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Friday 12th April

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St Francis, Kouga, PE, Eastern Cape  & South Coast

Some weekend information for you  –  A few bits of information you may need to know for the upcoming weekend.

Fish kill causes alarm at Seekoei estuary  –  An emergency application is due to be submitted to the Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT) this week for the breaching of the Seekoei estuary mouth at Paradise Beach

Free Roadworthy Test ahead of Easter Weekend  – Free Testing but Traffic Department closed over long weekends

Challenge attracts top swimmers  –  Kouga Councillor and local open water swimmer, Brenton Williams, will take on the toughest Indian Ocean swim at Pollok Beach in Port Elizabeth on Saturday, April 13

Rhodes graduates warned against betrayal of public trust for personal gain  –  Vice-Chancellor of the Rhodes University, Dr Sizwe Mabizela on Thursday warned graduates to serve the world with honour and virtue


 National & African News

Load shedding ‘threat’ proves there’s no plan to keep lights on – DA’s Mazzone  – ‘The ANC’s scheme of burning through billions of rands of diesel…to keep the lights on until after election day has now truly backfired,’ she said.

Trevor Manuel sues EFF over ‘baseless claims’ of nepotism   –  Former finance minister Trevor Manuel has taken legal action against the EFF and its spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, for accusing him of influencing the appointment of a new boss at Sars.

Zuma to pocket R200k from eThekwini in April – report  –  The event, set to take place later this month, reportedly plans to see JZ documenting struggle songs with various artists that are yet to be named.

Blue Scorpions shut down Constantia man’s water-selling operation  –  The Department of Water and Sanitation’s “Blue Scorpions” have issued Constantia resident Paul Baise with a directive to stop selling water from a mountain stream.

SLR Diary: When it’s OK to pull the race card – and other reflections on the body politic  –  When apartheid came crashing to an end in 1994, the overtly racist went into hiding as Nat supporters scuttled away.



Wake up and smell the McBride: How the State Capture project corroded essential law enforcement cogs and wheels


How seriously should we take the idea that the ANC might axe Ramaphosa shortly after the elections?   – Two opposition parties have this week made public statements claiming that dissident factions in the ANC are planning to remove Cyril Ramaphosa as ANC president and state president shortly after the May elections.

SA burns, but ANC leader Ramaphosa campaigns in Alex  – ‘We’ll build you a million houses,’ Ramaphosa promised residents, after taking a sustained dig at Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba.


Gangster State author: Magashule operated like Jacob Zuma   –  “I was interested in finding out about the person who now occupies one of the most powerful positions in the ANC.”

Burning and Banning books in the Orwellian barnyard   – The sad truth is that at some point in this journey, corporate South Africa is going to have to stand up and take a few lickings.

Business, Money & Economy

Ferial Haffajee: Managed by blacks, owned by whites   – “Are you the owner?” I often ask an excellent person at any of the many retail outlets I visit.

Barloworld launches Khula Sizwe public BEE offer   –  Investors urged to adopt 15-year investment horizon to fully benefit from deal.

International News

Julian Assange branded ‘narcissist’ by judge as he is found guilty of breaching bail conditions   –   The WikiLeaks founder, who was forcibly removed from the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Thursday, could be extradited to the US.


Masters 2019: Here’s what it’s like to watch the Masters with Jack Nicklaus   –  Leaning back in his leather chair, eyeing the Masters telecast on a wall-sized TV while waving around a Moon Pie, Jack Nicklaus appeared to be just like any other golf fan on Thursday afternoon, save for his green jacket folded discreetly on a chair in the corner. 

2019 Masters leaderboard breakdown: Full coverage, scores, highlights from Round 1   –  The 2019 Masters is off and rolling with major champions all bunched up at the top of the leaderboard

PREVIEW: SUPER RUGBY, ROUND NINE – PART TWO –  Israel Folau stole the limelight as a result of his decision to again share his religious views publicly 

Moon Landing

Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft crashes on Moon   –  The first privately funded mission to the Moon has crashed on the lunar surface after the apparent failure of its main engine.


Opioid crisis driven by ‘inappropriate prescription’ of painkillers to surgery patients –  Clinicians prescribe higher levels of opioids in response to pain, which can lead to more pain and further use.

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Some weekend information for you

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Free Roadworthy Test ahead of Easter Weekend

Free Testing but Traffic Department closed over long weekendsKouga Municipality’s Traffic Department will once again be helping...

Fish kill causes alarm at Seekoei estuary

An emergency application is due to be submitted to the Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT)...

Inspirational Talk by the actress who survived a near-fatal 18 metre plunge

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