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

Friday 12th June

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

St Francis Property Owners Update

Lockdown Level 3.

Friday 12 June 2020

Stats:

(South African stats dashboard here)
Global – 7,502,278
South Africa – 58,568  (up 5,577 from Wednesday)|
Eastern Cape – 7,868
St Francis Bay – 1 active
People recovered – 33,252
Confirmed deaths – 1,284 (up 122 from Wednesday ) 

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

Water Shortage: Day Zero

Even as it is raining right now, we need to remind ourselves of the severe water shortage that exists. The Kouga dam is sitting at 8,44% and the Impofu dam is at 16,82. Hopefully these rains are falling in the catchment areas and we can see a difference in the next few days. Either way, please continue to be vigilant and save water.

Day Zero For Booze?

As calls for a new booze ban grow in the Eastern Cape, house parties and other booze-related lockdown breaches may be the thing of the past.

This after the provincial government and the liquor industry agreed to set up a tip-off line for whistle blowers. Yep, they are now encouraging snitches.

The province has approached President Cyril Ramaphosa to request that the National Command Council reinstate prohibition of both the trade and distribution of alcohol in the province until level 1. Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane and Police Minister Bheke Cele both want booze banned.

Maybe we all need to stock up again, remembering that bottle stores are now closed until Monday. At least pineapple prices have dropped. More here:

https://www.heraldlive.co.za/news/2020-06-11-booze-uproar-tip-off-line-on-the-cards-for-whistleblowers/

Bush Clearing – This Is Serious, Folks!

Residents of St Francis will have noticed large scale bush-clearing activity over the past few months. This was made possible by a generous R1-million donation from Santam to the Kouga Municipality.

The goal of bush clearing is to reduce the risk of bush fires damaging or destroying homes in St Francis.

So far, the focus has been on cutting firebreaks. The most recent activity has been in the vicinity of Sea Vista.

Firebreaks are cut according to local and national regulations. By definition, firebreaks remove ALL vegetation within their boundaries (otherwise they wouldn’t work!). This includes indigenous vegetation. They are carefully planned.

Focus will now shift to clearing the hundreds of overgrown residential plots which are not compliant with regulations. The Fire Department will be issuing notices to property owners whose properties need attention.

As a property owner, you are legally required to comply with these notices. Ignoring a notice is an offence and will lead to legal action, resulting in a fine or, potentially, imprisonment.

If you do not comply, the municipality is also entitled to clear the property on your behalf and recover the costs of clearing from you.

By far the easiest and most cost-effective solution is to contact one of the many local clearing contractors. If you know that your property needs attention, take action before receiving a notice. If you’re not sure, contact the St Francis Bay Property Owners Association (SFPO) which now has a dedicated Bush Clearing portfolio.

Contact Lyn Aitken on 042 294 0594 or Nick Munday at nick@munday.global .

Alternatively, contact Trevor Wright, a member of the municipal Fire Risk Reduction Committee. Trevor offers a local bush clearing project management service that includes plot inspections, sourcing of quotations, overseeing and signing-off the work and liaison with the Kouga Municipality Fire Department. – Contact Trevor on 076 589 0014.

Please take it seriously! Lives and properties are at stake…


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.