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1500 RDP houses to be built in Ocean View

May 23, 2018

The construction of 1500 subsidy (RDP) houses at Ocean View in Jeffreys Bay has taken a major step forward.

The site of the development was officially handed over to a civils company on Tuesday. The company, Norland Construction (Pty) Ltd, will be installing the bulk infrastructure.

Norland was awarded the contract by the provincial Department of Human Settlements (DoHS) and has already started with site establishment.

The R46-million project will take about 24 months to complete and includes the installation of roads, water and sewer connections.

During this project, the DoHS will open its procurement processes to bidders for the construction of the top structures of the houses.

The project is now one of three housing projects currently underway in Kouga, joining Kruisfontein (391 units) and Pellsrus (220 units).

It is one of 10 projects approved by the Department for the Kouga Municipality back in 2009 and which were delayed due to insufficient bulk infrastructure.

Kouga Planning, Development and Tourism Portfolio Councillor Bryan Dhludhlu said the municipality was pleased to be part of the programme that would change people’s lives.

“The people of Kouga and those of Ocean View, in particular, have been waiting for a very long time to be provided with decent housing. It is quite momentous to be part the occasion where we start the realisation of those dreams,” he said.

Dhludhlu said the community, especially beneficiaries, will play a very significant role in the success of the project and that there will be continuous engagement with the public to explain the stages of the development.

“The civils work will be done in three phases, with the pegged area around King’s College being the first phase.

“During construction, we may have to ask residents of the informal settlement to move to a temporary area to make way for the development and we ask that the community work with us to minimise delays as much as possible,” he said.

A number of jobs are expected to be created during the project and the contractor may enlist the services of local contractors for some of the work.

The municipality will re-establish housing committees, made up of beneficiaries, to ensure that there is strong public participation and liaison throughout the projects.

“It is important that the community takes ownership of the project and that the government roleplayers ensure that they are as transparent as possible,” said Dhludhlu.

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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.

No water supply for Jeffreys Bay on Thursday

April 18, 2018

The water supply to the whole of Jeffreys Bay will be shut off on Thursday (19 April).

The shutdown, which was initially scheduled for Tuesday, is necessary to repair a leak in the main pipeline from the Churchill Dam.

There will still be water in the pipes, so the supply will not stop immediately. The water pressure will, however, be very low and, depending on how quickly the water in the pipes is used up, the taps in some areas could run dry.

Residents are asked to use water sparingly on the day so as to minimise taps running dry.

The work will commence early morning and is expected to be completed by the afternoon.

How to find my voting station

March 10, 2018

The first registration weekend for next year’s national and provincial government elections takes place on March 10 and 11.

Kouga Mayor Elza van Lingen encouraged all residents to make use of the opportunity to check whether their names and addresses are correct on the voter’s roll.

Voting stations will be open from 08:00 to 17:00 on both Saturday and Sunday for the registration weekend.

Residents can either register to vote for the first time or check whether their details are correct on the voters’ roll.

Van Lingen said it was of particular importance that registered voters verify their address details.

“In 2016 the Constitutional Court gave the Independent Electoral Commission till June 2018 to fix missing addresses for millions of voters.

“If your address details are missing or incorrect on the voters’ roll, you will not be allowed to vote in the 2019 elections.

“All voters are, therefore, encouraged to make sure that their information is correct.”

She said voters needed to visit their voting station with their green, barcoded ID book, temporary ID or smart ID card. Proof of address is not necessary.

Passports and drivers’ licences cannot be used to register.

To find out which voting station you should go to, visit the IEC’s voting station finder or phone them at 0800 11 8000.

Voters who cannot make it to their voting stations this weekend can register or check their details at the local IEC office at the Arcade Centre in Main Road, Humansdorp.

Voters can also check and change their address details online through the IEC’s website.

Amphibious wheelchair for JBay swimmers

March 8, 2018

Kouga’s efforts to make its beaches universally accessible received another major boost with a donation of an amphibious wheelchair from the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (Wessa).Jeffreys Bay’s Dolphin Beach was chosen as one of only four recipients countrywide and the only one in the Eastern Cape.

The wheelchairs, which were donated to Wessa by the Ford Motor Company Fund, allow the disabled to go into the water and enjoy a swim with the assistance of lifeguards.

The other three recipients were the City of Cape Town, Overstrand and Bitou.

The recipients were chosen by Wessa and the National Council for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD), based on beaches’ existing accessibility and facilities for persons with disabilities.

Dolphin Beach has wheelchair ramps and a deck which allow people with disabilities to access the beach, with limited or no assistance needed.

Kouga resident Jakkie Pieters, of the NCPD, received the wheelchair on behalf of the municipality at the hand-over event at Muizenberg Beach.

“The accessible ramps and amphibious wheelchair will allow persons with disabilities to enjoy not only the sandy beach but also the fresh water of the ocean.

“The opportunity is life changing and contributes to an inclusive environment for those with mobility impairments,” said Pieters.

Wessa National Coastal Coordinator Robert Slater said they were working to improve access to all Blue Flag beaches and it was hoped that future partnerships would allow them to procure more amphibious wheelchairs for more beaches that flew the prestigious flag.

“Everyone has a right to enjoy South Africa’s beautiful coastline and through this new initiative, we are making it possible for persons with disabilities to do so,” he said.

Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said the municipality appreciated the recognition from Wessa and the NCPD.

“The chair will be kept in the storeroom at Dolphin Beach and will be monitored by the lifeguards on duty,” he said.

Second public meeting about Seekoei River management plan

February 17, 2018

The second public participation meeting about the proposed management plan for the Seekoei estuary will take place in Jeffreys Bay on Monday, February 26.

The Seekoei River causeway. Photo: Anika Meyer

The meeting will take place at the Dutch Reformed Church Hall at Paradise Beach at 18:00.

Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen encourages all stakeholders to attend the meeting.

“The Seekoei estuary has for many years been a point of contention,” says van Lingen.

“Management plans for both the Seekoei estuary and the mouth have been prepared. Both plans are still in draft format and will be presented to stakeholders for their comments and inputs.

“The plans will then be finalised and tabled to Council for adoption.”

Parking attendants prevent crime in Jeffreys Bay

December 16, 2017

An imminent car theft was foiled and four suspects arrested on Jeffreys Bay’s main beach on Wednesday, thanks to the town’s regulated parking attendant (car guard) programme.

The incident happened when two parking attendants, Ferdinand and Lizo (real names withheld for their safety), noticed two men with what looked like electric car-jamming devices circling a car which had parked earlier. They noticed that these were not the legal occupants of the vehicle.

Kouga Municipal Manager Charl du Plessis (left) and Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen congratulate law enforcement officer Johnny Hayward, one of the driving forces behind Jeffreys Bay’s Car Watch programme.

They also noticed there was a sedan parked across the road from the parking lot, with its occupants paying close attention to the action.

Lizo volunteered to keep an eye on the car while Ferdinand rushed to contact the police, municipal law enforcement and private security.

The two suspects and their get-away-car accomplices were quickly pounced upon and arrested. They remain in custody.

Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said this was one of the good results of having legal and regulated parking attendants in the holiday town.

It is suspected that the suspects are part of a Port Elizabeth car theft and hijacking syndicate.

“Together with the police and private security companies, we arranged for training, vetting and positive identification of parking attendants as part of creating a more secure environment in our public parking spaces,” Van Lingen said.

“Although they work for themselves, the municipality and other stakeholders launched the programme to help them comply with the relevant legal requirements.”

There are about 20 parking attendants who have gone through the process in Jeffreys Bay and they are spread across the busiest spots in the town.

They will be wearing green and yellow bibs, emblazoned with the words “Car Watch”, as well as yellow caps and an identity photo on their chests with their names.

Van Lingen said the stakeholders were looking at expanding the programme to other towns in Kouga in due course.

New ward committee to be elected for Ward 11

October 26, 2017

A new ward committee is set to be elected for Ward 11 at Jeffreys Bay on October 27.

Kouga Speaker Horatio Hendricks said all Ward 11 residents were encouraged to attend the election.

“Ward committees are important because they represent the aspirations of various constituencies in a ward. They are also good platforms through which residents can keep us, their elected leaders, accountable,” he said.

He said the first election for Ward 11 had to be postponed due to a misunderstanding about the scheduled date. The second meeting, at which a committee was elected, was nullified by the Council after an appeal was lodged by one of the residents.

Hendricks said it was important that all ward committees were fully functional and were in a position to perform their tasks.

The elective meeting will take place at the Newton Hall at 18:00 on October 27. Ward 11 covers the areas of Jeffreys Bay Central and C-Place.

Kouga gets the go-ahead to breach the Seekoei estuary mouth

September 30, 2017

The stalemate between Kouga Municipality and the Department of Environmental Affairs has been resolved.

Kouga Mayor Elza van Lingen said the municipality received authorisation from the provincial head office of the Department of Environmental Affairs yesterday afternoon (29 September) to breach the mouth of the Seekoei estuary artificially.

The Seekoei River causeway. Photo: Anika Meyer

She said breaching the mouth will help to lower the water levels of the estuary and clear the causeway that connects Paradise Beach to Jeffreys Bay. The causeway has been submerged with water for more than a month following unusually high seas in August.

“We are grateful that the Department proved willing to resolve the matter. It was a long and difficult negotiation, but we were able to convince them that the situation at the Seekoei estuary qualifies as an emergency in terms of the National Environmental Management Act,” she said.

“Intergovernmental relations are critical when it comes to governing an area effectively. We are, therefore, glad that we were able to resolve the stalemate amicably in the interest of our communities.”

She said the municipality would commence with the breaching today (30 Sept), with an official from Environmental Affairs supervising the process, as per the authorisation letter.

“Once the water level has decreased, a structural assessment of the causeway will be done as a matter of urgency so as to determine what repairs need to done and how quickly it can be opened for traffic again,” she said.

“We would like to thank all roleplayers for their support and input these past few weeks. There is still a lot of hard work that lies ahead, but we’ve taken a big and important step forward.”

JBay garages go the extra mile for tourists

September 12, 2017

Petrol attendants from select petrol stations in Kouga will have an opportunity to be tourism ambassadors for the region.

This comes after a training programme initiated by the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency, in partnership with select Caltex and BP garages, local Tourism offices and municipalities in the province.


The three-day workshop for Kouga took place, at different tourist locations, from 23 to 24 August, and attendants were identified in partnership with the owners of the stations.

The aim of the training was to give visitors more options to get directions, information and insight into the tourist attractions in and around the region.

This is in addition to the service provided by tourism information offices, which are sometimes out of reach or closed when visitors arrive in town.

The training included local tourism presentations, an educational tour of the towns and tourist attractions and a feedback session.

Kouga Tourism and Creative Industries Portfolio Councillor Frances Baxter said the municipality believed the initiative will have great outcomes for tourism in the area.

“This is a great initiative ahead of September, which is also Tourism Month.

“We hope to achieve increased brand awareness, destination pride in the participants and to include ordinary residents as brand ambassadors of Kouga as a tourist destination,” she said.

The trainees will receive recognition certificates from the ECPTA for participating in the programme and for displaying local tourism knowledge.

The ECPTA will also provide the petrol attendants with branded bibs to wear over their uniform, together with bags full of tourism information for handing out to interested motorists.