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Covid-19 and Local News & Updates

Covid-19 Update #9 – Please remember to save water but…..  –  Remember to wash your hands but remember we are running out of water in Kouga. Here ate some tips to save water and stay healthy.

Draft budget and IDP adopted  –  Kouga Municipality’s draft Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and budget for the new financial year, starting 1 July 2020, was approved at a special Council meeting last week ahead of the 21-day Covid-19 lockdown.

7 000 Soaps Distributed – More Needed!  –  Almost 7 000 households across Kouga were armed with soap and educational pamphlets ahead of the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown on Friday. 

BeachgritUS doctor responds to insane fury after solo-surfing Jeffreys Bay during Coronavirus lockdown  –  It was tough enough for the hardened surfers to stand down during an epic swell at Supers on Friday, March 27, 

LIVE | South Africans stuck abroad can return, death toll now at 5  –  Stay up to date with the latest news, views and analysis as the number of coronavirus cases in SA increases.

Viral outbreak: Fake news spreads in SA in tandem with Covid-19  –  With a third of the world’s population locked down in their homes, and with wide access to smartphones, in an atmosphere where people are desperate for information, fake news is everywhere. 

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...

Independent On LineFive dead as coronavirus cases rise to 1 353 in SA  –  South Africa now has 1 353 confirmed cases of infections and five people have died from Covid-19, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Tuesday.

The CitizenWhy Covid-19 could hit us very hard  –  South Africa will pay a heavy price for government neglect, corruption and mismanagement as the coronavirus – which has now infiltrated townships – continues on its path of destruction, 

Other interesting news, articles & opinions

GENERAL NEWS:
Daily MaverickTravel restrictions eased to allow stranded South Africans and foreigners to get home   – Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula is, however, adamant that the lifting of the international travel lockdown is not intended to allow normal air traffic to resume

The CitizenWhy Covid-19 could hit us very hard  –  South Africa will pay a heavy price for government neglect, corruption and mismanagement as the coronavirus – which has now infiltrated townships – continues on its path of destruction, 

Lo, a host of golden sunflowers lights up the expressway  –  They’re big, bright home-grown African creations and the hope is they will blow the corona blues away.

AlgoaFMWater tankers delivered to EC communities  –  The Department of Water and Sanitation said on Tuesday it had delivered 1279 water trucks and over 40 water tankers to various communities in the Eastern Cape

 

COURTS:
Daily MaverickWC Judge President John Hlophe in new storm over court order issued in private chambers  –  Beleaguered Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe might find himself embroiled in yet another serious conflict of interest conundrum,

LABOUR:
Business MaverickUIF has R30bn available for Covid-19 income support to laid-off workers  –  The Unemployment Insurance Fund and the Department of Employment and Labour have launched the new Covid-19 temporary employee relief scheme

ENERGY:
Independent On LineEskom to use less power from independent wind farms  –  Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. told operators of some independent wind-power plants that it won’t need their power at certain times of day due to lower demand amid a national shutdown.

BUSINESS:

SA Reits want tax relief from Covid-19 falloutmoney web   -Listed property sector worst-hit asset class as lockdown takes its toll, with retail tenants saying they cannot pay rent.

Technology:
BBC newsCoronavirus: 3D-printer owners rally to create NHS face masks  –  Some 1,400 3D-printer owners have pledged to use their machines to help make face shields for the NHS.

WORLD:
The Citizen

Spain sees record 849 virus deaths but downward trend  –   Like many countries, the Spanish health care system is stretched to its limit by a massive influx of seriously ill patients and a growing number of medical staff falling sick themselves.

SPORT:
BBC newsWimbledon cancellation seems inevitable as emergency meetings held  –  A series of emergency meetings is under way to decide whether Wimbledon can go ahead this year.

INTERESTING:
Harvard Business SchoolThat Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief  –  In this harrowing time of a pandemic and how we can help people we talked about how we were feeling. One colleague mentioned that what she felt was grief. 

Climate Change:
The Guardian

Climate crisis may have pushed world’s tropical coral reefs to tipping point of ‘near-annual’ bleaching  –  Exclusive: Mass bleaching seen along Great Barrier Reef could mark start of global-scale event, expert warns

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