The bridge on Mahe Beat Street restored at cost of R3 million

Bridge damaged by floods restored at cost of R3 million


KOUGA – The bridge on Mahe Beat Street in St Francis Bay, which suffered severe damage from flooding last year, underwent extensive restoration at a cost of close to R3 million – incorporating innovative designs to mitigate future risks posed by stormwater runoff.

The funding for this restoration project was sourced from the Disaster Relief Grant allocated to Kouga Municipality.

“Beyond mere restoration, the project took a forward-thinking approach by incorporating innovation designs to safeguards against future flood risks,” said Kouga Executive Mayor, Hattingh Bornman.

The new bridge design now includes provisions for safely diverting potential stormwater runoff into the canal underneath, thus reducing the likelihood of future flood-related damages.

Additionally, the project involved the implementation of enhanced road surfacing, which facilitates improved channelisation of stormwater runoff.

Bornman said this proactive measure significantly diminishes the risk of future stormwater damage to the area, ensuring the long-term resilience of the infrastructure.

“The restoration of the bridge stands as a beacon of resilience and innovation in the face of natural disasters,” said Bornman. “Through the utilisation of municipal disaster relief funds, the municipality has not only addressed immediate infrastructure needs, but also implemented forward-thinking designs to mitigate future risks.”

“The completion of this project marks a significant milestone in the road towards a safer, more resilient future for the region and its residents.”


New offices (in Bali) – Notes From The Editor

Uluwatu, Padang Padang, Balangan, Nusa Dua, Lembongan – St Francis Today’s New offices (in Bali)

Dear Readers


This is just to inform you that for the next 5 weeks, St Francis Today will be operating from New offices (in Bali). This ‘office’ isn’t of fixed abode, but rather the digital nomadic trending office space that comprises a little bit of space, a laptop, a pair of knees and a wifi connection.
We will be on the road for the next 5 weeks, both locally and abroad, and will be writing and posting from various locations around the world.

New offices (in Bali)

A few differences you might notice.

Some days might be a bit early, some might be a little bit late. This is as we try and figure out time zones and get over a little bit of jetlag, adjust to a noodle-based diet, etc.
The tides might be a bit out. Last year, when we went on this journey, I accidentally posted a few local tides for Uliuwatu in Bali, Indonesia. There was an outcry. We did not realise how many people rely on the tides, so we will strive to keep that correct.

Typos and more

There might be a few typos here and there. Working on the fly, from a plane, on a boat ferry, in a jungle or while having a beer at the beach might result in a few extra spelling mistakes and fewer commas. Apologies in advance. It’s probably going to happen.

So, in closing, if you have any news, any upcoming events or happenings or anything that you want to announce or publish, please feel free to reach out to the editor at with words and photos, and I will gladly post them. Noy being on the ground in St Francis Bay for a while, I will be on the hunt for content so this would most definitely help. Stories need to be more than 300 words and less than 500, and images in jpg or png format.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

The editor


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Revenge Of The Crayfish, Baliea Olive Oil and Weekend Specials. – What’s On At The SuperSPAR

Revenge Of The Crayfish, Baliea Olive Oil and Weekend Specials. – What’s On At The SuperSPAR

Revenge Of The Crayfish. Wine Of The Week, Baliea Olive Oil and Weekend Specials.

Sakkie Mouton’s Revenge Of The Crayfish.

“I grew up on a wine farm 4 kilometres from the small West Coast town of Vredendal. 

After finishing school here, I studied viticulture and Oenology at the Elsenburg Agricultural College outside Stellenbosch. After my studies, I went travelling for 5 years to do harvests in different countries all around the world to try and figure out where I saw myself in the world of wine, just to realize that I needed to go home and start my own brand to try and help the West Coast find its true identity.

No more Co-Op grapes and no more cheap winemaking methods; for me, it’s all about the vineyards and the unique sites around the area, and I am more than willing to dive in headfirst to find the root of what makes the West Coat “Lekker”!”

Get your cray on… For those with a taste for the unusual.” The label tells you most of what you need to know here; this isn’t your usual Chenin.


Sakkie’s idea behind this wine was to create something that spoke unequivocally of its provenance: the largely unknown West Coast. The vineyards for the Crayfish are located on well-drained sandy soils, about three miles from the cold Atlantic ocean. The ocean breezes play a crucial role in keeping this wine fresh, as the climate is otherwise quite hot. As for the label, well, it’s a reference to when the Crayfish start eating the humans. You know… the infamous crayfish apocalypse.


Baleia Wines & Olive Oil Available At TOPS and SPAR

All great wines are born from a particular location. In the case of Baleia, it is a terroir unlike any other in South Africa. Baleia, Portuguese for Whale, is the first and only winery in the Lower Duivenhoks ward near the remote hamlet of Vermaaklikheid on the Cape South Coast.


Weekend Specials


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