Safe, happy boating

Safe and happy boating on Kromme and St Francis Bay Canals

The holiday season has arrived and the Kromme Joint River Committee wishes to welcome all visitors and particularly those who will be boating and skiing on the Kromme River over this period. In the interest of safety for all river users, the Committee wishes to remind everyone of the following:

A map indicating the various zones on the Kromme River is handed out with every application for a river permit and it is important to stick to the guidelines as indicated on the map in addition to the bylaws recorded on the back of the application form.

The navigable channel on the Kromme River is marked by red and green buoys. In terms of international maritime law, the green buoys will be on the right when going up river from the mouth. Coming down river towards the mouth, the red buoys will be on the right.

There are places where the navigable channel is very narrow and speed must be reduced and caution exercised when reaching these places. The sand banks tend to move from time to time at these narrow channels and caution must be exercised at all times.

Jet Skis are not allowed on the Kromme River or in the basin past the river mouth. Jet Skis are to exit the canals only from Ski Canal directly to the sea.

The “NO SKI ZONE” stretches all the way from the river mouth to past River Tides where a sign indicates the start of the Ski Zone. No skiing, tubing or any similar activity is allowed in the “NO SKI ZONE” as the navigable channel is very shallow and narrow and failure to observe this restriction may result in injury to skiers and people on tubes etc.

A copy of the skipper’s ticket must be carried on the craft at all times and be produced for verification when requested.

River patrols will be in operation to monitor and control craft on the river. A fine that may be issued for a transgression will be an official summons with a date to appear in court in the event that the fine is not paid by the due date.

The Kromme Joint River Committee wishes everyone a safe and happy festive season and a prosperous New Year.

Printable River Map

All Contact and Emergency Numbers (print and keep copy on boat)

Press release Kromme Joint River Committee

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