Background :

St Francis Bay is a village on the South-East Coast of South Africa, situated between Port Elizabeth in the east and Plettenberg Bay in the west and is a popular holiday and retirement destination.

The population consists of a small affluent community, with the majority of the formal housing being holiday homes of people residing in the big cities. The balance of the population is a disadvantaged community residing for most part in shacks in an informal settlement adjacent to the village, and for the slightly more fortunate in the “formal” settlement, consisting of basic council housing or RDP houses. This part of St. Francis Bay is called Sea Vista.

The main industries, which the disadvantaged community rely on, are the fishing industry, and to a lesser extent the tourism industry, both of which are seasonal. The unemployment rate amongst this community is in excess of  50%.

Alcohol and drug addiction is rife, with spousal and child abuse a common occurrence.

The St. Francis Rotarians are a growing, passionate group, who feel that as representatives of a bona fide international service organization, they can make a real difference in this disadvantaged community.

Vocational Areas:

Within Sea Vista there are several institutions making a difference by providing assistance in the following vocational areas:

  • Education
  • Health and Medical Assistance
  • Skills Training and Job Creation
  • Mentorship for Teenagers
  • Environment and Conservation

All the institutions have attempted to obtain funding from various sources, with little or no success. Only two institutions receive limited, but insufficient financial support from Government. All the other institutions are reliant on support from donors or the private sector.

The Rotary Club of St. Francis has supported these institutions over the years and is well placed to provide a conduit for the management of funds raised and the identified institution. Funds deposited into the club’s bank account are ring-fenced for the relevant project as specified by the donor, with our Rotary club being responsible for the allocation, monitoring, usage of funds, providing feedback and reporting to ensure funds are applied and accounted for as intended. The listed recipients / institutions below have all been supported by the Rotary Club of St. Francis and as such have been verified as credible organisations that fulfil their purpose as stated.

  • Disney Land Creche
  • FOSTER (Friends of St Francis Nature Areas)
  • Kromme Enviro Trust
  • National Sea Rescue Institute
  • Sea Vista Primary School
  • Sibanye Ladies Group
  • St Francis Clinic in Sea Vista
  • St Francis Hospice
  • Talhado Children’s Haven Montessori Pre-Primary

We invite you to peruse some of the various projects and follow us on Facebook. Please revert back to us with any queries that you may have and consider making a contribution to or adopting a project.


We appeal to potential donors or BBBEE contributors to consider making a contribution to or adopting one of our projects.

If you require any further information please contact our Club Secretary ( or visit our website

Bank details

Standard Bank
Rotary Satellite Club St Francis Bay
Account number 186525753
Branch – Humansdorp 050015

Bank Address : 35 Main Rd, Humansdorp 6300

All contributions no matter how small will help to sustain these projects and will be most gratefully received.