Soap Drive for the Informal Settlement

A drive to assist the less fortunate apply the basics to stop the spread of Covid-19

SoapMany of our less fortunate residents in the Sea Vista informal settlements are going to find it nigh impossible to maintain the required preventative measures to stop the spread of Covid-19. In an effort to ensure they at least can follow the most basic requirements the public are asked to donate a bar of soap or a sanitiser* to the cause.

Any and all donations will be appreciated and can be dropped off at a marked trolley at De Nude in St Francis Bay or at Trade Winds Coffee Shop on Da Gama Road, Cape St Francis.

Even a simple bar of soap can make a difference but it you have any other suggestions on how we can assist those without running water and proper washing conditions.

*An idea posted on Whatsapp forp sanitiser 

Sanitiser

 

Stricter water controls mooted as dams start running dry

Save water

Stricter water restrictions could come into effect soon as the levels of Kouga’s supply dams continue to plummet.

Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said the introduction of tighter water controls would be discussed at the next Council meeting.

“While we had some good rain in our town areas recently, little rain fell in the catchment areas. This means that dam levels remain critically low,” he said.

At the beginning of the week the level of the two main dams serving the region, the Kouga and Impofu Dams, stood at only 16,4% and 16,66%.

The level of the two smaller dams, the Churchill and Loerie, stood at 79,11% and 35,83% respectively.

“These two dams are so small, that they contribute very little to water security. Until such a time as the Kouga and Impofu Dams recover, it is important that we all reduce the amount of water we use daily,” he said.

Hendricks said forecasts by the South African Weather Services looked grim, with a drier than normal period expected up until May.

“While the municipality is developing more boreholes to increase the water supply, the situation is very serious.

“All residents and businesses are urged to use water only when absolutely necessary and to use as little as possible when they do,” he said.

Residents are reminded that the current water restrictions prohibit the connection of a hose pipe or irrigation system to taps supplying water from the municipal system.

Pools, ponds and fountains may not be filled or topped up with municipal water.

Washing paved areas, roofs, walls and similar structures with municipal water is also not allowed.

Residents are further encouraged to save their bath or shower water and to use this to flush their toilets.

Hendricks said transgressors could be fined R500 if caught breaking the water restrictions. Transgressions can be reported to the Kouga Call Centre on 042 2002200 or through the Link service delivery app which can be downloaded from the Google Play or App Store.

“Every one of us has a role to play in preventing Kouga’s taps from running dry.

“We urge all residents to think twice before they use water and to make sure that each drop counts,” he said.

Telephone and electronic contact urged as municipality restricts access to buildings

In line with national safety precautions against the spread of the coronavirus Covid-19 Kouga Municipality would like to discourage residents from visiting municipal buildings.

Municipal halls and sportsfields will, furthermore, be closed to the public for at least the next four weeks while the East Cape Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture has also ordered that all libraries be closed.

“Residents and visitors are encouraged to make use of the municipality’s telephonic and electronic systems to pay their accounts, as well as for account and service-related queries,” Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said.

He said while the municipality’s daily operations would continue, strict access control would be applied at municipal buildings.

“This is necessary for the safety of both our staff and the public. We regret the inconvenience, but it is an essential safety precaution in these extraordinary times,” he said.

Details on how to make electronic payments are printed on municipal accounts.

Account queries with regards to service charges (water, sewer, refuse and electricity) can be emailed to lmqina@kouga.gov.za or yjayiya@kouga.gov.za.

Property rates and tax-related queries can be emailed to rbrown@kouga.gov.za

Alternatively, phone the municipality’s account section on 042 200 2200.

Account balance queries, service requests and complaints can be directed to the Kouga Call Centre on 042 200 2200 (option 4) or reported through the Link service delivery app.

The Link Powered by Vodacom app can be downloaded for free from Google Play or the App Store and then used to connect with the municipality.