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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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Do you want to serve your community as a DA Councillor?

October 26, 2018

The DA won Kouga Municipality in 2016 and have started to turn the organisation around after many years of neglect and poor administration.

There is a vacancy as a Proportional Representation (PR) Councillor who will serve on Council and join the team who have been responsible for improving service delivery and creating a better life for all of Kouga’s residents.

More more information please contact Carla Schoeman at carlas@da.org.za or phone via 084 704 6973.

 

DA-governed Kouga Municipality secures R150 million to fight drought

October 19, 2018

The Kouga Local Municipality has, through good governance and proactive planning, yet again secured a victory for its residents.

Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks has confirmed that his government has procured more than R151 million for drought relief.

The first allocation of R58,7 million will be paid to Kouga through the Provincial Disaster Relief Grant. This money will benefit 23 868 people in the region.

This first allocation will be used to develop, refurbish, equip and connect boreholes in Hankey, Patensie, Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp and Oyster Bay.

The extraction and treatment of water from the Klein River at Hankey and existing springs will also be developed with this grant.

The second allocation of R92,5 million will be released to Kouga through the Water Services Infrastructure Grant and is expected to benefit 12 623 households.

About R27 million will be used to expand the programme to identify and repair leaks. The money will also be used to replace old pipes, particularly in high-risk areas, as well as for water pressure management at reservoirs.

A total of R35 million will go towards the upgrading of the Jeffreys Bay water treatment works, while R20 million will be used to refurbish the natural springs at Humansdorp.

The DA-governed Kouga Municipality is constantly working for the people and this can be seen from its many other successes.

Since the DA took over the government of Kouga in August 2016 the municipality has distributed 1827 title deeds.

The DA Kouga government also switched on electricity to more than 500 households in areas such as Donkerhoek and Kruisfontein.

“A DA government brought the change that created One South Africa for All in the  Municipality.

This kind of change speeds up the delivery of quality services which the DA is committed to bring to the whole of the Eastern Cape,” said Andrew Whitfield, the DA Provincial Chairperson.

DA-governed Kouga Municipality reduces title deed backlog

October 4, 2018

The DA-governed Kouga Local Municipality has handed out the last of a backlog of almost 1700 title deeds.

Mayor Horatio Hendricks handing out title deeds in Hankey yesterday with 100 year old Mr Thomas Bambani eventually receiving his title deed.

Mayor Horatio Hendricks handing out a long overdue title deed

Under the failing and uncaring ANC-led Kouga Municipality a backlog of title deeds, stretching over a period of more than two decades, was created.

 Since the DA took over the government of Kouga in August 2016 the municipality has now distributed 1688 title deeds.

Some KwaNomzamo residents have waited since 1996 before receiving title deeds from the DA government.

ANC Ward Councillor Velile Vumazonke waited since 1998 before he recently received his title deed in Humansdorp.

The former ANC Speaker of Council, Magdalene Dhlomo, also received her deed in Patensie.

Title deeds were handed out in the following areas:

Thornhill – 205
Kruisfontein, Humansdorp – 631
Sea Vista, St Francis Bay – 87
Patensie – 194
Pellsrus, Jeffreys Bay – 141
Hankey – 324
KwaNomzamo, Humansdorp – 106

“Mayor Hendricks said it best when he stated that giving people ownership of their properties is an effective means of empowering them and allowing them access to the economy,” said Andrew Whitfield, the chairperson of the DA in the Eastern Cape.

“The DA government in Kouga has brought the change that residents voted for in 2016.

This is the kind of change which the DA can bring to the whole of the Eastern Cape in 2019,” added Whitfield.

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.

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

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