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).

PRESS RELEASE – Kouga Municipality

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.