Humansdorp water reservoirs running low

December 6, 2019

Due to the loadshedding yesterday, the levels of Humansdorp’s water reservoirs are very low this morning.

As a result, water shortages might occur in high-lying areas while the water pressure throughout the town is low.

The municipality has brought in generators so as to ensure water continues to be pumped into the reservoirs during the loadshedding period scheduled for later today.

Residents are asked to use water sparingly in the meantime to allow the reservoirs to fill up sufficiently for water to be available to all areas of the town.

Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience.

TLBs move service delivery up a gear

November 17, 2019

Service delivery is set to move up a gear following the addition of seven new TLBs to Kouga Municipality’s fleet.

The TLBs, short for “tractor-loader-backhoes”, were purchased at a cost of R8,2-million from the municipality’s capital budget.

“We are very proud of this latest addition to the municipal fleet,” said Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks.

“TLBs are critical in the rendering of everyday services. For many years the municipality had to rely on expensive rentals to get the job done. 

“The new machines will strengthen our service departments and enable them to work more efficiently and cost effectively.”

The TLBs were delivered to Jeffreys Bay earlier this month by Ntsikelelo April whose company, Lutha General Trading, was awarded the tender. Also present was Gert Nelson, branch manager of the Bell store which supplied the machines.

Hendricks said the TLBs brought the number of new vehicles that had been added to Kouga’s fleet over the past three years to 27.

“The municipal fleet was in a terrible condition when we took control of the municipality in 2016. This had a serious impact on service delivery and the morale of staff who had to struggle to get things done without the right equipment,” he said.

“We have since then been implementing a fleet replacement plan. In addition to the new vehicles, we strengthened the capacity of the municipal workshop.

“The workshop team has been doing an incredible job and has refurbished 77 vehicles over the past three years, adding further muscle to the municipality’s service fleet.”

He said the new acquisitions were also testimony of the extent to which the municipality’s financial situation has improved.

“For the first time in many years the municipality has been able to use internal funding for capital purchases such as the TLBs.

“Kouga continues moving from strength to strength and we are grateful to everyone who has supported our drive to establish a culture of service excellence across the region.”

Road show to empower local SMMEs & Business

November 14, 2019

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has embarked on an awareness drive to educate SMMEs and business about different pieces of legislation.

They will be visiting Kouga next week on Tuesday, 19 November.

The session will take place at the Newton Hall in Jeffreys Bay from 10am to 3pm.

SMMEs and business are encouraged to attend.

Power interruption for Jeffreys Bay

November 12, 2019

Residents and businesses are advised that the power supply to Tokyo Sexwale, Pellsrus, Ocean View, Aston Bay and Paradise Beach will be interrupted from 9am to 1pm on Wednesday, 13 November, to allow for the installation of a new transformer.

“Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may cause,” Please treat all appliances as live during the interruption.

The installation is weather dependent.

In the event of rain the work will be postponed till a later date.

Dams are running out of water in Kouga

November 6, 2019

The Department of Water and Sanitation, in partnership with Eastern Cape Provincial Government and municipalities in the province, is working to solve water challenges experienced in some parts of the province, it said on Friday.

“To this end, a Joint Operation Committee is traversing the province in an effort to come with effective solutions and roll out activities to avert any possibility of taps running dry in the drought stricken areas,” said Department of Water and Sanitation spokesperson, Sputnik Ratau.

According to a weekly report released by the Department, the combined provincial water storage has taken a staggering decline from 64.6% at the same period last year to 50.7% this week.

“This is a sign that water conservation efforts need to be doubled up and water use efficiency needs to be a way of life,” Ratau said.

He said that lack of rain has affected major dams serving Nelson Mandela Metro and the Kouga Municipality.

Kouga Dam dropped this week to 35.3%, from 36.3% last week, Groendal Dam declined to 41.9% this week from 43.2% last week, and Impofu Dam declined to 16.8% this week, from 17.1% last week.

 

Eco road built in Jeffreys Bay

November 2, 2019

Africa’s first eco-friendly road incorporating waste plastic has been completed at the DA led Kouga Municipality in the Eastern Cape.

A 300m strip of Woltemade Street in Jeffreys Bay has been relayered with plastic-infused tar, with a further section of Koraal Street to follow.

“The road now includes about 700kg of recycled waste plastic,” Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said.

“The plastic was turned into pellets using a special formula and then added to the asphalt mix used for the top layer of the road. The result is a road that is more durable and also friendlier to the environment.”

Hendricks said the innovative new approach to road-building reduced the amount of bitumen required for the asphalt mix.

“Bitumen is a fossil fuel and its extraction and use accelerate climate change.

“The plastic pellets replace a portion of the bitumen, thereby minimising harm to the atmosphere,” he said.

He said the recycling technology used, could further prove to be one of the best ways to rid the planet of waste plastic.

“Plastic is another major contributor to climate change in addition to the damage it does to our oceans.

“One of the big challenges is how to get rid of waste plastic without dangerous toxins being released. This technology could prove to be the answer, as tests have shown that it actually prevents the plastic from leaching as it degrades.”

He said about 1,5 tonnes of plastic, the equivalent of 1,8 million single-use bags, were used in just 1km of road.

“That means we would have ridden the planet of 3 million plastic bags on completion of both streets.”

Kouga Municipality is piloting the project in partnership with MacRebur SA, the local representatives of the Scottish company that developed the plastic pellets.

“MacRebur plans on establishing a manufacturing plant in South Africa. We would like to see the plant being built in Kouga.

“Not only will this create much-needed jobs, but it will also be an opportunity for our communities to make money by collecting and selling waste plastic,” Hendricks said.

He said the construction work was being done by SP Excel and Scribante Construction at no cost to the municipality.

“We would like to thank these companies for partnering with us and MacRebur to bring this earth-saving project to fruition.”

Candidates for Interim Federal Leader and Interim Federal Chairperson

November 1, 2019

The Democratic Alliance can confirm that the period for nominations for DA Interim Federal Leader and DA Interim Federal Chairperson has now officially closed.

The elections will take place at a special sitting of the DA Federal Council (FedCo) on Sunday, 17 November 2019, at Nkululeko House in Bruma, Johannesburg.

The following persons availed themselves to contest for the position of DA Interim Federal Leader:

  • Bonginkosi Madikizela
  • John Steenhuisen
  • Makashule Gana

The following persons availed themselves to contest for the position of DA Interim Federal Chairperson:

  • Dharmesh Dhaya
  • Ivan Meyer
  • Khume Ramulifho
  • Nomafrench Mbombo

The nominations for the two positions closed at 17:00 this afternoon and we now look forward to a constructive period of campaigning between the candidates in line with the DA’s values and rules for internal elections.

Have your say on Kouga’s Integrated Development Plan

October 21, 2019

The third review of the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) for the Kouga region will get under way this month.

Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said 13 public consultation meetings would be held across the region, starting on October 28.

“The IDP is the municipality’s most important planning tool,” he said.

“It captures the service-delivery and development requirements for each ward. These requirements, in turn, help to determine how the annual budget of the municipality is allocated.

“It is, therefore, critical that communities provide input so as to ensure that the needs of their wards are correctly identified and addressed.”

The IDP meetings will start at the Pellsrus Community Hall on 28 October, with the focus on Ward 2 and the Tokyo Sexwale portion of Ward 14.

Wards 3, 8 and 11 will meet the next day, October 29, at the Newton Hall.

On October 30 a meeting will be held at the Kruisfontein Civic Centre for Wards 4 and 5.

This will be followed by a session at the KwaNomzamo Community Hall on October 31 for the Lower and Upper Golf Course settlements of Wards 12 and 15.

Two meetings will be held for Ward 7. The first meeting will take place at the Loerie Community Hall on November 4, followed by a meeting at the Katrina Felix Hall in Thornhill on November 5.

On November 6 the meetings will move to the Vusumzi Landu Hall in Hankey for Ward 9 and a portion of Ward 13.

The remainder of Ward 13 are invited to join Ward 10 on 7 November for their meeting at the Dan Sandi Hall in Patensie.

The St Francis section of Ward 12 will meet on November 11 at the St Francis Bowling Club, followed by a meeting for the remainder of Ward 12 (Paradise Beach) and remainder of Ward 14 (Aston Bay) at the Aston Bay Hall on November 12.

The remainder of Ward 15, including, lower Arcadia, Boskloof, Moerasrivier, Panorama and Humansdorp town, will meet on November 13 at the Humansdorp Council Chamber at the municipal offices off Du Plessis Street.

Ward 6 will meet the following day, November 14, at the KwaNomzamo Community Hall.

On November 18 the meeting for Ward 1 will be held at the Oyster Bay Community Hall.

The consultation sessions will wrap up on November 19 at the Weston Community Hall for Ward 13.

All meetings are scheduled to start at 6pm.

Enquiries can be directed to the IDP Manager, Colleen Dreyer, at cdreyer@kouga.gov.za or contact 042 200 2200.

Helen Zille elected as Chairperson of DA’s Federal Council

October 20, 2019

Over the past two days, the DA’s Federal Council (FedCo)– the party’s highest decision-making body in between Federal Congress – sat to elect a new Federal Council Chairperson, and to consider the report of the Organisational Review Panel established following the 2019 national and provincial elections.

Election of new chairperson of Federal Council

The election of a new Chairperson of Federal Council presents an opportunity of renewal and change for the DA.

The position was previously occupied by James Selfe, who led FedCo for just under 20 years with the utmost distinction.

I want to again thank James for his leadership, support and friendship. James is an unsung hero of South Africa’s democratic project and his valiant work has positively shaped the country we live in.

I want to congratulate Helen Zille on her election as Chairperson of Federal Council, and I look forward to the new energy, ideas and vigour that Helen will bring to the leadership collective of the Party.

Helen has served the party in various positions over the past years, and brings experience and political clout second to none

Further, I want to call on all the candidates and members of the party to unite behind the new FedCo Chairperson. The election and campaigns are over, and now is the time to unite and work for the people with the future in mind.

Resolutions adopted

Federal Council considered the Organisational Review Panel’s report. Following extensive deliberation, Federal Council adopted the following resolutions.

  1. That Federal Council expresses its appreciation to the members of the Review Panel and thanks them for producing their report.  Federal Council accepts the report in principle and gives effect to recommendations in the following resolutions.
  2. That a Federal Congress be convened as soon as constitutionally possible, bearing in mind the administrative processes which should be concluded as quickly as possible to give effect to recommendations of the review process.
  3. That a Policy Review Committee be established, convened by the newly elected Chairperson of the Federal Council, to undertake a comprehensive policy review of the Party’s positions on a number of key matters, most particularly on economic justice and jobs.  The process followed by the Policy Review Committee must involve consultation with Party structures and should be discussed by Provincial Councils.  He or she must cause a policy conference to be convened before the Federal Congress.
  4. That Federal Executive determine the job description and key result areas for a new Chief Executive Officer. Federal Executive should also appoint an interviewing panel and should cause applications to be invited for this position as soon as possible.  As is provided for in the constitution, the Federal Executive should appoint a CEO as soon as possible. The appointment be made for a renewable five-year contract.
  5. Dr Ivan Meyer, Deputy Federal Chairperson, must be charged with the responsibility for building teams at all levels of leadership and that his proposals in this respect should be considered by the Federal Council at its next meeting.
  6. That an investigation, the membership of which is approved by the Federal Executive, be undertaken under the leadership of Refiloe Nt’sekhe, Deputy Federal Chairperson, into the events surrounding the Party’s reaction to the event at Schweizer Reneke and the Party’s reaction to this as well as other issues highlighted on page 6 of the Review that were used to exploit racial divisions. Such investigation reports must be tabled before the Federal Council.
  7. That in preparation for the early Federal Congress, a constitutional review committee be established by the Federal Executive to give effect to the recommendations by the Review process and be charged with producing appropriate amendments to the Party’s constitution.  Such proposed amendments should be workshopped through the structures of the Party.  Such a constitutional review committee should inter alia consider term limits for the election of office-bearers.
  8. That a review committee be established to review the organisational and administrative structures of the Party under the direction of Natasha Mazzone, Deputy Chairperson of the Federal Council.  This review committee to be approved by the Federal Executive.  To the extent that such an organisational review results in recommendations that would affect the Party’s constitution, such recommendations should be fed into the constitutional review committee.
  9. That the committee established to consider the organisational and administrative structures of the Party, considers the advisability and practicality of establishing an advisory panel as proposed in the Review Panel as well as a crisis communication committee.
  10. That sections 6 and 7 in the Review Panel Report dealing with the Political Purpose, Culture and Values be networked and discussed with all branches and structures with immediate effect.  Such networking should involve a guided discussion approved by the Federal Executive.
  11. That a proper assessment of the Party’s role in governments and communication thereon by our governments be undertaken by the Governance Unit urgently.  Such assessment shall include polling in these governments.
  12. Focus is paid to all upcoming by-elections before 2021 which will require the participation of all required public representatives as allocated to roles, and as agreed to by national, provincial, regional and constituency leadership.  A roll-out of by-election training is undertaken which requires the participation of all public representatives, relevant operational staff and other key role players in by-elections where appropriate.
  13. Focus be given to the 2021 elections urgently in order that the Party can recruit potential candidates and immediately conduct comprehensive and certified training for such candidates.  That the Party undertake a campaign to interact with voters to communicate the Party’s core values that is aimed at winning the trust of voters.

Conclusion

The country is currently facing profound challenges noting the current Eskom rolling blackouts, the 10.2 million South Africans unemployed due to our collapsing economy, citizens continuing to live in fear due to the scourge of crime, and lack of access to basic services due to failing local governments and corruption. These challenges require a stronger and united DA because when the DA works, South Africa works.

We come out of this weekend’s Federal Council committed and reenergised to building One South Africa for All – accelerating our work in parliament as the official opposition to offer alternatives to the governing party and hold the national executive accountable. We further made a commitment to strengthen and capacitate our governments in their work of running clean, capable governments that deliver services to all.

It is now time to roll up our sleeves, and work with South Africans from all walks of life towards building a prosperous South Africa for all.

 

Mmusi Maimane

Leader of the DA

No Smart IDs for poor and unemployed South Africans

October 15, 2019

The Democratic Alliance (DA) can reveal that the Department of Home Affairs has no plans to roll out Smart ID Cards to indigent and unemployed South Africans. This was revealed to the DA in a Parliamentary reply by the Minister of Home Affairs. The reply further states that Government will only provide free Smart ID Cards to the elderly and first time applicants.

The DA believes this will disproportionately affect people who simply cannot afford to pay for the new Smart ID . Assisting indigent and unemployed people with free Smart ID cards, would not be a handout, but rather a means to empower citizens to access employment, educational and other opportunities.

We are of the view that Government should provide indigent and unemployed persons, who earn less than a set amount per year, access to free Smart ID cards.

The ANC government should go an extra mile to empower those South Africans who are poverty stricken largely because of numerous government failures to attract investment that will create employment opportunities.

Living without an identity document can be extremely limiting for the poor as they struggle to access housing, sanitation, healthcare or even basic education, and ultimately excludes them from meaningfully participating in our society.