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St Francis Today Tuesday 24th April

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Goodbye to a remarkable lady – Few of us were aware of quite how remarkable person the late Elza van Lingen was.

NOT LOCAL NEWS BUT OF LOCAL INTERESTShark-spotting drones help keep swimmers safe

St Francis Links – Central dominate day 2 of SA Senior A IPT Central Gauteng kept their title defence on track with two dominant victories in round two, while KwaZulu-Natal scored the first clean sweep in this year’s 

We’ll never give up – missing tourist’s sister – These were the words of Helene Ostbo at the weekend as the search continued for her sister‚ Marie‚ who went missing while on holiday with a group of students in Sedgefield

Trollip no winner, says Duarte ahead of Workers’ Day in Nelson Mandela Bay – “[Mayor Athol] Trollip didn’t win any election here in Nelson Mandela Bay,” ANC deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte said on Tuesday.

Shark Point Dunes – Copyright – Photo by Martin Barbour – 084 8468468 – Click to enlarge

National (South Africa & Africa) News

Government surveillance of social media is rife. Guess who’s selling your data? – If you are tweeting or posting about a “security threat”, law enforcement can fish you out of the ocean of the world’s 2.6-billion social media users.

Why would an ex-Robben Islander call another black person a k****r?’ – A friendship spanning more than 20 years has collapsed owing to a financial dispute between two black men that allegedly led to one calling his friend a “QwaQwa k****r.”

NPA boss slams AfriForum over Malema prosecution – NPA boss Shaun Abrahams on Tuesday, accused civil rights organisation AfriForum of “grandstanding”, questioning its bona fides in announcing that it intends to privately prosecute Julius Malema.

DA caucus to debate De Lille’s future – The Democratic Alliance’s Cape Town caucus is expected to debate an internal motion of no confidence in embattled Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille

Nature of sex education in SA a worry – Not only do teachers avoid issues relating to body changes, safe sex and termination of pregnancies, they also avoid veering from heteronormative conventions.

State Capture

Ace Magashule cleared way for controversial private ambulance company to cash in – Buthelezi EMS netted more than R15-million from two suspect backdated price increases from the Free State Department of Health.

Secretary to Parliament splurged millions ‘extravagantly’ on travel and luxuries –  International and local travel totalling almost R4-million in two-and-a-half years secured by iffy means.

Business, Money & Economy

Big US investor pulls plug on SA horse racing investments, wants Jooste’s associates out – The fallout from the Steinhoff fraud is starting to rock South Africa’s horse racing industry, a sector into which former CEO Markus Jooste channelled much of his ill-gotten gains.

Strong team to decide what we will and won’t pay VAT on – Academic Professor Ingrid Woolard will head a nine-person panel to review which products South Africans will not pay VAT on.

International News

The leaders speak about the “unity” between their two nations despite continuing tensions over the Iran nuclear deal.


SA Rugby pays tribute to Bryan Habana – The 34-year-old Habana, the second-most-capped Springbok of all time with 124 Test caps, announced that he will hang up his boots later this year.

Habana’s 10 Best Tries: Farewell To The Legend – Thanks for all the great memories, big guy.

A Longer Life

The rich are betting they can buy their way to a longer life Money might not buy love, but it can buy better health. And, to live as long as possible, the world’s wealthy are willing to pay up.

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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...