On the matter of clearing bush

There has been concern on social media that an area of bush cleared between the township and the Air Park has been cleared so more shacks can be built.  This is not the case and as Trevor Wright who is offering a consulting service on bush clearing explains

“The area south of the shacks was cleared as a firebreak. By definition a firebreak should be cleared of all vegetation and have a reasonable chance of stopping a fire. The clearing was funded by Santam, as was most of the recent clearing. Santam insisted that the risk of fire to the shacks should be reduced.
Clearing this fire break will actually discourage the erection of unauthorised shacks, as they will be immediately spotted and stopped by Law Enforcement as it constitutes trespassing.”

In case you missed these two articles on bush clearing

June 12th 2020
Bush Clearing – this is serious, folks!

Feb 7th 2020
St Francis Property Owners and the Fire Risk Reduction Initiative

Dedember 12th 2019
Bush-clearing to help reduce fire risk

Dec 5th  2019
Professor Richard Cowling on Plot Clearing

Dec 3rd 2019
Damned if you don’t so better you do!

August 26th 2019
Who is ultimately responsible for clearing fire-ready bush?

August 30th 2019
“Tin roofs in St Francis Bay? – Heavens forbid!”


St Francis Property Owners committee instructed to amend  NPC MOI

Kouga local municipality has issued an instruction to the SFPO NPC directors to amend the MOI to make it compliant with Kouga municipal property rates policy

In the SFPO NPC Minutes of 6 March 2020, Item 7, it is recorded that Kouga Municipality has instructed the Directors to amend the MOI to make it compliant. This instruction was issued by the Municipality’s Attorney.

In September 2018, the Directors amended the SFPO NPC Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI) making it non-compliant with Kouga’s Municipal Property Rates Policy.

This is one of the major issues raised for the 2019 AGM by the “Group of 31”. The instruction by the Municipality’s legal advisor affirms that the Group of 31 was correct in raising the matter.

The Directors are legally obliged to convene an AGM or Special General Meeting to give members the opportunity to debate proposed MOI amendments and vote whether to adopt the amendments or not. This is stipulated in the Companies Act Section 16 (1) (ii) – MOI amendments must be considered at an AGM or Special General Meeting. Only if 75% of the quorum present at the meeting vote in favour of the amendments, can it be processed.