Great waves set scene for Billabong Pro Junior

Mikey Venter in action at the Billabong Pro Junior Clean waves and offshore winds persisted throughout the opening day of the Billabong Pro Junior at Seal Point, Cape St Francis today, giving the competitors a perfect, high performance canvas to showcase all their moves. Some surfers went for speed and powerful carves, while others attempted…

Bus to JBay for marchers and roads’ update

A bus has been arranged to transport people to Jeffreys for the Protest march on 12h September. The St Francis Bay Residents’ Association urgently requests residents who employ domestics, as well as businesses, to support this march by allowing their staff time off to attend. More details will follow next week. Roads update 31 August…

Roads update 30 August 2012

Kouga Council dropped off two loads of gravel on the bend of Lyme Road North, which D Lethbridge has levelled using one of his machine. Slurrying on Lyme Road South has started from St Francis Drive upwards. Due to the two very bad areas created by heavy traffic on St Francis Drive going to the…

Protecting, safeguarding and funding of the canal dune Spit

Here is a chance for everyone to have their say on the St Francis Bay canal dune  Spit: The following notice from S. Fadi, Kouga Municipal Manager, has been received today , 30 August 2012,  by St Francis Chronicle for publication: PROTECTION, SAFEGUARDING AND FUNDING OF THE ST FRANCIS BAY DUNE/SPIT At a Council meeting on 29 July 2012 Kouga Council took a…

Four rhino poachers arrested at Kruger

Four suspected rhino poachers were arrested this week during  anti-rhino poaching operations at the Kruger National Park. Three of the suspects died from their wounds. According to the South African National Parks (SANParks), on Monday, 27 August 2012, at Shangoni Section in the Kruger National Park, SANParks rangers and investigators came into contact with a group of suspected…

EC Premier reads Riot Act to Provincial Departments

Eastern Cape Premier Noxolo Kiviet has given provincial government departments up to the end of September 2012 to pay their services debts to municipalities or face service cuts. Premier Kiviet asked the Joe Gqabi Municipality and its four local municipalities to cut off provision of services to Departments that have not paid what they owe…

St Francis’ roads update – 29 August 2012

The recommendation is that pipes need to be put under all three sections and then filled with gravel as a temporary solution before re-tarring. While this meeting was taking place the number of vehicles driving at speed through these bad areas was horrifying.  Again we appeal to those vehicles to drive with more care as…

National Crime Stats to be announced next month

The South African Police Service’s National Crime Statistics for the period 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012 will be announced by the Minister of Police, Nathi Mthethwa,  next month. Crime statistics are announced annually to the nation by the Minister and this announcement is interlinked with the release of the SAPS Annual Report.  The statistics…

Planned march in JBay on 12 September – update

A service delivery march to the municipal offices in JeffreysBay will take place on Wednesday, 12 September 2012.  The march is being organised by the St Francis Bay Residents’ Association (SFBRA in conjunction with FEKRRA (Federation of Kouga Ratepayers and Resident Association). The march is to being held to complain about the lack of service…

Surfers amping for Billabong Pro Junior at Seals

A favourable surf forecast has competitors amping for the Billabong Pro Junior, to be held this weekend at Seal Point. Offshore westerly winds are set to blow the whole weekend and a nice little swell is expected to arrive just in time for the event. The event will commence Friday, 31 August and will finish…

No ‘Spring’ day as cold and snow forecast this weekend

Storm Chaser predicts a cold front and possible snow this weekend in the South-West and Southern Cape , starting 31 August 2012. “It says Spring Day will definitely not be on the 1st day of September this year!” On the SAWDIS website Storm Chaser forecasts a severe frontal system (though with slightly later arrival) on Friday…

Proposed Thyspunt Transmission Lines Integration Project

The following announcement has been received from Sivest, the environmental consultants for the proposed Thyspunt Transmission lines, by St Francis Chronicle: (Please note that this announcement pertains to ‘the proposed Transmission Lines’ only and not to the proposed siting of the power plant at Thyspunt). ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT (EIA): PROPOSED THYSPUNT TRANSMISSION LINES INTEGRATION PROJECT (TTLIP)…