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Tuesday 10th September

St Francis & Kouga News

Second arrest in St Francis Bay murder investigation  –  St Francis Bay detectives made a second arrest in connection with the death of local businessman Duncan Lethbridge and the assault on his wife during a robber in St Francis Bay last month.

Today on Social Media  –  Each day we will publish interesting posts from various Social Media platforms that we find are either relevant or interesting. Should you find anything you find interesting or newsworthy be sure to let us know 

Handicaps may change  –   “The Game of a lifetime” is focusing on a new handicap system.

Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape & Southern Coast

R85m in cocaine found on ship in Eastern Cape harbour  –  Police seized cocaine worth R85m from a vessel from Ecuador that had docked at the Port of Ngqura in the Eastern Cape over the weekend.

George Municipality faces wide-ranging investigation  –  George Municipality’s Integrated Public Transport Network will be one of the focus areas of a probe into allegations of maladministration, fraud and corruption at the Municipality.


Bianca Buitendag Stars for South Africa at ISA World Surfing Games in Japan  –  Bianca Buitendag was the standout performer for the Mercedes-Benz Buffalo City South African Surfing team on Day 3 of the ISA World Surfing Games

Cape St Francis, South Africa WEATHER

St Francis Features In Provincial Tourism Awards

Congratulations to Cape St Francis Resort for their Beach Break accommodation winning the provincial Lilizela Award in the Self Catering Shared Accommodation Category. Beach Break was a National winner in 2018.And congratulations too to...

Some is what is on this Calamari Weekend

Some of the events that are on at the annual Calamari Festival this weekend

International delegates to plant 100 trees

One hundred trees are set to be planted at the Kruisfontein Multisport Complex in Humansdorp this October when municipalities from across the world will be in Kouga for an international climate change workshop. Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio...

Billabong Seal Point Pro Junior 2019 Presented By BOS Heads for Cape St Francis This Weekend

Event: Billabong Seal Point Pro Junior 2019 Status: WSL JQS 1,000 rated events for U18 Boys & Girls, SAST events for U16 & U14 Boys & Girls, and U12 Boys & Girls. Venue: Seal Point, Cape St Francis, Eastern Cape Dates: September...

Kouga Municipality saves big on phones

Kouga Municipality has slashed its annual Telkom bill by a massive 76% over the past two years. Kouga Corporate Services Portfolio Councillor Bryan Dhludhlu said the savings were made possible by the upgrade of the municipal private automatic...

Top Seeds Join the Lineup in Beautiful Conditions at Azores Airlines Pro

PRAIA DE SANTA BARBARA, Sao Miguel - Azores Islands (Wednesday, September 18, 2018) -  The Azores Islands Pro resumed in picture-perfect conditions on the morning of Day 2 with three-to-four foot waves and a glassy lineup. The remaining 12 heats...

NSRI in action in Cape St Francis and Port Elizabeth

NSRI St Francis BayNSRI St Francis Bay duty crew were activated last Tuesday afternoon following a request for a tow from a crew on a 4.2 meter inflatable boat reporting a faulty fuel line that caused a small fire aboard their boat.The...

Kouga searches underground for pothole solutions

Could a mining solution be a way forward toa more permanent solution to repairing portholes?Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said the municipality would be piloting a new pothole filler similar to shotcrete used underground in...

A heartfelt letter of appreciation to the St Francis Community

Cathy Lethbridge thanks friends and community for the support the family has received in their time of grief"To all of my dear friends, colleagues and the wonderful community that is St FrancisI cannot adequately express my gratitude to...

Local youth pass tough lifeguard exam

Eighteen new professional lifeguards have been added to Kouga’s pool.The 18 youngsters, including top junior surfers Angelo Faulkner and Jeremy van Wyk, passed their final lifesaving exams with flying colours at Jeffreys Bay on...



What will be the costs of Ramaphosa’s anti-GBV campaign?  –  Nobody knows yet, but Professor Michael Sachs said the measures announced did not appear to require a huge amount of money.

Murdered Durban student Natasha Conabeer ‘was being stalked  –  A week before she went missing in August, Durban student Natasha Conabeer sent one of her best friends a message saying that she was being stalked. 

A frightening time to be a woman in South Africa  –  “We’re a country with no rainbow, only rain. And that rain is red and warm and bruised between her thighs”. 

1 in 10 people believe husband has right to physically attack partner – Ipsos poll  –  At least one in every 10 South Africans believe men have the right to physically attack their partners or wives.


Your move, South Africa  –  Daily Maverick Scorpio journalist, Pauli van Wyk, has spent months obtaining, researching, cross-referencing and analysing the data, before delivering a devastating blow to Julius Malema’s self-propelled reputation of being disaffected youth’s selfless champion and defender. 

National & African News

Dros rape trial: Victim’s mother expected to testify against Nicholas Ninow  –  The mother of a seven-year-old girl is expected to testify in the rape trial of Nicholas Ninow in the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday.

The climate crisis is everybody’s business  –  If the people of planet Earth, including the inhabitants of SA, see fit to rise to the call of Greta Thunberg and young people across the world, the global #ClimateStrike planned for 20 September 2019 will make history. 

Robert Mugabe: A man whose list of failures is legion  –  One wishes one could say “rest in peace”. One can only say, “may there be more peace for Zimbabwe’s people, now that Robert Gabriel Mugabe has retired permanently”. 


SA economy has stalled, Mboweni’s plan is welcome – ANC caucus  –  However, the ANC’s alliance partners, Cosatu and the SACP, expressed their dissatisfaction with the plan.

ANC chief whip wants compulsory ethics training for all MPs   –  All MPs will undergo “compulsory and regular ethics training” during the sixth Parliament’s term if ANC chief whip Pemmy Majodina has her way.

DA staff face retrenchments, no bonuses after poor election showing  –  South Africa’s official opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), is set cut jobs at its operations across the country after a poor performance in the May general elections.

Business, Money & The Economy

House buyers staying twice as long in their homes  –  A decade ago, home owners would flip their properties every seven or eight years. Now they are holding on for an average of 14 years.

Good news for house sellers: The first green shoots are appearing  –  After weak house price growth in the first half of 2019, there are signs that the prices may be stabilising, FNB has said, in a new analysis of the residential property market.


Boris Johnson loses sixth vote in six days as election bid fails  –  Fresh setback for PM parliament shuts down amid chaotic scenes


Simon Harmer: Proteas have ‘lost’ the best off-spinner in the world … myself  –  And three other interesting things the controversial five-Test player said in a frank, insightful interview in the UK.

Geoff Boycott knighthood criticised by domestic abuse charities  –  Three years after saying honours should go to those who “really contribute”, Mrs May’s list rewards many former staff and aides.

This & That

Forty winks twice a week halves your risk of heart attack and stroke says study  –  The five-year investigation found that one or two naps cut the incidence of cardiovascular events by 48%.

Climate change:

‘Invest $1.8 trillion to adapt’  –  Investing $1.8 trillion over the next decade – in measures to adapt to climate change – could produce net benefits worth more than $7 trillion.

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