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Thursday 2nd April

Covid-19 and Local News & Updates

Covid-19 Update #11 – Explaining Covid-19 to the kids  – “Why are those shelves empty?” “Because people have bought more toilet paper than they need.” “Why?”

Statement of the Minister of Health Launch of Mobile Laboratories National Health Laboratory Services 1 April 2020  –  et me start by conveying our deepest shock and sadness at the loss of Professor Gita Ramjee, one of our top vaccine research scientist and an HIV prevention research leader. 

Testing ramped up in East Cape  –  The Eastern Cape government has ramped up Covid-19 testing in the province to quickly identify people who may be infected

LIVE | Zweli Mkhize’s warning to SA, US death toll tops 5 000  –  Stay up to date with the latest news, views and analysis as the number of coronavirus cases in SA increases.

The CitizenSA approached China and Cuba to help curb spread of virus  –  ‘Every province must identify health professionals who can focus on Covid-19. We will seek reinforcements from other countries who want to assist.’

The great protection debate: Policy shifts towards masks in SA and elsewhere  –  Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has urged the public to wear masks to protect themselves and others from coronavirus infection. 

Expert panel to assess face mask use by publicBBC news  –  This question is to be assessed by a panel of advisers to the World Health Organization (WHO).

St Francis & Kouga:
Santa says – Be Safe – St Home –  Take the necessary precautions, but don’t get negative…

Other interesting news, articles & opinions

BusinesstechHere are the new driving rules in place during the South African lockdown  –  The Department of Transport has published new regulations which expand how many people are allowed to travel in a car during South Africa’s 21-day coronavirus lockdown.


News24“To feed my children, I must wait with all these people. I have no choice – grant recipient  –  “My children have not eaten since last night. To feed them, I must wait in the sun, with all these people. I have no choice.”

Daily MaverickFirst inward and outward evacuation flights bring relief to some stranded passengers.  –  The rescue flights were the first since Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula eased the complete ban on all flights which he had imposed last Wednesday.

Independent On LineOver 100 South Africans stranded in Morocco waiting for lockdown to end  –  The ban on all international flights to and from Morocco has left over 100 South Africans stranded in the country

Showing their love for the community pets

Never did I imagine that when Stephanie Ernstein and I joined forces to form a small animal outreach on the Sea Vista playing fields some five or so years ago that it would ever grow...

Sea Vista Food Parcel Update: Is Your business still being prevented from opening?

The St Francis Disaster Volunteer Group along with St Fr Francis United Church and Rotary St Francis continues their incredible work in assisting those in our Sea Vista township still...

Kouga Traffic Re-Opens for License Re-newals and Registration

 The Kouga Traffic Department in Humansdorp has re-opened for driving and motor vehicle licence renewals and registrations.No new learner or driving licence test applications will,...

Some updates on our water supply

Further to our post of  May 28th 'An Overview of St Francis Water Supply'  Chris Cowling sent us an update on the dams that supply us with our life sustaining water supply. Churchill and...

Mission Chokka Industry St Francis

Louanne Mostert so well known to many in St Francis returned on a mission to profile the Chokka fishing industry and the livelihoods that depend on it. "In early March, I had the...

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 "I have noticed that a lot of emphasis is placed on the level of the...

Nationwide Delay In Re-Opening Of Traffic Departments

Nationwide Delay In Re-Opening Of Traffic Departments For Licensing & RegistrationTraffic departments around the country have been unable to re-open because the online system...

Lockdown Ban On Controlled Burns Lifted

The ban on permitted, prescribed burns in the Kouga region has been lifted.Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said land owners and farmers could once again apply...

The other side of the smoking ban

Those deprived of their nicotine fix and having to go cold turkey will have climbed walls an no doubt there has been family arguments and some serious psychological damage done.Most...

TimesliveAmerican fined R500,000, banned from SA for ‘stealing’ protected plants  – He was also declared an undesirable person and has been banned from entering SA.

BusinesstechFNB says you can use credit insurance for coronavirus lockdown relief – here’s how to check if you qualify  –  South Africa’s major banks have moved to provide loan repayment relief businesses and individuals

Business MaverickDo credit rating reviews make any sense in the Covid-19 context?  –  SA’s downgrade to credit-risk junk status could not have come at a worse time and begs the question of whether credit rating reviews make sense in a time of crisis.

Fin24Focusing on tax compliance has helped raise R75bn in revenue  –  While SARS has had to deal with “bogus” companies trying to claim VAT refunds, Commissioner Edward Kieswetter said efforts to improve tax compliance helped raise R75 billion.

Great news for slow Internet in South AfricaMy Broadband  –  The RENAlerts service from SANREN and TENET has reported that the initial repairs to the break on the West Africa Cable System (WACS) are set to be completed on the afternoon of 1 April.


Trump says he can’t confirm China’s coronavirus case numbers, warns of ‘horrific’ days to come  –  Trump said the numbers being reported by Beijing “seem to be a little on the light side,” 

The CitizenUK govt promises more virus tests as death toll jumps  –  Britain has so far carried out a total of 153,000 tests, while Germany is testing 70,000 people a day.

Independent On LineI WAS THERE: The day SuperSport Park saluted Jacques Kallis  –  The first Test between South Africa and India at SuperSport Park in December 2010 proved to be an emotional one 

The Citizen25 years of Super Rugby: The professional era blooms in 1996  –  A Jonah Lomu-inspired Blues romp to the inaugural title as South Africa, led by a peerless Sharks team, makes a decent first impression.

Maverick LifeAddiction recovery during social isolation and lockdown  –  It’s more than a case of wishing people who suffer from addictions ‘good luck’ during the lockdown.

The GuardianParents with their children, home haircuts and no affairs: the virus has forced us to live in a weirdly moralistic way  –  Society is being reshaped, but did we expect it to look like this?

Climate Change:
Killing the Holy Ghost: Inside the R145bn plan that would destroy the Limpopo River  – When Vasco da Gama anchored off the mouth of the Limpopo River in 1498, he named it Espiritu Santo. 

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