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Wednesday 8th August

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Local (Kouga, PE, Eastern Cape  & South Coast) + Blog

Could an Abalone Farm save the beach? – Consider that two of the SA’s largest illegal exports to the East are poached rhino horn and poached abalone

Not too late to enter –  Entries open until 12h00 on 10 August for annual Beastmed Chokka Trail Run / Walk

EFF denies supporting ‘unrepentant fraudsters’, the PA, for Nelson Mandela Bay mayorship – Longtime enmity between the Patriotic Alliance and the EFF is once again unsettling the uneasy balance of power in Nelson Mandela Bay.

More than 300 letters objecting to Grahamstown name change –  More than 300 letters objecting to Grahamstown’s name change to that of Xhosa warrior, philosopher and prophet Makhanda have been received

National (South Africa & Africa) News

Moyane Dossier, Part 3: How Moyane’s SARS illegally paid R420m in VAT refunds to the Guptas – SARS illegally paid at least R420-million in tax refunds claimed by the Gupta companies into an attorneys trust account, to a shelf company and a shady businessman who was once involved in business with Tom Moyane’s nephew.

The Justice John Hlophe Inquiry Papers: Going nowhere fast – Judge Hlophe can still, at least partially, redeem himself by taking the honourable route of figuratively falling on his sword.

SA man ‘kidnapped’ in Moz ‘doing well’, transferred to provincial hospital – André Hanekom, the South African who was airlifted by the military to Pemba Provincial Hospital.

Meet SA’s R145-million PowerBall winner – The winner of the R145-million PowerBall jackpot is a 34-year-old engineer based in Secunda.


This is what it takes to change the Constitution – Like all modern constitutions, the South African Constitution provides for its own amendment by Parliament and prescribes special procedures to effect them.

Nedbank opposes change to Section 25 of the Constitution – South Africa is in the early stages of a complex political and institutional turnaround, which needs to lead to structural reforms and more policy certainty

The land issue; why the ANC’s Constitutional re-wording could work – Steven Friedman – Yes, President Ramaphosa was probably forced to concede the move to amend a Constitutional property clause to appease the Zuma-supporting faction in his party’s NEC.

International News

Theresa May has joined calls for the former foreign secretary to apologise for the remarks, saying they “clearly caused offence”.

The US president says he is only asking for “world peace”, as a German manufacturer ceases business activities in Iran.


Say hello to captain Quinton  – The Proteas make an interesting choice in trying to replace the injured Faf du Plessis for the rest of the ODI series against Sri Lanka.


SA’s female principals still struggling to be heard – There are two dominant narratives in research about female principals and educational leadership.

The Long Swim: DAY 27

Lewis Pugh’s daily blog – Lewis Pugh is taking on a huge challenge by swimming the length of the Channel – some 350 miles (560km) – from Cornwall to Dover.

NSRI Knysna respond to missing Fisherman

NSRI Knysna respond to Fisherman reported washed off rocks It was reported that while fishing with a friend a man, believed to be aged...

Bridge – Not Good Enough (Again)

Sand River Bridge - St Francis definitely deserved better. Garth Perry (again) draws our attention to the shoddy work on the Sand River...

Municipality helps learners find their career paths

Kouga Municipality helps learners find their career paths Over a thousand high school learners from Kouga attended a career expo on...

Sea Vista residents finally receive Title Deeds

Ten-year wait for title deeds finally over for Sea Vista residents The mood was festive in Sea Vista on Tuesday when 90 residents...

Bottled water as taps run dry at Hankey

Municipality distributes bottled water as taps run dry at Hankey  Kouga Municipality has started distributing bottled water to Hankey as...

Two Protected Areas declared in Kouga

Greater Kromme Stewardship (GKS) Declares First Two Protected Areas In Eastern Cape The Kromensee Nature Reserve and The Sand River...

Spit Breaches

Action needed - NOW! It was bound to happen sooner or later but later would have given more time for DEDEAT to approve urgent shoring up...

NSRI & SANCCOB Save Entangled Seal

NSRI and SANCCOB join forces to rescue entangled  seal St Francis Bay duty crew were activated yesterday (Monday 13 August) afternoon...

New bakkies to boost service delivery

11 new bakkies set to strengthen  service delivery The Kouga Municipal fleet has received another boost, with 11 new bakkies set to...

Former chairman calls for SRA dialogue

Following a meeting of 'St Francis Bay Concerned Residents' held on Thursday addressed by an attorney from Graaff Reinet, and an...
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