Kouga Municipality is looking for an accountant

February 23, 2018

POSITION: ACCOUNTANT: REVENUE
Closing date:
02 March 2018

KOUGA MUNICIPALITY (EC 108)

NOTICE: 26/2018

VACANCIES

Kouga Municipality, an equal opportunity employer, which subscribes to the principles of affirmative action, awaits applications for appointment in the following vacancy:

ACCOUNTANT: REVENUE

REQUIREMENTS:

B Comm Finance Degree or equivalent tertiary qualification;

2 Years’ experience in a municipal accounting environment or 3 years in the private sector accounting environment;

Valid Driver’s licence;

Computer Literate with advanced Excel & Word skills;

Proficient in at least two of the official languages (Afrikaans, English, and Xhosa).

SALARY: R306 828.00 – R398 268.00

DUTIES:

Co-ordinates and controls the application of accounting procedures by attending to the verification, reporting, processing and reconciliation of account receivable transactions to support analysis,

Identification and recovery of overdue accounts. Guiding and developing personnel on the processing sequences and attending to specific administrative processes associated with the Services an Rates payment, certification and correspondences.

BENEFITS: As per standard conditions of service;

Interested persons should submit their application on the prescribed application form, together with their CV, certified copy of qualifications, identity documents and driver’s licence. Sealed applications must reach the Human Resource Manager on or before Friday, 2 March 2018 at 12:00.

Application forms are available at the Municipal Offices in Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp, St Francis Bay, Hankey, Patensie, Loerie and Thornhill or can be obtained from the Municipal Website – www.kouga.gov.za

For any inquiries contact Mr. B Faulkner: 042 2002 200.

Disqualification:

Please note that the following can lead to disqualification:

Non-submission of originally certified copies of academic records.
Canvassing of councillors.
Submission of fraudulent qualifications and/ or documents

NB: Please note that shortlisted candidates will be subjected to a vetting process. By applying for this position, the candidates agree to background checks being performed.

The Municipality reserves the right not to make an appointment.

Should you not hear from us within 30 days of closing date, kindly regard your application as being unsuccessful.

Kouga Municipality is an equal opportunity employer which subscribes to the principle of affirmative action which is non-sexist, non-racist, non-discriminatory and based on merit.

MR. C DU PLESSIS

P. O. BOX 21

MUNICIPAL MANAGER

JEFFREYS BAY

­­­­­­­­­6330

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SONA 2018 presents hope, but no urgent plan for change

February 18, 2018

There were great expectations for tonight’s maiden State of the Nation Address (SONA) by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The President set out a vision of unity for the country that all South Africans warmly welcome. We pledge our support in building one nation, with one future, which is in the interests of all South African.

Beyond the fine words of renewal and new found unity, he unfortunately did not fulfil the expectations of the public with a clean break from the Zuma era, and a total change from the current tried, tested and failed ANC policies that have brought our nation to this point.

Cyril Ramaphosa’s plan for South Africa is too much of a continuation of the Zuma era. There is no major policy reform, only some tinkering with the current policies that have not brought change to the lives of our people.

There were too many conferences and summits announced, and not enough clear plans for fixing the problems.

What we need is a string of legislation that will change the economic environment, and make it easier for young people to find work.

This must fundamentally alter the way we approach the creation of work. ANC policy will not, and cannot, address our crippling youth unemployment crisis.

South Africa needs immediate and total change. Nine years of the Zuma Presidency has set our nation back, and unfortunately President Ramaphosa did not show tonight that he is able to bring the total change we desperately require.

Regards

Mmusi Maimane

Second public meeting about Seekoei River management plan

February 17, 2018

The second public participation meeting about the proposed management plan for the Seekoei estuary will take place in Jeffreys Bay on Monday, February 26.

The Seekoei River causeway. Photo: Anika Meyer

The meeting will take place at the Dutch Reformed Church Hall at Paradise Beach at 18:00.

Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen encourages all stakeholders to attend the meeting.

“The Seekoei estuary has for many years been a point of contention,” says van Lingen.

“Management plans for both the Seekoei estuary and the mouth have been prepared. Both plans are still in draft format and will be presented to stakeholders for their comments and inputs.

“The plans will then be finalised and tabled to Council for adoption.”

Dissolve Parliament says the opposition

February 12, 2018

Following a meeting with opposition leaders in Parliament, we have as a collective, decided that Section 50 of the Constitution must be invoked to dissolve Parliament so that early National and Provincial elections are held.

Anyone from the ANC that wants to lead this country, must get their mandate from the people of South Africa, at the ballot box.

South Africa must choose the next President, not a handful of cronies at Luthuli House.

We have also called on the Speaker of Parliament to convene Parliament as a matter of urgency so that the Motion of No Confidence in President Zuma is heard this week.

When that motion is heard, the people of this beautiful country must head to the streets to make their voice heard. Zuma must go!

Regards

Mmusi

Residents need to register boreholes

February 10, 2018

The Kouga Municipality is updating its information about boreholes situated on private land.

“We would like to appeal to all property owners with boreholes on their land to register them with the municipality,” said Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen.

“Our region is struggling through a severe drought and this information is necessary for our planning to ensure all our communities have water,” she said.

She said property owners were legally required to register their boreholes with the municipality.

The requirements are set out in Clause 141 of the National Water Act (Act No.36 of 1998) and Clause 48 of Kouga Municipality’s Water Supply and Sanitation Services Bylaw.

According to the bylaw, all property owners with boreholes are required to provide the following information to the municipality on the prescribed form:

Full name and surname
Municipal account number
Physical address and name of owner of the borehole
Coordinates of the borehole
Yield of the borehole(if known)
Depth of borehole
Casing depth and casing material
Depth of water level.
Name of borehole driller & drilling log.

It is also a requirement that property owners install water meters and keep records of water usage on a monthly basis.

Van Lingen said that those property owners who had not yet done so would be given grace till 30 June 2018 to register their boreholes.

The information provided must be submitted to Eddie Oosthuizen at the Infrastructure and Engineering Directorate or sent via email to eddieo@kouga.gov.za.

A borehole number must also be obtained from Dane Von Berg of the Department of Water and Sanitationat 041 501 0739 or vonbergd@dws.gov.za.

Residents to re-register for free basic services

February 6, 2018
Kouga Municipality will be re-registering residents for free basic services over the next five months.Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said the municipality would be conducting an Equitable Share (EQS) drive from February to June 2018 so as to ensure that all qualifying residents receive free basic services.

“It is very important that all residents who already receive EQS, re-register during this time so that they continue receiving the free services. New applications are also invited,” she said.

Those who are registered, receive 50kwh electricity plus the basic charge for free, 12kl water plus the basic charge for free, free refuse removal and free sewerage (based on 12kl water consumption).

They also do not pay the Environmental Management Fee (EMF) levy and rates for an additional R85 000 on their properties.

Residents are invited to register per ward, as per the following schedule:

  • Ward 4: February 4 to 8 at the Humansdorp municipal offices
  • Ward 5: February 12 to 15 at the Humansdorp municipal offices
  • Ward 6: February 19 to 22 at the Humansdorp municipal offices
  • Ward 12: (Humansdorp areas) and Ward 15: February 26 to 28 at the Humansdorp municipal offices
  • Ward 9: March 5 to 8 at the Hankey municipal offices
  • Ward 13: (Weston and parts of Hankey): March 12 to 15 at the Hankey municipal offices
  • Ward 10: March 19 to 22 at the Patensie municipal offices
  • Ward 13: (Patensie town): March 26 to 29 at the Patensie municipal offices
  • Ward 7 (Loerie): April 3 to 5 at the Loerie Hall
  • Ward 7 (Thornhill): April 9 to 12 at the Thornhill Hall
  • Ward 1 (Sea Vista): April 16 to 19 at the St Francis Bay municipal offices
  • Ward 12 (St Francis): April 23 to 26 at the St Francis Bay municipal offices
  • Ward 1 (Oyster Bay): May 7 to 10 at the Oyster Bay Crèche
  • Ward 3, 8 and 11: May 14 to 17 at the Jeffreys Bay municipal offices
  • Ward 12 (Paradise Beach) and 14 (Aston Bay): May 21 to 24 at the Jeffreys Bay municipal offices
  • Ward 2: May 28 to 31 at the Jeffreys Bay municipal offices
  • Ward 14 (Mandela Bay and Ocean View): June 4 to 7 at the Jeffreys Bay municipal offices.

The Mayor said all applicants are required to complete the application form personally.

The following documents must also be supplied: municipal account and prepaid meter number, ID document (husband and wife), proof of income (bank statement, pay slip or pension card), sworn affidavit if unemployed, proof of usufruct (if owner is deceased, a letter of authority and death certificate).

ANC fights against service delivery in Kouga

February 2, 2018

A council meeting held in the Jeffreys Bay Council Chamber on 25 January was totally disrupted by the ANC, leading to scuffles and the subsequent adjournment of the meeting.

Several important items were on the agenda, including the recommendation that Council implements a desalination programme in Kouga, leading to the inexorable conclusion that the ANC, the official opposition in Council, simply does not care if the taps run dry in the various towns in Kouga.

Day Zero for Hankey and Patensie is predicted to occur in March, while the rest of Kouga’s taps could run dry by September, so it is disconcerting to see politicians disrupt a Council meeting where desalination was an item on the agenda.

The Annual Financial Statements and the Annual Report of the Municipality, as well as the Auditor General’s report were all important items on the agenda that the ANC refused to debate.

The leader of the ANC, Cllr Dayimani made it clear that the ANC would not allow the Council meeting to continue as they were objecting about the agenda, which was a paperless agenda and according to him, not all Councillors had access to their agendas.

The Speaker of Council, Cllr Hendricks agreed that there had been teething problems with the paperless agenda but, according to the rules of Council, this could not invalidate the meeting.

Several of the ANC Councillors then became unruly and started speaking out of turn, which led the Speaker to adjourn the meeting for 10 minutes.

Upon the resumption of the meeting, the opposing party once again became unruly and started to verbally and physically target some of the DA Councillors. An attempt was even made to grab the cell phone of a DA Councillor who was taking pictures of the mayhem that was unfolding in the Council Chamber.

This prompted the Speaker of Council to once again adjourn the meeting and shift the meeting to another venue in St Francis Bay, which he is entitled to do, according to the rules of Council.

When the meeting eventually continued in St Francis Bay, the unqualified audit report, as well as the other statutory reports were adopted by the majority of Council, which excluded the ANC.

Council also approved the appointment of a consultant to lead the Municipality through the process of bringing desalinated water onstream to augment the dwindling supply of surface water available to residents of Kouga.

Unqualified Audit Report for Kouga Municipality

February 1, 2018

The Auditor General (AG) has given the Kouga Municipality a clean bill of health for the 2016/17 financial year by issuing an unqualified audit report.

The municipality raised R148 million in property rates for the financial year and received a further R144 million in the form of grants and subsidies from national and provincial government.

Income of R337 million was raised through the sale of electricity, water, sanitation and waste removal.
Staff costs showed a marginal decrease of R700 000 when compared to those of the previous financial year with a total cost of R228 million to the municipality.

The purchase of water and electricity cost R220 million, while R51 million was spent on operational costs. This includes items such as legal fees, chemicals, insurance, telephone and postage.

Overall the municipality ended the financial year with R84 million in the bank, up from R78 million in the previous financial year.

The newly elected DA government in Kouga aggressively reduced the contingent liabilities facing the municipality and reduced the amount from R109 million to 49 million.

Outstanding trade creditors dropped from R114 million to R91 million, while debtors showed a marginal drop from R77 million to R73 million.

Performance management was again criticised by the Auditor General, while water losses representing 38,5% of water purchased were identified.

The losses were due to leakages, tampering with meters, incorrect ratios used for bulk meters, faulty meters and illegal connections (theft of water).

“We have implemented a performance management system in the Municipality and will be able to address this finding during the next audit,” says Kouga Mayor Elza Van Lingen.

“Water losses are a serious concern and we budgeted for additional vehicles for our Infrastructure department to equip them to attend to water leaks more efficiently.

“We also spent R 23 million during the financial year on the Kruisfontein and St Francis Bay Waste Water Treatment Plants, with another R 4 million spent upgrading bulk infrastructure in Kruisfontein.

This led to the construction of 391 RDP houses in Kruisfontein.”

Parliament agrees to multi-disciplinary meeting to deal with national water crisis

January 30, 2018

The DA welcomes the response from the Chairperson of Water and Sanitation Committee, Lulu Johnson, to our request to summon Minister of Water and Sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane to parliament.

Minister Mokonyane must brief members of parliament as well as South Africans on her department’s interventions to resolve the drought crisis facing the country.

A joint meeting has been called for next week Tuesday, 6 February 2018, between Ministers of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Finance and Water and Sanitation (DWS), Western Cape MEC and the Mayor alongside other stakeholders to come and brief Parliament of work done thus far.

This is with a view to align the respective initiatives and find sustainable solutions to the water crisis experienced by the Western Cape and other parts of the country including the Eastern Cape, Limpopo and the Free State.

Minister Mokonyane must avail herself for this important meeting as this is an important subject that is of national relevance and it must be dealt with the urgency it deserves.

This is an opportunity for Minister Mokonyane to show leadership and become part of the solution which will seek to find a consolidated plan on the way forward.

We hope this meeting will provide an opportunity to find sustainable solutions to addressing this crisis, including day zero which is facing Hankey and Patensie in March 2018.

Kouga Municipality is looking for new top management

January 22, 2018

KOUGA MUNICIPALITY VACANCIES:

NOTICE NO: 6/2018

The Kouga Local Municipality hereby invites applications from suitably qualified persons for appointment in the following vacancy:

DIRECTOR: PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT & TOURISM

Permanent Employment Contract

SALARY: An all-inclusive package ranging from R 973 759, R 1 145 598, to R 1 317 437 per annum is payable in line with Government Gazette No. 41173 dated 10 October 2017, Local Government: Municipal Systems Act (32/2000): Total remuneration packages payable to Municipal Managers and Managers directly accountable to Municipal Managers, subject to the signing of a performance contract, a performance agreement and declaration of Financial interests.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

BSC Degree in Building Sciences/B Degree Architecture/B Degree in Town and Regional Planning or Development Studies; or equivalent.
Minimum of five (5) years’ relevant experience at middle management level preferably within the Local Government environment
Proven successful Professional Developmental/ Town and Regional Planning experience
Willing to undergo security vetting
Wiling to complete a competency assessment test
Must comply with Government notice 40593 National Treasury no. 91 dated 3 February 2017
Added advantage: Project Management Certificate or Diploma; or
Registration as a Professional Planner in accordance with the Planning Professions Act, 2002, (Act No. 36 of 2002)
High level of Computer literacy
Own Transport
Valid driver’s licence and
NO criminal record

KNOWLEDGE

Good knowledge and understanding of relevant policy and legislation
Good knowledge and understanding of institutional governance systems and performance management
Good knowledge of Supply Chain Management regulations and the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act, 2000 (Act No. 5 of 2000)
Knowledge of geographical information systems and
Knowledge of spatial, town and development planning
Budget and finance management
Innovative and strategic leader.
Good facilitation and communication skills
Must demonstrate experience in management of a substantial staff complement and significant budget in a regulated environment, knowledge of MFMA, in pursuing promotion of local economic development.
KEY COMPETENCIES

Strategic direction and Leadership
People Management
Programme and Project Management
Financial Management
Change and Governance leadership
Moral competence
Planning and organising
Analysis and innovation
Knowledge and Information Management
Communication
Results and Quality focus

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Management of the entire Planning, Development & Tourism, Department which includes Human Settlements
Compile and manage the Directorate’s annual Capital and Operational Budgets.
Provision of GIS support and analysis and the undertaking of specific GIS related projects and initiatives.
Management, maintenance and implementation of the municipal multi-disciplinary sustainable human settlement policy and framework.
Co-ordinate the integration of the multi-sectorial and inter-sphere processes and demands relating to the delivery of sustainable human settlements.
Co-ordination of housing functions in line with the Provincial and National policies, on behalf of the Provincial Department of Developmental Local Government and Housing.
Developing and implementing strategies to meet investment challenges.
Establishing and managing contractual and other relationships with government departments, service providers, organised business and other stakeholder bodies, to ensure sustainability of projects.

DIRECTOR: COMMUNITY SERVICES

Permanent Employment Contract

SALARY: An all-inclusive package ranging from R 973 759, R 1 145 598, to R 1 317 437 per annum is payable in line with Government Gazette No. 41173 dated 10 October 2017, Local Government: Municipal Systems Act (32/2000): Total remuneration packages payable to Municipal Managers and Managers directly accountable to Municipal Managers, subject to the signing of a performance contract, a performance agreement and declaration of Financial interests.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Bachelors Degree in Social Sciences/ Public Administration/ Law or equivalent.
Minimum of five (5) years’ relevant experience at middle management level preferably within the Local Government environment.
Must comply with Government notice 40593 National Treasury no. 91 dated 3 February 2017
Must have proven successful institutional transformation experience within the public or private sector
Added advantage: Registration with the South African Council for Social Service Professionals (SACSSP); or similar recognised relevant professional body
Willing to undergo security vetting
High level of Computer literacy
Own Transport
Willing to complete a competency assessment test
Valid driver’s license
NO criminal record.

KNOWLEDGE

Good knowledge and understanding of relevant policy and legislation
Good knowledge and understanding of institutional governance systems and performance management
Good knowledge of Supply Chain Management regulations and the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act, 2000 (Act No. 5 of 2000)
Understanding of council operations and delegation of powers related to –
Environmental Management
Health service management
Cemetery management
Public safety, Fire, and Protection Services and
Parks and recreation management
Budget and finance management
Innovative and strategic leader.
Good facilitation and communication skills
Must demonstrate experience in management of a substantial staff complement and significant budget in a regulated environment, knowledge of MFMA

KEY COMPETENCIES

Strategic direction and Leadership
People Management
Programme and Project Management
Financial Management
Change and Governance leadership
Moral competence
Planning and organising
Analysis and innovation
Knowledge and Information Management
Communication
Results and Quality focus

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Management of the entire Community Services department.
Compile and manage the Directorate’s annual Capital and Operational Budgets.
Responsible for the coordination of disaster management services.
Strategically direct and manage services related to Environmental Management and solid waste management
Provision of sports, recreation, cultural, arts and library information services.
Responsible for setting standards for the maintenance of cemeteries, parks, halls, and other community services.
Management of refuse services within the entire Kouga.

Interested persons should submit their applications on the prescribed application form, together with their CV, certified copy of qualifications, identity documents, and driver’s license. Sealed applications marked “Director: Community Services, or Director: Planning, Development, and Tourism, Kouga Municipality” must reach the Human Resources Manager on or before Monday, 5 February 2018 at 12:00.

Application forms are available at the Municipal Offices in Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp, St Francis Bay, Hankey, Patensie, Loerie, and Thornhill or can be obtained from the Municipal Website – www.kouga.gov.za For any inquiries contact Mr. D.H. De Jager: 042 2002 200.

Disqualification:

Please note that the following can lead to disqualification:

Non-submission of originally certified copies of academic records.
Canvassing of Councillors.
Submission of fraudulent qualifications and/ or documents

NB: Please note that shortlisted candidates will be subjected to a vetting process. By applying for this position, the candidates agree to background checks being performed.

The Municipality reserves the right not to make an appointment.

Kouga Municipality is an equal opportunity employer which subscribes to the principle of affirmative action which is non-sexist, non-racist, non-discriminatory and based on merit.

MR. C DU PLESSIS P. O. BOX 21

MUNICIPAL MANAGER JEFFREYS BAY

6330