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Wednesday 14th October

Covid-19 and Local News & Updates

Tests Conducted – 4 443 952 |  Positive Cases – 64537 |  Recoveries – 625574  |  Deaths – 18208

 

Wildflower Chase 2020 St Francis Field

A report by Colleen SmithThe lockdown, because of Covid-19, called into question whether we hold a Wildflower Chase this year or not. Dave Bowmer and I discussed it – there was no spectacular display of the pink and yellow Senecio’s...

Manoa Robb Wins Monster Combo Round 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7qwgkpf8WQ&feature=youtu.beIt is a big congratulations to Manoa Robb, the official Round 1 winner of the Monster Combo. Manoa's efforts see him win a R2000 Pollywog gift voucher and an entry into the...

Rotarians donate life saving equipment to St Francis community

The Rotary Club of St Francis officially presented a Defibrilator and Holter to the community of St Francis last week. The equipment is to be held at Dr Jean Malan’s medical practice at the St Francis Medical Centre where it will be...

A busy weekend for NSRI on southern coastline

NSRI Oyster Bay duty crew were activated on Saturday afternoon following a request for assistance from a fisherman on a fishing sea kayak who reported to NSRI EOC (Emergency Operations Centre) that he was in difficulty off-shore of...

Bush-clearing to help keep Humansdorp safe

Major bush-clearing is under way at Humansdorp in a joint effort to keep Kouga communities safe from crime.Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said about 60 men and women from Humansdorp and St Francis Bay had started clearing alien...

World Food Day 2020 – 16th October

World Food Day 2020: Sustainable seafood links ocean health with people’s lives and platesFood insecurity is a reality for many South Africans with nearly half of the nation’s households living under the poverty line and not being able...

Swart Maandag (Black Monday) Drive

PRESS RELEASEThe organizers of the Swart Maandag (Black Monday) peaceful protest drive based in the beautiful town of Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape would like to inform you of the following.We are a small town with a BIG voice, but also...

Warning to estate agents

Estate agents are reminded that it is illegal for the municipality to supply them with the details of property owners in the region.Kouga Finance Portfolio Councillor, Brenton Williams, said CDs with this information were available to...

Good rain, but dam levels remain low

Kouga residents and businesses have been urged to continue using water sparingly.“Some much-needed rain has fallen in the catchment areas, but not enough to make a significant difference to the dam levels.“This means we cannot relax yet...

Africa’s First Adaptive Learning Online High School Launches

PRESS RELEASEPrestigious, independent school, Bridge House and award-winning EdTech company, Digemy, have joined forces to create ConnectEd - the first Independent Examinations Board (IEB) curriculum online high school in Africa to...

LOCAL:

Beach and Spit Restoration program  –  Interesting Video on St Francis Property Owners Website that explains the processes of the beach restoration process

Roadshow to empower Kouga SMME’s  –  Established and registered SMMEs from the Kouga region have been invited to attend an empowerment roadshow at the Newton Hall in Jeffreys Bay next week.

PORT ELIZABETH, EASTERN CAPE & SOUTHERN COAST:

Covid-19 spike in Eastern Cape caused by ‘bad behaviour’, warns expert  –  The recent spike in Covid-19 cases has been attributed to “bad behaviour” and people no longer adhering to health regulations.

Faction members in bid to collapse ANC rule in EC — Mabuyane  –  Ill-disciplined and factional ANC members are trying to collapse governance in Eastern Cape municipalities, provincial party boss Oscar Mabuyane has said.

AlgoaFMGarden Route Covid cases on the rise as public becomes complacent  –  There has been a 120% increase of new active Covid-19 cases in the Kannaland area, 

COVID-19:

defend truthTotally Under Control — how the United States (and South Africa) screwed up the coronavirus response  –   Totally Under Control, a new film co-directed by documentarian Alex Gibney, lays bare the insanity at the heart of the Donald Trump administration’s response to the Covid-19 crisis.

TimesliveGrim milestone as SA reaches more than 18,000 Covid-19 deaths  –  The country also climbed towards 695,000 total Covid-19 cases, with 1,178 new cases recorded in the past 24 hours. There are now 694,537 total confirmed infections across SA.

‘Large crowd’ dispersed from Liverpool city centre – two hours before tough Tier 3 restrictions begin  –  Footage posted on social media showed dozens of people dancing in Concert Square, one of the city’s busiest nightlife hotspots.

The world could see a Covid-19 vaccine in early 2021 – here’s who will get it and how  –   Even if a jab is shown to work, there won’t be enough doses for everyone.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS:

TimesliveMK vets back Ace Magashule as he takes veiled swipe at Fikile Mbalula  –  Magashule — who the grouping largely supported and applauded — fired a broadside at the minister without mentioning him by name.

Just three positions up for grabs at DA’s digital elective conference  –  The DA’s federal congress presiding officers, Greg Krumbock and Desiree van der Walt, made the announcement on Tuesday.

TimesliveHerman Mashaba blames Senekal murder and protests on ‘total collapse’ of rule of law  –  ActionSA president Herman Mashaba has slammed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s response to the murder of Free State farm manager Brendin Horner

CORRUPTION:

TimesliveNew bid to get Gupta-linked Kuben Moodley to explain R8.3m stashed in safety deposit boxes  –  The high court in Johannesburg has ordered that the interim restraint order against a controversial businessman’s assets — worth R232m — be extended to November 27.

ZONDO COMMISSION:

Independent On LineOakbay CEO, Gupta associate prepared statements on Eskom execs, state capture inquiry hears  –  This bombshell emerged at the Zondo commission of inquiry into allegations of state capture on Tuesday when former board chairperson Dr Ben Ngubane returned to the witness stand.

FARM MURDERS:

‘Bipolar’ Senekal businessman is denied bail  –  The 51-year-old businessman arrested for his alleged role in a fiery protest in the Free State last week has been denied bail.

The CitizenEFF will be at Senekal court on Friday and no one will to stop it – Malema  –   Malema said anyone who overturned a police vehicle and entered courts violently was declaring war against the state.

The Citizen‘We saw it coming, we begged and nothing happened’ – farmers tell Bheki Cele  –  Responding to the farmers, Cele said the issues raised sounded like the operations of a stock heist, much like the cash-in-transit heists that have also affected the country.

BUSINESS, MONEY & ECONOMY:

Business MaverickTito Mboweni asks for a ‘mini budget’ delay – a worrying sign the economic line isn’t holding  –  Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has asked Parliament for a week’s delay for the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement. 

money webFive things to watch out for in the medium-term budget  –  We expect real growth to average -0.8% between 2020 and 2023 vs Treasury’s June forecast of -0.4%: Momentum Investments

BusinesstechWe need to move away from GDP as a measure of progress: Dr Mamphela Ramphele   –  The Covid-19 crisis offers South Africans opportunities to tackle the unfinished agenda of transforming society into a more equitable, resilient and prosperous democracy

TECHNOLOGY & TELEVISION:

My BroadbandiPhone 12 Pro launched – The most powerful iPhone ever  –  Apple launched its new iPhone 12 Pro smartphone range at an event on 13 October 2020.

 

TRAVEL:

BusinesstechAustralia is updating its visas – here are the key changes that South Africans should know about  –  As Covid-19 continues to batter Australia’s economy, its government has finally announced updates to the country’s migration programmes for 2021.

Home affairs glitch puts brakes on passport and ID applications  –  Unstable connectivity on the department of home affairs’ live capture system has affected passport and ID applications and collections.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

The GuardianNuclear arms talks spiral into confusion as Russia rejects US ‘delusion’  –  Top US negotiator claimed there was ‘an agreement in principle’ between Trump and Putin

US ELECTIONS 2020:

BBC newsUS election: Biden says Florida seniors ‘expendable’ for Trump  –  US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has criticised Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic while courting elderly voters in the battleground state of Florida.

OCEANS:

The GuardianHigh number of fatal Australian shark attacks prompts concern hunting grounds are shifting  –  La Niña’s possible influence on feeding considered as Western Australian surfer’s death takes 2020 toll to highest in 86 years

BBC newsGreat Barrier Reef has lost half of its corals since 1995  –  Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has lost more than half of its corals since 1995 due to warmer seas driven by climate change, a study has found.

SPORT:

Erasmus and Habana appointed to influential new World Rugby committeeThe Citizen  –  Erasmus is a coaching representative and Habana is a player representative on the High Performance 15s Committee.

Independent On LineWorld number 1 golfer Dustin Johnson tests positive for Covid-19  –  World number one Dustin Johnson has tested positive for Covid-19, the PGA Tour said in a statement on Tuesday.

Independent On LineAfrica’s only professional cycling team in race for survival  –  South Africa-based NTT Pro Cycling is racing to find new backers before the 2021 season after the pullout of its two top sponsors. 

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