Disgusting Mr Mayor – Disgusting

A cesspool of filth and potential disease has to be taken seriously

The occasion of Mandela Day saw SFT go on a walkabout through the dusty streets of Sea Vista (and China Town) this past Wednesday. Following four volunteer ladies from St Francis Animal Rescue as they walked deep through the dusty back streets and narrow lanes of the township to feed the many dogs, and a few cats, as their contribution to Mandela’s legacy we again witnessed the filth and decay that has been allowed to fester.  We say again because we have witnessed it on previous visits but rather chose to ignore it for out of sight is out of mind.

But it cannot continue to be ignored.

Generally the streets closer to Tarragona are not too bad apart a significant amount of plastic waste. No doubt if Rotary are able to continue with its recycling initiative without the criminal element continuously destroying and robbing the wood cabin so generously donated by an international Rotary club there would be less plastic waste as kids were encouraged to bring it to the recycling for reward. Sadly now a thing of the past as is the Sea Scout initiative run so passionately by Ollie Holmes until last week when this criminal scum again raided God’s Acre and destroyed the one remaining building where Ollie had moved to after all the other buildings had been vandalised. Maybe it is time to change the name from God’s Acre to Hell’s Acre.

But it is not just the crime of the township that we would refer the Mayor to but rather the other filth, the festering, disease and no doubt rodent infested garbage dump in the centre of the township. There was a clean-up initiative a few weeks ago by a caring group of local township and St Francis residents but with great respect of their efforts it truly were like ‘farting against thunder’.

That the ANC councillor who represents Sea Vista on council has allowed this cesspool to grow shows he doesn’t give a damn for this community who voted him in or he has never bothered to visit Sea Vista. He should be made to pay for the clean-up out of his fat salary he is receiving for he certainly isn’t earning his wage.

The filth is not something that can be solved by a few ladies with black bags picking up the mess. This requires a lot more. Front end loaders, bulldozers and lots of fill to raise the ground level above the water table.

Something has to be done and done now before it presents a serious health risk, not only to the township dwellers but to the adjoining Santareme and farther afield.

Please Mr Mayor this is a disaster waiting to happen. Do Something!

 

Hundreds receive houses on Mandela Day

Hundreds receive ownership of their houses on Mandela Day

91-year-old Thomas Daniel (front centre) receives his title deed from Kouga Mayor Horatio Hendricks, portfolio councillor Bryan Dhludhlu, ward councillor Wilma Coenraad and Dr Malcolm Figg, a member of parliament.

More than 600 residents received the title deeds to their RDP houses at a special Nelson Mandela Day event at Humansdorp today (Wednesday, 18 July).

The event was one of three activities hosted by Kouga Municipality in celebration of late President Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday.

Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said 631 title deeds were handed out to residents from the Humansdorp suburbs of Youth Camp, Vaaldam, Gill Marcus and old Arcadia at the Kruisfontein Community Hall.

“These beneficiaries have been waiting for more than a decade for the title deeds to their houses. Some have even been waiting for more than 20 years.

“Several of the recipients are over 70 years old and have never had proof that they own their homes. We changed that today by giving them what is rightfully theirs.”

One of the oldest recipients, 78-year-old Willie Hendricks, said it was a proud day for him.

78-year-old Willie Hendricks receives the title deed for his house from Kouga Mayor Horatio Hendricks and Member of Parliament, Dr Malcolm Figg

“I now have the peace of mind that my house will go to my daughter when I pass on.

“She has sacrificed so much for me by looking after me all these years. It gives me great comfort knowing she will have a house to call her own one day,” said Hendricks, who lost his one leg to gangrene and might have to have the other one amputated as well.

“It’s also just wonderful having so many people here, visiting me, on this special day.”

Mayor Hendricks said giving people title deeds to their houses was an effective means of empowering communities economically and restoring human dignity.

“The plight of dispossessed people is best addressed through expanding ownership of land and property. The right to own land speaks to the restoration of human dignity, which lay very close to Tata Madiba’s heart.”

He said the Mandela Day programme followed on the work started by his predecessor, the late Elza van Lingen, at Thornhill on Human Rights Day when she distributed more than 200 title deeds to residents.

“Since her passing, we have come across a further 1 688 title deeds that have been lying around in store rooms and offices at the municipality for years.

“Today marks the handing over of the first batch of these. The remaining 1057 will be handed out at Sea Vista, KwaNomzamo, Patensie, Hankey, Jeffreys Bay and Thornhill from August to October.

“We also expect to find more title deeds and will ensure that each one of them reach the rightful recipient.”

In addition to the title deed programme, Kouga Municipality also fixed up the house of KwaNomzamo’s oldest resident, Rosy Napu (108) on Nelson Mandela Day.

The municipality further partnered with the Fountains Mall to collect used or spare baby clothing, to be distributed to organisations that work with orphaned and vulnerable babies.

Sophie Goeda (front right), her daughter Madeleine and grand daughter Ashmarie receive the title deed to their house from MP Dr Malcolm Figg, ward councillor Freddy Campher and Mayor Horatio Hendricks

Press Release – Media Liaison, Kouga Municipality

Paddlers Bonanza

Paddler Bonanza on St Francis Bay Canals this weekend

Paddling (canoe & surfski) has become a hugely popular sport / pastime in St Francis and recently attracted some of South Africa’s finest at the SA Canoe Marathon Championship. Amongst those who competed in those championships was  one who could be considered one of the greatest paddlers in the world was Hank McGregor, Well Hank is returning to St Francis this Thursday to attend a dinner in his honour as a G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time) on Thursday evening.

Whilst in St Francis Bay, Richard Arderne has challenged Hank to take on the St Francis Paddling Club;s Time Trial record of 41 minutes 26 seconds. Should Hank succeed in this challenge from he will take home the R5000 prize on offer from Pam Golding Properties St Francis Bay for breaking the record. That said and that Hank is one of the finest paddlers the world has known, it should be a synch but …..

The tide will not be in Hank’s favour making it all that more difficult for him to achieve what so many others have treid and so he will have to pull a paddling rabbit out of the hat to win the R5000 Pam Golding St Francis is offering.

And on the subject of paddling the annual (13th edition this year) Pam Golding Winter Challenge will take place on Sunday 22nd July  at 10:00 am from Quaysyde on Seaglades Drive on the canals. A doubles event the race takes place over a 10 kilometre or 20 kilometre course depending on competitor’s preference

For the first three participants crossing the finish line in the 20km event combined prize money of R3 000 is on offer whilst the winners in the following categories will also receive prizes:

  • ladies,
  • mixed,
  • over 55,
  • guppies,
  • juniors
  • first locals to cross the finish line.

There will also be a lucky draw prize of Carbonology Split Paddles

The race kicks off at Quaysyde at 10:00  and there is an entry fee is R150 per person and this includes a light lunch to replace the energy spent during the race.

Enter online at eccu.co.za or contact 083 284 0168.

Kouga Municipality for Mandela Day

Kouga Municipality - logoKouga Municipality will be hosting three events tomorrow in celebration of Nelson Mandela Day.

 

The programme is as follows:

 

1. Hand-over of title deeds

What:

631 RDP housing beneficiaries will receive the title deeds to their houses.

Time:

9:30

Venue:

Kruisfontein Community Hall, Humansdorp

Please Note:

Before the programme at the hall, the Mayor will be visiting three of the eldest beneficiaries at their homes to give them their title deeds.

 

 

2. Repairs to the house of KwaNomzamo’s oldest resident

 

What:

The municipality and volunteers will be repairing the house of a 108-year-old woman’s house at KwaNomzamo, Humansdorp

Time:

11:00

Place:

319 Joe Slovo Street, Humansdorp

 

 

3. Collection of baby clothes

 

What:

The municipality and Fountains Mall have partnered to collect pre-used or spare baby clothing for orphaned and vulnerable babies

Time:

10am – 3pm

Place:

Fountains Mall food court, behind the wave

 

For further information please contact Laura-Leigh at kougamedia@gmail.com or 084 2055 388.

 

JBay Wind Farm MTB Classic

Declan Sidey and Yolande de Villiers overcome challenging conditions to win JBay Wind Farm MTB Classic

The sixth edition of the JBay Wind Farm MTB Classic took place on Saturday 14 July. Some 500 riders of all ages and skill levels braved wet and chilly conditions to tackle the finest trails around the Eastern Cape holiday town of Jeffreys Bay.

The event, which forms part of the JBay Winterfest offered three distances a 25km fun ride, 50km marathon and the gruelling 85km ultra marathon.  At the sharp end of the ultra marathon, Declan Sidey from Team Mad Macs p/b hazz out of Stellenbosch was the convincing winner.

“The bunch stayed together for the first 15 kilometres,” Sidey commented afterward. “Max (Sullivan) was feeling ill, so even though our plan was to try finish one/two, he told me to go.” According to Sidey he put in a big attack to see who else had good legs on the day, but no-one was able to stay with him. “In this kind of weather it’s better to be up-front anyway and be able to dictate your own lines,” he said, explaining that the torrential rain made for challenging conditions but the trails rode superb none-the-less. “Anyone who finished the race will really feel a sense of accomplishment; it definitely wasn’t easy out there.”

Sidey’s 60-off kay solo effort was valiantly chased by a duo of Jasons from East London – 2017 defending champion Jason Reed and good friend Jason Peach. The two worked well together but were unable to bring Sidey back, who eventually crossed the line in a time of 03:34:22 to claim the R11 000 first prize. Reed came in second (03:42:42), with Peach in third right behind him. (3:42:43)

The ultra ran on the much the same route as 2017 when it underwent a complete redesign. It did however feature a few new sections of singletrack as well as route designer Arthur Joubert’s trademark wooden bridges.

In the women’s race Yolande de Villiers rode a spectacular race to complete her hat trick, finishing sixth overall in the 85km, in a time of 03:59:51. She also collected the R11 000 first prize for her with Anriëtte Schoeman in second and Shauna Esmeyer rounding out the podium. “It was hectic out there,” commented a visibly exhausted De Villiers after the finish. “It was cold and muddy but I still had a lot of fun! The new bits of singletrack and bridges were really awesome,” she said.

While the racing snakes were battling it out at the sharp end of the field of a record field of nearly 500 other mountain bikers braved the torrential downpours to ride the only one-day event of its kind to traverse a wind farm.

“We have been a part of this event for four years now and are really proud of the association,” commented Mark Pickering, Managing Director of the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, who himself took on the weather. “The race has gone from strength to strength and it was really encouraging to see a record field despite the conditions,” he concluded.

Full results for all the routes are available at www.mountainevents.co.za and keep a watch on the Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/jbaywindfarmmtbclassic/) for image galleries over the next two days.

RESULTS

85km
Men
Declan Sidey
Jason Reed
Jason Peach

Women
Yolande de Villiers
Anriëtte Schoeman
Shauna Esmeyer

50km
Men
Ceejay Bosman
Ryno Gerber
Gerrit Rautenbach

Women
Mischka Strydom
Ashley Mayhead
Riette Doubell

Press Release JBay Wind Farm MTB Classic