Pam Golding Properties – KING OF THE KROMME 2018

St Francis Paddling Club’s 13th annual Pam Golding Properties KING OF THE KROMME will be held on Easter Saturday, 31 March 2018 at 4 pm at Quaysyde.

We are confident that shifting the event from the previous years’ Easter Sunday morning to Easter Saturday afternoon is going to attract an even bigger and better field, probably more than the nearly 100 paddlers last year. It’s clear that the quality and size of the field is ever increasing.

Full Moon high tide is at 4 pm, the start time, which will make for excellent racing conditions, with less sand-bank drama ….  and a good prize-giving party at Quaysyde afterward.

Let’s hope we can hand over the prestigious floating trophy to a local for the first time … at the lucky 13th holding of the race. It’s been dominated by PE paddlers: Scott Johnson, Calvin Zeelie, Jordan Zeelie, Luke McNish, and Greg Louw (twice). Other Kings of the Kromme were Juan Maree (Cradock), Dave Hamilton-Brown (Joburg) and Matt Bouman (Durban).

The route is from Quaysde restaurant, through the canals for 1km and then up the beautiful Kromme River for about 8km until the Geelhout tributary for a further 2km to the turn buoy. This is a particularly special stretch, with indigenous bush right up to the banks, and the river becoming ever narrower until it is only about 8m wide at the turn. Many St Francis residents have never been up the Geelhout, and paddlers cherish this once-a-year opportunity.

Then it is a race back the same way, with some assistance now from the tide, which will have started going out. And a sprint finish at Quaysyde in front of hundreds of spectators, enjoying their sunset refreshments.

It is a singles race, but doubles are very welcome (and there are also prizes for doubles). The main prizes are R2000 for the long course (20km) singles winner, R1000 for 2nd, R500 for third, and R500 for the first lady. There is also a 12km short course, also with plenty of prizes. There is the usual main lucky draw, a split-shaft Carbonology paddle valued at R2500, kindly sponsored by Carbonology. The entry fee includes a sumptuous meal from Quaysyde and a few St Francis Brewing Company Beach Blondes.

There is also a 1km under 12 and under 10 “guppy” race, entry fee R50, which includes a medal and a meal.

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Voter registration success

DA reports increase in local residents

Nigel Aitken, chairman of the DA in St Francis confirmed the success of recent voter registration for next year’s Government and Provincial elections that took place for Ward 12 over the weekend 10 & 11 March. Some 400 local residents turned up at the SFB Community Hall to either check their registration details or to register. Since the last voter registration back in 2016 for the municipal elections, it appears St Francis’ population has grown by at least 120 new residents. Some of those who registered in Ward12 for the first time have had holiday houses and have now taken up permanent residence but there were several new people particularly from Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. .

Confirming the details Aitken commented “This is good news for our town and confirms what many Estate Agents have been saying about the increase in the number of property sales over the last few years. The more permanent residents the better for it boosts existing businesses who have historically had to rely on the holiday period to make a living. It also helps the Municipality in getting more revenue for Water and Electricity usage”.

Although declared a successful registration drive the DA needs to take heed for if they can only attract some 400 voters they certainly have their work cut out in the coming months. Certainly many would have checked their details online but still, time for the DA to start planning how they are going to get more voters to the polls in 2019.

87-year-old dies while surfing

NSRI STATION 21 - St Francis Bay

87-year-old dies while surfing and 18-year old saved from rip

NSRI Jeffreys Bay duty crew’ one of whom was a doctor, were activated following reports of a surfer appearing to be in difficulty off-shore of Jeffreys Bay on yesterday (Sunday) day morning. On arrival they found bystanders and fellow surfers had recovered a 87-year old man from the surf and the doctor immediately initiated CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation). According NSRI Station Commander Rieghard Jansen van Rensburg all efforts to resuscitate the man, well known to the NSRI crew members, were in vain and he was declared deceased.

The man was surfing with his family when he appeared to collapse unconscious in the water and family members‚ bystanders and other surfers were able to pull him out of the water prior to NSRI’s arrival. It is believed he died of natural causes rather than drowning.

18-Year saved from Rip

In another incident in Jeffreys Bay at around late yesterday afternoon the NSRI Jeffreys Bay were again called following reports of a drowning in progress at Albatros Beach, Jeffreys Bay.

The NSRI sea rescue craft Eddie Beaumont II was in the area at the time on a routine exercise and they diverted to respond and our NSRI rescue vehicle and Private Care ambulance services responded.

On arrival they found an an 18 year old female was caught in a rip current about 80 meters off-shore. Two NSRI rescue swimmers were deployed into the surf from the sea rescue craft and they secured the teenager and brought her aboard the rescue craft and then taken to shore where she was taken into the care of paramedics from Private Care ambulance services who had also be called to the scene..

During the rescue a male surfer paddled out to the scene to alert NSRI that another two people, a male bystander who had launched into the surf to assist but then got caught in rip currents himself, and a female who had appeared to also be caught in the same rip current with the female who NSRI had rescued, that both that male and female reached the shore safely and they were not injured.

The rescued teenager is from Benoni and she has been transported to hospital in a stable condition by ambulance, with her mom, for treatment for non-fatal drowning symptoms and she is expected to fully recover.

Article based  on report posted by NSRI by Rieghard Jansen van Rensburg, NSRI Jeffreys Bay station commander

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