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It is such a busy time that we have introduced a new column crammed full of local news. It is called “The Village Condensed News,” a crystallised version of what has happened in the village, what is transpiring, and what will be occurring in the next few days and weeks. If you have any news that you would like to be included, mail email@example.com and don’t forget to send an image to go with the snippet. Even if it’s just a picture of a kitten or something.
The 6312 Amazing Race
This year will see the return of The 6312 Amazing Race hosted by St Francis Tourism and Rotary Club Of St Francis. This fun event is a charity event in aid of St Francis Hospice. Set to take place on 3 December, all being well, the race is R300 per vehicle from 10:00 – 13:30 PM. It starts at the municipal car park and finishes at The Quays, where there will be a prizegiving at 14:00.
Lemonade For Fire Aid
Big thanks to these awesome kids who set up a little stand selling popcorn and juice in the wind yesterday in Cape St Francis, with all profits going to the fire-affected community in Sea Vista .
Changes Made To Mayoral Committee
New Chocolate Shop, Job Opportunity
Shautany Chocolates is coming to St Francis, adding to the list of retail outlets they have in the country. Right now, they are looking for a shop assistant or two. If anyone needs a job over the summer >>
Chocolate retail company seeking shop assistant for their new branch in St Francis Bay.
Female, over 30’s preferable.
Must have previous retail experience; bilingual in English and Afrikaans preferable.
Please contact Mary-Anne at 072 340 2951 / Maryanne@shautany.co.za with your CV.
Chris Bertish Book Launch At Cape St Francis Resort
In 2017 Chris became the first person ever to SUP across any ocean. Defying all odds, he paddled 7500 kilometres solo, unassisted and unsupported, for 93 days across the Atlantic Ocean, from Morocco, Africa, to Antigua in the Caribbean.
During three months at sea, he was targeted by a great white shark and towed by a giant sea squid. He was capsized multiple times and surfed down 10-meter waves as challenging as anything he had faced in any of Mavericks Big Wave Surfing Championships.
Too many times, he found himself hanging on the edge of his modified SUP for dear life. He also became one with the elements and ultimately succeeded in doing something everyone said was simply impossible.
This is the story of his incredible journey.
Kouga Municipality Landfill Compactor
Kouga Municipality recently procured an R5.5 million landfill compactor to assist with the compacting of waste at the various landfill sites in Kouga. From July 2022 to September 2022 a total of 28 637 tons of waste was received at the Humansdorp Landfill Site, while the Hankey Landfill Site saw 2 216 tons of waste received.
At the new compactor are (from left) Chris (Junior) van der Westhuizen (Earthmach), Chris (Senior) van der Westhuizen (Earthmac), Riaz Dawood (MDZ Holdings), Nico Gouws (Kouga Fleet Manager), Tinus Rudolph (Kouga Superintendent: Disposal and Minimization), Mavis Mkokeli (Humasdorp Landfill Site Supervisor), and Celeste Lee (MDZ Holdings).
Kouga Municipality received a brand-new fire truck valued at R2.5 million and equipment from Sarah Baartman District Municipality on Wednesday, November 2. The district contributed R1.6 million towards the fire truck, that will be used in the Greater St Francis Area.
Pictured are (from left) Kouga Fire Safety and Prevention Divisional Commander, Henrico van Rooyen, Kouga Chief Fire Officer, Dewald Barnard, Planning, Development and Tourism Portfolio Councillor, Shena Ruth, Sarah Baartman District Municipality Mayor, Deon de Vos, Kouga Deputy Chief Fire Officer (Humansdorp and Gamtoos Valley), Annelize Rossouw, and Kouga Deputy Chief Fire Officer (Jeffreys Bay and St Francis Bay area), Marlin Sodien.
A regionally clean-up campaign of a different kind is in full swing – for the third year.
Kouga residents once again can get rid of their unwanted items and goods they have at home that cannot be put out for standard refuse collection.
“The project dubbed ‘Coca-Maak Skoon’ – which is the isiXhosa and Afrikaans words for cleaning up – forms part of the ongoing Keep Kouga Clean Campaign that kicked-off on October 31 and will come to an end on November 25,” said Community Services Portfolio Councillor, Daniel Benson.
This after the very successful secondCoca-Maak Skoon initiative at the beginning of the year.
According to Benson, items and goods include electronic waste and even old furniture.
“The only things that are excluded are food – as we do not want to attract scavengers – as well as garden refuse and builders’ rubble,” he said. “Old food should be put out in wheelie bins on the days usually reserved for refuse collection, while all garden refuse and builders’ rubble must be taken to the respective landfill sites.
“We urge that residents only take out materials on the day advertised for collection in their area. Once the truck has moved away from a specific area, do not put anything on the pavement.”
Benson said the campaign started off in the Gamtoos Valley on Monday, October 31. This will be followed by Humansdorp, the Greater St Francis Area, and Jeffreys Bay.
The programme is as follows:
Gamtoos Valley – 3 to 4 November
Humansdorp – 7 – 11 November
Monday: Kruisfontein and Donkerhoek
Tuesday: Maak `n Las, Gill Marcus, Vaaldam, Mooi Uitsig, and Johnsons Ridge
Wednesday: Arcadia, Graslaagte, Mat Melville, and Moerasrivier
Thursday: KwaNomzamo, Vergenoeg, Golf Course, Shukushukuma, and Polar Park
Friday: Humansdorp Town, Boskloof and Panorama
The Greater St Francis – 14 to 18 November
Tuesday: St Francis Bay
Wednesday: Cape St Francis and Sea Vista
Thursday: Oyster Bay
Jeffreys Bay – 21 to 25 November
Monday: Paradise Beach and Aston Bay
Tuesday: Pellsrus, Ocean View, Madiba Bay, and Tokyo Sexwale
Wednesday: C-Place, The Sands, and JBay Central
Thursday: Upper Wavecrest
Friday: Lower Wavecrest and Kabejauws