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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PJ Powers to perform in Cape St Francis

PJ Powers at Rock Lily

This show is a stripped-down look at songs from the PJ Powers’ long and colourful career in the South African music industry.

R100pp – Bookings Essential!

Limited seats – tickets available at Rock Lily or Kouga Print and Design (St Francis Bay). Or contact: 042 940 0174.

All of the well-loved hits are there, from unplugged versions of Feel So Strong, through The World in Union and her ode to the Stadium she got to know so well while performing in Soweto in the 80s – Jabulani. Included, too are her latest hits, Destiny and Stay that are enjoying airplay at the moment.
She is accompanied by Knysna-based Tigger Reunert on acoustic guitar and weaves a beautiful and nostalgic tale covering the last thirty years in a show that sees them performing together again after touring extensively in the nineties and noughties.
PJ has been busy. She has written a book, she is writing songs and she has been singing all over the world.
The audience gets an insight into ‘PJ Powers – The Person’ through stories and songs in an intimate environment that is spellbinding.

PJ Powers at Rock Lily - Cape St Francis

Important News Flash For Voters In Ward 12

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It is only 10 days to election.   Are you ready to vote on 3 August 2016?  Did you plan for voting day?   Is your ID ready and do you know where you should vote?

Please note that the voting stations will be open from 07:00 in the morning until 19:00 in the evening.

In the voting station you will receive 3 X ballot papers.  Make sure that all three of them are stamped on the back by the IEC.  There are 5 candidates and 6 parties on the ballot papers:

  • One White ballot paper for the ward candidate with faces and party logos on it. Obviously you go to Ben Rheeder DA and mark an X in the square box.
  • One Green ballot paper for the proportional list with party logos on it. Obviously you go to Democratic Alliance and mark an X in the square box.
  • One Yellow ballot paper for district municipality with party logos on it. Obviously you go to Democratic Alliance and mark an X in the square box.

Please remember to stop at the DA table outside the voting station to enable us to mark you on our list – this will prevent us from phoning you to come and vote!

Your vote can make a difference!


Daar is net 10 dae voor die verkiesing.  Is u gereed om te gaan stem? Maak seker dat u ID gereed is en dat u weet waar u moet stem.

Neem kennis dat die stemstasies om 07:00 open en teen 19:00 sluit.

Op stemdag sal u drie stembriewe in die stemlokaal ontvang.  Maak seker dat al drie op die agterkant deur die OVK gestempel word. In Wyk 12 is daar vyf kandidate op die stembrief en ses partye op die ander stembriewe.

  • ‘n Wit stembrief met die kandidate se gesigte op die stembrief. Ons vertrou dat u hier vir Ben Rheeder   DA  sal stem.
  • ‘n Groen stembrief vir Kouga se proporsionele lys met die verskillende partye se kenteken op die stembrief. Ons aanvaar dat u hier vir die Demokratiese Alliansie sal stem.
  • ‘n Geel stembrief vir die distriksmunisipalitei se proporsionele lys met die verskillende partye se kenteken op die stembrief. Ons aanvaar dat u hier vir die Demokratiese Alliansie sal stem.

Jou stem kan die verskil maak.

St Francis Animal Rescue Spayathon 2016


St Francis Animal Rescue and Aloe Veterinary Clinic making a difference!

Months of planning and preparation and meeting after meeting between the team from St Francis Animal Rescue and Dr Nerine Botha finally saw their efforts realised last Saturday (16th July) when veterinary surgeons from around the the Eastern Cape joined Dr Botha for the St Francis Animal Rescue Spayathon. The experience was almost surreal and will forever be remembered by all those who were there on the day as emotional, heart-warming and life-affirming.

Publicised with hundreds of leaflets and posters produced in three languages, inviting residents of our Sea Vista community to bring their dogs and cats to the Community Hall for sterilization, the organisers really had no inkling as to how effective their efforts would be. Right up until registration day on Friday they had no idea how many pet owners, if any, would turn up with their animals. All were enormously relieved and gratified when, despite the cold and windy Friday, one pet owner after another queued and waited patiently for their turn to be admitted into the Sea Vista Community Hall to register their pet.

The registration event in itself was a major undertaking as more and more people, from the young to the old, queued with their pets as the small team of volunteers carefully weighed, treated them with anti-flea medication and recorded the owners and pets details on registration forms. All the animals were then tagged with yellow labels and the pets ears marked with indelible ink so as to ensure all pets that arrived the following day were indeed properly registered. At the end of the day the tally showed that 58 pets had been registered, just two shy of what what the committee were hoping for to make the event a success. Suitably satisfied with the day’s efforts the exhausted team set off for home to prepare for the big event the next day.

Unfortunately the weather Gods decided not to play ball and Saturday morning dawned with a heavily overcast sky with rain threatening. Well before the scheduled start time groups of volunteers arrived, scurrying through puddles, carrying pots of soup, blankets and themselves into the hall. All ready and prepared to receive the arriving patients so the rain arrived but so amazing was the organising that it took no time to get the pets out of the wet and in line to be pre-medicated  and ready for surgery. As an onlooker standing in pouring rain it truly was remarkable to see just how efficiently things were being handled in spite of the weather and for this the organisers truly have to be congratulated. In the weeks before our Spayathon, Dr Botha encouraged eight colleagues and friends to volunteer precious time and participate in this Spayathon and achieve her goal of reducing litters of unwanted puppies and kittens in the township.

Without the services of the vets who offered their skills on the day, none of this would have been possible and thanks must go to Dr Nerine Botha, Dr. Annelise Barker, Dr Elmien Kotze, Dr Marlies Bohm, Dr Didi Roos, Dr Illse Jenkinson, Dr Taneale McFarlane, Dr Robbie McFarlane, Dr Francis Solomon. Assisting the vets were four student volunteers who are hoping to become veterinarians – Ulrich Waldeck, Coral-Jade Dippenaar, Simon Schwitter and Siya Hallom. Vets brought their own tables and surgical equipment while Dr Botha organized oxygen, anaesthetic medicines and various surgical requirements to perform the sterilizations.

Vets operated in unison from 8.30 am until 3.30 in the afternoon, ably assisted by sister, Juanita Raath and nurse, Adri Engelbrecht .  Aloe Veterinary clinic staff on hand during the day included Ria Aliquo, Laura Robson, John Tom and Julia Geelbooi. Prior to the event St Francis Animal Rescue put out a plea for volunteers to sit with dogs to calm them before their surgeries and watch carefully as they recovered from anaesthetic. In the true spirit that seems to pervade in the residents St Francis, the community rallied as it always does, and over thirty people offered their help. After surgery, additional volunteers arrived to ferry sleepy dogs, cats and owners to their homes in Sea Vista. As a parting thank you to pet owners, St Francis Animal Rescue offered each sterilized dog a collar and leash, a bag of dog or cat food and a blanket or towel, to take home.

The End Count – 71 animals (66 dogs and 5 cats).

“The organizers are pleased and proud that a total of 71 animals (66 dogs and 5 cats) were sterilized during our Spayathon. They are also grateful beyond words to all supporters and helpers – and especially the residents of Sea Vista who entrusted them with the care of their beloved animals on the day”. St Francis Animal Rescue and Dr Nerine Botha would like to thank all those who participated in this hugely successful event  particularly Dr Annalise Barker, Dr Elmien Kotze, Dr Marlies Bohm, Dr Didi Roos, Dr Ilse Jenkinson, Dr Taneale McFarlane, Dr Robbie McFarlane, Dr Francis Solomon.

Grateful thanks from St Francis Animal Rescue and Dr Nerine Botha to sponsors and helpers

  • Cape St Francis Resort for kindly providing accommodation for visiting vets.
  • Jeff and Liesel Clause – St Francis Links for platters of finger food for vets and volunteers,
  • Thanks to The Village SuperSpar for generous donations of dog food.
  • Pennypinchers for the workbenches
  • Little Venice – Canal Cruise For State Vets
  • Merial – Vaccines
  • Kyron – Sutures, Chlorhexidine, De-Wormers
  • Hills SA – Food
  • Royal Canin SA – Food
  • Clini Sut Sa – Suture Materials
  • Cipla – Fiprotec And Cipla Band
  • MSD – Vaccines
  • Angela Cadman – Gently Worn – Cutting And Sewing Surgical Drapes
  • SMHart offered a security guard to keep watch over the Community Hall on Friday evening.
  • Thanks to Marcel West for donations of blankets, towels, dog collars and food.
  • To Gwen Couper and friends, including Desiree, Celia, Karen and Gwen – who set up a soup kitchen for Sea Vista residents.
  • To Colleen Camp for soup and cakes and Dee and Tracy for cupcakes and meringues.
  • Michelle Vassilou – Soup
  • Little Venice – Karen & James Jooste – Coffee, Sugar, Milk, Cups – Soup
  • Last, but not least, a big vote of thanks to Emlyn Horne and Sacha Park for video-taping and photographing this event for us.

And not to be forgotten all those who volunteered the time to comfort the animals prior to and after surgery. This event would not have been possible without you. The St Francis Animal Rescue committee comprises Susan Rae Fox, Verna Couper, Bernice Katakuzinos and Heidi Penfold supported by Liesl van Vuuren and Stephanie Ernsten who run the Pet Clinic every Thursday in Sea Vista.

Visit and LIKE the St Francis Animal Rescue Facebook page St Francis Animal Rescue Spayathon

Busy weekend at JBay Winterfest

Huge Day Of Sporting Activities At The JBay Winterfest Presented By Woodlands Dairy 2016

Mick Fanning Wins JBay Open

A chilly Saturday morning at Supertubes saw a few small waves running down the fabled point, and the event organisers did not hesitate in calling the event on. While it wasn’t perfect Supers, it was highly contestable and there were excellent scoring rides from the get-go.
Grey skies did not keep the crowds at bay, and the beach was packed to capacity before 10am.

The second semi was the repeat of last year’s final as the two Australians, Mick Fanning and Julian Wilson, repeated their disrupted final from last year, with Mick winning through to the final.

In the second semi, young Hawaiian surfer John John Florence came up against Australian surfer Josh Kerr, who deposed Slater in the first heat of the day. Both John John and Josh are aerial exponents and took to the skies, but it was John John who emerged victorious.

The final saw Fanning flying down the line to execute a few big, high scoring turns and take the lead from John John early in the heat.
Despite some massive air turns from John John on both his scoring waves, Fanning hung onto the lead until the end, to win his fourth event title in JBay. John John climbs to second on the Jeep leaderboard while Fanning climbs to fifth.

>RMB Change A Life Academy’s Ndumiso ‘Maza’ Dontso wins JBay Wind Farm MTB Classic

Ndumiso ‘Maza’ Dontso won the JBay Wind Farm Classic on Saturday 16 July 2016, beating Jason Meaton and Luvuyo ‘Thando’
Siyasi. Maza, who hails from Molteno is part of Martin Dreyer’s RMB Change A Life MTB team and is based in The Valley of a Thousand Hills in KZN. This was his first win – and indeed his first race – in his home province.

“I’m very happy with the win,” said a visibly elated Maza after the win. “It was tough though – the wind played a big role and for a large part of the race I was isolated.” Indeed, the ‘wind’ did show up for the fourth edition of this event (previously known as the JBay MTB Open), in the form of a stiff morning Southwesterly – which provided perfect offshore conditions for the JBay Open to be completed up at Supertubes – but then perhaps it wouldn’t be a fitting ‘Wind Farm Classic’ without.

According to Maza he played it safe early on and worked with another rider while two others were up the road. At around the 35-kilometre mark he made his move and stayed out front for the rest of the 85-kilometres (with some 1462 metres of climbing). “I just put my head down and rode a consistent tempo,” Maza said.

The women’s 85-kilometre was won by Yolande de Villiers with three-time defending champion Anriëtte Schoeman in second.

While Maza, De Villiers and co were battling it out at the sharp end of the field some 500 other mountain bikers braved the the chilly, blustery conditions to ride the only event of its kind to traverse a wind farm over three routes – 85km, 50km and 25km.

“The race is going from strength to strength and that shows in the entry numbers, which have more than doubled since last year,”
commented Willie van Niekerk Commercial Director of the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, who himself completed the 25-kilometre route.

“There was some very good wind,” he joked at the prize giving, “we always appreciate good wind, being a wind farm.”

The Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm has committed to at least three more years as title sponsor of the event so it promises to keep growing.
“Mountain-biking being a carbon-free, clean sport is exactly the way we want to do business,” he said. “Another aspect of the event is that it offers people the opportunity to get access to see the turbines up close, which is not always possible.”




1. Ndumiso Dontso, 2. Jason Meaton, 3. Luvuyo Siyasi

1. Yolande de Villiers, 2. Anriëtte Schoeman, 3.San Marie Woithe


1. Aiden Connelly, 2. Gerrit Rautenbach, 3. Tristan Nortjie

1. Sitka van der Bijl, 2. Antoinette Miller, 3. Vicku Laing


1. Leon Volschenk, 2. Anton van Schoor, 3. Rouan Brummer

1. Ashleigh Mayhem, 2. Robin Stewart, 3. Kristin Harrington

Siyabonga Klahla wins JBayX Turbine Run

First event in the three-installment series a resounding success

The 2016 JBayX Turbine Run, the first event in the unique two-day, three-event series that is JBay X, took place this morning at Impala Ranch outside JBay. Runners were treated to stunning singletrack and jeep trail running with a fairly ‘fast’ section between the four and10 kilometre mark. Despite the chilly conditions a big, brave field tackled the route, which saw some 350m of elevation gain.

Because of the hill-and-dale nature of the area, the stiff morning breeze – which provided perfect offshore conditions for the JBay Open to be completed up at Supertubes – didn’t factor in too much.

The men’s race was won by Siyabonga Klahla in a time of 1:24:21 with Zoë Henn taking the women’s win in a time of 1:54:09.

Bradley Heyman who came in 3rd place overall is currently in the lead of the ‘full’ JBayX Trail Series, which consists of 3 x 20Km individual trails runs, all starting 12 hours apart.

Newman claims third victory in JBay Winterfest Cold Water Classic

Cold and cloudy conditions greeted swimmers taking part in the Cold Water Classic at Marina Martinique, Jeffreys Bay this morning.

The water temperature was 14C with the air even colder at 12C, as reigning Cold Water Classic champion Rebecca Newman took her third title with a dominant swim in the triple Mile event.

Swimmers could only wear costumes, goggles and a swim cap for the triple Mile, as it was swam according to Channel rules.

“The water was way warmer than last year where we had to deal with 11C water and I felt comfortable the entire swim,” said Newman after her victory.

Jeffreys Bay swimmer JC Van Wyk won the men’s division of the triple Mile.

One of the stars of the Cold Water Classic was 9 yr old Abriella Bredell, who swam her first ever sub 15C Mile, wearing nothing more than her costume, goggles and swim cap.

“I do wear a wetsuit when I go surfing but I want to swim Robben Island so I have to get used to the cold water and swim in my costume,” said a satisfied Bredell after her swim.

Bredell aims to swim the Robben Island – Blouberg Beach crossing in the next few years and the Cold Water Classic is an integral part of her open water swim journey.