Further increase in local COVID-19 cases

COVID-19 infections continued to climb in the Kouga region last week.

According to the latest report from the Department of Health, the number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 65 on 26 October.

 
The active cases were located in Humansdorp (34), Jeffreys Bay (22), Patensie (3) and St Francis (1). The location of the remaining five cases had not yet been confirmed. 
 
Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks, said the Revenue section at Kouga Municipality’s main office building in Jeffreys Bay had to be closed this week till further notice after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. 
 
“The coronavirus is still very much among us and the recent resurgence of positive cases is of great concern. If the trend continues, it could have a detrimental effect on the upcoming summer holiday. 
 
“We each have a role to play in curbing the spread and keeping ourselves, our families and broader communities safe and healthy. 
 
“Residents are urged to wear face masks when in public, wash their hands regularly and to practise social distancing. 
 
“These safety precautions are just as important at social gatherings, which have been contributing to the spike in local cases,” he cautioned. 
 
According to the latest statistics, the cumulative number of COVID-19 infections in Kouga totalled 1897 on 26 October, including 1 786 recoveries and 46 deaths. 
 
Other local municipalities in the Sarah Baartman District have also been experiencing spikes, with 132 active cases being recorded in Blue Crane Route and 106 in Dr Beyers Naude. 
 
The number of active cases in the remaining local municipalities totalled 33 in Ndlambe, 29 in Makana, 27 in Koukamma and 18 in Sundays River Valley. 
 
The cumulative numbers in the Sarah Baartman district stood at 8019 total cases, 410 active cases, 262 deaths and 7347 recoveries at the beginning of the week. 
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Wood chippers to help clear trees chop-chop

The two Nukor machines, procured at a cost of more than R500 000, were delivered to the municipality last week.

Kouga Wood Chipper

Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor, Daniel Benson, joined Parks and Public Amenities manager, Frank Tamboer, and superintendent, Edo Madatt, for the delivery of the wood chippers.

Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor, Daniel Benson, said the new machines would mainly be used by the municipality’s Parks and Public Amenities section when trimming or removing trees along road verges.

“While our focus is on trimming trees, there are those that need to be removed completely because their roots have started damaging the verges and roads,” he said.

He said the wood chippers would make it easier for staff to remove the cuttings.

“Fewer trips will have to be undertaken to dispose of the cuttings, which means the municipality will save on fuel, as well as on space at the landfill sites.”

He said the municipality was also working on a biomass plant which would allow for the wood chippings to be used for green energy production.

Lewis Hamilton: A Career In Numbers

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With a full-throttle obsession for records; Formula 1’s quest for accolades is constant. The greatest, the fastest, the most successful. It completely fits then that the career of one of the greatest drivers the sport has ever seen is categorised almost entirely by record-breaking.

Lewis HamiltonSince bursting on the F1 scene in 2007, Lewis Hamilton has been continually cementing his place in Formula 1’s Hall of Fame. His debut season alone was unparalleled. Over just 17 Grand Prix, Lewis scored the most wins (4), the most pole positions (6) and the most points (109), of any driver in history during their rookie season of F1. Not forgetting that Lewis, also at the time, became the youngest driver to ever lead the world championship (aged 22 years and 126 days).

Lewis is currently the holder of 37 records. What’s more, Lewis has won at nearly every circuit he has ever raced an F1 car on – save for the Indian, Korean and European Grand Prix. This only because those events have been dropped from the championship calendar.

92 Grand Prix Wins

After taking the chequered flag at the 2020 Portuguese Grand Prix, Lewis is now the most successful driver in F1 in terms of Grand Prix victories. Racing legend Michael Schumacher had previously held the record with 91 wins. For 14 seasons, Lewis has treated fans to some truly remarkable performances. From his 2018 German Grand Prix dash from the back to beat Sebastian Vettel and his own Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, to his multiple victories at the Hungarian Grand Prix. This is also where he currently holds the record for the most wins at a single circuit (eight). 

“I owe these 92 wins to the team here and back at the factory for their tremendous work. They are continuously innovating and pushing the barrier, even higher every year. The reliability has been incredible thanks to the Mercedes team, PETRONAS and all our partners who are continuously pushing. That’s the most incredible thing to be surrounded by – it inspires you,” explained Lewis. 

“I could only ever have dreamed of being where I am today. What I can tell you is that I am trying to make the most of it every single day. My dad is here which is amazing, my step-mum Linda is here, Roscoe too. I feel very blessed. It’s going to take some time for it to sink in. I was still pushing flat out, coming across the line, and I am still in race mode mentally. I can’t find the words at the moment.”

Arguably one of his greatest single performances, however, came in only his second year in F1 – at the 2008 British Grand Prix. In absolutely torrential conditions Lewis won and lapped everyone up to and including Kimi Raikkonen in fourth. He finished one minute eight seconds ahead of second-placed Nick Heidfeld’s BMW Sauber.

Mercedes McLaren

161 Podium Places

 While it is the big wins fans remember, Lewis is slowly collecting an astounding number of podiums. In fact, as impressive as 92 wins is; finishing over half the races you’ve ever started is not something to be sniffed at either. To date, the 35-year-old racer has scored a massive 161 podium places from 262 Grand Prix.

 After a dominant victory at this year’s Spanish Grand Prix, Lewis managed to break another Michael Schumacher held record which had stood since 2012. Now Lewis is entirely out on his own at the top of the table. 

156 Front Row Starts

 Lewis has managed to start over half the Grand Prix of his Formula 1 career on the front row, with 97 of his 156 front row starts being in pole position. Qualifying is all about exploring the limits and getting as close to perfection as possible, something Lewis can clearly do as well as any driver in history. Team boss Toto Wolff described Lewis’ recent qualifying performance at Spa Francorchamps as “extra-terrestrial”.

 6 World Championships and counting…

 En-route to a seventh title, Lewis’ hunger to add to his F1 championship collection is stronger than ever. Impressively Lewis won his first F1 Drivers’ title in only his second season (2008), and then his next five titles in almost perfect succession between 2014-2019. The only exception being 2016, where he was narrowly beaten by his then Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.  

After his record-breaking finish at the Portuguese Grand Prix Lewis said: “I am 35-years-old and I still feel physically strong. Of course, you wonder when it is going to tip over and when you are going to start losing performance. Judging by today, it is not yet.

 “I knew we would win championships but did I think we would win as many as we have? No. Did I think we would win this many races? Of course not. I don’t believe in the saying the sky is the limit. It depends how much we want it, how much we want to continue to raise the bar. Going by our history together, we don’t sit back on our results. We keep working and elevating.”

Golden opportunity for households to get rid of unwanted goods

Households have an opportunity to shape up for the summer holidays this November. Starting next week, Kouga Municipality will be helping residents to get rid of any unwanted items and waste they have at home that cannot be put out for standard refuse collection.

“This includes building rubble, electronic waste, garden refuse and even old furniture,” said Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor, Daniel Benson. “The only thing that is excluded is food, as we do not want to attract scavengers.

Old food should be put out in wheelie bins on the days usually reserved for refuse collection.” Benson said the initiative had been dubbed “Coca-Maak Skoon”, which is the isiXhosa and Afrikaans words for cleaning up.

“The initiative forms part of the Keep Kouga Clean campaign and will run from 2 November to 3 December.

“We’ll be starting off in the Gamtoos Valley next week, followed by Humansdorp and the St Francis area, with Jeffreys Bay being the last stop. “A provisional programme is available, but residents are encouraged to watch the municipality’s Facebook page should there be any changes to the schedule,” he said.  

The provisional programme is as follows: ·         

  • 2 November – Patensie ·         
  • 3 November – Hankey and Weston ·         
  • 4 November – Loerie ·         
  • 5 November – Thornhill ·         
  • 9 November – Kruisfontein, Donkerhoek, Maak ‘n Las and Gill Marcus ·         
  • 10 November – Vaaldam and Arcadia ·         
  • 11 November – KwaNomzamo, Vergenoeg and the Golf Course ·         
  • 12 November – Humansdorp town, Boskloof and Panorama ·         
  • 16 November – Sea Vista and Santareme ·         
  • 17 November – St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis ·         
  • 18 November – Oyster Bay ·         
  • 23 November – Kabeljous and lower Wavecrest ·         
  • 24 November – Upper Wavecrest ·         
  • 25 November – C-Place and The Sands ·         
  • 26 November – Jeffreys Bay Central Business District ·        
  •  30 November – Pellsrus, Tokyo Sexwale and Mandela Bay ·         
  • 1 December – Ocean View ·         
  • 2 December – Aston Bay ·        
  •  3 December – Paradise Beach     

Revenue section at Jeffreys bay main office closed temporarily due to Covid-19

Kouga Municipality - logoMedia Release

The Revenue section, including the cashiers and account enquiries desk, at the municipality’s main building at 33 Da Gama Road, Jeffreys Bay, will be closed until further notice after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

All other sections of the main building and units in other towns remain open.

Our sincere apologies for the inconvenience. Residents are reminded that they can make their account payments online, as per the attached leaflet.

Kouga municipal account paypoints