Beach Blondes proving popular

St Francis Brewery wins beer award for Beach Blonde

It is that time of the year when beach blondes are not only a dime a dozen on our beaches but also a popular, thirst quenching beer in several of our taverns. News thus of St Francis Brewing Co’s  Beach Blonde Light winning Best Beer in the Pilsner category at the 2017 National Beer Awards is certainly great for this really great beer that has some of it’s roots firmly planted in St Francis..

Lance Kabot of St Francis Brewing Company  spent time in the United States some years ago working at La Jolla Brewing Co in San Diego where he had an interst in the recipe which he brought back to South Africa with him. “The beer fits the climate of SA as well as did California’s, light in calories and alcohol, it is an easy drinking and thirst quenching beer, perfect for a hot summers day.

Having received the acclaim from a panel of BJCP certified judges Beach Blonde has now attracted the attention of a large distribution company and the deal signed will see Beach Blonde Light in bottle stores nationwide in the coming year. The exciting new label and 330 ml bottle will be launched at the Brewery in December.

Hopefully the bottled Beach Blonde will be a bit cheaper than out of the tap for if not it is doubtful it will capture market share from Castle Light and Corona who based on a cost per 375ml comparison  are quite sifnificantly cheaper.

But pop in at St Francis Brewing Company where Lance will be only too happy to explain the intricacies of some of the craft beers on his menu.

Some of Lance’s Craft Beers

A Dog Day Christmas

Dogs and kids of Sea Vista enjoy an early Christmas

St Francis Animal Rescue, that band of dedicated volunteers who give so much of their time caring for the pets of Sea Vista and informal settlement of China Town threw a party at the weekly outreach on Tarragona Road yesterday afternoon fpr the dogs and their kid owners. Members dug into their pockets to buy sweets, cool drinks and biscuits that Fran parceled up and placed in plastic buckets along with a small bag of dog food. The buckets, kindly given to SFAR by Delish Food at the Port, were given to encourage the kids to always make sure the dogs have plenty of water available to them.

During the afternoon over 80 pets, mainly dogs and puppies but also a few kittens were treated, for worms, fleas, ticks or just given the ‘once over to make sure they were fit and healthy. One rather matted and dirty pooch was given a a somewhat unwelcome and unwanted grooming with Susan Rae Fox wielding a pair of scissors as the dog valiantly attemted to retain his ‘Rastafarian’ hairstyle.

Considering close to 100 dogs gather in a relatively small area these weekly held outreach clinics held every Thursday afternoon between 2:30 and 5:00 pm are rather peaceful affairs. Unfortunately yesterday afternoon a rather unusual altercation where a known fight instigator caused a few minutes of mayhem which was quickly brought under control with the instigator sent on his way tail between his legs.  For the second time in as many week he had to be treated for a few bite marks as all the other dogs showed him he was not welcome. Not unlike humans really!

Part of the SFAR outreach is Jilly’s Second Hand Clothing Stall where the money raided from the sale of second hand clothes is given to SFAR to continue their amazing work with the animals. So if you have any clothes you need to part with or don’t have enough space in your suitcase for your trip home, Jilly would be only too happy to relieve you of them.

Donations can be made to SFAR to followiing Account:

St Francis Animal Rescue
Standard Bank
Account #: 186532814

Scrooge apology

Owner had every right to block beach pathway

The article “A Scrooge in Cape St Francis – Surely not??” certainly managed to get the spider out the hole but we were out of order. Sadly we only elicited the local road community’s side of the story and yes from a community perspective they certainly appeared to have reason to complain, not having been given us all the facts.

Any property owner has a right to protect their property, particularly after having spent several hundred thousand Rand on finding a solution to a significantly eroded beachfront property. Our comments of the owner being “Scrooge-like” was uncalled for and unnecessary for the “surely not” really does apply. We apologise for any offense for we were caught up in the emotion and equally outraged by what appeared to be an act of selfishness but that is, in fact, a almost critical situation for the owner who was taking advice from experts in the field to save her property.
All that said it does go back to the community being kept informed. Last year the same community (read road) woke up one morning just before Christmas to find an MTN cell phone tower had been erected literally on their doorstep. Outraged, particularly as there were several cancer survivors living literally within a few metres of the installation, they showed their anger and the tower was de-activated. So along comes Christmas 2017 and something almost as offensive to them raises their ire, for now, they probably have that “why me” feeling.

In hindsight maybe the owner should have approached some of those in de Jonge Thomas r0ad and explained how blocking the pathway was an essential and urgent part of the proposed solution to stop plot 347 eroding further and possibly rehabilitating. The community was apparently aware that an extensive EIA had been carried out but in their protestations did not consider this could be the reason for the pathway being blocked. Certainly, the timing of the action also played its part for had it happened well before the onset of the holidays it would likely have caused less desperate and emotional outcry.

All said it is not the only road to have lost access to the beach and for this surely the town planners/council is to blame. Purchasing a seaside property that has no access to the beach is quite simply insane. To have access to the beach year in year out and then have it suddenly blocked because a new house has been built blocking that access not only affects the property value but will certainly annoy those affected by it.


A Scrooge in Cape St Francis?

A Scrooge in Cape St Francis – surely not ??? 

Hopefully it was an unthinking oversight but the way thorny brush has been piled to block the pathway to the beach on de Jonge Thomas Road in Cape St Francis does sadly appear intentional.

A week or so back we ran an article of David (Nevil Hulett) slaying Goliath (group of Gauteng based property owners). Close to a hundred readers posted comments of support for Nevil and his Quaysyde restaurant and quite rightly so for he had defeated those who seemingly feel the have the right to decide on what is best for the St Francis community aand he beat them in no better place than Supreme Court of Appeals in Bloemfontein.

Whilst one can be pretty sure this matter won’t end up in court,, the fact that access across a piece of undeveloped sand dune that disturbs no one has been stopped is really no different than trying to stop Quaysyde giving pleasure to so many.

The pathway certainly wasn’t an eyesore and wasn’t causing any ecological damage to the dunes or vegetation. That has now changed for the the thorn brush is unsightly and debatable whether it is indigenous. Hopefully the thorns will rot in time for at the moment they do pose a danger to young kids and animals should they inadvertently stand on one.

The owner has placed a sign board at the upper entry highlighting the layout of the plot (347) and careful inspection illustrates that he / she has in fact placed the thorn bushes outside the property boundary. Certainly the pathway pedestrians would follow (indicated in yellow and green dots on the map below) shows that pedestrian traffic does cross the owners land but it is a steep sand dune and no doubt have to be flattened if and when the owner builds on the land. The yellow line extended on the map shows it would be possible to miss the plot altogether if a house is eventually built on the plot making it quite unnecessary to close the patway. If that hallowed stretch is so important to the qwner then may they should apply to have a fence erected around the land / beach…

It would be very interesting to see what sort of home could be built on the plot without causing major eco damage and it certainly needs the community to be vigilant (and bea little scrooge-like back to the owner) as to what plans are one day registered with the building inspector for one would imagine will need  more than just the inspectors blessing owing to the sensitivity of the dunes.

Christmas is a time of goodwill and the owners act of blocking access to the beach by those who live and will be holidaying in de Jonge Thomas road really do not need this Scrooge-like attitude for it is nothing more than greed and an attitude of “I will because I can”.


Rock Lily Music Bar & Kitchen

A review on the popular Cape St Francis pub by Kirsten Doyle

Kirsten Doyle

Kirsten Doyle

The Rock Lily has been a local haunt of mine since it opened. We used to go there back in the day when it was still called Stix, and I really like the facelift owner Michael Kimmings has given the place, making it bright, airy and comfortable. It is well sheltered from the Cape St Francis winds, and the outside fire is lovely and toasty on those cooler evenings. Although primarily a music venue, it is also the favourite local pub for many St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis residents.

The place itself is lovely and chilled, ideal to pop in for a drink, a bite or to listen to the bands that play there on a regular basis. It also appeals to families, as the pub is non-smoking, with smoking only allowed in part of the outside section. Mike’s love of music shows in the effort he makes to bring bands in from all over the country, and around the world. From Dan Patlansky, and Brian Finch, to Arno Carstens and Boo, there’s music to suit every taste. Many shows are free of charge, although tickets (which are incredibly reasonable) for the more famous bands, need to be booked in advance to avoid disappointment.

The food is plain and simple pub fare. A selection of delicious pizzas – try the ‘Rock Lily’ made up of pulled pork and pepper dews, or the other with gorgonzola and fig – the name escapes me. There is also a range of burgers, fried fish, steak, prego rolls, and delicious chips and onion rings.

All in all, I absolutely love the Rock Lily. The bar and wait staff are friendly and super quick, and Mike is a charming host who is always welcoming, and who’s passion for music clearly shows. If you’re lucky enough, you might even see him doing a number on stage one evening.

RATING: 4.8 / 5

ATMOSPHERE: Warm, comfortable, friendly and fun.

SOUND LEVEL: Conversation level background music on most evenings – although this obviously changes when bands are playing, and becomes louder and more festive.

RECOMMENDED DISHES: The pizzas are definitely worth a try.

DRINKS: A full range of soft drinks, alcoholic beverages and spirits. Coffee, tea and milkshakes are on offer too.

PRICE RANGE: Very reasonable, R50 to R100 for meals, with generous portions.

HOURS: Off season, Tuesday to Saturday 3pm till late. During season, open daily from 12pm to late.

RESERVATIONS: Definitely when a popular act is playing – numbers are limited to prevent crowding.

CREDIT CARDS: All major.

WHAT THE STARS MEAN: Ratings range from zero to five stars and reflect the reviewer’s opinion on the food, ambience and service, with pricing taken into consideration.