LOCAL NEWS: (Kouga)
Notes From The Editor – It was another big week and weekend for many St Francis residents.
Amnesty for Meter Tampering extended – Kouga residents, who have tampered with their electricity meters, have been granted another month to apply for amnesty from fines and penalties payable for faulty meters.
Seven plants to see in the FOSTER reserves this spring. – Spring is here at last. To celebrate the revamp of the FOSTER website foster.org.za we have selected 7 plant species for you to find this spring. By Richard Cowling.
REGIONAL NEWS: (East Cape, Gqeberha & Southern Coast)
Birkett and Notten win Fish River Canoe Marathon – Andy Birkett and Nicky Notten played a last minute master stroke to come from behind to win the Fish River Canoe Marathon at Cradok on Saturday from Jasper Mocké and visiting French international Cyrille Carré.
WhatsApp predator who harassed estate agents pleads guilty – A man from Gqeberha who is accused of sexually harassing female estate agents via WhatsApp appeared in the sexual offences court on Friday morning. The 36-year-old Nicolaas van der Merwe pleaded guilty to all 13 charges against him.
SA & AFRICA NEWS:
Happy Birthday Jozi! A City With Many Challenges But A City We Love!– As Jozi – the city of gold – celebrates its 135th birthday, we should pause and reflect on what makes the city so remarkable.
Tourism revival ahead? UK removes South Africa from travel ‘red list’ – Along with 47 other countries, South Africa has finally been removed from the UK’s stringent ‘red list’. Mantis CEO Adrian Gardiner revealed that a staggering 450,000 of SA’s annual 2.6 million tourists are from Britain.
Covid-19 infections decrease as SA reports 648 new cases and 25 deaths – South Africa reported 648 new Covid-19 cases and 25 deatzs, according to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD).
POLITICS, GOVERNMENT & PARLIAMENT:
DA’s Waters mum on rumours that he resigned after calling Fedex ‘gutless’ over Phoenix posters – The DA racists vs heroes posters may have claimed its first casualty – a leader and campaign manager who opposed the party’s removal of controversial election street posters
Elections 2021: Leaders of the 3 biggest parties hit the campaign trail – As the contestation ahead of the municipal elections heats up, the leaders of the three biggest parties hit the campaign trail on Sunday.
COURTS, NPA, HAWKS, CRIME & SAPS:
Lieutenant-General Francinah Vuma declares all top positions ‘vacant’, excluding national and provincial commissioners – Days before a notice of intention to suspend was dispatched to National Commissioner Khehla Sitole by President Cyril Ramaphosa, his co-accused in the “Nasrec Grabber” procurement scandal, Lieutenant-General Francinah Vuma, sent out a circular declaring top SAPS posts as “vacant”.
BUSINESS & MONEY MATTERS:
This township delivery service uses WhatsApp and electric scooters for fast food drop-offs – A fast food delivery company founded in Hammanskraal, to the north of Tshwane, is taking orders via WhatsApp and driving electric scooters to service communities forgotten by the likes of Uber Eats and Mr D.
All the projects Johann Rupert supports – The Rupert family has a long history of helping South African businesses, educational institutions, educational programmes, and environmental causes.
ENERGY & ESKOM:
Energy expert claims foul play is behind SA electricity crisis – Energy expert Ted Blom claims there is foul play behind the electricity crisis. He believes there are attempts to cripple power stations.
TikTok Promises to Remove Any Rumored ‘Slap a Teacher’ Content – TikTok has denied that there was a challenge trending on its platform daring students to slap their teachers but said it would remove such content if it appeared.
Madonna flashes audience on ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ – The pop icon was on Fallon’s show promoting her new documentary “Madame X” when she decided to make some “good trouble.”
Facebook to act on illegal sale of Amazon rainforest – Facebook says it will begin clamping down on the illegal sale of protected areas of the Amazon rainforest on its site. The social media giant changed its policy following a BBC investigation into the practice.
The tech saving South Africa’s rhinos – Rhino poaching reached a high in 2014, with poachers killing 1,215 animals.
Valtteri Bottas wins in Turkey as Max Verstappen retakes F1 lead – Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas claimed his first chequered flag of the season to win the Turkish Grand Prix on Sunday
Nolan Hoffman delivers perfect sprint to win Cape Town Cycle – Local hero Nolan Hoffman became the second most successful men’s rider in Cape Town Cycle Tour history when he won his fourth title in a tactical 2 hours, 37 minutes, 12 seconds