Thursday 15th July

 

TIDES

Low 12:49AM 0.5m
High 6:50AM 1.6m
Low 12:59PM 0.4m
High 7:23PM 1.7m
 
 

LOAD SHEDDING

WEATHER
Sunshine and a few clouds
Max 18c
Wind – W 11 km/h

LOCAL NEWS: (Kouga)

Surfer attacked by shark at Point in Jeffreys Bay  –   40 year old Cape Town surfer, who was visiting Jeffreys Bay, was bitten by a shark at Point earlier yesterday morning.

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

NMBM united amid fears and rumours of looting  –  Nelson Mandela Bay put up a united front on Wednesday, vowing that the Metro will not allow anyone to threaten the safety, security and livelihoods of people.

Andile Lungisa suspended from ANC for 18-months  –  ANC heavyweight, Andile Lungisa, has been suspended from the party for 18-months.

SA & AFRICA NEWS:

#CleanupSA — picking ourselves up: South Africans show solidarity and community spirit in aftermath of public violence  –  This past week not only revealed to us the vulgarity and the violence of a disastrous scheme to destabilise the country, but also the capacity for solidarity and community in the face of a total collapse of law and order.

Food and fuel shortages loom in South Africa after logistics networks wrecked by riots  –  South Africa’s inland provinces, especially the economic heartland of Gauteng, are on the brink of severe fuel and food shortages, with key supply routes from the KwaZulu-Natal coast – the N2 and N3 – blockaded

‘Mercedes looter’ bust on video leaving Woolworths with groceries despite claiming he didn’t go inside  –  On Tuesday, Mbuso Moloi, the Mercedes-Benz driver caught on video seemingly looting a Durban Woolworths, claimed he never stepped foot in the store 

COVID NEWS:

SA records over 17 400 new Covid-19 cases, 453 deaths  –  South Africa reported 17 489 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours and 453 deaths, the Health Department said.

POLITICS:

Government wants 25,000 more soldiers to be deployed to restore order in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng  –  Defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has requested the deployment of an additional 25,000 defense personnel to restore order in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng

Defence minister admits security cluster was caught napping on shopping mall looting  –  Defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has admitted that the country’s security agencies were caught napping with regards to the looting of shopping malls.

CHAOS & LOOTING:

Under investigation: Twelve masterminds planned and executed insurrection on social media, then lost control after looting spree  –  It is the first such campaign organised and orchestrated on social media and shows the potency of the medium.

OPINION:

Leisurely police response time to looting and violence carries an inkling of a covert coup d’état  –  The delayed police response to this week’s sporadic looting and violence appears intentional.

COURTS, NPA, CRIME, HAWKS & SAPS:

Criminal charges against Julius Malema and Zuma’s children  –  The DA has laid incitement to violence charges against EFF leader Julius Malema, Duduzile Zuma-Sambudla, Edward Zuma, and Duduzane Zuma.

’Too little, too late’ says crime expert  –  Whether police had the intelligence before the protests erupted, they were never going to control the widespread looting and riots.

More than 130 alleged looters appear in various Gauteng courts  –  More than 130 people appeared in various Johannesburg courts in relation to the ongoing violent protests and rampant looting.

BUSINESS & MONEY MATTERS:

‘This anarchy has resulted in well over R20bn worth of damage’ – Sapoa  –  ‘I do see investor confidence significantly waning, and I do think that some property owners are going to give up and not go back and rebuild’: CEO Neil Gopal.

‘Unapologetic civil society power will grow from riots’ – GG Alcock  –  Third World Child GG Alcock uniquely straddles the First and Third Worlds courtesy of being brought up in a mud hut by political activist parents in the dirt-poor Msinga district in rural KZN. 

Working towards a Chain Free Sea Vista!

St Francis Animal Rescue has been successfully unchaining tethered dogs in our local township of Sea Vista since December 2019 and, to date, we have...

A Salute to Successful Kouga Women

WOMEN from different walks of life will be sharing their achievements and the challenges they have faced in the past with the broader Kouga...

Increase In Local Active Covid-19 Cases

THERE has been an increase in the number of active COVID-19 cases in the Kouga region.Active Covid-19 cases totalled 212 on July 26 according to the...

Do Not Close Fire Hydrants

Kouga residents are urged to not close open fire hydrants.Once a water pipe has been repaired, these hydrants must be opened to let the air out of...

Additional boreholes to help counter drought effects

TEN viable boreholes will be connected in areas worse affected by the drought to help mitigate the effect of the prolonged drought.This after one...

Residents must save water now

TAPS in Humansdorp are set to run dry should residents not drastically safe water with immediate effect.“Due to technical problems at the Churchill...

Teetering on a slippery slope

As I was driving back from the inevitably over crowded Point today I noticed two Xhosa women laughing. They held the hands of two white toddlers as...

One at a time is all that it really needs

Following comments on Social Media regarding the potential of spreading the virus when several members of a single family all visiting our local...

Two Luxury Yachts destroyed in St Francis fire

Two yachts under construction at Nexus Yachts in St Francis Bay, each valued in region of R30 million  were destroyed in yesterday’s fire. The cause...

FOSTER – 30 years of supporting St Francis’ Heritage

For many years, the membership of FOSTER remained fairly static at around 100 members which brought in around R30 000 of the R100 000 needed to...

TECHNOLOGY & TELEVISION:

Microsoft announces Windows 365, a subscription cloud PC  –  Microsoft has announced a new “cloud PC” product where users can stream a Windows device from anywhere.

iPhone users send strong message to Facebook  –  When users get asked on iPhone devices if they’d like to be tracked, the vast majority say no. 

INTERNATIONAL:

Top US general warned of ‘Reichstag moment’ in Trump’s turbulent last days  –  Gen Mark Milley drew comparison to Nazi Germany as Trump tried to overturn election defeat, new book I Alone Can Fix This says

Afghanistan: US to evacuate endangered translators  –  The United States is set to begin evacuations of Afghan interpreters who assisted US-led forces during the conflict and are deemed to be at risk.

EARTH, SPACE & THE UNIVERSE:

Amazon rainforest now emitting more CO2 than it absorbs  –  Cutting emissions more urgent than ever, say scientists, with forest producing more than a billion tonnes of carbon dioxide a year

Nasa set for attempt to fix Hubble’s trouble  –  Nasa will attempt to fix a problem that has stopped the Hubble telescope from being used for astronomy.

THIS & THAT:

Britney Spears allowed her own attorney as she says father should be charged with ‘conservatorship abuse’  –  The pop star tells a Los Angeles hearing: ‘They were always trying to make me feel like I’m crazy’ as she gives shocking details

SPORT:

Punch Shot: Who will win The Open at Royal St. George’s – and who won’t  –  Who will win The Open Championship at Royal St. George’s? And who won’t win?

SA ’A’ ratings: Just Cheslin Kolbe doing Cheslin Kolbe things …  –  IOL Sport’s rugby writer Wynona Louw rates the Springboks, errr, South Africa ’A’ side following their victory over the British and Irish Lions at Cape Town Stadium.