Kouga Municipality saves big on phones

Kouga Municipality has slashed its annual Telkom bill by a massive 76% over the past two years.

Kouga Corporate Services Portfolio Councillor Bryan Dhludhlu said the savings were made possible by the upgrade of the municipal private automatic branch exchange (PABX) system in 2017.

“Three years ago, when the new Council took its place, the municipality’s annual Telkom bill totaled between R2-million and R3-million. We are very proud that we have been able to decrease this to R577 000 for the 2018/2019 financial year,” he said.      

He said that as part of the PABX upgrade, voice over internet protocol (VOIP) lines were activated.

“This means that instead of copper voice carrier lines such as those used by Telkom, the internet facility and radio network of the municipality is now being used to make calls.

“This enabled us to start cancelling the Telkom lines were in phases,” he explained.

“Before the installation of the new PABX system, the municipality’s Telkom account was constantly in the region of R 230 000 to 250 000 per month. 

“The average monthly PABX and call expenditure for the entire municipality is currently averaging R16 000 per month.”

Top Seeds Join the Lineup in Beautiful Conditions at Azores Airlines Pro

PRAIA DE SANTA BARBARA, Sao Miguel – Azores Islands (Wednesday, September 18, 2018) –  The Azores Islands Pro resumed in picture-perfect conditions on the morning of Day 2 with three-to-four foot waves and a glassy lineup. The remaining 12 heats of Round 1 were completed in beautiful waves, but unfortunately mild side-onshore winds came to spoil the party as soon as the top seeds in Round 2 paddled out.

Pictured: Long time QS contender Marc Lacomare (FRA) was a standout on the second ay of action. Credit: © WSL / Masurel

Current Qualifying Series No. 2 Alex Ribeiro (BRA) enjoyed the very last bit of the good half of the day in Heat 1, Round 2 and posted two decent scores to make his way into Round 3.

“I feel great and always love coming here,” Ribeiro said. “Conditions were a little bit slower than they’ve been but still super fun and I’m stoked to make my heat. The forecast is pretty exciting for the next few days so I look forward to competing more.”

Despite nursing an ankle injury sustained on this trip overseas, Jackson Baker (AUS) managed to surf through the pain and win his second heat in Azores. The Australian locked in the highest single score of the second round so far, a solid 7.50 for a massive forehand turns combination.

“When I first got injured I felt the worse and thought I was flying home,” Baker explained. “I left it a couple of days and the physio said it was only a sprain so I did everything I could to get here. I want to surf to my full potential but it still feels a bit stiff. I’m just trying to stay positive, that’s how I got through the injury and I’ll keep pushing through.”

Brasil’s Victor Bernardo broke a long stretch of early exits so far this year, with a solid performance to advance into Round 3. The dynamic regular foot went to the air as the wind continued to come up and landed two 6+ waves for the heat win.

“That onshore really got strong right before my heat,” Bernardo said. “I changed my whole plan, even my board choice, I grabbed a groveler and went for it. Surfing is all about keeping a positive mindset, I’ve lost in first rounds a lot but I know I can do it and will just keep doing my best. ”

Pictured: Nomme Mignot (FRA) will try to keep the ball rolling after a massive result in Galicia. Credit: © WSL / Masurel

Tahitian powerhouse Mihimana Braye (PYF) took the win in Heat 4 before once again competition was called off for the rest of the day as the tide neared its highest point and conditions really deteriorated. In the earlier heats, the biggest performance came from Frenchman Marc Lacomare (FRA) who destroyed the clean rights on his backhand to advance into Round 2 alongside Mitch Crews (AUS).

Competitors will be back at 7:45 a.m Thursday to potentially start back with Heat 5 of Round 2 featuring the recent runner-up in Pantin Jake Marshall (USA) as well as Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR), Samuel Pupo (BRA) and Ethan Ewing (AUS).

The Azores Islands Pro will unfold from September 17-22, 2019 at PRAIA DE SANTA BARBARA, Sao Miguel – Azores Islands. For all results, photos, video highlights and press releases, log on to worldsurfleague.com.

The Azores Islands Pro are organized by DAAZ Eventos with the support of the following event partners:  Azores Airlines, Governo Regional dos Acores, Turismo dos Açores, Câmara Municipal da Ribeira Grande, SEAT , MEO amongst others.

World’s Best Prepared for Showdown at the Freshwater Pro pres. by Outerknown

LEMOORE, California/USA (Wednesday, September 18, 2019) – The world’s best are ready to contest the World Surf League (WSL)  Freshwater Pro presented by Outerknown, the seventh stop on the women’s Championship Tour (CT) and eighth stop of the men’s CT. This exquisite competition will test the men and women on waves of perfection nearly 100 miles inland at Lemoore, California, to bring out their very best when it matters most with the World Title race, CT qualification and Olympic Games 2020 Tokyo implications on the line at the Surf Ranch from September 19 – 21.

Pictured: (L to R) Lakey Peterson, Kelly Slater, Carissa Moore, Gabriel Medina, Stephanie Gilmore and Filipe Toledo prepare for the 2019 Freshwater Pro pres. by Outerknown. Credit: WSL/ Cestari

The Freshwater Pro also marks the WSL’s one-year anniversary of announcing equal prize money across all WSL owned and controlled events. To celebrate the occasion, the six female CT athletes who have earned wins so far this season — the beneficiaries of equal prize money — gathered for a roundtable discussion on the impact of the change and what the future holds for women’s surfing and the sports industry as a whole.

Pictured: Six of the sport’s most iconic figures gathered to discuss the progression of women’s surfing. Credit: WSL/ Miers

The first roundtable participant was 17-year-old Caroline Marks (USA), who made history as the youngest World No. 1 with her first-ever CT victory on the Gold Coast; Marks was also the first woman to receive equal prize money. She was joined by Courtney Conlogue (USA), seven-time WSL World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Lakey Peterson (USA), Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), and three-time WSL World Champion Carissa Moore (HAW), all who have cemented their place in the record books as well. Each of these six event winners contributed to the discussion in a meaningful way leading up to the Freshwater Pro

“It’s amazing and I think the equal pay has just helped raise the level of women’s surfing even more,” Peterson said. “I feel like just this year alone I’ve seen even more young women in the water a lot more and surfing is just such a legitimate career path for females which is really awesome. For me personally, there’s a lot more to fight for and it’s just incredible WSL is able to give us equal pay – it’s something I never thought I’d experience in my career. It pushes us to do our best every single day and I’m just humbled to be a part of it.”


On Social Media This Week

Susan Rae Fox posted for St Francis Animal Rescue – HELP, please!
SFAR needs extra volunteers to help with crowd control at our Thursday afternoon outreaches. The busiest time is between 2.30 and 3.30 and we need adult men to assist in persuading dog and cat owners to queue for our services, and leave the field once their animals have been treated. We also need help with adult monitors to calm traffic speeding on Taragoona Road.
Please let us know if you are able to join us for an hour on Thursday afternoons.

Two more beloved pets knocked over on Taragonna Road today!
This little girl – Cocoa – was badly hurt by a speeding motorist whilst walking across the pedestrian crossing. Cocoa’s brother, Scrappy was also hurt and treated with 16 stitches by Dr Nerine Botha. We took Cocoa to Dr Annelise Barker but her injuries were too severe and she had to be put to sleep. Her owners are devastated. Why is it too much to ask people to drive slowly on Taragonna Road when there are dogs and children crossing the road in plain sight? This little girl didn’t deserve to die today!

The photos of the injured dogs were just too awful to publish. Something needs to be done to slow the traffic on Tarragona if not for the dogs then for the kids for iit is inevitable that a kid is going to be knocked over. Then what ? Will council finally do something because they are being sued by the child’s parents?


Posted by Nevil Hulett – What a wonderful opportunity to again own the “Homestead Manor” where my father Leighton Hulett settled when he started St Francis and where my sisters and I grew up. Thank you Mark ChristyDenise Christy and Tim Ashby. The wheel of life has indeed done a full circle and I am blessed to let my kids Crystal Hulett and Chad Hulett experience this wonderful location. No more looking at Windfinder to check the waves … just look out the window and see the swell lines marching across the bay!


Mercedes-Benz Buffalo City South African Surfing Team Finish Fifth with Two Medals at ISA World Surfing Games in Japan

Miyazaki, Japan, September 15, 2019 – The Mercedes-Benz Buffalo City South African surfing team finished fifth overall and earned two medals and one surfer qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at the ISA World Surfing Games presented by Vans which ended at Myazaki in Japan on Sunday.

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz Buffalo City South African surfing team on the podium receiving their Silver medals for second place in the Aloha Cup at the closing ceremony for the ISA World Surfing Games presented by Vans at Myazaki, Japan.
LtR: Isaac February (Cape Town, Manager), Greg Emslie (East London, Coach), Zoe Steyn (East London), Bianca Buitendag (Victoria Bay), Sarah Baum (Durban)

The powerful team from Brazil won the team Gold medals for the first time in 19 years, with Italo Ferreira capturing the Men’s Gold, Gabriel Medina taking Bronze and Silvana Lima clinching the Silver medal for Women.

The USA, led by Dino Andino’s Silver in the Men’s and Carissa Moore’s Copper in the Women, finished runners-up in the teams event, followed by the host nation and defending team champions Japan and Peru whose Sofia Mulanovich captured the Women’s Gold.

South Africa, who finished fourth overall at last year’s ISA WSG, can be proud of their fifth place in 2019. The event attracted a record setting 55 nations and 240 of the world’s best surfers, including a host of current and former World Champions who were intent not only on winning the team and individual titles, but also in participating in the qualifying process for surfing’s debut on the Olympic stage next year.

Bianca Buitendag was the standout performer for South Africa, adding the Bronze medal in the Women’s event to the Bronze and Copper medals she won in 2017 and 2018, contributing a massive 730 points to the team total, participating in the Silver medal winning Aloha Cup event and also earning provisional qualification for the Olympics as the highest placed woman from the African Continent.

The 25-year-old from Victoria Bay in the Southern Cape was ably supported by Australia based former Durbanite Sarah Baum, who placed 21st overall, and 15- year-old East Londoner Zoe Steyn who ended her second ISA WSG in 29th place among the 103 women.

Michael February (Kommetjie) fared best of the South African Men with his 22nd place finish, while Beyrick de Vries (uMhlanga) and Jordy Smith (Durban) placed equal 31st out of the 137 Men.

In the ISA Aloha Cup, a form of relay surfing where a squad of two men and two women each have to ride two waves before returning to the beach to ‘tag’ the next teammate, with all eight rides counting and having to be completed within a prescribed time limit, the South African squad of Smith, February, Buitendag and Baum comfortably won their semi-final against Japan, Peru and Argentina.

Up against Japan, USA and Australia in the final, the South Africans finished just 0.08 of a point behind the surfers from Down Under to clinch the Silver medal ahead of USA and the host nation.

South Africa’s finish among the top eight ranked nations in Myazaki has earned the team an invitation to the 2020 Aloha Cup at next year’s ISA WSG.

The team was very well supported by the experienced pair of Isaac February (Cape Town, Manager) and multiple South African champion and seasoned international competitor Greg Emslie (East London, Coach).

Speaking at the closing ceremony, ISA President Fernando Aguerre said:

“Today is a very special day for the history of surfing. For the first time, every nation brought their surfing dream teams and for the first time an ISA World Surfing Games is a qualifier for the Olympic Games. Thank you to all the competitors, including the CT (Championship Tour) surfers, for taking time to compete and enjoy the ISA Aloha spirit at our World Surfing Games.                                                

“All visitors, teams, fans, and supporters will now go home as ambassadors of this beautiful Miyazaki. The ISA will be back in Japan in less than a year, for the arrival of surfing at the world’s greatest sporting stage, the Tokyo Olympic Games.”

Full results, images, video footage, news and more can be found at www.isasurf.org

ISA World Surfing Games presented by Vans


Team Ranking (top 10)

  • Gold – Brazil
  • Silver – USA
  • Bronze – Japan
  • Copper – Peru

5 – South Africa
6 – Australia
7 – New Zealand
8 – Costa Rica
9 – Spain
10 – Canad

Open Men:

Gold – Italo Ferreira (BRA)
Silver – Kolohe Andino (USA)
Bronze – Gabriel Medina (BRA)
Copper – Shun Murakami (JPN)

22: Michal February (Kommetjie)
31: Beyrick de Vries (uMhlanga)
31: Jordy Smith (Durban)

Open Women (finished 10 September 10):

Gold – Sofia Mulanovich (PER)
Silver – Silvana Lima (BRA)
Bronze – Bianca Buitendag (RSA)
Copper – Carissa Moore (USA)

21: Sarah Baum (Durban)
29: Zoe Steyn (East London)

ISA Aloha Cup (finished 12 September)

Gold – Australia
Silver – South Africa
Bronze – USA
Copper – Japan

Provisional Tokyo 2020 Qualification:


Shun Murakami (JPN)
Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR)
Billy Stairmand (NZL)
Frederico Morais (POR)


Shino Matsuda (JPN)
Anat Lelior (ISR)
|Bianca Buitendag (RSA)
Ella Williams (NZL)

The South Africa Surfing Team’s participation in the 2019 ISA World Surfing Games in Miyazaki, Japan, an Olympic qualifying event, was made possible by Mercedes-Benz South Africa and Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality for the third year in a row. The team is also supported by the Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa and Sea Harvest.

Surfing South Africa is the governing body for the sport in South Africa and is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), the African Surfing Confederation (ASC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA). Surfing South Africa is recognised and supported by the National Department of Sport and Recreation.