Cape St. Francis

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Cape St. Francis
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View of Cape St. Francis from the Seal Point Lighthouse
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Cape St. Francis
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Cape St. Francis
Coordinates: 34°11′49″S24°50′17″E / 34.19694°S 24.83806°E / -34.19694; 24.83806 Coordinates: 34°11′49″S24°50′17″E / 34.19694°S 24.83806°E / -34.19694; 24.83806
Country South Africa
Province Eastern Cape
District Sarah Baartman
Municipality Kouga
Area
[1]
  Total4.38 km2 (1.69 sq mi)
Population
 (2011) [1]
  Total342
  Density78/km2 (200/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
[1]
   Black African 3.5%
   Coloured 1.8%
   White 94.7%
First languages (2011)
[1]
   English 55.6%
   Afrikaans 42.1%
   Xhosa 1.8%
  Other0.6%
Time zone UTC+2 (SAST)

Cape St. Francis (Afrikaans : Kaap St Francis) is a village in South Africa, situated on a headland in the Eastern Cape Province. It is popular for its clean beaches and as a surfing location.

South Africa Republic in the southernmost part of Africa

South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa (RSA), is the southernmost country in Africa. It is bounded to the south by 2,798 kilometres (1,739 mi) of coastline of Southern Africa stretching along the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans; to the north by the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe; and to the east and northeast by Mozambique and Eswatini (Swaziland); and it surrounds the enclaved country of Lesotho. South Africa is the largest country in Southern Africa and the 24th-largest country in the world by land area and, with over 58 million people, is also the world's 24th-most populous nation. It is the southernmost country on the mainland of the Old World or the Eastern Hemisphere. About 80 percent of South Africans are of Bantu ancestry, divided among a variety of ethnic groups speaking different African languages, nine of which have official status. The remaining population consists of Africa's largest communities of European, Asian (Indian), and multiracial (Coloured) ancestry.

A headland is a coastal landform, a point of land usually high and often with a sheer drop, that extends into a body of water. It is a type of promontory. A headland of considerable size often is called a cape. Headlands are characterised by high, breaking waves, rocky shores, intense erosion, and steep sea cliff.

Surfing sport that consists of riding a wave

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The village is home to a SANCCOB Penguin Rescue and Rehabilitation Center as well as the Seal Point Lighthouse. [2]

SANCCOB organization

The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) is an international body dedicated to seabird rehabilitation. The only seabird rehabilitation organisation registered with the South African Veterinary Council, the non-profit centre is based at the Rietvlei Wetland Reserve in Table View, South Africa.

Seal Point Lighthouse lighthouse at Cape St Francis in South Africa

Seal Point is a lighthouse on Cape St. Francis in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. The lighthouse is operational and houses a museum. Public access to the top of the tower is allowed in the company of a guide.

The Irma Booysen Floral Reserve is the home to many species of flowers and plants.

The adjacent village, St Francis Bay, was the site of "ten-million-to-one" surfing waves seen in the 1966 surf/travel documentary, The Endless Summer .

St Francis Bay Place in Eastern Cape, South Africa

St Francis Bay is a holiday village in Sarah Baartman District Municipality in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, roughly one hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth.

Documentary film Nonfictional motion picture

A documentary film is a nonfictional motion picture intended to document reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction, education, or maintaining a historical record. "Documentary" has been described as a "filmmaking practice, a cinematic tradition, and mode of audience reception" that is continually evolving and is without clear boundaries. Documentary films were originally called "actuality" films and were only a minute or less in length. Over time documentaries have evolved to be longer in length and to include more categories, such as educational, observational, and even "docufiction". Documentaries are also educational and often used in schools to teach various principles. Social media platforms such as YouTube, have allowed documentary films to improve the ways the films are distributed and able to educate and broaden the reach of people who receive the information.

<i>The Endless Summer</i> 1966 film by Bruce Brown

The Endless Summer is a seminal surf movie released in 1966, after a limited showing in 1964.

Cape St. Francis is now known as one of the best surfing locations. Given its geological location, it is susceptible to swell year round from large low pressure systems that form between Antarctica and the southern tip of Africa. When large south west swells wrap around Seal Point and the prevailing offshore winds come up, the surfing is world class.

It is also featured in the 2014 film The Perfect Wave, starring Scott Eastwood.

The Perfect Wave is a 2014 South African-New Zealand-Indonesian biographical drama film about the life of Ian McCormack, a surfer who became a minister after his near death experience. The film stars Scott Eastwood as McCormack. It is the directorial debut of Bruce Macdonald.

Scott Eastwood American actor

Scott Eastwood is an American actor and model. He has appeared in the films Flags of Our Fathers (2006), Gran Torino (2008), Invictus (2009), The Forger (2012), Trouble with the Curve (2012), Texas Chainsaw (2013), Fury (2014), The Perfect Wave (2014), The Longest Ride (2015), Mercury Plains (2016), Suicide Squad (2016), Snowden (2016), Walk of Fame (2017), The Fate of the Furious (2017), Overdrive (2017), and Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018). He has also been a model for the fragrance Cool Water by Davidoff. He is the youngest son of Academy Award-winning actor-director Clint Eastwood and oldest of Jacelyn Reeves.

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 "Main Place Cape St. Francis". Census 2011.
  2. http://www.penguin-rescue.org.za