A Scrooge in Cape St Francis?

A Scrooge in Cape St Francis – surely not ??? 

Hopefully it was an unthinking oversight but the way thorny brush has been piled to block the pathway to the beach on de Jonge Thomas Road in Cape St Francis does sadly appear intentional.

A week or so back we ran an article of David (Nevil Hulett) slaying Goliath (group of Gauteng based property owners). Close to a hundred readers posted comments of support for Nevil and his Quaysyde restaurant and quite rightly so for he had defeated those who seemingly feel the have the right to decide on what is best for the St Francis community aand he beat them in no better place than Supreme Court of Appeals in Bloemfontein.

Whilst one can be pretty sure this matter won’t end up in court,, the fact that access across a piece of undeveloped sand dune that disturbs no one has been stopped is really no different than trying to stop Quaysyde giving pleasure to so many.

The pathway certainly wasn’t an eyesore and wasn’t causing any ecological damage to the dunes or vegetation. That has now changed for the the thorn brush is unsightly and debatable whether it is indigenous. Hopefully the thorns will rot in time for at the moment they do pose a danger to young kids and animals should they inadvertently stand on one.

The owner has placed a sign board at the upper entry highlighting the layout of the plot (347) and careful inspection illustrates that he / she has in fact placed the thorn bushes outside the property boundary. Certainly the pathway pedestrians would follow (indicated in yellow and green dots on the map below) shows that pedestrian traffic does cross the owners land but it is a steep sand dune and no doubt have to be flattened if and when the owner builds on the land. The yellow line extended on the map shows it would be possible to miss the plot altogether if a house is eventually built on the plot making it quite unnecessary to close the patway. If that hallowed stretch is so important to the qwner then may they should apply to have a fence erected around the land / beach…

It would be very interesting to see what sort of home could be built on the plot without causing major eco damage and it certainly needs the community to be vigilant (and bea little scrooge-like back to the owner) as to what plans are one day registered with the building inspector for one would imagine will need  more than just the inspectors blessing owing to the sensitivity of the dunes.

Christmas is a time of goodwill and the owners act of blocking access to the beach by those who live and will be holidaying in de Jonge Thomas road really do not need this Scrooge-like attitude for it is nothing more than greed and an attitude of “I will because I can”.


Rock Lily Music Bar & Kitchen

A review on the popular Cape St Francis pub by Kirsten Doyle

Kirsten Doyle

Kirsten Doyle

The Rock Lily has been a local haunt of mine since it opened. We used to go there back in the day when it was still called Stix, and I really like the facelift owner Michael Kimmings has given the place, making it bright, airy and comfortable. It is well sheltered from the Cape St Francis winds, and the outside fire is lovely and toasty on those cooler evenings. Although primarily a music venue, it is also the favourite local pub for many St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis residents.

The place itself is lovely and chilled, ideal to pop in for a drink, a bite or to listen to the bands that play there on a regular basis. It also appeals to families, as the pub is non-smoking, with smoking only allowed in part of the outside section. Mike’s love of music shows in the effort he makes to bring bands in from all over the country, and around the world. From Dan Patlansky, and Brian Finch, to Arno Carstens and Boo, there’s music to suit every taste. Many shows are free of charge, although tickets (which are incredibly reasonable) for the more famous bands, need to be booked in advance to avoid disappointment.

The food is plain and simple pub fare. A selection of delicious pizzas – try the ‘Rock Lily’ made up of pulled pork and pepper dews, or the other with gorgonzola and fig – the name escapes me. There is also a range of burgers, fried fish, steak, prego rolls, and delicious chips and onion rings.

All in all, I absolutely love the Rock Lily. The bar and wait staff are friendly and super quick, and Mike is a charming host who is always welcoming, and who’s passion for music clearly shows. If you’re lucky enough, you might even see him doing a number on stage one evening.

RATING: 4.8 / 5

ATMOSPHERE: Warm, comfortable, friendly and fun.

SOUND LEVEL: Conversation level background music on most evenings – although this obviously changes when bands are playing, and becomes louder and more festive.

RECOMMENDED DISHES: The pizzas are definitely worth a try.

DRINKS: A full range of soft drinks, alcoholic beverages and spirits. Coffee, tea and milkshakes are on offer too.

PRICE RANGE: Very reasonable, R50 to R100 for meals, with generous portions.

HOURS: Off season, Tuesday to Saturday 3pm till late. During season, open daily from 12pm to late.

RESERVATIONS: Definitely when a popular act is playing – numbers are limited to prevent crowding.

CREDIT CARDS: All major.

WHAT THE STARS MEAN: Ratings range from zero to five stars and reflect the reviewer’s opinion on the food, ambience and service, with pricing taken into consideration.