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

Four new trucks for Kouga

Four new trucks set to help keep Kouga clean

Taking a closer look at the two new refuse trucks are (front) municipal manager Charl du Plessis, driver Simphiwe Ntshali, Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen (front centre), driver Hermanus Manzi, Social Services portfolio councillor Daniel Benson, (back) acting Cleansing and Parks manager Frank Tamboer, superintendent Edo Madatt and foreman Johannes Augustus.

Refuse removal and bush-clearing in the Kouga region are shifting up a gear.

Four new trucks – two refuse compactors and two mesh trucks – have been added to the municipality’s fleet at a cost of almost R7-million.

Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said the new trucks had been purchased with the municipality’s Capital Budget and formed part of Council’s five-year vehicle replacement plan, aimed at strengthening Kouga’s fleet and improving service delivery. 

 “The new trucks are a major boost for the municipality’s Cleansing and Parks section and valuable additions to the municipal fleet as a whole,” she said.

Social Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said refuse collection teams have had to struggle to do their work with unreliable vehicles for several years.

“Not only did it lead to disruptions in service delivery, it also increased the municipality’s overtime bill as trucks had to be shared by teams in our nine towns,” he said.

He said the municipality had been hiring two additional compactor trucks to minimise disruptions.

“The new trucks will replace those we’ve been hiring, however, during peak holiday times extra trucks will still be hired to cater for the bigger waste volumes,” he said.

The new trucks also boast the “Keep Kouga Clean” branding, which was rolled out this year as part of the Mayoral Clean-Up Intervention. The two main sponsors of the intervention will have their logos displayed on the truck for a year.

“Keeping our towns clean is important if we are serious about drawing investors, growing our economy and facilitating job creation,” the Mayor said.

“We all have a part to play and I am pleased that we have been able to strengthen the municipality’s capacity over this past year to improve the quality of this important service.”

Press Reslease:
 Randall, Laura-Leigh; Kouga Municipality; Media Liaison Officer; 084 2055 388