Wednesday 12 January

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LOCAL NEWS: 

Fresh Laundry To The Rescue – Jim Flether and crew will look after your laundry, and you’ll save on water amongst other savings.

St Francis Bay Surf ReportOnshore, small, nothing too special to ride.

St Francis Bay Weather Report – Warm day with an easterly wind.

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

Media told not to publish 2021 matric results over POPI Act concernsMedia outlets will no longer be allowed to publish matric results, the basic education department said. This is probs going a bit too far now.

SA & AFRICA NEWS:

Mafe diagnosed with schizophrenia – Court hearsThe case against the man accused of setting the Parliament on fire has been postponed for a month.

THIS AND THAT:

Cat on a hot satellite dish: Elon Musk’s Starlink antenna hits surprise problemStarlink’s satellite internet performance has fallen victim to felines attracted to the warmth its dish gives off on cold days

TECHNOLOGY & TELEVISION:

Vodacom joins fight against TelkomVodacom has filed papers in the Pretoria High Court to oppose Telkom’s application for an urgent interdict against the spectrum auction that industry regulator Icasa wants to hold on 8 March 2022.

BUSINESS & MONEY MATTERS:

Massive emigration wave expected to hit South Africa and other countriesPeople with talent and means are less and less restricted by geography and will increasingly relocate to countries with better business, work, and education opportunities.

POLITICS, GOVERNMENT & PARLIAMENT:

Mandela’s dream deferred — the imploding ANC and the nightmare scenario that could take its placeA possible bedtime story we hope won’t happen : The ANC implodes, the RET faction prevailed in the end. They did not care about playing within the rules. They played dirty and Cyril Ramaphosa’s men and women were outnumbered and outgunned at every turn. It was not a pretty sight.

CORRUPTION WATCH:

Zondo Commission: We can recover the State Capture loot — here’s howThe availability of Mareva Injunctions or “freezing orders” in most relevant jurisdictions around the world is an avenue open to government and to SOEs for the purpose of recovering loot through the civil courts of the world. The experience in practice is that once a freezing order is obtained the looter sued realises the game is over and does not oppose the forfeiture of and seizure by the creditor of the frozen assets.

COURTS, NPA, HAWKS, CRIME & SAPS:

Police Minister Bheki Cele intervenes amid fresh claims of ‘rogue’ operations in Cape Town cop unitA controversial City of Cape Town police investigations unit, where a former cop criminally charged in two separate cases seems to have been based, is set to be investigated following fresh claims that it is in effect a rogue operation.

TRAVEL:

South African passport power just jumped way up an important ranking – based on a technicality – South African passports now rank as the 51st most useful in the world on an important index, up from 58 last year.

COVID VACCINE:

From Europe to the US, Covid cases in children are surging. Schools aren’t preparedMillions of British students have returned to school following the Christmas and New Year holidays, amid a record surge in infections and hospitalizations. For teachers and parents, the situation has brought a grim sense of déjà vu.

ENTERTAINMENT:

‘He was a handful’ – Hunter S Thompson’s PA and photographer relives her wild jobShe cooked his weird dinners, dealt with his volcanic rants, and read his prose back to him from dark till dawn. As Chloe Sells’ photographs of the gonzo writer’s chaotic Colorado cabin are published, she remembers an invigorating, inspirational figure.

Photo Of The Day

Groms at play © Delphine Ducaruge

Defending World Champion Gabriel Medina Withdraws From Billabong Pro Pipeline

“The past few months have been difficult for me personally, and it has taken a toll,” said Medina. “As such, I’ve decided to withdraw from the start of the 2022 WSL Championship Tour. I had every intention of competing for the entire season had made all the preparations medically (I took my COVID vaccination during my holidays) and mentally and physically. Still, I’m not in a place where I believe I can perform against the world’s best surfers right now. “

CENSUS WORK AVAILABLE FOR JBAY RESIDENTS

STATISTICS SA urgently needs fieldworkers from Jeffreys Bay, including, Wavecrest, Kabeljous and C-Place, to help conduct the 2022 population census...

CENSUS 2022: REGISTER NOW TO CHOOSE HOW YOU WANT TO BE COUNTED

All Kouga households and accommodation establishments have until 30 January to register online and choose how they want to be counted in the census...

Photo Of The Day

Two suns in the sunset - © Silas Biasch

What To Expect In The 2022 Property Market

2021 was our best year ever in terms of sales at Harcourts. We were 50% better than our previous best year!
As most in the industry expect, interest rates will continue to edge up. Realistically, we can expect another 0.75% increase over the forthcoming 12 months, which might see a slowing of buyer demand.

Photo Of The Day – sundowner time somewhere

Sundowner time somewhere by Cesar

The Season In Retrospect – St Francis Bay

Billy’s Beach continues to attract the under 25’s (and their families!). And the numerous and well-organised sporting events continue to draw the crowds.

Property News You Can Use

The Property Practitioners Act was finally passed (after about 4 years in the making) and will come into effect from 1 February. There is a lot to be happy about for all in the estate agency industry.

Photo Of The Day – What Beauty Lies beneath

What Beauty Lies Beneath © Linus Nyland

INTERNATIONAL:

Police officers fired for ignoring LA robbery in progress to play Pokemon GoRecently released court documents show the men lost their appeal against “multiple counts of misconduct” which had in part been based on a recording of them in their patrol car.

SPORT:

Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes driver to decide on F1 future after Abu Dhabi inquiryLewis Hamilton will not decide whether to return to Formula 1 this season until he sees the results of an inquiry into the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Hamilton is “disillusioned” with F1, his Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has said, as a result of last year’s title-deciding race. Goodbye Lew.

ENVIRONMENT:

Hottest ocean temperatures in history recorded last yearThe world’s oceans have been set to simmer, and the heat is being cranked up. Last year saw the hottest ocean temperatures in recorded history, the sixth consecutive year that this record has been broken, according to new research.

SOCIAL MEDIA:

Instagram music not working? 7 ways to troubleshootIn recent months, an increasing number of users have found that they’ve been occasionally unable to add music to Instagram. Here are a few simple troubleshooting tips