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Borehole success at Hankey and Patensie

May 31, 2019

Kouga Municipality is another step closer to achieving water security for the communities of Hankey and Patensie.

“Groundwater exploration in and around the towns has finally borne fruit and the municipality will soon start equipping and connecting boreholes to the water treatment works,” Executive Mayor Horatio Hendericks said.

“Our hope is that the combined yield will be sufficient to stop water rationing, a measure we were forced to take when the national Department of Water and Sanitation cut the quota from the Kouga Dam to both towns.

“While the quota is under review, early indications are that the national Department will not be increasing the allocation.

“This means alternative sources must be secured and developed to augment the supply to the towns and bring an end to watershedding.”

The municipality last year secured more than R41-million from the Provincial Disaster Relief Fund for groundwater and borehole development at Patensie and Hankey.

“Three boreholes were drilled in Patensie. Two boreholes delivered good blow yields of 20l/s and 40l/s while the salinity of the water is also at an acceptable level,” Hendricks said.

“Pump tests are currently under way and we are awaiting the detailed data analysis.

“The next step will be equipping and connecting the boreholes to the Patensie water treatment works, situated about 1,3km from the site.”

According to the Mayor, finding viable groundwater sources at Hankey had proven far more challenging.

“Our exploration team initially focused their efforts on municipal land to the south of Hankey. Four exploration boreholes and one production hole were drilled, but the results were disappointing.

“They then moved their focus to the neighbouring property, which is privately owned. A total of 17 exploration and five production holes were drilled, with the latter delivering promising blow yields of up to 21l/s,” he said.

“As with Patensie, the results of the pump tests are being awaited. The next step will be equipping and connecting the boreholes to the Hankey water treatment works, situated about 12km away from the site.”

He said the municipality’s legal team was drafting an agreement between the municipality and land-owner for the drilling of boreholes for municipal use while servitude rights were also being formalised.

“We are very pleased that we will soon be in a position to break Hankey and Patensie’s dependency on the Kouga Dam.

“Despite the dam being situated in Kouga, it belongs to the national Department of Water and Sanitation and is also used to provide water to the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro,” he said.

“As a result, it is not managed in the best interest of the Hankey and Patensie communities. This has led to an intolerable situation, both for Kouga Municipality and the communities we are sworn to serve.”

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Patensie wins Eastern Cape Kwêla Town of the Year

April 21, 2019

A second Kouga town is in the running for the coveted Kwêla Town of the Year title.

Patensie was named the winner of the East Cape round of the annual competition on Kyknet’s Kwêla on Sunday. The Gamtoos Valley town beat two of the province’s well-known seaside towns, Port Alfred and Kenton-on-Sea, to claim the regional title.

Kouga Mayor Horatio Hendricks congratulated the Patensie community on the achievement and thanked everyone who had voted for the town.

“We would like to call on the whole of Kouga to throw their weight behind Patensie when it’s time to vote for the national winner,” he said.

“It was through a combined effort that we were able to win the title for Jeffreys Bay last year. Let us take hands and do the same for Patensie this year.”

The nine finalists are currently being announced weekly on Kwêla. Once all nine finalists have been revealed, voting for the national winner will take place from 26 to 31 May.

Nichola Uys, of Gamtoos Tourism, said they were elated to have won the East Cape round.

“This is a beautiful part of the world, with lots to do and see for visitors. The Kwêla competition is a fantastic opportunity to market the area and grow the local tourism industry,” she said.

The national winner will win free marketing worth R1-million through Kyknet, including a 45 second advert. KIA will also once again sponsor a “makietie” in the 2019 Town of the Year.

Parliament agrees to multi-disciplinary meeting to deal with national water crisis

January 30, 2018

The DA welcomes the response from the Chairperson of Water and Sanitation Committee, Lulu Johnson, to our request to summon Minister of Water and Sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane to parliament.

Minister Mokonyane must brief members of parliament as well as South Africans on her department’s interventions to resolve the drought crisis facing the country.

A joint meeting has been called for next week Tuesday, 6 February 2018, between Ministers of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Finance and Water and Sanitation (DWS), Western Cape MEC and the Mayor alongside other stakeholders to come and brief Parliament of work done thus far.

This is with a view to align the respective initiatives and find sustainable solutions to the water crisis experienced by the Western Cape and other parts of the country including the Eastern Cape, Limpopo and the Free State.

Minister Mokonyane must avail herself for this important meeting as this is an important subject that is of national relevance and it must be dealt with the urgency it deserves.

This is an opportunity for Minister Mokonyane to show leadership and become part of the solution which will seek to find a consolidated plan on the way forward.

We hope this meeting will provide an opportunity to find sustainable solutions to addressing this crisis, including day zero which is facing Hankey and Patensie in March 2018.

Patensie residents have no water

September 17, 2015

Patensie residents have been without water for 11 days due to several water pipe bursts and broken pressure valves.

The Kouga Dam is overflowing but the water isnt getting to Patensie. Photo: Sunelle Whitehead

The Kouga Dam is overflowing but the water isnt getting to Patensie. Photo: Sunelle Whitehead

According to furious residents they were without water since September 5 and took the matter to their local DA ward councillor, Jan Joy three days later.

“The Democratic Alliance (DA) referred the matter directly to municipal manager Sydney Fadi, who explained that it was a burst pipe and that the matter was resolved,” says Joy.

“Since then the water was off most of the time and there has been little pressure. The workers claimed that another pipe had burst, and that they turned the water off for the reservoir to fill up first.”

Six days later, residents were still without water. Water was being carted into Verge-noeg and Noorshoek. According to Joy, the delay is due the Kouga Municipality waiting on a pressure valve from a service provider which is only due by September 16.

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“The fact that residents can be left without water for 11 days is completely unacceptable,” says Joy. “It is unacceptable that it takes the municipality such a long time to establish the actual problem and then having to wait for delivery.

Efficient service delivery, especially as far as water is concerned, is a necessity. Water is life, and even sewerage systems cannot operate without it.

“Patensie has just gone through a major sewerage infrastructure upgrade, and simple problem identification and repair of such an elementary issue cannot be tolerated.”

Source: News 24

Workers Day in Patensie

May 11, 2012

Ward 10 in Patensie had a Blue Wave event on Workers Day that was well supported by DA members and the community at large.

DA supporters also handed out pamphlets to the public and engaged them about concerns they have.

A lot of service delivery issues were addressed. Poor service delivery, transport problems and education issues were raised by the public.

Elza van Lingen, Chimpy Cawood, Jan Joy and Hatting Borman were all present. Further meetings were also held at Quagga, Andrieskraal and Cambria on Workers Day.

DA support grows in the Gamtoos

April 26, 2012

DA activists are hard at work in all the wards in Kouga. It is pleasing to see how the support is growing in the Gamtoos Valley as voters are starting to realise that the DA offers a better life for all.

The DA is gaining new supporters in the Kouga

Above is Basil Japhta, the branch chairperson for Ward 10 together with branch committee members Frieda McCarthy and Miggel Didloft.

“We are determined that the DA will win Ward 10 at the next election” said Japhta. “The community is tired of empty promises and it time for a change”.

DAY branch established in Hankey

April 17, 2012

Councillor Mhomi Speelman has managed to launch a DA Youth (DAY) branch in Hankey/Weston, a traditional ANC ward. The branch is up and running and growth in DA numbers can be expected!

Councillor Mhomi Speelman with the newly elected committe of DAY in Hankey

A new branch committee has also been established in Patensie and they are also up and running and signing up new DA members. Councillor Jan Joy was joined by our MP Elza Van Lingen at the election.

Livestock in a residential area in Hankey

Residents living in the central Hankey are furious as neighbours are keeping lifestock in a residential area.

There are approximately 150 goats involved. Lots of flies are bothering residents in nearby houses and a bad smell has been noted by residents. The matter has been reported to Kouga Municipality for action.