From the desk of Mayor Elza Van Lingen – 20 January 2017

Once again Kouga has been packed with holidaymakers during the festive season and it was pleasing to note that as a Municipality, we achieved our goals that were set out in the 100 day plan.

The peak season was always going to be critical when we took over in August 2016 and the new Mayoral Committee worked closely with the officials to make sure Kouga Municipality was as prepared as possible for the influx of people.

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We identified shortcomings in equipment (mainly vehicles) and manpower and moved to address these shortcomings by hiring additional vehicles and hiring seasonal staff to make sure we delivered services during the season.

Thousands of potholes were repaired in the buildup to December, roads signage was painted, light bulbs were replaced and public open spaces were neatened up during October and November.

All the hard work of our officials paid off, and we have received numerous compliments from our holidaymakers who said that they could see a difference, when compared to 2015.

One holidaymaker, who has been coming to the Jeffreys Bay Caravan Park for the past 35 years, remarked that the Park has never been this secure (we employed 6 security guards) and hasnt been this clean in many years.

Of course there were going to be problems and our game plan was to react quickly when a problem occurred and to sort it out timeously.

Water pipes did burst, there were sewage spills and we did lose power from time to time.

However, our staff worked extremely hard throughout the season and ensured that the Municipality delivered services that will see holidaymakers return in 2017.

I would personally like to thank each and every employee of Kouga Municipality who worked tirelessly over the festive season for all their efforts and commitment.

Together we will take the Kouga Municipality to greater heights than ever before.

Regards

Elza

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5 Responses to “From the desk of Mayor Elza Van Lingen – 20 January 2017”

  1. Daniel Boyens Says:

    Dit is totaal onprakties om derduisende vakansie gangers in ‘n gebied wat oor slegs een honderd meter strek (vlaggies was presies 100 meter van mekaar af) tot die afgebakende baai gebied te beperk. Dan moet die baaiers nog die baie ”bughie borde” van agter af ook in gedagte hou wat in hul vasry.

    Baken die gebied Desember maande oor 300 meter af, kry drie lewensredders op 3 hoë stoele wat die hele baai gebied dan behoorlik kan dophou, dit gee die baaiers en die ”bughie borde” entoesiate meer spasie om die water te kan geniet.

    Andersins was alles netjies.

  2. Manie kleynhans Says:

    Thank you for the great work done it was a pleasant holiday.

  3. Elizabeth Horne Says:

    Congratulations but the first aid kit provided by the Municipality to the SFB main beach lifeguards is for shark attacks and can only be used by a doctor. It was woefully out of date as well.
    A first aid kit for cuts, burns and stings is a necessity. The ablutions at the beach need urgent attention as well.

  4. Marié Bothma Says:

    Ja baie dankie🙏hier het groot veranderings plaasgevind – waardeer.
    Ons wag nog net dat Johan Muller Boulevard reggemaak moet word – dit het baie negatiewe aanmerkings van vakansiegangers in Paradysstrand uitgelok terwyl ons bly verskoning maak dat die DA Munisipaliteit hul beste doen.
    Erf 1205 oorlaai lê met droë takke en n gevaar inhou vir ons almal in die straat. Ek het al verskeie kere daaroor gepraat met die Sekretaresse van Elsa en beloftes is gemaak maar niks is gedoen nie. Dit laat my en my buurman se erf baie sleg lyk terwyl ons self due sypaadjies voor ons huuse en aan die anderkant van straat skoon hou. Ons weet julle was besig oir due seisoen maar jan daar nie niu asb daarna gekyk word nie ek vra mooi. Dankie byvoorbaat.

  5. Shev Says:

    Ablutions at the Main beach at Nevil road desperate need of a revamp, showers not user friendly & often spilling out water. Also
    the carpark at the Pumphouse /river. Look like driving on the moon!
    Signage for visitors. Cars parked outside Rambling Rose & tenant square parked right up to the so no walking space for pedestrians.
    St Francis dearly needs sidewalks & a park for the children.

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