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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.


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.



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.

blue wednesday

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.

Flooding closes roads in Kouga

October 20, 2012

The following roads have been closures in the Kouga

Road news:

1. The Oyster Bay – Humansdorp road is closed.

2. The Oyster Bay – St Francis road is open to 4x4s only, but 4×4 drivers are advised that the road is VERY slippery.

3. Johan Muller Boulevard in Paradise Beach, Jeffreys Bay, is closed.

4. The Loerie road is still closed due to the flooding of the causeways between the Gamtoos Ferry hotel and Loerie. The alternative road is the R330 that one would use to travel from PE to Hankey and Patensie.

Please take care when driving over the weekend.

Power cuts in Jeffreys Bay tonight

October 9, 2012

The power supply to Jeffreys Bay, including Aston Bay and Paradise Beach, will be off for about two hours from midnight tonight. The Kouga Municipality’s electricity department will be finalising the installation of a new 66kv transformer.

The midnight shutdown was decided on to avoid causing inconvenience to businesses. Please treat all appliances as live during the time period mentioned.

Chaos in Council meeting

August 31, 2012

The DA caucus decided to walk out of the Kouga Council meeting yesterday after agreeing that the meeting had not been properly advertised to the residents of the area.

According to the Kouga Council’s rules of order, all councillors must be advised of any council meeting at least 72 hours prior to the meeting.

Yet, the Council meeting that was supposed to be held yesterday, was only advertised on Wednesday to the public.

The DA felt that is was unreasonable for residents to be given such a short time period to go through the 300 odd pages in the meeting pack and not be accorded the same respect and time given to the councillors.

To top everything off, the meeting scheduled to start at 11 am, only began at 11.30 am.

The Kouga Democrat will in future also provide details of all council meetings where the public can participate, to ensure the residents of the Kouga stay informed about local government issues.

Roads closed due to rain

August 8, 2012

The heavy rainfalls experienced over the past few days has caused more damage to the road infrastructure in all the towns in Kouga and more pot holes have appeared, particularly in St Francis Bay and Jeffreys Bay.

Aapies Draai was closed yesterday afternoon to traffic and it still closed this morning. Aston bay residents have been particularly hard hit with the latest rains as Dolphin Drive as well as Swan Road (two of the main access roads) have huge potholes and have become unsafe to drive on, especially at night.

Elsewhere in the Kouga, both roads to Oyster bay were closed yesterday due to the roads becoming dangerous for motorists to drive on.

The following roads and mountain passes in South Africa are closed to traffic due to severe weather:

1. Eastern Cape – R61 Route, ROAD CLOSED between Queenstown and Cofimvaba due to snow / ice

2. Eastern Cape – N9 Route, ROAD OPEN between Graaff-Reinet and Middelburg -Lootsberg Pass

3. Eastern Cape – R61 Route, ROAD OPEN between Graaff-Reinet and Cradock – Wapadsberg Pass

4. Western Cape – ROADS CLOSED between Ashton & Montague, Montague & Touwsrivier, Prince Albert & Oudtshoorn, and Montague & Oudtshoorn – Snowfall

5. Eastern Cape- ROAD CLOSED between Whittlesea and Seymour – Nico Malan Pass – Snowfall

6. Eastern Cape – ROAD CLOSED between Elliot and Barkly East – Barkly Pass – Snowfall

7. Kwazulu Natal – ROAD CLOSED AGAIN KZN / Free State N3 Route, Van Reenens Pass – Snowfall.

8. Free State – R712 Route, ROAD CLOSED between Qwa-Qwa and Clarens due to snow

9. Western Cape – R328 Swartberg Pass, ROAD CLOSED between Oudtshoorn and Prince Albert due to snow

10. Western Cape – R62 Route, ROAD CLOSED between Ashton and Montagu due to flooding

11. Free State – R74 Route, ROAD CLOSED – Oliviershoek Pass between Harrismith and Bergville due to snow

12. KZN – R617 Route, ROAD CLOSED between Swartberg and Underberg due to #snow

13. KZN / Eastern Cape – N2 Route, ROAD CLOSED between Kokstad and Mount Ayliff due to snow

14. Free State – R34 Route, ROAD CLOSED between Vrede and Memel due to snow (note: this is a Van Reenens Pass closure detour route)