Tuesday 13th October

Covid-19 and Local News & Updates

Tests Conducted – 4 418 418  |  Positive Cases – 693359 |  Recoveries – 624659  |  Deaths – 17863


Wildflower Chase 2020 St Francis Field

A report by Colleen SmithThe lockdown, because of Covid-19, called into question whether we hold a Wildflower Chase this year or not. Dave Bowmer and I discussed it – there was no spectacular display of the pink and yellow Senecio’s...

Manoa Robb Wins Monster Combo Round 1 is a big congratulations to Manoa Robb, the official Round 1 winner of the Monster Combo. Manoa's efforts see him win a R2000 Pollywog gift voucher and an entry into the...

Rotarians donate life saving equipment to St Francis community

The Rotary Club of St Francis officially presented a Defibrilator and Holter to the community of St Francis last week. The equipment is to be held at Dr Jean Malan’s medical practice at the St Francis Medical Centre where it will be...

A busy weekend for NSRI on southern coastline

NSRI Oyster Bay duty crew were activated on Saturday afternoon following a request for assistance from a fisherman on a fishing sea kayak who reported to NSRI EOC (Emergency Operations Centre) that he was in difficulty off-shore of...

Bush-clearing to help keep Humansdorp safe

Major bush-clearing is under way at Humansdorp in a joint effort to keep Kouga communities safe from crime.Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said about 60 men and women from Humansdorp and St Francis Bay had started clearing alien...

World Food Day 2020 – 16th October

World Food Day 2020: Sustainable seafood links ocean health with people’s lives and platesFood insecurity is a reality for many South Africans with nearly half of the nation’s households living under the poverty line and not being able...

Swart Maandag (Black Monday) Drive

PRESS RELEASEThe organizers of the Swart Maandag (Black Monday) peaceful protest drive based in the beautiful town of Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape would like to inform you of the following.We are a small town with a BIG voice, but also...

Warning to estate agents

Estate agents are reminded that it is illegal for the municipality to supply them with the details of property owners in the region.Kouga Finance Portfolio Councillor, Brenton Williams, said CDs with this information were available to...

Good rain, but dam levels remain low

Kouga residents and businesses have been urged to continue using water sparingly.“Some much-needed rain has fallen in the catchment areas, but not enough to make a significant difference to the dam levels.“This means we cannot relax yet...

Africa’s First Adaptive Learning Online High School Launches

PRESS RELEASEPrestigious, independent school, Bridge House and award-winning EdTech company, Digemy, have joined forces to create ConnectEd - the first Independent Examinations Board (IEB) curriculum online high school in Africa to...


Exciting new concept in dining and shopping to open soon in Cape St Francis  –  Last week a post on a local WhatsApp group lit up when notice of an application for a liquor License appeared on the group


Monster Combo Round One Voting Opens  –  Time to get out of the kitchen as things are heating up in Round one of the Monster Combo. 


Determined PE man sees again after cornea transplant quest   –  It took determination and resilience, relentless phone calls and a lot of research, but this week a young Nelson Mandela Bay man, Aphiwe Mene, could see again

Drunk health department official driving state vehicle must face music  –  The EFF in the Eastern Cape wants stringent action to be taken against a provincial health department official who allegedly blacked out behind the wheel of a state vehicle 


TimesliveJust 888 new Covid-19 cases in SA in past 24 hours, with eight deaths  –  Just eight Covid-19 related deaths have been recorded in the past 24-48 hours, the health ministry said on Monday.


BusinesstechSouth Africa’s state of disaster is set to end this week – but another extension looms  –  South Africa’s state of disaster is set to end this week – but another extension looms


Daily MaverickSouth Africa’s acting ambassador to Sudan accused in assassination and murder plot  –  The acting ambassador’s husband allegedly hired hitmen to kill the embassy’s intelligence officer — and to murder two local women as ‘training’.

The CitizenParktown Boys High principal sacked over drowning death of pupil  –   He was found guilty of being responsible for the Grade 8 pupils to go on an excursion to Nyathi Bush and River Break

Independent On LineWATCH: Two treated for smoke inhalation as fire breaks out at Cape Gate Medi Clinic Hospital   –  Two people have been treated for smoke inhalation after a fire broke out on the first floor of the Cape Gate Medi Clinic hospital on Monday night.

Daily MaverickBlow to 10,000-strong Cape gang as leader and lieutenants sentenced to life behind bars  –   While The Terrible Josters leader Horatio ‘Voudie’ Solomon did not directly commit the crimes of murder and attempted murder, he was handed a life sentence 


Daily MaverickSigns of war on the ANC horizon as Fikile Mbalula savages Ace Magashule’s foot soldiers  –  It is usually surprising to see people in the same political party referring to each other as “thugs”, though not entirely unexpected to those following the latter-day ANC. 

The CitizenCarl Niehaus tells ‘factory fault’ Mbalula to ‘retract and apologise’ for MKMVA tweets  –   Maphatsoe has called Mbalula ‘a factory fault’ for claiming the MK vet lost his arm from cowardice, not in a fight against apartheid.

Timeslive‘We are ready to defend Zuma,’ says brother who wants to speak to Zondo  –  The brother of former president Jacob Zuma wants a slot at the judicial commission of inquiry into allegations of state capture 


Deputy police commissioner in court on fraud charges over R191m tender  –  She was arrested on Monday morning after her regular morning jog, and police also seized her BMW X5.


Independent On LineZwane struggles to explain poor procurement processes in 2010 Free State housing project  –   Former Free State Human Settlements MEC Mosebenzi Zwane faced tough questions over questionable procurement processes followed by his department for the approval of contractors 


TimesliveMan accused of murdering Senekal farmer was arrested 16 times: Bheki Cele  –  The other suspect has been arrested twice before, police minister confirms

The CitizenCele met with Malema, will soon meet Groenewald to ‘ensure peace prevails’  –   Speaking at the launch of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID)’s new hotline, Cele said he will visit Horner’s family before the court appearance on Friday.


money webThe South African economic tragedy  –  A case of an unfavourable time, bad politics and poor leadership has made catching up to the global economy improbable.


Facebook bans Holocaust denial in new updates  –  Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg rejected the idea two years ago – citing freedom of speech

My BroadbandThe new plan to make major DStv sports free to watch  –  The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies has proposed new rules which would force DStv to make certain sports free-to-air to address the public interest.

My BroadbandRain’s fall from grace  –  Rain used to be a consumer champion with high customer satisfaction rates, but it has now been rated the worst service provider in South Africa


BusinesstechNew letter to government calls for changes to South Africa’s travel rules – here’s what it says  –  The Western Cape government says that it has received several complaints from business executives and immigration attorneys around South Africa’s level 1 travel regulations.


The GuardianBoris Johnson unveils three-tier Covid restrictions for England  –  PM indicates large parts of north could follow Liverpool city region into highest level of restrictions


BBC newsTrump back on campaign trail in Florida  –  President Donald Trump has returned to the campaign trail less than two weeks after testing positive for coronavirus.


BBC newsGerman ship completes historic Arctic expedition  –  The German Research Vessel Polarstern has sailed back into its home port after completing a remarkable expedition to the Arctic Ocean.


Independent On LineChasing The Sun: Mapimpi’s wrist band message inspired by a very personal experience   –  When Makazole Mapimpi scored the first of a hat trick of tries in a World Cup warm-up game against Japan, he revealed a message on his left wrist strapping that read: NENE R.I.P.

The CitizenExplosive De Villiers helps Bangalore thrash Kolkata in IPL  –  The evening belonged to the 36-year-old South African, who scored his third IPL half-century of the season to go past 3 000 runs in the T20 tournament.

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