Wednesday 25th August

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WEATHER
Plenty of sunshine
Max 20C
Wind -ENE 19 km/h

LOCAL: (St Francis & Kouga Region)

Jeffreys Bay delivers pristine waves for Day 1 of the SA Longboard Championships   –  The first day of the South African Longboarding Championships  opened today with magnificent weather and flawless conditions at Point, Jeffreys Bay.

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

CHOC nominated as 2021 Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer Beneficiary  –  The Childhood Cancer Foundation of South Africa (CHOC), will be the primary beneficiary of the 2021 Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer.

SA & AFRICA NEWS:.

Gun buying craze in South Africa  –  Many South Africans are buying guns after communities were left to fend for themselves in the recent riots in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

SA’s unemployment is ‘the worst in the world’, Bloomberg data shows  –  SA’s unemployment rate has surged to the highest on a global list of 82 countries monitored by Bloomberg.

Government walks back on plan to scrap school holidays: report  –  Basic education minister Angie Motshekga says there are no plans to scrap the October school holidays as had previously been discussed,

COVID NEWS: 

Covid-19 in SA: 10 346 new cases, 369 new deaths in last 24 hours  –  The National Institute of Communicable Diseases has confirmed an increase of 10 346 new Covid-19 cases in South Africa.

Covid-19 in children: What to look out for and when to seek medical help  –  AS the Delta variant continues to drive an upsurge in Covid cases across the country, more children are testing positive for the coronavirus.

COVID VACCINE:

We have enough vaccines, says Health Minister Joe Phaahla  –  Health Minister Joe Phaahla says there is a sufficient supply of vaccines for people to receive the jab.

US approval of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine ‘should spur uptake in SA’  –  The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted full approval of Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine on Monday, paving the way for greater public confidence in the jab.

POLITICS & PARLIAMENT:

DA bolts straight out of the gate with lineup of metro mayoral candidates  –  The party has challenged others to follow suit after announcing new names for three metros

UNREST:

July unrest: Sasria anticipates claims up to R20bn, 10% set to be paid by end of week  –  The South African Special Risks Insurance Association (Sasria) expects claims related to the unrest in July to amount to R20 billion, with 10% of the amount to be paid out by the end of this week.

Modise moots intermediary force to deal with violence  –  Defence Minister Thandi Modise has hinted at the establishment of an intermediary force comprising soldiers and police that would be able to be deployed with speed to crack down on violence and looting

COURTS, NPA, HAWKS CRIME & SAPS:

R400m cocaine ski boat bust: Accused ‘part of international syndicate’, court hears  –   Five of six men linked to the R400-million cocaine bust in Pretoria in June have applied for bail.

Time is running out: President Ramaphosa must appoint the new chief justice   –  There are fewer than 50 days before the official end of Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng’s term in office. 

BUSINESS & MONEY MATTERS:

Very few work seekers will find jobs  –  While more than 4.3m people entered the labour market over the last year, fewer than 800 000 found jobs. 

CRYPTOCURRENCY:

Fall from the top: Bitcoin brothers R54bn blunder  –  Ameer and Raees Cajee (and their company, Africrypt) started making headlines earlier this year when the pair sent out a notice to investors informing them of a security breach.

ENERGY & ESKOM:

The cost of pollution: Eskom, Sasol and the vagaries of environmental law compliance in South Africa  –   While tonnes of greenhouse gases enter the atmosphere and accelerate global heating, Eskom has told Parliament that it would cost roughly R300bn to update its power plants

TECHNOLOGY & TELEVISION:

Virgin Hyperloop unveils new pod concept video  –  Virgin Hyperloop has released a video illustrating its plans for passenger pods using magnetic levitation to travel above 1,000km/h (600mph) through tubes containing a near-vacuum.

Surf legends shine in sizeable conditions at the SA Longboarding Champs

Day Two of the South African Longboarding Champs presented by RYD Brand sanctioned by Surfing South Africa kicked off in balmy weather and, once...

Jeffreys Bay delivers pristine waves for Day 1 of the SA Longboard Championships

Llandudno surfer Luke Slijpen is embarking on his rookie year on the World Surf League's (WSL) World Qualifying Series (WQS) with the strong backing...

Llandudno Surfer Luke Slijpen Signs Multi-Year Deal With Quiksilver International

Llandudno surfer Luke Slijpen is embarking on his rookie year on the World Surf League's (WSL) World Qualifying Series (WQS) with the strong backing...

International Lighthouse Weekend – A happy belated Mandela Day celebration for Talhado

   When Sunday’s weather turned out to be near perfect it was destined that the fundraiser organised for Talhado Children’s Haven at the Seal Point...

Municipality To Find Lasting Solution For Stray Animals

KOUGA Municipality is looking at different approaches to find a permanent solution for roaming animals across the region.Community Services...

Kouga Adds No Markup on Electricity Tariff Increase

AS much as Kouga Municipality was mindful of the tough economic climate on residents, its recent electricity tariff increase was guided by the...

Municipality to Clamp Down on Illegal Electricity

KOUGA Municipality, in conjunction with the local South African Police Service, is set to clamp down on illegal electricity connections in the...

International Lighthouse Weekend celebrated at Seal Point Lighthouse this Sunday.

 This coming weekend is International Lighthouse Weekend where Lighthouse managers, keepers and owners are encouraged to open their lighthouse or...

So many ways people are helping FOSTER

FOSTER as an organisation is managed by a small committee of dedicated volunteers with different portfolios and responsibilities which is ably...

The Experience Northern Cape Namakwa Challenge Is Approaching

The inaugural WSL Speciality Event for the Northern Cape region, the Experience Northern Cape Namakwa Challenge presented by Billabong Adventure...

INTERNATIONAL:

Biden rejects allies’ pleas to keep troops in Afghanistan beyond end of August  –  US president acknowledges that completing airlift by 31 August depends on Taliban continuing to cooperate

EARTH, SPACE & THE UNIVERSE:

Madagascar on the brink of climate change-induced famine   –  Madagascar is on the brink of experiencing the world’s first “climate change famine”, 

THIS & THAT:

Charlie Watts: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards pay tribute to Rolling Stones bandmate  –  Sir Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have paid tribute to their bandmate Charlie Watts, following the death of the Rolling Stones drummer.

SPORT:

NIENABER OPENS UP ON NEW RUGBY CHAMPS SCHEDULE  –  Springbok head coach Jacques Nienaber is pleased that there has now been confirmation on the Rugby Championship’s upcoming games.

Caster Semenya eyes damages case after study changes  –  While Caster Semenya’s fight to run in her favourite 800m event continues, she is considering filing for damages from World Athletics 

SURFING:

Llandudno Surfer Luke Slijpen Signs Multi-Year Deal With Quiksilver International  —  Llandudno surfer Luke Slijpen is embarking on his rookie year on the World Surf League’s (WSL) World Qualifying Series (WQS) with the strong backing of Quiksilver International.