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DA municipalities celebrate two years in government

August 14, 2018

In 2016, South Africans entrusted the DA with governing more than 30 municipalities across the country.

The five DA local governments that are being highlighted shine a bright light on the extra-ordinary work that continues to happen in these many DA-led municipalities throughout the country.

The overwhelming record of DA governed local councils is that where we govern, service improves, corruption is rooted out, the economy grows, jobs are created, and basic delivery for poorer residents improves. This is the DA difference.

Drakenstein, Midvaal, Kouga, Modimolle-Mookgophong and Thabazimbi are five councils that provide a representative sample of the difference the DA is making in government wherever we are elected.

The DA does not take the trust placed in us by the residents of these five municipalities for granted.

We highly value every opportunity we are given to demonstrate the DA difference in action.

Local government responsibility is the closest link between a government and its people and after years of financial mismanagement, corruption and neglect by the ANC, the DA got hard to work repairing this broken bond.

Previous ANC administrations left behind a sea of debt. Drakenstein, Midvaal, Kouga, Modimolle-Mookgophong and Thabazimbi are an inspirational story of DA governments that turned financial wastelands into thriving local towns for all South Africans.

The DA currently governs for over 16 million South Africans and controls the majority of the country’s local government budget. We continue to work hard to deliver on our promises of clean, efficient governments which deliver to the people we serve.

Kouga

When the DA was voted into office in 2016, we found more than 1 700 title deeds for RDP houses lying around in store rooms and offices, some dating back more than 15 years.

The late Mayor, Elza van Lingen, distributed 202 of these title deeds at Thornhill on Human Rights Day.

Her successor, Mayor Horatio Hendricks, handed out a further 631 title deeds at Kruisfontein, Humansdorp, on Nelson Mandela Day, and the remainder will be distributed at Sea Vista, KwaNomzamo, Patensie, Hankey, Pellsrus and Thornhill over the next two months.

DA-led Kouga has strengthened its financial position and now has sufficient revenue to increase grant funding, boost capital delivery and drive a pro-poor budget.

By cutting corruption and waste, and restoring public faith in the local council, this municipality has almost tripled its cash on hand from R38 million to R94 million in the past two years.

The previous ANC-led municipality had failed to pay mandatory contributions to the Department of Labour for ten years which meant that staff were not covered for injuries on duty.

The DA-led government cleaned up this ANC mess and Kouga has since been issued with a letter of good standing from the Department of Labour.

The Municipality also paid off R 17 million that was owed to the Department of Transport.

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Municipality is looking after its workers

May 31, 2018

Kouga Municipality is looking after the health of its workers.

Forty staff members were awarded their Level 1 First Aid certificates at a ceremony in Jeffreys Bay last week.

Corporate Services Portfolio Councillor Frances Baxter said trainees had been chosen from all sections of the municipality.

Kouga Municipality

“The course covered, among others, first aid assistance for medical conditions, head and spinal injuries, poisoning, respiratory emergencies, fractures and sprains, as well as the dressing of wounds,” she said.

Municipal Manager Charl du Plessis said workers were exposed to many risks, some of which were health related and others linked to their working environments.

“Staff need to know how to deal with medical emergencies should the need arise.

“As much as legislation is important, governance is not only about ticking the correct boxes and being compliant. Our staff are human beings and we need to create a safe and caring environment for them,” he said.

Du Plessis said the skills attained by these employees were not only relevant for the workplace but could be used in their everyday lives where they could lend a hand in emergency situations.

“With all our training programmes, we would like to empower our workers beyond just being fit for their occupations. We want them to be able to use their skills in their communities as well,” he said.

The training, which took place in February and March, is a legal requirement in line with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (nr 85 of 1993), which stipulates that an institution must have first aiders and occupational safety representatives.

The qualification of this group is now valid for the next two years. They will be going on Level 2 training in June this year.

Each were given a first aid kit for their sections.

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

Well-respected strategist joins Kouga’s top management team

May 24, 2018

Kouga Municipality has kept its promise of recruiting highly-skilled individuals for critical positions by appointing a well-respected strategist and local government expert as its new Director: Planning, Development and Tourism.

Fezeka Mabusela brings with her 16 years of experience in the local government sector, 11 of which have been at management levels. She is a registered Professional Planner with the South African Council for Planners and holds a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of the Free State.

Her most recent job was at the South African Local Government Association (Salga) where she was the Programme Manager: Economic Development and Planning.

Her scope of work during her four years at Salga included supporting municipalities in Spatial Planning, Local Economic Development (LED), Integrated Development Planning (IDP) and Information Communication Technology (ICT). She was also actively involved in championing Salga’s Small Towns Regeneration Programme and Regional Planning and Development.

Before joining Salga, she spent five years at the Western Cape Provincial Government as Deputy Director: IDP where she headed the development of a cabinet-approved intergovernmental planning and coordination framework, which led to the mainstreaming of IDPs in all provincial government departments.

That work was followed by the development of a web-based Monitoring and Evaluation platform, used by all municipalities in the province to track joint infrastructure and economic development initiatives.

Her vast experience also includes working at Elundini Municipality as the Manager: IDP and Performance Management.

Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said the appointment of Mabusela was in line with ensuring that the best people were appointed for the municipality to deliver on its mandate.

“Her wealth of experience can only be of benefit to the institution and the residents of Kouga,” he said.

Among her first tasks as Director will be to serve as the Project Coordinator of the Building Inclusive Green Municipalities (BIGM) agreement between Kouga and the Canadian municipality Prince Edward County.

Mabusela said what she found appealing about Kouga was the municipality’s focus on town planning as a key pillar and driver of development.

“Trends show that Kouga is one of the fastest growing municipalities and the municipality must find ways to respond to that growth.

“I want to be part of that response and help to unearth the great potential this wonderful place has.”

She said her radiologist husband and two children, currently staying in East London, would join her once she has properly settled in and has found a school for her boys.

Kouga Municipality exploring desalination plants to address water woes

March 1, 2018

Kouga executive mayor, Elsa van Lingen, said the establishment of a desalination plant is the best way to achieve water security for the Kouga area.

Delivering her State of the Municipality Address on Wednesday, Van Lingen said that a delegation from Kouga recently visited Israel to learn more about desalination from the world’s leaders in this field.

She said the process to appoint a professional services provider to assist with the implementation has been initiated.

Van Lingen said that long-term water security will also be the focus of the Kouga Municipality’s climate change partnership with Ilsfeld Municipality in Germany.

“A year ago the dams in the Algoa Water Supply System – from which both Kouga and our neighbours, Nelson Mandela Bay, draw water – were just more than half full at 50,2%. That figure has since dropped to 25.6%,” she said.

Van Lingen said “of particular concern to us is the Kouga Dam, which is the only water supply to the towns of Hankey and Patensie. A year ago the dam level stood at 36%; now it stands at just over 10%.”

“The outlook for the Churchill and Impofu Dams – which supply water to Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp, St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis- is also bleak, with the level of the Churchill Dam dropping from 31% in February last year to 18% in February this year and the Impofu from 72.4% to 41.3%,” she said.

“In short, the water security of our communities is under serious threat,” Van Lingen said.

Meanwhile, Meanwhile, the Kouga mayor said that one of the big economic shocks for them this past year was the news that the proposed nuclear development at Thyspunt would not be happening soon, if ever.

Van Lingen said while the people of Kouga have been divided over the issue of years, she said there’s no doubt that news came as a blow to many job seekers, entrepreneurs, SMMEs, co-ops and businesses, who believed that Thyspunt would bring a much-needed economic boost to the region.

However, the Mayor said there’s far more to the Kouga area than just Thyspunt.

Van Lingen said there’s tremendous room for growth in many of sectors – including tourism, Agri-processing, and the Ocean Economy.

She said the Kouga Council will endeavour to unlock the full economic potential of the area.

Kouga Municipality is looking for an accountant

February 23, 2018

POSITION: ACCOUNTANT: REVENUE
Closing date:
02 March 2018

KOUGA MUNICIPALITY (EC 108)

NOTICE: 26/2018

VACANCIES

Kouga Municipality, an equal opportunity employer, which subscribes to the principles of affirmative action, awaits applications for appointment in the following vacancy:

ACCOUNTANT: REVENUE

REQUIREMENTS:

B Comm Finance Degree or equivalent tertiary qualification;

2 Years’ experience in a municipal accounting environment or 3 years in the private sector accounting environment;

Valid Driver’s licence;

Computer Literate with advanced Excel & Word skills;

Proficient in at least two of the official languages (Afrikaans, English, and Xhosa).

SALARY: R306 828.00 – R398 268.00

DUTIES:

Co-ordinates and controls the application of accounting procedures by attending to the verification, reporting, processing and reconciliation of account receivable transactions to support analysis,

Identification and recovery of overdue accounts. Guiding and developing personnel on the processing sequences and attending to specific administrative processes associated with the Services an Rates payment, certification and correspondences.

BENEFITS: As per standard conditions of service;

Interested persons should submit their application on the prescribed application form, together with their CV, certified copy of qualifications, identity documents and driver’s licence. Sealed applications must reach the Human Resource Manager on or before Friday, 2 March 2018 at 12:00.

Application forms are available at the Municipal Offices in Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp, St Francis Bay, Hankey, Patensie, Loerie and Thornhill or can be obtained from the Municipal Website – www.kouga.gov.za

For any inquiries contact Mr. B Faulkner: 042 2002 200.

Disqualification:

Please note that the following can lead to disqualification:

Non-submission of originally certified copies of academic records.
Canvassing of councillors.
Submission of fraudulent qualifications and/ or documents

NB: Please note that shortlisted candidates will be subjected to a vetting process. By applying for this position, the candidates agree to background checks being performed.

The Municipality reserves the right not to make an appointment.

Should you not hear from us within 30 days of closing date, kindly regard your application as being unsuccessful.

Kouga Municipality is an equal opportunity employer which subscribes to the principle of affirmative action which is non-sexist, non-racist, non-discriminatory and based on merit.

MR. C DU PLESSIS

P. O. BOX 21

MUNICIPAL MANAGER

JEFFREYS BAY

­­­­­­­­­6330

Kouga Municipality is looking for new top management

January 22, 2018

KOUGA MUNICIPALITY VACANCIES:

NOTICE NO: 6/2018

The Kouga Local Municipality hereby invites applications from suitably qualified persons for appointment in the following vacancy:

DIRECTOR: PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT & TOURISM

Permanent Employment Contract

SALARY: An all-inclusive package ranging from R 973 759, R 1 145 598, to R 1 317 437 per annum is payable in line with Government Gazette No. 41173 dated 10 October 2017, Local Government: Municipal Systems Act (32/2000): Total remuneration packages payable to Municipal Managers and Managers directly accountable to Municipal Managers, subject to the signing of a performance contract, a performance agreement and declaration of Financial interests.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

BSC Degree in Building Sciences/B Degree Architecture/B Degree in Town and Regional Planning or Development Studies; or equivalent.
Minimum of five (5) years’ relevant experience at middle management level preferably within the Local Government environment
Proven successful Professional Developmental/ Town and Regional Planning experience
Willing to undergo security vetting
Wiling to complete a competency assessment test
Must comply with Government notice 40593 National Treasury no. 91 dated 3 February 2017
Added advantage: Project Management Certificate or Diploma; or
Registration as a Professional Planner in accordance with the Planning Professions Act, 2002, (Act No. 36 of 2002)
High level of Computer literacy
Own Transport
Valid driver’s licence and
NO criminal record

KNOWLEDGE

Good knowledge and understanding of relevant policy and legislation
Good knowledge and understanding of institutional governance systems and performance management
Good knowledge of Supply Chain Management regulations and the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act, 2000 (Act No. 5 of 2000)
Knowledge of geographical information systems and
Knowledge of spatial, town and development planning
Budget and finance management
Innovative and strategic leader.
Good facilitation and communication skills
Must demonstrate experience in management of a substantial staff complement and significant budget in a regulated environment, knowledge of MFMA, in pursuing promotion of local economic development.
KEY COMPETENCIES

Strategic direction and Leadership
People Management
Programme and Project Management
Financial Management
Change and Governance leadership
Moral competence
Planning and organising
Analysis and innovation
Knowledge and Information Management
Communication
Results and Quality focus

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Management of the entire Planning, Development & Tourism, Department which includes Human Settlements
Compile and manage the Directorate’s annual Capital and Operational Budgets.
Provision of GIS support and analysis and the undertaking of specific GIS related projects and initiatives.
Management, maintenance and implementation of the municipal multi-disciplinary sustainable human settlement policy and framework.
Co-ordinate the integration of the multi-sectorial and inter-sphere processes and demands relating to the delivery of sustainable human settlements.
Co-ordination of housing functions in line with the Provincial and National policies, on behalf of the Provincial Department of Developmental Local Government and Housing.
Developing and implementing strategies to meet investment challenges.
Establishing and managing contractual and other relationships with government departments, service providers, organised business and other stakeholder bodies, to ensure sustainability of projects.

DIRECTOR: COMMUNITY SERVICES

Permanent Employment Contract

SALARY: An all-inclusive package ranging from R 973 759, R 1 145 598, to R 1 317 437 per annum is payable in line with Government Gazette No. 41173 dated 10 October 2017, Local Government: Municipal Systems Act (32/2000): Total remuneration packages payable to Municipal Managers and Managers directly accountable to Municipal Managers, subject to the signing of a performance contract, a performance agreement and declaration of Financial interests.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Bachelors Degree in Social Sciences/ Public Administration/ Law or equivalent.
Minimum of five (5) years’ relevant experience at middle management level preferably within the Local Government environment.
Must comply with Government notice 40593 National Treasury no. 91 dated 3 February 2017
Must have proven successful institutional transformation experience within the public or private sector
Added advantage: Registration with the South African Council for Social Service Professionals (SACSSP); or similar recognised relevant professional body
Willing to undergo security vetting
High level of Computer literacy
Own Transport
Willing to complete a competency assessment test
Valid driver’s license
NO criminal record.

KNOWLEDGE

Good knowledge and understanding of relevant policy and legislation
Good knowledge and understanding of institutional governance systems and performance management
Good knowledge of Supply Chain Management regulations and the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act, 2000 (Act No. 5 of 2000)
Understanding of council operations and delegation of powers related to –
Environmental Management
Health service management
Cemetery management
Public safety, Fire, and Protection Services and
Parks and recreation management
Budget and finance management
Innovative and strategic leader.
Good facilitation and communication skills
Must demonstrate experience in management of a substantial staff complement and significant budget in a regulated environment, knowledge of MFMA

KEY COMPETENCIES

Strategic direction and Leadership
People Management
Programme and Project Management
Financial Management
Change and Governance leadership
Moral competence
Planning and organising
Analysis and innovation
Knowledge and Information Management
Communication
Results and Quality focus

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Management of the entire Community Services department.
Compile and manage the Directorate’s annual Capital and Operational Budgets.
Responsible for the coordination of disaster management services.
Strategically direct and manage services related to Environmental Management and solid waste management
Provision of sports, recreation, cultural, arts and library information services.
Responsible for setting standards for the maintenance of cemeteries, parks, halls, and other community services.
Management of refuse services within the entire Kouga.

Interested persons should submit their applications on the prescribed application form, together with their CV, certified copy of qualifications, identity documents, and driver’s license. Sealed applications marked “Director: Community Services, or Director: Planning, Development, and Tourism, Kouga Municipality” must reach the Human Resources Manager on or before Monday, 5 February 2018 at 12:00.

Application forms are available at the Municipal Offices in Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp, St Francis Bay, Hankey, Patensie, Loerie, and Thornhill or can be obtained from the Municipal Website – www.kouga.gov.za For any inquiries contact Mr. D.H. De Jager: 042 2002 200.

Disqualification:

Please note that the following can lead to disqualification:

Non-submission of originally certified copies of academic records.
Canvassing of Councillors.
Submission of fraudulent qualifications and/ or documents

NB: Please note that shortlisted candidates will be subjected to a vetting process. By applying for this position, the candidates agree to background checks being performed.

The Municipality reserves the right not to make an appointment.

Kouga Municipality is an equal opportunity employer which subscribes to the principle of affirmative action which is non-sexist, non-racist, non-discriminatory and based on merit.

MR. C DU PLESSIS P. O. BOX 21

MUNICIPAL MANAGER JEFFREYS BAY

6330

Kouga Municipality re-aligns its organisational structure

January 20, 2018

The Kouga Municipality has changed the names of its five directorates to be in line with the institution’s strategic objectives.

Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen says the previous names created confusion amongst the public, especially in terms of the mandate for each of the directorates.

“We found that the general public and even people from other municipalities did not understand what we were talking about when we mentioned the names of our directorates.

“This became evident when we advertised for the vacant post of Social Services, with people from totally different disciplines applying for the post.”

The directorate will now be known as Community Services, a name it had before the 2011 Local Government elections.

It is responsible for environmental management, community amenities, environmental health, cleansing and parks and protection services.

Another directorate whose name was found to be too long and complicated, was Administration, Monitoring, Evaluation and Special Projects.

The latter’s former name has also been restored and it will now be known as Corporate Services.

The directorate is responsible for administration, human resources, legal services and strategic municipal projects.

The reconfiguration affects the Infrastructure, Planning and Development and the Local Economic Development (LED) and Tourism directorates.

“We have now introduced the Infrastructure and Engineering directorate to focus on the day-to-day operations of rendering civil services such as water and sanitation, electrical services, roads, project management and fleet management,” says Van Lingen.

The Mayor said LED and Tourism will now be incorporated into the new Planning, Development and Tourism Directorate.

“We want our Town Planning department to be the best there is and, while we still want them to focus on compliance matters, we also want them to be the centre of facilitating economic development, in particular investments, and tourism in the area,” says Van Lingen.

The Finance directorate retains its name.

Krishen Moodley is the Director: Corporate Services, Selwyn Thys is the Director: Finance (CFO) and Victor Felton the Director: Infrastructure and Engineering.

The other two director positions are currently vacant and will be advertised shortly.

Legal manager appointed at Kouga Municipality

December 18, 2017

Kouga Municipality has appointed a new Legal Services Manager.

Lee-Ann Opperman was born and bred in Humansdorp.

She was welcomed to her new position by Director Corporate Services Krishen Moodley and Corporate Services Portfolio Councillor Hattingh Bornman.

This is the first time in more than five years that the municipality will have a legal manager.

We are moving forward in Kouga and will transform Kouga into a world class Municipality.

Service Alert: Free vehicle testing at Kouga Roadworthy Centre

December 12, 2017

Kouga Municipality is helping residents arrive safely at their holiday destinations this festive season.

Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen says residents are invited to bring their vehicles to Kouga Municipality’s roadworthy centre in Humansdorp for FREE roadworthy/fitness tests.

The free tests will be conducted from today (Monday, 11 December) to Friday (15 December) from 7:30am to 1pm and 1:30pm to 3pm.

“No prosecution will be done if defects are found,” she says. “The owner will receive a list of defects, if any, to attend to before embarking on their holiday trip.”

Residents are asked to take note that no certification will be issued as this is a free additional service being offered this festive season.

The roadworthy centre is situated at the Kouga Fire Brigade/Testing Centre along the entrance to Humansdorp from the N2. More info at 042 291 0250 or 042 200 8330.