Nice to have a little more freedom with Level 3

Tuesday 2nd June

Covid-19 and Local News & Updates

Tests Conducted – 742742  Positive Cases – 34357  |  Recoveries – 17291 |  Deaths – 705

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LOCAL:

Kouga Traffic Re-Opens for License Re-newals and Registration  –  The Kouga Traffic Department in Humansdorp has re-opened for driving and motor vehicle licence renewals and registrations.

PORT ELIZABETH, EASTERN CAPE & SOUTHERN COAST:

AlgoaFMWATCH: Port Elizabeth-born Belinda Davids stuns Britain’s Got Talent judges  –  It was a proud moment for Port Elizabeth born singer Belinda Davids who appeared on the reality TV show, Britain’s Got Talent, in an episode that aired on Saturday night in the UK.

In Eastern Cape, more than 20,000 still await their Covid-19 results  –   Logistical problems have led to no test kits for coronavirus infections being delivered to Eastern Cape laboratories where test results are lagging by up to three weeks. 

SCHOOLING:

BusinesstechHere are the updated rules for South African schools – including return dates and new forms  –  The Department of Basic Education has published a new directive that provides further clarity on the new academic calendar for schools in South Africa.

COVID-19:

Covid-19: SA death toll passes 700, cases increase to more than 34,000  –  An additional 1,674 cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in SA in the last 24 hours.

TimesliveIsolate the sick and elderly to avoid deaths: Zweli Mkhize  –  With one in every nine people in the Western Cape testing positive for Covid-19, the province could soon quarantine those who live in high-risk areas and are at risk of complications.

LOCKDOWN:

Lockdown: Public still trusts Ramaphosa, but NDZ not so much, according to latest research  –  President Cyril Ramaphosa has the highest level of trust among South Africans, while Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma the highest distrust,

Daily MaverickRamaphosa calls 11 lockdown deaths and 230,000 arrests an act of ‘over-enthusiasm’ – really!  –  There is a breathtaking level of police violence in South Africa, and only Kenya and Nigeria have seen more people killed.

Daily MaverickReopening places of worship is a serious public health concern  –  Allowing religious gatherings of up to 50 people at Alert Level 3 risks setting back South Africa’s Covid-19 response.

Independent On LineBATSA wants court case on banning of cigarettes heard on June 22  –  British American Tobacco SA, Japan Tobacco International SA and eight others with an interest in the industry on Monday served notice on the government 

Fear of a return to level 5 prompts liquor stockpiling ‘just in case’  –  Patrons eager to quench their thirsts after two liquorless months during stages 4 and 5 of the lockdown on Monday said they would stockpile booze to ensure they did not run out again.

LEVEL THREE:

The CitizenFishing allowed along with hunting and game drives in Level 3 – department  –  Fishing, hunting as well as self-drive visits to game reserves and national parks are permitted under lockdown Level 3, the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries said on Monday.

My BroadbandSouth Africans beware – Crime surge expected during level 3 lockdown  –  South Africans should expect a spike in crime during COVID-19 alert level 3.

SOUTH AFRICA & AFRICAN CONTINENT:

Independent On LineThieves tunnel into Joburg liquor store to steal alcohol worth R300 000  –  Thieves tunnelled through a concrete floor to rob a Shoprite Liquorshop in Newtown Junction, Johannesburg. 

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS:

TimesliveGovernment paid R105m for official funerals in just two years: De Lille  –  R35.7m spent on funeral of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

The CitizenNo way, says IRR after council member tweets ‘black people were better off under apartheid’  –  The institute’s CEO has reminded the country that the past definitely stank even more than it does today.

SOE’s

Business MaverickNew, but still old SAA waits in the wings at the cost of R4.6bn  –  To launch the new airline, government will shell out at least R4.6-billion, according to the SAA draft business rescue plan.

BUSINESS, MONEY & ECONOMY:

BusinesstechHere is the official petrol price for June  –  The Department of Energy has announced the official fuel price changes for June 2020, showing a sharp increase for motorists.

The CitizenJudgment reserved in DA fight against transformation criteria for government relief  –  The DA has argued that government needs to consider the financial status of companies applying for Covid-19 relief and not use broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) criteria to determine who gets funding.

money webFNB really wants you to draw cash at tills  –  FNB has dropped fees on all accounts for the withdrawal of cash at partner retailers from July 1. And keeps all monthly account fees unchanged.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

The GuardianHong Kong police ban Tiananmen memorial vigil, citing Covid-19  –  Announcement means event will not be held for first time since massacre in 1989

The GuardianCoronavirus latest: at a glance  –  A summary of the biggest developments in the global coronavirus outbreak

Independent On LineTrudeau says Russia won’t be included in the G7 – despite Trump’s call  –  Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday that Russia will not be included in the Group of 7 nations, disagreeing with US President Donald Trump

Interesting:

BBC newsFacebook staff anger over Trump post  –  Facebook staff have spoken out against the tech giant’s decision not to remove or flag a controversial post by US President Donald Trump last week.

SPORT:

Moneyball Strategy: Best Bok XV  –  @rugby365com contributor Ryan Grant thinks he has found the perfect formula to select the ultimate Springbok XV.

Sport24Hansie’s brother posts emotional tribute on 18-year anniversary of former Proteas skipper’s death  –  Hansie Cronje’s brother Frans has posted an emotional tribute to the late former Proteas captain.

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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So you can at least have a view of our beautiful St Francis whilst you are under lock-down we will give you a new view to enjoy every day