Tuesday 18th February

 No Load Shedding Today in St Francis

Local News


St Francis Brick & Pant Hire

A Call for Food Parcels


Kouga Service Emergency Numbers


Draft budget and IDP adopted

Kouga Municipality’s draft Integrated Development Plan (IDP)...

7 000 Soaps Distributed – More Needed!

Almost 7 000 households across Kouga were armed with soap and...

NSRI Durban assist Queen Mary 2

 NSRI Durban duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Alick...


ESSENTIAL service delivery will continue across Kouga during...

No controlled burns allowed during lockdown

Approval has been withdrawn for all controlled burns until...

Water rationing to Hankey and Patensie lifted for Covid-19 lockdown

Water rationing to Hankey and Patensie will be lifted...


The Kouga Council is in full support of the 21-day lockdown...

Kouga Municipality notice on restrictions on local public facilities

Quick reference to measures in place to contain the spread of...

PE, East Cape & Southern Coast

SAA plane makes emergency landing at PE Airport  –  An SAA plane was forced to make  an emergency landing at the Port Elizabeth International Airport shortly after midday on Monday

Herald LiveNMU app brings health care closer to people  –  Ncediso™ is a mobile app designed to make health care and medical information more accessible to those with limited or no medical training.

AlgoaFMKitten rescued by PE “Atlas Man”  –  An armed response officer from Atlas Security in Port Elizabeth learned that there was more than one way to skin a cat.

Raw sewage flows into Sundays River  –  Raw sewage from a municipal sewage works has been flowing into the Sundays River near Graaff-Reinet,

South Africa & African Continent

News24SA prisons are the ‘worst places’, offer ‘no rehab’, says Fees Must Fall activist Kanya Cekeshe  –  South African prisons offer “no rehabilitation” and instead of rehabilitating criminals the jails merely offer them a “life of institutionalised crime”.

City of Cape Town granted interim relief order to enforce bt-laws against refugees  –  The judge said that the city could start enforcing its by-laws within seven days of setting up the logistics for the verification process.

The CitizenCourt releases 10 activists arrested during SA-Eng T20  –  The anti-air pollution activists were arrested on Sunday after running onto the SuperSport Park pitch during the T20 cricket match between England and SA.

Half a million face hunger in drought-stricken Lesotho  –  The European Union on Monday announced aid worth R24 million, but much more is needed.

Gender Based Violence

TimesliveXander Bylsma found guilty of murder of two girls at Stella school hostel  –  A 22-year-old man has been found guilty of murdering two teenage girls at their school hostel in May 2018.

EFF councillor accused of raping NMU student resigns  –  An EFF councillor who is accused of raping a Nelson Mandela University student has resigned.

State Capture

‘Mr X’ tells Zondo Commission of elaborate payments made from Mhlathuze Water  –  The witness was referred to as Mr X because he fears for his life and had asked the commission to protect him. 

How PIC’s R4.3bn Ayo investment is being spent on Independent Media’s bills, Survé’s properties and Friends of Iqbal  –  The Survé family’s Sekunjalo Investment Holdings has extracted yet more from the R4.3-billion from PIC

Public Protector

Unpacking the Public Protector’s opposition to the scope of the Zondo Commission  –  Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane feels both a sense of ownership towards the inquiry into State Capture


EFF rejects De Klerk apology that ‘lacks sincerity’, says he must face the law  –  The EFF’s position is that De Klerk be subjected to a forensic inquiry on his role during apartheid, among others.

eNCA NewsANC calls on Parliament not to invite De Klerk again  –  The ANC says parliamentarians should consider not inviting former president FW De Klerk again.

Business, Money & The Economy

eNCA NewsMoody’s cuts South Africa’s growth forecast  –  The rand has taken another turn for the worse after ratings agency Moody’s cut its growth forecast for South Africa.

money webSAB’s new R5.4bn empowerment scheme to list on the JSE  –  AB InBev’s South African Breweries (SAB) unit plans to list its new R5.4 billion broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) ownership scheme


The GuardianGhost ship washes ashore in Ireland after more than a year at sea  –  Public warned away from MV Alta, which ran aground on Cork coast during Storm Dennis

BBC newsChina Uighurs: Detained for beards, veils and internet browsing  –  China denies any wrongdoing, saying it is combating terrorism and religious extremism.



My BroadbandBig SA Post Office ecommerce platform to launch in March – “This is a strategic priority for the South African Post Office and viewed as an important new revenue generator.”


Kolisi’s Boks triumph at the Oscars of sport  –  Siya Kolisi and his Springbok teammates were honoured for their achievements in 2019 at the Laureus World Sports Awards on Monday night.

Super Rugby XV of the week: Electric Elton, Springbok Stormers  –  There’s a nice eclectic mix to our team this week, even though the Sharks underperformed.

This & That

My BroadbandMy conversations with Bill Gates have been underwhelming – Elon Musk  –  Bill Gates paid Tesla Inc. a compliment for coaxing the car industry to go electric.

Off Facebook

“I started Nomvulas 14 years ago because I found it difficult to enjoy my lovely home while people up the road were living in shacks.


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