The greater St Francis is in the running for the coveted kykNET Kwêla Town of the Year title for 2021 – after being named one of the three semi-finalists in the Eastern Cape on Sunday, April 25, on Kwêla.

But first, they need to beat Rhodes and Komani to claim the regional title. And then only, they can compete for the kykNET Kwêla Town of the Year title.

Kwela Dorp van die Jaar finalist St Francs

The Greater St Francis Bay is in the running for the coveted kykNET Kwêla Town of the Year title for 2021 – after being named one of the three semi-finalists in the Eastern Cape on Sunday, April 25, on Kwêla. Ready to cast their vote, are (from left) Greg Miller from St Francis Property Owners, St Francis Tourism Office Manager, Hantie van der Westhuizen, Kouga Business Forum Administrator, Leilani Coetsee, and Liezl Clause from St Francis Links.

St Francis Tourism Office Manager, Hantie van der Westhuizen who is the driving force behind the entry into the competition, said they were elated to have been named one of the three Eastern Cape finalists. “We would like to thank everyone who nominated the town,” she said.

Van der Westhuizen encourages all residents – local and national – to throw their weight behind St Francis.

“Let’s take hands and ensure that St Francis is the Eastern Cape winner of the competition,” she said.

“This is a beautiful part of the Kouga – and the world – with lots to do and see for visitors. It boasts a beautiful canal system surrounded by picturesque houses in a uniform building style – black roofs and white walls – while the century old Seal Point Lighthouse can be found among the fynbos and wild waves in Cape St Francis.

“Port St Francis, South Africa’s only private working harbour, is situated in St Francis Bay and home to the squid industry. The squid, locally referred to as chokka, is mainly exported to Europe.

“Not to forget the ancient fish traps in Oyster Bay. You will have to ask a local where to find it.”

According to Van der Westhuizen, a variety of coffee shops, artisan cafes and restaurants will satisfy everyone’s taste buds, while accommodation varies from backpackers to self-catering establishments and five-star guesthouses.

Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks, said the municipality has taken hand with St Francis Tourism and Kouga Business Forum to encourage as many people as possible to vote for St Francis.

“We would like to call on the whole of Kouga to support the Greater St Francis Bay,” he said.

“It was through a combined effort that we were able to win the title for Jeffreys Bay in 2018. Let us take hands and to the same for St Francis this year.”

The kykNET Kwêla Town of the Year competition is run through DSTV’s kykNET channel and is in its 11th year now. It is open to all towns with a population smaller than 500 000 people in South Africa.

The national winner will receive R1 million’s worth of free marketing through kykNET, while Kwêla will also host a massive celebration, featuring top artists and entertainment for the whole family in the winning town.

TO VOTE

To vote, simply SMS the town name, St Francis, to 33157. SMSs cost R1.50 each and a maximum of 30 SMSs per cellphone will be counted.

Voting opens at 19:00 on Sunday, April 25, and closes at 12 on Friday, 30 April.

The town that receives the most SMSs, will be crowned the Eastern Cape finalist.

For more information, contact Hantie van der Westhuizen at 083 294 2211.