Why Join SFPO
Why you should join St Francis Property Owners Association.
Here are ten excellent reasons to become members of the St Francis Bay Residents/Ratepayers Association.
Never in the history of our village have there been more issues that need to be addressed. Unless we remain well informed and can stand together on a host of topics, our town will suffer. It will lose not only its charm but many of the services that are already showing wear. As residents and property owners, we simply have to be in charge of our own destiny. To do this, the SFPO needs the support of the entire community. Our Association currently has a competent executive team of local residents who are elected by ratepayers every two years. Whether a property owner or a resident renting a property, your support is critical to ensure St Francis Bay is all that it can be. This will allow all who reside in our town the very best lifestyle they deserve. Start participating in our future by joining the SFPO. The subscription is just R500 a year (R330 for pensioners).
- Service Delivery
Water, roads, electricity, sewerage management, refuse collection and fire control are the most severe service delivery issues. The Association monitors progress and attempts to work with the relevant Municipal bodies to improve service delivery. Lately, we have been assisting the Municipality with the roll-out of their new Wheely-Bins for refuse collection. The Association works in close liaison with our Ward Councillor and is represented on the Ward 12 Committee. We recently provided our Ward Committee with a comprehensive mapped listing of street names to facilitate to manufacture and erection of signage on every street.
- Land Use and Spatial Development
To ensure that our town provides essential amenities such as schools, churches, parks and sports facilities and adheres to logical zoning patterns, a particular plan was drawn up. The Association on occasion needs to step in to ensure that inappropriate development does not affect ratepayers’ investments.
- Aesthetics and Planning
The look and feel of St Francis Bay is unique. The Association is represented on the Aesthetics committee. It works closely with the Planning Department of the Municipality to maintain our town’s exceptional appearance and adherence to by-laws.
- Community Policing
The Association works hand in hand with CCTV monitoring service, the local police, neighbourhood watch, and local security companies to curb crime within our community.
- Beach Reconstruction
The Association has members involved in the process. Our aim is to keep the community informed concerning the pros and cons of the project.
- Riparian and Kromme River Matters
Our Association works hand in hand with the Riparian Home Owners Association and the Kromme Joint River Committee. This work is done to protect these homeowners’ interests and manage our canal and river systems.
- Critical Matters
The potential erection of the Thyspunt Nuclear Power station was an issue that the Association took up with Eskom. We have recently formed a sub-committee to monitor and control the proposed erection of 4G and 5G Cell phone towers and the roll-out of fibre optic cabling. The draft policy for solar energy is also under consideration by the Association.
- Provision of Information
The Association has a website that is continuously updated – www.stfrancispropertyowners.co.za. Public meetings, newsletters and our Facebook page are used to keep members informed.
- Environmental Matters
The Association has strong links with the Kromme Enviro-Trust. The two organisations keep each other informed and work together on issues relating to environmental matters. The Association initiated the provision of the recycling facility which is now available at the Municipal yard next to the fire station
- Disaster Management
The Association works in close cooperation with the Disaster Volunteer Group to provide swift and effective reaction and management of local disasters including fire, flooding, pollution control, and COVID-19 times – food relief for the needy. The Association has been proactively involved in promoting responsible bush and Erven clearing for fire prevention.