Taking a break

St Francis Today will be taking a short much needed break to have a serivce upgrade on the editor’s fuel injection system. We expect this break to last around three weeks but will be back with some new ideas and features to take us into summer and the holidays.

Electricity interruption tomorrow

We  have just been informed

The power outage has been posponed until 26th October

The power outage has been cancelled St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis electricity interruption on Thursday, 7 September

Eskom will be switching off the power supply to St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis on Thursday, 7 September, from 9am to 4.30pm.

The interruption is necessary for Eskom to perform maintenance work on the St Francis Bay/Cape St Francis 22kV line.

Residents are reminded that all electrical points should be treated as live during this time.The outage is subject to the weather.

The alternative date that has been set is 26 October.

Press release:
Laura-Leigh Randall,
Kouga Municipality
Media Liaison Officer

College Girls Score at Fun Gymnastics

Five St Francis College girls took part in the Bay Gynastics  fun Spring Day competition in Uitenhage on September 2nd.  They were Chloe Bateman, Morgan Ackerman, Layla Reynolds, Micaella White and Katie Joubert (not in this photo). All competitors  received a medal for participation. Chloe Bateman achieved first prize for highest beam score in her level 4 group. Morgan Ackerman achieved highest beam score in her level 3 group, Micaella White highest bar score in her level 2 group and Katie Joubert won best theme outfit.

Well done girls!!

College Girls Score at Fun Gymnastics

 

Mrs Ball’s Chutney

A slice of humour seasoned with Mrs Ball’s Chutney

Barrie Thomson a raconteur from Jeffreys Bay entertained a group of Prime Timers at St Francis Links last Friday to a most enjoyable hour discussing both the myths and the known facts about a South African table condiment, Mrs Balls Chutney. From shipwrecks off East London to the original Mr Ball’s Chutney factory in Cape Town it seems uncertain as to exactly where the chutney was first created but it seems most likely, according to Barrie, that it definitely has its roots in the Eastern Cape.

Barrie certainly made what could have been a somewhat boring presentation not only extremely interesting but also rather humorous and had the audience chuckling away at both his quips and his graphic cartoons. Barrie apparently creates cartoons and crossword puzzles for People magazine.

Without going into the detail of Mr Ball’s creation if you have opportunity to listen to Barrie talk on the subject it really is worth listening to him. The amount of research he has put together to say nothing of photographs of the young Mrs Ball and her family is quite astounding considering the subject matter does not seem that interesting until you actually listen to Barrie tell the tale.

The talk was followed by lunch provided by Chef Jono at St Francis Links. Chef Jono gave diners a choice of Chicken or Fish and I ordered the fish and must complement the chef for it was one of the tastiest and well prepared fish dishes I have tasted in St Francis in a long time.

A last word on Mrs Ball’s – Although traditionally sold in glass bottles the manufacturers are now bottling it in plastic bottles. This truly I unacceptable and they should rethink their packaging as should every other supplier who supplies product in plastic bottle rather than glass. Plastic is killing our planet

Prime Timers is a club started and co-ordinated by Paulene Hardy who organises monthly lunches, events and travels around the Eastern Cape. Their next event (for September) is an outing to Addo Elephant Park. Should you with to find out more or join Prime Timers give Paulene a call on 084 789 7801 or e-Mail her on cphardy@isat.co.za or visit the Prime Timers Facebook page

Prime Timers lunch at St Francis Links

Prime Timers lunch at St Francis Links

Prime Timers lunch at St Francis Links

Thyspunt Alliance comments

Kemm’s nuclear arguments fatally flawed

A letter received from Thyspunt Alliance’s  Hilton Thorpe discusses flaws in Dr Kemm’s arguments

“The article in the August, 2017 edition of the Chronicle, which quotes Dr Kelvin Kemm at length, is typical. It is nothing more than propaganda – a disinformation exercise which deliberately disregards serious issues in relation to the nuclear process, and gives a totally erroneous impression.

Who is this Dr Kelvin Kemm?  He is a lobbyist denying climate change. Like so many lobbyists, he appears to be blind to any realities other than his own agenda. He has invested his professional and business career in nuclear technology, and is now using his lobbying skills in this direction. As nuclear adviser to the government, Chairman of NECSA and CEO of his own nuclear company, he has a fatal conflict of interest.

Kemm described the High Court ruling, which set aside every step taken so far, as “just a bump in the road, not even a pothole”.  This is tantamount to contempt of court. The entire nuclear programme has to start from scratch, legally, with full parliamentary and public participation.

The Russian agreement would have given Russia a virtual monopoly over all nuclear matters in South Africa for a minimum of 20 years, and an unspecified favourable tax regime. South Africa would have been fully responsible for any damage arising in consequence of any nuclear incident. The government was hoping to smuggle this through without reference to parliament. The judge ruled that the agreement was unconstitutional, to be reviewed and set aside.

Kemm suggests that the Record of Decision for the EIA is simply a matter of a Ministerial stroke of the  pen.  He ignores the fact that the EIA process is also subject to the law (in this case NEMA). The Final Environmental Report was riddled with fatal flaws, including lack of material information required. A favourable ROD at this stage would be inappropriate. There are a number of major processes to follow before the project can go ahead.

Eskom has already spent tens of millions of rands on a fatally flawed EIA, and on land purchases, prior to decisions by the DEA and NNR. Now they want to proceed with site preparation, at tax-payers’ expense, prior to authorization, and at risk.

Kemm may be a competent nuclear scientist – he has never shown the slightest interest in the merits or otherwise of Thyspunt as a nuclear site. His arguments should be treated with the skepticism they deserve.”