New water restrictions in Kouga as from Monday

Owing to the significant fall in the dam levels supplying Kouga authorities have no option but to introduce new water restrictions in the Kouga region as from Monday 5th April. Levels are certain to fall further during the long weekend owing to increased usage by holiday makers..

Unfortunately the 50 litre per day limit is being ignored by many and there exists a reality that water supply will run out before the spring rains. Some rain is expected this weekend but it seems unlikely  that there will be substantial falls in the catchment areas.

The new restrictions will unfortunately require that water supply will be restricted during certain hours of the day in much the same way as Load Shedding. Water  will be made available between 05:00 to 08:00 in the morning and then again from 16:00 until 20:00 but all water supply will be suspended between the hours of 22:00 in the evening until 05:00 the next morning.

In addition each of the towns of Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp and St Francis Bay (including Cape St Francis) will be subjected to Water Shedding as per the schedule below. Hankey & Patensie are excluded.


Willem van Kraan of the water authority apologized for the inconvenience the suspension will cause but stated it is simply unavoidable as there has been little effort by residents to save water in spite of many pleas by the Mayor.  He did say however that should residents start showing commitment to saving water and making a real effort, Water Shedding could be lifted sooner rather than later.

A light at the end of the tunnel is that should the proposed Nooitgedacht Scheme, bringing water from the Gariep Dam be completed as scheduled later this year would alleviate the pressure on Nelson Mandela Bay water requirements. Itt is imposrtant to note that St Francis receives its water feom Impofu which is presently at a level of just

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So it is after midday and so we reveal that yes this was an April Fool’s story. If it caught you  click on the link just above this sentence.

The purpose of the story was intended to highlight the dire need to save water not only in St Francis but indeed the entire Kouga and NMB affected by the falling dam levels

Kouga Dam Levels


Great Sports at Kouga Easter Festival

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IS it a bird? Is it a plane?


Kouga Easter Carnival.

It is the Easter Bunny with his superhero squad: Superman, Spiderman, Iron Man, Elsa, and Anna. And they are all geared up to keep residents and holidaymakers entertained at the first Kouga Easter Festival this weekend.

The fun-filled carnival will kick-off on Thursday, April 1 and come to a close on Monday, April 5 – with the bulk of the action taking place at Dolphin Beach in Jeffreys Bay.

“The programme includes the action-packed Je’Vista One Touch Rugby Tournament – one of the biggest highlights on the sports calendar,” said Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks. “The tournament will see 20 teams of eight players each taking to the field – or rather beach.”

The tournament will take place on both Friday and Saturday.

“Soccer fans are also in for a treat, with the JBay Easter Soccer Tournament taking place at the Tokyo Sexwale Sports Stadium, Pellsrus Sports Field and Jeffreys bay Comprehensive High School,” said Hendricks.

“An open water swim competition, the Marina Mile, will be added to the sports mix at Marina Martinique on Saturday, April 3.”

Registration is at 08:00, followed by the Double Mile (two laps) at 09:00 – kicking off the swimming event.

The Half Mile will take to the water at 10:30, while the Bank-to-Bank Race will splash off at 11:00. There is also a Bank-to-Bank swim for boys and girls under 6 at 11:15, and a Bank-to-Bank swim for boys and girls under 8 at 11:20. A Bank-to-Bank swim for children under 10 will take place at 11:30.

Also on the swimming programme is the Marina Mile for men at 12:00 and the Marina Mile for ladies at 12:10.

According to Hendricks, there will be a feast of children’s activities for the duration of the carnival, which young ones will be able to enjoy for free on the Saturday.

Children can build their own sandcastle or paint an easter egg. They can furthermore enjoy a magician and puppet show, show their strength at a tug of war competition COVID-19 style or hunt for delicious easter eggs and hidden treasures.

They must make sure not to miss the Easter Bunny or his superhero friends Superman, Spiderman, and Iron Man. Elsa and Anna from Frozen will also be at the carnival.  

Competitions for young and old include an ice-cream eating competition, a big boep competition and a junior comedian competition, as well as a hula-hoop competition.

Also on the competition line-up are the mother & daughter look-alike competition, the best hat of the day competition and a talent contest.

There will also be various food stalls.

The festival will end with a special beach church service on the Monday.

“Due to COVID-19, no spectators will be allowed at any of the sporting events,” said Hendricks.

“Kouga Municipality Disaster Volunteers will also be on duty to ensure that festival-goers adhere to COVID-19 regulations for the duration of the carnival. Further COVID-19 regulations that will be in place, include free masks, free sanitiser, contact free entertainment, social distancing markers and COVID-19 posters.”


Slight Increase in Local Active Covid-19 Cases

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There has been a slight increase in the number of active COVID-19 cases in the Kouga region.

Active Covid-19 cases totalled 11 on March 30, according to the latest report from the Department of Health. This is an increase of three active cases since March 27.

Some 126 residents have died.

The breakdown per town, as at March 30, was as follows: Jeffreys Bay 6, St Francis 3, Humansdorp 1, Thornhill (1), Patensie 0, Oyster Bay 0, Hankey 0 and Loerie 0.

The hotspot areas are Jeffreys Bay Central (6), St Francis Bay (3), Humansdorp Town (1) and Thornhill (1).

The cumulative total stood at 5 408, including, 5 271 recoveries.