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Monday 26th July

Covid-19 and Local News & Updates

Tests Conducted – 2 773 778 |  Positive Cases – 445433  |  Recoveries – 265077 |  Deaths – 6769

Cell Phone Mast furore

A furore has finally erupted with regard a number of applications to have 4G (cell phone) masts erected at several places both in St Francis Bay and further south at Cape St Francis. As...

Rip Curl E-Pro 2020 Online Surf Contest Finalists Announced

In an absolute flurry of ridiculously good waves and incredible surfing, the finalists of the inaugural Rip Curl E-Pro were decided.In the first women’s semifinal, the two goofy-footers...

Voting Open For Rip Curl E-Pro Surf Event Semi-Finalists

The voting is open for the Rip Curl E-Pro semi-finalists, and there are some incredible rides to vote on.In the women’s competition, Zoe Steyn from East London is facing off against...

Some Phenomenal Surfing As Rip Curl E-Pro Men and Women Semi-Finalists Decided

It was an action-packed quarter-final showdown in the inaugural Rip Curl E-Pro, as the surfers started dropping some of their best clips to advance.Shane Sykes from Salt Rock was the...

St Francis all a-buzz at last

What a wonderful site to see St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis bustling with visitors again. The lifting of travel and accommodation restrictions certainly brought visitors flocking...

Women on the Frontline – Live Tuesday 11th August

Women have played a leading role in local efforts to keep communities safe from COVID-19.Join Kouga Municipality on Tuesday, 11 August, when they chat to Sr Cathy Brown from the...

Rip Curl E-Pro Round 4 Men and Round 1 Women Results

For South African surf fans, the action was fast and exciting for Round 4 of the men and Round 1 of the women's events at the Rip Curl E-Pro online surf tournament. The judges had to dig...

Joint effort to address domestic animal challenges

Kouga residents have been asked to report problems related to stray or neglected domestic animals to the municipal call centre (042 200 2200, option 5).Kouga Community Services Portfolio...

Kouga covid-19 recovery rate remains steady at 83%

The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Kouga region has increased to 1 175.This is according to the latest report that was tabled by the Department of Health at the...

New Vehicles for Kouga Lifeguards & Disaster Management

As the Tourism industry slowly but surely re-opens, Kouga Municipality has set the wheels in motion to welcome visitors back to its swimming beaches this coming festive season.A new 4x4...

LOCAL:

HAVE YOUR SAY  –  Reader feels SFPO needs a new vision    –  “I have lived in St Francis, when I haven’t been traveling overseas, for some 15 years. I have been a supporter of the idea of a St Francis Property Owners Association ever since it was first proposed.

It starts with the kids –  Juniors are our future – we are looking after them!

PORT ELIZABETH, EASTERN CAPE & SOUTHERN COAST:

Police seek armed robbery suspects  –  Police in Port Elizabeth have warned residents against the buying of stolen property. (TVs, generators and tyres)

The health crisis in the Eastern Cape is nothing new – and politicians are making it worse  –  The ealthcare system in the Eastern Cape has been on the brink of collapse for more than a decade, but the health department has consistently failed to act.

In Pictures: What a difference a minister’s visit can make to a shambolic Eastern Cape hospital  –  In Pictures: What a difference a minister’s visit can make to a shambolic Eastern Cape hospital

COVID-19:

Covid-19 cases surge by 11 233 as cases hit 445 433, death toll at 6 769  –  Covid-19 related deaths in South Africa are edging closer to the 7 000 mark, after 114 new deaths were reported on Sunday, bringing the death toll to 6 769.

TimesliveIN QUOTES | Health minister Zweli Mkhize answers questions from the public  –  Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on Sunday evening answered questions from the public related to Covid-19 in a live broadcast

NATIONAL COMMAND COUNCIL & LOCKDOWN:

Charting a healthier way forward for alcohol in SA, now and into the future  –  Charting a healthier way forward for alcohol in SA, now and into the future

Independent On LineReview of SAMRC report on alcohol link to trauma admissions highlights flaws – industry coalition  –  An independent evaluation of a South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) report on which the coronavirus (Covid-19) ban on alcohol sales is based, has identified several limitations 

‘Gatvol Capetonian’ in Monday shutdown, but Dan Plato calls on police to shut it down  –  A group called the “Gatvol Capetonian” has planned a shutdown in Cape Town on Monday.

SOUTH AFRICA & AFRICAN CONTINENT:

Herald LiveJoost van der Westhuizen’s brother involved in church shooting — report  –  The brother of the late Springbok player Joost van der Westhuizen is reported to have been involved in a shooting in a church in Centurion on Sunday when armed men attacked the congregation.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS:

defend truthQuo vadis, African National Congress? –  Where, indeed, is the African National Congress (ANC) headed? 

TimesliveCorruption under the ‘new dawn’ has become worse: Malema slams Ramaphosa as EFF turns seven  –  Corruption has become worse under President Cyril Ramaphosa’s administration, according to EFF leader Julius Malema.

LAND INVASIONS:

Independent On LineRubber bullets and stun grenades: Land protests in Cape Town intensify  –   Bloekombos and Wallacedene backyard dwellers once again took to the streets on Sunday morning to protest the removal and confiscation of their informal housing structures 

SCHOOLS:Kids suffer months of ‘agony’ after school meals cut off  –  

The CitizenSchools that open before 24 Aug are well within the law – Fedsas  –  The school closure and dates mentioned by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his speech aren’t law yet, Fedsas CEO Paul Colditz said.

TimesliveFormer model C schools ‘revolt’ against school closures  –  At least two schools are set to defy the suspension of classes and are preparing to open in two weeks.

CORRUPTION:

TimesliveBlack business chief blasts ‘covidpreneurs’ as PPE scandal grows  –  Anti-corruption investigators are probing a sickening slew of allegations that unscrupulous officials and businesses benefited from billions meant to fight Covid-19.

Daily MaverickMining deal favours Limpopo first family and big business  –   The Limpopo development agency pushes a contested mining deal involving the premier’s foster brother, after an MEC ‘disbands’ its board.

BUSINESS, MONEY & ECONOMY:  

The CitizenTax return season is upon us… but Sars has done most of the work  –  Those who accept Sars’s draft assessment, about which they will receive SMSs on Saturday, 1 August, won’t have to complete and file a tax return.

money webInsurers make concessions in business interruption cover battle  –  Santam commits R1bn in interim relief, in line with a similar move by Hollard.

My BroadbandNew taxes on the cards for South Africans, including a “fire levy” and “amusement tax”  –  The Financial and Fiscal Commission has proposed many new taxes for local government, which include development charges, tourism and fire levies, and amusement taxes.

BusinesstechWhen you are retrenched, know your rights  –  As the effects of Covid-19 are felt across all corners of the South African economy, retrenchments are rife in industries across the board. 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

BBC newsThe Hong Kong crisis and the new world order  –  So what does this drama tell us about China’s emerging place in the new world order? 

Portland: A city under siege, overrun with anarchists? It’s a far more complex picture  –  The only common ground in this complex picture is that no one can see how it is going to end.

TECHNOLOGY:

My BroadbandVodacom prepaid customers hit by airtime theft  –  An industry investigation revealed airtime theft on a mass scale from Vodacom’s prepaid customers, with fraudsters using a gateway developed by the mobile operator to bill victims.

THE OCEAN:

A New Deal for the Ocean  –  The ocean is a commons that humanity depends on for its survival. We need to reimagine the future governance of the ocean that draws on new literature and global activism.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

BBC newsOlivia de Havilland, Golden Age of Hollywood star, dies at 104  –  Olivia de Havilland, one of the last remaining stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood, has died at the age of 104.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

BBC newsOlivia de Havilland, Golden Age of Hollywood star, dies at 104  –  Olivia de Havilland, one of the last remaining stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood, has died at the age of 104.

INTERESTING:

The GuardianTom Cotton calls slavery ‘necessary evil’ in attack on New York Times’ 1619 Project  –  The Arkansas Republican senator Tom Cotton has called the enslavement of millions of African people “the necessary evil upon which the union was built”.

SPORT:

Sport24Broad on brink of 500 club as England eye West Indies series win  –  Stuart Broad was only one wicket away from becoming just the seventh bowler to take 500 Test wickets as England closed in on a series victory over the West Indies at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Michael Thompson wins 3M for first PGA Tour victory since 2013  –   It was another dramatic finish at the 3M Open, where for the second straight year the title went down to the wire.

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