Jeffreys Bay CBD set for a revival

The Jeffreys Bay Central Business District is set to be revived as part of the Kouga Council’s strategy to breathe new life into the region’s economy.

A tender for the appointment of a service provider to develop a precinct plan for the Jeffreys Bay Central Business District (CBD) was advertised earlier this month. The closing date for submissions is 17 February.

Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said the Jeffreys Bay CBD had been identified as a strategic investment node in the municipality’s Local Economic Development Strategy and Spatial Development Framework.

“This simply means that the CBD is an area with great development and investment potential,” he said.

“The municipality is, therefore, now looking for a top-notch professional team to put together a plan on how to harness this potential. The idea is to revive the CBD in partnership with community, public and private roleplayers. Potential economic spin-offs will include enhanced property values, as well as an increase in business and employment opportunities.”

He said that, once appointed, the successful service provider would have six months in which to finalise the plan.

“The precinct plan should set a vision for the development of the CBD and map out how that vision can be achieved in partnership with community, public and private roleplayers,” he explained.

“The service provider will be expected to hold at least eight consultative meetings in Kouga and to take into consideration all issues affecting the Jeffreys Bay CBD, including its buildings and spaces, land-uses, activities and transport”.

The earmarked area stretches roughly from the Jeffreys Bay main beachfront to the Newton Hall and from De Reyger Street to Duine Road.

In terms of the tender prospective service providers are expected to submit project proposals that clearly state how they plan on approaching the compilation of the precinct plan, their proposed methodology, relevant experience and team members, the timeframe required and associated budget.

Any inquiries relating to this tender must be submitted in writing via e-mail to tenders@kouga.gov.za and copied to lramakuwela@kouga.gov.za

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Assistants to help residents connect with councillors

Kouga Municipality is making it easier for communities to connect with their ward councillors.

Ward assistants are now in place in all 15 wards.

Kouga Speaker Hattingh Bornman said the ward assistants would serve as a link between communities, ward councillors and the municipality.

“Due to their work commitments, ward councillors cannot always be at their offices or in their communities,” he explained.

“The municipality has, therefore, appointed a ward assistant for each ward councillor so as to ensure that community members are helped promptly with queries and complaints.”

He said most of the ward assistants were stationed at ward councillor’s offices.

“We are also busy improving the existing ward councillor’s offices and establishing ones in those wards that do not yet have these facilities.”

Bornman officially welcomed the ward assistants last week. Each assistant also received a badge to make it easier for community members to identify them.

“Some of the ward assistants have already been doing this work for a while. I would like to thank them for the manner in which they have been assisting their communities. Their efforts are seen and appreciated. With their support, we look forward to strengthening the relationship between our communities, ward councillors, the Council and municipality as a whole.”

The ward assistants are: Fikiswa Mhlalaza (ward 1), Ntombizanele Schoeman (2), André Joubert (3), Valerie Kriga (4), Chaimane Goeda (5), Thabo Hermanus (6), Tildon Jantjies (7), Karen Wilkison (8), Ntombizodwa Kilani (9), Estelle Trongo (10), Kaylene Geswint (11), Nompumelelo Nhlumayo (12), Thandeka Lloyd (13), Mzwandile Yali (14) and Koleka Matika (15).

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Dance group set to break out their best moves

A local traditional dance group is set to break out their best moves thanks to Kouga Municipality’s Ward Development Fund.

Members of the New Heal Trinity Traditional Dance Organisation receive their dance uniforms from Kouga Speaker Hattingh Bornman (back right), Ward Councillor Sindiswa Makasi, (back, second right), Kouga PR Councillor Robin Jantjies (back, third right) and ward assistant Zwai Yali (back left).

The New Heal Trinity Traditional Dance Organisation from Jeffreys Bay received clothing through the Ward Development Fund this week.

Kouga Speaker Hattingh Bornman said the donation included tekkies, skirts and T-shirts for the dancers to wear during performances.

“The organisation has been running successfully for four years. “The group currently has 17 traditional dancers and performs mostly at church functions and small events. Being part of the group is of great benefit to the children. The group activities, regular training and performances help boost the children’s self-esteem and teach them the value of discipline and self-esteem,” he said.

The Speaker joined Ward 14 Councillor, Sindiswa Makasi, on Tuesday to hand over the donation to members of the group.

Do holiday crowds cause locals to hibernate?

There certainly could be a good argument that when the holiday crowds arrive some locals disappear into their hibernation burrows waiting for the crowds to go before reuniting with their fellow St Franciscans. But it seems some need a major occasion to arise and reunite and what better than a good offer –  Half Price Pizza? And so many familiar faces were to be seen at Full Stop Cafe last evening.

The popular Full Stop half price pizza was re-introduced after a two month break over the season saw friends and families reunite in their masses at Full Stop Café. Other restaurants offer specials after the season but none appear to attract quite the crowd that Full Stop Café seems able to draw to partake of their great pizza menu. And it is not only about pizza for their burgers too are among the best you will taste anywhere.

Kids play area at Full Stop Cafe

What is now Full Stop Café  certainly has transformed itself over the years from a rather dingy little pub, Stix, five or so year ago to a popular music venue / restaurant / pub, Rock Lily for a few years and a little more than a year ago, into a bright, airy and  popular family friendly eatery. The large garden offers a safe and secure child friendly playing area complete with a jumping castle, water fountain and jungle gym where kids work off their energy leaving their parents free to enjoy their pizza, burger or one of the other choices  off a really nice menu. And talking of kids it really is a great venue to hold a kids birthday party. Not bad for a 60th or 70th celebration either!

AND AT THE LINKS TONIGHT

If you missed the pizza evening, St Francis Links is having one of their famous curry evening this evening at just R for a choice of Bombay Chicken Curry, South African Lamb Curry and Butternut & Lentil Curry. Delicious!

AND FOR SOMETHING TOTALLY DIFFERENT

Sarah-Jane at Dune Ridge has introduced a new daily menu, yes the menu is changed daily and offers the discerning diner some truly exciting fare. Those who have yet to visit Dune Ridge, it truly is worth the drive. The short stretch of dirt road sets the scene for your visit into the country and it has to be one of the loveliest dining venues in the area. Give it a try!

 

Here is tonight’s menu at Dune Ridge (29th January)

Access road from Aldabara Run to the SPIT.

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PRESS RELEASE

Kouga Municipality will be constructing the access road from Aldabara Run to the SPIT.

The Project will commence 29 January 2020 until 7 February 2020.

Residents are urged to please be aware of heavy machinery that will be in the area.

The contractor will start on Wednesday the 29 January 2020, with Site Establishment and getting the area safe and secure with fencing and road signs to demarcate the area.

We ask that the residents stay away from the demarcated area for safety reasons