Spit Breaches

Action needed – NOW!

It was bound to happen sooner or later but later would have given more time for DEDEAT to approve urgent shoring up of the Spit. Yesterday’s high tide caused the spit to breach, thankfully closer to the river mouth and not further in which could have been catastrophic.

One would  hope that DEDEAT now gives urgently needed approval for the placement of sand bags in identified critical areas. They, DEDEAT, have delayed the process long enough so it is time that the municipality force their hand and allow work to commence before the upcoming Equinox spring tides arrive next month when a breach could prove disastrous.

Having given the go ahead to start creating a barrier with sand bags some months back DEDEAT suddenly reversed their approval and thus the bags that had been purchased for the purpose were left to gather dust  whilst DEDEAT continue to ponder a decision. DEDEAT is a needed organisation and do a lot of good in protecting the environment but they need to act when things reach a crtitical stage as has the spit.

SFT only received the report of breach last evening so we will follow up with SFPO chairman Wayne Furphy this morning and keep readers abreast of situation

NSRI & SANCCOB Save Entangled Seal

National Sea RescueNSRI and SANCCOB join forces to rescue entangled  seal

St Francis Bay duty crew were activated yesterday (Monday 13 August) afternoon following reports from SANNCOB (SA Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds) who were on the scene at Shark Point after members of the public called in for a seal entangled in fishing gut, sitting on rocks.

Efforts to assist the same seal, believed to be a Cape Fur Seal were unsuccessful on Sunday
after the seal was spotted at the Port sitting on rock. An NSRI St Francis Bay crew went to help SANNCOB members and Bayworld research members on the scene but attempts to capture the seal to free it from entanglement in fishing gut were unsuccessful after the seal was too quick and slippery and managed to escape efforts at attempts to capture the seal.

The seal did not surface after diving under water and the worst was feared but we asked members of the public who live in the area and NSRI crew who live in the area to keep a look-out for the seal.

Yesterday the NSRI duty crew again responded to join SANCCOB members on the scene at Shark Rock. SANNCOB volunteers using a specialised net that Bayworld had loaned them for the operation, were able to capture the seal and cut thick fishing gut that entangled the seal. Once free of the fishing gut the seal was released and is expected to survive the ordeal.

The concerned members of the public who called to report the incident are commended for their efforts but again the call goes out for fisherman to do all they can to recover fishing line..

New bakkies to boost service delivery

11 new bakkies set to strengthen  service delivery

Kouga Infrastructure and Engineering Portfolio Councillor Freddy Campher (third from left) receives one of the new Nissan bakkies from BB Auto Commercial Brand Manager Charles Baker. With him are St Francis Bay Acting Foreman for water Xolile Skosana (inside the van), Kouga Speaker Hattingh Bornman, Special Worksman Isaak Coenraad and Humansdorp Algoa Nissan General Manager Pierre du Plessis.

The Kouga Municipal fleet has received another boost, with 11 new bakkies set to strengthen the institution’s service delivery departments.

The one-ton Nissan light delivery vehicles (LDVs) were picked up from Humansdorp’s Algoa Nissan on Tuesday. The total cost of the bakkies is almost R3,6 million.

Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said aging municipal vehicles impeded service delivery and that replacing the fleet was one of the priorities for the municipality’s leadership.

“We were shocked after we took over as the new Council in 2016 to learn that only 4% of the municipality’s vehicles were fully operational while the remainder were constantly breaking down and 58 were no longer working at all,” he said.

He said the new leadership immediately set out to replace the dysfunctional fleet systematically in order to meet the needs of communities.

Eight of the bakkies will be given to the Water and Sewerage teams. Two will be used by the Electrical section while the Corporate Services directorate will, after many years, also have a new set of wheels to play their role as a support department effectively. .

“We are confident that this will help curb unnecessary delays and improve our response time to service delivery complaints,” said Hendricks.