOCKDOWN DAY 8: From DIY spa treatments to looking after you car, find everything you need to stay happy and healthyNews24

Other interesting news, articles & opinions

Showing their love for the community pets

Never did I imagine that when Stephanie Ernstein and I joined forces to form a small animal outreach on the Sea Vista playing fields some five or so years ago that it would ever grow...

Sea Vista Food Parcel Update: Is Your business still being prevented from opening?

The St Francis Disaster Volunteer Group along with St Fr Francis United Church and Rotary St Francis continues their incredible work in assisting those in our Sea Vista township still...

Kouga Traffic Re-Opens for License Re-newals and Registration

 The Kouga Traffic Department in Humansdorp has re-opened for driving and motor vehicle licence renewals and registrations.No new learner or driving licence test applications will,...

Some updates on our water supply

Further to our post of  May 28th 'An Overview of St Francis Water Supply'  Chris Cowling sent us an update on the dams that supply us with our life sustaining water supply. Churchill and...

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. "In early March, I had the...

An Overview of St Francis Water Supply

Chris Cowling has submitted the following interesting and indeed important facts about the dams that supply our water "I have noticed that a lot of emphasis is placed on the level of the...

Nationwide Delay In Re-Opening Of Traffic Departments

Nationwide Delay In Re-Opening Of Traffic Departments For Licensing & RegistrationTraffic departments around the country have been unable to re-open because the online system...

Lockdown Ban On Controlled Burns Lifted

The ban on permitted, prescribed burns in the Kouga region has been lifted.Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said land owners and farmers could once again apply...

The other side of the smoking ban

Those deprived of their nicotine fix and having to go cold turkey will have climbed walls an no doubt there has been family arguments and some serious psychological damage done.Most...

Gender Based Violence:
Independent On LineSAPS received 87 000 gender-based violence calls during first week of lockdown – Cele  –   Police Minister Bheki Cele says police have received more than 87 000 gender-based violence complaints during the first week of the 21-day national lockdown

GENERAL NEWS:
The CitizenHundreds of refugees finally evicted from CT church  –  Dozens of policemen broke down the wooden church doors with a hammer and stormed the building.

Independent On LineAmerican celeb’s coronavirus tweet about SA angers local Twitter users  –  South Africans were left mortified by a three-tweet thread on Twitter that said South Africa received a one million body bag delivery because many South Africans suffered from AIDS and TB.

BUSINESS:
Business MaverickSimple, timeless priorities for business people during Covid-19  –  How should entrepreneurs and business people in general respond to the Covid-19 calamity?

money webLockdown conundrum for auditors  –  As legislation does not allow for a delayed audit.

LABOUR:
Independent On LineHalf of all jobs in Africa imperiled by virus fallout  –  Africa may be two to three weeks away from the height of a coronavirus outbreak, but its impact is already wreaking havoc 

Technology:
My BroadbandVodacom, MTN confirm – You cannot port your cellphone number during the 21-day lockdown  –  South Africa’s mobile networks are not allowed to port cellphone numbers during the national 21-day lockdown.

My BroadbandTraffic records smashed amidst coronavirus outbreak in South Africa  –  Many online publications in South Africa have seen a dramatic increase in readership as people look for reliable news

WORLD:
BBC news Where will be the last place to catch Covid-19?  –  On 12 January – less than three months ago – the coronavirus was confined to China. Not a single case had been found outside the country where it emerged.

Trump slams ‘partisan’ probes after Pelosi announces coronavirus committee: ‘Here we go again’  –  President Trump, speaking at the White House coronavirus briefing on Thursday, unloaded on Democrats who have created a new House committee 

 

 

SPORT:
Sport24‘Fizzling’ Newlands farewell a concern for Stormers  –  One of the most iconic venues in South African rugby history, Newlands is threatening to limp towards the finish line. 

The CitizenToday in sports history – 2 April  – A teenage girl bamboozles two of the greatest baseball players of all time as Corrie Sanders roars on his debut as a professional boxer.

INTERESTING:
Daily MaverickLove in the time of Corona  (Podcast)  –  he coronavirus pandemic is already taking a significant toll on human relationships. In this episode, we look at the separations between loved ones created by the South African lockdown,

The GuardianUN secretary general: recovery from the coronavirus crisis must lead to a better world  –  We must ensure a sufficiently global and coordinated response to the pandemic, then build resilience for the future

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