Thursday 13th January

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LOCAL NEWS: (Kouga)

Cooking With Conrad Gallagher: In Wine, Age MattersWhile youth is the obsession in worlds like entertainment, fashion and social media, in the world of wine it’s a different story – the older, the better.

 Managing seal rescues in Jeffreys Bay – In recent months the NSRI in Jeffreys Bay has been involved in a larger than normal number of seal rescues. We find out how volunteers manage the rescues, ask the experts why strandings occur, and advise members of the public what they can do to help.

Photo Of The Day – Young Girl Catching A Wave

Surfing Report –  Small and onshore. In fact there is quite a strong onshiore flow for a few days. Time to go kiting, or wing-foiling, or mountain-biking, or paddling, or happy hour. We didn’t just suggest that last one.

Weather For This Fine Day Overcast, 24 degree high with winds fresh from the east.Find that sheltered spot and you’re golden.

Surfing Today With Rip Curl – JBay Surfer Matt McGillivray Gets The CT Call-Up –  After landing just below the cut line at the end of the 2021 Championship Tour season, McGillivray will receive the WSL Replacement spot for the Billabong Pro Pipeline event. In addition, the JBay surfer will also receive starting orders for the Hurley Pro Sunset Beach due to Brazilian surfer Yago Dora’s foot injury and withdrawal from the events.

REGIONAL NEWS: (East Cape, Port Elizabeth & Southern Coast)

Two perlemoen poaching suspects arrested at Sardinia BayTwo suspected perlemoen poachers were arrested at Sardinia Bay on Wednesday after private security members found them with two vehicles containing diving equipment and cameras. 

SA & AFRICA NEWS:

Four arrested at the Union Buildings for growing and selling weedA man calling himself King Khoisan was among a group of people arrested on Wednesday, allegedly for growing and dealing in dagga. And for failing to wear a mask.

SPORT:

Cricket – Day Two: Bumrah masterclass puts Proteas on back foot in deciding Test – India’s premier fast bowler, Jasprit Bumrah, tipped the balance of the third and deciding Test in favour of the visitors with a brilliant five-wicket haul.

POLITICS:

DA demands investigation into all ANC cadre deployment appointmentsThe DA announced that it is launching a formal complaint to the Public Service Commission requesting an investigation into all positions seemingly selected by the ANC’s cadre deployment committee

CORRUPTION WATCH:

Judge Zondo hauls Lindiwe Sisulu over the coals for ‘unwarranted attack’ on African judiciaryActing Chief Justice Raymond Zondo says Minister Lindiwe Sisulu’s comments, rich in insult but poor in substantiation and any analyses, are ‘an insult to the justices of the Constitutional Court, the judges of the Supreme Court of Appeal, the judge presidents of the High Court, and all African judges who serve this country with distinction’.

COURTS, NPA, HAWKS, CRIME & SAPS:

NPA and Hawks face ‘Herculean’ task in wake of part one of Zondo Commission report, establish task team to review cases – An urgent review of all cases covered in the Zondo Commission report is to be conducted by a dedicated National Prosecuting Task Force, the body announced on Wednesday.

 BUSINESS & MONEY MATTERS:

Memory lapse aviation exec headed for prison crash landing – Aviation executive Vuyisile Ndzeku sprang into notoriety for his failure to remember receiving millions in his bank account let alone when he got married.

The richest people in South Africa at the start of 2022 – Big bucks.

TECHNOLOGY & TELEVISION:

South African justice department clueless about hacked dataThe Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DoJ&CD) has no idea whether any data was stolen during a ransomware attack on its systems in September 2021. “The Department cannot tell with certainty as to what happened to the compromised information,” justice minister Ronald Lamola said.

A look at Curro’s new ‘mega’ high school campus in Cape TownIt is quite mega.

Photo Of The Day

Groms at play © Delphine Ducaruge

Defending World Champion Gabriel Medina Withdraws From Billabong Pro Pipeline

“The past few months have been difficult for me personally, and it has taken a toll,” said Medina. “As such, I’ve decided to withdraw from the start of the 2022 WSL Championship Tour. I had every intention of competing for the entire season had made all the preparations medically (I took my COVID vaccination during my holidays) and mentally and physically. Still, I’m not in a place where I believe I can perform against the world’s best surfers right now. “

CENSUS WORK AVAILABLE FOR JBAY RESIDENTS

STATISTICS SA urgently needs fieldworkers from Jeffreys Bay, including, Wavecrest, Kabeljous and C-Place, to help conduct the 2022 population census...

CENSUS 2022: REGISTER NOW TO CHOOSE HOW YOU WANT TO BE COUNTED

All Kouga households and accommodation establishments have until 30 January to register online and choose how they want to be counted in the census...

Photo Of The Day

Two suns in the sunset - © Silas Biasch

What To Expect In The 2022 Property Market

2021 was our best year ever in terms of sales at Harcourts. We were 50% better than our previous best year!
As most in the industry expect, interest rates will continue to edge up. Realistically, we can expect another 0.75% increase over the forthcoming 12 months, which might see a slowing of buyer demand.

Photo Of The Day – sundowner time somewhere

Sundowner time somewhere by Cesar

The Season In Retrospect – St Francis Bay

Billy’s Beach continues to attract the under 25’s (and their families!). And the numerous and well-organised sporting events continue to draw the crowds.

Property News You Can Use

The Property Practitioners Act was finally passed (after about 4 years in the making) and will come into effect from 1 February. There is a lot to be happy about for all in the estate agency industry.

Photo Of The Day – What Beauty Lies beneath

What Beauty Lies Beneath © Linus Nyland

INTERNATIONAL:

‘Dancing through the water’: rare sighting of blanket octopus in Great Barrier Reef – ‘Seeing one in real life is indescribable,’ says marine biologist of the technicolour marine mollusc she spotted off Queensland. It is rather impressive.

ENTERTAINMENT:

Kanye West, Billie Eilish and Harry Styles to headline Coachella 2022It remains unclear if the North America’s largest music festival, rescheduled four times since 2020, will go on due to the Omicron surge. If it does, it looks to be a goodie.

TRAVEL:

Bokit: The fried food that defines an islandAlthough the curry-spiced stew, porc-colombo, is the national dish of Guadeloupe, it’s the humble bokit that has captured the hearts of the Caribbean archipelago.

ENVIRONMENT:

Antarctica: Sea creatures ‘hitchhiking’ on ships could damage continent’s fragile eco-system, scientists warnVessels from more than 1,500 ports visit Antarctica, potentially bringing with them mussels, crabs, barnacles and algae from around the world, threatening the isolated region’s environment.