When Four Pounds earned 8p

Movie Ticket Prices Set To Rocket

An article in ‘MyBroadBand’ titled ‘Massive movie ticket price hikes in South Africa’ prompted me to look back at the cost of movies when growing up.

Four pounds of used newspapers, 1.81kg for those who schooled after introduction of the metric system, earned us 8p*, enough to buy a ticket to the Saturday matinee at the local ‘bughouse bioscope’ in the 1950’s / early 60’s.

In a way we were pioneers of recycling way back then as we wandered round to friendly neighbours dragging our old 4-wheel tin cart offering to take all their used / read newspapers off their hands. These we would lug down to the local general dealer shopkeeper who would pay us the 2p a pound. 4lbs equalled one movie ticket. Having an older brother however required my collecting most of the 8lbs required for two tickets.

Returnable soda earned easier profits but it was easier to find teeth on the free range chickens that wandered the streets of our village back then so newspapers were commodity of choice. Plastic hadn’t yet reached the shop shelves and was, as yet, unknown to the oceans of the world but no doubt we would have devised a way to make money from collecting plastic if it had existed, so limited was our pocket money allowance.

Over conversations during the holidays my eyes were opened to the reality of bringing up kids these days. It seems the Tooth Fairy union has upped the price from a tickey (two and a half cents) to around a R100 for the first tooth these days. As for pocket money it appears that it is not unusual amongst more affluent families that their teenage kids receive monthly allowances sometimes double to what the government pay old age pensioners.

Purchasing a pack of ice this weekend I was horrified that the cost had risen from ten Rand to twelve Rand. Commenting to the cashier her reply was “it’s only two Rand”!

“It isn’t just two Rand” was my retort. “It is twenty percent. Neither your salary nor my pension increased twenty percent this month”.

Her reply was classic. “If they stopped putting the prices up they wouldn’t have to keep increasing our salaries”. So true.

Anyway back to the movie prices.

Ster-Kinekor has hiked its ticket prices significantly since last May, with movies at some theatres now 20% more expensive.

A 3D movie at one of Ster-Kinekor’s top-tier cinemas went from R98 to R107, and tickets for 2D shows went from R77 to R85

Suddenly DSTV and Netflix sounds like a bargain.

Click for more on the latest movie prices

  • Converting from pound, shilling and pence 8p was equal to approximately eight cents

Vandals Hit At Church

Church signs vandalised but perpetrators caught on CCTV

It is regrettable that during the holiday season hooliganism, bad behavior and vandalism increase. All will have noticed the number of street and other signs that are uprooted, defaced, broken etc. Shame on the perpetrators!

The latest organisation to have fallen foul of these individuals (or groups) is the St Francis United Church. This church is an integral part of the community and undoubtedly does a number of good works in the area.

In the early hours of Friday morning, persons unknown ripped down a banner outside the church and made off with it; thus making this a criminal act as confirmed by  Captain Nyameke Gomoche of the SAPS. Chris Barratt, Chairperson of the United Church said that they were very upset at this act not only because of the monetary value but because of the message that the banner contained “Put Christ back into Christmas”, a slogan that we firmly believe in!

The fact of the matter is that on following up with residents in the area it was ascertained that the incident occurred at about three o’clock on Friday morning. It was easy then to contact Atlas Security through the SF Property Owners Association regarding the security cameras in the area. Via the control room it was then confirmed that they have clear CCTV footage of the three young males ripping the posters off and continuing up St Francis Drive towards Santareme.

The matter was reported to the police who are investigating and have provided a case number. The signage was later recovered in the vicinity of Harbour Road.

SAPS will be investigating the fingerprints thereon and using the images for identification purposes.

It is suggested that the individuals or their parents phone the church on either 042 294 1943 or 082 921 8984 so as to clarify matters and avoid possible criminal records.

Press Release – United Church – Chris Barratt

Editors Comment: These kids more than likely come from privileged homes and therefore should not be let off the hook. Let them face the full face of the law even if it means they end up with a criminal conviction. Vandalism is far too prevalent in St Francis at this time of the year and youngsters who destroy street signs and other valuable property need to be made an example of.  

The importance of Disaster Management

This could have been a far greater disaster had a Disaster Group not been formed after the Cape St Francis fires of 2016.

An early morning view of the carnage (Photo by Craig Briggs)

After the fires of 2016 that threatened Cape St Francis in 2016 a group was formed comprising members from Cape St Francis Civics, FOSTER, St Francis Homeowners, Riparieans, the Air Park and others to form the St Francis Disaster Volunteer Group (SFDVG) and today they showed just how important it is that such a group exists.

A sad and sorry sight (Photo Kirsten Doyle)

Within minutes of St Francis NSRI Station Commander, Sara-Jane Nari’s first WhatsApp to the SFDVG group at 10:58, Liezl Clause, the groups co-ordinator had set the wheels in motion to activate the relevant respondents. St Francis Links and Cape St Francis Resort both had dispatched their trucks and bowsers within five minutes of Liezl’s “GO” that was given within ten minutes of Sara-Jane’s first alert.

With a near gale force Westerly blowing there little the firefighters could do in saving the thatched homes so much part of St Francis Bay’s architecture. That so many houses were saved is thanks to the fire crews that responded so quickly for this could have grown into a disaster rivalling the 2012 canal fires.The rest his history and video clips will fill the TV  news broadcast channels, internet and print media as well as Social Media for days to come.  Almost too late the wind speed dropped and the valiant firefighters who had toiled so hard were finally able to bring the monster under control.

A special mention has to go to Liezl Clause who commanded the SFDVG troops like a seasoned general organising traffic control, drinking  water and eye drops for the fire fighters with others in the team manning the SFDVG control centre at the fire station and others setting up an emergency  Medical Centre at the United Church.  Also well done to Liezl for admonishing the crazy idiot who decided to fly his drone over the disaster area   

The Kouga municipality has thrown its support behind the tragedy and has offered support for anyone affected by the fire in need of food, clothing or bedding. Further, Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks has acknowledge the important part the SFDVG played in this catastrophe and is throwing his weight behind having more volunteers in the DVG trained and properly kitted for disasters that may befall us in St Francis be the fire, flood or earthquake.  

Sadly a somewhat negative note as to why the morbid curiosity of some that find it so necessary to clog the roads hindering firefighters and the vehicles and support equipment. They truly should be ashamed for all they did was further endanger homes and lives by clogging roads.  Pray nobody hinders emergency services if ever any of you are in need.

The fire did flare up again last night when the wind fanned the embers and fire fighters, a helicopter and a spotter plane were on hand if needed.

The official toll is ten houses totally destroyed and a further three damaged to differing degrees.An early morning report indicates the fire is pretty much extinguised but a fire team is still on hand should it flare up again.

Thank you Sara-Jane, Liezl, the Links and Resort fire crews, NSRI, the SFDVG volunteers and of course the Kouga and volunteer firefighters who so bravely fought the fires.

A MESSAGE FROM SFDVG this morning:


Thank you to all who have supported this disaster by donating supplies, food and drink. The fires are out but still being monitored.

At this time, we are assessing the needs of those affected by the fire. We will know more after the 8am Kouga JOC meeting.

If you’d like to help now, you may make a donation to the DVG account:

Account Name: FOSFFAR
Standard Bank
Acc no 186512139
Humansdorp Branch (051001)

Funds are used to equip our volunteers and office for events such as these. Depending on what we receive and after assessing the loss today, we may also be able to assist those who aren’t insured and have suffered losses.

Thank you.
Disaster Volunteer Group

NOTE: Drone pilots please be aware that it is actually illegal to fly a drone higher than the highest rooftop point in an area and not within ten kilometres of an airport. We have two airports within less that a ten kilometre radius, St Francis and Paradise Beach. Too many outh African’s don’t abide by the law but at least sensible and responsible.

An appeal from SANCCOB

Please don’t try to catch catch the injured bird/penguin –  call for help

This time of the year when all our visitors come to our beautiful towns, it is important that they know how to respond when finding a distressed Penguin or Seabird on the beaches and Rocks.

We have an increase in distressed Penguins and they need to urgently get the proper help  to get them healthy and back to their homes to successfully keep the Penguin the breeding cycle alive.

As you know, our rehab Centre at The Lighthouse in Cape St Francis has relocated to PE.

In the event that you come across a Penguin or other seabirds on the beaches or Rocks, please contact one of our trained responders.

1 st  Call to SANCCOB PE 082 890 0207.

Should you not get a speedy response, you can contact a trained responder directly.

Jane 082 924 8052
Adele 082 564 2234
Karin 076 692 7409
Penny 083 349 0167
Yvette 083 390 1412
Stephanie 071 392 5530
Adri 061 874 2863
Antoinette 082 738 3980
Eric 082 952 4869
Trumi for J Bay area 082 929 9112

Please don’t try to catch catch the bird/penguin.They get easily distressed and can be very aggressive and bite or hurt you.

Keep it in eye sight and call one of our Qualified  responders who will come and do the rescue and see to rehabilitation.

Many thanks

SANCCOB responders.



Take a Walk in the Woods

Walk in the Woods and experience the beauty that surrounds us

A wonderful way to start the day is to take a walk. In St Francis we are blessed with wonderful options, on the beach, along the river mouth or the Wildside amongst others. But one option that few  consider is a walk through one of our beautiful nature reserves. Some weeks back Dave Bowman of FOSTER took this scribe on a tour of Irma Booysen reserve What an incredible asset, amongst others, we have on our doorstep.

I will admit my horticultural knowledge is pretty much limited to knowing the difference between a rose and a daisy or a hydrangea and an azalea bush and that only because I watch the Master in Augusta and went to school in Pietermaritzburg where azaleas proliferate.

But my introduction to the Irma Booysen reserve on that hot dry day back in November was awesome. I admit I don’t remember a quarter of the plant names Dave introduced me to but do remember much of his explanations of the different fynbos species and how they fit into the greater makeup of the Cape Floral Kingdom in this particular area and how they are constantly in danger of being literally smothered by alien plants.

The recently opened eatery now named Full Stop Café that has replaced the old Stix / Rock Lily has opened up views and access to the bush and Irma Booysen Reserve beyond from their new open air lounge features. Being so perfectly positioned in relation to the reserve it makes for the ideal ending point for the 15 or more trails that traverse the reserve. So an early morning walk ending wit a scrumptious breakfast surely is enticement enough to avid walkers and hikers to explore Irma Booysen Reserve.

If you would like to learn a little bit more about the many astonishing fynbos species that grow in the region then you need to join Dave on a guided tour. Gathering at Full Stop at 8:30 every Saturday through the season, Dave will walk you through the reserve explaining the fauna and flora that exists in the reserve, some of which only exist in this region and nowhere else in the world.

The cost is just R20 per person all of which goes to FOSTER but off course you can join FOSTER as an individual (R200) or family member (R300).

Whilst at Full Stop Café be sure to visit the “PLANT SHOP” behind the venue. The shop has a wide collection of different indigenous plants on sale at incredibly good prices and would make wonderful gifts or stocking fillers for friend or family. Also on display are some of the shipwreck artefacts and some of the fynbos collection that was on display at Cape St Francis Resort during the Wildflower Festival in October.

Some of the indigenous plants on sale at the Plant Shop.

Oystercatchers and help

Oystercatchers need our help to allow them to breed safely

Oystercatchers are strikingly handsome birds on our shores so be on the lookout for them when walking near the Kromme River mouth, along the Two Harbours Walk, or along the Wild Side beyond the lighthouse in Cape St Francis.

Fortunately, the African Black Oystercatcher has been brought back from the edge of extinction thanks to a nationwide project instigated by the late Professor Phil Hockey.

It is imperative that these birds are not disturbed during their breeding season, which is now in December, in peak holiday time.

What you can do to keep these beautiful birds decorating our shores:

  • When they are obviously agitated, move away as you are probably keeping them away either from the nest or feeding area.
  • Oystercathers lay their eggs in a shallow scrape on an exposed beach, or rocky area, and as the eggs are difficult to see because of their cryptic colouring, they can easily be squashed.
  • Also avoid going near them as the incubating bird leaves the nest and the eggs then become exposed and overheated while humans/or dogs are in the vicinity.
  • Control dogs when on the beach or sand flats.

Just enjoy observing these beautiful and ensure that they survive to bring continued beauty to our shores.

Article and photographs – Yvonne Bosman