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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.

John Steenhuizen to officially open JBay’s plastic road

December 13, 2019

Africa’s first eco-friendly road, incorporating waste plastic, will be officially opened today 13 December 2019.

The section of Woltemade Street between St Francis Street and the Police Station will be closed from 11:00 to 12:00.

Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said the municipality regretted any inconvenience this may cause.

Hendricks will be joined by John Steenhuizen, the leader of the DA, together with provincial leader Nqaba Bhanga and MPL Vicky Knoetze.

Residents of Jeffreys Bay are inited to attend the launch and to meet Steenhuizen. The area across the road from the Jeffreys Bay Police Station is the meeting venue.

Mayor Hendricks and his team will also be holding “friendly roadblocks” in Jeffreys Bay and Humansdorp to welcome holidaymakers to the area. Gift packs will be handed out to motorists.

Power interruption for Jeffreys Bay

November 12, 2019

Residents and businesses are advised that the power supply to Tokyo Sexwale, Pellsrus, Ocean View, Aston Bay and Paradise Beach will be interrupted from 9am to 1pm on Wednesday, 13 November, to allow for the installation of a new transformer.

“Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may cause,” Please treat all appliances as live during the interruption.

The installation is weather dependent.

In the event of rain the work will be postponed till a later date.

Eco road built in Jeffreys Bay

November 2, 2019

Africa’s first eco-friendly road incorporating waste plastic has been completed at the DA led Kouga Municipality in the Eastern Cape.

A 300m strip of Woltemade Street in Jeffreys Bay has been relayered with plastic-infused tar, with a further section of Koraal Street to follow.

“The road now includes about 700kg of recycled waste plastic,” Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said.

“The plastic was turned into pellets using a special formula and then added to the asphalt mix used for the top layer of the road. The result is a road that is more durable and also friendlier to the environment.”

Hendricks said the innovative new approach to road-building reduced the amount of bitumen required for the asphalt mix.

“Bitumen is a fossil fuel and its extraction and use accelerate climate change.

“The plastic pellets replace a portion of the bitumen, thereby minimising harm to the atmosphere,” he said.

He said the recycling technology used, could further prove to be one of the best ways to rid the planet of waste plastic.

“Plastic is another major contributor to climate change in addition to the damage it does to our oceans.

“One of the big challenges is how to get rid of waste plastic without dangerous toxins being released. This technology could prove to be the answer, as tests have shown that it actually prevents the plastic from leaching as it degrades.”

He said about 1,5 tonnes of plastic, the equivalent of 1,8 million single-use bags, were used in just 1km of road.

“That means we would have ridden the planet of 3 million plastic bags on completion of both streets.”

Kouga Municipality is piloting the project in partnership with MacRebur SA, the local representatives of the Scottish company that developed the plastic pellets.

“MacRebur plans on establishing a manufacturing plant in South Africa. We would like to see the plant being built in Kouga.

“Not only will this create much-needed jobs, but it will also be an opportunity for our communities to make money by collecting and selling waste plastic,” Hendricks said.

He said the construction work was being done by SP Excel and Scribante Construction at no cost to the municipality.

“We would like to thank these companies for partnering with us and MacRebur to bring this earth-saving project to fruition.”

Public meeting with Athol Trollip in Jeffreys Bay

September 25, 2019

The Democratic Alliance will be holding a public meeting in Jeffreys Bay this evening with Athol Trollip, the federal chairperson of the Party.

Trollip will be joined by the Shadow Minister of Police Andrew Whitfield as well as the Mayor of Kouga, Horatio Hendricks.

The meeting will take place at the Seaviews Resort at 6 pm this evening (25 September 2019).

Trollip will also visit the housing projects in Ocean View and Pellsrus.

No RDP houses were built in Kouga since 2007 and when the DA took over the Kouga Municipality in 2016, a number of housing projects were unlocked, which saw 391 houses being built in Humansdorp, with construction underway in the two projects in Jeffreys Bay.

Tomorrow Andrew Whitfield will meet with rate payers of Aston Bay and Marina Martinique and he will be joined by Councillor Brenton Williams.

Municipal issues as well as crime will be discussed at the meeting which starts at 2 pm at the Marina Martinique hall.

In Kouga, the DA is a government for the future

September 17, 2019

If we want to build a modern, resilient country that is able to adapt to the challenges of our fast-changing world, then we have to make sure we remain future-focused.

We cannot live in the past and cling to failed ideas from the past, the way our government loves to do. We must look ahead and plan ahead.

Our biggest challenges in this country are our sky-rocketing unemployment and high levels of poverty, and this will remain so for many years to come.

But if we are not cognisant of how the global challenges of the 21st century – climate change, the proliferation of disease and technology – will impact on poverty and unemployment, then we will fall even further behind.

This starts with building a capable state staffed by qualified, fit-for-purpose individuals. We need a government that is agile and responsive. And we need our cities and towns to be at the forefront of driving growth through not only clean governance but also through innovative ideas.

The expanded unemployment rate here in the Eastern Cape is 46%. That means almost half of all working-age citizens in this province cannot find a job.

That is a shameful statistic and one which requires all of our attention. If we are to have any chance of turning this around, then we will need to transform our towns and cities into modern economies, attractive to both businesses and citizens alike.

This is why it is crucial that we embrace new ideas and new technology that can open doors to investors as well as deliver services to citizens. And not only at national government level. New thinking and innovative ideas should be the key focus of all levels and spheres of government if we are to prepare ourselves for the future.

Koraal Street in Jeffreys Bay is a good example of this kind of thinking. Almost 2km of it is being resurfaced using recycled plastic material as a binder in the asphalt, and it should be completed by the end of October.

It is the first time that this technology is being trialed in South Africa to build an eco-friendly road.

The recycled plastic replaces a large portion of the bitumen in asphalt, which is made from crude oil. There are multiple benefits to using this material.

For starters, it takes tonnes of plastic from our landfills and prevents this from breaking down and leaching into the groundwater. It is strong and resistant to wear, with significantly fewer potholes, cracks or breaks.

And then there is the employment aspect, with the potential for hundreds of jobs not only in the construction of the roads but also upstream in the collection and sorting of the waste.

This particular product has been extensively tested and does not leech plastic particles into the environment – unlike some so-called eco-roads that end up doing more harm than good. If this pilot project is successful, then this could have a major impact not only on the quality of our road surfaces but also on our environment.

But this isn’t the only exciting pilot project being undertaken by the DA-led Kouga municipality. Elsewhere they have also started testing a special kind of concrete normally used in the underground roads of mines to fill potholes.

This special concrete dries rock hard within an hour and could be the answer to the municipality’s daunting pothole problem.

When it comes to innovating solutions and the use of technology, DA governments across the country are setting the standard.

The world will not wait for South Africa to catch up. It is up to us to leave the 20th century and all its out-dated ideas behind and meet the challenges of the 21st-century head-on.

Because only then will we succeed in building sustainable and integrated towns and cities, and building one South Africa for all.

Mmusi Maimane

Leader of the Democratic Alliance

Wyk 3 neem dienslewering na mense

August 18, 2019

Willem Gertenbach, Wyk 3 DA-raadslid in Jeffreysbaai, se dienslewering-arsenaal is onlangs verdriedubbeld: raadslid, wykskomitee en kantoor – ’n eerste vir dié wyk.

Gertenbach, spog sedert begin Julie met sy eie wykskantoor – meer as nege jaar ná die Kouga-munisipaliteit die gebou vir die spesifieke doeleinde opgerig het.

Die gebou, met sy wit mure en rooi dak, het vir jare in onbruik gestaan.

Gerteenbach se arsenaal word met ’n wyk-assistent, André Joubert, en ’n wykskomitee afgerond.

Die doel?

Om eerstehands die klagtes en griewe van Wavecrest-inwoners aan te hoor.

“Na jare van onderhandeling is daar ’n voltydse wykassistent vir die wyk aangestel,” sê Gertenbach. “Joubert sal my met sekere administratiewe take bystaan om dienslewering tot voordeel van die inwoners te verbeter.

“Inwoners is welkom om hom op weeksdae tussen 08:00 en 16:00 by die kantoor te besoek.”

Volgens Gertenbach sluit pogings om dienslewering in die gebied te verbeter, die oprig van verskeie straatnaamborde in.

“Al die strate in Wyk 3 spog met splinternuwe naamborde,” sê hy. “Daar is altesaam 220 nuwe borde vanaf Poplarstraat tot by Noorsekloofweg aangebring. Dit volg na verskeie klagtes oor onleesbare straatnaamborde – beide deur inwoners en besoekers.

“Die projek is deur die wykontwikkelingsfonds moontlik gemaak.”

Verdere projekte sluit in die oprigting van ’n opelug gimnasium, die aanlê van randstene, die opgradering van speelparke en die bou van ’n gemeenskapsaal.

Vir inligting, skakel 042 200 2209 of 082 552 5402.

Stuur ’n epos na ward3@kouga.gov.za of andre.joubert@bwise.co.za

Kouga Express