Pam Golding reaps rewards

Pam Golding St Francis Bay reaps reward

Updating the article on the success of the Sport Equipment appeal put out by Pam Golding and The Village Superspar draws attention to just how much these two organisations do for the St Francis Community at large. There is hardly an event that happens in St Francis that does not have the Spar banner attached and it seems the Pam Golding flag is often flying pretty close by.

All that The Village Superspar does to support St Francis needs to be an article on its own so today we are going to take a look rather at Pam Golding,  particularly as the St Francis franchise owner, Richard Arderne, has recently been in the news for reasons other than raising funds, sponsoring, surfing, paddling or swimming.

Pam Golding through Richard is also a major contributor to the annual Teddy Bear “Teddy’s for Disney Crèche Kids”, St Francis Animal Rescue and sponsors many event including The Pam Golding Ladies Open Golf, The Pam Golding Annual played each year for the past 11 years at The Links, King of the Kromme, The Canals Winter Challenge paddling race also held for the past 11 years. Forgive us Richard if we have missed a few for we probably have.

But there is more to Richard than supporting the community for recently he received reward for his generosity and efforts to support our community when he and his team won the Pam Golding Properties National Franchise Office of the Year at the recent Pam Golding annual conference held at Fancourt last week.

The local franchise competes in the smaller category of the organisation along with 45 other franchises leaving the cities and bigger towns to do battle in the ‘large’ category.  A great achievement and a great accolade for Richard and his team

Richard had this to say.  “This award was completely unexpected, and I had been saying to a few people at the conference (and before that over the last few years!) that I have never left my chair at the annual national and regional awards ceremonies other than to go to the toilet or bar and that I have been a clapping machine for so many others!

I did know that we have had our best year since we took over the franchise in 2005, and that our sales turnover for the 12 months to February this year was only surpassed by franchises in much bigger towns, so it shouldn’t have been such a surprise when my name was called out, but it certainly was!

My thanks to a fantastic team especially Lois Fox (consistently one of the top Pam Golding agents in the East Cape over the past ten years) and Neil Fox (not far behind Lois) who were with me at our luxurious three day conference at Fancourt,  and to the rest of the amazing estate agents Emily Obray and Christelle Van Wyk, and our holiday rentals team of Krystal Scott and Leandie Terblanche, and Jancke Beer, our office administrator, as well as Majory Lippert, Gerald Claasen, and of course Jane Arderne for this award is really about them and they they are such a pleasure to work with”.

Well done Richard and team you make St Francis proud!

 

Book & I to Close

Book & I to Close

A St Francis Bay shopping landmark will close its doors tomorrow when the Book and I that has served the book reading community so wonderfully over the past years finally shuts its doors. Always the first thing you see when entering Spar from the bowling green entrance is the table with a selection of differing subjects and always worth a pause to see what could be a good read.

Before finally closing the door Steyn commented, “ I want to say thank you to each and every customer for your loyal support and patronage.  It was not an easy decision and I am going to miss you all. Kindly note I am still available if any queries regarding the book business. (Contact number 0834598990)”.

Well we are going to miss you too Steyn and thank you from the many bookworms who frequented The Book and I to peruse your shelves for their next read.

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News in Brief – 30 May

News in Brief – 30th  May

Santareme Brothers arrested for possession of dagga

Two Santareme brothers have appeared in court yesterday on charges of cultivating and the possession of dagga. Police spokesperson, Sergeant Majola Nkohli, Michael Hill (38) and Jonathan Hill (30), were granted bail of R1000 each. They were arrested on Sunday evening after a legal search of a property in Porto Cervo Rd, Santarene, in St Francis Bay.. Police seized dagga trees, dagga tubes and dagga bompies valued around R45 000. The case was postponed to Tuesday, 12 June, for further investigation.

NSRI Buoy missing

The Pink Buoy at St Francis has gone missing. These buoys are used as flotation aids for rescue. We have had a few go missing at beaches around the country but we have a very high success rate once the community buys NSRIin and people realise that it could save a life. Please help us return it to its spot.

Spring Tide Alert

NSRI urges the public to be aware and to to be cautious around the coastline for the remainder of this week and into the coming weekend as the Full Moon Spring Tide peaks tomorrow, Tuesday, 29th May, with the Full Moon.

The higher than normal high tide, lower than normal low tide and stronger than normal rip currents brought on by the Spring Tide will last into the weekend. Rough sea conditions brought on by cold fronts and high wind speeds around the coastline, together with the Full Moon Spring Tide, will result in unfavourable and rough sea conditions around the coastline.

NSRI urge public members walking and hiking along the coastline, anglers fishing from the shoreline, boaters, deep-sea fishermen, sailors and sailboarders, surfers and paddlers to excise caution.

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Jeffreys Bay needs your vote

Jeffreys Bay needs your vote to win national title

The Jeffreys Bay community would like to call on all residents of the Eastern Cape to support them in their bid to win the national Kwêla Town of the Year competition.

Jeffreys Bay won the Eastern Cape round in April and is competing in the finals this week against eight finalists from the other provinces and Namibia.

Voting by SMS opened on Sunday evening (27 May) and closes on Friday, 1 June, at 12 noon. The town that receives the most SMS votes will be announced the winner on the Kyknet magazine programme Kwêla on 17 June.

“We are proud to be representing the Eastern Cape and would like to appeal to everyone in the province to support Jeffreys Bay,” said Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks.

Joe Ferreira, chairman of the Kouga Business Forum, said the whole of Jeffreys Bay was buzzing with excitement.

“The support from all sectors of our community has simply been fantastic. Several networking sessions have taken place to get everyone on board and local businesses are offering great incentives to those who vote,” he said.

On Wednesday voters can look forward to a free cup of coffee at Suikerbossie on the R102 outside Kabeljous while on Thursday just five votes will earn you a free coffee, cold drink, craft beer or craft gin at Nina’s on Da Gama Road.

Freddie van Rooyen, of the community organisation Masikhathalelaneni, said the competition was like a dream come true for him.

“It’s been wonderful to see people from all walks of life working together and getting to know one another. Collectively, we can win this competition and draw more tourists and investors to our region,” he said.

The national winner will receive R1-million’s worth of free marketing through Kyknet while Kwêla will also host a massive celebration, featuring top artists and entertainment for the whole family, in the winning town in September.

Voting is easy.

Simply SMS the full Afrikaans town name Jeffreysbaai to 33157.

SMS’s cost R1,50 each and a maximum of 30 SMS’s per cell phone will be counted.

Voting closes at 12 noon on Friday, 1 June.

Let’s vote and give our neighbours support on this and bring the accolades to Kouga

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Two bumper weekends for St Francis

St Francis looks forward to two bumper weekends

Over the past month St Francis has been blessed with two major sport events that not only introduce a whole new group of visitor to our wonderful area and certainly are a boost to both the hospitality related businesses as well as economy in general as we head into the quiet winter months.

Having two Top 100 golf courses certainly is a huge advantage as there can be very few small towns / villages in South Africa that can boast having facility to host two major senior golf tournament in  a single year.  Both these tournament, the National Senior and Super-Senior Division “A” Inter-Provincial Championships and Senior Women’s Nationals were a huge success with all players singing the praises of both golf courses and the St Francis experience. Listening to the chatter at the ladies event prize giving some remarks that were overheard were; “I will definitely be returning to St Francis with my husband” and “I am already seeing if we can book our Christmas holiday in St Francis” and “I didn’t know we had heaven on our doorstep”.

Amidst all the fairway and green activity St Francis also hosted the annual Kromme Descent, a swimming event that but for its 100 entry limit, would probably attract a lot more competitors and of course, their families.

And whilst still on the Kromme, we now have two more bumper weekends to look forward to with the the Eastern Cape Canoe Marathon (2nd & 3rd June) followed by the 2018 SA Canoe Marathon over the weekend 16 and 17 June.

Of course one of St Francis’ greatest attractions is surfing and there will be a junior event at Seals later in the winter but more on that closer to the time.

That we are able to attract such major events certainly is important to our economy and thus we, as a community, must do all we can to welcome our visitors and ensure them a great time in St Francis to get them to not only return to our shore  themselves but to tell their family and friends what a great place St Francis is.

Jeff Clause with the final fourball at the SA Senior Ladies Champs

A swimmer in the Kromme Descent