Blog 26 October 2012

 
News Updates today in St Francis Bay

1.  ST FRANCIS CONNECT ARTICLE - Temporary Bridge open




2. 
St Francis Kromme Trust - Beautiful St Francis Bay



3.  MILKWOOD SPEAKS ARTICLE - Tourism

St Francis community fully supports Tourism office St Francis Tourism’s newly appointed committee met with their members on Wednesday, October 24, and by playing open cards about their dire financial situation, the St Francis Bay Ratepayers Association donated R2 000 on the spot to get the telephone line reconnected. “We understand the importance of Tourism in St Francis that’s why we decided to donate the money, we challenge all businesses in St Francis to do the same” says Nigel Aitken of the St Francis Bay Residents Association.  The host for the evening, John Hammond from Shenanigans Cocktail Bar and Garden Bistro, met the donation with a further R2 000 to assist St Francis Tourism to regain momentum.


“We can tell you what we would like to do next year, but it all depends on budgets and right now we must all work together and concentrate on what we want to achieve before 30 November, as Tourism needs all the help it can get,” MC and committee member Jo Brown said. “With R374 in the pot, we can’t do much, but if all businesses in St Francis sign up and pay membership fees, we can get going.”

Tourism Officer Warren Manser has been commended for not stepping down despite not receiving any grants from the Kouga Municipality. Believing in the value and importance of the tourism role he said “that is also old news and we are not going to discuss it any further. If and when we receive our grant, it is a bonus, but we are here to tell you what we will have in place when our visitors cross our new bridge.”  By taking hands with other businesses in St Francis, visitors will have a complete Calendar of Events, as well as all inclusive Activities List, paid and free, from canal cruises to kite surfing, hiking trails and popular picnic spots to the best places to swim on a windy day.

“We will make sure the program is available in all printed and digital media and on various websites. We also realized that not all our visitors are familiar with the area, and are establishing a program with a registered tour guide to offer various day trips,” Brown said.  St Francis Tourism’s restructured membership fee is affordable so each and every business in town can become part of Tourism’s marketing drive. “We have dropped our annual fee to R250 per year, with added options, such as inclusion in our Blue Map, a glossy brochure and various options on our website,” Manser explained. “If all goes well, we will have 50 000 glossy brochures distributed nationally by the end of November. These will not only help now, but also in the drive for 2013. Advertising space is available to any member of Tourism.”

St Francis Tourism wants to thank all who are in support of Tourism and “we really hope businesses will take Nigel Aitken of the SFBRA challenge serious, as John did, and assist Tourism in their marketing drives," says Warren " We all choose to live in this unique beautiful part of South Africa, now it's time to open our doors to the rest of the world and show them just how much we have to offer.”

4.  THE MILKWOOD SPEAKS ARTICLE - St Francis Bay Residents Association

 Nigel Aitken, who is back, has been informed by the contractors building the temporary bridge over the Sand River that they aim to try to get the bridge open by this evening but failing this it will definitely be open by tomorrow, Friday.  Now that the rains have stopped we are looking to taking alleviative action on the very bad sections on St Francis Drive going to the Port. Once again, we are looking into graveling these sections as a temporary measure. It is hoped that once the Sand River bridge is open the contractors will start laying pipes and mending the section of St Francis Drive near the new church.  We are in the throes of urgently requesting the Provincial Rapid Response Team to arrange their promised follow-up meeting between themselves, the Kouga council, the SFBRA and other stakeholders. We will advise you on our on-going progress.  It has been brought to our attention by the municipality that certain residents are personally paying municipal workers to do work that they are not employed to do, i.e.  Pothole workers being paid to remove refuse etc. We request residents to desist from doing this as the work they are employed to do then suffers. Our AGM will be on Thursday 20 December from 16:00 to 18:00 at the Village Hall, followed by the St Francis Bay Riparian Homeowners Association's AGM from 18:00.  Please diarise.


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