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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.

More than thousand jobs created in Kouga

March 15, 2019

While unemployment remains a serious concern in the Kouga region, the Kouga Municipality has helped to create more than 1 000 jobs during the first six months of the current financial year.

Of these, a total of 351 were municipal appointments while a further 151 job opportunities were created through infrastructure and water projects.

This was reported by Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks, who recently delivered the State of the Municipality Address.

“At least 500 temporary jobs were created through events supported by the municipality, while the holiday influx in December again provided hundreds of Kouga locals with seasonal employment.”

He said a Local Economic Development (LED) strategy was being developed in partnership with local business and SMMEs.

“An LED Forum has also been established to bring all role players closer to each other. They have been meeting quarterly.”

Hendricks said Tourism and Agriculture were two of the economic sectors with the greatest potential for growth.

“In addition to several new Tourism initiatives, the municipality will develop food and craft markets in Jeffreys Bay and Hankey this year.”

Eco friendly road for Jeffreys Bay

March 12, 2019

An Eastern Cape municipality is pioneering a new approach to building roads which could spell the end of potholes, create jobs and help save the planet.

Horatio Hendricks, Executive Mayor of Kouga Municipality, said the local authority would be taking hands with a Scottish company and South African civil engineering experts to build the first “plastic road” in Africa.

Kouga Municipality

The project was launched at Jeffreys Bay yesterday (Monday, 11 March).

“The backlog in road repairs for our region is estimated to be more than R500-million. While Kouga is strong financially, we simply do not have the rates base to deal with this backlog decisively,” he said.

“The DA-led Kouga Council has, therefore, been looking for innovative ways to slay this giant since taking power in the municipality in 2016.”

The search led Hendricks to Vicky Knoetze, a member of the Eastern Cape Legislature who first introduced the idea of solving some of South Africa’s problems through plastic roads to the Provincial Legislature in 2017. Her notion was, however, rejected at the time.

She facilitated a meeting between the municipality and Scottish innovators MacRebur, whose plastic roads have already been put to the test in the United Kingdom and other countries across the globe.

Also present were Port Elizabeth-based civil engineering and construction companies SP Excel and Scribante Construction.

“I am delighted with the outcome and that Kouga has agreed to become the first municipality in South Africa and the continent to put the technology to the test, ” Knoetze said.

“Essentially we will be doing what we have done for years and will be doing till the end of days, which is building roads, just in a much more efficient and effective way.”

She said what MacRebur offered, was an enhancement of the asphalt mix traditionally used for the top layer of roads.

“Non-recyclable plastic waste, which ends up in the ocean or clogging up landfill sites, is processed into pellets and used to replace a large component of the bitumen in a conventional asphalt mix.

“It is estimated that up to 1,8 million plastic bags can be used in just one kilometre of road.

“The result is a road that is stronger and more durable. Water, the main cause of potholes, does not penetrate it as easily as with traditional asphalt mixes and it is also more heat resistant,” she explained.

She said the plastic road surface was also cheaper and easier to maintain.

Hendricks said Kouga was looking forward to the potential benefits of the trial.

” Poor roads have a devastating impact on communities. It’s not only a danger to motorists, it is also bad for the economy as it scares off potential investors and makes it difficult for existing businesses to ply their trade.”

He said should the trial be successful, the municipality would like to see a factory being established in Kouga to produce the pellets locally.

“In this way it will be a triple win for our people – better roads, less pollution and more job opportunities.”

He said a 1km-stretch of Woltemade and Koraal Streets in Jeffreys Bay has been earmarked for the trial.

“We expect work to start in about a month’s time as the product has to be imported for now.”

The trial will be done at no cost to the municipality, with the respective partners set to foot the bill.

 

New look for Kouga waste sites

March 2, 2019

Waste management in Kouga has taken another step forward, with further upgrades at the Humansdorp regional waste site having been completed.

Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks says: “Both landfill sites at Humansdorp and Hankey were given a thorough clean-up.

“In addition, drop-off zones have been established at Jeffreys Bay, St Francis Bay and Oyster Bay.”

He continues that access control was also recently improved at the Humansdorp site.

“A new entry gate and guardhouse are in place, as well as a weigh bridge which, once operational, will help the municipality to monitor what goes into the site so that it can be managed in a sustainable manner,” says Hendricks.

He assures residents that the weigh bridge will not be used to charge them for the waste they dispose at the site.

“Experience has shown that when a municipality charges for this service, illegal dumping escalates, a practice we are serious about eliminating in Kouga.

“We are also looking at the possibility of opening the landfill sites and drop-off zones on a Sunday, as experience has also shown that illegal dumping tends to occur at those times when the official sites are closed.”

Hendricks says that the municipality is in the process of establishing a recycling service. The appointment of a service provider is underway.

“All schools in Kouga will be receiving recycle bins as part of this initiative. Bins have already been delivered to five schools, with the remainder to be distributed over the next few months,” he says.