Archive for the ‘St Francis’ Category

Power outage in St Francis Bay

October 22, 2017

The power supply to St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis will be interrupted this coming Thursday, 26 October.

Eskom had originally advertised the outage for 7 September but postponed the work to the alternative date, 26 October.

The power outage is scheduled for 9am to 4:30pm at St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis.

The good news is that the power will not be off for the entire duration to all areas.

Residents and business are, however, advised to have contingency plans in place as it is difficult to predict which areas will be affected and for how long.

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Upgrade to St Francis stormwater system

September 11, 2017

Five years after a torrent of water crashed through St Francis Bay, damaging houses and municipal infrastructure in its path, the upgrade of the stormwater system at the Santareme dune field is nearing completion.

Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said work on the upgrade started in March and was set for completion by September 2017.

“The upgrade was long overdue,” she said. “We are thankful that additional measures will be in place by next month to help prevent a recurrence of that terrible day in September 2012 when a pond at the dune field breached and tonnes of water came crashing through the streets and houses of Santareme towards the ocean.”

She said the upgrade was being done at a cost of R 7 million by the Department of Public Works.

“The project has two main purposes – to reduce the amount of stormwater that collects in the dune ponds and to increase the capacity of the downstream stormwater system so that water is channelled away from properties should flooding occur,” she explained.

“Any future developments in the surrounding areas will be expected to meet the downstream stormwater capacity requirements.”

She said improvements included the construction of a spillway in the larger pond of the dune field.

The spillway will consist of a piped outlet to drain the pond to the north. Overflow from the pond will drain via the existing natural flow path to the inlet of the existing culvert which, in turn, drains to the natural watercourse in the Romazini Valley.

The upgrade further includes the replacement of two 700mm diameter pipes with larger 900mm diameter pipes at the intersection of Romazini Street and St Francis Drive so as to allow for a larger volume of water to flow through the system.

The existing stormwater infrastructure in the vicinity of Diaz Drive, Cayenne Drive and Tom Brown Boulevard is also being upgraded. Work includes increasing the capacity of existing pipes and improving various overland stormwater escape routes such as new manholes and catch pits within developed areas.

A pedestrian path in an alley between houses at Tom Boulevard is also nearing completion and will serve as an overland stormwater route.

Power cut in St Francis Bay

February 2, 2017

ST Francis Bay Power Alert:

Electricity will be switched off in the following areas today from 6 a.m to 8 a.m, due to maintenance work that urgently needs to be done at one of the sub stations:

* Santareme – up to the area around the harbour
* The industrial area
* Sea Vista

Due to inclement weather, the work could not be done yesterday.

“We ask residents to treat all electrical points as live during this period, said Mayor Elza Van Lingen.

Temporary measure for garden refuse at St Francis Bay

December 19, 2016

THE Kouga Council will be creating temporary drop-off sites for garden refuse at St Francis Bay.

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Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said plans to create a drop-off site along Tarragona Road on erf 3143, as proposed by the previous Council, had failed to meet the requirements of the Department of Environmental Affairs.

“This process now has to start again to identify a site and do a full Environmental Impact Assessment,” she said.

As an interim measure two skips will be placed at the municipal yard next to the Fire Station and along Tarragona Road opposite Sea Vista respectively.

“Only garden refuse in black bags may be dropped off by home-owners into these skips,” she said. “We ask that everyone please respect this arrangement. If not, we will be forced to remove the skips.”

Notice of AGM’s – Ward 12 and Ward 14

November 14, 2016

Feedback and the Annual General Meeting of the Democratic Alliance in St Francis Bay will be held on Tuesday 29 November 2016 at 17:30 at the St Francis Bay Golf Club.

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All DA members and the general public are welcome. The central theme will be: The future of Kouga and Greater St Francis are in your hands.

The guest speaker will be Elza van Lingen, Mayor of Kouga Municipality.

Terugvoering en ‘n Algemene Jaarvergadering van die Demokratiese Alliansie in St Francis vind plaas op Dinsdag 29 November 2016 om 17:30 in die St Francisbaai Gholf Klub.

Alle DA lede en lede van die gemeenskap is welkom. Die sentrale tema van die aand sal wees: Die toekoms van Kouga en Groter St Francis is in u hande.

Die geleentheids-spreker sal Elza van Lingen ons, Burgermeester, wees.

Notice is also given of the AGM to be held in Ward 14 (Aston Bay, Ocean View and Madiba Bay on Monday 28 November at 6 PM in the Marina Martinique Hall.

All DA members are invited to attend the meeting.

Councillor Brenton Williams will be giving feedback on the financial state of Kouga Municipality.

Mmusi Maimane and Helen Zille visit the Kouga

July 4, 2016

The top leadership of the Democratic Alliance visited Kouga over the past week, with large crowds being drawn to all the events held in Hankey, Humansdorp and St Francis Bay.

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Mmusi Maimane kicked things off with a massive street meeting in Hankey, which was attended by around 750 people last Wednesday.

Maimane spoke about corruption that has spread like a cancer in South Africa and starts from the very top of the national government.

“South Africa cannot afford to pay R 250 million for a house for one person, nor can we afford to pay R 4 billion for an air plane for one person.

It’s time for change in South Africa and that change must begin on 3 August in the 2016 election right here in Hankey,” said Maimane to an appreciative crowd.

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John Moodey, the leader of the DA in Gauteng spoke to about 300 people in a packed hall at Kruisfontein Civic in the evening.

“We have experienced nothing but disappointment since 1994 and its time to vote in a new government in Kouga, in Nelson Mandela Bay and in Johannesburg,” said Moodey.

The DA held its provincial council meeting in Cape St Francis over the weekend, with Helen Zille being the key speaker.

Zille then went to Sea Vista for a public meeting, which was crammed, despite the cold and chilly weather conditions.

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Zille spoke about the changes that the DA have brought to Cape Town, where over 60 % of the budget is allocated to uplifting the lives of the most vulnerable of the citizens of Cape Town.

“It is unacceptable that the people of Sea Vista must live in the conditions they are living in at present.

The DA has proven in the Western Cape that we can turn things around and we will do the same in Kouga after 3 August,” said Helen.

Zille then attended a public meeting in Joubertina, together with DA Mayoral candidate in Nelson Mandela Bay, Athol Trollip.

The meeting was once again packed with DA supporters, who enthusiastically engaged with both Zille and Trollip.

To view more pictures and video’s of the events, visit the Democratic Alliance Facebook page

Helen Zille to visit St Francis Bay

June 30, 2016

The former leader of the DA, and current Premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille will be visiting Kouga this weekend.

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Zille will speak at a rally at the Sea Vista Sports Field on Saturday morning at 11.00 am.

Helen is hugely popular in the Kouga and spent time campaigning here in the 2011 local government election, as well as the 2013 bi-elections that took place in Humansdorp and Hankey.

Her visit follows that on Mmusi Maimane, who was in Hankey yesterday for a street meeting with Athol Trollip, the DA’s Mayoral candidate in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro.

The rally at the Sea Vista Sports Field will be held in a tent as some rain is expected.

“We invite all our communities to come and join us and to meet Helen on Saturday,” said Elza Van Lingen, the DA’s Mayoral candidate in Kouga.

The meeting will begin at 11 am.

The DA will also be holding their provincial executive meeting in Cape St Francis over the weekend.

Election fever hits Kouga

June 21, 2016

The build up to the 2016 Municipal Election started in earnest with Democratic Alliance national leaders visiting various towns in the Kouga over the weekend.

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Nosimo Balindlela at the street meeting in Ocean View

On Friday, the former premier of the Eastern Cape, Nosimo Balindlela visited St Francis Bay, Humansdorp and Jeffreys Bay and told the communities that she left the ANC because of corruption.

“They are corrupt and they didn’t like it when I told them,” said Balindlela at a packed meeting at the Sea Vista Community Hall.

“I also said they didn’t treat Thabo Mbeki properly, which made me unpopular, but I left the ANC with my character intact and joined the DA where I truly found a family where skin colour makes no difference,” added Nosimo, who is the DA’s shadow minister of Sanitation.

Over 200 people attended a street meeting with Balindlela on Sunday afternoon in Ocean View, where shouts of “enough is enough” resounded amongst the community who attended the meeting.

The DA’s Mayoral candidate for the Kouga, Elza Van Lingen said that the people of Ocean View have suffered enough.

“Look at the rubbish laying around that is never collected by the Municipality. The people have to walk through sewage on a daily basis and the Jeffreys Bay High School does not have text books for the children,” said Van Lingen.

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Change is coming to the Kouga!

On Monday, the Deputy Leader of the DA, Desiree Van Der Walt spoke to a packed audience at the Marina Martinique Hall, where she said that Kouga has a chance to vote in a government that can make a difference.

“The DA has a track record of good governance in the Western Cape. No other party in South Africa can claim this, including the minority parties like the Freedom Front and the ACDP. Where have they governed and what have they ever delivered?” questioned Van Der Walt.

She also warned of the dangers of splitting the vote in Kouga.

“The people of Kouga must understand the consequences of splitting the vote. The 2016 Election is all about service delivery.

Do you want your roads to be maintained, do you want the sewage spills to stop, do you want the rubbish that is blowing around to be collected? Do you want your rates and taxes to be spend properly on the services that you pay for?

This is what you are voting for on 3 August,” said Van Der Walt to the audience of 120 people.

Desiree Van Der Walt warned about a split vote in Kouga.

Desiree Van Der Walt warned about a split vote in Kouga.

Residents who would like to apply for a special vote are urged to contact their DA Councillor who can arrange to have the form completed and handed into the IEC office.

Special votes will take place on 1 and 2 August while the main voting day is 3 August with residents being able to cast their vote between 7 am and 7 pm.

Nosimo Balindlela in Kouga this weekend

June 17, 2016

With fewer than two months before the most critical election that has ever taken place in Kouga occurs on August 3, voters will have a chance to meet Nosimo Balindlela, who will be campaigning in Kouga over the weekend.

Nosimo Balindela will be campaigning in Kouga this wekend

Nosimo Balindela will be campaigning in Kouga this weekend

Balindlela, who is the DA’s Shadow Minister of Water and Sanitation, will be holding a public meeting in Sea Vista on Friday, June 17. Nosimo was the premier of the Eastern Cape before she joined the DA. The public meeting will start at 18:00 in the Sea View Community Hall.

Balindlela will hold another public meeting in Ocean View on Sunday afternoon at 3 pm, following a church service that will also be held in Ocean View.

The street meeting will take place on the open piece of ground at the top of Jacob Zuma Road.

On Monday, June 20, the DA’s Mayoral Candidate for Kouga, Elza Van Lingen, will be speaking at two public meetings, one in Jeffreys Bay and the other in Humansdorp.

Van Lingen will introduce the DA’s candidates in the election to the public and also discuss the DA’s Election Manifesto as well as the dangers of splitting the vote in Kouga.

Desiree Van Der Walt will be speaking at meetings in Jeffreys Bay and Humansdorp

Desiree Van Der Walt will be speaking at meetings in Jeffreys Bay and Humansdorp

Elza will be joined by guest speaker Desiree Van Der Walt, the DA’s Shadow Deputy Minister of Education who has also served as the DA Caucus leader in the Limpopo Province.

The Jeffreys Bay meeting will be held at the Marina Martinique Hall and starts at 12:00, while the Humansdorp meeting will start at the Boutique Hotel in Humansdorp at 17:30.

All voters are invited to attend the meetings.

St Francis Bay Spit/Dune and Beach update

March 13, 2015

It is common knowledge that two contractors were stopped by DEDEA (Environmental Affairs) doing repairs on rock revetments on the St Francis Bay beach. They were stopped due to not having proper authority.

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After discussions on 10 March 2015 amongst Councillors Ben Rheeder, Chimpie Cawood and the Kouga Municipal Manager, Mr Fadi and Mr E Oosthuizen, Kouga Municipality confirmed their commitment to address the spit/dune & beach problem to their best ability, but that further discussions amongst Kouga Municipality, the Ward 12 Councillor and DEDEA must be done to determine the way forward.

This meeting took place the next day on 11 March 2015 and during discussions between us and DEDEA we were advised as follows:

To prevent DEDEA from cancelling the existing ROD, which allows us to do repairs to the rock revetments on the St Francis beach, Kouga Municipality was requested to send a special motivation to DEDEA under which property owners in St Francis Bay will be allowed to do repairs to the rock revetments.

The ROD was issued in the Name of Kouga Municipality who is liable to ensure the conditions contained in the ROD are adhered to. The contractors performed work without the knowledge or consent from Kouga Municipality and in the process contravened conditions contained in the ROD which led to the DEDEA stopping all work and the possible issuing of non-compliance notices.

The municipality will notify home owners when they may apply for authorisation.

The use of geo-textile bags to strengthen the spit/dune cannot proceed until a proper EIA is done.

That Kouga Municipality must appoint a consultant to determine the necessary actions as proposed in the Worley Parsons’ report by Dr Mocke. An EIA must then be done to implement the proposed actions.

Kouga Municipality consented to compile the motivation to DEDEA for rock revetment repairs, to proceed with the two EIA’s for the use of geo textile bags and actions as proposed by Worley Parsons respectively and to appoint a consultant as proposed by DEDEA.

Note : Any un-authorised actions will jeopardize further negotiations to acquire permission to do repairs to our beach.

Compiled by Cllr Ben Rheeder
Ward 12 ward councillor, Kouga Council
St Francis Bay