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St Francis & Kouga News

Reminder that the entire Kouga Region to be without power tomorrow – August 14  –  The interruption has been scheduled from 05:00 to 18:00.

Mike Posthumus & Derrin Smith win Trans Baviaans  –   Mike Posthumus and Derrin Smith won the first of the two 24-hour Trans Baviaans mountain bike races, in Jeffreys Bay on Saturday 10 August 2019

Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape & Southern Coast

Possible explanation for “midges outbreak” in PE  –  Thousands of residents across the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro took to social media to complain about what can only be described as a plague of midges

Criminals take advantage of long weekend with Home owners away  –  The latest crime statistics released by Atlas Security show that there were 32 incidents reported for Nelson Mandela Bay during the long weekend

Shack dwellers demand answers after forking out R150k for plots  –  Residents of Endlovini informal settlement, Port Elizabeth, said they had been defrauded of over R150,000 by community committee members

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| ‘I came from SA to move away from this’: SA woman caught in Hong Kong protests goes viral  –  “Entitlement” and “ignorance” are words that have been widely used to describe an unidentified South African woman, who is trending on social media for “making the Hong Kong protests all about her”. 

I’ll prosecute Joburg graft cases myself, as NPA won’t – Mashaba   –  Cases handed over, with evidence, were either not being pursued expeditiously or were mysteriously withdrawn by the NPA in Johannesburg.

Student treated for burns as Stellenbosch University res fire contained  –  One person was treated for burn wounds after a fire broke out at Stellenbosch University’s women’s residence on Monday night,

Justice for teacher kept in jail for 13 months on false rape charge  –  A teacher who spent 13 months behind bars after being wrongfully charged with the rape of a nine-year-old girl has won a lawsuit against the police minister.

Public Protector

Still unclear if courts will seal parts of Mkhwebane’s Bosasa report  –  President Cyril Ramaphosa’s lawyers filed a lawyer’s letter on Friday requesting that some documents be sealed.

State Capture

How State Capture Inc funded the ANC  –  Regiments Capital’s attempts to convert its political connections into contracts shows how money subverted the party.

 

Politics

EXCLUSIVE: Ramaphosa appoints new head of domestic intelligence branch  –  Advocate Mahlodi Sam Muofhe has been appointed as the new head of the domestic branch of the State Security Agency (SSA).

VIDEO: eThekwini report used to axe Zandile Gumede – sources  –  After a heated and long meeting that dragged until late on Monday evening, the ANC in KZN was finally able to fire Zandile Gumede

PIC Commission

Ayo was used to push me out of the PIC, Matjila says  –  Former CEO admits to making enemies on the board – because of the ‘tight ship’ he ran.

Business, Money & The Economy

Steinhoff to update investors on status of turnaround plan  –  Steinhoff’s top management will on Tuesday update investors on the status of its turnaround plan, after a dramatic plunge in its share price shrank its market capitalisation by over R200bn.  

The market has already downgraded South Africa to junk  –  Investors are positioning themselves for fiscal deterioration and a credit downgrade.

5 ways to protect your home if you are facing retrenchment  –  Unemployment in South Africa recently rose to around 29%, with large companies in sectors ranging from banking to mining, media and construction announcing job shedding.

 

International

Hong Kong airport: hundreds of flights cancelled ahead of further protests  – More protests expected on Tuesday as Beijing state media warn that city is at a ‘critical juncture’

Environmentalists warn Trump ‘weakening’ endangered species protections  –  The US federal government has announced an overhaul of the way it enforces the Endangered Species Act, a law credited with preventing countless extinctions.

Sport

Hey All Blacks, THIS is how you’ll fix your problems  –  Hey, New Zealand, what the heck has happened?!

This & That

The dark side of deep sea mining  – At some point in the next decade, a large, tractor-like device will start crawling the deepest seafloor, gathering potato-sized nuggets packed with metals crucial to electric vehicles, renewable-energy storage and smartphones.

Zelda la Grange: ‘Afrikaners don’t know enough about Madiba’  –  Zelda la Grange hopes her new six-part documentary will help some Afrikaans speakers understand Nelson Mandela

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