Joining Hands arranging a community project for Easter

Local advertising newspaper, Joining Hands, is arranging an Easter community project and would like businesses to partake in the event.

The idea with the contest is to celebrate the rising of Jesus from the grave.

Joining Hands wants to give children the opportunity to win various prizes through a special Easter hunt.

Businesses have the opportunity to gain exposure through having pictures of them posted in the Joining Hands newspaper.

Joining Hands plans to hand out Easter eggs over the Easter period to children in need.

For more information about the event, contact Eléne Carpenter, co-owner of Joining Hands, through the Joining Hands website.

Kouga Municipality appoints new supply chain manager

The Kouga Municipality has appointed formed Coega Development Corporation (CDC) Procurement Manager, Lundi Landu, as new Supply Chain Manager for the Kouga region.

Before his position at the CDC he carried the title of Manager: Supply-Chain Management and Assets at Blue Crane Municipality. Mr Landu also did a stint at Bitou Municipality and the Sarah Baartman District Municipality (formerly Cacadu).

Kouga Mayor, Elze van Lingen, had this to say about the new appointment: "It is good to have a manager of this calibre heading our Supply-Chain office.

“We have been working on fast-tracking procurement without compromising compliance and a strong team at our Supply Chain office is central to achieving this.

“Council is pleased with the appointment and wish Mr Landu every success at Kouga.”

Van Lingen, in her State of the Municipality Address, motivated local businesses to register with the municipality's supply chain office as potential service providers or suppliers.

“Increasing how much business we do locally is important,” she said.

“The good news is that many businesses that stopped doing business with the municipality years ago because they were not being paid, have started re-registering on the database, a clear sign that confidence is being restored.”


JBay Winterfest 2018

The Winterfest is at your doorstep, and this year promises to keep the adrenaline flowing like a torrent through Jeffreys Bay.

Event dates

Event Date
Surfing - Corona Open JBay - men's  2 to 17 July
Surfing - Corona Open JBay - women's  6 to 16 July
Swimming - Cold Water Classic  8 July
 Mountain biking - JBay Wind Farm MTB Classic TBA
 Running - Endurade 2018 JbayX Trail Run  13 to 15 July
 Oakley X Over  5 and 6 July
 Fishing - JBay Winterfest Fishing Skins  TBA
 Off-road motorcycling - Funduro 22 July


Corona Open JBay

It's all about the surf at the Corona Open JBay.

It's competition surfing at its best at one of the world's finest right hand point breaks.

New this year is the addition of a women's surfing event which forms part of the WSL.

Capetonian Mikey February will also grace Supertubes for the men's event.


The Cold Water Classic will strike fear into your Speedo.

Ever wonder what it feels like to be an ice cube floating in a glass of water?

The Cold Water Classic gives you that opportunity.

It's a triple mile event in sub-15 degree Celsius water.

No late entries.

Oh, forgot to mention...

Men are allowed Speedo type costumes only; women, slightly more.

Mountain biking

JBay Wind Farm MTB Classic

Just add legs.

The JBay Wind Farm MTB Classic has become a must-ride event for MTBers across the globe.

Take off at the Kabeljous hub and cut your way through a route featuring a mix of technical riding and speed.

The event comprises three races:

There's something for young and old, fit and unfit.

Suit up and make your way to the starting line. Don't forget your helmet.


Nutritech Endurade JBayX Trail Run

One foot in front of the other for 60kms. Offroad.

Nutritech presents the 2018 Endurade JBayX 2-day / 3-stage Trail Run, three individual 20km trail runs that start 12 hours apart, for a total of 60kms of suffering.

Less adventurous runners can partake in the 5km beach run / walk or 10km trail run on 15 July.

Oakley X Over

Golf forms part of the Oakley X Over

Golf forms part of the Oakley X Over.

The event that pits South African celebrities against each other.

Participants take part in a mountain bike race, a golf tournament and a surf contest.

Past participants include Garreth Mclellan, John Smit, Jordy Smith, Butch James, Greg Minnaar and Tonderai Chavhanga.



You have to have a line in the water for a chance to win something.

This event has grown into a monster (much like the one that got away), and for good reason.

The contest is made up of mini contests that allow participants to win thousands of rands.

There are a number of categories, including top lady, top junior, most species, etc, as well as lucky draw giveaways.

Off-road biking

JBay Winterfest Funduro

Get some air at the JBay Funduro.

This mini enduro race requires no competitor licenses or club memberships to partake in.

Pay an entrance fee of R200 and have some fun clearing jumps on an easy-to-medium 15km track that includes flat and technical sections.

Register online and stand a chance to win a lucky draw prize.

Bring your own chair.


Find a place to rest your head in JBay

Find a place to rest your head in JBay.

You can't sleep on the beach, even though it seems tempting. But you'll find something that'll suit your budget and noggin by searching

In conclusion

Come over to Jeffreys Bay and get your kicks at the 2018 Winterfest. You'll love it.

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Help clear the Baviaanskloof of alien plant species

If you love the Baviaanskloof and understand the threat alien plant species poses to the environment, you can volunteer to help the Friends Of Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area eradicate these invaders from the Smitskraal region over the weekend of 9 to 11 March.

To join in the event, bring some camping gear, safety equipment (gloves et al) and a panga. You'll have to cover your own travel expenses too.

The group of exterminators will travel through on Friday, March 9, and return on Sunday, March 11.

Don't expect a 5 star hotel. Accommodation is basic camping only. Travelling there takes three hours from Jeffreys Bay. You must reach Cumbria's gate before 5pm. They won't allow you in after five.

If you're interested, Whatsapp Chantal at 061 504 2540 or email her at wigtsm [at] gmail [d0t] com.


Community Police Forum to establish neighbourhood watch for Pellsrus

The Jeffreys Bay CPF is arranging an Imbizo at the Pellsrus Community Hall at 6pm on Thursday, March 15.

The aim of the gathering is to establish neighbourhood watch and beach patrol programmes for Pellsrus.

Jeffreys Bay Station Commander, Lieutenant-Colonel Makhoasa Kiviet, as well as brigadier John Lebok and Ward 2 Councillor Timothy Meleni will attend the Imbizo.

For more info contact JBay CPF chairman, Andy Thuysman, at 042 293 2037 or instepboots [at] telkom [d0t] net.


Joshua Project goes digital and wants you to join them

Joshua Project, a beacon of light that's been shining from Jeffreys Bay and Humansdorp for many years, has decided to go the digital route with their newsletter.

The reason for their shift is obvious. A digital newsletter has the potential to reach far more people, not just from the Kouga, but from all over the world.

And with the help of the world's leading newsletter system, controlling a newsletter and subscribers is a breeze.

It's simple. You sign up with your name (optional) and email and when they add new content to their blog, it goes out on a Monday morning. It works exactly like the newsletter.

So if you're a fan of Joshua Project's work and what they stand for, click here to sign up for their newsletter.

Rebel Mountain offers expert branding and marketing results

Need expert branding and online marketing that gives results?
Get in touch with Jaco and Ané at Rebel Mountain.

You paid a fortune to get your brand going. You got a special that included a logo design, flyers, business cards and a three-page website.

You've even got Twitter and Instagram accounts and you're hashtagging like a rockstar on a private jet.

You've spent a chunk of money on Facebook marketing.

But you're not making money. None of these channels are selling more of your stuff.

So you decide that online marketing is a scam; a Gupta-style racket.

Your frustration is justified.

The internet brought with it fantastic marketing opportunities, but it's hard to distinguish between legit marketers and scam artists.

It's because of a lack of good online marketers that Rebel Mountain was born.

Rebel Mountain offers a complete marketing suite, from start to finish.

That includes branding, web development, copywriting, social media marketing and paid advertising.

You walk into Rebel Mountain's office with a distant spark of an idea... walk out invigorated with vision.

But they're not a quick fix solution. This is not a backyard mechanic that'll coat your car with a can of corner shop spray paint.

It starts with a briefing. They want to know exactly what you do and why you do it. If you're the best at what you do, they want to know why you make such a claim.

From briefing they move to concept. They flesh out your vague ideas.

From concept they take your vision live. And it'll be far beyond your dream.

The reason they take pains with making your dream a reality, is because your success is their success. They want you to stick around; to be a customer for a long time.

So if you're looking for a team of brand experts and marketers who know how to bring results, get in touch with Jaco and Ané at Rebel Mountain.

Need expert branding and online marketing that gives results?
Get in touch with Jaco and Ané at Rebel Mountain.

He'll teach you the skills you need for success

Don't waste another minute! Book your spot at Mike's Life Skills 4 Success Workshop. Seats are limited, so book now!

Refreshments to be served, but bring a pen and notepad.

So what's the next "miracle" diet you've got on your radar?

How many more years do you need to complete that best-selling novel you started writing twenty years ago?

Still looking for the "right" one, despite going through relationships faster than Lewis Hamilton takes a corner?

Wondering whether it's possible to get out of that financial swamp you've been drowning in for the last few years?

Dead end job? Want a new one? How will you do it? How do you reach the top rung?

Mike Williams, a long-time resident of Jeffreys Bay, wants to help you succeed in life.

But what makes him so special? Cos honestly, many would like you to succeed: your spouse; your kids; your parents; your friends.


There's no lack of good will.

But it takes more than good will to taste victory.

Most of us need a mentor. Actually, all of us need a mentor. Many just won't admit it.

Mike is such a mentor. He's the perfect candidate to help you reach your goals and catch your dreams.

Here's why...

Mike Williams has been a businessman for more than 40 years. He started his journey as a chartered accountant, which led to him heading many successful businesses, some of which he birthed. Not a minor feat, considering the cut-throat arena he found himself in.

But Mike's all about balance, so business is only one area he succeeds in.

He loves sport and considers fitness a crucial element of triumphant living. He's an avid cyclist and windsurfer.

And there's that "minor" event where a helicopter towed him down the Vaal river at 180 km/h, barefoot! A record not likely to be bested.

Of course, Mike's dedication to his family needs mention. With two sons from a marriage of more than 40 years, he knows what it takes to be a successful family man too.

Mike loves people, so he developed a motivational package to share his success with others. This was back in the day when many of today's top motivational speakers were still wearing nappies.

This powerful system has helped countless people—captains of industry, business leaders and private individuals—reach heights they didn't know existed, much less thought they'd reach.

And now Mike wants to share his success with you, right here in Jeffreys Bay.

Mike is presenting a Life Skills 4 Success Workshop on the 26th of January, 2018.

In this two hour workshop, Mike shares the fundamentals of successful living.

If you're tired of failure and craving success, this is for you.

This is your chance to tie the concepts, the dreams, the hopes in your head, to life-changing actionable plans that'll lead to success most people only dream of.

How much does it cost?

Mike is being far too generous. He's giving you decades of life wisdom for the measly price of R200!

It's like buying a Rolls Royce for the price of a Citi Golf!

For the cost of a few coffees, you get information that'll stay with you for life, and if implemented correctly, leads to riches untold.

Let me leave you with these words from a famous king who lived thousands of years ago, whose wisdom had people hanging on his lips...

"Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding."

Don't waste another minute! Book your spot at Mike's Life Skills 4 Success Workshop. Seats are limited, so book now!

Refreshments to be served, but bring a pen and notepad.

Winterfest 2017

The annual Winterfest is set to take place from 12 to 23 July, 2017.

Events for this year include:

MTB Events

Mountain bikers, get your legs ready for another round of suffering satisfaction, as JBay plays host to the JBay Wind Farm MTB Classic.

There's a race for all fitness levels. Choose from one of three:

The JBay MTB Classic has blossomed from ignobility to major MTB event, drawing riders (and praise) from all over South Africa.

Don't miss out.

More info:


JBay Winter Fest 2017 fishing skins

JBay Winter Fest 2017 fishing skins.

Last year participants in the fishing contest stood the chance to win a Nissan NP200. Hopeful fishermen packed Kabeljouws beach in the hopes of bagging the big one.

This year, prizes include a cash total of R18,000, as well as fishing reels and other items.

And for those who want to visit their favourite fishing spot in style, Nissan and PSG are once again throwing a vehicle in the mix.

If you don't try, you won't stand a chance, so enter the fishing skins. You might drive away in a brand new vehicle.

More details:


JBay Winter Fest 2017 Funduro

JBay Winter Fest 2017 Funduro.

The best thing about the Funduro?

You don't need a competitor license or club membership to compete.

Suit up, kick your bike to life and twist and jump your way through 15 kms of dirt.

You last had this much fun throwing mud at Sannie in the second grade.

More details:

Trail run

JBay Winter Fest 2017 trail run

JBay Winter Fest 2017 trail run.

The Nutritech sponsored Endurade trail run is a two day, three stage event with a total distance of 60 kms.

All races start and end at the Winterfest Lower Point hub.

The three routes are spectator friendly, so wear your best shorts if you partake in this one.

More details:


Are you ready for the 2017 Winterfest Cold Water Classic

Are you ready for the 2017 Winterfest Cold Water Classic.

The JBay Winterfest Cold Water Classic has been bringing together ice bears and cold water swimmers for many years.

This year it's no different, with Aston Bay once again hosting a triple mile sub 15 degree race.

English rules apply. That means that you're allowed to wear a Speedo (briefs), one pair of goggles and a silicone swim cap. That'll keep you warm.

More details:

Kite Festival

JBay Winter Fest Kite Festival

JBay Winter Fest Kite Festival.

Motto: Paint the sky with colour.

It's fun for the whole family in all kinds of shapes suspended, as if by magic, over Kabeljouws beach.

It's the JBay Kite Festival.

This year sees the festival hosting quad line kite expert, Peter Binsbergen.

Prepare your eyes for a feast of colour in the shape of giant inflatables, facet kites, trains, flow forms, line fillers and Asian kites.

More details:

Celebrity Crossover

Raynard Tissink weltering in glory as the 2016 Celebrity Crossover champion

Raynard Tissink weltering in glory as the 2016 Celebrity Crossover champion.

Favoured by top South African celebs, the Celebrity Crossover pits superstars against superstars.

The Crossover includes golfing, mountain biking and surfing.

It's one of Bob Skinstad's favourite events. He'll be here again this year, seeking to dethrone Raynard Tissink.

More details:


The event around which the JBay Winterfest was born

The event around which the JBay Winterfest was born.

This year, the prestigious Corona Open JBay (a WSL event) takes place at Supertubes.

The JBU Supertrials determined that Dale Staples fills the wild card slot for the event.

As always, the globe's top surfers will turn up to battle for the crown, still held by Mick Fanning, who took revenge on JBay after a run-in with a shark in 2015. (Sorry Mick.)

In conclusion

The JBay Winterfest promises to be one big jawl, with sports and entertainment for everyone.

We can't wait for you to join us for ten days of winter fun.

For more info about the event, visit

How Much Water Does Your Reverse Osmosis System Waste?

A friend and fellow-JBay citizen asked me to share the following article about the reverse osmosis water purifying system.

I bought a reverse osmosis system a while ago, in the interest of my family's health.

Being an inquisitive person, I took a closer look at its inner workings. To my astonishment, I found that it sends an enormous amount of waste down the drain.

How An RO System Works

Water enters the RO system, where it’s split into two parts, one drinkable, the other not.

What Happens To The Non-Drinkable Water?

Standard RO systems flush non-drinkable water, wherever. Most of them send the waste down the drain. It's not sent back to the system for re-filtration. It's not collected for alternative use either.

And the amount of waste far outweighs the potable water an RO system delivers.

I ran a few experiments...

For every five litres of potable water, the RO system delivered between 14 and 20 litres of waste.

That's a waste of between 56% and 80%.

Armed with this info, I visited my father-in-law, who also owns an RO system.

He checked, and results were similar.

You Get Charged For Something You Don't Use

Besides the fact that the RO system delivers a large amount of waste water, it reflects on my bill as consumed water. The municipality charges for this wasted water.

What if the municipality starts getting serious about water restrictions? What if they go the Cape Town route and restrict each JBay family to 100L of water per day?

How much of that water will your RO system flush down the drain?

With that in mind, I started collecting my RO system's waste water. I urge you to do the same.

The waste water is fine for non-drinkable household use.

You can use it to wash dishes, flush toilets or water your plants.

This results in a 100% water usage.

Plus, you can continue using your RO system without feeling guilty.

How To Curb Water Wastage

A standard RO system's waste water pipe connects to the house's drainage system via a PVC tube, PVC nut and housing.

Unscrew the nut from the housing and place the PVC tube inside a large bucket.

It takes the RO system up to two hours to deliver between 14 and 20 litres of waste water.

Although it's inconvenient, it helps me save plenty of water, and my water bill won't explode.

If we all start doing this, JBay will see enormous water savings.

I hope you’ll join me in this battle against the drought.