St Francis People’s Triathlon

St Francis People’s Triathlon

On February 24 the picturesque Quays of St Francis Bay will be the starting point for the much-anticipated People’s Triathlon St Francis.

Furthermore, this year’s event promises to be a thrilling spectacle, with participants gearing up for a day of intense competition and camaraderie. This against the stunning backdrop of the St Francis Bay Village canals.
As one of the main sponsors, Trollope is set to make a significant impact at the event. There are numerous teams and individuals proudly representing the brand.

Sporting Initiatives

Their presence underscores the company’s commitment to supporting local sporting initiatives. Also, fostering a culture of health and wellness within the community.
Participants in the full-distance category will face a gruelling challenge, comprising a 2km swim, 90km cycle, and 21km run. This will test their endurance and athleticism to the limit.
For those looking for a slightly shorter but no less exhilarating experience, the 2/3 distance category might suit. It offers a 1km swim, 60km cycle, and 11km run, providing a perfect balance of challenge and enjoyment.

Third Time

“We are thrilled to host the People’s Triathlon St Francis in this beautiful setting for the third time,” said race director Niel du Preez.
“It’s an event that we look forward to on the calendar, and we hope that the athletes do too. We can’t wait to see all the participants giving it their all on race day,” said Du Preez.
Also, entrants can look forward to receiving a race pack to kick-start their event experience. Further, all finishers will be rewarded with a special finishers’ gift as a token of their achievement.


The excitement will continue into the evening. Thus, the prizegiving ceremony is scheduled to take place at The Quays at 17:00 on Saturday. Further, the top performers will be recognised for their outstanding efforts here.
Entries close on February 18, so there’s still time to secure your spot in this thrilling event. For more information and to register, visit
For more information, contact events director Niel du Preez at 041 484 7869, 072 072 9390 or email
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Commencement of Wreck Removal Operations of ‘Elke M’ at St Francis Bay

Commencement of Wreck Removal Operations of ‘Elke M’ at St Francis Bay

The process to appoint the contractor for the removal of the wrecked fishing vessel, the ELKE M whichran aground on Saturday 06 January 2024 in Port St Francis, is nearing completion. The vessel had 24 crew and they were all brought to safety after they abandoned ship.

A contractor Resolve Marine has been identified and the process of appointing is underway subject to conclusion of discussions with authorities.

This removal operation, necessitated by the vessel’s grounding and its position in an environmentally sensitive area, will initially concentrate on reduction of the wreck to the waterline level, followed by a process to split the sub-sea section into multiple sections for scuttling. Given the complexity and sensitivity of the task, the operation is expected to take at least two months, with a targeted completion before the onset of the winter season.

The costs for the whole operation are covered by the Protection and Indemnity Club (P&I Club) as an insurer.

In the lead-up to this phase, favourable weather and sea conditions have enabled the removal of more than 27,000 litres of marine fuel from the vessel. The incident management team, aided by helicopter assistance, had prioritized the removal of remaining fuel and non-oil pollutants, successfully transferring these to designated disposal sites.

Pollutants and Wreck Removal Directives have been issued in line with the Wreck and Salvage Act and the Marine Pollution (Control & Civil Liability) Act, underscoring the commitment to environmental safety and compliance throughout this operation.

The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) continues to oversee the operation, in close collaboration with the Incident Management Structure (IMS). This collaborative effort involves the vessel’s owners, the insurers (P&I Club), municipal officials, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), environmental management authorities and organizations, the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment and the National Department of Transport.

SAMSA recognizes the environmental challenges posed by the wreck, appreciates the great effort made to date to prevent pollution and is fully committed to conducting the removal operation with outmost efficiency and environmental sensitivity. SAMSA will continue to provide updates as the operation progresses.

Issued by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA).

For any further information please contact Tebogo Ramatjie on 0673255276


Win Your Share Of R5 Million In Instant Cash, and Wine Of The Week Revealed – What’s On At The SuperSpar

Win Your Share Of R5 Million In Instant Cash, and Wine Of The Week Revealed – What’s On At The SuperSpar

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Specials At TOPS

There’s a smorgasbord of specials at TOPS, with the following specials valid until 3 March. They include a variety of Gordons Gin, Chiva Regal 12-year blended Scotch Whisky, Absolut Vodka assorted flavours 750mls, and Devils Peak, Carling Black Label and Heineken 0,0% for those who want to take it a bit easier.


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One Ton Of Vegetables Delivered –  Mayoral Initiative

One Ton Of Vegetables Delivered – Mayoral Initiative

Kouga Municipality has, once again, facilitated the delivery of one ton of fresh vegetables to various soup kitchens in Loerie – aiming to alleviate food insecurity among residents due to the increased cost of living.
This delivery is after the municipality delivered two tons of vegetables last month.
This benevolent effort is part of a larger mayoral initiative generously supported by the Wildeklawer farm in Barkley West, owned by Louis de Kock and his wife, Cora.
We look forward to the ongoing collaboration with Wildeklawer in the coming months, contributing more vegetables to residents facing hardship.