Thursday 26th August

 

TIDES

High 5:43AM 1.8m
Low 11:46AM 0.3m
High 6:01PM 1.9m

LOAD SHEDDING

WEATHER
A shower in places this morning; otherwise, partly sunny
Max 20c
Wind – SW 17 km/h

LOCAL NEWS: (Kouga)

Surf legends shine in sizeable conditions at the SA Longboarding Champs  –  Day Two of the South African Longboarding Champs presented by RYD Brand sanctioned by Surfing South Africa kicked off in balmy weather and, once again, flawless offshore surfing conditions.

Another cold front approaching with possibility of snow  –  An intense cold front associated with rainy and very cold conditions with snow will spread towards the Eastern Cape on Friday.

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

Hefty sentence for clerk who swindled millions   –  A woman who stole over R13 million rand from the Eastern Cape Training Centre in Gqeberha over 10 years has been given a lengthy jail sentence.

EC job losses: 66 000 in second quarter  –  The latest unemployment figures for the Eastern Cape should serve as a wake-up call for the urgent need for an investor-friendly environment to retain and attract investment.

SA & AFRICA NEWS:

‘I wanted to make a difference’: SA woman comes top of her class at US Navy boot camp  –  Zenka Yodice from Amanzimtoti, KwaZulu-Natal, serves with the US Navy’s Patrol Squadron Five, a hi-tech maritime patrol and reconnaissance squadron tasked with monitoring the world’s oceans.

COVID NEWS:

Over 80 000 dead as SA records 13 251 new infections in last 24 hours   –  On Wednesday, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said 13 251 new Covid-19 cases had been identified in South Africa  

COVID VACCINE:

Nervous to get vaccinated? Doctors debunk common myths  –  Infectious disease doctors treating Covid-19 patients at Groote Schuur and Tygerberg hospitals and vaccine experts have debunked six common myths

POLITICS, GOVERNMENT & PARLIAMENT:

‘Drag me, I’ll drag you’, warns van Damme in scathing tweets to DA leader John Steenhuisen  –  Former DA MP Phumzile van Damme’s sudden resignation from the party a few months ago seems to have been fuelled by an altercation with MP Natasha Mazzone.

ANC staff plan to strike  –    ANC offices throughout the country will be closed on Thursday as a result of a planned strike action by workers.

CORRUPTION WATCH: 

Look back in astonishment: Mcebisi Jonas on the big takeouts from Zondo Commission, and Ramaphosa’s stealth moves against State Capture  –  After three years and volumes of startling evidence of gargantuan corruption, one of the original State Capture whistle-blowers, former deputy minister of finance Mcebisi Jonas, looks back at the Zondo Commission.

COURTS, NPA, CRIME, HAWKS & SAPS:

Dali Mpofu accuses high court judges of bias against Magashule, sets his sights on Supreme Court of Appeal  –   In his bid to render his suspension unconstitutional and have it set aside, suspended ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule accused the Gauteng Division of the High Court of bias during his second appearance.

Judge Hlophe must be impeached, Judicial Service Commission rules  –  This will be the first time in SA’s post-1994 history that the JSC has made such a recommendation

Police closing in on killers of corruption whistle-blower Babita Deokaran — sources  –  CCTV cameras in the street where murdered Gauteng Department of Health finance chief Babita Deokaran lived had been switched off when she was gunned down in cold blood on Monday.

ConCourt should not waste its time entertaining Public Protector’s bizarre rescission argument  –  ConCourt should not waste its time entertaining Public Protector’s bizarre rescission argument

BUSINESS & MONEY MATTERS:

Consumers face rude awakening as Covid impacts medical schemes  –   Consumers should prepare themselves for a rude awakening, as medical schemes are struggling to balance the costs of the Covid-19 pandemic.

ConCourt: Dispute over public sector salary increases could reverberate through the private sector  *  The dispute over salary increases for public servants has reached the Constitutional Court’s doorstep. 

CRYPTOCURRENCY:

The real victims of mass crypto-hacks that keep happening  –  Taxi driver Chris is obsessively checking his phone for updates. “I’m set to lose almost 2,500 euros (£2,100) worth of cryptocurrency coins,” he says.

AIRWAYS:

New SAA takes flight next month  –  State-owned airline company South African Airways (SAA) has announced it will resume flights on 23 September 2021

Comair restarts Kulula and BA flights in South Africa – including new fares and routes  –  Airline operator Comair says it will resume flights in South Africa from 1 September 2021.

Surf legends shine in sizeable conditions at the SA Longboarding Champs

Day Two of the South African Longboarding Champs presented by RYD Brand sanctioned by Surfing South Africa kicked off in balmy weather and, once...

Jeffreys Bay delivers pristine waves for Day 1 of the SA Longboard Championships

Llandudno surfer Luke Slijpen is embarking on his rookie year on the World Surf League's (WSL) World Qualifying Series (WQS) with the strong backing...

Llandudno Surfer Luke Slijpen Signs Multi-Year Deal With Quiksilver International

Llandudno surfer Luke Slijpen is embarking on his rookie year on the World Surf League's (WSL) World Qualifying Series (WQS) with the strong backing...

International Lighthouse Weekend – A happy belated Mandela Day celebration for Talhado

   When Sunday’s weather turned out to be near perfect it was destined that the fundraiser organised for Talhado Children’s Haven at the Seal Point...

Municipality To Find Lasting Solution For Stray Animals

KOUGA Municipality is looking at different approaches to find a permanent solution for roaming animals across the region.Community Services...

Kouga Adds No Markup on Electricity Tariff Increase

AS much as Kouga Municipality was mindful of the tough economic climate on residents, its recent electricity tariff increase was guided by the...

Municipality to Clamp Down on Illegal Electricity

KOUGA Municipality, in conjunction with the local South African Police Service, is set to clamp down on illegal electricity connections in the...

International Lighthouse Weekend celebrated at Seal Point Lighthouse this Sunday.

 This coming weekend is International Lighthouse Weekend where Lighthouse managers, keepers and owners are encouraged to open their lighthouse or...

So many ways people are helping FOSTER

FOSTER as an organisation is managed by a small committee of dedicated volunteers with different portfolios and responsibilities which is ably...

The Experience Northern Cape Namakwa Challenge Is Approaching

The inaugural WSL Speciality Event for the Northern Cape region, the Experience Northern Cape Namakwa Challenge presented by Billabong Adventure...

INTERNATIONAL:

China’s trade halt with Lithuania over Taiwan ties sends warning to Europe  –  Tough response to Baltic nation’s decision to exchange diplomatic offices with Taiwan puts under EU under pressure

Afghanistan: Terror attack warning issued for Kabul airport  –  A number of nations say there is a high threat of a terrorist attack at Kabul airport and have warned their citizens not to travel there.

OSEAN, EARTH, SPACE & THE UNIVERSE:

Climate change: Global greenhouse gas levels were highest ever in 2020 despite lockdowns, study finds  –  Lockdowns in the COVID-19 pandemic did little to curtail greenhouse gas build-ups and Europe still sweltered in its hottest-ever year, a global review has found.

THIS & THAT:

Nirvana sued over 1991 Nevermind album cover  –  Twenty years on, the surviving band members are being sued by the man who featured on the cover as a baby – to this day one of the most famous album covers of all time.

PARA OLYMPICS:

Tough start to Tokyo Paralympics for Team SA, but Kgothatso Montjane hopes to bag a medal  –   It was a difficult first day for Team South Africa at the Tokyo Paralympics on Wednesday, but as with any multi-sport global event, just qualifying for the competition is a triumph in itself.

SPORT:

Rugby stadiums in SA to allow only vaccinated fans initially?  –  There is the slightest of possibilities that when fans finally return to the country’s rugby stadiums, and by extension to the stadiums of other sporting codes, it might only be the vaccinated that are allowed to enter initially.