Steady decline in Local Active Covid-19 Cases

There has been a steady decline in the number of active Covid-19 cases in the Kouga region.

Active COVID-19 cases totalled 47 on 2 February, according to the latest report from the Department of Health. This is a decrease of 10 active cases compared to 26 January when there were 57 active cases.

No new COVID-19 related deaths were recorded during this period, with the total number of deaths remaining at 106.

The breakdown per town, as at 2 February, was as follows:

  • Jeffreys Bay 17,
  • Humansdorp 15,
  • Patensie 2,
  • St Francis 7,
  • Hankey 1,
  • Oyster Bay 0,
  • Thornhill 5 and
  • Loerie 0.

The hot spot areas are Humansdorp Town (12), Jeffreys Bay Central (12) and St Francis Bay (7).

The cumulative total stood at 5 340, including 5 187 recoveries – a recovery rate of 96%.

Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks, welcomed the news, but cautioned residents, visitors, and the business sector to remain on guard.

“Each one of us has a role to play in keeping Kouga safe. We are grateful for the manner in which all role-players have taken hands to steer us through these trying times.”

He thanked local healthcare workers, the municipality’s disaster management volunteers and other government and community staeholders, for their tireless efforts to minimise the spread of the pandemic.

Kouga Covid stats - 31-01

“Then and now” in the Greater St Francis Region – #7

Submitted by Matt Gennrich

Seal Bay Nature Reserve  2002

Seal Bay Nature Reserve in Dec 2002 showing the extensive clearing by FOSTER of dense thickets of rooikrans (Acacia cyclops). Photo: Dave Bowmer.

Seal Bay Nature Reserve  2021

A similar view, taken in January 2021. The aliens are gone, replaced by blombos, taaibos and bitou. In the late 1990s, FOSTER’s Dave Bowmer began clearing aliens from all the reserves in our region, thereby promoting ecosystem services such as restoring biodiversity, enhancing tourism and reducing fire hazard Photo: Richard Cowling

Keep the beaches clean and plastic free

Simon Cunneen  –  FACEBOOK POST –  02 Feb 21

plastic on CApe St Francis Beach

Just some of the plastic collected on a single beach walk

Good morning Peeps of St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis!!

A different set of photo’s today which is meant to send out an air of encouragement and support to all those who take full advantage of our beaches.

Our beach at Cape St Francis is, in the main pretty clean which is awesome especially in comparison to other beaches I have visited. I now always take a bag with me during my walk and recover all the ugly bits and pieces that don’t belong there and make every attempt to recycle them as opposed to throwing away in a bin.

The tides, currents and wind does bring in some ugliness, so, if all visitors, residents or anyone else who finds themselves on the beach was able to pick up even a couple of items of nastiness then every bit helps and that would be less items for me to retrieve.

This isn’t a post for blame culture please but just a gentle reminder to us all with some encouragement that there are items that don’t belong on the beach, so lets remove them during our daily stroll and just leave behind our paw prints.

Have an amazing day everyone!!




Distribution of last Food Parcels and Vouchers

St Francis Disaster Volunteer Group LogoFACEBOOK POST – Sea Vista Fire Update – 02 Feb 21 –

Distribution of last Food Parcels and Vouchers.

This morning the DVG, with the assistance of a newly formed “Committee of Fire Victims”, attended to our last distribution of food parcels and fish, from our stalwart donor Balobi. We also handed out vouchers from BUCO and Shoprite which was purchased from monetary donations received.

The community have been so generous in donations and all fire victims were so grateful. The DVG also expresses their heartfelt thanks to the St Francis United Church, Village Square Shopping Centre management and the St Francis Property Owners for their ever present support and involvement.

It is truly a blessing to assist those who are in disadvantaged positions. This would be impossible without the assistance and involvement of everyone who supports the DVG efforts, as well as all volunteers and various donors to the causes in which we become involved.

Our heartfelt thanks to the Greater St Francis Bay community.

Sea Vista Fire Victims receive food parcels and vouchers