Women golfers descend on St Francis

200 Golfing Women descend on St Francis Bay

St Francis Bay will be abuzz with 220 golfers and officials.for the National Senior Women’s Golf tournament starting on Sunday.

Following registration at The Links, the Sea Vista marimba band will entertain the visitors with the official welcome and opening taking place at around 5:15pm with the National Anthem being sung as all the provincial flags are raised.

Monday sees the start of the golf in the form of a 4 ball-alliance. This format sees the women not only  making friends but also becoming familiar with the courses. Both courses, the St Francis Bay Golf Club and the The Links will have 104 players each.

The individual competition is played in a silver division ( 0 -22 handicap) and a bronze division ( 22 – 35 handicap).  The silvers play medal and the others IBS and this commences on Tuesday morning 15th May on both courses.

Wednesday 16th May is the final round of the championship and this round is seeded on the results of the previous day.

Prizegiving takes place on Wednesday afternoon at around 3:00 followed by the closing of the tournament.

The Senior Nationals were founded by Mrs Joy McWilliams in 1994 and Joy will be present at the flag raising to hoist the SA Seniors Flag, something she did 25years ago.

In preparation for this tournament, the shopkeepers of the village of St Francis have been supportive and generous in their sponsorship.

For many of the players, this is their first visit to St Francis Bay so we hope this wonderful weather will greet them when they arrive.

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Press Release – Sheila Thysse – National President (editied)

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Top strategist joins Kouga team

Well-respected strategist joins Kouga’s top management team

Kouga Municipality has kept its promise of recruiting highly-skilled individuals for critical positions by appointing a well-respected strategist and local government expert as its new Director: Planning, Development and Tourism.

Fezeka Mabusela brings with her 16 years of experience in the local government sector, 11 of which have been at management levels. She is a registered Professional Planner with the South African Council for Planners and holds a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of the Free State.

New Planning, Development and Tourism Director Fezeka Mabusela (second left) is welcomed by (from left) Portfolio Councillor Bryan Dhludhlu, Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks and Municipal Manager Charl du Plessis.

Her most recent job was at the South African Local Government Association (Salga) where she was the Programme Manager: Economic Development and Planning.

Her scope of work during her four years at Salga included supporting municipalities in Spatial Planning, Local Economic Development (LED), Integrated Development Planning (IDP) and Information Communication Technology (ICT). She was also actively involved in championing Salga’s Small Towns Regeneration Programme and Regional Planning and Development.

Before joining Salga, she spent five years at the Western Cape Provincial Government as Deputy Director: IDP where she headed the development of a cabinet-approved intergovernmental planning and coordination framework, which led to the mainstreaming of IDPs in all provincial government departments.

That work was followed by the development of a web-based Monitoring and Evaluation platform, used by all municipalities in the province to track joint infrastructure and economic development initiatives.

Her vast experience also includes working at Elundini Municipality as the Manager: IDP and Performance Management.

Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said the appointment of Mabusela was in line with ensuring that the best people were appointed for the municipality to deliver on its mandate. “Her wealth of experience can only be of benefit to the institution and the residents of Kouga,” he said.

Among her first tasks as Director will be to serve as the Project Coordinator of the Building Inclusive Green Municipalities (BIGM) agreement between Kouga and the Canadian municipality Prince Edward County.

Mabusela said what she found appealing about Kouga was the municipality’s focus on town planning as a key pillar and driver of development. “Trends show that Kouga is one of the fastest growing municipalities and the municipality must find ways to respond to that growth. “I want to be part of that response and help to unearth the great potential this wonderful place has.”

She said her radiologist husband and two children, currently staying in East London, would join her once she has properly settled in and has found a school for her boys.

Press Release – Kouga Municipality – Media Liaison

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Property valuation objections down

Big decrease in objections to Kouga property valuations

Just more than 300 property owners from the Kouga region have submitted objections to the new valuations of their properties.

“If you submitted an objection but have not yet received a reference number, we ask that you please contact our Valuations team in Jeffreys Bay as a matter of urgency so as to ensure that we have your objection on file,” said Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks.

He said significantly less objections had been received when compared to the previous valuation process.

“Almost 1 000 objections were received during the compilation of the 2013/2014 General Valuation Roll. We are very pleased with the decrease, as this reflects to what extent we have been able to improve the transparency and accuracy of the process,” he said.

The new General Valuation Roll will come into effect in the new financial year, starting June 2018, and will determine how much property owners are expected to pay for rates and taxes.

The valuation process was conducted by independent company DDP Valuers.

The first draft was submitted to Council in January this year, following which property owners were invited to submit objections if they disagreed with the new valuations. The objection period closed on 30 April 2018.

Hendricks said the total value of the new roll was R27,3 billion.

The Valuations team can be contacted at 042 200 2157 or mvdmerwe@kouga.gov.za or rvanvuuren@kouga.gov.za.

Press Release – Kouga Municipality – Media Liaison Officer

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