Successful Rotary Makro Golf Day

The annual Rotary Makro Golf Tournament played over the 30th April and 1st May to coincide with the Nautical Festival proved yet again to be a great success. Played over thirty six holes using both the St Francis Bay Golf Club layout and St Francis Links some sixty players challenged a rather windy Saturday which thankfully lessened on the Sunday. Commenting on the success of the event that raised over R40000.00 for Rotary projects in St Francis Rotary spokesperson Lyn Aitken said, ““We had amazing support from both Makro and their suppliers as well as our local community who came to the party with sponsorships and prizes. All of this contributed to a very successful festival at both The Links and the St Francis Bay Golf Club,”

Jeff Clause did duty handing out the magnificent prizes on offer.

Handing out superb prizes

Rotary Makro Golf Tournament

Best Score St Francis Bay Golf Club – (l to r) Jeff Clause with Andrew Zeelie & Ken McGregor and Lyn Aitken (Rotary)

Best Score - St Francis Links

Best Score St Francis Links – Jeff Cause congratulates Ivan Kamte & Ettienne Coenraad

And the tournament winners

Rotary Makro Golf Tournament Winners

Congratulations to overall winners – Anil Kooverjee & Amrit Lalla from Durban seen with Willie Uys (St Francis Bay Golf) Nigel Aitken, Lyn Aitken and Jeff Clause

Article from Lyn Aitken (edited),
Photographs Heilie Uys

International Award winner Wentzel Coetzer from Kouga

Wentzel Coetzer has just returned from Brussels where he was presented with the International Thesis Award 2016 for a young researcher who submitted the best thesis. The award is aimed at supporting young scientists under the age of 35 whose research projects contribute to the sustainable use of wildlife.

Wentzel Erasmus

Photo: Maggie Langlands, Chairman of the St Francis Kromme Trust and Secretary of the Greater Kromme Stewardship initiative, congratulates Wentzel Coetzer on his International Award.

Coetzer explained: “This was awarded by the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC) which is a politically independent not-for-profit advisory body, aiming to preserve through the promotion of sustainable use of wildlife resources.”

The award was presented at the International CIC’s 63rd General Assembly Conference which took place over two-and-a-half days, with representatives from France, Germany, USA, Russia, Romania, Kenya, Uganda and other countries participating.

For the award, participants have to be students of Masters or Doctoral programmes. Dennis Slobodyan, Vice-President of CIC Young Opinion commented that the quality of this year’s submissions was outstanding and the judges felt that Coetzer’s work and that of the co-winner (a young lady from Romania) were above all the other submissions and addressed the three pillars of sustainable wildlife management, namely: economic, socio-cultural and ecological aspects.

The title of Coetzer’s doctoral thesis was: Causal determinants of public attitudes towards hunting as a basis for strategies to improve the social legitimacy of hunting which was quite a controversial topic!! He said: “My research focused on the underlying perceptions on which different attitudes towards hunting are based, with the ultimate aim of finding ways to improve the social acceptability of hunting.”

He explained that the public is often unaware of the fact that responsible, regulated and sustainable hunting makes a considerable contribution to wildlife management and conservation, and therefore it is important to keep hunting socially acceptable. He worked under the supervision Prof. Pieter van Niekerk at the Department of Agriculture and Game Management of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

Coetzer said: “It was exciting at the conference as there were several hundred people and the proceedings had to be translated. As a winner I was required to give a ten-minute presentation of my thesis and answer questions and that went off well. It was quite nerve-racking going to Belgium and Brussels with all the heightened security after the airport attack. Well-armed police and military personnel very much in evidence and it took a long time to get in and out of the airport, especially in!”

Coetzer is currently working as the Biodiversity Stewardship Facilitator for the Greater Kromme Stewardship (GKS) initiative.  The GKS initiative was established by the St Francis Kromme Trust under the leadership of Maggie Langlands, along with a group of renewable energy developers.

This voluntary association of wind farm developers and operators, the St Francis Kromme Trust, and other conservation focussed parties is unique in the fast developing renewable energy sector in South Africa and serves as an excellent example of how environmental NGO’s and large industry can work together and also how competing entities in one sector can work together for greater positive impact in selected areas. The GKS initiative offers private landowners in the area the opportunity to play an important role in the conservation of our natural heritage. To date, Wentzel has made good progress in engaging with land owners and consulting with various environmental, farming and administrative bodies active in the Kouga – Tsitsikamma area.

Thank you Yvonne Bosman for a great article

Heather Waters brings back memories of Suzie Quatro

Not many brought up after Rock ‘n Roll era of the 60’s and 70’s will remember the female rocker Suzie Quatro. Described as “a female rock pioneer, in some ways the female rock pioneer and the first female lead singer and bassist, an electric ax-woman, who sang and played as freely as the males, inspiring other females.” Her energetic performances and husky voice saw her over the years pile up sales of over 50 million records.

So what has Suzie Quatro got to do with St Francis? Well nothing really other than on Friday night while enjoying a last beer with a couple of mates, intending to leave before the evenings musical act at Rock Lily was to start, the musicians, a husband and wife, or should that be a wife and husband band called ‘Heather Waters’ started to do their necessary sound checks. The normal “one-two; one-two; one two” a few guitar chords, drum beats that are the signature of most sound checks were mostly ignored but then…..

Suddenly the music started with great rock beat and then this voice! Turning to see from where this great sound was coming from, there was this petite lady seated on a chair really rocking whilst beating out the song on her guitar. Whether it was the voice or the way she was attacking her guitar and gyrating in her chair or the leather jacket, something almost instantly brought back memories of Suzie Quatro. She only played for about 30 seconds as part of the sound setup but it was enough to rouse old memories and certainly grabbed the attention of most in the pub. It suddenly seemed a good idea to nurse a beer for maybe it would be worth waiting around until the show proper started.

Heather Waters

And it certainly was worth staying on for what a show it turned out to be. This lady oozes talent and much of what she sings she has written herself. Her music is well composed with meaningful lyrics and to compare Heather to Suzie is more only in the way they perform their foot stomping music rather than the music itself. Suzie is more hard rock whereas Heather Waters is more folk rock. Casting one’s mind back one has the feeling that had Heather been around way back then and playing at Woodstock, she would have fitted right in and would have been one of the stars of the show.

Heather, with hubby on percussion, played solidly for two hours without a break and even when she broke the strings on her one guitar, she hardly missed a beat replacing the guitar with another so she could belt out her next song. Great show and congrats to Rock Lily for bringing this accomplished duo to Cape St Francis.

Some biography on Heather from her website

“A year after the release of Heather’s first album ‘Lyrics in my Pocket’ (2007), ABC Broadcasts (USA) voted Heather ‘Best Artist in Style (Folk), and her song ‘Masquerade’ – ‘Best Song in Style’ (Folk), with two of her songs receiving regular airplay in UK and parts of USA and Europe.  Spending most of 2009 busking and performing live shows across the Mediterranean, Heather returned to SA where her acoustic trio were selected by PANSA (Performing Arts Network of South Africa), to perform at the FIFA 2010, WORLD CUP FOOTBALL celebrations in Cape Town”.

NOTE to organisers of St Francis Rocks 2016 – Here is an act really worth securing for this year’s event

Some interesting videos & links

Suzie Quatro:
Heather Waters:

Footnote: Suzie never really made it big in her homeland America but has a huge following in Britain, Europe and Australia and aged 65, Suzie is performing her final tours having performed in Australia last year and is in Europe this year