28th April

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LOCAL NEWS: (Kouga)

Quick action prevents Sea Vista shack fire spreading  –  With the dry winter months ahead there is concern of potential increase in fires so let’s keep educating our people

Why we need to keep Kouga DA in 2021  –  Local government has all but collapsed across the entire province, except for one clear exception, and that is Kouga Municipality.

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

Rain and cold predicted for EC this week  –  Weather Office spokesperson, Garth Sampson, said a steep upper air trough, a surface trough, and a ridging surface high pressure, will bring “heavy downpours” in some places.

SA & AFRICA NEWS:

Four dead in mid-air collision outside Johannesburg  –  Civil Aviation Authority accident investigators search scene for clues to determine what caused crash

Disruptions to immunisation put millions of children at risk: UN, WHO  –  Millions of children whose immunisations have been disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, especially in Africa, are now at risk from life-threatening diseases

COVID NEWS:

Abdool Karim joins the World Health Organisation’s Science Council  –  Infectious diseases epidemiologist Professor Salim Abdool Karim has been appointed as a member of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Science Council.

LOCKDOWN:

Amnesty International slams SA for violating citizens’ rights under lockdown  –  Government draws the ire of global watchdog for increase in police brutality, response to soaring violence against women and closure of school feeding schemes

OPNION:

Judge Zondo is our bass guitarist; he is our bottom line; he is all we’ve got left; he is the Big Z  –  Perhaps someone should write a song with the title ‘Days of Zondo’. For these are indeed the days of Zondo.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS:

Ace Magashule deadline is a test of governance, says DA’s Steenhuisen  –  Thursday’s step-aside deadline for ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule is as significant for South Africans as it is for the ruling party, says the DA’s John Steenhuisen.

Fact-checking Natasha Mazzone’s qualifications claims  –  In the aftermath of the exposure of DA Western Cape leader Bonginkosi Madikizela claiming a BCom degree he had not earned, questions have been asked about the party’s chief whip.

CORRUPTION WATCH:

Four days of Ramaphosa at the State Capture Commission could be crucial for SA’s future  –  Where were you and what did you do? What did you know and when did you know it? 

Malusi Gigaba’s estranged wife spills all about cash, Gupta appointments, Dudu Myeni orders and death threats  –  Malusi Gigaba woke up on the 27th anniversary of democracy in South Africa on 27 April with his reputation in tatters

Mosebenzi Zwane: I flew with the Guptas due to a throat condition, but I never asked anyone for favours  –   Former mineral resources minister Mosebenzi Zwane denies he ever acted on behalf of, or benefited from, the Gupta family.

COURTS, NPA, HAWKS, CRIME & SAPS:

Ex Constitutional Court judge Johann Kriegler on why Hlophe is not untouchable  –  We’re in a lousy place, but we were in an infinitely worse place before. We dropped a lot of the catches since 1994, but we’re still in a better game, no doubt.

BUSINESS & MONEY MATTERS:

Embattled Steinhoff proceeds with listing of Pepco Group on Warsaw Stock Exchange  –  listing Pepco Group on the Warsaw market – the group’s biggest market in Europe – may not be enough to save it.

New rules for complexes and estates in South Africa from July – with fines of up to R10 million  –  Community housing schemes have until 30 June 2021 to ensure complete compliance with the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act,

LAND EXPROPRIATION:

Expropriation of land without compensation in South Africa – where are we?  –  a lot of water has passed under the bridge with regards to an amendment to the laws of the Republic of South Africa dealing with the expropriation of land without compensation.

BLF claims it has Sodwana Lodge lease now  –  Zondo said some BLF representatives remained accommodated on the property, but there were no problems.

TECHNOLOGY:

Government, auto sector look to accelerate new-energy vehicle production in SA  –  SA ‘well positioned’ to capitalise on rapidly developing global hydrogen economy – Patel.

One in four mobile subscriptions fraudulent in South Africa – what to look out for  –  Mobile subscription fraud continues to remain a big problem in South Africa, with almost one in every four carrier transactions in South Africa being fraudulent.

St Francis Disaster Group again shows the way!

Following the welcome but, in parts, destructive rainfall of Wednesday night, St Francis Disaster Volunteer Group members were again quick to...

Heavy Rainfall Causes Some Havoc around Kouga

Kouga Municipality Media ReleaseHEAVY falls of rain on Wednesday night, caused some havoc across the Kouga region - damaging several houses and...

CENTRE OF GRACE FOUNDATION: KOUGA BACKS AUTISM CENTRE FOR CHILDREN

 Kouga Municipality Media ReleaseTHE little dark head girl laughs exuberantly – her dark eyes gleaming with innocent pleasure as her colourful...

FOSTER – 30 years of supporting our natural heritage

Whatever your view of Cape St Francis, and however you use the nature reserves -- to walk, to cycle, to let their resources of wildflowers, birds...

Local surfers up in arms over Webcams

Local surfers were up in arms last week following news of a webcam having been erected on a private property overlooking Seal Point. I took the...

COURT CONFIRMS SAMWU STRIKE ILLEGAL AND UNLAWUFUL

KOUGA Municipality’s case against SAMWU was heard in the Labour Court in Port Elizabeth on Friday (April 30).The court needed to give judgement on...

ST FRANCIS NEEDS YOUR VOTE TO WIN TITLE

The greater St Francis is in the running for the coveted kykNET Kwêla Town of the Year title for 2021 – after being named one of the three...

MUNICIPALITY TO ROLL-OUT FIBRE IN KOUGA

RESIDENTS and local businesses’ internet connection are set to receive a hefty shot of steroids that will make an ADSL-line look like snail...

Quick action prevents Sea Vista shack fire spreading

Thanks to swift action last night (27th April) by our Sea Vista volunteers who alerted the DVG to a shack fire, the Kouga Fire Services was alerted...

Kouga Embarks on Water Drive as Hankey Patensie Go Dry

FILL up and drop off . . . all for a good cause for thousands of local households in desperate need of water.Kouga Municipality, in conjunction with...

INTERNATIONAL:

Citing ‘stunning progress’ on coronavirus, Biden lifts outdoor mask guidelines  –  The updated health advice comes as more than half of all adults in the US have now received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine

Louisville police department staffing ‘in dire straits’ amid high crime rates, recruitment woes: union  –  LMPD has made headlines since the March 2020 death of Breonna Taylor

SPORT:

The day the Bulls saw red against the British and Irish Lions  –  For the first and still only time in the modern era of rugby, the mighty British and Irish Lions were beaten by a provincial rugby team. 

Jadeja smashes 37 runs in single IPL over  –  Jadeja equalled an IPL record of 37 runs in an over set by West Indies star Chris Gayle for Bangalore in 2011.