17th February

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TIDES

Low 12:27AM 0.4m
High 6:44AM 1.8m
Low 12:48PM 0.6m
High 6:47PM 1.7m
 

LOAD SHEDDING SUSPENDED

WEATHER
Delightful with plenty of sun
Max 25C
Wind – E 26 km/h

COVID-19 STATISTICS

New Cases –  1210 | Active Cases – 48855

Recoveries – 1 .396 951  Deaths – 48855

Active cases in nearby Kouga region 
St Francis –  0 | Oyster Bay – 0 | Humansdorp –  3 |  JBay – 9
Keep Safe  and PLEASE …  SAVE WATER

LOCAL NEWS: (Kouga)

Slight increase in local Covid-19 active cases  –  There has been a slight increase in the number of active COVID-19 infections in the Kouga region.

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

Water usage restrictors to be installed at households who exceed allowed monthly consumption  –  Water usage restrictors will be installed at households across the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro (NMBM) whose monthly consumption exceeds 15 kilolitres (500 litres per day).

EC ready to jab 3.8 million as JJ vaccine is on its way  –  The first batch of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will arrive in the Eastern Cape on Wednesday.

Military Hospital in PE expected to be completed in 2024  –  The Military Health Service currently has three Tertiary Health institutions in the country, one in Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Cape Town

SA & AFRICA NEWS:

’I had too much to drink’ – Jacques Pauw apologises for ’mistakes’ after being arrested at Waterfront  –  Daily Maverick columnist, investigative journalist and author Jacques Pauw has apologised for his actions at the Waterfront which led to him being arrested, jailed and charged with theft.

One of South Africa’s busiest highways is getting an upgrade – including a new R300 million bridge  –  The upgrades form part of a R30 billion upgrade package for both the N2 and N3 highways in and around Durban

EDUCATION:

COVID NEWS:

SA records 1,210 new cases of Covid-19, at positivity rate of just 4.94%  –  The new infections come from 24,486 tests, at a positivity rate of 4.94%.

COVID VACCINE:

All you need to know about SA’s J&J vaccine roll-out  –  The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is the only jab, at least so far, for which we have clinical trial data on the kind of protection it provides against severe Covid-19 disease caused by the new variant.

We have secured enough Covid-19 vaccines for everyone in South Africa who needs it: Mkhize  –  Health minister Dr Zweli Khize says that South Africa has managed to successfully secure nine million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine,

How the world sees SA: Local scientists prevent global vaccine crisis  –  “Without the researchers in South Africa who were able to quickly identify the variant and incorporate it into this clinical trial, the world would not yet know the effectiveness of the vaccine on this variant,”

LOCKDOWN:

More than two million jobs returned when lockdown eased in 2020 – but hunger persists  –  We can have both more jobs and more hunger at the same time.

OPINION:

Sedition and Treason: South Africa needs to remove the blinkers  –  When one sets out to engage in corrupt practices in order to defraud the state, this is treason. When elements of the uMkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association state that they will defend certain persons and principles against state institutions, that is sedition. And yet we allow it to continue.

POLITICS:

Ramaphosa’s silence on Zuma’s defiance criticised in post-Sona debate  –  ‘The only space Zuma needs is a space provided by a prison cell,’ says FF+

Malema takes aim at the judiciary in fiery post-Sona speech  –  EFF leader Julius Malema has accused certain judges of receiving bribes from white businesses, while warning of an uprising against the judiciary if judges conspire with politicians

CORRUPTION WATCH:

Bain & Company – the KGB of consulting  –  Bain & Company is one of several powerful multinational corporations at the centre of corruption and State Capture in South Africa. 

COURTS, NPA, HAWKS, CRIME & SAPS:

Conflicted John Hlophe hears corruption trial of former minister of state security Bongani Bongo –  All eyes are on controversial Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe who is sitting in judgment of former minister of state security Bongani Bongo

Parliamentary officials back up story of official accusing Bongani Bongo of bribery  –  The state’s second and third witnesses in the corruption case against former state security minister Bongani Bongo backed up aspects of the testimony of his bribery accuser

BUSINESS & MONEY MATTERS:

Business is now (narrowly) the most trusted institution in South Africa, survey finds  –  The reputation of governments, around the world, is in an absolutely dire state.

ENERGY:

Court order will raise electricity prices by another 15%  –  The consent order follows Eskom’s application to recover R23bn in the 2021/2022 financial year

 

SA AIRWAYS:

SAA gets another R5 billion from government  –  South African Airways (SAA) has received a further R5 billion from the Department of Public Enterprises to pay for voluntary severance packages

SAA pilots fuming over unpaid salaries  –  Saapa members have been locked out of the airline since December.

TECHNOLOGY:

Secret deal sees Vodacom take over Cell C contract customer services – Insider  –  Vodacom has taken over all upgrades, credit vetting, and collections for Cell C’s contract customers

How the SABC plans to rival Netflix and Showmax  –  Viewers can look forward to a full library of their favourite SABC television shows, podcasts of radio shows and other exclusive content, 

Parliament committee to invite Facebook to account for Covid-19 misinformation  –  DA MP Phumzile van Damme  said the heightened levels of misinformation highlighted the need for Parliament to take an active role in curbing misinformation.

Open Water swim champs takes off in Jbay

MARINA Martinique will once again be the venue for the Nelson Mandela Bay Open Water Swim Championship as swimmers from all over the country dust...

Affordable rental housing to grow Kouga

Some 300 jobs to be createdKOUGA is set to soon boast affordable social rental opportunities in Jeffreys Bay – a first for the Eastern Cape.Some 300...

St Francis Bay Golf Club – Toyota Betterball 24th Feb

TAKEN FROM A FACEBOOK POSTYesterday’s winners in the Toyota Better Ball competition played in breezy but warm weather conditions were:1st: Wallie...

You can change names but you cannot change history

TAKEN FROM A FACEBOOK POSTA rather well stated post by the Cruthmullet (Don Clark) on Facebook yesterday with reference to changing PE's nameSo now...

No increase in local Covid-19 active cases

THERE has been no increase, or decrease, in the number of active COVID-19 infections in the Kouga region.Active cases remained at 13 as at February...

Kouga puts brakes on corruption

KOUGA Municipality asks for residents’ patience at the Humansdorp Traffic Department.This after an employee at the Traffic Department was arrested...

Integrated Development Plan (IDP): One week left to submit comments

KOUGA residents and stakeholders have just over a week left to submit comments on the Kouga Municipality’s draft Integrated Development Plan (IDP)...

Slight increase in local Covid-19 active cases

There has been a slight increase in the number of active COVID-19 infections in the Kouga region.Active cases climbed to 13 as at February 14,...

FOSTER needs your support, please become a supporter

Thanks to FOSTER’s efforts over the past 30 years, our region has four well-managed nature reserves, each with unique natural and...

Dam levels drop below 18%

Kouga residents, businesses and visitors are urged to use water extremely sparingly, with the combined levels of the supply dams in the region...

INTERNATIONAL:

Millions without power and 21 dead as ferocious winter weather sweeps US   –  Officials warn of treacherous travel conditions as icy winter storm heads to America’s north-east

Trump attacks “dour” leader McConnell  –  Former President Donald Trump has launched a scathing personal attack on fellow Republican Mitch McConnell.

EARTH, SPACE & THE UNIVERSE:

Perseverance rover: Nasa robot heading for a bulls-eye landing  –  The American space agency says its Perseverance rover is lined up perfectly for its landing on Mars.

THIS & THAT:

Rich countries should only eat synthetic beef, says Bill Gates  –  The billionaire philanthropist made the demand while advertising his new book on how to avoid a climate disaster.

SPORT:

Graeme Smith calls on SA cricketers to grab opportunity and make a name for themselves in the CSA T20 Challenge  –  Graeme Smith has thrown down the gauntlet to South Africa’s cricketers to “put their hands up” and make a name for themselves in the CSA T20 Challenge

Injured Djokovic slams quarantine, suggests NBA-style ‘bubble’ tennis season  –  Djokovic suffered his injury in his third-round win over Taylor Fritz, and said it was the worst he had had to deal with at a Grand Slam.

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