Tuesday 26th November

Local News (St Francis & Kouga)

Damned if you don’t so better you do!  –  Few St Franciscans will deny the sight or smell of smoke almost immediately conjures up fears of ‘oh no not another fire’.

JBay’s Matt McGillivray Qualifies For WSL Championship Tour 2020  –  Rip Curl surfer McGillivray was placed 6th on the international QS ratings prior to this contest. He now cannot be bumped out of the top ten

Hottest and second driest spring on record  –  Since our last report dam levels have steadied but are still critically low and this is the second driest spring 

Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape & Southern Coast

Weekend road carnage: 27 killed in EC accidents  –  The Eastern Cape Transport Department has blamed human error and drunken and reckless driving for the carnage on the province’s roads this weekend.

More horrifying stories of Fritz Joubert emerge  –  ‘He threatened my young children to their face,’ alleges one of several people who claim to have had unwanted encounters with the man.

Cops commended for swift action in ending Gonubie farmer’s night of terror  –   East London Station Commander Brigadier Mxolisi Mqotyana commended the members of the SAPS for their bravery after saving three innocent lives and ……..

Businessman and former municipal manager out on bail for R92m fraud  –  Businessman Mcebisi Rudolf Mlozi, 48, appeared in the Stutterheim Magistrate’s Court on Monday for alleged fraud amounting to R92m.

Surfing

Carissa Moore Claims Fourth Surfing World Title  –   Carissa Moore (HAW) won the 2019 World Surf League (WSL) Title at the lululemon Maui Pro, the final stop on the WSL Women’s Championship Tour

National & African News

Multiple injured in Pretoria mass shooting  –  Multiple people were injured during a mass shooting on the R55 Main Road in Olievenhoutbos Centurion, Pretoria.

Dutch war criminal makes last-ditch effort in CT court to avoid extradition  –  Two judgments and diplomatic cables are all that stand between freedom and 19 years in a Dutch prison for convicted war criminal Augustinus Kouwenhoven.

Tweeps rejoice as Data Must Fall gains real headway  –  The Competition Commission announced that Vodacom and MTN need to cease ongoing partitioning and price discrimination strategies.

Courts

Terrorism accused, Crusaders leader to spend Christmas behind bars  –  Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said the four accused would remain in police custody until their next court appearance on January 12, 2020.

Act’s hate speech provision hard to understand, says Supreme Court of Appeal  –  The Supreme Court of Appeal last week declared unconstitutional the hate speech provision contained in the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act. 

‘Coffin case’ pair’s prison sentences cut to 5 years after SCA ruling  –  The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has amended the conviction and sentence of Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Jackson – the pair involved in the so-called “coffin assault” case in 2016 

Politics

Geoff Makhubo: Joburg’s tainted mayor-in-waiting  –  Investigators – from the City and beyond – are sniffing at ‘city capture’ deals where the ANC regional boss may be implicated.

BLF to rewrite constitution to reverse ban, but good luck trying to join if you’re white  –   The BLF is hoping that a technical change in its constitution will allow them to reregister, without necessarily feeling ‘obligated’ to accept ‘members of the oppressor group as members’.

Business, Money & The Economy

‘Data Must Fall!’ – Competition Commission  –  Commission gives Vodacom and MTN two months to oblige – or face prosecution.

International

‘Help me fight this fight’: Virginia Giuffre in plea to public over Prince Andrew scandal  –  American tells BBC she was told to have sex with royal by Jeffrey Epstein’s friend Ghislaine Maxwell

Sport

Messi wins Ballon d’Or for record 6th time  –  Lionel Messi won a record sixth men’s Ballon d’Or award at a ceremony in Paris on Monday, beating Liverpool duo Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane to take the honours.

Welcome to the Republic of Sexual Abuse  –  Gender-based violence has been normalised as just another ‘social woe’ in a country rife with misogyny, sexism, and patriarchy.

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SRA answers questions posed by CRA members

One of the gripes those regularly by those who submit comment deriding the SRA committee and the work they as doing to improve St Francis Bay is that that don’t answer questions. Well a brand new post on the St Francis Property Owners...

Steven Sawyer in action as Taiwan Open World Longboard Championships Called On at ‘The Left’

THE LEFT, TAITUNG / TPE (Friday, December 6, 2019) - The 2019 Taiwan Open World Longboard Championship has been called on and excitement amongst the field is growing with the competition moving to 'The Left.' The event was forced to move to this...

Professor Richard Cowling on Plot Clearing

Professor Cowling comments on Tuesday’s article ‘Damned if you Don’t so better you do’!The concerns raised by some residents regarding the impact on wildlife of mechanical clearing of dense, mostly alien-invasive bush on vacant plots,...

2020 World Surf League Qualifying Series

2020 World Surf League Qualifying Series to Commence at Corona Open China Hosted by WanningCOOLANGATTA, QLD / AUS (Thursday, December 5, 2019) - The 2020 World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) is set to commence at the perfect...

Improving facilities in St Francis

Facebook readers may have read of some of the St Francis Property Owners achievemnts and ongoing projects so for yhose who are not on Facebook ….The SFPO NPC, with the SFPO Association, supports the identification and scoping of third...

First Women’s Eliminations at Taiwan Open World Longboard Championships

JINZUN HARBOUR, TAITUNG / TPE (Wednesday, December 4, 2019) - The Taiwan Open World Longboard Championships has continued today in more solid and windy conditions at Jinzun Harbour. All eight heats of Women’s Round 2 were completed in...

Carissa Moore Claims Fourth Surfing World Title

Carissa Moore Claims Fourth Surfing World Title,Stephanie Gilmore Takes Fifth lululemon Maui Pro Event WinHONOLUA BAY, Maui, Hawaii/USA (Monday, December 2, 2019) - Today, Carissa Moore (HAW) won the 2019 World Surf League (WSL) Title...

Damned if you don’t so better you do!

Few St Franciscans will deny the sight or smell of smoke almost immediately conjures up fears of ‘oh no not another fire’. With four major fires since 2012 and three of them directly attributable to a fire starting in bush and then...

Hottest and second driest spring on record

Since our last report dam levels have steadied but are still critically low and this is the second driest spring for Port Elizabeth with just 86mm rain recorded. This spring has also been the hottest on record in the Eastern Cape with...

JBay’s Matt McGillivray Qualifies For WSL Championship Tour 2020

Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii – After advancing through round three of the Vans World Cup 10,000 Qualifying Series (QS) event at Sunset Beach yesterday, word came out from the World Surf League (WSL) that JBay Surfer Matt McGillivray was a...

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