SA Weather Service issue weather warnings

NSRI STATION 21 - St Francis BayNSRI is urging the public to follow the SA Weather Service advisory and to be alert to the approaching storm conditions.

NSRI urge the public to be cautious around the coastline today, tomorrow and over the next few days following the Weather Service alerts to storm conditions causing heavy sea swells and rough seas brought on by the approaching cold front.

Gale Force winds, thunderstorms, hail, rough seas, localised flooding and hail are predicted in places over this time period.

Bathers, boaters, paddlers, sailors, surfers and anglers are urged to be cautious around the coastline during this cold front and for the days following the cold front.

While the alert is concentrated from Alexander Bay to Algoa Bay NSRI urge all coastal users to be cautious at all times and to monitor the weather advisory of SA Weather Service for alerts.

NSRI and Emergency Services are on high alert.

Waitron Heros

Waitrons jump in to save toddler.

Two Joe Fish waitrons became heroines last weekend when they saved a toddler who had fallen into the swimming pool.

Vee and Annelisa at Joe Fish Restaurant

Vee (pictured right) was serving lunch to a table of four on at poolside when she noticed the toddler in the group was continually walking very close to water’s edge. Anticipating the danger Vee approached the group and suggested they should seat the child on a chair she had brought them suggesting it would stop him wandering around the pool.

Appreciating the danger and anticipating a potential disaster Vee kept an eye on the toddler as she went about serving diners. Turning from attending a table she saw the toddler and was now walking right on the pool edge of the opposite side of the pool to where his parents sat. Almost on cue because of his unsteady gait the inevitable happened. The toddler fell into the pool.

In an instant and without hesitation jumped into the pool and grabbed at the now submerged child. Seeing the and realising her colleague needed help, Annelisa too, jumped into the water and managed to get the child by the hair and lift him out the water. By this time other diners had seen what was happening and one diner came to the two heroine’s aid and lifted the child out of the water. No worse for wear thanks to the quick reactions of Vee and Annelisa the child was reunited with very embarrassed but thankful parents.

Well done ladies!

Joe Fish is the poolside restaurant at Cape St Francis Resort where Sunday lunches offer not only a superb menu choice but on most Sunday’s, live music.A truly great venue for Sunday lunch for the whole family.

Closing nights at Rock Lily

As Rock Lily Music Promotions and Events are moving on to host live music at the St Francis Bay Brewery and at The St Francis Links, we are sad to be leaving our iconic building and invite you to two incredible nights of music to send us on our new musical Journey with love and by having a really good time.

Our last 2 nights of Live Music will be

Friday 27 April

Steve Fataar and Friends LIVE.The LEGEND AND THE BEST OF LOCAL MUSICIANS TO BACK HIM.Ryan Osborne, Chris Constanza, Chris Leopold and Yawn Allen.

Tickets at The Door.R70

Saturday 28 April


Free Entry.

Drinks and food specials on both nights.

Join us as we celebrate our future in promoting LIVE SA Music with these 2 magnificent nights of music, food, drinks and a whole lot of fun.

See you there


Goodbye to a remarkable lady

Until we read the eulogy written for the memorial service held for Elza van Lingen at Mentors Country Estate on Monday (23rd April) we truly knew very little of just how remarkable a person she realty was. St Francis Today has reproduced the Eulogy for those who were not among the over 1000 mourners who gathered at Mentors Country Estate to pay their final respects to Elza.

Reproduced from the original program.


Elza van Lingen

‘The dynamic and passionate former Member of Parliament, Elza van Lingen, was born and raised in Willowmore in the Eastern Cape

While working as a Public Relations Officer for KWV, she met and married a farmer  Michael, and together they ran a Merino stud in Middelburg in the Eastern Cape.  She was mother to Mick and Caroline end stepmother to Robin and Lawrence.

While on the farm, she was a serial entrepreneur and community leader. Her community work included starting a hospice in Mlddelburg. She ran numerous development and training programmes, upskilling hundreds of people, and managed the no small feat of coordinating 120 sheep shearers in 12 teams to work throughout the region. On the business side she ran a clothing manufacturing business that employed and trained members of the community. Elza also owned a shoe store, home industry business and had a real estate licence.

She was invited to get involved in politics at the time, but declined as her children were still young. That changed once her four children were grown up. The couple moved to Cape St Francis in 2000 where they ran a guesthouse.

Elza’s extensive experience In community work and her drive and work ethic were well suited to the next chapter in her life in politics. The quality of the water in the town was of great concern to her and her efforts to rectify it earned her an invitation to join Cape St Francis Civic Association. Their main focus was on service delivery and the environment.

In 2002 she was approached to join the DA team and was elected as a DA councillor to the then Cacadu District Municipality  (Sarah Baartman District Municipality).

She served as e district councillor for about six years before being elected by the DA to serve in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) during the 2009 elections. In November 2011 she was elected the Leader of the DA in the NCOP and re-elected in 2014.

She was also appointed as leader of the Tsitsi-Kouga Constituency, which Included Kouga, Koukamma and Baviaans.

Following the DA’s victory in Kouga in 2016, Elza was elected as Mayor. Her vision for Kouga, towards which she worked tirelessly, was to strengthen service delivery to all communities and to build a confidant climate for investment and job creation.

Elza’s humanity and deep compassion touched all. Her selflessness and commitment manifested in her working until a week before her demise.

Her care for community and family was evident in the way she worked, lived and inspired until the very end.

SA Seniors at Links

Seniors SA Champs being held at The Links this week

With Eastern Province Golf having selected St Francis Links as the host club,  some 88 plus golfers are in St Francis  this week to compete in the Senior and Super-Senior Inter-Provincial Championships.  Made up of eight teams of eight players in the senior division (50+) and six teams of four in the super-senior division (60+).

All the teams and their management are staying at Cape St Francis with the Opening and Closing ceremonies both being held at The Links.

Great weather welcomed the golfers over the weekend and remained perfect for yesterday’s official start . However all that is about to change with a rather strong westerly forecast for today.

The mornings see golfers tee off in foursomes  with single s being played in the afternoon, Monday through to Thursday. morning from today until Thursday, the teams will compete in foursome play, with singles following in the afternoons.

Central Gauteng has dominated the event over the past years and  will no doubt be the one’s to beat this year but both the Southern and Western Cape are right in there.

St Francis Links has been the venue for several Eastern Province Championships  and Greg DeDonker of EP Golf expressed his delight that the Links is hosting this prestigious event. Commenting DeDonker said “It’s a perfect course for match play. St Francis Links will provide all of the risk and reward that makes match play golf so special.”

Undoubtedly Jeff Clause and his team will be in his element and will as always, be the perfect ambassador to fly the colours of St Francis high and promote our wonderful region to his captured audience.

Photo courtesy St Francis Links Facebook page