Affordable Rental Housing coming to Kouga soon 

At least 1 500 rental units for households with low to moderate incomes are set to be built in Kouga over the next five years.
Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said the municipality had secured a place in the “Municipal Support Programme” run by the Social Housing Regulatory Authority (SHRA), the body that oversees the implementation, regulating and funding of state-subsidised rental housing projects in South Africa.
“Kouga is the only municipality in the Eastern Cape to have been selected for the municipal support programme and one of only six local authorities countrywide,” he said.
“Our inclusion will ensure that the municipality receives the necessary technical and organisational support to implement Social Housing programmes.
“The target is to deliver at least 1500 rental units over the next five years but, according to SHRA, the first project for Kouga can be approved, built, tenanted and managed within as little as one to three years.”
He commended the municipality’s Human Settlements section for their excellent submission that secured the municipality a place in the programme.
“It is another feather in the municipality’s cap and will help to address the demand for affordable rental housing in the area.”
Hendricks said the Social Housing programme aimed to provide low to moderate-income households, earning between R1 501 and R7 500 per month, with quality and affordable rental housing opportunities in well-located areas.
He said the project would complement the Finance Linked Individual Subsidy Programme (FLISP) that had also been approved for the area.
“While Social Housing addresses the need for affordable rentals, FLISP offers first-time home-ownership opportunities to South African residents earning between R3 501 and R22 000 per month,” he explained.
“This is the income group that earns too much to qualify for an RDP house but typically also struggles to secure a bond to buy a home.”
He said the municipality had appointed a service provider, Own Haven Social Housing, in October 2019 for the implementation of social housing and FLISP projects.
“The service provider has completed a demand and needs analysis study for the proposed project in Jeffreys Bay.
“They are currently drawing up a detailed report on how the FLISP and Social Housing programmes will be introduced and marketed to prospective buyers and beneficiaries.”
Kouga to build 1500 houses for low cost rental

Entries Pouring In For The Monster Combo Online Surfing Contest

Cyle Myers in action at Supers

Cyle Myers in action at Supers © Phil Craig

Things are heating up, as the entries start pouring in for this year’s Monster Combo. A slew of Eastern Cape Entries is dominating, with some great rides from that side of the world.

Cape St Francis surfer Faye Zoetmulder has a great ride entered, with a combination of moves from Supertubes in JBay. She is joined by Dan Thornton, who also has a cracker submission from Supers. 

The other surfers entering rides from Supers – the best right-hander in South Africa – are Dale Staples from St Francis Bay, Dylan Lightfoot from JBay, along with Steve Sawyer and Cyle Myers, both from JBay. Myers ride, in particular, is a fast and powerful combo, also on his backhand. The rides are all of excellent quality. All fit the criteria of a combination of moves on a single wave. 

Further afield, Zoe Steyn and Royden Bryson from East London have also entered excellent rides into the contest, with Bryson’s wave an exceptional entry comprising two backhand barrels and a series of powerful backhand hooks for one of the best submissions in the event so far.

See the rest of the entries here –

The event runs over 3 months, with 3 x monthly winners and the overall Champion crowned in December. 

Monster Prizes

How To Enter:

To enter your videos, please send the raw video footage to via

Entry Must Include

  • Name of the surfer
  • Name of the videographer
  • Date surfed
  • Location / Region


  • Only video submissions will be accepted
  • Open to Southern African citizens of all ages inclusive of Mozambique & Namibia
  • Submissions must be surfed in 2020
  • Any footage submitted as an entry to the Monster Combo and which is subsequently uploaded to the surfer’s unique social media platform (Facebook or Instagram) must tag both @zigzagsurf & @monsterenergy as well as use the #monstercombo2020 tag.
  • Public votes will be open for the last 3 days of each month.

For all the details of the competition –

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