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Wednesday 8th July

Covid-19 and Local News & Updates

Tests Conducted – 1 907 532  Positive Cases –  215855  |  Recoveries – 102299 |  Deaths – 3502

LOCAL:

The Magic of the Cape St Francis Nature Reserves is being Discovered  –  A Wonderful article submitted by Matt Gennrich on our nature reserves

Past Kouga municipal leaders slammed for wasting money  –  More than R32 million in fruitless and wasteful expenditure, incurred under the watch of Kouga’s two previous Councils, has been certified as irrecoverable and written off.

PORT ELIZABETH, EASTERN CAPE & SOUTHERN COAST:

Only two ambulances for Covid-19 patients in Nelson Mandela Bay  –  There are only two ambulances transporting Covid-19 patients in Nelson Mandela Bay and only 12 operational vehicles.

The CitizenEC asks Ramaphosa for SIU probe into R4.8m door-to-door campaign  –  ‘We applaud the patriotic action of the whistleblower, who lifted the lid on that transaction and alerted law enforcement authorities,’ the premier said.

BusinesstechSouth Africa’s third worst hit province for coronavirus says it’s in crisis  –  Eastern Cape premier Oscar Mabuyane says they are reaching a point where tough decisions will have to be made regarding funerals, in order to try to control the spread of Coronavirus.

Some Rhodes students return with strict protocols in place  –  Students started returning to the Makhanda-based university on Monday.

AlgoaFMEC schools now following their own calendar to phase in Grades  –  While millions of learners in Grades R, 6 and 11 went back to school across the country on Monday, their peers in the Eastern Cape remained at home.

COVID-19:

TimesliveCovid-19: Nearly 200 deaths and more than 10,000 new cases in SA  –  The increase takes the national total to 215,855 – currently the 14th highest number of confirmed cases in the world.

Antibody testing – the missing weapon in the fight against Covid-19 in South Africa  –  The global SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and Covid-19 disease have challenged humanity in many ways. It has also changed the health profession.

Citizen Covid-19Gauteng nowhere near ICU capacity despite rapid rise in cases, Mkhize insists  –  ‘We do understand that the number of people who are coming into Gauteng is increasing pretty fast, but we have not got to a point where we have run out of the beds,’ said Mkhize.

SOUTH AFRICA & AFRICAN CONTINENT:’ 

‘ISIS’ warns SA: Steer clear of Mozambique conflict  –  ISIS has warned South Africa that it would “open the fighting front” within South Africa’s borders, should it get involved in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province.

Independent On LineAnni Dewani’s family outraged as Zola Tongo is released on parole  –  Anni Dewani’s parents have slammed the South African justice system after it emerged that the man implicated in their daughter’s murder in 2010, was released after serving just half of his prison sentence. 

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS:

Daily MaverickAdoption of emergency Covid-19 Budget one step closer  –  Parliament’s finance committees on Tuesday adopted the report on the revised fiscal framework that underpins Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s emergency Covid-19 Budget.

TimesliveOver 270,000 arrested for breaking lockdown rules: Bheki Cele  –  But only a small proportion of those arrested for contravening the rules have paid admission of guilt fines so far

TimesliveLindiwe Sisulu calls on police and army to protect land before it is invaded  –  Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has called on the army and police to enforce lockdown regulations by protecting land before it becomes a target for land invasions.

Mbali Ntuli resumes campaign to be DA leader, promises to take party into ‘bold new era’  –  Former DA Youth leader and member of the KwaZulu-Natal legislature, Mbali Ntuli, on Tuesday announced she would be resuming her campaign to lead the embattled political party.

Independent On LineIEC preparing for next year’s elections despite budget cuts  –  Despite the R35 million budget cuts due to Covid-19, the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) was firmly on track with preparations for next year’s elections.

TOBACCO BAN:

BusinesstechWhy illegal traders keep getting away with selling illicit cigarettes in South Africa  –  “The story heats up in 1997, when government increased the tax on cigarettes from 20% of the sale price to 50%,” Pauw said. 

COURTS:

Daily MaverickIn unprecedented counterattack, Hlophe blames Mogoeng’s decision to send him to misconduct tribunal on anti-Muslim bias  –  This comes in the aftermath of widespread discontent with Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng’s comments on Israel

SA AIRWAYS:

Daily MaverickDo not bail out SAA – rather feed seven million hungry South Africans for a year  –  Throwing good money after bad stopped making sense the moment millions of South Africans faced lockdown-induced starvation

About 2,700 SAA workers to lose jobs as retrenchment package deal reached  –  About 2,700 SA Airways employees will lose their jobs, the department of public enterprises said on Tuesday night.

BUSINESS, MONEY & ECONOMY:

money webCape café’s ‘precedent-setting’ business interruption insurance victory  –  High court ruling could rock short-term insurance sector, but insurer Guardrisk is likely to appeal.

My BroadbandNo plans to shut down any Game stores – Massmart  –  This follow’s the recent announcement that Massmart has entered into consultation over the cutting of 1,800 Game jobs.

TECHNOLOGY:

BBC news4G internet balloons take off over Kenya  –  A network of giant internet-enabled balloons from Google’s sister firm Loon is to provide internet access to remote areas of Kenya.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

BBC newsFBI director: China is ‘greatest threat’ to US  –  The director of the FBI has said that acts of espionage and theft by China’s government pose the “greatest long-term threat” to the future of the US.

THIS & THAT:

The GuardianDonald Trump’s behavior was shaped by his ‘sociopath’ father, niece writes in bombshell book   –  Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man by Mary Trump will be published next Tuesday, 14 July. 

SPORT:

My BroadbandDStv Premium vs Showmax Pro – Live sport comparison  –  Showmax has launched an enhanced version of its streaming service called Showmax Pro, which offers a selection of live sport.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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