The Silences of Sound

Little Reinette Windvogel contracted meningitis when just a little older than a toddler that rendered almost totally deaf. Shortly after, her mother passed away and she was left In the care of relatives.

Rienette is now eight years old and has never been schooled owing to her condition. Brought to the attention of St Francis resident Judi Slade by her domestic, Judi went in search of assistance. It appears that there are virtually no facilities for deaf children in the province and it will be some six months before she can be examined at the Port Elizabeth Provincial Hospital and probably another six months, if not longer before she can be fitted with desperately needed hearing aids.

At wits end at the delays of the province medical process Judi took Reinette to Hear Clearly Acoustical in Port Elizabeth who tested Reinette and found that her condition can be significantly improved if fitted with hearing aids.

Now certainly the province will possibly fit her with hearing aids sometime in the future but this could take a year or even longer leaving this little child to grow up unable to speak, unable to learn living in her little world of silence.

Hear Clearly can fit hearing aids for Reinette at cost in the region of R20,000 and this will enable Reinette to start school at Talhado by start of the new term in 2019. She is already being tutored privately with aids from Talhado but progress is being hindered by her hearing condition.

If you are able to dig deep into your pockets and assist little Reinette hear, not the sounds of silence but the joys of children laughing and playing, donations can be made to

St Francis United Church
Standard Bank
Branch – 050015
Account # – 288098684

Add the name “Reinette” to your deposit and you can mail a copy to

St Francis Today does not normally publish such appeals but agreed to this appeal so touched were we at meeting and hearing Reinette story.

Giving thanks for the recent rains

Ongoing water-saving mooted at prayer day

Ward 10 Councillor Amos Mabukane with the Patensie farmers at the thanksgiving day at the Kouga Dam

Kouga Municipality’s leadership, the religious fraternity and farming community of Patensie gathered in praise and worship at the Kouga Dam on Friday, giving thanks for the recent rains and praying for the ongoing drought to be broken.

Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks opening the thanksgiving day at the Kouga Dam on Friday.

The mass prayer was opened by Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks, who spent a number of years in the area as a teacher and headmaster at the nearby Andrieskraal Primary School.

“We are truly thankful that the Lord has heard our prayers. I have worked for many years in this area and I have seen the dam fill up and overflow. It was shocking for me to see how low the water level had become and how long the rain stayed away,” he said.

Hendricks said although Kouga had some good rainfall over the past weeks, this did not mean that the community could now be complacent. If anything, the Mayor said, the recent drought brought about a new culture of taking good care of water, a finite resource essential to life.

“Together, we must cement the new normal in Kouga – save water!” he concluded.

Ward 10 Councillor Amos Mabukane thanked the Patensie community for standing and praying together throughout the drought crisis.

“We are an agricultural community and depend heavily on water for the economy of the area to thrive. We came here, united, to pray before the rains and we are back again to thank the Father for answering our prayers,” said Mabukane.

Chairperson of the Gamtoos Valley Farmers Association Spes du Preez

Chairman of the Gamtoos Valley Farmers Association, Spes du Preez, on behalf of the congregation, thanked everyone who contributed towards making the day a success.

The Kouga Dam is standing above 51,7%, up from below 7% when the drought was at its harshest.

Another prayer day will be held by the Mighty Men Eastern Cape and the municipality this Saturday.

It is set to take place at the Farm Mooi Uitsig, off the R102 between Jeffreys Bay and Mondplaas.

The session will start at 9am and culminate in a bring and braai from noon.


The municipal leadership, led by Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks (second left) and the Ward Committee of Ward 10, led by Councillor Amos Mabukane, together with the clergy at the Kouga Dam rain prayer and thanksgiving day.

Driver Licence Delays

Unrest at Pretoria delays issuing of driver’s licences


Daniel Benson – Community Service Portfolio Councillor

Kouga Municipality has been informed that labour unrest continues to take place at the Driving Licensing Card Account (DLCA) offices in Pretoria. The unrest has been going on since 20 July this year and it is believed that the dispute remains unresolved.Community Service.

Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said the strike may have affected applications for driving licences, leading to delays in the issuing of driving licence cards.

 “The DLCA is a section in the national Department of Transport responsible for the printing of all driving license cards for both provincial and municipal licencing centres. The municipality renders licencing services as an agent of the provincial Department of Transport and is dependent on the guidelines, regulations and the services provided by the provincial and national governments, including that of the DLCA,” he said.

Benson said the licence cards do continue to arrive, though not at a desired pace and this is a countrywide problem.