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

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
Basic Toiletries
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

SFBGC Ladies Section AGM 21st January 2021

The Ladies Section held a very successful AGM on 21st January where reports were given by Joan-Louise Manthe (Captain) and Dawn Speirs (President). The ladies celebrated the successes and Covid lockdown challenges of 2020 and committed themselves to keeping positive during an uncertain 2021.

The following ladies were honoured as winners during 2020:


Caroline Kettlewell – Putting trophy, winner of the Birdie competition as well as two rounds of the Eclectic competition including the Narramore trophy as overall Eclectic winner.

Nicole Kellett – Winner of one round of the Eclectic competition (Silver) and winner of the WGSA medal for the Silver division.

Joan-Louise Manthe – winner of the WGSA Bronze division medal; Graham Williams Trophy as Most Improved Golfer (Silver & Bronze); winner of one rounds in the bronze division Eclectic competition.

Anne Cristina van der Mescht – Most improved Lady Golfer Copper division.

Heilie Uys – Knock out competition winner.

A New Committee was elected for 2021:

  • Dawn Speirs – President
  • Joan-Louise Manthe – Captain
  • Les Lucas – Secretary


  • Nicole Kellett
  • Bev Gilson
  • June Mason
St Francis Bay Golf Club Ladies Committee

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Midnight wake served up with mielies

Level 5 lock down feels like quite a while ago. A distant memory and one better forgotten perhaps. Nonetheless I found myself reminiscing the other day about that time. I’m guessing a “mixed bag” of stuff came up for most us. Talking about the good memories is always more fun (and keeps things brief) so here we go …..

Having spent a lot of my life at sea, I’ve never really grown veggies. Suddenly, with the world about to friggin’ end, I thought it was a good time to start. So after consulting a few of the organically minded people in our community, I set about getting this story together. Let me tell you something, it’s been a journey ever since. Yes, I have definitely harvested some delicious greens but those salads, herbs and ‘what not’ have come at a price.

Raised beds with plenty of sunshine, organic supersonic soil, compost, the best seedlings, rain water tanks, digging and planting et etc …. Getting the operation on the go was a THING, but it was awesome! Watching all the goedjties growing and watering them was so lekker. By the fourth week of lock down I even began talking to my veggies for goodness sake. They/we couldn’t have been happier! This was the best thing ever …. and it was going swimmingly well. May I assure you there’s nothing better than a home grown green juice to fire one up ….. (especially when contemplating an ‘illegal’ dawn dash to the beach for a swim!)

And then level 5 became 4 …. then 3. What a shame …. In true Piscean style the fad waned. Still a few bits and bobs in the garden these days I suppose. Nonetheless, the Spring veggie garden was somewhat less impressive than the Winter one. A sin in the eyes of my staunch vegetarian friends perhaps but cést’ la vie …. and it goes on.

I think it was during level “who can even remember” when a top China of mine pops in for visit. He’s the most well ‘travelled in Africa’ person I know. He’s en route home after visiting another brother in the deep north Eastern Cape. And he comes bearing gifts. A handful of mielie kernels from brother Joe’s garden up there in the gammadoelas. I planted them about a week after he left. No compost and what not this time, these things are supposed to be tough right!? True that …. a week later all of them have come up. I’m pretty stoked actually. Having shoved a few dry yellow things into a “will get to it one day” section of the garden, there were now well over a dozen healthy little plants. I commended myself at my awesome green fingers and began to watch my mielie plants grow. I also watered them even weeded in between them once or twice.

Steve's milelies

Steve’s Mielie Crop

When they were quite young maybe at three weeks or so (just over a foot high) the first assault went down. In the middle of the night of course. It’s ALWAYS in the middle of the night and I never seem to hear a thing. Next morning I see the hoof prints in the soil. A Bushbuck had enjoyed a pre-dawn snack, destroying two and giving several others an unwelcome haircut. I guess I was kind of philosophical about it. I mean he hadn’t destroyed everything and it was kinda cool that he had to sneaked passed my bedroom window to get there. Cheeky Shit ….

And so the rest of my mielies plants prospered! It didn’t matter what the level was. Whether the level went up or the level went down, the mielies just grew and grew. It was fantastic! I likened them to rescue animals … somewhat traumatised but with an incredible zest for life. And if you think plants don’t give back, think again …. a few weeks ago the first mielies appeared. I was ecstatic. On a few plants two even! As the weeks rolled by they got fatter and fatter. It was literally 3 days ago when I was thinking “these beauties have got about a week to go”. I could almost taste that juicy mielie smothered in butter on my plate.

Then somewhere in the very early hours of 18 January, a second devastating assault. This time the perpetrators sneaked underneath the house. The carnage was gut wrenching. All but two of my incredible mielie plantation …. destroyed. Those glorious two plus metre plants dripping with the fruits of my labour, almost entirely consumed.

After picking one of the last three remaining mielies I retreated inside crestfallen. It wasn’t quite so easy to be as magnanimous this time. How on earth could this be? There was barely anything left at all for goodness sake! The whole LOT pretty much eaten!

The answer came in the late afternoon. It finally all made sense why this had happened …. Clearly, there had been death in the porcupine community and the wake had been at my place! Don’t those little blighters know we’re on level “Whatsit” ….

Stephen Praetorius