Concern over water situation

Reader shows concern over water situation

The following e-Mail was received from reader Alison Bosch and it certainly is apparent, not only from this letter but from comments from others that some visitors are oblivious to our situation. Cape St Francis has poster on almost every available street pole but the same cannot be said of St Francis Bay.

“I have been agonising over this for days and haven’t known who to approach.  Hopefully you will be able to get the message through to the powers-that-be.

The whole issue of our water crisis in this area is under-emphasised and wishy-washy, especially when compared to Cape Town.  Very few people seem to be aware that we have a crisis. We really need to follow Cape Town’s example and get the message out strongly.

Allow me to describe one incident:

Recently we went to dinner with a family from Gauteng who have a holiday home in St Francis. There were 12 people for dinner with multiple courses, rendering a mountain of dirty plates and glasses. I watched in horror as the hot water was turned on full and each plate was thoroughly rinsed under this running tap (without a plug in the sink) before being placed in the dishwasher. When I mentioned the fact that we had water restrictions the family was surprised. They laughingly said that perhaps they should cut down on the leisurely baths every night.

My son visiting from Cape Town was asked by his children which level of water restriction we were on and his reply was that he didn’t think we had water restrictions.  He hadn’t seen any notification.  Needless to say, they stuck to 1 minute showers!

I have not yet found anyone in St Francis who is able to tell me exactly what our water quota is.


Alison Bosch”

More Disabled Parking

More Disabled Parking needed in St Francis

Following on from yesterday’s post regarding road and parking improvements envisaged by St Francis Property Owners in the 2018 SRA proposal, there is one aspect of parking that shopping centre owners simply have to pay attention to and to do so without any delay. Last week I had occasion to meet a friend of mine and her daughter-in-law who have been visiting St Francis over the holidays. The daughter tragically had a horse riding accident some years ago that has left her wheel chair bound.

We initially agreed to meet at Pedal and Spoke but as I arrived early I did a reconnoitre of the parking only to find there was not a single spot to park anywhere in the vicinity of Pedal & Spoke, Rambling Rose or Christies. I quickly called my friend and recommended that we rather meet in the old village at Tails & Thyme. Thankfully two vehicles vacated parking bays almost directly outside ‘Tails’ almost as the friend and were able to park with plenty of room for the daughter to extricate and set up her wheelchair.

As adept as paraplegics are at setting up their wheelchairs and as much as they insist on being independent we still need to make life as easy as possible for the disabled.  Whilst wheelchairs can access ‘Tails’ from the car park opposite Kouga Print, possibly the owners could designate the two adjacent parking spots for disable parking only.  The owner could possibly also create a small ramp as the ground is uneven and a ramp would go a long way to making access a little easier.

It seems there are just two disable parking bays in the village, one outside the main entrance to SPAR and the other outside the Pharmacy, both of which are regularly abused by people who should know better.

It would be interesting to have shops, restaurants, coffee shops, B&B’s and guest houses make COMMENTS what the offer to make access and facilities more accessble by  paraplegics and the disabled. Tell us about you facilities and St Francis Today will create a page on our website where will happily give disable friendly businesses a free advert on that page.