Time for Level Three

Monday 18th May

Covid-19 and Local News & Updates

Tests Conducted – 460873  Positive Cases –  15515  |  Recoveries – 7006 |  Deaths – 264

EDITORS COMMENT

PLEASE SAVE WATER!

LOCAL:

Covid-19 Update #29 – RUNNER RAISES R150 829 FOR SEA VISTA FOOD RELIEF PROJECT  –  What started as a simple, fun idea ended in a great success with R150,849 raised for our local St Francis Disaster Volunteer Group 

Day Zero Looms For Hankey & Patensie As Kouga Dam Drops Below 10%  – Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks has urged residents of Hankey and Patensie to use water extremely sparingly 

Kouga Council to consider payment relief for residents and business  –  The Kouga Council will be considering various payment relief options on municipal accounts to help businesses and residents whose income has been affected by the coronavirus crisis. 

PORT ELIZABETH, EASTERN CAPE & SOUTHERN COAST:

East London mom with stage 4 cancer beats coronavirus  –  Three weeks ago, East London mom Cheree McEwen was told that she’d contracted Covid-19 while undergoing surgery to remove more than 20 tumours from her body at Johannesburg’s Morningside Mediclinic.

TimesliveLet’s pay companies R10,000 for each job saved: EC premier to Cyril Ramaphosa  – For each job saved in manufacturing, the Eastern Cape provincial government will reward companies with R10,000.

COVID-19

TimesliveSA records 3 more Covid-19 deaths, rising concern about Western Cape infections  –  The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa on Sunday night is 15,515 with 1,160 new cases identified in the last 24-hour cycle of testing.

LOCKDOWN:

Data lockdown: Tension simmers as questions are raised about access to Covid-19 information  –  Frustration is building among scientists over the government’s apparent lack of willingness to make key, detailed Covid-19 data accessible

Daily Maverick Lockdown squabbling and false Covid-19 certainty will endanger us all – Responses to South Africa’s Covid-19 pandemic mitigation strategies from all quarters are growing ever more shrill and irrational 

The CitizenEx-editors of SA Medical Journal slam alcohol ban, as industry says it was always irrational   –    Government’s claims that the prohibition on the formal sale of alcohol during the Covid-19 lockdown has reduced deaths and hospital emergencies are flawed,

SOUTH AFRICA & AFRICAN CONTINENT:

Independent On LineUK duo’s illegal cross-border caper still a mystery, donate R15K each to SA fund  –  It is not known why two British citizens decided to ignore authorities and drive illegally into South Africa via the Eswatini (Swaziland) border post last month,

WATCH | South Africans cry with joy after landing back home  –  “It’s good … good to be home,” a South African said joyously on Sunday. And then the tears fell, like rain.

GOVERNMENT:

Citizen Covid-19DA calls on Ramaphosa to make ‘tough decisions’ amid reports of scientific rebellion among advisers  –  In a statement, the DA expressed concern about Sunday reports hat the ministerial advisory committee (MAC) was in disagreement with government strategy 

Daily MaverickTreasury orders investigation into Joburg’s EFF-linked fleet contract  –  National Treasury has deemed a controversial City of Johannesburg fleet contract ‘irregular’

PUBLIC PROTECTOR:

Daily MaverickPublic Protector confirms more than R200m squandered in Free State asbestos audit  –  A controversial contract to “audit and assess” houses with asbestos roofs in the Free State was awarded unlawfully 

BUSINESS, MONEY & ECONOMY:

money webSars abuses wide powers of debt recovery  –  A win for a taxpayer as third party notice issued to bank for withdrawal of funds is declared unlawful.

TECHNOLOGY:

BusinesstechThe one job skill that stands out in South Africa’s deeply scarred labour market  –  The Covid-19 pandemic is leaving deep scars in South Africa’s labour market,

BBC newsGlastonbury 5G report ‘hijacked by conspiracy theorists’  –  Last month, the town council of Glastonbury in Somerset published a report calling for a government inquiry into the safety of 5G.

World:

BBC newsSpace Plane: Mysterious US military aircraft launches  –  The US Air Force has successfully launched its Atlas V rocket, carrying a X-37B space plane for a secretive mission.

Snowbirds crew member killed after jet crashes into houses in CanadaThe Guardian  –  Military aerobatics display over Kamloops was intended to boost public morale during coronavirus pandemic

SPORT:
Sport24Steak and oysters … Quade Cooper and Sonny Bill Williams’ new diet regime  –  Former Wallaby Quade Cooper has revealed he and ex-All Black Sonny Bill Williams are only tucking into steak and oysters to keep themselves in top shape.

…Lost team rider and High Performance Surf Academy head coach Chad Du Toit lighting up the south coast before lockdown.
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Collo’s Blog:

HAVE YOUR SAY – Jessica’s Blog:

5 Mind Blowing Benefits of CBD for Athletes  –  The latest sector taken over by CBD is the health and fitness industry.

Showing their love for the community pets

Never did I imagine that when Stephanie Ernstein and I joined forces to form a small animal outreach on the Sea Vista playing fields some five or so years ago that it would ever grow...

Sea Vista Food Parcel Update: Is Your business still being prevented from opening?

The St Francis Disaster Volunteer Group along with St Fr Francis United Church and Rotary St Francis continues their incredible work in assisting those in our Sea Vista township still...

Kouga Traffic Re-Opens for License Re-newals and Registration

 The Kouga Traffic Department in Humansdorp has re-opened for driving and motor vehicle licence renewals and registrations.No new learner or driving licence test applications will,...

Some updates on our water supply

Further to our post of  May 28th 'An Overview of St Francis Water Supply'  Chris Cowling sent us an update on the dams that supply us with our life sustaining water supply. Churchill and...

Mission Chokka Industry St Francis

Louanne Mostert so well known to many in St Francis returned on a mission to profile the Chokka fishing industry and the livelihoods that depend on it. "In early March, I had the...

An Overview of St Francis Water Supply

Chris Cowling has submitted the following interesting and indeed important facts about the dams that supply our water "I have noticed that a lot of emphasis is placed on the level of the...

Nationwide Delay In Re-Opening Of Traffic Departments

Nationwide Delay In Re-Opening Of Traffic Departments For Licensing & RegistrationTraffic departments around the country have been unable to re-open because the online system...

Lockdown Ban On Controlled Burns Lifted

The ban on permitted, prescribed burns in the Kouga region has been lifted.Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said land owners and farmers could once again apply...

Stacy-Lee May – The Queen of Smoke 

Lockdown is many things for many people, but one person who has taken it in her stride is 23-year-old ‘spinner’ and daredevil Stacey-Lee May from Eldorado Park. Her craz car tricks and...

The other side of the smoking ban

Those deprived of their nicotine fix and having to go cold turkey will have climbed walls an no doubt there has been family arguments and some serious psychological damage done.Most...

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So you can at least have a view of our beautiful St Francis whilst you are under lock-down we will give you a new view to enjoy every day