SINGAKWENZA WASTE2TOYS Early Childhood Learning workshops

SINGAKWENZA WASTE2TOYS Early Childhood Learning workshops

On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week, Sea Vista Primary hosted Singakwenza, an NGO from KwaZulu Natal. They were invited by Heart Strings, a group of local women who strive to make a difference in the community of Sea Vista and the adjacent informal settlement. The workshops were attended by more than 30 teachers, volunteers and caregivers working with children in our local schools, preschools and creches.

Singakwenza, meaning “We can do it!” is a non-profit organisation which focuses on Early Childhood Education. They train teachers, parents, and caregivers at a grassroots level to provide fun and educational activities that enable young children to learn through play. They use resources made solely from recycled materials. Eighty per cent of a child’s brain potential, upon which all further learning is built, is developed before the age of four. It is therefore vitally important for children to have as many opportunities to learn as possible.

Sthembile and Joseph from Singakwenza ran three fun and practical Waste2Toys training workshops. Delegates were taught first why learning through play is so important and then how to make toys and learning material from recycling. Representatives made balls, ball catchers, hoop games and skipping ropes designed to stimulate gross motor coordination in preschoolers. Delegates left with their own constructed toys and handouts on how to make other toys, a permanent marker, and a sharp pair of scissors. Sthembile jokingly calls these “Make More Scissors”!

The cost of R150 per delegate was generously covered by a local resident, Blake Schweitzer of African Mining and Crushing. His wife, Elsje, was a willing and valuable participant at one of the workshops having considerable experience in Early Childhood Development.

All Foundation Phase teachers from Sea Vista Primary and several grade 6 and 7 prefects attended the workshops. Mr Koenraad, Principal of Sea Vista Primary, highly supported the workshops. He acknowledged that the development and strengthening of foundational skills in young children of the community are vital to preparing them for formal education. He hopes the prefects will take their newly acquired toy-making skills back home and make more toys in the school holidays – starting tomorrow. So look out for coloured bread bag skipping ropes around town in the coming weeks.

Contact Heart Strings:
Sam 082 897 0470
Kim 074 181 7952
Nicky 083 628 8444

Rip Curl GromSearch Heads For Seal Point, Cape St Francis

Rip Curl GromSearch Heads For Seal Point, Cape St Francis

In great news for all of our junior surfers in South Africa, the Rip Curl GromSearch is heading for Seal Point. The second 2022 Rip Curl series event will be held at Seal Point, Cape St Francis, on 23/24 July. The Rip Curl GromSearch contest is presented by Sea Harvest and supported by The Cape St Francis Resort. 

Entries for the tournament are open, and you can find them HERE. Early entries include Josh and Luc Van Wyk and local surfers Rylan Jarvis, Jesse Moulang, Jack Erlank, David Moussouris and Slayde Shooter. Two notable goofy-footers coming to the event from out of town include Durban’s Surprise Maphumulo and Cape Town’s Joel Fowles, who won his U16 division in the first GromSearch event. 

Remember that once the contest is full (i.e. the maximum number of heats per day is reached), no more entries will be accepted. This will happen even if it is before the advertised closing date. Heats and a provisional schedule will be posted on Liveheats closer to the event’s start. 


Junior surfer Kai Stubbs at the recent Plakkie Classic © @gumbootism


The first competition in the 2022 series was held at Mossel Bay for one heat before a shark sighting saw the contest move to Victoria Bay. The waves were excellent at Vic Bay, and the competition was a massive success. It was a welcome return for Rip Curl into the realms of junior competitive surfing in South Africa. 

The Rip Curl GromSearch series has always been a great stepping stone for the recent champions of our sport. Former International GromSearch competitors who have competed or who are currently competing on the various WSL Tours include Jordy Smith, Kolohe Andino, Filipe Toledo, Owen Wright, Gabriel Medina, Mason Ho, Stephanie Gilmore, Sally Fitzgibbons, Tyler Wright, Malia Manuel, Laura Enever and Alana Blanchard.

 Rip Curl’s Gabriel Medina from Brazil came up through the GromSearch ranks © WSL

In the first Rip Curl GromSearch competition, we saw some stellar performances in the water. Winners included Leah Lepront (U12 girls), Mikey Todd (U12 boys), Louise Lepront (U14 Girls), Rory Dace (U14 Boys), Sarah Scott (U16 Girls), Joel Fowles (U16 Boys), Sarah Scott (U18 Girls) and Luke Thompson (U18 Boys).

“We’re very pleased to have the Rip Curl GromSearch series going again, and we have plans for the future of this series,” said Rip Curl South Africa’s CEO Stuart Daykin. “We are looking forward to the event at Cape St Francis.”

The contest will once again have U12 boys and girls, U14 boys and girls, U16 boys and girls and U18 boys and girls divisions competing. The competition is a Premier SAST event, with 1,000 points going to the winners and prizemoney per a premier event.

Contestants must register as members of Surfing South Africa to compete in this Premier SAST Event. Click Here to register as an SSA member

Seal Point is a high-performance right-hand point-break and popular amongst surfers from all over the country. It sits under the Seal Point Lighthouse. At 27,75 meters tall, this lighthouse is the South Easternmost Point Of Africa.

The beautiful Cape St Francis Resort is supporting the Rip Curl GromSearch. Bordering the beach at Cape St Francis and just a few minutes from the contest venue, Cape St Francis Resort ticks all the boxes as a perfect beach holiday destination. The Resort has a very unique setting. Several accommodation options include conventional hotel rooms and three- and four-bedroom cottages. There are also luxury beach villas. The Cape St Francis Resort is ideal for couples, surfers, families and anyone who loves a beach holiday. All are suitable for either a bed and breakfast choice or a self-catering option.

There are discounted rates available for anyone coming down for the contest. These rates can be found at the bottom of the release. Alternatively, phone Anita at the Resort on 082 494 3755 or 042 298 0054, or email

Complimentary high-resolution images are available for media outlets on request.

Distributed by Truth Collective


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“LET us kill them all . . .!”
Wayne Petersen, from the Links Royal House of the Khoi, threatened to kill three top Kouga political leaders as they left the Kouga Municipality main building at 33 Da Gama Road on Tuesday, 21 June.
The political leaders are Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks, Kouga Deputy Executive Mayor, Hattingh Bornman, and Chief Whip, Councillor Daniel Benson.
An altercation ensued, which was quickly ended by Kouga Municipality’s law enforcement officers and the SAPS.
This after members of the Links Royal House of the Khoi have been illegally occupying the space at the main entrance of the municipality since Monday – intimidating municipal clients and perpetrating hate speech.
“Petersen requested information held by the municipality in respect of a third party on behalf of certain members of the Kabeljous community,” said Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks. “We informed the applicants that the request is incomplete and that certain procedures must be followed in order to lawfully comply with a request in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA).
“Petersen and accompanying community members threatened to occupy the space at the front gate until such time as they have received the requested documents, with no regard for the legal processes to be followed.
“They have been informed that certain information may not be given without consent of the third party.
“The records or information we could provide they did not want to accept.”
“The matter has since escalated from a PAIA request to include complaints relating to an alleged land claim dispute, which falls outside the scope of the municipality, as well as a dispute regarding impoundment of livestock.”
According to Hendricks, it is important to note that land claim disputes are the mandate of the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, and not that of a local municipality.
“It must, furthermore, be noted that the particular land claim dispute is that of privately owned land and not municipal property.
“It is therefore unknown why they are continuing to occupy the space at the main entrance since the municipality has dealt with their request as legislated.”
Hendricks concluded that the municipality has a very good relationship with the Gam/Inqua Tribal House under the leadership of Chief Johannes Maarman.
“We thank Maarman for his valuable intervention in dealing with the current situation.”