German tourist saved from drowning at Cape St Francis

A German woman tourist in Cape St Francis was nearly swept out to sea by a rip current at Cape St Francis main beach yesterday afternoon, 26 February 2015.  The woman, Marthina Wondra, 47, from Germany, was fortunately helped ashore by her husband and others in her tour group, but lay at the water’s edge…

May 2015 is the new date for the Thyspunt EIA

By Bev Mortimer Breaking… May 2015 is the new latest date for the long  awaited Revised Draft Environmental Impact Assessment Report for the proposed Nuclear-1 power station at Thyspunt to be available for public comment. This was announced at a mini Nuclear Summit held at St Francis Links Golf Estate in St Francis Bay today,…

Electricity supply vulnerable all week

 The electricity supply system will remain vulnerable for the rest of the week due to a shortage of generating capacity, according to  power utility Eskom.  “ Several units are currently out of service due to planned and unplanned outages. Owing to the unavailability of a reserve margin (spare capacity), any extra load or faults in…

NSRI St Francis Bay evacuated injured fisherman

NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew evacuated a fisherman suffering from an injured finger apparently caught in a hydraulic winch. The volunteer duty crew launched the NSRI rescue craft Spirit of St Franics at 9.45  on 19 February, and met up with the Cape Town based long-line fishing trawler Echalar.  The 40 year-old injured crewman…

NSRI St Francis evacuates fisherman suffering a stroke

  Yesterday NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II to evacuate an ill chokka fisherman suffering from a suspected stroke. The NSRI was activated at 7. 30 in the evening of 15 February  to go to the chokka fishing boat Santa Maria that reported having a…

PE couple arrested for money laundering and other crimes

The Hawks  arrested a Port elizabeth couple for alleged money laundering and six charges of possession, acquisition and use of stolen property.  The couple, Shaun Ah-Shene (49) and Virginia Ah-Shene (49), allegedly formed part of the underground world, were arrested yesterday, 10 February 2015.  “Their main crime commodity was dealing in drugs but it later…

Statement that the main power grid could collapse for two weeks is a hoax

The South African government has dismissed as a hoax a statement that has gone viral, which alleges Eskom notified government that the main grid could possibly crash and plunge the country into darkness for two weeks. A statement released today, 10 February 2015,  by  the Communications Department Acting Director-General, Donald Liphoko,  said:  “South Africans are…

Missing paddlers or small boats can be tracked with new free app

 The NSRI  H/O has announced the launch of a free  smart phone app that monitors a small boat or canoe’s journey and alerts emergency contacts if the craft fails to return to shore on time. By launching this app the NSRI is responding to a need in the paddling and small craft community. Photo:  Richard…

St Francis Chronicle’s February 2015 edition now online

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The February 2015 edition of St Francis Chronicle is now online This free,  community, print newspaper for St Francis, Kouga and Port Elizabeth  readers has been placed online for the benefit of those readers  living around  Southern Africa or across the globe, who have holiday homes in St Francis.…

For the love of penguins at Valentine’s

 Sanccob in Cape St Francis, Eastern Cape, is offering you the chance to pay R500 and say ‘I love you’ to that special person you love while at the same time help Sanccob continue to save African penguins from extinction. As part of the adoption process you get to name your penguins and receive a…