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Tuesday 12th March

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Local (Kouga, PE, Eastern Cape  & South Coast) + Blog

Kouga aims for hattrick with plastic roads   – The Kouga municipality is pioneering a new approach to building roads which could spell the end of potholes, create jobs and help save the planet. 

Meet DA Provincial chairperson Andrew Whitfield   –  he Eastern Cape Provincial Chairperson of the DA, Andrew Whitfield will address the Jeffreys Bay community at a public meeting thisevening (Tuesday 12 March 2019).

Khoi-San activists sleep in cage in animal rights protest   –  A group of Khoi-San activists in the Eastern Cape will spend the next 11 days in a make-shift cage to highlight what they say is the cruelty of animals at East London Zoo.

Search for missing Karoo lion to continue this week  –  The discovery of dead livestock on a Northern Cape farm on Sunday has givenrenewed vigour to the search for a lion that escaped from a national park nearly a month ago.

National & African News

Ethiopian Airlines crash: 11 reads on the plane that fell from the sky   –  The Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft was in the air for about six minutes before it crashed, killing 157 people from 35 countries.

Comair grounds Boeing jet after fatal Ethiopian Airways crash   –  Airline operator Comair on Monday grounded its Boeing 737 MAX aircraft – the same type of plane as that involved in the fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday.

SAA pilot forced to resign over fake licence appears in court   –  A former senior South African Airways (SAA) pilot discovered to have flown aircraft with forged paperwork for more than 20 years has been arrested and appeared in the Kempton Park Magistrates court

FlySafair passengers can now receive their boarding passes via WhatsApp   –  Passengers will now have the option to send their boarding passes straight to their phones

Ramaphosa arrives in Harare for bi-national commission   – Deputy President David Mabuza will act as president during Ramaphosa’s absence.

Durban monkey bar champion could be a record-breaker, his dad says  –  A Durban father is focusing his attention on a world record after his son demolished a monkey bar challenge held in Durban North at the weekend.


How the Zuma doctrine broke the State Security Agency   –  Former president Jacob Zuma has, for the umpteenth time, emerged as the central figure in the dismantling of another institution of state

Ex-spy spills the beans on state security dirty tricks   –  A plot to destabilise the ANC would be to stage ‘fake shooting and bombings’ of ex-North West and Free State premiers and then blame Ramaphosa and his supporters.

ANC at War: State Security vs the Public Protector vs Pillay, Gordhan and Oupa Magashula   –  behind-the-scenes chaos and the fightback that has been unleashed in the aftermath of the release by the Presidency 


Eskom’s fault lines run deeper the the Guptas’ Dubai Club   –  Successive testimony by senior Eskom staff has shown there is a little cover for those who executed questionable instructions 

Business, Money & Economy

Everybody’s livelihood is at risk, particularly the poor, if the Reserve Bank is not truly independent   – The nationalisation of the Reserve Bank issue is a great example of a tautology; a logical statement in which the conclusion is equivalent to the premise.

Investors will wait for SA election outcomes, says Netherlands ambassador to SA   –  The outcomes of SA’s national elections in May will give investors a clearer idea of the direction the country will take in the next few years,

International News

IS refuses to surrender: Hardcore fighters seem determined to die   –  Human shields, civilians and hostages are all that is delaying the inevitable destruction of ISIS’ so-called caliphate.

Brexit: ‘Legally binding’ changes to EU deal agreed   –  Theresa May says she has secured “legally binding” changes to her Brexit deal, a day ahead of MPs voting on it.


New wings and fresh faces – here’s how F1 is changing in 2019   –  The 2019 Formula One season kicks off in Australia this weekend, with new regulations, changed lineups, a trio of young rookies fresh from Formula Two 

Deep Ocean Live daily blog:

Follow the latest discoveries in this daily blog and tune into the live programmes on Sky News on 18, 19, and 20 March.

Quest to find rare marine life in the deep ocean begins   –  Researchers are dragging nets along the surface of the sea to gather tiny crustaceans, larvae and juvenile fish.

In Canada, some moms say cannabis makes them better parents   –  Canada’s health ministry warns parents against consuming cannabis because of the risks of second-hand smoke


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Sea Vista Primary bids farewell to great teachers

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3-Legged Loggerhead turtle washed up in Jeffreys Bay

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Kouga aims for hattrick with plastic roads

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