Calamari Cook-Off

The Great Calamari Cook-Off

Calamari FestivalA great opportunity to show your creativity in the kitchen preparing that winning calamari dish at the Calamari Cook-Off during the Calamari Classic on September 23rd. How often do we all watch TV cooking shows and competitions and think we could do better?

Well, now is your chance….  St Francis Tourism is proud to announce that the first CALAMARI COOK OFF will be taking place on Saturday 23rd September as part of the Calamari Festival 2017. Enthusiastic home cooks, amateurs and professionals are invited to go head to head to find the CALAMARI KING (OR QUEEN) of 2017.

All the action will take place at the Calamari Festival ground on the Saturday afternoon along with live music, market stall and family entertainment.   Prizes will be awarded for the best dressed ‘kitchen’, best team spirit and a floating trophy for the best Calamari Dish voted for by the public and a panel of judges.  Cook Off entry fees will be donated to NSRI Station 21.  In brief, each chef may have up to 3 team members helping him/her, and will receive 5kg of calamari, a Spar voucher for ingredients plus serving trays and cutlery for the public to sample his/her offering.

Entry is R100 per team and chefs must register their entry with the Tourism office where a full set of competition rules is available.

Cape St Francis athlete brings home Gold

Cape St Francis athlete brings home Gold!

Heilie Uys from Cape St. Francis participated in her 7th World Transplant Games last month in Malaga, Spain and returned home with gold medals in golf, discus, shot put and javelin as well as a silver medal in ball throw.

According to Heilie this year’s Games were very competitive due to many more athletes competing in the same age group. “It is a privilege to still be able to compete and to be blessed with good health after transplantation. I thank my donor who made all this possible”.

Fifty one athletes amassed a total of 76 medals of which 35 were gold, 23 silver and 18 bronze placing South Africa third on the medal table behind the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland and the USA.

Amongst these SA athletes were five Eastern Cape transplantees who participated with great success. They have all received lifesaving kidney transplants. Robyn Emslie from East London and Susan Burri, Dean Arnolds and Mpumi Damane all from Port Elizabeth.

South African Team Manager to the World Transplant Games (WTG) Hermann Steyn wrote:

“It is with a great sense of pride and deep appreciation that we want to acknowledge the sterling performances of all our South African athletes at the XXI World Transplant Games (WTG) held in Malaga, Spain from 25 June to 2 July 2017. Our athletes have yet again proved their mettle against the best in the Transplant sporting fraternity

The World Transplant Games is a great opportunity for our transplant athletes to compete at an international level, to share their stories and inspire people to sign up as organ donors. The South African National Games and the World Transplant Games would not be possible without the generosity of the organ donors who ensure that these athletes can demonstrate the benefits of lifesaving transplantation.

Appropriately an article in IOL today highlights reluctance of people to donate organ’s whilst being happy to receive. READ MORE

World Transplant Games

Mpumi Damane, Dean Arnolds, Susan Burri, Heilie Uys, Robyn Emslie

Article from Heile Uys – edited


R7-m project to safeguard Santareme

R7-m project to safeguard Santareme from stormwater nears completion

Almost exactly five years after a torrent of water crashed through St Francis Bay, damaging houses and municipal infrastructure in its path, the upgrade of the stormwater system at the Santareme dune field is nearing completion.

Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said work on the upgrade started in March and was set for completion by September 2017.

“The upgrade was long overdue,” she said. “We are thankful that additional measures will be in place by next month to help prevent a recurrence of that terrible day in September 2012 when a pond at the dune field breached and tonnes of water came crashing through the streets and houses of Santareme towards the ocean.”

She said the upgrade was being done at a cost of R7-million by the Department of Public Works.

“The project has two main purposes – to reduce the amount of stormwater that collects in the dune ponds and to increase the capacity of the downstream stormwater system so that water is channelled away from properties should flooding occur,” she explained.

“Any future developments in the surrounding areas will be expected to meet the downstream stormwater capacity requirements.”

She said improvements included the construction of a spillway in the larger pond of the dune field.

The spillway will consist of a piped outlet to drain the pond to the north. Overflow from the pond will drain via the existing natural flow path to the inlet of the existing culvert which, in turn, drains to the natural watercourse in the Romazini Valley.

The upgrade further includes the replacement of two 700mm diameter pipes with larger 900mm diameter pipes at the intersection of Romazini Street and St Francis Drive so as to allow for a larger volume of water to flow through the system.

The existing stormwater infrastructure in the vicinity of Diaz Drive, Cayenne Drive and Tom Brown Boulevard is also being upgraded. Work includes increasing the capacity of existing pipes and improving various overland stormwater escape routes such as new manholes and catch pits within developed areas.

A pedestrian path in an alley between houses at Tom Boulevard is also nearing completion and will serve as an overland stormwater route.

Our beach?

A little Monday comtroversy – Agree or Disagree

e-Mail received from a reader

Let’s predict the future of our town. The conversation goes like this.

Dad – “Hey kids, great news! We are going to St Francis again this year for our Christmas holidays ! ”
Kids – “Aah Dad – but there’s no beach”

The reader feels only one question remains. “Is their a direct correlation between the value of St Francis Bay properties and the amount of sand on main beach as we head quickly towards having no beach at all ? No beach is now likely to happen within 6 to 9 months as we add revetments that aide not prevent sand loss. When the Vallies get here they will have a few choice words for us locals, I expect.”

On the other hand — should we rather let nature take its course by doing nothing as the sea encroaches on our shoreline?

What do you think? Add your comments below.

St Francis Bay at high tide

CSF Ladies Tea Club

The CSF Ladies Tea Club thank Mike Kimmings

Kouga’s St Francis HospiceThe CSF Ladies Tea Club wish to thank Mike Kimmings for his support in hosting their July Cup of Soup 2017 charity event.

Here Kimmings hands over a donation to Ingrid Williams from Kouga Hospice.  The donation is from Brain Finch, the performing musician, of that evening. He donated his door takings to the cause. The total amount from donations, soup sales and door takings at Rock Lily was R14 704.

We are grateful for the support of the community for this annual project in spite of these tough economic times.  Williams says that Kouga’s St Francis Hospice provides holistic care and support to terminally ill patients in the Kouga area and surrounds.  Many of these people and their loved ones do not only have to cope with their disease, but also live in abject poverty.  Hospice-care is available to all who need it and without donations they will not be able to render the service they do in this rural part of the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

Brian Finch at Rock Lly Cape St Francis


Flowers Through The Homes

Flowers through the homes

Eastern Cape Floral Art Associationis bringing Flowers through the homes to St Francis Bay next week.

As part of a collaboration between the Eastern Cape Floral Art Association and St Francis Animal Rescue, twenty two or so Floral Artists will be arriving in St Francis Bay on Friday 11th August, together with baskets of flowers, branches, twigs, leaves – and whatever else they may need to create exquisite floral displays. Some of these artists are local but many will arrive from Port Elizabeth, Humansdorp and Jeffrey’s Bay to participate in the ‘Flowers Through The Homes’ event taking place in our village on Saturday 12th August and running from 10.00 am until 16.00.

The event has largely been organized by our very own Les Brent – an extremely active floral artist involved in demonstrating, exhibitions, teaching, workshops, functions and weddings,. Les is also a SAFU National Judge and Demonstrator for the ECFAA,and over a career spanning thirty years, has Les Brentwon countless awards and medals, including a Gold Award for the 2007 Chelsea Flower Show.

Once they arrive in St Francis, the floral artists will be divided into working groups and allocated one of the three houses on show. Each team of artists will spend the day, creating distinctive and imaginative floral displays designed to capture the essence and enhance the decor of each house.

The following day – Saturday – visitors who’ve purchased their R150 ticket to this event, will be given a map detailing how to reach each show house – one in the village, one on the canals and another overlooking the St Francis beach.

Visitors will explore these homes at their own pace and stop at ‘House Morrison’ when they’re

ready to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a choice of a slice or two of the many delicious, freshly baked cakes on display. There are raffles offering stunning prizes in each house – and an opportunity to win lovely floral designs created by the artists.

All proceeds from the ticket sales will be shared equally between the Eastern Cape Floral Art Association and St Francis Animal Rescue who are committed towards sterilizing the dogs and cats of Sea Vista, the local informal community in St Francis, through their ‘Open Your Eyes & Sterilize’ campaign.

If you wish to purchase a ticket to this event from Port Elizabeth, contact Floral Artist, Gail Tavener, on 082 651 1391.
In St Francis Bay. Tickets are being sold at Kouga Print in St Francis– and also via Les Brent on, 082 490 6936.
If you come with a friend who has a ticket – you can purchase a ticket on the day, at one of the houses on show.

St Francis Animal Rescue