Some weekend information for you

A few bits of information you may need to know for the upcoming weekend.

Warning : Road Closure !!

Motorists are advised that the entrance to St Francis Bay at the traffic circle on the R330 will be closed to traffic on Friday12th and Saturday 13th April for continuing road works. The road will re-open on Sunday 14th April.
Please use Homestead Road and Tarragona Road in the interim. Motorists are thanked for their cooperation. Any inconvenience is regretted.

Joe Fish Restaurant at Cape St Francis Resort will be closed for a private function both today (Friday 12th) and tomorrow (Saturday 13th) for private functions. It will be open for the renowned Sunday Lunch by the poll along with live music on Sunday. The full Stop Café across the road from the Resort will however be open with their fantastic choice of pzza’s, burgers and more.And  f you want a hamburger treat, try their  Seals Burger. It is undoubtedly one of the finest burgers you will ever eat.

The St Francis Brewing Company has some classical Latin music on stage with Loco Madera Latin Lounge this evening (Friday) at just R50 a person so why not drop in, enjoy the music with one of their ever growing selection of Craft beers, or a glass of wine. For Sunday lunch the brewery is offering their popular Roast Beef & Yorkshire Pudding  but be sure to make a booking before Saturday 11:00am or you will have to miss out this week.

REMINDER for Monday

River, Spit and Beach Update (SRA Project)
Reminder of Public Meeting to be held by CES at the St Francis Links Conference Room on 15 April 2019 at 17:30.

The Draft Scoping Report prepared by Coastal and Environmental Services (CES) is now available for public review. Hard copies of the report are available at the SFPO Office (115 St Francis Drive) and at the Municipal Office (1 Assisi Drive). Electronic copies are vailable from CES via E-mail request (nicole.wienand@eoh.com or roberto.almanza@eoh.com). It can also be viewed on the CES website (http://www.cesnet.co.za/st-francis-bay-coastal-protection-s…) as well as on our website http://stfrancispropertyowners.co.za/sra-projects/).

Comments can be submitted in writing by post to CES, 36 Pickering Street, Newton Park, Port Elizabeth, 6045 or E-mail to nicole.wienand@eoh.com or roberto.almanza@eoh.com.

For further information Ms Nicole Wienand or Mr Roberto Almanza of CES can be contacted at Tel 041 393 0700.

Free Roadworthy Test ahead of Easter Weekend

Free Testing but Traffic Department closed over long weekends

Kouga Municipality’s Traffic Department will once again be helping residents to arrive safely at their holiday destinations this Easter weekend.

Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said the Kouga Traffic Department would be offering free roadworthy tests to residents ahead of the long weekend.

The free tests will be conducted from Monday, April 15, to Thursday, April 18, at the municipality’s vehicle testing centre at Humansdorp. The service will be available from 07:30 to 13:00 and from 13:30 to 15:00 on all four days.

“The safety of our residents lies close to our hearts,” Benson said. “Unroadworthy vehicles are one of the main causes of accidents on our roads; hence the municipality’s Traffic Department initiated this programme to help keep Kouga families safe.

He said no prosecution would be done if defects were found.

“The owner will receive a list of defects, if any, to attend to before embarking on their holiday trip.”

Residents are asked to take note that no certification will be issued as this is a free additional service being offered ahead of Easter.

The vehicle testing centre is situated at the Kouga Fire Brigade along the entrance to Humansdorp from the N2. For further information contact the Kouga Traffic Department at 042 200 2200.

Also note that the Traffic Department in both Humansdorp and Patensie will be closed over the upcoming long weekends in April and June.

Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said the Traffic offices were usually open on Saturdays so as to accommodate the high demand for licensing services.

“There are, however, three long weekends coming up and the offices will be closed for their duration, including the Saturdays,” he said.

The relevant dates are Easter Saturday, 20 April, Freedom Day, 27 April, and 15 June, ahead of Youth Day.

He further encouraged people to make us of the telephone booking system to avoid having to wait in long queues to make learner’s and driver’s licence appointments.

“Your telephonic booking does not secure a testing date. It secures a slot for you to visit the Traffic Department to make a date for the relevant tests,” he explained.

“Unfortunately, testing dates cannot be booked telephonically, as you also have to complete an eye test and your fingerprints have to captured on the Live Enrolment Unit. Only then can a testing date be confirmed through the eNatis system.”     

He reminded residents that learner’s licence tests and vehicle licence renewals can also be done at the Hankey satellite station at the municipal offices in the town.

To book a slot to visit the Traffic Department so that you can reserve a testing date phone 042 200 2200 and follow the automated voice prompts.   

Fish kill causes alarm at Seekoei estuary

An emergency application is due to be submitted to the Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT) this week for the breaching of the Seekoei estuary mouth at Paradise Beach, Jeffreys Bay.

Unlike previous occasions, however, the emergency is not high water levels endangering the lives of motorists crossing the causeway. Instead, the water level of the estuary has dropped to such an extent that fish have been dying in numbers.

“The water in the estuary has been evaporating rapidly because of the hot temperatures and strong winds,” Kouga Municipality’s Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said.

“Combined with this, there has been almost no inflow of fresh water because of the drought and numerous farm dams that trap water in the catchment area.  This has caused the salinity of the water to shoot up alarmingly.”

He said tests conducted last week indicated that the salt content was more than twice that of sea water.

“Estuarine life simply cannot survive under those circumstances.”

He said the situation had been reported to DEDEAT and that an emergency application for the breaching of the mouth was being finalised for submission to them in line with section 30 of the National Environmental Management Act.

“It may sound strange to want to add sea water to the estuary to decrease the salt content of the latter. The salinity of the estuary is, however, so much higher than that of the ocean at the moment that the sea water will actually help to lower the salt content of the lagoon,” he explained. 

“Ideally, what we need, is strong rains to boost the inflow of fresh water from upstream, but that is beyond our control. “While the inflow of sea water will not solve the problem completely, it will help to decrease the salinity levels.”

Benson said the Seekoei Estuary Management Plan, that was developed by the municipality and is currently awaiting final approval by the East Cape Environmental Affairs MEC, would help to address this dilemma in the long-term. 

“We have been a bit frustrated by the delays in obtaining final approval for the implementation of the plan but expect to meet with the DEDEAT in this regard before the end of the month.”

He said a further frustration was the failure by the national Department of Water and Sanitation to address the many illegal dams in the catchment area.

“The Department recently indicated that they were aware of more than 100 illegal farm dams in the Kouga region, but they have been slow to take action. Once these illegal dams have been removed, there will be more fresh water flowing into the system.”

In the meantime, he cautioned residents against eating the fish.