LOCAL NEWS: (Kouga)
Photo Of The Day – Early Morning Bushbuck by Gregg Darling.
St Francis Bay Surf Report – Onshore flow for a while and a growing swell.
St Francis Bay Weather Report – Somewhat cloudy, possibility of some showers later
Column – Surfing Today, With Rip Curl – The Rip Curl Search heads to Anchor Point in Morocco for their premier CT SEarch event in 2022
REGIONAL NEWS: (East Cape, Port Elizabeth & Southern Coast)
Yet Another offshore seismic exploration project mooted for Eastern Cape – With opposition to the seismic cannon gas exploration off the Wild Coast mounting, a new area of contention from the western region of the Eastern Cape to the Garden Route has surfaced. French multinational CGG has applied to explore the area from Gqeberha to Plettenberg Bay and will use the same method of gathering data — firing batteries of air cannon continuously into the water.
SA & AFRICA NEWS::
Charges laid against TikTok racist – A young man, Henrico Barnard whose racist videos on TikTok went viral is currently in hospital.
The incredible ‘wokeness’ of being a modern journalist — whose voices are we hearing? – Journalism has changed over the years and in attempting to remain relevant, it has adopted being ‘woke’ as the answer. No one trusts the media anymore. Must we not relearn to respect those who disagree with us?
81 Lives Saved by Good Samaritans all Thanks to the Pink Buoy Initiative – The NSRI shared the news that the innovative Pink Buoy has contributed to its 81st life-saving rescue in Port Alfred. This after it was recently used to save a life in Sea Point, Western Cape.
POLITICS, GOVERNMENT & PARLIAMENT:
DA mayor for Dr Beyers Naude Local Municipality after last-minute coalition deal – Former Willowmore mayor Ewald Loock was elected as the mayor of the Dr Beyers Naude Local Municipality, seated in Graaff-Reinet, by 13 votes to 11 on Tuesday during the inaugural sitting of the new council.
DA’s Randall Williams retained as mayor of Tshwane thanks to ActionSA boost – The DA’s Randall Williams retained his position as the mayor of Tshwane when the new council was inaugurated on Tuesday morning.
DA’s Mpho Phalatse elected new Joburg Mayor – The DA’s Mpho Phalatse was elected the city’s new mayor during a special council meeting earlier this week. .
Covid for Christmas – An increase in Covid–19 cases in South Africa’s Gauteng province has been linked to university students in Pretoria. South African researchers have also traced the uptick in cases to other areas of Tshwane, including Soshanguve, Atteridgeville, and Mamelodi.
BUSINESS & MONEY MATTERS:
Fourth wave | Liquor traders plead with authorities not to act rashly – Liquor traders are pleading with the government not to act hastily in dealing with the fourth COVID-19 wave, fearing the imposition of further alcohol bans will hurt players in the sector.
ENERGY & ESKOM:
Play the game, not the man – Eskom’s André De Ruyter needs all the support he can get if load shedding is to become a thing of the past.
Managing a just transition away from coal is a delicate balancing act – and Gwede Mantashe lacks balance – If we are to repurpose South Africa’s coal-fired power stations, and shift rapidly towards decarbonisation, displaced workers will need sound new jobs and social protection.
TECHNOLOGY & TELEVISION:
‘Hellbound’ is the new ‘Squid Game’ – “Hellbound” is the latest Netflix Korean drama to captivate audiences. The dark fantasy is “a story about otherworldly beings who appear out of nowhere to issue a decree and condemn individuals to hell,” according to Netflix. Apparently it’ll scare the mess out of most people.
The plot thickens: Princess Charlene reportedly linked to Russian billionaire Vladimir Doronin – Charlene’s prolonged absence has sparked renewed speculation about her marriage to Prince Albert.
US faces spree of ‘smash-and-grab’ crimes – A wave of “smash-and-grab” crimes is plaguing upscale stores in major US cities, with mobs of thieves making off with expensive goods in brazen, nighttime raids. At least 18 people broke into a Nordstrom department store in Los Angeles Monday night and stole thousands of dollars in merchandise, the city’s police chief said.
Lush to stop some social media until it’s ‘safer’ – Cosmetics firm Lush says it is deactivating some social media accounts until platforms “take action to provide a safer environment” for users. The company said that from Friday, its Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and Snapchat pages will be shut down.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho put Manchester United in Champions League last 16 – Late goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho were enough to earn an underwhelming Manchester United a 2-0 victory at Villarreal on Tuesday.
Big wave surfer Matt Bromley’s new movie Over The Edge in PE tonight – Questions and answers with the big wave surfer.
Black Coffee bags 2022 Grammy nomination – South African DJ Black Coffee, whose real name is Nkosinathi Maphumulo, has been nominated in the category Best Dance/Electronic Album for his album Subconsciously, which was released earlier this year.
LIFT airline launches new holiday package offering – with flights and experiences included – South Africa’s LIFT airline, which first launched almost one year ago, is now offering packaged holidays that include flights, car hire, meals, and accommodation.
THIS & THAT:
When anarchists ruled – UCT’s Fallist times – Book Review – The Fall of the University of Cape Town by Professor David Benatar.