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Editorial: 29 May 2015

Every morning, as winter draws on and the alarm clock goes off, I regret my decision that I refuse to send my kids to boarding school.  Until we get to 06:40 and we rush out of the house to get to the school bus, and we see our most amazing sunrises.

Then I am glad that I am forced to get up early, as this is a reward second to none.  I am sure no two sunrises are the same.  That by itself is mindblowing – 365 days per year, year upon year, and God wakes us up with this beautiful skyline, which is even more spectacular in winter.

A few of my friends had been to various destinations recently, as far as Europe and other places in Africa – and they all come home saying “we really live in a very special place.”  Not only the people, but the beauty of it all.

Lekker lees, and try and get up early!



2015 Events Calendar

Saturday 30 May

08:00 St Francis parkrun

09:00 – 12:00 Morning Market @ 167 St Francis Drive


Saturday 6 June

08:00 St Francis parkrun

09:00 East Cape 3D Fun Shoot @ Zingela Archery 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 …
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Photos by Sea Snappi – 6312 and surrounds…

These pics are a true reflection of not only our life in the the greater St Francis and the Kouga, but in South Africa – enjoy them with me, a remarkable diary of what we all share in 6312…! Read more …


Planning to cross the border with under 18’s?

From 1 June 2015 travellers under the age of 18 need, together with a valid passport, an unabridged birth certificate.  However, if you have applied for the unabridged birth certificates at least eight weeks prior to the June 1 implementation of the new immigration regulations and have not received them, you can write to the Director General of the Department, who will then grant them permission to travel without it, Department of Home Affairs spokesperson Mayihlome Tshwete told Tourism Update. Read more …

Volunteers wash an oiled African Penguin in the process of being rehabilitated at the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) in Cape Town, South Africa 12 September 2012. 216 penguins are being treated with more arriving each day after an oil spilled from the wreck of a Turkish coal bulk carrier, the Seli-1, which ran aground in September 2009. Salvage operations in 2009 failed to completely remove the oil resulting in ongoing leakage occuring during rough sea conditions. The African penguin numbers have decreased so severely in recent years it's Red List status is given "endangered" and the current pollution serves to exacerbate their plight.

Will you do something to save penguins from oil pollution?

Of all the threats to our endangered African penguins, oil spills from damaged ships, pipelines and oil rigs are the most devastating.  That’s because the oil breaks through the waterproof feathers that allow penguins to spend hours hunting for food in the frigid ocean. Read more …


Mark 13 June on the calendar!

The sixth annual Citrus Festival will take place this year on Saturday 13 June in Patensie, hosted and organised by Gamtoos Tourism.  The day will be filled with entertainment, food and lots to do, including the inaugural MTB challenge and Trail Run. Read more …

Nomvula Knitters Trust

International Rotary Clubs aid Nomvula’s Knitters Trust

Last year the Nomvula’s Knitters Trust were in crisis. Their trusty knitting machines were all reaching the end of their useful lives meaning that the knitters were unable to fulfil orders on time and to the standard required. Read more …

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Time for annual Food & Wine Pairing in aid of NSRI

Tickets for the annual Village Square SUPERSPAR & Tops Fine Wine and Food Pairing night in aid of NSRI Station 21 at the St Francis Links are now available.  The theme of this year’s event is “Hats & Wigs”, and it promises to be a night to remember. Read more …