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More than 1 000 LED lights to brighten Kouga – Kouga’s future is looking bright! More than 1 000 streetlights and floodlights across the region have been retrofitted with LED lights.
New wheels for electricity team – More than 50 new vehicles have been purchased over the past four years to strengthen Kouga Municipality’s fleet.
SURFING – Rip Curl E-Pro:
Mix Of Youth and Experience In Rip Curl E-Pro Online Surf Event – With just a few days to go before the launch of the Rip Curl E-Pro Online Surf Event, the entries are being finalized, and the draw is being done.
PORT ELIZABETH, EASTERN CAPE & SOUTHERN COAST:
Water outages hit Nelson Mandela Bay as dams drop to 17% – With a combined dam capacity of 17%, and restrictions of up to 70% on water extraction from supply dams, Nelson Mandela Bay is running at a water deficit of 40 to 50 megalitres a day
DA calls for meeting to elect new mayor, city manager – The DA has given Nelson Mandela Bay council speaker Buyelwa Mafaya an ultimatum to convene a special council meeting to be held next Monday — or they will turn to the courts.
More than 11,000 new Covid-19 cases in SA, deaths rise by 240 – After two consecutive days of slightly more than 7,000 new infections, SA’s health ministry reported 11,384 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday.
Excess deaths soar to 22,279 – more than four times official Covid-19 toll – Excess deaths from natural causes reached an estimated 22,279 by July 21, according to the latest weekly report by the Medical Research Council (SAMRC).
NATIONAL COMMAND COUNCIL & LOCKDOWN:
Dirty Tobacco: How the cigarette ban backfired – What is more profitable than cocaine, heroin, marijuana or guns? Illegally trafficked cigarettes.
Andrew Mlangeni mourners may be charged for breaking lockdown regulations – Police will probe a case of contravention of the Disaster Management Act at ANC stalwart Andrew Mlangeni’s home when his body arrived on Tuesday – ahead of his funeral.
SOUTH AFRICA & AFRICAN CONTINENT:
Mpumelelo Mkhabela | No respect for the dead or South Africa’s citizens – Live television coverage showed mourners disregarding the law with gay abandon.
Kliprivier kidnapping cell was funding Islamic State terrorism, say sources – Security services seem to have been jolted into action by threats of retaliation against South Africa should it provide military support to fight an ISIS-affiliated group’s insurgency in Mozambique.
Zimbabwe agrees to pay $3.5 billion compensation to white farmers – But the southern African nation does not have the money and will issue long term bonds and jointly approach international donors with the farmers to raise funding, according to the compensation agreement.
Kenya nabs fugitive wanted by US for wildlife, heroin trafficking – Kenyan police said Tuesday they had arrested a fugitive who is wanted by the United States for large-scale trafficking of rhino horn and ivory, as well as heroin smuggling and money laundering.
GOVERNMENT & POLITICS:
The Dikos speak: ‘PPE tender was an error of judgement’ – They insist there was no corruption in the awarding of the Gauteng health department tender to the king.
De Lille suspends DG over cost of state funerals – Public Works Minister Patricia de Lille suspended the director-general of Public Works, Sam Vukela, over awarding irregular contracts for state funerals,
Andile Ramaphosa defends R6m Covid taxi project: ‘We’ll save countless lives’ – President Cyril Ramaphosa’s son Andile says his company will save lives after it received R6m in funding to modify thousands of Gauteng taxis.
Change to Zondo regulations: A glimmer of hope, but it will not end corruption – It is hard not to become depressed and angry by the wanton looting of Covid-19 funds by ANC politicians and their pals.
Nathi Nhleko on Zimbabwe Rendition: Waffle, verbiage and still far from the truth – Nhleko, who will be remembered for his spectacular defence of Zuma’s “fire pool”, is an expansive and confident waffler.
Medical workers biggest losers when it comes to PPE corruption: Sama – The association said dubious medical tenders jeopardised medical workers’ wellbeing as well the country’s economy and reputation.
Batsa accuses Dlamini Zuma of playing ‘smoke and mirrors’ with constitution – The North Gauteng High Court ruling that upheld South Africa’s four-month-old ban on tobacco sales was patently wrong and not binding on the Western Cape division,
BUSINESS, MONEY & ECONOMY:
Dondo Mogajane on IMF loan: ‘We shouldn’t be happy about taking on more debt’ – Treasury Director General Dondo Mogajane says that taking on more debt is not ideal, but the country had no other option.
The ANC will struggle to keep economic promises to the IMF after its ‘Rubicon’ moment – Intellidex analyst Peter Attard Montalto has likened South Africa’s $4.3-billion International Monetary Fund loan to a kind of crossing of the Rubicon.
South Africa could also turn to the World Bank for funding if required: Mboweni – Speaking in a virtual National Assembly meeting on Wednesday (29 July), Mboweni said that the February 2020 budget showed there was a financial shortfall which had to be filled through domestic and international borrowing.
Federal officers to pull out of Portland in a major reversal for Trump administration – Oregon’s governor says local police will guard the courthouse as the president says the pullout will not begin until the city is secure
Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google face claims of ‘harmful’ power – The heads of some of the world’s biggest tech companies have appeared before Washington lawmakers to defend their firms against claims they abuse their power to quash competitors.
THIS & THAT:
‘200,000-plus’ wild animals slaughtered in Table Mountain National Park by Cape Town cats each year – Pet owners are blissfully unaware that their social media darlings may massacre some 30 million in local prey annually.
Spain’s Jon Rahm debuts at No 1 in WGC St. Jude Invitational – Spain’s Jon Rahm makes his playing debut as world number one at this week’s WGC St. Jude Invitational, hoping to continue his hot hand in a string of big events.