The Frenchies have landed

A tour bus of Frenchies descended on St Francis yesterday and the sound of loud foreign accents, as the group chatted excitedly away, caused locals to stop and stare.. Having flown into PE airport after touring the Western Cape, the French tourists were transported by bus to St Francis. On arrival at the port, they went on a canal…

Temporary Sand River Bridge still holding

Though looking worn the Sand River bridge is still holding after this week’s soaking rains. The bridge is on the only access road to St Francis Bay in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. The following photos (bar one  from last year) were taken at 6 pm on 3 February 2011. Photos show how storm…

Tarring of Sand River Bridge underway

The tarring and widening of the Sand River Bridge has started! (By Bev Mortimer) Improvements to this bridge mean the hordes of visitors and holiday makers to the coastal town of St Francis Bay and to Cape St Francis village will have a safer bridge to cross. Visitors are expected here from the end of…

Sprucing up St Francis Bay before season

Finance is available for tarring of the Sand River Bridge by the Provincial Roads Department later this month. This and other sprucing up, repairing and cleaning of St Francis Bay projects before season will enable the town to look in top condition when visitors arrive for their annual seaside holidays. The announcement of repairs to…

SuperSpar St Francis Bay says : “Thank You!”

St Francis Bay’s Super Spar continued with the great community spirit this afternoon by saying a big “Thank You!” to all the volunteers and the helpers who walked people across a foot bridge while the new temporary bridge was being built. The previous temporary bridge was washed away on Monday this week (26 July 2011) after…

News flash!! Parked cars at bridge being towed away

Cars parked between the Sand River bridge and St Francis Marine on the Humansdorp side, are being towed away as they are in the way of construction vehicles  needing to get to the bridge to fix it and to park nearby to offload. This is according to an announcment from Kouga Municipality this morning. The…

Storm water about to flow over Sand River bridge

Photo, above: The wall of the Sand River bridge taken at 4.15 pm yesterday. The temporary gravel bridge over the Sand River could be closed for maintenance as early this morning it was looking very unsafe. And St Francis could be temporarily marooned again. At 7.15 am this morning storm water flowing from the St Francis…

Sand River bridge safe – except in floods

The current temporary bridge of the Sand River is quite safe and will be fine if it rains. That is the word from Marius Keyser, district roads engineer, Department of Roads. “It should not get muddy if it rains since it has gravel over it,” he told St Francis Chronicle. “However, if there are exceptionally high…

Motorists stranded as Sand River bridge is demolished

It looks like a tsunami coming!” These words were spoken by one of the disaster management team as he looked towards St Francis Links Golf course  from the top of a hill. And the force of water may well have equalled that of a tsunami since it broke the Sand River bridgeacross the R330 on the…