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Rubbish Bins handed out in Hankey & Patensie

May 4, 2019

In a move set to change the face of refuse collection Kouga Municipality has started distributing wheelie bins to households for free.

Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said the first 3 600 wheelie bins were being distributed to homes at Hankey and Patensie this week, with procurement for a further 2 000 in the current financial year underway.

“Our aim is to replace black bags with wheelie bins across the region over the next five years,” he said.

“The advantages are numerous. Not only will it help us cut down on plastic waste, but it will also boost efforts by the municipality and communities to keep Kouga clean.”

Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said wheelie bins had proven to be a far more hygienic and safer way of storing and collecting refuse.

“One of the big challenges our refuse crews face on a daily basis is the tearing open of black bags by rats, stray dogs and goats. The wheelie bins will help to minimise this and create a cleaner and healthier environment for our residents,” Benson said.

“The bins will also help to reduce injuries to our refuse collectors. The black bags often break when loaded into the compactor trucks and staff can then be injured by sharp items or broken glass.”

The Mayor said the bins were being delivered directly to households at Hankey and Patensie this week.

“Each bin has a unique serial number and the home-owner must sign for it on receipt. We do, however, encourage residents to paint their street number on the bin as well, so that it is easily identifiable.”

Hendricks said the bins would be emptied on the same day as refuse collection is currently done.

“We will be emptying the wheelie bins at Hankey and Patensie for the first time on May 8.

“Residents are asked to ensure that their bins are on the pavement by 07:30 on the day and then to return them to their properties as quickly as possible once they have been emptied.”

He cautioned that only refuse in the bin would be collected and that households should take care not to place heavy items in the bins, making it impossible to move or lift them.

“There are guidelines as to what residents may and may not dispose of in the wheelie bins. Flyers in English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa are being distributed along with the bins to guide residents on their use.”

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The DA in Kouga is ready for 2019

April 27, 2019

The Eastern Cape provincial premier candidate of the DA, Nqaba Bhanga led a march in Kruisfontein and Arcadia in Humansdorp yesterday that was attended by close to 1000 people.

Bhanga was joined by the Kouga Member of Parliament Malcolm Figg, Kouga Mayor Horatio Hendricks, together with Mayoral Committee Councillors and Ward Councillors of the DA.

They were joined by close to 1000 people as the march wound its way from Kruisfontein to the Civic Hall in Arcadia in Humansdorp.

At the Civic, Mayor Hendricks made it clear that the ANC will never ever again rule in Kouga.

“When we took over in 2016, it was said that it would take ten years to turn service delivery around but we have made huge progress in only two years.

We have improved things that the ANC could not pull off in 15 years,” said Hendricks to the approval of the residents who attended the meeting.

The Provincial leader of the DA, Nqaba Bhanga then said that the DA wants a Police Force that is honest and professional and will protect the community that they serve.

“The Police need people who want to be Police and not people who are just looking for a job,”said Bhanga.

“The Police need to fight corruption and to keep us safe and protect our communities from criminals and gangsters who are terrorizing even the people of Kruisfontein and Arcadia,” added Bhanga.

The National and Provincial elections take place on 8 May 2019.

Hankey housing project back on track

April 4, 2019

MORE than 700 households at Hankey are in high spirits following confirmation that the building of RDP houses in the area is back on track.

Kouga Speaker Hattingh Bornman said work on the long-awaited Hankey housing project, which will cater for 738 households, is set to start this year.

The site where the houses will be built, includes the land where the informal settlement Stofwolk is situated and a strip running from Rosedale around the cemetery towards Centerton.

“The layout plan was recently approved by Council and a land surveyor has been appointed to peg the site,” he said.

“A total of 200 RDP houses will be built where Stofwolk currently stands. The remaining 538 houses will be built along the strip.”

He said a transfer site, with services, will be developed on the open land towards Rosedale, so as to accommodate Stofwolk residents while the site is being pegged and internal services are being installed.

“We expect the installation of internal services to start this year, as the East Cape Department of Human Settlements has budgeted for the project in the 2019/2020 financial year,” he said.

“We will be meeting with the Department biweekly, including a joint site visit next week, so that any potential hold-ups are identified and dealt with swiftly.

“Hankey residents have been waiting for this project to get off the ground for many years and we do not want there to be any further delays.”

He said the provisional beneficiary list could be viewed at the Ward Councillor’s Office and the Vusumzi Landu Hall.

“We would like to caution residents that this is not the final list. The names on the list are those whose names appear on the National Housing Needs Register.

“These names will now be prescreened by the provincial Human Settlements Department. Once this process has been completed, the list of those applicants who qualify, will be submitted to the Kouga Council for approval.

“Once that list has been approved, each prospective beneficiary will have to complete a subsidy application form for final vetting and approval by the provincial Department,” he explained.

He invited Hankey residents whose names do not appear on the provisional list but who did submit their names, to visit the municipality’s Human Settlements section so that this could be corrected.

“We are very pleased that we have been able to get the project back on track and want to see everything happening in a fair and transparent manner. We look forward to working closing with the Hankey community to ensure the success of the project.”

Sarah Baartman Centre – ANC’s legacy in Kouga

January 10, 2019

The Sarah Baartman Remembrance Centre in Hankey in the Eastern Cape remains unfinished, four years down the line.

DA MP Malcolm Figg said that poor planning and even worse workmanship contributed to the people of Hankey not benefitting from this R165m government project.

He said during an oversight visit to the construction site on Wednesday that the heritage centre is being built by the national Department of Public Works on behalf of the national Department of Arts and Culture.

“The centre aims to boost the local economy, create jobs and honour the late Sarah Baartman,” he said.

Construction on the project started in April 2014 and has now been delayed by more than two years.

“The completion date of October 2016 was missed and the new promised completion date of March 2019, is clearly a pipe dream,” Figg said.

He was accompanied on the visit by MP, Phumzile van Damme and MPL’s Bobby Stevenson and Andrew Whitfield. They were joined by the Mayor of Kouga, Horatio Hendricks and his Mayco members Brian Ndhlulu, Frances Baxter, Brenton Williams and Speaker of Council Hattingh Borman.

Vandals target Weston water supply

August 17, 2018

The valve of the Weston reservoir at Hankey was smashed by vandals during Wednesday night.

This means the Weston community will now not have tap water at all, even during those hours when the water would have been turned on.

The municipality is delivering water with tankers and bottled water will also be available from the community hall.

The Kouga Dam which supplies water to the towns of Hankey and Patensie is below 7 % of capacity, leaving the Kouga Municipality no choice but to ration water.

ANC’s bungles delay jobs for the poor of Hankey

June 5, 2018

Poor planning and even worse workmanship have contributed to the people of Hankey not benefitting from a R 165 million government project, which was supposed to create much needed job opportunities.

The completion of the Sarah Baartman Remembrance Centre, of which construction started in April 2014, has now been delayed by almost two years.

“The completion date of October 2016 is long gone and during an oversight inspection today, I was informed this date has now been moved to May 2019,” said Malcolm Figg, Tsitsi-Kouga Constituency Leader.

“The original contractor ran into money problems and ceded the project to another contractor in October 2017. Unrest due to workers not being paid by the first contractor had in the past caused numerous delays and I was told yesterday the project is now only between 60% and 70% complete. But I have seen very little progress since I visited the site two years ago.

Shoddy workmanship and the ceding of the contract will now lead to a budget increase. At this stage quantity surveyors are still calculating how many more millions will be poured into this debacle.

During an oversight inspection today I have seen very little evidence of a project warranting the spending of R165 million and I am also very sceptical of the alleged job opportunities this project is supposed to create.” added Figg.

“The Department of Arts and Culture stated that during the construction phase 1 000 jobs would be created and after completion 34 people would be permanently employed, but yesterday only 110 people were actively working on site. It seems, that contrary to the department’s promises, not many poor people are benefitting from this project.

The ANC government is failing the impoverished and unemployed people of Hankey. This centre can entice tourist to visit the town and can create many more indirect job opportunities.

Only the DA can bring the Change that will ensure that money for government projects is spent wisely, projects are completed timeously and that jobs are created for the poor,” said Figg.

Kouga rolls out rainwater harvesting in the Gamtoos Valley

March 31, 2018

Rainwater harvesting is being rolled out to the Gamtoos Valley as part of Kouga Municipality’s ongoing efforts to achieve water security for its towns.

Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said a total of R 770 000 was approved on the 2017/2018 adjustments budget to purchase and install rainwater tanks.

“Our first focus will be the towns of Hankey and Patensie, which are in the most immediate danger of running out of water,” she said. “Both towns depend on the Kouga Dam for water and the dam level has fallen to 11,55% this week.”

She said rainwater tanks would be installed at municipal buildings and other strategic locations at a cost of R 500 000 while the remaining R 270 000 would be used to install rainwater tanks at the homes of elderly and disabled residents.

“Our target is to install at least 40 rainwater tanks at the homes of vulnerable residents with this allocation.”

She said rainwater harvesting was also one of the programmes Kouga would be working on jointly with the German municipality Ilsfeld.

“Our proposal to Ilsfeld was for the installation of 750 tanks, gutters and plinths at Patensie and 1 100 at Hankey. The initial cost estimate for this is about R15-million.”

The Mayor said while the municipality would continue drilling for water at Hankey, the target aquifer is located very deep.

“We will need to use different drilling methods which cost far more and for which funding needs to be sourced.”

She said Council already had to reprioritise its annual budget to make funds available for the implementation of drought-relief mea-sures.

“Money for the upgrading of roads was just about cut in half – from R1,15 million to R650 000 – in October last year.

“We also had to reallocate the R2,5-million that was initially approved for the replacement of the water tower at the Jeffreys Bay Water Treatment Works and a further R2-million that had been set aside for an electrical transformer.”

She said further reallocations also had to be made during the adjustments budget process in February.

“The drought is a tremendous threat to all of Kouga’s people. We would like to thank residents for their efforts to save water and urge everyone to continue using water very sparingly.”

Water supply to Hankey and Patensie is in critical situation

January 3, 2018

The towns of Hankey and Patensie have just about used up their water quotas for the period ending June 2018.

As a result, water shedding will soon have to be introduced. More info will be communicated in due course.

In the meantime, all residents and businesses are urged to use water extremely sparingly and only when absolutely necessary.

We need to make the little bit of water that is left, go as far as is possible.

Kouga Mayor helps unpaid workers

September 29, 2017

Kouga Mayor Elza van Lingen reached out to workers from the Sarah Baartman Centre of Remembrance yesterday.

The workers have not been paid their salaries by the Department of Public Works’ contractor and are battling to put food on their families’ tables.

The Mayor arranged with a business from Humansdorp for food to be delivered to those affected this morning.

SASSA has also agreed to provide food parcels to the workers next week.

The Mayor has further been in contact with the Department of Public Works and other roleplayers to help the workers secure their outstanding monies.

Apply for development and mentoring programme

September 28, 2016

An entrepreneurial development training and mentoring programme for existing micro to small businesses, employing one to three employees, will be held from November 2016 to February 2018.

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The project is aimed at improving and streamlining small businesses in Humansdorp, Jeffreys Bay, St Francis Bay, Hankey and Patensie for future growth.

The programme will consist of one-on-one training over a 15-month period at the successful applicant’s workplace.

Applicants must be willing to join and participate in the Business Club, be entrepreneurs for peer training, and be prepared to undergo participative training and mentoring over a 15-month period.

The project partners are the Small Business Development Agency (SEDA), the German International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Central Business Academy Pty Ltd, the Kouga Business Forum (KBF) and the Kouga Municipality.

The programme is free.

Applicants will participate in an interview and selection process, as only 100 candidates will be accommodated.

To apply, applicants must send a one paragraph description of their business, number of employees, physical address and contact details to albie@astonbay.co.za before October 3, 2016.