Nationwide Delay In Re-Opening Of Traffic Departments

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Nationwide Delay In Re-Opening Of Traffic Departments For Licensing & Registration

Traffic departments around the country have been unable to re-open because the online system required for licence bookings and registration has not yet been activated. 

Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said traffic licensing and registration services was allowed to operate under level four of the nationwide lockdown. 

“However, the national Department of Transport still has to give the go-ahead and activate the online licensing system, called NaTIS, which is used by traffic authorities across the country.

“They have not yet done so, which means no bookings can be made for learner’s and driving licences. 

“Renewals of driving licences, professional driving permits and motor vehicle licences also cannot be done until such a time as NaTIS is activated.”

He said the offices of the Kouga Traffic Department were being prepared for re-opening in line with Covid-19 disaster management regulations. 

“We have also submitted an action plan to the Department of Transport, indicating our readiness, as required by them.

“The Department has indicated that inspections of all traffic authorities must first be done before they will be allowed to open. 

“They have not yet scheduled a time when they will be inspecting Kouga’s units.”

He said the municipality was unable to say when this process would be completed so that the Kouga Traffic Department could re-open for business. 

“Unfortunately, the deciding factors are beyond our control. 

“Our Traffic team is, however, in regular contact with the Transport Department. 

“We will update motorists as we receive feedback from them.”

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Lockdown Ban On Controlled Burns Lifted

Kouga Municipality - logoThe ban on permitted, prescribed burns in the Kouga region has been lifted.

Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said land owners and farmers could once again apply for a permit to conduct controlled burns. 

“The ban was put in place at the start of the Covid-19 lockdown but has been lifted to assist the agricultural sector with their seasonal activities,” he said. 

“Various factors were considered. Most importantly, winter is upon us and some crops need to be planted now in the interest of food security.”

He said prescribed burns could only be a conducted if a permit had been issued by Kouga Fire and Disaster Management. 

“All rules and regulations, as stipulated on the permit, must be adhered to.”

Applications can be emailed to hvanrooyen@kouga.gov.za

Benson said all fire stations were still open and ready to respond to emergencies. 

T contact Kouga Fire and Disaster Management dial 042 291 0250 or 112 from any cellular network.