Thursday 18th November

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LOCAL NEWS: (Kouga)

Notes From The EditorThe Rise Of Restaurants In St Francis Bay

Cooking With Conrad Gallagher – Meet our latest columnist.

Photo Of The DayNevil Hulett and some other hardcore locals, by Si Cunneen

St Francis Bay Surf ReportFun waves today and tomorrow. make the most of it, as there’s about a week or more of onshore coming.

St Francis Bay Weather ReportThe 5-day report looked rainy at first, but it seems the majority of that rain has backed right off. 

Gino’s Spot – Video interview  – Lance and Linky From St Francis BreweryLance and Linky Kabot share what’s brewing in St Francis and other fun topics on Gino’s Spot.

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

Eastern Cape Petrol Attendant Graduates Class of 2021 with Law DegreeSiphenkosi Nqoro, a petrol attendant, has graduated with an LLB from the University of Fort Hare; he credits his success to making the choice to study.

Load-shedding outlook for the week aheadEskom CEO Andre de Ruyter has warned there is an increased risk of load-shedding over the next few days due to unplanned outages.

Judgment of student who got millions in NSFAS money – postponed till after examsJudgment of the Walter Sisulu University student accused of stealing R800 000 erroneously paid into her student account will only be handed down in December.

WATCH | Schoolgirl kidnapped in Mayfair: ‘They called her by her name’Concerned parents have gathered outside the EP Bauman Primary School in Mayfair, Johannesburg, after a schoolgirl was allegedly kidnapped outside the school.

SA & AFRICA NEWS:

TV licence amnesty in South Africa on the cards  –  Communications and digital technologies minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni has backed a proposal to introduce a TV licence amnesty in South Africa.

The Post Office wants to deliver all small parcels — but can’t even keep the lights on  –  Post Office CEO Nomkhita Mona recently reiterated that, by law, they are the only institution allowed to deliver packages under 1 kilogram.

TikTok user Henrico Barnard uses K-word in Muldersdrift shooting rant, calls black people parasites  –  A Tik Tok user’s racist rant which was sparked by the Muldersdrift guest house shooting, is being assessed by the legal team of the SA Human Rights Commission.

COVID:

Covid-19 4th wave will bring fewer deaths, but vaccines crucial, say pundits  –  The latest report from the South African Covid-19 Modelling Consortium shows that the numbers of actual infections and detected cases “may be comparable”.

Pop-up sites to bring Covid-19 vaccine to all despite Covid fatigue, vaccine apathy  – The Health Department has opened a number of pop-up and in-residential vaccination sites across the province.

COURTS, NPA, HAWKS, CRIME & SAPS: 

Ramaphosa shortlists four candidates for chief justice, including Zondo and Maya  –  President Cyril Ramaphosa has shortlisted four candidates for the position of chief justice.

 BUSINESS & MONEY MATTERS:

Potential for Africa to have up to 25 new vehicle assembly plants  –  But used vehicle imports must be addressed to create new vehicle demand.

ENERGY & ESKOM:

Eskom is in total collapse — and a vicious load-shedding cycle will follow  –  Energy expert Mike Rossouw said Eskom is in total collapse and has completely lost control of its generation fleet.

Legal challenge to SA’s plans to ramp up coal-fired power  –  Civil society groups filed a case this week on the grounds that the new power would pose “significant unjustifiable threats to constitutional rights” and to the climate, by pushing up greenhouse gas emissions.

Developing nations will need $4trn for renewable energy transition – OECD  –  SA’s environmental minister reports back on COP26, emphasises the need for a ‘just transition’ to green energy.

SPORT:

SA Rugby, Rassie Erasmus to appeal World Rugby’s guilty verdict and suspension  –  SA Rugby and Rassie Erasmus have confirmed that they will exercise their right to appeal the decision after World Rugby found them guilty of misconduct.

Sbu Nkosi, Aphelele Fassi leave Springbok squad immediately, head back to Sharks  –  In a surprise move, Sbu Nkosi and Aphelele Fassi have both been released from the Springbok squad ahead of Saturday’s Test against England at Twickenham.

Calling all golfers! Win with IOL Sport and the Joburg Open  –   Are you a good Golfer with a good handicap? Then this, once in a lifetime chance to tee up alongside the Sunshine and European Tour golfing greats in the 2021 Joburg Open Pro Am

Walk On The Wild Side with Ben Trovato – Trouble Brewing In St Francis

I once rented a house in St Francis for a few months. Not on the canals, obviously. I didn't want to be mistaken for one of those people. You know...

Photo Of The Day – 3 December 2021

Just A Feather - by Si Cunneen

Inaugural Alaïa Open Winter Cup Surf Event Is Happening In Switzerland!

Newsflash! Inaugural Alaïa Open Winter Cup Surf Event Is Happening In Switzerland!   Sion, Switzerland – Despite some minor global challenges, the...

Kouga Residents Can Submit Their Meter Readings Via Email

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Water Crisis: Municipality To Throttle Water Supply with immediate effect

KOUGA Municipality is set to reduce water pressure to households across the region with immediate effect – to force the reduction of water...

Photo (s) Of The Day – 2 December 2021

Beachbreak Blurs by Clive Wright  

Cooking With Conrad Gallagher – This week we chat menus, meat and beef marrow truffle sauce

Welcome to our weekly food and cooking column, Cooking With Conrad Gallagher. Conrad Gallagher is a Michelin Star chef and author and is the owner...

Surfing Today with Rip Curl – Matthew McGillivray Into Round of 32 at Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold Haleiwa Challenger

HALEIWA, Oahu/Hawaii (Tuesday, November 29, 2021) - The World Surf League (WSL) Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold Haleiwa Challenger, the final stop of the...

Photo Of The Day – 1 December 2021

Dogs living their best life at Cape St Francis by Si Cunneen

Photo Of The Day – 30 November

St Francis Seal, by Si Cunneen

INTERNATIONAL:

‘Mountainsides just collapsed’: Pacific north-west grapples with catastrophic floods  – British Columbia’s premier issues state of emergency and warns death toll could rise as one fatality confirmed

Steve Bannon pleads not guilty to criminal contempt of Congress  –  Bannon faces a possible prison term and fines for refusing to cooperate with congressional investigation of the Capitol attack

Alec Baldwin: Rust script didn’t call for gun to be fired, lawsuit alleges  –  A lawsuit against Alec Baldwin alleges that a film script did not require him to fire a gun when he fatally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

EARTH, OCEANS, SPACE & THE UNIVERSE:

I was part of the team that found the Homo naledi child’s skull: how we did it  –  In 2015 a new member was introduced to the family tree of humans. Fossil hominins from the Rising Star cave system outside Johannesburg, South Africa,

I’ve seen irreversible change but hope too for planet’  –  As he leaves the BBC after decades of reporting, the BBC’s science editor David Shukman reflects on how climate change became our most pressing problem

THIS & THAT:

How real are the benefits of cold water swimming  – Fans believe cold water swimming is the elixir of wellbeing. In fact, the first claims of the benefits of cold water swimming date back to 400BCE

POLITICS, GOVERNMENT & PARLIAMENT:

COP26 green finance won’t be used for Eskom debt, Gordhan confirms  –  Public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan had to repeatedly tell MPs that the R131bn UN energy deal agreed upon at COP26 two weeks ago will not be used to clear Eskom’s debt.

Mr Steenhuisen is the boss South Africa needs  — In a world of performative politics, Mr Steenhuisen’s authenticity and disregard for optics are truly refreshing. (SATIRICALLY SPEAKING)