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Kouga’s IDP deadline extended

February 25, 2021

The deadline for the submission of comments on the Kouga Municipality’s draft Integrated Development Plan (IDP) for the 2020/ 2021 financial year, has been extended.

Residents now have until Friday, March 12 to submit comments.

“The IDP, a five-year plan that captures the development needs of communities, is the municipality’s most important planning tool,” said Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks.

“It captures the service-delivery and development requirement for each ward. These requirements, in turn, help to determine how the annual budget of the municipality is allocated. It is, therefore, critical that communities provide input as to ensure that the needs of their wards are correctly identified and addressed.”

According to Hendricks, the biggest capital project is the resealing and repair of roads across the Kouga region.

“Apart from the resealing of 12km of road during the 2019/ 2020 financial year, more than R8 million had been budgeted for the resealing of roads in the current financial year, ending on June 30, 2021, he said.

“It is hoped to secure additional funding for the resealing programme in the adjustment budget this month – allowing us to tackle more roads.

“Furthermore, R9.2 million was spent on gravel road upgrades, while 15 378 potholes were fixed in 2019/2020 compared to the 7 785 potholes fixed in 2018/ 2019. A further 9 720 potholes were fixed from July 2020 to December 2020.”

He said that the highest priority in the IDP, and one of the municipality’s greatest concern, is the dependence of the informal settlements on the bucket system – which needs to be eradicated.

“Usually, the first round of IDP public meetings take place in October and November each year,” said Hendricks. “Regrettably, we had to put the meetings on hold last year due to the resurgence of positive Covid-19 cases in our region.

“Lockdown restrictions on gatherings have, unfortunately, not yet been relaxed. As a result, we have had to make alternative arrangements to consult with residents about the review.

“I would like to encourage each and every one of you to take the time and use this opportunity to voice what you would like to see happening in your ward.”

An electronic copy of the IDP is available on the municipal website at www.kouga.gov.za.

Comments and suggestions on the ward priorities can be submitted to the IDP section headed by Colleen Dreyer at idp@kouga.gov.za. Alternatively, contact Dreyer at 081 760 7245.

It can also be dropped into one of the comment boxes at the ward offices, libraries and main administration units.

The closing date for submission is Friday, March 12, 2021.

Submit comments on the Integrated Development Plan

February 22, 2021

KOUGA residents and stakeholders have just over a week left to submit comments on the Kouga Municipality’s draft Integrated Development Plan (IDP) for the 2021/ 2022 financial year.

“The IDP, a five-year plan that captures the development needs of communities, is the municipality’s most important planning tool,” said Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks.

“It captures the service-delivery and development requirement for each ward. These requirements, in turn, help to determine how the annual budget of the municipality is allocated.

It is, therefore, critical that communities provide input as to ensure that the needs of their wards are correctly identified and addressed.”

According to Hendricks, the biggest capital project is the resealing and repair of roads across the Kouga region.“Apart from the resealing of 12km of road during the 2019/ 2020 financial year, more than R8 million had been budgeted for the resealing of roads in the current financial year, ending on June 30, 2021, he said.

“It is hoped to secure additional funding for the resealing programme in the adjustment budget this month – allowing us to tackle more roads.

“Furthermore, R9.2 million was spent on gravel road upgrades, while 15 378 potholes were fixed in 2019/2020 compared to the 7 785 potholes fixed in 2018/ 2019.

A further 9 720 potholes were fixed from July 2020 to December 2020.”He said that the highest priority in the IDP, and one of the municipality’s greatest concern, is the dependence of the informal settlements on the bucket system – which needs to be eradicated.

“Usually, the first round of IDP public meetings take place in October and November each year,” said Hendricks. “Regrettably, we had to put the meetings on hold last year due to the resurgence of positive Covid-19 cases in our region.

“Lockdown restrictions on gatherings have, unfortunately, not yet been relaxed. As a result, we have had to make alternative arrangements to consult with residents about the review.

“I would like to encourage each and every one of you to take the time and use this opportunity to voice what you would like to see happening in your ward.

”An electronic copy of the IDP is available on the municipal website at www.kouga.gov.za, as well as at all municipal offices, libraries and ward offices.

The IDP will furthermore be circulated on flash drives.Comments and suggestions on the ward priorities can be submitted to the IDP section headed by Colleen Dreyer at idp@kouga.gov.za.

Alternatively, contact Dreyer at 081 760 7245. It can also be dropped into one of the comment boxes at the ward offices, libraries and main administration units.

The closing date for submission is Friday, February 26, 2021.

Kouga puts breaks on corruption

February 18, 2021

Kouga Municipality has requested for residents’ patience at the Humansdorp Traffic Department.

This after an employee at the Traffic Department was arrested for the fraudulent issuing of roadworthy certificates and drivers’ licenses.

“As a result, some employees with vital passwords and codes necessary for the effective operation of the system, did not come to work, resulting in delays in service,” said Kouga Speaker, Hattingh Bornman.

“We urgently appeal to all residents, especially those not living in the Kouga region, to only visit the Traffic Department when absolutely necessary.

Alternatively, residents can go to the Traffic Department in Kareedouw and Joubertina. “We ask all patrons outside the Kouga region not to make use of our services until we are fully operational again.”

Bornman said that as a governance they have zero tolerance for corruption in the institution and they will always strive for good governance and service excellence. “We apologise for the inconvenience and are addressing the problem.”

Hankey and Patensie: Watershedding suspended for the Festive Season

December 21, 2020

Water rationing (watershedding) will be temporarily suspended in Hankey and Patensie from today till 13 January 2021.

This follows discussions between Kouga Municipality and the Gamtoos Irrigation Board.

Kouga Mayor, Horatio Hendricks, cautioned that the drought had not yet broken and that water restrictions, including the ban on using hose-pipes, remained in place.

“It’s been a tough year for our communities and many are looking forward to spending time with their families this festive season,” he said.

“While the dam levels are low and we must continue using water very sparingly, it was decided to suspend water rationing temporarily so that Gamtoos families have water in their taps during this time.”

The Kouga Dam is at 10.05 % of capacity at present.

Devastating impact if our beaches stay closed

December 17, 2020

STATEMENT BY MAYOR HORATIO HENDRICKS

Kouga Municipality is finalising an urgent application to the Eastern Cape High Court, requesting that the decision to close all beaches in the province be overturned. 

While protecting our residents and visitors from COVID-19 remains a priority, we are of the view that a more nuanced approach, such as that adopted for the remainder of the country’s beaches, will enable a better balance between saving lives and saving livelihoods. 

In terms of the current amended regulations all beaches in the Eastern Cape and Garden Route District are closed until 3 January 2021. 

There are, however, uncertainties caused by the regulations, with some references being left wide open for adverse interpretation. These matters include the definition of “beach” and engaging in ocean and water-based sports such as surfing. 

It is the responsibility of SAPS to enforce these regulations. 

Our court application will be based on the importance of balancing saving lives and saving livelihoods. 
The COVID-19 curve in the Kouga region has not spiked significantly over the past three weeks, which is encouraging and supported by the high percentage of recoveries. 

On the other hand, the festive season is a last lifeline for many employers and employees, who have already suffered tremendous losses over the past nine months. If the beaches remain closed, the impact on businesses, job retention and creation will be devastating. 

We, therefore, believe the closure of all beaches was overly-harsh. There is a better way to save both lives and livelihoods. 

I have also written to the President to plea on behalf of Kouga’s people that the decision be overturned and a more nuanced approach be taken. 

Vote for Robin Jantjies today

November 11, 2020

Calling all residents of Ward 2, Kouga!

You have the chance to vote in the upcoming by-election in your ward.

Voting stations will be open from 7am to 9pm. Don’t forget your ID!

Getting to know Robin Jantjies:

  • Robin is the DA’s candidate and a proud Jeffreys Bay resident for the past 22 years.
  • He was a Pastor for the Assembly of God Church.
  • He was a Field Marketing Agent for Levers Brothers.
  • He is a Pastor for the local church and a PR Councillor in the Kouga Municipality.
  • He also serves as:
    – Jeffreys Bay High School SGB Chairperson
    – Chairperson of the Neighbourhood Watch,
    – Deputy Chairperson of the Jeffreys Bay Fraternity and the Deputy Chairperson of the Assemblies of God Churches.
  • Completed studies at the School of Bible Studies. He obtained a Certificate in Human Settlement Management, Business and Entrepreneurship.

MY PRIORITIES:

  • Housing: I will ensure that housing issues and queries are resolved by engaging with the relevant officials
  • Health: Our town is in desperate need of an additional clinic or even a day hospital. I will work to ensure that this happens. I will hold the Health officials accountable to deliver quality services to our community.
  • Roads: Historical issue inherited from previous government: I already submitted names of streets that needs attention.
  • Service delivery: The LINK App is a handy tool to enhance Service delivery. It educates the residents on how and where to report service delivery issues. I will play an oversight role to ensure that all service delivery issues are resolved.

TITLE DEEDS BRING HOPE TO 110 FAMILIES

November 10, 2020

The life of a 67-year old man, David van Gent, changed for the better when he officially became the owner of his own home after years of waiting.

Van Gent was one of more than 110 residents who received the title deeds to their houses from Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks, and Speaker, Hattingh Bornman, on Monday (9 November 2020) at a ceremony at the Pellsrus Community Hall.

The handing over of the title deeds was part of Kouga Municipality’s Human Settlements Strategy to inculcate a sense of ownership and responsibility among home beneficiaries.

During his keynote address the Speaker said: “It is an honour for me to be part of this handing-over ceremony today and it gives me great joy to be part of the strides made by the municipality to restore dignity to the people of Pellsrus”.

He said the initiative gave residents the opportunity to own homes in a country where the majority of people did not own their own land or property.

“Title deeds can also be used by home-owners to secure finance for other investments in their future,” he said.

The Executive Mayor congratulated the beneficiaries.

“Home-ownership does not only improve the prospects of the older generation. It also leads to improved educational outcomes for the younger generation, as families are more stable and don’t have to worry about possible evictions,” said the Executive Mayor.

He reiterated that community members must look after their homes and guard their title deeds to ensure that they can pass them on to the next generations.

He said title deeds would also be handed over to property owners in other areas of the Kouga region over the coming weeks.

DA Leadership Election Results

November 2, 2020

We are delighted to announce the results of the Leadership Elections which took place at the Democratic Alliance (DA) elective Federal Congress 2020.

Voting for Leadership Candidates took place using the online OpaVote platform and this system worked well.

The election results were compliant with all DA election requirements and rules. They were signed off by us, as presiding officers, as well as the candidates’ party agents and also a professional audit firm who acted as independent external auditors and who oversaw the voting process.

All individuals who observed voting consider the elections free and fair.

This Congress was not only the largest, but also the most accessible and participatory Congress in the history of the DA. We thank all delegates for their participation, their compliance with the rules of our internal democracy, which remains healthy, strong and vibrant.

The results of the elections are as follows:

Federal Leader:

John Steenhuisen, with 80% of votes cast.

Federal Chairperson:

Dr. Ivan Meyer, elected uncontested.

Deputy Federal Chairpersons:

1st Deputy: Refiloe Nt’Sekhe,

2nd Deputy: Anton Bredell,

3rd Deputy: Jacques Smalle.

Chairperson of the Federal Council

Helen Zille, with 69% of votes cast.

Deputy Chairpersons of the Federal Council

James Masango and Thomas Walters, elected uncontested.

Chairperson of Federal Finance:

Dr Dion George, elected uncontested.

We extend our congratulations to all duly elected candidates. The DA now enters an exciting new chapter and will deliver real hope and real change to the people of South Africa, now.

DA Launches GBV Court Watching Brief Campaign in Kouga

October 15, 2020

The Democratic Alliance Women’s Network (DAWN) in the Tsitsi-Kouga Constituency has launched a court watching brief campaign to monitor cases of Gender Based Violence (GBV).

This comes as a woman was murdered in Sea Vista in St Francis Bay and a young girl was raped and murdered in Hankey recently.

The campaign will see DAWN representatives attending court proceedings to monitor the cases and ensure that justice is served on perpetrators of GBV.

DAWN representatives will also meet with the families of the victims to offer comfort and support on an ongoing basis.

“The purpose of this campaign is to ensure that the criminal justice system does not fail the victims of GBV.

The DAWN representatives attending court proceedings will take notes and provide feedback to Tsitsi-Kouga Constituency Leader, Andrew Whitfield, MP, who will monitor the cases from a national level,” said Amor Hendricks, the DAWN chairperson in the Constituency.

“The scourge of GBV affects all communities and must be rooted out of our society. DAWN will work closely with and support the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the Department of Justice in their efforts to successfully prosecute criminals who terrorise women in our communities,” added Hendricks.

Roadshow to empowerSMMEs in Kouga

October 14, 2020

Established and registered SMMEs from the Kouga region have been invited to attend an empowerment roadshow at the Newton Hall in Jeffreys Bay next week.

Kouga Local Economic Development (LED) Portfolio Councillor, Frances Baxter, said the roadshow would be presented by the national Department of Small Business Development, in conjunction with Sarah Baartman District Municipality and Kouga Municipality.

“The purpose of the event is to introduce various programmes and offerings that the department has in support of SMME development,” she said.

“The sessions with SMMEs will be followed immediately by a workshop with the municipality’s LED unit, Special Programmes units and Community Development Workers.”

The Kouga SMME Roadshow will take place on Tuesday, 20 October, from 9am to 11am at the Newton Hall.

Baxter said that strict compliance with COVID-19 restrictions will be followed.

For further information contact Xolile Wagosa from Kouga Municipality’s LED unit at xwagosa@kouga.gov.za or 067 107 9154.