A thought for the most vulnerable members of our society

The impact that the Covid-19 lockdown is having on the most vulnerable members of our society, township pets cannot be underestimated or ignored. So many people have been retrenched or been put on unpaid leave or in the case of casual workers, totally without an income. Some already living below the breadline simply will be incapable of caring for the nourishment of the pets and as  the lockdown conditions continue, pets will be abandoned or be left to either fend for themselves, become severely undernourished or worse still, die from starvation.

SFAR Volunteers, namely Sue Rae Fox and Shena R Ruth, are receiving criticism for venturing into Sea Vista to pick up sick dogs and take them to the vet, and provide food for dogs, puppies and cats. They are being told that they are behaving irresponsibly and putting other lives at risk.

Sue Rae Fox & Sheens R Ruth feeding the dogs of Sea Vista during Covid-19 lockdown

Dog food for township pets

A happy pet lover with food for his dogs

Says Sue, “We are taking every precaution and abiding strictly with social distancing and hygiene.
Dogs and cats in Sea Vista have been receiving food from SFAR for years. It would be unconscionable to stop feeding these animals at a time when many of their owners have been retrenched and are without money. We can see, during the first week of this lock-down, there is an urgent need for food in Sea Vista, for families who live there and their animals. We will help for as long as we possibly can.”

She continued. “We adhere to all protocols – wearing masks and gloves, using hand sanitizer and respecting social distancing regulations”.

The reality is any one of us could spread the virus. Each time we walk into a shop to do our shopping, fill up with petrol and interact with the attendant, even speak over the fence with our neighbour. The chances may be limited but so little is known of this virus, nobody really knows. But we cannot simply stop caring for others whether human or animal. Our responsibility is to continue living as best we can and assist those around us living as best they can.

Part of the feeding program is to stock several of the spaza shops who assist in the distribution of food by purchasing dog and cat food at a discounted rate and then upsell at a set and affordable cost for those who can afford to buy food for their animals. 

Other than the pets the kids of the township too deserve a little thought and care and SFAR volunteer Jenny Pike, baked up a storm of Chocolate Chip Cookies for the kids in Sea vista – 165 big cookies – and packaged them in bags of three. The kids (and a few dogs), apparently loved the cookies!

This is considered an ESSENTIAL SERVICE and those actively visiting the township have all the relevant authorizations.

Donations to buy food for the pets can be to

St Francis Animal Rescue
Standard Bank Br no: 050015
Business Savings Account
Account no: 186532814
Reference: your name and the word ‘food’

For international donors use Swift Code: ZBZAZAJJ

Sue can be contacted on 083 289 1452 or email: susanrf@mweb.co.za

SFAR Facebook:  https://web.facebook.com/StFrancisAnimalRescue/

pet feeding program st Francis Animal Rescue

Door-To-Door COVID-19 screening to kick off in Kouga this  week

Community screening will kick off across Kouga this week as part of collective government efforts to stop the spread of Covid-19.

door to door screening in Kouga

The screening will be conducted door-to-door in communities by local clinic staff.

The following areas will be targeted this week (6 – 10 April):

  • JEFFREYS BAY: Pellsrus
  • HUMANSDORP: Arcadia & Vergenoeg
  • ST FRANCIS: Zwelitsha
  • PATENSIE: Tier & Kloofnek Street, 7de Laan, Rooikloof & Creche Street
  • HANKEY: Philipsville
  • LOERIE: Judy & Marlene Street, informal area & Greenfields
  • THORNHILL: Phase 1

The screening forms part of the national mass community screening programme that is currently being implemented across South Africa.

So far, 5 400 fieldworkers have been trained and deployed to various areas.


Water trucks to assist with water in Hankey and Patensie

With the level of the Kouga Dam having dropped to 15%, residents of Hankey and Patensie are reminded to use water extremely sparingly.

“Water rationing to these towns have been suspended for the duration of the 21-day Covid-19 lockdown, but that does not mean the drought is over,” Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks warned.

He said water usage in the towns increased to more than 60% over the quota last week.

“We have been installing extra water tanks at informal settlements and rural areas in the Gamtoos Valley area to increase the availability of water during lockdown.

“These tanks are being filled up with water from Humansdorp so as not to put extra pressure on the Kouga Dam, which is the only supply dam feeding Hankey and Patensie.”

He said Humansdorp also had access to spring and ground water which was used to augment the supply to that town.

“Municipal staff have, therefore, been drawing extra water from these springs to ensure enough water is treated at the purification plant for both Humansdorp and the tanks in the Gamtoos Valley area during lockdown.”

He said a total of 100 tanks were being installed at Hankey, Patensie and surrounds, including the neighbouring towns of Loerie and Thornhill this week.

Extra tanks would also be installed at informal and rural areas in and around Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp and St Francis.

Water tanks for Hankey and Patensie

A Call for Food Parcels


Food parcels for Sea Vista

In an online stakeholder meeting today, the DVG, together with Rotary, the St Francis United Church, and Samaritans and key individuals confirmed its plans to commence with an intense food donation drive. The plan, in cooperation with our VillageSquare SuperSpar, is that all food parcels are funnelled through one responsibly managed operation thus avoiding duplication.

One delivery of 250 food parcels costs R50 000. Each parcel contains sustenance ingredients such as maize meal, sugar, eggs, rice, soup packs, flour, milk, oil. They will be assembled by authorised volunteers and, in an effort including SAPS and security companies, be distributed to the Sea Vista elderly, single women and children with no income and the most desperate. These people are being identified by community leaders on the ground. As you can imagine, this is a large-scale operation and we believe we will need at least 1 000 food parcels over the next couple weeks, depending on how long the lockdown continues for.

Can your company assist with a R50 000 donation (we are a registered NPO for accounting purposes) which will provide 250 food parcels? Or can you spare R1000 for 5 parcels or even just R200 which will provide 1 parcel? If so, we ask that please donate to:

Account Name: FOSSFAR t/a DVG
Standard Bank
Acc No 186512139
Humansdorp Branch (051001)
Please use reference: Food relief/Surname

We thank you in advance and will report back each step of the way.

St Francis Disaster Volunteer Group Logo

Kouga Service Emergency Numbers


Residents can phone the Kouga Call Centre 24/7 during lockdown for municipal service emergencies, including, water, sewer, electricity and refuse.

The Call Centre  numbers are:
Landline: 042 200 2200 (option 5)
Cell phone: 081 303 9234
Alternative cell: 081 760 9183

Alternatively, download the Link Powered by Vodacom app free from Google Play or the App Store to connect with Kouga Municipality and report service faults.

Kouga Municipal APP

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