15th March

Our Beautiful Flowers raise their heads once again

Article by Yvonne BosmanAll around St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis one can see the beautiful pink flowers coming out of the grass from the canals...

REVIEW OF IDP AND BUDGET WARD 12

 KOUGA Municipality commenced with the virtual review of the 2017/ 2022 Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and the Budget for the 2021/ 2022 period –...

Kouga Municipality Engages With Striking Employees

MEDIA RELEASEKOUGA Municipality has yet again consulted with striking municipal employees in a bid to find a speedy resolution to the ongoing and...

An inspiration to young and old

It’s wonderful to feel inspired. It gives us that extra zest for life. Albeit trying something new or re-inventing the way we already do something,...

Council Approves Draft Budget Unanimously

Just in case you haven't yet seen itKOUGA Municipality’s cash-backed draft budget and tariffs for the 2021/2022 financial year, starting July 1,...

New Outfits for Preferred Kouga Car Guards

THE multicoloured, the blue . . . the preferred car guard.In a renewed bid to clamp down on illegal car guards operating in Kouga – especially at...

Great Sports at Kouga Easter Festival

 IS it a bird? Is it a plane?No!It is the Easter Bunny with his superhero squad: Superman, Spiderman, Iron Man, Elsa, and Anna. And they are all...

Slight Increase in Local Active Covid-19 Cases

There has been a slight increase in the number of active COVID-19 cases in the Kouga region.Active Covid-19 cases totalled 11 on March 30, according...

Nonsensical and counter productive

Collo's ColumnThe ban on liquor off-sales over the Easter weekend has nothing to do with preventing Covid infections, it is all about...

Learning to Toyi-Toyi in the land of the free

South Africa is truly an amazing country. I often wonder about what it is that connects us to this diverse and complex place. I’ve observed over the...

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LOCAL NEWS: (Kouga)

Time for the Annual King of the Kromme sponsored by Pam Golding Properties – After having to be cancelled last year for the first time since its inception due to the Covid19 pandemic, the race is due to start on Saturday3rd April \

Kouga held Sustainable Tourism Symposium  –  The symposium focused on the impacts of climate change and regenerative tourism during and post COVID-19. 

VOTE FOR ST FRANCIS – St Francis Tourism is looking for locals to support their quest to have St Francis  entered in the “KYKNET – Dorp van die Jaar” competition. Send your SMS to 33157 (cost R1.50 per sms)

Kouga held Sustainable Tourism Symposium  –  The symposium focused on the impacts of climate change and regenerative tourism during and post COVID-19. 

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

Gqeberha beachfront chaos leaves one dead  –  A party attended by at least 1,000 people turned chaotic on the Summerstrand beachfront on Saturday with bottles thrown at passing vehicles and a car guard left for dead.

Kids want coronavirus to get lost, so they can be kids again  –  Some of Nelson Mandela Bay’s littlest residents have learnt to cope extremely well and though wearing a mask to school every day can be annoying, they do it anyway.

Fallout from decades of chaotic litigation poses new threat to the Eastern Cape Department of Health  –  This is the fourth report in the series detailing the collapse of the provincial health system.

Man attacked on farm near Joubertina  –  astern Cape police are investigating a case of house robbery after at least five armed men attacked a 60-year-old man in his farmhouse at Krakee

SA & AFRICA NEWS:

Civilians fleeing besieged Mozambique gas town arrive in Pemba  –  Missing South African found in Mozambique: ‘It’s scary. The insurgents are ruthless, just ruthless,’ 

Mozambique attacks: Still no word on whether SA would send troops  –  By Sunday evening it remained unclear whether the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) would send land forces into northern Mozambique,

COVID NEWS:

WATCH | Stepping down & SA’s third wave: One last Covid catchup with Prof Abdool Karim  –  The country’s head of the ministerial advisory committee on Covid-19, Salim Abdool Karim, stepped down from his position a few days ago to refocus on his time science and research.

COVID VACCINE:

New COVID-19 vaccine plan for South Africa targets 200,000 people per day  –  Health Minister Zwele Mkhize has outlined a new plan to rapidly speed up South Africa’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts to reach herd immunity by early 2022

Top scientists slam government for reselling AstraZeneca vaccines to AU  –  ‘South Africa has squandered the opportunity to protect half a million of its most vulnerable citizens.’

LOCKDOWN:

DA says Govt ‘failed’ in lockdown, wants no more booze bans or curfews  –   Steenhuisen said that alcohol sale bans and stricter curfews only served to ‘decimate’ the restaurant industry.

The most common types of corruption during lockdown in South Africa  –  Civil society group Corruption Watch has published its annual report for 2020, highlighting the rampant corruption which hit the country during the Covid-19 pandemic.

POLITICS:

Nail-biting meeting set to go into Monday as Ace Magashule hangs on  –  It’s been reported that the meeting descended into chaos as opposing factions went toe to toe to push for the motion and to oppose it.

What the hell’s going on at the ANC NEC – and why you should care  –  The party’s weekend NEC meeting appears to be a breakpoint: the two factions that have tenuously co-existed since Ramaphosa was elected party leader in December 2017 are now in open political warfare.

CORRUPTION WATCH:

Ramaphosa’s Zondo testimony could prove crucial for his — and the ANC’s — political future  –  While there are indeed massive risks both for Ramaphosa and the movement, depending on his ability to ‘save’ the reputation of the ANC, it could also be a moment of great personal reward for him.

COURTS, NPA, HAWKS, CRIME & SAPS:

AfriForum, doctors back in court on Monday to fight for use of ivermectin to treat Covid-19  –  A court case brought by a group of doctors and lobby group AfriForum involving the right of doctors and pharmacists to use ivermectin to treat Covid-19 patients is expected to be heard on Monday.

NPA ordered to reinstate ‘Bosasa mole’ Jackie Lepinka  –  The NPA has suffered a blow in its case against Jackie Lepinka, a senior secretary suspended in the wake of allegations that she leaked information to Bosasa in exchange for monthly bribes.

‘There is no court that doesn’t know his name’: Political analysts unpack Zuma’s latest statement  –  Two political analysts shared their thoughts on the latest developments in former president Jacob Zuma’s legal battles

BUSINESS & MONEY MATTERS:

Upsetting the avocado cart: Why South Africa imports from the Mediterranean instead of the cheaper option of Tanzania  –  Why is it so darn hard to get avocados from Tanzania into the South African market, which is burdened with the high prices of imported avos for significant periods? 

Driving a Ferrari – but earning less than R34,000 per month  –  Many South Africans are living lavish lifestyles but only declare meagre incomes to the South African Revenue Service (SARS).

TECHNOLOGY & TELEVISION:

The South African who helped build Amazon Web Services with a team of Cape Town engineers  –  Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the world’s top cloud computing platform. It has operations in 24 geographical regions and boasts over 1 million active users in 190 countries.

INTERNATIONAL:

Troops open fire at funeral as Myanmar mourns bloodiest day since coup  –  At least 114 people reported killed by security forces on Saturday during protests

Aladdin’s cave of goods and thousands of livestock stranded in Suez logjam  –  An Aladdin’s cave of goods ranging from IKEA furnishings to tens of thousands of livestock is stuck in a maritime traffic jam caused by the Suez Canal blockage.

EARTH, SPACE & THE UNIVERSE:

The real reason humans are the dominant species  –  From early humans rubbing sticks together to make fire, to the fossil fuels that drove the industrial revolution, energy has played a central role in our development as a species.

More than 100 years before asteroid Apophis may hit Earth, says NASA  –  Apophis would release energy equivalent to 28,000 times that of the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

THIS & THAT:

O brother, where art thou? South Africa’s xenophobic violence and fear of the Other  –  Photographs rendered apartheid visible, helping to make the world aware of it and to spur resistance. A new book does the same for the plight of often persecuted migrants in South Africa

SPORT:

It wasn’t pretty but it was a perfect ending for perfectionist Billy Horschel  –  The burden of being a perfectionist is that when you don’t feel 100 percent prepared the overactive mind can make you question everything.

Max Verstappen’s ’tiny mistake’ cost Red Bull, says Mercedes F1 chief Toto Wolff  –  Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff said “track limits won the race for us” on Sunday after Lewis Hamilton claimed a sensational season-opening victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Bafana Bafana fail to qualify for Afcon after shooting blanks against Sudan  –  Bafana Bafana hopes of qualifying for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals disappeared into the humid night air at the Al-Hilal Stadium, Omdurman, where Sudan ran out 2-0 winners

Collo’s Comment:

Will he or won’t he?  –  Well we will likely know the decision by this evening on whether the Coronavirus Command Council (CCC) has changed the lockdown conditions