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St Francis Today

About St Francis Bay, Cape St Francis, Oyster Bay

St Francis Today keep readers up to date on ‘all things’ St Francis be accommodation, dining specials, events, sport, weather, tides or general news.

St Francis, situated in the Kouga district of the Eastern Cape, South Africa, is an hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth. A popular beach holiday destination offering a wide choice of outstanding holiday accommodation. A selection of B&B’s, lodges, self catering establishments as well a magnificent holiday houses for rent near of on the beach or on the unique canal system.

Popular with South African holiday makers and international tourists alike, the St Francis region is a paradise for beach lovers and water sport enthusiasts. The central hub of the region is St Francis Bay where visitors have a choice of shopping at fashion boutiques, casual wear shops and gift shops. If on a self catering holiday the village has a well stocked SuperSpar, a butchery, bakery and several other shops including a cycle shop for cycling enthusiasts and a fishing a gear store.

A wide selection of holiday accommodation options are available from 3, 4 or 5-star bed and breakfast or self-catering establishments or renting one of the many holiday homes available over holiday periods either in the village, on the beach or on the famed Canals or prestigious Links.

Restaurants abound in St Francis and diners have a wide choice, from steak house fare to Italian or Greek, from Sushi to fine French cuisine. Cape St Francis with its iconic, historic Seal Point lighthouse, the tallest masonry lighthouse structure in South Africa is 10 minutes south of St Francis Bay.

The second most southerly point of Africa  you will find one of the finest stretches of beach on South Africa’s coastline. Wide, sandy, never over-crowded but immensely popular, the beach stretches 2-kilometres northward from the lighthouse. Holiday houses lie behind the sand dunes of the beach as well as a choice of B&B’s and self catering accommodation is available.

A wide selection of 3, 4 and 5-star accommodation from hotel rooms, self-catering apartments and beach cottages to luxury beach villas are available in the precincts of the Cape St Francis Resort. St Francis Today keeps you up to date with the latest news and events with a daily newsletter (Monday thru Friday) so when staying in St Francis you are kept up to date with all that is happening. Subscribe to the newsletter or read  it on your mobile device a under “Today’s News“.

Water price increase

Steep water price increase from August The price of water is set to increase steeply from August when Kouga starts charging emergency drought tariffs. Kouga Mayor Elza van Lingen said the implementation of the higher charges - Part C of the municipality’s...
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Safety & Security Meeting

A safety and security meeting is to be held at the Sea Vista Community Hall on Friday 21st July and the residents of St Francis are invited to attend a forum where leading members of the South African Police Services, the Kouga Mayor and members of the St...
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Chokka fishing boat disaster

Eight crew still missing from capsized chokka fishing boat There were still eight crew members missing from the ill-fated Chokka fishing boat Maredon that capsized off Thyspunt early Sunday morning. An extensive sea, air and shoreline search was called off...
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War on Waste

New bins to boost clean-up efforts Kouga Municipality has declared a war on waste and has increased its efforts to fight illegal dumping and keep communities clean by acquiring 20 new skip bins. The 6m² containers, worth R348 840 in total, will be...
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Shock Labour Department bill

Shock Labour Department bill for Kouga The Kouga Council has been confronted with a shock bill from the Department of Labour - this one dating back ten years and totalling almost R13-million.Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said the outstanding monies were...
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Water Restrictions

KOUGA WATER SHORTAGE  LATEST - Water price increase Residents and visitors are reminded that there is a serious water shortage in Kouga because of the prolonged drought. If you have visitors, please warn them to use water sparingly so that our taps don't...
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Emergency ready?

How prepared and competent are you to deal with an emergency? The many disasters that have struck not only on our doorstep on the Garden Route, van Stadens & Thornhill, particularly Woodridge College as well as the Grenfell tragedy, the devastating...
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New Décor Shop

Cross The Line opens new shop in the Village Debi Dabbs has been in  St Francis for 3 and a half years, and after continued growth in her décor business, the next step was to open a shop. She will be offering fabrics for curtaining and upholstery, gorgeous...
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SRA Vote delayed

SRA Vote delayed until 2018 Reading the St Francis Property Owners newsletter that was circulated yesterday, it indicates that the targeted implementation date is now set for 1 July, 2018 should the SRA application be consented to by the majority of...
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Gourmet to Go

Gourmet to Go opens in the village Well known St Francis Bay Chef, Rose Carter recently opened her shop “Gourmet to Go” in the village and it is a must visit. Situated next door to KC Properties behind the pharmacy in the it is already proving to be a...
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SRA Vote delayed

SRA Vote delayed until 2018 Reading the St Francis Property Owners newsletter that was circulated yesterday, it indicates that the targeted implementation date is now set for 1 July, 2018 should the SRA application be consented to by the majority of...
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Road plans unveiled

Road plans unveiled by St Francis Property Owners The St Francis Property Owners technical committee has certainly been hard at work at analysing much of what needs to be done to bring the St Francis road work up to scratch. No doubt financed by the money donated by...
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Let’s work together!

Let's work together and forget the pettiness. With the announcement in parliament that only nine percent of the 2017 / 18 budget will be spent on municipalities, possibly those opposed to the St Francis Property Owners SRA proposal should reconsider their NO votes and...
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More Questions and Answers on SRA

16 March – SRA Questions, Answers, Comments and Responses Question: Can the legitimacy of the voting process will be challenged and if challenged and how will those who are not members of the Residents Association be informed? Answer: People incorrectly see the voting...
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SRA not unlike Brexit

St Francis SRA not unlike Brexit Watching Sky News and the ongoing Brexit saga it is in a way rather similar to the ongoing SRA vote. As with those voting to exit the European Union so that Britain can have control over its future rather than leaving it in the hands...
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SFPO Vote for the SRA Levy

The St Francis Property Owners proposal to ‘Save St Francis’ was presented at our AGM on 22 December 2016. We have a choice: Do nothing and watch our property investments continue to devalue Pay the Municipality more in increased rates and watch 60% of it being...
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St Francis Property Owners News

St Francis Property Owners update We have included some comments from readers at the end of the press release We have had a busy month gathering the Consent forms to determine if the majority of St Francis Bay property owners support or oppose the SRA levy proposal....
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ANC walk out

ANC walk out of State of the Municipality address One, must give a little respect, one supposes, to the ANC councillors who decided to stage a walk out before proceeding got under way at the Opening of Council and State of the Municipality address by Executive Mayor...
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Comments and Posts

Comments and Posts on SRA There appears to be some misunderstanding as to how comments are added to articles on St Francis Today (SFT) with some readers suggesting we may be ignoring their comments by not publishing them or rather hiding them by not publishing them in...
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United we conquer

United we conquer - Divided we fall Reading an article in the Financial Mail published on Friday, “Bankruptcy stalks Nelson Mandela Bay” truly brings things into perspective regarding the DA’s ability to hold onto power that was hard won in the August 2016 municipal...
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