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Wednesday 16th September

Covid-19 and Local News & Updates

Tests Conducted – 3 940 217 |  Positive Cases – 651521 |  Recoveries – 583126  |  Deaths – 15451

Work surges ahead to protect the St Francis coastline

Kouga Municipality is surging ahead with the construction of an emergency revetment at St Francis Bay to protect municipal infrastructure and houses on the canals from the ocean.Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said the most...

The West Wind – September 22nd

To enjoy the best read of the magazine flip format we we recommend you switch to “FULL SCREEN” by clicking on the icon  in the red circle  as indicated on the example.To turn a page simply click you mouse on the right leaf to go forward...

Emergency Plan for the Spit

St Francis Property Owners NPC issued the following media release with regard the recent breach on the spitThe Spit has been breached 4 times since early in April. The SFPO NPC has been monitoring the Spit over the past year, as we did...

Keep Kouga Safe Campaign Launched

Kouga has set it sights on becoming the safest municipality in South Africa to live, work and play.The Keep Kouga Safe campaign was officially launched at the first Kouga Public Safety Summit at Mentors Country Estate last week.Hosted...

The Monster Combo 2.0 Is Live and Entries Are Open 

The Monster Combo is an online campaign celebrating progressive, high-performance surfing. We’re looking for rides that link up a succession of moves in quality surf.It has been a winter for the record books in sunny South Africa, and...

JBay’s Matt McGillivray Scores Runner-Up Finish

JBay's Matt McGillivray Scores Runner-Up Finish In The First Australian Grand Slam Event JBay's top professional surfer Matt McGillivray ended up a very impressive runner up in the first of the Australian Grand Slam of Surfing events,...

Is plot clearing ridiculously expensive?

Further to our article on clearing plots last week, Trevor Wright who offers  assistance to land owners, outlines some of the costs as well as charges owners will face if it is left to the municipality to clear an overgrown plot that is...

The Tortoise and the Hare – The story of two Trees

Why are large milkwood trees so scarce in Cape St Francis?An article on Milkwood's by Prof Richard CowlingThink of the Cape coast and what tree springs to mind? For most, it would be the white milkwood tree (Sideroxylon inerme). From...

Maya Gabeira Sets New World Record, Wins cbdMD XXL Biggest Wave Award 

 Yesterday, the World Surf League (WSL) announced that Maya Gabeira (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) won the cbdMD XXL Biggest Wave Award and set the new World Record for the largest wave ever surfed by a woman. As part of the Red Bull Big Wave...

Kouga Fire Department makes headway on bush-clearing!

Bush-fires affect the entire community and can have a devastating, wide-spread effect on individuals, businesses, industry and facilities. We all have a joint civic responsibility to take whatever measures are necessary to protect our...

LOCAL:

PORT ELIZABETH, EASTERN CAPE & SOUTHERN COAST:

Day Zero: Nelson Mandela Bay ‘needs more money to fix water leaks’  –  As Nelson Mandela Bay became the first large city in SA to reach Day Zero, former mayor and now the member of the mayoral committee in charge of the city’s water, Mongameli Bobani, said the R140m budget to fix water leaks in the city was not enough.

Organisations unite in bid to end Bay municipality mismanagement  –  Civil society, churches, unions and business owners have joined hands in a bid to stop the rot in the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality.

AlgoaFMGood Samaritan’ turns villain in Uitenhage bike robbery  –  Police in Uitenhage are investigating an armed robbery that allegedly took place along the R334 last week where a young cyclist was robbed of his expensive bike.

COVID-19:

TimesliveAt least 257 health-care workers have succumbed to Covid-19 in SA: Mkhize  –  Out of the more than 15,000 Covid-19 fatalities in SA to date, at least 257 have been health-care workers.

Independent On LineWarning: Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children now a notifiable condition in SA  –  Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) – associated with the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) – has been included in the notifiable medical conditions (NMC) in South Africa.

NATIONAL COMMAND COUNCIL & LOCKDOWN:.

BusinesstechPush to reopen South Africa’s international borders by next month  –  Western Cape premier Alan Winde says that he will push for the reopening of the country’s international borders as part of the country’s move to a level 1 lockdown.

SOUTH AFRICA & AFRICAN CONTINENT:

TimesliveHammered by the economy, fledglings move back in with mom and dad  –  Just as they’ve left the nest, many young South Africans are moving back home again as the economy shrinks 

money webSmall-town residents join hands in tyre burning  –  Far away from Sandton and Constantia, the water does not flow and dinner by candlelight is a nightly affair.

TimesliveWhat’s the limit for free speech? ConCourt to hear Qwelane case  –  Civil society organisations have made court submissions on both sides of the debate

The CitizenAmy’Leigh’s alleged kidnappers to plead guilty  –   Tharina Human’s lawyer David Mey indicated that his team have reached a plea deal with the state and the former teacher is expected to plead guilty at her next appearance.

Clicks director Nonkululeko Gobodo quits for ‘personal reasons’  –  The Clicks Group on Tuesday confirmed the resignation of non-executive director Nonkululeko Gobodo for “personal reasons”.

TimesliveWoman’s execution reveals ‘mob justice’ in Moz’s bloody insurgency  –  The execution of a Mozambican woman by soldiers has drawn into sharp focus the bloody toll of those caught between the army and the insurgents.

 

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS:

Daily MaverickWeakening of SA’s endangered political middle will fuel extreme ideologies  –  If moderates stop voting, the voices of those who do vote on the fringes of the ideological spectrum will grow dangerously louder.

Timeslive‘We were wrong’: Ace Magashule says ANC will pay for air force jaunt to Zim  –  The ANC has undertaken to reimburse the government for the costs incurred during its controversial use of an air force jet on a party-political mission to Zimbabwe

FRAUD & CORRUPTION:

Daily MaverickKPMG – How a Big Four auditing firm went rogue in its greed for profit  –  The Big Four auditing firms – Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PwC – played a systemic role in economic crimes and State Capture. 

The CitizenHawks raid 18 properties of eThekwini officials in R700m tender fraud case  –  Several junior employees allegedly lived high-end lifestyles on the back of nefarious income streams.

ZONDO COMMISSION:

Daily Maverick‘Slovenly’ Ajay Gupta acted like he owned the country, says former Eskom legal head  –  Suzanne Daniels says Ajay Gupta planned to stall a court case over Brian Molefe’s R30m pension payout from Eskom until Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma was in power. 

ESKOM:

Business MaverickEskom debt battle: Utility secures Free State municipal farms worth R2.5bn  –  At the end of July, municipalities across the country owed South Africa’s power utility close to R31bn.

BUSINESS, MONEY & ECONOMY:

South Africa ranks 90th in economic freedom rankings money web –  The study would not include the full impact of state capture. To what extent do South Africa’s policies and institutions support economic freedom?

BusinesstechRand hits 4-week best against dipping dollar ahead of interest rate decision  –  South Africa’s rand continued its good form against the dollar, gaining for third consecutive day on Tuesday (15 September), to a month-best.

TimesliveSAA staff living on a wing and a prayer, devoured by debt  –  Consumed by debt, surviving on hope and prayers, and having to borrow money or sell valuables to put food on the table.

TECHNOLOGY & TELEVISION:

Facebook launches climate information centre following California wildfires and misinformation criticisms  –  The company will continue to allow politicians to post false claims unless they pose a direct risk of causing harm.

BBC newsApple Fitness+ subscription service unveiled alongside Series 6 Watch  –  Apple has unveiled a new personalised workout subscription service alongside new smartwatches and tablet computers.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

The IndependentFlorida polls: Trump gains in battle for crucial state as race tightens  –  Sunshine state now a ‘toss up’  as president campaigns in Nevada

The GuardianUAE, Bahrain and Israel sign historic accords at White House event  –  Trio establish formal relations at ceremony viewed as image boost for Trump and Netanyahu

SPORT:

Independent On LineWATCH: Wayde van Niekerk wins in comeback, Akani Simbine also victorious  –  He was made to work hard for it, but in the end, Wayde van Niekerk made a victorious comeback to the track in Switzerland on Tuesday night.

My BroadbandGovernment’s plan to make major sports free to watch – DStv responds  –  MultiChoice has responded to government’s newly-proposed regulations regarding the broadcasting of sports in the “public interest”,

Round 1 and Round 2 tee times for the U.S. Open at Winged Foot  –  The USGA announced first- and second-round tee times for the 120th U.S. Open. Here’s a look at the groupings and times for the opening two rounds at Winged Foot Golf Club.