Communities invited to help review the IDP

Kouga communities are invited to participate in the review of the local municipality’s Integrated Development Plan (IDP).

The IDP is a five-year plan that sets out the development needs of a municipal area. It forms the basis of the municipality’s budget and determines which projects are prioritised and funded in a particular year.

The most recent IDP for Kouga covers the planning period 2012 to 2017. Because circumstances change, the IDP is reviewed annually in consultation with communities to ensure that it remains up-to-date and relevant. The current review will be for the 2016/2017 financial year.

Kouga Executive Mayor Daphne Kettledas has called on all residents to attend the meetings and to make known what they consider important for their wards to prosper.

“Your voice is important. You know your community and its need. We need your input to ensure that the IDP captures what needs to happen for your ward to grow strong,” she said.

Public meetings will be held from 15 October to 10 November 2015 at community halls across Kouga to give residents the opportunity to highlight development they would like to see happening in their wards.

All meetings will start at 6pm as per the following programme:

  • 15 October at the Newton Hall, Jeffreys Bay, for Wards 3, 8 and 11
  • 19 October at the Oyster Bay Community Hall for Ward 1
  • 20 October at the Pellsrus Community Hall for Ward 2
  • 21 October at the Sea Vista Community Hall for Ward 12
  • 22 October at the Kruisfontein Community Hall for Wards 4 and 5
  • 27 October at the Katrien Felix Hall, Thornhill, for Ward 7
  • 27 October at the Loerie Community Hall for Ward 7
  • 28 October at a tent adjacent to Lungiso High, KwaNomzamo, for Ward 6
  • 3 November at the Dan Sandi Hall, Patensie, for Ward 10
  • 4 November at the Weston Community Hall for Ward 13
  • 5 November at the Vusumzi Landu Hall, Hankey, for Ward 9
  • 10 November at the Pellsrus Community Hall for Wards 14 and 15.

Enquiries can be directed to the IDP Manager, Colleen Dreyer, at cdreyer@kouga.gov.za or 042 200 2143.

Heritage Day Celebrations at St Francis College

By Roxanne Litherland and Beth Cooper Howell

St Francis College

Pupils sporting their South Africaness

St Francis College

Grade 00 Pupils Dani Henn & Jodie Humby

St Francis College pupils celebrated Heritage Day with a ‘Proudly South African’ civvies day on 23 September.  Despite the Springboks’ dodgy performance in their opening Rugby World Cup game recently, pupils and teachers showed off patriotic spirit in style with rugby shirts and national flags a-plenty. Perhaps they had a sixth sense that the Boks would be back in form with a convincing win against Samoa a week later.

During a special assembly, pupils shared stories about their cultural backgrounds and the smell of braaivleis drifted across the fields, where everybody enjoyed a traditional ‘boerie roll’ at break-time.

Photographs:  Caroline Anderson, Louise Ackerman and Michelle Miller

St Francis College

Girls enjoying their Boerewors Rolls

 

Book now for “Monte Carlo Royale” in aid of St Francis Hospice

Book now for "Monte Carlo Royale" in aid of St Francis Hospice

Book now for “Monte Carlo Royale” in aid of St Francis Hospice

If you haven’t yet booked your tickets for the Monte Carlo Royale gaming and fun evening at St Francis Links on October 23rd, in aid of
Hospice in the Kouga region, there is still time to do so.

This not-to-be-missed event promises fun and excitement with professional gaming company, Gaming Events bringing you Roulette, Poker and
Black Jack tables, manned by professional croupiers trained to entertain and thrill.

Revellers can show off their dance moves to live music courtesy of the very popular Absent Irish. They will a chance to win one of many
generously sponsored spot prizes and an opportunity to bid for collector’s pieces of artwork which will be on “silent” auction during the
evening.

The tickets are now on sale at R250.00 per person including great food and four hours of gaming with $500 Funny Money to get started at the
gaming tables.

To book tickets or for more details on sponsorship opportunities contact either Jacky 082 4933836 (jackyhay@littleslipper.co.za) or Heather
082 292 5909 (heatherwhite@vodamail.co.za). Space is limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

The event is being organised jointly by the Rotary Clubs of St Francis and Jeffreys Bay and the Ukupha group with all proceeds going to St
Francis Hospice in the Kouga region.

Hospice needs our help. Please help us to help Hospice!

Massive Global Cooling process discovered as Paris climate deal looms

As world leaders get ready to head to Paris for the latest pact on cutting CO2 emissions, it has emerged that there isn’t as much urgency about the matter as had been thought.

A team of top-level atmospheric chemistry boffins from France and Germany say they have identified a new process by which vast amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted into the atmosphere from the sea – a process which was unknown until now, meaning that existing climate models do not take account of it.

The effect of VOCs in the air is to cool the climate down, and thus climate models used today predict more warming than can actually be expected. Indeed, global temperatures have actually been stable for more than fifteen years, a circumstance which was not predicted by climate models and which climate science is still struggling to assimilate.

In essence, the new research shows that a key VOC, isoprene, is not only produced by living organisms (for instance plants and trees on land and plankton in the sea) as had previously been assumed. It is also produced in the “microlayer” at the top of the ocean by the action of sunlight on floating chemicals – no life being necessary. And it is produced in this way in very large amounts.

According to an announcement just issued by the German government’s Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research:

Atmospheric chemists from France and Germany, however, can now show that isoprene can also be formed without biological sources in the surface film of the oceans by sunlight and so explain the large discrepancy between field measurements and models. The new identified photochemical reaction is therefore important to improve the climate models.

Global models at the moment assume total emissions of isoprene from all sources – trees, plants, plankton, the lot – of around 1.9 megatons per year. But, according to the new research, the newly discovered “abiotic” process releases as much as 3.5 megatons on its own – which “could explain the recent disagreements” between models and reality.

“We were able for the first time to trace back the production of this important aerosol precursor to abiotic sources. So far global calculations consider only biological sources,” explains Dr Christian George from French lab the Institute of Catalysis and Environment, in Lyon.
VOCs such as isoprene are known to be a powerful factor in the climate, as they cause the formation of aerosol particles. Some kinds of aerosol, for instance black soot, warm the world up: but the ones resulting from VOCs actually cool it down substantially by acting as nuclei for the formation of clouds. It has previously been suggested that production of VOCs by pine forests could be a negative feedback so powerful that it “limits climate change from reaching such levels that it could become really a problem in the world.”

With the discovery of the new abiotic sea process, the idea that cutting carbon emissions may not be all that urgent is looking stronger. That’s probably good news, as it has emerged lately that efforts to cut carbon emissions to date are having the unfortunate side effect of poisoning us all.

The new research courtesy of the learned journal Environmental Science and Technology, and as the Leibniz Institute notes: “Because of the great importance this paper will be open access”.

Unravelling New Processes at Interfaces: Photochemical Isoprene Production at the Sea Surface
Raluca Ciuraru†‡, Ludovic Fine†‡, Manuela van Pinxteren§, Barbara D’Anna†‡, Hartmut Herrmann§, and Christian George*†‡
† Université de Lyon 1, Lyon, F-69626, France
‡ CNRS, UMR5256, IRCELYON, Institut de Recherches sur la Catalyse et l′Environnement de Lyon, Villeurbanne, F-69626, France
§ Leibniz-Institut für Troposphärenforschung e.V. (TROPOS), Permoserstraße 15, 04318 Leipzig, Germany
Environ. Sci. Technol., Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b02388
Publication Date (Web): September 10, 2015
Copyright © 2015 American Chemical Society
*E-mail: Christian.George@ircelyon.univ-lyon1.fr. Phone: +33 4 72 44 54 92.

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