Sand River Bridge Open

Sand River Bridge Opened for traffic yesterday afternoon

Photo Stephanie Ernsten

St Francis Today thought we would try and make a bit of a comeback today but alas it seems the ed is not quite up to it after suffering a collapsed lung following recent heart surgery. Possibly things will be better next week but the effort this morning has been more than a little draining and painful.

Anyway the good news is that the Sand River bridge is open to traffic which will certainly ease the traffic flow in and out of St Francis especially as the holiday season approaches. We were promised some photos as we could not travel to site but alas received none so we have borrowed this one from Stephanie Ernsten (hope you don’t mind Steph).who used the bridge late yeaterday.

The conractors have asked us to appeal to the public whether driving, cycling or walking over the bridge to take care. The entire area is still a construction site and traffic calming methods will remain in place until the bridge is finally completed some time in the first half of 2018.

No doubt there will be complaints and comments on how narrow the bridge is and a stream of criticism but please bear in mind the bridge construction still has a long way to go and will offer a wider drive through once complete.


PinkDrive’s services

PinkDrive’s services to benefit communities in the Eastern Cape

PinkDrive will be offering their services to communities in the Eastern Cape during October. Communities from Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp, Sea Vista, Clarkson and Kareedouw will receive  PinkDrive’s services: mammograms, pap smears, clinical breast examinations, PSA testing as well as education regarding breast, cervical, prostate and testicular cancer.

This outreach and service offering is made possible by Cennergi, Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm and Kouga Wind Farm. These Wind Farms are committed to their communities and the wellbeing of the communities is  their priority. By inviting PinkDrive to their communities, a platform is created for members of the various communities to be empowered with vital health messaging.

Noelene Kotschan, CEO and Founder of PinkDrive says that their organisation is privileged to be providing their services to these communities. “As October marks world breast cancer awareness month, I cannot think of a better way to serve, as through this outreach and our cancer screening. We know that there is a need for our services in this province and we are looking forward to bringing our message of “Early Detection” to these communities” says Noelene. She sincerely thanks the three wind farms for affording PinkDrive the opportunity to work in their communities.

Community members will also have access to other health screening services such as HIV/AIDS screening, Tuberculosis screening and NCD screening supported by SANAC (South African National Aids Council and National Department of Health). A basket of health services within one engagement, an opportunity that every woman and man requires in order to sustain good lifestyles and a health nation.

PinkDrive will be at the following communities, from 09:00- 16:00 daily and invite members of the communities, media and stakeholders to the following activations:

16 October – Kareedouw Clinic
17 October – Clarkson Clinic
18 October – Humansdorp
19 October – Sea Vista Clinic
20 October – Jeffreys Bay Clinic

Community members are requested to please bring their ID documents along for recording and registration purposes.