Massive clean-up

Kouga Mayor launches massive clean-up intervention

600 tonnes collected as Kouga Mayor launches massive clean-up intervention

Some 600 tonnes of rubbish was collected at Jeffreys Bay this past week as Kouga Mayor Elza van Lingen officially launched a massive clean-up campaign, set to be rolled out across the region.

More than 100 community members took part in the campaign, which stretched over five days and covered the areas of Pellsrus, Tokyo Sexwale, Mandela Bay and Ocean View.

Mayor Van Lingen said illegal dumping sites, sidewalks and open spaces were cleared of all manner of waste, from empty bottles and dirty nappies to broken appliances and building rubble.

“The cleansing teams collected more than 600 cubic metres of rubbish – that’s roughly equal to 600 tonnes – and carted it to the regional waste site at Humansdorp,” she said.

“We are grateful to them for doing such a great job and making a visible difference to their communities.”

She said owners of open plots where rubble or garden refuse were being kept, would also be notified to have it removed.

Mayor Elza van Lingen clean-up intervention

Mayor Elza van Lingen and Social Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson took time out to share their vision for Jeffreys Bay with Kaylen Vaaltyn (2), Bryce Jordaan (2), Courtney Smit (2) and Raydene Jordaan (6) during the recent Kouga Mayoral Clean-up Intervention in Jeffreys Bay.

The Mayor said casual littering and illegal dumping were two of the big challenges facing communities and the municipality.

“The municipality has accelerated its drive to keep Kouga clean, and we want to call on communities to join us in this war on waste.

“A clean area improves everyone’s quality of life and makes for happier and healthier communities.

“It also helps to create job opportunities because a clean area is more attractive to tourists and creates a good impression on potential investors.”

She said the municipality would be putting up extra signage to warn against illegal dumping and that action would be taken against perpetrators.

She also called on grown-ups to take children by the hand and teach them that littering was wrong and harmful to their environment.

The Kouga Mayoral Clean-up Intervention will be moving to Humansdorp this week. Several smaller clean-ups were also held ahead of the massive Jeffreys Bay clean-up, so as to help raise awareness of the need for communities and the municipality to band together in the war against waste.

Ocean View clean-up intervention

The entrance of Ocean View was among the areas that were cleaned up as part of the campaign. (During Clean-Up)

Ocean View clean-up intervention

Ocean View clean-up intervention (After)

St Francis Today will keep you informed when the intervention moves to Sea Vista & St Francis Bay

Press Release
Laura-Leigh Randall
Kouga Municipality
Media Liaison Officer
084 2055 388

Municipal payments

Important info for Kouga Municipal payments and account holders

Kouga Municipal cashiers to close at noon on 30 June & Residents asked to re-register for municipal online service

Residents are asked to take note that all municipal pay-points (cashiers) will close at 12 noon on Friday, 30 June 2017.

Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said the early closure was necessary so as to allow the municipality to close off its books for the 2016/2017 financial year.

Friday, 30 June 2017, will be the last day of the current financial year.

She said the arrangement would only affect those wanting to make payments directly at municipal offices, including the Kouga Traffic Department at Humansdorp.

Residents will still, however, be able to make internet banking payments or pay at external pay-points such as the Post Office, pay@, Ackermans, Shoprite/Checkers/Usave, Spar, Pick n Pay, Pep Stores, EasyPay, My eBills and Boxer.

Residents asked to re-register for municipal online service

Residents and ratepayers who registered during the months of March 2017 and April 2017 to receive their municipal accounts via email have been asked to re-register.

Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said that data added to the system during these two months was lost when the service providers’ server crashed.

“We humbly apologise for the inconvenience, and would like to assure residents that additional back-up measures have been introduced to prevent this from happening again,” she said.

Those who registered during March and April 2017 are asked to contact the municipality’s Income Department at Jeffreys Bay to verify that they are still registered or to obtain a new access key to re-register.

Those affected can phone 042 200 2138 (Patrick), 042 200 2135 (Trevor) or 042 200 2263 (Centelle).

Press Release
Laura-Leigh Randall
Kouga Municipality
Media Liaison Officer
084 2055 388

Surfers Conquer Victory-at-Sea

Tubewave at Melkbosstrand Produces Chunky Waves in Huge Swell

A giant swell and strong crosswinds did not prevent the competitors in the Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro pres. by O’Neill, from producing excellent performances in what can only be described as ‘victory-at-sea’ conditions on the opening day at Melkbosstrand north of Cape Town on Thursday.

With whitewater from the beach to the horizon, Tubewave maintained its shape with the waves reforming on the inside and providing those with paddle power and resolve the opportunity to rack up scores in the excellent range – over 8.0 points out of a possible 10.

Daiki Tanaka (JPN) showed the way in the second heat, opening his account with an 8.0 before adding and even better 8.83, and then closing out the 20 minute encounter with an action packed ride that earned a near-perfect 9.33, to deliver the highest heat total of the day with 18.16 out of 20.

Liam O’Brien (AUS), competing in just his second overseas QS event, was another to pack two excellent range scores into his total, coming up with the second highest total of the day, 17.73, that included a 9.23 and an 8. 50. That left his three opponents in a combination situation and needing to replace both their counting scores.

“That heat went really well. I couldn’t hear the scores out there but I managed to find myself on a couple of fun waves, and it looked like everyone got a few,” said O’Brien. “It was just a good heat, plenty of exchanges and I’m just stoked to come out on top. This has been a really good trip, South Africa is such an amazing place for waves, so diverse. I went up to Durban for the 3,000 and it was fun there, warm water and beach breaks But here its colder with plenty of raw ocean power – it’s been good to surf all the different conditions in the first two QS events I’ve done overseas.”

Cristobal de Col (PER) was another who enjoyed the powerful Cape waves and felt really at home in the conditions to advance to the next round.
Cristobal de Col at Jordy Smith Cape Town

Cristobal de Col (PER) finds a clean green wall in the victory-at-sea conditions that prevailed at Melkbos on Thursday for the opening day of the Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro pres. by O’Neill
Photo: WSL / Thurtell

“I made it through so it was a good heat for me,” said de Col. “The conditions are really tricky, it’s very consistent but a real mess out there. I really love the power of the wave and the shape, it has a big wall. It’s my first time in Cape Town and I’m loving it. I love the vibe of the people and it feels like home – like a real family vibe.

Powerfully built South African Dale Staples (St Francis Bay) had fun in his heat and was happy to advance to the last 64 in the event as he prepares for the Championship Tour event at Jeffreys Bay after winning the wildcard in solid surf at Supertubes earlier this month.

“Its super fun, there are really nice double-ups coming through but it’s a helluva lot of paddling because of the bigger swell coming through and the wind,” said Staples after winning his heat. “I’ve doing really bad in the local series, but I’m looking forward to the J-Bay CT, so it’s good to get a couple of warm-up waves for that. You usually have to get used to the cold water in Cape Town, but it’s really warm today, warmer than the air.”

Dale Staples wins JBU Supertrial

Kouga Mayor Elza Van Lingen came down to support the event and to hand the winner’s trophy to Dale Staples after winning the JBU Supertrial. © Van Gysen

Organisers completed the 16 heats in Round 1 of the men’s event on Thursday and will continue with Round 2 where the top 32 seeded surfers in the event enter the fray. All eyes will be on local hero and current world No. 3 Jordy Smith who will be coming up in Heat 8 at approximately 11am.

While he is the event sponsor, along with multi-national surf equipment O’Neill, Smith faces serious competition from the likes of former CT campaigner Alex Ribeiro (BRA), who won the QS3,000 event in Durban last weekend, and a host of hungry QS competitors.

The QS1,000 women’s event will get underway on Saturday morning, followed by the JQS1,000 junior men’s and women’s events.

The swell is expected to drop marginally from today’s seven metres to around five metres on Friday. It is anticipated that the organisers will get Round 2 underway soon after 8am.

An outreach programme will be conducted by Surfing South Africa (SSA) on Sunday 25 June. Participants from local outreach organisations will be involved in beach activities, water coaching, a tag team contest and beach relays with all participants receiving breakfast, lunch and a commemorative medal.

Live scoring, news, photos and video’s will be available at www.worldsurfleague.com and on the WSL App. which is a free download. Daily highlights can be found on the WSL QS Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

The Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro is proudly supported by O’Neill, City of Cape Town, Tsogo Sun, Skullcandy, El Jimador, Yesman, World Surf League, Surfing South Africa and Accelerate Sport.