War on Waste

New bins to boost clean-up efforts

Kouga Municipality has declared a war on waste and has increased its efforts to fight illegal dumping and keep communities clean by acquiring 20 new skip bins.

The 6m² containers, worth R348 840 in total, will be distributed to hot spots for illegal dumping.

Social Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said the distribution of the skip bins would be followed by an awareness campaign, run by the municipality’s Solid Waste and Cleansing and Parks sections.

“The campaign will help to empower residents to contribute to the cleanliness of their communities. Small things can make a big difference, for example, we would like to caution adults not to send children to go and dispose of waste at skip bins. Youngsters cannot always reach the mouth of the container and then simply dump the contents next to the bin,” he said.

Benson added that the arrival of the skip bins did not mean that other measures to keep areas clean, such as refuse collection on scheduled days, would be done away with.

“We are intensifying our war against waste so as to ensure that all of Kouga’s people live, work and play in clean and healthy environments,” he said.

He also asked communities to be aware of the following:

  • No fires must be made inside the skip bins, even if it is to burn waste;
  • Only the municipality has the right to remove or clean the skip bins;
  • Waste must be disposed of inside the bin, not next to it; and
  • Children should be warned against playing in skip bins.
War on Waste

WAR ON WASTE: Social Services Acting Director Nomvula Machelesi, Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson and Acting Cleansing and Parks Manager Frank Tamboer receive the new consignment of skips.

To report illegal dumping residents can phone Kouga’s Solid Waste section on 042 200 8335

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

Shock Labour Department bill

Shock Labour Department bill for Kouga

The Kouga Council has been confronted with a shock bill from the Department of Labour – this one dating back ten years and totalling almost R13-million.

Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said the outstanding monies were for Return of Earnings (RoEs), required for what is commonly known as “workmen’s compensation” and payable annually by the municipality to the Compensation Commissioner at the Department of Labour.

“The Council recently made the shocking discovery that the municipality hasn’t been submitting its Return of Earnings to the Compensation Commissioner since 2007.

“This means that municipal employees have not had proper cover for Injury on Duty claims for the past ten years, putting not only staff but Council at substantial risk.”

She said the municipality owed the Department of Labour a total of R12,619 million, accumulated from 2007 to 2016.

Employers, including municipalities, are required to submit a Return of Earnings form on an annual basis in line with the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act, No 130 of 1993.

The Act provides for compensation for disablement caused by occupational injuries or diseases sustained or contracted by employees in the course of their employment, or for death resulting from such injuries or diseases.

“The municipal administration is already in discussion with the Department to arrange for payment of the outstanding amount.

“Our first priority is to ensure that staff are covered, as we are not prepared to gamble with the lives of our employees or the money of our ratepayers.”

The Mayor said an investigation was underway to determine why the municipal administration had failed to disclose the outstanding monies to Council.
Press Release 
Laura-Leigh Randall
Kouga Municipality
Media Liaison Officer
084 2055 388

Water Restrictions

KOUGA WATER SHORTAGE 
Residents and visitors are reminded that there is a serious water shortage in Kouga because of the prolonged drought. If you have visitors, please warn them to use water sparingly so that our taps don’t run dry!
A more detailed update on stricter restrictions and higher emergency tariffs that are to be implemented from August because of the ongoing drought  are due to be published next week.
Water Restrictions