Investment opportunities

The fishing industry and tourism have both been identified as key opportunities for economic growth in St Francis Bay.  Both predictions have become reality and the chokka and commercial fishing industries based at Port St Francis now employ 3 000 people and are of great importance to the local economy.  Port St Francis is a favoured destination of visitors touring the Garden Route or exploring the Kouga Region. Contact us!

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Balobi Fishing

The Balobi Group of Companies is an integrated Fishing Group based in Port St Francis. They process, package and export squid, hake and pilchards. Line fish is presently sold to the local market but Balobi is in the process of getting accreditation to export to the European Union and other countries. The Group’s fish packing and processing facility is in close proximity to the fishing waters where the finest quality fish on offer in the market place is caught. Fish is offloaded either fresh or sea frozen, then processed and packaged according to their client’s needs. Freshly caught long line hake is sent on a 36 hour journey by truck and airplane mostly to Spain. Sea and land frozen squid is sold to all the Mediterranean countries and land frozen finger laid pilchard bait is sold to the tuna long line fleet operating in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. The Balobi Group founder, Anton Viljoen, started commercial fishing on a small scale with his own ski and deck boats in the early 1980s. Since then the Balobi Group has developed into a well established group of companies. Contact person: Mark Rowe Contact phone number: 042 2940 148 Email: mark@balobi.com Website:...

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St Francis Safaris

St Francis Safaris, established in 1990, is the pioneer who brought exciting outdoor activities to Port St Francis with the emphasis on a variety of ocean activities. Tim and his staff are all professional Satour Qualified Guides, with an excellent reputation for captaining many deep sea fishing excursions as well as close encounters with our majestic whales and dolphins during sight seeing cruises.  St Francis Safaris is the only permit holder for boat based whale and dolphin sight seeing cruises in the entire Kouga. St Francis Safaris will tailor make your cruise, including events such as: Whale and dolphin sight seeing cruises Sunset cruises in the Bay Party & Wedding cruises Deep sea fishing Big game fishing Fly fishing Light tackle estuary fishing Canal cruises River cruises Bird Viewing cruises Airport shuttles     Contact: Tim Christy Telephone number: 042 2940 634 Cell: 082 569 3750 Address: Shop No 1, Squid Square, Port St...

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St Francis Bay Rod, Reel and Boat Club

The St Francis Bay Rod, Reel and Boat Club has been successfully running competitions and initiating and developing junior angling and competition fishing. The Club runs the Rodman Grand Slam and awards a trophy to the fisherman who lands the heaviest fish caught during the Jeffreys Bay Vang-‘n-Tannie, the Port Elizabeth Tuna Classic and the Port St Francis Tuna Marlin Challenge. The Club is affiliated to IGFA and the South African Deep Sea Angling Association SADSAA)>  The Club offers boat surveys, advice on skippers tickets and all general fishing info.  All paid up members are affiliated to the SADSAA.  All welcome! Contact:  Tim Christy:  0825693750...

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Port St Francis Ski Boat and Yacht Club

The Port St Francis Ski Boat and Yacht Club has a fine Clubhouse overlooking the Port. They run two official fishing competitions per year, the Port St Francis Tuna Challenge in July, and the Kouga Festive Fishing Competition in December. They are involved in fishing, recreational boating and competitions.

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Frontline Seafood Traders

Frontline Seafood Traders was formed to market product caught by the well known Christy family’s affiliated boats and specialises in the export of frozen Squid and fresh Hake to the European markets. They have been exporting to Europe for the past 15 years. Their offices are based at Port St Francis. Contact person: Debbie Chrsty Contact phone number: 042 – 2940977 Email address:...

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