WHAT DOES FOSTER ACTUALLY DO??
Rainfall has been almost as sparse as our membership renewals with results that are just as alarming!
We see rainfall predicted on the various weather reports…the dark clouds roll in…and then nothing happens, just a spit and a spot.
Here are the depressing figures:
MAR 43mm Av 68mm
APR 48mm Av 69mm
MAY 43mm Av 72mm
JUN 20 mm Av 98mm
JUL 69mm Av 101mm
Year to date 269mm
To quote Willie Uys, who kindly supplies the CSF figures, ‘This has been the worst year for rain by a long shot in the time that I have been keeping record. In 2001 we only had 565mm for the year and for the period until end July the rainfall was 312mm. So far this year you will see that we are way below that.’ (269mm)
(Thanks Bart Logie)
Churchill Dam: 7.9%
Impofu Dam: 58.66%
Kouga Dam: 15.68%
Loerie Dam: 24.82%
(Thanks Chris Cowling)
Even though Impofu is at 58% and Groendal at 50%, the combined levels of our supply dams are just a little above 30%. It really is time to take our water situation seriously, not only to avoid excess water charges but also to ensure we have enough water going into the holiday season.
Sadly, we have to announce that we will not be holding our traditional FOSTER FUN RUN/WALK this year.
After much deliberation the committee decided that the time and effort and money put into the organization of this event is not worth the funds raised. With the increasing number of similar events being held over the December holiday season, our numbers have also dwindled.
That’s the bad news but there are 2 chunks of really good news…
Firstly, we will be having a FOSTER Golf Day at St Francis Bay Golf Club on
26th December 2017 which we hope will raise a healthy sum for our needy coffers!
This will be a bumper affair and we’ll be looking for players and sponsors soon.
Secondly, The CSF Resort has offered to hold a similar Fun Run/Walk on our usual calendar spot…28th December…and donate the proceeds to FOSTER. The format will be slightly different but still take you through the reserves and be just as much family fun.
We are very grateful!
So…please, mark your calendars and support both events!
Details of both will be well advertised closer to the time.
Our camera trap in the Irma Booysen Flora Reserve is taking wonderful footage of the resident wildlife… here are a couple of screenshots from the videos which are too large to post here but can easily be seen on our facebook page or our website by clicking here
Then more fabulous photos from our bird man Gregg Darling…
We have also updated our Web gallery with hundreds of plant and flower photos… take a look By Clicking here
In April there was major cause for celebration by all clear-thinking South Africans when
Judge Lee Bozalek, in the Western Cape High Court, ruled in favour of the case brought by Earthlife Africa Johannesburg and the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (Safcei) against government and their nuclear procurement program.
In his ruling, he declared government’s attempts to secure 9.6 GW of nuclear energy were unlawful, including the initial determination to procure nuclear energy in 2013, the cooperation agreements signed with Russia, the US and South Korea, as well as former energy minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson’s decision to hand over the procurement of nuclear energy to Eskom late last year.
The fight isn’t over yet but at least we have some hope that the process will be more transparent this time around.
An interesting article by Tsakani Mthobeni, chairman of Energy Intensive Users Group, who represent the consumers of 40% of Eskom output, can be read here. Published by Business Live
All membership fees were due in January 2017
Our membership runs from January to January
R100 per person or R150 for family or corporate membership.
We are a registered Public Benefit Organisation – all donations over R200 are tax deductible and we will issue the relevant receipt.
All funds go to the reserves and Outreach
Our audited Financial Statements can be seen attached to the Chairman’s Report by clicking here
When making a donation, please show your name and a postal address to which we can post your certificate.
Details here here
FOSTER Bank details:
Friends of St Francis Nature Areas
First National Bank, Humansdorp – Code 210115
Acc No 621 795 315 98
Membership list for 2017 here
Tel: Joan Brady(Secretary): 042 298 0488/ 083 398 3948
Eco Hut/ Lilian: 082 763 4113
PO Box 295, St Francis Bay, 6312