Nersa grants Eskom an 8% tariff hike

The National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) has granted power parastatal Eskom an 8% tariff increase over the course of the next five years of the Multi-Year Price Determination period 2013/14 to 2017/18 (MYPD3).  “Nersa approved an 8% average increase per annum for the next five years. The average electricity price will increase to 65.51…

Today’s South Afrcan Budget Speech in full

Pretoria – Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan  today tabled the country’s National budget, which provided, among other announcements, details on how the country’s massive infrastructure projects will be funded. Here is the the copy of the SA Budget speech for download as a .pdf

New speed on St Francis Roads is 50 km p/h

The speed for drivers on all St Francis Bay streets  is now 50 kms per hour and not 40 kms p/h.  This was announced today by St Francis Bay Residents Association (SFBRA) that also advised that the Traffic Department is in the process of installing 50 kms  speed signs in a number of streets in…

11 year-old held in conection with death of 6 year-old boy

  An 11 year-old boy was questioned by SAP detectives yesterday in connection with the murder of the 6 year-old boy, Decan Anoster, whose body was found in the bushes in St Francis early yesterday morning.   The juvenile is being held in a place of safety. A case of murder is being investigated by the…

Electric ‘green’ cars on South African roads soon

In what government officials have described as a ground breaking pioneering initiative for the South African automobile market, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa today (26 February) introduced the department’s zero emission electric vehicles, aka the green cars.  The move is part of government’s efforts to ensure\ South Africa practically contributes to the reduction of environmentally…

Stop Press!! Missing dive master found drifting in the sea

Jean-Pierre Els, the dive master of African Dive Adventures who went missing this morning (26h February) was located by Transnet National Ports Authority’s rescue helicopter at 3. 20 pm off-shore of Port Edward today, The 20 year-old Els from Uvongo, Shelley Beach, was located approximately 45 kms (24 nautical miles) from where he originally went…

Prevent power outages

Kouga residents are urged to use electricity sparingly especially between 5-9 pm, as Eskom enters its annual summer maintenance period. Kouga Executive Mayor Booi Koerat said today (26 February)  everyone’s support was needed to help reduce the demand for electricity and avoid power outages during this period.     “We appeal to consumers to use electricity…

Body of six year-old St Francis boy found in bushes at 3 am

By Bev Mortimer A six year-old boy was found in the bushes above Assisi Drive in St Francis Bay by a Sea Vista resident at around 3 am today (26 February). His distraught mother and her sister  from the suburb of Sea Vista had to identify the body around 4 am. This prompted at least…

Scuba dive master goes missing

A scuba dive master went missing while diving at Protea Banks  near Shelley Beach today It appears that when divers emerged from diving the Dive Master was reported missing. The sequence of events are not yet clear. An investigation  is underway.. Police Search and Rescue are on high alert and the Transnet National Ports Authority…

NSRI retrieves Swedish guy’s kite board lost at sea

 NSRI Mykons found and retrieved a kite and board drifting a sea today off Langebaan. There was no sign of the   kite surfer  but after a search a Sedish guy was found, who was pleased to get his equipment back before flying back to Sweden.. Gerard Brune, NSRI Mykonos station commander, said  yesterday evening, 25…

Suspected Libyan stowaway found on life raft near Robben Island

A Libyan man suspected of being a stowaway was found drifting towards Robben Island on a life raft, suffering from dehydration late last night. He is now in police custody. Crew on board a SAFMARINE ship, Cha Chai, at anchor at 4 Buoy in Table Bay and while waiting to enter the Port of Table Bay…

Dutch female windsurfer assisted by NSRI at Langebaan

NSRI Mykonos rallied to the assistance of a 28 year-old female Dutch windsurfer in difficulty at Langebaan Lagoon yesterday, 24 February 2013.  NSRI Mykonos volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated at 6.31 pm following reports of a windsurfer in difficulty on the lagoon opposite the Strandloper Restaurant. The NSRI said its crew launched the Discovery Rescue…