9th April

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TIDES

High 2:32AM 1.8m
Low 8:39AM 0.5m
High 2:45PM 1.8m
Low 8:50PM 0.4m
 
 

LOAD SHEDDING
SUSPENDED

WEATHER
Partly sunny and pleasant
Max 25C
Wind – SE 19 km/h

LOCAL NEWS: (Kouga)

STEPHEN’s SCRIBBLE  –   An inspiration to young and old  –  It’s wonderful to feel inspired. It gives us that extra zest for life. Albeit trying something new or re-inventing the way we already do something, inspiration adds flavour,

SANTA SAYS …. The most talked about and anticipated tournament in golf!  – This year’s Masters may be as wide open as in recent years! 

Council Approves Draft Budget Unanimously  –  KOUGA Municipality’s cash-backed draft budget and tariffs for the 2021/2022 financial year, starting July 1, were approved unanimously by Council on Wednesday, March 31.

New Outfits for Preferred Kouga Car Guards  – In a renewed bid to clamp down on illegal car guards operating in Kouga – Kouga Municipality equipped several preferred car guards with light blue outfits. 

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

Leopard spotted on Garden Route train tracks the real McCoy  –  Footage captured on a security camera of a leopard walking on a railway track at Glentana in the Garden Route has been confirmed by CapeNature as being the “real McCoy”.

Valuable mountain bikes stolen from shop in Walmer  –  Seven valuable mountain bikes were stolen during a housebreaking at Action Cycles in Heugh Road, Walmer, on Wednesday night.

 

SA & AFRICA NEWS:

 

235 people killed on SA’s roads during Easter weekend  –  Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula says he is concerned about the number of pedestrians killed this year.

Millions of illegal smokes to be destroyed in Cape Town  –  Millions of illegal cigarettes worth R18 million will go up in smoke on Friday where they will be destroyed at a State-owned warehouse in Cape Town.

Islamist insurgents: SADC moves closer to intervention in Mozambique  –  Regional leaders moved closer to military intervention in Mozambique on Thursday, 

COVID NEWS:

Covid-19’s forgotten victims – pregnant women  –  Stillbirths, maternal deaths, depression: the Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the health of pregnant women and their babies, a new study shows.

1,300 new Covid-19 cases and 62 deaths recorded in SA in 24 hours  –  This means there have been 1,554,975 total infections and 53,173 fatalities recorded across the country. The new cases came from 35,874 tests at a positivity rate of 3.8%.

COVID VACCINE:

SA probing Covid-19 ‘harm compensation’ and vaccine passports: Mkhize  –  SA is considering a “no-fault compensation fund” and the introduction of Covid-19 vaccine passports, health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said on Thursday.

South Africa’s vaccine roll-out failings expose the hollowing out of the state  –  A lot rests on leadership to bridge the yawning gap between political rhetoric and real roll-out – to address the government’s pathological, systemic failure to walk the talk.

POLITICS:

Cyril and the soft-shoe shuffle, plus five highlights from ‘Vrye Weekblad’  –  Here’s what’s hot in the latest edition of the Afrikaans digital weekly

‘Opportunity for a rebirth’ as ANC Youth League task team announced  –  The ANC has announced a task team of 35 people — all under the age of 35 — in an attempt to bring back from life support its dysfunctional Youth League structure.

Inside Cabinet during Zuma’s Nkandla scandal  –  Former Trade and Industry minister Rob Davies looks back on the inner workings of the South African government in the democratic era

COURTS, NPA, HAWKS, CRIME & SAPS:

SAPS to ‘rehire’ old police officers as it faces budget cuts  –  Police minister Bheki Cele says that his department plans to re-enlist trained and skilled officers who have left the South African Police Service (SAPS) honourably to replace officers that have left over the last year.

BUSINESS & MONEY MATTERS:

Lockdown has done nothing to stop people leaving South Africa  –  While the global Covid-19 pandemic has stopped international travel, it has not done much to dampen the plans of South Africans who plan to leave the country.

Yoh, petrol’s gone up – but you can save on fuel if you follow these tips  –  While there are no winners, there are ways for motorists to reduce their fuel consumption

ENERGY & ESKOM:

Eskom paid R26.00 for one-ply toilet rolls which cost R3.99 at Checkers  –  These are some of the claims made in a 53-page affidavit submitted by Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter to Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA).

TECHNOLOGY & TELEVISION:

Starlink will only be available at one price – SpaceX President  –  South Africans should not expect that SpaceX will have cheaper Starlink packages available once the service is launched in the country in 2022.

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:

Joe Biden announces first steps to curb ‘epidemic’ of US gun violence  –  President condemned gun violence as an ‘international embarrassment’ after series of recent shootings around the US

Ukraine conflict: Moscow could ‘defend’ Russia-backed rebels  –  A top Russian official has warned that Moscow could intervene to help Russian-speaking residents in eastern Ukraine if Ukraine launches an all-out assault on separatists there.

EARTH, OCEANS, SPACE & THE UNIVERSE:

3,000-year-old ‘lost golden city’ of ancient Egypt discovered  –  Experts say Aten is the largest such city ever found and one of the most important finds since unearthing Tutankhamun’s tomb

Secrets of gorilla communication laid bare  –  The bigger a male gorilla, the better he is at beating his chest to signal to friends and foe just how powerful he is, scientists have confirmed.

THIS & THAT:

SPORT: 

Who’s soft now? Augusta National firms up and brings the fire in Round 1  –  Remember those soft, low-scoring days at the Masters Tournament? Well, the kid gloves are off once again.

Toks van der Linde gives update on Kobus Wiese after heart attack  –  Rugby World Cup winner Kobus Wiese is recovering in a Cape Town hospital after suffering a heart attack, fellow former Springbok Toks van der Linde said Thursday.