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Monday 16th November

Covid-19 and Local News & Updates

Tests Conducted – 5 086 887 |  Positive Cases – 751024 |  Recoveries – 693467 |  Deaths – 20241

OPERATION COCA-SKOON MAAK WILL BE IN THE ST FRANCIS&OYSTER BAY AREA THIS WEEK  –  Monday, 16 November 2020: Sea Vista & Santareme  | Tuesday, 17 November 2020: St Francis Bay & Cape St Francis  | Wednesday, 18 November 2020: Oyster Bay.
Please place your unwanted goods & waste on the pavement outside your homes for collection.

2021 Calendar to the Rescue (s)

The perfect Christmas GiftTori Stowe, Creative Director at Stowe & Co. and The Corner Gallery and appointed designer for a successful Australian brand and a varied and charming range of...

Municipality Clarifies Status Of Festive Events

NO BILLY’S BEACH IN 2020"In light of the current spike of Covid cases and the further impending curfews and restrictions being set, we unfortunately have to cancel this years...

Around the world yachtsman saved by a glimmer of light

Local SFT contributor Stephen Praetorius himself an accomlished yachtsman recounts the harrowing tale of a miraculous rescue of around the world yachtsman Kevin Escofficier 800 nautical...

All events cancelled – No all are back on

Confusion reigns in Kouga council it would seem. After publishing a notice, apparently in error, cancelling all events including the annual Billy's Beach, it would appear council has had...

Kouga records 194 new Covid-19 cases in two days (28;11)

The number of active Covid-19 cases in the Kouga region stood at 329 on Saturday, 28 November.According to the latest information from the Department of Health, the breakdown of active...

“Then and now” in the Greater St Francis Region – #3

Immediately south of the Cape St Francis  lighthouse in the spring of 2003. Note the abundance of species: pink fluffy beach indigos, yellow beach buttons, white needle everlastings and grey shrubs...

Our famous lighthouse

Many will have seen this wonderful history on our lighthouse on Facebook recently but for those who don't use Facebook you can read it here.On July 4th 1878, the lamp of Cape St. Francis...

Big Wave Surfer Frank Solomon Opens Parley Ocean School with Parley for the Oceans and Sentinel Ocean Alliance

Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa. Sentinel Ocean Alliance founded by Frank Solomon in 2017 to create ocean-based opportunities and environmental education for the youth of South Africa,...

KOUGA INTERRUPTION OF ELECTRICITY SUPPLY: AREA AFFECTED: ALL AREAS IN ST. FRANCIS BAY

St. Francis Bay; Cape St. Francis, Oyster BayKindly take note that the electricity supply will be interrupted on the date and time indicated below. This interruption is necessary for new...

110 Disaster Management Volunteers appointed for the festive season

110 Disaster Management Volunteers have been appointed by Kouga Municipality to assist curb the spread of the Coronavirus in the municipal hotspots.With the festive season rapidly...

LOCAL:

A way of lessening thatch roof fires spreading?  –  Does a thatch roof drenching system available on a cost of materials and rental basis appeal to you? 

Perlemoen poachers arrested in Jeffreys Bay  –  On Friday, 13 November 2020 just after midnight, the Jeffreys Bay Police, with the assistance of a private company, arrested 10 men who were busy poaching abalone (perlemoen) along the Jeffreys Bay beachfront.

7 people murdered in Humansdorp over the past three months  –  Following a lull in criminal activity during the hard COVID-19 lockdown, crime stats began to rise as restrictions were eased between July and September.

PORT ELIZABETH, EASTERN CAPE & SOUTHERN COAST:

Covid-19: Second wave has not arrived yet, says Zweli Mkhize as he heads to ‘partying’ Eastern Cape  –  SA on Sunday evening recorded 751,024 cumulative Covid-19 cases, while the death toll reached 20,241

Health facilities in NMB ‘under severe pressure’ due to staff shortages  –  The Eastern Cape Health Department has urged community members in Nelson Mandela Bay not to go to health facilities with minor ailments that can be treated and managed at home.

COVID-19:

Over 2,000 new Covid-19 cases detected as death toll reaches 20,206  –  SA’s Covid-19 related deaths stood at 20,206 on Saturday evening, after 53 more deaths were recorded, the Department of Health said.

SOUTH AFRICA & AFRICAN CONTINENT:.

WATCH | Bakkie plunges off N3 and lands on taxi in Durban city centre  –  A bakkie entering the Durban city centre plunged off an elevated section of the N3 and landed upside down on a taxi loading passengers 

These are the worst areas for murder in South Africa  –  Police minister Bheki Cele has published the latest crime statistics for South Africa, covering criminal activity reported between July and September 2020.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS:

Motsoaledi must account for how the Bushiris managed to flee SA, DA says  –  Home affairs minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi should account for his department’s failure to effectively manage SA’s ports of entry and departure, enabling wanted fugitives Shepherd Bushiri and his wife to pass through them with ease.

ZONDO COMMISSION:

Zuma lays into ‘unkind’ Zondo, questions existence of State Capture, calls commission unconstitutional  –  Former president Jacob Zuma has filed a 102-page affidavit, taking a shotgun approach  asking Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo to recuse himself,

Zuma vs Zondo: ‘The buck must stop somewhere’ say high-profile organisations  –   In a hard-hitting statement prominent civil society organisations condemned ‘all attempts aimed at frustrating and delegitimising’ the Zondo Commission’s work.

TWO OF A KIND ACES WILD:

JZ 2.0? Ace Magashule’s use of Jacob Zuma’s victim script is likely to fail  –  Just like the former president did, the ANC secretary-general has attacked ‘the media’, the prosecuting authorities and those behind a ‘conspiracy’.

PROPERTY:

Know your rights when renting in South Africa – including deposits and breaking a lease  –  This year, beleaguered South Africans have been forced to tighten their belts yet another notch or two as the impact of Covid-19 continues to bite deeper into our flailing economy

TECHNOLOGY & TELEVISION:

SABC TV Licence plan is “insane” and “parasitic”  –  The SABC’s plans to have DStv and Netflix collect TV Licence fees on its behalf and to expand the definition of devices which require such a licence are “insane” 

Video games ‘good for well-being’ says University of Oxford study  –  People who play video games for long periods of time tend to report feeling happier than those who do not, a study has indicated.

BUSINESS, MONEY & ECONOMY:

Pension funds’ landmark legal victory and what it means  –  Regulation affecting billions in unclaimed benefits declared invalid.

Dan Matjila fights back against PIC  –   The Public Investment Corporation’s former boss is heading to court to challenge the findings of a commission of inquiry.

BizBriefing: World applauds Ace arrest; Teflon Zuma; Choppies; Rand; Eskom green plan  –  The court appearance of ANC secretary general Ace Magashule, the highest profile politician arrested in connection with state capture, has been viewed favourably overseas.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

Brexit talks enter final week with time running out to avoid no deal  –  EU says UK has refused to meet compromise attempts, as time runs out

US ELECTION:

Barack Obama: One election won’t stop US ‘truth decay’  –  The US faces a huge task in reversing a culture of “crazy conspiracy theories” that have exacerbated divides in the country, Barack Obama says.

SPACE:

Nasa SpaceX launch live news: four crew lift off onboard Dragon capsule  –  Astronauts travelling to the International Space Station in Elon Musk’s SpaceX ‘Dragon’ capsule. Follow live coverage and updates

 

SPORT:

‘I finally got one’: Unflappable Dustin Johnson overcomes it all to win Masters  –  Spring 2007, Big South Championship, and – go figure – Dustin Johnson was running away with another tournament.

All Blacks slammed by home media after historic defeat  –  According to the Herald, Argentina reduced New Zealand to “a shambolic, unimaginative, uninspiring body of players that couldn’t catch, couldn’t pass, couldn’t win their lineouts and worst of all, couldn’t bring the same passion and intensity as the Pumas”.

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