There are none so blind

A blog post on the St Francis Property Owners lit up this past weekend with a string of positive comments 

CCTV installation by ELFWith little news to report on today and with the fires seemingly controlled for the moment, thank goodness, we felt maybe a blog post could fill a gap. The following is a personal commentary and not intended as news. It is motivated by the way social media lit up on a post under the St Francis Property Owners Facebook page this past weekend. Photos of a  CCTV installation crew with the caption “More Good news! We have begun beefing up our security. The CCTV Camera project got underway this week  …..” was the catalyst.

That the CCTV installation has begun is indeed good news. Most residents will have welcomed the news for faced with rising crime, many surely live with a fear of being the next victim of a break in or worse, an armed home invasion. So this has got to be good news and a start to making St Francis a little bit safer and secure by discouraging criminals from foraging in St Francis.

Although the overwhelming majority of comments were positive, there are always those who would dampen the cheers. They say there are ‘none so blind as those who will not see’ and this seems certainly true of one contrarian. No matter how positive the actions of the SFPO may be, there is always someone there to find a negative. The CCTV is a very positive step forward but the antagonist has chosen to misrepresent what the SFPO is doing so as to sew a little more disharmony amongst those who are less than informed of the real facts. The statement that the CCTV is protecting “only the Canals and the Village” is simply untrue so surely it time to stop the negative comments, untruths and outright lies to create disinformation within the community.

Of course there will always be those who will criticize and denigrate anything and everything. They won’t actively participate to help improve matters lest they are found out for what they really are. It is so much safer to sit on the side-lines and shout than to actually participate and achieve.

For the record and this comes after questioning an SFPO committee member after reading the comment the CCTV is only for the canals and village. The reply was that cameras are, as per their latest newsletter, being installed at major intersections stretching from the Canals along St Francis Drive, past and including Tarragona and three major intersections towards the Port. I addition cameras will cover all entry / exit points to and from St Francis Bay. Budget constraints will probably not see as many cameras installed as some would want but it is a good start with over 100 cameras in the initial phase and it will surely help reduce crime.

But  back to the Facebook post! As stated, the majority of posts were positive but there were a couple of questions that deserve comment. ‘Is there a map of the camera placements’, ‘who will do the monitoring’, ‘who will react’ and a few others.  It is doubtful a general entering into battle would post his battle plan to the enemy general before battle and we do hope those planning, manning and controlling will never make this information public. It would be rather like a homeowner pinning a diagram of his security layout on the front door or the bank manager pinning the safe combination on the safe’s door.  But then Facebook does have the effect on people to write without thought and sometimes without considering the consequence of their comments. That is what makes it such fun at times.

Planning the CCTV installation hasn’t been a hastily drawn out plan on the back of a cigarette box. Over two years of planning involving SAPS, the security companies, the policing forums, Kouga Municipality, the SFPO and those experienced in CCTV deployment have been involved in the process.  Will it be as comprehensive as some of those systems seen on TV (China, London, et al). NO it won’t but it will be the best St Francis Bay can afford with the budget available at the moment.

Everyone in St Francis Bay should salute and support SFPO’s efforts in trying to make St Francis Bay a better place to live. If there is any doubt of the municipality not being able to do all that it should for their major rate payers, it is time to accept realities. One need only read of all the failings of SOE’s and municipalities to realise that money from government coffers is fast drying up and less and less will be filtered down to municipal coffers whose first priority is service delivery to the poor communities not rich ‘white settlements’.

Kouga offering apprenticeships

Kouga Municipality, an equal opportunity employer is inviting application for apprenticeships

NOTICE NO 196/ 2018 

Kouga Municipality, an equal opportunity employer which subscribes to the principle of affirmative action, awaits applications for the following apprenticeship positions:

* 20 X ELECTRICIANS
* 22 X PLUMBERS

REQUIREMENTS:                                                   

  • Minimum of Grade 9 (No affidavits will be accepted; only valid school reports);
  • Successful apprentice learners may not be engaged on another Skills Development Programme;
  • Contracts will only be valid for one-year subject to renewal from Construction SETA.
  • Each learner must have a bank account.
  • Proficient in at least two of the official languages of the Kouga area.               

STIPEND: 

R2500 (unemployed learners only).

CONDITIONS:

  • A minimum of 40% of the learners participating in the apprenticeships must be females;
  • A minimum of 2% of the learners on the project must be people with disabilities.

Applications is open for all interested Kouga employees and external applicants

All applicants must include their CV, certified copy of qualifications (not older than three months), certified identity documents (not older than three months) and driver’s license. 

All applications must be submitted electronically to recruitment@kouga.gov.za

Applications must reach the Human Resource Manager on or before Thursday, 8 November 2018 at 12:00. 

For any inquiries contact Mr. D De Jager: 042 200 2200.

Disqualification:

Please note that the following can lead to disqualification:

  1. Non-submission of originally certified copies of academic records and identity documents
  2. Enrolment on another skills development programme.
  3. Canvassing of councillors.
  4. Submission of fraudulent qualifications and/ or documents 

NB: Please note that shortlisted candidates will be subjected to a vetting process. By applying for this position, the candidates agree to background checks being performed. The Municipality reserves the right not to make an appointment.

Should you not hear from us within 30 days of closing date, kindly regard your application as being unsuccessful.

Kouga Municipality is an equal opportunity employer which subscribes to the principle of affirmative action which is non-sexist, non-racist, non-discriminatory and based on merit.

Luke Slijpen Clinches Bronze Medal

South Africa Eighth Overall at  VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship

Luke Slijpen (Hout Bay) earned the Bronze medal for third place in the U18 boys division at the VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championships at Huntington Beach on Sunday Photo: ISA / Reed

Luke Slijpen (Hout Bay) clinched the Bronze medal in the U18 boys division and the South African team finished eighth overall out of the 44 nations and 361 athletes who participated in the 2018 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship which ended at Huntington Beach in California on Sunday.

Slijpen was one of only two surfers in the U18 boys division who successfully finished either first or second in the all six Main Event stream heats, and he won the Round 6 heat to qualifying directly for the Grand Final in the division along with heat runner-up and eventual silver medalist Joh Azuchi (Japan).

The 25 minute final saw subsequent gold medalist Keanu Kamiyama (Japan) get off to great start with a score of 7.33 (out of 10) and he secured the coveted crown with a 6.33 later in the heat. Try as did, Slijpen could not find the waves that saw him post a heat total of 15.37 (out of 20) to win his Round 6 encounter earlier in the day and the Capetonian was eventually overtaken by Azuchi and had to settle for third spot ahead of Cole Houshmand (USA).

Slijpen’s haul of 730 points towards the team total saw South Africa finish the annual event  ranked No 8 among the record setting 44 nations that attended, an improvement of three places over their result in the corresponding event in Japan in 2017. That result see the country qualify for a place in the SA Aloha Cup event at next year’s ISA World Junior Champs as the unique form of team relay surfing is contested by the top eight nations from the previous event.

Japan completed an historic double when their team won the team gold medal at the ISA World Junior Champs for the first time, adding the achievement to their victory at the ISA World Surfing Games in their home surf in September.

The hosts USA took the team silver medal with Australia earning bronze and Hawaii the copper medal for fourth place overall.

Japan’s rapid rise in surfing’s hierarchy ahead of the sport’s debut appearance in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has been significantly assisted by Durbanite Wade Sharp who took over as the coach for the country’s surf teams after leading Costa Rica to the team gold medal at the ISA World Surfing Games in Nicaragua in 2015.

Germany won its first ISA medal across any division when Rachel Presti took gold in the U18 girls division. The U16 boys gold went to Grayson Hinrichs of Australia and 13-year-old American prodigy Caitlin Simmers announced her presence on the world stage by posting the highest single ride score of the final day – 9.17 – and earned gold in the U16 girls.

“The words that I have right now are thank you,” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre in his closing address at the awards ceremony. “Thank you to our Title Sponsor VISSALA for believing in the power of Junior Surfing and thank you to Visit Huntington Beach for opening their arms for these over 1,000 visitors from around the world.

“We had an amazing nine days of sun, no wind, and great waves. It was incredible. We have 44 countries represented, almost a quarter of the world, and we had the first edition to feature a gender equality format for boys and girls.”

Full results, news reports and downloadable video clips and high resolution images from the VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship can be found at www.http://isasurf.org/juniors/2018/en/

VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship

Team Ranking
Gold – Japan
Silver – USA
Bronze – Australia
Copper – Hawaii
5 – France
6 – Spain
7 – Brazil
8 – South Africa
9 – Germany
10 – Portugal

 Boys U-18
Gold – Keanu Kamiyama (JPN)
Silver – Joh Azuchi (JPN)
Bronze – Luke John Slijpen (RSA, Hout Bay)
Copper – Cole Houshmand (USA)

South African Results:
Bryce du Preez (East London)
Angelo Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay)

Girls U-18
Gold – Rachel Presti (GER)
Silver – Keala Tomoda Bannert (HAW)
Bronze – Minami Nonaka (JPN)
Copper – Summer Macedo (HAW)

South African Results:
Zoe Steyn (East London)
Gabi Lailvaux (Westbrook)
Tayla de Coning (East London)

Boys U-16
Gold – Grayson Hinrichs (AUS)
Silver – Kade Matson (USA)
Bronze – Levi Slawson (USA)
Copper – Riaru Ito (JPN)

South African Results:
Luke Thompson (Durban)
Mitch du Preez (East London)
Tide-Lee Ireland (Durban)

Girls U-16
Gold – Caitlin Simmers (USA)
Silver – Shino Matsuda (JPN)
Bronze – Sara Wakita (JPN)
Copper – Lucía Machado (ESP)

South African Results:
Kayla Nogueira (uMhlanga)
Zoe Steyn (East London)
Ceara Knight (Scarborough)

Surfing South Africa is the National Governing body for the sport in South Africa. SSA is a member of the South African Sports Commission and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), the African Surfing Confederation (ASC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA). 

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