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Covid-19 Update #9 – Stay entertained during lockdown  –  Updates on the lockdown, virus and life in St Francis

St Francis Bay fronts up to a new crisis  –  St Francis Bay, where raging fires have destroyed dozens of houses over the years, is no stranger to a crisis — or to its people joining hands to overcome adversity.

Daily MaverickIn a national address, Ramaphosa announces mass screening and testing campaign  –  President Cyril Ramaphosa urges people to adhere to lockdown regulations as 10,000 field workers are due to go door-to-door to screen residents.

News24Entertainment  –  Movies, series and live shows to watch during lockdown

News24WRAP | 3 die of coronavirus, police ‘kill man buying beer’, army slammed for ‘brutality’  –  Stay up to date with the latest news, views and analysis as the number of coronavirus cases in SA increases.

Daily MaverickThe dark past of SA’s armed forces casts a shadow over their lockdown actions  –  The SANDF and SAPS leadership should take action against members who assault and torture civilians during the Covid-19 lockdown.

News24LOCKDOWN | Cops, metro cop face 3 counts of murder and other serious charges  –  Since South Africa was placed under lockdown four days ago, police officers are facing three counts of murder and other serious charges 

Showing their love for the community pets

Never did I imagine that when Stephanie Ernstein and I joined forces to form a small animal outreach on the Sea Vista playing fields some five or so years ago that it would ever grow...

Sea Vista Food Parcel Update: Is Your business still being prevented from opening?

The St Francis Disaster Volunteer Group along with St Fr Francis United Church and Rotary St Francis continues their incredible work in assisting those in our Sea Vista township still...

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.No new learner or driving licence test applications will,...

Some updates on our water supply

Further to our post of  May 28th 'An Overview of St Francis Water Supply'  Chris Cowling sent us an update on the dams that supply us with our life sustaining water supply. Churchill and...

Mission Chokka Industry St Francis

Louanne Mostert so well known to many in St Francis returned on a mission to profile the Chokka fishing industry and the livelihoods that depend on it. "In early March, I had the...

An Overview of St Francis Water Supply

Chris Cowling has submitted the following interesting and indeed important facts about the dams that supply our water "I have noticed that a lot of emphasis is placed on the level of the...

Nationwide Delay In Re-Opening Of Traffic Departments

Nationwide Delay In Re-Opening Of Traffic Departments For Licensing & RegistrationTraffic departments around the country have been unable to re-open because the online system...

Lockdown Ban On Controlled Burns Lifted

The ban on permitted, prescribed burns in the Kouga region has been lifted.Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said land owners and farmers could once again apply...

The other side of the smoking ban

Those deprived of their nicotine fix and having to go cold turkey will have climbed walls an no doubt there has been family arguments and some serious psychological damage done.Most...

Other interesting news, articles & opinions

TimeslivePolice rescue 14 workers who were locked in Durban factory and forced to make masks, owner arrested  –  Several consumer complaints against a Durban business resulted in the arrest of the owner and the rescue of 14 workers who were locked in a factory and forced to make masks for six days.

‘IronMom’ takes on extraordinary challenge for disabled friend  –  On Sunday, she raised R85,000 when, with grit and determination, she and husband and coach Jean, 41, simulated the triathlon at home 


Daily MaverickEnvironment Minister asks court to overturn NPA and Barnabas Xulu’s appointment in R128m US restitution settlement order  – The US court order appointed the NPA and attorney Barnabas Xulu as ‘implementing agents’ in the settlement.

The CitizenApply for your workers’ UIF payments – labour department  –  Employers have been urged to apply for UIF onbehalf of their employees furloughed during the lockdown, as this will ensure the system isn’t overburdened

money webGloves, masks and protective gowns are Solidarity Fund’s priority  –  Just a week after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the formation of a Solidarity Fund to cushion the blow caused by the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa, it has raised over R500 million.

BusinesstechNaspers commits R1.5 billion in aid to fight Covid-19 in South Africa  –  The group will contribute R 00 million to the Solidarity Response Fund announced by president Cyril Raaphosa last week.

Daily MaverickDigital privacy during a global emergency  –  The state’s first move to use phone tracking to fight Covid-19 lacks key details and safeguards against abuse.

My BroadbandNetflix bitrate reduction in South Africa – What it really means  –  Netflix has announced that it will reduce the bitrate of its video streams in South Africa to help ease congestions on local networks.

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Coronavirus fake news: How the British government misled the public for weeks –  The UK authorities told the public at least eight times from January to March that coronavirus posed a “very low” or “low” risk,

3Sport24 of Danie Gerber’s 1981 Springbok teammates test positive for coronavirus – report  –  According to a report, three more of the Springboks’ 1981 squad have tested positive for the coronavirus.

BBC newsMercedes F1 to make breathing aid  –  A breathing aid that can help keep coronavirus patients out of intensive care has been created in under a week.

Independent On LineLooking for an easy bread recipe? Try Agege bread  –  Sdu Gerasch of Gerasch Bakery says Agege bread is her current favourite bread to bake. “It’s really easy to bake,” she said. 

Antarctica: what it means when the coldest place on Earth records an unprecedented heatwave  –  Antarctica’s weather has worldwide impacts and can be a ‘canary in the mine’ for patterns of change elsewhere

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