Tuesday 17th August

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WEATHER
Breezy with sunshine
Max 19C
Wind – WSW 28 km/h

LOCAL: (St Francis & Kouga Region)

International Lighthouse Weekend – A happy belated Mandela Day celebration for Talhado  –  When Sunday’s weather turned out to be near perfect it was destined that the fundraiser organised for Talhado Children’s Haven at the Seal Point lighthouse was going to be a success. 

LOCAL ELECTIONS | Check your voter registration online  –  Our elections website shows you quickly where you are registered

Worrying trend in attacks on Hankey farmers  –  The second attack on farmers in the Hankey area in as many weeks should be sounding alarms, and police should be pulling out all stops to bring these assailants to justice.

REGIONAL NEWS: (East Cape, Port Elizabeth & Southern Coast) 

Controversial R4.8m Eastern Cape Covid awareness campaign contractor takes payment battle to special tribunal  –  A special tribunal will rule on Wednesday if an order that stopped payment for a controversial door-to-door Covid-19 awareness campaign in the OR Tambo District Municipality in the Eastern Cape will be rescinded after the owner of the company mounted a legal fightback.

Court action looming over sewerage spill in Nahoon Estuary  –  Visibly thick and brown sewerage sludge with a horrible stench that leaves a canoe paddler out of breath has been spilling into the Nahoon River in East London for years. 

SA & AFRICA NEWS: 

Search continues for serial cat killer after police release 40-year-old suspect  –  Police have released a 40-year-old suspect, detained for questioning in connection with a spate of brutal cat killings, in Manenberg.

Outa asks Mbalula to rethink deadline for renewing driving licences amid backlog, inefficiencies  –  The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has called on transport minister Fikile Mbalula to extend the deadline for renewing driving licences that expired between March 26 and December 31 2020.

Nigeria’s Esther Chukwuemeka becomes youngest barrister in Africa  –  At 20 years old, become Africa’s youngest barrister (advocate) to be called to the Nigerian Bar as a solicitor and advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

COVID NEWS:

Covid-19 in SA: 170 deaths, 10 748 new infections as 13 510 hospitalised  –  THE Department of Health said yesterday that 170 more people had succumbed to the coronavirus in South Africa, while over 10 748 more people were infected with the virus.

New Zealand records another 41 Covid cases as it braces for biggest outbreak of pandemic  –  Cluster has grown to 148 people, with experts saying it could grow to 1,000 and take four to six weeks to stamp out

COVID VACCINE:

‘Herd immunity is something that we must all forget now’ – Emile Stipp, Discovery’s Chief Actuary  –  Last week, Bloomberg reported that – according to Emile Stipp, the Chief Actuary at Discovery – as many as four out of five South Africans had already had Covid-19.

POLITICS & PARLIAMENT:

Lindiwe Zulu’s contrarian move could be a sign of new ANC factional fights to come  –   Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu’s suggestion for a National Social Security Fund, made without the agreement of the rest of the Cabinet, while disregarding important stakeholders, could become a test of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s ability to keep control over his Cabinet.

DA unveils metro mayoral candidates, dares others to do the same  –  The DA has announced a mixed bag of old and new candidates to run for mayorship in five of the country’s eight metropolitan municipalities.

Local elections: We didn’t ask for a change of deadline, we are ready for 27 October – Jessie Duarte  – The party says it did not join the IEC’s ConCourt bid to postpone the local government elections.

COURTS, NPA, HAWKS CRIME & SAPS:

‘Court will deal with that’: Zuma team fails to submit medical report on time  –  NPA ‘can confirm they missed the deadline to file the medical report’

BUSINESS & MONEY MATTERS:

South African taxpayers panic ahead of planned emigration change  –  National Treasury and the South African Revenue Services (SARS) have published the 2021 Draft Taxation Laws Amendment Bill.

ENERGY & ESKOM:

Eskom’s De Ruyter — Coal power “new apartheid” danger for South Africa  –  Eskom CEO André de Ruyter said that if South Africa clings to coal power generation, it will face the same kind of isolation and sanctions as during Apartheid,

TECHNOLOGY & TELEVISION:

Goodbye TV licence — Watch DStv without paying the SABC  –  You can keep watching DStv without needing a TV licence if you use MultiChoice’s decoder-less online streaming option and a monitor rather than a TV set

Surf legends shine in sizeable conditions at the SA Longboarding Champs

Day Two of the South African Longboarding Champs presented by RYD Brand sanctioned by Surfing South Africa kicked off in balmy weather and, once...

Jeffreys Bay delivers pristine waves for Day 1 of the SA Longboard Championships

Llandudno surfer Luke Slijpen is embarking on his rookie year on the World Surf League's (WSL) World Qualifying Series (WQS) with the strong backing...

Llandudno Surfer Luke Slijpen Signs Multi-Year Deal With Quiksilver International

Llandudno surfer Luke Slijpen is embarking on his rookie year on the World Surf League's (WSL) World Qualifying Series (WQS) with the strong backing...

International Lighthouse Weekend – A happy belated Mandela Day celebration for Talhado

   When Sunday’s weather turned out to be near perfect it was destined that the fundraiser organised for Talhado Children’s Haven at the Seal Point...

Municipality To Find Lasting Solution For Stray Animals

KOUGA Municipality is looking at different approaches to find a permanent solution for roaming animals across the region.Community Services...

Kouga Adds No Markup on Electricity Tariff Increase

AS much as Kouga Municipality was mindful of the tough economic climate on residents, its recent electricity tariff increase was guided by the...

Municipality to Clamp Down on Illegal Electricity

KOUGA Municipality, in conjunction with the local South African Police Service, is set to clamp down on illegal electricity connections in the...

International Lighthouse Weekend celebrated at Seal Point Lighthouse this Sunday.

 This coming weekend is International Lighthouse Weekend where Lighthouse managers, keepers and owners are encouraged to open their lighthouse or...

So many ways people are helping FOSTER

FOSTER as an organisation is managed by a small committee of dedicated volunteers with different portfolios and responsibilities which is ably...

The Experience Northern Cape Namakwa Challenge Is Approaching

The inaugural WSL Speciality Event for the Northern Cape region, the Experience Northern Cape Namakwa Challenge presented by Billabong Adventure...

INTERNATIONAL:

Afghanistan: US under pressure over evacuation deadline  –  The US is being pressed to allow more time for evacuation from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan as the deadline for its withdrawal nears.

Trump’s border wall reportedly in severe disrepair in Arizona  –  Photographs published by Gizmodo appear to show sections of the partially constructed wall torn apart by monsoon rains

SOCIAL MEDIA:

Facebook app gets voice and video calling  –  Some users, including those in the U.S., will be able to place voice or video calls from the Facebook app beginning Monday.                               

EARTH, SPACE & THE UNIVERSE:

Unprecedented loss of biodiversity: A million species under threat but there are ways to conserve earth’s living systems  –  The UN Biodiversity Convention has mapped the steps we need to take to conserve the earth’s living systems. It’s going to be a rough ride. But the WWF says it doesn’t go far enough.

Climate change: Europe’s extreme rains made more likely by humans  –  The heavy rainfall behind deadly flooding in Europe in July was made more likely by climate change, scientists say.

SPORT:

Proteas head to West Indies looking to build confidence ahead of ICC Cricket World Cup  –  South African cricketers don’t have much experience of playing in major finals for the national team.

Proteas coach Mark Boucher apologises for ‘racist taunts’  –  Embattled Proteas coach Mark Boucher has apologised for his involvement in racial taunts aimed at black former national team teammates