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Have your say about the Kouga budget and IDP

April 16, 2018

Public meetings about the draft budget and Integrated Development Plan (IDP) for the 2018/2019 financial year will be held in April and May.

The draft budget and draft IDP were adopted by the Kouga Council last Thursday.

Capital projects to be funded in the new year, starting July 1, include the Sea Vista Waste Water Treatment Works, bucket eradication and the electrification of informal areas.

Kouga Mayor Elza van Lingen encouraged residents and stakeholder groups to attend the meetings.

“We want the budget and IDP to speak to the needs of our communities. The public meetings are an opportunity for residents to give input and ask questions about the municipality’s proposed plans for the new financial year,” she said.

The meetings, which start at 6pm unless otherwise stated, will take place as follows:

Ward 1: 16 April at the Oyster Bay Hall and 17 April at the Sea Vista Hall

Ward 2: 18 April at the Pellsrus Hall

Ward 3: 19 April at the Newton Hall

Ward 4: 23 April at the Baptist Church Hall

Ward 5: 24 April at the Kruisfontein Hall

Ward 6: 25 April at the KwaNomzamo Hall

Ward 7: 26 April at the Loerie Hall and 30 April at the Katrien Felix Hall

Ward 8: 2 May at the Newton Hall

Ward 9: 3 May at the Vusumzi Landu Hall

Ward 10: 7 May at the Dan Sandi Hall and 8 May at Andrieskraal

Ward 11: 9 May at the Newton Hall

Ward 12: 10 May at the St Francis Village Hall, 14 May at 3pm at the Dutch Reformed Church hall in Paradise Beach and 15 May at the Humansdorp Country Club

Ward 13: 16 May at the Weston Hall

Ward 14: 17 May at 10am at the Marina Martinique Hall and at 6pm at the Tokyo Sexwale Club House

Ward 15: 21 May at 3pm at Ons Tuiste, Humansdorp, and 22 May at the Humansdorp Country Club.

Enquiries can be directed to the municipality’s IDP manager, Colleen Dreyer, at cdreyer@kouga.gov.za or on 042 200 2200.

Kouga adopts a pro-poor draft budget

April 5, 2018

Kouga Municipality’s draft budget and draft Integrated Development Plan (IDP) for the new financial year, starting July, was approved by Council on Thursday (31/03/2018).

Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said the drafts would now be taken to communities for feedback in order for the documents to be finalised. Public meetings will be held in all wards from 16 April to 22 May.

The final budget and IDP will be tabled to Council for adoption before the end of May and implemented from 1 July.

Van Lingen said Council’s aim in the new year would be to strengthen service delivery to all communities.

The draft capital budget, which includes several projects aimed at improving the lives of the poorest of the poor,  totals R71,595-million, which is 3,11% more than the 2017/18 Adjustments Budget.

“It will mainly be funded from government grants and subsidies, as the municipality has reached its prudent borrowing limits while internal funding is limited,” she said.

Draft capital projects include R23,7-million to upgrade the Sea Vista Waste Water Treatment Works in preparation for new RDP houses to be built in the area.

R10,2-million will further be spent on the electrification of informal settlements while R2,8-million has been allocated to roll out a bucket eradication programme.

A further R4,4-million will be used to upgrade sports facilities and R1,5-million has been set aside for facilities to accommodate informal traders.

The draft operating revenue for 2018/19 totals R732,962-million. This is an increase of 6,38% compared to the 2017/18 Adjustments Budget.

The main revenue sources are electricity (33,58%), property rates (23,55%), operating grants and subsidies (16,8%), water (9,24%) and refuse (5,94%).

The draft operating expenditure for 2018/19 totals R786,146-million, resulting in a budget deficit of R53,184-million. It is a 4,07% increase compared to the 2017/18 Adjustments Budget.

The main expenditure items are employee-related costs (34,64%) and bulk electricity purchases (25,56%) and depreciation (9,59%).

Van Lingen said the Council would be keeping the tariff hikes as low as is possible.

“We kept the proposed tariff increases for property rates and refuse lower than they were last year because these are fixed amounts over which residents have no control.”

The proposed tariff increases are:

  • 7,5% for property rates
  • 11,5% for water
  • 9% for sanitation
  • 8% for refuse
  • 6% for the Environmental Management Fee
  • An average of 6,84% for electricity, subject to approval by the National Electricity Regulator of South Africa (Nersa).

The dates of the public meetings will be published in the local media and on the municipal website.

Kouga Municipality exploring desalination plants to address water woes

March 1, 2018

Kouga executive mayor, Elsa van Lingen, said the establishment of a desalination plant is the best way to achieve water security for the Kouga area.

Delivering her State of the Municipality Address on Wednesday, Van Lingen said that a delegation from Kouga recently visited Israel to learn more about desalination from the world’s leaders in this field.

She said the process to appoint a professional services provider to assist with the implementation has been initiated.

Van Lingen said that long-term water security will also be the focus of the Kouga Municipality’s climate change partnership with Ilsfeld Municipality in Germany.

“A year ago the dams in the Algoa Water Supply System – from which both Kouga and our neighbours, Nelson Mandela Bay, draw water – were just more than half full at 50,2%. That figure has since dropped to 25.6%,” she said.

Van Lingen said “of particular concern to us is the Kouga Dam, which is the only water supply to the towns of Hankey and Patensie. A year ago the dam level stood at 36%; now it stands at just over 10%.”

“The outlook for the Churchill and Impofu Dams – which supply water to Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp, St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis- is also bleak, with the level of the Churchill Dam dropping from 31% in February last year to 18% in February this year and the Impofu from 72.4% to 41.3%,” she said.

“In short, the water security of our communities is under serious threat,” Van Lingen said.

Meanwhile, Meanwhile, the Kouga mayor said that one of the big economic shocks for them this past year was the news that the proposed nuclear development at Thyspunt would not be happening soon, if ever.

Van Lingen said while the people of Kouga have been divided over the issue of years, she said there’s no doubt that news came as a blow to many job seekers, entrepreneurs, SMMEs, co-ops and businesses, who believed that Thyspunt would bring a much-needed economic boost to the region.

However, the Mayor said there’s far more to the Kouga area than just Thyspunt.

Van Lingen said there’s tremendous room for growth in many of sectors – including tourism, Agri-processing, and the Ocean Economy.

She said the Kouga Council will endeavour to unlock the full economic potential of the area.

Kouga Municipality is looking for an accountant

February 23, 2018

POSITION: ACCOUNTANT: REVENUE
Closing date:
02 March 2018

KOUGA MUNICIPALITY (EC 108)

NOTICE: 26/2018

VACANCIES

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

ACCOUNTANT: REVENUE

REQUIREMENTS:

B Comm Finance Degree or equivalent tertiary qualification;

2 Years’ experience in a municipal accounting environment or 3 years in the private sector accounting environment;

Valid Driver’s licence;

Computer Literate with advanced Excel & Word skills;

Proficient in at least two of the official languages (Afrikaans, English, and Xhosa).

SALARY: R306 828.00 – R398 268.00

DUTIES:

Co-ordinates and controls the application of accounting procedures by attending to the verification, reporting, processing and reconciliation of account receivable transactions to support analysis,

Identification and recovery of overdue accounts. Guiding and developing personnel on the processing sequences and attending to specific administrative processes associated with the Services an Rates payment, certification and correspondences.

BENEFITS: As per standard conditions of service;

Interested persons should submit their application on the prescribed application form, together with their CV, certified copy of qualifications, identity documents and driver’s licence. Sealed applications must reach the Human Resource Manager on or before Friday, 2 March 2018 at 12:00.

Application forms are available at the Municipal Offices in Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp, St Francis Bay, Hankey, Patensie, Loerie and Thornhill or can be obtained from the Municipal Website – www.kouga.gov.za

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

Residents need to register boreholes

February 10, 2018

The Kouga Municipality is updating its information about boreholes situated on private land.

“We would like to appeal to all property owners with boreholes on their land to register them with the municipality,” said Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen.

“Our region is struggling through a severe drought and this information is necessary for our planning to ensure all our communities have water,” she said.

She said property owners were legally required to register their boreholes with the municipality.

The requirements are set out in Clause 141 of the National Water Act (Act No.36 of 1998) and Clause 48 of Kouga Municipality’s Water Supply and Sanitation Services Bylaw.

According to the bylaw, all property owners with boreholes are required to provide the following information to the municipality on the prescribed form:

Full name and surname
Municipal account number
Physical address and name of owner of the borehole
Coordinates of the borehole
Yield of the borehole(if known)
Depth of borehole
Casing depth and casing material
Depth of water level.
Name of borehole driller & drilling log.

It is also a requirement that property owners install water meters and keep records of water usage on a monthly basis.

Van Lingen said that those property owners who had not yet done so would be given grace till 30 June 2018 to register their boreholes.

The information provided must be submitted to Eddie Oosthuizen at the Infrastructure and Engineering Directorate or sent via email to eddieo@kouga.gov.za.

A borehole number must also be obtained from Dane Von Berg of the Department of Water and Sanitationat 041 501 0739 or vonbergd@dws.gov.za.

Residents to re-register for free basic services

February 6, 2018
Kouga Municipality will be re-registering residents for free basic services over the next five months.Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said the municipality would be conducting an Equitable Share (EQS) drive from February to June 2018 so as to ensure that all qualifying residents receive free basic services.

“It is very important that all residents who already receive EQS, re-register during this time so that they continue receiving the free services. New applications are also invited,” she said.

Those who are registered, receive 50kwh electricity plus the basic charge for free, 12kl water plus the basic charge for free, free refuse removal and free sewerage (based on 12kl water consumption).

They also do not pay the Environmental Management Fee (EMF) levy and rates for an additional R85 000 on their properties.

Residents are invited to register per ward, as per the following schedule:

  • Ward 4: February 4 to 8 at the Humansdorp municipal offices
  • Ward 5: February 12 to 15 at the Humansdorp municipal offices
  • Ward 6: February 19 to 22 at the Humansdorp municipal offices
  • Ward 12: (Humansdorp areas) and Ward 15: February 26 to 28 at the Humansdorp municipal offices
  • Ward 9: March 5 to 8 at the Hankey municipal offices
  • Ward 13: (Weston and parts of Hankey): March 12 to 15 at the Hankey municipal offices
  • Ward 10: March 19 to 22 at the Patensie municipal offices
  • Ward 13: (Patensie town): March 26 to 29 at the Patensie municipal offices
  • Ward 7 (Loerie): April 3 to 5 at the Loerie Hall
  • Ward 7 (Thornhill): April 9 to 12 at the Thornhill Hall
  • Ward 1 (Sea Vista): April 16 to 19 at the St Francis Bay municipal offices
  • Ward 12 (St Francis): April 23 to 26 at the St Francis Bay municipal offices
  • Ward 1 (Oyster Bay): May 7 to 10 at the Oyster Bay Crèche
  • Ward 3, 8 and 11: May 14 to 17 at the Jeffreys Bay municipal offices
  • Ward 12 (Paradise Beach) and 14 (Aston Bay): May 21 to 24 at the Jeffreys Bay municipal offices
  • Ward 2: May 28 to 31 at the Jeffreys Bay municipal offices
  • Ward 14 (Mandela Bay and Ocean View): June 4 to 7 at the Jeffreys Bay municipal offices.

The Mayor said all applicants are required to complete the application form personally.

The following documents must also be supplied: municipal account and prepaid meter number, ID document (husband and wife), proof of income (bank statement, pay slip or pension card), sworn affidavit if unemployed, proof of usufruct (if owner is deceased, a letter of authority and death certificate).

ANC fights against service delivery in Kouga

February 2, 2018

A council meeting held in the Jeffreys Bay Council Chamber on 25 January was totally disrupted by the ANC, leading to scuffles and the subsequent adjournment of the meeting.

Several important items were on the agenda, including the recommendation that Council implements a desalination programme in Kouga, leading to the inexorable conclusion that the ANC, the official opposition in Council, simply does not care if the taps run dry in the various towns in Kouga.

Day Zero for Hankey and Patensie is predicted to occur in March, while the rest of Kouga’s taps could run dry by September, so it is disconcerting to see politicians disrupt a Council meeting where desalination was an item on the agenda.

The Annual Financial Statements and the Annual Report of the Municipality, as well as the Auditor General’s report were all important items on the agenda that the ANC refused to debate.

The leader of the ANC, Cllr Dayimani made it clear that the ANC would not allow the Council meeting to continue as they were objecting about the agenda, which was a paperless agenda and according to him, not all Councillors had access to their agendas.

The Speaker of Council, Cllr Hendricks agreed that there had been teething problems with the paperless agenda but, according to the rules of Council, this could not invalidate the meeting.

Several of the ANC Councillors then became unruly and started speaking out of turn, which led the Speaker to adjourn the meeting for 10 minutes.

Upon the resumption of the meeting, the opposing party once again became unruly and started to verbally and physically target some of the DA Councillors. An attempt was even made to grab the cell phone of a DA Councillor who was taking pictures of the mayhem that was unfolding in the Council Chamber.

This prompted the Speaker of Council to once again adjourn the meeting and shift the meeting to another venue in St Francis Bay, which he is entitled to do, according to the rules of Council.

When the meeting eventually continued in St Francis Bay, the unqualified audit report, as well as the other statutory reports were adopted by the majority of Council, which excluded the ANC.

Council also approved the appointment of a consultant to lead the Municipality through the process of bringing desalinated water onstream to augment the dwindling supply of surface water available to residents of Kouga.

Unqualified Audit Report for Kouga Municipality

February 1, 2018

The Auditor General (AG) has given the Kouga Municipality a clean bill of health for the 2016/17 financial year by issuing an unqualified audit report.

The municipality raised R148 million in property rates for the financial year and received a further R144 million in the form of grants and subsidies from national and provincial government.

Income of R337 million was raised through the sale of electricity, water, sanitation and waste removal.
Staff costs showed a marginal decrease of R700 000 when compared to those of the previous financial year with a total cost of R228 million to the municipality.

The purchase of water and electricity cost R220 million, while R51 million was spent on operational costs. This includes items such as legal fees, chemicals, insurance, telephone and postage.

Overall the municipality ended the financial year with R84 million in the bank, up from R78 million in the previous financial year.

The newly elected DA government in Kouga aggressively reduced the contingent liabilities facing the municipality and reduced the amount from R109 million to 49 million.

Outstanding trade creditors dropped from R114 million to R91 million, while debtors showed a marginal drop from R77 million to R73 million.

Performance management was again criticised by the Auditor General, while water losses representing 38,5% of water purchased were identified.

The losses were due to leakages, tampering with meters, incorrect ratios used for bulk meters, faulty meters and illegal connections (theft of water).

“We have implemented a performance management system in the Municipality and will be able to address this finding during the next audit,” says Kouga Mayor Elza Van Lingen.

“Water losses are a serious concern and we budgeted for additional vehicles for our Infrastructure department to equip them to attend to water leaks more efficiently.

“We also spent R 23 million during the financial year on the Kruisfontein and St Francis Bay Waste Water Treatment Plants, with another R 4 million spent upgrading bulk infrastructure in Kruisfontein.

This led to the construction of 391 RDP houses in Kruisfontein.”

Kouga Municipality is looking for new top management

January 22, 2018

KOUGA MUNICIPALITY VACANCIES:

NOTICE NO: 6/2018

The Kouga Local Municipality hereby invites applications from suitably qualified persons for appointment in the following vacancy:

DIRECTOR: PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT & TOURISM

Permanent Employment Contract

SALARY: An all-inclusive package ranging from R 973 759, R 1 145 598, to R 1 317 437 per annum is payable in line with Government Gazette No. 41173 dated 10 October 2017, Local Government: Municipal Systems Act (32/2000): Total remuneration packages payable to Municipal Managers and Managers directly accountable to Municipal Managers, subject to the signing of a performance contract, a performance agreement and declaration of Financial interests.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

BSC Degree in Building Sciences/B Degree Architecture/B Degree in Town and Regional Planning or Development Studies; or equivalent.
Minimum of five (5) years’ relevant experience at middle management level preferably within the Local Government environment
Proven successful Professional Developmental/ Town and Regional Planning experience
Willing to undergo security vetting
Wiling to complete a competency assessment test
Must comply with Government notice 40593 National Treasury no. 91 dated 3 February 2017
Added advantage: Project Management Certificate or Diploma; or
Registration as a Professional Planner in accordance with the Planning Professions Act, 2002, (Act No. 36 of 2002)
High level of Computer literacy
Own Transport
Valid driver’s licence and
NO criminal record

KNOWLEDGE

Good knowledge and understanding of relevant policy and legislation
Good knowledge and understanding of institutional governance systems and performance management
Good knowledge of Supply Chain Management regulations and the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act, 2000 (Act No. 5 of 2000)
Knowledge of geographical information systems and
Knowledge of spatial, town and development planning
Budget and finance management
Innovative and strategic leader.
Good facilitation and communication skills
Must demonstrate experience in management of a substantial staff complement and significant budget in a regulated environment, knowledge of MFMA, in pursuing promotion of local economic development.
KEY COMPETENCIES

Strategic direction and Leadership
People Management
Programme and Project Management
Financial Management
Change and Governance leadership
Moral competence
Planning and organising
Analysis and innovation
Knowledge and Information Management
Communication
Results and Quality focus

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Management of the entire Planning, Development & Tourism, Department which includes Human Settlements
Compile and manage the Directorate’s annual Capital and Operational Budgets.
Provision of GIS support and analysis and the undertaking of specific GIS related projects and initiatives.
Management, maintenance and implementation of the municipal multi-disciplinary sustainable human settlement policy and framework.
Co-ordinate the integration of the multi-sectorial and inter-sphere processes and demands relating to the delivery of sustainable human settlements.
Co-ordination of housing functions in line with the Provincial and National policies, on behalf of the Provincial Department of Developmental Local Government and Housing.
Developing and implementing strategies to meet investment challenges.
Establishing and managing contractual and other relationships with government departments, service providers, organised business and other stakeholder bodies, to ensure sustainability of projects.

DIRECTOR: COMMUNITY SERVICES

Permanent Employment Contract

SALARY: An all-inclusive package ranging from R 973 759, R 1 145 598, to R 1 317 437 per annum is payable in line with Government Gazette No. 41173 dated 10 October 2017, Local Government: Municipal Systems Act (32/2000): Total remuneration packages payable to Municipal Managers and Managers directly accountable to Municipal Managers, subject to the signing of a performance contract, a performance agreement and declaration of Financial interests.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Bachelors Degree in Social Sciences/ Public Administration/ Law or equivalent.
Minimum of five (5) years’ relevant experience at middle management level preferably within the Local Government environment.
Must comply with Government notice 40593 National Treasury no. 91 dated 3 February 2017
Must have proven successful institutional transformation experience within the public or private sector
Added advantage: Registration with the South African Council for Social Service Professionals (SACSSP); or similar recognised relevant professional body
Willing to undergo security vetting
High level of Computer literacy
Own Transport
Willing to complete a competency assessment test
Valid driver’s license
NO criminal record.

KNOWLEDGE

Good knowledge and understanding of relevant policy and legislation
Good knowledge and understanding of institutional governance systems and performance management
Good knowledge of Supply Chain Management regulations and the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act, 2000 (Act No. 5 of 2000)
Understanding of council operations and delegation of powers related to –
Environmental Management
Health service management
Cemetery management
Public safety, Fire, and Protection Services and
Parks and recreation management
Budget and finance management
Innovative and strategic leader.
Good facilitation and communication skills
Must demonstrate experience in management of a substantial staff complement and significant budget in a regulated environment, knowledge of MFMA

KEY COMPETENCIES

Strategic direction and Leadership
People Management
Programme and Project Management
Financial Management
Change and Governance leadership
Moral competence
Planning and organising
Analysis and innovation
Knowledge and Information Management
Communication
Results and Quality focus

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Management of the entire Community Services department.
Compile and manage the Directorate’s annual Capital and Operational Budgets.
Responsible for the coordination of disaster management services.
Strategically direct and manage services related to Environmental Management and solid waste management
Provision of sports, recreation, cultural, arts and library information services.
Responsible for setting standards for the maintenance of cemeteries, parks, halls, and other community services.
Management of refuse services within the entire Kouga.

Interested persons should submit their applications on the prescribed application form, together with their CV, certified copy of qualifications, identity documents, and driver’s license. Sealed applications marked “Director: Community Services, or Director: Planning, Development, and Tourism, Kouga Municipality” must reach the Human Resources Manager on or before Monday, 5 February 2018 at 12:00.

Application forms are available at the Municipal Offices in Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp, St Francis Bay, Hankey, Patensie, Loerie, and Thornhill or can be obtained from the Municipal Website – www.kouga.gov.za For any inquiries contact Mr. D.H. De Jager: 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.

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