12th April

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...

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LOCAL NEWS: (Kouga)

Kouga Municipality Engages With Striking Employees  –  KOUGA Municipality has yet again consulted with striking municipal employees in a bid to find a speedy resolution to the ongoing and illegal strike by SAMWU members to no avail.

World Surf League postpones Jeffrey’s Bay event again  –  The World Surf League has announced the postponement of the Corona Open J-Bay at world-renowned Supertubes until 2022.

Amica de Jager defends Marina Mile title  –  Top national and local open water swimmers took to the water at Marina Martinique on Saturday, April 3 when the adrenalin-packed Marina Mile splashed off in the pristine salt water canals of the upmarket estate in Jeffreys Bay.

SA & AFRICA NEWS:

Lesotho’s ‘white gold’: Water, water everywhere … but not a drop to drink for local communities  –   Nearly 800 million cubic metres of water go from Lesotho to South Africa in a year, earning the landlocked country billions.

WATCH | Light aircraft makes emergency landing on KZN highway  –  The N2 highway on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast became a makeshift runway for a light aircraft pilot who made an emergency landing on the busy national road on Saturday.

 

COVID NEWS:

SA records 66 more Covid-19 deaths bringing national total to 53 322  –  South Africa has recorded 66 more Covid-19 related deaths in the past day, bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 53 322.

COVID VACCINE:

SA variant may evade protection from Pfizer vaccine, Israeli study says  –  The coronavirus variant discovered in SA may evade the protection provided by Pfizer/BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine to some extent, a real-world data study in Israel found,

POLITICS:

Stop believing your lying eyes: Deepfakes are coming, and they might reshape SA’s politics  –  Stop believing your lying eyes: Deepfakes are coming, and they might reshape SA’s politics

CORRUPTION WATCH:

Former CEO of the Road Accident Fund Eugene Watson faces rocky legal road after fraud allegations  –   A Johannesburg-based businessman has accused Eugene Watson, the former head of the Road Accident Fund, of acting fraudulently and dodging R23-million in debt payments.

COURTS, NPA, HAWKS, CRIME & SAPS:

Judicial Conduct Tribunal recommends impeachment of John Hlophe for gross misconduct  –  The Judicial Conduct Tribunal has made short shrift of Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe’s attempt at smearing two Constitutional Court judges for perjury

Grabbed: Who is top cop Khehla Sitole and will he hold on to his job?  –  The National Police Commissioner wants to give his side of the story about the ‘Nasrec grabber’.

BUSINESS & MONEY MATTERS:

Shopping price war 2021: Woolworths vs PnP vs Checkers vs Spar  –  Several research groups have conducted shopping basket comparisons, highlighting how food prices in particular have increased over the last year.

Billions in pension funds yet to be claimed  –  About five million South Africans are yet to claim their pension benefits which have accrued to at least R42 billion and can be traced back to as far as the apartheid years and the migrant labour system.

SA’s levy on sugar-sweetened drinks is having an impact – research  –  The reductions in sugar from taxable beverage purchases suggest a potential role for sugar-based taxes more broadly.

ENERGY & ESKOM:

21 reasons why Eskom suspended its procurement boss  –  Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter recently submitted an affidavit to Parliament responding to allegations of racism against him by suspended chief procurement officer, Solly Tshitangano.

Hot gases, heated seawater and wonky figures point to environmental dangers of ‘floating kettles’  –  ‘The fact that some of the figures are all over the place suggests hurried and shoddy work. 

TECHNOLOGY & TELEVISION:

The ‘Iron Man’ body armour many of us may soon be wearing  –  magine wearing high-tech body armour that makes you super strong and tireless.

Elon Musk’s Neuralink ‘shows monkey playing Pong with mind’  –  Neuralink, Elon Musk’s computer to brain interface firm, has released a video it claims shows a monkey playing the video game Pong with its mind.

INTERNATIONAL:

Police fire teargas at protesters after Black man shot dead near Minneapolis  –  Police fired teargas on Sunday to disperse angry protesters after an officer fatally shot a Black man about 10 miles (16km) from where George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis last May

Israel appears to confirm it carried out cyberattack on Iran nuclear facility  –  Shutdown happened hours after Natanz reactor’s new centrifuges were started

St Vincent volcano: Power cuts after another ‘explosive event’  –  There has been another “explosive event” at a volcano on the Caribbean island of St Vincent, with power outages and water supplies cut off.

SOCIAL MEDIA:

Social media: How troll tactics are being used for good  –  Social media is making us more unhappy, less safe, and in some cases just stupider. This while the power of these websites grows unstoppably:

EARTH, SPACE & THE UNIVERSE:

Ocean noise: Study to measure the oceans’ ‘year of quiet’   –  Ocean scientists around the world are studying the “unique moment” of quiet created by the pandemic.

THE QUEEN

‘She made a pact with God’: why the Queen is not likely to abdicate  –  Analysis: though she will probably find it hard without Prince Philip, the Queen is unlikely to step down

 

THIS & THAT

 

Baftas 2021: Nomadland wins big as Anthony Hopkins and Promising Young Woman surprise  –  Diverse nominees translate into fairly traditional winners, with Emerald Fennell’s directorial debut taking best British film and Hopkins becoming oldest ever male acting winner

SPORT:

As Masters champion, spotlight shines more intensely on reserved Hideki Matsuyama  –  Standing near the giant oak tree outside the Augusta National clubhouse, Hideki Matsuyama stuffed a battery pack in his pocket, dangled a cord around his green jacket and plunged an IFB into his right ear.

Why the British and Irish Lions don’t stand a chance against Siya Kolisi’s Springboks  –  EARLIER this week a mate called me to ask why the British & Irish Lions were the bookies’ favourite to win the Test series against the Springboks?