Super Fun At Fundraiser

Super Fun At Monte Carlo Royale Fundraiser

Super Fun At Monte Carlo Royale Fundraiser

The St Francis College community put on the Ritz as they turned out in numbers to support the Monte Carlo Royale evening at St Francis Links on Friday June 23rd.  The event which raised approximately R50 000.00 for the College saw keen punters revelling in the entertainment at the poker, roulette and black jack tables, while enjoying the  delicious food prepared by the Links team, the music and dancing.

A highlight of the evening was the silent auction of various artworks including creations by St Francis College students. Those students whose artworks were chosen were Ruby Tovell, Grade 4, Jeanne Steyn, Grade 5, Keano Dukai, Grade 6, Hope Jack, Grade 6, Lily Malherbe, Grade 7, and Joss Hempel, Grade 7. The auction contributed an amazing total of R3160.00 to the College fund.

The event was facilitated by Gaming Events – a Kleinmond based croupier company. Each ticket of R250 included dinner, a glass of champagne, entrance into a lucky draw and some ‘funny money’ to get the evening started.

Shaun & Tracy Kennedy were delighted to win the lucky draw prize of a night away to Zen Guesthouse in Jeffreys Bay.  Our mini poker tournament winner, Dirk Ellis took home a Jameson whiskey hamper and Justin Ackerman won the Johnnie Walker Blue Label on raffle.

A  big thank you must go to the generous sponsors. Table sponsors included Moore Stephens, Kathea Energy, The River Estate, and The Store/RVCA. Thank you too to Tops at Spar who sponsored the superb Olive Brook champagne.

Our grateful thanks to our MC, Liezl Clause and our auctioneer, Jeff Clause as well as Wayne Fairman Photography for the fabulous photos!

Last but not least a huge thank you to the St Francis College community for throwing their support behind this memorable evening!

Super Fun At Monte Carlo Royale Fundraiser

Article: Lyn Aitken
Photographs: Wayne Firman

Sand River Bridge

Update of progress of Sand River Bridge

The Sand River Bridge is on track to carry traffic over December holiday season but construction will continue well into 2018.

St Francis Today was invited along with Nigel Aitken of SF Property Owners Association to visit the new Sand river bridge construction for a full update on progress. Well we are pleased to be able report back with good news.

Barring an unprecedented flood, an earthquake or strike by a falling meteorite it appears that the bridge will be partially open in time for the December / January holiday influx. Good news for the expected holiday makers and St Francis at large.

Within the next few weeks the construction team expects to start pouring the concrete slab that will span the support pillars already constructed to form the roadway over the bridge. A mammoth undertaking. Whilst the contractor indicated that this would offer two lanes to the expected holiday traffic the bridge itself, would be far from complete as there will still be work to be done before commissioning of the bridge late in the first quarter, possibly in the second quarter of 2018.

After donning all the required safety gear we joined the contractor on the perimeter of site rather being allowed access to the heart of the construction for obvious safety reasons. Having the contractor explain what would have still have to be done once the bridge is opened to vehicle traffic certainly gave us a better understanding as to what has been achieved thus far and what still needs to be done. Because of the ‘temporary’ causeway it has been impossible to extend the bridge foundation to its full required width. This can only be done once the main section of the bridge is open to traffic and the temporary causeway, presently the only thoroughfare in and out of St Francis has been excavated.  Once the causeway has been removed work will commence on extending the foundation, increasing the width of the support pillars as well as the width of the bridge.  The main water pipeline from the Churchill dam will also be incorporated into the structure of the bridge.

The photograph below illustrates just how close to the causeway is to the bridge with sandbags seemingly all that is preventing the causeway falling into the bridge excavation area and why the causeway will need to be excavated before the final foundation can be completed.

As the foundation is extended so too will the bridge so as to incorporate pedestrian walkways on either side, guard rails et al which will be missing when the bridge is initially opened to vehicle traffic. Actually standing above the construction site and having the contractor explain the progress and further development it becomes evident the need for the tons of reinforcing steel that protrudes from various parts of the bridge construction.

In the interim residents are reminded to drive with care when navigating the bridge area and in the coming months expect a few delays as the construction reaches the critical stage of laying the roadway slab. Calming devises will no doubt remain in place even once the bridge is opened for it will still be a construction site and as such present its own dangers, particularly for those who choose to ignore speed limits.

 

Sand River Bridge

Illustrattration of how close to the causeway is to the new bridge cnstruction

Sand River Bridge

Energy Summit

Kouga hosts Youth in Energy Summit

Young people from across Kouga will take part in the first Youth in Energy Summit at Cape St Francis this week.

The summit will take place at 9am on Wednesday, 28 June, at the Cape St Francis Resort. It is being presented jointly by Kouga Municipality, Eskom, the Kouga Wind Farm and New Generation Mindset (NGM).

Kouga Mayor Elza van Lingen said the event was open to all young and aspiring business people, as well as those who are already in business.

“The summit will be jam-packed with information relevant to young entrepreneurs who would like to tap into the opportunities that are opening up in Kouga thanks to energy-related developments,” she said.

The keynote speaker at the event will be East Cape MEC for Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Sakhumzi Somyo.

Two youth entrepreneurs will also share their success stories.

Other topics and role-players on the programme are:

  • Skills and Careers around Energy (Eskom)
  • Energy Mix Prospects and Opportunities (Necsa)
  • SMME support around energy (NGM)
  • Supporting Entrepreneurial Development (NYDA)
  • Wind Farm Development Plan and Youth Opportunities (Kouga Wind Farm)
  • SMME Funding (ECDC)
  • SMME Funding Support (IDC)
  • SMME mentorship and support (The Hope Factory)

For further information contact Zingi Mdidimba at the municipality’s LED unit on 083 571 7976 or 042 2002227.

energy summit

Financial skills training

Financial skills training at Sea Vista and Umzamowethu

Financial skills training for communities will be presented at Sea Vista and Unzamowethu this week.

Kouga Local Economic Development Portfolio Councillor Bryan Dhludhlu said the training would be free and open to anyone older than 15 years.

“We would like to encourage saving club members, stokvels, household members and any other interested individuals to make use of this opportunity.

“Topics that will be covered, include: Budgeting, Managing Debt, Using and Managing Credit Smartly, Everyday Banking, Growth and Wealth Creation, Consumer Rights and Responsibilities,” he said.

The duration of the workshop is about one hour.

It will take place at the Sea Vista Community Hall at 10am and 1pm on Wednesday (28 June) and Friday (30 June). It will be held at the Oyster Bay Community Hall on Thursday (29 June) at 10am and 1pm.

He said the workshop was an initiative of the Kouga Wind Farm and would be presented by Leap Entrepreneurial Development.

Mid-winter madness

Mid-Winter madness in St Francis Canals

Mid-winter madness

Ready to swm (note OB on table to numb the pain)

Coinciding with the shortest days (longest nights) of the year we also experienced what were certainly the coldest days of the year thus far. With temperatures dropping into single digits and the wind chill factor further lowering the temperature, most of us sought refuge indoors around fires and heaters warmly wrapped and sipping either hot chocolate or red wine.

But there were a group of ’22 crazies’ who decided to test their fortitude by ignoring the freezing temperatures and icy waters of the St Francis Bay Canals for the St Francis Open Water swimmers, Winter Solstice mid-winter swim. Sensibly most donned wetsuits, well 20 of them did whilst two young swimmers (Abrielle and Taya) decided that their speedos would suffice in keeping the cold at bay (oh to be young).

Start of mid-winter madness

Ready to start the mid-winter swim (note the lass on the right with out a wetsuit)

It is reported that all those participating completed the one kilometer course required to receive a Mid-Winter Madness certificate presented by Kouga Print although two swimmers, Haydn Holmes and Amica de Jager decided an extra one kilometer lap might warm them up. There were also reports that a few of the oldies cheated by consuming glasses of Old Brown before the swim. Whether this was to warm them up or numb the senses is uncertain but after the swim Richard Arderne (Pam Golding Properties) provided gluhwein to those who required assistance in thawing out.

If you are a little crazy and would like more information or want to join this brave, even if a little crazy group, visit the St Francis Open Water swimming Facebook page.

Mid-Winter madness participants

Some of those who competed along with the certificates presented by Kouga Print.

Mid-Winter madness swim times

Photos supplied aby Garth Perry