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Register to Vote on 27 October 2021

April 23, 2021

Local Government Elections are coming up later this year!

Make sure you are registered to vote, so you can play your part in keeping Kouga under DA governance.

Kouga is a different Municipality since the DA took over in 2016.

Long outstanding debt has been repaid, suppliers are doing business with Kouga, with the assurance they will be paid within 30 days and the Municipality is now regarded as being financially viable.

Service delivery has drastically improved with the regular collection of rubbish resulting in cleaner towns and a healthier environment for all of us.

If you have recently moved into Kouga because you can see how the Municipality is moving forward, its critical that you register to vote in the ward you now living in.

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Hundred families powered up at Donkerhoek

July 24, 2020

100 families at Donkerhoek in Humansdorp received first-time access to electricity this week.

Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks, switched on the power to 100 new electrical connections at the settlement on Tuesday.

Hendricks said the project represented another step forward for communities that for years were neglected by the municipality’s past leaders.

“There are still many improvements that we would like to make to this area, including additional standpipes and toilets,” he said, addressing residents of the area.

“We want to thank those living here for their patience and cooperation. You have not been forgotten and we are committed to helping you move forward as the municipality moves forward.”

Planning and Development Portfolio Councillor, Ben Rheeder, said the beneficiaries were families who had been relocated from Vaaldam to Donkerhoek, so as to enable the municipality to roll out basic services to them.

“Priority was given to the elderly, disabled and most vulnerable,” he said.

The switch-on brings the total number of sub-economic houses and sites to be electrified in Humansdorp over the past four years to 797.

This has included the 391 RDP houses built at Kruisfontein, as well as a further 306 sites at Donkerhoek.

“More than R23 million has been put into these projects, including the necessary bulk infrastructure,” Hendricks said.

“A further 100 connections are set to be installed in the current financial year.”

Chemical toilets have also been installed at the new section of Donkerhoek.

The residents have named this new settlement Mooi Uitsig (“Fair View”) – in recognition of both the beautiful views from the area and their hope for a brighter future.

The residents have been relocated to Mooi Uitsig from the Vaaldam area so as to enable the municipalty to provide basic services to them.

Housing meeting to take place in Hankey

September 29, 2019

A public meeting will be held in Hankey this October to give the community a progress report on the local housing project.

The meeting will take place at the Vusumzi Landu Community Hall at 19:00 on Monday, October 7.

Speaker of the DA led Kouga Municipality, Hattingh Bornman, said a critical matter that will be discussed, is the relocation of households to the transit site.

“The bush-clearing has been completed and the sub-division, popularly known as ‘pegging’, of the site where the houses will be built, is under way,” he said.

“Once the sub-division has been completed, the relocation will commence.

“The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the details of the relocation, so that we can all work together to minimise the inconvenience to those affected by the move.”

He said once the relocation had been completed, Eskom would start electrifying the plots that will form part of the Hankey housing project, as well as the transit site.

“It was a long and tough negotiation to get a commitment from Eskom to electrify these areas. We look forward to bringing electricity to these households and improving their quality of life,” he said.

The Democratic Alliance has unlocked a number of housing projects in Kouga since taking over the Municipality in 2016.

391 Houses have been built in Humansdorp and construction has started on another 1720 houses in Jeffreys Bay.

No houses had been built since 2007 in the Municipality with service delivery also being severely affected under ANC government in Kouga.

Pavements vandalized in Humansdorp

June 28, 2019

Mindless vandalism is jeopardizing Kouga Municipality’s efforts to build sidewalks near the Point in Arcadia., Humansdorp.

The newly-cast sidewalks have become a regular target for vandals intent on holding back development in their communities.

We appeal to the public to alert the nearest police station or call the municipality’s 24/7 emergency number (042 291 0250/042 200 2200 – press option 5) should they notice any suspicious activity.

Power interruption for Humansdorp

June 2, 2019

The electricity supply to the whole of Humansdorp will be interrupted this coming Sunday, 2 June, from 8am to 4pm.

The interruption is necessary to allow contractors the opportunity to finalise the electrification of almost 200 houses at Kruisfontein.

Work to be done, include the installation of a new transformer and maintenance on the 22kV network.

The shutdown is subject to the weather. If it cannot take place on the advertised date, it will move to the following week.

Humansdorp court to be upgraded

May 17, 2019

Twelve years after much-needed upgrades were first approved, the Humansdorp Magistrate’s Court is set to receive a facelift in the near future – making it safer and more user-friendly.

The multi-million Rand project, to be implemented over a period of 30 months, is expected to start in the second half of this year and reach completion by the end of 2021.

The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development is set to confirm availability of funding for the project by the end of May, while the Department of Public Works (DPW) need to finalise the necessary design and process the approval of the sketch plan.

Malcolm Figg, the DA Tsitsi-Kouga Constituency Leader, says, “The building is in a total state of disrepair and is inadequate – putting the safety of employees and members of the community at risk.

“Major concerns include the lack of security measures, the presence of dangerous weapons on site and easy access to the magistrate chambers.

“Incidents include two men armed with knives entering the court building, as well as the discovery of a concealed panga-type weapon in the only mail toilets opposite the chief magistrate’s chambers.

“No arrests were made by either the security guards or local police.”

He continues that although separate from the main court rooms, there is no safe and private area designated for children who need to testify. The specific room used, is shared with the senior prosecutor when interviews need to be done.

“The office of the family planning officer can only accommodate three people at a time – which is not an ideal situation.

“This is not an acceptable professional environment where the lives of magistrates, public prosecutors and court personnel are endangered on a daily basis.”

Quick response from Kouga fire fighters

October 29, 2017

Kouga firefighters were quick to respond to a fire and managed to save a popular supermarket in Humansdorp, though there was no such luck for the franchise’s bottle store.

The municipality’s emergency room received a call at 22:22 last Friday that the Tops bottle store in Main Street was on fire.

The bottle store is an annexe to the main Spar grocery store and the fire could have resulted in the entire building being destroyed.

Social Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said firefighters were immediately sent to the scene and backup was called from the Jeffreys Bay fire department.

“The fire started and was contained to the Tops liquor store. There was significant damage to the contents and the structure. The supermarket section suffered smoke damage.”

“The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage.”

Rubbish and sewage in Humansdorp

April 9, 2015

The leader of the DA in Kouga, Elza Van Lingen visited all the towns in the region this week.

Cllr Fred Campher and MP Elza Van Lingen at one of the many sewage spills in the Kouga.

Cllr Fred Campher and MP Elza Van Lingen at one of the many sewage spills in the Kouga.

Of particular concern was the vast amount of uncollected refuse that is evident in Humandorp, as well as other towns like Jeffreys Bay.

Sewage spills are also commonplace in the Kouga, with raw effluent running in the streets in Kruisfontein as well as Mandela Bay (Jeffreys Bay).

Mounds of refuse are piled up all over Kouga

Mounds of refuse are piled up all over Kouga

“I will be taking the issues up with the respective national departments as the people of Kouga cannot continue to live like this,” said Van Lingen.

“It is time for change in Kouga and the DA is ready to govern and can about a better quality of life for all of our residents,” added Van Lingen.

Die kragonderbrekings te Boskloof

February 20, 2014
Volgens die Kouga Elektrisiteitsafdeling, is ons tans besig met ‘n opgraderingsprogram van 4.2 miljoen rand. 

DA In our future constitution

Die opgradering gaan oor die  verbetering van hoogspanning-skakelaars (reclosers and isolators) en hoogspanninglyne wat die die toevoer na Boskloof , Kruisfontein en Kwanomzama raak.

Die opgradering noodsaak dat krag vir kort tye afgeskakel moet word wat die probleme en klagtes veroorsaak.

Dit word voorsien dat die projek einde Maart 2014 voltooi sal wees.  Kwanomzama einde April 2014.

So dit wil lyk of die ontwrigting in Boskloof nog ‘n maand of twee sal aanhou.

The DA on the move in Humansdorp

February 12, 2013

An Information Table and meet the locals campaign was held in Arcadia, Humansdorp recently. Councillor Eugene Groep said the day was a huge success with a lot of positive feedback from the local residents.

Councillor Eugene Groep at the info table

Councillor Eugene Groep at the info table

The DA leader in the Kouga, Elza Van Lingen joined in and listened to the complaints of the residents with sewage spills, regular power failures and no storm water drainage being identified by the residents as problems.

Elza Van Lingen meets the local residents

Elza Van Lingen meets the local residents

The Blue Wave continues to march in the Kouga!