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From the desk of Mayor Elza Van Lingen – 3 February 2017

February 3, 2017

On behalf of the Kouga Council I would like to apologize to the residents of Jeffreys Bay for the recent delay in refuse collection.


Social Services Portfolio Councillor Danny Benson has informed me that the delay was due to an illegal go-slow by workers in the Cleansing and Parks Department.

Refuse collectors had to put in many extra hours over the Festive Season to cope with the holiday influx.

There has, however, been a delay in paying them a portion of their overtime.

We are grateful to the workers for going the extra mile over the holiday season.

They did fantastic work and we regret the delay in their payment.

Together with Finance Portfolio Councillor Brenton Williams, I met with the workers early last week where they were reassured that they would receive their overtime.

Despite our reassurances, they decided to embark on an illegal go-slow.

Alternative arrangements have been made to collect refuse but collection has happend later than usual.

Our sincere apologies go to the community of Jeffreys Bay.

We would like to assure residents that we are investigating both the delay in payment and the illegal go-slow.

Disciplinary action will be taken where necessary.

The Council will not be held to ransom by employees, especially when their actions impact negatively on communities.



From the desk of Mayor Elza Van Lingen – 9 December 2016

December 9, 2016

The Kouga Council will impose water restrictions when we meet on 15 December for the final Council meeting of the year.


With the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro giving Kouga four months to reduce water usage or face extremely punitive water tariffs for the next three years until the Nooigedacht Water Scheme starts to supply water, lets look at what restrictions will apply:

The following activities will be prohibited once water restrictions have been approved by Council:

* The use of hosepipes, sprinklers and drip systems
* The watering of gardens, lawns and grassed areas.
* The washing of paved areas, walls, roofs, buildings and similar structures, vehicles or other equipment
* The filling of swimming pools, paddling pools, fountains and ponds
* The connection of a hosepipe or any form of irrigation system to a tap supplying water from the municipal water supply system, except for fire-fighting purposes.

We will be introducing Part B water tariffs from 1 January 2017. This is not to try make money to pay the Metro water bill of R 46 million but an effort to reduce our water usage. By reducing water usage, residents will in effect be saving money, which is the entire purpose of the punitive tariff.

If we do not reduce water usage by 15 % by 31 March 2017, water bills will more than double as the cost of water received from the Metro will be subject to punitive tariffs from the Metro.