Matrics armed and ready for last exams

Local matriculants are armed and ready to tackle their last remaining exam papers. 

Kouga Speaker Hattingh Bornman and Kouga Moral Regeneration Movement (MRM) chairman Siyabonga Tambo visited Lungiso and Humansdorp Secondary last week to catch up with matric pupils sitting for their final school exams.

“Matric exams are a right of passage all young people have to go through,” Bornman said.

“No matter how well you prepare, it can be a nerve-wrecking experience. That’s why the support of one’s parents, siblings, friends, teachers and broader community is so important during this time.

“Don’t be shy to ask for help if you feel overwhelmed. Sometimes all it takes is a good heart-to-heart talk or a hug to help you find the strength to continue.”

Tambo joined the Speaker in wishing the matriculants well.

“We pray for you every day. You are not alone.”

He further urged the matric not to despair if their results were not what they hoped for.

“Not all of us have the same talents. Some will do better in the exams than others, but all of you, regardless of how you perform, have a part to play in this world.

“It’s never too late to achieve your dreams, just keep believing, stay focused and keep moving towards your goal, even if it is one small step at a time.”                       

The matrics each received a pen so as to ensure they were armed for the last stretch of their exams.

Kouga MRM chairman Siyabonga Tambo, Public Participation officer Fumanekile Lloyd, Lungiso Head of Department Tando Mqolomba, Kouga Speaker Hattingh Bornman and MRM secretary Gwen Ntshali prepare to hand out pens to the matriculants.

ABC Makes Waves with ‘Ultimate Surfer’

Kelly Slater will serve as on-air talent and special consultant for the show. – Credit: WSL / Poullenot

LOS ANGELES, CA/USA (Wednesday, November 13, 2019): ABC today announced the network pickup of new competition series “Ultimate Surfer.” The eight-episode series will gather some of the world’s greatest up-and-coming surfers to train and live together as they battle it out at the World Surf League’s (WSL) state-of-the-art Surf Ranch in Lemoore, California, powered by Kelly Slater’s man-made wave technology, in the hope of competing amongst the best athletes in the world’s fastest-growing sport. Production will begin in 2020 and an airdate will be announced later this season. Slater will serve as on-air talent and special correspondent for the show.
Alliances and rivalries will be front and center in “Ultimate Surfer” as men and women compete in individual and team challenges focused on specific surfing disciplines. Weekly eliminations will leave two men and two women as finalists who will vie for the male and female titles of the Ultimate Surfer and the opportunity to compete on the WSL World Tour, the pinnacle of professional surfing. Slater’s remarkable, one-of-a-kind, man-made wave – the most even playing field for measuring surf mastery – is at the heart of the series. 

“In addition to being a globally recognized sport, surfing is also a lifestyle; and ‘Ultimate Surfer’ will give viewers a uniquely personal look at what goes into becoming a world-class champion. We’re ecstatic about the opportunity to utilize Kelly’s world-class surf facility and his expertise in showcasing these incredibly talented on-the-rise athletes,” said Rob Mills, senior vice president, Alternative Series, Specials and Late Night, ABC Entertainment.
“This is an unprecedented opportunity for two surfers (one man, one woman) to win an opportunity to compete against the best surfers in the world on the WSL Tour,” said Slater, who will be the lead consultant for the series. “This will put some of the best up-and-comers against each other in a more direct way to see who stands above the rest, and Surf Ranch is obviously a great venue to use for ‘Ultimate Surfer.’ I’m excited to watch how they step up to the challenge.”

The series comes out of the multiplatform co-development partnership between Pilgrim Media Group and WSL Studios, announced earlier this year. 
“Ultimate Surfer” is produced by Lionsgate’s Pilgrim Media Group and WSL Studios. Pilgrim CEO and President Craig Piligian, WSL Studios President of Content and Media Erik Logan, and UFC President Dana White serve as executive producers. Surfers interested in being a contestant on the show must be 21 or older and can apply at, where more details are available.

St Francis Pharmacy closing at midday


To facilitate the extensive changes being made the pharmacy will be closing from 12 noon today (Wednesday 13th) and will reopen Thursday  (14th) morning at 08:30. The closure is to facilitate the extensive changes being made to the pharmacy during which time they will be unable to process any electronic transactions.

The management apologises for any inconvenience.


Coastal Management Plan

Coastal Management Plan available for comment

The draft proposal Coastal Management Plan for the Sarah Baartman District Municipality can be accessed on the Kouga municipal website at…/coastal-management-programme

Hard copy extracts on Kouga are also available  for public participation at 

Kouga Local Municipality or
• St Francis Bay Office, Assissi Drive, St Francis Bay
• Jeffreys Bay Library (SKI BOAT CLUB PREMISES)
• Oyster Bay: Die Windmeul Winkel