Blog 18 July 2012

 
News Updates today in St Francis Bay



1.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY NELSON MANDELA!





In honour of our 67 minutes... The Bay Estates team have decided on a knitting craze as our community project.  We have decided today marks the first day where by weekly we will take an hour out of our daily schedule and knit as many squares to be joined together for blankets to be distributed where needed.  These heavy rains over the past week have left many families cold and their homes and contents ruined.  Our aim is to knit at least one blanket per month, however should other locals join us we'll set the aim higher.  To those interested, feel free to join us every Wednesday at 1pm for an hour at the Bay House or drop off your home knitted squares to be added.  Some of us in the office are new to knitting where others pro's, but together, although this is a small gesture of good will, we're hoping that in time we can offer further warmth in donations of more blankets, jerseys, socks, gloves and beanies.
Gold Bless and keep warm.
The Bay Busy Bee's.

2.  HUGE CONTAINER FOUND WEST OF CAPE ST FRANCIS BAY & ANOTHER ON JEFFREYS BAY BEACH

As reported on THE VILLAGE NEWS website.  July 17, an early morning cyclist, Eric Stewart, spotted a huge cyclindrical object on the rocks about 4km west of the Cape St Francis Lighthouse. At the same time Jeffreys Bay’s Sea Rescue was called out to investigate a beached whale, but a similar object was found instead.

Eric spotted the object about 1km from the car park at Sunset Rocks. ”It is huge and very heavy, as it doesn’t even move when hit by a big wave,” Eric said. “It can easily be 6m long and 2m in diametre, same as the one found on the Kabeljous beach.”

Meanwhile volunteers of NSRI Jeffreys Bay was called out to the beach between Kabeljous beach and the Gamtoos River Mouth, where they found a similar object. Rieghard Janse van Rensburg, Station Commander for NSRI Jeffreys Bay said his volunteer crew had been activated around 09:15 to investigate the “beached whale.”

“We only found an unidentified large cylindrical shaped object about 6 meters long and 2 meters in diameter,” says Rieghard. “Admittedly, from a distance it did look like a whale.”

It is still unknown where it’s from or what the content might be, but both sites will be visited by SAMSA (South African Maritime Safety Authority) today.

“Maritime authorities, the local police and the Municipal Disaster Management have been informed and they will inspect and identify what the container is and evaluate what risk it poses and assess how to dispose or recover the object,” the NSRI press release said.


3.  MUNICIPAL WORKERS ASSISTING WITH POT HOLE FILLING

Spotted outside our office earlier this morning, a few municipal workers filling in pot holes with sand.  Speaking to them they said that although this is not fixing it, until they get the machinery/equipment/go ahead, their 67 minutes is going towards filling it up to make driving easier and less of a hassle to locals.
A big thank you to our local Municipal and its workers!  Thank you!


5. ST FRANCIS CONNECT ARTICLE: MUNICIPALITY ASKS US NOT TO USE THE MAIN ENTRANCE INTO TOWN

The Resident’s Association was happy to find out that the KM were going to erect a sign in Lyme Road South stopping heavy vehicles using the road. They also asked St Francis Bay residents not to use the road…only residents of Lyme Road South.

 

7.  ST FRANCIS CONNECT ARTICLE - 67 minutes to St Francis Bay – For FREE!

We live in a fantastic community and it’s only proper that on a day like today, Madiba’s Birthday, the community gets together for the good of everyone!

In these photos you will see many people from different backgrounds – what do they all have in common? – 67 minutes sacrifice for their community! EVERYONE IN THESE POTOS ARE WORKING FOR FREE!

Nigel Aitken has mustered the troops again….the local community of Sea Vista, Rotarians, Local business and the Kouga Municipality.

Nigel is providing supervision, Sea Vista has supplied the labour, Rotatrians (in the form of St Francis Brick) supplied the front end loader and the Municipality provided the pipes.

Aim of the project? To drain the corner of Terragona road which has become an obstacle course. The workers are digging a trench and installing the pipes to get rid of the torrent that crosses the road on this spot and washes the road away time and again.  St Francis Connect would like to thank these members of our community who have selflessly given for the better of all.


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