25th March

 

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LOCAL NEWS: (Kouga)

Cape St Francis Community Meeting  –  Cape St Francis Community Meeting Re Application for an On Consumption Liquor License at Erf 493, Seal Point Lighthouse Estate, Cape St. Francis

STATE OF THE MUNICIPALITY ADDRESS 2021 – Part Three   –  DA led Kouga keeping us safe & smart

SANTA SAYS … Amica De Jager makes us all proud  –  Amica De Jager and her family live on the estate, staying under the radar as she excels in sport and academics. 

 

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

Lines are drawn: Eastern Cape ANC restricts Ace’s manoeuvring space  –  The ANC in the Eastern Cape is sounding a warning that a possible new political party could spring from the ANC, driven by people in the ‘RET committee’.

Swift and Cruel: Investigation into high Eastern Cape Covid-19 death rate shows many died in casualty units  –  In our second story in the series detailing the collapse of the Eastern Cape public health system, we look at an investigation into the high Covid-19 fatality rate in the Eastern Cape. 

Former SA school rugby coach arrested in Australia for child porn  –  According to the Sydney Morning Herald items have been seized from the home of Dean Carelse, the 40-year-old former teacher and first team rugby coach at Grey High in Port Elizabeth.

SA & AFRICA NEWS:

Dali Mpofu’s disrespectful ‘shut up’ that reverberated across the nation  –  In private, at the dinner table, they tell each other to “shut up” all the time. The hearings at the Zondo Commission on 23 March 2021 were not private, nor a dinner table setting.

Clicks to lay formal complaint after man in traditional dress told to leave Midrand shopping centre  –  Pharmacy chain Clicks said it was left ’embarrassed’ by the actions of a Boulders Shopping Centre manager, and that its own store manager had to step in

These are South Africa’s 20 most common scams  –  We all know someone who has been scammed. Many times we think “I would never be so gullible”, but believe us when we say scammers have upped their game.

COVID NEWS:

TB takes back seat in Covid-19 fight  –  According to Stop TB Partnership, twelve months of Covid-19 eliminated 12 years of progress made in the fight against TB.

COVID VACCINE:

No cover up, says Prof Glenda Gray as she defends distribution of J&J vaccine  –  Prof Glenda Gray told parliament that South Africans were well aware that the distribution of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine was being done as part of a study and was not the actual rollout.

LOCKDOWN:

Advisory committee calls for harder lockdown over Easter weekend in South Africa  –  The Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) has recommended to government that South Africa be put into a higher level of lockdown over the Easter weekend,

POLITICS:

Floyd Shivambu slams Dali Mpofu critics, brings up Ramaphosa ‘shut up’ incident  –  EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu has defended advocate Dali Mpofu after he received backlash for telling public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan to “shut up” at the state capture inquiry on Tuesday.

New expropriation laws could harm poor blacks the most, parliament hears  –  Traditional leaders accuse parliament of pussy-footing on the land question, saying land must be returned to rightful owners or ‘we will have no choice but to stand up and fight’

WATCH | Chester Missing takes shots at Ramaphosa over slow vaccination rollout and load-shedding  –  Controversial puppet Chester Missing has fired shots at President Cyril Ramaphosa about the vaccination rollout, load-shedding and Deputy President David Mabuza.

CORRUPTION WATCH:

SARS’s Vlok Symington accidentally uncovered attempts to conceal information clearing Gordhan from wrongdoing – here’s how  –  In 2016, SA Revenue Service senior executive Vlok Symington found himself in the middle of efforts to criminally charge then finance minister Pravin Gordhan.

Zondo not convinced by whistle-blower’s testimony on Eskom’s Optimum coal penalties  –  Eskom had initially put the say against Optimum at R2.1bn.

COURTS, NPA, CRIME, HAWKS & SAPS:

Judge Zak Yacoob: Judiciary is attacked when political systems or agendas fight for their very survival  –  In Episode 51 of the Judgment Date Zoom series, Judge Dennis Davis talked to distinguished advocate and former Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa Zak Yacoob. 

BUSINESS & MONEY MATTERS:

These are the bills South Africans are struggling to pay right now – including home loans, credits cards and car finance  –  Credit Bureau Experian has published its latest Consumer Default Index (CDI), showing the areas where South Africans are struggling to pay off existing loans and debts.

Bobby Skinstad on the Lions Tour, Sabvest and Net1  –  The international rugby tour could bring with it great things for the SA economy and the battered tourism industry,

Steinhoff: Wiese to repay eventually  –  The R3.5bn could turn out to be a 10-year loan.

TECHNOLOGY & TELEVISION:

Christiaan Kuun – Making it big in Silicon Valley  –  Many gifted South Africans have made it big in Silicon Valley, including Elon Musk, Roelof Botha, and Paul Maritz. Christiaan Kuun, a rising star at Cisco Investments, is following in their footsteps.

Instagram is making a kids’ app. Here’s what parents need to know about social media Jr  –  Social media was not built with children in mind. Facebook was originally made for college kids, Instagram stemmed from its founder’s love of bourbon, and YouTube started as a video dating site.

Our Beautiful Flowers raise their heads once again

Article by Yvonne BosmanAll around St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis one can see the beautiful pink flowers coming out of the grass from the canals...

REVIEW OF IDP AND BUDGET WARD 12

 KOUGA Municipality commenced with the virtual review of the 2017/ 2022 Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and the Budget for the 2021/ 2022 period –...

Kouga Municipality Engages With Striking Employees

MEDIA RELEASEKOUGA Municipality has yet again consulted with striking municipal employees in a bid to find a speedy resolution to the ongoing and...

An inspiration to young and old

It’s wonderful to feel inspired. It gives us that extra zest for life. Albeit trying something new or re-inventing the way we already do something,...

Council Approves Draft Budget Unanimously

Just in case you haven't yet seen itKOUGA Municipality’s cash-backed draft budget and tariffs for the 2021/2022 financial year, starting July 1,...

New Outfits for Preferred Kouga Car Guards

THE multicoloured, the blue . . . the preferred car guard.In a renewed bid to clamp down on illegal car guards operating in Kouga – especially at...

Great Sports at Kouga Easter Festival

 IS it a bird? Is it a plane?No!It is the Easter Bunny with his superhero squad: Superman, Spiderman, Iron Man, Elsa, and Anna. And they are all...

Slight Increase in Local Active Covid-19 Cases

There has been a slight increase in the number of active COVID-19 cases in the Kouga region.Active Covid-19 cases totalled 11 on March 30, according...

Nonsensical and counter productive

Collo's ColumnThe ban on liquor off-sales over the Easter weekend has nothing to do with preventing Covid infections, it is all about...

Learning to Toyi-Toyi in the land of the free

South Africa is truly an amazing country. I often wonder about what it is that connects us to this diverse and complex place. I’ve observed over the...

INTERNATIONAL:

North Korea fires two ballistic missiles into Sea of Japan  –  North Korea has fired two ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan, says the US and Japan – the first such test since Joe Biden became US president.

Suez canal traffic jam builds as work to move megaship continues  –  More than 100 cargo ships waiting to pass through channel after 400-metre Ever Given ran aground

EARTH, SPACE & THE UNIVERSE:

High number of bronze whaler sharks in Kogel Bay  –  There is a high presence of bronze whaler sharks in the very near shore at Kogel Bay. This is according to Shark Spotters, who have issued the warning.

WATCH: Brazil’s military fails in key mission – halting Amazon deforestation  –  Two years ago, the Amazon was aflame, ravaged by arsonists and loggers. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro went to war.

Hundreds of millions of people could be affected by heatwaves within 30 years – study  –  In 2015, the world vowed to limit the temperature rise to under 2C but the impact of rising temperatures is already being felt.

THIS & THAT:

Human penises are shrinking because of pollution, warns scientist  –  Dr Shanna Swan has found that chemicals called phthalates are causing human babies to be born with malformed genitals.

SPORT:

Tokyo Olympic torch relay begins as sign of hope in Japan amid Covid curbs  –  Torchbearers ran through sparsely populated streets in Fukushima as large crowds and cheering were discouraged due to the pandemic

If not upsets, certainly some surprises on Day 1 of the WGC-Match Play  –  “No, there’s no way,” said former Texas Longhorn Dylan Frittelli, the last man in the field, when asked if he felt like a 64 seed. 

Still no answers: Rainbow Cup teams left in the dark  –  “All we can do is ensure that everyone is ready and geared to play when those dates eventually are confirmed.”