Summer Wellness Expo

Summer Wellness Expo to be held at St Francis Links

Following on the success of last year’s well-attended Expo, St Francis Animal Rescue is hosting another ‘Summer Wellness’ Expo at The Links Golf Club on Saturday November 4th, from 10h00 am until 17h00.

If you’re a practitioner in the beauty and health and wellness industry, this is an ideal opportunity to promote your brand to a captive audience of up to 300 visitors. Stands are selling fast at R350 each, so if you’re keen to participate, book yours soonest.

We’ve tapped into some interesting new developments in health, fitness and well-being and specialist treatments on show this year include: Iridology, Kinesiology, Lipo-Sculpting, Organic Heart Health, Body Stress Release, Hypnotherapy-  as well as reflexology, deep tissue massage and physiotherapy.

Five upmarket beauty salons will offer a diverse range of exciting new treatments and beauty products along with facials makeovers and mini-manicures.  Fitness is covered through yoga, karate, dance and pilates demos – and personal trainers will be on hand to offer one-on-one advice to those seeking a more active lifestyle.

You’re going to love our gorgeous floral displays, jewellery and summer leisure clothing – all designed to boost your sense of happiness and confidence.

Choose from a host of delicious, healthy meal options from the Clubhouse Chef and his team and, just this once, pass on coffee in favour of freshly prepared nutritious smoothies and fruit juices.

Don’t miss this Expo – immerse yourself in health, fitness and beauty, interact with practitioners and question cutting edge technologies to find out what wellness routines and modalities work best for you.

All proceeds from this Expo go towards funding St Francis Animal Rescue’s ‘Open Your Eyes & Sterilize’ campaign created to sterilize the cats and dogs of our own Sea Vista township and prevent the birth of unwanted kittens and puppies and the neglect and cruelty that stems from this.

So far this year, St Francis Animal Rescue has sterilized well over 250 cats and dogs – and the numbers keep climbing. In addition, we provide food for hungry pets, vaccinate new-born pups and kittens, and offer wound care and medical treatment for animals in need. Our kennel distribution program is ongoing and, at each weekly outreach, we provide blankets, food bowls, collars and leashes whenever we can.

Please help us to help them.

Winning stand at 2016 Wellness Expo


Peter Bosman

Peter BosmanWell known and longtime St Francis Bay resident Peter Bosman passed away peacefully at Jeffreysrus in Jeffreys Bay on Sunday evening 15th October after a long struggle with cancer.

Born in Cape Town, Peter attended school in Pretoria and later at St John’s College in Johannesburg before reading for an LLB at Wits University followed by a BLC at Oxford. His career at the bar started in Johannesburg where as he was appointed as Legal Adviser to the Chamber of Mines later becoming General Manager.

Peter retired to St Francis Bay in the 1990’s were he became involved in the local bridge and bowling club, the Kromme Enviro Trust and Neighbourhood Watch. A well respected member of the St Francis community Peter will be greatly missed by his wife Yvonne, family and friends.

A celebration of his life will be held at the St Francis United Church (cnr St Francis Drive and Walton Road) in St Francis Bay on Saturday 21 October 2017 at 11h30.

Rather than flowers, please make a donation to St Francis Hospice (Kouga). Hospice provides care to so many cancer patients.

RIP Peter

Three Cheers

Three Cheers to all those who worked so hard to stop Thyspunt happening

Being somewhat indisposed for the past six weeks through illness has been frustrating particularly as there has been so much meaty news during the period that I lay flat on my back reading the news from my smart phone each morning. Of course the Springbok’s huge loss was hardest to take made all the more frustrating as I was unable to watch the broadcast.

Although SFT had published a few broadcasts over the past weeks, in my haste to get back to work I overdid things a bit and ended up back in beds with a nasty lung condition further delaying SFT return.

Yesterday (Monday 16) would have been the perfect day to resume paublishing in light of Friday;s massive news but unfortunately I had to be in PE bright and early for the cardio to give me the once over. So whilst everyone in St Francis Bay is no doubt aware of Eskom’s decision not to build the next nuclear power station at Thyspunt maybe there are some reasers further afield who have not heard, unlikely but just maybe!

So massive was Friday’s news that there it is of little wonder that it took the power out throughout St Francis / Oyster Bay for some 12 hours or was that just Eskom’s way of giving us the finger for going into battle against them. No doubt there are some pro-nuclear supporters with more than a little egg on their face, non-more so than ever popular Dr Kelven Kemm particularly in light of his claims (28 August) pronouncing Thyspunt was going ahead in spite of the court ruling that the entire process had been cancelled.

Local Thyspunt Alliance and other anti-nuclear activists have certainly been rewarded and our thanks must go out to the Thyspunt Alliance especially to our own Trudi Malan and Hilton Thorpe and others including Gary Koekemoer of NoPENuke for their efforts.   While this decision does not totally scuttle plans to one day build a nuclear power station at Thyspunt, it certainly is unlikely to rear its head during the lives of the majority of our readers. And certainly in years to come a solution will have been found to store generated power renedering nuclear options unnecessary and obsolete.

No doubt the anti-nuke fight will continue with Eskom’s decision to build its proposed new nuclear reactor at Duynefontein, near Koeberg in Cape Town and here’s to all those supporting the Thyspunt effort lend a helping hand to their Cape Town colleagues.

And just to give confirmation that the decision is final (in terms of being preferred to Thyspunt) attached are two documents, one from Environmental Affairs and one from Gibb, the consulting engineers.

J36210_Nuclear-1 EA Decision_v3_2017.10.14

Nuclear_1-Environmental Authorisation

Sand River Bridge Open

Sand River Bridge Opened for traffic yesterday afternoon

Photo Stephanie Ernsten

St Francis Today thought we would try and make a bit of a comeback today but alas it seems the ed is not quite up to it after suffering a collapsed lung following recent heart surgery. Possibly things will be better next week but the effort this morning has been more than a little draining and painful.

Anyway the good news is that the Sand River bridge is open to traffic which will certainly ease the traffic flow in and out of St Francis especially as the holiday season approaches. We were promised some photos as we could not travel to site but alas received none so we have borrowed this one from Stephanie Ernsten (hope you don’t mind Steph).who used the bridge late yeaterday.

The conractors have asked us to appeal to the public whether driving, cycling or walking over the bridge to take care. The entire area is still a construction site and traffic calming methods will remain in place until the bridge is finally completed some time in the first half of 2018.

No doubt there will be complaints and comments on how narrow the bridge is and a stream of criticism but please bear in mind the bridge construction still has a long way to go and will offer a wider drive through once complete.


Rivers for Life

Rivers for Life athletes to take on the Kromme


WESSA is proud to be associated once again with an open water event which aims to heighten awareness around the state of our country’s rivers and the urgent need to restore them.  The “Rivers for Life” swim, now known as “Swim for Rivers” also strives to creates awareness amongst youth, of their own power to restore river health and to be water wise.

The challenge involves a small group of athletes that is attempting to swim major rivers in each of South Africa’s nine provinces.  The 2017 swim – set to take place in the Eastern Cape from 14 – 21 October – will be the fourth event of the extreme swimming challenge that was launched by Cape Town-based swimmer Andrew Chin in 2015. During the Eastern Cape Swim, Chin will be joined by East London open-water swimmers Mandy Uys, Joy Roach and Sean Murray. Over a period of a week, these athletes will swim 10km a day, in seven of the estuaries in the Eastern Cape namely Kromme, Gamtoos, Sundays, Bushmans/Kowie, Keiskamma and Gonubie/Kei.

The swimmers will set off from the mouth of the Kromme Rivier in St Francis Bay on Saturday 14 October at 08h30, and will complete their final 2017 swim at the mouth of the Nahoon River in East London on Saturday 21 October.  The swimmers would like to encourage anyone who would like to show their support for this initiative to join them at the start or finish venue to wish them well.

Along the way, they will be meeting with communities and local schools – some of which are participating in the WESSA’s Eco-Schools programme – to engage with them about the importance of rivers, how they function, and the role that everyone needs to play in looking after these precious natural resources. They will demonstrate the use of miniSASS as a citizen science river health monitoring tool, and demonstrate the key elements of the NSRI’s Waterwise water safety programme. They will be presenting each school with WESSA’s river-themed educational resources and Aqua4Life water purification devices.  This year’s swim is also supported by Hippo Rollers whose rolling water barrel products will be demonstrated along the way.

The athletes expect to be faced by several challenges along the way, such as sewerage overflows and general pollution of river water by, among other, fertilizers and general run off which is also a big contributor to the deteriorating state of these rivers.

The first swim under the Rivers for Life/Swim for Rivers initiative took place in the Wilge River in the Free State in January 2015, during which Andrew Chin and Toks Viviers swam 200km over a period of 10 days. In October 2015, high water pollution levels and exceptionally low flows forced Chin and fellow swimmer Henko Roukema to abandon their quest to swim the length of the Berg River. Their goal had been to swim the Berg from source to sea, but the polluted water caused such illness in the team that they were forced to call off the swim after completing 135km of the river’s 294km length. In 2016 Chin, partnered by Mandy Uys, swam a 70km section of the Orange River in Northern Cape during which time the team interacted with over 1000 school pupils.

In addition to raising awareness and encouraging individual corrective action, the athletes participating in the 2017 Swim for Rivers hope to spark debate about what the authorities and public can and should be doing to save our rivers for life.

WESSA strongly supports this initiative, which is in line with the organisation’s aim to promote public awareness and participation in caring for the earth. One of WESSA’s key objectives is to promote the health of strategic water catchments and rivers through the monitoring and reporting of the state of our country’s water resources.

The 2017 swim is being supported by a number of sponsors including Speedo, Chatz Connect (cellular), Hippo Rollers, Aqua4Life water-purifying LifeStraws, and the Department of Water and Sanitation.

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About WESSA:

WESSA implements effective environmental, ecotourism, education and youth development programmes throughout South Africa.  The organisation improves the school curriculum through education for sustainable development and provide critical work skills training, which creates job opportunities and sustainable livelihoods in local communities. WESSA’s environmental initiatives contribute towards the restoration of ecosystems, while their Blue Flag, Green Key and Green Coast ecolabels support tourism growth and development by encouraging responsible tourism practices and the improved management of our coastline.  For more information visit

Wild Flowers in St Francis

Why visit Namaqualand when we have just as good on our doorstep?

wild flowers st francis

Not be as expansive as offered up in Namaqualand but our wild flowers are just as breathtaking.

Driving between Cape St Francis and St Francis Bay one does get a glimpse at some of the magnificent spring flowers presently blooming in the greater St Francis region. One of the benefits of the devastating fires of last January is that it cleared some of the alien bush and has allowed the spring flower to find their freedom and adorn our landscapes.

Cape St Francis Resort with FOSTER promoted a fantastic opportunity on the Wild Flower Chase, a supervised tour into the Air Park to experience the floral phenomena on our doorstep which although on a far smaller scale than the spring flowers of Namaqualand, certainly compete in terms of their beauty.

Dave Bowmer of FOSTER has set up an extremely interesting and educational display of the many types of Fynbos that are present in our region sampling many of the species with a live plant along with a description. This display was set up in one of the resort’s conference venues but as the room is presently being used for its intended purpose, conferences, the display is not available at the moment.  Anita Lennox of Cape St Francis Resort has informed St Francis Today that the resort hopes to be able to set up the display and tour, even if only for a day or two, to allow more people to experience our floral beauty.

So watch this space for as soon as there is more definite news on whether and  when the  Wild Flower Chase to see this floral beauty in situ in Air Park and IBFR may again be available, we will let readers know. We do however encourage you to book your place immediately if the opportunity presents itself.

Possibly in years to come our sping flowers could feature as a futher attraction and reason to visit St Francis over the Calamari Classic festival.

Educational racks displaying various flora

21 = Geranium Icanum | 22 = Gladiolus Huttonii

43 = Pelargonium | 44 = Pelargonium

33 = Indigofera