Tuesday 27th July

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Breezy this morning; sunshine and warm
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LOCAL: (St Francis & Kouga Region)

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

New-look William Moffett Expressway bridge to be unveiled  –  The William Moffett Expressway bridge has received a much-needed facelift which will  be unveiled on Tuesday

SA & AFRICA NEWS: 

Millions of canned products recalled by Tiger Brands  –  Tiger Brands has issued a recall for several of their canned vegetable products from the KOO and Hugo’s brands.

Where vaccinated South Africans can fly to right now  –  Inter-provincial travel for leisure resumed on Monday as South Africa moved to adjusted alert level 3 lockdown. But what about international travel?

Here are South Africa’s new school calendars  – The Department of Basic Education has gazetted the proposed school calendar for the 2023 academic year for comment and confirmed the school calendar for the 2022 school year.

COVID NEWS:

SA Covid-19 death toll passes 70 000 mark  –  A further 243 people have succumbed to the coronavirus in South Africa, taking the overall death toll to over 70 000.

COVID VACCINE:

Everything you need to know about vaccines — our only viable strategy for living with Covid-19  –  Our only hope for getting the pandemic under control is for as many people as possible to be vaccinated against it as quickly as possible.

Aspen confirms release of J&J vaccines  –  The company said the roll-out from its Gqeberha facility represented a significant landmark for South Africa and the African continent.

UNREST & LOOTINGT:

Patriotic Alliance mayoral candidate charged with terrorism and inciting violence  –  The state has added a charge of terrorism to the case of incitement to commit public violence opened against Patriotic Alliance leader mayoral candidate Bruce Nimmerhoudt

‘Pablo’, the R70k blue sofa looted during the unrest in Durban, has been found  –  “PABLO”, the R70 000 blue couch taken when an upmarket furniture store in Springfield was looted two weeks ago, has been recovered.

POLITICS & PARLIAMENT:

Pondering Polls: The 2021 local elections might still be the least worst outcome in a time of no good options  –  The 2021 local polls may in fact turn out to be an election showdown very few wanted. 

R350 grant just a food parcel programme: Malema  –  The EFF says government reinstating the grant until a month after local elections smacks of vote-grabbing

CORRUPTION WATCH:

Anatomy of a ‘rigged’ contract: Digital Vibes tender deeply flawed, unlawful and invalid, says SIU  –  New filings from the Special Investigating Unit concerning the Department of Health’s Digital Vibes contract illustrate how the tender process was allegedly ‘rigged’ to favour the connected communications firm.

COURTS, NPA, HAWKS CRIME & SAPS:

PwC and Nkonki: The auditors who clipped SAA’s wings  –  The ‘Big Four’ audit firms — Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PwC — all play a systemic role in economic crimes and State Capture. 

BUSINESS & MONEY MATTERS:

Public sector unions accept the government’s below-inflation salary increase offer  –  Public servants’ trade unions have conceded that the government cannot afford their demands for salary increases in 2021 that amount to more than 8%.

Adjusted lockdown: Tourism sector still in ‘dangerous zone’  –  Industry welcomes the lifting of the alcohol ban and opening of interprovincial travel, but says it is still in critical condition.

Small businesses in South Africa can pay 0% tax — here is how  –  Turnover Tax lets small businesses in South Africa reduce their company tax from the 28% rate that SARS levies on profits to as little as 0%. 

Down to two planes, Mango should’ve been in business rescue with SAA  –  After route and flight cuts, the airline is barely operating at all.

CRYPTOCURRENCY:

South African Bitcoin Brothers — our lawyer was threatened and father kidnapped  –  Raees Cajee, one of the infamous “Bitcoin Brothers” who co-founded Africrypt and is accused of absconding with bitcoin worth R51 billion, has filed court papers to oppose the company’s liquidation.

TECHNOLOGY & TELEVISION:

Jeff Bezos offers Nasa $2bn in exchange for moon mission contract  –  Billionaire lost out to Elon Musk’s SpaceX in lunar bid. Contract is to build craft to take astronauts to the moon

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:

US combat forces to leave Iraq by end of year  –  President Joe Biden says US forces will end their combat mission in Iraq by the end of this year, but will continue to train and advise the Iraqi military.

EARTH, SPACE & THE UNIVERSE:

BioNTech using COVID jab technology to develop effective malaria vaccine  –  According to the World Health Organisation, there were 229 million cases of malaria globally in 2019, with 94% in Africa.

THIS & THAT:

Canterbury Cathedral stained glass is among world’s oldest  – New research indicates that some stained glass windows from Canterbury Cathedral may be among the oldest in the world.

OLYMPICS: 

Tatjana Schoenmaker claims silver medal for Team South Africa in 100m breaststroke final  –  TATJANA Schoenmaker was all smiles as she clinched Team South Africa’s first medal at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday in the 100m breaststroke final.

Blitzboks defence stands strong to hold off Kenya and qualify for quarter-finals  –  THERE were some worrying moments, but the Springbok Sevens side displayed great composure under pressure to beat Kenya 14-5

Olympic surfing finals brought forward as storm approaches  –  Olympic surfing chiefs have scrapped the final day of competition to cram medal events into Tuesday’s schedule while big waves last, as a tropical storm approaches Japan.

SPORT: 

Springboks to host Argentina at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium  –  The Springboks will start the defence of their Castle Lager Rugby Championship title against Argentina when they return to the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium next month. 

Injuries forced us to make changes at half time, says Bok assistant coach Deon Davids  –  Springbok assistant coach Deon Davids says injury was the reason for the starting front-row’s half-time substitution.