NSRI Knysna respond to missing Fisherman

National Sea RescueNSRI Knysna respond to Fisherman reported washed off rocks

It was reported that while fishing with a friend a man, believed to be aged 38, from Knysna, slipped on rocks and fell into the sea. Seeking help, the man’s friend found a bystander at Noetzie Beach who raised the alarm with Knysna NSRI..

NSRI Knysna duty crew were activated following reports and the sea rescue craft Jaytee IV and Jolen were launched and NSRI rescue swimmers responded directly to the scene in our sea rescue vehicle and in their private vehicles. The SA Police Services, WC Government Health EMS, ER24 ambulance services and a Police Dive Unit also responded.

On arrival on the scene NSRI rescue swimmers were deployed into the surfline in rough 2 to 3 meter swells to conduct a search while NSRI crew, Police and emergency services searched along the shoreline.

Despite an extensive search no sign of the man has been found.

A Police Dive Unit and local Police will continue in an ongoing search operation.

NSRI commend members of the local community who provided support to the missing mans friend on the scene and thoughts and support are with family of the missing man in this difficult time.


Bridge – Not Good Enough (Again)

Sand River Bridge – St Francis definitely deserved better.

Garth Perry (again) draws our attention to the shoddy work on the Sand River Bridge.

“I was extremely pleased when the ‘Contractors’ engaged to construct the Sand River bridge finally opened the bridge to traffic after the years of construction activity and inconvenience to the travelling public of St Francis.

However, it appears we are not done with them yet. Driving over the bridge today, it was apparent that the (extremely thin) asphalt and the base course underneath has failed and potholes are now appearing. These are in areas which have already been patched. The mind boggles as to why this should now be happening after all the construction, ripping it up, doing it again, ripping it up and doing it again that they did. Why could EMPA as contractors and BVI as consulting engineers together with the Provincial road department not get their quality control up to scratch. The road is again going to have to be fixed at additional inconvenience to the travelling public of St Francis.”



Municipality helps learners find their career paths

Kouga Municipality helps learners find their career paths

Over a thousand high school learners from Kouga attended a career expo on Tuesday, aimed at helping the young ones through the ordeal of choosing career paths.

The event, held at the Humansdorp Country Club, was an initiative of Kouga Municipality’s Local Economic Development and Skills Development sections.

It was organised by the Services Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA), together with their peers in other sectors and government departments.

Speaking at the programme, Planning, Development and Tourism Portfolio Councillor Bryan Dhludhlu said although the municipality couldn’t recruit everyone to be its employees, the municipality had a responsibility to make known the opportunities available at other government departments and agencies.

“We need to know what the needs and aspirations of our future adult residents are in order for us to provide the necessary support to them so that they can thrive in their careers and be proud of where they come from,” he said

The career expo targeted learners from Grades 9 to 12, with the Department of Basic Education (DBE) wanting to expose learners to career pathing at early stages.

“We have observed with concern how learners tend to change subjects as they progress to higher grades due to a lack of clarity about which careers they would like to pursue after school.

Attending the Services SETA’s career expo in Humansdorp were (from left) Department of Basic Education Head for the Humansdorp Circuit Management Centre Sipho Miggels, Kouga Planning, Development and Tourism Portfolio Councillor Bryan Dhludhlu, PR Councillor Robin Jantjies, Services SETA’s Senior Manager for Provincial Operations Vusi Nkosi and Executive Manager for Stakeholder Relations Miki Ndhlovu.

Press Release – Kouga Municipality Media Liaison