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Monday 11th February

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Local (Kouga, PE, Eastern Cape  & South Coast) + Blog

EDITORIAL COMMENT
Informal settlement unrest – That residents of the informal settlement vented their anger on Saturday morning is certainly a warning of things to come if …..

NSRI busy in PE & Wilderness –  Tragic end to a corporate weekend in Wilderness

Challenging the Bell Buoy- how it all started  —  The Bell Buoy Challenge is the toughest open water swim event in the Eastern Cape and invites swimmers to tackle the elements and swim 2.5 km straight out to sea ..

EC communities go to Parliament to review SAPS gang strategy – Eastern Cape and other communities will be in Parliament this week where the portfolio committee on police will be evaluating the police’s gang strategy.

#BOSASA

Batohi in the dark about Bosasa arrests, while Agrizzi claims sabotage  –   The NPA has confirmed that the new NDPP was not ‘briefed or consulted’ over last week’s Bosasa arrests by the Hawks.

Bosasa scandal: Inside the world of corruption, greed and irregular tenders   –   The charge sheets read like a plot from a cloak-and-dagger mystery, spiced with bundles of bribe money to grease palms and earn tenders.

National & African News

EFF in the age of Ramaphosa – weaker yet more Vicious  –  Liberals, centrists, ANC apparatchiks and foreign investors treated President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address like it was a religious epiphany.

‘Race a proxy for disadvantage’ – Maimane – Redress is a pillar of the DA, and race is a proxy for disadvantage, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said, after the DA’s federal council “unanimously” adopted the DA manifesto

Police portfolio committee to meet this week over McBride contract  –  The battle for the control of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) has intensified, with its head Robert McBride lodging scathing papers in the high court

Poverty not an obstacle to excellent healthcare in Africa: Bill Gates  –  Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates said Sunday that excellent basic healthcare that would prevent easily treatable but deadly conditions was achievable even in Africa’s poorest nations.

Freak accident: Elderly man struck by blade as family scatters ashes from gyrocopter  –  An elderly man was struck by a gyrocopter blade as it apparently made an emergency landing at Vaal Marina, a village on the shoreline of the Vaal Dam,

Nigerian elections: Is poverty getting worse? –  is a country where more than half the population lives in poverty, and 60% of the urban population cannot afford the cheapest house.

ESKOM

Eskom CFO Calib Cassim: ‘If we go down, we bring down the sovereign and the economy’  – Considering its importance to the South African economy, many people are deeply concerned about Eskom’s financial status as a going concern.

Eskom announces load shedding for first time since December  – Eskom announced through a statement on Sunday that it would be implementing load shedding that afternoon for the first time since early December.

Business, Money & Economy

It’s war over Eskom privatisation plans  –  The unbundling of Eskom announced by Ramaphosa is a declaration of war for trade unions.

International News

Theresa May accepts talks offer from Jeremy Corbyn in bid for Brexit breakthroughThe prime minister indicates their teams should meet “as soon as possible” with fewer than 50 days to go until Brexit.
 
CHILD SOLDIERS – Cubs of the caliphate – The children raised under Islamic State’s rule

SPORT

England 44-8 France: Jonny May hat-trick inspires emphatic Six Nations victory – England blew France away with a first-half hat-trick of tries from Jonny May to continue their fabulous start to the Six Nations.

City hit humiliated Chelsea for six to go top  – ergio Aguero grabbed a hat-trick as Manchester City scored four times inside 25 minutes to thrash Chelsea 6-0 and leapfrog Liverpool again to top spot

BAFTAs:

The Favourite wins seven awards as Roma snaps two of biggest gongs   –  As British star Olivia Colman picks up leading actress award, it was also a big night for Rami Malek who won leading actor.

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Kabeljous Estuary Adventure

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Homeowners must play their part

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Intruders to flee gunshots

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Couple attacked on Patensie Farm

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