Our beach?

A little Monday comtroversy – Agree or Disagree

e-Mail received from a reader

Let’s predict the future of our town. The conversation goes like this.

Dad – “Hey kids, great news! We are going to St Francis again this year for our Christmas holidays ! ”
Kids – “Aah Dad – but there’s no beach”

The reader feels only one question remains. “Is their a direct correlation between the value of St Francis Bay properties and the amount of sand on main beach as we head quickly towards having no beach at all ? No beach is now likely to happen within 6 to 9 months as we add revetments that aide not prevent sand loss. When the Vallies get here they will have a few choice words for us locals, I expect.”

On the other hand — should we rather let nature take its course by doing nothing as the sea encroaches on our shoreline?

What do you think? Add your comments below.

St Francis Bay at high tide

SPAR EC Hockey Challenge

SPAR EC Hockey Challenge

SPAR EC Hockey Challenge

On August 12th, the finalists of the SPAR EC Hockey Challenge will descend on Woodridge College and Preparatory School to battle it out for the title.

The five school-girl hockey teams participating in the tournament are Kingsridge (King Williams Town), Claredon (East London), Kingswood (Grahamstown), York (George) and Woodridge.

In its second year, the tournament has built up incredible momentum, with more schools taking part and more playoffs taking place across the Eastern Cape.

Maxime Bird, Woodridge girls first team hockey coach says: “We are excited to have the final at Woodridge again and to share the campus with the visitors. We are confident that our girls will do well in the final round. They have been playing good hockey and our IPT players recently returned from successful country-wide tours.”

The day is set to be one of fierce competition, once again displaying the unbroken spirit of Woodridge as the school continues the process of rebuilding itself following the June fires.

All the teams are congratulated for reaching the final and prize giving is expected to commence at 4pm on August 12th.

The Woodridge girls’ hockey first team

The Woodridge girls’ hockey first team: Back row from L-R, Cheré Jacobs; Cheyanne Milne. Middle Row from L-R, Megan Crossman; Chumisa Yona; Mbali Nkutha; Danika Biggs; Lauren Booysen (Captain); Megan Webb; Lauren Bryans. Front Row from L-R, Geneé Phillips; Edith Molikoe; Caylin Maree.

CSF Ladies Tea Club

The CSF Ladies Tea Club thank Mike Kimmings

Kouga’s St Francis HospiceThe CSF Ladies Tea Club wish to thank Mike Kimmings for his support in hosting their July Cup of Soup 2017 charity event.

Here Kimmings hands over a donation to Ingrid Williams from Kouga Hospice.  The donation is from Brain Finch, the performing musician, of that evening. He donated his door takings to the cause. The total amount from donations, soup sales and door takings at Rock Lily was R14 704.

We are grateful for the support of the community for this annual project in spite of these tough economic times.  Williams says that Kouga’s St Francis Hospice provides holistic care and support to terminally ill patients in the Kouga area and surrounds.  Many of these people and their loved ones do not only have to cope with their disease, but also live in abject poverty.  Hospice-care is available to all who need it and without donations they will not be able to render the service they do in this rural part of the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

Brian Finch at Rock Lly Cape St Francis


News Snippets

News Snippets 8 / 8 /17

Reciprocity with courses during our Spring Treatment

St Francis Links course and clubhouse will be closed for spring treatment from 9 – 23 August 2017.

We have secured reciprocity agreements for St Francis Links Members with St Francis Bay Golf Club, Wedgewood Golf and Country Estate and Port Elizabeth Golf Club.

St Francis Bay Golf Club (0422940467) – R145 Green Fee
Wedgewood Golf and Country Estate (041 450 9595) – R200 Green Fee
Port Elizabeth Golf Club (041 374 3140) – R200 Green Fee

St Francis Links Team

Nooitgedacht water relief?


The recently completed Phase 2 of the Nooitgedagt Low Level Scheme has undergone a week of testing, and is now approved for ongoing supply to our City.

After two years of construction, this additional supply could not have come at a better time. An extra 140 million litres of water will now be pumped daily into the Municipality’s network, compensating for the drought-induced shortages at the Western supply dams.

Having already lost all supply from Churchill Dam, with Kouga Dam now at 15%, Nooitgedagt Phase 2 may very well carry the Municipality through the remaining months of winter. The Department of Water and Sanitation has imposed a 22% restriction on sourcing water from the western supply dams, limiting daily supply to 274.9 ML.

The Infrastructure & Engineering Directorate, led by MMC Annette Lovemore, has done well to meet targets in this regard, taking some of the sting out of the ongoing drought.

However, the Municipality remains water scarce with demand and supply still neck and neck. Our water saving efforts absolutely have to continue unabated – let us continue working together to instil a water wise culture in our Metro.

Not only is this government working tirelessly to increase water supply, but there is also a concerted effort to repair the City’s ageing infrastructure. Standby teams of plumbers have been working weekends over the last three months to drastically reduce the number of leaks.

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