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Monday 13th May

St Francis & Kouga

Kromme Descent – almost a Déjà Vu moment  –  All the results – This time last year we published an article on St Francis Today titled ‘Kromme River Descent – A Great Event’.

Annual dry period for Hankey & Patensie set for June   –  THE annual dry period at Hankey and Patensie will take place over 16 days from June 15 to 30 this year.

African Surf Adventure Awaits at Ballito Pro pres. by O’Neill

The Ballito Pro pres. by O’Neill will be an African surf adventure for surfers and spectators alike. The 51st edition of the world’s...

Kouga set to benefit from International Tourism programme

Seven students from around the globe are set to help grow Kouga's Tourism industry.The students, who hail from seven different countries...

Some options for your morning cuppa

Coffee lovers are a little short on options of where to enjoy their cup of java, or Earl Grey for that matter, with both Rambling Rose...

A little thought for your fellow being!

There was a rather heated ‘conversation’ started on one of the social media streams yesterday with regard to walking and cycling paths...

Empowering Sea Vista’s Young ‘Ladies’

When youth are “empowered,” they have the skills, critical awareness, and opportunities to positively impact their own lives and the...

Live-streaming of Council meetings in the pipeline

The Kouga Council is set to take transparency to the next level by live-streaming its meetings over the internet.Kouga Speaker Hattingh...

SMS service to improve day-to-day communication with ratepayers and residents.

Kouga Residents asked to update their contact infoRESIDENTS who would like to receive their account balances via SMS are asked to update...

NSRI report a fatal drowning at Kenton-On-Sea

NSRI Port Alfred duty crew were activated on Sunday afternoon following reports of a drowning in progress at Kenton-On-Sea main...

Kromme Descent – almost a Déjà Vu moment

This time last year we published an article on St Francis Today titled ‘Kromme River Descent – A Great Event’.The article started...

What’s on in St Francis this weekend

The big event of the weekend is undoubtedly the Kromme Descent swimming event that sets off just below the gorge on the Kromme River...
Cape St Francis, South Africa WEATHER

PE, Eastern Cape  & South Coast

NSRI report a fatal drowning at Kenton-On-Sea  –  NSRI Port Alfred duty crew were activated on Sunday afternoon following reports of a drowning in progress at Kenton-On-Sea main beach.

Cope, AIC bid EC legislature farewell   –  ANC was allocated 44 seats in the provincial elections, and the DA was declared the official opposition with 10 seats, while the EFF received five seats.

Pedestrian killed in PE beachfront accident  –  A 31-year old Port Elizabeth man is in police custody, following a fatal accident in Beach Road on the city’s beachfront early on Sunday morning.

National & African News

Designer of new SA flag Fred Brownell dies  –  Fred Brownell, designer of democratic SA flag, passed away at his home in Pretoria in Friday evening at the age of 79.

‘He doesn’t want to accept he is old, let alone the oldest man in the world’ – SA man celebrates 115th birthday   –  If wisdom comes with age, he could be the wisest person in the world, Fredie Blom jokes.


The ANC spent more than an estimated R1bn to retain power  –  Political parties spent about R2 billion combined this year’s general elections, and the cost of politics is only projected to increase.

The EFF are ‘suffering from arrogance’, say analysts   –  While the young party has done well to grow to nearly 11% of the vote, this was overshadowed by their absurd boasts and expectations.

‘Zuma ministers’ now panicking as Ramaphosa eyes smaller cabinet and clean-up   –  The Sunday Times reports that mass resignations may now be looming as the president eyes appointing the smallest cabinet in SA history.

ANC factional jockeying starts around Cabinet and Parliament, DA assesses dip, EFF & FF+ celebrate gains  –  The 2019 elections are done and dusted, but the contestation within political parties is not. 

Business, Money & Economy

Ramaphosa’s big task: Name a lean Cabinet without worsening ANC divisions  –  The pressure is on President Cyril Ramaphosa to unveil a downsized Cabinet, possibly of around 30 ministries, 

SA’s dream of a vibrant economy hinges on Ramaphosa  –  Although President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to push through reforms to transform South Africa’s hobbling economy into a vibrant and inclusive one, it will take some time to be implemented,

Bitcoin Climbs Above $7,000 as Cryptocurrency Rally Extends  – Bitcoin climbed to the highest since September, briefly surpassing $7,000, as a rally in cryptocurrencies gathered pace in trading over the weekend.

International News

Iran commander: If US makes a move we’ll hit them in the head  –  The tension increases between the US and Iran but at least one Iranian leader says the US move is only “psychological warfare”.

Kudlow says Trump-Xi meeting likely next month at international summit  –  Contrary to the President’s suggestions that the Chinese alone will pay the tariffs imposed by the US, Kudlow acknowledged US companies would pay in effect a tax increase that oftentimes is passed on to consumers,


Manchester City win Premier League for second time in a row after victory over Brighton  –  City’s 4-1 victory against Brighton means Pep Guardiola’s side are the first team to retain the title in a decade.

Fiction becomes Reality

The 1968 Sci-Fi thatspookily predicted today  –  In his 1968 novel Stand on Zanzibar, for instance, he peers ahead to imagine life in 2010, correctly forecasting wearable technology, Viagra, video calls, same-sex marriage, the legalisation of cannabis,

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