Kromme Enviro-Trust Talk

The Kromme Enviro Trust (St Francis Bay) is fortunate to have Prof Tris Wooldridge address us next week on “The Estuary Management Plan for the Seekoei Estuary and the environmental pressures that brought about the need for a management plan”.

Prof Wooldridge, former head of and currently a Research Associate in the Zoology Department at Nelson Mandela University, heads up the team working on the Seekoei Estuary Environmental Plan. As some key issues there also relate to the Kromme River he can illustrate the complexity of the situation brought about by decades of poor planning and decision making. His research focus on estuaries and the ecology of sandy beaches and adjacent surf zones has taken him on fieldwork to regions from Antarctica to Zanzibar.

RSVP Mandy McGregor or 042 294 0364 or 083 232 2217 for catering purposes



DATE: Wed 14th March 2018

TIME: 15h15

VENUE: St Francis United Church, cnr St Francis Drive, and Walton Rd

SPEAKER: Prof Tristram Wooldridge

FORMAT: Talk to be followed by wine and snacks

COST: R50 per person


Neville Taylor

Neville Taylor

It is with great sadness that we report on the passing of a long time St Francis resident Nevile Taylor.

Neville passed away peacefully on Tuesday 6th March, at his new home in Jeffreys Bay.

Neville Taylor became Leighton Hulett’s business manager almost 36 years ago to the day and, in that capacity, made a noteworthy contribution to the development of the village. He ran the village when Hulett and his family went on an extended cruise in the Indian Ocean and later became the Administrative Manager when the village became a Local Area of the Humansdorp Divisional Council. He was one of the foundation members of the tennis club, was an excellent tennis player as one of the residents said, and later became an active member of the bowls club of which he remained a life member.

A memorial service will be held for Neville at St Francis Bay United Church, Cnr St Francis Drive and Walton Rd, St Francis Bay on Wednesday 21st March at 10.00am

Voter Registration Weekend

What you need to know about voter registration weekend

Voters are reminded to bring their green barcoded identification book (ID), or smart ID card or a valid temporary ID certificate.

Voters will be assisted to complete a registration form providing their home address at which they ordinarily reside. This will allow the electoral commission to place them in the correct voting district.

Proof of residence is not required.

How to find your voting station

Those who are uncertain about where to find their voting station are encouraged to call the electoral commission’s contact centre on 0800 11 8000 on Monday to Friday between 08:00 and 17:00.

Alternatively, visit the voting station finder app here.

SFAR and The College

St Francis Animal Rescue visits St Francis College

St Francis College has long been involved in supporting charity organisations and have certainly been exceptionally supportive of St Francis Animal Rescue (SFAR) since its inception some three years ago. Started with less than a handful of volunteers St Francis Animal Rescue has grown in leaps and bounds and now has a dozen or more dedicated volunteers making a difference to the cats and dogs of Sea Vista.

But all the work that SFAR does would not be possible without the community’s generosity and St Francis College who are major contributors of food that is used to help undernourished puppies and kittens primarily but also adult dogs and cats.

Yesterday, SFAR Chairman Susan Rae Fox gave a presentation to the children of the College to show them not only what SFAR does but how much their kind donations, made up out of the children’s pocket money, goes towards helping the domestic animals of Sea Vista.

It was a privilege to have been a spectator at the event and it was even a little emotional to hear the oohs and aahs of these youngsters as Susan went through a slide presentation of some of the aspects of the work done by SFAR volunteers. The privilege was not to hear and see what SFAR does but to witness the attitude and reaction of the kids.

Well done to the staff of St Francis College, you are doing a wonderful job in teaching the kids a whole lot more than just reading and writing.





Their own worst enemy


The Recycle Swap Shop project is suspended until further notice due to the lack of security at the God’s Acre precinct. The fences and gates have been destroyed, our buildings are being vandalised and we cannot guarantee the safety of volunteers and the community who support us. We have appealed to the Municipality to assist.
An announcement will be made in the press when we are ready to re-start the project. Thank you for your understanding!

In the meantime, there are skips for glass and tins at the Municipal yard on St Francis Drive next to the fire station.

Ivan Beaumont, Chairman,
Rotary Satellite Club St Francis

What is it that has people destroy what is given to them to improve their lives? How does burning the library or the community hall as happened in KwaNomzamo, Humansdorp on Tuesday advance their call for delivery of more and improved services when they are busy destroying the services they already have.

The community hall and library will need to be rebuilt taking funding away from other planned projects. In the coming months those trying to improve their lot through education will have no access to a library on their doorstep. Sadly it appears there is no consequence for wreaking such havoc and wanton destruction. Those responsible walk away proud of what they have done whilst those who are effected most by the loss of facilities remain mum instead of going to the authorities and reporting the perpetrators so that they can be removed from society, even only for a year or so.

It is time these communities stand up against these destroyers if they ever want to improve their lot. Certainly easier said than done but surely their must be community leaders who along with their ward councillors can motivate what must surely be a large majority who don’t want their services destroyed.

And on the subject of wanton destruction and a little closer to home!

Rotary St Francis and some dedicated members have done such a wonderful job in motivating and educating the kids, a adults, on the importance of recycling. The monthly recycling initiative that sees kids rewarded for bringing in plastic, old newspapers, bottles, even steel . These rewards can vary from a box of biscuits to, as happened last month,  where one youngster saved his recycling credits eventually earning sufficient credits to earn himself a bicycle.

Today would have seen hordes of kids lined up at God’s Acre with their collection of plastic, paper and glass but only to be told that until further notice this is the end of the Rotary Recycling Swop Shop.


The scum that prowls Sea Vista decided to break in the wooden cabin so generously donated by an international Rotary club and when they found nothing to steel simply decided to cause as much damage as they could. Once again the few ruin it for the masses but you can bet your bottom dollar the community will not give these hooligans, no that is too nice a word let’s stay with scum, up to the authorities.

It is time for the residents of Sea Vista take back their village, but only they can do it.In the words of Mandela, “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE”. Make it happen Sea Vista before it is too late.

Rotary Swop shop destsroyed in Sea Vista.