Cape St Francis Civics and Rate Payers Association – Chairman’s Report (Sept 2019) This year’s Civics Committee has continued along the lines of the previous year by being a project driven association as well as continuing with the daily challenges of keeping beaches, ablutions and public spaces clean. We are very pleased with the progress that has been made to keep Cape St Francis a cleaner and safer village for all of its homeowners, residents and visitors. Some of the projects Civics completed this year are:
The continued upgrading of security infrastructure for the Cape St Francis area by installing an electric fence at the R330 and Mostersthoek intersection as well as security cameras to monitor the intersection. This was a fundraiser initiative and we received very generous donations from members of the community and we thank you for your contributions, a full list of donors can be found on our website. For those who would still like to make a donation please feel free to do so into the trust account set up at Albert Saunders Attorneys as we are currently R 30 500.00 shy of our target to pay for the cameras which TCS has supplied and installed while we raise funds so thank you to them. Thank you to the Rebelsrus and Mostertshoek property owners for offering to cover the electricity bill for the fence and cameras as their contribution towards the project. It must be mentioned that the WhatsApp Security groups have been very active and responsive with regards to being alert to crime with Calibre and Shmart being very active in responding. Together we have seen very few incidents in the past year.
Civics submitted two items at the Kouga municipality IDP meetings namely: Assistance in the ongoing maintenance of the firebreaks and To enlarge and upgrade the main beach parking lot off Da Gama Road. The parking area was done just before the December season last year. Unfortunately there has been no progress with regards to the firebreaks but Civics and FOSTER are both still pursuing this.
Maintenance and cleaning of the R330 road verge continues. The Miles Family does a rubbish clean up once a month and we contracted Stepping Stones Garden Service to cut back and spray the road verge, thank you to both of them. The current installation of the fibre cables will give us the opportunity to create a dedicated “lane” so to speak for cyclists and runners once the contractors have tidied up their work. Thank you to the Miles Family that keeps the road verges free of litter on a monthly basis.
I am sure that most of you have noticed the new lifeguard tower that was donated to Cape St Francis, thank you to all that were involved in making this happen. Rob Smith, Hayden Holmes, The Woodridge Old Boys, Roy Finkelstein from Amfi Craft and Arjen Mulkhuyse for Transport.
Another section of road on Da Gama was paved last year. The municipality has declared a “war on potholes” and has invested in new equipment and skills training to repair potholes more effectively so hold thumbs for progress. There are municipal plans to resurface roads in Cape St Francis as part of the IDP so Civics has decided to hold back on further paving for this year until some progress is made with their project. The portion on Da Gama between Petrel and Duiker streets as been marked as a priority.
The Municipality has submitted an application to get Blue Flag Status for Cape St Francis Main Beach area and are currently awaiting the feedback assessment from WESA. There are huge benefits to our beach infrastructure should approval be granted, Hayden and Jal can elaborate in this.
The Municipality has instigated proceedings to get the Sterkfontein and Mostertshoek water springs back into action and negotiations with the land owners is underway. A contractor has been appointed to carry out the work. This will hopefully allow the area to avoid a “day zero” should the current drought continue.
It was suggested that a portion of this year’s ward 12 committee fund go to upgrading street names in Cape St Francis and St Francis Bay. The request is to continue with the curb side type street name and Civics has submitted a list of names that need a sign or where names need
There have been suggestions of establishing an SRA for Cape St Francis to get all stakeholders involved in the continued security and aesthetic improvements of the village. In due course a notice will be sent to all stakeholders to partake in this decision.
We would again like to urge all owners of vacant plots that have not yet cleared their over grown plots to please do so as soon as possible. Thank you to those that have already done so.
Thank you to all our members for your ongoing support. Without your memberships, advise, suggestions, feedback and own initiatives we wouldn’t have this beautiful village that we live in today.
Lastly thank you to my fellow committee members for the work and time you have put in this past year. It has and hopefully still will be a pleasure working with you. To Sean Skelton and Craig Jarvis whom will be stepping down this year, thank you for the time you put in and for your offers of continued support going forward. Your help is always much appreciated. We look forward to welcoming some new volunteers…
Before we move onto General Items, I would like to ask that any suggestions or comments made be of a positive nature with a possible solution. This committee has given their time freely and have always kept the villages’ best interests at heart. Civics is a project based association and if you have a particular project in mind then please be prepared to get involved in implementing your project.
Dane Shaw (Chairman)
Notes to AFS for the year ended 30th September 2018 (Download Annual Financial Statement here)
Presented by Jal Rigaard at the A.G.M. on the 18th of September 2019 Please contact me should you have any questions 072 559 0575 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Committee would like to thank Rodney Smith from Liandor PE for reviewing and independently auditing our associations financials at no cost.
Monthly accounts are done by Equimetrix and paid for by our Association.
Any amount received over the R350 membership is allocated to donations.
As of today, 18th September 2019, we have R31 428 in our cheque account and R50 752 in our savings account.
No disposals or acquisitions relating to property, plant and equipment were made during the financial year ending 30th September 2018.
Revenue R68 550 was received in memberships R37 240 was received in donations R7 500 was received in voluntary donations for the security project, this money was deposited to civics bank account which should have been paid to Albert Saunders Attorneys trust account where a fund for the security project was established. You will note its transfer to Albert in Operating Expenses – Special Project Cameras Interest received is applicable to our savings account
Operating expenses Special project-cameras were the transfer of security project funds to Albert Saunders, contributors were supposed to deposit the funds in Albert Saunders trust account. Newsletter and signage relate to two advertisements in the local InfoAdds as well as beach parking signage and water crises signage. Conservation of CSF – Maintenance and Improvements relates to the maintenance of the entrance garden, referred to as the “anchor garden”. Beach, village and roads, the R91 267 is broken into the following expenses:
Cleaning materials ----------------------R100
Wages, Beauty and Bennie--------------R22 750
Split Log cc for Da Gama Road Paving---R33 896
John Elliot for verge maintenance--------R5 134
John Elliot for herbicide-------------------R1 700
Dave Bowmer verge maintenance--------R3 050
Jacob Minnink road and village clean-ups-R23 800 (starts at R330 Airpark turnoff and makes way into village and picks up rubbish/cleans bins)
Lifeguards relate to orange cones bought to assist them
Regards Jal Rigaard (Treasurer)
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Country South Africa Province Eastern Cape District Sarah Baartman Municipality Kouga Area • Total 4.38 sq km Population (2011) • Total 342 • Density 78 sq km Racial makeup (2011) • Black African 3.5%, • Coloured 1.8% • White 94.7% First languages (2011) • English 55.6% • Afrikaans 42.1% • Xhosa 1.8% • Other 0.6%