Archive for the ‘Jeffreys Bay’ Category

600 tons of rubbish collected

June 28, 2017

Some 600 tons of rubbish were collected at Jeffreys Bay as Kouga Mayor Elza van Lingen moved her clean-up intervention into second gear.

More than 100 community members took part in the massive clean-up, which stretched over five days and covered the areas of Pellsrus, Tokyo Sexwale, Mandela Bay and Ocean View.

Mayor Van Lingen says illegal dumping sites, sidewalks and open spaces were cleared of all manner of waste, from empty bottles and dirty nappies to broken appliances and building rubble.

“The cleansing teams collected more than 600 cubic metres of rubbish – that’s roughly equal to 600 tonnes – in the five days and carted it to the regional waste site at Humansdorp,” she says.

“We are grateful to them for doing such a great job and making a visible difference to their communities.”

She said owners of open plots where rubble or garden refuse were being kept, would also be notified to have it removed.

The Mayor said casual littering and illegal dumping were two of the big challenges facing communities and the municipality.

“The municipality has accelerated its drive to keep Kouga clean, and we want to call on communities to join us in this war on waste.

“A clean area improves everyone’s quality of life and makes for happier and healthier communities.

“It also helps to create job opportunities because a clean area is more attractive to tourists and creates a good impression on potential investors.”

Van Lingen says the municipality would be putting up extra signage to warn against illegal dumping and that action would be taken against perpetrators.

She also calls on grown-ups to take children by the hand and teach them that littering was wrong and harmful to their environment.

The Kouga Mayoral Clean-up Intervention will be moving to Humansdorp this week.

Several smaller clean-ups were also held ahead of the massive Jeffreys Bay clean-up so as to help raise awareness of the need for communities and the municipality to band together in the war against waste.

Ward 3 IDP/Budget meeting takes place tonight at Newton Hall

April 11, 2017

Community consultation meetings about Kouga’s new draft Integrated Development Plan (IDP) for 2017/2022 and the draft budget for 2017/2018 start with Ward 3 this week.

Photo: Joey Nel

The meeting will take place at 6pm today, Tuesday, 11 April, at the Newton Hall, Jeffreys Bay.

Ward 3 is the lower section of Wavecrest, between AD Keet Street, Poplar, Noorsekloof and the sea.

All residents are encouraged to attend and participate actively in the governance of their ward.

Power cut in C Place today

March 28, 2017

The electricity to the bottom sections of Koraal Street and Barry Street in C-Place will be interrupted for about four hours from 9am today (28 March).

The interruption is necessary to repair a damaged cable.

We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and remind residents to treat all power points as live during the shutdown.

Regards

Elza Van Lingen

From the desk of Mayor Elza Van Lingen – 3 February 2017

February 3, 2017

On behalf of the Kouga Council I would like to apologize to the residents of Jeffreys Bay for the recent delay in refuse collection.

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Social Services Portfolio Councillor Danny Benson has informed me that the delay was due to an illegal go-slow by workers in the Cleansing and Parks Department.

Refuse collectors had to put in many extra hours over the Festive Season to cope with the holiday influx.

There has, however, been a delay in paying them a portion of their overtime.

We are grateful to the workers for going the extra mile over the holiday season.

They did fantastic work and we regret the delay in their payment.

Together with Finance Portfolio Councillor Brenton Williams, I met with the workers early last week where they were reassured that they would receive their overtime.

Despite our reassurances, they decided to embark on an illegal go-slow.

Alternative arrangements have been made to collect refuse but collection has happend later than usual.

Our sincere apologies go to the community of Jeffreys Bay.

We would like to assure residents that we are investigating both the delay in payment and the illegal go-slow.

Disciplinary action will be taken where necessary.

The Council will not be held to ransom by employees, especially when their actions impact negatively on communities.

Regards

Elza

Causeway not only a risk to motorists, Mayor warns

December 22, 2016

The Kouga Council has set out to find a permanent solution to the controversial causeway that connects Paradise Beach to Jeffreys Bay.

This follows a warning from experts that the unlawful breaching of the Seekoei River mouth has been increasing the safety risk to home-owners of properties located along the estuary.

Aston Bay

Aston Bay

Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said the problems at the causeway went back 40 years and that it was high time the municipality took these problems seriously and started working towards a permanent solution.

“We have great sympathy for residents who are concerned about their vehicles rusting when the water levels are high. We also understand that it is an inconvenience to use the alternative gravel road.

“Our preliminary investigations have, however, shown that while breaching the mouth helps to bring temporary relief to motorists, it actually compounds the problem by putting houses along the embankments at a higher risk of flooding,” she said.

She explained that the natural opening-and-closing cycle of the mouth had been severely disturbed because of the haphazard manner in which the causeway had been constructed. This, combined with the artificial breaching of the mouth, has further led to the extreme siltation of the estuary.

“It is this natural cycle which keeps the marine and plant life in the estuary healthy. The bad stench which is at times prevalent at the estuary is most often the result of fish and vegetation dying and rotting because the cycle has been broken,” she said.

“It is also because of this that the mouth no longer breaches naturally when the water level reaches a certain point.

“We’ve seen what happens to the causeway when there is heavy rain. More disturbing, is the increased risk that the embankments – where houses are located – will flood because the estuary has become too shallow to hold the water as it should.”

She said the Council has prioritised finding a permanent solution to the problem but cautioned that this could take time.

“We are, therefore, also looking at mitigating measures which can be introduced in the meantime to reduce the risk and inconvenience to motorists.”

She said the Council wanted to plea with residents to refrain from breaching the mouth unlawfully.

“As frustrating as it is, research shows that the short-term gains of breaching the mouth are grossly outweighed by the long-term negative effects.”

She said the municipality was already in consultation with the Department of Environmental Affairs about measures which could help reduce the risk to vehicles in the short term.

“We promise that we will be keeping residents updated about developments. This is a tough situation and there is no quick permanent fix. We will, however, not turn a blind eye to what is happening here. We have a responsibility to keep our people and their property safe.”

Water supply to Jeffreys Bay disrupted

December 13, 2016

The water supply from the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro to Jeffreys Bay, St Francis Bay and Humansdorp has been interrupted.

The Churchill Dam

The Churchill Dam

Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen would like to appeal to all residents and businesses to cut back water usage drastically or the taps will run dry.

“We receive the bulk of our water from the Metro through the Churchill pipeline.

There is still water in our reservoirs, but we do not know how long it is going to take the Metro to sort out the matter.

They are already looking for the problem so that it can be addressed as quickly as is possible,” she said.

Business opportunity for youth cooperative

December 1, 2016

A youth cooperative from Jeffreys Bay has joined forces with Kouga Municipality to offer business services to job seekers and entrepreneurs.

Kouga Local Economic Development (LED) Portfolio Councillor Bryan Dhludhlu said the cooperative, Young Generation, would be operating from a container at the parking area on the corner of St Francis Drive and Goedehoop Street.

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The container was handed over to the cooperative, Young Generation, by the municipality’s LED, Tourism & Creative Industries Directorate last week.

Dhudhlu said the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) and Coega Development Corporation (CDC) would also be assisting the cooperative.

“They will be receiving training and equipment. This will enable them to offer various services to the public, including, internet access and the drawing up of CVs and business plans.

“Once they have undergone training with CDC, the plan is to link them up to the corporation’s database as well, so that they will be able to keep locals updated about jobs being advertised,” he said.

Young Generation is a cooperative from Ward 2 and consists of Ilgin Grobbelaar, Bernard Draai, Taylon Hammond, Elviera Dolph and Dene Williams. The members are aged between 22 and 28.

“Unemployment among our youth is a big challenge across South Africa. The new Council will be doing everything we can to empower our youth and expose them to opportunities,” said Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen.

Blue flag status for Main Beach

November 17, 2016

Jeffreys Bay’s Main Beach has remained part of a group of elite beaches and top tourist spots around the world by once again securing Blue Flag status.

The Blue Flag went up at a ceremony held last Friday after the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (Wessa) gave the beach the nod as having met the stringent international criteria needed to acquire the status.

Photo: Joey Nel

Photo: Joey Nel

Among the requirements are pristine waters, a safe environment for beachgoers and bathers and accessibility for people with disabilities.

A notable addition to the features at the beach is the new lifeguard tower, providing lifeguards with a better view of activity in the water.

Kouga Social Services Portfolio Councillor Danny Benson said a lot of hard work went into ensuring that Kouga’s main beach met the criteria.

“As part of ensuring a safe environment for our beachgoers, we will have nine life guards and four law enforcement officers at Dolphin Beach.

“The life guards will work from 8 am till 6pm while the law enforcement officers will be on duty until 10pm,” said Benson.

The Blue Flag seasons runs from 1 November until the end of April next year.

There were messages of support from the Association of People with Disabilities (APD), the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), Kouga Business Forum and Sarah Baartman District Municipality. All stakeholders pledged their full commitment towards a successful season.

APD’s Jakkie Pieters said the beach was one of Kouga’s greatest assets and one of the most accessible beaches in the country for people with disabilities.

“This whole success became possible through partnerships with local government and other departments,” he said.

The new look at Main Beach. Photo: Joey Nel

The new look at Main Beach. Photo: Joey Nel

Speaking on behalf of the Executive Mayor, Finance Portfolio Councillor Brenton Williams said while the municipality was able to secure the Blue Flag, there were still a number of challenges that the municipality was working to resolve, such as the sewerage spills at Pellsrus Beach and people remaining at the beach till late when the lifeguards have already gone home.

“We will conduct regular water tests to ensure that our bathers are protected from contaminated water until we solve the problem permanently.

“Extra security will be deployed on the beaches to ensure people will be safe when enjoying the facility after the Blue Flag beach closes for the day.

Therefore, we will be deploying law enforcement until 10pm in the evenings so that visitors can make use of the beaches, which remain the primary reason why holiday-makers choose Jeffreys Bay as their holiday destination,” he said.

Williams also paid tribute to municipal staff for having made the achievement possible and thanked stakeholders and government departments for playing their different roles in helping.

Ward 8 AGM to take place on 29 November

November 15, 2016

The DA Ward Councillor for Ward 8 has given notice that their AGM will take place on the 29 th November at 10:00 at the Jeffreys Bay Golf Course.

Photo: Joey Nel

Photo: Joey Nel

“All members are invited to attend the meeting and we will be electing a new branch executive at the meeting,” said Ludwig Vorster.

Any queries can be directed to Ludwig via ludvorster@telkomsa.net or via 079 563 9076.

Interruption of water supply to Wavecrest

November 15, 2016

The water supply to upper Wavecrest (above AD Keet) will be interrupted for several hours today 15 November.

Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said the shutdown was necessary to repair a leak in the main waterline.

The water supply will be turned off from 8 am to 4 pm

The work is weather-dependent. In the event of rain the alternative date will be Thursday, 17 November.

She said the municipality regretted any inconvenience this might cause to residents.