CCTV for Cape St Francis?

Cape St Francis Civics approve CCTV concept

CCTV CameraCape St Francis Civics and Ratepayers Association recently requested permission from council to install CCTV cameras in certain hot spots in Cape St Francis. The council meets on Thursday 9th and the association hopes to receive positive feedback on the issue with a go ahead to start installing a camera network..

A well-attended public meeting regarding security of Cape St Francis was held in October and various options were discussed. Generally it was agreed the most effective and tried option is that of CCTV cameras along with Licence Plate Recognition technology .

The plan is to phase the camera installation into 3 phases, namely, Phase 1 – the entrance/exit of Cape St Francis, Phase 2 – Da Gama Rd and Osprey Rd intersection and Phase 3 – Shearwater Drive and the Nature Reserve. We have already received pledges that fund phase 1 and 2 and will begin installation as soon as municipality approval has been given. Anyone wanting to get involved or add their pledge can please contact the Cape St Francis Civics and Ratepayers Association at or email at or Dane Shaw personally on


Massive SA data breach

Massive SA data breach – what should I do?

I’m sure by now most, if not all of you, have read about the massive data breach that is estimated to involve around 50 million South Africans, including deceased citizens, and several million children under the age of 18.

The data leaked includes ID numbers‚ personal income‚ age‚ employment history‚ company directorships‚ ethnicity, marital status‚ occupation‚ employer as well as prior addresses.

The event was revealed by Australia-based IT security researcher and owner of the free service Have I Been Pwned (HIBP), Troy Hunt, who said the information was published to a public-facing Web server where it could easily be found, and was a case of ‘gross incompetence’ on behalf of the server owner.

There are several ways that individuals could be affected by the breach. The first danger is that criminals could use the data to open accounts and fraudulently transact as one of the individuals who’s profile was leaked. Unfortunately, there’s enough information to make the transaction appear legit. However, I imagine they could reach a stumbling block as opening credit usually involves having to furnish a pay slip or bank statement, and a copy of your ID.

But everyone should be vigilant – it’s pretty safe to assume that the vast majority of us have had details exposed. If you are concerned, get your credit report from a credit bureau to check if any anomalous activity has taken place. If you identify anything suspicious‚ apply for Protective Registration, which will provide you with additional security and will alert the credit provider or the bank in question that your ID number has been compromised.

The protective registration can be found on the Southern African Fraud Prevention Service (SAFPS) Web site. It is free of charge.

However, perhaps a greater danger, is that this kind of personal information in the hands of cyber criminals could be used to perform highly targeted spear phishing attacks. Spear phishing is usually performed via email or other electronic communications. It is targeted at a specific individual, or business, and usually encourages the individual to click on a link which will redirect them to a malware-laden Web site that is usually cunningly crafted to appear like the genuine article, and will often defy all but the closest scrutiny.

The more the attacker knows about an individual, the easier it is for him or her to send an email that appears totally legitimate. While the majority of these attacks aim to steal data such as login credentials for various acts of malfeasance, criminals might also intend to install malware on the user’s computer, for reconnaissance of the company’s network to exfiltrate information, or as a key-logger to capture login details, or even to hijack the machine to use as part of a botnet.

Bottom line, never click on links or attachments in emails unless you are 100% certain they are the genuine article. Never, under any circumstances give out your bank account number or PIN via email or over the phone. There is no circumstance in which the bank will ask for details this way, I assure you. Remember, that after a breach of this nature, an attacker could easily lure someone by asking them information of a similar nature to the leaked data – after a few questions, they might begin to trust them.

For any of you who think you might have been affected, Hunt has a Web site where you can check your email address to see if it has been compromised. I know a few fear mongers were advising against this, and saying it could be a scam.

It isn’t. It is 100% legitimate – he has loaded 2.2 million unique email addresses from the leaked data set into HIBP. Individuals can search for their email addresses there, and it will return either a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’ as to whether the address has been leaked. It will also show on which sites it has been compromised.

The emails represent a very small portion of the leaked data, and Hunt has stated he will not make ID numbers searchable at all, as that data is sensitive and personal. He added, however, that anyone with an ID is likely to appear in the data set. Unfortunately, your ID is immutable data or data that can’t be changed, but you password can, so if you do find your email address there – check where it has been compromised, and go and change your passwords on those sites. It’s not a bad idea to change passwords on all sites that house your sensitive information on a regular basis in any case.



Thief gets 20 years

Thief gets 20 years

In what has to be the Facebook post of the day if not the month is the news SA Police Detective Captain Johan du Toit’s success in finally having a habitual criminal put away for 20 years. Sadly he will will probably be out to continue his thieving ways in five years or so years but hopefully other magistrates will start to follow suit with harsh sentences that will support police efforts in keeping criminals off our streets.

Here is the post by Lyn Edwards on the StFrancisAlert profile yesterday

St Francis Bay CAS 37/07/2014
On the 16 July 2014 an elderly woman of 90 years was robbed in her house in St Francis Bay of Jewellery and a Plasma TV to the value of R500 000.00. Three accused were sentenced today in the Hankey Regional Court.

Accused No 1 Gideon Cuthber,t 44 years old was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment. Accused No 2 Vuyolwethu Nkqasi,  30 years of age sentenced to 5 years imprisonment. Accused No 3 Vuyolwethu Mdayi, 32 years of age was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment.

Investigating Officer Det / Captain Johan Du Toit.

Congrats to Capt du Toit and his team of detectives – St Francis Bay SAPS

Church burgled

Thieves rob St Francis United Church

Crime plumbed new depths on Monday night when thieves broke into St Francis Church and made off withmade off with a large amount of equipment, including the sound system, as well as blankets, food and clothing collected for the needy. The SAPS are investigating and a certain amount of equipment has been recovered.

It really is time that our courts put these  criminals away for a long time. So often the perpetrators are apprehended by SAPS, locked up for a day or two before taken to court where they receive bail and in a day or two are back committing their foul deeds. Even once convcted they spend a few months n prison where they are abbe to hone their skill before being let free into society to rob and pillsge. It is time South African courts stat dishing out life sentences to repeat offenders. They will never be reformed so have no right to ever be part of normal society.

Anyone who saw any suspicious behaviour or find any of the goods which have been stolen is requested to contact SAPS St Francis Bay, or the church office at 042-294-1943

Bobbies on Bikes

Bobbies on Bikes for St Francis

Friday 21st July saw an initiative “Bobbies on Bikes”, motivated by St Francis Community Policing Forum and supported by St Francis Property Owners Association and local business, launched in St Francis. Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen welcomed Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner Lt General Liziwe Ntshinga and Humansdorp Cluster Commander Brigadier Lebok at a well-attended public meeting held at the Sea Vista Community  Hall.

Bobbies on Bikes

Kouga Exec Mayor Elza van Lingen with Wayne Furphy (SFPO), Nigel Aitken (CPF) and Lt General Liziwe Ntshinga

Receiving six bicycles from Community Policing Forum’s Nigel Aitken and SFPO Association Chairman Wayne Furphy, Lt General Ntshinga in her keynote address commented on how the Bobbies on Bicycles was a wonderful opportunity for the public to be able to interact with the local police. With more visible policing offered by the ‘Bobbies on Bikes’ as well as the improved access to areas not always accessible in police vehicles, would go a long way to reducing crime in the St Francis.

Following the event at the Community Hall, SAPS hosted a lunch for dignitaries and media at St Francis Links and to celebrate the event, six  ‘Bobbies on Bikes’, as some local residents may have witnessed, rode their new bikes with a ride from the Community Hall to the Links.

Bobbies on Bikes

St Francis’ Bobbies on Bikes with Lt General Liziwe Ntshinga and Nigel Aitmen (CPF)

Bobbies on Bikes

Lt General Ntshinga joined the SA Police Service in 1985 and her experience as a specialized detective spans over 22 years. She has vast experience in the investigation of sexual offences and organized crime, which resulted in her being appointed as the Provincial Head, DPCI in the Northern Cape in 2010. During the first DPCI prestige awards, the Northern Cape received an award of best project investigation which was recognized internationally. Ntshinga successfully led various operations and projects including Project CARNARD, a cross border operation between Namibia and South Africa, focusing on theft of motor vehicles from Japan thorough Durban harbour  en-route to Namibia, Project DE LITE, dealing with precious stones that were illegally exported from SA to Switzerland and India and Project DARLING, a sting operation carried out by a multi-disciplinary project team whereby 21 senior businessmen were arrested in different provinces on charges of contravening the Diamond Act. The court granted ten preservation orders in terms of the Prevention of Organized Crime Act, effectively freezing property in the sum of about R50 million. Diamonds worth R60 million were recovered during the raids.

Safety & Security Meeting

A safety and security meeting is to be held at the Sea Vista Community Hall on Friday 21st July and the residents of St Francis are invited to attend a forum where leading members of the South African Police Services, the Kouga Mayor and members of the St Francis Community will provide an update of activities and strategies in our fight against crime.

This is your opportunity to raise concerns and provide input into a community based strategy. The vision is to consolidate resources in the fight against crime; the long term strategy is to make greater St Francis a better and safer place to live.

Included in the high profile delegates who will address the meeting is the Eastern Cape Police Commissioner Major General Liziwe Ntshinga. Also attending are SAPS Cluster Commander – Brigadier J Lebok, SAPS St Francis Station Commander -Captain N Gomoshe, Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen, St Francis Property Owners – Chairperson Wayne Furphy  and Community Police Forum – Chairperson John Hammond.

It is important that residents make an effort to attend this meeting so as to illustrate in how concerned we as a community are at the state of crime in St Francis. Promises of a new police station were promised years ago but seem to have been forgotten as has the entire infrastructure of policing in St Francis. There is little point in complaining about our safety and security in terms of crime if we don’t make an effort to participate by voicing our concerns and possible solutions.

The meeting will be held at the Sea Vista Community Hall in Steenbras Street, Sea Vista from 10:00am to 12 noon on Friday 21st July.