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Thursday 19th November

Covid-19 and Local News & Updates

Tests Conducted – 5 189 580 |  Positive Cases – 757144  |  Recoveries – 701534 |  Deaths – 20556

 

2021 Calendar to the Rescue (s)

The perfect Christmas GiftTori Stowe, Creative Director at Stowe & Co. and The Corner Gallery and appointed designer for a successful Australian brand and a varied and charming range of...

Municipality Clarifies Status Of Festive Events

NO BILLY’S BEACH IN 2020"In light of the current spike of Covid cases and the further impending curfews and restrictions being set, we unfortunately have to cancel this years...

Around the world yachtsman saved by a glimmer of light

Local SFT contributor Stephen Praetorius himself an accomlished yachtsman recounts the harrowing tale of a miraculous rescue of around the world yachtsman Kevin Escofficier 800 nautical...

All events cancelled – No all are back on

Confusion reigns in Kouga council it would seem. After publishing a notice, apparently in error, cancelling all events including the annual Billy's Beach, it would appear council has had...

Kouga records 194 new Covid-19 cases in two days (28;11)

The number of active Covid-19 cases in the Kouga region stood at 329 on Saturday, 28 November.According to the latest information from the Department of Health, the breakdown of active...

“Then and now” in the Greater St Francis Region – #3

Immediately south of the Cape St Francis  lighthouse in the spring of 2003. Note the abundance of species: pink fluffy beach indigos, yellow beach buttons, white needle everlastings and grey shrubs...

Our famous lighthouse

Many will have seen this wonderful history on our lighthouse on Facebook recently but for those who don't use Facebook you can read it here.On July 4th 1878, the lamp of Cape St. Francis...

Big Wave Surfer Frank Solomon Opens Parley Ocean School with Parley for the Oceans and Sentinel Ocean Alliance

Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa. Sentinel Ocean Alliance founded by Frank Solomon in 2017 to create ocean-based opportunities and environmental education for the youth of South Africa,...

KOUGA INTERRUPTION OF ELECTRICITY SUPPLY: AREA AFFECTED: ALL AREAS IN ST. FRANCIS BAY

St. Francis Bay; Cape St. Francis, Oyster BayKindly take note that the electricity supply will be interrupted on the date and time indicated below. This interruption is necessary for new...

110 Disaster Management Volunteers appointed for the festive season

110 Disaster Management Volunteers have been appointed by Kouga Municipality to assist curb the spread of the Coronavirus in the municipal hotspots.With the festive season rapidly...

LOCAL:

Latest Covid19 statistics relating to Kouga region  –  We really need to pay attention to this rise in cases or we wont be be having a Christmas season

Cancellation of Municipal funded and co-hosted events  –  With steady rise of the coronavirus infections in the municipality and country, Kouga Municipality has officially announced that it will no longer host and fund events for the festive season.

PORT ELIZABETH, EASTERN CAPE & SOUTHERN COAST:

Covid-19 cases in hotspot Nelson Mandela Bay approach 7,000  –   The Eastern Cape Department of Health has launched an intensified testing and tracing programme in Nelson Mandela Bay after a huge outbreak of coronavirus infections in the metro. 

Court gives NMB council seven days to elect a mayor  –  The ruling comes days after council speaker Buyelwa Mafaya lost a court challenge against the DA regarding the election of a mayor, with costs.

Suspects casually enter gated community in PE to rob house during lunch  –  Police in Port Elizabeth are urging residents to be vigilant and circumspect about their immediate surroundings.

COVID-19:

SA’s Covid-19 cases jump by 2,888 in a day, taking total to 757,144  –  The cumulative number of detected Covid-19 cases in SA on Wednesday, 258 days since the first confirmed case was announced in the country, is 757,144.

COVID-19: Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine now 95% effective and will be submitted for authorisation ‘within days’  –   Efficacy analysis also showed the jab is 94% effective at protecting over-65s from the virus.

SOUTH AFRICA & AFRICAN CONTINENT:

WATCH | Hailstones ‘as big as tennis balls’ batter Pietermaritzburg  –  Pietermaritzburg residents ran for cover when hailstones as large as tennis balls battered the KwaZulu-Natal capital on Wednesday afternoon.

Buying illicit booze helps criminals, hurts jobs – Explained: How to spot illegal alcohol  –  Hijackers and cross-border smugglers are scoring from the trade in illegal alcohol in SA, and the fiscus, which uses taxes from legal operators to fund service delivery to citizens, is losing out.

SA musician no longer singing the blues after fans help him emigrate  –  Tony Cox says though SA is in his soul, he has had enough of ‘parasites and scum-suckers’

I’m innocent until proven guilty, says Bushiri  –   Bushiri was clearly betting on the internal processes in Malawi rather than the legal processes taking place in South Africa, an analyst said.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS:

Herman Mashaba slams Aaron Motsoaledi’s explanation about Bushiri escape  –  ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba has joined many South Africans in expressing dismay at home affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi after Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary fled SA for Malawi. 

Irked defence minister turns tables on ‘Jetgate’ MPs who also got ‘free rides’  –  Under pressure from the DA’s Kobus Marais, a fuming Mapisa-Nqakula said the criticism was unwarranted

How the Musina-Makhado SEZ will parch the people of Zimbabwe  –  Four Zim dams have been earmarked for provision of water to the Musina-Makhado SEZ,

ZONDO COMMISION:

Recusal judgment delayed as Jacob Zuma tables new details of ‘friendship’ with judge Zondo  –  ‘In fact, we met even after you were appointed to chair the State Capture Commission.’ 

SA AIRWAYS:

Want SAA toothpicks, booze and oven bags? Get to the stock auction  –   Being kept awake by your partner’s snoring or the neighbours celebrating an ease in lockdown restrictions? Maybe go for the 8,000 sets of earplugs up for auction.

TECHNOLOGY & TELEVISION:

Takealot’s dominance in South Africa – Competitors speak out  –  The dominance of Takealot and other major players in South Africa’s digital market has been proactively mentioned in the Competition Commission’s draft paper on Competition in the Digital Economy.

Apple to pay $113m to settle iPhone ‘batterygate’  –  Apple will pay $113m (£85m) to settle allegations that it slowed down older iPhones.

BUSINESS, MONEY & ECONOMY:

President Ramaphosa’s investment drive gets a R109-billion shot in the arm  –  This comprises new investments and those announced before by local and foreign companies.

Mboweni on nationalising the Reserve Bank – and the cost to South Africa  –  Finance minister Tito Mboweni and the National Treasury have reiterated their opposition to nationalising the South African Reserve Bank

How Covid-19 pummelled Virgin Active  –  In SA, 30% of its members are on ‘freeze’ – with much hinging on this month-end. 

Changes in consumer behaviour help Spar see revenue growth  –  The Ireland and Switzerland geographies did extremely well in the second half: Spar CEO Graham O’Connor.

LIFESTYLE:

What it’s like living in a R320,000 pod home in South Africa  –  The Pod-Idlala is a modular, prefabricated nano-home which is designed and manufactured in South Africa.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

PM to announce extra £16.5bn in defence spending – biggest investment since Cold War  –  The financial boost is set to generate 10,000 jobs a year and demonstrate to allies the UK is a reliable partner, the PM will say.

Labour on brink of civil war after Keir Starmer bars Jeremy Corbyn from sitting as party MP  –  Former leader forced to sit as independent in Commons

Australian special forces involved in murder of 39 Afghan civilians, war crimes report alleges   –  Brereton report finds prisoners were executed to ‘blood’ junior soldiers and unlawful killings were deliberately covered up

US ELECTION 2020:

House Republicans demand investigation into ‘integrity’ of 2020 election, call for hearings ‘immediately’  –  House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan and Oversight Committee Ranking Member James Comer called for hearings amid “troubling reports of irregularities and improprieties” in the 2020 election.

TRAVEL & HOSPITALITY:

BizBriefing: Santam knocked in hospitality insurance blow; excon lifts for ETFs; CR chats to Biden; Tesla soars  –  In a massive victory for the thousands of smaller hospitality and tourism businesses forced to shutdown in the Covid-19 lockdowns, the Western Cape High Court has ordered insurance giant Santam to pay a hotel group’s claims

NUCLEAR WAR:

US Navy intercepts intercontinental missile over the Pacific Ocean in defence test  –  A second missile launched from a US warship was able to intercept the ICBM and destroy it before it reached its target.

CLIMATE:

Day Zero or Day Sulphur – new Cape Town study re-opens controversy on human manipulation of the world’s climate  –  Local and international climate scientists think it may be possible to significantly reduce the risk of another Day Zero water crisis in Cape Town 

At last – Woolworths makes a move to rid South Africa of plastic shopping bags   –  As of this week, the retailer will no longer sell its signature green bag in 145 of its stores, showing overdue participation in a sector desperately needing reform.

SPORT:

Proteas players in isolation as Covid hits squad ahead of England matches  –   The cricket body said approximately 50 COVID-19 PCR tests had been performed on players and support staff prior to entering the bio-safe environment.

Joburg Open winner will pocket R3m – nowhere close to Johnson’s Masters prize  –   Making the cut and being in the top 10 at golf’s majors means big, big money for the South Africans.

 

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