Threat of land expropriation without compensation is escalating

January 27, 2020

On 13 December 2019, while businesses were wrapping up for the year, the ANC-government published an official legal notice to signal its intention to change the Constitution to allow for expropriation without compensation.

This will put your home, business or land at risk.

The sub-committee in charge has given the public until just 31 January to submit written submissions.

Please visit www.protectpropertyrights.co.za and lodge a formal objection.

Stand up for your property rights, and encourage everyone you know to stand up for theirs.

We don’t have to change the Constitution, undermine your right to own property, and sink South Africa’s economy to provide legal and thorough land reform.

The Constitution, as it stands, is not a barrier to land reform.

The corrupt and incompetent ANC government is the real barrier to land reform. Don’t put your property rights in their hands.

Please urgently submit your objection, and we will make sure that it is taken to Parliament and heard!

Kind regards

John Steenhuisen

DA Leader

Kouga Mayor thanks all festive season roleplayers

January 25, 2020

A lot of hard work happened behind the scenes to ensure a safe and relaxing festive season for all.

“While most people were enjoying their holiday, Kouga Municipality’s Joint Coordinating Committee was working extra very hard to make Jeffreys Bay and surroundings a safe area for all,” said Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks.

“A big thank you to our Municipal Manager, Charl du Plessis, and this amazing group of stakeholders who looked after the safety of our citizens and tourists over the summer holiday.

“They met at 08:00 every morning, even on Saturdays and Sundays.

“Their efforts were seen and we are very grateful to each and every one of them for helping to ensure a pleasant holiday experience to all.”

The Mayor also thanked all residents and visitors for supporting local businesses and restaurants.

“We look forward to welcoming everyone back again soon to Kouga, the Events Capital of South Africa.”

Funding opportunities for SMME’s in Kouga

January 23, 2020

Kouga co-ops and SMMEs have been invited to submit funding proposals for consideration by the Sarah Baartman District Municipality (SBDM).

According to an email from SBDM to Kouga Municipality’s Local Economic Development (LED) and Tourism unit, funding of between R70 000 and R200 000 could be availed to successful applicants.

“There is a template that must be completed and returned, together with a motivation no longer than one page,” said Kouga LED and Tourism Portfolio Councillor Frances Baxter.

“Applicants may also submit additional documentation to support their application, as well as business plans if any has been developed for the project or programme.”

She said the template was available from Xolile Wagosa at the municipality’s LED and Tourism unit. He can be contacted on 067 107 9154 or xwagosa@kouga.gov.za.

The office is situated at Kouga Municipality’s offices at 16 Woltemade Street, Jeffreys Bay.

The deadline for submissions is 3pm on Friday, 24 January.

“We apologise for the short notice. This is, however, unavoidable as Kouga received short notice from the district municipality.

We would, however, like to encourage all co-ops and SMMEs to make use of this opportunity,” she said.

Do you want to be a leader in the Democratic Alliance

January 19, 2020

Applications for the Eastern Cape DA Leadership Programme are still open, and close next week FRIDAY, 31 JANUARY 2020.

We are looking for young South African leaders between the ages of 18 and 35, who are already making a difference where they are.

Find more information below if you are passionate about South Africa and care about your community.

Successful holiday season in Kouga

January 13, 2020

Compliments have been pouring in for the DA led Kouga Municipality in the wake of a successful festive season.

Many property agencies reported a record year for rentals, with the demand for holiday accommodation stretching over a longer period than usual.

While the overall visitor tally is still to be finalised, Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said the municipality was pleased with the number of tourists who spent their holiday in the region, bringing much-needed support to local businesses.

Photo: Joey Nel

“We have some of the best beaches in South Africa and they were packed with holiday-makers day after day,” he said. “It was also great to see residents and visitors keeping themselves fit and healthy, be it by jogging, cycling, swimming or surfing.

“Our region was further spared from devastating fires and floods while there were minimal interruptions in the electricity supply, save load shedding, and water provision despite the drought.

“Our cleansing teams were often up at the crack of dawn and operated in the dead of night to make sure that when residents awoke, they arrived at pristine clean areas.”

Plenty of fun activities took place across the region, including the first-ever laser shows to mark the Opening of the Season and New Year.

Sport events such as the USN Touch Rugby, St Francis Sport Summer Series, the Marina Mile, Caltex Holiday Run and Pam Golding Quadrathlon also drew scores of participants.

Other event highlights included the Flash Float, which attracted more than 3 500 “floaters”, a Glow-in-the-Dark Colour Run, a variety of music shows and markets, as well as food and wine festivals.

Safety and security

Teamwork helped to keep locals and visitors safe in Kouga this past festive season.

Hendricks said compliments had been pouring in for Kouga’s lifeguards, who kept a close eye on bathers while the NSRI’s pink buoys helped to save the lives of two teenage boys at Jeffreys Bay who got caught in a rip current.

A Joint Operations Centre (JOC) had been established to coordinate the efforts of all roleplayers. “The JOC met every morning, including Saturdays and Sundays, for roleplayers to report back on what has been happening in their sectors, identify problem areas and roll out solutions,” said Hendricks.

Additional safety measures included regular beach patrols by foot or quad bike, while all-terrain and 4×4 vehicles were used where permission could be obtained from the Department of Environmental Affairs.

Look-out points were also erected at high-risk areas to improve visible policing.

DA-led Kouga municipality leads the way in innovation and service delivery

December 18, 2019

The Democratic Alliance in the Eastern Cape has congratulated the Kouga Municipality on officially launching Africa’s first eco-friendly road.

Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks cut the ribbon at Woltemade Street in Jeffreys Bay to declare the new plastic-infused road open to traffic together with Nqaba Bhanga, John Steenhuizen and Vicky Knoetze .

A 300m strip of Woltemade Street has been re-layered with plastic-infused tar, with a further section of Koraal Street to follow. Plastic-infused roads are more durable and friendlier to the environment.

About 1,5 tonnes of plastic, the equivalent of 1,8 million single-use bags, are used in just 1km of road.

DA-governed Kouga, under the leadership of Mayor Hendricks, is turning the municipality around after years of ANC neglect.

Some of the other successes achieved to date include:

Finances:

Under the DA’s leadership the municipality is now financially stronger than it has ever been. Creditors have been reduced, long-term liabilities have decreased and inherited debt owed to the Department of Labour and Department of Transport has also been repaid.

The municipality has received two consecutive unqualified audit opinions from the Auditor-General.

It has also passed a R890 million cash-backed service delivery focussed budget for the 2019/20 financial year.

Water Security:

Faced with the realities of water scarcity, the DA-led municipality has been proactive and a borehole project to augment water supply has been implemented.

The municipality secured R151,2 million in drought funding for ground water development and Water Conservation and Demand Management (WCDM) projects.

This included R27 million for the war on leaks programme. A total of 1 747 properties in historically disadvantaged communities were retrofitted as part of the programme.

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

Housing:

Under the previous ANC regime, the building of new government-subsidised housing came to a standstill. This changed under the leadership of the DA when work started on the top structures of 391 houses at Kruisfontein. Another two housing projects are currently underway and seven more are in the advanced planning stage.

The Council also recently awarded Kouga’s first-ever Finance Link Individual Subsidy Programme (FLISP) and Social Housing project. Erf 335 at Jeffreys Bay has been earmarked for the development.

Fleet Management:

Another challenge inherited by the DA-led municipality in 2016 was the shocking state of Kouga’s fleet.

Only 4% of the fleet was fully operational. A fleet replacement plan has subsequently been implemented and at least 90% of the fleet is in operation daily.

“In the Kouga Municipality we have shown that a DA-government can grow the economy, create jobs and ensure clean governance, financial stability and service delivery,” said Nqaba Bhanga, the leader of the DA in the Eastern Cape.

No power for Aston Bay and Paradise Beach

December 15, 2019

A transformer at the Apiesdraai substation exploded at about 2pm this afternoon, interrupting the power supply to Aston Bay and Paradise Beach.

The cause of the explosion is unknown at this stage.

A standby transformer is being sourced and will be installed as soon as it arrives.

Due to the extent of the repair work required, the affected areas could be without power for up to three days.

The power supply to the Marina Martinique and Pellsrus will also go off from time to time over this period in order for repair work to be done.

“We deeply regret the situation and will keep those affected abreast of progress,” said DA Councillor Brenton Williams.

John Steenhuizen to officially open JBay’s plastic road

December 13, 2019

Africa’s first eco-friendly road, incorporating waste plastic, will be officially opened today 13 December 2019.

The section of Woltemade Street between St Francis Street and the Police Station will be closed from 11:00 to 12:00.

Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said the municipality regretted any inconvenience this may cause.

Hendricks will be joined by John Steenhuizen, the leader of the DA, together with provincial leader Nqaba Bhanga and MPL Vicky Knoetze.

Residents of Jeffreys Bay are inited to attend the launch and to meet Steenhuizen. The area across the road from the Jeffreys Bay Police Station is the meeting venue.

Mayor Hendricks and his team will also be holding “friendly roadblocks” in Jeffreys Bay and Humansdorp to welcome holidaymakers to the area. Gift packs will be handed out to motorists.

Humansdorp water reservoirs running low

December 6, 2019

Due to the loadshedding yesterday, the levels of Humansdorp’s water reservoirs are very low this morning.

As a result, water shortages might occur in high-lying areas while the water pressure throughout the town is low.

The municipality has brought in generators so as to ensure water continues to be pumped into the reservoirs during the loadshedding period scheduled for later today.

Residents are asked to use water sparingly in the meantime to allow the reservoirs to fill up sufficiently for water to be available to all areas of the town.

Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience.

TLBs move service delivery up a gear

November 17, 2019

Service delivery is set to move up a gear following the addition of seven new TLBs to Kouga Municipality’s fleet.

The TLBs, short for “tractor-loader-backhoes”, were purchased at a cost of R8,2-million from the municipality’s capital budget.

“We are very proud of this latest addition to the municipal fleet,” said Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks.

“TLBs are critical in the rendering of everyday services. For many years the municipality had to rely on expensive rentals to get the job done. 

“The new machines will strengthen our service departments and enable them to work more efficiently and cost effectively.”

The TLBs were delivered to Jeffreys Bay earlier this month by Ntsikelelo April whose company, Lutha General Trading, was awarded the tender. Also present was Gert Nelson, branch manager of the Bell store which supplied the machines.

Hendricks said the TLBs brought the number of new vehicles that had been added to Kouga’s fleet over the past three years to 27.

“The municipal fleet was in a terrible condition when we took control of the municipality in 2016. This had a serious impact on service delivery and the morale of staff who had to struggle to get things done without the right equipment,” he said.

“We have since then been implementing a fleet replacement plan. In addition to the new vehicles, we strengthened the capacity of the municipal workshop.

“The workshop team has been doing an incredible job and has refurbished 77 vehicles over the past three years, adding further muscle to the municipality’s service fleet.”

He said the new acquisitions were also testimony of the extent to which the municipality’s financial situation has improved.

“For the first time in many years the municipality has been able to use internal funding for capital purchases such as the TLBs.

“Kouga continues moving from strength to strength and we are grateful to everyone who has supported our drive to establish a culture of service excellence across the region.”