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Tuesday 23rd June

Covid-19 and Local News & Updates

Tests Conducted – 1 328 060 |  Positive Cases – 97302  |  Recoveries – 51608  |  Deaths – 1930

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LOCAL:

Covid-19 Update 43 – Kouga Residents Encouraged to Register for Email Account Option  –  Kouga Finance Portfolio Councillor, Brenton Williams, said the Post Office would once again be delivering accounts under level three of the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown.

PORT ELIZABETH, EASTERN CAPE AND SOUTHERN CAPE: 

Eastern Cape Covid-19 cases continue to climb  –  As the number of Covid-19 cases continues to rise across the province, the office of the premier said it was intensifying efforts to contain the virus through mass screening and targeted testing of significant contacts.

AlgoaFMUpdate on active Covid cases and death toll in EC municipalities  –  The Sarah Baartman District Municipality has 396 active cases with a death toll of 21.

Nelson Mandela Bay on the brink of full-blown hospital bed crisis  –  Hospitals in Nelson Mandela Bay were implementing emergency plans on Monday as the number of coronavirus cases in the metro neared 5,000 and was expected to double in the next 10 days.

More field hospitals for Eastern Cape as union expects ‘explosion’ of Covid-19 cases  –  The construction of 4 000-bed field hospitals in the Eastern Cape is expected to ease the burden on strained provincial hospitals.

Greenacres, Cuyler hospitals suspend elective surgery  –  The Netcare hospitals in Nelson Mandela Bay — Greenacres in Port Elizabeth and Cuyler in Uitenhage — are suspending elective surgery and non-urgent medical admissions until further notice

COVID-19:

TimesliveSA hits 101,000 Covid-19 cases as deaths approach 2,000  –  South Africa passed another grim Covid-19 milestone on Monday, as it surpassed the 100,000 mark for confirmed infections. 

NATIONAL COMMAND COUNCIL & LOCKDOWN:

Why Bheki Cele could face a legal challenge for confiscating alcohol  –  Police Minister Bheki Cele could possibly face a legal challenge for confiscating alcohol found in possession of motorists, says a law expert.

Tobacco wars: what Mboweni and Dlamini-Zuma should do  –  The National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) need not wait for rulings to be delivered in the two cases before the court 

SOUTH AFRICA & AFRICAN CONTINENT:

My BroadbandFrom rubber bullets to stun grenades – The weapons used against South African protesters  –  The South African Police Service (SAPS) has an array of weapons which help to control crowds when protests turn violent.

TimesliveResidents fume as ‘dangerous’ Cape Town rock art destroyed  –  A spontaneous outcrop of rock sculptures in Kalk Bay has been demolished by the City of Cape Town due to concerns about public safety.

Independent On LineMedical association shocked by traffic cops’ alleged xenophobic attack on doctor, wife  –  The South African Medical Association (SAMA) says it is shocked and appalled at an apparent xenophobic attack on a doctor and his wife in Tshwane.

Independent On LineTaxis holding country to ransom, says trade union  –  “Striking taxi associations are holding the country to ransom in a time where we should all be working towards economic recovery,” said Mazhindu.   

SA AIRWAYS:

Business Maverick SAA rescue plan: Will it fly?  –  The SAA business rescue practitioners have finally put their plan on the table. 

Business MaverickSA Airlink wants to sink SAA business rescue proceedings  –  Privately-owned airlines are strongly against a final business rescue plan to restructure state-owned SAA and recapitalise it through taxpayer-funded bailouts. 

COURTS:

Jacob Zuma back in court for corruption trial: What can we expect?  –  After a massive outcry over his non-attendance in court earlier this year, citing ill health, former president Jacob Zuma is expected to appear in person at the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Tuesday for his corruption trial.

Court grants restraint order against alleged Gupta ‘fixer’ Kuben Moodley  –  An order restraining alleged Gupta “fixer” Kuben Moodley and his letterbox company, Albatime, from dealing with R232 million worth of assets.

GENDER BASED VIOLENCE:

TimesliveSA needs more social workers to address scourge of GBV: Ramaphosa  –  President Cyril Ramaphosa would like South African men to get some sort of counselling as one way of addressing the brutal violence against women in SA.

The CitizenJustice must prevail, politician says of alleged rapist son  –  He said as a parent and an anti-gender-based violence campaigner, he hoped the police would investigate the case thoroughly ‘for justice to prevail’.

BUSINESS, MONEY & ECONOMY:

BusinesstechSARS will start issuing ‘auto-assessments’ to taxpayers later this year – here’s how it works  –  The South African Revenue Services (SARS) will start issuing auto-assessments from 1 August.

money webGrowthpoint warns of up to 20% decline in SA property values  –  An ominous warning that commercial property valuations in the country could plunge by between 10% to 20% over the next two years in the wake over the Covid-19 fallout.

money webCovid-19 is shaking up the insurance sector  –  Traditionally, people get insurance coverage through a broker but now they are increasingly open to the internet for the ‘grudge’ purchase.

The CitizenEdcon rescue plan finally approved  –  The business rescue plan which would see the retailer being sold off in divisions, was approved at a meeting of the creditors on Monday night,

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY:

My BroadbandTelkom subscriber numbers – Everything is down, with one exception  –  Telkom has released its financial results for the year ended 31 March 2020, which showed a sharp decline in subscribers across most segments.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

BBC newsTrump targets foreign workers with new visa freeze  –  US President Donald Trump has extended a pause on some green cards and suspended visas for other foreign workers until the end of 2020.

The GuardianGlobal report: South Korea has Covid-19 second wave as Israel ponders new lockdown  –  New infections in and around Seoul; Spain reports 36 new outbreaks; New Zealand strengthens borders

THIS & THAT:

BBC newsWildlife scientists examine the great ‘human pause’  –  A UK-led team has launched an initiative to track wildlife before, during and after lockdown.

ON A LIGHTER NOTE:

WATCH | Five must-watch videos of domestic employee Thembi and her employer Malcolm Wentzel  –  Domestic employee Thembi Ubisi and her employer Malcolm Wentzel have become internet sensations after videos showing their unique relationship went viral on Twitter last week.

SPORT: 

Sport24Mysterious ‘Suzie’ and other 1995 Rugby World Cup headline makers  –  South Africa skipper Francois Pienaar receiving the Rugby World Cup from Nelson Mandela endured long after the 1995 final, but there were other headline makers at the tournament.

SA Rugby take back controlling share of Southern Kings  –  Failure by the Greatest Rugby Company in the Whole Wide World (GRC) to meet its financial commitments has resulted in the SA Rugby taking back its controlling 74% share in the Isuzu Southern Kings.

Collo’s Blog:

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...

NSRI warns of increased shark activity on Southern Coastline

NSRI are appealing to bathers, paddlers, body borders and surfers to be cautious along the Southern Cape coastline and the Eastern Cape coastline, in particular around the coastline of...

FOSTER Chairman responds to complaints over Wildside barriers

FOSTER has been responsible for proclaiming and managing the reserve network in the St Francis region since the 1980s.It does this with the full support of the Kouga Municipality which...

Reader unhappy with blockades on the Wildside

There has been a fair amount of discussion on social regarding the barriers that FOSTER has erected along the walkways on the Wildside. here is one readers view.“I am shocked and most...

Address by Mayor Hendricks on latest Covid-19 infections in Kouga Region

A sudden surge primarily at Humansdorp has see cases of the virus double in two days 

Sea Vista Food Relief Project paused to reassess needs 

After almost 14 weeks and 6500 food parcel deliveries, the DVG, St Francis United Church and Rotary Club St Francis food relief project has now been paused so that we may reassess the...

Fabulous Foods for Father’s Day

According to Grace Stevens, in her experienced opinion as a baking genius and as a mom, nothing is more important than showing your family how much you appreciate them. Fabulous food is...

On the matter of clearing bush

There has been concern on social media that an area of bush cleared between the township and the Air Park has been cleared so more shacks can be built.  This is not the case and as...

St Francis Property Owners committee instructed to amend  NPC MOI

Kouga local municipality has issued an instruction to the SFPO NPC directors to amend the MOI to make it compliant with Kouga municipal property rates policy In the SFPO NPC Minutes of 6...

Bush Clearing – this is serious, folks!

Considering the gale force winds of yesterday it does not take much imagination to visualise what would have happened had there been just a spark of fire somewhere in the bush in and...

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Stunning Sunset – Photo by Robert Helmsley

Submit your photograph of one of the stunning sunrises or sunsets that we enjoy over St Francis to colin@stfrancistoday.co.za or WhatsApp 082 554 0796  –  Don’t forget to add your name and contact details for there is a prize for the winner.