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Tuesday 22nd September

Covid-19 and Local News & Updates

Tests Conducted – 4 401 453  |  Positive Cases – 661211 |  Recoveries – 590071  |  Deaths – 15953

 

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7qwgkpf8WQ&feature=youtu.beIt 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...

LOCAL:

2nd Edition of The West Wind online now – The latest edition of St Francis’ digital magazine is now available online

Emergency Plan for the Spit  –  St Francis Property Owners NPC issued the following media release with regard the recent breach on the spit

Keep Kouga Safe Campaign Launched  –   Kouga has set it sights on becoming the safest municipality in South Africa to live, work and play.

PORT ELIZABETH, EASTERN CAPE & SOUTHERN COAST:

AlgoaFMLatest dam levels for Nelson Mandela Bay as at 21 September  –  Nelson Mandela Bay’s main supply dams have shown a slight decline in volume in the past five days.  

Caring for the elderly during lockdown was ‘wasteful expenditure’, says Eastern Cape social development department  –  An association representing 25 organisations providing food, medicine and care to the elderly has had its funding of more than R1m withdrawn by the Eastern Cape Department of Social Development

Man arrested during Fairview protests released on bail  –  A man arrested last Thursday at the Fairview Racecourse during violent protests appeared briefly in the St Albans Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

AlgoaFMMohair worth millions recovered after truck hijacking in PE  –  The K9 unit in Port Elizabeth recovered a hijacked truck and 90 bales of mohair valued at about R4 million on Monday,

The CitizenAndile Lungisa to hear fate on Friday  –  Lungisa was convicted and sentenced to three years in prison (one year suspended) for assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm in 2018, News24 reported.

COVID-19:.

BizNewsInside Covid-19: How tracing app REALLY works – experts; vaccines; malnutrition Ep 87  –  As South Africa eased into a new normal under level 1 of lockdown, citizens were urged to download a tracing app so that the country can avoid going into another strict lockdown. 

Timeslive725 new Covid-19 cases confirmed in SA as deaths approach 16,000  –  Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that this meant there are now 661,936 total infections confirmed countrywide.

SOUTH AFRICA & AFRICAN CONTINENT:

BusinesstechA new alcohol tax – and why it won’t work in South Africa  –  Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says that his department has previously looked at using alcohol and other sin taxes to help fund the country’s healthcare sector.

Independent On LineWATCH: Queer activists occupy lavish Camps Bay residence for ‘safe space’ usage  –  A group of queer activists are currently occupying a residence in Camps Bay as a safe space for queer individuals.

BBC newsMozambique: Why did these men shoot a naked woman dead?  –  A growing insurgency has been ravaging large areas of northern Mozambique.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS:

Mthembu says Ramaphosa is ‘really sick’ – but spokesman says it’s just a cold  –  President Cyril Ramaphosa is recovering from a common cold, his acting spokesperson Tyrone Seale told TimesLIVE on Monday.

Timeslive‘It will be difficult to back ANC’: Nehawu  –    The largest public sector union has warned that it will be difficult to convince its members to continue voting for the ANC.

Independent On LineMake the report public, says DA to Ramaphosa on ANC’s use of a military jet  –  Official opposition says Ramaphosa must make public the report that potentially details ’flagrant abuse of state resources’

ZONDO COMMISSION:

Daily MaverickEnd of the line as Zondo tells Zuma appearance dates are non-negotiable  –  Former President Jacob Zuma is running out of options. Next month, the State Capture Inquiry’s legal team will again argue why the Chairperson should sign off a summons against Zuma. 

ESKOM:

My BroadbandThis load-shedding chart shows just how bad 2020 has been  –  The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) recently published a chart which illustrates just how bad load-shedding has been this year.

SA AIRWAYS:

BusinesstechNot shutting down SAA will cost taxpayers: Outa  –  Civil society group Outa has called on government to liquidate South African Airways (SAA) instead of pouring more money into the failed airline.

BUSINESS, MONEY & ECONOMY:

Business MaverickJuly hotel, food and beverage data highlight lockdown’s mounting economic costs  –  The third quarter of 2020 began on 1 July and data show some sectors picking up pace after the hard lockdown

money webMotorists set to pay for Gautrain expansion  –  Part of the multi-billion rand cost – because ‘people in cars don’t pay their fair share in terms of the taxes they pay’.

TECHNOLOGY & TELEVISION:

My BroadbandMusk to deliver important “Battery Day” Tesla update  –  Tesla Inc. will provide a highly anticipated technology update on Tuesday when Elon Musk takes center stage 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

Trump met with potential SCOTUS nominee Amy Coney Barrett, sources tell Fox News  –  The news supported widespread speculation that emerged after Ginsburg’s death.

CLIMATE:

The GuardianRising temperatures shrink Arctic sea ice to second-lowest level on record  –  Sea ice minimum has fallen below 4m sq km for the second time in 40 years as the climate crisis rapidly transforms the region

OCEAN:

BBC newsAustralia whales: 90 dead in mass stranding off Tasmania  –  At least a third of 270 whales stranded off the coast of Australia’s Tasmania have died and more are feared to be dying, rescuers say.

GARDENING:

Maverick LifeRose is a rose is a rose…  –  A 1913 poem by Gertrude Stein describes the inimitable majesty of the rose.

SPORT:

The CitizenIt’s a bucks bonanza! Louis has 14 million reasons to smile  –  Oosthuizen will be smiling all the way to the bank, but veteran Els, rookie Higgo and ladies star Buhai also bagged plenty of cash after thrilling performances over the weekend

Independent On LineSquash SA introduce equal prize-money for men and women at Growthpoint SA Nationals  –   In a year of unique circumstances, Squash South Africa (Squash SA) will be adding another first when it offers equal prize-money for men and women 

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