Property Valuation Objections

Property Valuation Objections dealine is 30th April

Following the property valuations conducted by DDP last year property owners have until 30th April to submit their objections to the new General Valuations Roll. The roll, valid for the period 2018 to 2023, is available for inspection at municipal units and public libraries across the region.

The document can also be viewed on the municipal website at http://www.kouga.gov.za/documentlibrary/2018-general-valuation.

Objections must also be lodged with municipality’s Valuations Department before the 30th but should property owners have any queries Finance Portfolio Councillor Brenton Williams says they are welcome to contact the Valuations Department at the Jeffreys Bay head office. He said once an objection form had been filled, the objector would be issued with a number to make it easier to track.

Objections can be submitted in person or be sent via email, but they may not be sent by postal mail.

“Objections were lost in the mail during the previous General Valuations. We want to minimise the risk of this happening, so as to be fair to the public and to ourselves,” said Williams.

“A Taste of St Francis”

Coming Soon! “A Taste of St Francis”

Write-On Publishing of St Francis Bay will soon release a REPRODUCTION & REPRINT of the iconic 1990’s St Francis Bay recipe books “A Taste of St Francis” and “A Second Taste of St Francis”, originally produced by the St Francis Bay Friendship Club in 1993 and 1996 respectively.

The two booklets are being combined into one volume: “A Taste of St Francis”, and in contrast to the quaint typed and photocopied originals, the book will be a high-quality, modern, professionally typeset and bound book.

The book contains dozens of recipes, ranging from the sublime to the simple, all submitted by St Francis Bay residents of the day – all their names will appear in the book. It also contains anecdotes and reminiscences by St Francis Bay residents about life in the village and its history, The book is illustrated by dozens of simple, almost primitive, line drawings.

At the request of the original compiler of the books, Yvonne Bosman, whose brainchild this project is, part of the proceeds of the sale of the books will be donated to the Kromme Enviro-Trust, which fully endorses the project.

Write-On Publishing publishes the books of local author Bartle Logie, and was also instrumental in the revival of the book “The Sea Shells of Jeffreys Bay” for the Sea Shells Museum last year.

“At the launch of Bart’s latest book, “Toasted Marshmallows & Obies” at The Links recently, I was approached by another St Francis Bay legend, Yvonne Bosman, who asked me if I would consider re-publishing the two iconic St Francis Bay recipe books, originally produced by Yvonne for the then St Francis Bay Friendship Club. We met subsequently and I decided to give it a go. In the normal course of events, I would be paid a fee to produce a book, but obviously in this case, that was not going to happen, so I have returned to the same method as they used originally to fund the books – advertising,” said Frank Nunan of Write-On Publishing.

Amazingly, some of the original advertisers are still around!

The book may be pre-ordered from the Write-On Publishing website at a special pre-production price of R120 – retail price will be R150 once the book is printed. (http://writeonpublishing.co.za/index.php/the-store)

Any companies interested in advertising in the book are asked to contact Frank at frank@writeonpublishing.co.za.

In addition to being available online, Village Superspar in St Francis Bay has agreed to stock the books once they have been produced.

 

21-year old Norwegian missing in Sedgefield

NSRI STATION 21 - St Francis Bay

Still no sign of missing Norwegian lass Marie Ostboo

NSRI reports an ongoing search operation, headed by the SA Police Services, has found no sign of missing Marie Ostbo and the search and investigations are ongoing.

The SA Police Services, Community Police, a Police K-9 Search and Rescue Unit, a Police Dive Unit, WC Government Health EMS, WSAR (Wilderness Search and Rescue), the ASR/EMS Skymed rescue helicopter, NSRI Wilderness crew, and Neighbourhood Watch members, searched throughout today.

Despite the extensive search only a cellphone, a hat and shoes belonging to Marie, were located and recovered by Police on the beach, in the vicinity, during the early hours of yesterday morning. NSRI Wilderness are on alert to assist Police and the Emergency Services and Neighbourhood Watch are continuing to support Police in their ongoing search.

All possibilities are being explored and investigated.

NSRI and authorities are in communication with family abroad assisted by the SA Police Services, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, the Royal Norwegian Foreign Office and Consulate Services and the Department of Tourism and assistance and support is continuing.

Marie Ostbo

NSRI STATION 21 - St Francis BayAn appeal is made for any information that can assist in locating a 21 year old female who has disappeared in Sedgefield.

Anyone with information that can assist in this case may contact local Police at 044-3431321.

Marie Ostbo, 21, from Norway, (studying in France and on a tour of South Africa) arrived in Sedgefield with a group of young International student tourists on Wednesday, 18th April.

At around 18h00 some of the group went for a walk on the beach and then returned at around 19h00 and Marie was last seen at around 19h00 on the beach, wearing blue jeans and a white shirt, about 100 meters from the backpackers that they are staying at (which is on the beach) but after friends noticed that she had not come inside with the rest of the group they went to look for her but they were unable to find her.

NSRI Wilderness and Community Police were activated at 19h40.

NSRI Wilderness, Community Police, the SA Police Services and a Police K-9 Search and Rescue Unit have not been able to find Marie despite an extensive search and all possibilities are being explored.

A search is continuing.

We appeal to anyone who may have seen Marie (picture attached), or noticed anything that may assist Police in this incident, to contact the Sedgefield Police.

Press Release – NSRI

St Francis Rotary Makro Golf Day

St Francis Rotary Makro Golf Day Around the Corner       

The annual Rotary Makro Golf Festival in St Francis Bay taking place on Saturday April 28th at St Francis Bay Golf Club.  This is the fifth year in a row that the title sponsorship is claimed by retail giant Makro in Port Elizabeth with the intention of raising substantial amounts for Rotary projects in St Francis.

The prestigious event will see golfers compete for great prizes in a Better Ball competition for an amazing entry fee of R350 including half way house.

“This day is more than just a fundraiser for our Rotary projects. It also provides a welcome boost to the economy of St Francis as golfers are expected to travel from as far afield as Plettenberg Bay, Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown for the weekend. The Festival also attracts keen interest from Rotarians countrywide and visiting overseas players,” said Rotary St Francis chairman, Ivan Beaumont.  “There are still some hole sponsorship opportunities open for anyone keen to take advantage of this great promotion opportunity.”

For golf  bookings and information contact Janine van der Merwe, manager at the St Francis Bay Golf Club on 042-294-0467 or e-mail info@stfrancisgolf.co.za. For details of corporate and other sponsorship opportunities call Paul Sherman on 082-562-4265 or prsherman55@gmail.com.

Article – Lynette Aitken