Municipal outreach

Municipal outreach to register households for service subsidies

Households with a combined monthly income of R3000 or less have been invited to register for municipal service subsidies.

Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said the municipality would be holding an outreach to all wards in February and March to register new applicants and re-register existing beneficiaries for the equitable share programme.

“The subsidies are available to households whose combined gross monthly income is R3000 or less. That’s roughly the value of two state pensions,” she said.

Successful applicants will receive the following service subsidies:

  • Free 50kwh electricity plus basic charge
  • Free 12kl water plus basic charge
  • Free monthly refuse, sewerage (based on 12kl water) and the Environmental Management Fee levy
  • Free additional R85 000 on the value of their property for rates

The Mayor said the outreach would take place from 8:30am to 3pm at the following venues:

  • 13 February at the Sea Vista Hall for the communities of Sea Vista, St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis
  • 14 February at the Oyster Bay Hall for the Oyster Bay community
  • 15 February at the Katrien Felix Hall for Thornhill
  • 16 February at the Loerie Hall for Loerie
  • 20 February at the Dan Sandi Hall for the communities of Ramaphosa Village and Patensie
  • 21 and 22 February at the Vusumzi Landu Hall for all Hankey areas, excluding Weston
  • 27 February at the Alec Ntantiso Hall for Weston
  • 28 February at the Kruisfontein Civic Hall for Kruisfontein, Gill Marcus and Die Berg
  • 1 March at the Kruisfontein Civic Hall for Vaaldam, Johnson’s Ridge, Arcadia, Graslaagte and Moerasrivier
  • 2 March at the KwaNomzamo Hall for KwaNomzamo
  • 6 March at the Aston Bay Hall for Aston Bay and Paradise Beach
  • 7 March at the Pellsrus Hall for Pellsrus, Tokyo Sexwale and Mandela Bay
  • 8 March at the Pellsrus Hall for residents of Ocean View
  • 9 March at the Newton Hall for Jeffreys Bay Central, C-Place, Wavecrest and Kabeljauws

Applicants have to be present in person so as to complete the application form themselves. The following documents must accompany all applications:

  • Valid ID Document (husband and wife)
  • Proof of income (bank statement, pay slip or pension card)
  • Sworn affidavit if unemployed
  • Proof of usufruct (if owner is deceased, a letter of authority and death certificate).

 

SRA Q&A’s

Some SRA Q&A’s

In answer to some of the questions raised by e-mail and on comments on posts, St Francis Property Owners responded to questions submitted to them by St Francis Today.

SRA Q&A’s

Does Cape St Francis form part of the overall vote or is CSF regarded as a separate entity and will be included only if 50% of CSF property owners vote yes? At a meeting in PE the audience was informed that Cape St Francis had “opted out”. How will funds be split if Cape St Francis is involved…and this all goes ahead.

CSF is not part of the SRA. The CSF Civics Association declined to be part of this a year ago.

There a number of CSF property owners who have questioned this and feel that a broader base of CSF property owners need to be consulted.

When and how is Sea Vista going to benefit?

Sea Vista is excluded from the SRA, as the upliftment of all underprivileged areas are the specific responsibility of the Municipality and the Human Settlements Dept. One of the key objectives to developing the St Francis Vision 2030 was to define how we could assist with the upliftment of Sea Vista, including access to CSI spend and job creation. Please read the St Francis Vision 2030 document (available on the following website : www.stfrancispropertyowners.co.za).

At what stage into the scheme – if it goes ahead – will roads/streets/ storm water drains/ main sewerage be tackled or is it really all about the beach/spit and canals and the 550 canal properties

The top priority is arterial roads (10kms) and storm water drains (R31m). Parallel to this we have to complete the design phase of our river, beach and spit solution, and submit this to DEDEAT (Dept of Enviromental Affairs) to approve the project (this is expense will be about R1m and will probably be funded out of the donations we have received). This initial phase of work for the river is expected to take 12-18 months before any work can actually start on moving sand from the river to the spit and beach. The Security cameras are also a priority given the escalation in crime recently. The Water Borne Sewerage (R106m) and Street paving (R67m) projects are longer term priorities, like the River/Spit/Beach (R133) because this is where the bulk of the costs lie and we will rely on the levy to fund these as we receive the money. The cost of de-silting the River and depositing it on the beach and Spit will cost about R119m, and the groynes for keeping the sand on beach (R15m). The Spit is the smallest part of the whole cost as it is only about one-third the length of the entire beach from Main Beach to the River mouth. People keep saying that this SRA is of sole benefit to the Canals. This is simply not true. The Canal property owners already pay a levy of R212 per month to maintain the canals. We are submitting an application to DEDEAT to allow the Riparians to use their dredger to also maintain the Spit. Nobody else pays for maintenance of the Canals. The Riparians have an agreement similar to the SRA already in place for the past 4 years to get this levy paid to them by the Municipality to maintain the canals. Look how well it has worked! The Sra is no different, but because it is a new levy we have to use the SRA legislation to do it.

How is every single home/erf owner going to be reached – some simply do not ‘do’ the various media related options.  A flyer with the Rates/Water/Electricity account  ?

We are using a number of different communication channels including public meetings, one-on-one meetings with people, email, WhatsApp, Facebook, Call Centre (phoning), Private Estate Body Corporate communication channels and monthly bills, and public media ie St Francis Today and The Chronicle.

Do you have any information about the impact of suggested sand handling at the spit on the configuration of the surf spots ?

Since surfing is one of the attractions of St Francis Bay, this is probably a parameter to account with We are not using offshore reefs, but instead Groynes, so we don’t expect to disturb surfing spots.

The Beach solution design team have to investigate all impact as part f the EIA submission to DEDEAT. To make this procedure legitimate, legal and transparent surely ALL ratepayers in St Francis Bay should receive a voting form attached to their monthly rates and utilities bill. This should include ALL relevant voting details and dates as well as the full proposed costs of having a special rates area operating in the area.

The Kouga Municipality asked the SFPO Association to bring them consent forms (hardcopy) proving that a majority of property owners support the SRA levy before they will approve our SRA application. This process is legal and confirmed by a legal team we asked to verify our process. This is very simple and transparent. These consent forms are available for inspection at our SFPO offices.

If we cannot get the majority then the SRA proposal will be abandoned, the Committee will resign, what is left of the donations repaid, and the SFPO NPC liquidated.

Owl nesting boxes

Spotted Eagle OwlInstall an owl nesting box

Paulene Hardy contacted Owl Rescue Centre South Africa and has arranged for the installation of owl nesting boxes in St Francis Bay.

For a sum of R900 they come to any home in South Africa, find the most suitable position, supply and erect the nesting box in time for the breeding season.

Please support this wonderful project, contact Paulene on 084 789 7801 or visit their website for information on their conservation work.  They are expected in St Francis Bay first week of February, as they move around the country with their project.

 

Ben needs a loving home!

Every once in a while a lovely e-mail arrives in our inbox but few written with as much love and emotion as a mail received from Jayne Haldene over the weekend. Jayne down from Johannesburg for the summer holidays to spend a little time with her Mum penned this letter reaching out to try and find someone to look after the lovable family Cross Labrador Ridgeback for three years whilst Mum Caroline, is away in China.

So touched were we by the mail that we visited Ben at his home in Cape St Francis and can really say what a beautiful, obedient and lovable fella Ben is.

BEN

“My name is Ben Haldane. I am a part of the Haldane family consisting of my mom Caroline Haldane and siblings. We love each other very much, but I need to find a new temporary, loving home because my mom has to move overseas for 3 years. She will pay for my food and vet bills and would like to fetch me when she comes home for holidays and perhaps my extended family can fetch me on the weekends too because I’ll miss them very much. After the 3 years I will want to go back home to my mom. I am 6 in May 2017 and am a big lab x ridge back.

Here are some facts you need to know about me:

  • I really love people and therefore am an inside/outside dog. What that means is I sleep inside and when you are at home I like to be close to you. I usually just lay around and am not boisterous. If you are not at home during the day I understand I need to play outside and wait for you to come home and throw my ball for me. I have never been left alone for a whole night by myself but if you are going to a braai please can you put me inside at night? I’m really good at holding in my “toilets”.
  • I have never been smacked and a stern voice will get me to do what you want, although this is very seldom needed.
  • I am kind of trained. I can sit and shake hands and go lie down. I love my ball and me and my family play ball 2-3 times a day, and if they forget I remind them by bringing the ball to them and perhaps giving a little bark if you not looking at me. I walk on the leash but not in the best manner- This is when I get really excited because I know I am going to the beach to swim. I love swimming in the sea, but for some reason not a swimming pool.
  • I love my cat, she is so cute and I lick her head and she lies with me at night- so I think it’s safe to say I’m good with cats.
  • Other dogs- this is a tricky one. On my leash I don’t seem to like them and cause a bit of trouble but when I meet puppies and have someone to guide me I love them and they can’t get away from me licking them! We will need to see if I can be friends with your dogs before I can live with you.
  • I love children, but I am not here to be ridden on, I like to get big hugs and sometimes sneak on their beds at night.
  • I love egg on toast (if you’re making) hold the tomato sauce! I also like sharing a sarmie with you but I am not allowed bones… I choke on them.
  • I’m not scared of thunder but I definitely don’t like it, I would prefer to be close to you when it happens.
  • I’m really good in the car!

I really am a calm, loving dog that needs LOTS of love (I may get homesick you see) and attention. I will protect you and bring you tons of laughs while we are together.

Please help me find a temporary home.

Love from

Big Ben”

If you would like to meet Ben with a view to giving him a lovable home please give Caroline a call on 076 820 6109 or e-mail haldane2@googlemail.com

Ben with Mum Caroline

Ben shaking hands with Jayne

Dogs strut the red carpet at Quaysyde

 

St Francis Animal Rescue winners

Dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds strutted their stuff on the red carpet at the Quaysyde Restaurant / St Francis Animal Rescue dog Show on Saturday . On a perfect day under a blazing sun with only a gentle westerly wind to cool spectators and dogs alike, dogs ranging from a two month old puppy to Nevil Hullet’s grand old 17-year, old competed in a selection of events from best dressed, prettiest girl, most handsome boy and “Dog Judges would most like to take home” among categories others.

Thanks to all those who joined in the fun by bringing their dogs and a big thank you from St Francis Animal Rescue to Nevil and Penny Hullet for hosting the event at their Quaysyde Restaurant.

Here are some of the photo’s from the event

17 year old owned by Nevil & Penny Hullet

17 years old and going strong – the old man of the show

Two Scotsman

Two Scotsman with their dog kilts

And the dog the judges wanted to take home

Cool dude

And the Show Dog of the Day!

Show dog of the day

 

Catchy Frabel agility trainerThe show ended with a demonstration by Cathy Frabel, an obedience and agility dog trainer, taking her own little Imp through the obstacle course and getting top marks at our SFAR Dog Show at Quaysyde Restaurant on Saturday. Thanks for a fabulous demonstration, Cathy!

Chokka boats please keep beaches clean

Chokka boats must make an effort to keep beaches clean

plastic-wasteWith thousands of visitors about to ‘invade’ St Francis the importance of presenting a beautiful, well-kept holiday mecca goes without saying. Certainly we do have a few problems with eroding beaches, potholes, although the municipality along with St Francis Property Owners association are doing a great job in addressing some if not all of these matters which bodes well going forward.

Obviously the beaches are one of the reasons so many choose St Francis as their summer holiday destination and simply have to make every effort to present them clean sandy beaches St Francis is so renowned for.

But alas the chokka fleets are not playing their part and the owners and skippers of these boast simply have to make every effort to encourage their crews to respect the ocean from which they derive their living by not throwing their waste overboard but rather storing aboard and disposing of their waste, particularly any plastic product.

A letter from reader Fiona Malherbe pleading for chokka boats and others to keep our beaches clean.

“Last week, in Cape St Francis, I looked out of our window, one clear night to see the twinkling lights of three fishing boats anchored out, just past the beach break.

The following morning, my husband and I walked along the normally pristine beach to find it littered with debris which had been dumped off the picturesque fishing boats. We collected a huge sack full consisting of plastic wrappings, plastic rope, bottles and tops.

The boats remained off our coast for a few days and every day we could see exactly what each boat had consumed the night before, mostly all wrapped in some sort of plastic. Sadly, we also came across a dead gannet, the plastic rope could be seen clearly down the gullet which had obviously caused its death

These fishermen derive their income from the sea and ironically are killing the source of their income by the endless plastic that is scattered along our beach.

I remember a few years ago, an effort was made to educate both the skippers and their crews about the dangers that plastic causes when fish and birds ingest this plastic debris and I believe it is time for the owners of these fishing boats to once again bring in stricter measures and to be responsible in protecting our marine life and our beaches.

Maybe they need to pick up the litter along our beaches themselves and have a look at the penguin rehab to see the injured birds that their plastic has caused. Or maybe they just need to be taught to put their rubbish into bags which should be recycled and taken back to the mainland.

We have been blessed with a truly beautiful coastline and a sea that teams with all sorts of marine life, let us protect it now for the future, it brings so much joy to so many people.”.

A suggestion by another Cape St Francis resident is that chokka and other fishing vessels should be made to pay a ‘pollution deposit’ that is refunded part or all when they return to port. Some formula would need to be worked out but the refund could be paid to crew members as a bonus for helping to save our oceans. Possibly there are others out there that have ideas so if you do, please add you comment bel ow.

But it is not only the chokka boats!

One needs only read any of the many websites on ocean pollution to realise how serious the presence of plastic derivatives in all its many forms from ropes to plastic bags to those little “natural” water bottles that so many simply discard when empty. Apparently even certain cosmetic products contain micro-plastics are now being found to be contributing to this flood of plastic threatening a major food source, fish.

That this deluge of plastic is killing off marine life is a reality and everyone must play their part by making sure no plastic finds its way to the ocean.

The importance of recycling has often been the subject of articles in St Francis Today and it really is time that the municipality joins in the effort by creating a recycling facility either by themselves or better still, funding a project that some environmentally conscience entrepreneur can start up and thereby create jobs for some of the many unemployed in all the towns, villages and townships within the Kouga municipality.

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