Manhunt after woman attacked in her home in Jeffreys Bay

Police have launched a manhunt for three men who forced their way into a home in Drommedaris Street, Jeffreys Bay and assaulted a woman on Saturday morning.

Police spokesperson, Captain Gerda Swart said the men had forcefully gained access to the house at around 03:00 on Saturday morning. She said the men had threatened a woman, aged 53, and her male friend, 63.

Swart said the men had then assaulted the woman, hitting her over the head with an unknown object, before taking an undisclosed amount of cash, jewellery and clothing and fleeing the scene on foot.

She said the woman was taken to a local hospital where she received medical treatment.

"Fighting crime is a shared responsibility therefore police are urging the community to be vigilant and alert to their surroundings and report any suspicious behaviour immediately to the SAPS," Swart said.

She said police were investigating a case of house robbery. No arrests had been made as yet.

August petrol price hike on the cards

Fuel prices are likely to rise again at the beginning of August according to the Automobile Association (AA).

“International oil prices see-sawed during the first half of July, but remained within a fairly narrow band and did not contribute substantially to the price rises we are anticipating for next month.”

“The big news is again on the Rand front. The local currency started this month with a deficit thanks to several days of losses against the US dollar at the end of June.

However, the Rand clawed back some of these losses during a period of unusually flat trading in the first half of June,” explained the AA.

The Association says the current data suggests a price rise of 19 cents a litre for petrol, 13 cents for diesel, and 22 cents for illuminating paraffin.

The Association says the recent spike in fuel prices is cause for great concern as it is impacting on the lives of all South Africans, especially the poorest of the poor who rely on paraffin for heating, lighting and cooking.

“The increases have brought the issue of fuel costs firmly into the public domain and we believe now is a good opportunity for government to revisit the issue of the fuel levies with a view to reducing them significantly, especially as this is a cost it has control over,” concludes the AA.

August petrol price hike on the cards

Declan Sidey and Yolande de Villiers Win JBay Wind Farm MTB Classic

JEFFREYS BAY, EASTERN CAPE – The sixth edition of the JBay Wind Farm MTB Classic took place on Saturday 14 July. Some 500 riders of all ages and skill levels braved wet and chilly conditions to tackle the finest trails around the Eastern Cape holiday town of Jeffreys Bay.

 The event, which forms part of the JBay Winterfest offered three distances a 25km fun ride, 50km marathon and the gruelling 85km ultra marathon.  At the sharp end of the ultra marathon, Declan Sidey from Team Mad Macs p/b hazz out of Stellenbosch was the convincing winner.

 “The bunch stayed together for the first 15 kilometres,” Sidey commented afterward. “Max (Sullivan) was feeling ill, so even though our plan was to try finish one/two, he told me to go.” According to Sidey he put in a big attack to see who else had good legs on the day, but no-one was able to stay with him. “In this kind of weather it’s better to be up-front anyway and be able to dictate your own lines,” he said, explaining that the torrential rain made for challenging conditions but the trails rode superb none-the-less. “Anyone who finished the race will really feel a sense of accomplishment; it definitely wasn’t easy out there.”

 Sidey’s 60-off kay solo effort was valiantly chased by a duo of Jasons from East London – 2017 defending champion Jason Reed and good friend Jason Peach. The two worked well together but were unable to bring Sidey back, who eventually crossed the line in a time of 03:34:22 to claim the R11 000 first prize. Reed came in second (03:42:42), with Peach in third right behind him. (3:42:43)

 The ultra ran on the much the same route as 2017 when it underwent a complete redesign. It did however feature a few new sections of singletrack as well as route designer Arthur Joubert’s trademark wooden bridges.

 In the women’s race Yolande de Villiers rode a spectacular race to complete her hat trick, finishing sixth overall in the 85km, in a time of 03:59:51. She also collected the R11 000 first prize for her with Anriëtte Schoeman in second and Shauna Esmeyer rounding out the podium. “It was hectic out there,” commented a visibly exhausted De Villiers after the finish. “It was cold and muddy but I still had a lot of fun! The new bits of singletrack and bridges were really awesome,” she said.

 While the racing snakes were battling it out at the sharp end of the field of a record field of nearly 500 other mountain bikers braved the torrential downpours to ride the only one-day event of its kind to traverse a wind farm.

 “We have been a part of this event for four years now and are really proud of the association,” commented Mark Pickering, Managing Director of the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, who himself took on the weather. “The race has gone from strength to strength and it was really encouraging to see a record field despite the conditions,” he concluded.

Full results for all the routes are available at and keep a watch on the Facebook page ( for image galleries over the next two days.

The event runs from the Kabeljous parking lot and offers something for all mountain-bike skill and fitness levels, featuring a 25km fun ride; 50km half-marathon and 85km ultra. The race carries the unique distinction of being the only one-day race in Africa to traverse a wind farm.




Declan Sidey
Jason Reed  
Jason Peach

Yolande de Villiers
Anriëtte Schoeman
Shauna Esmeyer

Ceejay Bosman
Ryno Gerber
Gerrit Rautenbach

Mischka Strydom
Ashley Mayhead
Riette Doubell

Declan Sidey and Yolande de Villiers Win JBay Wind Farm MTB Classic

Stephanie Gilmore is crowned queen of Supertubes

Stephanie Gilmore won the Corona Open JBay in pumping four – six-foot conditions at the world-renowned Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay yesterday.

Jeffreys Bay NewsIn a marathon day of competition, Gilmore started her path to victory by eliminating Nikki Van Dijk in Round 3, Bronte Macaulay in the Quarterfinals, Tatiana Weston-Webb in the Semifinals and Lakey Peterson in the Final to take the win at the first women’s CT event hosted on the African continent in almost 20 years.

The Corona Open JBay win marks Gilmore’s record-extending 29th CT victory and her third in the 2018 season (Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, Oi Rio Pro).

In her first visit to compete in South Africa, the six-time WSL Champion made herself at home at Jeffreys Bay with stunning performances.

“I just do not know why I never came here until now,” said Gilmore. “I always felt I’d have some special connection with JBay.

It is just so much fun and it is just a magical place. The waves are just so powerful and perfect. The sunrises, sunsets, dolphins – it is just never-ending. Thanks to everyone.”

Ahead of today, the finalists each had two CT wins in their respective 2018 Title campaigns. The JBay win would determine who would take the lead in the World Title race and the coveted Jeep Leader Jersey heading into the back half of the season.

Gilmore’s 2.74-point lead over the American in the final heat now puts her ahead on the Jeep Leaderboard by 2,145 points.

Event wildcard Buitendag went toe-to-toe with Peterson in Semifinal 1. Peterson got started early with a solid 7.67 (out of a possible 10) on her opening ride and continued to improve with a 7.83.

The South African had the crowd to their feet throughout the heat as she attempted big manoeuvres but was unable to meet the required scores.

Although recovering from a back injury, Buitendag shone throughout this event, winning her Round 3 encounter and then eliminating Coco Ho (HAW) in the Quarterfinals for a 3rd place finish overall.

The Corona Open JBay forms part of the annual JBay Winterfest, a multi-sport festival that takes place every July in Jeffreys Bay.

The next stop on the 2018 WSL Championship Tour will be the Vans US Open of Surfing from July 30 through August 5, 2018.

Women’s Corona Open JBay Final Results:

1 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 14.24

2 – Lakey Peterson (USA) 11.50

Women’s Corona Open J-Bay Semifinal Results:

SF 1: Lakey Peterson (USA) 16.66 def. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 9.33

SF 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 15.67 def. Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 10.33

Women’s Corona Open JBay Quarterfinal Results:

QF 1: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 12.33 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 8.90

QF 2: Lakey Peterson (USA) 15.83 def. Johanne Defay (FRA) 13.30

QF 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 15.00 def. Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 15.00

QF 4: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 18.54 def. Sage Erickson (AUS) 10.60

Women’s Corona Open JBay Round 3 Results:

Heat 1: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 14.40, Johanne Defay (FRA) 14.30, Carissa Moore (HAW) 11.36

Heat 2: Lakey Peterson (USA) 16.83, Coco Ho (HAW) 15.10, Malia Manuel (HAW) 13.07

Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 14.50, Sage Erickson (USA) 11.57, Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 11.04

Heat 4: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 15.40, Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 13.34, Caroline Marks (USA) 12.76

2018 Women’s WSL CT Jeep Leaderboard (After Corona Open JBay):

1 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 45,575 pts

2 – Lakey Peterson (USA) 43,430 pts

3 – Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 35,245 pts

4 – Johanne Defay (FRA) 27,050 pts

5 – Tyler Wright (AUS) 26,190 pts

Source: Jeffreys Bay News

44 year old female attacked on farm

A 44 year old female farmer of the Hankey region was attacked in her house on the night of Friday, March 23, 2018.

Captain Gerda Swart, police spokeswoman, says that the police is following up on all leads, following the incident.

Allegedly the perpetrator gained entry into the house by shooting out a glass door.

Swart said that a 44 year old female was injured when the shooting took place.

The suspect drove the woman to an ATM in Hankey in her own vehicle, after which she managed to escape while the perpetrator was drawing money from her account.

Following her escape, the victim drove to a nearby farm and alerted the police of the incident.

The police is investigating a case of housebreaking with intent to commit a crime, attempted murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

Captain Swart says that more charges might be added.


A free roadworthy for you, for Easter

If you're a Kouga resident, Mayor Elza van Lingen invites you to take your vehicle to the Kouga Municipality Roadworthy Centre in humansdorp, for a free roadworthy test.

The offer runs between 7:30am to 1pm, and 1:30pm to 3pm from Monday, March 26 to Thursday, March 29 (2018).

The mayor said, "We want to help residents reach their holiday destinations safely. Unroadworthy vehicles are one of the main causes of accidents on our roads, hence our Traffic Department initiated this programme to help Kouga families stay safe."

She further said, "The owners will receive a list of defects, if any, to attend to before embarking on their holiday trip," and assures that owners of vehicles with defects would not be prosecuted.

The free roadworthy does not come with certification.

Humansdorp Roadworthy Centre location

Address: 1 Bosbok St, Humansdorp (at the Kouga Fire Brigade / Testing Centre.

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GLA to host four day rugby tournament

Global Leadership Academy (GLA) is to host a GROW four day rugby tournament from 27 to 31 March.

The tournament will see 13 school teams scrum and run to take the victory.

The schools partaking are:

Matthys Cronje, the man behind Grow Rugby, said, "This initiative was started to develop players and give a platform for coaches to spend time with other coaches outside of their normal routine and to give sponsors the 'face-time' they need."

All are welcome to attend the tournament.

Email Matthys Cronje at for more info.


NSRI Station 37 saves a teen's life

A Gauteng teen is recovering in hospital after having been saved from drowning by the NSRI on Sunday evening.

An 18-year old female went for a swim on Sunday and got caught in a rip current when an NSRI vehicle came across her.

Station 37 commander, Rieghard Jansen van Rensburg, said, "Our sea rescue craft Eddie Beaumont II was in the area at the time on a routine exercise and they diverted to respond and our NSRI rescue vehicle and Private Care ambulance services responded.

"On our sea rescue craft arrival on the scene an 18 year old female was found in a rip current about 80 meters offshore.

"(Two NSRI rescue swimmers) secured the teenager and she was recovered onto the sea rescue craft and brought to shore and taken into the care of paramedics.

"During the rescue a male surfer paddled out to the scene to alert NSRI that another two people, a male bystander who had launched into the surf to assist but then got caught in rip currents himself, and a female who had appeared to also be caught in the same rip current with the female, who NSRI had rescued, that both that male and female reached the shore safely and they were not injured.

"The rescued teenager is from Benoni and she has been transported to hospital in a stable condition by ambulance, with her mom, for treatment for non-fatal drowning symptoms and she is expected to fully recover."

Well done Rieghard and team!


11-year old swims 8 kms to raise funds for sick children

Abriella Bredell, an 11-year old girl from Jeffreys Bay, became the youngest person ever to swim from Robben Island to Cape Town, a distance of 8 kms.

Miss Bredell's fundraising feat netted her a sum of R158,746, which she gifted to the Red Cross Children's hospital.

Head of fundraising at the Children's Hospital Trust, Chantel Cooper, indicated that the funds would add 17 beds to the organisation's ICU.

Cooper said, “Abriella and all those who have supported her in achieving her goal, and the time and effort she has contributed, will not only make a difference to children who are currently in the hospital, but will continue to support thousands of children in the years to come.

“Abriella is an inspirational young woman and we are extremely proud of her.”