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Wednesday 23rd September

Covid-19 and Local News & Updates

Tests Conducted – 34 064 117 |  Positive Cases – 663282 |  Recoveries – 592904  |  Deaths – 16118

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:

The West WindIn the latest edition of The West Wind

Discovering Bruce’s Beauties
Visit Mauritius & Bali
and more…

PORT ELIZABETH, EASTERN CAPE & SOUTHERN COAST:\

AlgoaFMR50m for drought intervention in EC municipalities  –  The Department of Water and Sanitation has announced that R50m had been allocated for drought intervention in Eastern Cape Municipalities.

Burgersdorp outbreak: Eastern Cape Health MEC bemoans mass non-compliance of lockdown regulations  –  The people of the Eastern Cape were in ‘level one’ before anyone else, according to Health MEC Sindiswa Gomba

COVID-19:

Citizen Covid-19Covid-19 update: 1,346 new cases bring SA’s total to 663,282  –   The country has also reported 126 more Covid-19 deaths.

NATIONAL COMMAND COUNCIL & LOCKDOWN:.

TimesliveBheki Cele ‘disturbed’ by liquor outlets disregarding lockdown laws  –  310,494 people have been arrested for breaking Disaster Management Act

SOUTH AFRICA & AFRICAN CONTINENT:

‘I held on for dear life’: mom as man grabs daughter through car window  –  A mother had to hold on for “dear life” to her three-year-old daughter’s legs when a man grabbed the child through an open car window at an intersection in Gauteng.

Common cellphone tracking service used in ambush and murder of top policeman Kinnear  –  Those who plotted the shooting of Anti-Gang Unit Lieutenant-Colonel Charl Kinnear ‘used a Location Based Service’ to track the detective’s cellphone

TimesliveProtesters dig up tarred KZN road as service delivery frustrations spill over  –  Four years of frustration over the lack of water and electricity for a northern KwaZulu-Natal community reached a climax this week when residents dug up the road in protest.

The CitizenHere’s a list of 30 hotspot areas linked to GBV  –  Domestic violence including cases of murder, rape and attempted murder were considered in compiling the list.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS:

Concerned South Africans wish Ramaphosa a speedy recovery as he recovers from a cold   –  Reports about President Cyril Ramaphosa being sick have concerned many South Africans and leaders of opposition parties who flooded Twitter to convey well wishes.

The CitizenParliament to reopen in October  –   Regular Cabinet programme will resume on 6 October.

FRAUD & CORRUPTION:

Daily MaverickFormer SAP executive implicates global software business in corruption probe  –   SAP executives in the US and Germany were repeatedly warned the practice of paying commissions to ‘business development partners’ in South Africa was an invitation to corruption

Daily MaverickGauteng ANC indecision on PPE corruption accused is a harbinger of more drawn-out battles to come  –   After two days of meetings, the Gauteng ANC is still not ready to act against three top officials implicated in personal protective equipment (PPE) procurement corruption.

Businesstech3 types of corruption that have found their way into everyday life in South Africa   –  Civil society group Corruption Watch has published its latest corruption trends report based on accounts it has received from the start of the year until the end of June.

ZONDO COMMISSION:

Daily MaverickR631m vanishes in Free State housing scam — with no arrests a decade later  –  Some foundations were laid for RDP houses. Building materials, when delivered, were dumped on site. Contractors simply failed to build houses

Independent On Line’RET Forces’ take on Zondo commission for targeting Zuma  –  The State Capture Inquiry chaired by deputy chief justice, Raymond Zondo, has come under fire from supporters of Jacob Zuma who are accusing it of “targeting” the former president.

SA AIRWAYS:

BusinesstechMboweni has lost the battle with SAA – and now we face the consequences: analyst  –  President Cyril Ramaphosa has selected the Department of Public Enterprises’ (DPE) line on South African Airways (SAA) above National Treasury

BUSINESS, MONEY & ECONOMY:

money webR5.35bn starch sale a relief for Tongaat Hulett  –  Group’s share price surges more than 15% as deal with Barloworld gets go-ahead.

money webDraft cannabis bill ‘completely misses the mark’  –  Legislators seem oblivious to the business and tax-generating potential of the industry.

Business MaverickRoaring Rhodium: the most valuable metal in history keeps hitting record prices  –   The world’s five top producers of the most precious metal in history are all South African companies. At $14,500 an ounce, rhodium is on a rampage.

TECHNOLOGY & TELEVISION:

My BroadbandThe R15-billion blunder  –  The technology world is littered with blunders which cost companies billions of dollars and saw them fall out of favour with investors.

The GuardianElon Musk says cheaper, more powerful electric vehicle batteries are 3 years off  –  Tesla CEO acknowledged the design and manufacturing process of the new cells, which he says will be half as expensive, is not complete

Independent On LineThe future of shopping: Immersive tech set to reinvent online shopping  –  Migration to the public cloud can achieve significant carbon reduction in the form of a 5.9% decrease in total IT emissions or nearly 60 million tons of CO2 globally per year,

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

PM urged to explain plans for military to support police as new restrictions announced  –  The Army could help by “backfilling” police duties such as guarding protected sites, the prime minister’s spokesperson has said.

US ELECTIONS:

Biden, Trump appear to be deadlocked in these states, new polls suggest  –  Surveys also show competitive Senate races in both states with control of chamber up for grabs

OCEANS:

The GuardianMore than 450 whales now stranded in Tasmania after rescuers discover pod of 200 dead  –  Second pod sighted by helicopter on Wednesday morning, making it the worst whale stranding in Tasmania’s history

WLDLIFEI:

Animal lovers getting a Move on for conservation  –  From SA to New Zealand, concerned animal activists will be participating in the Move campaign to shine a light on poaching and other environmental issues.

SPORT:

The CitizenBosch has the Boks – and the No 10 jersey – in his sights  –  With World Cup winner and Springbok first-choice flyhalf Handre Pollard injured, there’s plenty to play for in the coming weeks.

Independent On LineRajasthan beat Chennai despite Faf du Plessis half-century  –  Rajasthan Royals rode explosive half centuries from Sanju Samson and captain Steven Smith’s to beat Chennai Super Kings by 16 runs in a high-scoring Indian Premier League fixture on Tuesday.