Voter registration success

DA reports increase in local residents

Nigel Aitken, chairman of the DA in St Francis confirmed the success of recent voter registration for next year’s Government and Provincial elections that took place for Ward 12 over the weekend 10 & 11 March. Some 400 local residents turned up at the SFB Community Hall to either check their registration details or to register. Since the last voter registration back in 2016 for the municipal elections, it appears St Francis’ population has grown by at least 120 new residents. Some of those who registered in Ward12 for the first time have had holiday houses and have now taken up permanent residence but there were several new people particularly from Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. .

Confirming the details Aitken commented “This is good news for our town and confirms what many Estate Agents have been saying about the increase in the number of property sales over the last few years. The more permanent residents the better for it boosts existing businesses who have historically had to rely on the holiday period to make a living. It also helps the Municipality in getting more revenue for Water and Electricity usage”.

Although declared a successful registration drive the DA needs to take heed for if they can only attract some 400 voters they certainly have their work cut out in the coming months. Certainly many would have checked their details online but still, time for the DA to start planning how they are going to get more voters to the polls in 2019.

87-year-old dies while surfing

NSRI STATION 21 - St Francis Bay

87-year-old dies while surfing and 18-year old saved from rip

NSRI Jeffreys Bay duty crew’ one of whom was a doctor, were activated following reports of a surfer appearing to be in difficulty off-shore of Jeffreys Bay on yesterday (Sunday) day morning. On arrival they found bystanders and fellow surfers had recovered a 87-year old man from the surf and the doctor immediately initiated CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation). According NSRI Station Commander Rieghard Jansen van Rensburg all efforts to resuscitate the man, well known to the NSRI crew members, were in vain and he was declared deceased.

The man was surfing with his family when he appeared to collapse unconscious in the water and family members‚ bystanders and other surfers were able to pull him out of the water prior to NSRI’s arrival. It is believed he died of natural causes rather than drowning.

18-Year saved from Rip

In another incident in Jeffreys Bay at around late yesterday afternoon the NSRI Jeffreys Bay were again called following reports of a drowning in progress at Albatros Beach, Jeffreys Bay.

The NSRI sea rescue craft Eddie Beaumont II was in the area at the time on a routine exercise and they diverted to respond and our NSRI rescue vehicle and Private Care ambulance services responded.

On arrival they found an an 18 year old female was caught in a rip current about 80 meters off-shore. Two NSRI rescue swimmers were deployed into the surf from the sea rescue craft and they secured the teenager and brought her aboard the rescue craft and then taken to shore where she was taken into the care of paramedics from Private Care ambulance services who had also be called to the scene..

During the rescue a male surfer paddled out to the scene to alert NSRI that another two people, a male bystander who had launched into the surf to assist but then got caught in rip currents himself, and a female who had appeared to also be caught in the same rip current with the female who NSRI had rescued, that both that male and female reached the shore safely and they were not injured.

The rescued teenager is from Benoni and she has been transported to hospital in a stable condition by ambulance, with her mom, for treatment for non-fatal drowning symptoms and she is expected to fully recover.

Article based  on report posted by NSRI by Rieghard Jansen van Rensburg, NSRI Jeffreys Bay station commander

Vote for JBay


Jeffreys Bay is one of three finalists in the East Cape leg of the Kwêla Town of the Year (Dorp van die Jaar) competition.

All Kouga residents are encouraged to throw their weight behind J’Bay’s bid to become the East Cape finalist in the popular annual competition.

The town that comes out tops nationally will receive R1-million’s worth of free marketing and be treated to a big celebration, to be featured on kykNet.

Dorp van Drome, the Kouga Business Forum and Kouga Municipality would like to urge all residents to support this campaign by casting your vote for Jeffreys Bay. Voting closes at 12 noon on Friday, 16 March.

Voting is easy. Simply SMS Jeffreysbaai to the nr 33157. Please note that you must SMS the full Afrikaans name (ie, Jeffreysbaai and NOT Jbaai, Jeffreys Bay or JBay) for the vote to be counted by the system.

You can vote up to 30 times. SMS’s cost R1,50 each.

New phone system for Kouga

New phone system and extensions for Kouga

Kouga Municipality is busy upgrading its PABX (private automatic branch exchange) telephone system as part of the institution’s efforts to improve its communications infrastructure.

The upgrade comes with new extensions for many of the municipal departments.

As any change would have it, the migration has presented some challenges, with the public battling to get hold of departments directly and the switchboard struggling to transfer calls.

Corporate Services Portfolio Councillor Hattingh Bornman said the aim was for the installation of the new system to be finalised by the end of the week.

“The direct extensions to most departments have changed, consequently, the public will no longer be able to reach staff with these old numbers. 

“Our main switchboard and the all-hours emergency numbers, however, remain the same and are operational.”

The switchboard number is 042 200 2200 and the all-hours emergency numbers are 042 291 0250 and 042 291 0283.

“We appeal to residents to be patient with us during this period,” said Bornman.

Press Release – Kouga Municipality

Oos-Kaap se Dorp van die Jaar:

Oos-Kaap se Dorp van die jaar: Stem Vir Jeffreysbaai

Dorp van Drome, die Kouga Besigheidsforum en Kouga-munisipaliteit moedig graag almal aan om vir Jeffreysbaai te stem in vanjaar se Kwêla Dorp van die Jaar-kompetisie.

Jeffreysbaai is een van die Oos-Kaapse finaliste in die gewilde kompetisie, wat groot voordele vir die wendorp inhou.

Die sluitingsdatum vir stemme is hierdie Vrydag, 16 Maart, om 12nm, so die tyd is min.

Stem is maklik.

SMS eenvoudig ons dorp se naam – Jeffreysbaai – na die nommer 33157.

Let asb daarop dat slegs die volle Afrikaanse naam “Jeffreysbaai” deur die stelsel getel sal word.
Elkeen mag tot 30 sms’e stuur.

Laat u vingers die stemwerk doen en help ons om ons dorp op die wenpad te sit.

Sms’e kos R1,50 elk.

Press Reslease: Kouga Municipality, Media Liaison Officer