Door-To-Door COVID-19 screening to kick off in Kouga this  week

Community screening will kick off across Kouga this week as part of collective government efforts to stop the spread of Covid-19.

door to door screening in Kouga

The screening will be conducted door-to-door in communities by local clinic staff.

The following areas will be targeted this week (6 – 10 April):

  • JEFFREYS BAY: Pellsrus
  • HUMANSDORP: Arcadia & Vergenoeg
  • ST FRANCIS: Zwelitsha
  • PATENSIE: Tier & Kloofnek Street, 7de Laan, Rooikloof & Creche Street
  • HANKEY: Philipsville
  • LOERIE: Judy & Marlene Street, informal area & Greenfields
  • THORNHILL: Phase 1

The screening forms part of the national mass community screening programme that is currently being implemented across South Africa.

So far, 5 400 fieldworkers have been trained and deployed to various areas.


Water trucks to assist with water in Hankey and Patensie

With the level of the Kouga Dam having dropped to 15%, residents of Hankey and Patensie are reminded to use water extremely sparingly.

“Water rationing to these towns have been suspended for the duration of the 21-day Covid-19 lockdown, but that does not mean the drought is over,” Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks warned.

He said water usage in the towns increased to more than 60% over the quota last week.

“We have been installing extra water tanks at informal settlements and rural areas in the Gamtoos Valley area to increase the availability of water during lockdown.

“These tanks are being filled up with water from Humansdorp so as not to put extra pressure on the Kouga Dam, which is the only supply dam feeding Hankey and Patensie.”

He said Humansdorp also had access to spring and ground water which was used to augment the supply to that town.

“Municipal staff have, therefore, been drawing extra water from these springs to ensure enough water is treated at the purification plant for both Humansdorp and the tanks in the Gamtoos Valley area during lockdown.”

He said a total of 100 tanks were being installed at Hankey, Patensie and surrounds, including the neighbouring towns of Loerie and Thornhill this week.

Extra tanks would also be installed at informal and rural areas in and around Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp and St Francis.

Water tanks for Hankey and Patensie