Wednesday 2nd October

St Francis & Kouga News

Dwindling water supply could lead to “job blood-bath” says Business Chamber  –  In case you don’t feel the water situation is indeed serious. 

DA presents plan to prevent farm murders  –  The Democratic Alliance has announced a plan to bring law and order back to our rural communities.

Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape & Southern Coast

Fire guts eight shops in Peddie  –  An investigation is underway into the cause of a fire that gutted eight shops in Peddie in the Eastern Cape.

Police ordered to pay in Eastern Cape wrongful arrest case  –  Judge A J Rugunanan brings the curtain down on a matter that has been before the courts for more than six years.

Collo’s Blog

Matric Looms – Is it University or a Gap Year?  –  Thousands of students will soon start writing their matric, their final school exam before venturing into the world beyond. 

Royal Visit

Sussexes to visit Ramaphosa in Pretoria  –  President Cyril Ramaphosa and First Lady Dr Tshepo Motsepe will on Wednesday receive a courtesy call from Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex,

Nothing to do with their visit but … Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sue tabloids over ‘ruthless campaign’  –  Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle have taken action against the tabloid press, suing a newspaper for what they have called a “ruthless campaign,”

National & African News

Cosatu, Sasbo vow to continue fight against retrenchments, economic crisis  –  Cosatu and its affiliate, the SA Society of Bank Officials (Sasbo), are not backing down from their fight against retrenchments and the country’s economic crisis. 

NPA, lawyers agree to bail hearing for jailed student activist Kanya Cekeshe  –  Cekeshe has been in Leeuwkop prison since December 2017, after he was sentenced to five years behind bars for public violence and malicious damage to property.


NDPP Head Shamila Batohi’s ‘perfect storm’ – de Vos  –  This is a must-read analysis of the NPA’s seeming paralysis – one which provides an almost incontrovertible argument for why no crooked politicians and their corporate conspirators are wearing orange. 

Man’s murder conviction, sentencing overturned, SCA believes his constitutional rights were violated  –  A man who was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a security guard in 2003 has successfully overturned his conviction


State capture: Minister Nathi Mthethwa received car bought with Crime Intelligence cash  –  But he returned the luxury vehicle ‘because journalists were following him’


2014 Radebe report into ‘rogue unit’ based on discredited witnesses, sheds light on genesis of attack on SARS  –  A 2014 report by the former inspector-general of intelligence, the late Faith Radebe, was kept secret for a reason. 

Maimane’s DA critics mobilise to oust him — but the bigger question is over his leadership itself  –  The leaking of recent reports to media aimed at fostering doubt about DA leader Mmusi Maimane’s integrity is clear evidence of an anti-Maimane faction mobilising to oust him.

Malema asks Zille if she’s lost after she invites him on to her podcast  –  The EFF leader made a reference to the former DA leader’s age with a joke about Sassa.

Business, Money & The Economy

Solly Moeng: Markus, Maimane, and the sinister rite of passage  –  Many must be disappointed by recent questions surrounding DA leader, Mmusi Maimane’s rented house in Cape Town and the car that he drove.

Class action lawsuit aims to shut down scam lenders  –  Thousands of loan applicants deceived into signing monthly debit orders for unrelated services.

International News

Hong Kong protest: City reels from ‘one of its most violent days’  –  The 70th anniversary of Communist Party rule in China was “one of Hong Kong’s most violent and chaotic days”, the city’s police chief has said.


PM strikes secret deal with DUP as he draws up ‘final Brexit offer’  –  Boris Johnson agrees pact with Northern Irish party as details emerge of ‘two borders’ plan


Rassie admits butterflies ahead of Bok ‘do-or-die’  –  South Africa go into the match as overwhelming favourites, but that doesn’t mean head coach Rassie Erasmus isn’t feeling the heat ahead of his side’s crucial 2019 Rugby World Cup clash against Italy in Shizuoka on Friday

Science & Environment

Scientists estimate Earth’s total carbon store  –  There are 1.85 billion, billion tonnes of carbon on Earth, with more than 99% of it resident beneath our feet.

Our Burning Planet

Have we already forgotten Cape Town’s crippling Day Zero drought?  –  The extreme droughts and water scarcity that are becoming the new normal will be like kerosene on the fire of our everyday development challenges.

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Chained Tortoises investigated by SPCA Assisi in Sea Vista

SPCA Assisi received information that tortoises were being kept on chains in St Francis Township. Inspector Tany Keyzer went to investigate.On Tuesday, 01 October 2019, Inspector Tanya Keyzer consulted with Adriaan le Roux, Nature...

Operation Save Escaped Elephant From Being Killed

Mount Camdeboo orchestrates specialist translocation operation to save escaped elephant from being killedAn African elephant bull that escaped an Eastern Cape game reserve for a second time in recent weeks was on Thursday set to be...

NSRI Pink Rescue Buoy Project:

Sea Rescue presented the NSRI Pink Rescue Buoy emergency flotation project at International Lifesaving’s biannual ‘World Conference on Drowning Prevention’ (WCDP) Conference in Durban last week.NSRI’s Drowning Prevention manager Andrew...

One fatality and three survivors after boat capsizes

NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew were activated following reports of a boat capsized off-shore of Noordhoek on Saturday morning .NSRI rescue swimmers in a sea rescue vehicle, EC Government Health EMS, the EMS Aeromed 3 helicopter, Gardmed...

Major milestone for St Francis Disaster Volunteer Group

A major milestone was achieved last week when the St Francis Disaster Volunteer Group SFDVG) handed over safety wear and equipment to volunteers who had also undergone training provided by municipal services. The essential equipment has...

New Chairman for St Francis Bay Sector Police Forum

A report on St Francis Crime Spotter Facebook announced that David Truter, a St Francis Property Owner (SFPO) committee member is to replace long serving Nigel Aitken as Chairman of the of the St Francis Bay Sector.Truter is the SFPO ...

Search for teenager feared drowned in Swartkops River

NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew were activated yesterday (Thursday 10th October) following reports of a drowning in progress at Swartkops River Mouth, Port Elizabeth.THree  local male teenagers were reported to be swimming when they were...

St Francis Oktoberfest 2019 Is Upon Us

Cape St Francis  - Oktoberfest is almost here – bring your German gear and join us for an Unter, Mitte or Uber time! St Francis Bay loves a good party, and what better way than to celebrate with beer! The annual St Francis Oktoberfest...

Kromme-Enviro Trust Coastal Cleanup a great success

Helping to keep our oceans cleanFollowing on from yesterday’s article on Rotary St Francis and Kromme-Enviro Trust’s involvement with the eco-brick initiative, these two associations joined forces again on Sunday for another war on...

Hundreds of driver’s licences ready for collection

Hundreds of driver’s licence cards are awaiting collection at Kouga Municipality’s Traffic Department in Humansdorp.Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said local residents were among the thousands of motorists...