Municipality starts trucking in water to St Francis

We do hope by the time you read this that the water supply has been restored. If not, hang in there and keep saving water for it won’t be too long before all is back to normal. and when it is restored keep saving water for Kouga Dam is still at a lowly 44% and Impofu has dropped to just 22% inspite of the good rains we have experienced in St Francis over the past weeks. See Dam level graphic below

Kouga Municipality had started trucking in water to the St Francis area yesterday following the collapse of a suspension bridge carrying a section of the main supply line over the weekend.

Kouga Infrastructure and Engineering Portfolio Councillor Freddy Campher said emergency repairs should be completed by yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) and that water would then start flowing back into the reservoirs but at the time of publishing there was no confirmation that water was indeed again flowing.

Campher did say “It will, however, take about two days for the reservoirs to fill up completely and the supply to normalise,” he said.

He said the municipality had been able to maintain the water supply to the towns for almost five days thanks to residents using water sparingly and the St Francis Links making available water from its borehole.

“The level in the reservoir has, however, dropped so low that taps have started running dry in high-lying areas. The municipality has, therefore, started trucking in water and will continue doing so until the supply normalises,” he said.

Media Release – Kouga Municipality

EDITOR – It really is a matter of being patient and keep sparing water usage until the taps are running again. In the meantime be thankful that this is a temporary situation and time to reflect on those for who face a daily challenge to get water.

Water pipe repairs for St Francis Bay feed

Dam Levels Nelson Mandela Bay

Woltemade Street closes for “plastic” upgrade

Woltemade Street in Jeffreys Bay will be closed from Friday (19 July)

Plastic Road for Jeffreys Bay

Recycled plastic pellets such as these will be incorporated into the bitumen mix traditionally used for the top layers of roads.

A section of Woltemade Street in Jeffreys Bay will be closed from Friday (19 July) as work starts on Africa’s first eco-friendly road, incorporating plastic waste.

Kouga Infrastructure and Engineering Portfolio Councillor Freddy Campher said work would start on the section of Woltemade Street between Jeffreys and St Francis Streets. 

“We expect the contractor to break ground next week, with all health and safety regulations having been put in place, ” he said.

“The expected completion date for this section is 30 August.”

He said the road would be closed for the duration of this period, from 19 July to 30 August. “We apologise sincerely to those businesses and motorists who will be affected by the closure.  Alternative parking will be available at Neptune’s Terrace and the Ethios supermarket.”

He said once the upgrade of Woltemade Street had been completed, the contractor would move on to Koraal Street. 

“We will be upgrading a total stretch of 1,7 kilometers, more than initially planned,” he said. 

The upgrade is a joint project by the municipality, MacRebur SA, SP Excel and Scribante Construction. 

Favourites Tumble At Corona Open JBay

Endless lines of perfect Supertubes greeted contestants as the sun peeped over the eastern skyline yesterday morning, and there was no hesitation in calling the contest on.

In the first heat of the day Jordy Smith made a simple error of being out of position for the best wave of the heat. Owen Wright picked it up further on the shoulder and out of priority and proceeded to whip a series of backhand hits for an 8.30 and the heat win.

Day 5 at Corona JBay Open

Owen Wright © Kody McGregor

Japanese surfer Kanoa Igarashi is looking like he is the man to beat. It is very clear that he has the wave dialed and that he has some of the best equipment underfoot. He put on an incredible performance today, executing as many critical turns as is possible on a wave like Supers, with great style and always tight in the pocket. He banked a score of 8.17 and Brazilian surfer Peterson Crisanto was chasing. Kanoa proceeded to go all the way to town on his final wave and surfed it absolutely to pieces, and deserved the 9.07 score awarded and the win.

Day 5 at Corona JBay Open

Kanoa Igarashi © Kody McGregor

In the Kelly Slater (USA) vs Italo Ferriera (BRA) heat, it was the Brazilian goofy-footer who got off to a flying start, with two quick and well-surfed waves under the belt for a combination score of 14.06, before Kelly had anything on the score board. Two failed waves saw the King with 1.40 and the ocean went flat. When Kelly finally got going on a mid-sized wave, all he could put down was a 5.10 for it, followed by a 7.10. At the final siren Ferreira held onto the lead and Kelly was eliminated, from what is possibly his last event in JBay.

Young star Caroline Marks (USA) continued to show the world why she has been recognized as the New Order, by eliminating defending champion and current world champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) in their quarter-final encounter with a series of searing backhand hooks and a very critical backhand close-out reentry for a score of 8.17, the best score of the heat and victory.

Day 5 at Corona JBay Open

Caroline Marks © Kody Mcgregor

The ever-gracious Steph was disappointed. “I had a great opportunity and I had a great wave and I fell off on that floater,” said Steph about her loss. “My biggest problem was that I couldn’t get a finish, the judges really like it when you finish your waves strongly.”

Carissa Moore had an incredible heat against Johanne Defay, by putting down the highest score of the women’s round with a heat total of 17.67, including a fantastic score of a 9.50 for a set wave in which she cracked the lip a few times and finished with a deep barrel through the inside.

There are more waves on the way. The next three days has all sorts of weather and swell, and Commissioner Logie is going to have the luxury of cherry-picking what he needs to finish the event.

Vibe In The Park This Weekend.

The Vibe In The Park music sessions will continue this weekend, with a great lineup of bands and musicians performing at the Supertubes Park.

Friday will see The Sunshine Factory and High Violet perform in the afternoon and evening, while the headline act will be Easy Freak. Saturday will see Black River Gypsy, Panic Station and World Of Birds entertain us, and the headline act will be the popular Matthew Mole.

Full details of shows and times here

We have four Corona hampers up for grabs, and to be in the running all you need to do is download the JBay Winterfest app. Each hamper consists of a Corona bag, a Corona fleece blanket, a Corona hoodie and a tee, a Corona beanie, a bamboo straw and a block of wax.

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The Corona Open JBay is a wheelchair friendly event and parking is available in Pepper Street, which is right at the event site. All vehicles with the proper disabled accreditation will be allowed access to Pepper Street that will ensure the event is wheelchair friendly. JOC coordinator Brenton Williams said that event security has been alerted to allow access to vehicles with the Wheelchair Parking Disc.

Williams can be contacted on 083 5496795 should there be any problems trying to access the Corona Open JBay event site.

Media enquiries:  –  Craig Jarvis  –   –  082 376 4443 

Boat restrictions on Kromme

Both the St Francis Bay Riparian Home Owners Association (SFBRHOA) and the Kromme Joint River Committee (KJRC) are acting as agents for the Municipality in terms of the MOA’s entered into with the Municipality. As such, both entities have the right to grant such permission as specified in the Municipal By-Law which states the following:
“No commercially registered vessels or vessels used for commercial purposes or vessels exceeding 6,6 metres (21,65ft) in overall length will be allowed on the River or Canals without the written permission of the Municipality or its agents”.

Canal and River permits are being issued at the Small Harbour Office by the Riparians. All applications for a Canal and/or River permit for boats with a length in excess of 6,6m must be submitted for consideration and approval to the Riparians for a Canal permit and also to the KJRC (Naas Marais) for consideration and approval on behalf of the KJRC for a River permit to be issued.

The staff at the Harbour Office will refer applicants to the relevant By-Law and point out that same is in fact also recorded on the back of the registration form as part of the abbreviated summary of Kouga Municipality By Law 284-2006 dealing with specific provisions relating to the Rivers (Kromme, Geelhout and Gamtoos) and the St Francis Bay Canals.

Kind Regards
St Francis Bay Riparian Home Owners Association & Kromme Joint River Committee