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Editorial: 28 August 2014

To appreciate this story, you would have had to know my godfather, oom Hennie.  He lived in Pofadder (true story).  Owner of 95% of the local businesses including the Mercedes garage.  Yes, Pofadder had one.

He also had a transport company, and I am sure he was into mining.  And he had his own aeroplane.  All the macho stuff.  But oom Hennie would religiously go to the local library once a week and take out the Afrikaans equivalents of Mills & Boon.  He said life is hard enough, that’s why he only reads “vry-stories.”

Maybe that planted the seed of my habit to see things through rose tinted glasses – like the good-news-SFVN.  But let me tell you, you don’t need those glasses to see the good in life – we had a oopsie at our house this week (long story).  And let me tell you – from Elmo (Tilink) bringing material to our house, the two Henry’s at PennyPinchers (who I am sure rearranged their whole day to help me), James who made his bricklayer available right away (his name is King, and he asks me every morning if my cold is better) to the three guys who are very happy to have a job for a few days – they all brought light into our lives this week.  Thank you my lovely small town community!

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2014/5 Events Calendar

  • Saturday 30 August:  08:00 St Francis parkrun
  • Saturday 30 August:  New Morning Market, 167 St Francis Drive.  Contact Tessa Suckling on 082 372 2332
  • Friday 5 September:  Rotary Recycling at Talhado Children’s Haven 12:00 – 15:00 (weather permitting).  Contact Lyn Aitken 082 777 5624
  • Friday 5 September:  Ukupha Quiz Evening, St Francis Links.  Contact Jacky Hay, 082 4933 836
  • Saturday 6 September:  08:00 St Francis parkrun
  • Sunday 7 September:  St Francis Classic Golf Tournament

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Community Diary


  • 08:30 – 13:00 Bridge Club at St Francis Links, contact Wendy McKenzie on 042 294 0541
  • 08:30 – 09:30  The Studio, Village Centre:  Yoga for all levels
  • St Francis United Christian Church Home Groups:  10:00 Pat Munro (042 294 0583)
  • 10:30 – 11:30 Nadine’s Boot Camp for Girls, contact 079 509 2071
  • 11:00 – 13:00 Balobi Fresh Fish Market @ Port St Francis - 042 2940 148
  • 13:00 Tabs at Bowls Club
  • From 14:00 Tennis lessons by coach Clare Millson -  group or private, adults and children at the St Francis Bay Tennis Club.  Contact Clare on 042 294 0630 or 0732215524. Read more …
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Great prizes up for grabs in KougaExpress competition

The biodiversity of the Kouga region is in the spotlight during Tourism Month, each year celebrated in September.  The Kouga Local Tourism Organisation (KLTO), in conjunction with the KougaExpress, will run a competition with great prizes up for grabs.  The richly diverse part of South Africa is known for its incredible plant, bird and wildlife, along with a range of landscapes that include forests, mountains and valleys. Read more …

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Rescue drama at Port St Francis

The Sikelela, a chokka boat working from Port St Francis, ran aground on Wednesday 27 August at 07:41 while entering the Port.  The Sikelela ended up on the rocks and harbour wall dolos on the western side of Port St Francis. Read more …


Happy Penguin Festival planned for December

The SANCCOB Penguin Rehabilitation Facility in Cape St Francis is hosting a festival over the peak December period.  Make sure you know what’s happening when – as the programme has something for every family member: Read more …

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Be as mad as a hatter!

Ladies – if you have not already done so, book now for this year’s Rotary Mad Hatter’s Tea Party to be held at The Links on Saturday, 13 September starting at 14:00.  This year’s theme is Mad Hatter’s Spring Fever and hostesses will be competing for a super prize for the best dressed table. Loads of other super prizes are on offer including one for the best hat. Read more …


Vet issues discussed to Friends of the Heritage Centre

Dr Nerine Botha and Sister Cordene Venter of Aloe Vet in St Francis Bay gave a stimulating, and highly informative talk to the St Francis Kromme Trust’s “Friends of the Heritage Centre” on Wednesday afternoon, 20 August. Read more …

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6312 through Hettie’s camera lens

Thanks for sharing your photos Hettie, a true reflection of not only our life in the Kouga, but in South Africa - enjoy them with me, a remarkable diary of what we all share in 6312…! Read more …

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Color Run – don’t worry, be happy!

Last Sunday (23 August) 5 000 Color Runners took the streets of Port Elizabeth to transform the city into a myriad of colours – while the runners (which included a large number of locals) were a true representation of a rainbow nation after completing the 5km race. Washing powder sales must have escalated and some people are still walking around with colourful stripes in their hair, but one thing is true – The Color Run™ is the happiest 5km on the planet. Read more …

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Tourism Month launched this week

SA Tourism launched Tourism Month at the Maboneng Precinct on Tuesday 26 August.  The Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom’s speech includes some interesting stats regarding both domestic as well as international tourists: Read more …