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New Substation to provide reliable electricity supply to JBay

August 19, 2021

The new R3 million substation at Ocean View in Jeffreys Bay is set to provide more reliable electricity and services for residents and businesses in the area.

After five months of construction, the substation now brings Ocean View almost double its original capacity, from 4 Mega Volt Amps (MVA) to 7.315 MVA. This is the equivalent of lighting up 28 134 sixty Watt light bulbs.

Infrastructure and Engineering Portfolio Councillor, Willem Gertenbach, said it was decided at the end of last year to move the substation from its previous location to a more secure and safer site after numerous acts of vandalism by residents – causing major power failures in the area.

Municipal officials were also threatened and victimised when conducting repairs at the substation.

“The substation will not only increase the reliability of the electricity supply, but it will also improve network capacity, strengthen the electricity network, and ultimately reduce power interruptions,” he said.

“Residents from Pellsrus, Ocean View, and Tokyo Sexwale are set to benefit from the project, while the substation will also provide electricity to the planned housing project in Ocean View once completed.

“Marina Martinique residents, as well as homeowners from Aston Bay and Paradise Beach will also benefit, as there will be fewer power failures in the area due to illegal electricity connections.”

Gertenbach said the new substation shows residents where they municipality spend the money that is received from electricity tariffs.

“About 6% of the income that we make from electricity tariffs goes towards the repair and maintenance of our electricity grid, which includes new substations, power lines and meters,” he said.

Photo: At the substation are Kouga Area Engineer (Jeffreys Bay), Ndumiso Nongcaula (left) and Kouga Infrastructure and Engineering Portfolio Councillor, Willem Gertenbach (right).

Covid-19 eis oud stadsklerk

November 19, 2020

Dr. Nico Botha (78), oudstadsklerk van Bloemfontein, Plettenbergbaai en Jeffreysbaai en tot voor sy dood DA-raadslid van die Kouga-munisipaliteit, is Maandagaand in ’n hospitaal in Humansdorp aan Covid-19 dood.

Raadslid Nico Botha

Botha en sy vrou, Marietjie, het in ’n aftreeoord in Jeffreysbaai gebly.

Marietjie het ook Covid-19 opgedoen en sterk tuis aan.

Liana Steenkamp, hul dogter, sê haar ouers het einde Oktober Covid-19 opgedoen.

Die behandeling met hoëvloei-suurstof wat haar pa gekry het, het egter nie gehelp nie.

Hy het ná die strenger vlakke van inperking weer as DA-raadslid begin werk en hy “moes dit êrens opgedoen het”, sê sy.

Botha word oorleef deur sy vrou, Marietjie, hul kinders, Frikkie, Nico en Liana, en vier kleinkinders.

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History made as DA wins two environmental awards

September 23, 2020

The Democratic Alliance has won two awards in the prestigious Eco-Logic Awards hosted by Enviropaedia.

The DA won Gold in the Eco-Innovation category and Silver in the Eco-Build category for the plastic road which was built as a pilot project in Jeffreys Bay in the Kouga Municipality.


The event aims to identify individuals, organisations and communities that positively contribute to a sustainable world.

It is widely recognised as South Africa’s most glamorous green event and is made up out of 12 environmental categories, amongst others the Climate Change Award, the Water Conservation Award, the Eco-Build Award and the Eco-Innovation Award.

“I approached the DA-run Kouga Municipality, under the leadership of Mayor Horatio Hendriks, to pilot the project after facing a disappointing dead stop by the ANC in the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature, who vehemently opposed the idea,” said Vicky Knoetze, the DA MPL – DA Shadow MEC for Public Works in the Eastern Cape.

“The end result, which can been seen in Woltemade Street came about due to an amazing team effort by various role-players such as the Kouga Municipality, SP Excell, who built the project at no charge to the municipality, and MacRebur who supplied the plastic product for the pilot. Without these early-onset adopters, who believed in this idea, the project would not have been possible,” said Knoetze.

This innovative method of road construction replaces a large percentage of bitumen with waste plastic in the road’s construction process.

The result is a road using plastic as the polymer binder, which will suffer no potholes or edge breaks and will require no maintenance for up to 20 years, resulting in massive cost-savings.

The aim is to address a ‘triple threat’ of unemployment, the billion-rand roads maintenance backlog and also, very importantly, marine pollution.

A standard ‘plastic road’ will contain 1.5 tons of waste plastic (1.8 million plastic bags) per kilometre. Plastic that would otherwise have ended up on landfills or in the ocean.

This plastic would have to be collected, sorted and packaged, potentially providing an income for the unemployed, while simultaneously reducing the amount of plastic that can end up in oceans, of which South Africa is contributing approximately eight tons every year.

“The DA will remain the only party that is forward thinking, innovative and able to embrace the fourth industrial revolution in moving into the future, creating jobs and embracing change,” added Knoetze.

Caring for the elderly in Jeffreys Bay

August 4, 2020

A Jeffreys Bay councillor is helping to look after the frail and elderly in his ward.

Ludwig Vorster, the DA ward councillor for ward eight, recently delivered six new wheelchairs to the Amala Nursing Home.

The wheelchairs were bought through Kouga Municipality’s Ward Development Fund (WDF).

Amala matron, Estelle Botha, said the wheelchairs were heaven sent and would go a long way towards ensuring quality care for those who live at the nursing home.

Other projects that have been completed in ward 8 through the Ward Development Fund include new street name boards and speed bumps.

Speaker Hattingh Bornman joined Clr Vorster for the delivery of the wheelchairs.

Wheelie bin roll out in Jeffreys Bay

May 30, 2020

More than 10 000 households in Jeffreys Bay are set to receive wheelie bins over the next five weeks.

Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said the municipality’s Waste and Environmental Management section started distribution of wheelie bins in Ocean View, Pellsrus, Tokyo Sexwale and Mandela Bay this week.


“The roll-out will move to Aston Bay and Paradise Beach next week, followed by the remainder of Jeffreys Bay, including C-Place, Wavecrest and Kabeljous, during the last three weeks of June.”

He said the roll-out would focus on residential houses.

“Complexes, businesses, schools, crèches and clinics will not receive wheelie bins while informal settlements will be covered at a later stage of the programme.”

He said the roll-out teams would adhere to strict health safety protocols in view of the Covid-19 pandemic and that screening and testing of municipal staffers would take place on an ongoing basis.

“The distribution of the wheelie bins to Jeffreys Bay was delayed due to the lockdown.

“We are pleased that this programme is back on track, as it will strengthen the municipality’s efforts to achieve a clean and healthy environment for all.”

He said residents would be expected to provide their ID numbers and signatures on receipt of the wheelie bins.

“Those who are not home during the distribution hours for their area will be able to arrange a suitable time for drop-off. Members of the Waste section will be at the Pellsrus Community Hall on Saturday mornings from 8am to 11am to assist with these arrangements,” he said.

“When it comes to holiday homes, bins will be kept in storage at the municipality until such a time as the owner is in town and can collect the bin. Alternatively, owners can arrange for the bin to be left with their neighbours in the interim.”

He said the wheelie bins would be emptied on a weekly basis, as per the regular refuse collection schedule.

“Each household will also receive a pamphlet explaining the do’s and don’ts of wheelie bins.

“Very importantly, we would like to encourage everyone to mark their bin clearly with their address so as to help avoid theft.”

Kouga Municipality’s wheelie bin programme was launched just more than a year ago, with 10 000 wheelie bins already having been distributed at Hankey, Patensie, Loerie, Thornhill and Humansdorp.

First Covid-19 cases in Jeffreys Bay

May 27, 2020

Jeffreys Bay has recorded its first two confirmed cases of Covid-19.

Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said the cases were confirmed by the Department of Health this week and that contact tracing was under way.

“Both patients are in self-quarantine. We wish them a speedy recovery,” he said.

He said another resident in St Francis Bay had also tested positive but that, due to delays in receiving the initial results, the patient has already been classified as “recovered”.

“The number of active Covid-19 cases in Kouga currently stands at three while 11 recoveries have been recorded to date.

“The three active cases are the two new ones in Jeffreys Bay and the recent Humansdorp case.

“This means a total of 14 Covid-19 cases have been recorded in the Kouga area since March.”

He said the new cases were a reminder to everyone to remain vigilant even though lockdown restrictions were due to be eased to alert level three from June 1.

“We encourage residents to continue staying home if they can and to practice good hygiene such as regular washing of hands.

“Those who do go out, whether it is to shop or exercise, are reminded to avoid crowds and maintain social distancing.”

The full Covid-19 stats for Kouga are as follows:

* St Francis Bay – two recovered
* Humansdorp – eight recovered, one active
* Hankey – one recovered
* Jeffreys Bay – two active.

Water interruption in Wavecrest

March 23, 2020

The water supply to sections of Wavecrest will be lower than usual this week due to upgrades being done at the Jeffreys Bay Water Treatment Works.

The affected area stretches from AD Keet up to the R102, including the Pride of India area, Mertle, Salie and Maidenhair.

We would like to appeal to residents to use water extra sparingly this week so as to help prevent the reservoir from running dry completely.

Our sincere apologies for the inconvenience”,” said the Kouga Municipality in a statement.

First RDP houses built in over a decade in Jeffreys Bay

March 12, 2020

More than 100 households from Jeffreys Bay have moved into brand new houses after the unblocking of two RDP housing projects that were launched more than a decade ago.

The first 107 houses of 220 units planned for Pellsrus have been completed and handed over to their new owners.

“It is the first time in more than ten years that RDP houses are being handed over in Jeffreys Bay,” said Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks.

“The municipality is proud of the role we could play in getting the project back on track and restoring the dignity of our communities.

“Not only did the DA led municipality make the land available for the houses, we also ensured that the bulk infrastructure, including sewer, water and electricity, was in place.”

Hendricks joined the Eastern Cape MEC for Human Settlements, Nonkqubela Pieters, for the official hand-over ceremony of the R35-million project on Tuesday (10 March).

Pieters said the ceremony formed part of the provincial government’s activities to commemorate Human Rights Month.

Among the beneficiaries who received their keys from the MEC and Mayor were grandmothers Deborah Magadu and Ester Nyondo, whose children and grandchildren joined them to celebrate the big day.

“I have been waiting for a house for longer than I can remember. My heart is full of gratitude and joy,” Nyondo said.

Babalwa Mbetshe also received the keys to the house of her late mother, who passed away before the hand-over.

Contractor Malcolm Langson, from Ikhaya Construction, said the remaining houses were also nearing completion.

The Mayor applauded everyone who played a role in making the project a reality.

“This has been a true collaborative effort and shows what we can do when everyone plays their part.”

He said the Ocean View RDP housing project was also progressing well, with internal services having been installed to 1 300 sites.

“The Kruisfontein 391 project was completed at Humansdorp last year and the Hankey 990 and Sea Vista 2 000 developments are also moving forward.

“Ward-based housing committees have further been established to improve transparency and strengthen communication between government roleplayers and communities.”

Jeffreys Bay Police Station Needs Urgent Status Upgrade

February 14, 2020

During an oversight visit to the Jeffrey’s Bay police station on Thursday 6th February it became crystal clear that SAPS is insufficiently resourced to fight crime Jeffrey’s Bay.

I was joined by my colleague from the Provincial Legislature, Bobby Stevenson MPL.

A growing population and an increase in crime in many parts of Jeffrey’s Bay requires the appropriate resources to keep the community safe.

The Station Commander, Col Kiewiet, confirmed that visible policing is a major problem with vehicles in the garage for repair and insufficient manpower to patrol. She indicated that most nights there is only one vehicle with two officers patrolling the streets.

The crime statistics released in 2019 revealed that there is a house breaking in Jeffrey’s Bay almost every single day. This combined with an increase in other crimes such as common assault and theft of goods from vehicles contributes to a case load which is out of control.

The people of Jeffrey’s Bay deserve a responsive and professional police service that will arrive at the scene of a crime quickly and handle all complaints with compassion.

A few years ago the Jeffrey’s Bay Police station was downgraded from ‘Full Colonel’ to ‘Half Colonel’ which means less resources to fight crime.

I will be writing to the National Police Commissioner to report on my visit and demand the reinstatement of ‘Full Colonel’ status for the Jeffrey’s police station so this community can get the resources they deserve.

Other issues that were raised include:

  • The status of the CPF and the role of the station commander in supporting the CPF
  • Escalation of drug related incidents
  • Gang violence
  • State of vehicles
  • Crime Statistics

The DA will fight this issue tooth and nail at a National and provincial level to ensure that the residents of Jeffrey’s Bay can live in safety.

Andrew Whitfield
DA Shadow Minister of Police

No power for Aston Bay and Paradise Beach

December 15, 2019

A transformer at the Apiesdraai substation exploded at about 2pm this afternoon, interrupting the power supply to Aston Bay and Paradise Beach.

The cause of the explosion is unknown at this stage.

A standby transformer is being sourced and will be installed as soon as it arrives.

Due to the extent of the repair work required, the affected areas could be without power for up to three days.

The power supply to the Marina Martinique and Pellsrus will also go off from time to time over this period in order for repair work to be done.

“We deeply regret the situation and will keep those affected abreast of progress,” said DA Councillor Brenton Williams.