Wear your mask in public and PLEASE SAVE WATER

Monday 29th June

Covid-19 and Local News & Updates

Tests Conducted – 1 567 084 |  Positive Cases – 138134  |  Recoveries – 68925  |  Deaths – 2456

PLEASE SAVE WATER!

LOCAL:

Is it the quiet before the storm? Seems a sparsity of news today, could it be the weather??

PORT ELIZABETH, EASTERN CAPE AND SOUTHERN CAPE: 

Nelson Mandela Bay: Govt should consider Level 4 for metro, says acting mayor  –  Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Thsonono Buyeye says government must consider a Level 4 lockdown in the city.

Independent On LineTwo in court over R173 000 Port Elizabeth abalone bust  –  Two men are expected to appear in court after they were allegedly found in possession of illegal abalone, valued at more than R100 000. 

Eastern Cape healthcare has collapsed: ‘Sick people are fighting each other’  –  The Eastern Cape healthcare system has collapsed, say doctors and healthcare workers who are employed in the province.

Eastern Cape education MEC fears 16 runaway pupils will spread coronavirus  –  fears that 16 pupils who escaped from Makaula Senior Secondary School before getting their Covid-19 coronavirus test results – some of which came back positive – could infect more people.

COVID-19:

Daily Maverick‘Equitable access’ the main concern in race for Covid-19 vaccine  –  It seems science will succeed, but will politics hinder equitable access to the forthcoming Covid-19 vaccine?

The CitizenDaily Covid-19 update: Gauteng’s surge is here, says Health department  –  1,567,084 tests have been completed in total, of which 38,075 new tests are reported as Gauteng gears up to experience a surge in new cases.

NATIONAL COMMAND COUNCIL & LOCKDOWN:

Independent On LineMbalula slams Santaco’s call for taxis to operate at full capacity  –  Transport minister, Fikile Mbalula, has slammed the decision by the South African National Taxi Association to allow taxis to operate at 100% from Monday. 

defend truthTobacco ban: Try to explain ‘rational’ to an addict  –  Providing a ‘rational’ justification for withholding a tobacco addict’s fix (or tripling its price) by saying that doing so is rational is like shouting at a newborn baby to stop crying.

SOUTH AFRICA & AFRICAN CONTINENT:

TimesliveHow a Tshwane family blew R5.7m UIF cash meant for 1,400 workers  –  Beneficiary of fraud payout tried to spend it on new tombstones

My BroadbandBig online shopping delivery problems in South Africa – Takealot, OneDayOnly, and Loot affected  –  Some of South Africa’s largest ecommerce platforms have struggled to keep up with customer demand in recent weeks.

Daily Maverick‘Many dead’ in fourth raid on Mozambique’s Mocimboa da Praia  –  Helicopter gunships flown by private contractors retaliate after insurgents launch a multi-pronged offensive in Cabo Delgado province.

The CitizenLazarus Chakwera, ex-preacher turned Malawi’s new president  –  Malawi’s new President Lazarus Chakwera is a former evangelical preacher who says he ventured into politics to answer God’s call.

Daily MaverickMy sixteenth arrest: The struggle continues  –  This was simply a continuation of the Tanzanian state’s harassment and intimidation of opposition members and leaders.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS:

SA AIRWAYS:\

Fin24Public enterprises dept withdraws from SAA’s restructuring forum  –  The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) says the Leadership Consultative Forum has not served its purpose.

BUSINESS, MONEY & ECONOMY:

Business MaverickGovernment isn’t budging on salary increases for public sector workers  –  There are 1.2 million public sector workers including doctors, nurses, teachers, police, correctional services officers, and workers in three spheres of government. 

BusinesstechWinter has come for South African consumers – and it could last for years  –  The report indicates that the impact of Covid-19 on consumer finances will carry on for a significant period of time, months and in some cases, years.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY:

Independent On Line8 important keyboard shortcuts everyone should know  –  Swiftly navigate your way around your computer with these amazing keyboard shortcuts that will save you on time.

My BroadbandMillions of South Africans are signed up for WASPs – Mobile networks  –  Millions of South Africans subscribe to WASPs and these services continue to grow in popularity, according to local mobile networks.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

NewsmaxVP Pence: Deferring to States on COVID-19 Response Has Been Right Action  –  Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday hailed “the principle of federalism” in fighting COVID-19 despite recent spikes in southern states that had a short lockdown and a quick reopening.

BBC newsCoronavirus: ‘Swift and dangerous turn’ in Texas cases, says governor  –  The spread of coronavirus infections has taken a “swift and very dangerous turn” in the US state of Texas, Governor Greg Abbott has warned.

Glasgow attack: Knifeman pictured as family say they are ‘shocked’    A friend of Badreddin Abadlla Adam claims he was “miserable” and suffering from “mental issues”.

Timeslive‘Fit as a butcher’s dog’, UK PM does press ups to show coronavirus recovery  –  British Prime Minister Boris Johnson did some press ups to show he was “as fit as a butcher’s dog” 

THIS & THAT:

The GuardianShould we cull one species to save another?  –  Large mice are devastating rare birds on a tiny island, now moves are afoot to exterminate the rodents

The CitizenHey, You! Rolling Stones warn Trump of legal action over song use  –  British rock legends The Rolling Stones have threatened legal action against Donald Trump for the US president’s use of their song “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” at campaign rallies.

SPORT: 

The Citizen‘Mr Fixit’ Jake White hopes spending spree can lift Bulls from doldrums  –  Rugby World Cup winning coach Jake White has embarked on the biggest modern-era South African spending splurge as he seeks to make the Bulls a powerhouse again.

NEWLANDS: ALL THE FACTS ABOUT REMGRO, INVESTEC & FLYT  –  ONE-ON-ONE WITH ZELT MARAIS: Jan de Koning sat down for a factual discussion with Western Province Rugby Football Union President Zelt Marais.

Collo’s Blog:

New TLB Driver Clears The Way For Women

A former litter-picker is clearing a new career path for women at Kouga Municipality.Nokufika Mvundla (46) has become the first woman to be appointed as a plant operator at the...

NSRI warns of increased shark activity on Southern Coastline

NSRI are appealing to bathers, paddlers, body borders and surfers to be cautious along the Southern Cape coastline and the Eastern Cape coastline, in particular around the coastline of...

FOSTER Chairman responds to complaints over Wildside barriers

FOSTER has been responsible for proclaiming and managing the reserve network in the St Francis region since the 1980s.It does this with the full support of the Kouga Municipality which...

Reader unhappy with blockades on the Wildside

There has been a fair amount of discussion on social regarding the barriers that FOSTER has erected along the walkways on the Wildside. here is one readers view.“I am shocked and most...

Address by Mayor Hendricks on latest Covid-19 infections in Kouga Region

A sudden surge primarily at Humansdorp has see cases of the virus double in two days 

Sea Vista Food Relief Project paused to reassess needs 

After almost 14 weeks and 6500 food parcel deliveries, the DVG, St Francis United Church and Rotary Club St Francis food relief project has now been paused so that we may reassess the...

Fabulous Foods for Father’s Day

According to Grace Stevens, in her experienced opinion as a baking genius and as a mom, nothing is more important than showing your family how much you appreciate them. Fabulous food is...

On the matter of clearing bush

There has been concern on social media that an area of bush cleared between the township and the Air Park has been cleared so more shacks can be built.  This is not the case and as...

St Francis Property Owners committee instructed to amend  NPC MOI

Kouga local municipality has issued an instruction to the SFPO NPC directors to amend the MOI to make it compliant with Kouga municipal property rates policy In the SFPO NPC Minutes of 6...

Bush Clearing – this is serious, folks!

Considering the gale force winds of yesterday it does not take much imagination to visualise what would have happened had there been just a spark of fire somewhere in the bush in and...

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Stunning Sunset – Photo by Robert Helmsley

Submit your photograph of one of the stunning sunrises or sunsets that we enjoy over St Francis to colin@stfrancistoday.co.za or WhatsApp 082 554 0796  –  Don’t forget to add your name and contact details for there is a prize for the winner.