A well run Municipality does not have potholes, broken streetlights and crumbling infrastructure. People have a good quality of life.
They have access to excellent and affordable basic services, safe roads and well-maintained public spaces.
In these communities there is a high level of trust – where the public know what their money is being spent on and have a say in their government and planning for the future.
Ensuring fairness for all residents is a key goal of well run Municipalities. There is transparency and the best skilled people are always hired.
Things did not always run this well. When the DA took power, the Kouga was plagued by political instability and financial mismanagement.
Staff was being suspended, often for no valid reasons. This instability in the administration has had negative consequences and led to a demoralized work force.
When we won Kouga in 2016 we opened the tender procedures of the municipality to allow for more oversight, we placed a moratorium on relatives of Councillors and officials doing business with the municipality.
We created a fairer Municipality, by ensuring that money is spent wisely on delivery in areas that need it most and we ensured nepotism and political affiliation does not determine who benefits from jobs, tenders and services.
People enjoy a better quality of life because more people have access to better quality services.
Refuse is collected timeously with water and electricity losses curtailed.
Roads are resurfaced at regular intervals and there is a repair plan in place throughout Kouga.
Infrastructure has been upgraded to ensure developments and housing projects can be embarked upon.
Sidewalks and road signage are well maintained and an Environmental Office has been appointed to ensure compliance with all legislation and effective usage of the Environmental Management Fund.
Community expertise is effectively managed to help run the Municipality and financial administration and controls are introduced with zero tolerance for corruption and fraud.
Kouga has a ward based IDP which is linked to the budget and is a working document.
Vote DA on 3 August and become part of a well run Kouga Municipality.
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