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November 2016

 Greetings to all from St Francis Bay.
 
Hellloooo …. Its Party Month in St Francis! December and the festive season has arrived. St Francis is gearing up for its property owner and holiday maker invasion….always an exciting time of year of seeing old friends and making new friends.

 

The good news is that the Municipality has increased the pothole repair team from 4 to 15 over the past few weeks which has resulted in many potholes being repaired in the town and they will be working over the December period repairing the potholes across the town. Some of our arterial roads are also being slurried to improve their surfaces. We have approval for our Ann Ave repair project and the projects that have been submitted by the private property owners are in the process of being approved. 
 
It is clear from the amount of donations received to-date (R4.3m) that we will have to rely on the introduction of a SRA levy if we are going to raise the funds required to restore our infrastructure. We believe it is important that the Municipality agrees in principle to support our application for a SRA levy for St Francis before we ask you, the property owners, to vote on the introduction of this levy.  We have completed the first draft of our St Francis SRA Business Plan, and presented it to the Kouga Region DA Caucus on 21 November.  We followed this up with a more in-depth discussion of this proposal at a second meeting on 28 November. The Kouga DA Caucus consists of the full group of DA Councillors sitting on the Kouga Council as well as Councillor Representation from the District Council i.e. the Sarah Baartman District which Kouga is part of. The DA Caucus voted in favour of supporting our proposal provided we get the necessary approval from St Francis property owners. The next step is to ask you, the property owners of St Francis, to approve our SRA proposal. We require a majority vote from you, the property owners, to allow the SFPO to submit our SRA application to the Kouga Council for final approval. Once we have provided proof - that the majority of St Francis property owners have voted in favour of the SRA levy - the Municipality will then implement the By-Law and Policy required for the introduction of a SRA arrangement in the Kouga Region, and introduce the levy for the St Francis area at the start of the next Municipal financial year starting on July 1, 2017.
 
We have received overwhelming support for the SRA proposal from the property owners who have attended our 5 public meetings over the past 12 months. We used these meetings, and the one-on-one interactions we have had with many of you, to survey the level of support we have for our SRA proposal. The show of hands we asked for at all of these meetings (many for and very few against) gave us the mandate to ask the Kouga Municipality to support our campaign to Save St Francis. In most cases those who had concerns with our proposal and voted against it subsequently followed up with us and discussed their concerns. We have gathered some very helpful suggestions as a result and we are always thankful for the constructive contributions we have received.
 
We have in the meantime been able to set up and operationalise the SFPO NPC (the St Francis Property Owners Not-For-Profit Company) to start restoring our infrastructure. On 25 November 2016, we have received the signed MOA (Memorandum of Agreement) from the Kouga Municipality mandating the SFPO NPC to manage the Spit and Beach repairs on its behalf. The SFPO NPC will also manage the SRA levy and the restoration of the rest of our infrastructure should we receive your vote in favour of the SRA levy. This company has been operational since July this year when we hired Greg Miller as our Project Manager. The donations we have received to-date have allowed us to start our infrastructure restoration operations and do a lot of the preparatory work required to calculate what an appropriate levy should be to accomplish this restoration work. We would like to thank all of those property owners who have donated so generously to our Saving St Francis campaign and given their wholehearted backing to Saving St Francis and the SFPO. Without their contributions we could not have made the progress we have to-date.
 
We will continue to keep you informed on progress through our monthly newsletters, the SFPO websites, and the local press. We are stepping up our communication through Facebook to make sure we reach as many property owners as possible over the next month or two. This is all aimed at giving all property owners as much information as possible to assist you with casting your vote for the SRA levy. Clearly we want you to vote yes, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
 
As part of our Saving St Francis campaign we have not only focussed on restoring our infrastructure, but we have also asked our property owners, residents, business owners and business operators what they want St Francis to ideally be in 10-15 years’ time i.e. by 2030.  We conducted two Focus Group brainstorming sessions and several one-on-one sessions with additional people. We have now completed the St Francis Vision 2030 document and it will be made available to all property owners on the SFPO website shortly. We will present the key elements of this Vision at the SFPO AGM on 22 December, 2016 (5.00pm at The Links). This will be a living document, a living Vision that will be updated periodically. Its primary purpose is to attract investment into our town, create employment, and uplift our Sea Vista Township. It also gives key justification for why we need to, and should want to, restore and upgrade our infrastructure. We want St Francis (the Greater St Francis area) to be a World Class Lifestyle Destination. We have the assets in St Francis that are both unique and abundant enough to make this vision achievable in the next 10-15 years. I encourage you to read the St Francis Vision 2030, and give us your feedback.
 
Please diarise that the St Francis Property Owners AGM will be held at The Links on the 22nd December at 5:00pm.  
  Donations: Our donations to-date have reached R4.3m. This has come from some 89 donor’s to-date. You can look at the list of those who have donated on our websites ….and talking about websites we launched two new websites three months ago, one for the SFPO Association, and the other for the SFPO NPC where your donations are received and invested in the restoration of our infrastructure.  Website links :
www.stfrancispropertyowners.co.za and  http://npc.stfrancispropertyowners.co.za/

Donations: 4.3 million (10/6%)
Reminder:  As our subscription year runs from 1st October to the 30th September your 2017 subscriptions are due.  The annual membership fee is just R450 or R300 for pensioners.  Banking details are:
 
Name:              St Francis Bay Residents Association
Bank:               Standard Bank Humansdorp
Bank Code:      050015
Account No.:    08 249 9276
When payment is made please quote your name and Erf. No. as reference

 
2017 Subscriptions: 142 members (5.7%)
     
 
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October 2016

Greetings to all from St Francis Bay.                                                                                         


Beach & Spit : We are making progress with Beach and Spit revetment repairs.  We have had to contact beachfront property owners to establish whether each owner wishes to repair their revetments, with the exception of the Aldabara group being coordinated by Bruce Brooker.  We have also put in place the necessary approval processes with Frank Silberbauer to get the Kouga Municipality and DEDEAT to approve each revetment repair project when submitted. The two submissions to-date have been the revetment repairs for the Aldabara group, and repairs to the Spit using sand bags (in vulnerable places). As regards the remainder of the Public Open Space revetments, we have received quotes for Anne Avenue, Ralph Road and the existing rock revetment section of the spit (which is a continuation of the Aldabara section). We had intended to complete the Anne Avenue revetment and car park before the Christmas holiday season, but have had to delay this because we will have to use the Anne Avenue section as the beach access point for vehicles and machinery for the Ralph Road public open space and beachfront properties running from Anne Avenue to the Golf Course. We are waiting for the beachfront property group to confirm what they plan to do with respect to their revetments. We will, as a result, make temporary repairs to the Anne Avenue revetment and road, and then complete this once we can close up the access point.

Roads : EA&S have issued their final report on the state of all our roads in St Francis Bay. We have been told that the underlying layers of our roads are collapsing and we will need to re-build these roads rather than just re-surface them. We need to consider whether this is necessary for all of our roads or limit this to our arterial roads which take the bulk of our heavy traffic. Many of our streets do not carry a lot of traffic or heavy vehicles, and so might well be re-surfaced under the auspices of each Street Committee, and hence avoid a costly rebuild of all roads.

Stormwater Drains : Work has started on several stormwater drain projects.

Sewerage : The Riparians have repaired the pump station near Sea Glades to prevent sewerage leaking into the canals.

Disaster Management : The SFPO, together with Nigel Aitken and Liezl Clause (The Links), invited representatives  from various organisations to formulate a Disaster Management Plan for the Greater St Francis area. We completed the Disaster Management Plan in June, and then requested the use of a room at the St Francis Fire Station. This was agreed to in principle by the Municipality. The SFPO has now signed the agreement for the use of a room in the Municipality’s Fire Station, and work has started on renovating this room to house the Disaster Management Command Centre. The funds raised for the February fires in St Francis has been deposited in the FOSFAR (Friends of St Francis Fire and Rescue) bank account. The Disaster Management group will be called the St Francis Disaster Volunteer Group (SFDVG), and the leader of this group (Nigel Aitken) will sit on the SFPO Association committee, as do the chairmen of the Riparians (Simon Picton-Turbevill) and Joint River Committee (Norman Dyer). This will ensure coordination of these organisations.

Funding : As you know we have appealed for donations to make a start to restoring our infrastructure, and we have raised R4m to-date. We plan on introducing a levy, subject to a majority vote by property owners, and are required to set up a Specialised Rating Area (SRA) to do this. This also needs to be approved by the KM and National Treasury. We have started engaging with the Municipality to move this forward. Much of the work required needs to be done by the Municipality to put the necessary By-Laws in place to support this SRA arrangement. It can only come into force on the 1st July 2017 (i.e. the start of the Municipality’s financial year). We have two further sources of finance : Government (Municipality, Provincial and National) and Corporate Social Responsibility. As part of the SRA negotiations we will also deal with Government funding in general. As regards private sector funding, we have had discussions with various parties as to how we can raise and direct funding into uplifting the Sea Vista Township. As a result of these discussions we have launched a project we have called St Francis Vision 2030. The purpose of this work is to formulate and agree what we want St Francis to be in 10-15 years’ time. We formed a steering group consisting of Wayne Furphy, Greg Darke, Mike Pearton, Andrew Bowren and Jef Forrer. We developed a first pass vision which we then used as the basis for a Focus Group of some 20 St Francis residents. We defined What we wanted St Francis to develop into and Why. We also identified what we did not want St Francis to be. We will hold a further round of Focus Group discussions in early November to identify How we will achieve this vision. We will use this Vision 2030 to engage with potential investors who fit with our targeted industry and social responsibility (Sea Vista) developments. We will certainly make this Vision 2030 available to all St Francis property owners, businesses, residents and the Municipality once we have a satisfactory version.

Please diarise that the St Francis Property Owners AGM will be held at The Links on the 22nd December at 5:00pm.
  Donations: There is a lot of debate about should I or shouldn’t I donate double my rates to the Saving St Francis Campaign. Our donations to-date have reached R4m. This has come from some 60 donors to-date. You can look at the list of those who have donated on our websites….and talking about websites we have launched two new websites, one for the SFPO Association, and the other for the SFPO NPC where you donations are received and invested in the restoration of our infrastructure.  Website links : www.stfrancispropertyowners.co.za
and  http://npc.stfrancispropertyowners.co.za/

2Donations: 4 million (10%)
Reminder:  As our subscription year runs from 1st October to the 30th September your 2017 subscriptions are due.  The annual membership fee is just R450 or R300 for pensioners.  Banking details are:

Name:              St Francis Bay Residents Association
Bank:               Standard Bank Humansdorp
Bank Code:      050015
Account No.:    08 249 9276
When payment is made please quote your name and Erf. No. as reference
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2017 Subscriptions: 80 members (3%)
     

Best wishes,
The SFPO Association
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Keeping you informed on developments and news in St Francis

 
Greetings to everyone from St Francis Bay. What a momentous month August has been. We knew that the elections were going to be a closely fought contest between the ANC and the DA. The DA took 17 of the 29 Council seats, with the ANC claiming 12. The new Kouga Council was inaugurated on Friday 19 August, with Elza van Lingen being elected the Mayor. There is no doubt from the Mayor's speech and the way in which Councillor Hendricks managed the meeting in his capacity as Speaker, that Municipal performance and eradicating corruption are their top priorities. We met with our Ward Councillor, Ben Rheeder on Monday morning (22 August), to agree our immediate priorities. What a pleasure to see the urgency the new leadership is demonstrating to make a difference quickly.
 

Saving St Francis Roadshows:
So what have we "mere mortals" being doing while the "political titans" have been locked in contest? Since our last newsletter, we completed our Roadshows in Johannesburg, St Francis Bay and Port Elizabeth. We experienced full houses in all three centres, with 150 people attending the Joburg meeting, 180 at the St Francis Bay meeting, and 60 at the PE meeting. We have had good feedback from many people.
 
Beach & Spit:
We are waiting for DEDEAT to approve the amendments to the Authorisation submitted to them. These amendments will allow the Riparians to dredge from the canals onto the Spit and use sandbags, purchased some two years ago, to shore up any section of the Spit that is threatening to breach). This is a shorter term action to maintain the Spit. The Aldabara group of beachfront property owners have completed their submission for repairing their section of revetments, and this has been submitted to DEDEAT for approval. Work has started on calling for quotes for repairing the section of revetment that protects the western end of the Spit (an extension of the Aldabara revetment). We have prepared a first draft design of the restoration of the Anne Avenue Car Park and abutting revetment. We are now requesting quotes from Engineers and Contractors to design and complete the work. We are contacting all beachfront property owners and helping them to form into groups to deal with their respective revetments. If you are a beachfront property owner and you have not been contacted as yet then please call us

Roads & Stormwater Drains:
EASPE have completed the survey on Phase 1 of the Arterial roads. We will use their report and drawings to call for proposals from contractors to re-surface these roads. We have found a full set of design drawings (in the Municipality's archives) for addressing the Stormwater flooding that plagues Lyme Road North and the houses bordering this road. The Municipality had also purchased all the piping and other materials required to install the stormwater drains. We will be hiring the necessary labour to install these drains. We are beginning to focus setting up the Street Committees to drive the non-arterial road restoration. Please contact us if you want us to help you set up your Street Committee.
 
Communication:
We will be launching two new websites in the next couple of weeks. The first will be the SFPO Association's website, and is primarily targeted at the Members of the Association and anyone interested in visiting or investing in St Francis. The second website will be for the SFPO NPC, and this will be targeted at the Donors to the Saving St Francis Campaign. These sites will be linked so you can navigate from one to the other, as ideally all Property Owners are, or should be, both members and donors. The link for the SFPO Association's website is: www.stfrancispropertyowners.co.za/.  A video was made of the St Francis Roadshow presentation. This is available on both websites, and thank you to Greg Darke (a St Francis Property Owner) and his company, Kathea, for sponsoring this video. For those of you who were unable to attend any of the Roadshows, you can watch the video (45 minutes duration). The Presentation material is also available on the website. (Watch THE VIDEO)

Donations
:
We have received R3,002,777 in donations to-date. We have categorised donors into Platinum (R150k plus), Gold (R50k plus) and Silver (R10k plus). A full list of donors by category will be kept current on SFPO NPC website. If you haven't made a donation as yet, then please give it serious thought. We cannot commit to the kind of projects we presented to you in our Roadshows unless all property owners contribute their fair share. For those that cannot afford a large upfront payment then it can be paid on a monthly basis by debit order. Please call Jacky Green if you would like her to send you the debit order form. Alternatively it will shortly also be available on our websites.

In Kind: Some property owners have offered us an "in-kind" contribution. For example, Sue Rae Fox completed (managed and paid for) the design of our SFPO logos by an Advertising Agency; Greg and Geanne Darke sponsored the production of a video of our Roadshow presentation; CBS Construction has offered us "labour" to work on the clearing of stormwater drains up to a value of 2 x Annual Rates of his St Francis property.

 
September Newsletter

 

News from St Francis Property Owners

Keeping you informed on developments and news in St Francis

Greetings to everyone from St Francis Bay. What a momentous month August has been. We knew that the elections were going to be a closely fought contest between the ANC and the DA. The DA took 17 of the 29 Council seats, with the ANC claiming 12. The new Kouga Council was inaugurated on Friday 19 August, with Elza van Lingen being elected the Mayor. There is no doubt from the Mayor’s speech and the way in which Councillor Hendricks managed the meeting in his capacity as Speaker, that Municipal performance and eradicating corruption are their top priorities. We met with our Ward Councillor, Ben Rheeder on Monday morning (22 August), to agree our immediate priorities. What a pleasure to see the urgency the new leadership is demonstrating to make a difference quickly.

Saving St Francis Roadshows:
So what have we “mere mortals” being doing while the “political titans” have been locked in contest? Since our last newsletter, we completed our Roadshows in Johannesburg, St Francis Bay and Port Elizabeth. We experienced full houses in all three centres, with 150 people attending the Joburg meeting, 180 at the St Francis Bay meeting, and 60 at the PE meeting. We have had good feedback from many people.

Beach & Spit:
We are waiting for DEDEAT to approve the amendments to the Authorisation submitted to them. These amendments will allow the Riparians to dredge from the canals onto the Spit and use sandbags, purchased some two years ago, to shore up any section of the Spit that is threatening to breach). This is a shorter term action to maintain the Spit. The Aldabara group of beachfront property owners have completed their submission for repairing their section of revetments, and this has been submitted to DEDEAT for approval. Work has started on calling for quotes for repairing the section of revetment that protects the western end of the Spit (an extension of the Aldabara revetment). We have prepared a first draft design of the restoration of the Anne Avenue Car Park and abutting revetment. We are now requesting quotes from Engineers and Contractors to design and complete the work. We are contacting all beachfront property owners and helping them to form into groups to deal with their respective revetments. If you are a beachfront property owner and you have not been contacted as yet then please call usRoads & Stormwater Drains:
EASPE have completed the survey on Phase 1 of the Arterial roads. We will use their report and drawings to call for proposals from contractors to re-surface these roads. We have found a full set of design drawings (in the Municipality’s archives) for addressing the Stormwater flooding that plagues Lyme Road North and the houses bordering this road. The Municipality had also purchased all the piping and other materials required to install the stormwater drains. We will be hiring the necessary labour to install these drains. We are beginning to focus setting up the Street Committees to drive the non-arterial road restoration. Please contact us if you want us to help you set up your Street Committee.Communication:
We will be launching two new websites in the next couple of weeks. The first will be the SFPO Association’s website, and is primarily targeted at the Members of the Association and anyone interested in visiting or investing in St Francis. The second website will be for the SFPO NPC, and this will be targeted at the Donors to the Saving St Francis Campaign. These sites will be linked so you can navigate from one to the other, as ideally all Property Owners are, or should be, both members and donors. The link for the SFPO Association’s website is: www.stfrancispropertyowners.co.za/.  A video was made of the St Francis Roadshow presentation. This is available on both websites, and thank you to Greg Darke (a St Francis Property Owner) and his company, Kathea, for sponsoring this video. For those of you who were unable to attend any of the Roadshows, you can watch the video (45 minutes duration). The Presentation material is also available on the website. (Watch THE VIDEO)Donations:
We have received R3,002,777 in donations to-date. We have categorised donors into Platinum (R150k plus), Gold (R50k plus) and Silver (R10k plus). A full list of donors by category will be kept current on SFPO NPC website. If you haven’t made a donation as yet, then please give it serious thought. We cannot commit to the kind of projects we presented to you in our Roadshows unless all property owners contribute their fair share. For those that cannot afford a large upfront payment then it can be paid on a monthly basis by debit order. Please call Jacky Green if you would like her to send you the debit order form. Alternatively it will shortly also be available on our websites.In Kind: Some property owners have offered us an “in-kind” contribution. For example, Sue Rae Fox completed (managed and paid for) the design of our SFPO logos by an Advertising Agency; Greg and Geanne Darke sponsored the production of a video of our Roadshow presentation; CBS Construction has offered us “labour” to work on the clearing of stormwater drains up to a value of 2 x Annual Rates of his St Francis property.