Weekly roadblocks to bring traffic offenders to book

  The Kouga Traffic Department will be conducting weekly roadblocks throughout the region.

Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said the primary goal would be to check for outstanding fines and execute warrants of arrest.

“A fully-equipped mobile unit will be used to check drivers’ and vehicles’ information during these operations,” he said.

“Thanks to this mobile technology, it only takes a few seconds to check if someone has an outstanding fine or whether a warrant of arrest has been issued for them.”

Persons with warrants of arrest against them will be able to pay on the spot or they will face imprisonment, he warned.

A warrant of arrest is issued when an offender fails to appear in court following the issuing and service of a summons against them.

Benson said people with outstanding camera fines would also have the option of paying these fines at the roadblocks.

A card facility will be available on site.

“We want to make sure our roads our safe and will, therefore, continue to enforce a zero-tolerance approach to lawlessness on the roads,” he said.

“Law enforcement will be intensified on all our roads and these operations will take place on a weekly basis.”

“Watershedding” starts at Hankey and Patensie

Kouga Dam falls below 7%

With the level of the Kouga Dam having plunged to below 7%, Kouga Municipality has announced that it will start implementing “watershedding” at the towns of Hankey and Patensie on Monday (6 August).

Households and businesses in both towns rely almost entirely on the Kouga Dam for water.

Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said that if no rain falls in the catchment area of the dam, Hankey and Patensie could be left with no water in the taps within the next three months.

“We have been trying to delay the need for watershedding, but the situation is critical and we cannot avoid it any longer. We know that it will be a difficult adjustment for the affected communities, but we ask that they bear with us. This measure is necessary to help keep water in the taps for as long as is possible.”

He said the water to the towns would be switched off for the greater part of the day, seven days a week, starting on Monday.

There will be two “washing days” during which water will be available for a bit longer.

The two “washing days” are Wednesdays and Saturdays. On these days water will be available from 4:30am to 11am in the mornings and then again from 4pm to 8pm in the evenings.

On the other five days, water will be available only from 4:30am to 8am in the morning and then from 4pm to 8pm in the evening.

Hendricks said the municipality would also continue its programme to conserve and increase the water supply to Hankey and Patensie.

“We are conducting an audit of water usage at houses, so that internal leaks on properties can be identified and repaired. This is especially important in previously disadvantaged areas where residents don’t always have the means or money to have leaks repaired.”

He said the municipality’s borehole programme also showed promise despite the area around Hankey and Patensie not being conducive to groundwater extraction.

“The yields are generally low and the salt content of the water high.

“The municipality has, however, had some success in this regard. We struck water at Zuurbron near Hankey, as well as near the Kouga Dam, and expect to receive the full test results this week.”

St Francis College News

Success For St Francis Song Birds

St Francis College girls excelled at the “Knock on Wood” Festival at Woodridge College on 31 July 2018 which was  judged by the well known conductor and musician, Richard Cock. Each of the seven girls sang a song from a musical with impressive results.

Eva Hurley won a gold, and Madison Morris, Layla Reynolds. Ella Leshem and Kate Joubert each won a silver. In the duets, Ella Leshem and Kate Joubert sang their way to gold with Katy and Lara  Killian claiming a silver.

Beautiful work girls!

left to right : Madison Morris, Lara Killian, Katy Killian, Kate Joubert, Ella Leshem, Layla Reynolds and Eva Hurley.

Grade 7’s Otter Challenge

The exciting Otter Challenge is currently underway with the St Francis College Grade 7’s competing over three days cycling, hiking and paddling. Day 1 (31 July) had them cycling (15 kms) and paddling (10kms), day two was the hike (15 kms) and paddle (10kms) and the finish is a paddle to finish at Quaysyde on August 2nd.

Here are the Grade 7”s at the start and finish of the cycle challenge….


Article by Lyn Aitken