Jeffreys Bay wins Town of the Year

June 19, 2018

Jeffreys Bay has been announced as the Kwela Town of the Year for 2018.

The sheer magnificence of what Jeffreys Bay has to offer tourists and locals alike ensured a win for the Eastern Cape coastal town, which will receive R 1 million worth of free television advertising.

From being home to Supertubes, the worlds best wave and venue of the Corona Open JBay to the endless beaches that attract visitors from all over the world, Jeffreys Bay has it all.

Marina Martinique is the home of open water swimming in South Africa with the annual South African Open Water swim champs set to take place in the Marina’s salt water canals until 2020.

Unique dining experiences are also on offer in Jeffreys Bay with Awethu driving township tourism in the once quiet coastal village.

Jeffreys Bay is also home to the South African surf industry, with factory shops forming a key component of the retail industry in the town.

Winning the award is in memory of the late Elza Van Lingen, the former Mayor of Kouga who drove the Town of the Year initiative. Sadly ELza succumbed to cancer shortly after the filming of the Town of the Year segment.

 

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Do you support land expropriation without compensation?

June 13, 2018

South Africans have until 15 June 2018 to make their voice heard in Parliament if they do not support land expropriation without compensation.

If enough South Africans fail to speak up, a parliamentary review committee could recommend changes to section 25 of the Constitution that would allow government to become the owner of all private homes and land in South Africa, forcing citizens to rent for life.

You can make a difference and do something constructive by submitting your comments via: LandOwnership.co.za.

A parliamentary review committee has been tasked with consulting South Africans before making any changes to private property rights in the Constitution.

Remember that according to law,  the committee must go through every comment submitted.

Visit LandOwnership.co.za and take action. If South Africans stand together,  we can stop land expropriation without compensation.

Dont only have an opinion amongst your friends and family on land ownership. Let government know what you feel by having your say and become part of the process.

The struggle in 2018 is for jobs

June 9, 2018

The DA commemorates the youth of 1976.

We will never forget the sacrifices made by those young people.

Their sacrifices mean that young South Africans have a voice in the political direction of their country.

But there is a new struggle for young people today. That struggle is joblessness.

After 24 years of democracy, young people are still provided an inadequate education that doesn’t prepare them sufficiently for the job market.

Young people are the worst affected by unemployment. Over 50% of our youth are without jobs. Which means, half of the country’s most productive workforce is unemployed.

Job creation is the only way that a South African government can empower young people. It is the only way to address the historical inequalities of the past which still exist today.

When a young person has a job, they are able to provide for themselves and their families.
Crucially, they are able to contribute to the country’s economy.

Unemployment is the greatest indictment on the ANC government. The indignity of joblessness can never be overstated.

Added to that, there seems to be no plan to improve the education system. Millions of learners in the school system are unable to read or write.

Our schools are not places of safety for young people. Instead, the Education department fails to vet the very teachers who are meant to be teaching our young people.

This youth month, the message to young South Africans is simple. One needs to register to vote so that we can usher in change for our youth.

The DA’s vision for South African youth is to see them:

1. Freed from the corrupt system
2. Safe from criminals
3. Enjoying access to quality education
4. Access to jobs

Where the DA governs, unemployment levels are lower than in the rest of the country. Under a national DA government young people would:

1) Have access to a national civilian service programme which would provide young school-leavers an opportunity to receive industry training in the fields of their choice.

2) free higher education for students who are unable to afford it.

3) grow the economy to enable true access to jobs and other job opportunities such as the EPWP programme and the Vukuzakhe programme which partners school leavers and the private sector.

That is why it is important that all young people register to vote.

To vote in this coming election, young South Africans must be registered to vote.

Change has never been needed so urgently for the youth.

ANC’s bungles delay jobs for the poor of Hankey

June 5, 2018

Poor planning and even worse workmanship have contributed to the people of Hankey not benefitting from a R 165 million government project, which was supposed to create much needed job opportunities.

The completion of the Sarah Baartman Remembrance Centre, of which construction started in April 2014, has now been delayed by almost two years.

“The completion date of October 2016 is long gone and during an oversight inspection today, I was informed this date has now been moved to May 2019,” said Malcolm Figg, Tsitsi-Kouga Constituency Leader.

“The original contractor ran into money problems and ceded the project to another contractor in October 2017. Unrest due to workers not being paid by the first contractor had in the past caused numerous delays and I was told yesterday the project is now only between 60% and 70% complete. But I have seen very little progress since I visited the site two years ago.

Shoddy workmanship and the ceding of the contract will now lead to a budget increase. At this stage quantity surveyors are still calculating how many more millions will be poured into this debacle.

During an oversight inspection today I have seen very little evidence of a project warranting the spending of R165 million and I am also very sceptical of the alleged job opportunities this project is supposed to create.” added Figg.

“The Department of Arts and Culture stated that during the construction phase 1 000 jobs would be created and after completion 34 people would be permanently employed, but yesterday only 110 people were actively working on site. It seems, that contrary to the department’s promises, not many poor people are benefitting from this project.

The ANC government is failing the impoverished and unemployed people of Hankey. This centre can entice tourist to visit the town and can create many more indirect job opportunities.

Only the DA can bring the Change that will ensure that money for government projects is spent wisely, projects are completed timeously and that jobs are created for the poor,” said Figg.

Municipality is looking after its workers

May 31, 2018

Kouga Municipality is looking after the health of its workers.

Forty staff members were awarded their Level 1 First Aid certificates at a ceremony in Jeffreys Bay last week.

Corporate Services Portfolio Councillor Frances Baxter said trainees had been chosen from all sections of the municipality.

Kouga Municipality

“The course covered, among others, first aid assistance for medical conditions, head and spinal injuries, poisoning, respiratory emergencies, fractures and sprains, as well as the dressing of wounds,” she said.

Municipal Manager Charl du Plessis said workers were exposed to many risks, some of which were health related and others linked to their working environments.

“Staff need to know how to deal with medical emergencies should the need arise.

“As much as legislation is important, governance is not only about ticking the correct boxes and being compliant. Our staff are human beings and we need to create a safe and caring environment for them,” he said.

Du Plessis said the skills attained by these employees were not only relevant for the workplace but could be used in their everyday lives where they could lend a hand in emergency situations.

“With all our training programmes, we would like to empower our workers beyond just being fit for their occupations. We want them to be able to use their skills in their communities as well,” he said.

The training, which took place in February and March, is a legal requirement in line with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (nr 85 of 1993), which stipulates that an institution must have first aiders and occupational safety representatives.

The qualification of this group is now valid for the next two years. They will be going on Level 2 training in June this year.

Each were given a first aid kit for their sections.

New Mayor makes minor changes to team

May 30, 2018

Kouga’s new Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks made minor changes to the Mayoral Committee.

Hendricks announced at a Council meeting held on Wednesday, April 25 that Tourism and Special Programmes Portfolio Councillor Frances Baxter will now move to head Corporate Services.

She replaces Hattingh Bornman, who has been elected as Kouga’s new Speaker. Bornman replaces Hendricks, who was the Speaker before being elected as Mayor on April 20.

The changes come after the passing away of former Mayor Elza van Lingen on April 19.

Kouga’s new Mayor is a seasoned public servant, having worked as a teacher for 22 years, including 12 years as the principal of Andrieskraal Primary.

Before the 2016 elections, he served as a councillor at the Sarah Baartman District Municipality (SBDM), where he was also elected as the chairperson of the Municipal Public Accounts Committee (MPAC).

MPAC is responsible for oversight so as to ensure municipal resources are used effectively and according to law towards advancing the mandate of the municipality.

During this time, SBDM achieved successive clean audit opinions from the Office of the Auditor General.

In addition to his teaching qualifications, Hendricks also completed Certificates in Municipal Management and Law, Municipal Finance and Practical Labour Law.

The new Mayor said he was humbled by Council’s confidence in him to continue the good work Van Lingen had started.

“Hers are big shoes to fill, but I have a competent team supporting me.

“We have made great strides in turning around the municipality these past 19 months.

“To honour her legacy, we must not relent in our efforts to make this a model local municipality from which good practices can be learnt,” he said.

Mayoral Committee Members

Freddy Campher – Infrastructure and Engineering
Bryan Dhludhlu – Planning, Economic Development and Tourism
Brenton Williams – Finance
Daniel Benson – Community Services
Frances Baxter – Corporate Services

Well-respected strategist joins Kouga’s top management team

May 24, 2018

Kouga Municipality has kept its promise of recruiting highly-skilled individuals for critical positions by appointing a well-respected strategist and local government expert as its new Director: Planning, Development and Tourism.

Fezeka Mabusela brings with her 16 years of experience in the local government sector, 11 of which have been at management levels. She is a registered Professional Planner with the South African Council for Planners and holds a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of the Free State.

Her most recent job was at the South African Local Government Association (Salga) where she was the Programme Manager: Economic Development and Planning.

Her scope of work during her four years at Salga included supporting municipalities in Spatial Planning, Local Economic Development (LED), Integrated Development Planning (IDP) and Information Communication Technology (ICT). She was also actively involved in championing Salga’s Small Towns Regeneration Programme and Regional Planning and Development.

Before joining Salga, she spent five years at the Western Cape Provincial Government as Deputy Director: IDP where she headed the development of a cabinet-approved intergovernmental planning and coordination framework, which led to the mainstreaming of IDPs in all provincial government departments.

That work was followed by the development of a web-based Monitoring and Evaluation platform, used by all municipalities in the province to track joint infrastructure and economic development initiatives.

Her vast experience also includes working at Elundini Municipality as the Manager: IDP and Performance Management.

Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said the appointment of Mabusela was in line with ensuring that the best people were appointed for the municipality to deliver on its mandate.

“Her wealth of experience can only be of benefit to the institution and the residents of Kouga,” he said.

Among her first tasks as Director will be to serve as the Project Coordinator of the Building Inclusive Green Municipalities (BIGM) agreement between Kouga and the Canadian municipality Prince Edward County.

Mabusela said what she found appealing about Kouga was the municipality’s focus on town planning as a key pillar and driver of development.

“Trends show that Kouga is one of the fastest growing municipalities and the municipality must find ways to respond to that growth.

“I want to be part of that response and help to unearth the great potential this wonderful place has.”

She said her radiologist husband and two children, currently staying in East London, would join her once she has properly settled in and has found a school for her boys.

1500 RDP houses to be built in Ocean View

May 23, 2018

The construction of 1500 subsidy (RDP) houses at Ocean View in Jeffreys Bay has taken a major step forward.

The site of the development was officially handed over to a civils company on Tuesday. The company, Norland Construction (Pty) Ltd, will be installing the bulk infrastructure.

Norland was awarded the contract by the provincial Department of Human Settlements (DoHS) and has already started with site establishment.

The R46-million project will take about 24 months to complete and includes the installation of roads, water and sewer connections.

During this project, the DoHS will open its procurement processes to bidders for the construction of the top structures of the houses.

The project is now one of three housing projects currently underway in Kouga, joining Kruisfontein (391 units) and Pellsrus (220 units).

It is one of 10 projects approved by the Department for the Kouga Municipality back in 2009 and which were delayed due to insufficient bulk infrastructure.

Kouga Planning, Development and Tourism Portfolio Councillor Bryan Dhludhlu said the municipality was pleased to be part of the programme that would change people’s lives.

“The people of Kouga and those of Ocean View, in particular, have been waiting for a very long time to be provided with decent housing. It is quite momentous to be part the occasion where we start the realisation of those dreams,” he said.

Dhludhlu said the community, especially beneficiaries, will play a very significant role in the success of the project and that there will be continuous engagement with the public to explain the stages of the development.

“The civils work will be done in three phases, with the pegged area around King’s College being the first phase.

“During construction, we may have to ask residents of the informal settlement to move to a temporary area to make way for the development and we ask that the community work with us to minimise delays as much as possible,” he said.

A number of jobs are expected to be created during the project and the contractor may enlist the services of local contractors for some of the work.

The municipality will re-establish housing committees, made up of beneficiaries, to ensure that there is strong public participation and liaison throughout the projects.

“It is important that the community takes ownership of the project and that the government roleplayers ensure that they are as transparent as possible,” said Dhludhlu.

DA confirms the cessation of Patricia de Lille’s membership

May 8, 2018

The Democratic Alliance leadership would like to provide feedback to the people of South Africa regarding the matter between the party and Mayor Patricia de Lille.

The party is deeply concerned about the impact this has had on the residents of Cape Town – the people we serve – and the general public.

It is no secret that the DA has suffered immeasurable damage because of this issue due to the lack of information presented to our voters.

That is why -when it was legally permissible to do so- the party has sought to be as transparent as possible as to what led to the disciplinary matter between Ms De Lille and the party.

At all times, the DA has followed due process in addressing the matter, while acting in the best interests of all the people of Cape Town and abiding by our deep commitment to delivering clean, accountable and transparent government wherever we may govern.

In the latter part of 2017, the leadership of the Democratic Alliance became aware of problems in its representatives in the City of Cape Town.

This resulted from both tensions in the caucus as well as allegations of maladministration involving senior politicians and officials in the City.

Both an Party investigation as well as a City of Cape Town investigation highlighted maladministration that caused the DA in the City to lose confidence in the Mayor and the way she was running the Cape Town.

Early in January, a substantial majority of the DA Caucus requested permission to permit them to move a motion of no confidence in De Lille

Permission was granted, and the motion was defeated by a single vote in the Council.

Over 70% of her caucus voted for the motion; yet she remained Mayor thanks to the grace and favour of the ANC/EFF and some 40 DA colleagues.

It must be emphasised that a motion of no confidence does not always relate to “allegations” or “charges”.

It can be introduced because of inefficiency or even style. It is a political judgement, not a legal finding.

To read the full article www.da.org.za

 

DAWN meets in Humansdorp

May 6, 2018

The Tsitsi-Kouga constituency DAWN (DA Woman’s Network) executive strategic planning meeting took place yesterday in Humansdorp under the leadership of Lisa Britz.

A self defense demonstration by a professional was also arranged for the women.

This is how we are taking the woman of our communities towards 2019.

An historic first for our constituency.

A braai was also organised by Cllr Fred Campher yesterday in Ward 4 which was enjoyed by all.