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RIP Elza – we are going to miss you

April 20, 2018

Mayor Elza Van Lingen passed away peacefully at her home yesterday after a long struggle with cancer.

After overcoming the illness in 2009, it returned in 2016, just before the Municipal election, which was won by the DA in Kouga.

Despite being on chemotherapy, Elza worked long hours as she was determined to turn the Municipality around and deliver services to all its residents.

Kouga Speaker Horatio Hendricks said her death had come as a shock and that councillors and municipal staffers were in mourning.

“We knew she had cancer, but she was fighting it all the way. Just last week she was in Kou-kamma, moving from voting station to voting station for the by-election that took place there.”

He said she would be missed for her incredible work ethic.

“Even when she went for chemotherapy, she never took the day off but would first come to the office or return to her duties directly afterwards.

“She was a mentor to many of us and was very active on the ground. One of her favourite sayings was that a good leader’s shoes should never be clean.”

Elza handing out title deeds in Thornhill – a decade after the houses had been built.

The dynamic and passionate former Member of Parliament, Van Lingen was born and bred at Willowmore in the Eastern Cape.

She and her husband, Michael, ran a merino stud and farmed livestock and game. She was invited to get involved in politics at the time but declined as her children were still young.

That changed once her four children were grown up. The couple moved to Cape St Francis in 2000 where they ran a guesthouse.

The quality of the water in the town was of great concern to Van Lingen and her efforts to rectify it earned her an invitation to join the Cape St Francis Civic Association. Their main focus was on service delivery and the environment.

In 2002 she was approached to join the DA team and was elected as a DA councillor to the then Cacadu District Municipality (Sarah Baartman District Municipality).

She served as a district councillor for about six years before being elected by the DA to serve in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) during the 2009 Elections.

In November 2011 she was elected the Leader of the DA in the NCOP and re-elected again in 2014.

She was also elected as leader of the Tsitsi-Kouga Constituency, which included Kouga, Koukamma and Baviaans.

Following the DA’s victory in Kouga in 2016, Van Lingen was elected as Mayor.

Her vision for Kouga, towards which she worked tirelessly, was to strengthen service delivery to all communities and to build a confident climate for investment and job creation.

We will continue to build on the foundation she laid and leave a legacy of a world class Municipality that delivers services to all its residents.

RIP Elza. We going to miss you

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Kouga Municipality exploring desalination plants to address water woes

March 1, 2018

Kouga executive mayor, Elsa van Lingen, said the establishment of a desalination plant is the best way to achieve water security for the Kouga area.

Delivering her State of the Municipality Address on Wednesday, Van Lingen said that a delegation from Kouga recently visited Israel to learn more about desalination from the world’s leaders in this field.

She said the process to appoint a professional services provider to assist with the implementation has been initiated.

Van Lingen said that long-term water security will also be the focus of the Kouga Municipality’s climate change partnership with Ilsfeld Municipality in Germany.

“A year ago the dams in the Algoa Water Supply System – from which both Kouga and our neighbours, Nelson Mandela Bay, draw water – were just more than half full at 50,2%. That figure has since dropped to 25.6%,” she said.

Van Lingen said “of particular concern to us is the Kouga Dam, which is the only water supply to the towns of Hankey and Patensie. A year ago the dam level stood at 36%; now it stands at just over 10%.”

“The outlook for the Churchill and Impofu Dams – which supply water to Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp, St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis- is also bleak, with the level of the Churchill Dam dropping from 31% in February last year to 18% in February this year and the Impofu from 72.4% to 41.3%,” she said.

“In short, the water security of our communities is under serious threat,” Van Lingen said.

Meanwhile, Meanwhile, the Kouga mayor said that one of the big economic shocks for them this past year was the news that the proposed nuclear development at Thyspunt would not be happening soon, if ever.

Van Lingen said while the people of Kouga have been divided over the issue of years, she said there’s no doubt that news came as a blow to many job seekers, entrepreneurs, SMMEs, co-ops and businesses, who believed that Thyspunt would bring a much-needed economic boost to the region.

However, the Mayor said there’s far more to the Kouga area than just Thyspunt.

Van Lingen said there’s tremendous room for growth in many of sectors – including tourism, Agri-processing, and the Ocean Economy.

She said the Kouga Council will endeavour to unlock the full economic potential of the area.

Kouga Mayor helps unpaid workers

September 29, 2017

Kouga Mayor Elza van Lingen reached out to workers from the Sarah Baartman Centre of Remembrance yesterday.

The workers have not been paid their salaries by the Department of Public Works’ contractor and are battling to put food on their families’ tables.

The Mayor arranged with a business from Humansdorp for food to be delivered to those affected this morning.

SASSA has also agreed to provide food parcels to the workers next week.

The Mayor has further been in contact with the Department of Public Works and other roleplayers to help the workers secure their outstanding monies.

Visual war on waste

September 9, 2017

KOUGA Municipality has taken hands with local businesses to go visual in its war on waste.

Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said seven colourful signboards, requesting visitors to “Keep Kouga Clean”, are set to be erected at the entrances to Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp, Hankey and St Francis Bay.

Cleansing teams across Kouga will also, from the end of the month, be armed with 46 new litter-picking trolleys bearing the same branding.

She said the municipality had partnered with the Jeffreys Bay Superspar, Humansdorp Spar, Hankey Spar, St Francis Bay Superspar and Build-it for the awareness campaign.

“The first board went up at St Francis Street in Jeffreys Bay this week and looks fantastic,” the Mayor said. “We are grateful to our local business sector for making it possible.”

JP Venter, owner of three of the participating Spar stores and a partner in Build-it, said he was glad for the opportunity to give back to the community.

“Spar and Superspar have been part of the Kouga family for years and we’re always searching for ways to contribute positively to the area we love,” he said.

“A clean Kouga is good for all of us. It makes for happier and healthier communities. It also attracts more visitors and potential investors, thus stimulating the economy and opening up job opportunities.

“It is our hope that the signboards and trolleys will help to ignite communities’ pride in Kouga and motivate young and old to play their part in keeping our beautiful region clean.”

Council approves appointment of two new directors

August 3, 2017

The DA led Kouga Council approved the appointment of two municipal directors at a special meeting in Jeffreys Bay last week.

Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said Council had resolved to renew the contract of Victor Felton as Director: Infrastructure, Planning and Development while Krishen Moodley received the nod as Director: Administration, Monitoring, Evaluation and Special Projects.

Felton took up his position on 1 August while Moodley’s contract is being finalised. Both appointments will also be submitted to East Cape Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC, Fikile Xasa, for concurrence.

The Mayor said the Council had resolved that the position of Director: Social Services Director would be re-advertised.

She added that the filling of the position of Director: Local Economic Development, Tourism and Creative Industries had been put on hold pending a review of the municipality’s portfolio and directorate structures.

“The manner in which directorates are structured, influences how effectively employees can perform their duties. Over the past year we have discovered that the existing structure does little to support interdepartmental cooperation and optimal performance. We are, therefore, reviewing the structure before finalising the appointment of further directors,” she said.

The five-year contracts of Kouga’s former Director: Administration, Monitoring, Evaluation and Special Projects, Thobeka Tom, Director: Local Economic Development, Tourism and Creative Industries, Carleen Arends, and Director: Social Services, Japie Jansen, came to an end on 31 July 2017.

New Municipal Manager Charl du Plessis took up his position in June 2017 while the contract of CFO Selwyn Thys runs till 2022.

600 tons of rubbish collected

June 28, 2017

Some 600 tons of rubbish were collected at Jeffreys Bay as Kouga Mayor Elza van Lingen moved her clean-up intervention into second gear.

More than 100 community members took part in the massive clean-up, which stretched over five days and covered the areas of Pellsrus, Tokyo Sexwale, Mandela Bay and Ocean View.

Mayor Van Lingen says illegal dumping sites, sidewalks and open spaces were cleared of all manner of waste, from empty bottles and dirty nappies to broken appliances and building rubble.

“The cleansing teams collected more than 600 cubic metres of rubbish – that’s roughly equal to 600 tonnes – in the five days and carted it to the regional waste site at Humansdorp,” she says.

“We are grateful to them for doing such a great job and making a visible difference to their communities.”

She said owners of open plots where rubble or garden refuse were being kept, would also be notified to have it removed.

The Mayor said casual littering and illegal dumping were two of the big challenges facing communities and the municipality.

“The municipality has accelerated its drive to keep Kouga clean, and we want to call on communities to join us in this war on waste.

“A clean area improves everyone’s quality of life and makes for happier and healthier communities.

“It also helps to create job opportunities because a clean area is more attractive to tourists and creates a good impression on potential investors.”

Van Lingen says the municipality would be putting up extra signage to warn against illegal dumping and that action would be taken against perpetrators.

She also calls on grown-ups to take children by the hand and teach them that littering was wrong and harmful to their environment.

The Kouga Mayoral Clean-up Intervention will be moving to Humansdorp this week.

Several smaller clean-ups were also held ahead of the massive Jeffreys Bay clean-up so as to help raise awareness of the need for communities and the municipality to band together in the war against waste.

From the desk of Mayor Elza Van Lingen – 20 January 2017

January 20, 2017

Once again Kouga has been packed with holidaymakers during the festive season and it was pleasing to note that as a Municipality, we achieved our goals that were set out in the 100 day plan.

The peak season was always going to be critical when we took over in August 2016 and the new Mayoral Committee worked closely with the officials to make sure Kouga Municipality was as prepared as possible for the influx of people.

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We identified shortcomings in equipment (mainly vehicles) and manpower and moved to address these shortcomings by hiring additional vehicles and hiring seasonal staff to make sure we delivered services during the season.

Thousands of potholes were repaired in the buildup to December, roads signage was painted, light bulbs were replaced and public open spaces were neatened up during October and November.

All the hard work of our officials paid off, and we have received numerous compliments from our holidaymakers who said that they could see a difference, when compared to 2015.

One holidaymaker, who has been coming to the Jeffreys Bay Caravan Park for the past 35 years, remarked that the Park has never been this secure (we employed 6 security guards) and hasnt been this clean in many years.

Of course there were going to be problems and our game plan was to react quickly when a problem occurred and to sort it out timeously.

Water pipes did burst, there were sewage spills and we did lose power from time to time.

However, our staff worked extremely hard throughout the season and ensured that the Municipality delivered services that will see holidaymakers return in 2017.

I would personally like to thank each and every employee of Kouga Municipality who worked tirelessly over the festive season for all their efforts and commitment.

Together we will take the Kouga Municipality to greater heights than ever before.

Regards

Elza

From the desk of Mayor Elza Van Lingen – 18 November 2016

November 18, 2016

A Kouga high school has been employing drastic tactics to improve its matric results.

Lungiso Public School at KwaNomzamo, Humansdorp, has for the past three years held matric camps which require all their Grade 12 learners to remain on the school grounds for the duration of their final examinations.

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The programme has enabled the school to improve its matric pass rate from a dismal 47% in 2012 to more than 80% over the past three years.

The school is aiming for a 90% minimum this year.

School principal Sebenzile Hoko said the success of the programme relied on the commitment of the teachers, who receive nothing extra to supervise learners after hours, and a high level of discipline from those writing.

“Our school does not have a hostel, which means learners have to make do with classrooms as sleeping quarters. Together with the School Governing Body and parents, we try to make the environment as homely as possible for the youngsters,” he said.

Hoko said the school adopted the radical approach to give their learners the best chance they could and to win back the confidence of the community in the school.

“There are many social factors which impede on learners’ ability to study when they are at home,” he said.

The daily programme consists of physical training, prayer services and study sessions.

Meals are prepared and served on site three times a day and this is mostly where the school needs a hand.

“We serve a poor community, which means we have to rely on good Samaritans to ensure that no learner writes on an empty stomach,” said Hoko.

I would personally like to congratulate the school for their efforts in improving education.

What they have achieved, is phenomenal. I applaud all involved in this initiative to help ensure that poverty does not become an educational impediment for our children.

I urge those who could make contributions to do so as this would go towards a good cause.

People who wish to know how to help Lungiso with any of the basic needs can contact Mr Hoko on 073 206 6887 or the Secretary Nangamso Mnaphu on 072 560 3080.

Regards

Elza

Register on the CSD to do business with Kouga

October 31, 2016

Local service providers wishing to do business with Kouga Municipality are urged to register on government’s new Central Supplier Database (CSD).

Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said National Treasury had issued new regulations to streamline the manner in which government did business.

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“The CSD is the most important change as far as our local businesses are concerned,” she said. “Previously, service providers only needed to be registered on the municipality’s supplier database, but now they have to be registered on the CSD as well.”

She said the new Council wanted to maximise the amount of municipal business being awarded to locals.

“We would, therefore, like to encourage our business sector, including SMMEs and entrepreneurs, to register on both the municipal database and CSD so that we can keep as much business as possible in our area.

“If you are not on both these databases, we cannot legally do business with you,” she cautioned.

The application form to register on the municipality’s database can be downloaded from the municipal website at http://www.kouga.gov.za or contact the municipality’s Supply-Chain Management Office at 042 200 2248.

For further information and to register on the Central Supplier Database go to https://eprocurement.csd.gov.za/PROD/ISS_NT/portaldefault.aspx

Kouga Vehicle Fleet is dysfunctional

October 26, 2016

Kouga Municipality’s ageing fleet is threatening to bring service delivery to a standstill.

A shocking report, tabled to Kouga’s new Mayoral Committee, reveals that only 4% of the municipality’s vehicles are in a good condition and fully operational.

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This amounts to only eight of the 220 vehicles in the entire fleet.

Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said the ageing fleet was one of the main reasons service delivery had reached critical levels across the region.

“The new leadership’s investigation showed that 58 vehicles in the municipal fleet are no longer in operation at all while a further 14 need to be replaced urgently if service delivery is to continue,” she said.

“These redundant vehicles include waste compactor trucks, TLBs, sewer tankers, bakkies and tractors that are all essential to service delivery.”

She said that it would not be financially justifiable to repair the redundant vehicles.

“The cost of keeping these vehicles on the road has gotten completely out of hand over the past few years and has been placing enormous strain on the municipality’s budget for repairs and maintenance.

We will, therefore, be tabling an item to Council recommending that the redundant vehicles be put on auction,” the Mayor said.

According to the report, the cost of replacing the 58 vehicles will total R 21,5-million.

“We are currently putting together a replacement plan for the entire fleet, as no such plan was in place under the previous Council.

The plan will run over five years and the acquisition of vehicles will be prioritised according to service delivery requirements,” she explained.

“We have also reached out to big motor dealerships in the Kouga area and they have agreed to help us assess the fleet.

This will allow the new Council to make informed decisions about which vehicles need to be replaced, which vehicles can be repaired and which vehicles would need to be replaced in the medium term.”

She said the new Council would also be beefing up the municipality’s workshop so that more repairs could be handled in-house.