Thursday 13th February

NO Load Shedding Today 

Local News

Fire Risk Reduction Initiative – Part Two of the St Francis Property Owners Fire Risk Reduction Initiative following from last week’s Part One

JBay Wind Farm MTB Classic to take place on 13 June 2020  –  Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm has confirmed its sponsorship for the Jbay Wind Farm MTB Classic 2020 and announced a further three years of funding.

St Francis Brick & Pant Hire

Draft budget and IDP adopted

Kouga Municipality’s draft Integrated Development Plan (IDP)...

7 000 Soaps Distributed – More Needed!

Almost 7 000 households across Kouga were armed with soap and...

NSRI Durban assist Queen Mary 2

 NSRI Durban duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Alick...


ESSENTIAL service delivery will continue across Kouga during...

No controlled burns allowed during lockdown

Approval has been withdrawn for all controlled burns until...

Water rationing to Hankey and Patensie lifted for Covid-19 lockdown

Water rationing to Hankey and Patensie will be lifted...


The Kouga Council is in full support of the 21-day lockdown...

Kouga Municipality notice on restrictions on local public facilities

Quick reference to measures in place to contain the spread of...

Restaurateurs in the St Francis area met to discuss the way forward

Some information posted on social media that some traders may have...

St Francis Links open for breakfast, lunch & take-outs

The Links reports that their clubhouse remains open for...

PE, East Cape & Southern Coast

R100,000 worth of kayaks and trailer stolen from tourists at Mthatha mall  –  A group of Russian tourists was handed a raw deal when their trailer, laden with whitewater kayaks worth about R100,000, was stolen in Mthatha 

Poaching queen’s appeal against sentence dismissed  –  Perlemoen poaching queen Marshelle Blignault will have to serve her 12-year prison sentence after a full bench of the high court in Makhanda dismissed

AlgoaFMSecurity guard stabbed in Addo Elephant National Park  –  A security guard has been assaulted and stabbed at the Potgieters Gate entrance to the Addo Elephant National Park.

South Africa & African Continent

BBC newsHarrismith, South Africa: A town fixing itself  –  What do you do if your town is broken? If nothing works?

Two women bust with R1.2m worth of explosives boarding bus to Gauteng  –  The Hawks arrested two women with dozens of bundles of explosives, blasting cartridges and case fuses

SA Military

South Africa’s military strength vs the rest of the world  –  Military website Global Firepower has released its strength rankings for 2020 – showing how the world’s largest armies compare to one another.


South Africa won’t be in the dark during Thursday’s Sona, says Eskom  –  South Africans can rest assured they will have the lights on for the state of the nation address (Sona) on Thursday

My BroadbandThe real reason for load-shedding – And it’s not what Eskom is telling you  –  Contrary to what Eskom is telling South Africans, the real reason for the current load-shedding is its poorly-skilled staff


Zondo hears how wining, dining, limos & jets ‘no problem’ for former SAAT head Nontsasa Memela  –  For three day former SAA Technical (SAAT) head of supply-chain management ducked questions and was hostile to evidence leader advocate Kate Hofmeyr.

SONA 2020

Last year was about incremental steps, says The Presidency  –  Question: The president said 2019 had been a year of the consolidation of reform. What did he mean? 

Zuma is too ill to attend Sona – Jacob Zuma Foundation  – Fomer presidents Kgalema Motlanthe, FW de Klerk and Thabo Mbeki have confirmed they will attend Sona.


Tales of Stratcom, torture and dirty tricks  –  An ex-Security Branch dirty tricks sergeant tells the Joburg High court that Aggett’s torturer, Steve Whitehead, was a daddy’s boy and a boozer

Social Media

The fresh weapons of disinformation  –  New technologies and techniques pose a serious threat to democracy. Be afraid.

Business, Money & The Economy

Wealth and job creation — look no further than Spaza shops  –  Collective bargaining is a powerful weapon. It gives smaller enterprises the firing power to be price makers 

International News

The GuardianMarie Yovanovitch: former ambassador warns of ‘amoral’ US foreign policy  –  She cited a need for the country to be ‘principled, consistent and trustworthy’ while accepting an award for diplomacy


BBC newsSharp increase in deaths and cases in Hubei  –  Some 242 people died from the new coronavirus in the Chinese province of Hubei on Wednesday – the deadliest day since the outbreak began.


My Broadband“My photo was stolen for a Facebook diet ad”  –  Imagine if you were to stumble upon a Facebook advert for products that had your photo on it, used without your permission.


Ngidi the hero as Proteas claim unlikely win in first T20  –  England collapse after looking set for a comfortable triumph in East London.

WSL LogoTop Seeds Add Excitement to the Oi Hang Loose Pro  –  Filipe Toledo (BRA) and other elite surfers take charge at the QS 5,000 in exotic Fernando de Noronha, Brazil.

This & That

The best bakkie in South Africa – based on Average Joe’s needs  –  The VW Amarok 3.0TDI V6 4Motion Canyon has been voted bakkie of the year, by Leisure Wheels magazine.

The GuardianStupid Cupid: Valentine’s Day disasters, as seen by waiters  –  From excessive canoodling to screaming rows, restaurant staff see the best – and the worst – of the annual night of romance



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