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Monday 3rd August

Covid-19 and Local News & Updates

Tests Conducted – 3 036 779 |  Positive Cases – 511486  |  Recoveries – 347227 |  Deaths – 8336

Work surges ahead to protect the St Francis coastline

Kouga Municipality is surging ahead with the construction of an emergency revetment at St Francis Bay to protect municipal infrastructure and houses on the canals from the ocean.Kouga...

The West Wind – September 22nd

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Emergency Plan for the Spit

St Francis Property Owners NPC issued the following media release with regard the recent breach on the spitThe Spit has been breached 4 times since early in April. The SFPO NPC has been...

Keep Kouga Safe Campaign Launched

Kouga has set it sights on becoming the safest municipality in South Africa to live, work and play.The Keep Kouga Safe campaign was officially launched at the first Kouga Public Safety...

The Monster Combo 2.0 Is Live and Entries Are Open 

The Monster Combo is an online campaign celebrating progressive, high-performance surfing. We’re looking for rides that link up a succession of moves in quality surf.It has been a winter...

JBay’s Matt McGillivray Scores Runner-Up Finish

JBay's Matt McGillivray Scores Runner-Up Finish In The First Australian Grand Slam Event JBay's top professional surfer Matt McGillivray ended up a very impressive runner up in the first...

Is plot clearing ridiculously expensive?

Further to our article on clearing plots last week, Trevor Wright who offers  assistance to land owners, outlines some of the costs as well as charges owners will face if it is left to...

The Tortoise and the Hare – The story of two Trees

Why are large milkwood trees so scarce in Cape St Francis?An article on Milkwood's by Prof Richard CowlingThink of the Cape coast and what tree springs to mind? For most, it would be the...

Maya Gabeira Sets New World Record, Wins cbdMD XXL Biggest Wave Award 

 Yesterday, the World Surf League (WSL) announced that Maya Gabeira (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) won the cbdMD XXL Biggest Wave Award and set the new World Record for the largest wave ever...

Kouga Fire Department makes headway on bush-clearing!

Bush-fires affect the entire community and can have a devastating, wide-spread effect on individuals, businesses, industry and facilities. We all have a joint civic responsibility to...

LOCAL: 

Hijacker arrested in Humansdorp  –  A swift response by Humansdorp police led to the arrest of a hijacking suspect and the recovery of stolen meat valued R 120 000.

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PORT ELIZABETH, EASTERN CAPE & SOUTHERN COAST:

TimesliveEastern Cape health MEC’s staffer arrested for alleged drunk driving  –  A member of Eastern Cape health MEC Sindiswa Gomba’s staff was allegedly caught driving under the influence — in a car belonging to the department.

TimesliveAndile Lungisa resigns as mayoral committee member in Nelson Mandela Bay  –  ANC strongman Andile Lungisa has opted to resign as a mayoral committee member in Nelson Mandela Bay, resulting in charges against him being dropped by the party.

COVID-19:

Businesstech511,485 confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa as deaths climb to 8,366  –  Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced that there are now a total of cases of 511,485 coronavirus in South Africa.

NATIONAL COMMAND COUNCIL & LOCKDOWN:

Independent On LineHealth experts slam calls for reintroduction of hard lockdown rules in Gauteng  –  Health experts have slammed the call made by the embattled Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku to reintroduce hard lockdown regulations

SOUTH AFRICA & AFRICAN CONTINENT:

EXPLAINER | What the Supreme Court of Appeals judgment means for gun owners  –  The SCA in July set aside an interdict preventing police from demanding that gun owners, whose licences had expired, return their firearms to the state, 

Daily MaverickStealing from your own people is a crime; stealing during the pandemic is a crime against humanity  –  There should be a place in jail for everyone who steals from their own people.

IThe Citizenllegal dog hunting syndicates intimidating North Coast farmers  –  Illegal dog hunting and associated betting syndicates are big business on the North Coast, with the sport believed to generate thousands of rands for dog owners.

OPINION | It is time for SADC states to break with Zimbabwe  –  It is time to stop turning a blind eye to what is going on in Zimbabwe, where the government has shown over and over that it is violent and willing to do anything to stay in power

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS:

Daily MaverickSouth Africa on road to collapse unless ANC takes corrective action  –  There has never been greater urgency to enact long-delayed reforms to reverse state decline.

Independent On LineUnder fire Deputy President David Mabuza ’home and well’, assures spokesperson  –  Deputy President David Mabuza is at home and well, his spokesperson assured South Africans on Sunday evening.

Gauteng govt tight-lipped on latest PPE tender corruption claims  –  The DA wants a snap parliamentary debate on the recent Covid-19 tender corruption involving ANC politicians.

The CitizenIMF loan was a big mistake – SACP  –  Blade Nzimande, also Higher Education, Science and Technology Minister, described the IMF’s R70-billion (US$4.3-billion) loan to South Africa as a grievous mistake.

SAPS:

Daily MaverickWhy we are losing the fight against crime  –  Despite transformation, the SAPS remains unresponsive to the major crime concerns of the majority of South Africans.

CORRUPTION:

Independent On LineDiko’s Royal Bhaca paid R80m through front company  –  The Gauteng Department of Health has paid Royal Bhaca Projects at least R80 million for its personal protective equipment (PPE) services over the past two weeks

Adriaan Basson | Let’s not pretend to be surprised by the ANC’s tender corruption, please  –  Last week, the country was outraged about the latest allegations of tender corruption in Gauteng’s health department.

BUSINESS, MONEY & ECONOMY: 

Amoney webuto-assessments for individual taxpayers kick off  –  More than 3 million taxpayers will have their tax returns filed by Sars on their behalf this year.

money webSharing out the Steinhoff crumbs  –  For the intricate corporate artistry of it alone, the complex settlement deal announced last week deserves to succeed.

Business MaverickEconomic meltdown: How to prevent the looming sovereign-debt crisis  –  A world debt crisis has been coming and the moment of reckoning has finally arrived. But what’s to be done? 

Business MaverickIs the South African banking system really an ‘oligopoly’?  – The ANC’s most recent economic treatise says SA’s banking system ‘can be characterised as oligopolistic’.

BusinesstechWhat you need to know about tax and work travel allowance in South Africa during Covid-19  –  Covid-19 has far-reaching effects for the South African taxpayer and, unbeknown to many, may be silently increasing their tax liability for the 2021 year of assessment.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

The GuardianApple wildfire: thousands ordered to evacuate as southern California blaze grows  –  Fire explodes in size as crews battle the flames in triple-digit heat in mountains east of Los Angeles

TECHNOLOGY:

My BroadbandThe South African tech company which doubled its share price during the lockdown  –  Alaris Holdings has achieved something special – it has doubled its share price since the lockdown started despite the gloomy economic outlook.

Trump backs Microsoft buyout of TikTok after threat to ban Chinese video app  –  Negotiations would involve a “complete security review” and a promise that all user data would be stored in the US.

SPACE TRAVEL:

The GuardianNasa astronauts aboard SpaceX capsule make first splashdown in 45 years  –  Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley land off Florida after two-month voyage that was Nasa’s first crewed mission from home in nine years

CLIMATE:

Next six months ‘most critical in a generation’ for climate emergency, says man behind Paris deal  –  Coronavirus pushed back a major climate conference in Glasgow – but the year’s delay may reap rewards – such as a more engaged US.

SPORT:

Sport24Drama amongst 1995 Springboks over Francois Pienaar’s Black Lives Matter stance  –  Francois Pienaar’s decision to take a knee in support of Black Lives Matter (BLM) at last month’s Solidarity Cup cricket match did not go down well with all of his 1995 World Cup-winning team-mates, 

Israel Folau refuses to take a knee as the only player left standing before St Helens vs Catalans Dragons  –  Former Australian rugby union player remained standing as all over players on both teams and the officials took a knee before the Super League clash

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