St Francis hosts huge prize handover

St Francis Bay’s new Waterberry Caravan Park hosts huge prize handover

The Spar group recently ran a national competition in a partnership campaign with Simba titled the Simba & Spar Shopper Braai Campaign. Many would have seen the promotional display unit in your local Spar over the past months featuring  a main prize of a Ford Ranger  Super Cab 2.2 litre from Ford and the Palomino Backpack from Palomino RV right here in Sea Vista, St Francis Bay.

The competition received thousands of entries from around the country and the braai related products prizes included custom grills, fire pits amongst others, all to celebrate South African’s love of braaing.

Appropriately it was decided by the organisers that the handover would be held in St Francis and the newly opened Waterberry Park, a camping / caravan park situated between the Kromme river and new Sand River bridge was selected as the venue. But more on Waterberry Park next week for this is certainly an oasis for caravaners and campers who have been starved of a place to stay in St Francis since the resort closed its camping facilities five or so years ago.

The draw for the main prize of a Ford Super Cab fitted with a Palomino Backpack was held a few weeks ago but the handover to the winner was  held over until last Thursday where the eventual winner, Brandon Bayley out of Zululand KwaZulu Natal, flew down to St Francis Bay to receive his prize. Chatting with an understandably excited Brandon after the handover, he  told how much he enjoys the outdoor and camping  and how his existing vehicle had reached a point where it needed replacing. How wonderful that an enthusiast took delivery of this super, once in a lifetime  prize rather than someon with no appreciation for the outdoors.

The handover was a rather low key event with the SIMBA LION, Grant Preller from Spar  Regional Office in Port Elizabeth and two representatives from Simba’s promotional company, Anelia Prinsloo and Brett Owen. Somewhat disappointing was that nobody from our local Spar was on hand. But more disappointing was that Simba didn’t take the opportunity of wowing the kids at Spar with the Simba Lion.  They could really have gained some great mileage out of giving away a few packets of chips and a photo opportunity with Simba. Just a thought!

After all the formalities were over Greg Renault, owner of Palomino RV in St Francis ran through a step by step process of loading the Palomino on the back of the Ford Ranger and how to secure it for travel. And important instruction it was for Brendon set off in his new vehicle for KwaZulu Natal bright and early on Friday morning. Happy camping Brendon and we hope to see you back in St Francis again in the not too distant future.

L to R Grant Preller’ Brandon Bayley, SIMBA LION, and Anelia Prinsloo


Loading the Palomino onto the Ford Super Cab

Brandon poses with Greg Renault of Palomino RV with the Ford Ranger Super Cab and the Palomino fully loaded and ready to go camping.

New Hotel for St Francis a reality

Come and listen to Adrian Gardiner Chairman of Mantis Collection and the Wilderness Foundation Global talk on this exciting development and investment opportunity

St Francis Today normally doesn’t publish on public holidays (we love an occasional lie-in) but we have made an exception today. We were alerted late on of an exciting new development for St Francis and felt it important to make readers aware of it as there is a meeting being held in this regard this evening.

Quite some time back we published news that the Mantis Group, a leading hotel and conservation group, was looking to expand their portfolio to St Francis, St Francis Links to be more precise.  Well the news is out that this is now a reality and the project is to be announced at a function at the Links this evening (Monday 17th December) at 6:00pm.

Mantis is acclaimed for its pioneering work in Development, Management, Marketing, Education & Conservation and Chairman Adrian Gardiner will be introducing the project at the function at the Links tonight.

Conceptualised, developed and managed by the Mantis Group, this hotel will allow St Francis Links to complete the third Leg of the estate, following the Clubhouse and the Championship Golf Course, rated 6th best in South Africa. The site for the hotel is adjacent the clubhouse overlooking the dam on the 18th fairway and will comprise one and two bedroom suites.

But here is the interesting bit and why you should make an effort to attend, especially if you are a visitor who regularly holidays in St Francis. Investors have opportunity to become a co-owner of a luxury hotel as the units will be on offer on a sectional title basis.

The hotel will be built in eight separate double-storey blocks, placed strategically to prevent interference with any of the existing views and you can be assured that as Adrian Gardiner who is also the Chairman of the Wilderness Foundation Global, specific consideration will be given to the fynbos surroundings which is a distinct part of the estate’s heritage.

With Mantis’ partnership with AccorHotels this development could truly put St Francis on the International Tourism map, attracting thousands of new, first-time visitors to our region.

More information on the benefits of investing in this Mantis / St Francis Links development on


A note from the organisers – ” Adrian Gardiner is an entertaining speaker worth coming to listen too so please advise for catering purposes (RSVP) before 2:00pm today if you are coming 



Concerned Residents Association meeting

The CRA will be holding a public meeting, and all interested and affected parties are invited to attend

The “Concerned Residents Association’’ (CRA) was recently established to strongly and actively oppose the structure and methods employed by SFPO to implement the present St Francis Bay SRA.
To counter ‘Fake News’ being circulated, it is important to emphasise that the CRA does NOT oppose the SRA concept, but does strongly object to the structure of the current St Francis Bay SRA imposed by SFPO.
CRA membership and funding has been increasing rapidly and is well above expectations.
The CRA has commenced legal action in the Port Elizabeth High Court to have the current SFPO sponsored SRA set aside and have filed the Founding Affidavit. The Kouga Municipality have recently filed their Answering Affidavit, which is now under consideration by the CRA Legal Team.

For further information, contact:
The CRA Secretary : Ms Dee Love
e-mail :
Mobile : 072 842 3796

Date : Monday 17 Dec 2018 (Today)

Venue : St Francis Bay Bowls Club (behind Spar)

Time : 11 AM

Appeal for the return of an NSRI Pink Buoy – Jeffreys Bay

Youngsters ‘captured’ on CCTV with Pink NSRI Buoy

Four young teenagers making off with an NSRI Pink Rescue Floatation Buoy at Jeffreys Bay

NSRI are appealing to 4 young teenagers, 3 males and a female, who have been captured on CCTV cameras, making off with an NSRI Pink Rescue Buoy that is now missing from its post at Point Beach, Wavecrest, Jeffreys Bay.

The incident took place at 21h45, Wednesday, 12th December.

The 4 young teenagers can be seen walking out the car park and turning right into Plane Street. They then stop at the corners of Plane Street and Pagoda Crescent before continuing on their way, one of the teenagers, a male, can be seen clutching onto the NSRI Pink Buoy in one hand.

Anyone who recognises these teenagers from the photo attached can contact NSRI Communications at 0823803800.

NSRI’s safety tips for the Summer holidays

National Sea Rescue

The NSRI suggest ways to enjoy a safe summer

Rule number one, for a safe experience at the beach, is to choose a beach that has Lifeguards on duty and to swim between their flags.

That way you don’t need to worry about rip currents, or suddenly getting out of your depth. Putting an arm in the air and waving for help will get a rapid response from the Lifeguards on duty.  Unfortunately, for various reasons, people regularly swim where there are no Lifeguards on duty. This may be on a beach after the Lifeguard’s duty has finished for the day or at a beach that does not have Lifeguards.   This is when things can go wrong.

In a typical scenario Sea Rescue gets an emergency call for a swimmer in difficulty and, when we get there, we find two or more people in danger of drowning.  Tragically, sometimes we are not able to get there in time and someone drowns. Often the person who does not survive is sadly the kind person who went into the water to try and help a person who was in difficulty.

Because this happens so frequently, Sea Rescue launched our Pink Rescue Buoy project in November 2017.   These bright Pink Rescue Buoys are hung on strategically placed signs and we hope that they will remind people to take care when entering water – and not to swim if Lifeguards are not on duty at that stretch of the beach.

If there is an incident and someone needs help these buoys can be thrown to the person in trouble in the water, providing them with emergency flotation.  There are clear graphics on the sign which explain how to use the Buoy. And most importantly, the emergency number for the closest Sea Rescue station is printed on the sign.

If anyone decides, against advice, to enter the water to try to rescue someone in trouble first call sea rescue then the Pink Rescue Buoy provides flotation for that good Samaritan as well as for the casualty.

Have a plan in place in the event of an emergency to prevent panic:

Make sure you have emergency numbers saved in your cell phone.  Dial 112 from any cell phone in any emergency.

Put the local Sea Rescue number in your phone too (or you can Google Sea Rescue to find the closest NSRI station emergency number)

Check the wind, weather and tides.

Tell someone where you are going and when you are due back, make sure they know your route and your intentions.

When climbing on rocks or fishing from rocks – never ever turn your back on the sea and we strongly advise rock anglers to wear a lifejacket and know when spring high tide is.

If you are paddling or if you are on a boat, before you launch, download and always use NSRI’s free SafeTrx app –

Here are some safety tips to bear in mind this summer:

  1. Swim at beaches where and when lifeguards are on duty.

Lifeguards are on duty at selected beaches between 10am and 6pm on weekends and during the week during summer school holidays. Listen to their advice and talk to them about safety on the beach that you are visiting. They are the experts on that beach. If lifeguards are not on duty do not swim.

  1. Swim between the lifeguard’s flags.

Teach children that if they swim between the lifeguards flags the lifeguards will be watching them and can help if there is a problem. Lifeguards watch swimmers very carefully between the flags – just wave an arm if you need help.

  1. Don’t Drink and Drown

Alcohol and water do not mix. Never drink alcohol and then go to swim.

  1. Don’t swim alone. Always swim with a buddy.

If you are with a buddy while swimming there is someone who can call for help if you need it and you can’t wave to the lifeguards or call for help yourself.

  1. Adult supervision and barriers to water are vital.

Adults who are supervising children in or near water must be able to swim. This is vital if it is at a water body that does not have lifeguards on duty. It is extremely dangerous to get into the water to rescue someone so rather throw something that floats to the person in difficulty and call for help (112 from a cell phone and check for the nearest Sea Rescue station telephone number before you visit a beach – put that number into your cell phone). Children should not be able to get through or over barriers such as pool fences to water.

  1. Know how to survive rip currents.

If you swim between the lifeguard flags they will make sure that you are safe and well away from rip currents. If for some reason this is not possible do not swim. Educate yourself about rip currents, there is plenty of educational material here  including videos of what rip currents look like.

  1. Don’t attempt a rescue yourself.

Call a lifeguard or the NSRI by dialling 112 from your cell phone for help. If you see someone in difficulty call a lifeguard at once or dial the nearest Sea Rescue station from your cell phone. You should put this number into your phone before you go to the beach – get the emergency numbers for NSRI here or you can Google for the closest NSRI station emergency number. 112 is a good emergency number – for any emergency – to dial from your cell phone. After calling for help try and throw something that floats to the person in difficulty. A ball, a foam board and so on.

  1. Do not let children use floating objects, toys or tire tubes at the beach or on dams.

You can very quickly get blown away from the shore and as much fun as tubes and Styrofoam are it is easy to fall off them. If a child can’t swim and falls off in deep water they will drown.

  1. Do not be distracted by your cell phone or social media.

While you are looking after children in or near water you need to focus on them and nothing else. Adults who are supervising children should not be distracted or use their cell phone. It is not possible to concentrate on children in the water and be on your phone at the same time.

  1. Visit a beach that has lifeguards on duty – there is a reason that we have repeated this!

Please remember that drowning is completely silent. Someone who is drowning will usually not shout for help. They will be vertical in the water (like they are trying to stand or climb stairs) and they will then silently slip under the water. Listening for children (or adults) in difficulty in the water is not good enough, you must be watching them very carefully. Make sure that they are not getting in too deep or being moved by currents and swept away from the safe swimming area.

Also, be aware of storing water without safety covers and make sure that they are behind barriers to small children. Especially children under 4 years of age. A small child does not have the strength to lift themselves out of a bucket of water and if they fall into a bucket they will drown. At home make sure that your pool has a child safe pool cover or net and an approved fence that has a double locking gate and can’t be climbed by small children.

Have a safety conscious mindset around water. Even your swimming pool at home should have a cloak of safety around it to prevent accidents.

To read more about our Drowning Prevention campaigns and for downloadable material on water safety, please click here:

NSRI Safe Bathing


Burglars BEWARE

Burglars Beware – You are on Candid Camera

Some great news was announced on St Francis Property Owners SFPO) newsletter this week with regard to improved security owing to the installation of 141 CCTV cameras. The cameras have been installed to cover the most critical areas of the town and as time goes by and more finance becomes available the network will hopefully be extended. In this regard SFPO would probably entertain individual streets / areas paying to have their own areas secured so it may be an idea to talk to them.

For those who don’t receive the SFPO newsletter or never read it here is a synopsis of the CCTV installation. Just love the heading ….

Know your Pole

All security agencies including the SAPS, Neighbourhood Watch, Calibre, Smhart and G4S have been fully briefed and will be working in collaboration to control crime. Well done to everyone involved for getting this important project up and running in time for holiday season.

What you need to know :

  • Each pole has signage with the contact number for Atlas Security highlighted. 
  • Each pole is also numbered with a unique identification number.  This is the critical number to quote each time the control centre is contacted.  This will allow the highly trained staff monitoring the control centre to immediately identify the exact position of the incident.  Calilbre Security will then be contacted to activate their reaction team to the site of the incident.
  • Please take the time to identify the pole numbers nearest you for ease of use.

Obviously we ask you all to make use of this facility responsibly and only in times of real need.
The cameras cover our main entrances/exits to St Francis Bay, the main arterial roads from the Canals, through the Village CBD, to Harbour Road and Tarragona Road. We have sited cameras covering certain bridges, high traffic pedestrian areas and the beach. We have also included three camera poles with multiple cameras at three major intersections between Santareme and the Port. We have also sited cameras on certain intersections into the Sea Vista township.

There will be those critical of the SFPO effort and try and shoot holes through their effort but it is a start and they should be thanked for making St Francis Bay a little bit safer place to live.