Wednesday 18th November

Covid-19 and Local News & Updates

Tests Conducted – 5 160 887 |  Positive Cases – 754256 |  Recoveries – 696820  |  Deaths – 20432

OPERATION COCA-SKOON MAAK WILL BE IN THE ST FRANCIS&OYSTER BAY AREA THIS WEEK  –  Monday, 16 November 2020: Sea Vista & Santareme  | Tuesday, 17 November 2020: St Francis Bay & Cape St Francis  | Wednesday, 18 November 2020: Oyster Bay.

Please place your unwanted goods & waste on the pavement outside your homes for collection.

2021 Calendar to the Rescue (s)

The perfect Christmas GiftTori Stowe, Creative Director at Stowe & Co. and The Corner Gallery and appointed designer for a successful Australian brand and a varied and charming range of Woolworths products has come to our (rescue) again this...

Municipality Clarifies Status Of Festive Events

NO BILLY’S BEACH IN 2020"In light of the current spike of Covid cases and the further impending curfews and restrictions being set, we unfortunately have to cancel this years festivities.The safety and well being of our community during...

Around the world yachtsman saved by a glimmer of light

Local SFT contributor Stephen Praetorius himself an accomlished yachtsman recounts the harrowing tale of a miraculous rescue of around the world yachtsman Kevin Escofficier 800 nautical miles south of Cape Town yesterday.Stephen writes...

All events cancelled – No all are back on

Confusion reigns in Kouga council it would seem. After publishing a notice, apparently in error, cancelling all events including the annual Billy's Beach, it would appear council has had second thoughts according to a post on St Francis...

Kouga records 194 new Covid-19 cases in two days (28;11)

The number of active Covid-19 cases in the Kouga region stood at 329 on Saturday, 28 November.According to the latest information from the Department of Health, the breakdown of active cases per town was as follows:Humansdorp...

“Then and now” in the Greater St Francis Region – #3

Immediately south of the Cape St Francis  lighthouse in the spring of 2003. Note the abundance of species: pink fluffy beach indigos, yellow beach buttons, white needle everlastings and grey shrubs of dune chafflower in the background. Photo:...

Our famous lighthouse

Many will have seen this wonderful history on our lighthouse on Facebook recently but for those who don't use Facebook you can read it here.On July 4th 1878, the lamp of Cape St. Francis lighthouse was lit for the first time. Since that...

Big Wave Surfer Frank Solomon Opens Parley Ocean School with Parley for the Oceans and Sentinel Ocean Alliance

Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa. Sentinel Ocean Alliance founded by Frank Solomon in 2017 to create ocean-based opportunities and environmental education for the youth of South Africa, is pleased to announce the partnership with...


St. Francis Bay; Cape St. Francis, Oyster BayKindly take note that the electricity supply will be interrupted on the date and time indicated below. This interruption is necessary for new installation work and planned maintenance by...

110 Disaster Management Volunteers appointed for the festive season

110 Disaster Management Volunteers have been appointed by Kouga Municipality to assist curb the spread of the Coronavirus in the municipal hotspots.With the festive season rapidly looming and the second wave of the coronavirus underway,...


“Then and now” in the Greater St Francis Region  –  A series of repeat photos presented by Richard Cowling (FOSTER) and Timm Hoffman (rePhotoSA)


The John Whitmore Book Project  –  South African author, Miles Masterson, has interviewed more than 120 watersports legends over the past decade, including Americans filmmaker Bruce Brown and surfing and sailing innovator Hobie Alter, and 1977 surfing world champion, South Africa’s Shaun Tomson. 


Living dangerously in Nelson Mandela Bay: 1,500 late-night revellers and not a single mask in sight  –   A chilling account of how officers from Nelson Mandela Bay municipality’s metro police found 1,000 maskless late-night revellers crammed into a single party venue in the city, with another 500 outside,

Zweli Mkhize wants to start ‘talking about alcohol’ as Covid-19 cases in Port Elizabeth surge  –  The head of the metro’s disaster management forum, Shane Brown, said there had also been an increase in alcohol-related injuries and accidents, which put even more strain on hospitals.

Protesters call Mkhize ‘uncircumcised boy’, EC govt condemns ‘tribalism’  –  ‘There is no justification for this bigotry. We call on this group of workers to stop this behaviour and to apologise to Dr Mkhize,’ said spokesperson Mvusiwekhaya Sicwetsha.

Transnet to take next step in removal of PE tank farm  –  The Government has given Transnet National Ports Authority the “Remediation Order” for the long-awaited decommissioning and remediation of the tank farm


COVID-19: Mouthwash can kill coronavirus within 30 seconds, study finds  –  Oral rinses containing 0.07% of the
ingredient cetylpyridinium chloride show “promising signs” of reducing COVID-19.  –   MAYBE THERE WAS SENSE IN WHAT HAD SUGGESTED AFTER ALL

119 more Covid-19 deaths recorded in SA  –  A total of 119 more Covid-19-related deaths have been reported.


Massive spike in these 2 types of crimes in Gauteng  –  The police department’s lead for Gauteng pointed to a spike in cash-in-transit crimes, and truck jacking over the reporting period.

Husky owner’s joy short-lived after being reunited after a year  –  A Pelican Park dog owner has been reunited with his furry friend after more than a year. But Damian Leeuw’s joy was short-lived after the husky disappeared again after just ONE week.

Ethiopia Tigray crisis: Abiy issues ‘ultimatum’ as civilians flee fighting  –  Ethiopia’s prime minister has said a military operation against rebel forces in the northern Tigray region is entering its “final phase”.


Malema and his ‘winning’ white lawyers in row over rejecting black lawyers: ‘EFF is not anti-white’  –  After appearing for a criminal court case, EFF leader Julius Malema commented that he used white lawyers as the EFF was an anti-racist organisation. 

The RET faction is licking its wounds – but brace yourselves for the fightback  –  The Radical Economic Transformation faction inside the ANC has been remarkably quiet of late.

ANC seeks urgent debate on ‘plot to assassinate speaker’ in Western Cape  –  The leader of the opposition ANC in the Western Cape legislature has called for an urgent debate on allegations of a plot to assassinate the speaker, Masizole Mnqasela.


How National Lotteries officials tried to stop the rot – but were shut down  –  An explosive 2015 report reveals how the National Lotteries Commission’s chief risk officer flagged key governance issues that have since come back to haunt the commission.


Whatever Zondo decides, Zuma will keep trying to delegitimise the State Capture commission  –  The hearing for the recusal of Deputy Chief Justice (DCJ) Raymond Zondo as chairperson of the State Capture commission had a distinctly Trumpian feel to it. 


Obama laments ANC corruption, says he found Zuma ‘amiable’  –  In his new book, Obama bemoans the ANC government for squandering the legacy of Nelson Mandela through corruption and incompetence.


SABC staff react in fury to the news of retrenchments, but the corporation’s losses set to balloon.   –  After making significant progress over the past few years reducing its operating deficit, the SABC is heading for a huge R1-billion-plus loss


SA Express liquidators are looking for the missing millions  –   The investigation will look into the airline’s transactions prior to it being placed under provisional liquidation in April.


SABC executives paid millions despite huge losses  –  The SABC published its 2019/20 annual report in Parliament on 17 November 2020, which revealed a net loss of R511 million over the last financial year.

SABC TV Licence mess – Only 24% of South Africans paying  –  The SABC has published its annual report for the 2019/2020 financial year in Parliament on Tuesday, revealing that less than a quarter of TV Licences were paid over the period.


Brexit trade deal ‘landing zones’ now clear to negotiators, Ireland’s prime minister says  –  Taoiseach Micheál Martin says he thinks Boris Johnson will ‘see the sense of a deal’


Trump fires head of US cybersecurity agency that refuted voter fraud claims  –  Termination of Christopher Krebs comes amid removals of high-level officials seen as insufficiently loyal to the president

Ramaphosa chats to Biden, hopes for strong partnership  –  ‘President-Elect Biden expressed his admiration for what the democratic South Africa has achieved,’ the statement said.


Therapeutic effect: Musical medic plays to cancer patient, 10, during surgery  –  During an operation to remove a double tumour in the spinal cord of a 10-year-old boy, doctors watching the brain activity of their patient saw a change when the music played on a piano next to him was interrupted.


Nasa SpaceX mission: Dragon capsule docks with space station  –  The four astronauts who left Earth on Monday (GMT) have arrived at the International Space Station (ISS).


Semenya heads to European Human Rights Court over ban  –   The two-time Olympic gold medalist, who has elevated testosterone due to DSD, identifies as a woman and races as a woman.

Spain hammer Germany 6-0 to reach Nations League final four  –  pain forward Ferran Torres scored a first career hat-trick as his side crushed helpless Germany 6-0 at home on Tuesday to storm into the final four of the Nations League.

Dylan Frittelli commits to SA Open at Sun City  –  Dylan Frittelli has confirmed that he will play in December’s South African Open at Sun City following his breakthrough performance at The Masters.

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