News Snippets of St Francis news, events and information

Very often we have small news snippets of interesting information or important news or events that we really need to be telling you about. Because these news snippets are too short  for a full article we tend to omit then it in favour of longer news articles. Short news snippets from around and about St Francis will feature on this page.

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

News Snippets

News Snippets 8 / 8 /17

Reciprocity with courses during our Spring Treatment

St Francis Links course and clubhouse will be closed for spring treatment from 9 – 23 August 2017.

We have secured reciprocity agreements for St Francis Links Members with St Francis Bay Golf Club, Wedgewood Golf and Country Estate and Port Elizabeth Golf Club.

St Francis Bay Golf Club (0422940467) – R145 Green Fee
Wedgewood Golf and Country Estate (041 450 9595) – R200 Green Fee
Port Elizabeth Golf Club (041 374 3140) – R200 Green Fee

St Francis Links Team

Good News Bad News

A reader commented yesterday there is not enough good news and how much bad news we publish on St Francis Today. We must agree for it seems the past weeks have been filled with nothing butterror, death and destruction. The London Bridge terror attack; the Cape storms and the horrific scenes of the destruction of the Knysna fires followed by our very own fires around Kouga and NMB that saw further destruction including severe damage to the iconic Woodridge College.  And just when we thought it was at an end we had the absolutely awful Grenfell Towers disaster where the death toll climbs by the day with more bodies stillexpected to be pulled from the ruins of what was once home to hundreds.

Surely there could be no more bad news but then news of the 60 souls lost in the fires in Portugal and the van running into a crowd leaving a Mosque in London followed the same day with the Champs Elysees attack on the police. Then the hostage drama in Mali where four tourists were killed to say nothing of the ongoing human tragedy being inflicted by ISIS on the citizens of Mosul, Raqqa and others not forgetting the seven sailors lost in the USS Fitzgerald collision with a container ship and the passing of US student Otto Warmbier held so long by the North Koreans only released when he was at death’s door.

My goodness the bad / sad news seems endless but hopefully some good news on its way!

With the weather predicted to be somewhat inclement for the next few days it may be bad news for some but for others who love nothing better than diving under the duvet with a good book, possibly it is good news for some. If you are looking for something to warm you up you really should rush to Get-A-Fix for a dish of their really delicious tomato soup with feta and garlic roasted croutons. I had a plate yesterday and all I can comment is ‘absolutely delicious’, just enough to warm the cockles. While there pick up a take-away of one of their lasagne’s. I had their spinach and feta for supper last night, scrumptious!

Of course today is Tuesday and that is good news for us oldies with pensioner offers at Spar, the Butcher Shop and for the ladies, a pedicure and mini manicure for only R120 at Pop-In Beauty & Nail Bar.

Good news for furry friend lovers, St Francis Animal Rescue has being doing some wonderful work at finding homes for unwanted pets, some misplaced by the recent fires, so if you are looking for a furry friend be sure to visit the SFAR Facebook page rather than going out and buying a pet.

St Francis Today will make an effort to find some good news going forward so if any readers have anything to share that is good news please mail us on or Whatsapp or call us on 082 554 0796.

Shar Pei

In photo Kirsten Doyle with the Shar Pei rescued after having been tied to a stake with fire approaching in Thornhill. It has been re-homed by St Francis Animal Rescue with Johannesburg resident Alexandra Williamson who has two Shar peis (plus a Husky and Pitbull), and lost her heart to this boy’s tragic story.

Shar pei

Shar pei soon after being recued from his frightening ordeal


Sea Vista Star

Sea Vista Star in the Making

Lisakhanya Skosana with his coach, Bradley Stefaans

Sea Vista Star in the Making

An outstanding achievement for talented Sea Vista Primary Grade 7 learner, Lisakhanya Skosana was recorded at  the provincial tennis tournament in King Williams Town held on 2nd and 3rd June 2017. Skosana, who currently plays in Under 13 groupings, competed with the Under 17’s in this tournament, managing to reach the semi finals. His proud coach Bradley Stefaans who
accompanied the young tennis star to the tournament commented, “Lisakhanya played tremendously well and was not intimated by the older players. I have great hopes for his tennis career.”
The Sea Vista tennis team practices at the St Francis Tennis Club on Wednesday afternoons. “Sea Vista Primary is very grateful to the club for allowing us to use the courts and make tennis available to our children,” said Stefaans.

Article by Lyn Aitken


Grace period

Grace period for residents to pay their municipal debt

Residents whose municipal accounts are overdue have until 20 June 2017 to settle their debt or make arrangements to pay it off.

Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said the municipality would be putting its credit control measures on hold till then.

“The municipality will not be cutting/blocking electricity till 20 June so as to allow affected residents the opportunity to pay their outstanding balance.

“The municipality will, however, start cutting/blocking electricity again from 21 June.”

The Art of Living happiness

The Art of Living happiness program level 1

Live every day with abundant Joy, Purpose and Confidence

The centre piece of the Art of living Happiness program is a unique and profound breathing technique.

A practical tool that restores body, mind and spirit into its natural rhythm of being, the Sudarshan Kriya has positively transformed millions and millions of lives. Its uniqueness is not only in its performance, but also in its formation as Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar emerged with the Sudarshan Kriya after a ten – day silence period.

Along with Sudarshan Kriya, other powerful breathing techniques, yoga and meditation taught in the interactive sessions of the Happiness Program.

It is all that you need for an experience of happiness like never before

Come and join us at The Studio for the last 6-Day programme.

Dates: 6 to 11 June
Times: Tuesday to Friday 18h30 to 21h30 – Saturday: 14h00 to 19h00 –  Sunday: 09h00 to 14h30
Cost: R850.00 (Regular) – Pensioners & Full Time Students R500.00 –  Repeaters R0
Venue: The Studio, The Old Village Centre (above Verandah), 10 Blairich Bldge, St Francis Drive

The price goes up to R1100.00 at the beginning of July so join us now.

Call to book:

Susan: 082 601 3559

Stella: 072 114 6175

Living happiness


Night of the Proms

St Francis Prime Timers at Night of the Proms

On Sunday,   28 Prime Timers left St Francis for their annual buffet lunch at the Humewood Hotel Summerstrand.  The lunch was exceptional as usual providing a vast selection of  delicious fare.  After the members had wined and dined they left the hotel and drove to the Feather Market for The Last Night of the Proms.

The members settled in their seats with their programmes and coloured streamers ready to celebrate with Richard Cock conducting The Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. The concert is always a very special charity event which includes dancers,
several choirs, soloists, Caledonian Pipe Band, and the  full orchestra entertaining  with music to suit everyone.

Prime Timers is a social club for retired people and details for membership can be obtained from Paulene Hardy 042 2940301      084 7897801.

Prime Timers Night of the Proms

Prime Timers enjoying lunch at Humewood Hotel, Port Elizabeth before Night of the Proms

Night of the Proms

St Francis Market Day

It’s Market time again!! Join us on Saturday morning for all your fresh produce, funky gifts, tasty treats and a cuppa with friends and family.

St Francis Market

Dogs Poisoned

Dogs Poisoned in Port area

Port St Francis resident Sian Hamilton-Browne submitted this heart breaking account of her dogs being poisoned in the Port area. Whilst this may not be the case in this instance dog owners dhould be aware that in the past this was a commong practice used by criminals in their planning to rob homes so be aware and alert – just in case.

“Saturday evening we arrived home to one of our worst fears – our dogs were viciously poisoned (poison was identified as Temik otherwise known as 2step and disguised in viennas).  If it wasn’t for Dr Barker’s quick assistance we would have lost both dachshund pups, heartbreakingly our little Louki consumed the bulk of the viennas  (this was shown in the autopsy) possibly dying minutes before we got home as it’s quick acting.  Our bully and ridgy are fine however traumatised.  Little Odin is healing well.

Please – please – check your garden every morning before letting your babies out, notifying neighbours and your security company of any suspicious behaviour.

We live in the Port area, fully walled with alarm system.  Changes will be adopted in respect to vigilance,  additional lighting (as we don’t have adequate street lights in our road or garden), security and urgent plea requests for plot clearing surrounding us and the area.

The only thing of value in our property is our animals.

Thank you to all who supported us and shown concern”.

Neil and Sian Hamilton-Browne

Reports on Two-Step being used to poison dogs

Dogs poisoned with ‘two-step’

Dog-poisoning plague hits city

Treatment rationale for dogs poisoned with aldicarb (carbamate pesticide)

Better late than never

Better late than never – King of the Kromme results

Greg Louw, the “Bay Bullet”, in a time 1hr 44min is the 2017 “KING OF THE KROMME”, winning R1500, plus 12 months bragging rights, and his name engraved on the beautiful trophy … again! This is the first time in 11 years that we have a two-time winner! Local up-and-coming Phil Smith took second place, narrowly beating East London’s super-fit veteran Hennie Roos, both 4min behind Louw. Another local, 14 year-old Graydon Mitchley, was the first junior, performing exceptionally well for his age, and was not far behind in 5th place, just behind experienced Josie Williams, who hadn’t been well. Another top paddler, Richard Von Wildemann, didn’t fire on all cylinders this time, and was well back.

There was also a 12km short course, plus a 1km under 10 and under 12 guppy race. Entry fee of R75 included a sumptuous Quaysyde meal. As usual, Carbonology supplied a paddle valued at R2500 as a lucky-draw and another one for the juniors, thanks Jason Goedhals and Hein Van Rooyen!

This annual race started and finished at Quaysyde on the Canals at 10am on Easter Monday 17 April 2017, and wound up the beautiful Kromme and Geelhout Rivers.

Thanks Sacha Park for the photos and videos. Thanks also to Dave and Marie Louw, Ingrid Staples, Gail Brooker, Alicia Vorster (registration/time-keeping), Pete King (turn buoy and safety boat), Phil Niven (safety boat skipper), and Catherine Mitchley (safety boat vice-captain).

King of the Kromme results