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New bakkies to boost service delivery in Kouga

August 12, 2018

The DA led Kouga Municipality has received another boost, with 11 new bakkies set to strengthen the institution’s service delivery departments.

The one-ton Nissan light delivery vehicles (LDVs) cost almost R 3,6 million.

Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said aging municipal vehicles impeded service delivery and that replacing the fleet was one of the priorities for the municipality’s leadership.

“We were shocked when the DA took over as the new Council in 2016 to learn that only 4% of the municipality’s vehicles were fully operational while the remainder were constantly breaking down and 58 were no longer working at all,” he said.

He said the DA immediately set out to replace the dysfunctional fleet systematically in order to meet the needs of communities.

Eight of the bakkies will be given to the Water and Sewerage teams.

Two will be used by the Electrical section while the Corporate Services directorate will, after many years, also have a new set of wheels to play their role as a support department effectively.

“We are confident that this will help curb unnecessary delays and improve our response time to service delivery complaints,” said Hendricks.

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Communities benefit from ward development fund

July 23, 2018

Kouga Municipality handed out items worth more than R 600 000 to various community projects recently.

Funding for these came from the Ward Development Fund and was budgeted for in the 2017/2018 financial year.

The items included sports apparel for schools and clubs, upgrades of social amenities such as play parks and sports facilities, computers for non-governmental organisations, stoves for old age clubs and soup kitchens and sewing machines for emerging sewing projects.

Other funds were also allocated to fixing general problems such as street lights, installation of more communal taps in informal areas such as the Golf Course in KwaNomzamo and replacement of vandalised infrastructure.

Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said ward councillors were tasked with setting up priorities in accordance with the community’s requests and in line with the Ward Development Policy.

“These do not replace or contradict our Integrated Development Plan (IDP) but rather help to advance development as community priorities are constantly being reviewed while other matters are emerging as urgent needs,” he said

Hendricks said he was also pleased to see that most of the beneficiaries of the interventions were from vulnerable groups such as the youth and the elderly.

“It is important that we take care of our youth as the future of our community.

“Our elderly people tend to be the most neglected group and it is pleasing to see that they were considered in this round,” he said.

The Mayor applauded the ward councillors for cooperating with the process to ensure that communities benefited.

Election fever hits Kouga

June 21, 2016

The build up to the 2016 Municipal Election started in earnest with Democratic Alliance national leaders visiting various towns in the Kouga over the weekend.

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Nosimo Balindlela at the street meeting in Ocean View

On Friday, the former premier of the Eastern Cape, Nosimo Balindlela visited St Francis Bay, Humansdorp and Jeffreys Bay and told the communities that she left the ANC because of corruption.

“They are corrupt and they didn’t like it when I told them,” said Balindlela at a packed meeting at the Sea Vista Community Hall.

“I also said they didn’t treat Thabo Mbeki properly, which made me unpopular, but I left the ANC with my character intact and joined the DA where I truly found a family where skin colour makes no difference,” added Nosimo, who is the DA’s shadow minister of Sanitation.

Over 200 people attended a street meeting with Balindlela on Sunday afternoon in Ocean View, where shouts of “enough is enough” resounded amongst the community who attended the meeting.

The DA’s Mayoral candidate for the Kouga, Elza Van Lingen said that the people of Ocean View have suffered enough.

“Look at the rubbish laying around that is never collected by the Municipality. The people have to walk through sewage on a daily basis and the Jeffreys Bay High School does not have text books for the children,” said Van Lingen.

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Change is coming to the Kouga!

On Monday, the Deputy Leader of the DA, Desiree Van Der Walt spoke to a packed audience at the Marina Martinique Hall, where she said that Kouga has a chance to vote in a government that can make a difference.

“The DA has a track record of good governance in the Western Cape. No other party in South Africa can claim this, including the minority parties like the Freedom Front and the ACDP. Where have they governed and what have they ever delivered?” questioned Van Der Walt.

She also warned of the dangers of splitting the vote in Kouga.

“The people of Kouga must understand the consequences of splitting the vote. The 2016 Election is all about service delivery.

Do you want your roads to be maintained, do you want the sewage spills to stop, do you want the rubbish that is blowing around to be collected? Do you want your rates and taxes to be spend properly on the services that you pay for?

This is what you are voting for on 3 August,” said Van Der Walt to the audience of 120 people.

Desiree Van Der Walt warned about a split vote in Kouga.

Desiree Van Der Walt warned about a split vote in Kouga.

Residents who would like to apply for a special vote are urged to contact their DA Councillor who can arrange to have the form completed and handed into the IEC office.

Special votes will take place on 1 and 2 August while the main voting day is 3 August with residents being able to cast their vote between 7 am and 7 pm.

Ouditeur-Generaal besoek Kouga

April 24, 2012

Tydens die Ouditeur-Generaal se besoek aan Kouga op die 22ste April 2012 was tydens die vergadering verskeie aanbiedinge aan die Stadsraad gemaak, onder andere ook deur SALGA, die Nasionale Tesourier se Departement en deur die Ouditeur-Generaal self.

Councillor Nico Botha serves on the Kouga's Finance Portfolio

Die genoemde departemente het werklik sinvolle bydraes gelewer. Die bydrae van die Nasionale Tesourier wat onder andere ook die invorderingskoers van munisipale rade bespreek het, het my weereens laat besef dat die kernprobleem van Kouga Stadsraad se finansiële situasie kan daaraan toegeskryf word dat daar elke jaar vir ‘n onrealistiese inkomste begroot word.

Daar kan met reg gevra word of dit wys is om vir ‘n invorderingkoers van 95% te begroot, indien die werklike invorderingskoers slegs 80% tot 85% is.

Dit is goed om na ‘n hoë invorderingskoers te strewe maar dit is dom om onrealistiese teikens te stel. As die teiken met 10% gemis word beteken dit dat die stadsraad se inkomste met 50 miljoen rand oorskat word wat geweldige gevolglike probleme meebring.

Skape met vyf bene is skaars en ‘n mens behoort nie jou hoop daarop te vestig nie!!!!

Nico Botha

Kouga must play their part for Sea Vista school to be built

April 18, 2012

In a meeting today with the Departments Road & Public Works, Environmental Affairs and other interested parties regarding the building of the new Sea Vista Primary School it was quite clear that Kouga Municipality will have to address the storm-water problem for both possible sites.

Both sites, erf 3143 or erf 400 will need a proper storm-water drainage.

A new primary school is a must for Sea Vista and the community of Sea Vista is adamant that they prefer erf 3143 next to Tarragona Road as a site for the new school.

DA Councillor Ben Rheeder has requested that provision be made in the Kouga Municipal budget for 2012/2013 to address this problem. “The standing committees are the best starting point to address the storm-water problem regarding the new school” says Rheeder.

“The Department of Education have requested Kouga Municipality to make a written commitment that they will provide electricity, sewerage, water and storm-water for the school sites or the money for the building of the schools will be withdrawn”.

Kom ons gesels finansies

April 12, 2012

Kouga Munisipale Finansies

Die huidige finansiële situasie van die Kouga Munisipaliteit word nou manmoedig deur die regerende party erken, na jarelange se ontkenning.

Die konsepbegroting is onlangs in die raad bespreek en nie soos berig aanvaar is nie, maar wel na ‘n werksessie vir veral DA-Raadslidinsette verwys.

Ter inligting wens ek die volgende aspekte te beklemtoon:

Die salarisse van personeel is 37% van die totale begroting, maar wel 41% van die eie inkomstebegroting (Totalebegroting minus toewysings vanaf die Staat). Kommerwekkend is dat vir ‘n 95%-verhalingskoers begroot word. Tans is dit minder as 85%. Met ander woorde ons begroot vir die onmoontlike!!! Dit is totaal onrealisties!!!

Vir herstel en onderhoud is daarna my mening redelik voorvoorsiening gemaak, maar ons weet ook dat elke jaar dit drasties verminder en afgeskaal word, wat weer “potholes”, waterlekke en rioolstortings meebring. Swem Jannie Swem!!.
Nico Botha