Blog 16 November 2012

 
News Updates today in St Francis Bay

1. ST FRANCIS CONNECT ARTICLE - Let’s Rebuild St Francis Bay using Local

Let’s Rebuild St Francis Bay using Local

Our fire disaster has affected 76 homes and families. Permanent residents have lost everything. This has left these families and St Francis Bay residents reeling in shock, dismay, anger and grief. But St Francis Bay picks itself up very quickly and people from all over the world are rallying around us and donations are coming in from as far as Singapore for the trusts that have been set up.

Friends of St Francis Fire and Rescue have already received a R30 000 donation from Chas Everitt for equipment. A fire truck has been donated from a gentleman in Johannesburg. The Riparian Association have set up a trust to help those affected families rebuild their lives. The outpouring of donations, clothing, blankets, food, etc have been incredible. St Francis Bay Golf Club is co-ordinating people and their needs and are hosting a meeting tomorrow for the 76 home owners to ascertain exactly what their needs are.

And through all of this, visitors and affected homeowners are still wanting to come to St Francis Bay for the holidays.

We now have to pick ourselves up and rebuild the homes that were destroyed. The upside of this disaster is that local businesses will be able to rise out of the last two years downturn in the economy and grow St Francis into a beautiful village. It’s just a shame that this can happen from this disaster but it is how it is.

Knock on Benefits:

  • Businesses will be able to create more employment thereby reducing the crime rate in St Francis Bay.
  • Employees from impoverished areas will be able to improve their own lifestyles and skills levels.
  • Employees will be able to spend some money on educating their own children.
  • Empty shops in both our centres can be filled with new local businesses.
  • Local builders and contractors support local suppliers.
  • Local builders know their sub-contractors and products resulting in a better finished product.
  • Local builders know our weather conditions and how to build on sand.
  • Property investments and their value will improve.
  • Over the last few days I have seen builders and contractors arriving from all parts of the country milling around the destroyed homes looking for business. I have been inundated with-mails from afar advertising their businesses.

    We need to support local contractors and businesses.

    The disadvantages of employing outside contractors are the following:

  • Contractors will be bringing in their own employees taking work away from our local population who so desperately need work to support their families.
  • They will use their own sub-contractors and possible suppliers.
  • These employees need to be housed. Contractors will try and get away with housing them on site in containers or they will find a place to squat.
  • The crime rate amongst our own people will be on the increase as they are desperate to feed their families.
  • Once these contractors have completed their work they are gone and to get after sales service will be impossible.Please support local and let’s rebuild St Francis.

  • 2.  ST FRANCIS CONNECT ARTICLE - Alternatives to thatch?
    Alternatives to thatch?

    Residents are discussing alternatives to thatch.

    Gary Koekemoer wrote: “I think the article is correct in that each of the owners, the community, the municipality and the insurers have a role to play in safeguarding the properties and each in turn has to shoulder some of the blame. Ultimately thatch is a fire hazard. This section of the coast is prone to very strong winds.

    People and organizations are inclined to hedge their bets and avoid cost where they can. Add a spark to that and you have the tragedy that occurred! I think the cure starts with the question of whether the aesthetic value of thatch outweighs its risk. If the answer is “yes” then accept the responsibility of maintenance and prevention. If “maybe” or “no”, then perhaps its to find more aesthetic alternatives to thatch other than just tiles”

    Input from Lizelle Larson, local Architect.
    Being an architect I think it is time that Chromadek Kliplok roofs in a dark charcoal colour must be allowed in St Francis as it is allowed on the Links. It is a far more practical solution than tiles and a lot more charming. I think the whole of St Francis will benefit by this. i will assist in any way possible should you require any help in trying to motivate such an amendment in the architectural guidelines. Lizelle Larson. ( 13 Lovemore Crescent)



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