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Breaching of the Seekoei River mouth begins

May 14, 2019

The breaching of the Seekoei estuary mouth at Paradise Beach got under way yesterday morning in Jeffreys Bay.

It is expected that it will take at least three weeks to remove enough sand for the estuary mouth to be opened, with a 50m x 500m trench set to be excavated.

The excavation site, as well as a section of the parking area, have been cordoned off.

We ask that people please remain outside these demarcated areas for safety reasons,” said Brenton Williams, the DA Councillor for Aston Bay.

The Seekoei River is suffering from a lack of base flow into the estuary with up to 26 legal dams in the catchment area and many illegal dams preventing the flow of fresh water.

This causes a high salinity level in the estuary and residents have reported numerous big fish dying off in the estuary that borders both Aston Bay and Paradise Beach.

The reason for the breach is to create a flow of sea water into the Seekoei River estuary to assist in reducing the salinity level.

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Dead fish causes alarm at Seekoei River estuary

April 18, 2019

An emergency application is due to be submitted to the Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT) for the breaching of the Seekoei estuary mouth at Paradise Beach, Jeffreys Bay.

The water level of the estuary has dropped to such an extent that fish have been dying in numbers.

“The water in the estuary has been evaporating rapidly because of the hot temperatures and strong winds,” Kouga Municipality’s Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said.

“Combined with this, there has been almost no inflow of fresh water because of the drought and numerous farm dams that trap water in the catchment area.

“This has caused the salinity of the water to shoot up alarmingly.”

He said tests conducted last week indicated that the salt content was more than twice of that of sea water.

“Estuarine life simply cannot survive under those circumstances.”

He said the situation had been reported to DEDEAT and that an emergency application for the breaching of the mouth was being finalised for submission to them in line with section 30 of the National Environmental Management Act.

“It may sound strange to want to add sea water to the estuary to decrease the salt content of the latter.

“The salinity of the estuary is, however, so much higher than that of the ocean at the moment that the sea water will actually help to lower the salt content of the lagoon,” he explained.

“Ideally, what we need, is strong rains to boost the inflow of fresh water from upstream, but that is beyond our control. While the inflow of sea water will not solve the problem completely, it will help to decrease the salinity levels.”

Benson said the Seekoei Estuary Management Plan, that was developed by the municipality and is currently awaiting final approval by the East Cape Environmental Affairs MEC, would help to address this dilemma in the long-term.

“We have been frustrated by the delays in obtaining final approval for the implementation of the plan, but expect to meet with the DEDEAT before the end of the month.”

He said a further frustration was the failure by the national Department of Water and Sanitation to address the many illegal dams in the catchment area.

“The Department recently indicated that they were aware of more than 100 illegal farm dams in the Kouga region, but they have been slow to take action. Once these illegal dams have been removed, there will be more fresh water flowing into the system.”

He cautioned residents against eating the fish.

Aston Bay road to be transformed

April 9, 2019

THE Aston Bay road is about to undergo a transformation.

Work started last week on a joint project that will help to safeguard motorists and pedestrians while also beautifying the area and putting in place extra recreational facilities for the surrounding communities.

Kouga Speaker Hattingh Bornman said the project was inspired by growing concern about the safety of road-users, as well as that of children who play on the open stretches of land nearby, and the cleanliness of the area in general.

“We had several meetings with those communities directly affected and just about everyone agreed that a pedestrian fence would be the best solution, coupled with the development of an alternative road between Jeffreys Bay, Aston Bay and Paradise Beach,” he said.

He said the municipality would be partnering with the Humansdorp Co-op, Marina Martinique Home Owners Association and Pure Design Architects, to bring the project to fruition.

Work to be done includes the erection of a pedestrian fence of about 1km in length on both sides of the road.

There will be five gates in the fence on either side of the road.

“They will be v-shaped, so as to prevent animals from getting through and causing problems on the road,” Bornman said.

Additional speed humps, pedestrian crossings and solar public lights will also be put in place.

Eco friendly road for Jeffreys Bay

March 12, 2019

An Eastern Cape municipality is pioneering a new approach to building roads which could spell the end of potholes, create jobs and help save the planet.

Horatio Hendricks, Executive Mayor of Kouga Municipality, said the local authority would be taking hands with a Scottish company and South African civil engineering experts to build the first “plastic road” in Africa.

Kouga Municipality

The project was launched at Jeffreys Bay yesterday (Monday, 11 March).

“The backlog in road repairs for our region is estimated to be more than R500-million. While Kouga is strong financially, we simply do not have the rates base to deal with this backlog decisively,” he said.

“The DA-led Kouga Council has, therefore, been looking for innovative ways to slay this giant since taking power in the municipality in 2016.”

The search led Hendricks to Vicky Knoetze, a member of the Eastern Cape Legislature who first introduced the idea of solving some of South Africa’s problems through plastic roads to the Provincial Legislature in 2017. Her notion was, however, rejected at the time.

She facilitated a meeting between the municipality and Scottish innovators MacRebur, whose plastic roads have already been put to the test in the United Kingdom and other countries across the globe.

Also present were Port Elizabeth-based civil engineering and construction companies SP Excel and Scribante Construction.

“I am delighted with the outcome and that Kouga has agreed to become the first municipality in South Africa and the continent to put the technology to the test, ” Knoetze said.

“Essentially we will be doing what we have done for years and will be doing till the end of days, which is building roads, just in a much more efficient and effective way.”

She said what MacRebur offered, was an enhancement of the asphalt mix traditionally used for the top layer of roads.

“Non-recyclable plastic waste, which ends up in the ocean or clogging up landfill sites, is processed into pellets and used to replace a large component of the bitumen in a conventional asphalt mix.

“It is estimated that up to 1,8 million plastic bags can be used in just one kilometre of road.

“The result is a road that is stronger and more durable. Water, the main cause of potholes, does not penetrate it as easily as with traditional asphalt mixes and it is also more heat resistant,” she explained.

She said the plastic road surface was also cheaper and easier to maintain.

Hendricks said Kouga was looking forward to the potential benefits of the trial.

” Poor roads have a devastating impact on communities. It’s not only a danger to motorists, it is also bad for the economy as it scares off potential investors and makes it difficult for existing businesses to ply their trade.”

He said should the trial be successful, the municipality would like to see a factory being established in Kouga to produce the pellets locally.

“In this way it will be a triple win for our people – better roads, less pollution and more job opportunities.”

He said a 1km-stretch of Woltemade and Koraal Streets in Jeffreys Bay has been earmarked for the trial.

“We expect work to start in about a month’s time as the product has to be imported for now.”

The trial will be done at no cost to the municipality, with the respective partners set to foot the bill.

 

Meet DA Provincial chairperson Andrew Whitfield

March 11, 2019

The Eastern Cape Provincial Chairperson of the DA, Andrew Whitfield will address the Jeffreys Bay community at a public meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday 12 March 2019).

Whitfield will be joined by Kouga Mayor Horatio Hendricks.

Together, they will unpack the DA manifesto and explain what the DA’s plan is to fight corruption in South Africa. Mayor Hendricks will also discuss the progress the DA led government in Kouga has made.

Our plan to fight corruption focuses on:

  • Creating a new, independent and fully-resourced anti-corruption unit staffed by specialist prosecutors and investigators.
  • Introducing a 15-year sentence for corruption involving a public rep. or official and over R10 000’s worth of public money.
  • Ensuring the payment of all public money is transparent.
  • Bringing in direct elections for all political office holders so that the South African people can hold their president, premiers and mayors directly accountable.
  • Implementing regular lifestyle audits for all politicians and government officials.
  • Protecting and encouraging ‘whistleblowers’ who identify and report on corrupt activities.
  • Ensuring Fair Access to Jobs by making ‘sex for jobs’ a form of corruption.

The 2019 national and provincial election is about YOUR future.

Use your vote to ensure a strong DA because we are serious about fighting corruption and building One South Africa for All.

The event details are:

Date: Tuesday 12 March 2019.

Time: 18H00

Venue: Newton Hall – 17 Goedehoop Street, Jeffreys Bay.

 

Tests could lead to water outages in Kouga

February 21, 2019

Expert contractors have been appointed to carry out a series of tests in the Kouga municipal region to help combat water losses.

Kouga Infrastructure and Engineering Councillor, Freddy Campher, said the appointment was part of the municipality’s ongoing Water Loss Programme.

“The Re-Solve/EAS Joint Venture has been tasked with conducting discreteness testing in order to optimise the water reticulation system, as well as to locate potential leaks,” he said.

Campher warned that the tests could lead to a drop in water pressure or water interruptions for up to three hours in the areas where the teams were working.

Tests will be conducted in Aston Bay next week, from 25 to February 27, and in Paradise Beach the following week, from March 4 to 6.

“The teams will, as far as is possible, conduct their investigations early in the week.

“Residents will, therefore, most likely experience a disruption of the water supply on a Monday, but we recommend that they also prepare for possible interruptions on the Tuesday and Wednesday.

He said the teams would be easily identifiable as they would be wearing brightly coloured safety vests and carrying ID cards.

“They will also be making use of branded vehicles and will have a letter signed by Kouga Municipality, indicating the activities to be undertaken.

“We ask that residents be patient during the execution of these activities in order to help us reduce water losses and ensure ongoing reliable service delivery to all residents of Kouga Municipality.”

Kouga Municipality is looking for a Committee Clerk

January 8, 2019

VACANCY

COMMITTEE CLERK

Closing date:18 January 2019
KOUGA MUNICIPALITY (EC 108)

NOTICE NO: 1/ 2019

Kouga Municipality, an equal opportunity employer which subscribes to the principle of affirmative action, awaits applications for the appointment in the following vacancy:

COMMITTEE CLERK

REQUIREMENTS:

Relevant NQF level 6 qualification;
Strong command of English – written & verbal;
At least two (2) years experience in committee/ secretariat services;
Experience in paperless/ electronic environment will be an added advantage;
Advanced Computer Skills (MS Word, MS Excel & Power Point) is required;
Must be able to speak two of the official languages in Kouga (Afrikaans, English, and Xhosa

SALARY:
R185 856.00 – R241 200.00

DUTIES:

Recording of minutes and preparing notices for Council/ Committee meetings;
Keeping Records of attendance at Council and Committee meetings;
Perform all administrative activities associated with committee meetings;
Create and maintain hard and electronic records of all meetings and information with Committee meetings.

BENEFITS: As per standard conditions of service;

All applicants must submit a formal application form and include their CV, certified copy of qualifications, identity documents and driver’s license. All applications must be submitted electronically to recruitment@kouga.gov.za.

Application forms can be obtained from the Municipal website, www.kouga.gov.za and must reach the Human Resource Manager on or before Friday,18 January 2019 at 12:00. For any inquiries contact Mr. B Faulkner: 042 2002 200.

Disqualification:

Please note that the following can lead to disqualification:

*Non-submission of originally certified copies of academic records.
*Canvassing of councillors.
*Submission of fraudulent qualifications and/ or documents

NB: Please note that shortlisted candidates will be subjected to a vetting process. By applying for this position, the candidates agree to background checks being performed.The Municipality reserves the right not to make an appointment.Should you not hear from us within 30 days of closing date, kindly regard your application as being unsuccessful.Kouga Municipality is an equal opportunity employer which subscribes to the principle of affirmative action which is non-sexist, non-racist, non-discriminatory and based on merit.

MR. C DU PLESSIS P. O. BOX 21

MUNICIPAL MANAGER JEFFREYS BAY 6330

Food, craft markets for JBay and Hankey

December 4, 2018

TWO mini fresh food and craft markets are planned by Kouga Municipality for Hankey and Jeffreys Bay to help boost the local agricultural and arts and crafts economies in the area.

The municipality is in the process of appointing a professional service provider to do architectural designs for the two envisaged trading sides.

The projects will be financed through the Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG), with a budget of R1,4 million having been approved for this financial year to carry out the work.

The process to appoint contractors for the construction of the markets will only commence once all the plans have been approved and the affected sectors have been engaged.

Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said establishing fresh produce markets for farmers would boost local food security by promoting and supporting food production in the region.

“The continued success of farming in the Kouga area requires us to help improve aspects that will assist producers in raising awareness about their operations and products. We also want to make it easier for consumers to find and purchase locally-produced products,” he said.

The Mayor said this was also true for those working in the arts and crafts industry.

“These small business centres will allow for crafters to exhibit their products better and to display their work skills in front of potential clients.

“All of this is aimed at creating an inclusive economic environment,” he said.

“The two towns have been identified as central areas of economic activity for both the Gamtoos Valley and the coastal area.”

Hendricks said the idea of creating the mini markets was prompted by consultations the municipality had with the local agricultural sector, including emerging farmers, and those who trade in arts and crafts.

“The project is still at an infancy stage. We will be consulting with the affected sectors on a regular basis as the initiative moves forward,” he said.

John Steenhuisen to visit Jeffreys Bay

October 20, 2018

Voters from the Kouga region have the opportunity to meet the DA Leader and Premier Candidate of the Eastern Cape, Nqaba Bhanga, and engage with Parliamentarian, John Steenhuisen in Jeffreys Bay on 26 October 2018.

John will be discussing Expropriation without Compensation and the DA’s position on the land issue.

The event will take place at de Viswijf restaurant in Jeffreys Bay on 26 October at 18:30.

Tickets cost R 350 and include a three course meal at de Viswijf and a welcoming drink.

Tickets can be booked through Johan Pienaar at johanp@da.org.za

Steenhuisen is known for his oratory skills and has delivered a number of speeches to Parliament that have been noted for their wit and incisive criticism of the African National Congress,

Join Team One South Africa!

October 8, 2018

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