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From the desk of Mayor Elza Van Lingen – 18 November 2016

November 18, 2016

A Kouga high school has been employing drastic tactics to improve its matric results.

Lungiso Public School at KwaNomzamo, Humansdorp, has for the past three years held matric camps which require all their Grade 12 learners to remain on the school grounds for the duration of their final examinations.

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The programme has enabled the school to improve its matric pass rate from a dismal 47% in 2012 to more than 80% over the past three years.

The school is aiming for a 90% minimum this year.

School principal Sebenzile Hoko said the success of the programme relied on the commitment of the teachers, who receive nothing extra to supervise learners after hours, and a high level of discipline from those writing.

“Our school does not have a hostel, which means learners have to make do with classrooms as sleeping quarters. Together with the School Governing Body and parents, we try to make the environment as homely as possible for the youngsters,” he said.

Hoko said the school adopted the radical approach to give their learners the best chance they could and to win back the confidence of the community in the school.

“There are many social factors which impede on learners’ ability to study when they are at home,” he said.

The daily programme consists of physical training, prayer services and study sessions.

Meals are prepared and served on site three times a day and this is mostly where the school needs a hand.

“We serve a poor community, which means we have to rely on good Samaritans to ensure that no learner writes on an empty stomach,” said Hoko.

I would personally like to congratulate the school for their efforts in improving education.

What they have achieved, is phenomenal. I applaud all involved in this initiative to help ensure that poverty does not become an educational impediment for our children.

I urge those who could make contributions to do so as this would go towards a good cause.

People who wish to know how to help Lungiso with any of the basic needs can contact Mr Hoko on 073 206 6887 or the Secretary Nangamso Mnaphu on 072 560 3080.

Regards

Elza

Humansdorp Sewage Plant is dysfunctional

September 30, 2016

Untreated sewage is being released from the Humansdorp Sewage Plant and is entering into the environment, creating a health risk to the residents of Kwananzamo.

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“Nosimo Balindlela, the DA Shadow Minister for Water and Sanitation visited the Sewage Plant with me in July this year and we took samples of the water being released from the Plant,” said Kouga Mayor Elza Van Lingen.

“We were shocked to discover that raw sewage was being released and that the Plant was totally dysfunctional. There were not even chemicals at the Plant to treat the sewage.”

Balindlela then laid criminal charges against Sidney Fadi, the Municipal Manager for the sewage spills that end up in a nearby dam as well as in a canal next to the side of the road leading to Kwananzamo.

“In August, the Department of Environmental Affairs inspected the Sewage Plant and confirmed that untreated sewage runs out from the Plant and ends up in a dam.

They were also very concerned that residents and animals have access to the raw sewage,” said Van Lingen.

The Director of Public Prosecutions is now considering the laying of several charges against Mr Fadi, the Municipal Manager of Kouga.

‘Among the charges being contemplated are the contravention of Section 151 of the National Water Act in that the sewage plant is not being properly operated and maintained, treated effluent contains faecel coliforms is being released from the Plant, which in turn is detrimentally affecting a water resource and the environment,” added Van Lingen.

“I have already made an appeal to the Department of Rural Development to make funds available to upgrade the Sewage Plant as we cannot accept our residents facing such a dangerous health hazard and our environment being polluted with raw sewage.

I am also investigating when the new Waste Water Treatment Plant being built by Woodlands Dairy will come on-stream, which will take a lot of pressure off the Humansdorp Sewage Plant, that is over capacity at present.

“Kouga Municipality is also upgrading the Kruisfontein Waste Water Treatment Plant and this process will be completed in the 2018/19 financial year,” concluded Van Lingen.

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.

Humansdorp turns Blue for final DA Rally

August 1, 2016

The DA ended their formal election campaign with mass rally in Humansdorp yesterday.

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Over 700 attended the rally, where Mayoral candidate Elza Van Lingen introduced all the Ward and PR candidates to the cheers of the crowd.

“We are going to win Kouga and we will bring change to the lives of the people of Kouga,” said Van Lingen.

“The DA is in it to win it and we ask that everyone goes to their voting station on Wednesday and votes for us.

Together we can bring hope to all the people of Kouga. Together, we can stop corruption and clean up our towns.

We have had enough of the sewage spills, we have had enough of empty promises. Its time for change in Kouga,” said Van Lingen.

Lennit Max, the Western Cape MEC was the guest speaker and said that people are migrating to the Western Cape because they are seeking a better life.

“Service delivery is happening in the Western Cape and service delivery will happen in Kouga after 3 August. Vote DA and see what change will take place in your towns,” said Max.

The election takes place on Wednesday 3 August and the voting stations are open from 7 am – 7 pm.

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

Election fever hits Kouga

June 21, 2016

The build up to the 2016 Municipal Election started in earnest with Democratic Alliance national leaders visiting various towns in the Kouga over the weekend.

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Nosimo Balindlela at the street meeting in Ocean View

On Friday, the former premier of the Eastern Cape, Nosimo Balindlela visited St Francis Bay, Humansdorp and Jeffreys Bay and told the communities that she left the ANC because of corruption.

“They are corrupt and they didn’t like it when I told them,” said Balindlela at a packed meeting at the Sea Vista Community Hall.

“I also said they didn’t treat Thabo Mbeki properly, which made me unpopular, but I left the ANC with my character intact and joined the DA where I truly found a family where skin colour makes no difference,” added Nosimo, who is the DA’s shadow minister of Sanitation.

Over 200 people attended a street meeting with Balindlela on Sunday afternoon in Ocean View, where shouts of “enough is enough” resounded amongst the community who attended the meeting.

The DA’s Mayoral candidate for the Kouga, Elza Van Lingen said that the people of Ocean View have suffered enough.

“Look at the rubbish laying around that is never collected by the Municipality. The people have to walk through sewage on a daily basis and the Jeffreys Bay High School does not have text books for the children,” said Van Lingen.

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Change is coming to the Kouga!

On Monday, the Deputy Leader of the DA, Desiree Van Der Walt spoke to a packed audience at the Marina Martinique Hall, where she said that Kouga has a chance to vote in a government that can make a difference.

“The DA has a track record of good governance in the Western Cape. No other party in South Africa can claim this, including the minority parties like the Freedom Front and the ACDP. Where have they governed and what have they ever delivered?” questioned Van Der Walt.

She also warned of the dangers of splitting the vote in Kouga.

“The people of Kouga must understand the consequences of splitting the vote. The 2016 Election is all about service delivery.

Do you want your roads to be maintained, do you want the sewage spills to stop, do you want the rubbish that is blowing around to be collected? Do you want your rates and taxes to be spend properly on the services that you pay for?

This is what you are voting for on 3 August,” said Van Der Walt to the audience of 120 people.

Desiree Van Der Walt warned about a split vote in Kouga.

Desiree Van Der Walt warned about a split vote in Kouga.

Residents who would like to apply for a special vote are urged to contact their DA Councillor who can arrange to have the form completed and handed into the IEC office.

Special votes will take place on 1 and 2 August while the main voting day is 3 August with residents being able to cast their vote between 7 am and 7 pm.

Nosimo Balindlela in Kouga this weekend

June 17, 2016

With fewer than two months before the most critical election that has ever taken place in Kouga occurs on August 3, voters will have a chance to meet Nosimo Balindlela, who will be campaigning in Kouga over the weekend.

Nosimo Balindela will be campaigning in Kouga this wekend

Nosimo Balindela will be campaigning in Kouga this weekend

Balindlela, who is the DA’s Shadow Minister of Water and Sanitation, will be holding a public meeting in Sea Vista on Friday, June 17. Nosimo was the premier of the Eastern Cape before she joined the DA. The public meeting will start at 18:00 in the Sea View Community Hall.

Balindlela will hold another public meeting in Ocean View on Sunday afternoon at 3 pm, following a church service that will also be held in Ocean View.

The street meeting will take place on the open piece of ground at the top of Jacob Zuma Road.

On Monday, June 20, the DA’s Mayoral Candidate for Kouga, Elza Van Lingen, will be speaking at two public meetings, one in Jeffreys Bay and the other in Humansdorp.

Van Lingen will introduce the DA’s candidates in the election to the public and also discuss the DA’s Election Manifesto as well as the dangers of splitting the vote in Kouga.

Desiree Van Der Walt will be speaking at meetings in Jeffreys Bay and Humansdorp

Desiree Van Der Walt will be speaking at meetings in Jeffreys Bay and Humansdorp

Elza will be joined by guest speaker Desiree Van Der Walt, the DA’s Shadow Deputy Minister of Education who has also served as the DA Caucus leader in the Limpopo Province.

The Jeffreys Bay meeting will be held at the Marina Martinique Hall and starts at 12:00, while the Humansdorp meeting will start at the Boutique Hotel in Humansdorp at 17:30.

All voters are invited to attend the meetings.

Meet Mmusi Maimane in Humansdorp on Monday

May 21, 2016

The leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA), Mmusi Maimane, will hold a street meeting in Humansdorp this Monday.

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Maimane will be at The Point in Arcadia from 13:00 to 14:00. He will be joined by DA Mayoral candidates Elza van Lingen (Kouga) and Athol Trollip (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan).

“We are very excited that Maimane and Trollip will be joining us in Humansdorp. We invite all our supporters to come and meet the DA leaders and hear what their vision is for a South Africa and a Kouga under DA governance,” says Van Lingen.

The municipal election will be held on August 3 and will determine who will govern Kouga for the next five years.

At present the ANC control the Council with 15 seats, with the DA being the official opposition with 14 seats.

For more information, contact the DA office at 042 295 1851.

DA launches election campaign in Kouga

April 29, 2016

The Democratic Alliance in Kouga celebrated Freedom Day with a huge motorcade that visited voters in both Jeffreys Bay and Humansdorp.

DA candidates Bryan Ndlulu, Elza Van Lingen and Robin Jantjies at a street meeting in Ocean View

DA candidates Bryan Ndlulu, Elza Van Lingen and Robin Jantjies at a street meeting in Ocean View

“With less than 100 days until the 2016 Municipal Election, we signalled our intent to win the Kouga Municipality with a motorcade and numerous street meetings on Freedom Day,” said Mayoral candidate Elza Van Lingen.

“People want a freedom they can use and are tired of the empty promises of the ANC in Kouga. We will stop the corruption, improve service delivery and create much needed jobs for the people of Kouga,” added Van Lingen.

Change is coming to Kouga

Change is coming to Kouga

The motorcade and street meetings reached thousands of voters in some of the most marginalised areas of Kouga, including Ocean View, Maak n Las and Kwananzamo.

“I have never seen a motorcade as large or more effective and the vibe out on the streets was awesome,” said DA campaign Manager Hattingh Borman.

“We will be celebrating workers day by doing another motorcade – this time in Hankey and Patensie and we are looking forward to introducing our candidates to the people of the Gamtoos on Monday.”

The Municipal election is set to be held on 3 August 2016.

Kouga Vehicle Testing Centre still non-operational

November 30, 2015

The vehicle testing centre of Kouga Municipality has been out of order since March this year, which means that no vehicles could be tested by this municipal department for the past eight months.

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The technical equipment valued at about R130,000 was apparently flooded and completely damaged in a rainstorm.

The insurance company paid the amount out to Kouga Municipality in June this year, but replacing the equipment has been stuck in a supply chain management process.

“Having spoken to the official in charge of the Kouga Traffic Department, it was clear that the first call for submission of tenders was unsuccessful,” said Elza Van Lingen, the leader of the Democratic Alliance in Kouga.

“Less than three tenders were received. The tender process now has to be redone to comply with municipal legislation,” added Van Lingen.

There are concerns that this process will not even commence before January 2016. In the meantime residents have their vehicles tested at a private company at almost double the cost.

“There must be better efficiency in restoring much needed operations.

The fact that one must follow supply chain management procedures, does not mean that an important function such as this must take so long to be actioned again,” said Van Lingen.