LOAD SHEDDING SUSPENDED
Delightful with partial sunshine
Wind – WSW 28 km/h
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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
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
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.
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
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:
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.