7th January

No Load Shedding today … unless of course something else breaks, gets wet or is stolen.

St Francis

Helping the kids as you floated by –  Certainly the event of the season was the Flash Float held on the St Francis Bay Canals over the holidays.

Eastern Cape

Four children die after eating toxic substance at Eastern Cape dump site  –  Four children in the Eastern Cape have died after consuming a toxic substance at a dump site

Department working on long-lasting solutions for drought stricken EC  –  Minister Sisulu says several interventions have been made, including the drilling of boreholes.

Dwarf Sperm Whale beached at Oyster Bay

NSRI Oyster Bay duty crew responded to assist where a Dwarf Sperm Whale beached at...

Surfers And Others Urged To Attend Groyne Project Public Meeting

Press ReleaseSt Francis Bay Coastal Protections Scheme Public MeetingWhere: St Francis...

If we don’t try we will never know!

“There are as many experts on beach erosion as there are residents in St Francis...

Village gets together to remove the chains

This actually started off as a "GOOD DEED" story but with so many good souls involved...

SRA/Surfer Get-Together Goes Down Well

St Francis Bay – a loose and impromptu meeting took place between members of the SRA,...

Children are the future, help build that future

“It is not beyond our power to create a world in which all children have access to a...

Boy critical after near drowning at Oyster Bay

 NSRI Oyster Bay duty crew was activated early afternoon on Monday (13th) to...

Changes to St Francis Today

Readers will have noted a few changes ti St Francis Today layout which we hope is...

Skiing Accident on the Kromme

NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew was called into action on Sunday evening following a...

ROONEY. The St Francis Bay village legend

Touching article by Sheena R Ruth also posted on FacebookLet's celebrate the canine...

IEB class of 2019 registers pass rate of 98.82%  –  The Independent Examinations Board (IEB) matric class of 2019 achieved a pass rate of 98.82% – slightly down from the 98.92% registered in 2018.

SA road users embracing technology ‘but are wary of self-driving cars’  –  Self-driving cars are not expected to catch on in SA any time soon, says an expert.

Beware: South Africans are falling victim to cellphone porting scam  –  The online crime sees fraudsters transfer clients’ cellphone numbers from their network service provider to another without the clients’ knowledge.


Nzimande, SACP target Trump’s aggression, state capture  – SACP president Blade Nzimande delivered the party’s annual statement on the anniversary of Joe Slovo’s death

Business & The Economy

SA jobs outlook weakest in 5 years – here’s where you’re most (and least) likely to get hired  –  Small and micro enterprises were the hardest hit, with only large employers expecting a steady increase in payrolls 

Richard Maponya: A giant who defied apartheid and its entrepreneurship barriers  –  Business icon Richard Maponya, known as ‘Soweto’s most humble giant’, died in the early hours of Monday 6 January 2020 after a brief illness. He was 99.

Gravy Train

Prasa has shown itself to be the ultimate gravy train  –  The Passenger Rail Agency’s 2019 financials are shameful.

Load Shedding

Eskom CEO takes charge early amid power crisis  –  Andre de Ruyter had been due to start work on January 15, but the sense of crisis surrounding Eskom persuaded him to take the helm early.

US-IRAN Conflict

Future of US military presence in Iraq in question amid confusion in Washington  –  US letter said troops would begin ‘onward movement’ from Iraq, but defense secretary insists no decision was made to evacuate

Harvey Weinstein

Harvey Weinstein charged with rape in LA as New York trial begins  –  Harvey Weinstein has been charged with rape and sexual assault in Los Angeles on the same day he appeared in a New York court in a separate case.


WSL LogoMen’s Contingent Blast Through Early Goings at Corona Open China  –  Men’s Contingent Blast Through Early Goings at Corona Open China

Dakar 2020

Toyota’s Alonso blames crash on “zero visibility” in dust  –  Double Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso has blamed “zero visibility” caused by dust for his Dakar Rally crash,


Sorry Banting fans, but your ancestors did eat carbs  –  the earliest direct evidence of the collecting and cooking of carbohydrate-rich foods by humans.

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Climate Change

Energy, land and law: This year, it’s personal – “Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught.”

NASAClimate Change: How Do We Know?  –  Just in the last 650,000 years there have been seven cycles of glacial advance and retreat, 


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This week the Good Deed Award award goes to SM Hart  –  Click for more



“We know you” Africa said “we have seen and watched you we can learn to live without you but we needn’t yet.”

Africa smiled when you left ” You cannot leave Africa” Africa said “we are always with you, inside your head. Our rivers run in currents and the swirl of our thumbprints; our drumbeats counting out your pulse; our coastline the very silhouette of your soul

So Africa smiled when you left. “We are in you” Africa said ” you have not left us yet.

A Poem by Bridget Dore dedicated to Nelson Mandela




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