Breezy this morning; cooler with rain at times
Wind – SSE 26 km/h
LOCAL NEWS: (Kouga)
COURT CONFIRMS SAMWU STRIKE ILLEGAL AND UNLAWUFUL – KOUGA Municipality’s case against SAMWU was heard in the Labour Court in Port Elizabeth on Friday (April 30).
STEPHEN’s SCRIBBLE – Local surfers up in arms over Webcams – Local surfers were up in arms last week following news of a webcam having been erected on a private property overlooking Seal Point
REGIONAL NEWS: (East Cape, Port Elizabeth & Southern Coast)
Fuel prices set to drop in May – As of midnight on Tuesday, the price of petrol will decrease by nine cents per litre, while diesel will go down by 31 cents per litre.
Eastern Cape drought: Nelson Mandela Bay’s dying dams – The two major dams for the Eastern Cape’s biggest metro, Nelson Mandela Bay, are running dry and with no major rain forecast, the city is facing an unprecedented water crisis.
NMB Council approves construction of desalination plant – The Nelson Mandela Bay Council has approved the construction of a seawater desalination plant.
SA & AFRICA NEWS:
And the SA Oscars go to… – For too long, South Africa’s greatest and most talented performers have been denied the recognition they deserve.
Minister draws a lion in the sand: captive breeding in SA is set to end – Acting on a wide-reaching report, Barbara Creecy concedes that canned hunting doesn’t contribute to conservation
People who’ve had COVID get ‘enhanced’ protection against variants from one vaccine dose – study – Among those who received a COVID jab but were not infected in the past, the immune response may be insufficient, say scientists.
First batch of Pfizer vaccines lands in South Africa on Sunday evening: Mkhize – The first shipment of Pfizer vaccines totals more than 325,000, with the government expecting similar-sized shipments weekly until the end of May.
ANC cannot pay salaries – and owes SARS millions – The cash-strapped ANC is struggling to pay salaries after the South African Revenue Service (SARS) laid claim to R17 million because of unpaid taxes.
Millions Out, Billions In (Part One): Businessman Thulani Majola’s investment in ANC and EFF kept everyone sweet – Some days Thulani Majola gave generously to the ANC; some days he gave to EFF leader Julius Malema.
COURTS, NPA, HAWKS, CRIME & SAPS:
Cop dog sniffs out guns hidden under pile of leaves by alleged farm burglars – A police dog sniffed out firearms and other stolen goods hidden under a heap of tree leaves by thieves in Worcester, Western Cape.
The abalone connection: The ties that bind poaching and smuggling with the SA crystal meth industry – The market in poached South African abalone (perlemoen) has been closely connected to the trafficking of synthetic drugs since the 1990s,
BUSINESS & MONEY MATTERS:
BlueCape initiative: Cape Town is all set to ride the blue economy wave – BlueCape, an initiative by the V&A Waterfront and the City of Cape Town, plans to capitalise on South Africa’s natural coastal beauty and provide support to businesses and investors
Lots of ‘No votes’ at Steinhoff AGM – For the second year in a row, shareholders attending Steinhoff’s annual general meeting refused to adopt the group’s annual accounts and also voted against its remuneration policy.
New UK immigration option for South Africans – The UK government says that a new post-study work visa will open for applications on 1 July 2021. The visa will allow international students to stay in the UK for two to three years after successfully completing their studies
The Post Office wants to take on South Africa’s couriers – while it’s commercially insolvent – The South African Post Office wants to become a prominent player in the country’s courier industry, despite the fact that the Auditor-General has declared it commercially insolvent.
ENERGY & ESKOM:
SA energy mafia? Accusations against Gwede Mantashe are serious and could hurt entire South Africa – On Friday it emerged that the Mineral Resources and Energy Minister and ANC Chair, Gwede Mantashe, and his wife, Nolwandle Mantashe, had been implicated by a losing bidder in the project to provide “emergency” power generation.
How not to run an airline … – The mismanagement of Mango is bordering on criminal. It’s difficult to imagine a worse outcome for Mango, the low-cost carrier seemingly on life support.
San Diego boat capsizes killing 3, injuring 27 in smuggling operation – Boats and aircraft were still searching around midday for other possible survivors in the water near the Cabrillo National Monument
EARTH, SPACE & THE UNIVERSE:
Then and now: When silence descended over Victoria Falls – Spanning 1.7km at its widest point and with a height of more than 100m, locals refer to Africa’s greatest waterfall as “the smoke that thunders”.
Nasa astronauts splash-land on Earth in SpaceX capsule after ISS mission – Four astronauts have returned to Earth from the International Space Station, in what was Nasa’s first night-time landing in 53 years.
A lifetime of acquiring greater depth in marine fish knowledge – It not only carries the name of a KwaZulu-Natal recreational diver, but bears testament to his many decades of spending time in the ocean to acquaint himself with various species of fish that inhabit the local coastline.
Akani Simbine shows his class as Team South Africa clinch gold at World Relays — Akani Simbine ran a storming anchor leg to help Team South Africa clinch the gold medal in the men’s 4x100m relay by the narrowest of margins
The good and the bad after the Stormers’ Rainbow Cup opener against the Sharks – I can’t imagine that the Stormers camp would be filled with happy vibes at the moment.