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Thursday 28th November

St Francis & Kouga News

The Trophy – The start of something special!  –  The inaugural Links Open will now be known as “The Trophy”, with our commitment to grow the event in years to come. 

World Aids Day commemoration at J’Bay  –  All Kouga communities are invited to the official commemoration of World Aids Day at Jeffreys Bay next week.

Free roadworthies next week  –  Kouga Municipality will be helping locals arrive safely at their holiday destinations this festive season.

Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape & Southern Coast

Tears as crash victim thanks her rescuing angel  –  Within minutes of a traumatic crash on Tuesday afternoon, Parsons Hill Primary School governing body chair Charlie Gillett, 71, and principal Clinton Saddler arrived to help.

Help us fight Bay corruption, maladministration — DA’s Steenhuisen  –  The only way to root out corruption and maladministration in the city is to start preparing now for the next local government elections


Men’s Round 2 at the WSL World Junior Championships Taiwan  –  “The expected huge surf and super strong winds haven’t quite arrived at Jinzun Harbour yet and the surf is still looking really fun,” said WSL Event Director Travis Logie.


Crew in Clipper in Round the World Race assisted  –  NSRI Durban duty crew aboard the sea rescue craft Alick Rennie and Spirit of Surfski 6, rendezvoused with the  yacht Unicef participating in the Clipper Round the World Race


Black Friday

Don’t get into debt through Black Friday spending – economist  –  Although some of the deals offered by retailers on Black Friday are discounted, ‘many deals are nothing but bait-and-switches and consumers should take precautions’.

Analysis –  Trump / Zuma

Soulless bargains: When blind loyalty trumps conscience  –  Dangerous parallels can be drawn between the ardent defence by Republican Party members of Donald Trump and the ANC rushing to do Jacob Zuma’s bidding over a 10-year period.



National & African News

EXCLUSIVE PODCAST: More survivors reveal ‘sexual assault’ by media exec Breytenbach  –  More survivors – some of them allegedly sexually assaulted as recently as last year – are stepping forward to speak out against former Media24 executive and teacher Willem Breytenbach.

Holomisa on UK visas: ‘UK citizens come and go but we must go through a tedious process’  –  While the UK visa for South Africans travelling to the region remains expensive and time-consuming for South Africans to acquire, 

Gauteng police arrest four, shoot one suspect dead in highway shootout  –  Gauteng police fatally wounded one suspect and arrested four others during a shootout on the R21 on the early hours of Wednesday morning. 

SOE’s Costing Us!

SAA cannot ‘continue as is’ as financial woes continue  –  The government is working on “immediate actions” to ensure cash-strapped South African Airways’ (SAA) survival,

SABC used faked documents to fire its own staff  –  The saga could open the cash-strapped and almost bankrupt public broadcaster up to damages claims in the millions.

We have to follow, recover the money taken from Transnet – Molefe  –  The first criminal prosecution in the state capture scandal is likely to relate to the financial looting of Transnet, the board of the state rail freight company said on Wednesday.


We don’t need to wait for NHI to improve healthcare – Mboweni  –  Finance Minister Tito Mboweni told the National Council of Provinces on Wednesday afternoon that the NHI system was the only opportunity for the SA public healthcare system to shape up

Mashaba bows out, says Johannesburg is in a better financial position  –  Watch: Mashaba reflects on his time as Joburg’s mayor. He says he has no regrets about taking the position, or resigning from it and the DA.

Joburg mayoral race – IFP keeps DA, ANC on their toes  –  There is no way of knowing how the EFF will play its cards, an ANC insider said, after talks with the IFP.

Business, Money & The Economy

Stefanutti Stocks’ share price nosedives after Scorpio exposé   –  Shares in JSE-listed construction group Stefanutti Stocks tanked more than 40% on Wednesday 


‘Full of arrogance’: Trump angers China by signing bills backing Hong Kong protesters  –  Beijing says ‘US plot doomed to fail’ after legislation approved that threatens sanctions if officials abuse human rights


One year on, Johann Rupert’s grass looks far greener  –  Leopard Creek’s revamp in 2017 led to a muted response by the pros. Now, Ernie Els and co are raving over this year’s Alfred Dunhill Champs experience already.

Climate Change

Are we passing some key ‘tipping points’?  –  Critical elements in the Earth’s climate may be more likely to break down than previously thought, according to a group of scientists.

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SRA answers questions posed by CRA members

One of the gripes those regularly by those who submit comment deriding the SRA committee and the work they as doing to improve St Francis Bay is that that don’t answer questions. Well a brand new post on the St Francis Property Owners...

Steven Sawyer in action as Taiwan Open World Longboard Championships Called On at ‘The Left’

THE LEFT, TAITUNG / TPE (Friday, December 6, 2019) - The 2019 Taiwan Open World Longboard Championship has been called on and excitement amongst the field is growing with the competition moving to 'The Left.' The event was forced to move to this...

Professor Richard Cowling on Plot Clearing

Professor Cowling comments on Tuesday’s article ‘Damned if you Don’t so better you do’!The concerns raised by some residents regarding the impact on wildlife of mechanical clearing of dense, mostly alien-invasive bush on vacant plots,...

2020 World Surf League Qualifying Series

2020 World Surf League Qualifying Series to Commence at Corona Open China Hosted by WanningCOOLANGATTA, QLD / AUS (Thursday, December 5, 2019) - The 2020 World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) is set to commence at the perfect...

Improving facilities in St Francis

Facebook readers may have read of some of the St Francis Property Owners achievemnts and ongoing projects so for yhose who are not on Facebook ….The SFPO NPC, with the SFPO Association, supports the identification and scoping of third...

First Women’s Eliminations at Taiwan Open World Longboard Championships

JINZUN HARBOUR, TAITUNG / TPE (Wednesday, December 4, 2019) - The Taiwan Open World Longboard Championships has continued today in more solid and windy conditions at Jinzun Harbour. All eight heats of Women’s Round 2 were completed in...

Carissa Moore Claims Fourth Surfing World Title

Carissa Moore Claims Fourth Surfing World Title,Stephanie Gilmore Takes Fifth lululemon Maui Pro Event WinHONOLUA BAY, Maui, Hawaii/USA (Monday, December 2, 2019) - Today, Carissa Moore (HAW) won the 2019 World Surf League (WSL) Title...

Damned if you don’t so better you do!

Few St Franciscans will deny the sight or smell of smoke almost immediately conjures up fears of ‘oh no not another fire’. With four major fires since 2012 and three of them directly attributable to a fire starting in bush and then...

Hottest and second driest spring on record

Since our last report dam levels have steadied but are still critically low and this is the second driest spring for Port Elizabeth with just 86mm rain recorded. This spring has also been the hottest on record in the Eastern Cape with...

JBay’s Matt McGillivray Qualifies For WSL Championship Tour 2020

Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii – After advancing through round three of the Vans World Cup 10,000 Qualifying Series (QS) event at Sunset Beach yesterday, word came out from the World Surf League (WSL) that JBay Surfer Matt McGillivray was a...



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