St Francis Links open for breakfast, lunch & take-outs

The Links reports that their clubhouse remains open for breakfast and lunch! They have also introduced a take-away menu and you can order by calling 042 200 4500. They continue to focus on sanitising all areas, including menus, condiment bottles and surfaces.

In line with government regulations affecting liquor trading hours, our clubhouse operational times have been amended to the following until further notice:

As of Sunday, 22 March 2020 until further notice
Monday to Friday: 08h30 to 17h30
Saturday and Sunday: 07h30 to 16h30

Our popular weekly dinners have been cancelled for the time being until further notice. If you are uncertain whether the club is open, please call us on 042 200 4500.

There may not be more than 50 persons (including all staff) per establishment – this is not per area or per section but for the entire establishment

Regardless of whether there is alcohol on the premises or being sold at any time, the number is restricted to 50 persons.

Hours of liquor sales are as follows:

  • 09:00 to 18:00 Monday to Saturday
  • 09:00 to 13:00 on Sundays and all public holidays

All liquor (opened, closed, finished or unfinished) MUST be off the tables by 18:00.

A register of all persons entering the premises must be kept and up to date. This includes: Name, Surname, Address, Contact Number, Identification Number and Next of Kin.

Authorities will do inspections and failure to the above will result in the restaurant owner being prosecuted.

Please discard any letters or communication that is not from an official government department or gazetted as legislation. Any notifications that have been handed to you by a third party may be incorrect and non-binding

Also read Santa’s weekly news –  Take the necessary precautions, but don’t get negative


Soap Drive for the Informal Settlement

A drive to assist the less fortunate apply the basics to stop the spread of Covid-19

SoapMany of our less fortunate residents in the Sea Vista informal settlements are going to find it nigh impossible to maintain the required preventative measures to stop the spread of Covid-19. In an effort to ensure they at least can follow the most basic requirements the public are asked to donate a bar of soap or a sanitiser* to the cause.

Any and all donations will be appreciated and can be dropped off at a marked trolley at De Nude in St Francis Bay or at Trade Winds Coffee Shop on Da Gama Road, Cape St Francis.

Even a simple bar of soap can make a difference but it you have any other suggestions on how we can assist those without running water and proper washing conditions.

*An idea posted on Whatsapp forp sanitiser 



Kouga prepares for possible Covid-19 outbreak

Kouga Municipality will be working hand in hand with role players to minimise the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the region.

“There have been no confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the Kouga region to date (17 March) and we would like to appeal to residents not to panic or spread unconfirmed information,” said Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks.

“The municipality and other role players, including, the Department of Health, are on high alert and monitoring the situation carefully.

“We shall be communicating with the public on a regular basis so as to ensure everyone is kept up to date on the latest developments.”

He said the focus was currently on preventative action.

“All events expected to draw crowds of 100 people or more must be cancelled in line with the directive given by President Cyril Ramaphosa yesterday.

“This directive applies to both public and private events, including the Mayor’s Cup sport tournament that was set to kick off later this month.

“Kouga’s community halls will also be closed for functions for the next four weeks as a result of this directive.”

He said a multi-sectoral task team would be established to ensure effective monitoring of the Covid-19 situation locally. Should anyone in the region test positive for the coronavirus, a Joint Operation Committee will be established to deal with the full impact of the outbreak.

“In the meantime, we urge all residents and visitors to take the necessary precautions. While the disease is very infectious, the mortality rate has thus far been low and each one of us can help to prevent its spread,” he said.

Preventative tips, as endorsed by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) and Department of Health, include:

  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. An alcohol-based hand sanitiser can be used if soap and water are not available.
  • Practise safe cough etiquette. Cough or sneeze into your flexed elbow or into a tissue. Immediately dispose of the tissue in a safe place such as a bin.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, as well as shaking hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched spaces
  • Be vigilant and look out for symptoms of fever (more than 38 °C), coughing, shortness of breath and fatigue.
  • Keep a safe distance of at least 1m from people with these symptoms who have not yet been tested and cleared.

Hendricks said that those showing signs of being infected, especially those who had recently travelled abroad, were advised to contact the NICD Covid-19 hotline at 080 002 9999.

“If you are not showing signs but have recently returned from abroad or had contact with someone infected, it is safest to quarantine yourself at home for at least two weeks.

“Should you start showing any symptoms while in self-quarantine, please contact the NICD hotline immediately.”

Other contact numbers for further information and assistance are:

  • The NICD 24-hour Hotline on 082 883 9920
  • The East Cape Department of Health 24-hour Call Centre on 080 003 2346

A whatsapp group has also been established to help South Africans stay informed. To join the group send the message “Hi” to 0600 123 456.

A website has further been set up with the latest information. This can be visited at

covid-19 hotline St Francis Bay




Wine On Water Event in St Francis Bay Is Postponed

St Francis Bay – Following President Ramaphosa’s address to the nation on Sunday 15 March, and in support of measures announced to curtail the spread of the Corona Covid -19 virus, the Rotary Club Of St Francis regrets to advise that the inaugural Wine On Water Festival – set to take place on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 March – will be postponed until later in the year when the situation has stabilized and circumstances permit the running of the event.

Event organisers apologise for any inconvenience caused, and encourage ticket holders to retain their tickets for the rescheduled event.

As Covid-19 continues to impact the lives of people everywhere, we know you share our concern given these trying times and we thank you for your support.

Further communications will be issued when circumstances change.

For more details visit our website

St Francis Bay Canals

Copyright – Darren Peens

 Media Release – Distributed by Truth Collective –

Local lass loses family members in JBay accident

Police in Jeffreys Bay are investigating an accident that killed the mother, aunt and sister of  a locally employed lass.

The accident between a Izuzu bakkie and a Ford Ranger travelling in opposite directions occurred at around 7:00pm on Friday evening  on the R102, between the Kabeljous Rivier and Mondplaas,

It is alleged the 43 year old driver of the Ford Ranger lost control of his vehicle and veered across the road. The Ford allegedly then crashed into the three woman who were standing next to their vehicle that had broken down. The women were aged 23, 49 and 53.

The driver was been arrested for allegedly being under the influence of alcohol and is expected to appear in Humansdorp Magistrates Court today

Our condolences go out to the local lass who we regularly have dealings with.

Santam donates one million towards Kouga fire risk

Santam, one of South Africa’s biggest financial services groups, has donated R1 million to Kouga Municipality to help prevent the outbreak and spread of fires.

In 2019 11 homes were destroyed in the St Francis fire, which took place within Kouga confines, with 85 fire fighters involved in extinguishing the flames.

The cheque was presented to Kouga by John Lomberg, Santam’s Head of Market Development. The funds will be allocated towards the clearing of alien vegetation in areas deemed a high fire risk.

Lomberg stressed how important it is for business to work with government to help ensure the safety of communities: “Mitigating fire risk is everyone’s business. Government cannot do it alone.”

The donation forms part of Santam and the Department of Cooperative Governance’s Partnership for Risk and Resilience (P4RR). This assists municipalities to build capacity in combatting the risks of fire and flooding within vulnerable communities.  It does so through the donation of resources and sustained disaster management training.

Lomberg said Santam has been proactively partnering with municipalities for over ten years,

“We help municipalities to manage and mitigate risks relating to fires and other threats such as drought and crime. We started with five municipalities; we now partner with 53. Given the impact of climate change catalysing more extreme weather events, these partnerships are more essential than ever before.”

Alderman Ben Rheeder, who represented the Mayor at the handover, said the municipality was greatly appreciative of the donation: “Minimising the fire risk across our region is a priority for us. The St Francis area, especially, has been ravaged by big fires and various initiatives, including bush-clearing, have been rolled out to help minimise the risk. This donation will help us to accelerate the bush-clearing programme and keep our communities safe.”

Rheeder commended the many local stakeholders who have been working with the municipality to minimise fire risk.

He said a St Francis Fire Risk Reduction Committee had been established to bring together roleplayers in order to identify and implement mitigation measures.

“These roleplayers include experts in botany and conservation so as to ensure that protecting indigenous vegetation and life is taken into consideration in all action taken.”  

Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson joined Rheeder in thanking Santam.

“The money will be put to good use. It is fantastic to see so many sectors working together for the betterment of communities.”

Santam donates R1mill for fire risk prevention