Take heed of local doctor’s warnings on rising Covid-19 cases in St Francis

Dr’s Jean Malan & Anina Ellis have issued the following warning and it makes sense, no matter your beliefs regarding this pandemic, that we *take heed and practice their suggestions for a few weeks.

2020, the year of Covid. This far our community has been fortunate. We have had a very low number of active cases and very little community spread, but now we may be running out of luck. We are unfortunately experiencing a definite increase in cases in the St Francis Bay area. The Eastern Cape is also experiencing a very large spike. This means that hospitals in our area are filled to capacity and we are experiencing difficulties in arranging admission for patients.

“Luck has a way of evaporating when you lean on it.” 
 Brandon Mull,

We do not have to “lean on luck”, we have a multitude of advantages that will assist this community in weathering the storm. We have the great outdoors and a very advanced level of ventilation, commonly referred to as “the wind”. All we need to add to this is an extreme dose of common sense and then we will remain lucky.

“People always call it luck when you’ve acted more sensibly than they have. ” 
Anne Tyler

There are loads of things WE can do to slow down the rate of new infections that will help to  keep the rate of spread. If we act with sensibility, we will avoid the impact of a dumper of a second wave.

How do we act sensible?

Our prescription:

  • We use our access to the great outdoors. We open our windows, we embrace “al-fresco” dining. Japan’s government warns people about the Three C’s– Closed Spaces, Crowded Places and Close-Contact Settings. This is a very sensible
  • We wear our masks, correctly.
  • We keep a safe distance from people (1.5m is advised). Maintaining a larger personal space is the new “HUGGING” – it shows respect & caring.

For the next few weeks, try to keep your contact pod or bubble small. Reconsider having that big braai or dinner party. Rather postpone it until conditions are safer. Stay informed and above all stay safe.

Dr’s Jean Malan & Anina Ellis

Click below for an interesting oversight on how this virus spreads

https://english.elpais.com/society/2020-10-28/a-room-a-bar-and-a-class-how-the-coronavirus-is-spread-through-the-air.html

*To heed something is to listen to it, pay careful attention to it, or otherwise observe or acknowledge it in some way—and often to take action on it. 

TM

Active Covid-19 cases in Kouga triples 

According to the latest report from the Department of Health, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Kouga totalled 90 as at 31 October.

“This is an alarming increase, given that we started October with 25 active cases.

“It is a serious reminder that the corona virus is still very much among us and we urgently appeal to all residents and visitors to exercise extreme caution,” said Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks.

The latest statistics put the number of active cases in Jeffreys Bay at 41, Humansdorp at 36, St Francis at seven and Patensie at three while one active case has been confirmed for both Loerie and Thornhill.

“This illustrates that no community is safe from the virus and that each and every one of us, regardless of where we live, has a role to play to help curb the spread,” Hendricks said.

The total number of active COVID-19 cases in the Sarah Baartman District as a whole stood at 475 on 31 October.

In addition to the 90 in Kouga, there were 125 cases in Blue Crane Route, 105 in Dr Beyers Naude, 71 in Makana, 35 in Ndlambe, 33 in Sundays River Valley and 16 in Koukamma

Covid in Kouga - October

SFAR asks local community to help

St Francis Animal Rescue is constantly looking for homes for both cats and dogs but once in a while a special case presents itself and they are reaching out to the community to help.

St Francis Animal Rescue found Fleck, a tiny, skinny white puppy, jammed in a cramped, filthy cage with a large white male, called Ghost – presumably her father. Neighbours in Sea Vista told us the dogs’ owner had been away for three weeks, leaving these 2 without food and water. We called the local SAP – who said they could not assist us,

Chico & Pittywithout permission from the owner. So, we removed the padlock from the cage and removed the two dogs. Ghost was adopted almost immediately and Fleck went from Foster Care to being adopted by a young family with two daughters. When Fleck was a little older, the family also adopted Chico, a male mixed breed puppy, as a friend for her.

Tragically, now that Fleck is 11 months old and Chico 4 months, the owners are separating and mother and daughters are soon moving into a small apartment which does not allow dogs.

St Francis Animal Rescue is hoping to re-home these two together. Fleck has no aggression issues – she is an affectionate, well-behaved, loyal and trusting young Pitty who has been sterilized and socialized.

Chico needs to be neutered and we will make sure this is done before he is adopted. He is a playful, happy, inquisitive, bright little pup – and both these dogs will make perfect additions to a young family with children.

To meet Fleck and Chico, please call or What’s App – 083 289 1452.

 

 

St Francis Bay CCTV Network doing it’s job

A recently released video on the St Francis Property Owners website has David Truter discuss how the CCTV network is assisting in combatting crime. The following  is part of the newsletter distributed yesterday.

David Truter a member of the St Francis Property Owners committee leads  portfolio of CCTV cameras for St Francis Property Owners  and also Chairs the St Francis Bay Police Sector Forum for security. 

The SFPO NPC installed the cameras in early 2019. Crime had been escalating at that time. 18 months later crime has been radically reduced as a result. 

For example, we have four LPR’s or license plate recognition cameras. In one month we had 250,000 license plates recognised and 11 activations, which means that those 11 licence plate numbers were on the SAPS database of wanted vehicles. 

For more on security and cameras, watch the video with David here

https://youtu.be/vzCsqJUZLio

Read full SFPO November Newsletter here

 

Possible removal of Cape St Francis dune investigated

Kouga Municipality is investigating the possible removal of a portion of the dune at Cape St Francis that sparked a community protest earlier this month.

Kouga Finance Portfolio Councillor, Brenton Williams, said the municipality would be submitting an emergency application to the Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT) in terms of Section 30(A)2 of the National Environmental Management Act (Nema), requesting permission to try and redress the situation that gave rise to the protest.

Williams, who’s been acting as Executive Mayor this past week, said the dune had been built-up and extended by a few local property owners.

“The dune now stretches right up to the high-water mark. This results in a massive backwash, especially at high tide when the swell is big,” he said.

He said the municipality was exploring ways to minimise the immediate threat to lives while also protecting public land and private properties along the coast.

“One of the short-term solutions we are considering, is removing a portion of the dune,” he said.

“Once the immediate risk has been addressed, the next step is to compile a dune management plan for our region’s coastal areas.”

He said global warming, rising sea levels and coastal developments dating back to before current Environmental legislation were all contributing to a range of safety challenges along the coast.

“In some areas the beach has eroded to such an extent that municipal infrastructure and properties are at risk of being washed away by the ocean.

“In other areas infrastructure and properties are at risk of being overrun by sand.”

He said a dune management plan was essential going forward so as to keep coastal communities safe from these climate-related challenges.

 

Bring back our beachesAnd we are not alone when it comes to beach erosion
but this video shows it is possible to get the sand back.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DScE_X-PDB8