Grace period

Grace period for residents to pay their municipal debt

Residents whose municipal accounts are overdue have until 20 June 2017 to settle their debt or make arrangements to pay it off.

Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said the municipality would be putting its credit control measures on hold till then.

“The municipality will not be cutting/blocking electricity till 20 June so as to allow affected residents the opportunity to pay their outstanding balance.

“The municipality will, however, start cutting/blocking electricity again from 21 June.”

Large Surf Forecast

Large Surf Forecast For JBU Supertrial Powered by Monster Energy

There is a powerful swell heading for JBay, and the contest organisers of the JBU Supertrial Powered By Monster Energy are ready to go with their event. The huge storm heading for Cape Town mid-week will transform into big storm surf in JBay later in the week, and will result in challenging conditions for the competition.

There are two possible days that the tournament could run, and invited surfers from out of town are already heading down to JBay to start preparing for what is going to be an interesting day of surfing.

“The Cape is in for one of the fiercest storms in a decade as a 985mb low pressure cell slams into Cape Town on Wednesday, spreading east rapidly in the form of a gale force northwesterly followed by westerly,” said JBU Supertrial official wave forecaster Spike from “JBay will be blasted by devil winds on Wednesday, followed by strong west winds on Thursday when a huge storm swell arrives. Some big sets should be bending into Supertubes, but winds are fierce.”

According to Spike, it looks like Friday has a small window for the contest to run as well.

“By Friday, the swell has gone southerly and is a solid six to eight-foot at Supertubes perhaps bigger at first, easing gradually,” continued Spike. “Epic conditions are probable for the early hours of daylight, with a light onshore starting to ruffle the surf by late morning.”

Contest organiser Koffie Jacobs has been closely monitoring the swell charts, and concurs with Spike. “There is a lot of weather coming our way, and plenty of surf along with it,” said Jacobs. ” We are looking for the best window of opportunity on either Thursday or Friday, as both days have potential.”

Out of the 12 selected surfers for this invite-only event, there are three local guys who are very excited about the upcoming event. Matt McGillivray is a natural-footed surfer who calls Supertubes his home break.

“I’m super grateful to have been included in the JBU Supertrial again this year,” said McGillivray. “I’m really excited for it and am crossing my fingers for a good sized swell to come through. It’s an incredible opportunity to be able to surf a heat with just four guys out, at one of the best waves in the country.”

JBU Supertrial Jbay

Matt McGillivray ©Van Gysen

Former event champion Dylan Lightfoot is another local surfer who is ready to meet this swell head-on.

“The JBU Supertrial is my favourite competition of the year, and every surf I have at Supers is geared towards preparing myself for it,” said Dylan. “My boards are feeling good and I am feeling confident for the event! There is a great swell this week that is looking promising.”

JBU Supertrial Jbay

Dylan Lightfoot © Van Gysen

The defending champion, local goofy-footer (right-foot forward) Steve Sawyer is also very happy about the upcoming swell and subsequent running of the competition.

”I’m excited for the 2017 JBU Supertrial,” said Sawyer. “I’ve waited a whole year for it. To be honest, last year was an unexpected and super pleasant surprise. I have no expectations for this year except for the awesome waves that are coming.”

JBU Supertrial Jbay

Steve Sawyer © Van Gysen

So all eyes will be on the famous right-hand point-break of Supertubes for the next few days, as JBay prepares for another classic day of surfing in this prestigious tournament. First prize in the JBU Supertrial consists of a wild card into the Corona Open JBay and valuable competitive experience surfing against the likes of 11 times world champion Kelly Slater (USA), three times world champion and defending champion Mick Fanning (AUS), current world champion John John Florence (HAW), former world champions Gabriel Medina and Adriano De Souza (BRA) as well as South African surfing legend and two times event champion Jordy Smith. There is also a minimum prize purse of US$10k (R127k)

The JBU Supertrial presented by Monster Energy has a waiting period from 1st – 11th June, and historically has always enjoyed excellent surf conditions at Supertubes. The Corona Open JBay has a waiting period from 12th – 23rd July, and is part of the JBay Winterfest

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The JBU Supertrial is co-sponsored by RVCA. is the media partner.

The JBU Supertrial is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa, the recognised governing body for the sport in South Africa.

About Surfing South Africa

SSA is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).
The JBU Supertrial also is sanctioned by the World Surf League (WSL)
About the World Surf League
The World Surf League (WSL), formerly the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), is dedicated to celebrating the world’s best surfing on the world’s best waves through a variety of best-in-class audience platforms. The League, headquartered in Santa Monica, is a truly global sport with regional offices in Australasia, Africa, North America, South America, Hawaii, Japan and Europe.

For more information contact the event organiser Koffie Jacobs –

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Kouga Municipality - logoCertificates to inspire service excellence

Two Kouga municipal employees were commendedwith Certificates of Service Excellence for delivering outstanding service to the public at a recent meeting of the Kouga Council.

Mandy Jantjies, a senior services clerk in the municipality’s Revenue Department at St Francis Bay, and Dial Titus, superintendent: Technical Services at Jeffreys Bay, were awarded Certificates of Service Excellence.

Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said that the certificate programme had been introduced so as to “recognise instances of outstanding service delivery and to nurture a culture of service excellence among municipal employees”.

 She said the programme was linked to the municipality’s new vision, “Good Governance through Service Excellence”, which was adopted by the Council in December 2016.

 “Kouga has many fine and dedicated workers. It is important that we, as councillors, recognise and support their efforts as well,” she said.

Certificates of Service Excellence

Kouga Speaker Horatio Hendricks (left) and Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen (right) award the first Certificates of Service Excellence to Mandy Jantjies and Dial Titus.


Cape St Francis Resort

Home, Food & Travel votes Cape St Francis Resort #1

In an article titled “Top 10 Beach Resorts From The Wild Coast To The Garden Route” Cape St Francis Resort reached the number one spot… here’s what they had to say:

Our coastline has a number of absolutely awesome places to spend the morning on the beach, the afternoon at the pool and the evening in a great restaurant. At Home Food and Travel, we are passionate about the Wild Coast, Sunshine Coast and the Garden Route – hence, we have selected our list of top 10 resorts from this area.

1. Cape St Francis Resort – Cape St Francis, Eastern Cape Choosing this resort to top our list was an easy decision. It is situated on one of the best beaches in the country; has a wide range of accommodation offerings to suit most pockets; has a great pool, pub and restaurant area that is also popular with the small local population and the resort has a great holiday feel about it.

Weddings at Cape St Francis ResortAnita Lennox, Manager at Cape St Francis Resort, says; “Family owned and run, we offer accommodation options to suit all tastes from luxury beach villas, family cottages to affordable apartments. Without a doubt, our proximity to one of South Africa’s best beaches and the activities that we have to offer set us above the rest.”

Liandè Barnard, Editor of Home Food & Travel, agrees; “This stylish and sophisticated resort has accommodation options for every taste and need – from beach mansions to holiday houses and apartments. Being walking distance from the beach, Cape St Francis Resort also boasts the Joe Fish Bar & Restaurant, Hibiscus Health and Beauty Studio, sparkling pool facilities and a convenient shop. This is, by far, my favourite resort.”

Darren John, the owner of the Wedding & Function Eastern Cape and Home Food & Travel Border franchises, adds; “Definitely the relaxation centre of Cape St Francis. The resort features comfy family accommodation which lacks nothing; is a stroll away from the beach; has a sparkling pool, great value restaurant and a bar area that’ll turn your afternoon into an evening without much persuasion! Stress relief from the moment you disembark your transport.”

Jeanice Schalkwyk, Bargain Buys Supervisor at Ricochet Publishing, describes; “There is nothing more rewarding than visiting Cape St Francis Beach Resort. The exclusiveness and tranquility make every stay worthwhile.”

Press Release – Cape St Francis Resort