St Francis College Breaking Ground

St Francis College set to grow

St Francis College pupils, parents, staff and governing body members celebrated the school’s exciting new growth plans with a sod-turning ceremony, champagne and cupcakes. The college is building a new cricket pitch, has bought a school bus and acquired 20 new computers. “We don’t do things in small measures – our exciting news is out!” said college mom and event organiser Louise Niven.. Photographs : Didi de Bruyn

St Francis College breaking ground

St Francis College kids

St Francis College kids & parents

St Francis College breaking ground

Roxanne Litherland – St. Francis College Publicist
Photos by Didi de Bruyn

SAPS St Francis mourns

Tragic death of W/O Fanie de Ridder, SAPS, St Francis

The St Francis Bay SA Police are in mourning this week with the tragic death of one of their own, Warrant Officer Jan Stephanus Hermanus de Ridder on Monday 25th July.

Popularly known as Fanie by his comrades in arms, Fanie headed up the Crime Prevention unit and was well known and liked by all those who worked, or reacted with him within the Francis Bay community. Acting Station Commander Capt Johan du Toit had this to say of Fanie.

“Fanie was a dedicated, hardworking and courageous member of our St Francis team who worked diligently at his task of making St Francis a better place to live. We at SAPS St Francis Bay will miss his commitment and friendship as will, we are sure, the community of St Francis Bay”

Divorced, Fanie is survived by a son 19 and daughter 15.

RIP Fanie, you will be fondly remembered by your colleagues at St Francis Bay SA Police Service and those in the community who knew you.

Fanie’s funeral will be held today at 12 noon at NG Kerk Oos in Humandorp.


St Francis Bay Canal improvements by Riparian HOA

Canal Improvements and latest prices for canal and river licences

The last 12 months have seen a continuation of the maintenance and upgrading of the canal network by the St Francis Bay Riparian Home Owners Association (SFBRHOA).

Improvements have been made in various areas including the small boat harbour landscaping and resurfaced parking area, renovations to the aging boat fleet, additional marker buoys for the Kromme River, additional dredging capacity with the construction of a new dredger and installation of dog faeces bag dispensers in key areas to prevent contamination of the beaches and public open spaces.

St Francis Bay Canal improvements

Improvements have also been introduced to our administration with the upgrading of our Health & Safety compliance, the introduction of credit and debit card payment facilities for boat licences and mooring rentals, the introduction of a new and improved web site, regular monitoring of canal water quality and improved monitoring of planning applications to ensure compliance with canal regulations.

Going forward from now until the December holiday season dredging will be a priority together with the continued maintenance of the Spit particularly with the storm season approaching.

Our objective is to ensure that the canals live up to being one of the prime attractions of the Eastern Cape.

Kouga Municipality have published the new tariffs for boat licences and mooring rentals and these can be purchased at the Canal Harbour Office from Tuesday to Saturday, 8am to 4pm. Payment is preferred by MasterCard, Visa or EFT.

St Francis Bay Riparian HOA launches new website

St Francis Riparian launched their new website this morning with a website domain name change. The new site can be viewed at

The new  website is made up of two portals, a public site and a members site. The public site carries general information on the canals with the member site containing information pertinent to members. Paid up Members can access the members portal by registering on the home page of the public site. There will be a short delay in allowing access as membership will need to be verified before a members access code is activated

The new Canal Licences, River Licences & Moorings prices are available on the new website

Please note that some of the Canal Harbour Office contact details have changed

Phone 0636964906
Web site
Located off La Digue Place


Great Turnout at Saving St Francis meeting at The Links last Evening

St Francis Bay Property Owners LogoDespite the freezing weather St Francis Home Owners turned out en-masse for the “Saving St Francis” Presentation at St Francis Links last evening. Arriving in the parking area well before time to the car park was almost full and entering the conference room it became obvious that most were there for the meeting and not for the delicious Eisbein on offer by the Links on their Monday Night Dining Menu. A rough head count indicated an audience of at least 150 people possibly more as there was nary a chair vacant with some having to remain on their feet for the duration of the meeting. A bigger turnout than the initial presentation in January that had the benefit of a large contingent of home owners visiting their holiday homes.

To cover all that was discussed and illustrated in the meeting would take pages so it is suffice to say that all this information will be made available on Home Owners association website shortly. What was heartening was the depth of detail that Chairman Wayne Furphy and his team have put together. There is no doubt that the committee comprising Furphy, Chris Grey,  Greg Miller, Paul Pizzaro, Gert Vorster and Peter Mountford along with Simon Picton-Turbervill and Norman Dyer from the Riparian HOA and Joint River Committee respectively, are knocking on some important doors and turning over all the rocks to create a solution for the ailing state of the greater St Francis region.

The one message that came across in what was a really well put together presentation that covered most aspects of all that needs to be done, is that it will require  the co-operation and buy-in of as many, if not every St Francis property owner to achieve what has to be done to ensure StFrancis continues to attract investment both as a prime holiday destination and as a sought after region in which to buy property.

A similar presentation was held in Johannesburg last week to a similar sized audience and was extremely well received with positive input from St Francis property owners living in Gauteng. This evening the ‘roadshow’ will move to Port Elizabeth so we recommend PE readers to make sure you get to the Old Grey Club by six this evening. It really is worth hearing what Wayne, Chris and Greg have to say

10th Annual Pam Golding Properties Canals Winter Challenge

Rob Welsh and Greg Louw take top honours in Pam Golding Properties Canals Winter Challenge

The Podium - Pam Golding Properties Canals Winter Challenge

The Podium – Pam Golding Properties Canals Winter Challenge

The weather in St Francis can truly serve up wonderful weather at the very last moment as it did on Sunday for the 10th annual Pam Golding Properties Canals Winter Challenge for after a truly awful cold and windy Saturday, Sunday 24 July 2016 dawned a perfect: sunny and calm day, making for a very pleasant morning paddling.

The event is a doubles event but Singles were also welcome although the prizes were only for doubles. The event saw some 62 paddlers compete which was a 20% increase on the 2015 event.

Soon after the start, the field, as always, split up into bunches with Greg Louw/Rob Welsh and Phil Smith/Josie Williams breaking away, with the second batch consisting of Kevin Klette/Lean Nowers, Gary Atkinson/Richard Arderne, and National u14 champs, Graydon Mitchley/Jordy Malherbe following closely

In the end it was Rob Welsh and Greg Louw who took the 20km title followed by Joseph Williams and Phil Smith just 2 seconds behind, a closely fought contest indeed, with Kevin Klette and Lean Mowers in third spot. The 10km race saw the versatile Amica de Jager (she appears as comfortable on the water as she is in the water) and Vilem Horak followed by Dean and Dale Abrahams with Rob Smith and Antoinette Scholtz in third.

As always the Quaysyde proved to be very popular, with some paddlers enjoying a few beers in the sun for many hours after the prize-giving.

Young and not so young - Pam Golding Properties Canals Winter Challenge

Sponsors Richard Arderne with fellow competitors