Compliments have been pouring in for Kouga Municipality in the wake of a successful festive season.
While the overall visitor tally is still to be finalised, the demand for municipal services was greater than last year, suggesting an increase in the amount of people who spent the summer holiday in Kouga, Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said.
“The municipal service departments were out in full force to meet the bigger demand and did a great job. We are very grateful to each and every one of them for helping to ensure a pleasant holiday experience for all,” he said.
The cleanliness of Kouga’s towns and beaches, in particular, has been widely praised on social media by visitors and holiday-makers alike.
“Our cleansing teams worked till late and were often up at the crack of dawn. It is great to know that their efforts were seen and appreciated by the wider public,” Hendricks said.
Careful monitoring and management of the municipal reservoirs helped to prevent water shortages despite the thousands of holiday-makers and soaring temperatures increasing the demand for this precious resource.
“I must also thank all our residents for using water sparingly. While we had good rain in September last year, the drought has not yet broken. Saving water needs to become a normal part of our everyday lives,” he said.
Early indications are that the local hospitality industry also did a booming trade as holiday-makers set out to explore all that Kouga has to offer.
“There was little accommodation left in Kouga between Christmas and New Year. Some shops were even running out of mattresses and pillows as residents found themselves having to arrange sleeping space for extra guests,” he said.
A full programme of events also helped to attract more tourists, including day visitors, with the municipality’s Opening of the Season and New Year’s Countdown drawing rave reviews from young and old.
There were also no drownings recorded at any of the official swimming beaches, with Kouga lifeguards keeping a close eye on bathers, while the NSRI’s pink buoys helped to save the life of a teenage boy at Jeffreys Bay who got caught in a rip current.
The safety of locals and holiday-makers was further prioritised, with the municipality’s Law Enforcement and Traffic officers working closely with SAPS, neighbourhood watches and security companies to minimise crime and traffic-related transgressions.
“What made this past festive season such a success, is the manner in which roleplayers and stakeholder groups took hands and worked together in the interest of the region and its people.
“On behalf of the Council and municipality, I would like to thank everyone for their contribution. We look forward to building on this success and welcoming even more visitors to our shores next year.”
Press Release – Kouga Municipality