Your Vote Counts so don’t waste it

Last years original SRA votes do not count – Please Re-VOTE

As the deadline for votes on the proposed 2018 SRA (Special Rates Area) approaches it really needs your vote to make it a fair process. Whether your vote is FOR or AGAINST the proposed SRA it is important that you cast your vote for this a democratic process.

PLEASE NOTE this is a whole new process. Your vote last year or the year before counts for nothing and you must re-cast your vote as it is a totally new proposal where the rate has dropped substantially by some 50%. If you are not aware of the new proposal you can read a synopsis below or the full proposal at

Full SRA-Proposal

Or should you want to delve deeper into the actual Business Plan then read

SRA Motivation & Business Plan

If you are not too sure whether your vote has been recorded or indeed if you have voted, you can check your vote on

Votes Received

St Francis Property Owners as appealed to all property owners in the demarcated area  (see map below) to vote as soon as possible as the voting closes on February 24th 2018.

SRA proposal: (Synopsis)

  1. SRA levy of 25% of property owners’ monthly/annual rates (reduced from the original 50%).
  2. The shortfall in revenue will be contributed from alternative sources ie Riparians, Kromme Joint River Committee, the Port, Kouga Municipality and donations
  3. The Demarcated area for the levy will include the Village and Canal areas. Santareme, St Francis on Sea, Port, Otters Landing, Industrial Sites and The Links could be included at a later stage if the property owners in these areas choose to participate
  4. The scope of projects and services include:
    • The restoration of the beach, spit and river (priority 1)
    • The repair and maintenance of sections of the arterial roads and parking areas to be limited to the Village centre and main intersections along with pedestrian and cycle tracks along main arterial roads (priority 2)
    • The installation of CCTV camera surveillance in the demarcated area (priority 3)
    • Rebuild of the arterial roads (priority 4)

Cross the Line interiors St Francis Bay

A Disgusting and Disgraceful night

A Disgusting and Disgraceful night at The Ruins

We published this morning’s news totally oblivious to what had transpired at The Ruins last night and it was only when going into town and hearing what had happened that we became aware of why reader Hedley Pougnet was so unhappy. Being based in Cape St Francis we were spared the trauma and certainly for some, that is exactly what it was, a traumatic experience. We certainly do not blame Hedley for considering us glib and flippant but in our defence our comments were based on years gone by where Billy’s Beach certainly has been largely respectful and an asset to the village over the Christmas period.

Some interesting points on the music which the organisers claim was below 80db but was in fact measured at over 110db which is what rock concert music normally produces. Here are definitions of sound

80db – Garbage disposal, dishwasher, average factory, freight train (at 15 meters). Car wash at 20 ft (89 dB); propeller plane flyover at 1000 ft (88 dB); diesel truck 40 mph at 50 ft (84 dB); diesel train at 45 mph at 100 ft (83 dB). Food blender (88 dB); milling machine (85 dB); garbage disposal (80 dB).  2 times as loud as 70 dB. Possible damage in 8 hour exposure

110db – Steel mill, auto horn at 1 meter. Turbo-fan aircraft at takeoff power at 200 ft (118 dB). Riveting machine (110 dB); live rock music (108 – 114 dB).Average human pain threshold. 16 times as loud as 70 dB.

So the organiser’s claims that they were inside the permitted noise level is a blatant lie for they certainly knew better. Before the event they were approached to turn their sound equipment around so as not to face directly onto the canals but the ignored this request. Certainly it would have dampened the sound somewhat but at the end of it all they would still have been operating outside the agreed upon limits.

But the noise aside! Was the continuous swearing necessary? One resident we spoke with commented that it sounded as there was a fight going on with the combatants every second word being the F-word . How pleasant it must have been for parents and grandparents with 5 to12 year old children to explain what the word meant for it could not be avoided as it seemingly filled almost very lounge, dining room kitchen and bedroom of almost every house on the canals. This type of language is uncalled for and quite honestly it questions the intelligence of those who organised the event to even consider employing such a low life band if it can indeed be called a band. Please don’t let them come back to St Francis!.

Billy’s Beach has been around for some time and we hope there are no more arguments with DEDEAT for they care and are committed to the St Francis community. Each year they donate significantly to charities that in the past have included Animal Rescue and Hospice.

It would seem the decision to allow The Ruins was made by a municipal delegation and not by St Francis Property Owners who also had no input on the staging layout. We had the following comment from SFPO “Historically the SFPO have been part of the Kouga Municipality’s Event Committee, but this year we were not invited to participate in the process. We did however point out that the positioning of the stage and loud speakers would cause major problems as they are facing directly toward the canal area instead of facing the R330”.

Their statement continued “We have discussed this with our Councillor and written to him and he is taking this matter up urgently with the Mayor and Municipal Manager. The regulations clearly state that they have the power to close an event down if they transgress in any way from the laid down procedures that need to be followed.

That the organisers of The Ruins were utterly disrespectful of the community and one would hope they have learnt a lesson which we hear they have for those who add value to St Francis will always be welcome. Those who don’t, find somewhere else to spread your filth.

Bridge Club end of year function

Fun and Festivity at the St Francis Bay Bridge Club

Cheerful colours and innovative décor marked the end of year festivities with the Annual General Meeting, Christmas competition followed by lunch, being enjoyed by members of the St Francis Bay Bridge Club at The Links on Friday, 8 December 2017.

Geoff Ellis with Jeff Clause at Bridge Club Christmas lunch at the Links.

Geoff Ellis, Club Chairman, once again thanked Jeff Clause and the Links staff for their excellent service and commented that the Bridge Club would be a shadow of itself without the facilities of the Links and their staff.

A minute’s silence was held at the start of the Annual General Meeting proceedings for the late Dinks Liebenberg who had recently passed away at the age of 95. She had founded the bridge club and ran it for 21 years also organizing an annual bridge tournament as a fundraiser for the NSRI.

Friday Club Points Winner Shirley Nicholls (left) with runner up Una Moolman

Awards for the various club bridge competitions were presented: Monday Club Points went to Guy Wilson with Theonie Kirton being the runner up. The winner of Friday’s competitions was Shirley Nicholls and the runner up Una Moolman. The Club Teams award this year went to Stan Horwell, Andries Strydom, Una Moolman and Jill Browning all from Jeffreys Bay.

Wendy Mackenzie presented the “Fellowship Trophy” to Jane Fitchet. This is a special and coveted award in the form of an exquisitely handcrafted wooden pepper grinder made and donated by Don Mackenzie. It was awarded to Jane for being the most improved player and who also took on the task of treasurer which she has handled with consummate skill.

Fellowship Award recipient Jane Fitchet with Vice-Chairman John Boonzaier

All nominations for the new committee were accepted unanimously for the following year. The committee is as follows: Geoff Elllis (President) Arthur Baggott (Vice President) Jane Fitchet, (Treasurer), Melanie Heinamann (Secretary), with members being Rose Bruins, Sally Nienaber, and Roger Lea.

The well-supported and keenly contested Christmas Tournament followed with two sections competing for honours. N/S winners of the Red Section were Geoff and Elileen Ellis and E/W winners were Guy Wilson and Lynn Obray.

Winners of the N/S Green Section were Robyn Myburgh and Mary Rose Chandler and E/W winners were Darryl Hendricks and John Boonzaier.

Two of the eight winners of the Christmas Competition Robyn Myburgh (left) and Mary-Rose Chandler with Geoff Ellis.

News & Photos: Yvonne Bosman

Rotarians Support Young Cricketers

St Francis Rotarians Support Young Cricketers

When St Francis Bay Golf Club groundsman Petrus Vena approached his friend Peter Butland for advice on how to raise funds to buy much needed cricket equipment for his newly active cricket team, Peter turned to the St Francis Rotarians for assistance.

Some nineteen young men from Sea Vista and the informal settlement have started playing cricket formally this season. Whilst all are Sea Vista men and boys, they have obtained a slot in the Nelson Mandela Bay Club Cricket League under the Humansdorp C C banner as its second team (in the 6th League).

They have a fixture list of nineteen games with the season ending on 8th April 2018. They are presently using the nets on the newly opened St Francis Common as their practice venue with old borrowed equipment.
St Francis Rotarians were happy to donate R6000.00 to finance the new equipment which included bats, balls, batting pads, gloves, wicketkeeper gloves etc.

Said Peter Butland, “This is an excellent opportunity to encourage and develop healthy sporting activity in our community and to keep young men off the streets on weekends. These young men do not have the means to acquire this gear at their own expense, so the St Francis Rotarians’ kind assistance is greatly appreciated.”

FREE breast cancer screening

FREE breast cancer screening at Saturday’s St Francis Park Run

PinkDrive will conclude their outreach to the Kouga Community on 21 October 2017 by providing their FREE breast cancer screening services to the community of St Francis and Cape St Francis . The PInkDrive team like to invite all members of the community to make use of our services offering. Free clinical breast examinations and education will be on offer. Mammograms will be offered for a donation of R500, Pap smears for a donation of R200 and R65 for PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen).

If a Corporate Company would like to make a donation for their staff to make use of these services, PinkDrive can issue a CSI Certificate for the value of the spend.

PinkDrive’s team will be at Rock Lily, opposite the Cape St Francis Resort: 21 October 2017, from 08:00 – 14:00.

PinkDrive sincerely thanks the staff of Cape St Francis Resort for the opportunity to offer our services to the community and assistance with accommodation of our team during our week of outreach to the area.

For more information, please contact: Fébé Meyer, PinkDrive, febe@pinkdrive.co.za or 078 800 7736