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LOCAL NEWS: (Kouga)

Stephen’s Scribble – Learning to Toyi-Toyi in the land of the free  –  South Africa is truly an amazing country. I often wonder about what it is that connects us to this diverse and complex place. 

ADVERTORIAL – The German engineered Duo “P” carpet cleaning powder available in St Francis  – A hearty welcome to one of our latest entrepreneurs, Ursela Van Deventer

REMINDER –  Cape St Francis Community Meeting Re Application for an On Consumption Liquor License at Erf 493, Seal Point Lighthouse Estate, Cape St. Francis

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

Eastern Cape government admits it has severe specialist shortages at hospitals  –   The MEC for Health in the Eastern Cape has admitted that the vacancy rate for specialists at Livingstone Hospital is close to 50% 

Boost for life and practical skills training of rural women  –  Young women in the Wild Coast Zithulele Village will continue receiving training in life and practical skills thanks to a R118 000 donation by the empowerment shareholder of Algoa FM 

SA & AFRICA NEWS: 

Terror in Mozambique: Between 10 and 15 South Africans still missing in Palma insurgent attacks  –  Pretoria has accounted for 43 of the South Africans caught up in the major insurgent assault on the northern Mozambique town of Palma over the past few days — but 10 to 15 citizens still remained unaccounted for.

South Africa’s borders and army are falling apart – here’s how bad things areThe delegation observed that the border landline perimeter fences in all the sites visited, with the exception of the eight-kilometre jersey barriers in KZN, are ‘wholly inadequate’.

UPDATE | Pregnant mom and daughter, 5, found safe after going missing a week ago  –  A heavily pregnancy woman and her five-year-old daughter who “disappeared” a week ago have been found safe.

COVID NEWS:

Regulator says no green light yet for ivermectin, while AfriForum claims victory in court case for drug’s use  –  AfriForum says settlement reached in court case over the controversial drug, meaning it is ‘now accessible and available on doctor’s prescription’

548 new Covid-19 cases reported in SA  –  The cumulative number of Covid-19-related cases in South Africa rose by 548 to 1 545 979 on Monday.

COVID VACCINE:

Ramaphosa on the vaccine rollout – and new restrictions for South Africa  –  President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that South Africa will produce 30 million Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines for use in the country.

Aspen’s Gqeberha factory to manufacture millions of Covid-19 vaccines  –  At least half of the South African population will receive a Johnson & Johnson vaccine manufactured in Gqeberha — home to Aspen Pharmacare’s R3bn sterile facility.

LOCKDOWN:

Ramaphosa to meet premiers over Easter holiday restrictions  –  Both the Western Cape and Gauteng governments have spoken of the fear that travel during the long weekend will see a spike in cases.

POLITICS:

ANC NEC gives members accused of criminal acts 30 days to ’step aside’ voluntarily or be suspended  –  This was revealed by President Cyril Ramaphosa following the party’s extended national executive committee which concluded on Monday night.

Ace Magashule survives to fight another day  –  According to sources, in his report to the national executive committee (NEC), Ramaphosa said that Magashule would seek the counsel of former presidents Thabo Mbeki, Kgalema Motlanthe and Jacob Zuma on the step-aside issue.

The scourge of Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans’ Association leaders  –  Nothing has caused more damage to the Umkhonto weSizwe brand than the reckless leadership of the MK Military Veterans’ Association chairperson Kebby Maphatsoe and its spokesperson Carl Niehaus.

CORRUPTION WATCH:

I scuppered Salim Essa’s interests at Eskom, claims Matshela Koko  –  Former Eskom executive Matshela Koko has distanced himself from doing the bidding of the Gupta family through their lieutenant, Salim Essa.

The war on truth intensifies as Zondo draws to a close – now the real battle begins  –  The State Capture Commission is finally drawing to a close, but what happens after it delivers its report?

COURTS, NPA, HAWKS CRIME & SAPS:

ANC rallies behind Zondo, ‘distances itself’ from attacks on the judiciary  –  ‘While no arm of the state is above criticism, the ANC distances itself from attacks on the judiciary that seek to undermine its legitimacy and the decisions that it takes,’ ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa said

BUSINESS & MONEY MATTER:

SARS looking for IT professionals to improve tax system  –  The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has announced hundreds of vacancies for skilled workers across various fields as part of its plan to modernise its tax compliance systems with new and evolving technologies.

AIRLINES:

SA Express investor fails to meet bank guarantee deadline  –  But prospective new owner Fly-SAX says the bank guarantee was secured within the deadline.

LAND:

Greater certainty on expropriation imminent  –  After a week of often heated debate and input in parliament.

High noon for efforts to save Land Bank from collapse  –  The century-old state-owned bank faces the threat of being wound up if a plan to restructure its more than R40bn debt load is not concluded by its lenders and the National Treasury by 31 March.

TECHNOLOGY & TELEVISION:

South African traffic cops to get body cameras  –  South African traffic officers will be issued with body cameras to help gather evidence and improve the conviction rate for traffic law violators.

Shoprite joins the mobile virtual network operator game  –  Shoprite is the latest big South African firm to launch its own virtual mobile network, called K’nect Mobile, just months after its bigger rival, Pick n Pay, did.

Our Beautiful Flowers raise their heads once again

Article by Yvonne BosmanAll around St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis one can see the beautiful pink flowers coming out of the grass from the canals...

REVIEW OF IDP AND BUDGET WARD 12

 KOUGA Municipality commenced with the virtual review of the 2017/ 2022 Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and the Budget for the 2021/ 2022 period –...

Kouga Municipality Engages With Striking Employees

MEDIA RELEASEKOUGA Municipality has yet again consulted with striking municipal employees in a bid to find a speedy resolution to the ongoing and...

An inspiration to young and old

It’s wonderful to feel inspired. It gives us that extra zest for life. Albeit trying something new or re-inventing the way we already do something,...

Council Approves Draft Budget Unanimously

Just in case you haven't yet seen itKOUGA Municipality’s cash-backed draft budget and tariffs for the 2021/2022 financial year, starting July 1,...

New Outfits for Preferred Kouga Car Guards

THE multicoloured, the blue . . . the preferred car guard.In a renewed bid to clamp down on illegal car guards operating in Kouga – especially at...

Great Sports at Kouga Easter Festival

 IS it a bird? Is it a plane?No!It is the Easter Bunny with his superhero squad: Superman, Spiderman, Iron Man, Elsa, and Anna. And they are all...

Slight Increase in Local Active Covid-19 Cases

There has been a slight increase in the number of active COVID-19 cases in the Kouga region.Active Covid-19 cases totalled 11 on March 30, according...

Nonsensical and counter productive

Collo's ColumnThe ban on liquor off-sales over the Easter weekend has nothing to do with preventing Covid infections, it is all about...

Learning to Toyi-Toyi in the land of the free

South Africa is truly an amazing country. I often wonder about what it is that connects us to this diverse and complex place. I’ve observed over the...

INTERNATIONAL:

Chinese diplomat calls Justin Trudeau ‘running dog of US’ as tensions escalate  –  China and Canada have clashed repeatedly in recent months over Beijing’s treatment of its Uighur minority

Trump accuses Fauci, Birx of ‘trying to reinvent history’ on COVID-19 response  –  Trump said the infectious disease experts were ‘self-promoters’

EARTH, SPACE & THE UNIVERSE:

Climate change: Consumer pose ‘growing threat’ to tropical forests  –  Rising imports in wealthy countries of coffee, cocoa and other products are a “growing threat” to forests in tropical regions according to a new study.

New black hole, ‘Goldilocks’, believed to have formed before the first stars and galaxies, scientists discover  –  Researchers found the black hole through the detection of a gravitationally lensed gamma-ray burst.

SPORT:

Everitt, White critical of lopsided draw for Rainbow Cup  –  “It’s not ideal to be playing all the European teams away, especially if conditions get helluva tough,” lamented the Bulls boss.

WATCH: 5 takeaways from the F1 Bahrain Grand Prix  –  The opening F1 race of the season made good on pre-season promises that this year would be an all-out battle between Mercedes and Red Bull.