Archive for the ‘Hankey & Patensie’ Category

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 before October 3, 2016.

Kom ons gesels met Annette Steyn

July 18, 2016

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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.