18th February

 

Open Water swim champs takes off in Jbay

MARINA Martinique will once again be the venue for the Nelson Mandela Bay Open Water Swim Championship as swimmers from all over the country dust...

Affordable rental housing to grow Kouga

Some 300 jobs to be createdKOUGA is set to soon boast affordable social rental opportunities in Jeffreys Bay – a first for the Eastern Cape.Some 300...

St Francis Bay Golf Club – Toyota Betterball 24th Feb

TAKEN FROM A FACEBOOK POSTYesterday’s winners in the Toyota Better Ball competition played in breezy but warm weather conditions were:1st: Wallie...

You can change names but you cannot change history

TAKEN FROM A FACEBOOK POSTA rather well stated post by the Cruthmullet (Don Clark) on Facebook yesterday with reference to changing PE's nameSo now...

No increase in local Covid-19 active cases

THERE has been no increase, or decrease, in the number of active COVID-19 infections in the Kouga region.Active cases remained at 13 as at February...

Kouga puts brakes on corruption

KOUGA Municipality asks for residents’ patience at the Humansdorp Traffic Department.This after an employee at the Traffic Department was arrested...

Integrated Development Plan (IDP): One week left to submit comments

KOUGA residents and stakeholders have just over a week left to submit comments on the Kouga Municipality’s draft Integrated Development Plan (IDP)...

Slight increase in local Covid-19 active cases

There has been a slight increase in the number of active COVID-19 infections in the Kouga region.Active cases climbed to 13 as at February 14,...

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Thanks to FOSTER’s efforts over the past 30 years, our region has four well-managed nature reserves, each with unique natural and...

Dam levels drop below 18%

Kouga residents, businesses and visitors are urged to use water extremely sparingly, with the combined levels of the supply dams in the region...

TIDES

Low 12:53AM 0.6m
High 7:12AM 1.7m
Low 1:17PM 0.7m
High 7:14PM 1.5m

 

LOAD SHEDDING SUSPENDED

WEATHER
Delightful with partial sunshine
Max 23C
Wind – WSW 28 km/h

COVID-19 STATISTICS

New Cases –  2320 | Active Cases – 48132
Recoveries – 1 399 829   Deaths – 48478

Active cases in nearby Kouga towns 
St Francis – 0 | Oyster Bay – 0 | Humansdorp –  3 |  JBay – 9

Keep Safe  and PLEASE …  SAVE WATER

LOCAL NEWS: (Kouga)

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

Jubilation and hope as first vaccines arrive in Eastern Cape  –  For the past 12 months, frontline health workers at Livingstone Hospital in Nelson Mandela Bay went from anxiety, to fear, to despair. 

Forced closure of Humansdorp co-op hits farmers  –  The shutting down of the Humansdorp Kooperasie by workers over a wage dispute has impacted local farmers in the Cookhouse area of the Eastern Cape.

SA & AFRICA NEWS:

First Tesla Model X arrives in South Africa next week  –  Sustainable technology group Rubicon is bringing a Tesla Model X Performance Edition all-electric SUV into South Africa next week.

WATCH | Luxury cars smashed as 40 vandals storm Cape Town dealership  –  CCTV footage captured inside the dealership — identified in posts as The Toy Shop — shows suspects vandalising sports cars parked on the showroom floor.

COVID NEWS:

SA records 2,320 new Covid-19 cases, as positivity rate remains low  –  As SA began the first phase of its Covid-19 vaccination programme, health authorities would have also been buoyed by another day where new infections and the positivity rate remained low.

Experts confirm SA likely to face third wave in winter months  –  EXPERTS believe that the country is likely to face a third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in the cooler months of 2021.

COVID VACCINE:

‘Black Africans more likely to be willing to accept a vaccine than white people,’ new survey reveals  –  Black South Africans who don’t have matric are seemingly more willing to take the Covid-19 vaccine than white and better-educated people.

LOCKDOWN:

Government’s spectacular cigarette ban fail: billions of rands lost – and hardly anyone quit smoking  –  85% of smokers continued smoking during the South African government’s controversial lockdown ban

POLITICS:

Justice minister: Constitution is ‘sacrosanct’ to SA democracy and State Capture commission is central to renewal  –  Justice Minister Ronald Lamola put the defence of South Africa’s constitutional democracy, and equality before the law, front and centre in a State of the Nation Address debate speech

SA working towards low-carbon, climate resilient economy: Barbara Creecy  –  Environment, Forestry and Fisheries minister Barbara Creecy has conceded that traders in some of the largest economies in the world are unlikely to prioritise trade with SA

CORRUPTION WATCH:

Bosasa employees Vorster and Bonafacio to appear in court for facilitating R180 000 bribe  –  Two former Bosasa officials will appear in court on Thursday for their alleged role in facilitating a R180 000 bribe to a Department of Correctional Services official 

Ters fraud: The authorities are closing in  –  More than R57bn paid out to close to 13.5m employees so far.

COURTS, NPA, CRIME, HAWKS & SAPS:

Fewer farm attacks, but more murders on SA’s farms in 2020  –  “AfriForum’s research reports 63 farm murders in 2020, as opposed to 45 farm murders in 2019,” said Andrea Muller, a researcher at AfriForum.

Nasrec 2017 ‘grabber solution’ was mooted at Cabinet level, police chief reveals  –  The bid to flush R45m out of the Crime Intelligence secret fund through the unlawful procurement of the grabber at a hugely inflated price was instigated by a ‘minister in the Security Cluster’

Malusi Gigaba: When power puts the Hawks in your pocket as a personal score-settling service  –  Last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa told Parliament that the criminal justice system was run by ‘capable, experienced and trustworthy professionals’.

Controversial North West director of public prosecutions Moipone Noko resigns  – Noko endured severe criticism for dropping charges against high-ranking politicians and politically connected persons.

BUSINESS & MONEY MATTERS:

Expropriation will be the death of SA’s ailing financial sector – Gabriel Crouse  –  The Land Expropriation Bill has been in the spotlight after South Africa’s President called the Bill a priority for the country in 2021.

A new reality in South Africa – we can’t pay our bills  –  Following several months of stagnation, the percentage of consumers financially impacted by Covid-19 increased to 82%, despite most industries being fully operational.

ENERGY & ESKOM:

Eskom must now take over parts of municipalities to get paid  –  The only effective way for Eskom to get paid by municipalities which owe it billions is for it to completely take over the management of their electricity supply, billing, and payments.

Load shedding risk to reduce by April, says Eskom  – Six defects needed to be repaired at the Medupi power station, further revealing that the repairs would cost R300 million per unit.

INTERNATIONAL:

Biden seeks to sideline Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman  –  The new US administration has signalled it expects the desert kingdom to ‘change its approach’ in a break with Trump policy

 

SOCIAL MEDIA:

Facebook’s botched Australia news ban hits health departments, charities and its own pages  –  Social media company’s ban on sharing news has also affected dozens of government, not-for-profit and community pages

EARTH, SPACE & THE UNIVERSE:

No time to waste: An interview with Bill Gates  –  He is interviewed here by a former European commissioner for climate action.

Nasa Mars rover: Perseverance robot heads for daunting landing –  The moment of truth has arrived for the US space agency’s Perseverance rover.

THIS & THAT:

Prince Philip admitted to hospital as precautionary measure  –  Duke of Edinburgh taken to King Edward VII’s hospital in London, Buckingham Palace says

SPORT:

Tsitsipas stuns Nadal in five-set thriller at Australian Open  –  Fifth seed Tsitsipas will now attempt to reach a maiden Grand Slam final when he plays the in-form Daniil Medvedev in the semifinals.

’Excited’ Siya Kolisi looking to reignite career at the Sharks  –  It’s official. Springbok captain Siya Kolisi is a Shark and will be for at least the next three years after signing on the dotted line today at Jonsson Kings Park.