Notes From The Editor – Voting and Hamburgers.

Notes From The Editor – Voting and Hamburgers.

Two topics to avoid as an editor of a community newsletter is politics and religion. Both of them will get you into trouble, apparently, no matter how right you are, because politics and religion. So, let’s wade in.

What are you going to be doing on Monday 1 November? It looks like it will be a nice day, with some fine weather, maybe a pitter-patter of rain during the late morning. Still, it is a public holiday and an excellent day to be out and about and enjoy this beautiful place that we live in.

Monday 1 November, however, is the day that we all go and vote, and we can vote for whoever we like. It has been a rough time in South Africa since the initial lockdown, and before that, and before that. So maybe this is the time we can try and make some improvements to what we have.

To be part of the solution, however, you do need to cast your vote. It is your right and, dare I say, your duty as a citizen of this country. But, on the other hand, If you abstain from voting, then you’re not helping anyone or anything. In my opinion, and everyone’s got one, if you go on Monday and make your mark, then you are doing your little bit as part of the collective to make a difference, whatever it is.

By voting, you are contributing to the massive melting pot of change. Whatever comes out of these elections, you will be a part of it.

If you don’t vote, then you aren’t allowed to complain. If you want to have the right to complain, then you need to cast your vote. I’m voting so that I can carry on my moaning unchecked for the next few years and feel justified about it all.

There will be no St Francis Today on Monday as we will be down at the voting station from early. See you there!

On a lighter note, the Grade 6 learners at St Francis College will treat the Grade 7’s to a hamburger lunch after completing the Otter Challenge today. It was a big adventure, and they all did so well. The Grade 7’s really are a good bunch of kids, and we wish them all the best for the future.

Grade 7’s in action at the Otter Challenge


Notes From The Editor – 28 October 2021

Notes From The Editor – 28 October 2021

The Otter Challenge Pt 2 

The day started out easy enough. The easterly was up, and it was screaming, but it wasn’t too cold, and the Grade 7 Learners from St Francis College were ready to seize the day on the 2021 Otter Challenge.

First up was the hike. They were heading out from Shore Road, and they had the wind behind them as they headed towards the port. When they arrived, it was a glorious calamari tasting at Chokka Block under the supervision of the amiable owner Clive Canter.  

After that, it was time to pick up their bikes, stored conveniently around the corner, and head on down to the lighthouse. But, again, the going was easy with the wind at their backs, and the whole crew forged ahead.

After visiting the lighthouse, the Otter Challenge campaigner headed back to Shore Road. Still, this time the going was a bit more of a challenge. They all made it back to Otter Challenge HQ, but then the fun started.

It was to be a night of camping, and they were resolute in their insistence to camp. Until the lightning pulled in, the thunder roared, and the clouds burst. Well, not quite a cloudburst, but enough rain to make camping highly unpleasant and very wet. 

If the camping area on Shore Road was in the catchment area, we probably would have got the Kouga dam to above 50% last night. But, unfortunately, it wasn’t. As the kids got swamped under the deluge of rain, it was decided that retreat was the only option. So the campsite was re-established in the lounge area (and wifi was available.)

More on the Otter Challenge tomorrow.

(If you want to have a look at just where the kids have been going, or even if you just want to check out a bird’s eye view of your house, you will be mightily impressed by the new Chas Everitt St Francis Bay website. (You can thank us later.)