Final EIA Report on Thyspunt published

Final Thyspunt EIA Reort available

The latest and final EIA Report has been released by the Environmental Assessment Practitioner (EAP) (GIBB) and is now available for review and comment from Friday 4th March up until 12th May 2016. St Francis Today shall endeavour to see if we are able to publish the report online tomorrow but in the interim the report is available at any of the following public venues in the greater St Francis area including Jeffreys Bay as well as in PE, Cape Town and Pretoria.

Humansdorp – Humansdorp Public Library – 9 Vureau Street
Jeffrey’s Bay – Jeffrey’s Bay Public Library – 33 Da Gama Road
Oyster Bay – Oesterbaai Eiendomme – 6 Tornyn Street, Oyster Bay
Sea Vista – Sea Vista Clinic – Steenbras Street, Sea Vista
St. Francis Bay – St. Francis Bay Public Library – No 1 Asissi Drive, St. Francis Bay
St. Francis Bay – St. Francis Bay Municipal Office – Asissi Drive, St. Francis Bay

Those readers ling in Port Elizabeth can view the report at GIBB Port Elizabeth Office, GIBB (Pty) Ltd, 2nd Floor, Greyville House, cnr Greyville & Cape Rd, Greenacres, PE

Cape Town readers can view at GIBB Cape Town Offices, 14 Kloof Street, Cape Town or Table View Public Library, Birkenhead Road, Table View

And Gauteng readers at GIBB Pretoria Office, Lynnwood Corporate Park, Block A, First Floor, East Wing, 36 Alkantrank Street, Lynnwood Manor, 0081

This is the last chance for the public to have their say. Note that it goes directly to the DEA, with only a copy going to Gibb, who cannot massage it in any way.


St Francis Bay Bowling Club News

St Francis Bay Bowling Club Men’s and Ladies’ Pairs Club Championships

St Francis Bay Bowling Club

Winners and runners up of the St Francis Bay Bowling Club’s Men’s and Ladies’ Pairs Club Championships: (winners back row from the left) Neil Stewart, Hester Cawood, Margie Young, and Peter Talbot. Runners up (front row): Nigel Forbes, Merry Tarr (with mascot), Rijks Cotze, and Toby Haring.

Keen competition was the order of the day when the St Francis Bay Bowling Club held their Men’s and Ladies’ Pairs Club Championships. The competition involved four games and was held over two days with the finals being played on Friday, 26 February. “Unfortunately rain interrupted play but in spite of this, there was a good vibe,” says Club Captain Toby Haring. Several “novices” participated in the competition with great success and this bodes well for the future of the club. Also of interest was that a brother and sister were among the winners (Peter Talbot and Margie Young). Winners of the Men’s Pairs were Neil Stewart and Peter Talbot with runners up being Toby Haring and Nigel Forbes. In the Ladies competition the winning pair was Hester Cawood and Margie Young. Runners up were Merry Tarr and Rijks Cotze.


Article: Yvonne Bosman

College girls show off their pony prowess

St Francis College pupil and award-winning ride

College girls show off their pony prowess

Samara Howell (left) and former St Francis College pupil and award-winning rider Coral-Jade Dippenaar, celebrate their winning rounds at the Homestead Equestrian Estate’s recent showing event.

Two St Francis College pupils scooped several top places at the Homestead Equestrian Estate showing event recently.

Grade 5’s Samara Howell, riding Cadillac, was named Working Champion (child rider) and received two second-place rosettes, while Grade 6 pupil Molly Dalton, on her pony Laheeb, achieved excellent scores to attain second and third place rosettes.

The training show is part of the estate’s annual Homestead Trophy Challenge and involves several disciplines.

Former college pupil Coral-Jade Dippenaar, now at Woodridge College, was named Supreme Working Champion and achieved a full house of first places in her classes.

Picture: Mariza Dippenaar.

St Francis College LitQuiz team takes third

St Francis College takes third

DO saints wear shoes? Topics like these had brains on high alert when a St Francis College team pitted their mind muscles against 22 schools in this year’s LitQuiz event, held at St George’s Prep School in Port Elizabeth.

Recently, eight St Francis College pupils, together with teachers Mrs Louise Ackerman and Miss Trudi Van Olm, attended the Sunday Times Kids’ Lit Quiz. Four pupils were there to observe and gain invaluable experience to launch an onslaught in next year’s competition. The other four took third place in the competition, a remarkable achievement.

“It was great fun! I enjoyed the New Zealand quizmaster’s clever questions, too,” said student Sinéad Stewart.

St Francis LitQuiz team

BIG BRAINS…(from left) Jemma Boonzaier, Thomas Wilson, Quiz Master Wayne Mills, Matthew Ellis and Sinéad Stewart.

For more on LitQuiz read

Article by Roxanne Litherland and Beth Cooper Howell
Picture: Louise Ackerman

Beach Fun Day a February Favourite

Life’s a beach in Cape St Francis.

Pupils and staff enjoyed their annual ‘sand, sea and fun’ morning in Cape St Francis recently, when the St Francis College beach fun day kicked off with a jam-packed programme of rounders, sponge races, sandcastle-building, a flag competition and rugby – principal Franzl Bause’s version.

The event gives teachers and children a welcome break from the classroom in summer and a chance to soak up the last few weeks of the season.

“Everyone at the college, from Grade 00 to Grade 7, enjoyed our beach fun day, which gives staff an opportunity to connect with their new students in a relaxed, outdoor environment. Here, they can get to know each other a little better – and have lots of fun doing so,” said headmaster Franzl Bause.

Rugby on Cape St Francis beach

SAND SPORT : Mr. Bause’s version of rugby!

Flags competitio on Cape St Francis beach

Flags competition

Artical by Roxanne Litherland and Beth Cooper Howell
Picture: Andrew Kay

Elza van Lingen MP gets straight to the point

The DA must take control of Kouga in 2016

Democratic Alliance in St Francis

In a letter promoting the Kouga Alliance Fund Raising & Golf tournament (published yesterday), van Lingen appeals to the community. Here is a copy of that letter.

Let us get straight to the point: THE DA MUST TAKE CONTROL OF KOUGA IN 2016 and we appeal to the community to again support our fundraising efforts to achieve this. Kouga is recognized by our national DA leadership as the No 1 “winnable municipality” for the DA in the country.

It is well-known that under ANC management and control, the Kouga Municipality suffers from maladministration, corruption and poor service delivery. The floundering governing party MUST be ousted as there is no justification to further destroy Kouga, its economy and quaint towns.

In the National and Provincial elections in 2014 the DA performed extremely well, obtaining 2 461 more votes in total than the ANC in Kouga, but these positive results are history and we must now prepare for the very important 2016 Local Government elections.

The current “DA golf and fundraising team” has organised the last two events (2013 and 2014). On both occasions the community support and outcome were tremendous and enabled the Democratic Alliance in Kouga to perform superbly in by-elections and in the National/Provincial election held in 2014.  We assure donors that the funds raised are constructively applied to support the efforts of the DA and to promote and gain votes for the DA.

With the DA focus on freedom, fairness and opportunity in its endeavour to build a better future for all South Africans the DA in Kouga is focussing on:

  • The delivery of high quality basic services in Kouga; and
  • Growing the economy of Kouga to create jobs and equality of opportunity.

To enable the DA to achieve the above we need to raise more funds than in the past to properly canvas the sprawling 15 wards of Kouga stretching from the Van Stadens River, through the Gamtoos Valley up into the Baviaans, along the coast from Jeffreys Bay, Greater St Francis to Oyster Bay and inland the Greater Humansdorp area.

How can you support us financially to maximize the DA vote in Kouga?

We are grateful for your wonderful support in previous years. We did not hold a golf day in 2015, knowing that we needed to make an extra push in early 2016 for the 2016 elections, and we did not want to approach supporters twice in a short period. We are looking to raise more funds than ever before, due to the importance of the event before us. We therefore appeal to you to take up the challenge this year by considering an extra generous donation towards our bid to win Kouga in 2016 – by making a donation and/or sponsoring a golf hole, green or  tee and/or playing in our golf day on Saturday 26th March 2016 at the St Francis Bay Golf Club. The necessary forms are attached.

Thanking you in anticipation.

DA greetings

Elza van Lingen, MP

Get your Sponsorship / Donation form here!

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