Surfing Today with Rip Curl – Eden Surfriders win the John Pfaff Trophy at the Vic Bay Quad for the second year in a row

Surfing Today with Rip Curl – Eden Surfriders win the John Pfaff Trophy at the Vic Bay Quad for the second year in a row

His Worship, the Mayor of George presents the John Pfaff Trophy to Rob Pollock and Leonard Giles. Both photos Carmen Pollock

 

Defending Champions and event hosts Eden Surfriders, secured the John Pfaff Team Trophy for the second year in a row when they won the annual Vic Bay Quad in pounding 6 foot surf at Victoria Bay, near George on Sunday May 29th.

Eden posted 34353 points, Buffalo City scored 32495 points to take the runner up spot, Nelson Mandela Bay were third with 28859 points, Cape Winelands scored 27598 for fourth place and Cape Town ended fifth with 23761 points.

Eden surfers won five of the eight titles on offer with father and son, Forest and Stephen Hair, winning the Open Men’s and Over 60 titles respectively. Other surfers who ensured that Eden took team honours were 2013 ISA World Champion and 2021 Open Men’s winner at this event, Shuan Joubert who this year won the Over 30 Division. Fellow Eden surfers, Mark Zunckel took gold in the Over 35 Division and Charles Reitz won the Over 45 Final for the second year in a row.

Defending Over 50 Division surfer Wayne Monk of Buffalo City continued his annual success at the Vic Bay Quad and his East London team mate Tyrell Johnson won the Over 40 division.

The Open Women’s title was deservedly won by dedicated Danielle Powis who was the toast of the Cape Winelands team. This is the first major win for Powis, who has been competing since she was eleven years old. She is the daughter of Barbara and sister to Brionee, Craig and Avro Johnson, one of Cape Town’s most famous surfing families.

All the results of the Vic Bay Quad in memory of John Pfaff are available on Liveheats and can be accessed by going to www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and clicking the Liveheats tab.

The first Vic Bay Quad was held 46 years ago, ironically at Wilderness Beach as the surf was too small at Vic Bay for the event to be held there. It was originally contested by Southern Cape (known as South Western Districts back then) and now called Eden, Western Province ( now Cape Town), Eastern Province ( now Nelson Mandela Bay) and Border (now called Buffalo City). In the early 1980’s Boland (now Cape Winelands) sent a team to the event but it retained its name as the Vic Bay Quad, even though five teams take part. In the 1980’s a team from the SA Defence Force also competed.

After a break of nearly a decade the Vic Bay Quad was added to the Surfing South Africa calendar in 2012 as a memorial to its founder John Pfaff.

At the end of the contest every surfer’s allocated scores determine the team champions. The John Pfaff Trophy is awarded to the winning team.

The 2022 Vic Bay Quad in memory of John Pfaff was presented by Surfing South Africa and hosted by Eden Surfriders. Participants were honoured that the Mayor of George, His Worship Leon Van Wyk, came down to Vic Bay to watch the Finals and present the Trophies and medals to the winning team and the finalists.

Kouga’s First Lady Has A Heart For The Community

Kouga’s First Lady Has A Heart For The Community

 DRESSED in a comfortable blouse and jeans she is graceful and charming, with an upright posture, warm smile, and compassionate eyes.

She speaks softly, however, firmly and without fear – and it is immediately clear that her strength comes from her family. Her loving husband and three strong-willed children who she supports 100%.

No matter how difficult the road might get.

Kouga’s First Lady

The first lady of Kouga, Amor Hendricks (47), who works hard and truly values the community she passionately serves, prefers to keep things simple, honest, and sincere. Characteristics that have been instilled in her since a very young age while growing up in Shauderville, Port Elizabeth.

Hendricks, the wife of Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks, does not wear make-up – unless she really has to – or spend hours doing her hair. Neither does she like to dress-up.

She smiles, “I am not the dress-up type. I am comfortable with simplicity, and I want all residents – whether they are young or less-privileged – to feel free to approach me for guidance and assistance.

“Or just to talk to me.”

Hendricks first met her husband in 1992, after which they got married in 1998 – the best day of her life. At that stage, she did not for one moment think that her then “shy” teacher-husband would be the beloved mayor of Kouga – two decades later.

They first got involved with politics in 2008 when her husband’s passion for bettering lives caught the eye of the local Democratic Alliance office – a passion she shares with him.

He became a councillor at the Sarah Baartman District Municipality (SBDM) in 2009, and in 2016 he was elected as Speaker of the Kouga Council.

Most difficult

What is the hardest part about being the wife of a compassionate and involved mayor?

Without hesitation, she says, “Facebook . . . Or more specific, the hurtful and false statements on Facebook.

“Over time I have learned that it is better not to comment on all these messages – sometimes it only elicits more negative comment. I also do not want to make a statement that would unknowingly hurt another person.

“However, it is not always easy.”

Then she laughs, “And probably the hardest of all, getting the mayor to sit still and switch off – even if only for a few hours.”

Community work

Though Hendricks, a former senior administrative clerk for the Department of Education, is a hands-on mother who finds it satisfying to be a part of her children’s lives and successes, she makes sure she has ample time for community work.

According to Hendricks, during her years at Andrieskraal in Patensie – where her husband was a teacher and later principal for 22 years – she learned what hardship really is.

But it is also here where she met people who would give their last for their fellow man. Especially if it is a hungry child without a place to go.

“I have a very special place in my heart for the residents of Andrieskraal and Chigwell,” she says. “They taught me what it is to really care. And to give without expecting anything in return.”

Hendricks is the Provincial Democratic Alliance Women’s Network (DAWN) Secretary, as well as the DAWN Tsitsi-Kouga Constituency Chairperson and the DAWN representative for Ward 15 in Humansdorp.

As a DAWN member, she is actively involved in the community promoting the empowerment and development of women.

She also helps wherever there is a need – whether it is school shoes or assistance where a house has burnt down.

Or giving food to the hungry.

The big dream

Hendricks’ big dream is to establish a non-profit safe haven in Humansdorp for abused women and children, as well as a permanent soup kitchen that will provide a warm meal to anyone in need.

A mobile soup kitchen is also on her wish list – reaching those residents who find it impossible to get to a soup kitchen.

And if she had a magic wand . . . which will grant only one wish for Kouga?

She frowns slightly, “That Kouga Municipality will be home to state-of-the-art infrastructure – including roads, sanitation, water, and electricity – that will facilitate and promote the development of effective services and economic growth across the region.

“In doing so, ensure that at least one person per household has a job.”

A matter about which Hendricks and her husband regularly pray together.

 

Kouga Municipality Approves Budget

Kouga Municipality Approves Budget

KOUGA Municipality’s pro-poor budget and tariffs for the 2022/2023 financial year, starting July 1, were approved by Council on Tuesday, May 31.

This despite challenges such as maintaining an acceptable employee related cost ratio, curtailing electricity and water losses at acceptable levels and increases cost associated with bulk electricity purchases.

The total budget – including operational and capital budget – amounts to R1,2 billion.

“The major operating expenditure items for 2022/2023 are employee related costs (33.62%%), bulk electricity purchases (28%), other expenditure (10.14%), depreciation (8.92%), and debt impairment (3.61%),” said Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks.

The following increases in property rates and service charges have been approved:

  • Property rates: 5.25% (residential properties)
  • Water: 7%
  • Sanitation: 7%
  • Refuse: 7%
  • Electricity: 8.61% (average increase in electricity income)
  • Environmental Management Fee: 7%

Hendricks said that the municipality had kept tariff increases as low as is possible.

“In some instances, especially when it comes to electricity, this proved to be a challenge, with Eskom increasing its bulk tariff to municipalities, he said.

 

A large part of the capital budget will go towards waste management, including:

  • the upgrade of the sanitation system in Old Hankey (R18.4 million)
  • new bypass sewer rising main and pump station in Jeffreys Bay (R1.2 million)
  • the upgrade of sewer rising mains at Jeffreys Bay (R900 000)
  • the upgrade of the Loerie pump station (R418 000).

 

“I am excited to report that the tarring of gravel roads in Kouga is surging ahead with close to R7 million budgeted for the new financial year,” said Hendricks. “A further R10 million will be spent on the resealing of roads across the region.

“Some R715 000 will be spent on securing the power supply to Jeffreys Bay through the construction of new overhead lines from the Melkbos Station. The dire need for this was highlighted some seven years ago when the town was left without electricity for three days in the middle of the festive season after a section of the old lines collapsed.”

According to him, a further R1 million will be spent on upgrading the substation at Saffery Street to help stabilize the supply to Humansdorp.

“Over R350 000 has been budgeted for 2022/ 2023 to replace old water pipes at St Francis Bay, while more than R500 000 will be spent to repair the water tower at Paradise Beach to help minimise water losses,” said Hendricks.

“The municipality is in the process of negotiating a R100 million loan to assist in addressing the drought and water security interventions.  The public participation process on the loan will be commencing in due course.”

He continued that a total of R4.5 million from the Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG) will go towards the upgrade of sports facilities and public amenities in 2022/ 2023, while R400 000 will be spent on the construction of mini fresh food and craft markets in Jeffreys Bay and Hankey.