Pam Golding introduces new agents

MEDIA RELEASE – Richard Arderne

Richard Arderne, Pam Golding St Francis Bay franchisee introduces two new agents who have joined his team in St Francis Bay

Dot Stuart-White

Dot Stuart-White – (Photo – Caroline Morris)

My name is Dot Stuart-White, and in January I joined the Pam Golding Properties St Francis Bay team as a fully qualified estate agent. I am delighted to be working alongside colleagues who are hardworking, driven, community orientated, sporty and passionate about property.

I moved permanently from Cape Town to Cape St Francis with my husband and two children in January 2000. We bought a “renovators dream” very close to Cape St Francis beach, and began renovating straight away. In those days, there were very few permanent residents in Cape St Francis, and only a couple of children lived in the village. There were only five kids in the initial lift club to Woodridge! Wow how the area has grown, as people have moved away from the big cities to enjoy the fabulous lifestyle that St Francis Bay offers.

After finishing school in Cape Town, I first qualified as a Fashion Designer, but soon returned to my first love, dancing, which I had done since the age of 10. I became a partner in a dance studio at 22, and also danced professionally. I qualified as a dance teacher in my mid-twenties, and continued to teach and dance, until I had children. I taught dancing in St Francis Bay (at the venue now called The Studio) when we first moved here, and got to meet plenty of locals and their children.

In 2002 I started working as a rental agent in St Francis Bay, and that’s when my love of the St Francis Bay Village began. I then moved into property sales, which I did successfully for nine years.

My husband and I enjoy renovating property and have over the years re-vamped and built several properties in Cape St Francis and St Francis Bay, residential and commercial.

When my husband relocated his local business to Port Elizabeth, I worked for him for a short while, but missed the property industry. I then joined Bond Gallery and later Ooba Home Loans as a Bond Originator, where I worked for the past six years, while commuting between St Francis and Port Elizabeth. It was very interesting to be involved in the finance aspect of property during those years. The knowledge and experience gained in all aspects of the home loan industry, will be hugely beneficial to potential buyers, now that I am back in property sales.

Since late last year, I am no longer commuting and am back in St Francis Bay permanently. I am not a brilliant sportswoman but enjoy taking part! .. being an active member of the Cycling Club, Open water swimming group ,and enjoy SUPing on the canals, yoga, gym, aquafit and have completed 170 Parkruns.

I am passionate about property, people and I am service driven, and thrilled to be part of the PGP team!

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johan viljoen

Johan Viljoen – (Photo – Caroline Morris)

My name is Johan Viljoen, and I recently joined the Pam Golding Properties St Francis Bay team as an intern estate agent. I feel privileged to be around passionate people that are not only interested in property, but driven to make a difference in our community. My colleagues are known to enjoy the lifestyle that St Francis Bay offers.

To give some background, in 1983 I married Jolande, a keen sportswoman and the engine room of our family, and we have been blessed with two sons (a mining engineer and a wind turbine technician), and a daughter, in grade 12.

I obtained my degree at Free State University and have completed several additional qualifications at tertiary institutions. My previous positions have ranged from HR Manager to Services Manager, mostly looking after multi-disciplinary functions. I also acted as negotiator in the mining sector as well as in community, peace and ethnic negotiations in the energy sector. I have a keen interest in the economy and have traded in both shares and derivatives … and survived both!

Relocating to St Francis Bay, has been an exciting and eye-opening experience for my family. We purchased our home at the far end of Santareme, adjacent to the conservation area, with breathtaking ocean views, and a mere 200m from the beach. As a close knit and active family, the area offers a variety of options for cycling, running, paddling or simply long walks on the pristine beaches – we use them all!

Life in Santareme is good and a privilege. In my opinion, the property values in the Santareme area are undervalued: there are excellent north-facing homes with sea views for under R2m, unprecedented in SA. With its own private harbour, it offers its own excitement and action, and provides much needed job opportunities.

My family and I are closely involved in the community and I lead the neighborhood watch, where we have made good progress, statistics showing that crime has decreased by more than 80% in the last eighteen months. I also support the Property Owner’s Association and all their initiatives.

Why am I aspiring to become an estate agent? We have always invested in the real estate market, both industrial and residential, and firmly believe in a spread of assets. With a combination of keen interest in people and property, becoming an estate agent makes sense.

I appreciate the values and work ethic associated with Pam Golding Properties and feel that I can align with those. I will give my best to sellers and buyers, in the hope that they will become my friends and clients. I am especially interested in property that provides either proper yields or good quality lifestyle. While I am writing this profile, I overlook the Bay where boats are preparing for chokka fishing for the night, the sea is calm, and I just realized that I am exactly where I want to be. Santareme in St Francis Bay.

 

 

 

Wine On Water Festival Is Coming To St Francis Canals

Out of the traditional world of seated wine tasting and liberal palate cleansing, something original and fresh has emerged and is coming to the village of St Francis Bay. For those people who love to be on the fore-front of exciting occasions and happenings, this is one you do not want to miss out on.

St Francis Bay Canals

Photo © Darren Peens

What:

Wine On Water (WoW) is a brand-new wine tasting sensation coming to St Francis. It is a unique, water-transported wine tasting event that will see 20 wine estates set up in gorgeous houses on the canals, and will see water taxis delivering festival-goers to their wine tasting stations located at one splendid deck after another.

A hop-on hop-off experience, WoW is set to redefine wine tasting in the St Francis area, and the inaugural event is going to blow minds. It will deliver the basics of any traditional wine tasting event, being See, Swirl, Smell, Sip and of course Swallow, but by taking place on the splendid water-ways of the St Francis canals, it will be an incredible way to spend the weekend in St Francis. The 20 estates will have 120 of the best South African wines on offer, as well as some exquisite gin and rum tastings in the mix.

Where:

WoW will be based at Quaysyde, with the wine tastings taking place on the decks of selected private homes on the canals. There will be 20 decks to visit over the two day period, and festival-goers will have their afternoons filled with fun, laughter and amazing wines as they cruise the canals in an innovative rendering of the traditional booze cruise.

When:

WoW will take place on the 27th and 28th March. Tastings begin at 12 noon and end at sunset on both days, when a whole new party kicks off at the Quaysyde Restaurant and marquee tent. There will be delicious, locally produced artisanal food available, more craft drinks on offer, live music for all and a whole lot of good times to be had at Quaysyde. The night time entertainment will add another whole dimension to the weekend’s festivities.  

Why:

A team of dedicated St Francis Bay Rotarians are putting this great event together for the betterment of the village, and to uplift sections of the community less fortunate than themselves.

WoW organisers are only utilising local businesses, vendors and service providers for all their day-to-day needs over the two-day festival in a bid to make it a community-first project, and all proceeds from the weekend will go towards various St Francis Rotary projects in the region.

Who:

There will be a fine selection of some of the best wine producers in the country. The wine estates include the likes of Luka Vineyards, Babylonstoren, Stellenbosch Foothills Vineyards, Highlands Road, Leenders (Bezuidenhout Family Wines), Tokara, Mellasat Vineyards and Cederberg.

Tickets are R475pp and are limited. They can be booked here https://www.quicket.co.za/events/97240-wine-on-water-st-francis-bay/?preview=t#/

The tickets will definitely sell out for the inaugural year, so book early to avoid disappointment.

To find out more please visit www.wineonwater.co.za and should you have any hassles with booking your tickets online please email us on wowrotarysf@gmail.com

WoW is on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WoWRotarySF/

There is also a WoW Facebook Event Page

https://www.facebook.com/events/st-francis-bay-eastern-cape-south-africa/wine-on-water-st-francis-bay/596672514470421/

Prime Timers January News

Prime Timers is a Social Club For Retired / Semi Retired People serving St Francis Bay, Jeffreys Bay and Port Elizabeth.

Prime Timers is a non profit social club for fun loving, retired, able bodied people who enjoy monthly outings of various kinds. Lunches, dinners, picnics, concerts, game parks, Christmas lunch, entertainment and short holiday breaks. Join our friendly social club and add fun to your life.

For membership enquiries phone Paulene – 042 2940301 or 084 7897801

The next Prime Timers Get-Away is planned for 25th to 28th April. Read below for all that is planned for this not to be missed holiday away!

Hi Prime Timers,

I’m so happy to give you details of our next holiday break. A wonderful blend of culture and nature and not too far from home. A smaller party of Prime Timers stayed here 3 years ago and the management remembers us well ! we enjoyed comfortable rooms, wonderful home cooked fresh food in the lovely, large rustic lodge.

The Lookout at Kirkwood boasts magnificent views over the Sundays River Valley, one can only stand in awe as you admire the spectacular scenery from the restaurant deck. The main guest lodge is a very short walk from the restaurant nestled between spekboom and other indigenous flora. Don’t be surprised if you meet an Impala or Gemsbok en route !! A swimming pool is available weather permitting, the peace, tranquillity and scenery is exceptional. We arrive Saturday 25th April, locate our rooms, unpack and meet in the bar at 6.00pm before we enjoy a delicious 3 course dinner.

After Sunday breakfast we can relax with free time. In the afternoon we drive to Hopefield Country House arriving at 15.00 for a wonderful in- house soiree’ ( I have attended several, you will NOT be disappointed ) Drinks available at the bar. After the concert we will enjoy a vast array of exceedingly good canapes and refreshments in the beautiful gardens. After a very special entertaining day we return to The Lookout for our evening dinner.

After Monday breakfast we drive to Addo Elephant National park, a favourite place for many of us. Remember to bring cameras, binoculars, your ID and Wild Card if you have them. Enjoy a great day in Addo, ( look out for the lions) After some enjoyable game viewing we meet in Cattle Baron restaurant for lunch at 1.00. The rest of the day you can continue game viewing.

After Tuesday breakfast we make our way home. Alternately, take the time to spend a couple more hours in Addo National Elephant Park, or those who have never been to Daniels Cheetahs this breeding conservation project is very close by. Another great stop off point is Nanaga to stock up on their delicious pies or other produce.

Total cost including 3 nights bed / breakfast / 3 course dinner and 2 lovely excursions R2.350.

Members receive a contribution towards petrol. 50% deposit due by 20th February at latest.

For more information or to join Prime Timers call Paulene Hardy on 042 2940301 or 084 7897801

PRIME TIMERS SOCIAL CLUB
HOLIDAY 2020
25th 28 th April

 

Coastal Protection Public Meeting draws good crowd

The public meeting for the Coastal Protection scheme for St Francis Bay took place at the St Francis Links on 29 January. It was well-attended, with over 100 people at the meeting, and there was a very strong presence of ocean-goers and ocean sport-people.

The environmental consultants CES delivered a thorough presentation, and the environmental data and impact therein was based around three basic elements: 1, the construction of the proposed groynes, 2, the sourcing of sand to replenish and nourish the beaches and 3, the delivery of the sand.

There was a healthy Q&A session immediately after the presentation, with a range of pertinent and well-articulated questions coming through from the floor, mainly asking some fairly basic questions about sand delivery, groyn placements and the construction material to be utilised in the building of the groynes, all of which were answered by CES. There were a number of possible solutions proposed with regards to available sand, as well as a few pertinent questions regarding the environmental impact that large-scale dredging will have on the Kromme, all clearly answered by CES.

There was also a string of questions aimed at CES that were of specific engineering details of which CES, as environmental consultants, were not able to answer in full, and these questions have been referred to the consulting engineers.

The positivity of the groyne construction to the local surf and ocean-going community was obvious, with an estimated 40 meters of reclaimed beach the projected result, and the obvious resultant benefits of beach reclaiming, and the community use of groynes.

The input from the surfers as well as from other members of the audience was that there is very little time left, and one more winter storm combined with a south swell and a spring high tide will clearly see the spit breached. While some people prefer to search for faults in the project, while at the same time offering no alternative solutions, there is a vast majority of community members who want the project to get going as soon as possible in order to save the spit, and to then continue to fix the beaches and turn St Francis back into a glorious beach-focused destination.

Deeds, not words, are going to get the project done.

MEDIA RELEASE

Also read  –  If we don’t try we will never know!

Do holiday crowds cause locals to hibernate?

There certainly could be a good argument that when the holiday crowds arrive some locals disappear into their hibernation burrows waiting for the crowds to go before reuniting with their fellow St Franciscans. But it seems some need a major occasion to arise and reunite and what better than a good offer –  Half Price Pizza? And so many familiar faces were to be seen at Full Stop Cafe last evening.

The popular Full Stop half price pizza was re-introduced after a two month break over the season saw friends and families reunite in their masses at Full Stop Café. Other restaurants offer specials after the season but none appear to attract quite the crowd that Full Stop Café seems able to draw to partake of their great pizza menu. And it is not only about pizza for their burgers too are among the best you will taste anywhere.

Kids play area at Full Stop Cafe

What is now Full Stop Café  certainly has transformed itself over the years from a rather dingy little pub, Stix, five or so year ago to a popular music venue / restaurant / pub, Rock Lily for a few years and a little more than a year ago, into a bright, airy and  popular family friendly eatery. The large garden offers a safe and secure child friendly playing area complete with a jumping castle, water fountain and jungle gym where kids work off their energy leaving their parents free to enjoy their pizza, burger or one of the other choices  off a really nice menu. And talking of kids it really is a great venue to hold a kids birthday party. Not bad for a 60th or 70th celebration either!

AND AT THE LINKS TONIGHT

If you missed the pizza evening, St Francis Links is having one of their famous curry evening this evening at just R for a choice of Bombay Chicken Curry, South African Lamb Curry and Butternut & Lentil Curry. Delicious!

AND FOR SOMETHING TOTALLY DIFFERENT

Sarah-Jane at Dune Ridge has introduced a new daily menu, yes the menu is changed daily and offers the discerning diner some truly exciting fare. Those who have yet to visit Dune Ridge, it truly is worth the drive. The short stretch of dirt road sets the scene for your visit into the country and it has to be one of the loveliest dining venues in the area. Give it a try!

 

Here is tonight’s menu at Dune Ridge (29th January)

Access road from Aldabara Run to the SPIT.

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PRESS RELEASE

Kouga Municipality will be constructing the access road from Aldabara Run to the SPIT.

The Project will commence 29 January 2020 until 7 February 2020.

Residents are urged to please be aware of heavy machinery that will be in the area.

The contractor will start on Wednesday the 29 January 2020, with Site Establishment and getting the area safe and secure with fencing and road signs to demarcate the area.

We ask that the residents stay away from the demarcated area for safety reasons