Thursday 29th July

 

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Low 12:47AM 0.5m
High 6:48AM 1.6m
Low 12:54PM 0.5m
High 7:14PM 1.7m

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WEATHER
Sncreasingly windy with intervals of clouds and sunshine
Max 19c
Wind – W 30 km/h

LOCAL NEWS: (Kouga)

Mob justice killers sentenced to prison for attack in St Francis  –  42-year-old Anele Manyamfu has been sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for murder following a mob justice incident that resulted in the death of a 40-year-old man at St Francis Bay.

 

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

Covid-19: Garden Route hospitals under enormous pressure  –  Private and public hospitals in the Garden Route are experiencing enormous pressure as Covid-19 cases and deaths in the district are increasing.

WATCH | Mthatha’s historic Old Grosvenor Hotel on fire  –  The fire razed the Old Grosvenor Hotel on Wednesday evening about 7pm. It was not clear what caused the fire at the time of publishing.

SA & AFRICA NEWS:

Ramaphosa confirms deployment of soldiers to Mozambique – at the cost of nearly R1bn  –  The soldiers have been in Mozambique since July 15 and are expected to remain there for three months.

Big petrol price increase coming in August  –  End of month data from the Central Energy Fund points to a sizeable increase in petrol and diesel prices for August.

Luxury watch theft leads police to R8m gem stash in Cape Town pawn shops  –  An investigation into the theft of a luxury watch from a house in Hout Bay led Western Cape police to precious gems and allegedly stolen watches in pawn shops in Cape Town’s city centre.

Tunisia in turmoil as president purges officials and seizes judicial power  –  Days after PM’s overthrow fears grow that Kais Saied will undo democratic gains achieved by Arab spring

COVID NEWS:

Covid-19 in SA: 520 more die, as 17 351 get infected with virus  –  Over 520 more people have succumbed to the coronavirus in South Africa, while over 17 351 more people were infected with the virus.

COVID VACCINE:

Teachers won’t be sacked if they refuse Covid-19 jab: education department  –  The basic education department has hit back at media reports that it had compelled staff to get vaccinated against Covid-19 or be fired.

Pfizer says 2021 Covid-19 vaccine sales to top $33.5bn, sees need for boosters   –  Pfizer Inc on Wednesday raised its 2021 sales forecast for its Covid-19 vaccine by 29% to $33.5 billion, and said it believes people will need a third dose of the shot

POLITICS, GOVERNMENT & PARLIAMENT:

Insurrection hatched by right-wingers inside the ANC, says Jeremy Cronin  –  Jeremy Cronin accused the ANC’s RET faction of being right-wing primitive accumulators who were behind the recent violence and looting in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

Parliament Speaker Thandi Modise welcomes judgment on rules on removal of heads of Chapter 9 institutions  –  National Assembly Speaker Modise  has noted the judgment of the Western Cape High Court that found some of the rules for removing heads of Chapter 9 Institutions to be unconstitutional.

UNREST AFTERMATH:

Suspended ANC members Carl Niehaus and Andile Lungisa on WhatsApp group for planning riots and looting  –  A WhatsApp group has emerged as the focal point for the eight days of riots and looting that claimed more than 300 lives and ripped R50bn out of a struggling economy.

Nine lost days: SA government was uniquely placed to stop the July insurrection – but it didn’t  –  From 29 June to midnight 7 July, South Africa’s law enforcement agencies wasted nine days during which it is now clear the execution of a planned, violent insurrection was put in motion.

COURTS, NPA, CRIME, HAWKS & SAPS:

Appeal court confirms Khehla Sitole’s ‘breach of duty’ – his job as head of SAPS now untenable  –  A week before South Africa was engulfed in flames, the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein dismissed SAPS National Commissioner Khehla Sitole’s appeal against a high court judgment

State opposes former Ukhozi FM DJ Ngizwe Mchunu’s bail bid  –  Former Ukhozi FM DJ Ngizwe Mchunu appeared in the Randburg magistrate’s court on Wednesday morning to apply for bail in his incitement case.

BUSINESS & MONEY MATTERS:

Treasury finds R36.2bn but SA’s fiscal situation remains serious  –  Taxpayers must be up to date with compliance before asking for assistance.

Mboweni pushing for major retirement change in South Africa  –  Finance minister Tito Mboweni wants a key regulatory change that will allow South Africans to access their retirement funds early.

TECHNOLOGY & TELEVISION:

South Africa faces national shutdown of IT infrastructure, warns DA  –  DA shadow minister of public enterprises Ghaleb Cachalia has warned that South Africa could face a national shutdown on its Information Technology (IT) infrastructure following the Transnet hack.

Blackberry is back  –  The next BlackBerry-branded smartphone will launch in 2021, and licensed manufacturer OnwardMobility has launched a waiting list for the next device.

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:

EARTH, SPACE & THE UNIVERSE:

The legal challenge to make ecocide a punishable crime gains traction  –  Law experts have unveiled a formal definition of the term ‘ecocide’ in an effort to make the destruction of the planet prosecutable by the International Criminal Court.

THIS & THAT:

Duracell and Energizer tested — and one battery crushed its competitors  –  Discharge tests of three brands, Energizer, Duracell, and AlphaCell, revealed that there is one battery that crushed its competitors — Energizer Ultimate Lithium.

OLYMOICS:

JUST IN – SA Men’s Hockey beat Germany 4 goals to 3

Double medal hope for Team SA in 200m breaststroke as Tatjana Schoenmaker, Kaylene Corbett victorious in semi-finals  –  TEAM South Africa will have two ladies in the 200 metres breaststroke final after Tatjana Schoenmaker and Kaylene Corbett surged to victory in their respective semi-finals on Thursday.

South Africa Under-23 bomb out of Olympics after crushing defeat to Mexico  –  South Africa U-23 bowed out of the 2020 Olympic Games following a 3-0 defeat to Mexico in their final group stage game on Wednesday afternoon.

McIlroy: ‘A nice feel, but not the dream Olympic experience’  –  “When Hideki (Matsuyama) won the Masters, the first thing I thought of was how good the atmosphere is going to be at the Olympics.”

The Olympic Games in pictures: Wednesday, 28 July  –   Here is an incomplete, yet surprising and moving gallery of images of the 2020(1) games in Tokyo.

SPORT:

Lukhanyo Am on THAT tackle and second Lions Test expectations  –  The Springbok midfielder has spoken about his hit on Lions tourist Elliot Daly in the first Test.