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Tuesday 5th May

Covid-19 and Local News & Updates

Tests Conducted – 257541  Positive Cases –  7220  |  Recoveries – 2746  |  Deaths – 138

LOCAL (From Social Media):

3rd Round of over 1800 deliveries to commence week 11 May  –  Sea Vista community show their appreciation for the Food Package efforts with song and posters


Surfer, 63, fined in Port Elizabeth for breaking rules  –  A 63-year-old surfer was arrested and issued with a R2,000 fine at the weekend for contravening the Disaster Management Act during the coronavirus crisis.

The CitizenOverall Covid-19 tally moves to 7,220 cases, 2,746 recoveries  –  Seven more Covid-19 related deaths were recorded, bringing the total to 138.


Adriano Mazzotti denies ‘outrageous’ claims he influenced NDZ, govt to ban tobacco sales  –  Cigarette trader Adriano Mazzotti says his involvement in an urgent court challenge to the government’s cigarette ban makes it “obvious” that claims he is involved in the illicit trade of tobacco are “blatantly untrue”.

Daily MaverickHow red tape is hampering the hungry from receiving food in South Africa  –  The government doesn’t want people randomly handing out food parcels under lockdown – and there are some good reasons for that.

defend truthIs it truly necessary?  –  It is difficult to justify many of the government’s decisions as being necessary for the mitigation of the disaster currently threatening South Africa’s existence.


Independent On LineCape shop owner accuses police of stealing his cigarette stock  –  A Hanover Park shop owner has accused police officers from the Anti-Gang Unit (AGU) for stealing his cigarette stock during the lockdown and says cops are now harassing him for it.

TimesliveMore than 200 South Africans stuck at OR Tambo after repatriation from US  –  About 250 South Africans who were repatriated from the United States of America have been stuck at the OR Tambo International Airport since their arrival on Monday afternoon.

Independent On LineWHO says it recognises benefits of traditional, alternative medicine as possible treatments for Covid-19  –  WHO said in a statement on Monday that it welcomes innovations including repurposing drugs, traditional medicines

Stop SA tourism industry regressing to ‘pre-1994’ disaster, minister warns  –  South Africa’s tourism industry must not be allowed to regress during the coronavirus pandemic to the point that it looks like “pre-1994”, Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane told Parliament

DA puts Ebrahim Patel under pressure to fully open up e-commerce  –  Trade & industry minister Ebrahim Patel is under pressure to explain to parliament the rationale behind restricting e-commerce 

Social grants blunder: Technical glitch, under-pressure staff to blame for double paying s Save & Exit ome beneficiaries and non-payment of 450 000 pensioners  –  The agency made accidental double payments in some areas and no payments in others,


Daily MaverickNo, President Ramaphosa, this is not an intellectual exercise  –  The Presidency has closed ranks around Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma’s statement that government will not rescind the ban on tobacco purchases.

BusinesstechSouth Africa’s jobs shocker after the 35-day lockdown  –  Nedbank has published a new report on how the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent 35-day lockdown is set to impact jobs in South Africa.

money webCovid-19 impact on construction sector will be ‘catastrophic’  –  Industry Insight estimates that up to 140 000 formal jobs could be lost as activity levels nosedive.

BusinesstechSouth Africa’s banks have coronavirus finance relief options – but don’t expect a debt write-off  –  The Banking Association of South Africa (Basa) has outlined the financial relief measures currently offered by its members, as well as the limitations attached to them.

BBC newsMalaria ‘completely stopped’ by microbe  –  Scientists have discovered a microbe that completely protects mosquitoes from being infected with malaria.

Vodacom launches 5G in Joburg, Pretoria and Cape Town  –  New spectrum given to mobile operators in April is starting to bear fruit as SA’s largest network operator launched 5G services in three cities on Monday. 

The Guardian

US daily coronavirus deaths reportedly projected to double to 3,000 by June  –  New York Times says it has obtained document that suggests administration expects daily death toll to rise throughout May

The Guardian

Report on face masks’ effectiveness for Covid-19 divides scientists  –  Experts clash over research into efficacy of public wearing even homemade face coverings

BBC newsCoronavirus: How to open a hairdressers after lockdown  –  Germany has become the latest country to relax its coronavirus quarantine rules, but across Europe, hairdressers are feeling their way out.


Big Wave Surfer Bromley Does His Bit For Covid  –  Big wave surfer Matt Bromley, has put his head down and is working towards helping people less fortunate during this time of uncertainty. 

Sport24Oosthuizen: It’s going to be horrible to not play at Open  –  Former Open Championship winner Louis Oosthuizen admitted that it will be horrible to not playing at this year’s major at Royal St George’s in Kent.

Collo’s Blog:

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...

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