NSRI Knysna respond to missing Fisherman

National Sea RescueNSRI Knysna respond to Fisherman reported washed off rocks

It was reported that while fishing with a friend a man, believed to be aged 38, from Knysna, slipped on rocks and fell into the sea. Seeking help, the man’s friend found a bystander at Noetzie Beach who raised the alarm with Knysna NSRI..

NSRI Knysna duty crew were activated following reports and the sea rescue craft Jaytee IV and Jolen were launched and NSRI rescue swimmers responded directly to the scene in our sea rescue vehicle and in their private vehicles. The SA Police Services, WC Government Health EMS, ER24 ambulance services and a Police Dive Unit also responded.

On arrival on the scene NSRI rescue swimmers were deployed into the surfline in rough 2 to 3 meter swells to conduct a search while NSRI crew, Police and emergency services searched along the shoreline.

Despite an extensive search no sign of the man has been found.

A Police Dive Unit and local Police will continue in an ongoing search operation.

NSRI commend members of the local community who provided support to the missing mans friend on the scene and thoughts and support are with family of the missing man in this difficult time.


Bridge – Not Good Enough (Again)

Sand River Bridge – St Francis definitely deserved better.

Garth Perry (again) draws our attention to the shoddy work on the Sand River Bridge.

“I was extremely pleased when the ‘Contractors’ engaged to construct the Sand River bridge finally opened the bridge to traffic after the years of construction activity and inconvenience to the travelling public of St Francis.

However, it appears we are not done with them yet. Driving over the bridge today, it was apparent that the (extremely thin) asphalt and the base course underneath has failed and potholes are now appearing. These are in areas which have already been patched. The mind boggles as to why this should now be happening after all the construction, ripping it up, doing it again, ripping it up and doing it again that they did. Why could EMPA as contractors and BVI as consulting engineers together with the Provincial road department not get their quality control up to scratch. The road is again going to have to be fixed at additional inconvenience to the travelling public of St Francis.”



Municipality helps learners find their career paths

Kouga Municipality helps learners find their career paths

Over a thousand high school learners from Kouga attended a career expo on Tuesday, aimed at helping the young ones through the ordeal of choosing career paths.

The event, held at the Humansdorp Country Club, was an initiative of Kouga Municipality’s Local Economic Development and Skills Development sections.

It was organised by the Services Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA), together with their peers in other sectors and government departments.

Speaking at the programme, Planning, Development and Tourism Portfolio Councillor Bryan Dhludhlu said although the municipality couldn’t recruit everyone to be its employees, the municipality had a responsibility to make known the opportunities available at other government departments and agencies.

“We need to know what the needs and aspirations of our future adult residents are in order for us to provide the necessary support to them so that they can thrive in their careers and be proud of where they come from,” he said

The career expo targeted learners from Grades 9 to 12, with the Department of Basic Education (DBE) wanting to expose learners to career pathing at early stages.

“We have observed with concern how learners tend to change subjects as they progress to higher grades due to a lack of clarity about which careers they would like to pursue after school.

Attending the Services SETA’s career expo in Humansdorp were (from left) Department of Basic Education Head for the Humansdorp Circuit Management Centre Sipho Miggels, Kouga Planning, Development and Tourism Portfolio Councillor Bryan Dhludhlu, PR Councillor Robin Jantjies, Services SETA’s Senior Manager for Provincial Operations Vusi Nkosi and Executive Manager for Stakeholder Relations Miki Ndhlovu.

Press Release – Kouga Municipality Media Liaison 

Sea Vista residents finally receive Title Deeds

Ten-year wait for title deeds finally over for Sea Vista residents

The mood was festive in Sea Vista on Tuesday when 90 residents received the title deeds to their houses.

Sea Vista residents wait in anticipation to receive the title deeds to their homes.

“This is a huge day for me,” said an elated Audrey George. “I now have a title deed, with my name on it, that proves my house belongs to me.”

Eva Visagie (second right) and her grandson, Chadley Visagie (left) thank Mayoral Committee members Brenton Williams and Frances Baxter for delivering her title deed to her.

The programme was led by Mayoral Committee members Brenton Williams and Frances Baxter, who first visited three of the eldest beneficiaries at their homes to hand-deliver their title deeds before moving to the Sea Vista Community Hall to distribute the remainder.

“All these beneficiaries received their houses more than 10 years ago, in 2007, but the previous regime withheld their title deeds. We are here to set that right,” said Williams.

He said the Sea Vista title deeds were among the almost 2000 title deeds that the former Council had failed to hand over to housing beneficiaries. As a DA-led municipality, we believe that by giving people their title deeds, you give them rightful ownership and a means of becoming actively involved in the economy.”

“Late Mayor Elza van Lingen started this process in Thornhill on Human Rights Day when she handed over 257 title deeds. Mayor Horatio Hendricks then took it further on Nelson Mandela Day when he handed over 631 title deeds in Kruisfontein. Today we are in Sea Vista doing the same and at the end of the month we will be in KwaNomzamo to hand over more title deeds.”

The beneficiaries were further encouraged to ensure that they have a will that specifies who should inherit the house in the event of their passing.

“Many residents asked for help in this regard. Our officials will, therefore, be returning to Sea Vista this week to help those who requested assistance,” Williams said.

Thandeka Nieveldt (seated) and her grandchildren, Tammy Nieveldt (3) and Joslyn Majola (9), celebrate her receiving her title deed. It was hand-delivered to her home by (from left) Mayoral Committee Members Brenton Williams and Frances Baxter, supported by municipal officials Noel Kurat, Ashley Williams and Nico Prinsloo.


Bottled water as taps run dry at Hankey

Municipality distributes bottled water as taps run dry at Hankey 

Kouga Municipality has started distributing bottled water to Hankey as many households in the town have not had access to tap water at all, even during the advertised hours. Mayor Horatio Hendricks said that despite the introduction of water rationing, Hankey was still using more than its allocation.

“This means that more water is being extracted from the reservoir than is flowing in. As a result, some households, especially those in high-lying areas, have not had access to tap water at all.”

Affected residents are invited to pick up one 5 litre bottle per household per day from the Vusumzi Landu Hall or Hankey municipal offices. Water can also be collected from the rainwater tanks that were installed earlier this year. According to the latest figures,

  • Hankey used a total of 8471kl last week, from 6 to 12 August, which is still more than the weekly allocation of 6057kl.
  • Patensie used less than its quota during the first week of “watershedding. A total of 5040kl of water was used compared to the weekly quota of 5761kl.

“We know it hasn’t been easy for the affected communities,” said Hendricks.

“There are households at Hankey where very little or no tap water has been available, even during the advertised hours, because the water is extracted from the pipes faster than they can fill up when the supply is turned on.  The usage in this town has also been above the quota, which contributes to the shortages as the Gamtoos Irrigation Board turns off the supply once the quota has been reached. We would like to appeal to residents to minimise how much water they use when the supply is restored so that the pipes can fill up and the supply reach more households.”

Meanwhile, donations have started pouring in for the drought-stricken communities.

“Companies and organisations from across the country have been in contact with us to say that they would like to donate water,” he said.

“The first big donation, from Dischem’s offices in Cape Town, arrived on Tuesday. We would like to thank them for showing such amazing compassion for the communities of Hankey and Patensie.”

Those who would like to donate bottled water can contact Gert Kruger at the municipality’s Infrastructure and Engineering Department on 081 528 3721 to arrange delivery.

The level of the Kouga Dam level stood at 6,88% on Tuesday, 14 August. This is a slight improvement from the 6,73% on Friday thanks to the weekend’s rain.