Roll-over application to take drought relief forward

Kouga Municipality has applied for a roll-over to take its drought relief programme forward.

Water champion Splash reminds Nadia van der Westhuizen and Ane Wait to use water sparingly.

Almost 40 boreholes have been drilled at five Kouga towns with the drought disaster funding the municipality secured in October last year.

“Kouga received R58,7 million for groundwater development and we are very pleased with the results of our borehole programme,” said Infrastructure and Engineering Portfolio Councillor Freddy Campher.    

“The next step would be equipping and connecting the viable boreholes to the existing water system. We will, however, only be able to do so if our application for the roll-over of the remaining funding is approved.”

He said the municipality had also made good progress with Water Conservation and Demand Management projects, for which R92,5 million had been allocated.

“These projects included the replacement at old pipes at towns such as Oyster Bay, Hankey and Patensie,” Campher said.

“Leaks were also identified and repaired at more than 1 700 houses in historically disadvantaged areas.

“More than 15 000 domestic water meters were further audited and 1 494 replaced.”

He said tenders had also already been awarded for the upgrade of the Jeffreys Bay Water Treatment works and augmentation of the Kruisfontein water supply.

Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said Kouga was still considered a drought disaster area and that water restrictions and punitive tariffs remained in place.

“Dam levels have been declining, so we are not out of the woods yet. We implore all residents and businesses to continue using water sparingly,” he said.

Dam levels at the beginning of September stood at 41,6% for the Kouga Dam, 51,65% for the Loerie Dam, 19,71% for the Impofu Dam and 93,38% for the Churchill Dam.  



War on potholes powers up

Extra muscles and machines have been secured for Kouga’s war against potholes.

Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said two new asphalt cutters and pipe cutters had been added to the municipality’s arsenal to improve the quality of pothole repairs.

“The first 17 additional workers have also been appointed and joined Kouga’s road repair teams last week. A total of 70 extra workers are set to be brought on board on a temporary basis to help fight the war,” he said.

Hendricks recently launched a special Mayoral intervention program, aimed at strengthening the municipality’s capacity to repair roads.

He said 32 staffers from the municipality’s Infrastructure and Engineering directorate also recently completed intensive training on road repairs.

The training, which included a practical and theoretical component, focused on the application of hot asphalt mix, maintaining and repairing bituminous road surfaces, erecting and maintaining guardrails and road construction sites.     

“Kouga’s roads were not maintained by the previous regimes, resulting in a backlog of more than R500-million,” he said.

“While the intervention will not mean the end of all potholes, it will set a new standard for repairs and bring us closer to a more permanent fix.”

Hendricks said the municipality would also be going on tender to appoint a contractor to reseal roads.

Thirty-two roads and parking areas, with a total surface area of 140 977m², were resealed in Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp, St Francis Bay, Cape St Francis, Hankey and Patensie over the past financial year.

“We look forward to expanding the programme and will continue looking for innovative ways to get all our roads up to an acceptable standard,” he said.    

Kouga Speaker Hattingh Bornman (left), Mayor Horatio Hendricks (second right) and acting foreman David September welcome Elton Prins and Lumkile Mbeki to the frontlines in the war on potholes.

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NSRI assists SANParks crew in distress

NSRI STATION 21 - St Francis BayThe NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew were activated on Tuesday by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following a request for assistance from a SA National Parks rigid inflatable boat with 4 SAN Parks crew onboard reporting to be in distress between Nqura Port and Bird Island after part of their pontoon was separated after hitting a wave.

The sea rescue craft JLK Rescuer was launched and MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) assisted by Telkom Maritime Radio Services diverted commercial fishing boats to attend.

On NSRI’s arrival on the scene the crew were found safe with damage found to be sustained to the pontoon that had separated.

Three of the four crew were transferred onto the sea rescue craft and the SAN Parks skipper remained onboard the casualty boat.

Supplies that they were transporting to Bird Island were transferred onto the sea rescue craft.

A towline was rigged and the SANParks vessel was without incident to Nqura Port