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Plant a tree and save the future

June 25, 2019

Planting a tree is said to be one of the best ways to secure your children and grandchildren’s futures.

Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson would, therefore, like to call on all stakeholders to join the municipality’s tree-planting drive.

Piet van der Walt of Plantelus Nursery shows Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson what a Cape Ash looks like.

“August and September are two of the best months to plant certain indigenous trees,” he said.

“We’d like to encourage all residents and businesses to join us in planting trees, be it in their gardens or at their premises.

“The DA led Kouga Municipality will also be identifying public areas, including parks and sidewalks, where we would like to plant trees.”

Benson recently visited respected gardener Piet van der Walt, of Plantelus Nursery in Jeffreys Bay, for advice on which trees to plant.

“He recommended the Cape Ash and Wild Plum trees. Both trees are indigenous, grow fast and require little maintenance. An added advantage, especially in coastal areas, is that they are wind resistant.”

He said these trees must preferably be planted in a sunny spot.

“Also important is that these trees are less prone to damaging roads, walls and buildings, as both have taproots which grow directly downward.”

Benson said that while spekboom was a good option, Van der Walt cautioned that they do not grow as quickly as the Wild Plum or Cape Ash.

“The tree-planting drive is part of Kouga Municipality’s commitment to combating climate change.

“Trees not only create the very oxygen we breathe and need to survive, but they also remove harmful greenhouse houses from the air,” he said.

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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

Upgrading Yellow Woods in Hankey

June 18, 2019

Grass-cutting teams have been out and about at Yellow woods in Hankey to spruce up the popular picnic and braai spot which was seriously neglected over the past two decades.

The fencing at the entrance gate was also recently repaired while funding has been set aside in the new municipal budget for 2019/20 to repair the braai stands and ablution facilities.

The DA led Kouga Municipality has been hard at work fixing up public facilities all over Kouga.

Facilities like Yellow Woods, the Aston Bay Hall and public bathrooms have all been receiving attention since 2016 when the DA won Kouga.

 

Municipality to report back on service delivery

June 7, 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 will take place from June 18 to July 10 at community halls across the region.

Executive Mayor 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.

The schedule will be available in the local print media, on the municipal website and Facebook page.

New vehicles to boost traffic control and law enforcement

June 1, 2019

THE operation of Kouga Municipality’s Traffic and Law Enforcement sections will be moving up a gear following the acquisition of three new vehicles.

A new branded sedan, to be used for traffic control, and two bakkies for Law Enforcement were delivered to the municipality last week.

Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said the new sedan would boost visible traffic control across the region.

“For a long time it was not unusual to see three or four Traffic officers crammed into one vehicle. This means they were not being used optimally to help keep road-users safe.”

He said the 4×4 and 4×2 bakkies for the Law Enforcement section would also enable Law Enforcement officers to maintain a higher visibility and improve their response time to complaints.

“Both these sections have been doing a fantastic job when it comes to traffic management and by-law enforcement despite the constraints they have faced. We are proud of these dedicated teams and pleased that we can support and take their work forward.”

Almost 200 fines and notices were issued to traffic offenders on Kouga roads during April 2019. This included 145 fines and 44 warrants that were executed, totalling R163 150.

Benson said joint roadblocks, including an Easter weekend campaign, had also been held with the police.

“We are very proud that there were no road fatalities in our area during the busy Easter period.”

April statistics for the municipality’s Law Enforcement section are equally impressive.

Kouga to benefit from tourism programme

May 30, 2019

Seven students from around the globe are set to help grow Kouga’s Tourism industry.

The students, who hail from seven different countries but all study Tourism at Heilbronn University in Germany, visited the DA led Kouga Municipality last week to gather information and experience first-hand what the region has to offer.

Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said the students had chosen to do their Master’s projects about sustainable Tourism development in the Kouga region.

“Three of the students are researching the viability of a zero-energy hotel for the region while the other four are conducting a general market analysis, aimed at identifying ways of increasing tourist numbers outside the peak seasons,” he said.

“Their research will be invaluable, both in Kouga’s efforts to grow the local Tourism industry and in our battle against climate change.”

The students are being hosted by Kouga Municipality and have been visiting various tourist attractions, including the grave of Khoi icon Sarah Baartman at Hankey and Jeffreys Bay’s world-renowned surfing spot Supertubes, where preparations are already under way for the Corona Open JBay in July.

They also met with Tourism roleplayers, including the Kouga Local Tourism Organisation, Supertubes Foundation and the Humansdorp Museum Association. The students stayed at Cape St Francis Resort while they were in Kouga.

Hendricks said Kouga was excited to partner with the students.

“It’s wonderful to have such a diverse mix of young people applying their minds to growing our Tourism industry,” he said.

“The students hail from Vietnam, Nepal, Mexico, Panama, Cameroon, Italy and Croatio, which gives them a vast understanding of what tourists from different backgrounds are looking for.”

He said the students’ visit is one of the first spin-offs of Kouga’s climate change partnership with the German municipality Ilsfeld.

“Together with Nelson Mandela University, the municipality is also working on establishing a broader student exchange programme with Germany for Kouga’s youth,” he said.

Over 2000 service delivery requests logged per month in Kouga

May 3, 2019

The Kouga Municipality Call Centre logs over 2000 service delivery requests per month with 2 958 logged in January and 2 587 in February 2019.

Of the requests logged, 2 708 were resolved in January and 2 341 in February.

Resubmissions were received for January in the Aston Bay suburb for potholes that had not been repaired in Swan Drive, Shearwater and Owl Drive.

The vast majority of service delivery requests are related to sewage with 1 446 requests logged in January for septic tanks that needed to be sucked while 1 016 requests for logged in February.

423 Water related requests were received in January, with the bulk being for burst pipes (185) and faulty meters (170).

In February, 323 water related requests were received with burst pipes (142) and faulty meters (116) again being the main faults being reported.

“These figures only represent what is being reported to the Call Centre and excludes work being carried out internally by Kouga Municipality,” said Kouga Mayor Horatio Hendricks.

Potholes are also clearly a concern of residents with 306 requests logged in January and 578 in February.

Should you wish to report a service fault, please contact the Kouga Call Centre on 042 200 2200. The call centre is open seven days a week from 7:30am to 7pm.

Outside these hours faults can be reported at 042 291 0250 or 042 200 8330. Alternatively, click  here here to download the Link app for easy fault reporting.

Free roadworthy tests ahead of Easter

April 12, 2019

The DA led Kouga Municipality’s Traffic Department will once again be helping residents to arrive safely at their holiday destinations this Easter weekend.

Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said the Kouga Traffic Department would be offering free roadworthy tests to residents ahead of the long weekend.

The free tests will be conducted from Monday, April 15, to Thursday, April 18, at the municipality’s vehicle testing centre at Humansdorp. The service will be available from 07:30 to 13:00 and from 13:30 to 15:00 on all four days.

“The safety of our residents lies close to our hearts,” Benson said. “Unroadworthy vehicles are one of the main causes of accidents on our roads; hence the municipality’s Traffic Department initiated this programme to help keep Kouga families safe.

He said no prosecution would be done if defects were found.

“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 ahead of Easter.

The vehicle testing centre is situated at the Kouga Fire Brigade along the entrance to Humansdorp from the N2. For further information contact the Kouga Traffic Department at 042 200 2200.

Kouga Municipal account queries made easier

March 25, 2019

The DA led Kouga Municipality is making it easier for residents to check their account balances.

Corporate Services Portfolio Councillor Bryan Dhludhlu said Kouga Call Centre operators were being trained to assist the municipality’s Revenue section with the flood of balance queries they receive when account payments are due.

“Many people don’t want to wait for their accounts to reach their post boxes or inboxes and thus phone to know how much they owe.

“As a result, it’s often difficult to get through to the Revenue section because of the many walk-in and telephonic queries they receive.

“This has been a great frustration for residents; hence we have started training our Call Centre operators to assist with balance queries as well. This will enable the Revenue section to focus on other account-related queries and speed up how quickly we can help residents.”

He said the municipality was also looking at sending out SMSs to alert people when their accounts are due and what the balance is.

“We would like to encourage all account holders to ensure that the municipality has their correct cell phone numbers by contacting our revenue section telephonically or visiting them at their nearest municipal office.”

Volunteers clear bush in St Francis Bay

March 24, 2019

Kouga Municipality’s Community Services directorate is working together with local stakeholders to help clear alien vegetation in the greater St Francis area.

Community Services Portfolio Chairman Daniel Benson said that the voluntary drive kicked off on the first Saturday of March.

“I would like to thank everyone who was part of the first big clean-up.

“It was a great success and, going forward, we will be doing the same on the first Saturday of every month,” he said.

“ We would like to invite all municipal staff, interest groups and individuals to join us. You don’t have to know how to use a chainsaw or axe, there is plenty to do for anyone who wants to make a difference.”

He said the voluntary drive would initially focus on St Francis as it is considered a high risk area for fires.

“ The municipality has been clearing overgrown plots and verges as part of its daily service delivery programmes, but there is a tremendous amount of work that needs to be done.

“This prompted my directorate to launch the voluntary drive. I am very proud of my team for walking the extra mile for our communities,” he said.

The drive was further prompted by the establishment of a Risk Reduction Committee in St Francis.

Consisting of the municipality, local stakeholder groups and business, the committee was launched to help identify and address factors that could increase the fire risk in the area.