CAPE ST. FRANCIS IRMA BOOYSEN NATURE RESERVE CONTROL BURN NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC A controlled burn is planned for a section of the Irma Booysen Nature Reserve during the week of 17 to 20 June 2019 This is an initiative of a partnership between the Kouga Municipality and FOSTER (Friends of the St Francis Nature Reserves) which is the non-government organisation mandated by the municipality to manage local nature areas. This hazard reduction burn, the first of a series of further controlled in the reserves, burns will be supported by a consortium of partners, namely Kouga Municipality Fire and Disaster Management, Sarah Baartman West Fire Protection, Sarah Baartman West District Municipality Fire Services, FOSTER, Eskom and the St. Francis Disaster Volunteer Group. These organization will contribute staff and firefighting resources. The fire services shall be on high alert and present at all times during and after the burn. The burn is essential for the following reasons: • Prevent the spreading of runaway wildland fires during the summer season • Prevent damage to surrounding properties in the event of a wildfire. • Reduce the current high fire risk to landowners – under controlled and safe conditions. • Rejuvenate the biodiversity of the nature reserve ; vegetation and animals are well adapted to persist after fires and need periodic fires to germinate, establish or reproduce. This fire is scheduled to keep this in mind. In preparation for the burn, FOSTER has cleared firebreaks around the proposed burn site as well as firebreaks on the boundary of Cape St Francis village. Members of public are requested to stay away from the operational area for safety reasons and close windows. Authorities will ensure that all roads remain open for emergency vehicles and staff.
CSF-Newsletter: 3 Dec: Security Fence Notice Cape St Francis Civics/Ratepayers Association
Security Fence Notice
3 December 2018
In a very well attended Cape St Francis Civics/Ratepayers Association meeting held on the evening of Tuesday 23rd October 2018 at the Cape St Francis Resort, there was full support for the proposed safety fence line completion by all those in attendance.
Members of the association raised some pertinent questions, and these were answered by members present, and all questions were answered and all issues resolved. There were a few questions put forward pertaining to the wildlife, but all these were also answered to everyone's satisfaction.
The meeting had a very positive result, and is a great example of how we can all work together if there is a common goal. The Cape St Francis Civics/Ratepayers Association committee would like to thank all who attended and/or contributed, as well as to all those people who responded via email.
We have subsequently selected a contractor for the Fence Line project. Kay Gee Security Systems CC T/a MEPS Security Systems, quoting R130,800 for an electrified fence - details can be provided should you wish to see the quote.
They require 3m of clear path from the edge of the paved pathway which runs from the intersection to the airpark gate. We then approached 3 local bush clearing companies in addition to Kay Gee/ MEPS.
KayGee/ MEPS quoted R24.50 a running meter. Total cost will be between R6500 - R9000. Their mandate is to trim the bush where required and not to remove or harm any indigenous trees such as candlewood and milk wood.
We are now able to move ahead with the fence line with sufficient donations received from 21 members of our community, and have the approval from the Rocky Coast shareholders as it is their land on which the fence would be running.
We require another R70,000 to install a CCTV camera pole with a LPR camera and a thermal camera, the latter being donated by Wesley Mcquillan of TCS Wi-fi at The Computer Shop, at the point where the fence meets the R330 and are therefore calling on all members of the community to make a donation that will ensure an additional deterrent is added to the security of the town.
Thank you to all that have donated and assisted with time and expertise.
It is a fundraising campaign at this stage, and while we have had great support and have already secured R130,000 in funding or pledges, we still have a way to go to fund the project entirely. There is good support and approval for the fence build.
Banking details: Standard Bank, Albert Saunders Attorneys Trust Account, account no: 281 401 551, Branch Code 050015 (Humansdorp), use Reference: Your name/C123 Kind regards
Chairperson Cape St Francis Civics/Ratepayers Association
CSF-Newsletter: 3 August 2018 Cape St Francis Civics/Ratepayers Association
General Update Hi all and welcome to our sporadic general newsletter
Please all keep top of mind that we are in a water crisis – our dams are less than 20% and we are quietly heading down the road for our own Day Zero – so we need to adhere to as much water control and be aware of not wasting water at all times.
Recently a Southern Right juvenile whale washed ashore on our beach, and thanks to the Kouga Municipality for their swift work, as well as Warren Manser and Dolf De Vos for assistance and the subsequent removal of the whale.
Civics would like to give a big shout-out to Deon Du Toit for his work on the paving of Da Game Road. Deon undertook the job of finishing off a large section of paving, commissioned by the Ratepayers, and the work was done efficiently and of his usual excellent quality.
Along with Deon, we’d also like to thank John Elliot and his son Matthew for undertaking the task of the cleaning of the R330 verge. They did an excellent job and absorbed much of the costs themselves, doing the job as a contribution to the community.
The Cape St Francis Tennis Club has a great new look and feel, with Deandre Dreyer operating the Seals Tennis Academy from the courts and clubhouse. Deandre’s venture has proven to be popular, with many of the local children taking up tennis and having fun on the courts. Thanks to the Tennis Club for allowing this to happen. It is wonderful to see the tennis courts getting used and to see the kids having a blast.
Deandre and the Seals Tennis Academy
The CCTV cameras are still proving to be of great assistance in the fight against crime. The Cape St Francis area has shown a decline in crime statistics in what seems like direct correlations to the installing of the cameras. Unofficial reports are of two break-ins over the last couple of months. We are not resting on our laurels however, and will be launching Phase 4 of our security project soon. We are taking the security of our village very seriously, and will continue to look at ways to further combat crime and keep the area safe.
If you feel that you can help in any way, please reach out and talk to us, as we can use any and all help that is available.
There is a discussion around erecting a safety fence that will have CCTV cameras installed at certain points. The proposed fence will run from the tip entrance gate at the Airpark to the gate into Rebelsrus/Mostert’s Hoek. The CCTV cameras will be linked to the existing set-up that we have.
We are investigating a Dog Unit as additional safety for the village, and thus far the idea has been met with enthusiasm. This does come with certain challenges that we are looking into, and if anyone has any advice to give here, we would greatly appreciate it.
There is a dialogue with the security companies, for them to possibly set up their vehicles on the top of Osprey, as their presence there would be of far greater value than down in the village.
A bit of unfortunate news, one of our committee members recently lost their home in a fire. We are glad to report that the whole family including pets are safe. It was encouraging to see the community rally around the family and provide support and show our village community spirit.
Eleven times male World Champion surfer Kelly Slater (USA), six times female World Champion surfer Steph Gilmore and professional female surfer Sally Fitzgibbon, both from Australia, snuck into the village for a film shoot on our lovely beach. It was organized by Steel Productions, who donated R5k towards the Ratepayers’ coffers, so thanks for that, and for the professional way that the shoot was orchestrated.
Sally, Kelly and Steph
Let’s not forget the very effective LINK app where you can lodge any and all complaints with regards to KM services. This free LINK app is available for Android and iOS devices and can be downloaded at
Upon registration the app will request permission to access your location – this is important, be sure to accept.
To Link to your Ward, (Ward 12) click on “+ and Add Channels”. Select the blue Municipal Ward icon, allow the app to geo-locate you and Link to your Ward as displayed. It’s totally intuitive and many people are utilizing it to great affect.
There are some amazing new nature reserve walks on our area, including the Bowmer walk 3km. For more information, click on the image. <https://bit.ly/2M1y3Io>
Please feel free to reach out to any of the committee members at any time if you have input, ideas or queries.
Dane Shaw Chairperson: Cape St Francis Civics/Ratepayers Association
CSF - Chairman's Report @ AGM on 26 April 2018
This year’s Civics Committee continued along the lines of the previous committee in terms of 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 make 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 CCTV camera systems located on St Francis Drive, the intersection of Osprey and Da Gama and the circle at Shearwater Drive. All in all we have 11 cameras installed including a LPR camera and thus far, whether it is from the cameras or not, we have seen very little crime in the Village which is great. Thank you to all those who made donations towards the system, it is greatly appreciated.
Civics did an upgrade at the main beach ablutions with the tidy up of the lifeguard’s store, changing the locks –thanks to Bob Meikle, installing an alarm – thanks to Lynn Edwards from Calibre.
With a bit of constant reminding the R330 road verge between Cape St Francis and St Francis bay was cleaned and cut back, we have an ongoing maintenance plan with FOSTER that will hopefully keep the overgrowth at bay. The Miles family still does a great job at clearing litter along the road once a month so thank you to them.
The municipality provided lifeguards for the duration of the high season which was great, however they were unfortunately very under equipped and without accommodation. Thank you to Rob Smith and Haydn for getting them sorted with equipment etc. and also the Resort for offering accommodation.
Civics employed Benny and Beauty to keep control of dogs on the beach as well as to clean up at the ablutions, parking areas, beaches and benches. On the most part they did a great job, however we would like to appeal to the community for a volunteer to manage Benny and Beauty during season. We need someone that they can report to and to and that can check up on them during the day. If you would like to volunteer then please get in touch after the meeting.
Traffic control measures were improved at the village CBD and between Rock Lilly and Cape St Francis Resort with a painted pedestrian crossing. Please be on the lookout when driving there.
Paving work will continue on Da Gama with another section to be completed. We have approached Kouga Municipality to assist with funding where we fall short. Big thank you to them for repairing the road intersections along Da Gama.
Kouga Municipality has introduced the Link App, an easy to use phone app that you can use to report any issues related to municipal services. It has been a huge success with issues being resolved more often than not and in good time so well done to them, keep up the good work.
We would 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. There is talk in the municipality that continuous disregard to adhere to requests could result in your plot being confiscated and auctioned off to cover costs. Antoinette has compiled a list of plots needing clearing which we will put up on the civics website.
Thank you to all those who donated time and expertise throughout the year. Stuart Mineham for your work done at the main beach pathway and showers, Pierre for cutting the grass at the main beach benches and doing a clean-up, all those that helped with water saving signage and tips and a big thank you to all our members that keep Civics going through your memberships and donations.
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.
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)
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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%