Time for Level Three

Thursday 28th May

Covid-19 and Local News & Updates

Tests Conducted – 634996  Positive Cases –  25937  |  Recoveries – 13451 |  Deaths – 552

LOCAL:

An Overview of St Francis Water Supply  –  Chris Cowling has submitted the following interesting and indeed important facts about the dams that supply our water

New water woes for Gamtoos Valley farmers  –  After a year of being able to draw 85% of their annual water allocations from the Kouga Dam, Gamtoos Valley farmers are facing the bleak prospect of having their water allocations cut dramatically 

PORT ELIZABETH, EASTERN CAPE & SOUTHERN COAST:

Eastern Cape provincial police commissioner returns to work after beating Covid-19  –  Eastern Cape provincial commissioner Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga has defeated Covid-19.

AlgoaFMEC cops make R2m dagga bust  –  Eastern Cape police have seized a large quantity of dagga valued at R2m during intelligence-driven operations at Bizana.

COVID-19:

TimesliveBiggest single-day increase as SA records 1,673 new Covid-19 cases  –  In what is the biggest single-day increase to date, 1,673 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in South Africa in the last 24 hours.

Mkhize: Global demand for Covid-19 kits hampering testing in SA   –  News24 reported on Wednesday that both public and private sectors were showing a sharp decline in the number of tests conducted.

LOCKDOWN:

The CitizenLevel 3 briefing delays are due to new church regulations – Jackson Mthembu  –   He said the government’s National Coronavirus Command Council’s briefing would go ahead on Thursday at 2pm.

Daily MaverickLife: Working, pivoting and surviving under lockdown in SA  –  These are challenging times and even more uncertain times lie ahead. How are people going about their daily lives?

This is why we banned cigarette sales: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma tells court  –  The overarching rationale behind temporarily banning the sale of tobacco products during level 4 of the lockdown was to protect human life

SOUTH AFRICA & AFRICAN CONTINENT:

Independent On LineAfriForum serves lawyer’s letter on Dlamini Zuma, threatens legal action if tobacco ban is not lifted  –  AfriForum has served a lawyer’s letter on the ministers of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and Health requesting that the smoking ban be lifted by June 1.

Wife’s haircut pushes lawyer to take government to court over salon ban  –  Many a South African has reached a breaking point during the national lockdown which started two months ago. 

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

TimesliveStorm in parliament as EFF demands ‘racial breakdown’ of Covid-19 stats  –  The EFF  caused a storm in the first National Assembly  demanding that health minister Zweli Mkhize provide a “racial breakdown” of all people who have contracted coronavirus.

SOE’s

TimesliveMunicipalities owe Eskom R30bn, parliaments hears –  Situation ‘not improving’ despite concessions, warns acting DG

BusinesstechSAA administrators see reasonable chance of rescuing the airline  –  The administrators of South Africa’s bankrupt state-owned airline said they see a “reasonable prospect of rescuing” it.

CORRUPTION:

Daily MaverickDudu Myeni was prepared to cause ‘untold harm to SAA and the SA economy’  –  “Reckless”, “supine with indifference”, “grossly negligent”, “gone rogue”, “playing the victim”, “dishonest”, “reprehensible” and an “unreliable witness” would float most prominently in Myeni’s cloud of Damocles

Police watchdog pulls investigators from State Capture probe  –  Former IPID officials interviewed by Viewfinder see this as an attempt to scupper high-level corruption investigations and to protect accused cops from prosecution.

BUSINESS, MONEY & ECONOMY:

Fin24SA financial system under stress, headed for ‘extraordinary shocks’ – Reserve Bank  –  The South African Reserve Bank says SA’s financial system is under stress and headed for “extraordinary shocks”, as people are expected to struggle servicing their debt 

Privilege, travel and petty Covid-19 rules – cutting to the chase  –  Veteran Johannesburg businessman, Francois Gultig, cuts literally to the chase here, using the highly apt metaphor of the Red Herring.

Business MaverickHow South Africa can best balance controlling Covid-19 and avoiding economic disaster  –  There is intense pressure on the government to lift the lockdown and open the economy. Sustainably lifting out of the lockdown is critical. But there is no roadmap.

BusinesstechBillionaire Johann Rupert scores R54 million payday  –  South African billionaire Johann Rupert took home a R54 million payday in 2020, for his role as chairman at Swiss luxury goods company, Richemont.

money webCheck your insurance policy  –  Ombud for short-term cover warns that paying your premium is not the only requirement.

TECHNOLOGY:

Independent On Line5 gadgets to stretch your money further this lockdown  –  With many people feeling the financial strain from reduced paychecks due to Covid-19, online shopping for non-essential items has become a luxury. 

BBC newsPulling apart a £339 anti-5G USB stick  –  A device costing more than £300 promises to protect your family from 5G, using ground-breaking quantum technology – but does it work?

World:

BBC newsCoronavirus: How the pandemic in US compares with rest of world  –  Two days after the US recorded its first case of coronavirus, Donald Trump said the situation was “totally under control” and assured the public it was “going to be just fine”.

The GuardianHong Kong no longer has autonomy from China, Mike Pompeo says  –  US will end special trade relations with Hong Kong, which could seriously impact the territory’s economy

Interesting:

BBC newsRoman mosaic floor found under Italian vineyard  –  A Roman mosaic floor has been discovered under a vineyard in northern Italy after decades of searching.

SPORT:

CORONAVIRUS CUP A NEW THREAT TO B&I LIONS TOUR  –  A proposed World Cup-style tournament could force South Africa to reconsider their plans to host the British and Irish Lions in 2021.

 

New TLB Driver Clears The Way For Women

A former litter-picker is clearing a new career path for women at Kouga Municipality.Nokufika Mvundla (46) has become the first woman to be appointed as a plant operator at the...

NSRI warns of increased shark activity on Southern Coastline

NSRI are appealing to bathers, paddlers, body borders and surfers to be cautious along the Southern Cape coastline and the Eastern Cape coastline, in particular around the coastline of...

FOSTER Chairman responds to complaints over Wildside barriers

FOSTER has been responsible for proclaiming and managing the reserve network in the St Francis region since the 1980s.It does this with the full support of the Kouga Municipality which...

Reader unhappy with blockades on the Wildside

There has been a fair amount of discussion on social regarding the barriers that FOSTER has erected along the walkways on the Wildside. here is one readers view.“I am shocked and most...

Address by Mayor Hendricks on latest Covid-19 infections in Kouga Region

A sudden surge primarily at Humansdorp has see cases of the virus double in two days 

Sea Vista Food Relief Project paused to reassess needs 

After almost 14 weeks and 6500 food parcel deliveries, the DVG, St Francis United Church and Rotary Club St Francis food relief project has now been paused so that we may reassess the...

Fabulous Foods for Father’s Day

According to Grace Stevens, in her experienced opinion as a baking genius and as a mom, nothing is more important than showing your family how much you appreciate them. Fabulous food is...

On the matter of clearing bush

There has been concern on social media that an area of bush cleared between the township and the Air Park has been cleared so more shacks can be built.  This is not the case and as...

St Francis Property Owners committee instructed to amend  NPC MOI

Kouga local municipality has issued an instruction to the SFPO NPC directors to amend the MOI to make it compliant with Kouga municipal property rates policy In the SFPO NPC Minutes of 6...

Bush Clearing – this is serious, folks!

Considering the gale force winds of yesterday it does not take much imagination to visualise what would have happened had there been just a spark of fire somewhere in the bush in and...

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So you can at least have a view of our beautiful St Francis whilst you are under lock-down we will give you a new view to enjoy every day