Monday 10th February

Load Shedding Today in St Francis – (Stage One)
No Load Shedding Today

Local News

Do not eat dead fish from the Seekoei River  –  A warning has gone out to residents not to eat dead fish collected from the Seekoei estuary at Paradise Beach, Jeffreys Bay.

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Beware ATM’s during Load Shedding

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Ramzi Boukhiam Wins the Oi Hang Loose Pro

Boukhiam defeated Weslley Dantas in the Final of the QS5000...

Excitement Mounts As Wine Estates Confirmed For Wine On Water Festival Brought To You By Investec

St Francis Bay – Sales have been brisk for the inaugural Wine...

Mountain Biking One Of The Most Remote Islands On Earth

Andre Hogo and Darren Peens from St Francis Bay recently...

CT Athletes Dominate on Day 3 of the Oi Hang Loose Pro

Yago Dora, Filipe Toledo and Jadson André all had commanding...

Fire Risk Reduction Initiative – Part Two

Part Two of the St Francis Property Owners Fire Risk Reduction Initiative...

Top Seeds Add Excitement to the Oi Hang Loose Pro

Filipe Toledo (BRA) and other elite surfers take charge at...

Pathway From CBD To Sea Vista Complete

The pathway that links the St Francis Central Business...

Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge – Nazaré, Portugal

Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge Pres. By Jogos Santa Casa...

Bathers caught in rip at Plettenberg Bay

NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew were activated on Monday...

PE, East Cape & Southern Coast

‘Thank you for inspiring all the girls of SA  –  Rousing homecoming for Miss Universe

Security cameras help identify PE murder suspects  –   police have arrested two suspects for the murder of a 34-year-old man from Zwide after security cameras helped to identify the perpetrators.

PE boy killed, another injured on N2 highway  –   a young boy was killed, and another one seriously injured, while running across the N2 freeway in Kabega Park

South Africa & African Continent

WATCH | ‘Customer’ kills alleged robber in barbershop shootout in Pretoria  –  A man was shot and killed, allegedly by a customer of the Laudium barbershop he was apparently trying to rob on Friday night.

SA Airways

SAA business rescue team defends plan to cut airline’s routes  –  The move is ‘in the best interests of SAA’.

As it enters a no-fly zone, SAA can no longer defy gravity  –  The ANC is still divided on the future of SAA, with those divisions now being aired openly in public.

Eskom

Eskom’s load shedding ‘philosophy’ is nonsensical  –  The least disruption will come from ensuring that outages are entirely predictable.

Cosatu’s great Eskom bailout plan — a critique  –  there are three reasons why the government should not go this route.

Education

15 major changes planned for schools and universities in South Africa – including new subjects  –  Government has published its Draft National Youth policy for 2020 – 2030,

State Capture

The bankers, lawyers and liars who enabled state capture  –  Report by Open Secrets and Shadow World Investigations connects the dirty dots.

SONA 2020

Walking hard, getting nowhere — but Ramaphosa still enjoys a 62% approval level  –  Out of 20 key pledges, President Cyril Ramaphosa has made progress on only four 

‘That’s how it’s going to roll’: EFF gears up for SONA rumble  –  The EFF will use President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) to call for the removal of Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Public Protector

Politics

‘If it means we have to die, that is fine’ – Zuma backers plot his defence  –  Infuriated by the judiciary’s issuing of an arrest warrant for the former president, pro-Zuma forces lay the groundwork for a fightback campaign

Business, Money & The Economy

The PIC remains a bystander in talks to raid government pension savings for Eskom bailout  –  Taking R250bn out of the R1.8trn worth of pension savings belonging to 1.7m current and retired government employees, which the Public Investment Corporation manages, amounts to a big 13.8% haircut, or potential loss if Eskom fails to pay back the money. 

Sydney rains:

Record rainfall brings flooding and douses fires  –  Sydney has been hit by its heaviest rain in 30 years, bringing flooding and travel chaos and forcing thousands from their homes.

Thailand Shooting

Thai PM defends security at military base after soldier’s killing spree  –  Rogue soldier stole weapons from base and opened fire at mall, leaving at least 29 dead

Coronavirus

Coronavirus source found in pangolin meat  –  researchers reveal new origins for the coronavirus in Earth’s most threatened mammal.

Technology

My BroadbandGood news for South Africans with slow Internet  –  The repair to a break in the West Africa Cable System (WACS) submarine fibre cable has been completed two days ahead of schedule.

My BroadbandPublic Wi-Fi warning in South Africa  –  If you can avoid using public Wi-Fi, you should.

SPORT

McGlynn and Kinghorn storm to Midmar victories  –  The pair of 20-year-olds make a huge impression.

Proteas: Steyn will settle ragged seam attack  –  Dale Steyn is primed to rebalance South Africa’s inconsistent seam department with his enormous experience

This & That

The GuardianBill Gates orders £500m hydrogen-powered superyacht  –  Microsoft billionaire’s innovatively designed and eco-fuelled 112m-long Aqua vessel to launch after 2024

OSCARS

Brad Pitt gets political with Oscars acceptance speech  –  jabs Senate for Trump impeachment acquittal

The 2020 Oscars  – Live plus all the winners

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Off Facebook

Nevil & Greg conquer PE2Plett  –  What an awesome PE2PLETT MTB stage race.

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