Monday 11th October

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LOCAL NEWS: (Kouga)

Notes From The EditorIt was another big week and weekend for many St Francis residents. 

Amnesty for Meter Tampering extendedKouga 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 guiltyA 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 listAlong 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 VACCINE:

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 trailAs 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 commissionersDays 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-offsA 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.

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:

UNLOCKING THE WORLD: India, Bali and Vietnam announce opening plansThis was a pretty good week for the world’s wannabe jetsetters. The UK and Israel both cleared out their travel “red lists,” while India, Bali and Vietnam all announced reopening plans.

SOCIAL MEDIA:

TikTok Promises to Remove Any Rumored ‘Slap a Teacher’ ContentTikTok 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.

ENTERTAINMENT:

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.”

ENVIRONMENT:

Facebook to act on illegal sale of Amazon rainforestFacebook 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.

SPORT:

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