SKA will change perceptions of Africa – Hanekom

 The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will make Africa a major contributor to technology. “With SKA things will definiteley change. Africa will no longer be a receiver,” Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom said today, 26 March. “SKA will  transform perceptions of Africa as the continent is not usually seen as a location for cutting edge science…

Man climbs through thatch roof above woman on toilet

A St Francis Bay woman in her 80s in Assisi Drive got the fright of her life this evening when she was sitting on the toilet in her bathroom and a pair of legs came through the thatch roof above her. She immediately jumped up and managed to get outside the bathroom and lock the…

Austrian tourist dies after shark attack at Port St Johns

A 72 year-old Austrian tourist was fatally wounded by a shark today at Port St Johns in the Eastern Cape of South Africa this afternoon, according to the NSRI.  It appears the incident occurred while the man was swimming at Second Beach.  The man had been part of a tour group touring the area with…

Entangled whale freed at St James Beach

A young Southern Right whale trapped in ropes 600 meters off-shore of St James Beach as rescued today by SAWDN (SA Whale Disentanglement Network) in a 4-hour disentanglement rescue mission. The whale was distressed from being entangled under water and struggled by thrashing about to get above water to catch its breath before it was freed. According…

4 Shacks burnt in Sea Vista this morning

Four shacks burnt down at the Kosovo informal settlement at Sea Vista, St Francis Bay, this morning, 14 March 2014.  The fire was reported at 9:35 am. Firefighters from both St Francis and Humansdorp were dispatched. The fire was completely extinguished by 10:23 am.  The shacks were home to two couples and four young men – no children….

Logie expected to shine at this year’s Ballito Pro

The ASP Prime Mr Price Pro Ballito returns to Willard Beach from 30 June – 6 July  2014.   A favourite stop among the world’s touring professional surfers, this year’s Ballito event will see 96 surfers from 18 countries compete for a lucrative R2.7 million (US$250 000) prize-purse and critical ratings points for those hoping to…

“Squid fishing is currently dead!”

 By Bev Mortimer “Squid fishing is currently dead!” These words chilling to anyone in the squid fishing industry, were stated by Mark Rowe, MD of Balobi Fishing at Port St Francis today, 12 March 2014. Rowe made the comments in the light of dozens of fishing boats lying idle at the harbour in St Francis…

Thyspunt final draft delayed yet again; China may participate in SA Nuclear

Breaking…There is a delay yet again on the release of the revised Draft EIR for Thyspunt. The Report will not be available during the first quarter 2014. This was announced this month by Dave Lucas, Corporate Specialist (Environmental Management) of Eskom Holdings. “The consolidation of the comments from the public, from the environmental authorities and…

Possiblity of more load shedding

Eskom CEO Brian Dames says the country’s power system remains “vulnerable” but unplanned outages will reduce going into winter.  He also said that while the system had stabilised by late Thursday afternoon, a possibility of another power emergency being declared remains.  Briefing the media today a day after Eskom declared an emergency on the power…

Three die in head on collision near Gamtoos Bridge this evening

There has just been a head on collision on the N2 near the Gamtoos Bridge.  Three people passed away in the accident and two people were injured. According to Kouga Municipality spokesperson, the N2 is closed while emergency services are on the scene. Motorists are advised to take the Thornhill/Hankey turn-off to the R102. They…