State of Kouga address

State of the Kouga Municipality Address

With the ‘Opening of Council’ and the ‘State of the Kouga Municipality’ address by Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen this morning, it will be interesting to hear how the land lies, particularly in terms of finances for the year ahead.

During his budget speech last week, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced 47.5% would go to central government, 43.4% to provincial government and 9.1% to local government. He went on to emphasise  that about two thirds of the budget will be dedicated to realizing the social rights of all people, particularly the poor.

“These are the sacrifices that we have to make to ensure optimal inclusion of all our people and eradicate gross inequality.”

No doubt these sacrifices relate to ‘less to the wealthy more to the poor’ and so hopefully Mayor van Lingen will present us with a clearer picture of the year ahead in her speech today for there can be little doubt that it will have an influence on the thinking regarding the proposed SRA. Either way!

St Francis Today will hopefully be able to tell you more in tomorrow’s news.

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Reader questions SRA committee

 

St Francis College News

Kouga Cricket Performance Centre selects St Francis College Boys

Eight St Francis College boys have been selected to represent Kouga Cricket Performance Centre also known as KCPC.

St Francis College cricketers

They are (left to right) James Beckley (U13), Connor von der Marwitz (U9), Alexander Moolman (U11), Nicholas Niven, Rylan Jarvis, Jac Duval, Declan von der Marwitz and Gian Moolman (all U9).

The KCPC Under 13 team play matches on Wednesdays against top schools in the Port Elizabeth region in a league format.  On Thursdays, the Under 11 team play and, for the first time, the Under 9 team will play various Under 9 and 10 teams from Port Elizabeth. The squad which includes representatives from St Francis College, Stulting, Jeffrey’s Bay Primary, Victory Christian School, Pharos, Sea Vista and Gamtoosvallei, practises every Friday in Jeffrey’s Bay.

The KCPC teams are selected from schools in the Kouga region that play their own internal cricket matches on Mondays (Under 13) and Tuesdays (Under 11).

St Francis College Valentine’s Market Fun

The Grade 2 annual Valentine’s Market on Valentine’s Day raised just over R1000 – a wonderful achievement for these young entrepreneurs!

As part of their entrepreneurial curriculum the children formed groups to plan and market their stall. All items on the stalls were to be hand made by the children and everything had to be priced at R5.00. All the of school pupils were given an opportunity to shop at the stalls where they could choose from popcorn, hand-made cards, beaded bracelets, cupcakes, biscuits, love floats and other lovely hand-made gifts. No assistance from parents was allowed on the day and the groups had to work together to stock their stall and sell the products.

These Grade 2 entrepreneurs will now have great fun deciding what to buy for their classroom with the proceeds.

St Francis College Valentine's Market

 

St Francis College Senior Primary Camp 2017

On Thursday 9th February, all 54 St Francis College senior primary pupils (Grades 4 – 7) attended an overnight camp at Wacky Woods, fifteen kilometres outside Jeffrey’s Bay.  The pupils were divided into seven groups and the fifteen Grade 7 pupils, who arrived the day before, were evenly distributed amongst these groups tasked with providing leadership in the various activities.

Group activities included fishing, practising team war cries, making ‘stokbrood’, designing their team logo using flowers/nature, making dessert for the evening meal, performing a skit and swimming in the resort’s pool.

St Francis College Senior Primary Camp

Articles and photographs supplied by Lyn Aitken

Joy Wicks Honoured

Joy Wicks honoured at St Francis Bay Bowling Club

Joy Wicks honoured by St Francis Bay Bowling Club

Joy Wicks with her Honorary Life Membership Certificate and the painting of the St Francis Bay Lighthouse which was presented to her on behalf of the SFB Bowling Club by Toby Haring.

Joy Wicks, a long standing member of the St Francis Bay Bowling club, was made an Honorary Life Member of the Club on Wednesday, 22 February 2017. Current President Peter Talbot presented her with a certificate to the effect.

Past President, Toby Haring, who has known Joy for many years, thanked her for her over 22 years of membership and loyal service to the club. She joined the club in 1995 and is currently the second “oldest” member of the club. She and her late husband Bernie were both good bowlers and Joy’s name can be found on many of the club trophies. She also competed in out of town competitions in Humansdorp, Jeffreys Bay, Plettenberg Bay and the “All Cape”.

Joy, with her warm and friendly nature, has served in many capacities and was a competitor, selector, catering convenor, book sales lady during tournaments, and could turn her hand to anything wherever she was needed. She carried out her duties with efficiency and always with a smile. Nothing was too much trouble for her.

Toby, after his tribute to her, presented her with a farewell present from the Club. It was a painting of the Cape St Francis Lighthouse, specially painted for her and sponsored by fellow bowler Christine Chapman.

Once the formalities were over everyone enjoyed the “Mug of the Month” meal together and people were able to say their farewells to Joy.

It is not only in bowling that Joy has been a prominent member of the community, but in Cape St Francis where she lived. For the past eighteen years she chaired the Cape St Francis Tea Group which performs a vital function of making newcomers to the area welcome and drawing them into the local community.

This is not only a friendship group but one that raises funds for charity. Their main fund raiser of the year is always the Cuppa for CANSA soup function for Hospice in which they raise a considerable amount. This involves a huge amount of work well before the time in making soups to freeze and as well as making a variety of hot soups to sell on the day and into the evening. It is also a sociable event which draws people from the surrounding towns.

Apart from the soup function the group spends many mornings knitting squares and making blankets for different charities, needy institutions, for old people and under-privileged mothers with newly born babies. All of this has been under the leadership of Joy Wicks. She will be sorely missed in the community. All her friends and co-workers send her off with lots of love and wish her the best of luck in her move to Port Elizabeth.

Photo an article by Yvonne Bosman

 

Great Morning Market

Successful St Francis Morning Market

The monthly morning market, Saturday past, turned out to be a rather festive occasion in spite of the somewhat earlier inclement weather. The early rain gave way to what turned out to be a rather lovely day in spite of a rather fresh westerly wind which seemed to invigorate both the Sea Vista Marimba Band recently returned from their successful performances in China and the group of young Sea Vista dancers.

Dancers at St Francis Morning Market

The dancers, led by an exuberant young Dutch students visiting South Africa and working with Talhado Children’s Haven, danced to the music of the Marimba band that seemed a lot more energised since their return from their international travels. Or was their energy maybe the presence of the young dancers as one of the audience suggested? Whichever, it truly was a delightful performance that attracted a large audience including a large contingent of overseas tourist. Let us hope the band and dancers become a regular attraction at the monthly market.

Among the stall holders was a display stand manned by St Francis Bay Neighbourhood Watch who were in attendance for a “Recruitathon”.  Barry Wilde, who took the initiative and established a Neighbourhood Watch in St Francis Bay, says: “I was highly delighted with our first ‘recruitathon’. Our visibility at the market was good; people came to the stall, asked questions, and showed an interest.”

“We could still do with more volunteers to do patrols. As it also takes a lot of money to equip a patrol, donations from those who for some reason cannot patrol, would be most welcome. Ladies, we need you too as you often have sharp eyes.”

Back to the market!

Whether using the area within Legends pub was because of the weather or has become a permanent feature of the market, let us hope it stays as it really does add to the ‘cosiness’ of the indoor stands. The area incorporating Pedal & Spoke, St Francis Brewing Co and Legends really fits the market perfectly and there is no doubt all three businesses benefit from the exposure of the market on their doorsteps. Well done to the organisers.

Talking of markets, there is a ‘Food Market’ at Olive Tree Junction this coming Friday from 6:30pm. Apparently the first of these evening markets held last month was a huge success so see you all at Olive Tree on Friday 3rd March for food a few beers or glasses of wine and some good music.

FOOTNOTE:

To join NW is easy. There is NO fee but just a commitment to do one two-hour patrol each week.

The few stalwart volunteers who do Neighbourhood Watch duties need your support in sharing the load of patrolling. Keep our village safe. Contact Barry Wild on 082 367 9947 or on thewilds@telkomsa.net

Neighbourhood Watch Recruitathon St Francis Bay

 

 

Neighbourhood Watch Needs You

Neighbourhood Watch looking for members

Neighbourhood Watch - St Francis BayCrime is on the increase in St Francis Bay and the town is now under the threat of regular HOME INVASIONS with threats, or actual violence being committed. NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NEEDS YOU as patrol members, and or sponsors.

Neighbourhood Watch has, in other towns, assisted in bringing down crime so Barry Wild has taken the initiative and established one in St Francis Bay.

Neighbourhood Watch will have a hold a “RECRUITATHON” at the Saturday Morning Market this weekend. Look out for the large purpose built display. Supporters (in blue T-shirts with Neighbourhood Watch insignia) will be on hand to answer questions, to encourage people to join as new members, as well as to seek donations from those who for one reason or another cannot patrol.

The reason for all this is because St Francis Bay is now under the threat of regular HOME INVASIONS with threats or actual violence being committed.

Barry says: “There have been FIVE such cases in the last SIX WEEKS. Just imagine being awakened from your sleep to be surrounded by three or four thugs wearing black balaclavas, brandishing knives and threatening you should you fail to conform to their demands.

“In addition to that we have the never-ending morning reports of the latest crimes against property and persons. If not checked, how long before we are in the territory of Rapes and Murders which is sadly the case in other areas of South Africa.”

Some neighbouring towns and villages have well-resourced and equipped Neighbourhood Watches. One close to us is Paradise Beach, which has significantly limited crime in their village. Kenton-on-Sea is another town with an effective Neighbourhood Watch.

“St Francis Bay has a small, but dedicated Neighourhood Watch group, but is seriously lacking in man/woman power to help with the gaps in patrolling shifts. We also seek help with funding. It costs upwards of R1 000 to equip one of our members with all the equipment they need: search lights/roof strobe lights/personal protection equipment etc.”

To join NW is easy. There is NO fee but just a commitment to do one two-hour patrol each week.” Should fuel be a problem contact Barry.

The few stalwart volunteers who do Neighbourhood Watch duties need your support in sharing the load of patrolling. Come to the Morning Market or contact Barry Wild on 082 367 9947 or on thewilds@telkomsa.net

Article by Yvonne Bosman