ST FRANCIS SECTOR POLICE FORUM FEEDBACK
SFPO Committee Member David Truter is taking over as Chairman of this forum from long standing SFPO committee member and past chairman, Nigel Aitken. David is the committee member responsible for the very successful CCTV Camera Surveillance project.
Since the inception of the CCTV project, reported incidents of crime have dropped substantially.
There are four such Sector Police Forums which make up the greater St Francis Community Policing Forum currently chaired by John Hammond. These are St Francis Bay, Cape St Francis, Sea Vista and Oyster Bay. These forums serve as the liaison between the SAPS, local private security companies, Neighbourhood Watch and other safety and security organisations in our area and aim to build better understanding and cooperation and improve safety and security in our region.
Numerous meetings have been held with the relevant stakeholders as well as various residents over the past two months to ascertain concerns and suggested solutions to further reducing crime in the area. Further meetings will be taking place to put the suggestion into a draft plan of action to ensure crime remains on a downward trend.
One of the suggestions that demands immediate attention is the clearing of bush on empty stands. In this regard the committee is liaising with the municipality to ensure that this is fast tracked.
SFBRHOA CANAL HARBOUR OFFICE NEWS :
Firstly, a warm welcome to Venuchka Dicks who has joined our Harbour Office team as our new Licencing Clerk. Venuchka will be happy to help you with all your licencing queries ahead of the Festive season.
Dredging work is almost completed. Dredger 2 is currently out of the water as repairs and maintenance are needed. The annual maintenance of the canal harbour office, cove and pump house has started as has the grass cutting, trimming the edges, to make sure all is in top shape for the Festive Season. In addition we will be adding lights on all our jetties.
We ask all canal and river users to proceed with caution when exiting the river mouth as it is currently very shallow.
KROMME JOINT RIVER COMMITTEE NEWS
Once again the KJRC wishes to welcome everyone onto our beautiful river during the fast approaching holidays, and as always, we urge all river users to act safely and responsibly.
You will have noticed that the amount of sand collected in the river has increased over the year, thus making navigation and access more difficult. Patience and understanding is required to pass over these shallow areas.
Please adhere to the “NO SKI ZONES” and remember the following:
- Keep to right side of river when boating.
- Power boats must give right of way to all other river crafts and swimmers.
- Pass approaching boats on the right.
- Overtaking on the left.
- No persons under the age of 16 may operate any power boat without an adult on board.
- When skiing or tubing, as referenced in the By-Law Section 22 point 8 the boat must keep to the right and travel in a straight line, in a position halfway between the shore and the midpoint of the river turning in an anticlockwise direction.
Everyone is encouraged to become familiar with the by-laws relating to river usage.
The committee is pleased to report that our river water was recently tested for E-Coli and Faecal Coliforms with the results showing nil contamination. Members of the public who should come across river testing sites and equipment are requested to not interfere with the testing equipment in any way. This is the property of the Department of Science and Technology.
Again, to everyone using the Kromme River, have a safe and enjoyable holiday season.
We need a strong membership base in order to provide services and rely on ratepayers and residents to make an annual subscription payment.
We appeal to all ratepayers and residents to support the Association by paying your membership subscription for 2019/20. Our membership year runs from 1st October to 30th September.
The annual subscription per property owner or resident remains R500.00 or R330.00 for pensioners.
You can pay :
- Online at https://stfrancispropertyowners.co.za/membership/
- By EFT – Our banking details are as follows :
St Francis Bay Residents Association
Standard Bank Humansdorp Code 05100
Acc Number : 082499276
- In cash at our office at 115 St Francis Drive, between 08h30 and 13h00 on week days
Your support is very much appreciated!