Time for Level Three

Tuesday 19th May

Covid-19 and Local News & Updates

Tests Conducted – 475071  Positive Cases –  16433  |  Recoveries – 7298 |  Deaths – 286

EDITORS COMMENT
PLEASE SAVE WATER! – VIDEO – Dam levels are reaching critically low levels and it is up to each of us to make every effort to use water sparingly

LOCAL:

Mayor Hendricks Video Message –  VIDEO   –  Mayor Horation on Covid-a9 and state of Kouga Municipality

PORT ELIZABETH, EASTERN CAPE & SOUTHERN COAST:

Eastern Cape in race to avoid formation of ‘superclusters’ as Covid-19 infection rate climbs  – The Eastern Cape is fighting to gain control over fast-growing coronavirus outbreaks as the province’s premier admits that they have only 66 ICU and high care beds. 

Newton Park SUPERSPAR records Covid-19 case  –  The Newton Park SUPERSPAR temporarily closed its doors on Monday after an employee tested positive for Covid-19.

AlgoaFMThree more police stations in EC closed due to Covid19  –  Two trade unions in the SA Police Service have raised concerns at the number of members testing positive for Covid19, leading to the closure of police stations across the country.

COVID-19
Businesstech16,433 confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa as deaths rise to 286  –  Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced that there are now 16,433 confirmed cases of coronavirus in South Africa.

LOCKDOWN:
INFOGRAPHICS | Covid-19: The seven hardest-hit districts in SA and why lockdown can’t be lifted yet  –  As government consultations continue over the possibility of lowering lockdown levels at the end of May, early analysis by the Department of Health has revealed the seven hardest-hit districts likely to remain at high risk stages.  

TimeslivePaying admission of guilt fine during lockdown will get you a criminal record, parliament hears  –  Concerns have been raised in parliament over law-abiding citizens incurring criminal records for breaching Covid-19 lockdown provisions.

Daily MaverickLevel 3 could be the short-term panacea the government needs right now  –  For the government to regain legitimacy, it has to convince citizens that it is trying to make their lives as safe and as easy as possible.

SOUTH AFRICA & AFRICAN CONTINENT:
The CitizenMore than 14K virus parolees would’ve been eligible for parole within two years  –  The offenders will be released in a phased process, starting with women, children and elderly inmates, Justice Minister Ronald Lamola said.

Lawyers for Cradock Four push NPA for a decision on prosecutions  –  A law firm representing the families of the Cradock Four has demanded that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) decides by no later than July 10 on whether or not to prosecute

Daily MaverickRegional leaders to meet over threat posed by insurgency in Mozambique  –  Regional leaders are to meet in Harare on Tuesday  to address the growing threat to the region of the Islamist insurgency in northern Mozambique. 

GOVERNMENT:
The CitizenDlamini-Zuma misses parly meeting, ‘busy with level 3 regulations’  –  A precise date has not yet been given, but the fact that Dlamini-Zuma is working on regulations can be viewed as a strong indicator that it will be sooner rather than later.

SOE’s
money webCourt ruling on SAA retrenchments ‘wrong’, say BRPs  –  Employees at risk of fair dismissal for operational reasons before business rescue effectively given immunisation against dismissal for any reason.

Eskom initiates forensic investigation into its under-reporting of air pollution contraventions  –  Disturbing new evidence has come to light of serious under-reporting by Eskom of legal contraventions of particulate matter emission limits.

Business MaverickSA Express liquidators suspend employment contracts of workers  –  The move by the provisional liquidators confirms an already dire situation for 691 SA Express workers who haven’t been paid full salaries by the insolvent airline since 25 March.

SOCIAL MEDIA:
defend truthHow disinformation, propaganda and manipulation shape our online discourse (Chapter 1)  – From Putin, Trump and Zuma directly to your screen – or via a myriad of intermediaries – the goal is the same: Influence. 

BUSINESS, MONEY & ECONOMY:
Daily MaverickFrom the ridiculous to the sublime: Our lockdown adventure with the UIF  –  If at first you don’t succeed with UIF, try and try again – they seem to want to help, but are as overwhelmed by lockdown and the pandemic as we are.

money webThe impact of Covid-19 on households  –  The pandemic is forcing consumers to relook their finances.

 

TECHNOLOGY:
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My BroadbandUS-China escalation will be terrible for tech industry – Huawei  –  Huawei Technologies Co. warned the latest U.S. curbs on its business will inflict a “terrible price” on the global technology industry

My BroadbandNetflix streaming quality improves after bitrate reduction lifted  –  Netflix is working to revert its video streaming bitrates to pre-coronavirus levels,

World:
BBC newsCoronavirus vaccine: First evidence jab can train immune system  –  The first hints that a vaccine can train people’s immune system to fight coronavirus have been reported by a company in the US.

The GuardianCoronavirus world map: which countries have the most cases and deaths?  –  Covid-19 has spread around the planet, sending billions of people into lockdown as health services struggle to cope. 

Interesting:
BBC newsMars: Mud flows on Red Planet behave like ‘boiling toothpaste’  –  Scientists have made a surprising discovery about Mars by playing with muck in the laboratory.

FASHION:
Independent On LineDuchess Kate ‘doesn’t think twice about recycling clothes’  –  The 38-year-old royal is an influential force in the world of fashion – but that hasn’t stopped her from re-wearing outfits for special occasions

SPORT:

The GuardianChristiaan Bezuidenhout: ‘There was a bottle of rat poison … I took a sip’  –  South African almost died at the age of two but after six years with the Ernie Els foundation he has announced himself in a major way

BBC newsRory McIlroy shines as golf makes TV return with Covid-19 charity fundraiser in Florida  –  Rory McIlroy is golf’s top ambassador at just the time it most needs one.

Collo’s Blog:

The other side of the smoking ban  –  Those deprived of their nicotine fix and having to go cold turkey will have climbed walls an no doubt there has been family arguments and some serious psychological damage done.

Relief as Building Plan Amnesty extended 

Home-owners have been granted a further year to apply for amnesty from fines and penalties payable for incomplete or incorrect building plans. The extension was approved by the Kouga...

NSRI advise caution following the SA Weather Service severe weather forecast:

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) is appealing for public caution following the South African Weather Service (SAWS) forecasting high, rough seas and gale force winds expected...

Kouga Traffic re-opens for licence renewals and registration

The Kouga Traffic Department in Humansdorp has re-opened for driving and motor vehicle licence renewals and registrations. Motorists are asked to take note that the operating hours has...

The Magic of the Cape St Francis Nature Reserves is being Discovered

Wonderful article submitted by Matt Gennrich on our nature reservesCape St Francis is home to 4 different nature reserves showcasing the amazing biodiversity of the fauna and flora of...

Extra Rates Rebate For Pensioners

Applications Now OpenPensioners who own property in Kouga can now apply for extra rates rebates if their combined monthly household income is R15 000 or less.The rebates were approved by...

Water Drive off to great start

Water Drive off to great start as Hankey & Patensie head For the annual "Dry Period" from 11 to 26 JulyThe water drive for Hankey and Patensie got off to a great start this weekend,...

A Word of CAUTION 

With the roadworks presently underway on St Francis Drive and the intersections on Lyme Roads North and South as well as the SPAR parking exit, drivers must take extra care. Whilst roads...

Water drive for Hankey and Patensie

Kouga Municipality is collecting bottled water for residents from Hankey and Patensie.The Kouga Dam, which supplies the towns with water, is almost dry.In addition, the annual dry period...

Hankey SMMES benefit from ground-breaking project

History is being made in the Gamtoos Valley where ten local SMMEs have been employed by Kouga Municipality to build temporary shelters for beneficiaries of the upcoming Hankey RDP...

New TLB Driver Clears The Way For Women

A former litter-picker is clearing a new career path for women at Kouga Municipality.Nokufika Mvundla (46) has become the first woman to be appointed as a plant operator at the...

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