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Editorial 21 August 2014

 A week ago we all dreaded the thought of one long Sunday without electricity (moaning with the white bread right under the arm).  Of course mothers with babies and sick people have it worse – but the rest of us should just stop and smell the daisies.

Without electricity you can hear so much more – it is amazing how much white noise actually is around us – without electricity it is as if the ocean, the birds, the insects – all are much more clear, and I just love it.

We were also blessed with a perfect day, so it was easy to be creative and find something fun to do.  I wonder how many people didn’t braai that day – it was just the best excuse to light the fire, burn a few candles, and kuier.  We had a great time.  I felt sorry for those who had to work – I hope Eskom gives you a day off!

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Photo:  Hettie Meyer

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2014/5 Events Calendar

  • Thursday 21 August:  18:00 St Francis Tourism AGM at the St Francis Golf Course.
  • Saturday 23 August:  08:00 St Francis parkrun
  • 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 Read more …

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 …

Imbizo with government

All communities are invited to connect with local government this week at two big imbizos.  The imbizos, set to take place at Hankey and Humansdorp, will open with a must-see accident-scene demonstration by fire and emergency services operating in the Kouga region.

The programme will further include mobile services, presentations, exhibitions and an opportunity for communities to ask questions and give comment on government programmes being run in Kouga. Read more …


Join the happiest 5km on the planet!

For the second year the town of Port Elizabeth will be painted red… blue, green, and yellow!  Those who joined the world’s largest event series and original paint races, The Color Run™ in 2013, has already made sure they have their tickets for this year’s happy race.  PE locals and visitors from far will have the time of their lives, as they transform the town’s streets into a five kilometre canvas of colour - Sunday, 24 August at 10:00. Read more …

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Feedback from Trans riders

The 230km Trans Baviaans Mountain Bike race is regarded as the toughest MTB event in the world.  The event starts in Willowmore and the finish line is 24 hours later in Jeffreys Bay.  This year Jacques Herselman and Kevin Taljaard was the first JBay boys to have made it back home – in an awesome 12 hours 28 minutes in the saddle.

Having to traverse the splendour of the Baviaanskloof, take on the Mother of all Climbs near Zuurbron and endure whatever the elements will throw at the riders, makes for a challenging ride. 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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2014 Danie Craven Leadership Day this year in Stellies

Last year the first Danie Craven Commemoration Day was held at Noorspoort Guest Farm, Steytlerville, Eastern Cape.  Doc Craven, at a certain time in his career, had close ties with the Eastern Cape – his first wife Beyera, came from the farm Noorspoort, and both he and Beyera taught at schools in Grahamstown. Their marriage was consummated at Steytlerville in July 1938.

After a period in the employ of the South African Defence Force at Aldershot, Berlin, Pretoria and Kimberley, the Craven couple moved to Stellenbosch where they spent the rest of their lives. Read more …

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She was happy and content – Wilna Wilkenson

Two weeks ago the SANCCOB team, conservation community, family and friends bid farewell to Wilna Wilkinson, SANCCOB’s Eastern Cape Rehabilitation Manager. who tragically passed away in a car accident on Tuesday 29 July 2014. Not only was Wilna a brilliant advocate for penguins and the ocean, but a special friend to many people she met during her travels. “She was happy and content,” her dad, John Wilkenson said at the celebration of Wilna’s life. Here is his obituary for those who were unable to attend: Read more …


Second Knit Festival bigger and better – don’t miss!

The second Nomvula’s Knitters Knit Fest will take place on 25, 26 and 27 September 2014 in St Francis Bay, and includes various workshops, three competitions and a gala prize giving dinner. Read more …

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Use of Kromme River – your opinion please

The Kromme Joint River Committee is asking for all affected parties to comment on the status of the Kromme River.  The committee says that the Kromme River is  faced with multiple inter-related problems, such as silting up and becoming shallower.

The biggest problem is silting up, and one of the consequences is that from the west end of River Tides to the sea the river is becoming shallower and the channels narrower. Read more …