KOUGA MUNICIPALITY (EC108) NOTICE NO : 7/2018

PUBLIC NOTICE CALLING FOR INSPECTION OF GENERAL VALUATION ROLL AND LODGING OF OBJECTIONS

Notice is hereby given in terms of the provisions of section 49(1)(a)(i) read with section 78(2) of the Municipal Property Rates Act No. 6 of 2004 as amended that the General Valuation Roll of the Kouga Municipality for the period 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2023 is open for public inspection/scrutiny at the Municipality’s head and satellite offices within the area of jurisdiction of the Kouga Municipality during the period 15 February 2018 – 30 April 2018.  The Roll will, in addition, be accessible on the municipal website www.kouga.gov.za.

Please note that the closing date for the lodging of objections is 30 April 2018.

 No late objections will be accepted.

In terms of section 49(1)(a)(i) read with section 78(2) of the Act, an invitation is hereby extended to any owner of property or other person who so desires, to lodge an objection with the Municipal Manager in respect of any valuation reflected in, or omitted from, the Roll during the period afforded for objections on the prescribed form which is obtainable from the designated venues indicated herein, as well as on the website.

Attention is pertinently invited to the provision in section 50(2) which stipulate that an objection must be in relation to a specific individual property and not against the valuation roll as such.

Attention is further invited to the provision in section 50(3) which provides that the Municipal Manager must assist an objector to lodge an objection if that objector is unable to read or write. Persons requiring assistance are invited to make use of this service by contacting the Valuation Office at the Jeffreys Bay Offices of the Municipality at telephone number 042 200 2157 / 042 200 8543 A valuer will also be situated in the Jeffreys Bay Offices on appointment to assist with queries and objections.

Objections endorsed “Attention Valuations” can either be e-mailed to: Marinda – mvdmerwe@kouga.gov.za / Regardt – rvanvuuren@kouga.gov.za / Wendy – pjonkers@kouga.gov.za or Faxed to: Marinda – 086 570 2737 / Regardt – 086 523 8133 / Wendy – 086 481 4127

Or

Delivered to: Valuation Office, Kouga Municipality, 33 Da Gama Road, Jeffreys Bay before the stipulated closing date. Objections will only be valid once an objection number is issued.

Mr C du Plessis                                                                                             P.O.Box 21

MUNICIPAL MANAGER                                                                               Jeffreys Bay

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Residents to register their boreholes

Residents to register their boreholes

Kouga Municipality is updating its information about boreholes situated on private land.

“We would like to appeal to all property owners with boreholes on their land to register them with the municipality,” said Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen.

“Our region is struggling through a severe drought and this information is necessary for our planning to ensure all our communities have water,” she said.

She said property owners were legally required to register their boreholes with the municipality.

The requirements are set out in Clause 141 of the National Water Act (Act No.36 of 1998) and Clause 48 of Kouga Municipality’s Water Supply and Sanitation Services Bylaw.

According to the bylaw, all property owners with boreholes are required to provide the following information to the municipality on the prescribed form:

  • Full name and surname
  • Municipal account number
  • Physical address and name of owner of the borehole
  • Coordinates of the borehole
  • Yield of the borehole(if known)
  • Depth of borehole
  • Casing depth and casing material
  • Depth of water level
  • Name of borehole driller and drilling log

It is also a requirement that property owners install water meters and keep records of water usage on a monthly basis.

Van Lingen said that those property owners who had not yet done so would be given grace till 30 June 2018 to register their boreholes.

The information provided must be submitted be to Eddie Oosthuizen at the Infrastructure and Engineering Directorate or be sent via email to eddieo@kouga.gov.za.

A borehole number must also be obtained from Dane Von Berg of the Department of Water and Sanitation. He can be contacted on 041 501 0739 or via email at vonbergd@dws.gov.za.

Mayor did take the lead

Mayor did take the lead in the Schoolbus saga

Few local publications have been more supportive of the DA led Kouga council than St Francis Today and in particular the work being done by Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen. The chaos at the licensing department last week however caused us to criticize the way this department was functioning. A week later the news of school children having to hitchhike caused us to further comment for on the face of it, the Kouga traffic department was to blame for taking their bus off the road.

As a law enforcement agency it is understandable that they show no favour and because the bus’s paperwork was in order, they were absolutely correct in taking it off the road for had there been an accident this would have placed them in an extremely difficult legal position. Yesterday SFT suggested that possibly the Kouga council should have taken a lead in solving the problem and documents received late yesterday confirm that the Mayor did in fact, going back some two weeks in anticipation of a problem, do all in her power to prevent the situation.

Communicating with the powers that be in Bisho, it is suffice to say the bureaucracy within the two responsible departments, Education and Transport in turn, stymied the Mayors efforts which seems the norm when dealing with ANC run government services. Van Lingen confirmed her dealings with Bisho had been frustrated commenting “the person in Bhisho who must sign off on the contract to correctly license the bus, a Mr Siyabonga, seems to be very busy man”.

Our thanks therefore go out to the Mayor for her efforts and certainly hope this all ends well and soon. A question that must be asked however is as Sea Vista’s councillor is an ANC cadre why did the community not approach their councillor for help. They voted the ANC in for Sea Vista so why not get their councillor to do some work.

More good news!

The Mayor confirmed to SFT that she had led a delegation to the licensing department and recognised some of the problems brought up in our article “chaos at licensing department” and advised that action was being taken to correct the problems that existed.

Cross the line interiors St Francis Bay

Kids should not hitchhike to school

Kids should not have to hitchhike to school

Spokesperson Pam Rollison right.

A group of concerned mothers from Sea Vista gathered at the circle at the entrance to St Francis Bay yesterday morning more as a show of concern and support for their kids than a demonstration.

Apparently the bus that normally transports the kids from Sea Vista to Humansdorp Secondary is off the road for whatever reason and there are many, none of which could be confirmed yesterday. Whatever the reason there can be no excuse for it and all those involved in what appears to be nothing more than a bureaucratic  bumbling should have made an effort to fix the problem. Possibly the Kouga Council is not ultimately responsible but It certainly was an opportunity for them to take the lead whether it is their responsibility or not and demonstrate how the DA can get things done no matter the odds. Or do voters only count if there is an election or if the voters are over 18.

Appointed spokesperson for the school mothers Pam Rollison says the biggest problem was communication between the school and the parents and in spite of Mrs  Rollison saying she had spoken to the Mayor nothing had been done since the problem began last Thursday. Speaking with Humansdorp Secondary’s school secretary, Geraldine SFT was able to get the number for a Mr Spies. Who would be able to update us with what was being done to solve the problem. As is quite normal when dealing with government, the calls went unanswered.

Most of us accept that education is the way forward for South Africa and whilst the university students are able to gain support for free education by destroying facilities, it is at grassroots where every effort to ensure education is concentrated. Not to say university graduate aren’t important but let’s first get the country, urban and rural to be master the three R’s.

Hopefully the problem has now been resolved and these kids can get back to learning the three R’s rather than how to hitchhike.

St Francis Brewing Company

Our roving Foodie – Kirsten visits St Francis Brewing Co

Kirsten Doyle

Kirsten Doyle

The St Francis Brewing Company is definitely one of the nicest venues in town. A nice inside section, as well as a spacious outside area, make it an ideal place for both winter and summer.

They have an excellent range of craft beers, gins, brandy and ciders, as well as the expected wines and other spirits.The menu is smallish, and these days quite slanted towards Mexican cuisine, which is not my favourite, but the food was fresh and delicious. I do miss the old menu though, that had favourites such as bangers and mash.

One thing I have noticed consistently, is that many of the drinks are not always in stock. On my last visit, the first three drinks I requested weren’t available. The waitress then mentioned that they had a peach cider, which sounded delicious, but when it arrived, turned out to be a peach beer. I’m not a beer fan, but having said that, the beer was pretty good.

Now to the food. I had the ‘pulled pork sammich’, one of our party had the chicken, and the others had chimichangas and burgers. We all enjoyed our food, my only criticism was the skin on the chicken wasn’t crispy – nobody likes ‘flabby’ chicken skin.

I’ve noticed they are doing a few specials, pies, Sunday roasts, and beef shin – all of which look mouthwatering, so I’ll definitely be back to try.

The service for me is a bit hit and miss. Sometimes it’s spot on. There have also been times where one poor waitress is running around trying to get to all the tables, and times where far too many wait staff seem to be hanging around without much to do. Then again, I understand it’s hard to gauge how busy they might be, particularly off season.

English Pub Specials… Beef shin cooked in Stout served with mash… Pork Pie served with rocket & apple salad… Yummmm

RATING: 4.3 / 5

ATMOSPHERE: Festive, comfortable and fun.
SOUND LEVEL: Conversation level background music on most evenings, the occasional band plays there too.
RECOMMENDED: The beer tasting is a must for beer lovers, as are the craft gins. For food, the quality is consistent across the menu, so no standouts for me.
DRINKS: A range of craft beers, ciders, gins, as well as the other alcoholic beverages. Soft drinks, coffee, tea and milkshakes are available too.
PRICE RANGE: Very reasonable, in the R80 to R100 range for meals, with generous portions.
HOURS: Off season, open every day except Tuesdays, from 12pm till around 10pm.
RESERVATIONS: Definitely in season.
CREDIT CARDS: All major.

WHAT THE STARS MEAN: Ratings range from zero to five stars and reflect the reviewer’s opinion on the food, ambience and service, with pricing taken into consideration.

Roots Gardens St Francis