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.


08 October 2015

pigsOver recent years many gardens in St Francis Bay have been badly damaged by wandering pigs, goats and Cattle.  After many complaints from residents both in St Francis Bay and Sea Vista, as well as trying to communicate with the owners of livestock in our township, a meeting was recently held with all stakeholders where it was agreed that the owners of pigs will be given one more warning after which, with the approval of the municipality, a vet will conduct the darting (tranquilizing) of pigs and they will then be transferred to the pound in Loerie.  Depending upon the success of this operation consideration will also be given to the controlling of stray goats and cattle.

It must be clearly understood that not only are they a health hazard but the law clearly states that no livestock can be kept in a residential area, which includes informal settlements.  We recently had an accident on the R330 (the main road to Cape St Francis) where a vehicle was badly damaged and the cost of repair amounted in excess of R40,000.  The recent erection by Eskom of a proper fence along the R330 opposite Sea Vista is now further compounding the movement of these pigs.

St Francis Bay Residents Association


02 September 2015

A meeting took place at the Sea Vista Community Hall last evening where the municipality gave a presentation on the proposed Transfer Station for refuse.

At this presentation we were advised the current refuse dump is illegal and has to be closed.  The meeting did not get beyond the proposed site, that being, the area of land between the Sea Vista playing fields and the R330 (road to Cape St Francis).  This site is totally unsuitable and it was agreed that the municipality would go away and look for alternative sites and put a proper plan together.  This plan would be submitted in draft form so that public participation could take place.

There also appears to be a misunderstanding regarding whether this transfer station will accept building rubble and garden refuse as our understanding was that these materials would have to be taken to the Humansdorp refuse dump.

St Francis Bay Residents Association



The Municipality will be closing down the municipal waste dump in the near future.  There is to be a meeting today to inform all ratepayers and residents of St Francis Bay where the new transfer stations are going to be.  We strongly recommend all construction companies and garden service companies to attend this meeting.


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St Francis Bay Residents Association Social Evening a Great Success

Social EveningSome sixty residents of St Francis Bay gathered at the St Francis Bay Golf Club on the evening of September 3rd to interact with members of the present St Francis Bay Residents Association (SFBRA) and to participate in an open discussion on the future of the Association.

Chairman Nigel Aitken welcomed everyone before introducing Ward Councillor Ben Rheeder to address the gathering. As Aitken has repeatedly said, our Ward Councillor has a very demanding  and difficult job particularly with politics always being thrown into the mix.

Councillor Rheeder stressed the importance of an active Residents’ Association with strong interaction between the Ward Councillor and that committee. He also stated that the SFBRA is regarded as one of the most proactive of such associations in the Eastern Cape.

In the chairman’s address, Aitken indicated that he would be stepping down at the end of 2015 having served two years as vice chairman and a further two years as chairman. He highlighted the importance of the SFBRA continuing to operate proactively especially in light of the Municipal elections due to take place in 2016. He said that the SFBRA had always done its utmost to remain non-political however this was no longer possible  due to constant political interference in the municipality and the affairs of St Francis Bay.

He cited the example of the proposed boat licensing monies being returned to the Joint Kromme River Committee for the administration of the policing of the Kromme River which has twice been struck off the agenda for no apparent reason.

“From the comments made at this meeting it is quite apparent the two issues  of major importance are the replenishment of the beach and a more permanent solution for the repairing our roads. We cannot continue to just fix potholes,” said Aitken.

A number of people volunteered their expertise to assist the SFBRA and it was unanimously agreed that a “Fix St Francis Bay Roads Project” should be implemented as a matter of extreme urgency.

The Residents Association Committee would like to thank all those who attended the evening which we feel was a great success.

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A Tribute To A Stalwart Resident

ianWe sadly record the passing on Thursday 6th August of Ian Fynn, a long-time resident of St Francis Bay.

Ian was an accomplished golfer but more importantly was largely instrumental in planning, building and organising the financing for the second nine at St Francis Bay Golf Club.  He was a member of the club for over 30 years and also held the position of Club Captain and Chairman.

Together with his wife Jean he created the Airpark and established the first vineyard and olive orchard in our little village.

Always community spirited he played a huge part in averting what could have been a totally disastrous flooding of Santareme by monitoring and helping to drain the huge dune pond west of the suburb.  Ian was also a longstanding member of the Board of Governors of St Francis College.

On behalf of the Residents Association and all residents we extend our condolences and deepest sympathy to Jean and the family.

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Sand River Bridge

29th July 2015

The current status on the building of the new bridge over the Sand River is that the tenders have been evaluated, however, because the contract is in excess of R15 million it has to be approved by a higher authority and it now appears that work will commence at the beginning of October 2015.  This is unfortunate and we hope that this will not inconvenience holiday makers.

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