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Tuesday 15th September

Covid-19 and Local News & Updates

Tests Conducted – 3 928 614 |  Positive Cases – 650749 |  Recoveries – 579289  |  Deaths – 15499

 

Work surges ahead to protect the St Francis coastline

Kouga Municipality is surging ahead with the construction of an emergency revetment at St Francis Bay to protect municipal infrastructure and houses on the canals from the ocean.Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said the most...

The West Wind – September 22nd

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Emergency Plan for the Spit

St Francis Property Owners NPC issued the following media release with regard the recent breach on the spitThe Spit has been breached 4 times since early in April. The SFPO NPC has been monitoring the Spit over the past year, as we did...

Keep Kouga Safe Campaign Launched

Kouga has set it sights on becoming the safest municipality in South Africa to live, work and play.The Keep Kouga Safe campaign was officially launched at the first Kouga Public Safety Summit at Mentors Country Estate last week.Hosted...

The Monster Combo 2.0 Is Live and Entries Are Open 

The Monster Combo is an online campaign celebrating progressive, high-performance surfing. We’re looking for rides that link up a succession of moves in quality surf.It has been a winter for the record books in sunny South Africa, and...

JBay’s Matt McGillivray Scores Runner-Up Finish

JBay's Matt McGillivray Scores Runner-Up Finish In The First Australian Grand Slam Event JBay's top professional surfer Matt McGillivray ended up a very impressive runner up in the first of the Australian Grand Slam of Surfing events,...

Is plot clearing ridiculously expensive?

Further to our article on clearing plots last week, Trevor Wright who offers  assistance to land owners, outlines some of the costs as well as charges owners will face if it is left to the municipality to clear an overgrown plot that is...

The Tortoise and the Hare – The story of two Trees

Why are large milkwood trees so scarce in Cape St Francis?An article on Milkwood's by Prof Richard CowlingThink of the Cape coast and what tree springs to mind? For most, it would be the white milkwood tree (Sideroxylon inerme). From...

Maya Gabeira Sets New World Record, Wins cbdMD XXL Biggest Wave Award 

 Yesterday, the World Surf League (WSL) announced that Maya Gabeira (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) won the cbdMD XXL Biggest Wave Award and set the new World Record for the largest wave ever surfed by a woman. As part of the Red Bull Big Wave...

Kouga Fire Department makes headway on bush-clearing!

Bush-fires affect the entire community and can have a devastating, wide-spread effect on individuals, businesses, industry and facilities. We all have a joint civic responsibility to take whatever measures are necessary to protect our...

LOCAL:

JBay’s Matt McGillivray Scores Runner-Up Finish  –  JBay’s top professional surfer Matt McGillivray ended up a very impressive runner up in the first of the Australian Grand Slam of Surfing events

PORT ELIZABETH, EASTERN CAPE & SOUTHERN COAST:

Living on a prayer: Devastating water outages cause panic in Nelson Mandela Bay  –  A day after water was restored to Nelson Mandela Bay after extended outages that left some households without any water for more than a week,

Red Cross appeals for water donations in Nelson Mandela Bay  –  The South African Red Cross Society in the Nelson Mandela Metro is appealing for water donations to assist in providing relief to areas affected by the recent shutdown of water reservoirs.

TimesliveMunicipal official bust ‘hiring hitmen to kill his manager’ ahead of fraud trial  –  A 41-year-old municipal official has appeared in court for allegedly plotting the murder of a municipal manager, who is a witness in his fraud case in the Eastern Cape.

COVID-19:.

BizNewsFive reasons people stopped listening to Covid-19 modellers: PANDA’s Krige, Hudson –  Flawed Covid-19 models have fed into government policy, with devastating consequences for the economy. 

Independent On LineCovid-19: Less than 1 000 new cases recorded in SA  –  Less than 1 000 new coronavirus cases were recorded in the country on Monday, said Health Minister Zweli Mkhize.

NATIONAL COMMAND COUNCIL & LOCKDOWN:

The CitizenRamaphosa to discuss possible easing of lockdown regulations with Nedlac, PCC  –  The presidency said this would be a follow-up to the meeting convened by the President on 13 August where social partners tabled proposals.

BusinesstechExpert on how South Africa’s level 1 lockdown could work   –  Professor Salim Abdool Karim says that South Africa should be able to ease a number of restrictions when government announces a move to a level 1 lockdown.

SOUTH AFRICA & AFRICAN CONTINENT:

Daily Maverick‘Iran plot’ to assassinate US ambassador to South Africa met with scepticism  –  South African intelligence does not think there is a ‘discernible threat’ by Iran to assassinate the US ambassador to South Africa,

KZN driver lucky to be alive after falling branch almost impales him  –  A KwaZulu-Natal man is counting his blessings after he was nearly impaled when a tree branch smashed through his windscreen in the Midlands on Sunday.

Daily MaverickGangs in Kenya and South Africa target children for recruitment during lockdown  –   As Kenya and South Africa went into hard lockdowns in March 2020, schools were shut down and schoolgoing children left idle. 

What’s the link between cannabis and endangered tortoises? The rise of corrupt, organised gangs in Madagascar  – The smuggling of two of the world’s most endangered species, radiated and ploughshare tortoises – both classified as critically endangered – is intimately linked to Madagascar’s cannabis trade

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS:.

TimesliveParliament to consider action against EFF over Sona disruption  –  Chickens are coming home to roost for the EFF as its MPs face up to disrupting the state of the nation address (Sona) over the presence of former apartheid president FW de Klerk 

CORRUPTION:

Citizen Covid-19‘Keep a close eye’ on UK’s R50m donation Corruption Watch urges  –  On receiving the UK donation, Pandor’s spokesperson Clayson Monyela said no direct commentary on protecting the funds from looting was made.

ESKOM:

money webEskom submits supplementary tariff application to Nersa  –  Consumers to pay more, correcting unlawful decision.

BUSINESS, MONEY & ECONOMY:

BusinesstechThe house you can afford on the average South African salary right now  –  The bond that prospective South African homeowners can afford will depend on a number of factors, including their actual take-home pay as well …..

TECHNOLOGY & TELEVISION:

My BroadbandWhy you can’t find Netflix’s new R39-per-month package  –  Netflix recently confirmed that it is testing two new mobile subscription plans in South Africa.

BBC newsTikTok: YouTube launches rival to be tested in India  –  YouTube has announced it will test a beta version of its new TiktTok rival in India.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

BBC newsUS West Coast fires: Trump fans flames of climate row in California  –  President Trump has dismissed concerns over climate change on a visit to fire-ravaged California, telling an official there it would “start getting cooler”.

The GuardianBrexit: internal market bill passes by 77 votes amid Tory party tension  –  30 Tory MPs abstain and two vote against controversial bill which will break international law

CLIMATE:

The Amazon rainforest is on fire again,  –   Some of these fires are huge, stretching as far as the eye can see in every direction

SPACE:

Signs of alien life detected on Venus  –  Microbes unlike any life on Earth could be thriving high in the clouds of Venus, according to a new discovery by astronomers.

OCEAN:

Australia: Humpback whales spotted in crocodile-infested East Alligator River  –  Scientists suggest the animals may have just made a “wrong turn” while on their annual migration to Antarctica.

SPORT:

Pollard Injury: It is worse than expected  –  Montpellier has provided an update on Handre Pollard after the Springbok star sustained a serious knee injury on club duty last week.

Monday Scramble: Top 10 favorites for the U.S. Open at Winged Foot  –  Mirim Lee wins a dramatic ANA Inspiration, the Great Wall of Dinah becomes a story, Stewart Cink busts an 11-year drought, the U.S. Open heads to Winged Foot

 

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