Monday 19th July

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WEATHER
Mostly sunny and nice
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LOCAL: (St Francis & Kouga Region)

SA & AFRICA NEWS: 

Rules banning fuel in containers to be amended after complaints  –  The minerals and energy department says a flood of complaints has forced it to review this week’s ban on filling containers with petrol and diesel.

COVID NEWS:

183 Covid-19 deaths and 11,215 cases recorded in 24 hours  –  SA recorded 183 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking the total number dead from the Covid-19 pandemic to 66,859 to date.

POLITICS:

Defence minister seemingly contradicts Ramaphosa, says there is no evidence of an insurrection  –  Mapisa-Nqakula said it was her view that the military was not seeing signs of a coup or insurgency, but rather a ‘counter-revolution creeping in,

Sisulu calls on SACP to take back their militant stand and to work with ANC  –  HUMAN Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu on Sunday called on the SA Communist Party (SACP) to take up its vanguard role as the alliance partner to the ANC.

UNREST & LOOTING:

Riots a ‘counterrevolutionary insurgency’, says Mbeki Foundation  –    South Africans tasted the “bitter fruits of a counterrevolutionary insurgency” that has been “germinating in the bowels of state capture”.

Three alleged instigators of violent unrest arrested and expected in court this week  –  Police have confirmed that three people have been arrested for allegedly inciting recent violence, looting and riots which rocked KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng over the last week.

MPs says faces of those behind attacks will be known  –  The country will soon know who was behind the attacks that were launched last week, which left destruction and saw the burning of malls and other businesses

Four burnt bodies – not 50 – found in torched KZN hardware store: SAPS  –  Police on Sunday dismissed reports that dozens of bodies had been found in a burnt-out store on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast.

 

OPINION:

Twilight for a liberation party: It may be too late for the ANC to save itself  –  Renewal in SA and the ANC will remain elusive as long as the ANC fails to come to terms with the fact that much of the recent violence in the country arises from its own doing. 

A Rough Guide to saving South Africa  –  So here we are: After so many years of finding new depths to plumb, we have finally hit the bottom, where there is no more space to kick the can down the road.

ZUMA:

State ready to respond to Zuma’s claims of bias against prosecutor Billy Downer  –  The NPA is ready to hit back at claims of bias against prosecutor Billy Downer on Monday when the corruption case against Jacob Zuma and arms company Thales is due to resume.

It’s another delay tactic, the state says as it rejects Zuma’s request for trial postponement  –  The state has hit back at former president Jacob Zuma, saying his request for a one-week postponement of his fraud and corruption trial should not be granted.

Zuma cites violence and Covid-19 gatherings as reason for wanting corruption trial postponed  –  Former president also tells the Pietermaritzburg high court that he cannot be compelled to attend the matter virtually.

BUSINESS & MONEY MATTER:

Steinhoff increases its settlement offer  –  From ‘less than nothing to a bit more than nothing’, as one shareholder puts it.

How to get your tax clearance certificate online  –  If you are emigrating, investing large sums offshore, bidding on a tender, or simply need to prove your good standing with the taxman, you will need to use the Tax Compliance Status service on the eFiling portal

CRYPTOCURRENCY:

Explosive revelations in South African Bitcoin Brothers saga  –  Raees and Ameer Cajee, the brothers who founded cryptocurrency investment scheme Africrypt, bought citizenship from the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu

Working towards a Chain Free Sea Vista!

St Francis Animal Rescue has been successfully unchaining tethered dogs in our local township of Sea Vista since December 2019 and, to date, we have...

A Salute to Successful Kouga Women

WOMEN from different walks of life will be sharing their achievements and the challenges they have faced in the past with the broader Kouga...

Increase In Local Active Covid-19 Cases

THERE has been an increase in the number of active COVID-19 cases in the Kouga region.Active Covid-19 cases totalled 212 on July 26 according to the...

Do Not Close Fire Hydrants

Kouga residents are urged to not close open fire hydrants.Once a water pipe has been repaired, these hydrants must be opened to let the air out of...

Additional boreholes to help counter drought effects

TEN viable boreholes will be connected in areas worse affected by the drought to help mitigate the effect of the prolonged drought.This after one...

Residents must save water now

TAPS in Humansdorp are set to run dry should residents not drastically safe water with immediate effect.“Due to technical problems at the Churchill...

Teetering on a slippery slope

As I was driving back from the inevitably over crowded Point today I noticed two Xhosa women laughing. They held the hands of two white toddlers as...

One at a time is all that it really needs

Following comments on Social Media regarding the potential of spreading the virus when several members of a single family all visiting our local...

Two Luxury Yachts destroyed in St Francis fire

Two yachts under construction at Nexus Yachts in St Francis Bay, each valued in region of R30 million  were destroyed in yesterday’s fire. The cause...

FOSTER – 30 years of supporting St Francis’ Heritage

For many years, the membership of FOSTER remained fairly static at around 100 members which brought in around R30 000 of the R100 000 needed to...

INTERNATIONAL:

Revealed: leak uncovers global abuse of cyber-surveillance weapon  –  Spyware sold to authoritarian regimes used to target activists, politicians and journalists, data suggests

EARTH, SPACE & THE UNIVERSE:

Thirstlands of EAPASA: The failures of our environmental regulator  –  If the country’s priceless biodiversity is to survive, a whole lot needs to change – like, yesterday.

Science failed to predict flood and heat intensity  –  Top climate scientists have admitted they failed to predict the intensity of the German floods and the North American heat dome.

SPORT: 

Collin the shots: Calm Morikawa collects second major trophy at just 24  –  This wasn’t how a world-class athlete closes, not with four bogeys and a double bogey, a final-round 73, and a pedestrian tie for 71st

Louis Oosthuizen buckles as Collin Morikawa wins the Open Championship  –   In the end, perhaps it was the pressure that was unrelenting throughout the four days that derailed Louis Oosthuizen’s effort to break out of the cycle of falling agonisingly short in major championships.

Isolating Neil Powell to be ‘virtual’ coach in Blitzboks’ quest for rugby gold  –  The South African Sevens rugby side have turned to video conferencing in their bid to win a gold medal as Neil Powell takes on the role of virtual coach to lead the

Olympics: Defying threats, Iranian athletes speak out to back ban   –   Self-exiled Iranian athletes are urging Olympic organisers to investigate their country over allegations of abuse.