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DAILY UPDATE

03 April 2014

Please see attached a letter we received from the KLM concerning safety and security on the Kromme River.


26 February 2014

Hi Folks

The valuations are now out. Please be aware of the closing date (11 th April 2014) should you wish to lodge an objection. For convenience I have put the Valuation Roll onto our website - http://www.sfbresidents.org/ - together with the various objection forms.

Below is a communique issued by the municipality which gives explicit details on the valuations.

Best regards
Jacky Green
Admin. Manager
St Francis Bay Residents Association
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Beswaarvorm A Residensieel
Beswaarvorm B Besighede
Beswaarvorm C Landbou
Objection form A Residential
Objection form B Business
Objection form C Farms

New general valuation roll completed

The 2013 general valuation roll of properties in the Kouga municipal area has been completed.

The municipality took receipt of the new general valuation roll, prepared by DDP Valuers, on January 31, 2014, as per the requirements of the Property Rates Act No. 6 of 2004.

Municipal Manager, Sidney Fadi, said notifications of the new valuation of properties would be sent out to property owners on February 24, 2014.

Property owners also have the option of registering on the municipality’s website in order to receive the notice automatically by email. Fadi said the municipality wanted to encourage property owners to register as this would also allow them access to their municipal accounts for better control. An access number is required to register. This is available from Marinda on 042 200 2127 or Regardt on 042 200 2128.

A formal objection period will allow property owners the opportunity to raise queries or object to the new valuation of their properties. Objections must be submitted by April 11, 2014. Objection forms will be available at municipal offices and on the municipal website, www.kouga.gov.za , from February 24.

Fadi said a representative from DDP Valuers would be stationed at the municipality’s valuation office at Jeffreys Bay to assist property owners with their queries and objections.

This service is free of charge, he emphasised.

All objections should be submitted directly to the Jeffreys Bay valuations office only, either by hand, by email at valuations@kouga.gov.za or valuations2@kouga.gov.za , or by fax on 086 570 2737 or 086 523 8133.

Property owners will be issued with a reference number on receipt of their objection.


25 February 2014

A St Francis Bay Residents Association Project – Trimming of Palm Trees in St Francis Drive


21 February 2014

The Residents Association attended a meeting of the Kromme River Joint Committee .  The meeting discussed many issues including measures that must be taken to stop sand from the Sand River washing into the Kromme as well as the lack of policing of boats on the Kromme River.  These were the two main issues discussed.  Other issues such as licensing, signage etc. were all so discussed.

A number of sub-committee were formed to address some of the issues.  Regular monthly meetings were planned.

St Francis Bay Residents Association.


Dear All

Please find below a media release about the new general valuation roll for the Kouga municipal area. The roll has been submitted to the municipality and residents will shortly be notified of the new valuations of their properties in order for them to raise queries or object should they disagree with the valuation.

Best regards
Laura-Leigh
Kouga Municipality
Media Liaison Officer
084 2055 388 / 042 200 2162
media@kouga.gov.za / kougamedia@gmail.com

New general valuation roll completed

The 2013 general valuation roll of properties in the Kouga municipal area has been completed.

The municipality took receipt of the new general valuation roll, prepared by DDP Valuers, on January 31, 2014, as per the requirements of the Property Rates Act No. 6 of 2004.

Municipal Manager, Sidney Fadi, said notifications of the new valuation of properties would be sent out to property owners on February 24, 2014.

Property owners also have the option of registering on the municipality’s website in order to receive the notice automatically by email. Fadi said the municipality wanted to encourage property owners to register as this would also allow them access to their municipal accounts for better control. An access number is required to register. This is available from Marinda on 042 200 2127 or Regardt on 042 200 2128.

A formal objection period will allow property owners the opportunity to raise queries or object to the new valuation of their properties. Objections must be submitted by April 11, 2014. Objection forms will be available at municipal offices and on the municipal website, www.kouga.gov.za , from February 24.

Fadi said a representative from DDP Valuers would be stationed at the municipality’s valuation office at Jeffreys Bay to assist property owners with their queries and objections.

This service is free of charge, he emphasised.

All objections should be submitted directly to the Jeffreys Bay valuations office only, either by hand, by email at valuations@kouga.gov.za or valuations2@kouga.gov.za , or by fax on 086 570 2737 or 086 523 8133.

Property owners will be issued with a reference number on receipt of their objection.       


07 February 2014

The first three blades were delivered to the Kouga Windfarm site on the Oyster Bay road this morning.  The three vehicles arrived in Humansdorp at approx.. 9am and reached the Oyster Bay turn off at approx.. 10am.  The trip from Port Elizabeth to site went smoothly.  More delivers will commence next week.

Those people wondering why there has been no further work on our roads need to understand that the company supplying the municipality the tar has been acquired by a BEE consortium and until such time as the correct documentation is supplied to Council they are not allowed to purchase any tar.  Your Residents Association has written a letter to the Municipal Manager voicing our concerns about this unacceptable situation.

St Francis Bay Residents Association


28 January 2014

Our village is now back to normal after a very successful festive season.  It appears that we had many more new visitors renting properties in St Francis and in general a great time was had by all.  On a more serious note there was a significant increase in vandalism and something is going to have to be done about policing the Kromme River more effectively.  During the Christmas holidays no policing took place which resulted in many boaters abusing the situation.  This type of behaviour cannot be tolerated and your Residents Association intends to take up the issue of more visible policing in the village as well as a proper infrastructure for the effective policing of the river.

Since the New Year most of the old fire hydrants have been replaced and much of the damaged roads in Sea Vista have been repaired. 

The wind farm on the Oyster Bay road is ready now to receive the blades and turbines.  This will cause some disruption to road users, however, Red Cap, the contractors have promised to give all interested parties delivery dates and times well in advance.

The first meeting of the Residents Association for 2014 has taken place.  The new Chairman is Nigel Aitken with the Vice Chairman being Lorraine Maree and Paul Pezarro remains the Treasurer.  We welcome Angie Roux to the Committee as our ‘Media’ member.  Committee members portfolios are:-

Municipal Issues & Services - N Aitken
Beach/Kromme Trust - H Thorpe
Security - AJ Moore
Nuclear & Wind Farm - H Thorpe
Canals - J Jooste
Social Services - L Maree
Aesthetics - C Barratt
Finance - P Pezarro
Media - A Roux
Fire Protection & Road Safety - K Donaldson
Tourism & Business Chamber - B Codling

St Francis Bay Residents Association


14 January 2014

Compliments of the season to you all.  It appears that, once again, St Francis Bay had a bumper holiday season and the weather was very kind to us, which meant that our beaches were packed on a daily basis.  Most businesses recorded excellent turnovers.  It is interesting to note that more and more properties are being let out over the Christmas period, which encouraged many more first time visitors to St Francis Bay

On a more worrying note the vandalism appears to be on the increase and something will have to be done about it.  Another issue was the disregard by many boaters to safety on the Kromme River, proper policing is going to have to be introduced. 

The state of our roads remains a worrying problem, however, council has committed to address this issue as a matter of urgently.  Repair will commence in those areas where council was not able to conduct adequate repairs prior to the Christmas holidays.  Priority will be given to Santareme.

Phase 2 of the replacement of fire hydrants has already started in Santareme and some areas of the village.

St Francis Bay Residents Association


Click here for the latest Draft AGM minutes


18 December 2013

Our AGM took place at the Links on Tuesday 17th December, many thanks to those all who attended.

Tony Moore is stepping down as our Chairman and we give a big thanks to Tony for all the diligent work that he has put in over the last few year. He will remain as an active member of the Committee and will continue to handle the Security portfolio.

Nigel Aitken, who has for the last two years been our Vice Chairman, will take over the Chairmanship for 2014. Nigel will continue his portfolio of Municipal Services. Part of his commitment for 2014 is to get younger residents to join the committee and take an active part as the future of St Francis is in the hands of the younger generation.

To keep up with modern trends and broaden our readership, the St Francis Bay Residents Association has adopted the social media platform of communication. Together with our website we have started a Facebook page (www.facebook.com/StfrancisbayRA) through which we are currently communicating all our news and updates. All St Francis media are welcome to share these posts.

Our office will be closed from 23 December and will re-open on 6th January 2014.

To all in St Francis Bay we wish you a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

St Francis Bay Residents Association


09 December 2013

We received this communique on the action the NMB Ratepayers Association is taking on withholding rates.  It will be interesting to see whether they are successful or not.  We will keep you informed. - St Francis Bay Residents Association

 

“NMBM RATES WITHHOLDING ACTION

Dear Ratepayers, Business and Civil Society,

The time has arrived that we as ratepayers of NMB Metro inform the politicians that we have had enough of all the empty promises they continue to make. The MEC Mr. Qoboseyana promised that we can count on him to stop the political interferences in the administration of the Metro. His failure resulted in the loss of a very competent City Manager, Dr. Lindewe. Due to this failure we decided to commence our dispute action.

We were further appeased when we met with the MEC in July 2013 when he made a public statement on national TV that the NMBM will have a new, permanent City Manager by the end of September 2013. He also committed that the NMBM will also have permanent Directors and the position of CFO will be filled. He further committed that should he fail this task before the end of November 2013, he will invoke Section 139 of the Constitution, dissolve Council and place the Metro under administration.

Therefore, we decided to grant him the three month to get the Metro`s vacant position filled. The end of November has come and gone and now the MEC is missing in action. The irony is that he is leaving the Provincial legislature after next years general election and is therefore staling on his promises, yet again. We are left with no choice but to force the Metro under administration with our withholding action. This in order to neutralise the political interferences so a competent City Manager can be appointed. The CM will then appoint and fill all vacant Director and CFO positions. This process is a pre-requisite to rebuilding the degraded infrastructure and promote this city as an investment destination that would create jobs and attract tourism.

Need to Know:  The Metro has to serve you with a 14 days written notice at your home or place of business. Alternatively they must visibly place the notice on your building if you are not at that address before they allowed to suspend your services. This process includes prepaid accounts. The Collections Dept. at the Metro cannot suspend your service or deduct any amounts from your prepaid purchase or block your meter if your account is in arrears. If they do suspend your account without a 14 day notice, we will flood the CFO and Director of Budget and Treasury with emails. You may notify us and we will forward a phone number which you can call to unblock your meter without notice.

Due to the holidays now on our doorstep, we believe it won`t be wise to start a full scale withholding. You may find yourself away from home on holiday and the Metro may instigate collection procedures against you. We advise all to delay your full Metro account payment until the 16th – 18th December 2013. If you had over 11% rate or electricity increases, simply pay the amount before your account increased. It`s our right to protest against high unaffordable rate and electrical increases and we will do it by way of withholding our rates.

For your information there are 13 companies who are high energy users in the Metro and they are withholding 25% of their electrical charges, paying only 75% of their electricity account. If these companies are fed up and are legally protesting, then we need to follow their example and send a message to the Metro that enough is enough!

Regards
Kobus Gerber
NMB Ratepayers Association”


In Memory of Our Nation’s Greatest Son – Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

There is to be a prayer and thanks giving service in memory of former State President and global icon Nelson Mandela at the St Francis United Church at 10 a.m. on Sunday December 15 th. Everyone is welcome to attend.


4 December 2013

Main Beach wash away from the winter rains next to the public toilets now repaired and safety railing installed. A big thanks to Willie Botha of the municipality and his team.

Repair work to access to the beach at Anne Ave nearly completed. Final work to be conducted on Friday due to excessively high tides. Railing also installed to stop cars parking behind revetment which could cause damage to the structure. A big thanks to Duncan Lethbridge junior for his assistance and his support of the community.

St Francis Bay Residents Association


27 November 2013

A big thank you to Duncan Lethbridge Junior who has implemented temporary repairs to the access point to the beach at the Ann Avenue parking area. This action was conducted at the request of your Residents Association and the cost of repair amounts to many thousands of rands. Once again many thanks to Duncan for his commitment to the community and visitors.

Final repair work will have to be conducted prior to the arrival of holiday makers for the season.

St Francis Bay Residents Association


25 November 2013

The Residents Association contacted the Municipal Manager regarding Lifesavers on the Main Beach over the holiday period. The reason we did this was we had not been advised that anything had been put in place. We today, received an email from the MM in which he states that “This will be finalised before the indicated date in your letter”.

St Francis Bay Residents Association


15 November 2013

RE: INFRUSTRUCTURE REPAIR WORK IN ST FRANCIS BAY

The Residents Association, under the auspices of our Councillor, Ben Rheeder, had a further meeting with the Municipal Manager in St Francis Bay on Tuesday 19th. This meeting was requested by the Municipal Manager, Sidney Fadi as a follow up meeting to the recent Ward Committee Meeting, with the main intent of discussing the issues that need to be addressed in St Francis Bay prior to the Christmas holidays. A commitment was made by Council that they would immediately embark upon issues such as pothole repairs. Today there are two pothole teams working in St Francis. Their mandate is to repair all main roads as well as access roads to the beaches.

The Residents Association is never scared to give credit where credit is due and we give thanks to Council for their rapid response.

The Residents Association in conjunction with the St Francis Bay Spar paid a contractor to clear the pathway between St Francis Drive and the beach of Cape St Francis (Shelly Beach). This is ahead of the upcoming holidays where this pathway is regularly used. A big thanks to SFB Spar for paying 50% of the cost.

This is another St Francis Bay Residents Association Community Project


15 November 2013

The Residents Association has repeatedly asked council to replace missing street signs – we took it upon ourselves to do a survey on the actual street signs missing – the total is 47. This is a considerable number if you consider the number of streets in St Francis. The count indicated that there are 19 in canal areas, 17 in the village and 11 in Santareme. It was also found that a considerable number of stop street signage was missing and many of the poles supporting these signs are leaning over.

We are due to have a meeting, early next week, with the Municipal Manager and we intend to hand this list to him.

St Francis Bay Residents Association


 

31 October 2013

I have just been advised that the R330 between the Oyster Bay turn off through to beyond Sea Vista will be changed to a 60 klm/h speed limit.  This is extremely good news and should be completed prior to the Christmas holidays.

The other bit of good news is that the turn off to the St Francis Bay College on the R330 will also have signage indicating a school, but more importantly rumble strips either side of the turn off.  Unfortunately, Province is not willing to reduce the speed limit.  But the rumble strips will definitely help.

Nigel Aitken
Vice Chairman


30th October

The public walkway in Tom Brown Boulevard that was severely damaged in the floods last year has now been repaired.  A big thanks to the owners on either side of this walkway for their involvement.  The gravel was paid for by the Residents Association as part of their on-going community projects

Work has commenced on the bad area in Assissi Drive, which is always badly affected when heavy rains occur.


22 October 2013

From July 2013 the municipality stopped charging a sewerage levy for SFB residents not on water-borne sewerage.

Please could all St Francis Bay residents who are not on water-borne sewerage but have French soak away drains (not conservancy tanks) and are being billed a sewerage charge on their rates bills contact Jacky Green on 042-200-1404, or email contact@sfbresidents.org giving her your erf number and details.

St Francis Bay Residents Association


21 October 2013

The Residents Association has had numerous complaints from residents concerning the problem of goats and pigs roaming the town and destroying gardens.  We have phoned the law enforcement department at the municipality and they have stated that, starting tomorrow, plans are in place to attempt to have these animals impounded.  We urge people not to take the law into their own hands but to let the municipality deal with this ever increasing problem.

St Francis Bay Residents Association


To all who might use the N10 during the next 6 - 7 months - ROAD CLOSURE


28 Januay 2014- Latest Email Update


Click here for the Feb 2013 Financials

Click here for the CHAIRMAN’S REPORT BACK – 1ST QUARTER 2013


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.

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