People pinching from burnt houses and racing trucks

Numerous complaints have been received by the St Francis Bay Residents’ Association (SFBRA) of people entering  properties where houses were burnt down and and removing paving and other items.  There have also been complaints of speeding trucks. Nigel Aiken of the SFBRA says he has requested the SAP to be more active in the canal areas and apprehend anyone…

Suspect rhino poacher shot dead in Kruger Park

 A suspected rhino poacher was shot dead and two others arrested  in the Kruger National Park on Saturday, 26 January 2013.  A high calibre hunting rifle fitted with a silencer, ammunition and poaching equipment were found in the possession of the suspects, according to SANParks spokesperson, Reynold Thakhuli. He said the suspect was fatally wounded…

Woodridge Preparatory 20/20 Cricket Festival

Woodridge Preparatory will be hosting its third 20/20 Cricket Festival for primary schools on Saturday and Sunday 26-27 January.  The festival aims to involve children in the shorter form of the game  at the beginning of season and to enable coaches to make fair and honest selections.  A total of 5 matches per school are…

Entangled Humpback whale freed at Dassen Island

A 9 meter juvenile Humpback whale was rescued  4 nautical miles South East of Dassen Island after being entangled in 7 ropes yesterday, 23 January 2013. One rope entangled the whale from the fluke, through the whale’s mouth and back, endangering the mammal’s ablity to eat in the future. Members of the Department of Environmental Affairs…

Forthcoming event: Kids fishing at the Port

  The last Saturday of the month is here already which means kids and families can fish at St Francis Bay’s port  from 10 am to 2 pm (Saturday 26 January 2013). Entrants must register at the Sustainable Sea Centre on Squid Square. The cost is R20 per rod. Fishing is strictly catch and release….

Enormous opportunities to invest in South Africa – Zuma

Pretoria – President Jacob Zuma has asked South African delegates at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, to assure investors the country remains in good hands. He reiterated calls for business to invest in agriculture, tourism, mining, manufacturing the green economy and infrastructure development.   Infrastructure development, he said, was the flagship project, given its…

Kittens dumped on CSF rocks

The story of some marine kittens… By Trudi Malan: On Wednesday, 9 January 2013,  somebody lost a little bit of their humanity on the rocks in front of the Cape St Francis Lighthouse.   Don’t fear.  The good news is we found the “lost humanity” and he or she is welcome to collect it at…

Hundreds rescued from rooftops and homes in Limpopo floods

 By Eric Mashaba in Musina – More than 870 people have been rescued from their homes and rooftops following the floods that ravaged parts of Limpopo. Four helicopters were used to carry out the rescue mission, said the spokesperson for the Limpopo Department of Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs, Dikeledi Diale.  “More than 877 people were…

Zuma to ask for investment in South Africa and Africa at Davos

South African President, Jacob Zuma, is expected to use the the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting  in Davos   to call on the world’s top economies and businesses to invest in South Africa’s and Africa’s infrastructural projects for the long term economic growth of the continent. The WEF annual meeting opened last night (22 January…

Spotlight on St Francis and Kouga junior surfers at Seals this weekend

Excitement and anticipation is high among South Africa’s young surfers for the National Junior selection trials at Seals in Cape St Francis this weekend , 26-27 January 2013.   Crystal Hulett St Francis Bay’s Crystal Hulett is also competing.  Crystal won the U15 Girls at the Hurley SA Junior Championships at the Point at Jeffreys Bay …

New minimum wage for farm labourers to be determined

 Labour Minister, Mildred Oliphant, is expected to announce a new minimum wage for farm workers next month, February 2013.  The Department of Labour announced today, 21 January 2013, that the Employment Conditions Commission (ECC) will on 24 January 2013 meet to consider inputs collected from the nationwide public hearings on farm workers’ wages. These inputs will…