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RDP houses being built in Kouga again

August 30, 2017

For the first time in 11 years RDP houses are once again being built in Kouga.

Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said work on 391 RDP houses at Kruisfontein and 220 RDP houses at Pellsrus was progressing well.

“About 50 houses are already taking shape at Kruisfontein. We are delighted that housing delivery is back on track after more than a decade of empty promises by the previous Councils,” she said.

She said the municipality was also working non-stop to get other housing projects in the region off the ground.

“A year ago when the new Council was inaugurated, we said that we would hold the East Cape Department of Human Settlements to its commitment to build houses in Kouga and we will continue keeping a close eye on developments,” she said.

“Ten big housing projects were approved as far back as 2009 but never implemented. Kouga’s people have been very patient and it’s time for that patience to be rewarded with houses.”

The contractors for the 391 Kruisfontein and 220 Pellsrus projects were announced by the Department last year but work only started officially this year.

The two-year contract for the installation of internal services and the building of houses at Kruisfontein was awarded to Bendolite while the Ikhaya Development Trust was awarded the two-year contract for Pellsrus.

The Mayor said in terms of the contracts at least 80% of the labour required, had to be sourced from local communities.

“Project Steering Committees have already been established for both projects. A Community Liaison Officer (CLO) has also been appointed for Kruisfontein while the appointment of a CLO for Pellsrus is being finalised,” she said.

The expected completion date for both projects is 2019.

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Kouga marks Disability Rights Awareness Month

December 6, 2016

KOUGA Municipality will do its best to ensure that there is better access to municipal buildings and facilities for people with disabilities.

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This was said by Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen at an event to mark Disability Rights Awareness Month at the Newton Hall in Jeffreys Bay last week.

The annual campaign runs from November 3 to December 3, with the last day also recognised as International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

This year’s theme is: “Persons with disabilities – Equal participants in shaping a sustainable future.”

The Mayor singled out, as examples, her office and the municipality’s council chambers as inaccessible to people with disabilities and the elderly.

“The municipality has to do more to provide access to everyone,” she said.

Van Lingen lauded the efforts of organisations that worked to highlight the plight of people with disabilities.

“Today we reach out to the diversity within the disability groups. You are doing what all of us should be doing and that is taking care of others,” she said.

In her message of support the Eastern Cape chairperson of Retina South Africa, Gail Cillie, said there was still a great need to educate people about visual disability.

The Port Elizabeth-based organisation established a support group for visually impaired patients in Kouga a year ago, with the aim of helping patients live their lives to the full.

Jakkie Pieters of the Association of People with Disabilities expressed pleasure at hearing the commitments from the Mayor on caring for people with disabilities.

He said the most common reaction by able-bodied people was to look the other way and avoid interaction with disabled persons.

“According to the IDP, there are 3074 people living with disabilities in Kouga and that means we still have a huge task ahead of us,” said Pieters.

He concluded by pointing out that there are skills among disabled people that may be exploited for the benefit of any institution.

“Given an opportunity, we can bowl you over. Look at our ability and not our disability.”

The municipality also donated 20 transporter wheelchairs to ten organisations that work with people with disabilities, the el-derly and the sickly. Each received two transporters.

From the desk of Mayor Elza Van Lingen – 11 November 2016

November 11, 2016

I would like to send best wishes to all the Matric students in Kouga who are busy writing their final exams.

It is an exciting part of a young persons life with many changes and challenges laying ahead.

Mayor Elza Van Lingen

Mayor Elza Van Lingen

One thing I know for sure, that no matter where in Kouga you live, this area will always be regarded as home for you!

The public participation process that will help us draw up a 5 year plan for Kouga, is well underway.

We have met with residents of Oyster Bay, St Francis Bay and Humansdorp over the past week and are coming to a close understanding of what residents expect from Kouga Municipality.

Thank you to all who have attended the meetings.

The December holiday season is almost upon us and we are working hard to ensure that the Kouga is ready for the influx of holiday makers.

We have identified critical service delivery challenges and have come with solutions.

Extra vehicles will be hired over the season to deal with waste collection and to ensure our service departments like water and electricity will be capacitated to deal with the problems that will arise during the holiday season.

Extra lifeguards and Law Enforcement officials have been appointed to ensure the safety of our visitors.

Inspections of electrical lines have also been undertaken to ensure preventative maintenance prior to the holiday season has been done.

Regards

Elza

Lui werkers se dae getal

September 20, 2016

WERKERS wat lyf wegsteek in die Kouga, se dae is getel.

Die nuwe Kouga-raad, onder leiding van Kouga uitvoerende burgemeester Elza van Lingen, het ondersoek ingestel na vele klagtes hulle bereik het oor munisipale werkers wat glo tydens werksure leeglê.

Photo: Joey Nel

Photo: Joey Nel

Volgens Van Lingen is meeste van dié werkers nie munisipale werkers nie, maar val onder die Uitgebreide Publieke Werksprogram en die Gemeenskapswerksprogram.

“Selfs al val die werkers nie onder munisipale bestuur nie, kan so ‘n situasie nie geduld word nie. Dit is steeds publieke fondse wat gebruik word om hul salarisse te betaal,” sê Van Lingen.

“Boonop is die werk waarvoor hulle betaal word, ten bate van Kouga se gemeenskappe. Een van hul pligte is, onder meer, om ons dorpe te help skoonhou. Vuil sypaadjies en woonbuurte is dan juis een van ons grootste kopsere.”

Volgens Van Lingen, beskou die raad hierdie as ‘n saak van groot erns.

“GOns wil graag inwoners die versekering gee dat ons die verantwoordelike regeringsdepartemente hieroor sal aanvat en daarop aandring dat Kouga se mense die diens ontvang wat hulle verdien.

“Werkers moet onthou dat hulle werk ‘n wesentlike verskil aan hul gemeenskappe kan maak. As hulle slaplê, is dit hul gemeenskappe wat die seerste kry.

“Saam kan ons ‘n Kouga bou waarop ons almal trots kan wees.”

A DA ran Kouga will be a Forward Thinking Municipality

July 27, 2016

A forward thinking Municipality takes the dreams and aspirations of its residents to heart.

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Multi-generational planning, that leaves a legacy for our children and for theirs, is key to this. It is only possible when leaders think and plan beyond their term of office.

A forward thinking Municipality addresses the challenges of our society proactively, innovatively and sustainably.

This includes ensuring abundant, safe and affordable energy.

Household are encouraged to utilise alternative energy sources and to harvest rainwater by installing rain water tanks.

Green areas are preserved and more nature reserves are proclaimed.

Internet hot spots are created to ensure all residents have access and can communicate via the Web.

Planning and ensuring the Municipality is ready for the provision of services to the possible multi billion rand Thyspunt Nuclear Power Plant.

Municipalities invested in the future build towards a society that is connected, where people and information move freely and where all people can access opportunities to improve their lives, and the lives of their children.

Before 2016 Kouga was struggling to get the basics right and did not plan for future generations. Communities suffered from constant water outages, high levels of water losses due to decaying infrastructure, and regular power cuts.

Under a DA controlled Council, Kouga, will secure a bright future for its residents and its future generations.

Meet Donald Grant, the Western Cape’s Minister of Transport

July 5, 2016

Residents of the entire Kouga region are unhappy with the deterioration of their roads in recent times.

Potholes have become the norm and gravel roads are not being maintained.

A Jeffreys Bay road. Its time for change in Kouga

A Jeffreys Bay road. Its time for change in Kouga

The road infrastructure serving the farming community, which is a major producer of milk and citrus, also leaves a lot to be desired.

“The Democratic Alliance knows that without a properly maintained road infrastructure, the Kouga will battle to attract tourists and investors and will not be in a position to grow the economy and create jobs,” said DA mayoral candidate Elza Van Lingen.

“We are very pleased that Donald Grant, the DA’s Western Cape Minister of Transport and Public Works will be visiting the Kouga this week and will be meeting with various role players, including the business and farming communities,” added Van Lingen.

Grant will be engaging with the agricultural sector and businessmen in Humansdorp at 10 am Friday 8 July at the Humansdorp Boutique Hotel and the topic will be Roads and Transport / provincial and national roads.

All are welcome to attend the meeting.

Donald Grant w ill be visiting Kouga on Friday

Donald Grant w ill be visiting Kouga on Friday

He will then meet with the Taxi Associations and School representatives at the Boutique Hotel in Humansdorp at 11.30 am, with the subject being Public Transport Systems, Scholar Transport & other state contracts.

All interested parties are invited to join the meeting.

Grant will end the day with a public meeting at the St Francis Bay Bowling Club at 6.30 pm.

He will discuss what a DA Government can do for Business and all businessmen and other interested parties are also welcome to attend the meeting.

Power cuts this weekend in Kouga

January 21, 2016

Eskom will be switching off the electricity supply to the whole Kouga municipal area this coming Saturday, 23 January 2016.

According to Eskom, the interruption will take place from 05:00am to 11:30am in order for maintenance/repair work to be done.

The affected towns are: Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp, St Francis Bay, Cape St Francis, Oyster Bay, Patensie, Hankey, Loerie and Thornhill.

Residents are reminded to treat all appliances as being live during the time period.

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ANC rejects call for more funds for Kouga

August 26, 2013

The ANC in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) has objected to a motion requesting grant funding for Kouga Municipality’s bulk services capacity upgrade.

The DA member of Parliament for the Kouga, Elza Van Lingen.

The DA member of Parliament for the Kouga, Elza Van Lingen.

This funding is desperately needed and would have improved the poor living conditions in Kouga and its informal settlements.

The motion, presented by Elza Van Lingen,  highlighted that R 480 million is required to increase the bulk services in Kouga before any of the housing shortages can be addressed.  Kouga has a shortage of 9 000 RDP houses which has forced many of its residents into dangerous and unsanitary living conditions.

Reports reveal that there are approximately 3 292 bucket toilets in the Kouga Local Municipality alone and a further 1 367 households without any toilets.

Due to poor planning in Kouga Municipality there are many new RDP houses in Ocean View that cannot connect to the waterborne sewer system and still have bucket toilets.

These home owners and thousands of residents Ocean View’s informal settlement have had to pay private operators to service their bucket systems every week since the Kouga Municipality continuously fails to.

Shukushukuma, an informal settlement in Humansdorp with approximately 100 shacks only has three chemical toilets and the municipality cannot afford to provide the amount prescribed by law.

People in Polla Park are still using the bucket system, which is rarely serviced by the municipality.

In Stofwolk 450 houses were built below street level and are constantly flooded with rain. Residents have had to build their own shelters for their bucket systems, which are not serviced regularly by the municipality.

Sewer spills in Stofwolk and Loeirie are a frequent feature, continually contaminating the streets, walkways and play areas.

“The fact that the ANC  objected to the motion is a clear indication that they are just out to make pre-election promises for voter support and do not actually care about the poor people in Kouga or the difficult living conditions they have to endure” said Van Lingen.

DA takes Kouga Municipality to court

October 1, 2012

The DA has filed court papers in the Port Elizabeth High Court against Kouga Municipality because of the unlawful and procedurally incorrect appointment of five new directors (Section 56 managers). These documents are public documents and all information is open to the public.

The DA calls for these appointments to be set aside and for the entire process to start all over again. In the DA’s founding affidavit which was lodged on 1 August 2012, the entire procedure of the appointments was questioned in terms of compliance with the various local government acts, regulations and circulars by the national Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) and the provincial Department of Local Government and Traditional Affairs (DLGTA).

The DA served notices on the municipal manager, the ANC mayor, all councillors of the ANC mayoral committee, the remaining ANC councillors and the MEC for Local Government, Mlibo Qoboshiyane, as well as the five newly appointed directors.

In response Kouga Municipality agreed that:

· the mayor and his mayoral committee, in their eagerness to deploy their cadres, held a mayoral committee meeting on 11 June 2012 at which it was decided to appoint the five directors, thereby flaunting the law;

· phone calls were made to the applicants to confirm their appointments on the same day;

· followed by written confirmation signed by the mayor (not the municipal manager) the next day (12 June) appointing them for a fixed term of five years;

· the mayor and the mayoral committee have no such delegated powers; only a full council may sanction such appointments;

· a full council approved the unlawful appointments with a majority vote in spite of a four- hour debate in which the DA councillors pointed out the unlawfulness of their action;

· Kouga Municipality is now blaming MEC Qoboshiyane for failing in his duties to stop the unlawful appointments;

· no contracts have been signed with the new directors, who started work on 1 August 2012;

· these posts were advertised for a remuneration package of R780,000 per annum but within the first month the new directors received a salary increase to R830,700 p.a.

The fact remains that the appointments were unlawful when no procedures were followed from the start. The selection panel under the chairmanship of Cllr Vernon Stuurman, called meetings and cancelled them, notices of meetings were sent by sms on some occasions at the start of the meetings, CVs of candidates were not presented to the panel, candidates were not scored to determine who was the best candidate, the panel transgressed the municipality’s own recruitment policy, etc.

“MEC Qoboshiyane has been warned by the DA since 4 May 2012, when a Kouga DA caucus delegation met with him in Bhisho. Further letters followed from DA provincial leader Athol Trollip, DA Kouga caucus leader, Dr. Chimpie Cawood, and letters by me” said the DA leader in Kouga, Elza Van Lingen.

The MEC was called upon to intervene at an early stage to intervene and stop the irregular steps, but he failed in his duty and responsibility to oversee local government in Kouga and the province.

The MEC did however inform the councillors in Jeffreys Bay of the processes to be followed in the selection processes of the Section 56 managers on 16 April 2012.

In the DA affidavit and the replying statement (filed on Thursday 27 September 2012) it is clear from all the supporting documents that:

· the mayor, the mayoral committee and the other ANC councillors transgressed the law, deliberately as per the supporting documents;

· the ANC resorted to a council meeting to right their wrongs with a majority vote on 29 June for the usual ANC “rubber stamp” action;

· the ANC lied in council on 29 June 2012 when they denied that there was a mayoral meeting on 11 June and that they appointed the directors;

· the DA in the council debate highlighted the various transgressions, warning that according to the new Municipal Systems Act, as amended, a councillor may not vote for transgressions of the Systems Act, the Structures Act or the Constitution;

· the ANC councillors were also warned that they can, according to the Systems Act (as amended), be held personally and individually financially liable for the legal costs in such unlawful cases.

Booi Koerat, the mayor, has been bemoaning the extent of the legal costs of the municipality in the press this week, but if the ANC councillors stuck to the letter of the law, they would not have to spend so much of the ratepayers’ money on legal fees.

The DA is approaching the court to interdict the council from making unlawful decisions.

This is the beginning of the DA’s actions to make Kouga financially viable and governable again. Our voters did not vote for the DA for nothing!

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)