Tuesday 1st October

St Francis & Kouga News

Good rains but dams have shown little improvement  –  The dam level are expected to improve after good rains over the weekend and yesterday but the latest dam reading taken yesterday, 30th September, show no improvement

Also read for rainfall in catchment areas

DA celebrates Heritage Month in Kouga  –  Great fun was had in Jeffreys Bay on Saturday when the DA held a bowls day at the local bowling club.

Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape & Southern Coast

Ship transporting 60,000 sheep on journey of death gets ‘clean bill of health’  –  The sheep are doomed to spend three weeks at sea in squalid conditions should a live export permit be granted, and many will not make it out alive.

Gift of the Givers to intervene in Graaff-Reinet water crisis  –   Gift of the Givers on Monday said they would be sending three ‘superlinks’ laden with water, three water tankers, a drilling machine ….. to the Nqweba Dam near Graaff-Reinety.

Patient, officials quarantined amid Despatch ‘nightmare bacteria’ scare  –  A patient at Nelson Mandela Bay’s Cuyler Hospital was placed under quarantine on Monday morning following concerns that the patient with a deadly superbug infection had been admitted. 

Man dead after allegedly being attacked by dogs in Port Elizabeth  –  Police in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape have opened an inquest docket after the body of a 48-year-old man was found mauled, reportedly with multiple dog bites. 

Cape St Francis, South Africa WEATHER

Chained Tortoises investigated by SPCA Assisi in Sea Vista

SPCA Assisi received information that tortoises were being kept on chains in St Francis Township. Inspector Tany Keyzer went to investigate.On Tuesday, 01 October 2019, Inspector Tanya Keyzer consulted with Adriaan le Roux, Nature...

Operation Save Escaped Elephant From Being Killed

Mount Camdeboo orchestrates specialist translocation operation to save escaped elephant from being killedAn African elephant bull that escaped an Eastern Cape game reserve for a second time in recent weeks was on Thursday set to be...

NSRI Pink Rescue Buoy Project:

Sea Rescue presented the NSRI Pink Rescue Buoy emergency flotation project at International Lifesaving’s biannual ‘World Conference on Drowning Prevention’ (WCDP) Conference in Durban last week.NSRI’s Drowning Prevention manager Andrew...

One fatality and three survivors after boat capsizes

NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew were activated following reports of a boat capsized off-shore of Noordhoek on Saturday morning .NSRI rescue swimmers in a sea rescue vehicle, EC Government Health EMS, the EMS Aeromed 3 helicopter, Gardmed...

Major milestone for St Francis Disaster Volunteer Group

A major milestone was achieved last week when the St Francis Disaster Volunteer Group SFDVG) handed over safety wear and equipment to volunteers who had also undergone training provided by municipal services. The essential equipment has...

New Chairman for St Francis Bay Sector Police Forum

A report on St Francis Crime Spotter Facebook announced that David Truter, a St Francis Property Owner (SFPO) committee member is to replace long serving Nigel Aitken as Chairman of the of the St Francis Bay Sector.Truter is the SFPO ...

Search for teenager feared drowned in Swartkops River

NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew were activated yesterday (Thursday 10th October) following reports of a drowning in progress at Swartkops River Mouth, Port Elizabeth.THree  local male teenagers were reported to be swimming when they were...

St Francis Oktoberfest 2019 Is Upon Us

Cape St Francis  - Oktoberfest is almost here – bring your German gear and join us for an Unter, Mitte or Uber time! St Francis Bay loves a good party, and what better way than to celebrate with beer! The annual St Francis Oktoberfest...

Kromme-Enviro Trust Coastal Cleanup a great success

Helping to keep our oceans cleanFollowing on from yesterday’s article on Rotary St Francis and Kromme-Enviro Trust’s involvement with the eco-brick initiative, these two associations joined forces again on Sunday for another war on...

Hundreds of driver’s licences ready for collection

Hundreds of driver’s licence cards are awaiting collection at Kouga Municipality’s Traffic Department in Humansdorp.Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said local residents were among the thousands of motorists...

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National & African News

Zimbabwe bans mobile cash payouts in bid to tackle cash crunch  –  Inflation soared to nearly 300 percent in August spurred mainly by a collapsing currency, according to the International Monetary Fund.

WATCH | Snakes alive: Durban family finds second slithery visitor on property in under 3 months  –  Months after finding a black mamba on their property, they were surprised by the discovery of a second one.

Famine, fuel price spikes, dry taps and data hikes: Just another day in Zimbabwe  –  It’s not pleasant to begin the week on bad news, but Zimbabweans are getting accustomed to it.

#ZondoCommission

South Africa owes those who paid a great personal price for fighting against State Capture  –  The capture and subversion of the South African criminal justice cluster sits at the stone heart of the State Capture 

Munusamy claims ‘sinister spin’ over BMW deal  –  Suspended Sunday Times associate editor of analysis and former Daily Maverick associate editor Ranjeni Munusamy has slammed claims she was “effectively” a spook.

Bheki Cele rubbishes ‘assumptions’ he took bribe to protect ‘corrupt’ official  –  Police minister Bheki Cele said on Monday that he would not respond to “assumptions” following testimony at the state capture commission implicating him in alleged bribery.

Politics

Red Alert! Red Alert! SACP discusses the unspeakable  –  The SA Communist Party has said publicly that it’s considering challenging the ANC for power in certain councils in 2020’s local elections. 

Minister Pravin Gordhan loses court battle against EFF  –  Pravin Gordhan has moved to downplay the dismissal of his application to have the IGI’s SARS rogue unit report excluded from the EFF’s defence

Patricia de Lille’s sister resigns from ministry job amid nepotism claims  –  Public works and infrastructure minister Patricia de Lille’s sister, Cynthia Jeffreys, resigned from her job in the ministry just 11 weeks after her appointment.

Business, Money & The Economy

Private healthcare market is ‘failing consumers’ – CompCom  –  Members pay high prices that aren’t matched by a demonstrated improvement in health outcomes: report.

International

China National Day: Xi Jinping says ‘no force can shake this great nation’ – live  –  Ceremony in Beijing to mark 70 years of Communist party rule could be overshadowed by unrest that has roiled Hong Kong for 17 weeks

Brexit

PM to present EU with Brexit blueprint – but Ireland dismiss border plan  –  The UK is reported to have proposed “customs clearance sites” on both sides of the Irish border.

Sport

Pack Shake-Up For Boks  –  Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus has shuffled his pack for the must-win World Cup clash with Italy in Shizuoka on Friday.

Hansen defends under-fire refs  –  All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has appealed to rival coaches and pundits to lay off referees at the World Cup as match officials continue to face strident criticism.

Climate change:

315 billion-tonne iceberg breaks off Antarctica  –  The Amery Ice Shelf in Antarctica has just produced its biggest iceberg in more than 50 years.

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