22nd February

Open Water swim champs takes off in Jbay

MARINA Martinique will once again be the venue for the Nelson Mandela Bay Open Water Swim Championship as swimmers from all over the country dust...

Affordable rental housing to grow Kouga

Some 300 jobs to be createdKOUGA is set to soon boast affordable social rental opportunities in Jeffreys Bay – a first for the Eastern Cape.Some 300...

St Francis Bay Golf Club – Toyota Betterball 24th Feb

TAKEN FROM A FACEBOOK POSTYesterday’s winners in the Toyota Better Ball competition played in breezy but warm weather conditions were:1st: Wallie...

You can change names but you cannot change history

TAKEN FROM A FACEBOOK POSTA rather well stated post by the Cruthmullet (Don Clark) on Facebook yesterday with reference to changing PE's nameSo now...

No increase in local Covid-19 active cases

THERE has been no increase, or decrease, in the number of active COVID-19 infections in the Kouga region.Active cases remained at 13 as at February...

Kouga puts brakes on corruption

KOUGA Municipality asks for residents’ patience at the Humansdorp Traffic Department.This after an employee at the Traffic Department was arrested...

Integrated Development Plan (IDP): One week left to submit comments

KOUGA residents and stakeholders have just over a week left to submit comments on the Kouga Municipality’s draft Integrated Development Plan (IDP)...

Slight increase in local Covid-19 active cases

There has been a slight increase in the number of active COVID-19 infections in the Kouga region.Active cases climbed to 13 as at February 14,...

FOSTER needs your support, please become a supporter

Thanks to FOSTER’s efforts over the past 30 years, our region has four well-managed nature reserves, each with unique natural and...

Dam levels drop below 18%

Kouga residents, businesses and visitors are urged to use water extremely sparingly, with the combined levels of the supply dams in the region...

TIDES

Low 6:04AM 1m
High 12:50PM 1.3m
Low 7:25PM 0.9m

LOAD SHEDDING SUSPENDED

WEATHER
Pleasant with abundant sunshine; breezy this afternoon
Max 23C
Wind – E 19 km/h

COVID-19 STATISTICS

New Cases –  1429 | Active Cases – 42728
Recoveries – 1 503 706   Deaths – 49053

 

Active cases in nearby Kouga region 
St Francis – 0 | Oyster Bay – 0 | Humansdorp –  3 |  JBay – 9

Keep Safe  and PLEASE …  SAVE WATER

LOCAL NEWS: (Kouga)

REGIONAL NEWS: (East Cape, Port Elizabeth & Southern Coast)  

Two elderly women killed at notorious Voëlklip near Herold’s Bay  –  George police have confirmed that the bodies of two elderly women had been found in a vehicle that plunged down a cliff at the notorious Voëlklip lookout-point at Herold’s Bay 

Handling Covid-19 with no government clinic in sight  –  The Xhora Mouth area of the Eastern Cape is about 100km from Mthatha by car. The first 60km is a sporadically potholed tar road, the last 40km a dirt road.

SA & AFRICA NEWS:

Two pilots cheat death as aircraft takes a nose dive  – A pilot and his assistant cheated death when their light aircraft plunged into the roof of a warehouse in Alberton on Sunday afternoon.

A True South African Hero

Face to face with Gift of the Givers founder Imtiaz Sooliman  –   Gift of the Givers founder Dr Imtiaz Sooliman has declined social media calls for him to be nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize.

COVID NEWS:

Dr. Fauci: It’s ‘possible’ Americans may still be wearing face masks in 2022  –  Fauci believes that, by the end of the year, the United States could have “a significant degree of normality beyond what the terrible burden that all of us have been through over the last year.” 

COVID VACCINES:

Scientists say clinical trials for ‘variant-proof’ vaccines could start very soon  –  From immunity to blocking transmission of the virus, labs across the UK are hunting for second-generation jabs

POLITICS:

People swear at each other’ -Zuma takes aim at parliament  –  Zuma hit out at parliament on Sunday, criticising its failure to address critical issues and offer South Africans hope and solutions.

EFF threatens court action unless the country’s ‘political space’ is reopened  –  The EFF on Sunday threatened to take the government to court unless the country’s “political space” was reopened.

Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries blows nearly R3bn in irregular expenditure – The Auditor-General’s annual review of the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries’ finances has uncovered irregular, wasteful and unaccounted for expenditure and has issued a string of negative audit reports.

CORRUPTION WATCH:

Zuma wants corruption trial ‘struck off’ as he again takes aim at the state  –  The former president’s foundation on Sunday questioned whether the state would ‘ever run this case’ — but the NPA hit back, saying it was ‘exceedingly disingenuous to pretend’ that the trial was ever set down for this week

R10m payment made despite Auditor-General declaring Free State asbestos audit contract irregular  –  The payment was authorised by Nozipho Molikoe, the chief financial officer of the Free State human settlements department

COURTS, NPA, HAWKS, CRIME & SAPS:

SA laws are not ‘biting’ enough, says Jacob Zuma  –  Former president Jacob Zuma told a virtual event on Sunday that SA’s laws were ‘not dealing with people enough’

1,250-year sentence handed to cable thieves in Western Cape  –  They were arrested for theft of Eskom and Telkom infrastructure valued at over R1.8 million. 

ANALYSIS:

How sacking of Eastern Cape Health MEC introduces new twist to the NEC-Zuma-Magashule triangle  –  The sacking of the Eastern Cape Health MEC Sindiswa Gomba suggests the picture is becoming more complicated.

BUSINESS & MONEY MATTERS:

South African taxpayers exposed to high-level nuclear waste disposal and decommissioning liabilities  –  Citizens and taxpayers in South Africa continue to labour under the misguided belief that Eskom and the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (Necsa) make real funding provisions monthly, over the operating life of their nuclear reactors

ENERGY:

Eskom: Further steep tariff hikes needed to reach cost-reflectivity  –  Even with the 15.63% tariff hike to be implemented on April 1, Eskom considers its electricity tariffs to be far from cost-reflective.

TECHNOLOGY & TELEVISION:

WhatsApp to go ahead with changes despite backlash  –  WhatsApp is pushing ahead with controversial changes to its terms of service, but altering the way it notifies users following a backlash.

SANDF generals thought Covid-19 was biological warfare and bought R260 million of useless medicine  –  These generals saw themselves as a first line of defence in this biological war and wanted to be injected first with the Heberon Interferon alfa-2b medicine,

INTERNATIONAL:

Boeing 777s grounded by airlines after FAA issues emergency order  –  Engine failure of a United Airlines Boeing prompts airlines in US and Japan to ground dozens of 777s

SOCIAL MEDIA:

EARTH, SPACE & THE UNIVERSE:

Mars landing: Photo shows Perseverance about to touch down  –  The American space agency has released an astonishing image sent back from Mars by its Perseverance rover.

First black hole ever detected is even more massive than first thought  –  Stephen Hawking made a bet in 1974, as a form of insurance against his life’s work, that the object wasn’t a black hole.

THIS & THAT:

MADE IN DURBAN: JOHN LENNON’S SOUTH AFRICAN GUITAR  –  Volume one of Mark Lewisohn’s magisterial Beatles history Tune In. Chapter Ten is entitled “Guaranteed Not To Split”, a mystical phrase that Paul McCartney has always loved using in reference to the early days of The Beatles.

 

SPORT:

Recovering Tiger Woods on if he’ll play Masters: ‘God, I hope so’  –  Tiger Woods spoke publicly for the first time since he underwent his fifth back surgery, but the 45-year-old didn’t appear poised for another comeback.

Djokovic says ‘rollercoaster’ Australian Open one of toughest tournaments  –  The Serbian had to deal with a muscle-tear injury that is still “not healed” and attacks from the media and public.