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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.

st francis spit

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.”

Fire hydrants being upgraded in St Francis Bay

January 21, 2014

Kouga Municipality is busy upgrading fire hydrants in St Francis Bay.

Win Kouga

Residents are advised that the water supply to the following areas will be interrupted on Wednesday and Thursday this week to allow for the upgrade:

Wednesday, 22 January 2014: Peter Crescent to Walton Road.

Thursday, 23 January 2014: Shore Road and the continuation portion of Canal Road to Sea Glades Drive.

The water supply will be shut down from 08:00 to 16:00 on the days mentioned.

Flooding closes roads in Kouga

October 20, 2012

The following roads have been closures in the Kouga

Road news:

1. The Oyster Bay – Humansdorp road is closed.

2. The Oyster Bay – St Francis road is open to 4x4s only, but 4×4 drivers are advised that the road is VERY slippery.

3. Johan Muller Boulevard in Paradise Beach, Jeffreys Bay, is closed.

4. The Loerie road is still closed due to the flooding of the causeways between the Gamtoos Ferry hotel and Loerie. The alternative road is the R330 that one would use to travel from PE to Hankey and Patensie.

Please take care when driving over the weekend.

Roads closed due to rain

August 8, 2012

The heavy rainfalls experienced over the past few days has caused more damage to the road infrastructure in all the towns in Kouga and more pot holes have appeared, particularly in St Francis Bay and Jeffreys Bay.

Aapies Draai was closed yesterday afternoon to traffic and it still closed this morning. Aston bay residents have been particularly hard hit with the latest rains as Dolphin Drive as well as Swan Road (two of the main access roads) have huge potholes and have become unsafe to drive on, especially at night.

Elsewhere in the Kouga, both roads to Oyster bay were closed yesterday due to the roads becoming dangerous for motorists to drive on.

The following roads and mountain passes in South Africa are closed to traffic due to severe weather:

1. Eastern Cape – R61 Route, ROAD CLOSED between Queenstown and Cofimvaba due to snow / ice

2. Eastern Cape – N9 Route, ROAD OPEN between Graaff-Reinet and Middelburg -Lootsberg Pass

3. Eastern Cape – R61 Route, ROAD OPEN between Graaff-Reinet and Cradock – Wapadsberg Pass

4. Western Cape – ROADS CLOSED between Ashton & Montague, Montague & Touwsrivier, Prince Albert & Oudtshoorn, and Montague & Oudtshoorn – Snowfall

5. Eastern Cape- ROAD CLOSED between Whittlesea and Seymour – Nico Malan Pass – Snowfall

6. Eastern Cape – ROAD CLOSED between Elliot and Barkly East – Barkly Pass – Snowfall

7. Kwazulu Natal – ROAD CLOSED AGAIN KZN / Free State N3 Route, Van Reenens Pass – Snowfall.

8. Free State – R712 Route, ROAD CLOSED between Qwa-Qwa and Clarens due to snow

9. Western Cape – R328 Swartberg Pass, ROAD CLOSED between Oudtshoorn and Prince Albert due to snow

10. Western Cape – R62 Route, ROAD CLOSED between Ashton and Montagu due to flooding

11. Free State – R74 Route, ROAD CLOSED – Oliviershoek Pass between Harrismith and Bergville due to snow

12. KZN – R617 Route, ROAD CLOSED between Swartberg and Underberg due to #snow

13. KZN / Eastern Cape – N2 Route, ROAD CLOSED between Kokstad and Mount Ayliff due to snow

14. Free State – R34 Route, ROAD CLOSED between Vrede and Memel due to snow (note: this is a Van Reenens Pass closure detour route)

TITELAKTES VIR SEA VISTA

July 18, 2012

Councillor Ben Rheeder

Die inwoners van Sea Vista het vir meer as agt jaar gewag vir die titelaktes.

Raadslid Ben Rheeder het die titelaktes bekom en het so die inwoners gehelp om bewys van eienaarskap te bekom vir hulle huise.

Flood damage in Kouga

July 16, 2012

There has been a lot of damage to roads in the Kouga over the weekend and people have been evacuated from their homes in low laying areas. Here is the latest update:

ROAD CLOSURES:

1. Oyster Bay to Humansdorp: CLOSED. Alternative route – Elandsjag/Tandjieskraal

2. Oyster Bay to St Francis Bay: Bakkies and 4x4s only

3. R102 between old Gamtoos bridge and Thornhill: Rocks and trees being cleared from the road. The road is open and traffic officers are on duty to direct traffic.

4. R102 west of Humansdorp: Also busy with rock-clearing on the road but the road is open to traffic.

5. R330 between Weston and Hankey: Closed.

SAND RIVER BRIDGE TO ST FRANCIS

The water level has subsided and the bridge is open to light vehicles only at this stage. Only one lane. No heavy vehicles will be allowed to cross until further notice.

DAM LEVELS AND WARNINGS

Kouga Dam 107%

Loerie Dam 104%

Churchill Dam 106,5%

Mpofu Dam 105,6%

The Kouga Dam has been opened. The overflow has reached Andrieskraal and is moving towards Hankey. People in low-lying areas close to the river are asked to be careful as there might be flooding.

The Churchill Dam and Mpofu Dam have also been opened. People along that route (Elandsjag towards Oyster Bay and St Francis where the water exists into the Kromme River) are also just warned to be careful as there might be flooding.

The police are on alert to assist. Phone them on 10111 or via the municipality’s emergency nr 042 291 0250.

The Churchill Dam

ELECTRICITY

Electricity has been restored to all parts of Humansdorp.

It is only sections of Tokyo Sexwale in Jeffreys Bay that is still without power but the municipality’s electricity team is busy replacing the transformer.

EVACUATIONS

Thornhill: About 70 people have been moved to the community hall

Stofwolk (Hankey): About 60 people moved to the hall

Greenfields (Loerie): About 30 people moved to the hall

Sea Vista (St Francis): 73 people moved to the hall

Many houses – formal and informal – are flooded across Kouga but the municipality’s technical teams are busy trying to divert the water and/or helping people pump water from their houses.

Kontak ons Raadslede

May 2, 2012