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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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Jeffreys Bay wins Town of the Year

June 19, 2018

Jeffreys Bay has been announced as the Kwela Town of the Year for 2018.

The sheer magnificence of what Jeffreys Bay has to offer tourists and locals alike ensured a win for the Eastern Cape coastal town, which will receive R 1 million worth of free television advertising.

From being home to Supertubes, the worlds best wave and venue of the Corona Open JBay to the endless beaches that attract visitors from all over the world, Jeffreys Bay has it all.

Marina Martinique is the home of open water swimming in South Africa with the annual South African Open Water swim champs set to take place in the Marina’s salt water canals until 2020.

Unique dining experiences are also on offer in Jeffreys Bay with Awethu driving township tourism in the once quiet coastal village.

Jeffreys Bay is also home to the South African surf industry, with factory shops forming a key component of the retail industry in the town.

Winning the award is in memory of the late Elza Van Lingen, the former Mayor of Kouga who drove the Town of the Year initiative. Sadly ELza succumbed to cancer shortly after the filming of the Town of the Year segment.

 

1500 RDP houses to be built in Ocean View

May 23, 2018

The construction of 1500 subsidy (RDP) houses at Ocean View in Jeffreys Bay has taken a major step forward.

The site of the development was officially handed over to a civils company on Tuesday. The company, Norland Construction (Pty) Ltd, will be installing the bulk infrastructure.

Norland was awarded the contract by the provincial Department of Human Settlements (DoHS) and has already started with site establishment.

The R46-million project will take about 24 months to complete and includes the installation of roads, water and sewer connections.

During this project, the DoHS will open its procurement processes to bidders for the construction of the top structures of the houses.

The project is now one of three housing projects currently underway in Kouga, joining Kruisfontein (391 units) and Pellsrus (220 units).

It is one of 10 projects approved by the Department for the Kouga Municipality back in 2009 and which were delayed due to insufficient bulk infrastructure.

Kouga Planning, Development and Tourism Portfolio Councillor Bryan Dhludhlu said the municipality was pleased to be part of the programme that would change people’s lives.

“The people of Kouga and those of Ocean View, in particular, have been waiting for a very long time to be provided with decent housing. It is quite momentous to be part the occasion where we start the realisation of those dreams,” he said.

Dhludhlu said the community, especially beneficiaries, will play a very significant role in the success of the project and that there will be continuous engagement with the public to explain the stages of the development.

“The civils work will be done in three phases, with the pegged area around King’s College being the first phase.

“During construction, we may have to ask residents of the informal settlement to move to a temporary area to make way for the development and we ask that the community work with us to minimise delays as much as possible,” he said.

A number of jobs are expected to be created during the project and the contractor may enlist the services of local contractors for some of the work.

The municipality will re-establish housing committees, made up of beneficiaries, to ensure that there is strong public participation and liaison throughout the projects.

“It is important that the community takes ownership of the project and that the government roleplayers ensure that they are as transparent as possible,” said Dhludhlu.

Amphibious wheelchair for JBay swimmers

March 8, 2018

Kouga’s efforts to make its beaches universally accessible received another major boost with a donation of an amphibious wheelchair from the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (Wessa).Jeffreys Bay’s Dolphin Beach was chosen as one of only four recipients countrywide and the only one in the Eastern Cape.

The wheelchairs, which were donated to Wessa by the Ford Motor Company Fund, allow the disabled to go into the water and enjoy a swim with the assistance of lifeguards.

The other three recipients were the City of Cape Town, Overstrand and Bitou.

The recipients were chosen by Wessa and the National Council for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD), based on beaches’ existing accessibility and facilities for persons with disabilities.

Dolphin Beach has wheelchair ramps and a deck which allow people with disabilities to access the beach, with limited or no assistance needed.

Kouga resident Jakkie Pieters, of the NCPD, received the wheelchair on behalf of the municipality at the hand-over event at Muizenberg Beach.

“The accessible ramps and amphibious wheelchair will allow persons with disabilities to enjoy not only the sandy beach but also the fresh water of the ocean.

“The opportunity is life changing and contributes to an inclusive environment for those with mobility impairments,” said Pieters.

Wessa National Coastal Coordinator Robert Slater said they were working to improve access to all Blue Flag beaches and it was hoped that future partnerships would allow them to procure more amphibious wheelchairs for more beaches that flew the prestigious flag.

“Everyone has a right to enjoy South Africa’s beautiful coastline and through this new initiative, we are making it possible for persons with disabilities to do so,” he said.

Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said the municipality appreciated the recognition from Wessa and the NCPD.

“The chair will be kept in the storeroom at Dolphin Beach and will be monitored by the lifeguards on duty,” he said.

Proper planning leads to smooth festive season for Kouga

January 21, 2018

Good planning, preparedness and regular meetings ensured a smooth festive season for Jeffreys Bay and the wider Kouga region.

In addition to a festive preparedness plan, the Kouga Municipality held daily Venue Operations Centre (VOC) meetings in conjunction with the South African Police and the NSRI, to continuously assess and resolve emerging challenges.

“We are glad that we took this approach, as there was better coordination of services. This enabled us to make the festive season pleasurable and as safe as possible for our residents and visitors,” says Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen.

“The feedback we received from residents and visitors was very positive. We are truly grateful to the stakeholders for their participation and guidance and we intend to keep this type of relationship going.”

Service Delivery

The four new refuse vehicles played a major role in ensuring that waste was collected on time, especially in the Jeffreys Bay CBD areas where high volumes of waste were generated during the peak season.

The teams worked seven days a week and additional staff were taken from the bush clearing and grass cutting teams to assist with litter picking and other cleansing duties. Public facilities were cleaned on a regular basis, while grass had been cut at entrances at the start of the season.

Water and sanitation services were rendered with minimal hiccups, while the municipality intensified its water-saving message as the drought persisted.

Low pressure challenges affected water supply to some high-lying areas, while water shedding had to be imposed on Hankey and Patensie due to scarcity of water.

There were no extended power interruptions during the season and the electrical department attended to complaints promptly.

Lifeguards and beaches

The lifeguards were on high alert, with more than 150 rescues conducted across all the beaches and the Aston Bay lagoon.

There was a near-drowning rescue at Dolphin Beach where a 19-year-old male was resuscitated and admitted to hospital.

Sadly, on January 4, a 28-year-old local man drowned in St Francis Bay while swimming with friends at a beach where no lifeguards are deployed. The body of the man was recovered three days later, about 300 metres from where he drowned.

All lost children were reunited with parents on the same day of separation.

Lifeguards also conducted treatments for a number of minor injuries from abrasions, heatstroke, dislocations and lacerations.

Fire Services

The fire services responded to a number of calls and managed to deal with these without any extensive damage being caused.

There was, however, an unfortunate incident of a death of a person when a shack burnt down in Ocean View.

Parking attendants prevent crime in Jeffreys Bay

December 16, 2017

An imminent car theft was foiled and four suspects arrested on Jeffreys Bay’s main beach on Wednesday, thanks to the town’s regulated parking attendant (car guard) programme.

The incident happened when two parking attendants, Ferdinand and Lizo (real names withheld for their safety), noticed two men with what looked like electric car-jamming devices circling a car which had parked earlier. They noticed that these were not the legal occupants of the vehicle.

Kouga Municipal Manager Charl du Plessis (left) and Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen congratulate law enforcement officer Johnny Hayward, one of the driving forces behind Jeffreys Bay’s Car Watch programme.

They also noticed there was a sedan parked across the road from the parking lot, with its occupants paying close attention to the action.

Lizo volunteered to keep an eye on the car while Ferdinand rushed to contact the police, municipal law enforcement and private security.

The two suspects and their get-away-car accomplices were quickly pounced upon and arrested. They remain in custody.

Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said this was one of the good results of having legal and regulated parking attendants in the holiday town.

It is suspected that the suspects are part of a Port Elizabeth car theft and hijacking syndicate.

“Together with the police and private security companies, we arranged for training, vetting and positive identification of parking attendants as part of creating a more secure environment in our public parking spaces,” Van Lingen said.

“Although they work for themselves, the municipality and other stakeholders launched the programme to help them comply with the relevant legal requirements.”

There are about 20 parking attendants who have gone through the process in Jeffreys Bay and they are spread across the busiest spots in the town.

They will be wearing green and yellow bibs, emblazoned with the words “Car Watch”, as well as yellow caps and an identity photo on their chests with their names.

Van Lingen said the stakeholders were looking at expanding the programme to other towns in Kouga in due course.

Mmusi to visit Jeffreys Bay tomorrow

August 4, 2017

The leader of the Democratic Alliance, Mmusi Maimane, will be visiting Jeffreys Bay tomorrow.

Mmusi will be meeting the DA Councillors, conducting door to door visits, hold a street meeting as well as a public meeting in the Pellsrus Community Hall.

The street meeting will take place at 11:45 am on the corner of Galjoen and Robbie Dennis Streets, Pellsrus, while the public meeting will happen at 13:00 at the Pellsrus Community Hall.

The meetings are open to everyone.

The visit forms part of Mmusi’s #Change19 tour and the need for change at national level in the 2019 election.

“Over the past twenty years, cadre deployment and state capture have bred a strong culture of loyalty to party rather than to the people of South Africa, a culture which will in all likelihood be on full display come 8 August when ANC MPs vote in the motion of no confidence,” said Mmusi.

“That’s why only the people of South Africa can free our country.

Only by voting the ANC out of government in 2019 can we restore the democratic and constitutional order, and re-establish the accountability that must be at the heart of our social compact,” added Maimane.

From the desk of Mayor Elza Van Lingen – 3 February 2017

February 3, 2017

On behalf of the Kouga Council I would like to apologize to the residents of Jeffreys Bay for the recent delay in refuse collection.

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Social Services Portfolio Councillor Danny Benson has informed me that the delay was due to an illegal go-slow by workers in the Cleansing and Parks Department.

Refuse collectors had to put in many extra hours over the Festive Season to cope with the holiday influx.

There has, however, been a delay in paying them a portion of their overtime.

We are grateful to the workers for going the extra mile over the holiday season.

They did fantastic work and we regret the delay in their payment.

Together with Finance Portfolio Councillor Brenton Williams, I met with the workers early last week where they were reassured that they would receive their overtime.

Despite our reassurances, they decided to embark on an illegal go-slow.

Alternative arrangements have been made to collect refuse but collection has happend later than usual.

Our sincere apologies go to the community of Jeffreys Bay.

We would like to assure residents that we are investigating both the delay in payment and the illegal go-slow.

Disciplinary action will be taken where necessary.

The Council will not be held to ransom by employees, especially when their actions impact negatively on communities.

Regards

Elza

No Lifeguards on Duty

September 16, 2015

Those looking to cool off at one of Kouga’s beaches will have to swim at their own risk as the beaches are no longer monitored by lifeguards.

The NSRI are always on duty in Jeffreys Bay. Photo: RRAD

The NSRI are always on duty in Jeffreys Bay. Photo: RRAD

According to Kouga Municipal spokesperson, Laura-Leigh Randall, there will only be lifeguards at Dolphin Beach from November 2015.

“There are lifeguards at Dolphin Beach, our Blue Flag beach, from November to April. The other swimming beaches usually only have lifeguards over the December holiday,” says Randall.

“The municipality has limited resources with which it has to deliver a vast range of services. This means that, when the new budget is approved annually, Council has to prioritise what can and can’t be done in any given year. When it comes to lifesaving services, having these available over the peak holiday season and during the Blue Flag season, was considered to be the priority.”

Randall advises residents never to swim alone and to look out for the people you are with. “Also avoid places that are not considered safe for swimming. If you are uncertain as to the sea conditions at any given time, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI)I can offer advice in this regard.”

According to DA councillor, Brenton Williams, the DA believes there should be permanent life guards at the main beach throughout the year for a number of reasons.

“Our beaches are our prime assets and Dolphin Beach in particular, is a world class swimming beach. We are trying to grow the tourism industry and having year round lifeguards on Dolphin Beach will make tourists and locals feel safer and more secure.

On most sunny days, one will see people swimming at the beach even when there are no lifeguards on duty during the winter months, says Williams.

“There has also been an increase in shark activity in recent times and having more eyes on the water will assist in lessening the risk of an incident and also to have a quicker response should an incident occur.

Mick Fanning gets up close and personal with a Great White Shark during the JBay Winterfest. Photo: WSL

Mick Fanning gets up close and personal with a Great White Shark during the JBay Winterfest. Photo: WSL

Furthermore, we have some highly capable and experienced lifeguards in Jeffreys Bay who earn no income for six months of the year as they only get a contract from November to April.

“We cannot expect to retain the best lifeguards if they can get better employment opportunities elsewhere on a permanent basis.

We also need to deploy permanent security personnel to the Main Beach and extended beachfront area to prevent the criminal element from stealing and harassing people who want to enjoy our world class asset.”

In the event of an emergency, contact the local NSRI at 079 916 0390 (Jeffreys Bay) or 082 990 5969 (St Francis Bay), where volunteers are on standby 24 hours a day 365 days of the year.

Alternatively, contact Kouga’s all hours emergency number at 042 291 0250 or 042 291 0283.

Source: News 24

Power cuts today in JBay

March 4, 2014

There will be a planned electricity interruption today in Jeffreys Bay.

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Residents can expect the power to be off from 8 am until 4 pm, weather permitting.

The affected areas are: Aston Bay, Paradise Beach, Ocean View, Pellsrus and Tokyo Sexwale.

The interruption is necessary for upgrades and repairs to the system, according to the Kouga Municipality.