Some Cape Eloquence

A touch of Eloquence at Cape St Francis Resort

Eloquence at Cape ST Francis Resort

Zelda (violin) and Michelle (guitar) of Eloquence performing at lunch at Cape St Francis Resort.

There was a little touch of Eloquence for lunch around the pool at Cape St Francis Resort on Sunday and one can only hope that we hear more Eloquence in the coming months. It really was a wonderful change from some of the music delivered on Sundays at the resort and whilst maybe not to everyone’s taste, Eloquence played mellow, gentle music from the sixties or seventies so they are sure to please the over 60’s brigade as well a few of the younger folk who enjoy music from quieter background offerings with their meal. It left one feeling groovy and allowed table conversation rather than having to shout to be heard or wait for the band to take a break to chat with friends.

Eloquence is two Jeffreys Bay lasses, Michelle Ohlhoff on guitar and Zelda Malan on violin and they offer their quiet folksy rock style music in a lovely relaxed sound that only an acoustic guitar and violin duet can. Most of the songs they played during the short period I stayed were old favourites, easily recognisable and soon had one quietly singing under one’s breath or at least humming along to the tune. Music to lift your spirit so well done ladies for playing such great music and for bringing back such great music from those happy, hippie days!

Here’s hoping the resort invites Eloquence back for Sunday lunch at least once or twice a month going forward for they are bound to become a popular lunch time act.

Michelle & Zelda of Eloquence

Eloquence at Cape St Francis Resort

Dumping

Dump or Drop-Off Zone urgently needed!

There have certainly been a number of visible improvements in St Francis since the DA took over council from the ANC. Obviously not everyone is happy for some expect more but council is doing what they can with limited financial resources. One of the most noticeable and certainly extremely important improvements is that of the honey suckers for they seem to have been working tirelessly and without the string of complaints of last holiday season.

We must empathise with Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen and her team for, inheriting a budget voted in by their predecessors, does leave them rather hamstrung, certainly until July when the new budget will be set, this time with a DA majority in place.

A priority on that budget must be a solution to the closure of the tip. Suitable land must be found and allocated for a drop off zone. This seems to have been the subject of so many meetings over the past 18 months but action is now a priority. The inherent laziness in people will cause them to find easy solutions to rid themselves of garden refuse and other garbage and so follows illegal dumping. In addition to a drop off zone, skips should also be budgeted for and these should be placed at strategic spots throughout Sea Vista to arrest the amount of garbage that is being dumped on open spaces by residents. One must consider the plight of many of the Sea Vista residents; most do not have vehicles to transport waste and hence will seek out the closest and most convenient disposal point.

A post on Facebook by Greg Christie over the weekend clearly identifies this litter problem and one would think the ANC ward councillor responsible for Sea Vista, now that Sea Vista no longer forms part of Ward 12 where Councillor Ben Rheeder is active, would take heed of his voters plight. But it appears little has changed in the ANC’s attitude towards service delivery in spite of their defeat at the polls and no doubt the only help they, Sea Vista, will get, will be motivated by the DA and not the ANC. Lemmings off a cliff.

Certainly the lack of rain has been largely responsible for the lack of potholes reappearing after being so diligently repaired by council prior to the influx of holiday makers. But we are faced with a Catch 22 for we desperately need rain so when the rains come, hopefully sooner rather than later, no doubt so will the potholes again start breaking surface. Repairing potholes really is like pouring money into a black hole, or rather a muddy hole, for filling them is really no better than putting a band aid on a severed artery.

Exciting times ahead for 2017, even if at times, somewhat challenging. Even with a new budget in July we cannot expect council to deliver miracles for only a very small, probably infinitesimal, portion of the budget will be afforded to St Francis. First come the many townships in Kouga, then municipal operating and capital  expenses and then only the towns themselves, Humansdorp, Jeffreys Bay, St Francis, Hankey, Patensie, in no particular order.

Injured Dolphin Euthanised

NSRI STATION 21 - St Francis Bay

Rare beached dolphin euthanised

Beached dolphin at Jeffrys Bay

Photo by NSRI Jeffreys Bay. Show the injured dolphin being cared for at Kabaljous Beach.

A call from Paul Makupula, from Jeffreys Bay Lifeguards reporting a baby dolphin stranded at Main Beach Jeffreys Bay was received by NSRI Station commander, Ernie Schmidt early on Saturday morning. Schmidt and his wife, Elaine who is also an NSRI crew member, responded to the scene. Elaine had recently completed the Marine Animal Stranding Network course presented by Bay World in Port Elizabeth in conjunction with The Department of Environmental Affairs – Oceans and Coasts.

“Unfortunately, when we arrived on the scene it was found that the dolphin had been put back into the sea several times but it kept beaching. By the time we arrived it did not beach again” commented Schmidt. “It appears to have been a juvenile Bottlenose dolphin and we stayed in the area for some 90 minutes in case there was another beaching” continued Schmidt who then briefed the lifeguards not to try to put the dolphins back in the water, but to rather call the NSRI to activate the Stranding Network who deal with strandings in the appropriate manner.

Later in the day, a little before 4pm, a call from Tim Baard at Kabeljous Beach reported another, much larger dolphin stranded, and that the dolphin had fairly severe wounds on its side and back behind the dorsal fin.

Schmidt continues.  “Myself and my wife Elaine arrived on the scene and organised the lifeguards and some members of the public to assist us in dealingl with the animal ensuring that it suffered as little stress as possible while decisions were being made about the fate of the severely wounded animal. NSRI’s Michael van den Bergh was summoned to bring our NSRI Rescue Mobile to the beach.  The dolphin was an adult, male, Striped Dolphin, reportedly a species very rarely seen in the area”.

Dr Greg Hoffmeyer, of Bayworld, was contacted by Malcolm Logan who assists him in the Jeffreys Bay area and Dr Hoffmeyer immediately organised a veterinary surgeon from the local Oribi Animal Hospital, Dr. Kathy Bezuidenhout, to examine the animal.  He also contacted Mike Meyer of the Department of Environmental Affairs – Oceans and Coasts to get approval and to advise on action in cooperation with the vet.

After examining the dolphin the it decided that the wounds were too severe for it to live if it were put back into the sea and arrangement were were made to take the animal to the Animal Hospital. The dolphin was too big to fit onto the NSRI Rescue Mobile  and a member of the public came to the NSRI’s assistance with a pickup truck.  Mr Pierre Hertzog, from Bloemfontein, and his two sons Hans and Dirk agreed to help (The Hertzog family happen to also be involved with the Oceanographic Research Institute (ORI) for whom they at times assist with the tagging of sharks).

The dolphin was loaded into a Stokes basket stretcher and transported off the beach to the pickup truck and then transported with a team of carers on the pick-up truck to the Animal Hospital where sadly, after all attempts to save the dolphin were exhausted, the dolphin was humanely euthanised by the vet.

Everyone who assisted is commended in this incident.

NSRI urge the public to call NSRI in cases of Marine Animal strandings so that the Marine Animal Stranding Network can be activated.