Monday 2nd December

St Francis & Kouga News

Jeffreys Bay woman shoots farm attacker  –  The Jeffreys Bay Police are searching for an armed man following a farm attack at Kabeljous.

Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape & Southern Coast

Update: EC man who held babies hostage killed by police  –  A man who held two small children hostage on a farm near Gonubie in East London has been shot and killed by a policeman.

PE police arrest 18 suspects in special weekend operation  –  Port Elizabeth police have arrested 18 suspects during a special operation at the weekend.

Seven people die in three EC accidents  –  Seven people were killed in three separate accidents on Eastern Cape roads on Saturday evening.


NSRI Pink Buoy to the rescue   –  An NSRI pink rescue buoy has successfully been used in a surf rescue in Jeffreys Bay bringing the NSRI pink rescue buoys total successful deployments to date to 51.


Tough Conditions Force Short Day at Taiwan Open World Longboard Championships  –   Increasing swell and blustery winds forced WSL Event Directors to call competition off due to deteriorating conditions.

Steven Sawyer through in huge surf at 2019 Taiwan Open World Longboard Championship  –  Competitors battled huge clean surf in the six-foot range to see the completion of Men’s and Women’s Round 1 along with four heats of Men’s Round 2

National & African News

SA village breaks weather record with temperatures soaring to 54°C  –  Vioolsdrif, a village in the Northern Cape, has broken a new record for the highest temperature in the country — reaching over 50 degrees Celsius.

Family devastated after gas explosion razed Rivonia restaurant and several shops  –  The family who own the Johannesburg restaurant which burnt to the ground on Saturday, taking  several shops with it, are devastated that their livelihood is gone.


Fleet company that paid Julius Malema fails to deliver on Joburg contract  –  It’s a year since amaBhungane exposed how fleet company Afrirent funnelled money into a Malema-EFF slush fund


Is SAA trading under insolvent circumstances?  –  Default clauses may be triggered in contracts and agreements.

The plan to merge SAA with Ethiopian Airlines  –  One of the proposed solutions to the problems at South African Airways (SAA) is to merge the company’s operations with another major African airline, the Sunday Times reports.

SAA to undergo ‘radical restructuring’: Gordhan  –  Beleaguered national carrier SAA can only be saved by “radical restructuring”, public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan said on Sunday.


Six months after national elections, SA’s leading parties continue to disappoint  –  It’s a common lament among would-be voters these days: ‘There is no one to vote for.’ This appears to be a growing problem caused by the failures of SA’s three major political parties.

Business, Money & The Economy

How the AG is trying to plug a torpedo-sized hole in state finances  –  New powers to enforce recommendations and chase down stolen money should help

Petrol price increase for December  –  The price of petrol will increase by between 11-19 cents a litre next month, according to estimates by the AA.


Parties attack Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage over Donald Trump ties  –  Seven-way ITV debate sees Farage defend Trump’s ‘crass’ talk while Tory keeps out of fray



Pablo Larrazabal like a blister in the sun  –  The veteran Spaniard turns adversity into triumph with a remarkable one-shot win at the Alfred Dunhill Championship.

Video: Siya on his Klopp moment  –  Springbok captain Siyamthanda Kolisi speaks about the moment he met legendary Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp.


Climate defenders

Taking wind power to another level  –  Henrik Stiesdal has been thinking about wind turbines since he was a teenager and now he wants to take the next big step.

Water Security

Hope springs eternal with a master plan for water security  –  A National Water and Sanitation Master Plan was launched to a full house in Pretoria on 28 November 2019.

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SRA answers questions posed by CRA members

One of the gripes those regularly by those who submit comment deriding the SRA committee and the work they as doing to improve St Francis Bay is that that don’t answer questions. Well a brand new post on the St Francis Property Owners...

Steven Sawyer in action as Taiwan Open World Longboard Championships Called On at ‘The Left’

THE LEFT, TAITUNG / TPE (Friday, December 6, 2019) - The 2019 Taiwan Open World Longboard Championship has been called on and excitement amongst the field is growing with the competition moving to 'The Left.' The event was forced to move to this...

Professor Richard Cowling on Plot Clearing

Professor Cowling comments on Tuesday’s article ‘Damned if you Don’t so better you do’!The concerns raised by some residents regarding the impact on wildlife of mechanical clearing of dense, mostly alien-invasive bush on vacant plots,...

2020 World Surf League Qualifying Series

2020 World Surf League Qualifying Series to Commence at Corona Open China Hosted by WanningCOOLANGATTA, QLD / AUS (Thursday, December 5, 2019) - The 2020 World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) is set to commence at the perfect...

Improving facilities in St Francis

Facebook readers may have read of some of the St Francis Property Owners achievemnts and ongoing projects so for yhose who are not on Facebook ….The SFPO NPC, with the SFPO Association, supports the identification and scoping of third...

First Women’s Eliminations at Taiwan Open World Longboard Championships

JINZUN HARBOUR, TAITUNG / TPE (Wednesday, December 4, 2019) - The Taiwan Open World Longboard Championships has continued today in more solid and windy conditions at Jinzun Harbour. All eight heats of Women’s Round 2 were completed in...

Carissa Moore Claims Fourth Surfing World Title

Carissa Moore Claims Fourth Surfing World Title,Stephanie Gilmore Takes Fifth lululemon Maui Pro Event WinHONOLUA BAY, Maui, Hawaii/USA (Monday, December 2, 2019) - Today, Carissa Moore (HAW) won the 2019 World Surf League (WSL) Title...

Damned if you don’t so better you do!

Few St Franciscans will deny the sight or smell of smoke almost immediately conjures up fears of ‘oh no not another fire’. With four major fires since 2012 and three of them directly attributable to a fire starting in bush and then...

Hottest and second driest spring on record

Since our last report dam levels have steadied but are still critically low and this is the second driest spring for Port Elizabeth with just 86mm rain recorded. This spring has also been the hottest on record in the Eastern Cape with...

JBay’s Matt McGillivray Qualifies For WSL Championship Tour 2020

Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii – After advancing through round three of the Vans World Cup 10,000 Qualifying Series (QS) event at Sunset Beach yesterday, word came out from the World Surf League (WSL) that JBay Surfer Matt McGillivray was a...



Cape St Francis, South Africa WEATHER

Precious Ramabulana murder: Accused has pending case for ‘a rape type of charge’ – Ramaphosa  –  The man accused of the murder of Limpopo student Precious Ramabulana has a pending case for “a rape type of charge”, President Cyril Ramaphosa revealed on Sunday.