St Francis Today – News from St Francis, South Africa and around the world

12th July

St Francis & Kouga

Speeding Anarchy in Cape St Francis  –  One of the Cape St Francis WhatsApp groups lit up the other day on the subject of speeding

St Francis Brewery Going that Extra Mile to Reduce Plastic Waste  –  St Francis Brewing Company have been part of Ocean Pledge for some time now and are taking their pledge one step further in their effort to reduce use of plastic.

Chicken chain starts recruiting locally  –  One of South Africa’s biggest fast-food chains has started a recruitment drive in Kouga ahead of the opening of their first store at Humansdorp.

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
Cape St Francis, South Africa WEATHER

Corona JBay Open & WinterFest

Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape  & South Coast

Makhanda residents urged to cut water usage as major dams dry up  –  Ongoing drought conditions in the Eastern Cape has resulted in the Howieson’s Poort and Settlers dams becoming dysfunctional,

Alleged fake travel agent to remain behind bars as more victims come forward  –  Police say Roux allegedly defrauded people by using deposits meant for accommodation establishments throughout the Southern Cape.

Three hijackings in Nelson Mandela Bay on Wednesday  –  Two vehicles and a delivery truck were hijacked in Nelson Mandela Bay in the last 24 hours.

National & African News

WATCH: Harrowing drone footage shows Worcester gas blast aftermath  –  Drone footage taken in Worcester during the early hours of Wednesday has revealed the aftermath of the gas tanker explosion that rocked the Western Cape town. 

Cele deploys army to crime-ridden Western Cape   –  SA National Defence Force (SANDF) members will be deployed to the Western Cape’s worst-affected crime areas, police minister Bheki Cele announced on Thursday.


EFF’s ‘Fascist Populism’ trumped by rare cross-party unity  –  Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan on Thursday delivered his budget vote address having stood his ground against physical intimidation by EFF MPs.

Don’t fear push-back against anti-graft drive, Mapaila tells Ramaphosa  –  ‘We saw what happened against Minister Pravin Gordhan in parliament today. We want to say to him that we stand in solidarity with him,’ Mapaila said.

Tito Mboweni vows contingency reserve funds for SAA, SABC, Denel   –  Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said he would allocate funding from the contingency reserve to shore up South African Airways, the South African Broadcasting Corporation and Denel 

Nation needs to work together against climate change – Creecy  –  The work of building a sustainable and environmentally sound growth path is the work of the nation as a whole amid an “unprecedented threat from climate change”,


The corruption investigation that has shaken South Africa  –  Gavin Watson was a hero of the struggle against apartheid. But this once-powerful businessman is now caught up in a sweeping inquiry that goes to the heart of how a nation is run.

101 questions Jacob Zuma must answer at the Zondo commission   –  Former president Jacob Zuma is expected to appear in front of the judicial commission of inquiry into state capture on Monday.

Transnet ‘negatively impacted’ by payment schedules, Zondo told  –  Former Transnet electrical engineer Francis Callard told how former CEO Brian Molefe increased figures on the locomotives tender from R38.6 billion to R54.5 billion.


Mantashe: SA will get nuclear at a cost it can afford  –  That was the message of Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe during his department’s budget vote debate in Parliament on Thursday.

Business, Money & Economy

Well-known financial advisor Thomas Stringfellow arrested  –  Hands himself in over missing client money. His arrest follows allegations that he may have misappropriated hundreds of millions in client funds.

International News

UK ships in Gulf on high alert after Royal Navy trains guns on Iranian vessels  – Fears commercial vessels at risk from gunboats following HMS Montrose’s intervention

WATCH: Queen Elizabeth trades her designer handbag for a spade: ‘I can still plant a tree‘  –  The 93-year-old who was scheduled to supervise the planting of a hornbeam tree got hands-on as she swapped her designer handbag for a spade.

Cricket World Cup

SUNDAY – England vs New Zealand – Channel 202 – DSTV

Cricket World Cup final: ‘Fire-breathing England can go all the way’   –  English sporting semi-finals have not been happy experiences in the past 12 months. Too much heartbreak, too many what-ifs, too many next times.


Serena Williams beats Barbora Strycova to reach Wimbledon final  –  Serena Williams made light work of Barbora Strycova to reach the Wimbledon final and stand one win away from a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title.


How Madiba’s phone call helped turn around James Small’s life   –   “Here is a story that James Small told me just after he had the suicide attempt in 2009.”

Earth & Human Origins

Earliest modern human found outside Africa  –  Researchers have found the earliest example of our species (modern humans) outside Africa.

Falcon has landed: Japan’s Hayabusa2 probe touches down on asteroid  – Unmanned craft – about the size of a large refrigerator – plans to collect ground samples, some 300 million kilometres from Earth

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