Notes From The Editor – What’s hot and what’s not in 2023.

Notes From The Editor – What’s hot and what’s not in 2023.

Flash Float is in! photo © Sandy Coffey

After some careful research on many culture and tech websites, a crew of like-minded locals made a (fun) list of what they think is going to be cool, and what’s on the way out this year. If all of this comes true, 2023 is going to be a great time to be alive!


What’s Hot: The following are going to be in, supercool, and rising during 2023.


Ice cream for breakfast (add fruit if you need some health)

Crocs n socks

Crocs, the hideous gift that just keeps on giving

The Flash Float (super cool)

Groynes (saving St Francis)


SALT – place to be

Anger management (c’mon, no pushing please)


Beach Blonde lager – kept us alive through the summer hols.

Everyone loves a Beach Blonde – on the way up!


Billys Beach (ballies evening)

Soft top surfboards (stop being so dogmatic, surfers, embrace the future)

The most exciting surf equipment for 2023, ladies and gentlemen, this is the future of surfing


Bistro Vin De Boeuf


ONE 33 Rum, as well as the Rosemary and Black Olive Gin

Jojo Tanks

Solar power

Dawn Patrols (Golf and surfing)

Community spirit (sharing when times are good, maintaining strong street security)

Aha (take on me)


Cats – lovable


What’s Not -The following are uncool, super yucky and on the way out in 2023.

Holiday cyclists (seriously people, WTF was all that about?)

Holiday jetski cowboys (slow clap..)

Facebook (it sucks, a lot)

Facebook: Out, damn spot!


Local online bullies (You know who you are)

Sleeping late

Banana on pizza )it’s making a comeback)



Selfies: average

Brandy and coke  (aka Vitamin B & C) Tasty, but eventually leads to the taste of blood in your mouth


Black Label

Mmmm, even though it’s losing in the popularity stakes, it still looks good.

Loud noises

Eskom (thieves)

Carbohydrates (apparently, in the olden days, they used to eat toast!)

Drum circles

Self-righteous indignation (how dare you write this! etc)


Vaping: no good.

Tik, crack and Tik Tok – all highly addictive

Jelly skateboard sweets (they are actually a thing)

Macon on pizza (It looks like bacon, and it tastes like bacon, but it’s not bacon.)

Schooling ( Education is important, but surfing is importanter)






FOSTER News Update January

FOSTER News Update January

As we all know the greater St Francis area had an extremely busy season this year which was also reflected in the number of people using our reserves for walking, cycling and hiking. Despite this, our camera traps showed that our wildlife remains active with sightings of Caracul, various buck species as well as porcupines and bush pigs. We also had little evidence of vandalism or blatant disregard for the rules which was really positive and a big thanks to those using the reserves for doing so responsibly. Our new signage was also well received, and we are pleased that the municipality has now used the same design as our FOSTER signs for the blue flag status signage at the main swimming beach.

Trevor Gascoyne from our committee met at Bruces with Megs Holden and Lisa Martin from Just Property to receive the much-appreciated donation of R1000 raised from the bingo evening held at the bowling club by Just Property late last year. Discussions were also held around other possible funding opportunities. Prof Cowling also led a walk through the Cape St Francis Reserve for some of our major donors.

Dave Bomer and the team are back in action and the first task was the maintenance of the path from St Francis Drive to the rocks near Johnsons Pools. At a committee meeting last week a draft budget was presented and despite some very generous donations, membership fees and the planned fundraising activities, FOSTER faces a shortfall of some R90 000 if it is to continue with the current maintenance programme as well as the alien vegetation removal project.

One of the ways to help alleviate this is if members of our community were to offer services and in-kind donations such as materials, loan of a tractor, bush cutting removal etc. Please let us know if you can help. We also plan to establish a database of people willing to offer their professional services such as lawyers, accountants, scientists, quantity surveyors etc.

Our AGM which will include another interesting talk by Prof. Richard Cowling is planned for Thursday 7th of March sponsored by the Cape St Francis Resort at 17h30, members and non members are invited to attend.


Matt Gennrich