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Wednesday 29th July

Covid-19 and Local News & Updates

Tests Conducted – 2 830 635 |  Positive Cases – 459761  |  Recoveries – 287313  |  Deaths – 7257

 

Cell Phone Mast furore

A furore has finally erupted with regard a number of applications to have 4G (cell phone) masts erected at several places both in St Francis Bay and further south at Cape St Francis. As we watched them dig up our road verges burying...

Rip Curl E-Pro 2020 Online Surf Contest Finalists Announced

In an absolute flurry of ridiculously good waves and incredible surfing, the finalists of the inaugural Rip Curl E-Pro were decided.In the first women’s semifinal, the two goofy-footers Zoe Steyn from East London and Faye Zoetmulder...

Voting Open For Rip Curl E-Pro Surf Event Semi-Finalists

The voting is open for the Rip Curl E-Pro semi-finalists, and there are some incredible rides to vote on.In the women’s competition, Zoe Steyn from East London is facing off against fellow goofy-footer Faye Zoetmulder from Cape St...

Some Phenomenal Surfing As Rip Curl E-Pro Men and Women Semi-Finalists Decided

It was an action-packed quarter-final showdown in the inaugural Rip Curl E-Pro, as the surfers started dropping some of their best clips to advance.Shane Sykes from Salt Rock was the winner against Luke Slijpen from Llandudno in the...

St Francis all a-buzz at last

What a wonderful site to see St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis bustling with visitors again. The lifting of travel and accommodation restrictions certainly brought visitors flocking back to their favourite get-away spot.Cape St Francis...

Women on the Frontline – Live Tuesday 11th August

Women have played a leading role in local efforts to keep communities safe from COVID-19.Join Kouga Municipality on Tuesday, 11 August, when they chat to Sr Cathy Brown from the Department of Health, Dr Adi Schoeman, a medical...

Rip Curl E-Pro Round 4 Men and Round 1 Women Results

For South African surf fans, the action was fast and exciting for Round 4 of the men and Round 1 of the women's events at the Rip Curl E-Pro online surf tournament. The judges had to dig deep, and the voting public showed their support...

Joint effort to address domestic animal challenges

Kouga residents have been asked to report problems related to stray or neglected domestic animals to the municipal call centre (042 200 2200, option 5).Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor, Daniel Benson, said the municipality...

Kouga covid-19 recovery rate remains steady at 83%

The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Kouga region has increased to 1 175.This is according to the latest report that was tabled by the Department of Health at the Kouga Joint Operations Committee meeting on...

New Vehicles for Kouga Lifeguards & Disaster Management

As the Tourism industry slowly but surely re-opens, Kouga Municipality has set the wheels in motion to welcome visitors back to its swimming beaches this coming festive season.A new 4x4 bakkie and quad bike have been purchased for the...

LOCAL:

Kouga Covid-19 Cases pass the 1000 Mark  –  The number of COVID-19 cases that have been confirmed in the Kouga region over the past four months has passed the 1000 mark.

“Safe and secure” pathway project helps reduce crime in St Francis Bay –  The R1.7-million pedestrian pathway project in the coastal resort town of St Francis Bay has proved a hit with the community

Churchill Water Works repaired  –  Residents and business are, however, urged to continue saving water as dam levels remain low.

PORT ELIZABETH, EASTERN CAPE & SOUTHERN COAST:

Eastern Cape braces for toughest month in August, cases expected to double in six weeks  –  Premier Oscar Mabuyane has warned the Eastern Cape will be bracing for their toughest month in August in the fight against Covid-19 as cases of infections are expected to double. 

DA calls for new provincial drought disaster to be declared for EC  –  The recent decision to revoke the classification of the ongoing drought as a national disaster could have dire consequences for the Eastern Cape.

COVID-19:

TimesliveGauteng and KZN account for 60% of new Covid-19 infections as SA cases climb to 459,761  –  Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal headlined the latest increase in new Covid-19 cases, accounting for 60% of the 7,235 total new infections.

Independent On LineSouth Africa under-testing for Covid-19, says research scientist  –  As South Africa sees a surge in the number of its Covid-19 cases, a senior research scientist says the country is under-testing for the novel coronavirus.

BBC newsCoronavirus: Trump sticks by revoked hydroxychloroquine  –  US President Donald Trump has again defended the use of hydroxychloroquine to ward off coronavirus, contradicting his own public health officials.

NATIONAL COMMAND COUNCIL & LOCKDOWN:

Covid-19 Emergency & Lockdown: What went wrong and what will it take to fix it?  –  South Africa is at a crossroads. All of the strengths we have as a society, which could and should have been mobilised against Covid-19 still exist.

Melanie Verwoerd | Is our lockdown the worst in the world?  –  When comparing lockdowns around the world, South Africa’s has been the longest but it may be for our own good

SOUTH AFRICA & AFRICAN CONTINENT:

Shooting in self-defence: These are the dos and don’ts  –  This past weekend, two armed robbers were shot dead by a congregant during a church service in Centurion. 

TimesliveReturning from abroad? Here’s how to apply for self-quarantine at home  –  It is now possible for repatriated South Africans to apply to self-quarantine for 10-14 days in their home or at a facility of their choice.

Independent On LineFour arrested over Northern Cape farm attack  –   Police have arrested four people in connection with a robbery and the kidnapping and murder of three people on a farm in Magogong

WATCH | Locals loot beer after SAB truck collapses on highway  –  Thirsty throats were soothed on Monday when locals stole beer after a Castle Lite truck lost its load on the Mabopane highway in Gauteng.

Daily MaverickSwazi palace lashes out at US ambassador for rebuking King Mswati  –   The ambassador had chided King Mswati specifically for acquiring 11 customised Rolls Royce limousines

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS:

The CitizenEFF calls IMF loan ‘biggest political blunder’, DA says it’s watershed moment for SA  –  The DA said it wanted Mboweni to publish detailed monthly reports on the disbursement of Covid-19 relief funds, how it was spent, which companies were beneficiaries and who their directors were.

Government forced to intervene in 46 crisis-ridden municipalities  –  Poor financial audit outcomes, political instability and high vacancy rates are bedevilling the country’s most crisis-ridden municipalities.

BusinesstechPolice are seeing a reduction in these 3 types of crime in South Africa  –  Police minister Bheki Cele says that there have been several areas where a notable decrease in crime has been reported.

TOURISM:

Daily MaverickWhat does the restart of tourism in September mean exactly?  –  It was a shocking wake-up call for me to witness the unacceptable strong-arm tactics of the Public Order Policing Unit as they fired stun grenades and water cannon to disperse hospitality industry colleagues taking part in a peaceful march in the streets of Cape Town. 

JUDICIARY:

Judges should not be gagged, muzzled or censored – Mogoeng responds to criticism on his Israel remarks  –  Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has responded to criticism on his utterances over Israel in a 19-page affidavit.

defend truthGhost of ex-Crime Intelligence boss lingers at commission, while the actual Richard Mdluli pleads not to be jailed  –  As former Police Minister Nathi Nhleko was testifying at the Zondo Commission, in the South Gauteng High Court convicted former Crime Intelligence head Richard Mdluli pleaded not to be sent to jail.

Covid-19 hits Legal Aid SA, but service to public continues  –  The Covid-19 pandemic has not left the Legal Aid Board SA, which provides legal assistance to the indigent, unscathed.

ESKOM:

Fin24Higher electricity tariffs on the cards as court rules in Eskom’s favour  –  The High Court has ruled that Nersa may not deduct a R69-billion cash injection from Eskom’s allowable revenue. 

CORRUPTION:

Daily MaverickArms Deal: The BAE corruption bombshell  –  The Arms Deal was never only about Jacob Zuma and his sweetheart relationship with French arms company Thales.

TimeslivePolice can now access state capture inquiry evidence as Ramaphosa changes the rules  –  Evidence and testimony presented at the state capture inquiry can now be accessed by law-enforcement agencies.

Daily MaverickHow Covid-19 emergency procurement turned into a cadres’ feast   –  How did an emergency health procurement budget of about R50-billion become a cadres’ feast?

BUSINESS, MONEY & ECONOMY:

My BroadbandIf the South African government wants entrepreneurs, it needs to put its money where its mouth is  –  The South African government pays a lot of lip service to small business, entrepreneurship, and job creation.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

BBC newsIran blasts dummy US aircraft carrier with missiles  –  Iran has launched missiles at a mock-up of a US aircraft carrier in the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

Madeleine McCann police search Hanover allotment in ‘dramatic development’  –  The site is around 40 miles from the city of Braunschweig, where main suspect Christian B was last registered as living.

SPACE EXPLORATION:

BBBC newsringing Mars back to Earth  –  The US and European space agencies are about to begin an audacious effort to bring samples of Martian rock and soil back to Earth.

HEALTH:

The GuardianSoap dodger: meet the doctor who says we have been showering wrong  –  Hand-washing aside, James Hamblin has not used soap for five years. He warns that our obsession with being clean is harming the microbiome that keeps us healthy

SPORT:\

Sport24Rugby Championship: Why Euro-based Boks could be like gold  –  European-stationed Boks playing again soon raises interesting questions over Test plans for later this year.

Sport24A no-show, and a blast from the past: golf talking points  –  A notable absentee, the return of an old favourite and the resumption of the LPGA Tour feature in golf talking points this week:

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