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Good Morning from St Francis at the south eastern tip of Africa!

Monday 12th August

St Francis & Kouga News

New St Francis Today News Layout  –  To keep abreast with reader preferences we have changed our news layout to accommodate a growing readership that reads the news on their Phones (43%) 

Scientific paper on flora of Cape St Francis & St Francis Bay Nature Reserves  –  A paper by Richard Cowling and his colleague Adriaan Grobler

Sea Vista Primary School hosts for this year’s District Level WOW spelling competition  –  More  than  400  learners  and  200  educators  from Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp, Oyster Bay and St Francis participated in the event.

Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape & Southern Coast

Food, Drought and Fury: UN Land Report brings the truth to SA’s climate corrupt  –  Daily Maverick looked behind the frontlines of the drought in the rural Eastern Cape. What we found was not pretty

Three Port Elizabeth businesses robbed in two days   — Pick n Pay Liquor Store in Walker Drive, Port Elizabeth was robbed shortly before midday on Friday 

WATCH: Rare blind black rhino given new lease on life  –  The 20-year-old black rhino bull lost sight in both eyes due to a territorial fight in January has been given a new lease on life.

Man dies after St Francis Bay house robbery

A manhunt is underway for two men who robbed an elderly coule in their house in Sardinia Road, St Francis in the early evening yesterday.Armed with guns the men accosted the couples housekeeper and tied and gagged her and the elderly...

Kouga Municipality calling for LED Lighting

SUPPLY AND DELIVERY OF LED STREETLIGHTS AND FLOODLIGHTSProspective Service Providers are hereby invited to submit tenders for the Supply andDelivery of LED streetlights and floodlights to Kouga Local MunicipalityTendersAn electronic...

New St Francis Today News Page Layout

To keep abreast with reader preferences we have changed our news layout to accommodate a growing readership that reads the news on their Phones (43%) rather than Tablets (4%) or Desk / Laptops (53%). We will have to hone the new layout...

Sea Vista Primary School hosts for this year’s District Level WOW spelling competition

There was great excitement on July 23rd at Sea Vista Primary School, in St Francis Bay, the hosts for this year’s District Level WOW  spelling competition. More  than  400  learners  and  200  educators  from Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp,...

Scientific paper on flora of Cape St Francis & St Francis Bay Nature Reserves

Our Seal Point scientist Richard Cowling and his colleague Adriaan Grobler from Port Elizabeth together with three of our local citizen scientists have produced a paper on the flora of the Cape St Francis and St Francis Bay nature...

Four injured crewman patient evacuated off a ship

Yesterday morning (7th August) NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew, accompanied by our NSRI station doctor and EC Government Health EMS rescue paramedics launched aboard the sea rescue craft Spirit of Toft to rendezvous with a bulk carrier...

Plettenberg Bay NSRI finalists for International Award

Congratulations to our NSRI Plettenberg Bay volunteers for being chosen as finalists in the 2019 International Maritime Rescue Federation’s Innovation and technology awards for their purpose designed rescue stretcher which was designed...

Rocky Coast Housing Development

The proponent, Rocky Coast Farm (Pty) Ltd, proposes the residential development of a portion of Portions 78 and 79of Farm Ongegunde Vryheid No. 746, Cape St. Francis, Kouga Local Municipality, hereinafter referred to as RockyCoast Farm....

Crime down in St Francis according to SAPS

SAPS report that the downward trend in the number of crimes reported has continued and attribute this to the deterrent effect of the CCTV cameras. The CCTV footage is an important resource for good detective work and resulting good...

Whale assisted in a disentanglement operation off Port Alfred

SA Whale Disentanglement Network (SAWDN) volunteers launched from Port Alfred aboard two NSRI Port Alfred sea rescue craft, Lotto Challenger and Rescue 11 Alpha, following reports from a container ship, passing the coast off-shore of...
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National & African News

WATCH: Air Force Base Swartkop hangar gutted by fire  –  The footage shows the hangar covered in smoke as emergency services attend to the blaze.

Billionaire Johann Rupert’s warehouse robbed of R300m in jewellery – report  –  Police have launched a manhunt for a number of suspects after R300m worth of jewellery was stolen from a warehouse in Johannesburg 

Over 500 suspects arrested in women-led operations in Gauteng  –  Female law enforcement officers arrested more than 500 suspects in Gauteng over the long weekend.

Land Reform

The President’s Advisory Panel on Land Reform’s report is big on suggestions but short on actual progress.  –  A central weakness in the report is its failure to locate its recommendations within the current fiscal crisis,

 

Politics

De Lille prepares to turf out irregular Public Works appointees  –  Minister of Public Works Patricia de Lille is going to the high court to set aside several appointments in her department after some officials were irregularly chosen.

The court battle between Ramaphosa and the Public Protector continues  –  In her report, Mkhwebane came to the conclusion that there is merit to allegations of money laundering, based on the facts before her.

 

Business, Money & The Economy

Lord Hain: Still a lot going for SA  –  There’s still a lot going for South Africa – if the country can learn to maximise opportunities, according to Lord Peter Hain.

Who owns Miss South Africa?  –  Rumour has it that Sun International is looking to sell the rights to the Miss South Africa beauty pageant. 

The SA lender you’ve never heard of with almost no bad debt  –  It lends to the poorest of the poor and has created close to 200 000 jobs. How does it do it?

International

Hong Kong protests: Clashes as police fire tear gas into rail station  –  Hong Kong police have once again clashed with anti-government protesters as the city enters its 10th week of mass demonstrations and unrest.

FBI and DoJ launch investigations into Jeffrey Epstein’s death  –  Investigations into Epstein’s death to ask why he was taken off suicide watch as autopsy is carried out

Sport

Eddie Jones calls for clarity over head-high tackles  –  England coach Eddie Jones urged officials to make clear what constitutes a head-high tackle ahead of the upcoming Rugby World Cup 

Women in Sport: New beginnings for Nicole Garcia  –  She’s still one of SA’s leading women’s golfers, but a spate of injuries has left her having to revive a promising career.

 

This & That

Plant-based diet can fight climate change – UN  –  Switching to a plant-based diet can help fight climate change, UN experts have said.

Beyond Meat Plant Based Burgers available in Cape Town

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