RDP Houses for Christmas

First RDP houses handed over in Kouga in more than a decade

Thirty-five families from Humansdorp received the biggest Christmas presents of their lives today when the first RDP houses of the Kruisfontein 391 project were handed over.

Kouga Mayor Elza van Lingen said it was a joyful day for Kruisfontein. “No houses have been built in Kouga for the past 11 years and residents have been waiting patiently for this project to get going since it was approved in 2009. It is a big day for Humansdorp and our region as a whole,” she said. “It is heartening that local and provincial government were able to work together for the community and to ensure a new beginning for these beneficiaries.”

MEC Helen Sauls-August and the East Cape Department of Human Settlements were also in attendance as hundreds of residents gathered at Kruisfontein for the hand-over. Ribbons were cut at three houses while the remaining 32 beneficiaries were introduced to the community at a ceremony.

62-year-old widow Paulina Magielies received the first house at Kruisfontein 391 from Mayor Elza van Lingen and MEC Helen Sauls-August.

Among the first three beneficiaries who received their houses from the Mayor and MEC, was Paulina Magielies, a 62-year-old widow who depends on her pension to look after herself and two adopted sons, Shelton Boesak (14) and Clayton Magielies (12). Mrs Magielies said she and the boys have had to share a house with her mother as she could not afford to get her own place. “This is such a special day for our family. I have always trusted in God to look after us and today is an answer to my prayers,” she said.

Mayor Elza van Lingen welcomes Connie Kabani and her son, Conwyn, to their new RDP house. Connie’s mother was the original beneficiary of the house but sadly passed away almost a year ago before the house was completed.

 

 

Also among the first three beneficiaries, was Connie Kabani (37), whose mother, Georgina, was one of the original beneficiaries of the housing project but sadly passed away before her house was completed. “I had to leave school when I was in grade 11 to work and look after my mother, as she was very ill. I have been the breadwinner of my family ever since. It hasn’t been easy. Receiving this house is an incredible blessing,” she said.

The last of the first three beneficiaries were the Adams family, who earlier this year lost everything in a fire. Spaas Adams, who was at the hand-over with her 11-year-old daughter Ilse, thanked the Department of Human Settelements and Kouga Municipality for giving them a place of their own to celebrate Christmas and the new year. “It is a new beginning for us,” she said.

Ward councillor Freddy Campher, Kouga Mayor Elza van Lingen and Finance portfolio councillor Brenton Williams prepare for the hand-over of the third house.

A street view of the RDP houses

Christmas Gift from Council

A Christmas Gift to help reduce road accidents

Father Christmas must have paid an early visit to Kouga Council for there can be no other explanation for what they are offering as an early and extremely thoughtful gift to Kouga residents. With the recent petrol price increase those going on holiday will have already trimmed their budget somewhat and possibly the first place would have been to forego the expense of have their vehicle fully tested before embarking on their travels.

Well possibly because Santa was so impressed with the service when he popped his sleigh into the Kouga Municipality’s roadworthy testing centre in Humansdorp whilst doing his rounds to decide which kids deserved something extra special for Christmas  or because our Mayor and her council were thinking out of the box, they are going that extra mile to ensure residents can safely travel all those extra miles to their holiday destinations and back home.

Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen has invited residents to bring their vehicles to Kouga Municipality’s roadworthy centre in Humansdorp for FREE roadworthy/fitness tests.

The free tests will be conducted from today (Monday, 11 December) to Friday (15 December) from 7:30am to 1pm and 1:30pm to 3pm.

“No prosecution will be done if defects are found,” she says. “The owner will receive a list of defects, if any, to attend to before embarking on their holiday trip.”

Residents are asked to take note that no certification will be issued as this is a free additional service being offered this festive season.

The roadworthy centre is situated at the Kouga Fire Brigade/Testing Centre along the entrance to Humansdorp from the N2. More info at 042 291 0250 or 042 200 8330.

Roadwothy Centre

Mayor Elzan van Lingen at re-opening of Roadworthy Centre in May this year

Paypoints closing early

Early closure of municipal paypoints and Traffic Department

The Kouga Traffic Department,  municipal paypoints and accounts section will be closing earlier than usual this coming Friday, 8 December.

  • The Traffic Department will be open from 7:30am to 10am on the day.
  • Municipal paypoints at all units will be open from 7:30am to 10:30am and the accounts section till 11:00am.

Should residents wish to make payments, they can, however, still do so at outlets such as the Post Office, pay@, Ackermans, Shoprite/Checkers/Usave, Spar, Pick ‘n Pay, PEP Stores, EasyPay, My eBills and Boxer.

Residents can also make Electronic Fund Transfers, with the payer’s municipal account numbers filled in as reference. This option can be easily exploited as it can be done from the comfort of one’s home or workplace.

The municipality’s account details are contained on the accounts issued to residents.

Corporate Services Portfolio Councillor Hattingh Bornman said permission had been granted to the departments to host their year-end functions on the day.

“We sincerely regret any inconvenience this may cause residents.”

Press Release:Laura-Leigh Randall, Kouga Municipality,Media Liaison Officer

 

Recycling over the holidays

It is great news that starting from TODAY – St Francis can recycle bottles and cans, thanks to Kouga Municipality and the Kromme Enviro-Trust. The Council has provided two skips in the municipal yard strictly for cans and glass bottles.

It won’t be necessary to wash out the bottles and cans, just drop them off whenever you’re passing. The municipal yard is on St Francis Drive, next to the fire station – look for the banner on the fence.

A municipal worker will be on duty to assist – feel free to show him your appreciation.

Great news – BUT

Tin and glass will, given time degrade, plastic will not and plastic is threatening our ocean. Surely it would be better to have a plastic recycling skip.Come on municipality one more skip won’t break the bank and we really have to start making a concerted effort to get rid of plastic.

#krommetrust #stfrancisbay #happyrecyling

Be water smart

Be water smart this festive season

Mayor Elza Van Lingen wishes all residents and visitors a blessed Christmas season and a reminder to save water.

A flier sponsored by SuperSpar and St Francis Propertyowners below will be distributed to visitors as the arrive and will be in all retail and hospitality outlets in St Francis Bay & Cape St Francis. All residents are also asked to help in promoting water savings wither family and friends visiting them over the season.

Message from the Mayor

AS the year 2017 draws to an end, it gives me great pleasure to wish all our residents and visitors a blessed festive season.

Kouga is the ideal place to enjoy the summer holiday and our municipal team will be on full alert to address any service delivery problems which may arise. We would also like to encourage residents to download the new Link app, which makes it easier for residents to report and track service faults in their wards.

The purpose of this supplement is to update our communities on what’s been happening at the municipality since August.

While we made good progress, a matter of great concern is the ongoing drought. Despite the recent rain, dam levels remain critically low and water restrictions are in place. We humbly ask that everyone continues using water very sparingly and only when absolutely necessary.

Please also share this message with visitors so that, together, we can ensure that our towns’ taps don’t run dry this summer.

With warm wishes for Christmas and the new year.

Regards
Elza van Lingen
Executive Mayor Kouga

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