Municipal account via email

Register to receive your municipal account via email

Kouga’s municipal accounts for April 2017 are in the mail and expected to reach residents and businesses during the course of the week.

Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said the municipality wished to apologise for the delay in both the emailing and posting of accounts.

Mayor Elza van Lingen

“The delay was caused by technical difficulties beyond our control and compounded by the many public holidays during the month of April,” she said.

“As the accounts were sent out later than usual, the municipality will only be charging interest on outstanding amounts for this period from 1 June.”

The Mayor said residents were also encouraged to register for the municipality’s online service so as to receive their accounts via email or to view their accounts online through the “Ratepayers Info System” on the municipal website.

“The online service was introduced so as to enhance support to residents and ratepayers. Once registered, residents can access their municipal account no matter where they are, as long as they have access to email or our website,” she explained.

The registration process is as follows:

  • Contact the municipality’s Income Department at Jeffreys Bay to obtain an access key. Phone 042 200 2138 (Patrick), 042 200 2135 (Trevor) or 042 200 2263 (Centelle).
  • Go to the municipal website at
  • Click on the “Ratepayers Info System” link on the home page.
  • Click on the “Register Here” option
  • Complete the info as requested. This will include a user name, password, the account holder’s name, surname and ID number, the postal and physical addresses, at least one contact phone number and email address.
  • Once you have completed this section, your login name and password will be forwarded to the email address used during registration. You can use the link in the email to confirm registration and login to the Ratepayers Info System.
  • Once you have logged in, you can link your existing Kouga municipal account/s to your user profile. Do this by clicking on the “click here to link an account to your user ID” icon.
  • Fill in your account number and the access key supplied by the Income Department. Your account will now appear under the “My Accounts” section.
  • If you have more than one account, you do not have to register again. You can simply add a new account to your existing profile using the account number and access key. Please note that a different access key is required for each account.

Once this process has been completed, residents can view their account balances, meter readings and property information, as well as service and tariff information, online.

Municipal website at

IDP/Budget meeting

St Francis Draft IDP/Budget meeting today

Ward 12  Kouga Municipality

The first of three community meetings scheduled for Ward 12 to discuss Kouga Municipality’s draft 2017/18 budget and draft 2017/22 Integrated Development Plan (IDP) will take place tomorrow, 10 May, at the St Francis Village Hall at 6pm.

The second meeting will take place at the Paradise Beach Dutch Reformed Church hall on 15 May at 3pm and the third will take place at the Humansdorp Country Club on 16 May at 6pm.

All residents and stakeholder groups are encouraged to attend the meetings.

Alderman Ben Rheeder

Alderman Ben Rheeder



Cell C Goodwave

Local surfers invites to Cell C Goodwave Surfing Event

Known as one of the best beach-breaks in the world, the New Pier in Durban is set to host the exciting Cell C Goodwave surfing event during the next good swell.

Cell C Goodwave surfing event

Rated as a World Surf League Specialty Event, the contest has a one year waiting period, costs one Rand to enter, and has a massive first prize of R100k, the largest domestic prize for the sport in South Africa. Contestants need to have a 1 Rand coin to enter on the day, no change will be given, and no entry fee paid means no surfing.

It is a one-day event with four man heats and sudden death elimination. The competition consists of fifteen heats of high performance surfing, with the event being give a Green Light For Go on the advice of surf forecasting guru Spike from

Contest organizers are looking for a solid and consistent swell that will provide between 10 and 12 waves every 30 minutes for 8 hours, in order to run the event to completion. It’s a very specific kind of swell, and Spike knows exactly what it looks like on the maps.

Right now we have a blip on the radar, and Spike has given the contest organisers an early heads up for a possible Cell C Goodwave swell for next week Monday 15 May, or possibly Tuesday 16 May. While that swell is still far off and many things could change between now and then, all invited surfers are reminded to be on alert and watch the Cell C Goodwave website and Facebook page for updates.

“Winter is starting to show some muscle with a series of big swells hitting the Cape,” said Spike of the upcoming conditions. “For Durban, two storms form east of the country, both producing some swell. The first arrives Monday and Tuesday 15 and 16th, and the second next Friday 19th. With two days of surf next Monday and Tuesday and offshore winds, we are looking closely at the orginating storm, which at this stage is facing slightly the wrong way for proper 6-8′ surf in Durban. However, it could be clean 4-6′ building Monday and running Tuesday, which looks the best conditions and swell direction.”

The Cell C Goodwave has invited 32 surfers to compete in the event. Should some of these surfers not make it to the New Pier in Durban on the day, their slots will be filled up with the alternate surfers. Should there still be open slots, the contest director will choose walk-up entries.

“We are all very excited to be running this unique event again,” said South African Surfing Legends Executive Advisor Barry Wolins. “There aren’t too many specialty events that take place these days and we have our one at New Pier, one of the finest, barreling beach breaks on the planet.”

• The Cell C Goodwave is a South African Surfing Legends event, with Jason Ribbink the contest director.

• California Dreaming, overlooking New Pier on the beachfront, will host the competition on the day. Oakley and Sun International are both supporting sponsors.

• The four World Surf League Specialty Events for 2017 can be found here

Invited surfers, in no order:

Brandon Jackson, Matt McGillivray, Dale Staples, Shane Sykes, Mikey February, Josh Redman, Damien Fahrenfort, Dan Redman, Mike Frew, Simon Nicholson, Gavin Roberts, Frankie Oberholzer, Matt Bromley, Davey Weare, Grant Baker, Chris Leppan, Sean Holmes, Ricky Basnett, Jason Ribbink, Beyrick de Vries, Gary van Wieringen, Dylan Lightfoot, Chad du Toit, Brendan O’Connor, Warwick Wright, Noel Rahme, Shane Thorne, Paul Canning, Richard Kidd, Davey van Zyl, Robbie Schofield, Greg Emslie.

Alternate surfers, in no order:

Secret International VIP, Alan Johns, Josh Smit, Jordy Maree, Adin Jeenes, Simon Fish, Joshe Faulkner, Matt Pallet, Stever Sawyer, Dylan Stewart, Lee Bisset, Scott Venter, Billy Payne, Scott Hamilton, Ryan Payne, Sam Christianson, Derek Footit, Ben Dancaster, Bevan Willis, Koby Oberholzer, Antonio Bortoletto, Manfred Adrio, Wes O’Driscoll, Elton Cuthbert, Andrew Lange, Blane Wood, Chris Frolich, Wade Simkiss, Rene Terblanche, Frank Solomon, Mikhael ‘MK’ Vawda, Casey Grant, Andrew Banks.

The Cell C Goodwave – in loving memory of Lee Wolins.

For more information contact –


Dogs Poisoned

Dogs Poisoned in Port area

Port St Francis resident Sian Hamilton-Browne submitted this heart breaking account of her dogs being poisoned in the Port area. Whilst this may not be the case in this instance dog owners dhould be aware that in the past this was a commong practice used by criminals in their planning to rob homes so be aware and alert – just in case.

“Saturday evening we arrived home to one of our worst fears – our dogs were viciously poisoned (poison was identified as Temik otherwise known as 2step and disguised in viennas).  If it wasn’t for Dr Barker’s quick assistance we would have lost both dachshund pups, heartbreakingly our little Louki consumed the bulk of the viennas  (this was shown in the autopsy) possibly dying minutes before we got home as it’s quick acting.  Our bully and ridgy are fine however traumatised.  Little Odin is healing well.

Please – please – check your garden every morning before letting your babies out, notifying neighbours and your security company of any suspicious behaviour.

We live in the Port area, fully walled with alarm system.  Changes will be adopted in respect to vigilance,  additional lighting (as we don’t have adequate street lights in our road or garden), security and urgent plea requests for plot clearing surrounding us and the area.

The only thing of value in our property is our animals.

Thank you to all who supported us and shown concern”.

Neil and Sian Hamilton-Browne

Reports on Two-Step being used to poison dogs

Dogs poisoned with ‘two-step’

Dog-poisoning plague hits city

Treatment rationale for dogs poisoned with aldicarb (carbamate pesticide)

Better late than never

Better late than never – King of the Kromme results

Greg Louw, the “Bay Bullet”, in a time 1hr 44min is the 2017 “KING OF THE KROMME”, winning R1500, plus 12 months bragging rights, and his name engraved on the beautiful trophy … again! This is the first time in 11 years that we have a two-time winner! Local up-and-coming Phil Smith took second place, narrowly beating East London’s super-fit veteran Hennie Roos, both 4min behind Louw. Another local, 14 year-old Graydon Mitchley, was the first junior, performing exceptionally well for his age, and was not far behind in 5th place, just behind experienced Josie Williams, who hadn’t been well. Another top paddler, Richard Von Wildemann, didn’t fire on all cylinders this time, and was well back.

There was also a 12km short course, plus a 1km under 10 and under 12 guppy race. Entry fee of R75 included a sumptuous Quaysyde meal. As usual, Carbonology supplied a paddle valued at R2500 as a lucky-draw and another one for the juniors, thanks Jason Goedhals and Hein Van Rooyen!

This annual race started and finished at Quaysyde on the Canals at 10am on Easter Monday 17 April 2017, and wound up the beautiful Kromme and Geelhout Rivers.

Thanks Sacha Park for the photos and videos. Thanks also to Dave and Marie Louw, Ingrid Staples, Gail Brooker, Alicia Vorster (registration/time-keeping), Pete King (turn buoy and safety boat), Phil Niven (safety boat skipper), and Catherine Mitchley (safety boat vice-captain).

King of the Kromme results