Cape St Francis drowning

Tourist drowns at Cape St Francis

National Sea Rescue

Sarah Smith, NSRI St Francis Bay station commander that reported that the NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew were activated following reports of a drowning in progress at a beach known as Ducks Beach, near to the Cape St Francis Resort at around 1:30 yesterday after .

NSRI rescue swimmers were dispatched to the scene and the sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II was launched.

On arrival on the scene we joined staff of the Cape St Francis Resort, bystanders and surfers searching in the water for a 58 year old German tourist missing in the surf after being swept out to sea by strong rip currents.

It appears that a group of tourists from a tour group had gone into the surf where some were wading in shallow water but one man had gone in deeper where, according to eye-witnesses, he had been swept out to sea by strong rip currents before disappearing under water.

Reportedly the tourists that had been wading in shallow water had all been able to get out of the surf.

Despite an extensive sea and shoreline search, including rescue swimmers deployed into the surf to free dive search, in extremely strong rip currents, no sign of the man has been found and Police have been called to open an investigation and to continue an ongoing search operation.

At the time of publishing the body had not yet been recovered

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 those who responded to the call for donations to the “Save St Francis” Fund in December that raised close to R5 million, the report is certainly worth reading.

No doubt the Nay Sayers will have their say on social media but certainly this is a step forward in advising residents some of what the SRA is about and all that needs to be done to save the road network. With Exec Mayor having made it quite clear that the municipal budget next financial year for road upgrades in the entire Kouga district is for just one kilometre of road upgrades and in years to come, one kilometre per ward (17 wards) per year. It would appear there there is scant hope of our roads ever being upgraded without St Francis residents taking some action themselves..

Although our raods are presently in quite good condition with the DA having been true to their word, the rains are a coming and we all know once the rain starts so the potholes start opening up. Will will the municipality have the funds and manpower to keep up with the good job they  have been doing? More seriously though, every pothole further degrades the sub-structure and stability of the roads and patching does little to preserve the road foundations.

Read the various reports here.

Road Plans

Road Final Drawings

Road Visuals

or visit http://npc.stfrancispropertyowners.co.za/npc-projects/road-maintenance/

 

 

SA vs The World

South Africa vs the Rest of the World Bowls

Fun and laughter was the order of the day at the St Francis Bay Bowling Club this last weekend when the South Africa versus the Rest of the World Competition took place.

Bowlers from many parts of the world have settled in St Francis Bay and in summer there is an influx of visitors from overseas, euphemistically called “swallows”. Both these groups formed the “rest of the world” team and played against those born in South Africa. This introduces a fun element of rivalry and makes for a very sociable afternoon of bowls.

SA vs Rest of World Bowls

Graham Alison, an English resident, who owns a house in St Francis Bay and spends each summer here, initiated the competition eight years ago and donated a floating trophy. He puts a great deal of effort and enthusiasm into the arrangements by organising the hampers (to which members contribute items) and providing wine for the “touchers”. It also serves as a fund-raising event for the club and this year money raised from the hamper raffles will go towards the borehole which has become so necessary in this time of drought.

The spirit was fantastic and it proved to be a colourful affair as participants dressed up to represent their countries of origin. Many green and gold rugby shirts were donned by the South African team and Rijks Kotze, who did something really innovative, was voted the best dressed on the day in her long African-styled dress and headdress. Union Jacks were in evidence, red and white from the Swiss, greens from the Irish contingent, and traditional Dutch dress, (naturally without the clogs whilst on the green!)

There was much friendly rivalry between the two teams captained by Graham (Rest of the World) team and Rolly Marsh (South Africa). This year the Rest of the World Team played extremely well and were jubilant with their 84/57 win over the locals.

Peter Talbot, President of the Club, said: “This competition has become a tradition and builds camaraderie among club members and as such it is good for the club. The members get into the spirit of the occasion, which is a glorified ‘tabs in’ with a bit of fun.”

The camaraderie continued afterwards with the fires being lit for a bring-and-braai to end off what proved to be a thoroughly enjoyable day.

Article & photograph: Yvonne Bosman

Liquid Lines a winner producing winners

What an absolute winner Haydyn and Maria Holmes have given the community in Liquid Lines. Not only is it producing some really fine swimmers but also for what it offers the St Francis community at large. No matter one’s age, Liquid Lines has a programme for almost every need. From youngsters learning to swim progressing to being able to compete their school gala to those who are now competing with great success in both national and international events, Liquid lines can boast some incredible achievements.

But Liquid Lines is not just about developing world champion swimmers for the facility offers something for almost every resident of the greater St Francis no matter age, gender, fitness level or physical impairment. Early morning training sessions are held most days of the week for those more accomplished swimmers but long ago retired from competitive swimming wanting to stay in competitive shape. Many of these swimmers can be found plying the canals of St Francis Bay on a Friday evening, a weekly event that is proving both popular and a social occasion. During the day lanes are open for those merely looking to do as many lengths of the pool to keep themselves active and fit with several of these swimmers being in their seventies. Growing in popularity are the morning Aqua Aerobics classes, an ideal way of toning up muscles and loosening tired joints even if swimming is not your thing.

Amica de Jaager

But back to the achievements of some of those who use Liquid Lines to keep themselves in top competition form. Most notable is Woodridge College student, Amica de Jager who is fast becoming a national star and who has already represented South Africa in Lifesaving at the World Lifesaving Championships. Amongst her many achievement was recently winning the log running River Mile (its 93rd running this year) after a week or so earlier having won the NMB 10-kilometre. On March 21 Amica again took top honours this time at the Jendamark Bellbuoy Challenge, considered one of the toughest ocean swims on the circuit, with her younger sister Chane finishing in fourth just ten second behind her older sibling. In the men’s division Hadyn swam into 4th place, second in age group.

Masters 4 x 100 relay bronze medalists

From left – Guest swimmer, Gary Millford, Paul Nicholson, John Wilson

Not to be outdone some of the older Liquid Lines swimmers got to stand on the podium at the 2017 Master Swimming Championships held in East London. Gary Millford, John Wilson and Paul Nicholson along with an honorary member for the day to make up four for the 4 x 100 metre relay took 3rd Spot. Well done guys. But the star of the Masters Event undoubtedly goes to Maria winning no less than FOUR GOLD Medals. What a champ!

Eco-Route Environmental Consultancy

The “Kromme Enviro-Trust” (St Francis Bay) is fortunate to have Dr Colleen Ebersohn address a group at 15:30 on Wednesday 5th April at the Heritage Centre. Entrance is R50 and the talk to be followed by wine and snacks

Dr Colleen Ebersohn and her daughter Janet head up Eco-Route Environmental Consultancy. This is a family run business with Colleen and Janet as the directors. Both are very well educated and versed in the topic and have many years of experience in this field.

The discussion/talk is aimed at informing residents on Environmental Law within the Greater St Francis Bay area (how it affects you: when do you need an EIA, alien vegetation clearing and the integrated coastal management act). This promises to be a very informative and educational talk.

They will address the applicability of the EIA Regulations as per the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA) as well as how to deal with transgressions of the NEMA. This talk will be of interest not only to all members of the public but architects, engineers, town planners, property developers, municipal officials and of course estate agents.

RSVP Yvonne Bosman by e-mail ycraig@iafrica.com 042 294 0842 or 083 235 8278 for catering purposes.

Kromme Enviro Trust