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Mayor Hendricks declares war on potholes

August 28, 2019

Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks has declared war against potholes.

A special Mayoral intervention programme, aimed at strengthening the municipality’s capacity to repair roads, will be rolled out across the region over the next six months.

Hendricks said R3-million had been set aside for the programme so that more muscle and machinery could be hired to improve the quality of pothole repairs.

“The municipal road teams have been doing a commendable job and repaired almost 8 000 potholes over the past financial year, but there are not enough of them to deal with the problem decisively.

“Kouga’s roads were not maintained by the previous regimes, resulting in a backlog of more than R500-million. This is more than half the municipality’s total annual budget,” he said.

“While the intervention will not mean the end of all potholes, it will set a new standard for repairs and bring us closer to a more permanent fix.”

He said 70 contract workers would be hired and trained to assist the road teams as part of the intervention.

“We’ll also be hiring specialised equipment to improve the quality of repairs, so that fixed potholes don’t simply wash open every time it rains.”

He said the focus would be on high-risk roads with heavy traffic flow, especially in the Gamtoos Valley area.

Hendricks said the municipality would also be going on tender to appoint a contractor to reseal roads.

Thirty-two roads and parking areas, with a total surface area of 140 977m², were resealed in Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp, St Francis Bay, Cape St Francis, Hankey and Patensie over the past financial year.

“We’ve had good feedback from communities about the recent resealing programme, with towns such as Hankey never before having benefited from such an initiative.

“We look forward to expanding the programme and will continue looking for innovative ways to get all our roads up to an acceptable standard,” he said.

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Kouga is making progress under DA governance

August 8, 2019

Under the DA’s leadership after winning the Municipality in 2016, Kouga is financially stronger than it has ever been.

Mayor Horatio Hendricks showcased Kouga at a media briefing in Johannesburg yesterday and said that the collection of debt has increased from 72% in August 2016 to 94% in August 2019.

The municipality’s cash-on-hand has grown from R 38 million in June 2016 to R 214 million in June 2019.

The DA-led council also adopted an anti-corruption strategy and established a Financial Misconduct Disciplinary Board.

Kouga municipality implemented a borehole project to augment its water supply and secured R151.2 million in drought funding for ground water development and Water Conservation and Demand Management projects.

Thirty boreholes were drilled at Jeffreys Bay, Oyster Bay, Hankey and Patensie, with 12 delivering good yields and quality. Seven boreholes were drilled at Humansdorp. The test results are being awaited.

The municipality has also invested millions to upgrade its water and wastewater treatment works, benefitting thousands of households.

Under the previous ANC regimes, the building of new government-subsidised housing came to a standstill.

“This changed under the leadership of the DA when in 2017 work started on the top structures of 391 houses at Kruisfontein. Another two housing projects are currently underway and another seven are in the advanced planning stage.

When the DA took over in 2016, Kouga had almost 4000 household which still relied on a bucket toilet system.

The DA-led municipality is currently in the process of eradicating more than 2000 bucket toilets through current housing projects, and has also launched a multi-year programme in the 2018/19 financial year to eliminate the use of buckets in Kouga entirely,” said Hendricks.

The regional landfill site at Humansdorp and Hankey waste site were upgraded, an official recycler was appointed, and new drop-off zones were opened at Jeffreys Bay, St Francis Bay and Oyster Bay.

In addition, the municipality has started distributing wheelie bins to households to replace black bags. A total of 7 713 wheelie bins were delivered to Hankey, Patensie, Loerie, Thornhill and Humansdorp during 2018/2019, with the roll-out set to continue in the new financial year.

In 2016, the DA-led municipality inherited a vehicle fleet which was almost entirely broken. Only 4% of the fleet was fully operational. A fleet replacement plan has subsequently been implemented, by the DA, and at least 90% of the fleet is in operation daily.

“We also became the first municipality in the Sarah Baartman district to launch an app-supported call centre for residents to submit service requests.

A total of 35 201 service requests and faults were resolved through the Kouga Call Centre and Link service delivery app during 2018/2019. This is more than double the number of 17 298 that were resolved the previous year, added Hendricks.

From 2017 to 2018 the DA-led municipality distributed an historic 1 827 title deeds. A 98-year-old resident from Patensie recently became the official owner of a home for the first time.

Tuli Wilson Tanda had been living on the property for more than 15 years, and only under the DA was it registered in his name in July 2019 for the first time.

The DA-led Kouga will be pioneering the first road made from plastic waste in Africa, a stronger and more durable alternative to traditional asphalt mixes.

A total of 7 785 potholes were repaired during the 2018/2019 financial year and 32 roads and parking areas, totalling 140 977m², were resealed.

Kouga is poised to become the first municipality in the Eastern Cape to roll out free unlimited WiFi to the public. An agreement has been reached between the Council and Cell C.

To ensure the safety of both residents and visitors in Kouga, the DA-led municipality installed security cameras along the main beachfront of Jeffreys Bay, for the first time, and spotlights were recently erected at the informal settlement in Donkerhoek and at the entrance to upper Vaaldam in Humansdorp.

Supplier day for SMME’s in renewable energy sector

August 6, 2019

The Kouga Municipality and the Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT) are hosting a supplier day for local SMMEs interested in business opportunities around renewable energy plant developments.

Presentations will provide information on how to meet the requirements to supply to this sector, as well as what services and assistance various development agencies can offer SMMEs.

Exhibitors on the day will include DEDEAT, Kouga Municipality’s Local Economic Development Unit, SARS, SEDA, South African Bureau of Standards, Standard Bank, SEFA, The Business Place and SAICA Enterprise Development.

The exhibition will run from 9:30-15:30 and presentations will run from 9:30-13:00.

The Kouga Supplier Day is being held on:

Date: Wednesday, 7 August 2019
Time: 09:30 – 15:30
Venue: Newton Hall, Goedehoop Street, Jeffreys Bay

This invitation is open to all SMMEs with a trading address within the Kouga Municipality.

Eskom to switch off whole of Kouga on 14 August

July 31, 2019

Jeffreys Bay – Eskom will be switching off the power supply to almost all of Kouga on Wednesday, 14 August 2019.

Kouga Infrastructure & Engineering Portfolio Councillor, Freddy Campher, said the parastatal had notified the municipality that it would be switching off the power to the whole of Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp, St Francis Bay, Cape St Francis, Oyster Bay, Hankey, Patensie and Loerie on the day.

Areas that will be excluded, are Thornhill and the Gamtoos River Mouth area, whose power is supplied by the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro Municipality.

The interruption has been scheduled from 05:00 to 18:00.

According to the notification, the interruption is necessary for new installation work and planned maintenance by Eskom.

“We would like to remind residents that all electrical appliances must be treated as live during the down period,” Campher said.

The shutdown is subject to the weather. A new date will be communicated if the work cannot go ahead on the day.

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.

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