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Thursday 5th September

St Francis & Kouga News

Roll-over application to take drought relief forward  –  Kouga Municipality has applied for a roll-over to take its drought relief programme forward.

War on potholes powers up  –  Extra muscles and machines have been secured for Kouga’s war against potholes.

Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape & Southern Coast

Missing Eastern Cape councillor found alive  –  The missing ANC PR councillor and Mhlontlo municipality special programmes unit portfolio head – who disappeared while hitchhiking has been found at a Nando’s franchise.

Surfing

World Surf League takes Big Wave Surfing to new heights  –  The WSL’s new platform for big wave surfing will deliver big wave action through the a new Strike Missions series, the Big Wave Awards,

NSRI

NSRI assist SANParks crew in distress  –  NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew were called on to assist a SANParks rigid inflatable boat on its way to Bird Island with four crew aboard

St Francis Features In Provincial Tourism Awards

Congratulations to Cape St Francis Resort for their Beach Break accommodation winning the provincial Lilizela Award in the Self Catering Shared Accommodation Category. Beach Break was a National winner in 2018.And congratulations too to...

Some is what is on this Calamari Weekend

Some of the events that are on at the annual Calamari Festival this weekend

International delegates to plant 100 trees

One hundred trees are set to be planted at the Kruisfontein Multisport Complex in Humansdorp this October when municipalities from across the world will be in Kouga for an international climate change workshop. Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio...

Billabong Seal Point Pro Junior 2019 Presented By BOS Heads for Cape St Francis This Weekend

Event: Billabong Seal Point Pro Junior 2019 Status: WSL JQS 1,000 rated events for U18 Boys & Girls, SAST events for U16 & U14 Boys & Girls, and U12 Boys & Girls. Venue: Seal Point, Cape St Francis, Eastern Cape Dates: September...

Kouga Municipality saves big on phones

Kouga Municipality has slashed its annual Telkom bill by a massive 76% over the past two years. Kouga Corporate Services Portfolio Councillor Bryan Dhludhlu said the savings were made possible by the upgrade of the municipal private automatic...

Top Seeds Join the Lineup in Beautiful Conditions at Azores Airlines Pro

PRAIA DE SANTA BARBARA, Sao Miguel - Azores Islands (Wednesday, September 18, 2018) -  The Azores Islands Pro resumed in picture-perfect conditions on the morning of Day 2 with three-to-four foot waves and a glassy lineup. The remaining 12 heats...

NSRI in action in Cape St Francis and Port Elizabeth

NSRI St Francis BayNSRI St Francis Bay duty crew were activated last Tuesday afternoon following a request for a tow from a crew on a 4.2 meter inflatable boat reporting a faulty fuel line that caused a small fire aboard their boat.The...

Kouga searches underground for pothole solutions

Could a mining solution be a way forward toa more permanent solution to repairing portholes?Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said the municipality would be piloting a new pothole filler similar to shotcrete used underground in...

A heartfelt letter of appreciation to the St Francis Community

Cathy Lethbridge thanks friends and community for the support the family has received in their time of grief"To all of my dear friends, colleagues and the wonderful community that is St FrancisI cannot adequately express my gratitude to...

Local youth pass tough lifeguard exam

Eighteen new professional lifeguards have been added to Kouga’s pool.The 18 youngsters, including top junior surfers Angelo Faulkner and Jeremy van Wyk, passed their final lifesaving exams with flying colours at Jeffreys Bay on...

Adsence

Abuse against Women

5 facts about femicide in South Africa  –  There have been calls for a “national shutdown” to protest femicide in South Africa. Women have taken to Twitter to tweet #AmINext – asking if they will become the next victim of murder.

No to rape, murder and abuse: 10 detained after day-long protests in windy Cape Town  –  Western Cape police have confirmed 10 students were arrested on Wednesday after a day of protests calling for action to be taken against gender-based violence. 

Calls for the death penalty intensify… but is it an option?  –  As a nationwide outcry over gender-based violence grows, calls for the reinstatement of the death penalty for perpetrators are multiplying.

Charlize Theron’s banned 1999 anti-rape ad re-emerges  –  Charlize Theron’s banned 1999 anti-rape advert has re-emerged and has been making waves on social media, following the recent deaths of South African women.

 

National & African News

BREAKING: NPA takes decision on Malema firearm charges  –  The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has taken a decision on whether or not to prosecute EFF leader Julius Malema for discharging a firearm in public.

Cyril Ramaphosa wants SA to stop attacks on foreigners  –  The President told officials and business leaders  that he was committed to quelling attacks on foreigners that have threatened an economic forum aimed at boosting intra-African trade.

Gauteng violence not xenophobia, thugs are taking chances – Magashule  –  The ANC’s secretary general Ace Magashule has denied the existence of xenophobia in South Africa, instead saying it is just criminality that has taken over.

Anger at xenophobic attacks spreads across Africa as SA-owned firms are targeted   –  Several South African chain stores have shuttered their operations as protests against xenophobic attacks grow in the rest of Africa

Botswana issues travel advisory, warns citizens travelling to South Africa  –  The government of Botswana has issued a travel advisory, warning Batswana travelling to South Africa to “exercise extreme caution” 

Hawks

 

Hawks finish probe into Magashule’s R8m stolen Pierneef painting – report  –  It was reported last year that ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule was ‘directly implicated’ in the theft of the painting. 

Politics

EFF violence up – but popularity ratings way down  –   Research by Daily Maverick shows that there has been a steady increase in the EFF’s rhetoric of violence since it started tracking the party’s behaviour in March 2018

EFF – make like Trump, divide, insult, accuse, attack, threaten, deceive, deny  –  In South Africa, as we know, we speak in metaphors as well as in flaming forked tongues.

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Business, Money & The Economy

Climate change is already costing meat and dairy producers a lot  –  The meat and dairy industry is increasingly feeling the effects of climate change, but they’re abnormally quiet about their own role in the crisis, according to a new report.

Eskom’s ‘credible’ plan to keep the lights on  –  What to expect in the summer months and beyond.

International

Hurricane Dorian: millions under orders to evacuate as storm approaches US  –  South Carolina governor urges residents to ‘get out now’ while Bahamas grapples with devastation

BREXIT:

Lords agree to push through bill preventing no deal by end of Friday  –  Peers resolve to return Benn bill to House of Commons for debate ahead of prorogation of parliament

What happens now?  –  There’s less than two months before the UK is due to leave the EU. So what might happen next?

Sport

World Cup Omissions XV  –  The World Cup is just two-and-a-half weeks away, and every nation competing in the tournament – bar the USA – has named their final 31-man squad to travel to Japan.

This & That

Government gets rolling on cannabis policy  –  A ministerial advisory committee is being established to provide the Cabinet with guidance on cannabis policy.

Early animal had ‘complex behaviour’  –  A millipede-like creature from 550 million years ago is among the earliest examples of an animal showing complex behaviour.

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