Blog 10 August 2012

 
News Updates today in St Francis Bay

Hope everyone enjoyed Women's Day yesterday.  After days of non-stop rain and cold weather we were blessed with fantastic weather for that Public Holiday.  I believe that more cold and wet weather is on its way so i suggest you stay warm and remain indoors, and just to be safe, take a flu tab.  Most of us at Bay Estates have been sick with flu so this weekends its warm soups and under the covers.

1.  ST FRANCIS CONNECT ARTICLE - ST FRANCIS BAY RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION TURNS TO OUR DA WARD COUNCILLOR FOR HELP.

I bumped into a client of mine on Saturday who has had a holiday home in St Francis Bay for 20 years. She said, “We are cutting our visit short and going back to Johannesburg. We don’t have the right vehicle for these roads.” And I have heard this many times about visitors leaving early.

As a business person this is of great concern to me as it is to all the other businesses in St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis. If something is not done about our decaying infrastructure we are going to end up being a ghost town.

Sunday was a beautiful day and my daughter and I went for a walk in the beach. There was hardly anybody on the beach. Why? Because you cannot get onto the beach without scrambling down some rocks.

Sea Vista is underwater and many of its residents cannot get to their homes unless they wade through knee deep water. Many homes are under water. My partner, Leon and myself drove through Sea Vista yesterday and were absolutely appalled at the conditions. Andrew Vena has been to the municipality almost daily asking for assistance. He too cannot get to his front door. He has also been to the Jeffreys Bay municipality. But to no avail.

Now here is some good news to report. The St Francis Bay Residents Association is working around the clock on these issues. As this is a DA ward the St Francis Bay Residents Association has had various meeting with the DA to discuss amongst various matters the decaying infrastructure in St Francis Bay. They have written to the MEC asking that St Francis be declared a disaster area and that he come for himself to see. They also stated that they had no faith in the Kouga Municipality.

On their web site they advertise, “Flooding. Anyone who has an emergency please contact Willie Botha our local council area engineer on 082-857-2253. We would appeal to all residents who have been experiencing problems caused by the rain to write or e-mail contact@sfbresidents.org advising us of the nature of the problem. The more information we can gather to highlight the severity of our problems, the more pressure we can put on council to address these issues.”

I wrote to the Association on behalf of the residents of Sea Vista about their plight. This is the reply that I got…

“Hi Mickey

Many thanks for your email, which I might add is one of many we have received, showing the abject misery being felt by those living in Sea Vista and St Francis Bay. We will forward your email and pictures to the MEC and top management of Kouga to further highlighting our previous correspondence over the last few days where we have demanded that this area be declared a disaster area. We have requested that the MEC in Bisho come here to see for himself what state this area is in. We further stated that the Municipal Manager is incapable of action and unresponsive to our urgent requests.

I will forward your email and photos on to the committee and to Ben Rheeder, our Ward Councillor, and will let you know what response we receive from council.

Kind regards
Jacky
Admin. Manager
St Francis Bay Residents Association”

With regards to the roads a meeting was held on the 2nd of August with D Rautenbach (the Acting Director of Infrastructure and Development) and Eddie Oosthuizen (Manager of Technical Services). They explained that they were still not able to give a complete program due to the fact that they needed to visit all areas to determine the time and cost to do the work.

Mr Oosthuizen explained that they were appointing additional staff to assist with pothole repairs for SFB and Jeffreys Bay.At present they were unable to source gravel as the gravel pit was under water and this would delay the fixing of the gravel roads. 150 tonnes of premix has been ordered and pot hole repairs would commence weather permitting.

Repairing potholes in my mind is not the answer. Putting gravel into the holes just helps erode the holes even more.

For more information on the St Francis Bay Residents Association have a look at their website. http://www.sfbresidents.org.

 

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