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Thursday 13th August

Covid-19 and Local News & Updates

Tests Conducted – 3 295 434 |  Positive Cases – 568919  |  Recoveries – 432029  |  Deaths – 11010

Work surges ahead to protect the St Francis coastline

Kouga Municipality is surging ahead with the construction of an emergency revetment at St Francis Bay to protect municipal infrastructure and houses on the canals from the ocean.Kouga...

The West Wind – September 22nd

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Emergency Plan for the Spit

St Francis Property Owners NPC issued the following media release with regard the recent breach on the spitThe Spit has been breached 4 times since early in April. The SFPO NPC has been...

Keep Kouga Safe Campaign Launched

Kouga has set it sights on becoming the safest municipality in South Africa to live, work and play.The Keep Kouga Safe campaign was officially launched at the first Kouga Public Safety...

The Monster Combo 2.0 Is Live and Entries Are Open 

The Monster Combo is an online campaign celebrating progressive, high-performance surfing. We’re looking for rides that link up a succession of moves in quality surf.It has been a winter...

JBay’s Matt McGillivray Scores Runner-Up Finish

JBay's Matt McGillivray Scores Runner-Up Finish In The First Australian Grand Slam Event JBay's top professional surfer Matt McGillivray ended up a very impressive runner up in the first...

Is plot clearing ridiculously expensive?

Further to our article on clearing plots last week, Trevor Wright who offers  assistance to land owners, outlines some of the costs as well as charges owners will face if it is left to...

The Tortoise and the Hare – The story of two Trees

Why are large milkwood trees so scarce in Cape St Francis?An article on Milkwood's by Prof Richard CowlingThink of the Cape coast and what tree springs to mind? For most, it would be the...

Maya Gabeira Sets New World Record, Wins cbdMD XXL Biggest Wave Award 

 Yesterday, the World Surf League (WSL) announced that Maya Gabeira (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) won the cbdMD XXL Biggest Wave Award and set the new World Record for the largest wave ever...

Kouga Fire Department makes headway on bush-clearing!

Bush-fires affect the entire community and can have a devastating, wide-spread effect on individuals, businesses, industry and facilities. We all have a joint civic responsibility to...

LOCAL:

Decrease in property related crimes in St Francis Bay  –  Crimes such as burglary at residential homes have decreased substantially in St Francis Bay according to the latest crime statistics released by the South African Police.

SURFING:

Rip CurlVoting Open For Rip Curl E-Pro Surf Event Semi-Finalists  –  The voting is open for the Rip Curl E-Pro semi-finalists, and there are some incredible rides to vote on.

Rip CurlSome Phenomenal Surfing As Rip Curl E-Pro Men and Women Semi-Finalists Decided   –  It was an action-packed quarter-final showdown in the inaugural Rip Curl E-Pro, as the surfers started dropping some of their best clips to advance.

PORT ELIZABETH, EASTERN CAPE & SOUTHERN COAST:

Eastern Cape Covid-19 deaths may be 8,000 — four times official number  –  As many as 8,000 people may already have died in the Eastern Cape as a result of Covid-19 — almost four times higher than the government’s official numbers.

COVID-19:

TimesliveSA records 2,800 new Covid-19 cases as deaths pass 11,000  –  South Africa recorded just 2,879 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours – the second day in a row that fewer than 3,000 infections

The Guardian‘They’ve jumped the gun’: scientists worry about Russia’s Covid-19 vaccine  –  Rising chorus of concern over Sputnik V vaccine stems from opaque development and lack of mass testing

NATIONAL COMMAND COUNCIL & LOCKDOWN:

money webRamaphosa prepares to ease lockdown restrictions: sources  –  President Cyril Ramaphosa is preparing to ease lockdown restrictions, including the possible scrapping of an alcohol sales ban, according to people familiar with the matter.

Police brutality under lockdown: Public has ‘no faith’ in cops  –  Policing systems are failing women and children, according to Dr Bronwynne Anderson of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN).

BusinesstechThis is what South Africans were arrested for when breaking lockdown rules  –  Justice and Correctional Services minister Ronald Lamola has released new data focusing on the number of South Africans which have been prosecuted for breaking lockdown rules since 26 March.

SOUTH AFRICA & AFRICAN CONTINENT:

Imtiaz Sooliman: The gift that keeps on giving  –  Funding and launching a R10-million Covid-19 hospital wing, overseeing nasal swabs of the Springbok team, and monitoring accounts are all in a day’s work for Dr Imtiaz Sooliman

‘ANC is a devil’s fart’ – King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo on tender corruption scandal  –  King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo has been captured on video launching a scathing attack on the ANC.

Daily MaverickMocimboa da Praia: Islamic State insurgents recapture strategic port town  –  Sources said Mocimboa da Praia was now under total insurgent control and the invaders were likely to remain in control for a long time.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS:

Daily MaverickJust how powerful (really) is Ace Magashule?  –  One man seems to be in the centre of all the ANC’s internal power struggles: Ace Magashule, the party’s secretary-general.

COURTS:

Sealed CR17 records create fertile ground for corruption, EFF argues in court papers  –  The EFF has approached the High Court to unseal CR17 documents.

The CitizenIt is in the interest of the public that the Public Protector is held to account – judge  –  On 3 December last year, the National Assembly adopted rules for the removal of Chapter 9 heads, like the Public Protector.

ENERGY:

Proposal for Turkish company to anchor ‘floating power stations’ off SA harbours raises alarm bells  –  Five Turkish-made power stations could be sailing into the ports of Durban, Richards Bay, Nqura (Port Elizabeth) and Saldanha Bay soon

My BroadbandEskom load-shedding will triple in 3 years – CSIR  –  South Africa should brace itself for exponential increases to load-shedding until 2022.

BUSINESS, MONEY & ECONOMY:

Lockdown: How SA flattened its economy instead of the curve – Johannes Wessels  –  What cannot be debated is the fact that the extended lockdown has crippled the economy.

My BroadbandBeware accepting your SARS auto-assessment without checking it  –  Tax Consulting South Africa has warned taxpayers to think twice before accepting SARS’s auto-assessments of their tax returns.

Business MaverickAmazing: The JSE is now up for the year 2020  –  South African markets have experienced one of the biggest crashes, and quickest recoveries in history, over the span of just eight months.

TECHNOLOGY:

Independent On LineMicrosoft prices its dual-screen Android phone at R24K, set to arrive in September  –  Microsoft Corp on Wednesday said the Surface Duo, its dual-screen smartphone powered by Alphabet Inc’s Android operating system, will start at a price of $1 399 (about R24 000) 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

Thunderstorm warnings as temperatures top 34C for sixth day in a row  –  A yellow thunderstorm warning is in place across much of England and Wales due to unsettled conditions caused by the heatwave.

MAURITIUS:

BBC newsMauritius oil spill: Almost all fuel oil pumped out of MV Wakashio  –  Almost all the fuel oil from the Japanese-owned ship that has caused a huge oil spill off the coast of Mauritius has been pumped out, 

THIS & THAT:

BBC news

Dolphin stampede wows whale watchers  –  Around 300 dolphins were caught on camera as they travelled at rapid speeds near Dana Point in southern California.

SPORT:

Independent On LineGolf-Masters to proceed without spectators in November  –   The Masters, which brings together the world’s best golfers in one of the sport’s four majors, will be held without spectators in November 

The GuardianJordan Spieth tries and fails to recover the brilliance of his carefree youth  –  In 2017 the Texan became only the second player to win three majors before turning 24, but he has won nothing since

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