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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.

Kom ons gesels met Annette Steyn

July 18, 2016

Annete Steyn

Mmusi Maimane and Helen Zille visit the Kouga

July 4, 2016

The top leadership of the Democratic Alliance visited Kouga over the past week, with large crowds being drawn to all the events held in Hankey, Humansdorp and St Francis Bay.

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Mmusi Maimane kicked things off with a massive street meeting in Hankey, which was attended by around 750 people last Wednesday.

Maimane spoke about corruption that has spread like a cancer in South Africa and starts from the very top of the national government.

“South Africa cannot afford to pay R 250 million for a house for one person, nor can we afford to pay R 4 billion for an air plane for one person.

It’s time for change in South Africa and that change must begin on 3 August in the 2016 election right here in Hankey,” said Maimane to an appreciative crowd.

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John Moodey, the leader of the DA in Gauteng spoke to about 300 people in a packed hall at Kruisfontein Civic in the evening.

“We have experienced nothing but disappointment since 1994 and its time to vote in a new government in Kouga, in Nelson Mandela Bay and in Johannesburg,” said Moodey.

The DA held its provincial council meeting in Cape St Francis over the weekend, with Helen Zille being the key speaker.

Zille then went to Sea Vista for a public meeting, which was crammed, despite the cold and chilly weather conditions.

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Zille spoke about the changes that the DA have brought to Cape Town, where over 60 % of the budget is allocated to uplifting the lives of the most vulnerable of the citizens of Cape Town.

“It is unacceptable that the people of Sea Vista must live in the conditions they are living in at present.

The DA has proven in the Western Cape that we can turn things around and we will do the same in Kouga after 3 August,” said Helen.

Zille then attended a public meeting in Joubertina, together with DA Mayoral candidate in Nelson Mandela Bay, Athol Trollip.

The meeting was once again packed with DA supporters, who enthusiastically engaged with both Zille and Trollip.

To view more pictures and video’s of the events, visit the Democratic Alliance Facebook page

Meet Mmusi Maimane in Hankey on Wednesday

June 28, 2016

The leader of the Democratic Alliance Mmusi Maimane will be hosting a public meeting in Hankey tomorrow (Wednesday 29 June).

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Mmusi will be accompanied by Athol Trollip, the Mayoral candidate in Nelson Mandela Bay, as well as John Moodey, the DA provincial chairperson of Gauteng.

“We invite the business community as well as the farmers to come and join at in Hankey and experience the momentum the DA has gained in Kouga in the build up to the election on 3 August,” said Elza Van Lingen, the DA’s Mayoral candidate in Kouga.

The meeting starts at 12:30 PM and Maimane is expected to join just after 1 PM.

Vote for change and lets save Kouga

Mmusi visits Humansdorp

May 27, 2016

On Monday, DA leader, Mmusi Maimane, accompanied by Athol Trollip, traveled through from Port Elizabeth to visit the Kouga town of Humansdorp.

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Before the main speech, Mmusi, along with Athol Trollip and Kouga Mayoral candidate, Elza van Lingen, paid a visit to Kwananzamo in order to connect with its residents on a more personal level.

On arrival they were quickly encircled by many members of the community, cheering excitedly.

Athol began by addressing the community with an admirable and vibrant message in isiXhosa. Mmusi then addressed the crowd by passionately speaking about the mission of the DA.

After his address, Mmusi was surrounded by tumultuous applause and high-pitched cheers.

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The DA team then made the short trip to Arcadia where just under 1000 excited supporters were waiting.

Mmusi made an invigorating speech. Each spectator cheered harmoniously, as he stood on a platform sharing his dream and passion for the New South Africa where every man, woman and child has equal opportunity.

With each passing second, the energy grew and at the end of his speech, the people threw their fists in the air as a sign of becoming united as one.

Viva DA!

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DA celebrates Workers Day in Kouga

May 3, 2016

The DA held a motorcade that visited Thornhill, Loerie, Hankey and Patensie, and once again we reached thousands of voters.

Elza Van Lingen on the campaign trial in Loerie

Elza Van Lingen on the campaign trial in Loerie

Street meetings were held in each of these towns and the Ward candidates, Aaron Nkomo, Frances Baxter, Sakhiwo Nangu & Basil Jafta were well received by the various communities.

The DA Mayoral Candidate for Kouga, Elza Van Lingen was part of the motorcade and she made speeches in which she spelt out the DA manifesto for Kouga, which is centred around improved service delivery, job creation and the stopping corruption.

DA Leader Mmusi Maimane was in Cape Town for workers day and he honoured the millions of working South Africans who help build South Africa every day, forming the backbone of our economy.

“Workers who provide services, teach our children, build infrastructure, make products and look after us in hospitals. Without them, our country would simply not move forward.

Yet while we celebrate Workers’ Day, we cannot forget that 1 in every 3 people in South Africa currently cannot find work.

While the struggle pre 1994 was to secure workers’ rights, the struggle post 1994 is the struggle for jobs and employment.

Viva DA Viva

Viva DA Viva

Political freedom has been attained; yet economic freedom is still a pipedream for the 8.2 million jobless South Africans.”

The ANC is taking South Africa in the wrong direction. They are creating jobs only for their friends and families, and not for the millions who are unemployed. This isn’t fair.

The DA is making progress where we govern, although we still have much more to do. We want to bring this change to your own municipality on 3 August 2016.

This is change that will create jobs, and deliver real economic freedom to our people,” said Maimane.

Otto Williams RIP

December 23, 2015

It is with profound sadness that we hear of the sudden passing or our DA member Otto Mlinndi Williams.  

Otto Williams, Nosimo Balindela and Jan Joy

Otto Williams with Nosimo Balindela and Cllr Jan Joy

Our sincere and heartfelt condolences to Nomisa, his children and his family.

Otto was the mayor of Hankey in the period before all the municipalities in Kouga were amalgamated into Kouga municipality.  

He also served as an ANC Cllr in Cacadu (now Sarah Baartman District Municiplity) as chief whip and later Mayoral Committee member.  

In 2013 he joined the DA and stood as a DA candidate in Hankey for the by-elections in that ward.  Otto was again an aspirant candidate for the DA for the 2016 local government elections.

Although Otto suffered of poor health he continued to serve in the church and in the community.  We will feel his loss.

May his soul rest in peace.

DA to lay charges for World Cup soccer bribe

September 21, 2015

The DA  will be laying charges of fraud and corruption against two members of the South African World Cup Bid Committee and the Local Organising Committee.

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DA MP and spokesperson on Sport, Solly Malatsi, says this has to do with the alleged payment of a $10 million dollar bribe, as he put it, to Concaf for its diaspora legacy programme.

Malatsi will be joined by DA MP and spokesperson on Justice, Advocate Glynnis Breytenbach, in laying the charges at the Cape Town police station on Monday.

He says while the 2010 World Cup will remain one of South Africa’s shining achievements, it is vitally important to hold those guilty of corruption to account.

The DA has not yet named the two individuals against whom the charges will be laid.

In earlier media reports, the former head of the Local Organising Committee, Danny Jordaan, denied that the $10 million dollars was a bribe.

The other person named in connection with the money was then Safa president Molefi Oliphant.

Patensie residents have no water

September 17, 2015

Patensie residents have been without water for 11 days due to several water pipe bursts and broken pressure valves.

The Kouga Dam is overflowing but the water isnt getting to Patensie. Photo: Sunelle Whitehead

The Kouga Dam is overflowing but the water isnt getting to Patensie. Photo: Sunelle Whitehead

According to furious residents they were without water since September 5 and took the matter to their local DA ward councillor, Jan Joy three days later.

“The Democratic Alliance (DA) referred the matter directly to municipal manager Sydney Fadi, who explained that it was a burst pipe and that the matter was resolved,” says Joy.

“Since then the water was off most of the time and there has been little pressure. The workers claimed that another pipe had burst, and that they turned the water off for the reservoir to fill up first.”

Six days later, residents were still without water. Water was being carted into Verge-noeg and Noorshoek. According to Joy, the delay is due the Kouga Municipality waiting on a pressure valve from a service provider which is only due by September 16.

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“The fact that residents can be left without water for 11 days is completely unacceptable,” says Joy. “It is unacceptable that it takes the municipality such a long time to establish the actual problem and then having to wait for delivery.

Efficient service delivery, especially as far as water is concerned, is a necessity. Water is life, and even sewerage systems cannot operate without it.

“Patensie has just gone through a major sewerage infrastructure upgrade, and simple problem identification and repair of such an elementary issue cannot be tolerated.”

Source: News 24

Five centuries ago Africa was booming: it can rise again

September 9, 2015

The first European explorers were amazed at the continent’s wealth.

The sun will always rise over Africa. What the continent and South Africa needs is good governance

The sun will always rise over Africa. What the continent and South Africa needs is good governance

When Portuguese explorers first arrived on the east African coast at the turn of the 16th century, an anonymous recorder on the voyage of Pedro Alvares Cabral noted of Kilwa (off the coast of present-day Tanzania):

“This island is small, near the mainland, and is a beautiful country. The houses are high like those of Spain. In this land there are rich merchants, and there is much gold and silver and amber and musks and pearls.

Those of the land wear clothes of fine cotton and of silk and many fine things and they are black men.”

The “Africa rising” story of booming economies and growing middle classes is important in correcting the global perception of Africa, for Africa has not always been in decline.

The 500 years after the European arrival in Africa saw an increasing integration of Africa into the global economy, but often on terms which worked against Africa’s interests: the slave trade through the end of the 19th century, then European colonial rule to the 1960s.

The challenge of development has been the story since, as Africa struggled with the legacies of colonial rule, its marginal share of global trade, and corrupt and dictatorial leadership.

In the first decade of the 21st century, the tide seemed to have turned: six of the 10 fastest growing economies in the world were in sub-Saharan Africa: Mozambique, Rwanda, Angola, Nigeria, Chad and Ethiopia.

While some benefitted from the rising oil price, Mozambique’s oil production was yet to come on line, and Rwanda and Ethiopia are not oil producers. As a region, sub-Saharan Africa grew at an average of 5% during the first 15 years of the new millennium, a sharp departure from the 1980s, which went down in history as Africa’s lost decade.

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The Economist once called Africa the “hopeless continent”. In its “Africa Rising” cover story in March 2013, the same magazine predicted that the average African economy will outpace its Asian counterpart.

This pendulum swing has been as refreshing as it has been uplifting for a continent that had misery and destitution as its key tropes. However, it is also true that poverty has remained widespread.

Between 1990 and 2010 the number of people in poverty increased from 289 million to more than 413 million, compromising the prospects of meeting the first millennium development goal, of eradicating extreme poverty.

And the sharp decline in global prices for commodities such as oil and copper since last year have raised major challenges, especially in major oil-exporting countries such Angola and Nigeria where oil accounts for more than 90% of export earnings. Today Africa’s share of global trade remains less than 3%.

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