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Making Kouga the safest Municipality in South Africa

September 21, 2020

The DA led Kouga Municipality recently hosted the first ever Public Safety Summit in the history of the Municipality.

To ensure people want to live, work and play in Kouga, they need to feel safe and secure.

Mayor Horatio Hendricks at the Kouga Public Safety Summit

Therefore it is essential that all the relevant role players work together to ensure we are all safe when we working or going to the shop or to the beach. We also need to be safe in our homes.

This was the declaration made by participants of the first Kouga Public Safety Summit 2020.

We commit to:

* Working together to make Kouga the safest municipality in South Africa to live, work and play.
* Compiling an inclusive Kouga Public Safety Plan that identifies and addresses safety risks in the region.
* Holding the Kouga Public Safety Summit on an annual basis to bring together all stakeholders to review the Kouga Public Safety Plan.
* Partnering and building relationships with community, business and government stakeholders on a continuous basis to keep Kouga safe.
* Rolling out the Keep Kouga Safe campaign to encourage long-term behavioural change in support of safer communities.
* Identifying and implementing strategies to build resilience.
* Investing in state-of-the-art security technology to prevent and combat crime.
* Identifying and rolling out strategies to improve the safety of rural and farm communities.
* Lobbying the South African Revenue Service (SARS) for tax relief for farmers who invest in security measures to safeguard the lives of their families and workers and to prevent the theft of stock and produce.
* Facilitating the establishment of community safety structures and supporting their daily operations.”

For further information check out the following Summit interviews:

KOUGA EXECUTIVE MAYOR HORATIO HENDRICKS –
https://www.facebook.com/276260419803608/posts/792364798193165/

WESTERN CAPE PREMIER ALAN WINDE –
https://www.facebook.com/276260419803608/posts/790426015053710/

WESTERN CAPE AGRICULTURE MINISTER, DR IVAN MEYER –
https://www.facebook.com/276260419803608/posts/791616128268032/

EASTERN CAPE MPL BOBBY STEVENSON –
https://www.facebook.com/276260419803608/posts/790291308400514/

Mayor Hendricks responds to radio attacks

September 17, 2020

Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks has issued the following statement following a spate of attacks against the municipality by Kouga FM:

Kouga Municipality is in the process of applying for an eviction order to have Kouga FM removed from the Kouga Cultural Centre in Humansdorp.

The radio station has tried to paint a skewed picture of the reason for this, even going as far as accusing the municipality of trying to gag them.

The facts, however, are quite simple:

Kouga FM’s lease agreement has expired. They are also behind with their municipal account payments. They are, in essence, occupying the building illegally and free-loading.

The municipality first tried to meet with the station manager, but the invitation was ignored.

The municipality then issued the radio station with a month’s notice to vacate the premises towards the end of 2019.

Kouga FM requested an extension. The municipality granted their request and gave them a further three months. The radio station failed to meet this deadline, hence, the current application for an eviction order.

It is unfortunate that the station manager has responded to this legal process with slanderous attacks.

It is also unfortunate that he keeps on insinuating that there is mismanagement at the municipality. Yet, during my almost three years as Mayor, we have never received a single request for comment from Kouga FM about any alleged wrong-doing.

Surely, an ethical and professional radio station would ask for comment and try to determine the facts before airing gossip.

Kouga FM’s failure to do so exposes their attacks for what they are – malicious attempts at getting back at the municipality for refusing to fund the daily operations of the radio station. Broadcasting and radio stations are, however, not a core function of municipalities and our funding has to be prioritized for basic service delivery.

I would like to invite the station manager to do as media professionals do. If there is evidence of mismanagement, please share it and give the municipality the opportunity to respond as any ethical and responsible journalist would do.

As matters stand, you are not giving your listeners verified information. You are feeding them self-serving gossip. Media freedom is not an excuse to lead your listeners astray.

The municipality in no way intends on quieting the voice of a radio station but rather to manage its immovable assets in a more efficient and effective manner as a responsible governing party

The station manager is irresponsible, reckless in his comments and biased.

The municipality is in possession of an evidence file regarding allegations of mismanagement and corruption against the station manager. This file was submitted to ICASA in December 2019 and we are awaiting feedback.

Past municipal leaders slammed for wasting money

July 7, 2020

More than R32 million in fruitless and wasteful expenditure, incurred under the watch of Kouga’s two previous Councils, has been certified as irrecoverable and written off.

Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks, said it was an indictment on the municipality’s past leaders that millions of Rands had been wasted when it could have gone towards improving service delivery to communities.

According to an item tabled to Council last Friday, a total of R32 89 407 in fruitless and wasteful expenditure was incurred by the municipality from 2008 to 2016.

“That is an average of more than R4 million a year,” he said.

He said several measures have been implemented since the inauguration of the current Council to curb fruitless and wasteful expenditure.

“The success of these measures, driven by the DA-led Council, is evident in the sharp drop of the amounts, with the fruitless and wasteful expenditure for the most recent audited year, 2018/2019, totalling R53 650 only.”

He said the municipality was on track to eliminate fruitless and wasteful expenditure completely so that ratepayers would get maximum value for their money.

He said the bulk of the fruitless and wasteless expenditure from 2008/2009 to 2015/2016 was the result of interest that had to be paid to creditors due to late payments by the municipality.

“We have been able to minimize this through the appointment of competent staff and by adopting fully funded budgets, with realistically-estimated revenue.

“A standard operating procedure has also been developed for the submission of invoices from service providers to prevent late payments due to non-receipt of invoices.”

Keeping our streets safe is our mission

August 12, 2019

The DA Shadow Minister of Police, Andrew Whitfield, met with residents of Madiba Bay on Saturday and discussed the issue of crime that is affecting all communities in Jeffreys Bay.

Whitfield, who is also leader of the DA in Kouga, said that children need to grow up in communities that are safe and free from criminals who roam the streets, robbing people and making them fear leaving their homes.

“We have a responsibility to leave the world a safer place so that our children do not grow up in fear,” said Whitfield at a meeting of community leaders in Madiba Bay.

“We need to build a safe community so that people wont fear to leave their houses to go and work. Its important that local government, the Police and initiatives like a neighbourhood watch work together to fight crime.

We must build a safe community so that we can build a prosperous community and that includes more visible policing in our streets,” said Whitfield, who was joined by Mayor Horatio Hendricks and other Jeffreys Bay Councillors at the house meeting of community members who want to establish a neighbourhood watch in Madiba Bay.

Whitfield also went door to door with the DA activists and met with residents who shared their concerns about crime and signed the petition requesting the Minister of Police to increase Police visibility in our towns and communities.

The DA petition calls for the following:

  • More visible policing and frequent patrols of crime hotspots.
  • Frequent raids of drug dens and known crime areas as well as the hideaway spots of criminals.
  • Drastically improve on the response time when attending to complaints of violent crime.
  • Formulation of a collective crime prevention strategy.
  • More resources committed to crime prevention initiatives.

Service Delivery report back meeting in Jeffreys Bay tonight

June 20, 2019

Kouga communities will have the opportunity to discuss service successes, challenges and plans for their ward with the municipal leadership at a series of public meetings.

The meetings started at the Weston Community Hall and the first Jeffreys Bay meeting will take place this evening at the Pellsrus Community Hall.

The Mayor of the DA led Kouga Municipality Horatio Hendricks said the meetings would also be used to address matters that were raised by residents during the recent Integrated Development Plan (IDP) community consultation sessions.

“We promised residents that we would return with feedback. We are pleased that we can make good on this promise and look forward to engaging further with our communities,” he said.

Wards have been grouped together for the meetings to make them as accessible as possible for residents. All meetings will start at 6pm.

The schedule is as follows:

* 20 June for wards 2 and 14 at the Pellsrus Community Hall
* 24 June for wards 3, 8 and 11 at the Newton Hall
* 25 June for wards 4 and 5 at the Kruisfontein Civic Centre
* 26 June for wards 6, 12 and 15 in a tent at the KwaNomzamo Hall
* 27 June for ward 7 at the Loerie Community Hall
* 1 July for ward 7 at the Katriena Felix Hall
* 2 July for wards 9 and 13 at the Vusumzi Landu Hall
* 3 July for wards 10 and 13 at the Dan Sandi Hall
* 4 July for ward 12 at the St Francis Bowling Club
* 8 July for wards 12 and 14 at the Aston Bay Hall
* 9 July for ward 1 at the Oyster Bay Community Hall
* 10 July for ward 15 in a tent at the Humansdorp Country Club

Water restrictions the ‘new normal’ in Kouga

December 7, 2018

As the Festive Season approaches and temperatures climb, residents and holiday-makers are reminded that water restrictions remain in place throughout the region.

“Despite the good rain in September, the combined level of Kouga’s storage dams are dangerously low and water restrictions remain in place in all towns,” Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said.

“We appeal to residents and holiday-makers to continue using water wisely.”

He said that saving water needed to become the “new normal” for everyone in Kouga.

“The drought has not yet broken and we have to continue our efforts to save water if we are to navigate safely through this difficult time.”

The current water restrictions prohibit, among other, the use of hose pipes and the filling up of swimming pools with municipal water.

Water leaks can be reported through the municipality’s Link Powered by Vodacom app.

The app can be downloaded for free from the Google Play of App Store or go to:
https://www.download.linkapp.co.za/#dl

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.

New Mayor makes minor changes to team

May 30, 2018

Kouga’s new Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks made minor changes to the Mayoral Committee.

Hendricks announced at a Council meeting held on Wednesday, April 25 that Tourism and Special Programmes Portfolio Councillor Frances Baxter will now move to head Corporate Services.

She replaces Hattingh Bornman, who has been elected as Kouga’s new Speaker. Bornman replaces Hendricks, who was the Speaker before being elected as Mayor on April 20.

The changes come after the passing away of former Mayor Elza van Lingen on April 19.

Kouga’s new Mayor is a seasoned public servant, having worked as a teacher for 22 years, including 12 years as the principal of Andrieskraal Primary.

Before the 2016 elections, he served as a councillor at the Sarah Baartman District Municipality (SBDM), where he was also elected as the chairperson of the Municipal Public Accounts Committee (MPAC).

MPAC is responsible for oversight so as to ensure municipal resources are used effectively and according to law towards advancing the mandate of the municipality.

During this time, SBDM achieved successive clean audit opinions from the Office of the Auditor General.

In addition to his teaching qualifications, Hendricks also completed Certificates in Municipal Management and Law, Municipal Finance and Practical Labour Law.

The new Mayor said he was humbled by Council’s confidence in him to continue the good work Van Lingen had started.

“Hers are big shoes to fill, but I have a competent team supporting me.

“We have made great strides in turning around the municipality these past 19 months.

“To honour her legacy, we must not relent in our efforts to make this a model local municipality from which good practices can be learnt,” he said.

Mayoral Committee Members

Freddy Campher – Infrastructure and Engineering
Bryan Dhludhlu – Planning, Economic Development and Tourism
Brenton Williams – Finance
Daniel Benson – Community Services
Frances Baxter – Corporate Services