Tuesday 13th April

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WEATHER
Humid with periods of clouds and sun
Max 25C
Wind – ENE 9 km/h

LOCAL: (St Francis & Kouga Region)

Nelson Mandela Bay supply dams hit new low  –  The level of Nelson Mandela Bay’s main supply dams has hit a new low of 13.77% of total combined capacity.

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

Asset Forfeiture Unit recovers R1.3m in Mandela Memorial Service funds ‘used to print ANC T-shirts’   –  More than R1-million in public funds that was supposed to be used for transport and venue costs for former president Nelson Mandela’s funeral was used to pay for ANC T-shirts,

Beer truck torched in Gqeberha protest  –  A service delivery protest in Gqeberha turned violent on Monday when community members looted a beer truck of its contents and set the vehicle alight.

SA & AFRICA NEWS: 

WATCH – SA’s ‘My Octopus Teacher’ wins best documentary BAFTA, now onto the Oscars  –  The team behind ‘My Octopus Teacher’, an original SA production for Netflix, was among those who took home top prizes at the 2021 British Academy

‘It’s like a bomb has been dropped’: Cape authorities pass the buck after well-known baboon is put to death  –  Philemon, an adult male baboon in the Cape Peninsula, was killed by authorities last week for allegedly instigating ‘raiding behaviour’. 

Occupants win court battle to stay in hijacked home in posh Joburg suburb  –  The high court in Johannesburg has ordered that a group of people who “hijacked” a multimillion-rand vacant house in Dunkeld West were unlawfully evicted and can return to stay there, for now.

COVID NEWS:

34 more people succumb to Covid-19 raising death toll to 53 356  –  While the North West and Northern Cape recorded zero deaths, the Eastern Cape recorded, 14 deaths, the Free State 3, Gauteng 1, KwaZulu-Natal 1, Limpopo and Western Cape 9.

New AI system shows low risk of a third wave in South Africa in next two weeks  –  An Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based algorithm developed by the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) has shown there is a low risk of a third wave of COVID-19 infections across South Africa in the next two weeks.

POLITICS:

‘The enemy is out to get us’: EFF defends Ndlozi over ‘false’ rape claim  –  Police confirmed that EFF MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi was not a suspect in a rape case opened at the weekend, as had been reported

Ten years and millions of rand later, state pharmaceutical company exists ‘only in name’  –  Blade Nzimande details the long list of blunders and failures that have led to the venture being a complete non-starter

CORRUPTION WATCH:

Mogoeng’s opening Zuma gambit could be the best tactical move of the game  –  The Chief Justice has put former president Jacob Zuma on the back foot in his stand-off with the Zondo Commission.

Anoj Singh quizzed on details of Eskom’s contract with McKinsey – particularly whether it indeed had one  –  Singh returned to the State Capture Commission on Monday and spent most of the day facing questions on when Eskom signed its contract with McKinsey. 

Magda Wierzycka amongst Zuma critics under illegal surveillance – State security operative  –  The mechanisms of corruption are still strong in the ranks of South Africa’s leadership. Anyone who dares to be outspoken about the illegal activity can expect to be monitored.

Supreme Court of Appeal deals a crushing blow to former SAA chair Dudu Myeni  –  Supreme Court of Appeal dismisses one of the delinquent director for life Dudu Myeni’s two appeals.

COURTS, NPA, HAWKS CRIME & SAPS:

‘Deaf and blind’ to the risks of corruption: High court knocks down Bandile Masuku’s last stand – his lawyers’ interpretation notwithstanding  – ‘He took no steps at all to lead and protect his department from stumbling into the predictable chasm,’ court finds.

Too much focus on reconciliation and not enough on transformation, says would-be ConCourt judge  –  In the transition to democracy, SA had perhaps focused too much on reconciliation and not enough on transformation, 

Dire Road Accident Fund situation is close to constitutional crisis, warn judges  –  Judge Meyer explained that implosion of the fund will trigger a section of the Road Accident Fund Act which bars any claims against it for compensation.

BUSINESS & MONEY MATTER:

Opportunities for competitors: R80bn looking for a new home with closure of Absa Money Market Fund  –  It’s not every day that a fund manager decides to close the biggest money market fund in the country.

South Africa extends ‘ineffective’ R200 billion Covid-19 loan scheme by another 3 months  –  The National Treasury has extended its Covid-19 Loan Guarantee Scheme (LGS) by a further three months.

These are the countries South Africans want to emigrate to right now  –  Xpatweb has published its Critical Skills list for 2021, detailing the jobs which are short supply in South Africa and what government and business need to do to attract skilled professionals.

ENERGY & ESKOM:

White appointments at Eskom based on performance and delivery – De Ruyter  –  Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter has denied wrongdoing in the appointments of a number of senior employees at the power utility over the course of 2020.

AIRLINES:

Is SA Express worth R1?  –  A new offer has been made to purchase the airline.

Testing times for subsidiaries caught up in SAA maelstrom  –  Mango ratcheting up costs due to delays in returning leased aircraft, while SAA Technical staff are ‘very close’ to withholding their much-needed labour.

Seasoned pilot and passenger died instantly in Ballito microlight crash – CAA report  – Air Mauritius captain and SAAF veteran Alan Slade and passenger Leon Meiring died in the microlight accident on March 17.

St Francis Disaster Group again shows the way!

Following the welcome but, in parts, destructive rainfall of Wednesday night, St Francis Disaster Volunteer Group members were again quick to...

Heavy Rainfall Causes Some Havoc around Kouga

Kouga Municipality Media ReleaseHEAVY falls of rain on Wednesday night, caused some havoc across the Kouga region - damaging several houses and...

CENTRE OF GRACE FOUNDATION: KOUGA BACKS AUTISM CENTRE FOR CHILDREN

 Kouga Municipality Media ReleaseTHE little dark head girl laughs exuberantly – her dark eyes gleaming with innocent pleasure as her colourful...

FOSTER – 30 years of supporting our natural heritage

Whatever your view of Cape St Francis, and however you use the nature reserves -- to walk, to cycle, to let their resources of wildflowers, birds...

Local surfers up in arms over Webcams

Local surfers were up in arms last week following news of a webcam having been erected on a private property overlooking Seal Point. I took the...

COURT CONFIRMS SAMWU STRIKE ILLEGAL AND UNLAWUFUL

KOUGA Municipality’s case against SAMWU was heard in the Labour Court in Port Elizabeth on Friday (April 30).The court needed to give judgement on...

ST FRANCIS NEEDS YOUR VOTE TO WIN TITLE

The greater St Francis is in the running for the coveted kykNET Kwêla Town of the Year title for 2021 – after being named one of the three...

MUNICIPALITY TO ROLL-OUT FIBRE IN KOUGA

RESIDENTS and local businesses’ internet connection are set to receive a hefty shot of steroids that will make an ADSL-line look like snail...

Quick action prevents Sea Vista shack fire spreading

Thanks to swift action last night (27th April) by our Sea Vista volunteers who alerted the DVG to a shack fire, the Kouga Fire Services was alerted...

Kouga Embarks on Water Drive as Hankey Patensie Go Dry

FILL up and drop off . . . all for a good cause for thousands of local households in desperate need of water.Kouga Municipality, in conjunction with...

TECHNOLOGY & TELEVISION:

Fraud alert! DStv warns about these four scams targeting customers  –  Broadcast satellite service DStv says it has seen a surge in the number of scams targeting its customers in recent weeks and has urged them to be vigilant.

Microsoft makes $20bn bet on speech AI firm Nuance  –  Microsoft Corp plans to buy a tech firm known for helping to develop Apple’s Siri speech recognition software in a deal valued at $19.7bn (£13.3bn).

INTERNATIONAL:

Quick guide to Russia-Ukraine military tensions  –  Russia’s intentions are far from clear, but here’s a quick guide to the latest developments.

Daunte Wright shooting by police ‘accidental’  –  The fatal shooting of a black man by a police officer in the US city of Brooklyn Center in Minnesota was an accident, the police chief has said.

Police kill student who fired at them at Tennessee high school, authorities say  –  Officer wounded after confrontation in Knoxville high school bathroom

 

EARTH, SPACE & THE UNIVERSE:

Fukushima: Japan announces it will dump contaminated water into sea  –  Environmental groups condemn plan to release more than 1m tonnes of contaminated water from the destroyed nuclear station in two years’ time

New story of food waste management: A circular economy is reframing our ideas of dumping and donating  –  A circular economy for waste management holds promise for a planet under pressure and a society with deep divisions. 

World’s wealthiest ‘at heart of climate problem’  –  The world’s wealthy must radically change their lifestyles to tackle climate change,

THIS & THAT:

Reading while pregnant  –   Locked down, locked in, many of us have had time to read more books than ever before. 

SPORT:

George Linde stars with bat and ball as Proteas level T20 series against Pakistan  –  SA levelled their four-match Twenty20 series with Pakistan after an improved performance from the bowlers helped them to a six-wicket win at the Wanderers 

Emotional Schoenmaker stunned by record-breaking form  –  “I focussed on bettering my times, stayed disciplined, and the work has paid off.”