Rotary Club of St Francis Bay Disbursements 2021-2022

Rotary Club of St Francis Bay Disbursements 2021-2022

A very big vote of thanks must go to our community for supporting all our fundraisers this year so far.

This generosity makes it possible for us to pursue many projects to uplift the less fortunate and preserve our environment.

The Club has begun planning disbursements for the 21/22 year and we are pleased to announce that we have been able to provide some support to local charities and organisations so far.  These include the following.

Recognising the vitally important role of the National Sea Rescue Institute in our community, we have made a R10 000.00 donation towards equipping the new NSRI boat house being built in our neighbouring town of Oyster Bay. Our treasurer Ivan Beaumont met with the NSRI Station Commander for the new station, Lodewyk van Rensburg, to pass on the good news and view progress on the new facility.

Friends of St Francis Nature Areas (FOSTER) also received R10 000.00 which is going towards establishing a clear walkway for pedestrians as well as a dedicated cycle track around our iconic lighthouse at Seal Point Nature Reserve in Cape St Francis. FOSTER is doing great work in preserving our natural and cultural heritage in our unique environment. FOSTER Volunteers Matt Genrich and Trevor Gascoyne accepted the good news from Rtns Ivan Beaumont, Lindsay Pearson and Errol Burman. We hope to be providing funding towards much needed signage in the nature areas through a District Grant in the new Rotary year.

St Francis Animal St Francis Animal Rescue, JBay Animal Rescue and Spay It Forward have all received assistance. The funds we have donated will go towards the ever increasing need for vaccination and sterilisation of dogs and cats, recognising the impact that the over population is having on community health and the natural environment. In the case of Jbay Animal Rescue our funds are being used towards the construction of a much needed “Kittery” to house stray kittens.    We visited one of SFRA’s regular Thursday afternoon outreaches to congratulate Sue Rae Fox and her team of volunteers who work tirelessly to educate our Sea Vista community on animal welfare.

Most importantly, the Club has sent donations of R10 000.00 each to Rotary International’s efforts to eradicate Polio and provide assistance to the victims of the war in Ukraine. In addition we have sent a donation of R10 000 to the Rotary Club of Durban North who are coordinating disaster relief for the flood victims in KwaZulu Natal Flood.

Thanks again for all the support  which makes this possible!

Tool Time with Buildit St Francis Bay – Building A Braai

Tool Time with Buildit St Francis Bay – Building A Braai

You can buy a braai in every conceivable shape and size from different outlets. Still, if you are serious about braaing and enjoy your DIY, what could be more satisfying than building your own? In addition, the materials that make up this braai are relatively inexpensive, and they will last for years.


  • Tape Measure
  • Spirit Level
  • Square
  • Brick Laying Trowel
  • Chisel
  • Club Hammer


Make a wooden frame as a guide to the dimensions of the grill kit. First, lay the bricks out dry (without mortar), then lay the bricks on a mortar bed, made of 5 parts of soft building sand to one part of cement, with plasticiser added to keep the mix supple.

Use a spirit level to ensure the brickwork is level and plumb. Here, a paving slab is used as a tabletop. Lay the slab down as a guide to the independent leg position. You can use a 1 x 0,6m paving slab, or a 0,6 x 0,6m slab like this one.  

To get the brickwork bond correct, it is necessary to cut and use half bricks. Cut these on a soft surface with a bolster chisel and club hammer. Wear protective clothing for this operation.

When you have built the brickwork to the correct height for the slab table, use half-bricks so that they act as corbels (supports) for the table and the grate. Ensure that you measure the width of the grate so that you will be sure of a good fit.

Repeat the corbels two courses up to support the cooking griddle. Again, measure the position of these carefully.

Two more courses of bricks are required to complete the braai. 

Push four metal pins into the mortar below the top course of brickwork to support a warming griddle shelf.

Set the paving slab on a bed of mortar to make a tabletop alongside the main body of the braai. Leave the brickwork to cure for a couple of hours. The area under the slab can be used to store wood charcoal.

Go to your nearest Build it and purchase a solid metal base that will fit into the brick supports. You will build the fire on this. Also, buy a metal grid for cooking. This is placed above the fire. A second solid metal base can be placed on the metal pegs above the cooking grid that can be used to keep food warm.