Archive for the ‘Jeffreys Bay’ Category

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.

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.