JBayNews.com launched in May 2010 to cater for the growing demand from the local community to have access to information that affects their daily lives. The high level of housebreakings in the town has been a huge cause of concern to residents, especially with the release of the annual South African Crime Stats that revealed that Jeffreys Bay suffers 40 housebreakings a month.
Other concerns like the ongoing sewage spills on Main Beach have seen dams being bulldozed on the beach to prevent raw effluent from reaching the beach. However, this approach was not always successful and Jeffreys Bay’s prize asset, the Blue Flag Beach was at risk with confirmed sewage in the water at Kitchen Windows.
Will it happen or won’t it happen?
The local community seems to have made up their mind. No Nuke at Thyspunt is the call and thousands voiced their disapproval with Eskom’s plans to steamroll ahead with the building of a huge nuclear power plant near St Francis Bay. Apart from environmental concerns, the social impact the construction of Thyspunt will have on the region is the real worry. An influx of people looking for work will see an explosion of the squatter camps with the resultant rise in crime and alcohol abuse, together with more strain being placed on the Kouga’s creaking sewage, water and power infrastructures.
On a positive note, 2010 saw Durbanite Jordy Smith claim the Billabong Pro in front of a partisan home crowd. Jordy ended the year in number 2 position behind the best competitive surfer the world has ever seen; Kelly Slater who won a record 10th World Title.
Looking ahead, 2011 will see Municipal elections take place in South Africa. The election in Jeffreys Bay will be be close affair again with many believing that the time for change is ripe and that our city rulers need to be held to account for the problems facing the town. Jbaynews.com will be adding insight into the elections and encouraging residents to register as a voter and to make a difference in their town. After all, that is what democracy is all about.
www.jbaynews.com was viewed about 45,000 times in 2010. The majority of readers come from South Africa, with about 20 % being international viewers.
In 2010, there were 365 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 373 posts. There were 511 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 62mb. That’s about a picture per day.
The busiest day of the year was November 29th with 484 views. The most popular post that day was the tragic accident that saw local farmer Hardus Troskie lose his life Fatal road accident in Jeffreys Bay.
Where did they come from?
The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, onlinenewspapers.com, mail.yahoo.com, mail.live.com, and webmail.telkomsa.net.
Some visitors came searching, mostly for cameron van der burgh, jeffreys bay news, landscape artists, sasha jackson, and andy irons.
Attractions in 2010
These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.
Fatal road accident in Jeffreys Bay November 2010
Jeffreys Bay Property February 2010
Community April 2010
Market Place November 2009
The Jeffreys Bay Sea and Landscape Artists March 2010