DA-governed Kouga Municipality secures R150 million to fight drought

October 19, 2018

The Kouga Local Municipality has, through good governance and proactive planning, yet again secured a victory for its residents.

Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks has confirmed that his government has procured more than R151 million for drought relief.

The first allocation of R58,7 million will be paid to Kouga through the Provincial Disaster Relief Grant. This money will benefit 23 868 people in the region.

This first allocation will be used to develop, refurbish, equip and connect boreholes in Hankey, Patensie, Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp and Oyster Bay.

The extraction and treatment of water from the Klein River at Hankey and existing springs will also be developed with this grant.

The second allocation of R92,5 million will be released to Kouga through the Water Services Infrastructure Grant and is expected to benefit 12 623 households.

About R27 million will be used to expand the programme to identify and repair leaks. The money will also be used to replace old pipes, particularly in high-risk areas, as well as for water pressure management at reservoirs.

A total of R35 million will go towards the upgrading of the Jeffreys Bay water treatment works, while R20 million will be used to refurbish the natural springs at Humansdorp.

The DA-governed Kouga Municipality is constantly working for the people and this can be seen from its many other successes.

Since the DA took over the government of Kouga in August 2016 the municipality has distributed 1827 title deeds.

The DA Kouga government also switched on electricity to more than 500 households in areas such as Donkerhoek and Kruisfontein.

“A DA government brought the change that created One South Africa for All in the  Municipality.

This kind of change speeds up the delivery of quality services which the DA is committed to bring to the whole of the Eastern Cape,” said Andrew Whitfield, the DA Provincial Chairperson.

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Óver 1800 title deeds handed out in Kouga

October 14, 2018

Hankey was the final stop for the first leg of Kouga Municipality’s community outreach programme of issuing title deeds to long-awaiting home-owners across the region.

The Vusumzi Landu Hall was buzzing, with residents coming to collect the document which confirms them as property owners.

Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said the municipality was proud of being a catalyst for people’s self-determination and development.

“We are happy that we are able to affirm you as owners of your properties, to bring an end to all the uncertainty and to allow you to use your ownership status to exploit opportunities in business and education and to leave a secured legacy for generations of your families,” he said.

Most of the houses were registered in 2006 with the Deeds Office, but the title deeds were never given to their owners.

“We have made it our mission, as this leadership, that no title deed must remain with the municipality or any government institution, but must reside with the rightful owner,” he said.

The Mayor hand-delivered title deeds to three elderly and frail residents who could not make it to the gathering due to age and ill-health.

Among them was 92-year-old Andries Amsterdam who said he would treasure the document with his life.

“You leave me here a happy man, a very happy man. I will now be able to pass this house on to those who come after me without any uncertainties when the time comes for me to depart,” he said.

In total 319 title deeds were issued in Hankey over two days.

Residents who are unsure of their status are encouraged to inquire with the municipality’s Human Settlements officials at all units.

Our Communities need to be safe

October 10, 2018

The residents of Ward 5 in Humansdorp made it clear at the IDP meeting last night that they feel unsafe on their streets and in their homes.

Youngsters who are high on drugs and armed with pangas are roaming the neighbourhood and there was even a murder on Sunday where a young man was stabbed to death.

The DA has a plan to make our police service honest, professional and effective in fighting crime. We will focus on:

  1. Fighting corruption within the police;
  2. Retraining police officers to serve and protect with pride;
  3. Hiring people with a passion for policing;
  4. Instituting an effective drug-busting force within the South African Police Service; and
  5. Ensuring that law and order is maintained in our communities and that there are effective arrests, prosecutions and convictions of criminals.

Lets vote for change in 2019 and make our streets safe again.

 

Join Team One South Africa!

October 8, 2018

Thousands of South Africans have already signed up as activists for the DA’s 2019 Election Campaign.

Whether it be through online campaigning, going door to door, or working at your local voting station on election day, you can help spread our message of change.

Join Team One South Africa to help us realise the vision of Nelson Mandela.

Together, we can build One South Africa for All!

Join the team by clicking https://www.teamonesouthafrica.co.za/

DA-governed Kouga Municipality reduces title deed backlog

October 4, 2018

The DA-governed Kouga Local Municipality has handed out the last of a backlog of almost 1700 title deeds.

Mayor Horatio Hendricks handing out title deeds in Hankey yesterday with 100 year old Mr Thomas Bambani eventually receiving his title deed.

Mayor Horatio Hendricks handing out a long overdue title deed

Under the failing and uncaring ANC-led Kouga Municipality a backlog of title deeds, stretching over a period of more than two decades, was created.

 Since the DA took over the government of Kouga in August 2016 the municipality has now distributed 1688 title deeds.

Some KwaNomzamo residents have waited since 1996 before receiving title deeds from the DA government.

ANC Ward Councillor Velile Vumazonke waited since 1998 before he recently received his title deed in Humansdorp.

The former ANC Speaker of Council, Magdalene Dhlomo, also received her deed in Patensie.

Title deeds were handed out in the following areas:

Thornhill – 205
Kruisfontein, Humansdorp – 631
Sea Vista, St Francis Bay – 87
Patensie – 194
Pellsrus, Jeffreys Bay – 141
Hankey – 324
KwaNomzamo, Humansdorp – 106

“Mayor Hendricks said it best when he stated that giving people ownership of their properties is an effective means of empowering them and allowing them access to the economy,” said Andrew Whitfield, the chairperson of the DA in the Eastern Cape.

“The DA government in Kouga has brought the change that residents voted for in 2016.

This is the kind of change which the DA can bring to the whole of the Eastern Cape in 2019,” added Whitfield.

Suspension of Nelson Mandela Bay City Manager a blow to clean governance

October 3, 2018

The suspension of Mr Johann Mettler as Nelson Mandela Bay City Manager is a huge blow to clean governance in the Metro.

The ANC-led coalition of corruption has, at the insistence of their executive mayor, Mongameli Bobani, suspended someone that made a tremendous contribution to turning the fortunes of the City around.

Bobani has always had a vendetta against Mr Mettler and yesterday he eventually got his way.

The charges against Mr Mettler are trumped up and he has fully and comprehensively replied to the allegations.

2019 DA election manifesto

Mr Mettler is widely considered to be one of the best Municipal Managers in the country. He is held in such high regard that a former Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Pravin Gordhan, seconded him to NMB.

During Mettler’s term of office corruption to the tune of hundreds of millions of Rand was exposed and many dubious contracts set aside.

The coalition government led by former NMB Executive Mayor Athol Trollip took a principled decision to keep politics out of the administration.

The coalition government, with the assistance of Mr Mettler achieved amongst others the following:

– Exposed the IPTS corruption network;

– Exposed the Access Facilities Management corruption;

– Implemented a credible performance management system for senior and middle management;

– Oversaw the implementation of a bucket eradication program. In less than 24 months bucket toilets was reduced by more than 60%;

– Negotiated the successful return of the Housing Competency for NMB as from 1 July 2019;

– Completely overhauled the Supply Chain Management (SCM) processes in order to safeguard against corruption; and

– Severely reduced Fruitless, Wasteful, Unauthorized and Irregular Expenditure.

Although Mettler is likely to be vindicated at the end of the process, the City is set to be the biggest loser. Not only have we lost an extremely competent administrator but it is also highly likely that we will have to pay Mettler a substantial settlement.

This opens the Metro up to more looting, as was the status quo before the failing ANC before it was removed from government in 2016.

By Nqaba Bhanga – Eastern Cape Provincial Leader and Premier Candidate

Stop the attack on South African citizens

October 2, 2018

On Wednesday, petrol goes up again – the seventh increase in just 10 months. This time by a record 99c per litre.

Our government is making the people of this country pay for its corruption and mismanagement, roughly one third (R5.30) – of the cost of petrol per litre goes directly to government via the General Fuel Levy & Road Accident Fund Levy.

South Africans are getting poorer, and the government’s answer to this is to increase the cost of living for all South Africans.

Enough is enough. Sign the petition by clicking the link below

https://www.stopthetaxattack.co.za

If taxi fares go up, you could pay R447 more every month!

People are struggling to make ends meet, and the ANC’s tax attack continues unabated.

In 2018 alone, the ANC-government has increased:

  • Value Added Tax (VAT)
  • Income Tax increase
  • Sin tax
  • Sugar tax
  • RAF & General Fuel Levy

The fact is that South Africans are being made to pay for the ANC’s corruption and mismanagement of the economy over the last decade.

The fuel levy in neighbouring countries is minuscule compared to ours. Botswana adds just 40c per litre, while the ANC government adds R5.30 per litre.

The ANC must immediately reduce the Road Accident Fund and general fuel levy by at least R1, and balance the budget by CUTTING corruption – not taking from the pockets of the people.

If you stand with us, sign the petition and share it with your friends.

 

Our promise to South Africa

October 1, 2018

The 2019 National and Provincial election is the most important in the history of democratic South Africa.

This is our promise to all South Africans.

2019 DA election manifesto

2019 election campaign launched at Cape St Francis

September 30, 2018

The DA in Kouga launched its 2019 election campaign in Cape St Francis yesterday.

The constituency meeting was also attended by the DA in Kou Kamma.

“We will focus on five key issues namely: corruption, crime, jobs, immigration and service delivery – what we call our “agenda for change”, said Malcolm Figg, the leader of the DA in the region.

“These are the issues that really matter to South Africans. And they are issues which only the DA has a clear and credible plan to deal with.

Our message speaks to fighting corruption and state capture, and ridding our country of this scourge for good.

Our message speaks to fixing our Police Force so that it can actually protect and serve the people.

Right now, our Police Force can’t keep our communities safe. They’re not properly trained to do so, and they are riddled with corruption.

The DA will transform SAPS into a lean, clean crime-fighting machine.

We will only hire people with a passion for policing, and we will retrain existing officers so they can serve and protect with pride.

We will also bring back the gang and drug units that were disbanded by the ANC government so that we can keep our communities in places like Humansdorp, and particularly our young people, safe.

Our message speaks to the crucial issue of employment, and how we can ensure that all South Africans have fair access to jobs.

And when I say jobs, I mean real long-term, sustainable jobs.

Only the DA has a plan to harness the power of the private sector and the power of the entrepreneur to create these jobs.

We have proven this beyond all doubt in the province and Metros and municipalities like Kouga where we govern. In the last year, three-quarters of all new jobs were created in the DA-run Western Cape.

We must break down our State Owned Enterprises, we must make sure our cities can build sustainable infrastructure, and we must allow small businesses to thrive. This is our agenda for change.

But our goal is not only to help create new jobs. It is also about making sure that young people have the skills and experience to make the most of these opportunities.

We have some big plans to achieve this, like a year of voluntary national service for school leavers, and a network of job centres throughout the country.

Our message speaks to the urgent need to secure our country’s borders, welcoming those who want to come here legally, but shutting out those who try to do so illegally.

We’ll do so by strengthening our border posts and ridding Home Affairs of corruption, but also by supporting and caring for legitimate refugees and asylum seekers.

No country in the world can afford uncontrolled immigration, and particularly not a country where resources are as scarce as ours.

We need a government that is prepared to lead on this – a government that won’t allow this dangerous powder keg to be left unchecked.

Under the DA, we will immediately restore the law and order that this government has been unable to maintain.

Our message speaks to a better quality of life for our people by speeding up the delivery of basic services to all communities.

Living without these basic services is robbing people of their dignity.

The DA has a plan to speed up the delivery of basic services.

By cleaning up provincial governments we will ensure that the people’s money is spent on the people at a local level.

This includes managing the allocation of government housing in a fair and transparent manner.

Lets build One South Africa for all” said Figg.

Mayor Bongani Baloyi assaulted at community meeting

September 29, 2018

The Democratic Alliance has expressed its shock over the violent assault on the Executive Mayor of Midvaal, Bongani Baloyi by ANC members this morning.

Mayor Baloyi immediately opened a case of assault with intention to cause grievous bodily harm against the ANC thugs.

However, when the Mayor was on his way to open a case at the police station, the key suspect followed him and lied to the police that the Mayor attacked him. Absurdly, the Baloyi was also placed under arrest along with the suspect.

The Mayor was physically attacked in ward 11, Savannah City during the municipality’s launch of Arbor Day.

The event started peacefully, however when Baloyi was about to go to the podium to address the community, ANC members approached him and tried to take the microphone away from him. They physically pushed the Mayor and hit him with a rock.

Midvaal is one of the best governed municipalities in Gauteng and has received clean audits since DA took over this municipality from the ANC.