St Francis Property Owners - Covid-19 – Daily News Updates

Wednesday 10th June

“The virus doesn’t move, people move it. We stop moving, the virus stops moving, the virus dies, it’s that simple.”

Lockdown Level 3.

 Wednesday 10 June 2020

(South African stats dashboard here)
Global – 7,238,723
South Africa – 52,991 (up 4,706 from Wednesday)
Eastern Cape – 6,760
St Francis Bay – 2 (recovered) 
People recovered – 29,006
Confirmed deaths – 1,162 (up 164 since Wednesday)

Stats: Sunday 22 March
Global – 341,722
South Africa – 274
Eastern Cape – 2
St Francis Bay – 1

Spit and Beach Restoration Update

On Wednesday, 8 April evidence of a breach of the Spit was found by an inspection team, comprising Kouga Local Municipality (KLM) and St Francis Property Owners (SFPO). KLM acted immediately. They declared an emergency, which allowed them to activate the emergency plan and begin repair work on the most vulnerable areas of the Spit. 

They immediately bolstered the Spit dune with sand and commenced to provide further protection by placing rock protection in the most vulnerable areas. KLM plans to protect the full length of the spit in this way and is currently looking at further re-allocation of funds to do so.    

SFPO wishes to express our gratitude to KLM for their immediate and effective intervention when the Spit was breached. This intervention instils confidence in their willingness and ability to react appropriately in response to a breach of the Spit. This work done does provide a level of protection to the Spit until the time that we have both obtained approval from the Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT) for our long term coastal protection scheme, and collected sufficient funds to enable us to start that work.  

We have been steadily accumulating funds from the Special Rates Area (SRA) levies to implement the long term coastal protection scheme, and believe that environmental approval will assist us in expediting the sourcing of much-needed external and additional internal funding.

SFPO remains fully committed to maintaining the healthy working relationship that we do have with the Municipality as well as the Kromme Joint River Committee (KJRC) and the St Francis Bay Riparian Home Owners Association (Riparians). All entities cooperate on both funding and operational matters.

Masks For All

We want to give all readers a friendly reminder that the wearing of masks is mandatory under the Level 3 lockdown regulations. This both for out in public, and at the workplace.

There has been some concern in the greater St Francis area, with many people not wearing masks when out in public places. 

The SFPO would like to mention that this regulation is in place to protect other people from being infected, and not yourself. The use of a mask is to safeguard the vulnerable and the elderly, of which there are plenty in the greater St Francis Bay Area. The wearing of masks also shows respect to those that are vulnerable. 

St Francis can expect more infections in the area, and there is very likely going to be a spike of infections at some stage. We all need to stay safe and be vigilant with regards to COVID-19 protocols that are in place, like social distancing, the wearing of masks and the washing of hands.

Neighbourhood Watches To Return

Too much revelry, people.

Some national news that affects our community, is that community policing forums and neighbourhood watches can now operate again under level 3 of the national lockdown. This is as a result of the opening of liquor sales, and the subsequent rate of liquor-related lawlessness in the country, according to DA MPL Bobby Stevenson. People get booze, people gonna party.   

There are conditions under which safety patrollers may operate.

Community safety patrollers must be in possession of a valid permit at all times which must be issued by the forum to which they are attached; and

If CPF or neighbourhood watch members are operating without a permit, they must be sent home immediately.

More here:

When Gyms Come Back

We still have the strange rule that gyms are closed, even the smaller ones, and there is no real information as to when the gyms will be allowed to open again.

There are many people in our community who are raring to get back into gym and into shape for the summer.

When they do reopen, Virgin Active has set up some protocols to ensure that the opening of their gyms will be smooth, and it is quite good guidance.  

The basic premises are:

  • No sweat towels.
  • Improved ventilation to ensure that air in the gyms is replaced every 9 minutes.
  • Every session needs to be booked beforehand.
  • Every second electrical piece of training equipment will be disabled on the gym floor to help towards social distancing.

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