Refuse removal alert: Thursday 15 April

April 15, 2021

Refuse collection for today (Thursday), as per the regular refuse collection schedule, is on track.

Residents and businesses whose refuse were not collected, must please inform the Kouga Municipality’s Call Centre at 042 200 2200 (option 5) or send a WhatsApp to 081 760 9183.

Please include your name and street address.

Residents are urged to not take their refuse to the various drop off zones in Kouga.

These drop off zones are strictly for recyclables and garden waste, excluding garden service contractors.

Contractors must use the Humansdorp Landfill Site.

Watch the IDP and Draft Budget presentations on Youtube

April 15, 2021

The DA led Kouga Municipality is presenting the IDP and Draft Budget to communities via Youtube.

Due to the limitations placed on public gatherings because of the Corona Virus and concerns about asking residents to join public meetings, the Municipality is streaming all the meetings to Youtube.

Residents have until 7 May to email their comments and inputs to idp@kouga.gov.za

The first meeting covered the wider Jeffreys Bay and can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juws8NJCOVY

The second meeting covered Humansdorp and can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tqet-1kaLmw&t=60s

The third meeting covered Patensie, Hankey, Thornhill and Loerie and can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLMMZqZy1Nw

The meeting for St Francis Bay, Cape St Francis and Oyster Bay will be held at 6 pm this evening and will be streamed live via the Kouga Municipality’s Youtube Page which can be accessed here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjw3cs3O6DijAjbGDvfCneA

All residents of Kouga are welcome to have their inputs.

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Watch the State of the Municipality address tomorrow

March 18, 2021

Listen to Kouga Municipality Executive Mayor, Cllr Horatio Hendricks, as he delivers the State of the Municipality Address at 11:00 on March 19, 2021.

Please follow Kouga Municipality’s You Tube link to be directed to the Live Broadcast of the SOMA – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjw3cs3O6DijAjbGDvfCneA.

Alternatively, you can follow us on Facebook or Instagram for more information:
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DA governed Kouga Municipality strikes back

March 16, 2021

The ANC supported a strike by SAMWU in Kouga Municipality that was this morning ruled as illegal, unlawful and unprotected by the Labour Court in Port Elizabeth.

This means that the municipality will empose the “no work no pay” principle and staff needs to go back to work with immediate effect. DA mayor Horatio Hendricks said:

“Services should be back to normal from tomorrow and we thank residents for their patience as we resolved this dispute.”

In an attempt to justify the strike, ANC councillor Robbie Dennis received a petition from SAMWU on behalf of the Mayor without any authority, and continued to support workers in their illegal conduct.

This again shows the desperate measures the ANC will go to, to spread lies about the DA government and make Kouga Municipality ungovernable.

The DA will remain resolute in making sure that Kouga Municipality delivers quality services to all residents and achieve their vision of becoming one of the best municipalities in the country.

Role players unite to fight crime in Kouga

March 10, 2021

Kouga Municipality is set to launch an integrated intelligent operation centre in Humansdorp within the next week – clamping down on escalating crime in the region and neighbouring towns.

This after the first successful community safety workshop at Mentors Country Estate, which forms an integral part of the Keep Kouga Safe Campaign launched in September last year.

Hosted by retired General Major, Roland de Vries, the workshop – which focused on preventing and combating crime through a collective approach – brought together safety and security experts from across the region, as well as residents and business owners for three days of brainstorming to lay the foundation of an effective community safety plan.

“With the use of technology, including CCTV cameras, the integrated intelligent operation centre will direct and orchestrate the community safety plan on a 24/7 basis,” said Community Services Portfolio Councillor, Daniel Benson.

“The centre will work in close collaboration with all relevant role players, including the South African Police Service, agricultural and civic rights organisations, municipal departments, law enforcement and emergencies agencies, NSRI, nature reserves, private security companies, businesses, schools and churches.”

In addition to the centre, five community safety units will be established:
 Sector 10: Jeffreys Bay and the surrounding informal settlements and rural homesteads
 Sector 20: Humansdorp and Cape St Francis
 Sector 30: Gamtoos Valley (Baviaans, Patensie, Hankey, Loerie, Crossways, Thornhill, and Gamtoos Mouth)
 Sector 40: Oyster Bay
 Sector 50: Tsitsikamma, Kareedouw and Stormsriver.

According to Benson, given the escalating threat of crime and terror in many regions and the rapid degeneration of political, economic, and social conditions, communities need to take control of their own safety to the best of their ability.

“Community safety in this regard aims to empower communities to pursue self- protection in hope, trust, and faith,” he said. “It also implies courage and perseverance to develop own potential to help combat all forms of crime effectively.”

According to him, crime affects all our daily lives and hampers economic growth. “It scares of investors and impacts negatively on industries such as tourism on which our region relies heavily for job creation and security,” he said. “Addressing crime effectively
is, therefore, essential to improve the socio-economic circumstances of our communities.

“Together we can make Kouga Municipality the safest municipality in South Africa to live, work and play.”

SAMWU members strike at Kouga Municipality

March 9, 2021

A strike is taking place at present at the Kouga Municipality. It is affecting the towns of Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp, Hankey and Patensie.

According to Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks, one of the municipal worker unions, SAMWU, has called on its members to embark on an illegal and unprotected strike today.

“It is important to note that not all municipal workers are striking,” said Hendricks.

“The municipal offices have been closed to ensure the safety of our staff, as well as the public.

“We appeal to all members of the public to not put their black bags outside today, as some services are affected by the strike.”

DA Constituency Chairperson, Hattingh Bornman, said that it is interesting that it is only the ANC-faction of the municipality that is striking – especially considering that it is so close to the municipal election.

DA files complaint over ANC Coalition report

March 3, 2021

The DA has filed a complaint with the Press Ombudsman following a Sunday Times article that appeared in the newspaper yesterday (Sunday 28 February).

The opening sentence of this article – based on an hour-long interview with DA Federal Leader John Steenhuisen – sought to create the impression that the DA was open to a coalition agreement with the ANC. This was never stated in the interview and is a misrepresentation of the DA’s position on the issue.

Two sentences in particular contributed to this misrepresentation – one was a distortion of what was said, and the other was simply untrue. In the interest of fair and accurate reporting, we have asked the ombudsman to compel the Sunday Times to retract the article and print a correction

The opening sentence of the article claims the following: “DA leader John Steenhuisen has opened the door to a possible coalition with the ANC should there be a stalemate in the 2024 elections – but only if President Cyril Ramaphosa is still its leader.”

That is not what Steenhuisen said to the two interviewers, a full recording of which can be heard above. When he spoke of the possibility of working together with the ANC, he didn’t mention coalitions. He spoke of reaching out to the reformers in the party who are in favour of a pro-growth agenda and seeking their support in backing a reform agenda when tabled in parliament.

He spoke of the need for pro-growth, pro-reform and pro-Constitution people to start talking to each other, and that a strong party at the centre – i.e. the DA – makes a good ally for a reform agenda within the ANC to find backing. That’s not the same as claiming that the DA is willing to enter into coalitions with the ANC, and this needs to be corrected by the Sunday Times.

The other sentence that needs to be corrected states the following: “Steenhuisen’s stance marks a significant departure for the DA, which has long been opposed to any co-operation with the ANC.”

This is simply not true. Not only has the DA under Steenhuisen’s leadership repeatedly extended a hand across the aisle to whichever reformers remain in the ANC, this has also been the consistent position of the previous DA Federal Leader, Mmusi Maimane, who often spoke of building a new majority by co-operating with those in the ANC who share the DA’s values and vision for South Africa.

In the build-up to the 2016 Local Government elections, Maimane said in an interview with the Reuters news agency: “What will be required now is a re-alignment of politics that will in fact mean that people can work together, sometimes across ideological lines to accelerate the project, that very project that you can’t have one party dominance thing, but rather it’s better for us to have a competitive democracy – where people can choose, and power can shift from one party to the next without fear and intimidation.”

The following year, in a speech at Constitutional Hill, Maimane said the following: “We need to put all our energies into saving our country. And I am prepared to work with all parties that share this goal. This includes those good people remaining in the ANC who have been moved by recent events to speak out about what is happening in their party. Today, I extend a hand of friendship to all of them. I want them to know that we are open to working with them in the future, in a new and realigned political landscape.”

This idea of realigning politics to build a new majority around shared values – including reaching out to the reformers in the ruling party – has been a consistent DA message. The claim in the Sunday Times article that the DA has long been opposed to any such co-operation is simply not true and seeks to create the impression that this has somehow changed under Steenhuisen’s leadership. It also needs to be corrected.

From the recording of the interview, it is clear that Steenhuisen’s answers were not accurately reflected in these parts of the article. His answers stated that the DA intends to be the strong party of a new, realigned majority built around shared values. It intends to be the bulwark against the creep of the radical left in the guise of the ANC’s RET faction and the EFF, who have already launched their fightback campaign. It intends to give a voice to the excluded and marginalised, and break the insider/outsider economy. And it has no intention of strengthening one faction of the ANC over the other.

It is unfortunate that a few lines in the Sunday Times article, introduced as clickbait, have been allowed to dilute this message.

1500 rental units for Jeffreys Bay

March 3, 2021

Some 300 temporary and 20 permanent job opportunities will be created through a new housing programme in Jeffreys Bay.

The social housing programme was officially launched at the corner of Koraal Street and Dolphin Street in Ocean View, Jeffreys Bay on Monday, February 22, opening rental opportunities for residents who earn between R1 500 and R15 000.

With construction of the first phase set to commence in the 2021/ 2022 financial year, the target is to deliver at least 1 500 rental units over the next five years.

The Keep Kouga Growing campaign was also launched on the day. This campaign ties in with three other campaigns already launched: Keep Kouga Safe, Keep Kouga Clean and Keep Kouga Green.

Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks, said that the municipality had secured a place in the “Municipal Social Housing Support Programme” run by the Social Housing Regulatory Authority (SHRA), the agency of the Department of Human Settlements that oversees the implementation, regulating and funding of state-subsidised rental housing projects in South Africa.

“Kouga is the only municipality in the Eastern Cape to have been selected for the municipal social housing support programme and one of only six local authorities countrywide,” he said.

“Our inclusion will ensure that the municipality receives the necessary technical and organisational support to implement social housing programmes.

“The target is to deliver at least 1 500 rental units over the next five years, but according to SHRA, the project can be approved, built, tenanted and managed withing as little as one to three years.”

He commended the municipality’s Human Settlements section for their excellent submission that secured the municipality a place in the programme.

“It is another feather in the municipality’s cap and will help to address the demand for affordable rental housing in the area.”

He said the project would complement the Finance Linked Individual Subsidy Programme (FLISP) that had also been approved for the area.

“While social housing addresses the need for affordable rentals, FLISP offers first-time home-ownership opportunities to South African residents earning between R3 501 and R22 000 per month,” he explained.

“This is the income group that earns too much to qualify for an RDP house but typically also struggles to secure a bond to buy a home.”

He said the municipality had appointed a service provider, Own Haven Social Housing Institute, in October 2019 for the planning and implementation of social housing and FLISP projects.

“This is the latest in a string of recent housing successes,” said Hendricks. “Social Housing, in particular, contributes to transforming urban spatial patterns as it promotes integration and densification in close proximity to economic and social amenities.”

Motion of No Confidence against Mayor Hendricks fails

February 27, 2021

A motion of no confidence against Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks, was withdrawn on Friday.

The motion, brought against Hendricks by the ANC, has backfired with claims that trust in the confidential vote system is not sufficient and they therefore withdraw the motion.

DA Constituency Chairperson, Hattingh Bornman, said, “The withdrawal of the motion shows that the ANC is disorganised and indecisive. The mayor still has the full support of the majority of council.

“The ANC’s frivolous claims in the motion are without facts and nothing more than a smoke screen to distract from the absolute chaos and rampant corruption within the local party structures.

“Our main focus is on delivering quality services to all people of Kouga, and this is just an unsuccessful attempt to distract us from doing what we are here for.”

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.