Daily water usage

Reader Shirley Cowling submitted the following ‘chart’ on how to budget your water usage. Although our water situation has not yet reached quite the same critical stage that Cape Town faces, unless we receive good rains in the coming months, there is no guarantee that we won’t be faced with even more stringent controls than those the Kouga municipality introduced this month and as published on St Francis Today on July 21.

Churchill dam, the largest dam supplying water to Nelson Mandela Bay Water from where Kouga draws its water is reported to be below 8% and even though Impofu is at 58% and Groendal at 50%, the combined levels of our supply dams are just a little above 30%. It really is time to take our water situation seriously, not only to avoid excess water charges but also to ensure we have enough water going into the holiday season.

DAM KOUGA CHURCHILL IMPOFU LOERIE GROENDAL
CAPACITY 15.52% 7.97% 58.74% 24.82% 50.77%
VOLUME OF WATER 19 537 Ml  2 810 Ml 62 124 Ml   751 Ml 5 910 Ml
TOTAL 91 132 Ml

READ – Nelson Mandela Bay Dam levels

NOTE:

The budget below is based on Cape Town restrictions.

Water usage budget

New Water Tarrifs

Kouga water tariffs

 

Another Chokka boat tragedy

NSRI STATION 21 - St Francis Bay

NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew were activated early Sunday morning following a request for assistance from the Chokka boat Silver Explorer reporting an adult male crew member onboard suffering a seizure.

Silver Explorer headed for Port of St Francis from Kabeljous to rendezvous with the NSRI  sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II but on arrival at the rendezvous point, the Chokka boat skipper confirmed that his crew member sadly passed away. NSRI medics boarded the Silver Explorer and sadly confirmed the fisherman was deceased.

Silver Explorer continued into Port where they were met by the SA Police Services and the body of the deceased fisherman was taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services. SA Police Services have confirmed to the NSRI that an inquest docket will not be opened following the passing away of a fisherman.

SA Police Services have confirmed to the NSRI that an inquest docket will not be opened as the fisherman died of natural causes after suffering a seizure.

Sincere condolences to family, friends and colleagues of the fisherman.

Village Common

A Village Common for St Francis Bay? (Updated)

Work is due to start on clearing the area today – 14th August!

With work due to start on the proposed village common today and  residents are invited to share any ideas on what you feel should be incorporated in the layout of the common. Add your ideas below or e-Mail them to Lyn at contact@sfbresidents.org.

St Francis Property Owners are also looking for helpers to assist in putting the finishing touches once the main bush has been cleared by the municipality. You can contact Lyn at SFPO offices on 042 294 0594

Original post 28 July

The eyesore of the area at the end of Lyme Road South just before the turn into the SuperSpar looks soon to be no more with plans to transform it into a Village Common. This area of bush that bounders on Lyme Road South in particular, has become a dumping ground for builder’s rubble and a refuge for vagrants, some of whom have made the surrounding bush their home.

St Francis Property Owners Association has been in negotiation with Kouga municipality and the Department of Education who own the adjoining erfs (400 & 554) and the municipality has agreed to have the entire area within the boundary of St Francis Bay Bowling Club (east) and College Drive (west) and Lyme Road South (north) and Assisi Drive (south) cleared of alien vegetation to allow the area to transformed into a Village Common.

The municipality has agreed to start clearing the site from 14th August and once the vegetation is cleared, plans are afoot to start beautifying the area. And this is where St Francis Property Owners Association is calling on the community for your help to transform it into a Village Common that will be available to all residents and visitors to enjoy. Several businesses and individuals have already offered to assist with funding, equipment and labour but if you would like to assist in laying out pathways, donating memorial benches or gardens or have any ideas on making this a focal point that St Francis Bay can be proud of, you are asked to contact Lyn Aitken at St Francis Property Owners on 042 294 0594.

This is truly an exciting development and there can be little doubt it will spawn so many activities to add to the lifestyle of the village. “Art on the Village Common”, “Music in the Park”. Certainly a cause we can all get involved with.

Village Common St Francis Bay

Plastic Pollution

We all need to play our part in arresting the scourge of plastic pollution.

Plastic pollution

Photo – http://news.sky.com/story/plastic-planet-more-than-8-billion-tons-produced-since-1950s-scientists-say-10954508

Sometimes suffering insomnia has a positive side effect in that it gives one time to catch up on either watching television shows that one has recorded or surfing the net for interesting news stories / videos one has not had time to read or watch. One such documentary that is regularly broadcast on SKYNEWS and is also available on the internet is SKY OCEAN RESCUE that highlights the threat the world is facing with plastic pollution in our oceans.  On today’s newsletter we have published an article how turtles are being threatened by plastic pollution and earlier in the week the programme covered how fishermen off the Spanish coast are trying to deal with this scourge.

With the onset of the summer holidays when thousands of ‘Brits’ migrate to Spain’s sunny climes for their annual holidays a huge increase in the amount of plastic in being washed into the sea will increase substantially.  Last week the documentary covered how since the 1950’s, when plastic first started entering our lives, over 8 billion tonnes of plastic have been produced. To quote the SKY Ocean Rescue article ”putting this into context the amount of plastic created in 65 years is as heavy as 60 million blue wales or 138 million army tanks”. Do we suffer a similar problem when our holiday visitors descend on St Francis during our summer holidays?

So the question we all need to ask ourselves is what are we doing, if not to stop this scourge, or at least reduce the amount of plastic filling not only our oceans but also our landfills?

Recycling has to become a way of life and each and every one of us has to create a habit of not simply throwing our plastic into our garbage but of separating it and disposing of it so that it can be recycled. Our children and their children must be encouraged and taught to create this habit and possibly it should become a part of every school’s curriculum if it is not already part of what they are being taught.

We simply have to make an effort and it really is easy to create it as a habit for they say habits are either formed or broken but religiously paying attention to creating, or breaking a habit, for two weeks. So why don’t we all, for the next two weeks’ pay attention to every piece of plastic wrap, bottle or container that we would normally throw into the garbage by setting it aside, washing it and then placing it into a separate bin or bag? You will be astounded by just how much more plastic you will accumulate in a two week period and it will fill more garbage bags than your degradable waste.

We can already hear the cries that there is no recycling available in St Francis. Well the good news there is a facility behind the Second Hand shop in Assisi Drive, it just takes a little effort to put it into you boot and deliver it there on your way to doing your shopping. And once you have created the habit with plastic, start the habit with glass, tin and paper and electronics such as old batteries, cell phones and computer components. Sure it will take a little effort but once it becomes a habit maybe we can make a difference.

And from the lyrics of Cosby, Stills & Nash of way back – “Teach your children well” for they must inherit this planet that we have tried so hard to destroy!

Why not share your suggestions how you are “saving our planet” in the comments below.

Bobbies on Bikes

Bobbies on Bikes for St Francis

Friday 21st July saw an initiative “Bobbies on Bikes”, motivated by St Francis Community Policing Forum and supported by St Francis Property Owners Association and local business, launched in St Francis. Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen welcomed Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner Lt General Liziwe Ntshinga and Humansdorp Cluster Commander Brigadier Lebok at a well-attended public meeting held at the Sea Vista Community  Hall.

Bobbies on Bikes

Kouga Exec Mayor Elza van Lingen with Wayne Furphy (SFPO), Nigel Aitken (CPF) and Lt General Liziwe Ntshinga

Receiving six bicycles from Community Policing Forum’s Nigel Aitken and SFPO Association Chairman Wayne Furphy, Lt General Ntshinga in her keynote address commented on how the Bobbies on Bicycles was a wonderful opportunity for the public to be able to interact with the local police. With more visible policing offered by the ‘Bobbies on Bikes’ as well as the improved access to areas not always accessible in police vehicles, would go a long way to reducing crime in the St Francis.

Following the event at the Community Hall, SAPS hosted a lunch for dignitaries and media at St Francis Links and to celebrate the event, six  ‘Bobbies on Bikes’, as some local residents may have witnessed, rode their new bikes with a ride from the Community Hall to the Links.

Bobbies on Bikes

St Francis’ Bobbies on Bikes with Lt General Liziwe Ntshinga and Nigel Aitmen (CPF)

Bobbies on Bikes

Footnote:
Lt General Ntshinga joined the SA Police Service in 1985 and her experience as a specialized detective spans over 22 years. She has vast experience in the investigation of sexual offences and organized crime, which resulted in her being appointed as the Provincial Head, DPCI in the Northern Cape in 2010. During the first DPCI prestige awards, the Northern Cape received an award of best project investigation which was recognized internationally. Ntshinga successfully led various operations and projects including Project CARNARD, a cross border operation between Namibia and South Africa, focusing on theft of motor vehicles from Japan thorough Durban harbour  en-route to Namibia, Project DE LITE, dealing with precious stones that were illegally exported from SA to Switzerland and India and Project DARLING, a sting operation carried out by a multi-disciplinary project team whereby 21 senior businessmen were arrested in different provinces on charges of contravening the Diamond Act. The court granted ten preservation orders in terms of the Prevention of Organized Crime Act, effectively freezing property in the sum of about R50 million. Diamonds worth R60 million were recovered during the raids.