Thank you to readers for all your comments
St Francis Chronicle has been completely overwhelmed by scores and scores of comments received offering sympathy, prayers, donations and help for victims of the devastating fire on Sunday 11 November.
The site experience increased number of visitors – around 70000 on Sunday evening and 172000 on the Monday, plus increased numbers of comments.
The comments from people in Kouga, the Eastern Cape, other parts of South Africa and from all over the world, were posted under ‘Canals are burning’, ‘Canals fire update’ and ‘St Francis will rise from the ashes’ .
Owing to the wonderful comments we are sure St Francis Bay readers would love to read them, so we are busy collating them all and will publish them on our FB website. There are more than 100 comments and we regret we were not able to reply to all of you.
Thank you again to all those who posted such lovely thoughts and who poured out their love and concern.
– Bev, The Editor
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James on November 12, 2012 at 9:17 am said: Edit
It is a miracle that no one was seriously injured or killed………
JC Lesch on November 12, 2012 at 9:22 am said:
Just plz rebuild with proper roofs! this happend in Hermanus years ago as well and they changed the building law (thatch) shame on the developers! Very Sad terrible!
Tracey Wild on November 12, 2012 at 10:09 am said: Edit
My thoughts and prayers are with those who have been affected by this disaster.
letitia on November 12, 2012 at 10:38 am said: Edit
Were the people able to save most of the animals during the fire?
Lizel on November 12, 2012 at 10:04 pm said: Edit
This is really so sad, to loose everything you have worked
for. My heart goes out to all those familys affected by the
fire. I own a home with my husband and 2kids, and the amount
of work time and effort that you put in to make your house a
home and then have to watch it go down in flames! Wow that
must be really hard to get through.
comedy89 on November 13, 2012 at 8:51 am said: Edit
This is really bad. What should we do to help them?
Jose Mclean on November 12, 2012 at 6:20 am said: Edit
its so sad to see that those houses burnt down. I pray for
those that lost there stuff in the fire. Even for those who
lost there houses. Its a good thing that PE and Uitehage’s
firefighters came to help. May God be with you. Strong.
rosfromscratch on November 12, 2012 at 7:06 am said: Edit
Reblogged this on rosfromscratch and commented:
They are talking about 120 homes that were affected by the
fire … absolute devastastion – avg cost R3.5mill per house.
Some up to R18 mill in value
Bernalene on November 12, 2012 at 8:44 am said: Edit
Utter devastation beyond comprehension! Today, new
beginning, new planning, new appreciation.
Nicky Blume on November 12, 2012 at 9:17 am said: Edit
Charlie and Julie Nortje would like to thank everyone for
the help and messages during this devastating time. It is
amazing to see how the people of St Francis stand together
in time of crisis and they would like everyone to know how
gratefull they are.
Hennie la Grange on November 11, 2012 at 8:03 pm said: Edit
What a terrible tragedy
Jane on November 11, 2012 at 8:06 pm said: Edit
Any details to how many houses are burnt yet?
rosfromscratch on November 11, 2012 at 8:09 pm said: Edit
Reblogged this on rosfromscratch and commented:
Please pray for these people that stay in St Francis. It
really is bad – and the wind is still pumping!!
DANIE VIVIERS – FIRE FIGHTER AT FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES
PORT ELIZABETH on November 11, 2012 at 8:16 pm said: Edit
IS THERE ENOUGH FIREMAN TO ASSIST IN FIGHTING THE FIRE –
Michelle on November 11, 2012 at 8:20 pm said: Edit
Our thoughts and prayers are with the St Francis Community….
Steve on November 11, 2012 at 8:23 pm said: Edit
Poor people!! feel readlly sad for all the families
involved!! thinking of you all!
Jonathan Smith on November 11, 2012 at 8:24 pm said: Edit
What a catastrophe, very very sad for those whose lost their
homes, hope no one or any animals injured.
But why no municipal hydrants, surely municipality would
have action plan for such an event in an area where majority
of homes have thatched roofs?
irill hymphrey van niekerk on November 11, 2012 at 8:31 pm
Dear God please let the wind subside so that the
Firefighters can do their job and put out the fires. The
flooding was bad enough, now to be hit by fire. Please pray
for every body who is in volved in this disaster.
Burnie Sallgren on November 11, 2012 at 8:31 pm said: Edit
This is tragice…
nicky read on November 11, 2012 at 8:37 pm said: Edit
this is devastating!! I’m surprised that there is not a
proper fire station in the area, with all these thatch
roofed houses!! 50 house so far…
Niv Viljoen on November 11, 2012 at 8:39 pm said: Edit
Niv Viljoen on November 11, 2012 at 8:41 pm said: Edit
Please give info Praslin Reach .Is there any danger?
Lombaards family on November 11, 2012 at 8:40 pm said: Edit
Praying for St Francis after one tough 2012. Xx
Kevin Pitout. on November 11, 2012 at 8:43 pm said: Edit
So Tragic. As a young family we spent every available spare
moment at our holiday home at St. Francis.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all .
Niv Viljoen on November 11, 2012 at 8:44 pm said: Edit
Want info re Praslin Reach
peter eck on November 11, 2012 at 8:50 pm said: Edit
lets pray for the safety of the people and pets.
Sylvia van Heerden on November 11, 2012 at 8:54 pm said:
We can offer shelther for tonight for people who need a
place to sleep.Sylvia and Ronnie van Heerden Jamaican Palms,
Marina Martinique. 0761526013
Dawie on November 11, 2012 at 8:55 pm said: Edit
To see a video of the fire, please go here:
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Joan Reid on November 11, 2012 at 9:00 pm said: Edit
House available in Cape St Francis if anyone needing
Jason on November 11, 2012 at 9:03 pm said: Edit
Whoa! Those flames look huge! Sorry to hear about this…
strength to all the guys trying to fight the fires.
Pieter Uys on November 11, 2012 at 9:12 pm said: Edit
Genade! Sterkte mense – wens ons was daar om te help. Is in
Johannesburg en het eiendom daar. Liefde Pieter en Adri Uys
LightSpirit on November 11, 2012 at 9:15 pm said: Edit
Love Light & Strength to the People of St Francis Bay
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jp on November 11, 2012 at 9:16 pm said: Edit
Hou ons ophoogte asb , ons gebede gaan uit na julle mense in
St Francis. Wens ons kon kom help het, maar omstandighede
laat dit nie toe nie, sterk wees mense. God is by julle.
Mariette de lange on November 12, 2012 at 8:01 am said: Edit
ek het nie woorde net othou God is in beheer al lyk dit nie
altyd so.STERKTE AAN ALMAL GOD IS ONS KRAG .MY GEBEDE MET
JULLE On 12 Nov 2012 07:16, “St Francis Chronicle” wrote: >
> jp commented: “Hou ons ophoogte asb , ons gebede gaan uit
na julle mense in St Francis. Wens ons kon kom help het,
maar omstandighede laat dit nie toe nie, sterk wees mense.
God is by julle.” >
Hester Gerber on November 11, 2012 at 9:17 pm said: Edit
Our thoughts and Huge prayers are with the residents of St
Cunliffe on November 11, 2012 at 9:36 pm said: Edit
Our thoughts and prayeswith you all and our heartfelt thanks
and gratitude to all who have assisted through the very
Peter and Tisha Cunliffe and family
joey on November 11, 2012 at 9:37 pm said: Edit
So heartbroken. May God be wiith each family
Joan Brady on November 11, 2012 at 9:39 pm said: Edit
Can anyone tell me if houses on Mahe Beat have been
virginia on November 11, 2012 at 9:40 pm said: Edit
Let the country pray for these poor people! Dear God please
anna kriel on November 11, 2012 at 9:47 pm said: Edit
All we can do is pray for all the people and their families
in St Francis and their great losses. We pray that the fire
will stop and there will not be casualties due to the fire.
God Bless to all the volunteers and all the people affected
by this great disaster.
Jessica on November 11, 2012 at 9:52 pm said: Edit
Is there any more help needed at this time?
margie clarke on November 11, 2012 at 9:57 pm said: Edit
We had a huge veld fire 2 february 2006 in gansbaai.
Grootbos 2 burnt down! Fire burnt right behind my house, but
hardworking hero firemen where able to bring it under
control. I still remember how terrified i was. My haertfelt
sympathy to everybody who has lost their homes! May god be
with you all and keep everybody safe. Things can be replaced
but lives never!
Ronel Venter on November 11, 2012 at 9:58 pm said: Edit
Looking on from our house in JBay … just teriible to even
think of StFrancis people agony: we are praying for safety
and RAIN, and the wind to lie down. God bless all. Albert &
Mike on November 11, 2012 at 9:59 pm said: Edit
Thanks for the news flash – first I’ve heard of it.
My condolences to all who lost property – and I really hope
everyone is safe!
Chez on November 11, 2012 at 9:59 pm said: Edit
Oh my word I can’t believe it. My uncle owned a house on the
canals and we spent a lot of our childhood there. I feel
like I am watching a piece of my life burning – my heart
goes out to everyone who has lost their houses, to the
animals, to everyone involved.
danie on November 11, 2012 at 10:00 pm said: Edit
Dit is erg ons gebede gaan uit vir die mense
Tertius on November 11, 2012 at 10:02 pm said: Edit
May all the victims find peace…you’re in our prayers, we
feel so deeply for your loss!
C Botha on November 11, 2012 at 10:06 pm said: Edit
TERRIBLE! We so enjoyed our vacation at the Royal Wharf
earlier this year. What a mess and damage! Are the people
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natalene visser on November 11, 2012 at 10:12 pm said: Edit
Ek is so jammer om dit te moet aanskou. Het vir die afgelope
drie jaar by die Royal Wharf
vakansie gehou. Baie sterkte vir almal wat skade ly. Die
ergste is dat dit kort voor baie mense
se welverdiende ruskansie gebeur. Mag die Here met julle
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raj sivsaran on November 11, 2012 at 10:19 pm said: Edit
Hope everyone is safe.
mariette on November 11, 2012 at 10:24 pm said: Edit
Ons almal bid dink aan die mense wat alles verloor het en ek
hoop nie daar is ernstige beserings van diere en mense want
dit is die goed in die lewe wat nie vervang kan word.Ons bid
en sterkte hou ons op hoogte asb
Kendell van Tonder on November 11, 2012 at 10:26 pm said:
Our hearts go out to St Francis Bay! God be with you all!
Peter Burke on November 11, 2012 at 10:33 pm said: Edit
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at St Francis
The Burke Family
julieta cruz on November 11, 2012 at 11:33 pm said: Edit
we pray for everybody in St Francis and sending angels for
our friends.I am very sorry to hear this horrible news .
Mariehet on November 11, 2012 at 11:00 pm said: Edit
Father i pray for those people, animals that You will
intervene and resque those area, i pray that You wake up
people out of theïr slumber and turb only to You, in Jesus
Name i pray, amen en amen
ninarie on November 11, 2012 at 11:06 pm said: Edit
Wie kan my dalk se of hulle weet of die royal wharf
heeltemal afgebrand is? Mag al die mense beskerm word in die
tyd van nood! En mag niemand seer kry nie…
Elize en Kallie Knoetz on November 11, 2012 at 11:08 pm
Dit is te verskriklik! Ons innige simpatie en ons gebede is
met die huiseienaars en almal wie verlIese het. Ons bid dat
die vure geblus sal word, sterkte!
Kathy O’Riordan Heard on November 11, 2012 at 11:23 pm said:
What an awful disaster. We are praying for you! Richard and
Kathy Heard. x
Nikki on November 11, 2012 at 11:32 pm said: Edit
This is terrible. At least it has not happened during peak
Tanya and Van Schalkwyk family on November 11, 2012 at 11:39
pm said: Edit
Our thoughts and prayers go to those in this situation…. And
pray that all be safe…. May God bless u St Francis Bay….
Dillon Lerm Full Join II on November 12, 2012 at 12:10 am
My hart gaan uit na elke familie wat deur hierdie ramp
Johan on November 12, 2012 at 12:18 am said: Edit
Dis so hartseer
Dora on November 12, 2012 at 12:38 am said: Edit
Hoop almal is veilig!
Claude Gerard on November 12, 2012 at 12:40 am said: Edit
One of the most beautiful place in South Africa.My thoughts
and prayers go to those who lost their houses and hope that
everyone is safe.
Gavin Milburn on November 12, 2012 at 12:46 am said: Edit
As a builder I am shocked that Council Planning Permission
was given to build over 50 thatched roof houses in an area
without adequate fire protection. Every house should have
been equipped with a fire hose on a 50 meter reel PLUS at
least 4 fully serviced fire extinguishers. All equipment
should be inspected annually by the local fire
department…..This is an absolute tragedy, and the local
authorities should be held responsible.
Philip Immelman, Slave Lake, Alberta, Canada E-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org on November 12, 2012 at 12:48 am said:
The people of Slave Lake, Alberta, Canada are thinking of
you and praying for you. We know what you are going through
and still have to go through. We lost 700 houses in our
small community in a forrest wild fire 18 months ago. We are
still rebuilding our lives and our homes
Deborah Donnelly on November 12, 2012 at 12:49 am said: Edit
I cannot sleep worrying about everyone there. Please God, no
loss of life. Please. My prayers to you all. I would have
offered my home as a refuge, like a flash, but have tenants
Rainer Halbich on November 12, 2012 at 6:35 am said: Edit
I am shocked! We had our matric holiday in one of these
houses. I am 60% sure that house burnt down. This is not
nice at all!
Alec on November 12, 2012 at 7:01 am said: Edit
I am costantly praying for all that have suffered losses.
May God bring inner peace to you. I am so terribly sorry for
this disaster that has consumed such pretty village.
Ray Blignaut on November 12, 2012 at 7:10 am said: Edit
OIts about time the municipality realises that thatch and
wind do not go together with wood and charcoal braai’s. Ban
them and insist on gas !
karen larkin on November 12, 2012 at 7:37 am said: Edit
We, At Jeffreys Bay offer our prayers, condolences and
heartfelt sympathy to all our wonderful neighbours during
this devastating time of loss. May God give you all courage,
strength and comfort. We are praying for you all and all the
firefighters, volunteers and pets.
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Tanya Streso Labuschagne on November 12, 2012 at 7:56 am
Dit is verskriklik!! Ons hart gaan uit na al die families
wat hul eiendomme en als verloor het. Ons dink aan julle en
jul is in ons gebede. Wens ons was daar om te help. My ouers
bly in Humansdorp so ons gaan elke jaar st francis toe.
Mike on November 12, 2012 at 9:06 am said: Edit
Yes it is a great loss and thank God there do not seem to
have been any fatalities. Looking on the positive side, I am
sure that it will be rebuilt bigger and better than before,
and you guys will be getting a fire station and a lot of new
steel roofed houses. My thoughts and prayers with you all.
Hennie en Marian Muller on November 12, 2012 at 9:45 am
Wat n tragedie. Ons harte gaan uit na julle.
Karin Pretorius on November 12, 2012 at 9:48 am said: Edit
So hartseer, ons huis is een van die wat afgebrand het,
soveel lekker memories, nou soveel hartseer. Sterkte vir
almal wat hierdeur geraak word.
Jacques on November 12, 2012 at 2:29 pm said: Edit
Het enige iemand al die nuutste nuus? Is enige mens of diere
sfchronicle on November 12, 2012 at 3:28 pm said: Edit
No one died thankfully. a few minor injuries by some hoo
tried to put out fires.
See updates at: https://stfrancischronicle.com/
Andre Bolton on November 12, 2012 at 2:41 pm said: Edit
it is time that legislation be passed that all homes with
thatch have a sprinkler system on and inside the roof.
Stourbridge Lion on November 12, 2012 at 5:54 pm said: Edit
So sorry the read this new…
cathy on November 12, 2012 at 8:17 pm said: Edit
I am realy sorry what happend to the poeple at St Frances
Bay we al wil pray with the poeple
elizabeth warner on November 12, 2012 at 10:48 pm said: Edit
i am really sorry what happend to this people in our prayers
Clive Rabie on November 11, 2012 at 10:20 pm said: Edit
We have accommodation for 12 people in need,contact Clive or
CLIVE & HEATHER RABIE on November 11, 2012 at 10:22 pm said:
We have accommodation for anybody in need,contact Clive or
gert on November 11, 2012 at 10:27 pm said: Edit
desireedippenaar on November 11, 2012 at 11:56 pm said: Edit
Heartbreaking!!!! Thoughts and prayers with you all!
teresa jacobs on November 12, 2012 at 12:03 am said: Edit
so hartseer ons bid saam julle
Tim Kelly on November 12, 2012 at 12:20 am said: Edit
Any update on shore road?
Rose McClement on November 12, 2012 at 12:21 am said: Edit
I feel so sad and so sick into the pit of my stomach.
Strength to every person there. A day never to be forgotten
in the history book of St Francis Bay.
sfchronicle on November 12, 2012 at 1:14 am said: Edit
The fire has left us most of us numb, but the amazing thing
is that there is so much love and care for others coming out
of this.. people opening up their homes to accommodate the
Regan Verwey on November 12, 2012 at 3:36 am said: Edit
So pleased to hear that some of our friends homes and
businesses are still standing. Thinking of Peri and Melina
as well as Garth and family. Despite the ruin, so pleased to
see the community standing together and supporting one
another. Sending love from the Gold Coast of Australia to
everyone in St Francis Bay.
Karen van Rensburg on November 12, 2012 at 4:49 am said:
you are all in our prayers and thoughts…all the way from
Sandy Coughlan on November 12, 2012 at 5:51 am said: Edit
Thinking of everyone at St Francis Bay . . . . . feel so
Sandy Coughlan, Shaka’s Rock
Esme Welman on November 12, 2012 at 6:45 am said: Edit
Bless all those wonderful and brave firefighters and many
helpers who tried so hard against the powerful wind and to
all those who kept St Francis Bay in their prayers. Words
cannot describe how we all feel, A great sense of loss to
our beautiful canal homes. We ask God to be with those
folks, and thank you that we live in a community of caring
and loving people. Esme and Jim
Chez on November 12, 2012 at 7:23 am said: Edit
Is that map accurate? Are there any homes damaged on Mahe
NG on November 12, 2012 at 7:27 am said: Edit
Floods, roads washed away, bridge was washed away twice and
now a terrible Fire
How much more disasters must this community endure ?
The local businesses have suffered all year, they need a
good and busy festive season !
Let there be light at the end of this long dark tunnel !
Renee Cowling on November 12, 2012 at 7:29 am said: Edit
Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in St Francis.
Glen and Ren Cowling
Gert & Anneke Elbertse on November 12, 2012 at 7:52 am said:
Heartbreaking to see this great lost for so many people in
our village, locals, swallows, visitors, home-owners from
elsewhere in SA, it doesn’t matter. Everyone is affected by
this terrible big fire. Thanks to all the firemen/fighters,
we know from 2010 how hard they work and fight. For sure
everyone knows here what the next question will be again: A
proper firestation with all in it?
Lesley Page on November 12, 2012 at 8:19 am said: Edit
Accommodation for 4 available at St Francis Court. Call
Lesley on 0832736890.
Jess on November 12, 2012 at 8:22 am said: Edit
Thank you to all the volunteers and firefighters who worked
tirelessly to try and save the canals. I am so grateful to
Neale on November 12, 2012 at 8:50 am said: Edit
Map not 100% – not all houses in Beavallon Place burnt –
Lombard Delport on November 12, 2012 at 9:12 am said: Edit
Thanx for the map! That puts the extent of the inferno in
perspective. Any more updates on the map yet? We are
devastated about this too…
MariS on November 12, 2012 at 9:42 am said: Edit
My heart go out to all these people. Two years ago I went
through the same and it is devastating, the most helpless
feeling! Amasing to read the support and help offered to
Mike Heys on November 12, 2012 at 10:59 am said: Edit
Have the houses on Poivre Crescent been affected? Mike
Leon on November 12, 2012 at 3:05 pm said: Edit
Please spread the Facebook page of the fire:
http://www.facebook.com/Stfrancisfireinfo where help can be
offered or requested, and photos posted.
MARY ANN MULLER on November 12, 2012 at 9:53 pm said: Edit
i just want to say that i am praying for your town and it’s
people it is so sad to see so many people without homes. if
we have any clothes we would like to donate where can we
deliver it to or drop it off at.
mary ann muller
sfchronicle on November 12, 2012 at 9:55 pm said: Edit
Phone the SFB golf Club on 042 294 0467.. they will assist
you with any donations. Thanks
Brandon on November 13, 2012 at 4:20 pm said: Edit
What about the two tractors and tankers that arived and
helped alot with the amount of water they put out and all
the way from Jeffreys Bay
Clifton on November 12, 2012 at 10:34 pm said: Edit
It may be the time for SFB to consider banning construction
of thatch roofs. The concentration of thatch in a small area
is an ever increasing fire disaster.
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