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If you could choose any special place in the world to live, then surely St. Francis Bay would feature high on your list. In order to preserve our village and its amenities, it is critical to have an Organization that works with the Local Authorities to preserve our Environment and to Maintain & Improve our facilities. The St. Francis Bay Residents Association fulfils this role.

The St. Francis Bay Residents Association consists of Portfolios on The Beach, Municipal Services, Canals, Environmental, Land-Use, Nuclear, Tourism, Fire Protection, Social Services, Finance, Security, Valuations and Secretarial & Communication.

Regular emails are sent out to all Members keeping them informed about matters in the village and alerting them to issues that need their attention. The SFB Residents constantly interact with the Municipality in order to improve service delivery and act on behalf of residents where required.

DAILY SNIPPETS

30 June 2015

The car park area at Ann Avenue has been blocked off for safety reasons by Council.  However, people are removing the barrier and parking in the car park area.  If you see anybody doing this please ask them not to as the access to the beach in this area is extremely dangerous.

St Francis Bay Residents Association

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25 June – THE NEW SAND RIVER BRIDGE

I have been advised by the Provincial authorities that the awarding of the tender for the construction of a permanent bridge has not yet been awarded.  This reason for this delay has not been explained.

As the bridge construction was due to start in July I feel that it is now highly unlikely but once we know the starting date we will let you know.

Nigel Aitken
Chairman
St Francis

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09 June 2015 – The Beach Fund Appeal

Outside those people directly affected with the state of our beach the response from other residents and homeowners has been phenomenal and we are well on our way to achieving our goal of R400,000.  We would like to sincerely thank all of those who have made a financial commitment.  To ensure that this target is achieved we would like to make a further appeal to businesses in this town to participate, as unfortunately very few have contributed to date.

The future of this town is in all our hands and unless we do something about our beach the appeal of coming to St Francis Bay will diminish and property values will decline.  We, on behalf of the Joint Beach and Spit committee, appeal to everyone who has not yet contributed to do so as a matter of urgency, as we will shortly have to pay for the Basic Assessment.

A senior coastal engineer from PRDW, the company appointed to conduct this assessment, was in St Francis Bay on Monday to familiarise himself on the current state of our revetments as well as exposed areas.  His staff will continue the work which will culminate in them presenting a Basic Assessment.  This Basic Assessment will be submitted to our appointed Environmental Consultant who in turn will forward it to the Department of Environmental affairs for approval.

A commitment of R1000 would be greatly appreciated, banking details are:

Name of Account:         St Francis Kromme Trust
Bank:                            FNB, Humansdorp
Branch Code:                210115
Account Number:          5254 330 3540
Reference:                    Beach Fund (followed by) Erf Number/Company

St Francis Bay Residents Association

Co-ordinators of the Beach Fund Appeal

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RE: THE BEACH FUND APPEAL

4 June 2015

Hi All

RE: THE BEACH FUND APPEAL

The response to the Beach Fund Appeal has been absolutely amazing!  Monies pledged by the Riparians and beach front owners will go a long way to achieving the goal of R400,000, however donations already received from residents and businesses have been phenomenal and once we have totalled the amount we will let you have the figure.

Even though we still have some way to go a question has been asked regarding what would happen if there is surplus money, which is a valid comment.  The answer is that if we do have a surplus it will either be used for the repairing of revetments in Public Open Spaces or for Phase Two of the Beach Project as well has possible accesses to the beach such as stairways.

On behalf of the Joint Beach and Spit Committee I would like to thank all of you for your amazing support and generous donations.  It just goes to show that the people of this village are united in their desire to have a proper beach once again.

Best regards

Nigel Aitken
Co-ordinator of the Joint Beach and Spit Committee

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28 May 2015

Hi All

The Joint Beach Committee which is represented by all major organisations in St Francis Bay, including the SFB Riparian Homeowners Association, the SFB Residents Association, the Kromme Trust as well as our Councillor and a representative from the Kouga Municipality, met with senior officials of the Department of Environmental Affairs in Port Elizabeth yesterday.

We believe that this meeting was extremely open and frank and we were given the opportunity of voicing our concerns about our beach as well as other environmental issues such as the Kromme River and estuary and the Sand River.

As far as the beach is concerned the Department of Environmental Affairs was extremely happy that we had formed one body to manage this issue.  They also accepted our appointment of Frank Silberbauer as our Environmental Consultant and promised their total support to assist us.  They also indicated that the Basic Assessment has to be conducted for the entire beach, in other words from the Spit to Granny’s Pool.  This assessment will cover the needs of each area as well as recommendations and will also include the restoration of any areas damaged during previous repair works.  It must be understood that this Basic Assessment is solely for the repair and maintenance of existing structures as well as the shoring up of areas such as the Spit which are constantly eroded by the sea.

The Department also promised that on receipt of the assessment they will fast track the implementation of the recommendations made in the assessment as they do understand the severity and urgency of the problem.

Best regards

Ben Rheeder

Ben Rheeder – Ward Councillor

Nigel Aitken

Nigel Aitken – Chairman
SFB Residents Association

Richard Foulds

Richard Foulds – Chairman,
SFB Riparians Homeowners Association

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RE: THE BEACH FUND APPEAL

26 May 2015

RE: THE BEACH FUND APPEAL

Hi Folks

I have been asked to clarify certain issues pertaining to the Beach Fund Appeal.  Especially covering, who is paying for what?

Quite simply this appeal is being made to those people who are not members of the Riparian Association or own beach front properties but to the rest of the community and businesses to contribute to those areas of our beachfront which are classified as Public Open Space and effectively belong to Council.  This Basic Assessment has to cover the entire beach including these areas and as we all know Council does not have the money to participate.  For us to be allowed back on the beach to conduct repair work a full assessment has to be conducted from the Spit to ‘Granny’s Pool’.

We have already had some significant response and pledges from both residents and businesses which is extremely encouraging.  As this fund is being administered through the Kromme Trust we would greatly appreciate your advising the Residents Association when you have made that payment to make us aware of the transaction.   This information is also required so that we are aware of how much money has been donated and we would also like to write to all donors thanking them for their commitment.

Best regards

Nigel Aitken
Chairman
St Francis Bay Residents Association

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THE BEACH FUND APPEAL

The St Francis Bay Residents Association has been requested by the Chairman of the Beach Committee to facilitate the distribution of all correspondence relating to the beach affecting all property owners in St Francis Bay.

The Department of Environmental Affairs has advised the Beach Committee that a Basic Assessment must be carried out by a professional organisation for our entire beach.  This has to be completed before any repair work will be allowed.  This assessment is going to cost in the region of R400,000, much of which will be funded by those people who are most affected.  Unfortunately this still leaves a considerable shortfall and we are appealing to all residents and property owners to contribute to this fund.  Your Residents Association Committee has unanimously agreed to contribute R50,000 to this project.

These monies must be paid into a Trust Fund currently managed by the Kromme Trust and any payment must clearly indicate that it is for the “BEACH FUND”.  The details of this account are as follows:-

Name of Account:        St Francis Kromme Trust
Bank:                            FNB, Humansdorp
Branch Code:               210115
Account Number:         5254 330 3540
Reference:                   Beach Fund (followed by) Erf Number

I am very aware that many of us are going through difficult financial times but would appeal to all residents and property owners to contribute an amount of R1000.  If you are not able to make that sort of commitment any donation will still be greatly appreciated.  The money in this Trust will be properly administrated and transparent to all.  We also make a further appeal to businesses in St Francis Bay to also consider making a donation.

Once this Basic Assessment has been completed we will then be allowed to continue repairing and protecting vulnerable areas.  While these repair works are being conducted Phase Two of the restoration of our beach and Spit will commence.  This will be a mammoth project.  A number of reports and surveys have been conducted on our beach over the last few years and will be used as the basis of developing a strategic plan.

The situation of the deterioration of our beach has reached a point where, if dramatic action is not taken, it could have a significant effect on the value of properties in our town as well as a drop in Tourism which will in turn affect many businesses in St Francis Bay.

If you have any queries or would like me to elaborate further you are more than welcome to contact our office on 042-200-1404; email  contact@sfbresidents.org.   Or my cell number 082-465-3719.

Best regards

Nigel Aitken
Chairman

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