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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.

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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.

New dates for IDP meetings

April 29, 2019

New dates have been scheduled for five of the public meetings about Kouga Municipality’s draft Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and budget for the upcoming 2019/2020 financial year.

Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said the meetings that were scheduled for Wards 14 and 15 on Tuesday this week had to be postponed due to adverse weather conditions.

The meeting for Ward 14 will now be held on May 15 at the Tokyo Sexwale Sports Stadium, while the meeting for Ward 15 will take place on May 16 in a tent at the Humansdorp Country Club. Both meetings will start at 18:00.

He said new dates had also been scheduled for Wards 4, 5 and 6 at Humansdorp.

The Ward 4 meeting will now be held on May 6 at the Kruisfontein Babs Hall, the Ward 5 meeting will take place on May 14 at the Kruisfontein Civic Centre and the Ward 6 meeting on May 13 in a tent at the KwaNomzamo Community Hall. The meetings will also start at 18:00.

Hendricks encouraged all residents to attend the meetings.

“It is an opportunity for residents to participate in the municipality’s planning processes for the new financial year. Important information about water and electricity allocations will also be discussed,” he said.

Direct queries about the IDP to IDP Manager Colleen Dreyer at cdreyer@kouga.gov.za. while budget queries can be directed to Shukree Abrahams at sabrahams@kouga.gov.za. Alternatively contact 042 200 2200.

Recycling to move up a gear in Kouga

April 27, 2019

Recycling services in the Kouga region is set to move up a gear following the appointment of an official service provider by the municipality.

Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said the company Extreme Recycling had been appointed through an open bidding process to provide this service at the municipality’s official waste sites.

“They will also be servicing schools, most of which have already received recycling bins from the municipality, and assist with education and awareness drives,” he said.

He said the main recycling plant for the sorting, weighing and bailing of reusable waste would be located at the Humansdorp Landfill Site.

“Recycling drop-off points have already been established at the Humansdorp site and at the municipal yard in St Francis Drive, St Francis Bay,” he said.

“The latter was opened on a temporary basis in conjunction with the St Francis Bay Property Owners Association for the holiday season, with great success, and continues to be used as a drop-off point.”

He said the service provider would also be putting recycling facilities in place at the new drop-off zone in Jeffreys Bay.

“The municipality’s Waste and Environmental Management section will be meeting with the recycler shortly to finalise the plans for Jeffreys Bay,” he said.

“Residents are, in the meantime, welcome to start taking their recyclables to the drop-off zone, as temporary arrangements are in place for these to be kept separate from the other waste.

“We would like to request that paper, glass, tins and plastic be separated into bags for each type before drop-off.”

The Jeffreys Bay drop-off zone is situated just off Koraal Street opposite the Jeffreys Bay Comprehensive High School. It is open from 08:00 to 16:00 during the week and from 8:00 to 13:00 on Saturdays.

Benson said the municipality was also working towards opening its landfill sites and drop-off zones on Sundays to help prevent illegal dumping.

Patensie wins Eastern Cape Kwêla Town of the Year

April 21, 2019

A second Kouga town is in the running for the coveted Kwêla Town of the Year title.

Patensie was named the winner of the East Cape round of the annual competition on Kyknet’s Kwêla on Sunday. The Gamtoos Valley town beat two of the province’s well-known seaside towns, Port Alfred and Kenton-on-Sea, to claim the regional title.

Kouga Mayor Horatio Hendricks congratulated the Patensie community on the achievement and thanked everyone who had voted for the town.

“We would like to call on the whole of Kouga to throw their weight behind Patensie when it’s time to vote for the national winner,” he said.

“It was through a combined effort that we were able to win the title for Jeffreys Bay last year. Let us take hands and do the same for Patensie this year.”

The nine finalists are currently being announced weekly on Kwêla. Once all nine finalists have been revealed, voting for the national winner will take place from 26 to 31 May.

Nichola Uys, of Gamtoos Tourism, said they were elated to have won the East Cape round.

“This is a beautiful part of the world, with lots to do and see for visitors. The Kwêla competition is a fantastic opportunity to market the area and grow the local tourism industry,” she said.

The national winner will win free marketing worth R1-million through Kyknet, including a 45 second advert. KIA will also once again sponsor a “makietie” in the 2019 Town of the Year.

Kouga Call Centre open for balance queries

April 20, 2019

RATEPAYERS can now contact the Kouga Call Centre to find out what their municipal account balance is or to obtain an access key to register for the DA led Kouga Municipality’s online account service.

This is the good news from Corporate Services Portfolio Councillor Bryan Dhludhlu.

Dhludhlu said operators at the Call Centre had been trained to assist the municipality’s Revenue section with the flood of balance queries they receive when account payments are due.

“Many people don’t want to wait for their accounts to reach their post boxes or inboxes and thus phone to know how much they owe. As a result, it’s often difficult to get through to the Revenue section because of the many walk-in and telephonic queries they receive,” he said.

“This has been a great frustration for residents; hence, we have trained our Call Centre operators to assist with balance queries.

“This will enable the Revenue section to focus on other account-related queries and speed up the service to ratepayers.”

He said ratepayers would also be able to obtain an access key from the Kouga Call Centre should they wish to register on the municipality’s website to receive their accounts via email.

“Once you have your access key, registration is easy.

“Simply go to the municipality’s website at http://www.kouga.gov.za, click on the ‘Ratepayers Info System’ link and follow the prompts under the registration option,” he said.

Kouga adopts draft budget for 2019/20 financial year

April 13, 2019

The Kouga Council has adopted a draft budget for the 2019/20 financial year.

Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said the draft budget would now be taken to communities for feedback so that it can be finalised in line with legislation and what Kouga communities consider to be the priorities.

“We have tried to keep the proposed tariff increases as low as possible, but there are factors beyond the municipality’s control,” he said.

“This would include, for example, how much Eskom and the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro charge us for electricity and water respectively.

“Municipalities are further compelled by law to cover the cost of delivering basic services through the income for that service.”

In terms of the draft budget the operating revenue for 2019/20 totals R833,972-million. This is an increase of 9,7% compared to the 2018/19 Adjustments Budget.

The main revenue sources are basic service delivery(54,75%), property rates (23,81%) and operating grants and subsidies (15,96%).

The operating expenditure for 2019/20 totals R889,468-million, resulting in a budget deficit of R55,496-million. It is a 8,5% increase compared to the 2019/20 Adjustments Budget.

The main expenditure items are employee-related costs (32,71%), bulk electricity purchases (25,71%) and depreciation (9,57%).

The proposed tariff increases are:

  • 7,5% for property rates
  • 7,5% for water
  • 8% for sanitation
  • 8% for refuse
  • 5% for the Environmental Management Fee
  • 13, 87% for electricity (average increase in income).

The draft capital budget for 2019/20 totals R89,932-million, which is a decrease of 57,08% compared to the 2018/19 Adjustments Budget. The decrease is mainly due to the allocation of the Water Services Infrastructure Grant to the municipality during the current financial year.

Capital projects on the draft include R2-million for the acquisition of land for housing projects, a priority identified in the IDP for various communities.

A further R2-million will be used to purchase wheelie bins for households and R2, 5-million for roads, while almost R10-million has been earmarked for the upgrade of sports facilities, with the bulk going to KwaNomzamo.

Also included are upgrades to parks such as Yellowwoods at Hankey, Pellsrus and Kabeljous at Jeffreys Bay and the Cape St Francis Beach.

Almost R16-million is set to go towards the completion of the Sea Vista Waste Water Works upgrade, R8,7-million for the KwaNomzamo Waste Water Works and R4, 4-million towards the Patensie sewerage package plant.

A further R2,3-million will be used for the municipality’s programme to eradicate the bucket system.

Several electricity projects have also been prioritized for the new financial year, including the electrification of houses at Ocean View and Kruisfontein. R1,2 million has also been earmarked for public lights.

Free roadworthy tests ahead of Easter

April 12, 2019

The DA led Kouga Municipality’s Traffic Department will once again be helping residents to arrive safely at their holiday destinations this Easter weekend.

Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said the Kouga Traffic Department would be offering free roadworthy tests to residents ahead of the long weekend.

The free tests will be conducted from Monday, April 15, to Thursday, April 18, at the municipality’s vehicle testing centre at Humansdorp. The service will be available from 07:30 to 13:00 and from 13:30 to 15:00 on all four days.

“The safety of our residents lies close to our hearts,” Benson said. “Unroadworthy vehicles are one of the main causes of accidents on our roads; hence the municipality’s Traffic Department initiated this programme to help keep Kouga families safe.

He said no prosecution would be done if defects were found.

“The owner will receive a list of defects, if any, to attend to before embarking on their holiday trip.”

Residents are asked to take note that no certification will be issued as this is a free additional service being offered ahead of Easter.

The vehicle testing centre is situated at the Kouga Fire Brigade along the entrance to Humansdorp from the N2. For further information contact the Kouga Traffic Department at 042 200 2200.

Kouga Municipality to hold consultation meetings with residents

April 5, 2019

Kouga Municipality will be holding community consultation meetings in all wards this April to present the draft Integrated Development Plan and draft budget for the new financial year to residents.

The draft documents were adopted by the DA led Kouga Council on Friday, March 29.

Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks encouraged all residents and stakeholder groups to attend the meetings.

“It is an opportunity for citizens to give their input about the proposed tariff increases and the projects that have been earmarked for funding in the upcoming 2019/2020 financial year,” he said.

“We would also like to make use of the opportunity to discuss the current free water allocation to indigent households, as well as credit control measures that affect prepaid electricity purchases.”

All meetings will start at 18:00. The meetings will start on April 11. Three meetings will take place at the Sea Vista Community Hall (ward 1), Pellsrus Community Hall (ward 2) and the Kruisfontein Babs Hall (ward 4).

On April 15 the meetings will move to the Oyster Bay Hall (ward 1), Newton Hall (ward 3) and Kruisfontein Civic Centre (ward 5).

On April 16 meetings will be held in a marquee at the KwaNomzamo Community Hall (ward 6), Loerie Community Hall (ward 7) and the Newton Hall (ward 8).

On April 17 meetings will take place at the Dan Sandi Hall (ward 10), the Newton Hall (ward 11) and at the St Francis Bay Bowling Club (ward 12).

The next three meetings are scheduled for April 23. A meeting will be held for Paradise Beach (ward 12) at the Marina Martinique while meetings will also be held at the Tokyo Sexwale Sportsfield (ward 14) and the Humansdorp Country Club (ward 15).

On April 24 meetings will be held at the Vusumzi Landu Hall (ward 9), KwaNomzamo’s Faith Mission Church (ward 12) and the Alec Ntantiso Hall (ward 13).

The meetings will conclude on April 25 at the Katrina Felix Hall (ward 7), the Vusumzi Landu Hall (ward 13) and the Aston Bay Hall (ward 14).

Queries about the IDP can be directed to the IDP Manager, Colleen Dreyer, at cdreyer@kouga.gov.za and about the budget to Budget and Treasury Manager Shukree Abrahams at sabrahams@kouga.gov.za.

Housing developments underway in Kouga Municipality

April 2, 2019

Three housing projects are currently underway in the DA led Kouga Municipality.

“Human settlements is not a core function of local government, but municipalities have a role to play, especially with the provision of bulk services,” said Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks.

He said it was well known that the building of new government-subsidised housing came to a standstill under the previous regime.

“This changed 18 months ago when work started on the top structures of 391 houses at Kruisfontein.

“The Kruisfontein 391 project, as it is popularly known, is one of three human settlements projects currently underway in the Kouga region. A further five projects are at an advanced planning stage.”

He said the beneficiary list for Kruisfontein 391 had been completed.

“The municipality’s Human Settlements section will, as soon as all the houses are occupied, verify that the correct beneficiaries are in the houses.

“Once the project is handed over to Kouga, I will propose the name of ‘Van Lingen Park’, in memory of our late Mayor.”

He said of concern was that some of the houses were handed over to beneficiaries by the contractor in December 2018, without the municipality or provincial Department of Human Settlements having inspected the quality of workmanship.

“The second current project is Pellsrus 220, where the contractor is on site to install internal services. The provincial Department has appointed the same contractor to build the top structures of the houses, but construction has not yet started due to delays, on province’s side, with the building plans.

“The approval of beneficiaries by the Department for Pellsrus 220 is also at an advanced stage, with 218 subsidy applications having been approved and the remaining two awaiting approval.

“The biggest current project, one with the potential to reduce the number of informal houses in Jeffreys Bay significantly, is the Ocean View 1500 project.”

He said the Ocean View project had proven tricky to coordinate.

“More than 150 of the prospective beneficiaries have had to be moved to a temporary relocation area as they are in the way of installation work.

“The temporary site has been pegged, access roads have been made, communal taps and chemical toilets are in place and an electrical connection has been provided to each of the 168 households occupying a formal site.

“A total of 1068 beneficiaries have been approved for the project thus far while a further 191 subsidy applications have been submitted and are awaiting approval.”

He said the municipal Human Settlements section was further in the process of replacing 333 prospective beneficiaries who were on Council’s approved list but never returned to the office to complete a subsidy form.