Recycling – a success story

Make it a permanent Recycling Facility Please Mr Mayor

The temporary recycling depot proved a huge success over the season. It was extremely well supported by home owners and holiday makers all of whom adhered to the requirements to pack their recyclables in bags with no household refuse being dropped. Those that made use of the facility were very grateful to be able to recycle. Feedback from St Francis Property Owners Nigel Aitken who took the initiative under his wing said “people complimented the way the site was managed by the two local men employed for the project. Thank you to everyone who supported the project”

A PE based recycling company stepped in to remove most of the waste timeously and one would hope that they be encouraged to continue assisting if the SFPO is able to convince the Kouga Municipality to leave the recycling facility in place permanently. According to Aitken they (SFPO) will submit a request to the Municipality to make this an official transit site. Here hoping the municipality approves the facility for the importance of recycling is becoming a major concern in countries around the world.

Some time ago, before the criminal element in Sea Vista put a stop to it, Rotary ran a very successful program where the kids of Sea Vista were rewarded for bringing recyclables to Gods Acre. If only this could in some way be revived not only from reducing the amount of plastic waste flying around the town and into the ocean but also as a learning process for the kids to recycle.

Obviously a secure drop off point would need to be established and maybe now with CCTV in place cameras could be installed at Gods Acre to allow this area to once again serve the community not only for recycling but also as the base for the Sea Cadets that operated from here before vandals put an end to Oliver’s work with the youngsters of Sea Vista

Cell C Goodwave Surf Contest Surfers Names Announced

St Francis & JBay Surfers in lineup

The event organisers of the 2019 Cell C Goodwave have announced the invited surfers for the upcoming tournament. The one-year waiting period for this contest officially starts on Monday 21 January 2019.

The event features several well known names from the Kouga Region (St Francis and Jeffreys Bay).

The Cell C Goodwave is supported by Oakley and Bilt Surfboards, and the event will be hosted by California Dreaming.  

The contest is a one-day event, with four-man heats and a sudden-death format of high performance surfing. It will be run on one of the best surfing days of the year at New Pier, with the call being made by contest director Jason Ribbink, along with surf forecasting guru Spike from Wavescape.

“It has been a challenge to find the right day to surf this event,” said Ribbink, referring to the fact that the contest didn’t run in 2018. “We are determined and confident however that we will get an excellent day of surf at the New Pier in the first quarter of 2019.”

As a direct result of the competition not running, there has been an increase in the event prize-pool, with the first prize now up to R150k

Prize allocation:
1st – R150k
2nd – R50k
3rd – R20k
4th – R10k
Lee Wolins Award R10k

The invitees, in no particular order:
1. Brandon Jackson
2. Matt McGillivray
3. Dale Staples
4. Shane Sykes
5. Mikey February
6. Josh Redman
7. Jason Ribbink
8. Dan Redman
9. Slade Prestwich
10. Beyrick De Vries
11. Dylan Lightfoot
12. Chad Du Toit
13. Damien Fahrenfort
14. Brendon Gibbens
15. Adin Masencamp
16. Davey Van Zyl
17. Greg Emslie
18. Matt Bromley
19. Benji Brand
20. Chris Leppan
21. Steven Sawyer
22. Twiggy Baker
23. Davey Weare
24. Sponsor Wildcard

Alternates, in no particular order:
Shaun Joubert, Richard Kidd, Shaun Payne, Frankie Oberholzer, Simon Fish, Jordy Maree, Chris Frolich, Blaine Wood, Allan Johns, Gary Van Weirengen, Mike Frew, Ryan Payne, Simon Nicholson, Ford Van Jaarsveldt, Brendan O’Connor, Warwick Wright, Robbie Schofield, Gavin Roberts, York Van Jaarsveldt, Sean Holmes,, Paul Canning, Eli Beukes, Luke Slijpen, Max Elkington, Bryce Du Preez, Mitch du Preez, James Ribbink, Koby Oberholzer, Karl Steen, Angelo Faulkner, Joshe Faulkner, Jake Elkington, Manoa Robb, Michael Monk. 

R2000 reward for missing dog

Much loved Oakley missing in Rebelsrus

St Francis Animal Rescue has asked St Francis Today to publish this plea for anyone who may have information on missing Oakley to conact the number at the bottom of this post. A R2 000 REWARD is being offered for the return of Oakley, missing in Rebelsrus Private Nature Reserve for the past three days.

Her owner, Koba Solms and her family have returned to Stellenbosh with heavy hearts. Oakley went missing after a run with her sibling. These two are inseparable. She may have been hurt, bitten by a snake, or picked up by a traveller.
The R2 000 reward is offered for the return of Oakley – dead or alive.

Rebelsrus Private Nature Reserve is 7 kilometers north east of St Francis Bay. There is a main gate, 3 kms to the right at a fork in the road. Drive 2kms to a 2nd gate and 1 km from here, take the 2nd turn left to the Solms family farm. Follow the road all the way to 3kms towards Thysbaai. Koba Solms will open gates if you call her on 082 407 1227.

The Solms family are desperate to have Oakley returned to them – alive or dead.

Please call 082 407 1227 if you have any information regarding this beloved dog.

Meths arrest in JBay

Police arrests suspects with over R300,000 Tik

Police arrested four suspects in possession of crystal methamphetamine  (commonly known as tik) valued at R327 000 and also seized a vehicle used in conveying the illicit drugs in Jeffreys Bay today.

At around 6:30 yesterday (Monday 7th January) members from Crime Prevention in Jeffreys SAPS received information that a blue Toyota Corolla Quest entering Jeffreys Bay through St Francis Street was transporting tik.  Members used an unmarked vehicle to follow-up the information and moments later, police spotted the vehicle fitting the description with four occupants driving at St Francis Street. Police managed to pull the vehicle off the road and then asked to search the vehicle for possible illicit drugs.

Inside the vehicle, police seized 1.09 kilograms of tik and also impounded the motor vehicle for further investigation. A preliminary investigation has revealed that the motor vehicle was unroadworthy. The four suspects aged between 29 and 36 are due to appear at the Humansdorp Magistrate’s Court tomorrow on charges of possession of crystal methamphetamine  (tik).

Humansdorp Cluster Commander, Brigadier John Lebok said: “It is pleasing to see that some residents are working with the police to fight the proliferation of illicit drugs”.