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Friday 13th September

St Francis & Kouga News

Join the St Francis Bay “SA Women Fight Back” protest to pay tribute to all the women who have been victims of violent crime.
Men and women are all welcome as we stand in silence, lining the roads by the circle, at the main entrance to St Francis Bay.  –
Sat 14 Sept 2019 –  11am to 12pm

Kouga searches underground for pothole solutions  –  Could a mining solution be a way forward toa  more permanent solution to repairing portholes?

JBay artist among Sanlam finalists  –  The striking creation of Jeffreys Bay artist, Tania Thandeka (42), is among the top 40 artworks in the prestigious Sanlam Portrait Award competition

Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape & Southern Coast

Five reasons Steve Biko will always be remembered  –  42 years ago Steve Bantu Biko succumbed to multiple injuries sustained while in police custody having travelled in the back of police van from Port Elizabeth to Pretoria, naked and unconscious. 

Convicted rapist Bob Hewitt to be released on parole – reports  –  According to a report by The Citizen, the decision to release Hewitt was taken after the parole board sat on August 23.

28 solar panels stolen at Port Elizabeth airport  –  Continuous theft of cables and solar panels from the Port Elizabeth International Airport has prompted aviation authorities to seek urgent intervention from police

Mediclinic barred from building new hospital  –  Refused permission for R700m development in George.


Mixed fortunes for South African Surfing Men on Day 6 of ISA World Surfing Games  –  The three men in the Mercedes-Benz Buffalo City South African Surfing team suffered mixed fortunes on Day 6 of the 2019 ISA World Surfing Games presented by Vans in Japan yesterday

Calm As… Launches Their Revamped First Aid Kits For Surfers  –  Due to popular demand, the Calm As… First Aid Kits For Surfers have been revamped, and the new-look kits are already available 

Chained Tortoises investigated by SPCA Assisi in Sea Vista

SPCA Assisi received information that tortoises were being kept on chains in St Francis Township. Inspector Tany Keyzer went to investigate.On Tuesday, 01 October 2019, Inspector Tanya Keyzer consulted with Adriaan le Roux, Nature...

Operation Save Escaped Elephant From Being Killed

Mount Camdeboo orchestrates specialist translocation operation to save escaped elephant from being killedAn African elephant bull that escaped an Eastern Cape game reserve for a second time in recent weeks was on Thursday set to be...

NSRI Pink Rescue Buoy Project:

Sea Rescue presented the NSRI Pink Rescue Buoy emergency flotation project at International Lifesaving’s biannual ‘World Conference on Drowning Prevention’ (WCDP) Conference in Durban last week.NSRI’s Drowning Prevention manager Andrew...

One fatality and three survivors after boat capsizes

NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew were activated following reports of a boat capsized off-shore of Noordhoek on Saturday morning .NSRI rescue swimmers in a sea rescue vehicle, EC Government Health EMS, the EMS Aeromed 3 helicopter, Gardmed...

Major milestone for St Francis Disaster Volunteer Group

A major milestone was achieved last week when the St Francis Disaster Volunteer Group SFDVG) handed over safety wear and equipment to volunteers who had also undergone training provided by municipal services. The essential equipment has...

New Chairman for St Francis Bay Sector Police Forum

A report on St Francis Crime Spotter Facebook announced that David Truter, a St Francis Property Owner (SFPO) committee member is to replace long serving Nigel Aitken as Chairman of the of the St Francis Bay Sector.Truter is the SFPO ...

Search for teenager feared drowned in Swartkops River

NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew were activated yesterday (Thursday 10th October) following reports of a drowning in progress at Swartkops River Mouth, Port Elizabeth.THree  local male teenagers were reported to be swimming when they were...

St Francis Oktoberfest 2019 Is Upon Us

Cape St Francis  - Oktoberfest is almost here – bring your German gear and join us for an Unter, Mitte or Uber time! St Francis Bay loves a good party, and what better way than to celebrate with beer! The annual St Francis Oktoberfest...

Kromme-Enviro Trust Coastal Cleanup a great success

Helping to keep our oceans cleanFollowing on from yesterday’s article on Rotary St Francis and Kromme-Enviro Trust’s involvement with the eco-brick initiative, these two associations joined forces again on Sunday for another war on...

Hundreds of driver’s licences ready for collection

Hundreds of driver’s licence cards are awaiting collection at Kouga Municipality’s Traffic Department in Humansdorp.Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said local residents were among the thousands of motorists...


Crime Stats

INFOGRAPHIC | Crime stats 2019 by province  –  Murder, sexual offences and other contact crimes rose in the past financial year across the country, but how do the stats look in your province?

Concerns over number of children involved in crimes  –   The latest crime statistic showed how 736 of the over 21,000 murders recorded by police between April last year and March this year were committed by children.

National & African News

SA Air Force, Navy Financials in ‘Dire Straits’  –  They’ve told Parliament budget constraints have made the maintenance and repair of aircraft and vessels unaffordable and are also threatening the viability of the local defence industry.

Chaos at viewing of Mugabe’s body as stampede erupts  –  Several people have reportedly been injured as attendees jostled to see the late leader’s body.


From Hillbrow to Lagos – Nigerians return home hopeless but alive after xenophobic attacks in SA  –  “I’ll never go back in my life,”.  Five years ago, Victor Indiobe left Imo in southern Nigeria to start a new life in SA’s economic capital Johannesburg.

South Africans aren’t xenophobic, they’re hungry – Chief Justice  –  He appealed to researchers to focus on the ‘true problems in Africa’.


This Is What Panoc Looks Like  –  The Economic Freedom Fighters, who pose as pugilistic revolutionaries afraid of nothing and no one, have now “banned” Daily Maverick, Scorpio, and amaBhungane from all of their events.

Robbin’ da Hood of Hyde Park Forest   –  Once upo a time there was a famous outlaw named Robbin Da Hood


Digital Migration: Mozambique achieves in two years, South Africa fails in ten  –  The Zondo Commission heard how what should have been a simple migration process to Digital Terrestrial Television was hobbled by greed, ignorance, political interference and corporate sleight of hand.


Business, Money & The Economy

Mini-budget can’t be business as usual if SA wants to dodge downgrade – economist  –  The upcoming Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement in October will be a critical indicator of how government is planning to deal with prevailing challenges 

SA unsecured loan boom leaves 40% of borrowers in default  –  South Africa’s unsecured lending boom has left 40% of borrowers in default and millions of people in a debt trap, according to fund manager Differential Capital.

Cape St Francis, South Africa WEATHER


Democratic debate: Biden, Warren and Sanders spar over healthcare  –  Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden and close rivals Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have feuded over healthcare at the party’s third debate.


John Bercow: I’ll stop Boris Johnson breaking the law on Brexit  – Commons Speaker issues direct challenge to ministers threatening to ignore legislation


Saru reacts to De Villiers rant  –  De Villiers, who coached the national team between 2008 and 2011, said he will not be supporting his country during this year’s World Cup.

This & That

World ‘losing battle against deforestation’  –  A historic global agreement aimed at halting deforestation has failed, according to a report.

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