SFAR and The College

St Francis Animal Rescue visits St Francis College

St Francis College has long been involved in supporting charity organisations and have certainly been exceptionally supportive of St Francis Animal Rescue (SFAR) since its inception some three years ago. Started with less than a handful of volunteers St Francis Animal Rescue has grown in leaps and bounds and now has a dozen or more dedicated volunteers making a difference to the cats and dogs of Sea Vista.

But all the work that SFAR does would not be possible without the community’s generosity and St Francis College who are major contributors of food that is used to help undernourished puppies and kittens primarily but also adult dogs and cats.

Yesterday, SFAR Chairman Susan Rae Fox gave a presentation to the children of the College to show them not only what SFAR does but how much their kind donations, made up out of the children’s pocket money, goes towards helping the domestic animals of Sea Vista.

It was a privilege to have been a spectator at the event and it was even a little emotional to hear the oohs and aahs of these youngsters as Susan went through a slide presentation of some of the aspects of the work done by SFAR volunteers. The privilege was not to hear and see what SFAR does but to witness the attitude and reaction of the kids.

Well done to the staff of St Francis College, you are doing a wonderful job in teaching the kids a whole lot more than just reading and writing.





R330 Protest

Protest on R330 under control

The protest yesterday on the R330 before Humansdorp yesterday was about the lack of RDP Housing and the relocation of the informal settlement around the waste-water plant.  Senior Kouga municipal leaders met with protestors to hear their grievances so as to diffuse the situation explaining that the Eastern Cape Department of Human Settlements is the responsible authority and not the DA led municipality. Whilst the municipality could not make any promises they do communicate with Department of Human Settlements wherever they could to assist. Mayor Elza van Lingen confirmed that the municipality “had already addressed most of the grievances that were raised in a similar protest at KwaNomzamo last September”.

The Mayor confirmed the municipality is doing what it can to uplift the area but housing is unfortunately not within their scope of services they can control. Following last year’s protects gravel roads have been graded and 23 water taps installed in informal settlement areas.  The bucket system still in place in some parts of KwaNomzamo is marked for removal in next year’s budget. The severe drought Kouga is experiencing has seen the municipality having to allocate funds to water disaster management by implementing drought relief measures with boreholes where drilling in Oyster Bay has been successful with drilling continuing in other parts of Kouga.

In her SOMA address, Mayor van Lingen appealed to councillors to explain to their communities the dire water situation and explain to them how the efforts in water security would have an effect on some services, including road maintenance. The Mayor confirmed yesterday that “a stronger educational drive is necessary in this regard”.

Law enforcement had the area of the protest under control late yesterday and patrolled the area overnight with no further instances reported at the time of publication of SFT this morning.

Protests on R330 between St Francis an Humansdorp

Photo by Christopher Scott.

Click here for more photo’s by Christopher Scott on the recent unrest on the R330 in Humansdorp


Maybe we as residents should consider some of the above before complaining about potholes or lack of some service delivery. We don’t have the bucket system and we all have a proper housing with running water and electricity. The municipality is turning things around but the drought has severely stretched an already stretched budget. So if anyone in StF is thinking of taking to the streets in protest of service delivery, rather stay home.

College News

St Francis College Swimmers Making a Splash!

History was made when St Francis College was invited to participate in the Independent Schools Gala for the first time on February 20th. The event was hosted by Woodridge Prep and participating schools included Woodridge, Kingswood Prep, St Andrew’s/DSG, St George’s Prep and St Francis College.

Our swimmers really made us proud at this event. In the 54 races, 34 individual and 20 relay, College swimmers obtained 27 top three places including 8 first, 4 seconds and 15 thirds.

The five pupils who obtained first places were, from left, Ethan Darke, Vaclav Horak, Micaella White, Rory Dace and Ryan Marais.

St Francis College students excelling in the classroom and on the sportsfield



Eight of St Francis College’s top readers attended the annual Kid’s Lit Quiz competition at St George’s Prep on 19 February and for the third year in a row one of our College teams was placed in the top ten! Twenty teams were entered representing twelve schools. Congratulations go to Ella Boonzaier, Eva Hurley, Emily Cownie and Daniel May whose team was placed seventh over all.

Ella Boonzaier and Daniel May

Eva Hurley and Emily Cownie


Several of St Francis College’s cricketers have been chosen for the Kouga Cricket Performance Centre team this year.

Players are selected from schools in the Kouga region (Stulting, JBay Primary, Victory Christian School, Pharos, amongst others). Seen here – Back row : Alexander Moolman (U13), James Beckley (U13) and Mr Ralton Fortuin (U13 coach). Middle Row : Jac Duval (U10), Nicholas Niven (U10), Troy Kennedy (U10), Connor von der Marwitz (U11) and Gian Moolman (U11). Front Row : Rylan Jarvis (U10) and Christopher Cownie (U10). Well done boys!

A little negative about SRA – take heart!

There are no doubt some are not totally enamoured with the SRA 2018 proposal seemingly having achieved the 50+1 votes required. We live in a democracy and so the outcome must be seen as the will of the majority within the demarcated area of St Francis Bay.

There are those who voted NO as their limited fixed income will be sorely stretched and their rejection of the proposal is understandable. But there are also those who voted NO simply because they do not believe the SFPO efforts will work and that the beach is a lost cause. Possibly that is true but should we all just sit and watch as the ocean slowly consumes more and more of St Francis Bay.

There comes a time when man has to intervene in what man has caused. We experienced it during the Zuma reign. The majority at the time voted Zuma into power and the country sat and watched whilst he eroded the economy and the country. Finally in late 2016 and throughout 2017 into 2018 man started to intervene and the efforts of the many concerned organisations finally paid off and stopped that erosion. Had all those organisations so intent on saving South Africa done nothing, would we be rid of Zuma?

Man has caused the eroding beach, silting river and so man, with the guidance of DEDEAT and those with experience in similar conditions, maybe, just maybe, man can turn back the tide.

Certainly SFPO have a huge responsibility to all in St Francis Bay to get on with what they have set out as achievable under the proposed SRA 2018. It is essential that they now take SFB into their confidence and keep all concerned with progress once the SRA is finally rolled out should it be approved by the Kouga Municipality.  And just as important is that all of SFB get behind them and support their efforts.

For those who feel SFPO’s efforts to save the beach will be in vain, maybe the linked story and video below will give you just a little hope and accept that doing nothing will achieve nothing but planting that “first tree” may be what is needed to reclaim the beach and save a flagging St Francis Bay. Let’s just hope it doesn’t take 39 years but even if it does we will have left our grandchildren and their children a little piece of paradise.

The following is a true story and a tale of consistency – READ MORE

News from Cape St Francis Civics

Cape St Francis Civics chairman with all that is happening in Cape St Francis

First and foremost, we are in a water crisis, and surrounding areas like Hankey and Patensie are facing an imminent Day Zero situation. We are on 50 litres per day rations and we need to be constantly aware of not wasting water in everything we do.

For those of you that are considering bore holes or well points, please make sure that you speak to experts, and do all your homework. There are many existing laws in place with regards borehole water, and there are also certain locations that are not ideal for water extraction due to the possibility of contamination as a result of proximity to the ocean. Please be aware.

The season was a busy one, and we hope that everyone had a good and fruitful summer. We had plenty of enthusiastic visitors, and with less beach at St Francis Bay we felt more of an influx at Cape St Francis.

  • We employed Beauty and Bennie to help with beach cleaning and safety during season, and they were in the thick of it throughout. They both did a sterling job, and we will be employing them going forward on a contractual basis.
  • We are pleased to announce that the Woodridge lifeguards are back in attendance and will be on duty at Cape St Francis beach on Sundays until the end of April.

Woodridge lifesavers man Cape St Francis Beach

  • We had a very successful meeting with FOSTER to discuss projects that we can do together going forward, and we have been working on clean verges with pesticides and removal to keep verges clean and tidy. More of this will be discussed in further communications.
  • We had a successful meeting with the Boardriders Club to discuss similar synergistic opportunities including the surfers’ car park toilet issue, and there is a plan going forward to resolve all issues. Thanks again to Stuart Minehan for the constant upkeep of the shower base and walkway down to the beach.


This year, through a mutual agreement, we have included the Airpark Property Owners into our Cape St Francis Civics/Ratepayers Association. Our membership has grown from 156 members to 273 members. There are still a number of property owners who have not paid up, as well as many property owners who have not joined up for the association as of yet. We are still on a membership drive, and would like all help in getting as many people as possible to join up.

The subs link here – http://www.capestfranciscivicassociation.org.za/membership–lidmaatskap.html

CCTV installation.

We have so far received R63800 in donations for the CCTV security camera setup. So far it seems to be working great and we haven’t had too much in the way of crime since we had phase 1 installed. We are busy proceeding with phase 2 and phase 3. Thanks very much to all who have made donations. Those who haven’t yet made a donation are encouraged to make a donation of any size, as every bit counts.

Phase 1 cost us R40179, and phase 2 and 3 are both going to cost R25604 each, totaling R91387. Donations can be made here:

Banking details: STANDARD BANK, Albert Saunders Attorneys Trust Fund, Account no: 281 401 551, Branch Code: 050015 (Humansdorp), Use Reference:  Your name/C123

Nick Schoeman from the Police Forum reported back to us at end of January.

“At our meeting with w/o Van Heerden last Thursday it was reported that we had a quiet period over December as far as crime is concerned. Everyone reports favourably on the cameras you installed and that, as well as recent arrests of suspects by the police, resulted in a decline in criminal activity since the wave of break-ins we had late last year. Everybody must stay alert at all times and the small security whatsapp groups are strongly recommended.”

If you have any comments that you would to be directed to the Ward Committee Meeting, please send them before the 20th of February – the meeting is on the 21st of February.

A big thank you to the Cape St Francis Resort for housing the municipal lifeguards over the season until the end of February.

The LINK App

The LINK app has proven to be a great success over the holiday season, with any and all complaints being lodged with the app.

This free LINK app is available for Android and iOS devices and can be downloaded at download.linkapp.co.za/#dl, from the Google Play or App Store. Upon registration the app will request permission to access your location – this is important, be sure to accept.
To Link to your Ward, (Ward 12) click on “+ and Add Channels”. Select the blue Municipal Ward icon, allow the app to geo-locate you and Link to your Ward as displayed. It’s totally intuitive and many people are utilizing it to great affect.

Beach Parking.

We will be looking at increasing current beach parking to its maximum to accommodate season visitors. More to follow.

We will be publishing a questionnaire with FOSTER in the next newsletter. Any and all input is welcome, if you would like to reach out to the community for feedback.

Plot clearing.

Municipality has sent out letters to owners for plot clearing. Please report over grown plots on the LINK app for follow up.

Municipal Erven adjacent to the tennis courts. There is a FOSTER / Civics collaboration to get public works project, Working for Water, to eradicate aliens free of charge.

Please feel free to reach out to any of the committee members at any time if you have input, ideas or queries.

Best Regards

Dane Shaw
Chairperson: Cape St Francis Civics/Ratepayers Association

Article & photographs submitted by Craig Jarvis

Who will pick up the bill

It is fair to assume that the petition to ‘Save the Spit’ signed  by several hundred concerned SFB residents had an influence on  DEDEAT’s decision to allow emergency reparations to commence on the spit albeit with certain conditions and restrictions. The input of the Municipal Manager Charl du Plessis should also not be ignored for there is little doubt his input resulted in the positive outcome. Threatened with severe consequence should the spit breach, they really had no alternative for it was mooted that either DEDEAT or the municipality, or both, could be held liable for any damage to property in the event of such a breach.

The question now that DEDEAT has allowed reparations to proceed does this absolve them from any claims should the spit breach say during the winter storms? But should the spit breach and DEDEAT and the municipality are absolved then surely all reparation to private canal walls and indeed even garden and home interiors will thus have to be borne by the individual home owner. So that begs the next question, would individual insurance cover pay for home owners damage if it is considered that they were aware of the potential chance of damage and made no effort to contribute to corrective efforts..

Hopefully the work being done by SFPO, the Riparians and Joint River committee should see them pump sufficient sand onto the spit in the coming months to bolster the spit through the winter storms and until a more permanent solution can be implemented.

Moving from the spit to the beach front properties where owners have had to spend hundreds of thousands of Rands in rebuilding the revetments to protect their properties being engulfed by the ocean. In a way these home owners are the final bastion against the ocean encroaching further into St Francis Bay. There can be little doubt the rock revetments are a temporary solution and can only be effective for a limited time. The beach simply has to be restored so as to prevent the daily high tide assault on these revetments causing them to slowly subside.

Many will say the beach is not their problem, or it’s a lost cause, or there is no way it will encroach further, or the proposed solution won’t work. With nothing else on the table surely it is worth at least trying for to do nothing, certainly won’t fix anything.

Reading between the lines of a Facebook post this weekend it seems the anti-SRA lobbyists are not going to accept the results of the SRA vote should it go against them.  Let us hope they don’t drag this into the courts a la the Quayside debacle spending funds that could be better spent on saving St Francis.

Note: Those who regular use Cape St Francis beach probably wouldn’t notice but is it possible that thi beach is also starting to erode?