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Wednesday 13th March

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Local (Kouga, PE, Eastern Cape  & South Coast) + Blog

3-Legged Loggerhead turtle washed up in Jeffreys Bay   –  NSRI Jeffreys Bay were alerted following a call from Ettiene Venter of JBay Surf School reporting to have found a small sea turtle on Jeffreys Bay main beach

Why vote for the DA in the 2019 election   –  Kouga has made massive strides under DA leadership with our towns cleaner and the corruption being stopped in its tracks at Municipal level.

High E.Coli levels in Knysna lagoon  – SANparks has warned the public not to fish, collect bait or swim in the Knysna estuary. This is due to the high levels of E.coli currently in the water making it unsafe for recreational use.

Kouga Democrat –  A decade of DA delivery in Western Cape shows what is possible   –  Last week, we learnt from StatsSA that SA’s economic growth (0.8%) was below population growth (1.2%) in 2018.

Internet turns 30

At age 30, World Wide Web is ‘not the web we wanted   –  At the ripe old age of 30 and with half the globe using it, the World Wide Web is facing growing pains with issues like hate speech, privacy concerns and state-sponsored hacking,

National & African News

SA father of plane crash victim: ‘Please, God, don’t let it be him’    –  The first thought that went through Don Edkins’ mind when he heard his son Max might be on the Ethiopian Airlines flight which crashed on Sunday was: “Please, God, don’t let it be him.”

Net closing on those linked to the illegal sale of key crude oil stock, MPs hear   –  Once investigations into the illegal disposal of strategic crude oil stock wrap up, there will be consequences for those implicated, members of Parliament have heard.

Ambassador accused of sexual assault, threats by domestic worker  –  A domestic worker employed by the embassy of an African country in Pretoria has accused the ambassador of sexual assault,

Traditional Courts Bill’s passing causes row in parliament   –  DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach argued that the bill was patently unconstitutional and consigned women in these areas to second class citizens subject to a regressive, patriarchal system.

No bailout for Zimbabwe after Ramaphosa visit   –  The president offered the struggling country ‘support’ but made no concrete offer of help.

Mabuza: I don’t take Mboweni seriously   –  David Mabuza was asked about Tito Mboweni’s call for the privatisation of some SOEs while answering questions in the Assembly on Tuesday.

Gupta naturalisation ‘still a mystery’, but ‘the truth will come out’ – Home Affairs Committee –  Where the Gupta family members’ applications for early naturalisation were processed “is still a mystery”.


Standard Bank presents records of alleged money laundering operation involving Gupta-linked entities   –  One of the country’s biggest banks has provided records of a worrying alleged money laundering operation involving various Gupta-linked entities

Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson paid a R5m ‘bonus’ amid job losses   –  Two weeks before corruption-accused African Global Operations (AGO) – formerly known as Bosasa – was placed under liquidation, the company paid its CEO Gavin Watson a R5m “performance bonus” – over and above his monthly salary of R5.7m.


Deadline looms for parties to comply with IEC requirements   –  South Africa’s political parties have until Wednesday to comply with the Independent Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) requirements such as paying a deposit and forwarding candidate lists.

ANC reports EFF to IEC for ‘offering free drivers’ licences for votes’   –  This is the second complaint lodged against the EFF with the IEC, after Karima Brown reported the party last week for harassment.

Business, Money & Economy

Group Five: Another SA construction giant buckles under the pressure   – Group Five: Another SA construction giant buckles under the pressure

International News

Brexit: MPs reject Theresa May’s deal for a second time   –  Theresa May’s EU withdrawal deal has been rejected by MPs by an overwhelming majority for a second time, with just 17 days to go to Brexit.

Ben Nevis avalanche: Three climbers die on UK’s highest mountain   –  The incident happened in the Number 5 Gully area, following an earlier warning that the avalanche risk was high.


Shot clock plan proposed to speed up Test cricket   –  The MCC World Cricket Council suggested on Tuesday the introduction of a shot clock in Test cricket in a bid to speed up the five-day game.

Deep Ocean Live daily blog:

Follow the latest discoveries in this daily blog and tune into the live programmes on Sky News on 18, 19, and 20 March.

Extraordinary life at half-light 200m under the sea   –  Thomas Moore makes his first deep dive as Sky prepares to broadcast live from the Indian Ocean.


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Partnership to transform Aston Bay road

The Aston Bay road is about to undergo a transformation.Work has started on a joint project that will help to safeguard motorists and...

Circle Plot Saga Cleared Up

St Francis Today has received several calls regarding the clearing of the land adjacent the roadworks at the St Francis Bay entrance...

Successful Snare Hunt

A successful hunt for snares was held yesterday Sandra Hardie who organised the SNARE HUNT  commented on the wonderful turn-out for the...

Water outages at St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis

Intermittent water supply over next three weeks in Cape St Francis and St Francis BayWater discreteness will be conducted at Sea Vista...

Standing up for Kouga’s disabled

Eight Kouga residents benefit from Wheelchair Wednesday campaign. Eight Kouga residents are the proud new owners of their own set of...

Municipal account queries made easier

Kouga Municipality is making it easier for residents to check their account balances.Corporate Services Portfolio Councillor Bryan...

30% Off Your Trip To Mauritius

Massive 30% Off Your Trip To Mauritius with The Travel Collective and Beachcomber ToursIn celebration of Mauritius Independence Day...

Sea Vista Primary bids farewell to great teachers

At a full assembly on Tuesday 12th March, the staff and learners of Sea Vista Primary School in St Francis Bay bade a fitting farewell...

3-Legged Loggerhead turtle washed up in Jeffreys Bay

NSRI Jeffreys Bay were alerted following a call from Ettiene Venter of JBay Surf School reporting to have found a small sea turtle on...

Kouga aims for hattrick with plastic roads

End of potholes, create jobs and help save the planet This has to be one of the most exciting and significant development and way of dealing with...