LOCAL NEWS: (Kouga)
Notes From The Editor – Thanks for all the support after the first version of St Francis Today 2.0 went out last Friday. Positive and encouraging, it was also good to learn how much St Francis Bay’s local community enjoys and needs the newsletter and website.
The Karting Kids From St Francis – Josh and Jack Moore from St Francis Bay are two young kids who are competitive karting stars, with a long list of podium finishes behind them. They are part of an elite crew that will be heading overseas to compete shortly.
FOSTER Launches new Website and Unveils new Logo – As the usage of the FOSTER Reserves in the greater St Francis area continues to grow and with membership numbers doubling over the last year, the committee decided it was time to rebrand and develop a new website from scratch.
The West Wind Magazine Turns One – The West Wind digital community magazine was introduced about a year ago to cover long-read stories from St Francis Bay and further afield. The reach includes Oyster Bay, JBay, Humansdorp and sometimes other interesting spots in our region.
St Francis Surfers Still In The Mix At Sea Harvest SA Junior Surfing Champs – St Francis surfers Makai Kabot, Rory and Joel Dace and Jack Erlank are still in the running at the 2021 Sea Harvest SA Junior Surfing Championships presented by SMTH Shapes in
JBay.Humansdorp woman breaks ground in ‘man’s world’ – A young Eastern Cape woman is making inroads in what is traditionally considered a male-dominated industry by becoming one of the first female earthmoving machinery operators in SA.
REGIONAL NEWS: (East Cape, Port Elizabeth & Southern Coast)
Ramaphosa turns on charm to woo Nelson Mandela Bay voters– President Cyril Ramaphosa hit the campaign trail in Nelson Mandela Bay on Sunday, wooing voters ahead of the November 1 local government polls.
SA & AFRICA NEWS:
No UK quarantine for fully vaccinated SA travellers – Fully vaccinated travellers will not need to go into quarantine upon arriving in the UK.
South African scientists had met their UK counterparts to discuss the issue.
POLITICS, GOVERNMENT & PARLIAMENT:
Ramaphosa: Kick out DA in Nelson Mandela Bay – ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa has called on supporters to wrest power away from the DA in Nelson Mandela Bay by backing the ruling party in the November 1 local government elections.
COURTS, NPA, HAWKS, CRIME & SAPS:
More needs to be done to protect whistleblowers – Lamola – Justice Minister Ronald Lamola says government and his department need to do more work and come up with better legislative protection for whistleblowers.
BUSINESS & MONEY MATTERS:
Paul O’Sullivan: Back in the Saddle with SAA – “Despite criminals doing the best they could to wipe out an 87-year old airline, they failed,” writes Paul O’Sullivan of South African Airways (SAA).
TECHNOLOGY & TELEVISION:
This electric car can go 520 miles on a charge but the CEO says that’s not important – The Lucid Air Dream Edition was recently rated by the Environmental Protection Agency with an estimated driving range of 520 miles on a full charge.
SA’s Sates sets 2 junior world records, Le Clos extends golden World Cup haul – Pietermaritzburg swimmer Matt Sates spearheaded an impressive effort from South African swimmers at the opening round of the four-leg FINA World Cup series in Berlin over the weekend.
Pandora Papers: Secret wealth and dealings of world leaders exposed – The secret wealth and dealings of world leaders, politicians and billionaires has been exposed in one of the biggest leaks of financial documents.
A drunk man who had been reported missing spent hours with a search party looking for himself, report says – A Turkish man was reported missing after failing to return home following a night of drinking, according to reports. He joined his own search party and combed through woods for several hours.
American Couple Pledge $100 Million to African Parks! – Their $100 million pledge to African Parks is the largest-ever gift to the organisation’s endowment.
UPL spill: Durban chemical company had no environmental authorisation to operate plant, report finds – United Phosphorus Limited (UPL) had no environmental authorisation to operate its Cornubia chemical factory, nor did it obtain risk assessment and planning permissions.
THIS & THAT:
Princess Charlene smiles on Instagram in rare post amid recovery in SA – Princess Charlene has shared a new photo of herself on Instagram – her first since August, when Prince Albert and her twins visited her in South Africa.