Boat Licences – Where does the Money go?

Boat Licences – Where does the Money go?

KJRC River Patrol Officers John Scott and Nicklaas Windvogel on duty aboard their patrol craft “Lambordinghy”

The Kromme Joint River Committee, which represents the Home Owners Associations and Share Blocks along the Kromme River, was restructured in 2016 to manage and maintain the river boating activities, including law enforcement and the utilisation of income derived from the sale of boating permits for and on behalf of the Kouga Municipality by the signing of a MOA (memorandum of agreement) and the registration of the KJRC as a NPC (non profit company).

  1. Also represented on the KJRC are the Kromme Enviro-Trust (KET) and DEDEAT (Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs, and Tourism), DWS (Depart of Water and Sanitation), DAFF (Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries) who lend their expertise to ensuring that the river environment is protected. KET Chairman, Warren Manser has been appointed as a Peace Officer with the authority to caution and fine anglers and bait collectors that do not adhere to regulations.
  2. Law enforcement and river safety are of paramount importance. The KJRC has permanently employed a law enforcement officer to patrol the river at present. Since patrol officer Nickolaas Windvogel’s commenced his duties a little over a year ago, his presence has contributed to the increased awareness amongst river users of the importance of adhering to the by-laws and the need for river safety practices. To assist in policing the waterways over peak periods a second patrol officer, John Scott is appointed.
  3. The patrol officer’s activities are managed by the KJRC committee and in particular by Naas Marais of the Kromme River Angling Club who has dedicated hours of his time voluntarily to seeing to it that the two vessels provided by the KJRC for use by the patrol officers are properly maintained and equipped for the purpose.
  4. The KJRC sees to it that boating permits are issued with the river by-laws printed on the reverse side and that a map of the river, showing and explaining the positions of buoys is provided with each boating permit. This map and the by-laws are published in the local media before each holiday season and effective methods of communicating this important information is continually under review by the committee.
  5. The KJRC committee purchases the river marker buoys and signage and oversees the positioning and maintenance of these to ensure that river users can safely navigate the areas of the river where channels are unstable and regularly change. However, it must be clearly understood that these are only a guide and the responsibility of safe passage rests with the skipper of the craft.
  6. Water testing at various points along the river has been commenced during the past year and so far the river water boasts a clean bill of health. Testing will be conducted before and after each peak season to ensure the water quality is carefully monitored and any change timeously dealt with.
  7. The entities represented on the KJRC will be contributing financially towards the cost to dredge the river to provide a safer boating environment for river users once an EIA for this work has been approved.

Issued by: Norman Dyer; Chairman; Kromme Joint River Committee

Listeriosis food recall on track in Kouga

Kouga Municipality would like to remind businesses and consumers that four brands of chilled foods have been recalled due to the recent Listeriosis outbreak.

The four brands are Enterprise, Mieliekip, Bokkie and Renown while the chilled foods that have been recalled include polony, smoked Russians, frankfurters, pork bangers, Viennas and spreads.

Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said that while some shops had also recalled other products they stock, the municipality was still awaiting official instruction from the National Consumers Commission regarding these.

He said the municipal Environmental Health Practitioners had been monitoring the recall since the products were pulled from the market three weeks ago.

“The municipality is also helping to ensure that the recalled products are safely disposed of, at the cost of the producers or distributors.”

He said businesses and consumers were advised to take the following steps by 31 March 2018 so as to receive a full refund:

  • Remove all Enterprise, Bokkie, Mieliekip and Renown products from your fridge
  • Place them into a plastic bag and seal it
  • Return them to your major supermarket or wholesaler whether opened or not, even if you don’t have a till slip.

“For your safety, we also want to recommend that you clean your fridge with a disinfectant and wipe down any product that came into contact with the recalled product.”

He further asked residents to keep an eye open for shops that have not yet removed the products from their shelves.

“Please notify our Environmental Health section on 042 200 2200 so that they can ensure the food is removed. They can also be contacted for clarity and further information.”

PRESS RELEASE – Kouga Municipality

Volkswagen Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro

World Surf League Africa Launches 2018 Regional Tour Over Easter Weekend

  • Africa to Host 14 Events Offering Prize-Money Totaling Over R18 million in 2018
  • Participants Include Men, Women, Juniors, and Longboarders
  • Sep 27-30        Cape St Francis     Billabong Junior Series #2

Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay), currently No. 8 on the WSL Qualifying Series rankings, is looking forward to competing in his home surf during the 2018 WSL Africa events – Photo: WSL / Masurel

The African continent’s most lucrative year of professional surfing will be launched in Port Elizabeth over the Easter weekend when competitors in the Volkswagen Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro pres. by Billabong take to the surf at Pollock Beach on Friday.

Taking place at locations that range from Lamberts Bay on the West Coast to Ballito on the East Coast, and including events in Morocco  (co-sanctioned with WSL Europe) and the first-ever World Surf League (WSL) event in Dakar, Senegal, the 14-event schedule offers total prize money exceeding R18 million.

Comprising events for men, women, junior (18-and-under) men and women and longboard men and women, the WSL Africa tour provides local surfers with the opportunity to accumulate prize money and coveted WSL Qualifying Series (QS) ranking points in their home surf without having to incur exorbitant international travel costs. The points earned enable them to qualify for and gain preferential seeding in major international events

The season starts with the VW Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro which runs from Friday to Monday, 30 March to 2 April. The tournament features a QS 1,500 rated event for men, a QS 1,000 for women and Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) 1,000 events for men and women. The prize-purse totals R200,000 and it is the first of five events in the City Surf Series (CSS).

Next up is the inaugural running of the Royal St Andrew Port Alfred Classic pres. by Quiksilver (April 5-8) which sees the WSL re-visit the great waves at the mouth of the Kowie River in the Eastern Cape for first time in more than two decades. Along with QS 1,000 events for men and women, the event re-introduces Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) events for men and women with the top performers going on to qualify for the two WSL World Longboard Championship events in Papua New Guinea in October and Taiwan in November.

The second and third events in the CSS, the Mitchum Buffalo City Surf Pro pres. by Reef Wetsuits (April 12-15) at Nahoon Reef in East London and the Zigzag Durban City Surf Pro pres. by G-Force Surfboards (May18-20) at New Pier in Durban, both feature QS 1,000 and JQS1,000 events for men and women.

The action moves to the Western Cape in June for the third annual Vans Surf Pro Classic at the iconic fishing village of Lamberts Bay on the West Coast, which runs June 1-3 with QS1,000 men and women’s events and a JQS 1,000 men.

Next up is the fourth stop on the CSS, the Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro pres. by O’Neill (Jun 14-17), that uses a mobile event format to find the best waves on the Cape Peninsula for QS 1,000 and JQS 1,000 men’s and women’s events.

The grand finale of the 2018 CSS, the Volkswagen SA Open of Surfing pres. by Hurley (Jun19-24), will also use a mobile venue format in Port Elizabeth to determine the winners in a QS1,500 men’s event and the first QS 3,000 rated women’s event, the biggest QS women’s contest to be run in the region, alongside JQS 1,000 and LQS 1,000 men’s and women’s events.

There will be no break in the action with the junior men and women back in the surf zone at Willard Beach in Ballito for JQS 1,000 events in the Billabong Junior Series (Jun22-24), followed immediately by the men and women who will be competing in the historic 50th edition of the world’s longest-running professional surfing event, the Ballito Pro pres. by Billabong (Jun 25-1 Jul).

The men’s event, with the highest available rating of QS 10,000, will again attract more than 100 of the world’s best competitors for a feast of world-class action in the mid-winter warmth of KwaDukuza. The handful of South African qualifiers will be determined to emulate compatriot Michael February (Kommetjie) who charged his way to third place in Ballito last year, which contributed significantly to the Capetonian securing a spot among the world’s top 34 ranked surfers on the elite WSL Championship Tour (CT) for 2018.

The world’s top 34 ranked male surfers, including February and perennial title challenger Jordy Smith (Durban), return to Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay in July for the Corona Open J-Bay, the sixth of 11 stops on the 2018 CT that determines the annual World Surfing Champion. They will be joined by the top 17 female CT surfers for the first time since 2000 with the men’s holding period running from July 2-16 while the women’s runs July 6-16.

Negotiations are at an advanced stage for the sanctioning of the first WSL event to be staged at Dakar in Senegal, the westernmost city on the continent. Currently listed as ‘Tentative’, the event will be QS 1,500 rated for men and women and will run August 29-2 September.

The final WSL Africa event of 2018 for men and women is the Anfaplace Pro Casablanca in Morocco from September 4-9. Co-sanctioned by WSL Africa and WSL Europe, the event in Casablanca offers QS 1,500 rated events for both men and women.

The juniors’ season wraps up at the Billabong Junior Series event at Cape St Francis where the 2018 WSL Africa Junior Series Champions will be decided, and the squad of four men and two women who will represent the region at the WSL World Junior Championships in Australia in January will be announced.

The WSL Africa region also hosts the Cell C Goodwave, a unique one-day specialty event with a holding period that runs from 1 January to 31 December while organisers wait for ideal surf at New Pier in Durban. The star-studded 24-man invitational field competes for a prize-purse of R200,000 with the winner pocketing R120,000.

Long-serving WSL Africa Operations Manager, Colin Fitch, who has instigated, coordinated and implemented the incredible growth in the regional tour over the past decade, is anticipating yet another year of exciting events.

“I’m both happy and excited to see the WSL Africa Tour growing in 2018,” says Fitch. “While the upgrade of the Volkswagen SA Open of Surfing presented by Hurley women’s event to QS 3,000 status will ensure that many of our female members get the chance to compete against the top international surfers, the inclusion of two WSL QS longboard events for men and women is also a great boost for the region.

“In June the QS 10,000 Ballito Pro presented by Billabong will celebrate the 50th edition of the world’s longest-running professional surfing event with Shaun Tomson, South Africa’s first World Surfing Champion and a six-time Gunston 500 champion, headlining the festivities. And with a QS 10,000 and four QS 1,500 men’s events scheduled here for 2018, we hope to see many more of our African surfers steadily moving up the QS rankings.”

The five events making up the City Surf Series will each host activities coordinated by Surfing South Africa, the national controlling body for the sport. These will be run by SSA Development Officer, Danielle Powis, in the various locations. The activities are designed to foster and encourage surfing among young people, regardless of their background.

2018 WSL Africa Schedule of Events

Mar 30-2 Apr   Port Elizabeth         *Volkswagen Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro pres. by Billabong
Apr 5-8             Port Alfred               Royal St Andrews Port Alfred Classic pres. by Quiksilver
Apr 12-15         East London           *Mitchum Buffalo City Surf Pro pres. by Reef Wetsuits
May 18-20       Durban                   *ZigZag Durban Surf Pro pres. by G-Force Surfboards
Jun 1-3            Lamberts Bay          Vans Surf Pro Classic
Jun 14-17        Cape Town             *Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro pres. by O’Neill
Jun 19-24        Port Elizabeth         *Volkswagen SA Open of Surfing pres. by Hurley
Jun 22-24        Ballito                       Billabong Junior Series #1
Jun 25-1 Jul    Ballito                       Ballito Pro pres. by Billabong
Aug 29-2 Sep  Dakar, Senegal     Senegal Pro (Tentative)
Sep 4-9            Casablanca           Anfaplace Pro Casablanca
Sep 27-30        Cape St Francis     Billabong Junior Series #2
Jan 1-31 Dec  Durban                    Cell C Good Wave

* City Surf Series (CSS) events

See more details on all the WSL Africa events at and on the WSL App

Press Release – WSL

SA Air Force joins search

NSRI STATION 21 - St Francis Bay

SA Air Force 28 Squadron C-130 aircraft joins search off Paradise Beach

NSRI Jeffreys Bay duty crew were activated early yesterday morning following an eyewitness report of a person appearing to be in difficulty in the surf off-shore of the lagoon at Paradise Beach before disappearing beneath the surf.

The sea rescue craft Discovery Rescue Runner 12 and Eddie Beaumont II were launched and a sea search was initiated.

A sea rescue vehicle and Paradise Beach Neighbourhood Watch assisted in a shore search.

St Francis residents yesterday would have seen and heard the SA Air Force 28 Squadron C-130 aircraft that was flying over St Francis Bay on a sea rescue exercise. The plane was diverted and assisted in an aerial search and flew an extensive search pattern.

The SA Police Services and Kouga Fire and Rescue Services were placed on alert.

Despite an extensive search no sign of a person has been located and there have been no reports of anyone missing or overdue.

After all efforts were exhausted a formal search has been suspended pending any new information and the SA Police Services will monitor for any missing persons reports.

The credible eye-witness is commended for his assistance on the scene.

SA Air Force C-130

Press Release NSRI

SRA War of Words

SFPO responds to misleading post on Facebook

Last Friday the war of words on the SRA proposed by St Francis Property Owners (SFPO) took a turn for the worse when longtime detractor Rod Suter decided to publish a letter under the guise of an anonymous contributor apparently also opposed to the SRA. One wonders why someone so opposed would choose to remain anonymous or maybe things not quite what they seem.

The anonymous letter makes so many incorrect statements and assumptions it would probably be better classified as ‘Fake News’ but sadly some serious aspersions on the integrity of the SFPO committee gave cause for  Wayne Furphy to reply to Suter and anonymous and clarify some of the points raised as well as to challenge serious accusations contained in the letter

 Furphy’s response to the Facebook letter follows.

“In reply to the anonymous letter, let us (the SFPO) begin by saying that we do not know to whom Anonymous has spoken or whether this is a misrepresentation in itself, but in our interaction with the current senior management and leadership in the Municipality, we have only received support. SRAs exist as part of the Municipal legislation to allow local communities to invest in their communities.

The reality is that the Government (National, Provincial and Local) and local property developers have not fulfilled their responsibilities  over many years resulting in:

  • The loss of our beach and s The Municipality has not maintained our beach, spit, river, roads and stormwater drains for over a decade. Instead, they allowed some of our residents to convince them to pay for the beach pipe solution which was an abject failure, wasting our taxes and losing our beach and spit. Eight years have been wasted and by now a proper system could have been put in place and the beach re-established. This is an environmental and economic disaster for our town. Fortunately, we now have a Municipality that is willing to work with us to try to fix these problems, and that is why we have made progress.
  • St Francis Bay property values have stagnated over the past 10 years compared to the trebling of property values in Cape Town and doubling of property values in Plettenberg Bay. Given inflation over the past 10 years, we as property owners in St Francis, have lost approximately half of our capital invested in our properties. This is a financial disaster for most of us. The SRA is our only hope of recovering from this dire situation.
  • We have not disseminated false information about the inaccuracy of contact information. It is a fact because we tried to call and email all property owners using Municipal contact information. The results were poor and we had to build our own database of contact information. We were told in December that there was an unacceptable level of payment arrears to Municipality. To say that this was only “wealthy property owners” is disingenuous. How does this so-called Municipal official know who is wealthy or not?
  • The SRA does not represent a tiny portion of St Francis Bay. It represents over 1,600 properties in the Canals and Village area. Santareme to Otters Landing has some 1,250 properties. The Canals and the Village will contribute approximately half of the funds required for the SRA projects. The balance will come from the River estates, the Riparians Association (Canal homeowners again), the Port, the Municipality and very generous donations from some 80 property owners who took the trouble to understand what and why we were proposing an SRA, starting some two and a half years ago.
  • The accusation that most of the money will be spent on the Canals is wrong. Please read what we have communicated. The full proposal is available for scrutiny on our website. More than half the money required will be spent on restoring our beach, all 2.7kms of it, which will benefit the whole town.
  • Where has Anonymous been over the past 2 and a half years? The facts presented are wrong, malicious and misleading.

Finally, Mr Suter, you have also published an open letter that the SFPO Committee members and Board Directors are “dishonest”. This a serious accusation you have made against the following people who are SFPO Association committee members, SFPO NPC Board members or SFPO NPC Technical Committee members : Wayne Furphy, Chris Gray, Simon Picton-Turbevill, Norman Dyer, Louis van der Merwe, Nigel Aitken, Lyn Aitken, David Truter, Dave Harpur, Paul Pezarro, Greg Miller, Gert Vorster, Peter Mountford, Deon Pienaar and Craig Northwood. Your suggestion that this group is dishonest is defamatory. All legal rights are specifically reserved in relation to this inaccurate and defamatory attack.”


The anonymous letter can be read at