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COVID NEWS:

Over 285 Covid-19 deaths, 9 700 new cases recorded on Sunday  –  A total of 9 718 new Covid-19 cases and 287 deaths were reported on Sunday, as President Cyril Ramaphosa was expected to address the country.

Europe clamps down amid fears over rapid spread of Delta variant  –  Governments are launching de facto vaccine passport schemes as they try to head off a summer Covid wave like the UK’s

LOCKDOWN:

IN FULL | President Cyril Ramaphosa moves SA back to level 3  –  Below is a text of his full speech, as given to journalists. It is published here unedited.

SA moves to alert level 3, alcohol sale ban removed, says Ramaphosa  –  South Africa will move to adjusted level 3 on Sunday, which means restaurants can reopen and alcohol sales can resume,

UNREST & LOOTING:

Meet the instigators: The Twitter accounts of the RET forces network that incited violence and demanded Zuma’s release  –   In less than a month, 12 Twitter accounts became central to the instigation that caused mayhem and destruction as they spearheaded the call to release Jacob Zuma from prison.

CORRUPTION WATCH:

Anatomy of a ‘rigged’ contract: Digital Vibes tender deeply flawed, unlawful and invalid, says SIU  –  New filings from the Special Investigating Unit concerning the Department of Health’s Digital Vibes contract illustrate how the tender process was allegedly ‘rigged’ to favour the connected communications firm.

COURTS, NPA, HAWKS CRIME & SAPS:

Public Protector challenges Constitutional Court’s finding on CR17 funding report  –  Busisiwe Mkhwebane is challenging the Constitutional Court’s decision to uphold a ruling setting aside her report on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s CR17 campaign.

BUSINESS & MONEY MATTER:

Steinhoff: Deloitte now in the crosshairs  –  Implementation of settlement agreement ‘would prejudice efforts to pursue claims against Deloitte’ – court papers.

CRYPTOCURRENCY:

Bitcoin’s big business backers face the music  –  It’s time for Bitcoin’s corporate champions to account for a brutal selloff in the cryptocurrency.

TECHNOLOGY & TELEVISION:

Zuckerberg wants Facebook to become online ‘metaverse’  –  Mark Zuckerberg has laid out his vision to transform Facebook from a social media network into a “metaverse company” in the next five years.

Surf legends shine in sizeable conditions at the SA Longboarding Champs

Day Two of the South African Longboarding Champs presented by RYD Brand sanctioned by Surfing South Africa kicked off in balmy weather and, once...

Jeffreys Bay delivers pristine waves for Day 1 of the SA Longboard Championships

Llandudno surfer Luke Slijpen is embarking on his rookie year on the World Surf League's (WSL) World Qualifying Series (WQS) with the strong backing...

Llandudno Surfer Luke Slijpen Signs Multi-Year Deal With Quiksilver International

Llandudno surfer Luke Slijpen is embarking on his rookie year on the World Surf League's (WSL) World Qualifying Series (WQS) with the strong backing...

International Lighthouse Weekend – A happy belated Mandela Day celebration for Talhado

   When Sunday’s weather turned out to be near perfect it was destined that the fundraiser organised for Talhado Children’s Haven at the Seal Point...

Municipality To Find Lasting Solution For Stray Animals

KOUGA Municipality is looking at different approaches to find a permanent solution for roaming animals across the region.Community Services...

Kouga Adds No Markup on Electricity Tariff Increase

AS much as Kouga Municipality was mindful of the tough economic climate on residents, its recent electricity tariff increase was guided by the...

Municipality to Clamp Down on Illegal Electricity

KOUGA Municipality, in conjunction with the local South African Police Service, is set to clamp down on illegal electricity connections in the...

International Lighthouse Weekend celebrated at Seal Point Lighthouse this Sunday.

 This coming weekend is International Lighthouse Weekend where Lighthouse managers, keepers and owners are encouraged to open their lighthouse or...

So many ways people are helping FOSTER

FOSTER as an organisation is managed by a small committee of dedicated volunteers with different portfolios and responsibilities which is ably...

The Experience Northern Cape Namakwa Challenge Is Approaching

The inaugural WSL Speciality Event for the Northern Cape region, the Experience Northern Cape Namakwa Challenge presented by Billabong Adventure...

INTERNATIONAL:

Emmanuel Macron ‘pushes for Israeli inquiry’ into NSO spyware concerns  –  French president reportedly spoke to Naftali Bennett to ensure ‘proper investigation’ after Pegasus project

EARTH, SPACE & THE UNIVERSE:

Meteor wows Norway after blazing through night sky  –  Norwegians have been left awestruck by a bright meteor that illuminated the night sky in the country’s south-east.

THIS & THAT:

Buried in concrete: how the mafia made a killing from the destruction of Italy’s south  –  The south of the country bears the scars of how bosses enriched their clans with illegal, brutalist buildings and gaudy, now decaying, villas

OLYMPICS: 

Tatjana Schoenmaker downs American braggart King for psychological edge  –  Tatjana Schoenmaker downed loud-mouthed Olympic champion Lilly King of the US in the 100m breaststroke semifinals on Monday morning to claim pole position for Tuesday’s final.

Blitzboks get their Tokyo campaign off to a winning start with Irish triumph  –  The Blitzboks got their Tokyo Olympic campaign off to a flying start as they beat Ireland in their opening Pool C encounter at Tokyo Stadium on Monday.

SA’s Caitlin Rooskrantz ’at loss for words’ after producing personal best at Tokyo Olympics  –  Caitlin Rooskrantz described her personal best performance in artistic gymnastics at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday as ’incredible’ as she made history for Team South Africa

The Olympic Games in pictures: Sunday, 25 July  –   Here is an incomplete, yet surprising and moving gallery of images of the 2020(1) games in Tokyo.

SPORT:

‘Has a nice ring to it’: Minjee Lee a major champion after Evian playoff victory  –  After seven years on the LPGA and five wins, she could finally call herself a major champion.