Tuesday 17th November

Covid-19 and Local News & Updates

Tests Conducted – 5 142 947  |  Positive Cases – 752629 |  Recoveries – 695496  |  Deaths – 20314

OPERATION COCA-SKOON MAAK WILL BE IN THE ST FRANCIS&OYSTER BAY AREA THIS WEEK  –  Monday, 16 November 2020: Sea Vista & Santareme  | Tuesday, 17 November 2020: St Francis Bay & Cape St Francis  | Wednesday, 18 November 2020: Oyster Bay.
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2021 Calendar to the Rescue (s)

The perfect Christmas GiftTori Stowe, Creative Director at Stowe & Co. and The Corner Gallery and appointed designer for a successful Australian brand and a varied and charming range of Woolworths products has come to our (rescue) again this...

Municipality Clarifies Status Of Festive Events

NO BILLY’S BEACH IN 2020"In light of the current spike of Covid cases and the further impending curfews and restrictions being set, we unfortunately have to cancel this years festivities.The safety and well being of our community during...

Around the world yachtsman saved by a glimmer of light

Local SFT contributor Stephen Praetorius himself an accomlished yachtsman recounts the harrowing tale of a miraculous rescue of around the world yachtsman Kevin Escofficier 800 nautical miles south of Cape Town yesterday.Stephen writes...

All events cancelled – No all are back on

Confusion reigns in Kouga council it would seem. After publishing a notice, apparently in error, cancelling all events including the annual Billy's Beach, it would appear council has had second thoughts according to a post on St Francis...

Kouga records 194 new Covid-19 cases in two days (28;11)

The number of active Covid-19 cases in the Kouga region stood at 329 on Saturday, 28 November.According to the latest information from the Department of Health, the breakdown of active cases per town was as follows:Humansdorp...

“Then and now” in the Greater St Francis Region – #3

Immediately south of the Cape St Francis  lighthouse in the spring of 2003. Note the abundance of species: pink fluffy beach indigos, yellow beach buttons, white needle everlastings and grey shrubs of dune chafflower in the background. Photo:...

Our famous lighthouse

Many will have seen this wonderful history on our lighthouse on Facebook recently but for those who don't use Facebook you can read it here.On July 4th 1878, the lamp of Cape St. Francis lighthouse was lit for the first time. Since that...

Big Wave Surfer Frank Solomon Opens Parley Ocean School with Parley for the Oceans and Sentinel Ocean Alliance

Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa. Sentinel Ocean Alliance founded by Frank Solomon in 2017 to create ocean-based opportunities and environmental education for the youth of South Africa, is pleased to announce the partnership with...


St. Francis Bay; Cape St. Francis, Oyster BayKindly take note that the electricity supply will be interrupted on the date and time indicated below. This interruption is necessary for new installation work and planned maintenance by...

110 Disaster Management Volunteers appointed for the festive season

110 Disaster Management Volunteers have been appointed by Kouga Municipality to assist curb the spread of the Coronavirus in the municipal hotspots.With the festive season rapidly looming and the second wave of the coronavirus underway,...


St Francis Property Owners news – In case you missed it yesterday – An update on the River, Spit and Beach, Roads some SRA Questions and Answers, and some new COVID Stats.

Quaysyde applies for upgrade to Liquor License – Pblic meeting  26th November


Former NMB communications director in court for “breaching” sentence conditions  –  Former Nelson Mandela Bay Communications Director, Roland Williams, appeared in the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Monday.

Bhisho to ramp up testing and screening as Covid19 cases increase  –  The Eastern Cape provincial government said it would embark on mass testing, screening, tracking and tracing of people who had come into contact with people infected by the coronavirus.


Moderna: Covid vaccine shows nearly 95% protection  –  A new vaccine that protects against Covid-19 is nearly 95% effective, early data from US company Moderna shows.

SA Covid-19 cases rise to 752,269, with 20,314 deaths  –  The cumulative number of detected Covid-19 cases in the country has increased to 752,269, with 1,245 new cases identified in the past 24-hour cycle

Covid-19’s devastating effect on SA’s TB sufferers  –  Funds, vaccine trials, treatment and contact tracing efforts have largely been devoted to fighting Covid-19 instead.


Dlamini-Zuma hauled to court over latest ‘illogical’ lockdown extension  –  Dear South Africa says it is improper and irrational to have perpetual lockdowns when the curve has flattened.


Minor mag. 3.5 earthquake – 41 km south of Saldanha, South Africa  –  Within the first hour since the quake hit, more than 1000 people reported to have felt it, confirming that it was widely felt in the area.

Matric mathematics exam leaked  –  The Department of Basic Education has confirmed that the Matric Mathematics Paper 2 examination has been leaked.

Married man sets lover, himself on fire after rejected marriage proposal  –  A Nigerian in his mid-forties set himself and his lover on fire after she refused his proposal, Benue State police said on Monday.


Thuli Madonsela weighs in on Bushiri escape  –  Former public protector Thuli Madonsela has called for justice to be served after the escape of controversial prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary last week.

have your say on St Francis Today Regular contributor to St Francis Today, Steve Praetorious discusses US Elections

“When it came to the American elections I was a bit like an ostrich. My head was in the sand for ages. Why should I bother with wasting time on something that was of very little interest to me. Trump is a Bafoon. …


Pretoria’s relations with new Malawian President Chakwera get off on wrong foot  –   South Africa’s relations with Malawi’s new President Lazarus Chakwera have started badly, clouded by suspicions that he helped a fugitive escape

Warning: Proposed changes to SA voting methods could open door to electoral fraud – expert  –  The Minister of Home Affairs, Aaron Motsoaledi, has tabled amendments to the Electoral Commission Act of 1996

Government’s plan to create 800,000 jobs in South Africa – where it’s hiring and how to apply  –  The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) says the country’s historic drive to get more South Africans to work has kicked off as part of the Economic Recovery and Reconstruction Plan.


Zuma’s recusal gambit — a plan to collapse the ‘slaughterhouse’ commission?  –  By the end of the day during which he asked Judge Zondo to recuse himself, Zuma had sunk, exhausted, into his chair.

Zuma not accusing Zondo of bias, but some comments ‘crossed the line’  –   Muzi Sikhakhane on Monday took pains to emphasise that the application for Zondo to recuse himself was not based on the notion that he had prejudged Zuma.


SA Reserve Bank has scope for another interest rate cut this week  –  The South African Reserve Bank has scope for another rate cut at its final 2020 Monetary Policy Committee meeting this week,


A massive windfarm in South Africa is ready for business – creating energy for nearly 500,000 homes  –  Renewable power generation company, Lekela, has announced that its 140MW Kangnas wind farm in South Africa has successfully reached commercial operations.


Big DStv streaming changes – What you need to know  –  DStv is making significant changes to the way its online and app-based streaming works.


Madeleine McCann suspect ‘taken to hospital with broken ribs after row in cell’  –  Christian B, as he is known under German privacy laws, reportedly needed hospital treatment following the altercation.


Biden warns ‘more people may die’ unless Trump starts cooperating  –  President-elect warns ‘we are going into a very dark winter’ as president tries to take credit for Moderna’s Covid vaccine

Zuckerberg and Dorsey to be quizzed by Senate following Biden vote victory  –  Senators are about to grill Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg.




England’s Buttler wary of ‘fantastic’ De Kock ahead of South Africa tour  –   The tour will go ahead despite the administrative chaos within South African cricket and will include three T20 matches and three one-day internationals.

Joburg Open Pro Am to pay homage to Struggle veteran Andrew Mlangeni  –  What do Gin and Golf have in common, apart from the letter G?

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