St Francis business supplies part of a R1mill prize

Simba chooses local businss to supply part of R1 million prize

Those shopping for Simba Products recently may have come across a display stand similar to the photo to the left that was in St Francis’ Village Spar until recently. Simba was running a competition where the winner walks away with a share of the prizes valued at R1 Million the main part of which is to be supplied by a local business.

Tucked away in the dusty back streets of Sea Vista Industrial Park local business Palomino RV was approached to supply a Palomino Camper to fit out the Ford Bakkie that forms the main prize  of this exciting competition. Commenting, business owner Greg Renault said’ “I received a call from Simba’s marketing agents asking if I was able to supply one of our Palomino campers as part of the prize and naturally jumped at the chance at being part of a national campaign”.

The competition has since closed but St Francis will again feature as the winner, we hear he is from Durban, is to presented his fantastic prize at an event that is going to be held at our very own Waterberry Park in early December. St Francis Today will keep you informed on the event.

On hearing a St Francis based business was supplying a prize a major of the value of the R1 million prize we called into visit Greg at his workshop in Sea Vista Industrial. Anticipating a noisy, grinder sparks flying workshop we were instead surprised to rather find a quiet, spotless work area. Greg explained that he does not build the Palomino in South Africa but rather imports the Palomino’s from the United States and then transforms mainly the electrical components to South African standards. Asked why not rather build it in SA Greg explained.

 “The Americans have been building RV vehicles for the past 50 years and have perfected what makes up a good camper / RV. It would take years to develop anything close to what is already available in the US at a competitive cost.”

Touring the inside of one of these campers illustrates perfectly what Greg says. Every aspect of the interior space has been so well thought out and not an inch / centimetre of space is wasted. From the Queen / Double bed to the heating system, so absolutely necessary if camping in the mountains, all fit perfectly. A gas cooker, a fridge, even a sink to wash the dishes and more than enough fresh water on tap stored in an 80-litre container neatly hidden out of sight.

The entire camper fits perfectly onto the back of a standard Bakkie or Twin-Cab and the real beauty is that when you arrive at your camp site it is is quick and easy to detach the camper section from the vehicle allowing to use your transport without breaking up camp when you want to go site-seeing or testing a nearby 4 x 4 trail in the vicinity.

There is much more to say about this really great camper so if you are looking at the best way to joint the camping fraternity go and take a look at Greg’s website. We believe his site is presently being redone but have look anyway as it better explains in detail this compact home on wheels and has a few videos that better illustrate just how great this home on or off wheels is.

16 days Campaign and Aids Day

Full programme to mark 16 days campaign and Aids Day

Kouga Municipality has lined up a number of programmes to mark this year’s 16 Days of Activism campaign for No Violence Against Women and Children.

The campaign was launched yesterday by Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks at the Dan Sandi Hall in Patensie where a Men’s Dialogue took place.

The 16 Days of Activism campaign is an annual, worldwide campaign, that opposes violence against women and children.

The campaign takes place between 25 November and 10 December. Its aims are to raise awareness of the negative impact that the abuse has on women and children and to find ways to rid society of abuse.

This year’s theme is: #Hear me too: A woman of fortitude. The national programme was launched by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday in Melmonth in the Mthonjeni Local Municipality, KwaZulu Natal Province.

Hendricks said the municipality was working with different government departments, non-governmental organisations and other community structures in the campaign to raise awareness about gender­-based violence, its impact on society and ways to combat the scourge.

“We also want to deal with the myths around hypermasculinity that feed the notion that women can be treated as objects.”

“The stigmatisation of victims of abuse is still of great concern and we would like everyone to join the chorus and speak out against this form of abuse,” he said.

Dialogues on gender-based violence and HIV and Aids will be held this week. The first dialogues took place at Ramaphosa Village, Patensie, on Tuesday and at Donkerhoek, Humansdorp.

The sessions will then move to Vaaldam and the Golf Course informal settlement on Thursday and Friday respectively.

World Aids Day will be commemorated on 6 December in Humansdorp and this will be preceded by an activation campaign, the day before, in the town.

As part of the activities, the Disability and Senior Citizens’ Day will be held next week, Tuesday, in Jeffreys Bay and will take the form of an information session about the municipality’s Disability Policy and celebrating the elderly.

To get involved in the 16 Days programme and to get more information one can contact the municipality’s Special Programmes Officer Vuyani Zana on 081 486 6717 or email vzana@kouga.gov.za. 

Press Reslease – Kouga Municipality Media

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Le Victoria Resort and Spa in Mauritius is breathtakingly beautiful and it’s public areas are one of the exceptional features that define this resort. Another is the fresh feel, clean lines and modern design of the lobby, lounge, bar and restaurant areas. There’s no way of guessing the kinds of visitors who specifically prefer Victoria, because it quickly becomes the number one resort for every kind of guest, be it they families, honeymooners or conference-goers.

The rooms are among the largest and most stylish in the 4-star category on the island, making them ideal for family holidays as most rooms can accommodate two adults and two children. Family apartments are also available with a separate room for children.

Aside from the chic design of the lobby, you can stand in the entrance of the resort and gaze out over the pool
and across to the sea as it stretches into a golden horizon.

Sunsets are spectacular in Mauritius. At Victoria, they’re mesmerising. This resort has particularly excellent facilities for the groups and incentive market, with three restaurants that ensure culinary variety with every dining experience.

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Water restrictions are the “new normal”

Water restrictions remain in place in all towns

As the Festive Season approaches and temperatures climb, residents and holiday-makers are reminded that water restrictions remain in place throughout the region.

“Despite the good rain in September, the combined level of Kouga’s storage dams are dangerously low and water restrictions remain in place in all towns,” Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said.

“We appeal to residents and holiday-makers to continue using water wisely.”

He said that saving water needed to become the “new normal” for everyone in Kouga.

“The drought has not yet broken and we have to continue our efforts to save water if we are to navigate safely through this difficult time.”

The current water restrictions prohibit, among other, the use of hose pipes and the filling up of swimming pools with municipal water.

Water leaks can be reported through the municipality’s Link Powered by Vodacom app. The app can be downloaded for free from the Google Play of App Store or go to https://www.download.linkapp.co.za/#dl.

Repairing a water leak at the old Golf Course settlement in Humansdorp. Leaks can be reported through Kouga’s Link app or contact the call centre on 042 200 2200.

Press Release – Kouga Municipality Media

Boreholes set to ease Kouga’s thirst

Kouga’s search for extra groundwater to increase the water supply to towns is bearing fruit.

Almost 30 exploratory boreholes have been sunk over the past year at Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp, Oyster Bay, Hankey and Patensie.

“Of the 26 target sites that have already been explored, 18 delivered water, although not always in quantities that make it viable as an alternative supply,” Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said.   We are especially grateful that we have found potential boreholes for Hankey, as water rationing continues to be implemented both here and in Patensie due to the limitations that the Department of Water and Sanitation has placed on extraction from the Kouga Dam.”

Eight exploratory boreholes have been drilled in the vicinity of Hankey, with three delivering yields.

“The boreholes are situated several kilometres from the town. Our next priority is equipping and connecting the boreholes to the existing water supply. This will be funded through the drought-relief grant that the municipality recently secured,” Hendricks said.

He said four boreholes had also been drilled in the vicinity of the Kouga Dam as a potential alternative for Patensie, but that the yields were disappointingly low. 

Borehole drilling has also been ongoing at Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp and Oyster Bay.

“There are two drill rigs currently exploring target sites at Humansdorp and Oyster Bay. Three boreholes were already drilled at Oyster Bay last year when we started the search, with two delivering usable yields. We do, however, need to augment this supply further so as to ensure that the municipality can continue meeting the water requirements for the town,” Hendricks said.

Two probe holes and two boreholes, delivering a combined total of 820kl per day, were drilled at Humansdorp during the previous financial year. A third borehole was completed last week, with drilling at another potential site currently in progress.

“Both Humansdorp and Jeffreys Bay already make ample use of borehole water. Between 30% and 40% of the water consumed by residents are from boreholes, with the remainder coming from the storage dams,” Hendricks said.

“We would like to decrease these towns’ dependency on the storage dams for water, as the dams are managed by the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, which also uses the bulk of the water.”

One borehole has been rehabilitated and five new boreholes drilled over the past year at Jeffreys Bay, all with promising yields.

“Despite this progress, it remains critical that we all continue to save water,” the Mayor cautioned.

“None of the boreholes, except those at Oyster Bay, has been connected to the existing water supply as yet and, with the holiday influx upon us, the demand on our water sources will be very high over the next few months.”

He said procurement processes were underway for the connections and certain upgrades needed at the water treatment works for the extra groundwater to be added to the current supply.

Other drought-relief projects to be funded through the grant is the extraction and treatment of water from the springs at Rebelsrus and Mostertshoek

One of the new boreholes that have been drilled at Humansdorp.

Press Release – Kouga Municipality