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

New office bearers for Surfing South Africa Board AGM.

New President, Vice President and Board of Directors elected at Surfing South Africa Board AGM.

Eastern Cape attorney Johnny Bakker was unanimously elected President of Surfing South Africa at the Annual General Meeting which was held in Cape Town yesterday (Sunday July 24th.)

Bakker, who joined the Board of Directors as Vice President in 2012, was upbeat about the future of South African surfing saying “There are exciting times ahead for surfing both Internationally and in South Africa. We will hear very soon whether we will be part of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, an opportunity that will be huge for our surfers. I am humbled by the position that I have been elected to and will try my very best to continue to make South African surfing succeed. In addition I acknowledge the commitment and hard work put all by all the previous Presidents over the last 50 years”.

Bakker takes over from Mark Hoffman whose six year term as President expired this year. He will join the ranks of former Presidents of SSA, all of whom were granted Emeritus status at the AGM yesterday.

Bongani Xulu of Ballito in KZN, who became a Board member in 2014, was elected Vice President and the experienced Western Cape administrator, Bruce Anderson was re elected as Deputy President. All were elected unanimously.

Board members re – elected at the AGM are Ann Wright (Durban, KZN), Greg Emslie (East London, Eastern Cape), Isaac February (Muizenberg, Western Cape) and Brian Abrahams (Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape). Karen Elkington (Kommetjie, Western Cape), a former President of Western Province Surfing, is the only newcomer to the Board of Directors.

Surfing South Africa is made up of four disciplines from clubs, districts and provinces and is the recognized governing body for Surfing in South Africa. SSA is a member of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC).is a member of the International Surfing Association (ISA).

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