Good News Bad News

A reader commented yesterday there is not enough good news and how much bad news we publish on St Francis Today. We must agree for it seems the past weeks have been filled with nothing butterror, death and destruction. The London Bridge terror attack; the Cape storms and the horrific scenes of the destruction of the Knysna fires followed by our very own fires around Kouga and NMB that saw further destruction including severe damage to the iconic Woodridge College.  And just when we thought it was at an end we had the absolutely awful Grenfell Towers disaster where the death toll climbs by the day with more bodies stillexpected to be pulled from the ruins of what was once home to hundreds.

Surely there could be no more bad news but then news of the 60 souls lost in the fires in Portugal and the van running into a crowd leaving a Mosque in London followed the same day with the Champs Elysees attack on the police. Then the hostage drama in Mali where four tourists were killed to say nothing of the ongoing human tragedy being inflicted by ISIS on the citizens of Mosul, Raqqa and others not forgetting the seven sailors lost in the USS Fitzgerald collision with a container ship and the passing of US student Otto Warmbier held so long by the North Koreans only released when he was at death’s door.

My goodness the bad / sad news seems endless but hopefully some good news on its way!

With the weather predicted to be somewhat inclement for the next few days it may be bad news for some but for others who love nothing better than diving under the duvet with a good book, possibly it is good news for some. If you are looking for something to warm you up you really should rush to Get-A-Fix for a dish of their really delicious tomato soup with feta and garlic roasted croutons. I had a plate yesterday and all I can comment is ‘absolutely delicious’, just enough to warm the cockles. While there pick up a take-away of one of their lasagne’s. I had their spinach and feta for supper last night, scrumptious!

Of course today is Tuesday and that is good news for us oldies with pensioner offers at Spar, the Butcher Shop and for the ladies, a pedicure and mini manicure for only R120 at Pop-In Beauty & Nail Bar.

Good news for furry friend lovers, St Francis Animal Rescue has being doing some wonderful work at finding homes for unwanted pets, some misplaced by the recent fires, so if you are looking for a furry friend be sure to visit the SFAR Facebook page rather than going out and buying a pet.

St Francis Today will make an effort to find some good news going forward so if any readers have anything to share that is good news please mail us on or Whatsapp or call us on 082 554 0796.

Shar Pei

In photo Kirsten Doyle with the Shar Pei rescued after having been tied to a stake with fire approaching in Thornhill. It has been re-homed by St Francis Animal Rescue with Johannesburg resident Alexandra Williamson who has two Shar peis (plus a Husky and Pitbull), and lost her heart to this boy’s tragic story.

Shar pei

Shar pei soon after being recued from his frightening ordeal


Sea Vista Star

Sea Vista Star in the Making

Lisakhanya Skosana with his coach, Bradley Stefaans

Sea Vista Star in the Making

An outstanding achievement for talented Sea Vista Primary Grade 7 learner, Lisakhanya Skosana was recorded at  the provincial tennis tournament in King Williams Town held on 2nd and 3rd June 2017. Skosana, who currently plays in Under 13 groupings, competed with the Under 17’s in this tournament, managing to reach the semi finals. His proud coach Bradley Stefaans who
accompanied the young tennis star to the tournament commented, “Lisakhanya played tremendously well and was not intimated by the older players. I have great hopes for his tennis career.”
The Sea Vista tennis team practices at the St Francis Tennis Club on Wednesday afternoons. “Sea Vista Primary is very grateful to the club for allowing us to use the courts and make tennis available to our children,” said Stefaans.

Article by Lyn Aitken


Grace period

Grace period for residents to pay their municipal debt

Residents whose municipal accounts are overdue have until 20 June 2017 to settle their debt or make arrangements to pay it off.

Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said the municipality would be putting its credit control measures on hold till then.

“The municipality will not be cutting/blocking electricity till 20 June so as to allow affected residents the opportunity to pay their outstanding balance.

“The municipality will, however, start cutting/blocking electricity again from 21 June.”

The Art of Living happiness

The Art of Living happiness program level 1

Live every day with abundant Joy, Purpose and Confidence

The centre piece of the Art of living Happiness program is a unique and profound breathing technique.

A practical tool that restores body, mind and spirit into its natural rhythm of being, the Sudarshan Kriya has positively transformed millions and millions of lives. Its uniqueness is not only in its performance, but also in its formation as Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar emerged with the Sudarshan Kriya after a ten – day silence period.

Along with Sudarshan Kriya, other powerful breathing techniques, yoga and meditation taught in the interactive sessions of the Happiness Program.

It is all that you need for an experience of happiness like never before

Come and join us at The Studio for the last 6-Day programme.

Dates: 6 to 11 June
Times: Tuesday to Friday 18h30 to 21h30 – Saturday: 14h00 to 19h00 –  Sunday: 09h00 to 14h30
Cost: R850.00 (Regular) – Pensioners & Full Time Students R500.00 –  Repeaters R0
Venue: The Studio, The Old Village Centre (above Verandah), 10 Blairich Bldge, St Francis Drive

The price goes up to R1100.00 at the beginning of July so join us now.

Call to book:

Susan: 082 601 3559

Stella: 072 114 6175

Living happiness


Night of the Proms

St Francis Prime Timers at Night of the Proms

On Sunday,   28 Prime Timers left St Francis for their annual buffet lunch at the Humewood Hotel Summerstrand.  The lunch was exceptional as usual providing a vast selection of  delicious fare.  After the members had wined and dined they left the hotel and drove to the Feather Market for The Last Night of the Proms.

The members settled in their seats with their programmes and coloured streamers ready to celebrate with Richard Cock conducting The Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. The concert is always a very special charity event which includes dancers,
several choirs, soloists, Caledonian Pipe Band, and the  full orchestra entertaining  with music to suit everyone.

Prime Timers is a social club for retired people and details for membership can be obtained from Paulene Hardy 042 2940301      084 7897801.

Prime Timers Night of the Proms

Prime Timers enjoying lunch at Humewood Hotel, Port Elizabeth before Night of the Proms

Night of the Proms

St Francis Market Day

It’s Market time again!! Join us on Saturday morning for all your fresh produce, funky gifts, tasty treats and a cuppa with friends and family.

St Francis Market