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

Roadworthy Centre Re-Opens

Municipality re-opens roadworthy centre in Humansdorp

More than two years after a flash flood shut down operations, the vehicle testing centre at Kouga Municipality in Humansdorp is up and running again.

The A-grade roadworthy centre at Humansdorp was re-opened this week by Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen and Social Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson.

Mayor Van Lingen said the centre had been standing idle since March 2015 when the equipment was damaged in a flash flood.

“This meant that the public could no longer have their vehicles tested at the municipality but had to go to private centres, which often charged more,” she said. “It was a great blow for residents and business alike.”

Re-opening the centre was one of the first tasks the new Council set itself after the municipal elections in August last year.

“The municipality had been paid out by the insurance company more than a year prior, so there were funds available to replace the damaged equipment and re-open the centre,” the Mayor said.

“There were, however, administrative delays which were sorted out as a matter of urgency under the guidance of the new Council.”

She said the Council was very pleased that it could restore this service to the public.

Bookings for the municipality’s vehicle testing centre can be made and paid for at the Kouga Traffic Department in Heugh Street, Humansdorp.

As an A-grade facility, the centre can test vehicles and trailers of all makes and sizes. Tests take between 20 and 40 minutes, depending on the vehicle.

Roadwothy Centre

Vehicle testing centre staffers (from left) Lourens Anker and Patrick Mgobo explain the ins and outs of the facility to Social Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson and Kouga Mayor Elza van Lingen

Roadwothy Centre

Vehicle testing centre staffers (from left) Lourens Anker and Patrick Mgobo explain the ins and outs of the facility to Social Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson and Kouga Mayor Elza van Lingen

Roadworthy Centre

Article from 1994 at the orinal opening of the Roadworthy Centre

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