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Plant a tree and save the future

June 25, 2019

Planting a tree is said to be one of the best ways to secure your children and grandchildren’s futures.

Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson would, therefore, like to call on all stakeholders to join the municipality’s tree-planting drive.

Piet van der Walt of Plantelus Nursery shows Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson what a Cape Ash looks like.

“August and September are two of the best months to plant certain indigenous trees,” he said.

“We’d like to encourage all residents and businesses to join us in planting trees, be it in their gardens or at their premises.

“The DA led Kouga Municipality will also be identifying public areas, including parks and sidewalks, where we would like to plant trees.”

Benson recently visited respected gardener Piet van der Walt, of Plantelus Nursery in Jeffreys Bay, for advice on which trees to plant.

“He recommended the Cape Ash and Wild Plum trees. Both trees are indigenous, grow fast and require little maintenance. An added advantage, especially in coastal areas, is that they are wind resistant.”

He said these trees must preferably be planted in a sunny spot.

“Also important is that these trees are less prone to damaging roads, walls and buildings, as both have taproots which grow directly downward.”

Benson said that while spekboom was a good option, Van der Walt cautioned that they do not grow as quickly as the Wild Plum or Cape Ash.

“The tree-planting drive is part of Kouga Municipality’s commitment to combating climate change.

“Trees not only create the very oxygen we breathe and need to survive, but they also remove harmful greenhouse houses from the air,” he said.

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Service Delivery report back meeting in Jeffreys Bay tonight

June 20, 2019

Kouga communities will have the opportunity to discuss service successes, challenges and plans for their ward with the municipal leadership at a series of public meetings.

The meetings started at the Weston Community Hall and the first Jeffreys Bay meeting will take place this evening at the Pellsrus Community Hall.

The Mayor of the DA led Kouga Municipality Horatio Hendricks said the meetings would also be used to address matters that were raised by residents during the recent Integrated Development Plan (IDP) community consultation sessions.

“We promised residents that we would return with feedback. We are pleased that we can make good on this promise and look forward to engaging further with our communities,” he said.

Wards have been grouped together for the meetings to make them as accessible as possible for residents. All meetings will start at 6pm.

The schedule is as follows:

* 20 June for wards 2 and 14 at the Pellsrus Community Hall
* 24 June for wards 3, 8 and 11 at the Newton Hall
* 25 June for wards 4 and 5 at the Kruisfontein Civic Centre
* 26 June for wards 6, 12 and 15 in a tent at the KwaNomzamo Hall
* 27 June for ward 7 at the Loerie Community Hall
* 1 July for ward 7 at the Katriena Felix Hall
* 2 July for wards 9 and 13 at the Vusumzi Landu Hall
* 3 July for wards 10 and 13 at the Dan Sandi Hall
* 4 July for ward 12 at the St Francis Bowling Club
* 8 July for wards 12 and 14 at the Aston Bay Hall
* 9 July for ward 1 at the Oyster Bay Community Hall
* 10 July for ward 15 in a tent at the Humansdorp Country Club

Kouga’s capital budget will enhance service delivery

June 12, 2019

Several big service delivery projects will be funded through the DA led Kouga Municipality’s capital budget in the 2019/2020 financial year.

The capital budget, which amounts to R93,11 million, was approved by the Kouga Council last week.

Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks says the projects are aimed at improving services such as sanitation, electricity and waste management to all communities, as well as upgrading the road infrastructure and public facilities.

Sanitation upgrades

“An ongoing focus has been expanding the region’s sanitation infrastructure to meet future development requirements.

“The plants at Kruisfontein and Jeffreys Bay recently received major upgrades, while the multi-year upgrade of the Sea Vista Waste Water Treatment Works, at more than R50 million, is on track and will be completed in the coming financial year,” he says.

He says other sanitation projects to be funded in 2019/2020 include the upgrade of the KwaNomzamo Waste Water Treatment Works (R8,695 million) and the upgrade of the sanitation system at Patensie (R4,429 million).

Bucket system

A further R2,3 million per year will also be put towards the eradication of the bucket system over the next three years, with a total of 3 885 buckets still in use in Kouga.

“While housing projects will eliminate the need for more than 50% of the buckets, not all residents currently living in informal settlements qualify for government-subsidised houses, making it essential for the municipality to provide them with an acceptable alternative,” he says.

“One such alternative is containerised ablution facilities, with the first structure set to go up at the transfer site near Stofwolk in Hankey. Other target areas are Thornhill, Sea Vista, Ramaphosa Village, KwaNozamo and Ocean View.”

Illegal electricity

Hendricks says another priority is the eradication of illegal electricity, with the municipality set to spend R1 million in 2019/20 for the formalisation of illegal connections.

“When discussing electricity, it is important to bear in mind that Kouga does not provide electricity to all towns. Patensie, Hankey and Loerie are serviced directly by Eskom, while Thornhill receives electricity from the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro,” Hendricks explains.

“The electrical projects to be funded by the municipality in 2019/20 are, therefore, focused on Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp, St Francis and Oyster Bay.”

Highlights include R5,219 million to upgrade the electrical network at Humansdorp and increase the available capacity for upcoming government housing developments, R2,7 million for improvements to the St Francis Bay network, R1,8 million for the next phase in constructing new 66kv overhead lines from the Melkbos station to Jeffreys Bay, and R1,2 million for high-mast lights.

Roads

The Mayor said the resealing and tarring of roads would continue in the new financial year, with R1,5m having been budgeted for this purpose. A further R363 355 has also been budgeted for the upgrading of gravel roads in Jeffreys Bay.

Waste management

“When it comes to waste management, more than 10 000 wheelie bins have been procured in the current budget year and we will be spending at least another R2m on wheelie bins in the coming year,” he said.

Sports Facilities and Community Halls

Hendricks said the municipality would also continue upgrading community and sports facilities across Kouga.

Highlights for 2019/20 include R5,41 million for the upgrade of the KwaNomzamo sportsgrounds and R4,44 million for the upgrade of the Pellsrus and Sea Vista sportsgrounds, the clubhouses at Loerie and Thornhilll, and the Newton Hall and Aston Bay Hall in Jeffreys Bay.

A further R800 000 has been budgeted for improvements at Yellowwoods in Hankey and the beach parks at Pellsrus, Kabeljous and the Cape St Francis.

“The municipality has also made good progress with its plan to establish fresh food and craft markets at Jeffreys Bay and Hankey, with R1,221 million on the new budget to take the project forward,” he says.

Other highlights

  • R8,32 million for new vehicles, with the emphasis on TLBs
  • R2 million for security cameras
  • R1,7 million to buy land at KwaNomzamo and Loerie for government housing
  • R1,6 million to fence the Hankey Fire Station and Kruisfontein Civics Centre
  • R1,5 million to fencing the Jeffreys Bay and Kruisfontein reservoirs.

“While the new capital budget does not include any significant water-related expenditure for the 2019/20 financial year, water conservation and augmentation projects will be ongoing as we complete the work we started with the R151,2 million in disaster funding that the municipality secured last year,” the Mayor says.

“On completion, these projects will have a significant impact on the quality of life of our communities, especially at Hankey and Patensie where water rationing is still being implemented.”

Municipality to report back on service delivery

June 7, 2019

Kouga communities will have the opportunity to discuss service successes, challenges and plans for their ward with the municipal leadership at a series of public meetings.

The meetings will take place from June 18 to July 10 at community halls across the region.

Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said the meetings would also be used to address matters that were raised by residents during the recent Integrated Development Plan (IDP) community consultation sessions.

“We promised residents that we would return with feedback. We are pleased that we can make good on this promise and look forward to engaging further with our communities,” he said.

The schedule will be available in the local print media, on the municipal website and Facebook page.

Kouga passes R 897 million cash backed and pro poor budget

June 6, 2019

The DA led Kouga Council has approved an R 897 million budget and it is expected that the Municipality will have a billion rand budget by 2021.

The total operating budget has increased by R 77 million (9.44 %) when compared to the previous budget of R 819 million in the 2018/19 financial year.

Staff costs will increase by 6.7 % and now totals R 290 million. This represents 32,43 % of the total budget and is being driven into a downward trend by the DA Kouga Council since 2016.

Bulk purchases of electricity has increased by R 31 million from R 201 million to R 232 million in this financial year.

Electricity purchases represent 25,9 % of the total operating budget.

The anticipated revenue projection for the 2019/20 financial year is R 836,6 million with property rates (R 196,7 million) and sales of electricity (R 277 million) forming the largest sources of income.

Government grants of R 133 million have been allocated to Kouga in the upcoming financial year.

Property rates and service charges were increased as follows:

  • Property rates: 6,5%
  • Water: 7,5%
  • Sanitation: 7%
  • Refuse: 7%
  • EMF: 0%
  • Electricity 14,26%.

There was a zero increase in the EMF as the Council wants to phase out the fee and didn’t want to increase the amount payable in the new financial year.

The Capital budget is R 93 million with the biggest projects being the upgrading of the Sea Vista Waste Water Treatment Plant (R 15,8 million), upgrading of sports facilities in Pellsrus and KwaNomzamo ( R 9 million) and the upgrading the KwaNomzamo Waste Water Treatment Plant (R8,6 million).

Tender for cleaning services at Kouga Municipality

June 3, 2019

KOUGA LOCAL MUNICIPALITY (EC108)
DIRECTORATE: FINANCE
SECTION: SUPPLY CHAIN/STORES
NOTICE NO: 89/2019

CLEANING SERVICES

Prospective Service Providers are hereby invited to submit tenders for Cleaning
Services to be rendered for a period of 12 months at the Jeffreys Bay and
Humansdorp Municipal Facilities.

Tenders:

An electronic copy of tender document will be available on E-Tender portal
http://www.etender.gov.za or the municipal website http://www.kouga.gov.za.

Printed copies of the Tender Document will be available at a non- refundable fee of R250 per
document as from Wednesday, 22 May 2019 from the Registry Section, 33 Da Gama
Road, Jeffreys Bay,6330 Tel No: 042 2002200.

Please note:

• Telegraphic, telephonic, telex, facsimile, email or late tenders will not be
accepted.
• This contract will be evaluated on the 80/20 point scoring system
• A valid SARS Tax Clearance Certificate and the Tax compliance Status pin
must be submitted.
• Prospective Service Providers must register on Kouga Municipality’s
Supplier database as per the registration requirements.
• The National Treasury Central Supplier Database Summary report must be
submitted.
• In order to claim Preference points a valid original or certified B-BBEE Status
level Verification certificate or a Sworn Affidavit completed in the DTI
format must be submitted to validate the claim.
• The Council reserves the right to accept any tender and, or part thereof,
appoint more than one contractor, and does not bind itself to accept the
lowest or any tender. The Council reserves the right to appoint any
contractor.
• The validity period for submission must be 120 days from the closing date.
• It is the Service Provider’s responsibility to ensure that their bid is deposited
in the correct tender box. No bid document delivered at any other venue
or tender box than the mentioned one will be considered.

Any inquiries relating to this tender must be submitted in writing via e-mail to
tenders@kouga.gov.za and copied to mrossouw@kouga.gov.za

Completed documents in a sealed envelope endorsed “NOTICE NO: 89/2019:
CLEANING SERVICES”, must be placed in the Tender Box in the foyer of the Municipal
Offices at 33 Da Gama Road, Jeffreys Bay on or before Monday, 24 June 2019 at
12:00.

C. DU PLESSIS
MUNICIPAL MANAGER

New vehicles to boost traffic control and law enforcement

June 1, 2019

THE operation of Kouga Municipality’s Traffic and Law Enforcement sections will be moving up a gear following the acquisition of three new vehicles.

A new branded sedan, to be used for traffic control, and two bakkies for Law Enforcement were delivered to the municipality last week.

Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said the new sedan would boost visible traffic control across the region.

“For a long time it was not unusual to see three or four Traffic officers crammed into one vehicle. This means they were not being used optimally to help keep road-users safe.”

He said the 4×4 and 4×2 bakkies for the Law Enforcement section would also enable Law Enforcement officers to maintain a higher visibility and improve their response time to complaints.

“Both these sections have been doing a fantastic job when it comes to traffic management and by-law enforcement despite the constraints they have faced. We are proud of these dedicated teams and pleased that we can support and take their work forward.”

Almost 200 fines and notices were issued to traffic offenders on Kouga roads during April 2019. This included 145 fines and 44 warrants that were executed, totalling R163 150.

Benson said joint roadblocks, including an Easter weekend campaign, had also been held with the police.

“We are very proud that there were no road fatalities in our area during the busy Easter period.”

April statistics for the municipality’s Law Enforcement section are equally impressive.

Kouga to benefit from tourism programme

May 30, 2019

Seven students from around the globe are set to help grow Kouga’s Tourism industry.

The students, who hail from seven different countries but all study Tourism at Heilbronn University in Germany, visited the DA led Kouga Municipality last week to gather information and experience first-hand what the region has to offer.

Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said the students had chosen to do their Master’s projects about sustainable Tourism development in the Kouga region.

“Three of the students are researching the viability of a zero-energy hotel for the region while the other four are conducting a general market analysis, aimed at identifying ways of increasing tourist numbers outside the peak seasons,” he said.

“Their research will be invaluable, both in Kouga’s efforts to grow the local Tourism industry and in our battle against climate change.”

The students are being hosted by Kouga Municipality and have been visiting various tourist attractions, including the grave of Khoi icon Sarah Baartman at Hankey and Jeffreys Bay’s world-renowned surfing spot Supertubes, where preparations are already under way for the Corona Open JBay in July.

They also met with Tourism roleplayers, including the Kouga Local Tourism Organisation, Supertubes Foundation and the Humansdorp Museum Association. The students stayed at Cape St Francis Resort while they were in Kouga.

Hendricks said Kouga was excited to partner with the students.

“It’s wonderful to have such a diverse mix of young people applying their minds to growing our Tourism industry,” he said.

“The students hail from Vietnam, Nepal, Mexico, Panama, Cameroon, Italy and Croatio, which gives them a vast understanding of what tourists from different backgrounds are looking for.”

He said the students’ visit is one of the first spin-offs of Kouga’s climate change partnership with the German municipality Ilsfeld.

“Together with Nelson Mandela University, the municipality is also working on establishing a broader student exchange programme with Germany for Kouga’s youth,” he said.

More houses powered up at Humansdorp

May 11, 2019

A further 53 households at Humansdorp received electricity for the first time this week, with almost 200 more to follow over the next two months.

Kouga Infrastructure and Engineering Portfolio Councillor Freddy Campher switched on the electricity to 53 houses at the Kruisfontein 391 RDP housing development on Monday.

The switch-on was part of a R 10 million project to install electricity to the remaining 237 houses at the development.

The power to the first 154 houses was switched on in July last year.

“Electricity has a life-changing effect on the general livelihoods of people. That is why the municipality has left no stone unturned to ensure that these residents do not have to go through another winter without electricity,” Campher said.

“We are happy that we could keep our word and that the electricity to a further 53 houses has been switched on. More than that, we are pleased to see how happy this has made the beneficiaries.”

He advised residents that certain upgrades and new installations still had to be done before the remaining houses could be connected to the grid.

“As a result, there will be a series of shutdowns over the next few weeks.

“We ask that residents who have just been connected don’t get a fright when this happens. It will only be for a few hours on the relevant days to allow the contractor and municipal teams to complete the project.”

The relevant dates are May 10 for the removal and re-installation of an auto recloser and switch; May 15 for the installation of a new MV-cable and pole; May 26 for the installation of two new auto reclosers; May 29 for the tie-in to the existing line so that three new transformers can be energised, and June 2 for the installation of three new switches.

A further interruption will follow later in June for the installation of a new feeder panel at the substation.

Over 2000 service delivery requests logged per month in Kouga

May 3, 2019

The Kouga Municipality Call Centre logs over 2000 service delivery requests per month with 2 958 logged in January and 2 587 in February 2019.

Of the requests logged, 2 708 were resolved in January and 2 341 in February.

Resubmissions were received for January in the Aston Bay suburb for potholes that had not been repaired in Swan Drive, Shearwater and Owl Drive.

The vast majority of service delivery requests are related to sewage with 1 446 requests logged in January for septic tanks that needed to be sucked while 1 016 requests for logged in February.

423 Water related requests were received in January, with the bulk being for burst pipes (185) and faulty meters (170).

In February, 323 water related requests were received with burst pipes (142) and faulty meters (116) again being the main faults being reported.

“These figures only represent what is being reported to the Call Centre and excludes work being carried out internally by Kouga Municipality,” said Kouga Mayor Horatio Hendricks.

Potholes are also clearly a concern of residents with 306 requests logged in January and 578 in February.

Should you wish to report a service fault, please contact the Kouga Call Centre on 042 200 2200. The call centre is open seven days a week from 7:30am to 7pm.

Outside these hours faults can be reported at 042 291 0250 or 042 200 8330. Alternatively, click  here here to download the Link app for easy fault reporting.