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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“.

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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Cape St Francis Civics comment

There has been much written both in terms of articles posted on St Francis Today and comments in response to these posts regarding Cape St Francis’ participation in St Francis Property Owners Special Rates Area proposal. Recent communication with members of Cape St...
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Super Fun At Fundraiser

Super Fun At Monte Carlo Royale Fundraiser The St Francis College community put on the Ritz as they turned out in numbers to support the Monte Carlo Royale evening at St Francis Links on Friday June 23rd.  The event which raised approximately R50 000.00 for the...
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Sand River Bridge

Update of progress of Sand River Bridge The Sand River Bridge is on track to carry traffic over December holiday season but construction will continue well into 2018. St Francis Today was invited along with Nigel Aitken of SF Property Owners Association to visit the...
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Mid-winter madness

Mid-Winter madness in St Francis Canals Coinciding with the shortest days (longest nights) of the year we also experienced what were certainly the coldest days of the year thus far. With temperatures dropping into single digits and the wind chill factor further...
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Good News Bad News

A reader commented yesterday there is not enough good news and how much bad news we publish on St Francis Today. We must agree for it seems the past weeks have been filled with nothing butterror, death and destruction. The London Bridge terror attack; the Cape storms...
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Humanitarian crisis

Humanitarian crisis brewing at Longmore A humanitarian crisis is brewing at the Longmore village where residents have been without electricity and water since the weekend. Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said 80 households were affected by the service...
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Firefighters on alert

Kouga fire-fighters on high alert Kouga fire-fighters are on high alert, with strong winds having been predicted for tomorrow. Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said two helicopters from the SA National Defence Force arrived this afternoon to water-bomb areas that could...
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Kouga fire update

Herewith an update on the Kouga fires from Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen: LOCAL STATE OF DISASTER DECLARED Prompted by the widespread destruction caused by fires that have been burning in the region since Wednesday (7 June), the Kouga Council this afternoon declared...
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Hell’s Weekend

Hell's weekend thankfully past The loss of property in the fires that swept through the Garden Route, Kouga and Nelson Mandela Bay has been devastating and will leave a long lasting hangover. Certainly buildings can be rebuilt or restored and the land will recover and...
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Thank you

A big THANK YOU to St Francis residents As always the greater St Francis community responded to the call for help and Liezl Clause manning the recently opened St Francis Disaster Volunteer Group Command Centre at the Fire Station reported “response from the community...
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Local wins JBU

Local surfer Dale Staples Wins The 2017 JBU Supertrial In firing surf at Supertubes, Dale Staples from St Francis Bay won the 2017 edition of the JBU Supertrial by powering through some of the biggest and deepest barrels of the day. Staples was in rhythm with the...
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