Municipality to install Water-Flow Restrictors

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KOUGA Municipality is set to start installing water-flow restrictor discs in the homes of high-water users across the region – should their water consumption not reduce significantly.

This as the combined levels of the dams that supply water to the region totalled 9.44% on July 6 as per the latest information from Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality. The two biggest dams, Kouga and Impofu, stood at 4.2% and 14.38% respectively. The Churchill Dam was at 14.84%, and the small Loerie Dam balancing at 28.85%.

“If the water usage is not reduced significantly by the end of July, water-flow restrictors will be implemented across the region,” said Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks.

“These meters allow a water supply to each household until the daily limit of 1 000 litres per household is reached. The meter then automatically turns off the water supply until 05:00 the next morning.”

Hendricks continued should this fail to be effective; the municipality will be forced to implement strict water rationing. “This means that water will only be available from the taps for a few hours per day and will be shut off for the remainder of the day,” he said.

“Any planned restrictions will be carefully considered and proper consultation with affected parties will take place before water curtailing measures are implemented.”

Meanwhile, the municipality has been working around the clock to implement measures to circumvent the prospect that the Kouga region run out of water.

This includes the possibility of connecting additional viable boreholes across the area to the various water treatment works, while the drilling of exploratory boreholes is also being investigated. The municipality is, furthermore, in the process of erecting five 5 000l designated water points in Hankey to ensure residents have access to clean drinking water.

“As part of the municipality’s efforts to manage water usage, municipal taps are turned off at public open spaces, all municipal buildings will be equipped with rainwater harvesting tanks, and stringent measures have been put in place to ensure that the restricted allocation of water – 50l per person per day – is adhered to,” said Hendricks. “The municipality is also working with law enforcement to enforce compliance.”

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

Pools may not be filled or topped up, and the washing of paved areas, roofs and walls with municipal water are also not allowed.

“Every one of us has a role to play in preventing Kouga’s taps from running dry – we must do all we can to save water,” said Hendricks. “Every single one of us should be taking active measures to save water in our daily lives.”


Vote for St Francis for ‘Town Of The Year’

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CAST your vote for the greater St Francis.

Vote for St Francis in Dorp van die Jaar

The Greater St Francis Bay is in the running for the coveted kykNET Kwêla Town of the Year title for 2021 – after being named the Eastern Cape winner. Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks (second from right), is ready to cast his vote. With him are the Kwêla team Michael Snyman (sound), Darren Montague (camera), Chris Thompson (director), Therese Bam (presenter) and Joshua Apollis (camera).

The greater St Francis is in the running for the coveted kykNET Kwêla Town of the Year title for 2021. The town was named the winner of the Eastern Cape round of the annual competition – beating two of the province’s well-known towns, Rhodes and Komani, to claim the regional title.

St Francis Tourism Office Manager, Hantie van der Westhuizen who is the driving force behind the entry into the competition, said they were elated to have been named the Eastern Cape finalists. “The support from all sectors of our community has simply been fantastic. We would like to thank everyone who nominated the town,” she said.

Van der Westhuizen encourages all residents – local and national – to throw their weight behind St Francis.

“Let’s take hands and ensure that St Francis is the overall winner of the competition,” she said. “Collectively, we can win this competition and draw more tourists and investors to our region.

“This is a beautiful part of the Kouga – and the world – with lots to do and see for visitors. It boasts a beautiful canal system surrounded by picturesque houses in a uniform building style – black roofs and white walls – while the century old Seal Point Lighthouse can be found among the fynbos and wild waves in Cape St Francis.

“Port St Francis, South Africa’s only private working harbour, is situated in St Francis Bay and home to the squid industry. The squid, locally referred to as chokka, is mainly exported to Europe.

“Not to forget the ancient fish traps in Oyster Bay. You will have to ask a local where to find it.”

According to Van der Westhuizen, a variety of coffee shops, artisan cafes and restaurants will satisfy everyone’s taste buds, while accommodation varies from backpackers to self-catering establishments and five-star guesthouses.

Meanwhile, Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks, has called on all residents of the Eastern Cape to support St Francis.

“We are proud that St Francis has been chosen to represent the Eastern Cape and would like to appeal to everyone in the province to support the town,” he said.

To vote

The national winner will receive R1 million’s worth of free marketing through KykNET, while Kwêla will also host a massive celebration, featuring top artists and entertainment for the whole family, in the winning town later this year.

Voting is easy – simply SMS St Francis to 33157. SMS/s cost R1.50 each and a maximum of 30 SMSs per cell phone will be counted. The town that receives the most SMSs, will be crowned the Town of the Year winner.

Voting opens on Sunday, July 11 and closes at 12 noon on Friday, July 16.

For more information, contact Van der Westhuizen at 083 294 2211.



New High Mast Lights to brighten Humansdorp

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JULY started on a bright note for residents of Humansdorp when three new high mast LED lights were switched-on in the area on Monday, July 2.

The state-of-the-art LED lights were erected at Lower Golf Course in KwaNomzamo, Goede Street in Arcadia and Donkerhoek in Gill Marcus at a cost of more than R1 million.

Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks, said the municipality had prioritised the installation of high mast lights in these communities to improve the safety and security of residents.

“Experience has shown that high mast lights are one of the most effective means of lighting areas where vandalism and crime are rife,” said Hendricks. “It is not that easy for vandals and criminals to break these lights, as they tend to do with traditional streetlights.”

According to Hendricks, the high mast lights also increase visibility at night and provides a sense of safety, while enhancing the quality of life in areas that were shrouded in darkness before as it allows for increased night-time activities in a safe environment.

“An additional advantage of LED lights is that they are brighter than conventional bulbs, but actually use less energy and last longer – which brings with it cost benefits without compromising on quality,” said Hendricks.

“Reducing energy consumption is also good for the environment and in line with our efforts to keep Kouga green.”

Hendricks said the project is a joint intervention between the municipality and various local crime prevention organisations launched earlier this year to improve community safety and combat crime.

“This project is a good example of the municipality’s commitment to ensure the safety of residents,” he said.

High lights in Humansdorp

Residents of Donkerhoek in Gill Marcus, Humansdorp rejoiced on Monday this week when Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks (left), and Councillor Jacques Alexander (right), switched on a new high-mast light in the area. The light was one of three new high masts that were put up across Humansdorp at a cost of more than R1 million.