Friday 8th October

High 4:33AM 2.04m
Low 10:37AM 0.09m
High 4:51PM 2.14m
Low 11:01PM 0.13m

LOCAL NEWS: (Kouga)

Little Bird In The Water On Wednesday, Nexus Yachts/Balance Catamarans put a beautiful Balance 526 model called Little Bird into the water.Another success for the hard-working team at Nexus Yachts under the leadership of Johnny and Roger Paarman.

FOSTER Golf DayThe Friends of the St Francis Nature Areas – FOSTER – was established 35 years ago. This voluntary organisation shoulders the bulk of the management role for the Seal Bay, Cape St Francis, Irma Booysen and Seal Point Nature Area.

Kayaking Down The Kouga – It’s hard to imagine, in this decade of drought, kayaking down fast-flowing rivers on the Kouga Coast. But the rains will come again.

St Francis Property Owners Association and NPC Newsletter – 8 October 2021Many people have moved to St Francis over the last 18 months, many of them unaware of how the St Francis Property Owners (SFPO) Association and the Non-Profit Company (SRA) work.

St Francis Bay Security Update – 8 October 2021 Security Activation Protocols. The protocols in place are generated through legislation, with the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act being the primary source of the ruling.

Seaweed Pickers in the Eastern CapeWe may worry when we see people moving across the rocky seashore, removing things and putting them in sacks. However, when the people are picking the seaweed Gelidium pristoides, we are looking at one of the most sustainable extractive activities on the South African coast.

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

Ironman 70.3 adds Mossel Bay to race calendarIRONMAN has announced that it will add a brand-new event to its 2022 global race calendar with the IRONMAN® 70.3® Mossel Bay triathlon in South Africa.

SA & AFRICA NEWS:

SA to be removed from UK red list for international travel from Monday  –  SA is among 47 countries that are set to be removed from the UK travel red list from Monday.

 

SPORT:

Rassie Erasmus misconduct hearing date confirmedSA director of rugby Rassie Erasmus and SA Rugby’s misconduct hearing will take place on the weekend of 30-31 October, World Rugby confirmed on Thursday.

POLITICS, GOVERNMENT & PARLIAMENT:

‘When we lost our way, you took us to task,’ Ramaphosa tells Tutu on his 90th  –  “At times when we have found ourselves losing our way, you have taken us well to task.” 

CORRUPTION WATCH:

R1.88m from Digital Vibes deal funnelled to May Mkhize’s farm loan — family’s ‘cut’ climbs to R8.7mNearly R2-million siphoned from the Department of Health’s Digital Vibes contract found its way to the state-owned Ithala Development Finance Corporation to help repay a loan for a farm owned by former health minister Zweli Mkhize’s wife

COURTS, NPA, HAWKS, CRIME & SAPS: 

ANC fails to stop the corruption train – 32 major scandals, four in 2021 aloneThis year alone, there have been four significant scandals with well over R1-billion in misspending, by opportunists who used the Covid-19 pandemic to extract rents from the relaxation of procurement systems.

TECHNOLOGY & TELEVISION:

Apple’s big plan with carsThe company is working on technology that would access functions like the climate-control system, speedometer, radio and seats, according to people with knowledge of the effort. By gaining access to controls and instruments, Apple could turn CarPlay into an interface that could span nearly the entire car. 

THIS & THAT:

FNB may give you R3 million – or more – if you have a vaccine shot before end OctoberAt one minute before midnight on 31 October, entries to a First National Bank prize draw will close. A couple of days later the bank is due to contact the first of three of its customers to win a minimum of R3 million, or as much as R6 million.

St Francis College Otter Challenge

Paddle training during the week for the grade 7's.   Over the next few days, the Grade 7 learners at St Francis College will celebrate their...

Photo Of The Day 27 October 2021

Miss Lucy, as captured by Robin Moulang. Find more of his work on Instagram @gumboot.camera

How To Survive The Zombie Apocalypse

Summer's coming. Notes From The Editor Monday 22 October 2021 How To Survive The Zombie Apocalypse Or  How To Get Through The Festive Season In St...

Photo Of The Day – Monday 25th October 2021

A wonderful photo  of an orchid Satyrium princeps flowering in the Airpark . Image by Gregg Darling - a local wildlife/nature photographer.

Notes From The Editor

Notes From The Editor One thing that has been part of the pleasures of living in St Francis is that the restaurants are generally very full over the...

KOUGA RATED BEST MUNICIPALITY IN EASTERN CAPE

KOUGA Municipality was rated the best performing municipality in the Eastern Cape – one of only two municipalities in the province that is not in...

Photo Of The Day – Friday 22 October

This stunning photo of two Caspian Terns at the beach was shot by local photographer Si Cunneen. If you have any images you would like to submit for...

Cape Town Big Wave Surfer Matt Bromley Releases His Surf Movie ‘Over The Edge.’

Press release For immediate release Tuesday 19 October 2021   Cape Town Big Wave Surfer Matt Bromley Releases His Surf Movie ‘Over The Edge.’...

Notes From The Editor

Notes From The Editor 20 October 2021 The point of my Notes From The Editor column is to simply remind everyone of good things happening in our...

Photo Of The Day 20th October 2021

Robin Moulang captured this epic angle of some very cool clouds, and our beloved lighthouse. For more of his work go to his Instagram feed on...

INTERNATIONAL:

US submarine hits underwater object in South China SeaA US nuclear powered submarine struck an object underwater in the South China Sea on Saturday, according to two defense officials. A number of sailors on board the USS Connecticut were injured in the accident.

Zodiac Killer: Authorities rebuff cold case team’s new leadOfficials in California have said the man identified by private investigators as the so-called Zodiac Killer is not currently a suspect in the case. The serial killer murdered at least five people, terrorising the San Francisco Bay area in the late 1960s. He has never been identified.

ENTERTAINMENT:

Adele says she was ‘f***ing disappointed’ by ‘brutal’ conversations about her body: ‘That hurt my feelings’With her first single in years due to drop next week, the singer is gracing both Vogue‘s American and British editions, with two separate profiles chronicling her new music, her 2019 divorce from husband Simon Konecki and the transformations she’s made in terms of her mental health and, yes, her physical appearance. 

 

EARTH, OCEANS, SPACE & THE UNIVERSE:

Famous gorilla who went viral for selfie with rangers dies  –  Ndakasi, the mountain gorilla who went viral after posing for a relaxed selfie with rangers in 2019, has died after a long illness at the age of 14.

 

ENVIRONMENT:

Google to ban advertisements on sites that contradict climate change evidence – Google will ban advertisements and stop funding media that contradict scientific consensus on climate change, another attempt from the internet giant to stamp out environmental conspiracies it has fueled for years.