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

Tuesday 23rd 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.

Tuesday 23 June 2020

Stats:
(South African stats dashboard here)
Global – 9,079,452
South Africa – 101,590 (up  17,700 from Friday)
Eastern Cape – 16,895
St Francis Bay – 2 active 
People recovered – 53,444
Confirmed deaths – 1,991 (up 254 from Friday)

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

Kouga Residents Encouraged to Register for Email Account Option

Ratepayers are encouraged to register on Kouga Municipality’s website to receive their municipal accounts via email.

Kouga Finance Portfolio Councillor, Brenton Williams, said the Post Office would once again be delivering accounts under level three of the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown.

“However, we would like to encourage residents to make use of the electronic option so as to ensure their accounts reach them without delay and with minimal risk of social contact.”

For the full story, and all the details on how to register for electronic accounts, go here: https://www.jbaynews.com/2020-06-21/kouga-residents-encouraged-to-register-for-email-account-option

Water Situation Is Dire

It might seem that we are banging on about this, but there is a very strong chance that the water shortage is going to affect us all very soon.

A quick glance at any weather app for the next week shows a hot week’s weather ahead of us, until another cold front hits us this weekend. Unfortunately, much like similar weather systems this year, this frontal weather does not bring the hard, sweeping rains that we need so much in our catchment areas.

Water levels in the dams continue to creep downwards, although there is a noticeable slowdown in the rate of descent. This is probably because Kouga Municipality has resumed water rationing in Hankey and Patensie, where the water is turned off between 9 am and 3pm daily.  

On the 20th June the Impofu was sitting at 16,45% while the Kouga Dam was at 9,4%. Rationing may have to be introduced to other towns in the Kouga municipal area if water is not used extremely sparingly, and the municipality reminds residents that hose pipes and irrigation systems may not be connected to the municipal water supply.

Harbour Office Closed To Public

Due to COVID-19, the harbour office is close to the public. They are still operating electronically. For any enquiries on canal/river licences or mooring bookings please phone: 0422940079 OR 0636964906 or email them on admin@sfbra.co.za 

Office trading hours
Mondays – closed 
Tuesday – Saturday 07H30 – 15H00 
Sundays – Closed 

SFBRHOA is doing all that they can to ensure that the planned office closures have minimal impact on their ability to serve our clients. 

  1. Boat permits and mooring sales for 2020/2021 will start on the 1st of July 2020 
  2. Clients to email all documents to admin@sfbra.co.za. 
  3. They will complete the registration book, and make sure all COF’s are up to date before issuing any licences 
  4. Clients to pay via EFT, and email POP to admin. Please make sure you use your name and surname as reference. For payment of Moorings, please use your surname and mooring number, for example, YH13, as reference. Once payment reflects in the bank, the licence/mooring will be issued.
  5. They will contact clients once the forms are completed, and the licences have been issued, and the client can collect from the harbour office, from 12h00 to 14h00 
  6. No clients allowed inside the Harbour office. 
  7. No licence will be issued while the client waits outside, refer to point 2 & 3. 
  8. When collecting your permits, please wear a mask. No mask, no assistance. 
  9. Please email admin@sfbra.co.za for banking details. Please note that the banking details have changed to Nedbank.

Update On Bush Clearing and the St Francis Bay Property Owners Association Dedicated Bush Clearing Portfolio.

There have been plenty of large scale bush-clearing activities over the past few months, as a direct result of a generous R1-million donation from Santam to the Kouga Municipality after the last fires. 

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 informal settlement. 

Firebreaks remove all vegetation within their boundaries; otherwise, they wouldn’t work. This clearing process includes indigenous vegetation, and it is always carefully planned.

The spotlight in St Francis Bay has now shifted to clearing the hundreds of overgrown residential plots. The Fire Department has begun issuing notices to property owners whose properties need attention. Property owners are legally required to comply with these notices. Ignoring a warning is an offence and will lead to legal action, resulting in a fine or, potentially, imprisonment. 

If a property owner does not comply, the municipality is also entitled to clear the property. The property owner will then be responsible for the cost of clearing. All of this can be easily averted by contacting one of the many local clearing contractors. 

If a property owner is aware that a property needs attention, they should take action before receiving a notice. If there is any uncertainly, the property owner can 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. Trevor Wright – 076 589 0014.