Pam Golding Properties “Blankie” Drive

78 blankies for kids at Disney Creche in Sea Vista

Article published on Facebook by Jane Arderne!

“Yesterday we handed out 78 blankies to Disney Creche in Sea Vista. Pam Golding Properties and I would like to thank our dear friends who gave so much time, creativity and love to this project “67 BLANKIES FOR MADIBA’!

We have hundreds more squares and more wool to keep this project going so anyone who has a passion for knitting and time, please help us to keep going! The need never goes away for warmth and comfort.

The ladies who have gone beyond the call of a “few squares”, and who have knitted hundreds, we owe our massive gratitude to, are Jean Hempel and her East London friends for their many, many gorgeous finished blankets; Ilse Helene Beer in Humansdorp for her beautiful creative squares and to Jancke Beer for helping co-ordinate this project with the assistance of Magory Lippert; Granny Jess Van Niekerk and the ladies of Constantia Village in Cape Town for their hundreds of squares; local crochet whizz Vanessa Jonsson for helping me to put the blankets together; Sheila Douglas, mum of Dot Stuart-White, for their blankets and squares;

And the following friends from SFB, JHB, CT – Jane Osborne, Janet Voerman, Joan Anderson, Carmen Stevens, Lynne Medley, Cathryn Hempel, (for her squares and inspiring me to follow the Talhado blanket drive), Fiona Watts; Kate Bendeman and her granny; Clairwen Praetorius and her mum, Lynne Campbell; Leandie Terblanche; Lindsay Groom, Anne Kleu and Liz Holmes for their lovely finished blankies; Grace Kennedy for her supply of yarn;

Carmen Purdy for her squares and finished blanket and her helper Anna for hers; Vicky Peinke, Annie Eales (for keeping the Cape Town grannies with a good supply of yarn, and for her squares);

Jeanine Arderne and Matt Arderne (for his few rows and learning to knit) and Richard Arderne for a few holes in my knitting!

Thank you to everyone and if your name, for some reason isn’t on the list, we thank you too.”

New booking at Traffic Department

New booking system to cut out queues at the Traffic Department

A new booking system has been introduced at the Kouga Traffic Department in Humansdorp to save residents from having to spend hours in queues.Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said the new system enabled residents to book a slot telephonically or in person to submit their applications for learner’s or driver’s licences at the Traffic Department.

“Applying for a learner’s or driver’s licence can take anything from 15 to 30 minutes. This is because eye tests and fingerprints also need to be done as part of the process,” she said

“In the past this meant that residents often had to spend hours queuing, waiting for their turn to submit their applications. With the new system, you can now book a specific slot to visit the Department and submit your licence application. Slots can be booked either telephonically at 042 200 2200 or in person at the Traffic Department.”

She said residents who booked, would be allocated a specific date and time for them to submit their licence applications to the Traffic Department.

“If you make the booking in person, you will be given the forms you need to fill in for completion at home.”If you book telephonically, we ask that you be at the Traffic Department at least 15 minutes before your allocated slot as you need to complete the forms beforehand,” she said.Residents are further encouraged, when booking, to check what documents they need to bring along for the application process to go smoothly.

“We expect the new booking system to make a significant change to the way business is conducted at the Traffic Department,” she said. “Time is precious and we will do all we can to ensure our residents receive prompt service.”

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

Four new trucks for Kouga

Four new trucks set to help keep Kouga clean

Taking a closer look at the two new refuse trucks are (front) municipal manager Charl du Plessis, driver Simphiwe Ntshali, Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen (front centre), driver Hermanus Manzi, Social Services portfolio councillor Daniel Benson, (back) acting Cleansing and Parks manager Frank Tamboer, superintendent Edo Madatt and foreman Johannes Augustus.

Refuse removal and bush-clearing in the Kouga region are shifting up a gear.

Four new trucks – two refuse compactors and two mesh trucks – have been added to the municipality’s fleet at a cost of almost R7-million.

Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said the new trucks had been purchased with the municipality’s Capital Budget and formed part of Council’s five-year vehicle replacement plan, aimed at strengthening Kouga’s fleet and improving service delivery. 

 “The new trucks are a major boost for the municipality’s Cleansing and Parks section and valuable additions to the municipal fleet as a whole,” she said.

Social Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said refuse collection teams have had to struggle to do their work with unreliable vehicles for several years.

“Not only did it lead to disruptions in service delivery, it also increased the municipality’s overtime bill as trucks had to be shared by teams in our nine towns,” he said.

He said the municipality had been hiring two additional compactor trucks to minimise disruptions.

“The new trucks will replace those we’ve been hiring, however, during peak holiday times extra trucks will still be hired to cater for the bigger waste volumes,” he said.

The new trucks also boast the “Keep Kouga Clean” branding, which was rolled out this year as part of the Mayoral Clean-Up Intervention. The two main sponsors of the intervention will have their logos displayed on the truck for a year.

“Keeping our towns clean is important if we are serious about drawing investors, growing our economy and facilitating job creation,” the Mayor said.

“We all have a part to play and I am pleased that we have been able to strengthen the municipality’s capacity over this past year to improve the quality of this important service.”

Press Reslease:
 Randall, Laura-Leigh; Kouga Municipality; Media Liaison Officer; 084 2055 388

Cape St Francis Civics

November Newsletter: Cape St Francis Civics / Ratepayers Association

Good day members

It has been a busy few months, and the Cape St Francis Civics/Ratepayers Association has been hard at work with a number of endeavours. Apologies for the newsletter that is a little longer than usual, there is so much to tell!

Firstly, thank you for all the subscriptions, membership renewals, and all the fees that have been paid. The proposed R350 total has been widely accepted, with many members donating more than that, which is greatly appreciated. Membership numbers and finances will be totaled for the next communication. If you know of anyone who might not have paid up or joined, please forward this email to them. The subs link here – http://www.capestfranciscivicassociation.org.za/membership–lidmaatskap.html

After much hard work and relentless investigation and enquiries, we finally made some progress with the clearing of the R330. The danger to runners and cyclists was becoming quite alarming, and eventually Randall Moore; the district roads engineer for the Sarah Baartman Region organized Tzitzikamma Fencing to do the clear up job. Big thanks to both, the road is looking great and runners and cyclists can continue with their pursuits without danger.

The Kouga Municipality sent out traffic officials to assess our request for traffic calming (speed bumps) at the two hotspots – our village center alongside the retail outlets, as well as alongside the Cape St Francis Resort and Rock Lily stretch. Assessment details to follow.  

The CCTV Camera Installation request went through the first round in the standing committee, and all being well should be approved at the next council meeting on 15 Dec 2017. It seems everyone is keen. We are setting up a trust fund for the cameras for donations for this project. At this stage phases 1 and 2 are funded, thank you to all who pledged, and we are currently looking for funds for phase 3.

We would like to welcome the Woodridge Surf Life Saving Club, who is covering our beaches every Sunday out of season during the summer months, from November to April. Great to have you guys around.

Civics will also be employing four additional lifeguards who will be on duty for the busiest times of our season – 24 December to 2 January. Lifeguards from anywhere around the country who are interested in working here in December can contact Civics onCSFCivic@gmail.com

Cape St Francis Car Park ShowerCivics has also employed Beauty to maintain our beaches and ablutions. Her duties include the cleaning of the bottom and top ablutions, and the cleaning and maintenance of the beach from Lookout to Corner, as well as the path and verge from the lower car park up to the Lighthouse. She will be employed for three days a week for the months of December to January. Beauty will be recognizable and hard at work, so please feel free to say hello when you see her.  

Big thanks to Alex Odendaal from Allens Woodworks for the donation of wood, and to Stuart Minehan for his time and expertise in the deck build at the lower car park showers. Much appreciated guys!

A recent dead giant fur seal washed up on the beaches estimated at about 300kgs and in a state of decomposition. Thanks to Kouga Municipality and Councilor Williams who dealt with the removal of the animal within an hour of the phone call.  

Kouga Municipality has a new call center and app to improve service delivery at Kouga, thus making it easier for residents to report and track service delivery problems in their wards, and it’s working great.
The free LINK app is available for Android and iOS devices and can be downloaded at download.linkapp.co.za/#dl, from the Google Play or App Store.
Upon registration the app will request permission to access your location – this is important, be sure to accept.
To Link to your Ward, (Ward 12) click on “+ and Add Channels”. Select the blue Municipal Ward icon, allow the app to geo-locate you and Link to your Ward as displayed. It’s totally intuitive and many people are utilizing it to great affect. 

Further information about Link is available at www.linkapp.co.za and Kouga’s new call center can be contacted on 042 200 2200

Nick Schoeman from the Cape St Francis Police Forum has suggested whatsapp micro-groups in a bid to combat crime in your immediate area. Instead of only belonging to bigger safety groups, he advised to set up street safety groups of between 5 to 8 families/homeowners who watch each other’s back a bit closer than the bigger groups. A few streets have already initiated this to good effect, with members now alert to their neighbour’s alarms being triggered and other suspicious behaviour.   

Another thank you to Kouga Municipality who responded after hours to a burst water pipe and their prompt water leakage solution at corner of Waratah and Diaz. Thanks guys. 

Please remember that we still need to urgently save water, and need visitors to our beautiful village this holiday to be mindful of the water scarcity. If water wastage is spotted, there is nothing wrong with a friendly word with the visitor, to remind them that we too are in a water crisis and we all need to save water. 

Kind regards.

Dane Shaw
Chairperson, Cape St Francis Civics/Ratepayers Association