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Waitron Heros

Waitrons jump in to save toddler. Two Joe Fish waitrons became heroines last weekend when they saved a toddler who had fallen into the swimming pool. Vee (pictured right) was serving lunch to a table of four on at poolside when she noticed the toddler in...

Closing nights at Rock Lily

As Rock Lily Music Promotions and Events are moving on to host live music at the St Francis Bay Brewery and at The St Francis Links, we are sad to be leaving our iconic building and invite you to two incredible nights of music to send us on our new musical...

Goodbye to a remarkable lady

Until we read the eulogy written for the memorial service held for Elza van Lingen at Mentors Country Estate on Monday (23rd April) we truly knew very little of just how remarkable a person she realty was. St Francis Today has reproduced the Eulogy for...

SA Seniors at Links

Seniors SA Champs being held at The Links this week With Eastern Province Golf having selected St Francis Links as the host club,  some 88 plus golfers are in St Francis  this week to compete in the Senior and Super-Senior Inter-Provincial Championships....

Kouga Mourns the death of Mayor Elza van Lingen

RIP Elza van Lingen A memorial service will be at 2:00 pm on Monday 23rd April held at Mentors Country Estate in Jeffreys Bay to pay tribute to Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen who passed away peacefully at her home in Cape St Francis yesterday...

Property Valuation Objections

Property Valuation Objections dealine is 30th April Following the property valuations conducted by DDP last year property owners have until 30th April to submit their objections to the new General Valuations Roll. The roll, valid for the period 2018 to...

“A Taste of St Francis”

Coming Soon! “A Taste of St Francis” Write-On Publishing of St Francis Bay will soon release a REPRODUCTION & REPRINT of the iconic 1990's St Francis Bay recipe books "A Taste of St Francis" and "A Second Taste of St Francis", originally produced by the St...

St Francis Rotary Makro Golf Day

St Francis Rotary Makro Golf Day Around the Corner        The annual Rotary Makro Golf Festival in St Francis Bay taking place on Saturday April 28th at St Francis Bay Golf Club.  This is the fifth year in a row that the title sponsorship is claimed by...

TheTarragona minefield

All lives matter – please make Tarragona safe! One only needs to spend a half hour or so at the side of Tarragona road opposite the township housing to witness its potential as a death trap every bit as lethal as a minefield.  In the past week at least two...

Debbi our Iron Hero

St Francis' very own Ironman ...  or is that 'Steel lady' Dedication, determination and just pure courage saw Debbi Nevay Hudson achieve her dream of competing in and completing an Ironman. Running late into Sunday night crossed the line to the delight of...

Village Dusk – Copyright – Photo by Martin Barbour – 084 8468468 – Click to enlarge

Local (Kouga, PE, Eastern Cape  & South Coast) + Blog

Speaker to act as Mayor

Kouga Speaker Horatio Hendricks was elected as acting Executive Mayor at a special Council meeting on Monday. He will be standing in for Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen, who is currently on sick leave. Portfolio Councillor Hattingh Bornman will serve as acting Speaker during this time.

St Francis Today, as we are sure all in Kouga, wish Elza van Lingen a speedy recovery 

21-year old Norwegian missing in Sedgefield – An appeal is made for any information that can assist in locating a 21-year old female who has disappeared in Sedgefield.

St Francis Links hosting Seniors – This weekend, top male senior amateur golfers will be arriving in St Francis to compete in the National Senior and Super-Senior Division “A” Inter-Provincial Championships.

St Francis Rotary Makro Golf Day Around the Corner  –  The annual Rotary Makro Golf Festival in St Francis Bay taking place on Saturday April 28th at St Francis Bay Golf Club.

National (South Africa & Africa) News

Man killed in Sandton ‘hit’ linked to R255m Free State contract – A businessman who was gunned down in an apparent hit in Sandton last year can be linked to a questionable R255m “asbestos auditing” contract from the Free State department of human settlements.

Rolling blackouts likely ‘unless Eskom acts within 10 days’ – Major coal supply shortages and an estimated R1.3 trillion overexpenditure on capital projects mean the utility is running at less than 75% efficiency.

Unholy fight over bishop’s support for Jacob Zuma – The National Interfaith Council of South Africa (Nicsa) has distanced itself from remarks made by its KwaZulu-Natal senior religious leader

We’re Here For the 💰💰💰, Ramaphosa Tells London Elite – A bow-tied and black-suited President Cyril Ramaphosa took his charm offensive to London and made it clear South Africa is “open for business”.

US urges Nigeria to change tactics against Boko Haram – Nigerian forces battling Boko Haram jihadists need a change of mindset to overcome an evolving guerrilla threat, US military officials said this week on the sidelines of an African security summit.

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Business, Money & Economy

Reversing SA’s disinvestment flood into an inward trickle – Cyril’s big challenge Political futures consultant Daniel Silke says Cyril Ramaphosa’s ANC needs to win well at the ballot boxnext year to reassure investors while his “Famous Four” global ambassadors must continue engaging through the brief window opened by our very recent political turnaround. 

CEO INTERVIEW: How sick is SAA – and what will it cost to fix it? – SAA’s new CEO Vuyani Jarana left a big position in telecoms to take on the perhaps impossible job of turning SAA around.

International News

Female pilot hailed as ‘American hero’ for landing stricken jet – Captain Tammie Jo Shults, one of the first women fighter pilots in the US Navy, was hailed as an American hero on Wednesday for calmly landing a stricken passenger jet after a midair engine explosion that killed a mother-of-two.

WATCH: Death of Queen’s last corgi marks the end of a scrappy dynasty – Reports from the palace say Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is absolutely gutted by the loss of her beloved corgi Willow, the last in a royal line of loyal, nippy dogs


Cricket SA sad to hear about death of Colin Bland – Cricket SA (CSA) said on Tuesday it had heard with sadness of the passing of Colin Bland in London at the age of 80 after a long battle against colon cancer.

CSA hint at interim deal with SACA – CSA are hinting that an interim agreement with the South African Cricketers’ Association (SACA) may be needed to save the professional game from collapse in this country.

Plastic Pollution

Shirley Cowling sent SFT this article – an inspiration for St Francis –

Coastal village gets drastic in its war on plastic – Maybe it is time for Kromme Enviro-Trust to organise another coastal cleanup day

Billions of straws are thrown away every year, with many ending up in the ocean where they can be eaten by wildlife.

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