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Monday 6th April

Covid-19 and Local News & Updates


Covid-19 Update #13 – First deliveries of DVG Food Relief this week  –  With a tremendous response from generous donors, the Disaster Volunteer Group (DVG) is delighted to confirm that the first delivery of 250 food parcels will take place this coming week. 

Door-To-Door COVID-19 screening to kick off in Kouga this  week  –  Community screening will kick off across Kouga this week as part of collective government efforts to stop the spread of Covid-19.

Water trucks to assist with water in Hankey and Patensie  –  With the level of the Kouga Dam having dropped to 15%, residents of Hankey and Patensie are reminded to use water extremely sparingly. 

News24LIVE | SA coronavirus cases at 1 655, US sees over 1 200 deaths in 24 hours  –  Stay up to date with the latest news, views and analysis as the number of coronavirus cases in SA increases.

Business MaverickThe BRICS bank is ready to lend SA $1bn to fight the Covid-19   – Finance Minister Tito Mboweni is mulling an offer by the BRICS New Development Bank to lend South Africa $1-billion to fight Covid-19

Businesstech1,655 confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa, as deaths climb to 11  –  Police minister Bheki Cele meanwhile, has welcomed the dramatic reduction in serious and violent crimes HOWEVER over 2300 reports of gender based violence sing March 27


National lockdown likely to be extended – report  –  In the projections of a US consultancy firm, it reports that South Africa’s Covid-19 cases may only peak by June, making it feasible that lockdown would end in August. 

Other interesting news, articles & opinions

Showing their love for the community pets

Never did I imagine that when Stephanie Ernstein and I joined forces to form a small animal outreach on the Sea Vista playing fields some five or so years ago that it would ever grow...

Sea Vista Food Parcel Update: Is Your business still being prevented from opening?

The St Francis Disaster Volunteer Group along with St Fr Francis United Church and Rotary St Francis continues their incredible work in assisting those in our Sea Vista township still...

Kouga Traffic Re-Opens for License Re-newals and Registration

 The Kouga Traffic Department in Humansdorp has re-opened for driving and motor vehicle licence renewals and registrations.No new learner or driving licence test applications will,...

Some updates on our water supply

Further to our post of  May 28th 'An Overview of St Francis Water Supply'  Chris Cowling sent us an update on the dams that supply us with our life sustaining water supply. Churchill and...

Mission Chokka Industry St Francis

Louanne Mostert so well known to many in St Francis returned on a mission to profile the Chokka fishing industry and the livelihoods that depend on it. "In early March, I had the...

An Overview of St Francis Water Supply

Chris Cowling has submitted the following interesting and indeed important facts about the dams that supply our water "I have noticed that a lot of emphasis is placed on the level of the...

Nationwide Delay In Re-Opening Of Traffic Departments

Nationwide Delay In Re-Opening Of Traffic Departments For Licensing & RegistrationTraffic departments around the country have been unable to re-open because the online system...

Lockdown Ban On Controlled Burns Lifted

The ban on permitted, prescribed burns in the Kouga region has been lifted.Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said land owners and farmers could once again apply...

The other side of the smoking ban

Those deprived of their nicotine fix and having to go cold turkey will have climbed walls an no doubt there has been family arguments and some serious psychological damage done.Most...

Trevor Noah –  Bill Gates Saga:
The CitizenNdlozi’s criticism of ‘dropout’ Bill Gates’ Covid-19 Trevor Noah interview divides opinion  –  Noah says his interview with Gates is not about him testing vaccines in Africa, and anyone thinking that is confused.

News24Apology to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for ‘Africa vaccine’ story  –  On Saturday, 4 April, News24 published a story under the headline “Bill Gates confident a potential coronavirus vaccine will work in Africa, but Twitter does not think so”.

TimesliveWith low demand, Eskom can now maintain its system, but warns it will be at a cost  –  Power utility Eskom says though the low electricity demand during the lockdown gives it an opportunity to maintain its power stations

Business MaverickEskom Pension and Provident Fund members’ payouts are at risk  –  The fund denies it won’t be able to pay pensions at the end of the month, but the withdrawal of the case suggests the risks are high.

Daily MaverickNew sheriff in town: State Attorney ‘horror show’ in for cleanup as acting solicitor-general appointed   –  Newly appointed acting Solicitor-General, Fhedzisani Pandelani, has been tasked with cleaning up and rebuilding the state’s corroded legal services.

News24SA scrambles to finalise housing plan for populated areas: ‘You can’t put a cost on human lives’  –  A  massive housing initiative is under way to reduce the number of people living in congested areas in a bid to fight the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

Fin24Coronavirus will have long-term impacts for business leaders. Here are the top 5  –  As the Covid-19 crisis unfolds, the focus of business leaders and others has been on immediate responses and short-term time horizons.

money webLook who’s winning during lockdown  – Netflix, of course. Also teleconferencing provider Zoom, toilet paper makers – and gold.

Independent On LineCoronavirus-stricken cities go digital to improve solidarity and wellbeing  –  On the streets of Barcelona, a few lone shoppers and dog walkers, their faces obscured by masks, are the only signs of life in this once-vibrant city — but online it’s a different story.

BBC newsQueen tells UK ‘we will succeed’ in fight  –  The Queen has said the UK “will succeed” in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic, in a rallying message to the nation.

The GuardianBoris Johnson admitted to hospital with coronavirus  –  Move follows rumours that prime minister’s condition had been worsening


SUPER RUGBY STARS WHO ACTIVATED BEASTMODE  –  Across the last decade of Super Rugby action there have been but a handful of players who have carried their team’s workload in both attack and defence.


1918 Spanish Flu historical documentary | Swine Flu Pandemic | Deadly plague of 1918  –  This video documentary will open your eyes to just how devastating a virus such as Covid-19 could be. We need to follow the lessons taught

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