The leader of the DA in the Eastern Cape, Athol Trollip hosted a town hall meeting at the Newton Hall in Jeffreys Bay last night.
About 200 people braved the chilly evening to attend the meeting with Trollip stressing the importance of the DA pulling out all the stops to win the Kouga in 2016.
‘We cannot have a split vote in 2016 and the residents of Kouga proved in last year’s National election that they want DA Governance in Kouga when 52 % of the voters decided to cast their ballot for the DA,” said Trollip.
“The Agriculture and Tourism industries need to be nurtured in Kouga to ensure sustainable job creation in the area.
Events like the JBay Winterfest need to be supported and it is wonderful to see all the international surfers and their entourage back in town for the JBay Open of Surfing and they are spending their dollars in the town, boosting the local economy.”
Addressing problems facing residents, Trollip said that basic municipal services like refuse collection can be sorted out so that residents don’t have to live with rubbish littering their streets.
“It will take hard work and commitment to solve the problems facing Jeffreys Bay, but I am confident that the DA has a strong team in Kouga and will be up to the task come 2016.
“The DA will be visiting residents and doing door to door campaigns to ensure everyone is registered and able to vote in 2016. All I ask is that people must not split the vote again and hand the Municipality to the ANC as Kouga cannot afford another five years of incompetent governance,” added Trollip.
Resident of St Francis Bay are invited to attend a public meeting with Trollip at the Village Hall tonight at 6 pm.
The next local government election will take place in 2016 and will decide who will govern the Kouga Municipality.