Tuesday 4th May

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WEATHER
Partly sunny and pleasant
Max 24C
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LOCAL: (St Francis & Kouga Region)

The 2021 St Francis e Tuna Challenge – Video by Harry Bateman –  Every year the St Ftamcis ski boat and yacht club host the local tuna competition that sees a fleet of up to 30 boats head out to the Agulhas current in search of the bulldog of the ocean, the yellowfin tuna.

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

Popular Graaff-Reinet restaurant damaged in fire  –  One of the oldest buildings in Graaff-Reinet was engulfed in a fire in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Bulk carrier under quarantine in Gqeberha harbour after crew members test positive for coronavirus  –  Four crew members of a bulk carrier that was allowed to dock in the Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) harbour tested positive for Covid-19 as they prepared to fly home.

Claims of bacteria in Nelson Mandela Bay water dismissed  –  As if Nelson Mandela Bay’s water woes are not bad enough, a viral WhatsApp message — later found to be false — had residents in a frenzy at the weekend 

Vandals continue to destroy NMB infrastructure  –  Vandals continue to cause damage to Nelson Mandela Bay Municipal infrastructure, with sub-stations, street lights, and cables the targets of criminals this past weekend.

SA & AFRICA NEWS: 

Skyrocketing food prices leading to a struggle at the till  –  The rest of the country is trying to get back to normal, but poor people are struggling more than ever, eating less and buying less nutritional food.

Rhino poachers are back after South Africa eases lockdown restrictions  –  Rhino poaching is on the rise again in South Africa since the government loosened coronavirus restrictions, following a year-long lull due to the pandemic

Two killed in Durban helicopter crash  –  A pilot and his student were killed after their Robinson R22 helicopter crashed into the Umgeni River in Kwazulu Natal on Monday.

COVID NEWS:

Government on ‘high alert’ for new Covid-19 variant from India: Mkhize  –  The government is on “high alert” for the Covid-19 variant circulating in India, health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said on Monday.

Preliminary findings: South African study links increased hospital deaths with emergence of 501Y.V2 variant  –   South Africa’s pandemic experts analysing in-hospital death data say they have established a link between the 501Y.V2 variant of the SARS-COV2-virus,

COVID VACCINE:

South Africa could miss 17 May vaccine deadline due to J&J delay  –  South Africa said a delivery of 1.1 million Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccines has been delayed pending further safety checks, the latest blow to the country’s stop-start inoculation program.

POLITICS:

ANC on the back foot as it scurries to formulate step-aside appeal process  –  Party treasurer is rushing to complete the appeal guidelines ahead of this weekend’s NEC meeting

Helen Zille on cancel culture: There’s nothing in our law or Constitution that gives people the right not to be offended  –  Zille writes about the unique dangers of wokeness and cancel culture in South Africa, her battle with cancel culture and what she sees in the country’s political future. 

DA to host SA’s ‘biggest online political rally’ in May  –  ‘The DA will host an event never before seen in South Africa,’ says DA leader John Steenhuisen.

CORRUPTION WATCH:

Millions Out, Billions In (Part Two): Company that bankrolled the ANC and Malema scored big in Ekurhuleni  –  Some days Thulani Majola gave generously to the ANC; some days he gave to EFF leader Julius Malema. 

Former Prasa CEO Lucky Montana denies knowledge of R80m donation to ANC  –  However, the former chief executive of South Africa’s rail agency said it was common for the ANC to ask the heads of state-owned entities for donations.

COURTS, NPA, HAWKS CRIME & SAPS:

Police bust taxi with stolen batteries worth R1.2 million  –  Police in Vryheid in KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday arrested three suspected thieves for stealing mobile tower batteries estimated to be worth more than R1.2 million.

BUSINESS & MONEY MATTER:

Critics of SA government’s proposed digital grab idea express deep concerns  –  If, as proposed in a new policy document, the government becomes co-owner of any data generated in SA, what does that mean for privacy? And surely it would discourage foreign investment?

SAB Zenzele Kabili is launched with eye on accessible investing  –   SAB ZENZELE Kabili, a R5.4 billion broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) scheme, was officially launched yesterday amid much fanfare.

South Africa has one of the highest business failure rates in the world: analysts  –  South Africa has one of the highest failure rates for SMMEs, with five out of seven of these businesses failing within the first year, says specialist advisory service Cova Advisory.

AIRLINES & AICRAFT:

New aircraft developed in SA set to revolutionise business travel globally  –   The Pegasus Vertical Business Jet, which combines and enhances the characteristics of a helicopter with the luxury, range and speed of a business jet.

TECHNOLOGY & TELEVISION:

Amazon is hiring in South Africa – including work-from-home jobs  –  Amazon is on a recruitment drive in South Africa with 148 full-time vacancies in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

St Francis Disaster Group again shows the way!

Following the welcome but, in parts, destructive rainfall of Wednesday night, St Francis Disaster Volunteer Group members were again quick to...

Heavy Rainfall Causes Some Havoc around Kouga

Kouga Municipality Media ReleaseHEAVY falls of rain on Wednesday night, caused some havoc across the Kouga region - damaging several houses and...

CENTRE OF GRACE FOUNDATION: KOUGA BACKS AUTISM CENTRE FOR CHILDREN

 Kouga Municipality Media ReleaseTHE little dark head girl laughs exuberantly – her dark eyes gleaming with innocent pleasure as her colourful...

FOSTER – 30 years of supporting our natural heritage

Whatever your view of Cape St Francis, and however you use the nature reserves -- to walk, to cycle, to let their resources of wildflowers, birds...

Local surfers up in arms over Webcams

Local surfers were up in arms last week following news of a webcam having been erected on a private property overlooking Seal Point. I took the...

COURT CONFIRMS SAMWU STRIKE ILLEGAL AND UNLAWUFUL

KOUGA Municipality’s case against SAMWU was heard in the Labour Court in Port Elizabeth on Friday (April 30).The court needed to give judgement on...

ST FRANCIS NEEDS YOUR VOTE TO WIN TITLE

The greater St Francis is in the running for the coveted kykNET Kwêla Town of the Year title for 2021 – after being named one of the three...

MUNICIPALITY TO ROLL-OUT FIBRE IN KOUGA

RESIDENTS and local businesses’ internet connection are set to receive a hefty shot of steroids that will make an ADSL-line look like snail...

Quick action prevents Sea Vista shack fire spreading

Thanks to swift action last night (27th April) by our Sea Vista volunteers who alerted the DVG to a shack fire, the Kouga Fire Services was alerted...

Kouga Embarks on Water Drive as Hankey Patensie Go Dry

FILL up and drop off . . . all for a good cause for thousands of local households in desperate need of water.Kouga Municipality, in conjunction with...

INTERNATIONAL:

Bill and Melinda Gates announce divorce after 27 years  –  Pair say in statement ‘we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple’ but will continue to run foundation together

EU unveils plans for overseas tourists to return  –  The EU Commission has recommended easing restrictions on non-essential travel from overseas.

EARTH, SPACE & THE UNIVERSE:

‘Out-of-control’ Chinese rocket tumbling to Earth  –  Long March 5B is doing 27,600km/h in failing orbit, with eventual crash site unknown, after launching space station hub

ZULU ROYALS:

Zulu royal house in turmoil amid claims king’s will may have been forged  –  The Zulu royal family has been rocked by claims that King Goodwill Zwelithini’s will may have been forged — and further shaken by a court bid by his first wife to interdict the coronation of a new ruler.

THIS & THAT:

WATCH: Contrary to Meghan Markle’s revelations, royal biographer reveals real reason why Archie wasn’t given royal title  –  Although they refused to name the senior British royal, the Duchess of Sussex also claimed this was the reason why the family wouldn’t give Archie a HRH title.

SPORT:

Mike Tyson fighting Lennox Lewis in September  –  The third fight between former world heavyweight champions Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis will take place in September.

SA’s Lloyd Harris downs Grigor Dimitrov in Madrid as Petra Kvitova reaches quarters  – Harris, who beat world number four Dominic Thiem and Denis Shapovalov en route to the final in Dubai in March, pulled off another upset by ousting Dimitrov 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7/5).