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Hundreds of Kouga residents receive ownership of their houses on Mandela Day

July 19, 2018

More than 600 residents received the title deeds to their RDP houses at a special Nelson Mandela Day event at Humansdorp yesterday (Wednesday, 18 July).

The event was one of three activities hosted by Kouga Municipality in celebration of late President Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday.

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Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said 631 title deeds were handed out to residents from the Humansdorp suburbs of Youth Camp, Vaaldam, Gill Marcus and old Arcadia at the Kruisfontein Community Hall.

“These beneficiaries have been waiting for more than a decade for the title deeds to their houses. Some have even been waiting for more than 20 years.

“Several of the recipients are over 70 years old and have never had proof that they own their homes. We changed that today by giving them what is rightfully theirs.”

One of the oldest recipients, 78-year-old Willie Hendricks, said it was a proud day for him.

“I now have the peace of mind that my house will go to my daughter when I pass on.

“She has sacrificed so much for me by looking after me all these years. It gives me great comfort knowing she will have a house to call her own one day,” said Hendricks, who lost his one leg to gangrene and might have to have the other one amputated as well.

“It’s also just wonderful having so many people here, visiting me, on this special day.”

Some of the title deed recipients at the Kruisfontein Civic in Humansdorp.

Mayor Hendricks said giving people title deeds to their houses was an effective means of empowering communities economically and restoring human dignity.

“The plight of dispossessed people is best addressed through expanding ownership of land and property. The right to own land speaks to the restoration of human dignity, which lay very close to Tata Madiba’s heart.”

He said the Mandela Day programme followed on the work started by his predecessor, the late Elza van Lingen, at Thornhill on Human Rights Day when she distributed more than 200 title deeds to residents.

“Since her passing, we have come across a further 1 688 title deeds that have been lying around in store rooms and offices at the municipality for years.

“Today marks the handing over of the first batch of these. The remaining 1057 will be handed out at Sea Vista, KwaNomzamo, Patensie, Hankey, Jeffreys Bay and Thornhill from August to October.

“We also expect to find more title deeds and will ensure that each one of them reach the rightful recipient.”

In addition to the title deed programme, Kouga Municipality also fixed up the house of KwaNomzamo’s oldest resident, Rosy Napu (108 yrs) on Nelson Mandela Day.

The municipality further partnered with the Fountains Mall to collect used or spare baby clothing, to be distributed to organisations that work with orphaned and vulnerable babies.

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Lights get switched on in Humansdorp

July 9, 2018

The DA led Kouga Municipality officially turned on the lights for the Kruisfontein community in Humansdorp recently.

Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said it was a special moment for Kouga as the new housing development called Kruisfontein 391 received its power connection.

“People have been waiting for many years for service delivery to take place in Kouga and I am very proud to see that taking place in Kruisfontein and would like to thank the community for their patience,” said Hendricks.

The 391 houses that have been built in Kruisfontein are the first of a number of housing projects that have been unlocked since 2016 when the DA took over the Kouga Municipality.

229 houses will be built in Pellsrus and 1500 in Ocean View, while the Municipality is also busy handing out title deeds, some dating back to 2001.

Weapons discovered at Humansdorp Court

June 26, 2018

The discovery of dangerous weapons at the Humansdorp Magistrate’s office reveals a shocking lack of security.

An oversight inspection by Henni Britz, a DA councillor in the Sarah Baartman District Municipality, to the Court building on 21 June 2018, revealed concerning and unsafe conditions for the staff and members of the public alike.

The total lack of security measures at this court building resulted in dangerous weapons being discovered and confiscated on Wednesday, 20 June 2018.

In one instance, two men entered the court building armed with knives, and on the morning of 21 June 2018 a concealed panga-type weapon was discovered in the only male toilets opposite the chief magistrate’s chambers.

No arrests were made by the security guards on duty at the time, and no case was opened with the South African Police Service (SAPS).

Members of the public, accused and witnesses alike, have full access to magistrates’ chambers.

On the day of the oversight inspection, only one visible security guard was on duty at the entrance, without any metal detectors in sight.

This is not an acceptable professional environment where the lives of magistrates, public prosecutors and court personnel are endangered on a daily basis.

Plans to extend and secure this building have been in place since 2006, but no progress has been made by the Department of Public Works, or the Department of Justice.

The building falls under the National Department of Public Works and upgrades were approved 12 years ago.

Even so, upgrades, approved at much later dates, have been done to the magistrates’ courts in Hankey, Patensie and Joubertina.

“As Shadow Minister for Public Works I will now ask parliamentary questions from the Minister for Public Works on why the status quo at the Humansdorp Court remains,” said Malcolm Figg, the Tsitsi-Kouga Constituency Leader and DA Shadow Minister for Public Works .

“It is an indictment against the government that after all these years a safe and adequate court building cannot be provided for our magistracy and other officials serving the community.

South Africans need to feel safe and be safe in cities and towns they call home. The DA would bring change that will provide security services to prevent crime and protect the community,” added Figg.

Freedom Day celebrated in Kouga

April 28, 2018

Kouga was blue yesterday as the DA celebrated Freedom Day with beach cleanups, door to door meetings, braai’s and a public meetings.

The DA is growing in Kouga. We need a freedom we can use.

Freedom Day is an annual celebration of South Africa’s first non-racial democratic elections of 1994.

The 1994 election paved the way towards a new democratic dispensation and a new constitution for the country. The elections took place in a peaceful and festive atmosphere and saw Nelson Mandela become the first President of a democratic South Africa.

Of South Africa’s 22, 7 million eligible voters, 19.7 million voted in the 1994 national election.

Ward 5 is a DA ward where Freedom Day was celebrated with a braai with the community

The election was won by the ANC with 62.65 % of the vote.

The National Party (NP) received 20.39 %, Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) 10.54 %, Freedom Front (FF) 2.2 %, Democratic Party (DP) 1.7 %, Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) 1.2 % and the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) 0.5 %.

This shows just how much the modern day Democratic Alliance has grown during democracy. In the 2014 national election, the DA won 22 % of the vote and are the official opposition in Parliament.

Celebrating our natural assets with a beach cleanup in Jeffreys Bay

“Celebrating Freedom Day is about celebrating individual freedoms and human rights that were hard-earned.

It is now up to us to make a difference and to defend and extend those freedoms and rights to all South Africans,” said Henni Britz the DA Constituency Chairperson for Kouga and Kou Kamma municipalities.

“There was strong political campaigning, respectful and disciplined as we celebrated Freedom Day in Humansdorp,” said Kouga Mayor Horatio Hendricks.

“A number of new DA youth members and adult members signed up in Kwanomzamo yesterday as our activists went door to door and talking to residents about a better life for all in 2019 and beyond,” added Hendricks.

DA retains Ward 5 with a resounding victory

December 14, 2017

The DA stronghold of Ward 5 in Humansdorp proved unassailable for all opposition candidates as Wilma Coenraad claimed a resounding victory for the party in yesterday’s by-election.

In addition to winning the ward, the DA showed strong growth in Vaaldam, which traditionally was an ANC dominated voting station.

The DA received the majority of the vote at the Kruisfontein Civic voting station, with voters clearly signifying that the Kouga Municipality is moving in the right direction under DA governance.

The actual results were:

DA 763
ANC 612
Independent 517
EFF 8
Spoilt ballots 21

Total vote 1921

Registered voters 3622
Voter turnout 53,03 %

The continual erosion of support for the ANC on both a national and local level was again highlighted in the ward 5 by-election as the party struggled to get more votes than an independent candidate.

“We appreciate the vote of support from Ward 5 and will continue with our mandate of delivering services to all the residents of Kouga,” said Mayor Elza Van Lingen.

“After decades of mismanagement, there is still a lot of work to be done in Kouga but we are on the right track and will turn the Municipality into a world class organisation that serves the people.

Congratulations to Councillor Wilma Coenraad. I know she will do a great job representing the people of Ward 5 and will make a positive contribution to Council,” added Van Lingen.

A Vote for Wilma is a Vote for Service Delivery

December 13, 2017

To all our Ward 5 voters- please get to the voting station early as strong wind is expected from lunch time today.

We will have drivers operating throughout the ward to ensure everyone has the opportunity to vote.

Lets keep ward 5 blue today – ward 5 is DA country!

Vote for Wilma Coenraad!

Historic handover of RDP houses in Humansdorp

December 11, 2017

Thirty five families from Humansdorp received the biggest Christmas presents of their lives today when the first RDP houses of the Kruisfontein 391 project were handed over.

Kouga Mayor Elza van Lingen said it was a joyful day for Kruisfontein.

“No houses have been built in Kouga for the past 11 years and residents have been waiting patiently for this project to get going since it was approved in 2009. It is a big day for Humansdorp and our region as a whole,” she said.

“It is heartening that local and provincial government were able to work together for the community and to ensure a new beginning for these beneficiaries.”

MEC Helen Sauls-August and the East Cape Department of Human Settlements were also in attendance as hundreds of residents gathered at Kruisfontein for the hand-over.

Ribbons were cut at three houses while the remaining 32 beneficiaries were introduced to the community at a ceremony.

Among the first three beneficiaries who received their houses from the Mayor and MEC, was Paulina Magielies, a 62-year-old widow who depends on her pension to look after herself and two adopted sons, Shelton Boesak (14) and Clayton Magielies (12).

Mrs Magielies said she and the boys have had to share a house with her mother as she could not afford to get her own place.

“This is such a special day for our family. I have always trusted in God to look after us and today is an answer to my prayers,” she said.

Also among the first three beneficiaries, was Connie Kabani (37), whose mother, Georgina, was one of the original beneficiaries of the housing project but sadly passed away before her house was completed.

“I had to leave school when I was in grade 11 to work and look after my mother, as she was very ill. I have been the breadwinner of my family ever since. It hasn’t been easy. Receiving this house is an incredible blessing,” she said.

The last of the first three beneficiaries were the Adams family, who earlier this year lost everything in a fire.

Spaas Adams, who was at the hand-over with her 11-year-old daughter Ilse, thanked the Department of Human Settelements and Kouga Municipality for giving them a place of their own to celebrate Christmas and the new year.

“It is a new beginning for us,” she said.

Getting to know Wilma Coenraad

December 11, 2017

Wilma Coenraad is the DA’s candidate for the Ward 5 by-election that is taking place in Ward 5, Humansdorp on Wednesday 13 December.

Lets get to know Wilma:

  • Ward 5 Kouga DA candidate.
  • Born in 1969 in Kamiesbos. Resident of Kouga for the past 47 years.
  • Joined the DA in 2000.
  • Member of the local CPF (Community Policing Forum).
  • Married to Henry and they have three children and one grandchild.
  • Her passion is to serve the community.

“I want to work with and for the community. I will work closely with the Municipality to ensure that all the residents of ward 5 continue to receive quality services.” – Ward 5 DA Candidate, Wilma Coenraad.

MY PRIORITIES:

A clean environment:

A clean environment is important to me. I will continue with cleanup campaigns to ensure that all the residents live in an area that they can be proud of.

Service delivery:

I will work with the Municipality to ensure that all the residents continue to receive the best service delivery. I will address community issues and help to find solutions.

Communication:

I will hold regular meetings with the residents of our ward. I will give feedback from the Municipality about any developments in our ward.

Can I vote in this election?

You can if you are registered at one of these voting stations in Ward 5 Kouga:

10120015 KRUISFONTEIN CIVIC CENTRE
10120060 VAALDAM COMMUNITY CRECHE

To check, sms your ID mumber to 32810

New plan to maintain gravel roads in Kouga

December 10, 2017

Kouga has rolled out a new maintenance plan for gravel roads across the region.

Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said many of the municipality’s gravel roads were in a shocking condition following years of neglect.

“The municipality does not own its own grader. We have, however, set aside funds to hire a grader, which will be used from town to town to grade those roads most in need of attention,” she said.

Kouga has a total of 87,5km of municipal gravel roads of which almost half is in Humansdorp.

Kruisfontein has almost 33km of gravel roads while KwaNomzamo has just more than 8km.”

“We have already started grading roads in Kruisfontein and aim to move to KwaNomzamo by December,” she said.

New booking system for Humansdorp Traffic Department

November 24, 2017

A new booking system has been introduced at the Kouga Traffic Department in Humansdorp to save residents from having to spend hours in queues.

Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said the new system enabled residents to book a slot telephonically or in person to submit their applications for learner’s or driver’s licences at the Traffic Department.

“Applying for a learner’s or driver’s licence can take anything from 15 to 30 minutes. This is because eye tests and fingerprints also need to be done as part of the process,” she said

“In the past this meant that residents often had to spend hours queuing, waiting for their turn to submit their applications.

“With the new system, you can now book a specific slot to visit the Department and submit your licence application. Slots can be booked either telephonically at 042 200 2200 or in person at the Traffic Department.”

She said residents who booked, would be allocated a specific date and time for them to submit their licence applications to the Traffic Department.

“If you make the booking in person, you will be given the forms you need to fill in for completion at home.

“If you book telephonically, we ask that you be at the Traffic Department at least 15 minutes before your allocated slot as you need to complete the forms beforehand,” she said.

Residents are further encouraged, when booking, to check what documents they need to bring along for the application process to go smoothly.

“We expect the new booking system to make a significant change to the way business is conducted at the Traffic Department,” she said.

“Time is precious and we will do all we can to ensure our residents receive prompt service.”