Fighting Potholes Repairing and Resealing Kouga Road Network

Kouga Municipality has made considerable progress in the resealing and repair of roads across the Kouga region – the first step in tackling road infrastructure issues.

Roads that already received a new lease on life are the access roads to Loerie, Dolphin Street in Pellsrus and the access road to Ocean View that passes Jeffreys Bay Comprehensive High. Humansdorp, Hankey and Patensie are among the other communities set to benefit over the next three months.

Kouga Infrastructure and Engineering Portfolio Councillor, Willem Gertenbach, said that more than R8 million had been budgeted for the resealing of roads in the current financial year, ending on 30 June 2021.

Gertenbach said the municipality’s Infrastructure and Engineering directorate hoped to secure additional funding for the resealing programme in the adjustment budget in February, which would allow them to tackle more roads in the current year.

“The backlog in road maintenance across the region is massive and totals more than R500 million. It is, therefore, impossible to address the backlog all in one go, but we are making progress,” he said.

“Almost 12km of road was resealed in the previous financial year and 2km of gravel road was also tarred.”

He said pothole repairs were ongoing across the region.

“A total of 9 720 potholes were fixed from July to December last year. I would like to thank our road teams for their hard work and perseverance. Bit by bit, we will slay the road giant.”

Kouga road network repairs

Fire razes shacks in Sea Vista

St Francis Disaster Volunteer Group Logo

Disaster Volunteer Group St Francis were called into action shortly before 9:00pm last night (24 January) when a shack fire was reported in Sea Vista. Kouga Fire were quickly on the scene  and assisted witha large bowsers from St Francis Links and hoses from DVGSF were able to bring the fire under control.

It is is still uncertain as to the cause of the fire nor the number of shacks that were destroyed or damaged in the fire. The Sea Vista community hall was opened to accommodate those who had lost homes.

Sincere condolences to everyone who lost a home last night and an appeal has gone out to the St Francis community asking for help with donations of building material, roof sheeting etc, as well as furniture, bedding, clothes etc, please 

Below are details of how you can help

Please help us identify the victims – names and contact details of those that have lost homes. Email details to disastervolunteergroup@gmail.com

We are aware that 36 adults, and 9 children, ages 1, 3, 5, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 21 have lost everything.

Our immediate needs list:

25 mattresses
Bedding including pillows
Clothes
Basic Toiletries
Towels
Buckets for washing
Pots and Pans
Crockery & Cutlery

Banking details for donations if you would like to assist financially:

Account name: FOSSFAR
Standard Bank
Acc number 186512139
Branch number 050015

Many thanks for your assistance, care and support.

Sea Vista Fire 24 January 2021

Photo DVGSF Facebook

 

NSRI Station 21 St Francis Bay rescue two off Chokka boats

Sarah Smith, NSRI St Francis Bay station commander reported that NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew were activated at 11h56 on Friday 22nd to patient evacuate a Port Elizabeth fisherman suffering an illness on a Chokka fishing boat.

The sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II was launched and Private Care ambulance services were activated to stand-by at our sea rescue station.

The  Spirit of St Francis rendezvoused with the fishing boat off-shore of Hysklip and the fisherman was transferred onto our sea rescue craft.

In the care of our NSRI medics he was brought to the NSRI sea rescue station in the Port of St Francis fron where he transported to hospital by Private Care ambulance in a stable condition for further medical care.

Then at 22h20 our NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew were again activated to patient evacuate a Port Elizabeth fisherman suffering injuries sustained after he fell onboard a Chokka fishing vessel.

The fisherman fell and injured himself after experiencing a medical illness onboard the vessel.

The sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II was launched and Private Care ambulance services were activated to stand-by at our sea rescue station.

The rescue craft rendezvoused with the fishing boat off-shore of Oyster Bay and the fisherman was transferred onto our sea rescue craft.

In the care of our NSRI medics the fisherman was brought to NSRI sea rescue station in the Port of St Francis and then transported to hospital by Private Care ambulance in a stable condition for further medical care.

“Then and now” in the Greater St Francis Region – #6

Submitted by Matt Gennrich

Cape St Francis Beach in early days

Cape St Francis beach at low tide, viewed from the Meermin lookout in winter, 1980. The beach is broad and healthy, with a well-developed band of sparsely vegetated hummock dunes, where sand for beach replenishment after storms is stored by nature. Photo: Richard Cowling

Cape St Francis Beach now

The same view, also captured at low tide, in February 2020. The beach has narrowed significantly, and the hummock dune zone has disappeared. The sand for beach replenishment has been trapped by the artificial stabilization of the dune cordon by homeowners. Photo: Richard Cowling

 

R14million sales in just three days!

This past weekend Johan Viljoen, our very successful agent for Santareme and the Port, incredibly made four sales to the value of R14m in just three days! These included a record breaking R4.5m for a Port unit, R5.2m for a spectacular home in Tom Brown Boulevard, plus two Santareme homes for around R2m. By the way, all were sole mandates, illustrating the advantage to sellers of going this route, where we can give properties the focus and attention they deserve and need. And they were sold on average at only 5% below the listed asking price, with no reductions in price, and all within a few months of listing.

This brings his total for our financial year (since 1 March 2020) to an incredible R49m, definitely a new record for any agent in 12 months in Santareme and the Port. This is even more incredible when you consider that this is his first year as an estate agent, following a long career in the corporate world.

Johan has almost single-handedly caused Santareme properties to be re-evaluated upwards over the past 12 months, after many years in the doldrums, and buyers are appreciating the many positive aspects: sunny, north-facing, close proximity to cycling, walking, nature reserves, Shark Point, Cape St Francis beach, the Two Harbours Walk, plus swimming, snorkeling, fishing, diving etc etc off the beautiful rockery coastline.

We are expecting Johan to be crowned Pam Golding Properties National Rookie of the Year, for the year ended February 2021. He has been assisted by young Kyle de Villiers, who takes photos and videos, and who will soon be joining the Pam Golding team.

Together with perennial star performer Lois Fox, and new star performer Dot Stuart-White, we now have three local PGP agents who have qualified for our annual all-expenses paid trip to our Pam Golding GoldClub national conference, at an exotic (often overseas) hotel – which we hope will be able to take place given the current circumstances.

Saria Blaauw (our Links agent) also looks like she will be a GoldClub agent by the end of February, and Alastair Stuart-White (our Cape St Francis agent) who only joined us a few months ago, has also made an excellent start to his Pam Golding career.

But who can blame all these buyers from wanting to buy in St Francis?

Johan Viljoen -  Pam Golding St Francis

Johan Viljoen – Pam Golding St Francis

Media Release – Pam Golding Properties, St Francis Bay