We will clean up Kouga

 

Hon Speaker, as you may recall, our goal is to showcase Kouga with pride during the upcoming holiday season.

We had meetings with the Municipal Manager, Senior Officials and the Unions.  Everyone is committed to turn this ship around.

Horatio Hendricks and Elza Van Lingen are the new Speaker and Mayor of Kouga. Photo: Clive Wright

Horatio Hendricks and Elza Van Lingen are the new Speaker and Mayor of Kouga. Photo: Clive Wright

What we must remember is that as a Council we must create an atmosphere that is conducive for business do business and create jobs.

Firstly, we must secure our current jobs and those are mostly in agriculture and tourism.

When it comes to our citrus, vegetable and dairy export products our irrigable water is subject to European Union testing and water contamination can and will destroy our export products and the jobs we are trying to retain.

Today we commit to stop all sewerage spills in Kouga.  Every spill must be reported to the Municipal Manager and within 3 days it must be stopped permanently.

In Kouga we have the densest dairy herd population in SA – between 17 & 21 animals per square km.

Herd bio-security is of cardinal importance and commercial farmers can manage their own responsibilities.

However, our stray animals from our township settlements are a threat to human and animal health if proper animals husbandry is not practiced.

We tried to set up a meeting with the Dept of Agriculture this week, but the meeting was cancelled at the last minute.

The Department will have to take ownership of this problem. It is not only a road safety issue.

The general productivity in Kouga must be stepped up, which brings us to the EPWP workers.

We promised to clean Kouga up and it poses to be a problem because of two issues namely vehicles and staff or EPWP workers.

Of the 1200 / 2000 EPWP workers employed in Kouga, only 97 are employed by the municipality.

Plans are under way to get these workers to pick up litter all over Kouga.

The second problem is of greater concern.  The current fleet is under the management of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and it needs to be moved to Infrastructure, Planning and Development.

However we await a plan to ensure there will be sufficient vehicles for service delivery now and for the holiday season when our numbers quadruple.

We also need to look at the financial viability of most of the vehicles.

We have a number of pressing environmental issues where the Coastal Management Plan and several project management plans must be implemented and we refer to Oyster Bay, St Francis Bay and the Seekoei River.

Electricity security is also of vital importance and the line upgrade between Geelhoutboom & Jeffreys Bay is critical.  The R1,5m on budget is too little to secure electricity.

Water quality and availability in Jeffreys Bay and Oyster Bay is critical and immediate attention must be paid to these problems.

We hope that we can all take hands and make Kouga work, whether we are individuals, business, of residents.

Before we moan, please advise what each one of us can do to make Kouga work for all of us.

Elza Van Lingen speech in Council – 9 September 2016

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10 Responses to “We will clean up Kouga”

  1. Susan Potgieter Says:

    Suggestion: Combine the clean-up campaign with a recycle project?

  2. Annalien Says:

    Kan daar ook aandag aan straat ligte gegee word aangesien dit kan help met inwoners se veiligheid saans en is straat beligting van uiterste belang vir ons almal.

  3. Paul Pezarro Says:

    Could Mayor van Lingen please comment on the case of Municipal Director for Infrastructure and Development, Mr Victor Felton, who was suspended on full pay (R78 000 per month) in August 2014 by the previous ANC administration. This has ben a classic case of fruitless and wasteful expenditure of R1 872 000 by the previous administration. The nature of the charges levelled against Mr Felton were never disclosed so one cannot comment on the merits or otherwise of the case. But to allow it to drag on for over two years was the height of irresponsibility.

  4. Sue Says:

    Hi, do you have any plans/solutions for the Sea Vista shack development and the garbage problem there? Any plans for implementing recycling in the area? Is there anything we as residents can do to help with this?

  5. Bev Says:

    Can we not follow what they are doing in George re garbage and recycling? Whenever the garbage collectors come you receive black bags plus green bags. Black for garbage, green for recycle. I do not know if this was a Municipal initiative, it seemed so, because it all happened together. The one truck would follow the other. Then every household would also participate in recycling.

    • Sue Says:

      Yes PLEASE PLEASE introduce recycling!!! And make it easy for people by providing bags and instructions and pick ups😀

  6. Albert Scott Says:

    Hankey and Patensie is the gateway to the Baviaanskloof, therefore a large drive through for tourists – plean clean up the mess and dumpings next to the main road – it is sore sight for the eyes. Especially through Hankey.

  7. Tony Butler Says:

    Before fixing potholes or any other such issues which are important to the more affluent members of our community please attend to the squalor that prevails in our shanty towns. This is a time bomb waiting to explode! We need to do some basic things such as sanitation and basic amenities. Thank you

  8. Hester van Kradenburg Says:

    Hi goeie more hier uit Paradysstrand. Hier gaan dit redelik goed ons wonder maar oor ons strate se hertel na Des toe??? Kan julle dalk aanduideing gee.

    Groetnis

    Hester van Kradenburg Guy Laan 38

  9. Pieter Luyt Says:

    In die lig daarvan dat toerisme een van die Munisipaliteit se hoofbronne van inkomste is, gaan die Jeffreysbaai woonwapark nog verkoop word? Indien wel, sal dit ‘n hartseer dag wees.

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