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Thursday 30th July

Covid-19 and Local News & Updates

Tests Conducted – 2 873 163 |  Positive Cases – 471123  |  Recoveries – 297697  |  Deaths – 7497

Cell Phone Mast furore

A furore has finally erupted with regard a number of applications to have 4G (cell phone) masts erected at several places both in St Francis Bay and further south at Cape St Francis. As...

Rip Curl E-Pro 2020 Online Surf Contest Finalists Announced

In an absolute flurry of ridiculously good waves and incredible surfing, the finalists of the inaugural Rip Curl E-Pro were decided.In the first women’s semifinal, the two goofy-footers...

Voting Open For Rip Curl E-Pro Surf Event Semi-Finalists

The voting is open for the Rip Curl E-Pro semi-finalists, and there are some incredible rides to vote on.In the women’s competition, Zoe Steyn from East London is facing off against...

Some Phenomenal Surfing As Rip Curl E-Pro Men and Women Semi-Finalists Decided

It was an action-packed quarter-final showdown in the inaugural Rip Curl E-Pro, as the surfers started dropping some of their best clips to advance.Shane Sykes from Salt Rock was the...

St Francis all a-buzz at last

What a wonderful site to see St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis bustling with visitors again. The lifting of travel and accommodation restrictions certainly brought visitors flocking...

Women on the Frontline – Live Tuesday 11th August

Women have played a leading role in local efforts to keep communities safe from COVID-19.Join Kouga Municipality on Tuesday, 11 August, when they chat to Sr Cathy Brown from the...

Rip Curl E-Pro Round 4 Men and Round 1 Women Results

For South African surf fans, the action was fast and exciting for Round 4 of the men and Round 1 of the women's events at the Rip Curl E-Pro online surf tournament. The judges had to dig...

Joint effort to address domestic animal challenges

Kouga residents have been asked to report problems related to stray or neglected domestic animals to the municipal call centre (042 200 2200, option 5).Kouga Community Services Portfolio...

Kouga covid-19 recovery rate remains steady at 83%

The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Kouga region has increased to 1 175.This is according to the latest report that was tabled by the Department of Health at the...

New Vehicles for Kouga Lifeguards & Disaster Management

As the Tourism industry slowly but surely re-opens, Kouga Municipality has set the wheels in motion to welcome visitors back to its swimming beaches this coming festive season.A new 4x4...

LOCAL:

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:

Rip CurlMix 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.

COVID-19:

TimesliveMore 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:

Business MaverickDirty 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.

Daily MaverickKliprivier 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.

EWN NewsZimbabwe 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.

The CitizenKenya 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.

Independent On LineDe 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.

ZONDO COMMISSION:

Daily MaverickChange 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. 

Daily MaverickNathi 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.

CORRUPTION:

TimesliveMedical 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.

COURTS:

Batsa accuses Dlamini Zuma of playing ‘smoke and mirrors’ with constitutionIndependent On Line  –   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:

Fin24Dondo 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.

Business MaverickThe 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. 

BusinesstechSouth 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.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

The GuardianFederal 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

Madeleine McCann: Hidden cellar discovered at former home of suspect  –  Police used sniffer dogs, a drone, an excavator and ground penetrating radar during the third day of digging at the site. 

TECHNOLOGY:

BBC newsApple, 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:

Mystery of where Stonehenge’s giant stones come from solved  –  Experts have traced the large stones to a site in West Woods just 15 miles away.

OPERATION MIAOW:

‘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.

SPORT:

Sport24Spain’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.

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