Wednesday 28th July

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WEATHER
Some sun, then turning cloudy and cooler
Max 17C
Wind – WSW 15 km/h

POWER ALERT: CAPE ST FRANCIS

Eskom will be switching off the electricity to Cape St Francis from 09:00 to 16:00 on Wednesday, July 28.

LOCAL: (St Francis & Kouga Region)

Increase In Local Active Covid-19 Cases  –  THERE has been an increase in the number of active COVID-19 cases in the Kouga region.

SANTA SAYS – New owner at St Francis Links 

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

Natural spring or decade long water leak? Metro to investigate  –  Water has been streaming down Nelson Mandela Bay’s main pipeline in Blue Horizon Bay for possibly close to a decade and the Municipality has no idea whether it is a leak or a natural water spring yet.

SA & AFRICA NEWS: 

Cargo ships give SA a wide berth in wake of cyber attack  –  Ships are diverting from Durban and other SA ports as Transnet grapples with a week-old systems outage that has caused chaos with its container handling operations.

R350 social relief grant mired in challenges despite its benefits, says Black Sash  –  The report titled “Social Protection in a time of Covid-19: Lessons for a basic income grant” was launched on Tuesday.

COVID NEWS: 

Covid-19 in SA: 370 more succumb to virus, as 7 773 more get infected  –  Over 370 more people have succumbed to the coronavirus in South Africa, while over 770 more people were infected.

COVID VACCINE:

Ivermectin: Are we trusting a handful of experts at the potential cost of human life?  –  With the degree of passionate debate surrounding the use of ivermectin for the treatment and prevention of Covid-19, it is hard to believe that a mere seven months ago, the term ‘ivermectin’ was entirely foreign to most people.

 

POLITICS & PARLIAMENT: 

ANC pays its staff for June, but who knows when they’ll get paid for July  –  In a memo to staff, the party said this month’s salaries, which were due on Sunday, would be delayed

CHAOS & LOOTING:

‘Phoenix massacre’: What really happened in the deadly collision of brutalised communities  –  Many residents of Indian descent and black Africans in Phoenix, KZN, have largely agreed on one thing

 

COURTS, NPA, HAWKS CRIME & SAPS:

Lukhanto Calata’s last stand for justice for the Cradock Four  –  Lukhanyo Calata has resorted to the courts to compel the Hawks to finalise their investigation into the 1985 murders of his father Fort Calata, Matthew Goniwe, Sicelo Mhlauli and Sparrow Mkonto.

BUSINESS & MONEY MATTERS:

Transnet gradually bringing ports back online after cyberattack, but exporters’ confidence wanes  –  Shipping experts believe the delays caused by the cyberattack may see exporters and importers bypass South African ports in favour of alternatives like Maputo.

Projections show South Africa as having one of the slowest post-Covid economic recoveries  –  Global economic prospects have diverged further in 2021 with vaccine access emerging as the principal fault line, says the International Monetary Fund.

CRYPTOCURRENCY:

Meet the 29-year-old South African unravelling the multi-billion-rand Africrypt theft  –  Hamilton Cheong, who grew up in the Magaliesberg, is helping law enforcement authorities in several jurisdictions uncover where the money went.

TECHNOLOGY & TELEVISION:

BritBox streaming service in South Africa — Price and launch date revealed  –  BBC Studios and iTV will launch the BritBox video streaming service in South Africa on Friday 6 August, offering a wide selection of British movies and TV shows for R99.99 per month.

Real costs to send a WhatsApp message in South Africa  –  Sending a WhatsApp text message costs tiny fractions of a cent, while a voice call through the platform can cost you anywhere between 1c and 4c per minute

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:

Attacked with their own weapons, racially-abused and left fearing for their lives – police recount US Capitol riot  –  Attacked with their own weapons, racially-abused and left fearing for their lives: US police officers on Tuesday described harrowing acts of violence from supporters of Donald Trump

Julian Assange stripped of citizenship by Ecuador  –  Authorities cite unpaid fees and problems in naturalisation papers relating to WikiLeaks founder

EARTH, SPACE & THE UNIVERSE:

Environmental degradation taking place in Matroosberg  –  Severe environmental degradation has led the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning to issue a directive for activities to cease at the Matroosberg Private Nature Reserve, Ceres

‘No parallels’: 2,300-year-old solar observatory awarded Unesco world heritage status  –  Chankillo in Peru features 13 stone towers built in 250 to 200 BC that functioned as a calendar by marking the rising and setting arcs of the sun

OLYMPICS:

Bianca Buitendag after surfing silver: It was like a washing machine, but I gave it my best shot  –  Bianca Buitendag says she is a “bit overwhelmed” after clinching a silver medal in the first ever surfing competition at the Olympic Games 

Blitzboks captain Siviwe Soyizwapi after Argentina disaster: We let ourselves down   –  Springboks Sevens captain Siviwe Soyizwapi said that his team failed to implement their game plan after they crashed out of the Tokyo Olympics

Valiant effort not enough for a medal for Chad le Clos, Kristof Milak powers to gold in 200m butterfly  –  CHAD le Clos famously said “kill or be killed” ahead of his duel with Kristof Milak in the 200m butterfly final

The Olympic Games in pictures: Tuesday, 27 July  –  Here is an incomplete, yet surprising and moving gallery of images of the 2020(1) games in Tokyo.

SPORT:

Steven Kitshoff, Frans Malherbe and Jasper Wiese to start against Lions in second Test  –  THE Springboks’ intent to dominate the British and Irish Lions forwards in Saturday’s second Test is made clear by a return to the six-two split on the bench

Lions make three changes to starting line-up for second test against the Springboks  –  Historically, the Lions have lost just two Test series after winning the first Test (against New Zealand in 1930 and Australia in 2001)