Posts Tagged ‘hankey’

Food, craft markets for JBay and Hankey

December 4, 2018

TWO mini fresh food and craft markets are planned by Kouga Municipality for Hankey and Jeffreys Bay to help boost the local agricultural and arts and crafts economies in the area.

The municipality is in the process of appointing a professional service provider to do architectural designs for the two envisaged trading sides.

The projects will be financed through the Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG), with a budget of R1,4 million having been approved for this financial year to carry out the work.

The process to appoint contractors for the construction of the markets will only commence once all the plans have been approved and the affected sectors have been engaged.

Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said establishing fresh produce markets for farmers would boost local food security by promoting and supporting food production in the region.

“The continued success of farming in the Kouga area requires us to help improve aspects that will assist producers in raising awareness about their operations and products. We also want to make it easier for consumers to find and purchase locally-produced products,” he said.

The Mayor said this was also true for those working in the arts and crafts industry.

“These small business centres will allow for crafters to exhibit their products better and to display their work skills in front of potential clients.

“All of this is aimed at creating an inclusive economic environment,” he said.

“The two towns have been identified as central areas of economic activity for both the Gamtoos Valley and the coastal area.”

Hendricks said the idea of creating the mini markets was prompted by consultations the municipality had with the local agricultural sector, including emerging farmers, and those who trade in arts and crafts.

“The project is still at an infancy stage. We will be consulting with the affected sectors on a regular basis as the initiative moves forward,” he said.

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Parliament agrees to multi-disciplinary meeting to deal with national water crisis

January 30, 2018

The DA welcomes the response from the Chairperson of Water and Sanitation Committee, Lulu Johnson, to our request to summon Minister of Water and Sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane to parliament.

Minister Mokonyane must brief members of parliament as well as South Africans on her department’s interventions to resolve the drought crisis facing the country.

A joint meeting has been called for next week Tuesday, 6 February 2018, between Ministers of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Finance and Water and Sanitation (DWS), Western Cape MEC and the Mayor alongside other stakeholders to come and brief Parliament of work done thus far.

This is with a view to align the respective initiatives and find sustainable solutions to the water crisis experienced by the Western Cape and other parts of the country including the Eastern Cape, Limpopo and the Free State.

Minister Mokonyane must avail herself for this important meeting as this is an important subject that is of national relevance and it must be dealt with the urgency it deserves.

This is an opportunity for Minister Mokonyane to show leadership and become part of the solution which will seek to find a consolidated plan on the way forward.

We hope this meeting will provide an opportunity to find sustainable solutions to addressing this crisis, including day zero which is facing Hankey and Patensie in March 2018.

Flood damage in Kouga

July 16, 2012

There has been a lot of damage to roads in the Kouga over the weekend and people have been evacuated from their homes in low laying areas. Here is the latest update:

ROAD CLOSURES:

1. Oyster Bay to Humansdorp: CLOSED. Alternative route – Elandsjag/Tandjieskraal

2. Oyster Bay to St Francis Bay: Bakkies and 4x4s only

3. R102 between old Gamtoos bridge and Thornhill: Rocks and trees being cleared from the road. The road is open and traffic officers are on duty to direct traffic.

4. R102 west of Humansdorp: Also busy with rock-clearing on the road but the road is open to traffic.

5. R330 between Weston and Hankey: Closed.

SAND RIVER BRIDGE TO ST FRANCIS

The water level has subsided and the bridge is open to light vehicles only at this stage. Only one lane. No heavy vehicles will be allowed to cross until further notice.

DAM LEVELS AND WARNINGS

Kouga Dam 107%

Loerie Dam 104%

Churchill Dam 106,5%

Mpofu Dam 105,6%

The Kouga Dam has been opened. The overflow has reached Andrieskraal and is moving towards Hankey. People in low-lying areas close to the river are asked to be careful as there might be flooding.

The Churchill Dam and Mpofu Dam have also been opened. People along that route (Elandsjag towards Oyster Bay and St Francis where the water exists into the Kromme River) are also just warned to be careful as there might be flooding.

The police are on alert to assist. Phone them on 10111 or via the municipality’s emergency nr 042 291 0250.

The Churchill Dam

ELECTRICITY

Electricity has been restored to all parts of Humansdorp.

It is only sections of Tokyo Sexwale in Jeffreys Bay that is still without power but the municipality’s electricity team is busy replacing the transformer.

EVACUATIONS

Thornhill: About 70 people have been moved to the community hall

Stofwolk (Hankey): About 60 people moved to the hall

Greenfields (Loerie): About 30 people moved to the hall

Sea Vista (St Francis): 73 people moved to the hall

Many houses – formal and informal – are flooded across Kouga but the municipality’s technical teams are busy trying to divert the water and/or helping people pump water from their houses.

DA support grows in the Gamtoos

April 26, 2012

DA activists are hard at work in all the wards in Kouga. It is pleasing to see how the support is growing in the Gamtoos Valley as voters are starting to realise that the DA offers a better life for all.

The DA is gaining new supporters in the Kouga

Above is Basil Japhta, the branch chairperson for Ward 10 together with branch committee members Frieda McCarthy and Miggel Didloft.

“We are determined that the DA will win Ward 10 at the next election” said Japhta. “The community is tired of empty promises and it time for a change”.

Public meetings for the draft budget and Integrated Development Plan

April 10, 2012

Public meetings for residents input into the Kouga municipality’s draft budget for 2012/13 and draft IDP for 2012 – 2017 start tonight.

There will be two meeting tonight, both starting at 6 pm, at the Thornhill Hall (ward 7) and Sea Vista Hall (ward 12).

Attend the public meetings and find out how much the ANC led Council intends to spend on the sewage infrastructure in 2012.

Tomorrow, the 11 April, also at 6 pm, meetings will be held at the Loerie Hall (Ward 7) and the Jeffreys Bay Newton Hall ( Wards 3, 8 and 11, 14 and 15).

On Thursday, at 6 pm, meetings take place at the Kruisfontein Civic Centre (Wards 4 and 5) and Ramaphosa Hall, Patensie (Ward 10).

All residents are urged to attend the meetings as there are issues within the budget and IDP that need to be addressed.