Successful Summer Season for St Francis

The St Francis exodus has begun

Well the end of the Summer holidays is nigh and the exodus from St Francis has started and by this time next week the shops, restaurants and coffee shops will no doubt be celebrating what has been an extraordinarily busy season.

There is little doubt the Eastern Cape and St Francis in particular, is the place to enjoy the summer break. Looking northward, they don’t have our beautiful beaches, our magnificent weather ( KZN experienced a rather cloudy and at times wet December) and few, if any, have the wonderful water related assets of St Francis, undoubtedly the water sports capital on the South African coastline.

Although we will miss our valued visitors who do so much to help our local economy, it will also be nice to again enjoy the quieter roads, shorter queues at our Superspar and quieter, less congested waterways of the canals and Kromme.

Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen commenting in a regional newspaper said our tiny town surpassed Jeffreys Bay this summer with most accommodation being full and for longer periods than in the past.

“Preliminary reports from businesses suggest that holiday makers at St Francis Bay were more willing to spend money on shopping, dining out and leisure activities like canal cruises than those at Jeffreys Bay, where holiday-makers tended to opt for free activities,” said van Lingen.

Certainly the weather seems to always play its part over the holidays and this year was no exception. Although we did experience one or two days of nigh on gale force winds, most days were almost windless or offered just a gentle breeze to keep us a little more comfortable in temperatures that registered in the upper 20’s throughout. And unlike some previous years power failures were limited to just the single instance that effected only Cape St Francis. Unfortunately Eskom decided to misbehave on Christmas Eve which must have created more than a little angst to those preparing Christmas Eve feasts.

Looking forward we do unfortunately have to address the shortage of water and the new punitive measures that will be in place. Everyone has to make the effort to conserve water and whilst some may have the financial resources to pay the extra costs for exceeding usage parameters that are in place, please consider the seriousness of the situation and work together in saving water. It is said the next World War will be fought over water, or rather lack of it.

To those leaving us

Come back again soon, we love having you!

Please drive carefully on your journey home.