Fire destroys Port Restaurant

Fire broke out at a popular Port St Francis restaurant shortly before mid-night last night.

Fire once again interrupted the peaceful lifestyle we so enjoy in St Francis when shortly before midnight the popular Port St Francis restaurant, Indigo Moon was razed to the ground.

According to our sources Both NSRI, St Francis Disaster Volunteer Group as well as the St Francis Fire Department were alerted at around 11:30 last night with the fire department immediately dispatching vehicles and fire fighters.

Unfortunately the fire was well set by the time the fire services arrived and all efforts were aimed at containing the fire and protecting the rest of the port buildings and businesses.

By 12:30am the fire had been contained with fire fighters standing by to ensure no flareups threatened.

The cause of the blaze is unknown at this stage but thankfully no one was injured and other than damage to some of the adjoining businesses the majority of the precinct was saved from damage.

Editors note: We only became aware of the fire at 4:00 am this morning so cannot comment further but a more detailed report on the fire can be read on St Francis Chronicle

Indigo Moon at Port St Francis ablaze

An update on Oakley, the missing Ridgeback

The search of Oakley continues after Oyster Bay sightings of this much loved dog that went missing during the holidays

Susan Rae Fox the chairman of St Francis Animal Rescue has reported that a from a resident in Oyster Bay township, has reported that Oakley, the much loved ridgeback that went missing over the holidays has been seen many times in what she referred to as the “Mealielands”. Seven volunteers went out at travelled to Oyster Bay yesterday morning to hunt for Oakley. Stopping first at the Sandwater Primary School, following a tip from the caller who said students at the school hadseen Oakley.

One of the scholars was permitted to leave the classroom to lead us to three maize-farms in the area where Oakley has been seen. The search party then walked from the township to the farms, following pathways Oakley may have taken.

Sadly, Oakley was not found and with thunder, lightning and rain threatening the safety of the searches the search was suspended.

Susan believes that Oakley is still may be in the area  however and further searches will be organized in the coming days.

Koba Solmes, the owner of Oakley has been asked that the family return to St Francis Bay and walk this area with the volunteers, calling for Oakley who will hopefully respond to friendly known voices.

A request has also been made for those who own drones to possibly assist in the search by flying over the mealie fields where Oakley has been spotted.

Anyone with information on Oakley’s whereabouts can contact Sue on 083 289 1452

Also read – A Caring Community  

and – R2000 reward for missing dog

College earns Eco Schools ‘Green Flag’

St Francis College  are very excited to report that we earned our Eco Schools “Green Flag decade” in 2018.

It was our thirteenth year involved with Eco-Schools and the thirteenth year we have received an award. This year we are entering our “Gold Decade”. There are eleven themes, from which we need to choose four to focus on for the year. We look forward to revealing our focus themes soon!

The EcoSchools programme is an international programme of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) that was developed to support environmental learning in the classroom. The programme is active in 67 countries around the world and has been implemented in South Africa since 2003 by WESSA.

EcoSchools is about improving environmental management at the school, as well as environmental learning. This means that teachers, learners, community members and/or partner organisations get together and undertake a project to improve some aspect of environmental management at their school.

Here are the College Grade 1 class busy making Eco-Bricks made by filling 2 litre plastic cold drink bottles with plastic packets. The bricks can then be used to build almost any structure.