Exciting Additions To JBay Winterfest

Open 4’s Bowls Tournament added to JBay Winterfest Events

The JBay Winterfest 2019 event organisers are proud to announce the addition of the Open 4’s Winterfest Bowls Tournament from 4-7th July.  

Jeffreys Bay Bowling Club

Investec and Trink are the proud sponsors of this year’s bowls event, and the Jeffrey’s Bay Bowling Club will host the tournament over a four-day period, with prize money totaling R64,000.00. There will be up to 36 teams, comprising a mix of men and women bowlers, from clubs throughout South Africa. The tournament comprises eight games of 15 ends, running over the first three days, and then two games of 18 ends on the Sunday.

Bowls will bring a whole new element to the Winterfest this year. It is a game that is enjoyed by young and old, with families often in attendance and supporting their family members. These days more and more of the youngsters are getting involved in competing as well.

The Jeffrey’s Bay Bowling Club is also a social club, and members enjoy getting-together as much as competing. They will be hosting a braai night, as well as interacting with various stalls and sectors of the JBay Winterfest between competing. People entered into the event will enjoy the social side of this vibrant club, while in the running for a share of that R64k prize pool.

The Open 4’s Winterfest Bowls Tournament joins the already-established events at the JBay Winterfest like the Endurade JBay X Trail Run, the Skins Fishing Tournament and the Winterfest Funduro.

The Endurade JBay X Trail Run is a compact stage-race, with the target of 60km over 48 hours for those who are going to enter all three stages. For those that wish to run closer to a half-marathon distance, they can enter the 20km stand-alone race on the Sunday. This year the event moves to Kabeljous, which will ensure considerably less beach running, according to the event organisers, which is bound to make entrants cheerful.

There are also the Live In The Park free evening music sessions that will take place in the park after the surfing has taken place. While nothing has been confirmed as of yet, two of the band/musician names that have entered the conversation already are top-rated, award-winning South African artists, and there is a promise of even more big names to drop. As the bands are confirmed we will post to our social media platforms to let everyone know who is going to be jamming, so keep your eyes on our Facebook and Instagram platforms.

Please visit the Jeffreys Bay Bowling Club website www.jbbc.weebly.com for more information on this tournament and the organisation in general.

For JBay Winterfest information contact – Koffie Jacobs – koffie@jbaylineup.com  
Media enquiries: – Craig Jarvis  – info@craigjarvis.co.za  – 082 376 4443 

 

Hankey housing project back on track

More than 700 households at Hankey are in high spirits following confirmation that the building of RDP houses in the area is back on track.

Kouga Speaker Hattingh Bornman said work on the long-awaited Hankey housing project, which will cater for 738 households, is set to start this year.

 

The site where the houses will be built, includes the land where the informal settlement Stofwolk is situated and a strip running from Rosedale around the cemetery towards Centerton.

 

“The layout plan was recently approved by Council and a land surveyor has been appointed to peg the site,” he said.

 

“A total of 200 RDP houses will be built where Stofwolk currently stands. The remaining 538 houses will be built along the strip.”

 

He said a transfer site, with services, will be developed on the open land towards Rosedale, so as to accommodate Stofwolk residents while the site is being pegged and internal services are being installed.

 

“We expect the installation of internal services to start this year, as the East Cape Department of Human Settlements has budgeted for the project in the 2019/2020 financial year,” he said.

 

“We will be meeting with the Department biweekly, including a joint site visit next week, so that any potential hold-ups are identified and dealt with swiftly. “Hankey residents have been waiting for this project to get off the ground for many years and we do not want there to be any further delays.”

 

He said the provisional beneficiary list could be viewed at the Ward Councillor’s Office and the Vusumzi Landu Hall.

 

“We would like to caution residents that this is not the final list. The names on the list are those whose names appear on the National Housing Needs Register. These names will now be prescreened by the provincial Human Settlements Department. Once this process has been completed, the list of those applicants who qualify, will be submitted to the Kouga Council for approval.

 

“Once that list has been approved, each prospective beneficiary will have to complete a subsidy application form for final vetting and approval by the provincial Department,” he explained.

 

He invited Hankey residents whose names do not appear on the provisional list but who did submit their names to visit the municipality’s Human Settlements section so that this could be corrected.

 

“We are very pleased that we have been able to get the project back on track and want to see everything happening in a fair and transparent manner.

 

“We look forward to working closing with the Hankey community to ensure the success of the project.”    

Driver’s licence backlog

Transport Department battling to catch up with driver’s licence backlog    

THE national Department of Transport is still battling to catch up with the backlog of driving licence cards that have not yet been printed because of a lengthy labour dispute.

Kouga Municipality’s Portfolio Head for Community Services, Daniel Benson, said local residents were among the hundreds of thousands of motorists affected by the countrywide delay.

“Many motorists who came to renew their licences at the Kouga Traffic Department or who passed their driver’s licence tests are still waiting for their cards.

“The delay has, however, been beyond our control as the cards are printed and issued by the Driving Licence Card Account (DLCA) on behalf of the national Department of Transport and not locally.”

He said the dispute involved employees contracted to DLCA.

Transport Minister Blade Nzimande recently apologised to South Africans for the delay.

He said his Department had issued a directive to provincial and municipal traffic authorities not to penalise motorists who did not have driver’s licence cards despite having complied with the prescripts of the application and renewal process.

“Where drivers have already been fined by traffic officers, they must apply for the revocation of enforcement order through the Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA),” Nzimande said.

He said the application form was downloadable from the RTIA website atwww.aarto.gov.za.

Completed applications can be emailed to revocation@rtia.co.za. Applicants can also call the RTIA call centre on 0861227861.

Your Municipal account queries made easier

The DA led Kouga Municipality is making it easier for residents to check their account balances.

Bryan Dhludhlu

Corporate Services Portfolio Councillor Bryan Dhludhlu said Kouga Call Centre operators were being trained to assist the municipality’s Revenue section with the flood of balance queries they receive when account payments are due.

“Many people don’t want to wait for their accounts to reach their post boxes or inboxes and thus phone to know how much they owe. As a result, it’s often difficult to get through to the Revenue section because of the many walk-in and telephonic queries they receive.”

“This has been a great frustration for residents; hence we have started training our Call Centre operators to assist with balance queries as well. This will enable the Revenue section to focus on other account-related queries and speed up how quickly we can help residents.”

He said the municipality was also looking at sending out SMS’ to alert people when their accounts are due and what the balance is.

“We would like to encourage all account holders to ensure that the municipality has their correct cell phone numbers by contacting our revenue section telephonically or visiting them at their nearest municipal office.”

Glamp Up Our Garden Weekend

St Francis College lives up to its Silver Eco-School Flag status

St Francis College lived up to its Silver Eco-School Flag status this weekend with a ‘Glam up our Garden’ event. Children, teachers and parents gave up their usual Saturday morning beach time and armed themselves with spades, wheelbarrows, plants and a healthy disregard for dirt and hard work. The aim of the event was to spruce up the school’s neglected veggie garden and to create a space to enjoy nature, learn how to live sustainably and, by selling the garden’s produce in the future, foster all important entrepreneurial skills.

The first ‘seeds’ of development were sown by generous donations of a truck load (12 cubic metres) of organic compost, by Andre Bonnet from Reliance, an endless amount of horse manure from Tess Strzelecki, An establishment of four worm farms by Andrew Morris and materials to build new vegetable beds and a shaded seed area, by Tanton Dace of Dace Construction.

A huge thank you to these sponsors, and to all of the parents, scholars and teachers who have so far donated their time, skills, materials and much needed enthusiasm.

If anyone would like to get involved, or join in the regular Garden Glamming days, please contact St Francis College on 042294139

Article and photos by Vicki Holder