Tuesday11th January

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LOCAL NEWS: (Kouga)

Celebrating the life of Colin WattWe will be celebrating the life of Collo this Friday, 17h30, at the Full Stop. All friends of Collo are invited.

Sport For Youth Soccer Academy with Matt Davis – This is a community uplift project whereby we aim to create a safe sporting environment for the youth of Sea Vista community in St Francis Bay. The main motivation for the project is to keep the kids off the street and to teach them discipline and skills through sport.

Clearing bush in urban plots and open spaces, by Prof. Richard Cowling – There has in recent months been some lively debate on the pros and cons of clearing plots of indigenous thicket vegetation to reduce the risk of wildfires in the Greater St Francis region. While this practice may seem to be brutal for nature, this is not the case. In fact, clearing plots is essential for maintaining biodiversity.

Vaccinations and Booster Shots At The Links Today Tuesday 11thPull in, free coffee etc.

SURFING-  Fun waves around, again. Light west all day. Last day of holidays for some, so hit it.

WEATHERWarm and cloudy with a westerly breeze all day. Beautiful morning.

REGIONAL NEWS: (East Cape, Port Elizabeth & Southern Coast)

CENSUS 2022: REGISTER ONLINE TO CHOOSE HOW YOU GET COUNTEDSouth Africa will be conducting a population census in February 2022. Households can choose to complete the census questionnaire online or telephonically if they do not wish to be interviewed by a fieldworker at their house.

Police find motorist whose car ended up in the oceanA motorist believed to have drowned after his car landed up in the water in New Brighton Beach in Gqeberha has been found.After following up on several leads, police eventually tracked down the driver in Motherwell where he was instructed to remove his car from the ocean, at his own cost.

SA & AFRICA NEWS: 

South Africa is getting a new ID system – how it will workGovernment is in the process of developing the new National Identity System (NIS), which will replace the current National Population Register and become the backbone of all Home Affairs functions in South Africa.

Authorities release precautionary evacuation order as firefighters battle Kleinmond blazeOverstrand Municipality officials have released a precautionary evacuation order for residents of Heuningkloof following a blaze that started on Saturday. The order warns residents that they might have to evacuate their homes should the fire get out of control.

ENVIRONMENT:

Durban paddler’s close encounter with sharkA DURBAN man spoke of his encounter with a shark that damaged his paddle ski while fishing near Causurina Beach.“We think it was a Zambezi shark that came up and just, basically I suppose, trying to bite us and hit us at the back.”

ENERGY & ESKOM:

Electricity demand: Global economic recovery sends coal usage soaringThe International Energy Agency recently announced that the amount of electricity generated worldwide from coal surged by an estimated 9% to a new record high in 2021 — and this year it’s expected to be even higher.

THIS & THAT:

Man gets genetically-modified pig heart in world-first transplantA US man has become the first person in the world to get a heart transplant from a genetically-modified pig. David Bennett, 57, is doing well three days after the experimental seven-hour procedure in Baltimore, doctors say.

POLITICS, GOVERNMENT & PARLIAMENT:

The Italian Rapscallion: Former Bain boss Vittorio Massone, who helped capture SA Revenue Service, lands plum job in MilanThe former Bain South Africa boss, Vittorio Massone, has landed a top job in Milan, Italy, as executive director of Alkemy, despite being the mover behind the management consultancy’s capture of the SA Revenue Service (SARS).

CORRUPTION WATCH:

‘I was implementing government policy’: Manyi defends millions spent on Gupta newspaper Manyi says the decision to “support” community and small media, and new initiatives like TNA, was a government policy to promote media diversity.

COURTS, NPA, HAWKS, CRIME & SAPS: 

Zondo report | Why was Dudu Myeni untouchable under Zuma?Exactly what hold did former SAA board chairperson Dudu Myeni have on ex-president Jacob Zuma?

INTERNATIONAL:

Switzerland refusing to return money of South African victims in R4 billion pyramid schemePapers filed in the Pretoria High Court show that South African officials are demanding R115 million from Switzerland for victims of a R4 billion pyramid scheme called Travel Ventures International (TVI)

The Ozzies are coming: Activists gear up for the next seismic survey battle – in Western Cape watersAustralian-based Searcher Seismic is set to commence a seismic survey in Western Cape waters from the middle of this month, according to a “mariners’ notice” it has put out and other information provided on its website. 

BUSINESS & MONEY MATTERS:

Shell judgment adds to growing body of decisions that companies must take rights of communities seriouslyThe decision should not be seen as an assault on the private sector, but rather as guidance on the approach that extractive companies ought to follow, and that it is critical to consult meaningfully with communities as part of the licence application process.

SA investors faced with Hobson’s choice over possible takeover of Tongaat Hulett by Zim’s Rudland familyA Hobson’s choice is a free choice in which only one thing is actually offered. The term is often used to describe an illusion that multiple choices are available. The most well known Hobson’s choice is “I’ll give you a choice: take it or leave it.”

SPORT:

Djokovic won his court case but few Australians are cheeringAustralia’s small but vocal group of anti-vaxxers see Djokovic as a hero. Others, especially those from Australia’s Serbian community, see him as a victim of unfair persecution.  But for many Australians, it was all about whether he considered himself above the country’s pandemic rules at a time when Covid-19 case numbers are soaring.

SA-born mechanical engineer joins Mercedes F1’s powertrain division ahead of new season – The Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 team expanded their staff complement with the appointment of several new members ahead of the new F1 season. One of them is South African-born Shau Mafuna, a mechanical engineer.

TECHNOLOGY:

Metaverse is “off-limits” to Apple — ReportApple’s VR and AR headset will be intended for shorter experiences, with the company seeking to avoid the metaverse vision

ENTERTAINMENT:

Bob Saget, TV dad and comedian, found dead in Florida hotel roomBob Saget, an actor and comedian best known as the jovial dad on the television sitcom “Full House,” was found dead in a hotel room in Orlando, Florida, at age 65, authorities said.

SOCIAL MEDIA:

WhatsApp notifications and groups changes comingWhatsApp has kicked off the year with a raft of new features and changes rolled out to the beta versions of its Android and iOS apps.

COVID AND VACCINES:

South Africa has now been in a pandemic state of disaster for 666 daysThe state of disaster is currently used as the legal underpinning for the regulations that require masks to be worn, that ban drinking in public, and restrict gatherings. Those rules have previously also been used to ban the sale of roast chickens, open-toed shoes, cigarettes, and haircuts, and sleeveless shirts, unless worn under winter garments.

Photo Of The Day

Groms at play © Delphine Ducaruge

Defending World Champion Gabriel Medina Withdraws From Billabong Pro Pipeline

“The past few months have been difficult for me personally, and it has taken a toll,” said Medina. “As such, I’ve decided to withdraw from the start of the 2022 WSL Championship Tour. I had every intention of competing for the entire season had made all the preparations medically (I took my COVID vaccination during my holidays) and mentally and physically. Still, I’m not in a place where I believe I can perform against the world’s best surfers right now. “

CENSUS WORK AVAILABLE FOR JBAY RESIDENTS

STATISTICS SA urgently needs fieldworkers from Jeffreys Bay, including, Wavecrest, Kabeljous and C-Place, to help conduct the 2022 population census...

CENSUS 2022: REGISTER NOW TO CHOOSE HOW YOU WANT TO BE COUNTED

All Kouga households and accommodation establishments have until 30 January to register online and choose how they want to be counted in the census...

Photo Of The Day

Two suns in the sunset - © Silas Biasch

What To Expect In The 2022 Property Market

2021 was our best year ever in terms of sales at Harcourts. We were 50% better than our previous best year!
As most in the industry expect, interest rates will continue to edge up. Realistically, we can expect another 0.75% increase over the forthcoming 12 months, which might see a slowing of buyer demand.

Photo Of The Day – sundowner time somewhere

Sundowner time somewhere by Cesar

The Season In Retrospect – St Francis Bay

Billy’s Beach continues to attract the under 25’s (and their families!). And the numerous and well-organised sporting events continue to draw the crowds.

Property News You Can Use

The Property Practitioners Act was finally passed (after about 4 years in the making) and will come into effect from 1 February. There is a lot to be happy about for all in the estate agency industry.

Photo Of The Day – What Beauty Lies beneath

What Beauty Lies Beneath © Linus Nyland