Draft budget and IDP adopted

Kouga Municipality - logoKouga Municipality’s draft Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and budget for the new financial year, starting 1 July 2020, was approved at a special Council meeting last week ahead of the 21-day Covid-19 lockdown.

Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said the draft was a discussion document and that changes may need to be made in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.“We have, unfortunately, had to postpone the public consultation meetings that were set to start early in April.

“Every effort will, however, be made to ensure that the documents can be accessed by all communities for input before the final version is tabled to Council at the end of May.”

According to the draft budget document, the operating revenue for 2020/21 will increase to R919,2-million. That is an increase of 8,61% when compared to the 2019/20 adjustments budget.

Total operating expenditure, including non-cash items, amounts to R 968,9 million.

The major operating expenditure items for 2020/21 are employee related costs (34,13%), bulk electricity purchases (25,92%) and depreciation (9,21%).

Funding for the 2020/21 Operating Budget is obtained from various sources, the major sources being service charges such as electricity, water, sanitation, environmental management fees and refuse collection (52,96%), property rates (22,86%), and grants and subsidies received from national and provincial Government (15,73%).

The following increases in property rates and service charges have been proposed, with effect from 1 July 2020:

  • Property rates: 6,5%
  • Water: 8,1%
  • Sanitation: 7%
  • Refuse: 7%
  • Electricity (average increase in income): 8,1%
  • Environmental Management Fee – 0%

The draft capital budget for 2020/21 is R70,3 million. This is 63,9% less than the 2019/20 adjustments budget due to the drought relief funding that was received for the current financial year,” Hendricks said.

The draft budget is available on Kouga Municipality’s website at www.kouga.gov.za/documentlibrary/finance

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View Kouga Budget 2020 – 2021


 

7 000 Soaps Distributed – More Needed!

Almost 7 000 households across Kouga were armed with soap and educational pamphlets ahead of the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown on Friday. 

Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said the joint awareness drive took place last week to help vulnerable communities prepare for the lockdown. 

Roleplayers included Kouga Municipality, the Department of Health and community organisations such as the St Francis Disaster Volunteer Group and Oyster Bay Ratepayers Association. 

St Francis Disaster Volunteer Group distributing soap in Sea Vista

St Francis Disaster Volunteer Group distributing soap in Sea Vista

A soap drive was held in support of the campaign and thousands of bars were donated by businesses and individuals. 

“Schools and their governing bodies, including Hankey Primary, also got involved and made it possible to reach even more families,” he said. 

He encouraged residents to continue practicing good hygiene during lockdown. 

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) , soap and water is the best protective measure against the coronavirus. Hand sanitiser is a good backup but only if the alcohol content is 60% or higher.

“It is very important not to touch your face unless you have just washed your hands,”  Hendricks said. 

“The virus is spread through liquid droplets expelled when someone coughs or sneezes. These droplets then cling to surfaces, including people’s hands. 

“If you touch your face with contaminated hands, it allows the virus to enter your body through your nose, mouth or eyes.”

The WHO suggest that people should apply a palmful of soap or handwashing liquid to a cupped hand, and rub hands palm to palm, while interlacing their  fingers to cover every surface of their hands. 

This should be done for at least 20 seconds. Rinse and dry your hands properly.

* Soap donations are still welcome for distribution to families-in-need. Should you wish to donate, please send a whatsapp to   073 414 3124 (whatsapp or sms only). 

* Cash donations are also welcome and can be paid into the following account:

Bank: First National Bank
Branch code: 210515
Account name: Mayors Intervention
Account number: 62 082 103 591
Account Type: Cheque Account
Reference: C19 & YOUR SURNAME

NSRI Durban assist Queen Mary 2

NSRI STATION 21 - St Francis Bay NSRI Durban duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Alick Rennie, accompanied by a ShipMed doctor, to rendezvous at the Queen Mary 2 cruise liner at the outer anchorage off-shore of Umhlanga, Durban when alerted at19h00, Friday, 27th March.

The ShipMed doctor, under the authority of the Department of Health Port Health Unit and the Department of Transport, was tasked to carry out routine Covid19 tests onboard.

On arrival at Queen Mary 2 the doctor, wearing full PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), was transferred onto the ship and following the sample tests that were collected the doctor was transferred back onto the sea rescue craft and brought back into the Port of Durban without incident.

All precautions, PPE and protocols as outlined by the Department of Health were followed during the operation.

queen Mary 2

ESSENTIAL MUNICIPAL SERVICES TO CONTINUE DURING LOCKDOWN

ESSENTIAL service delivery will continue across Kouga during the nationwide Cornonavirus (Covid-19) 21-day lockdown.
 
This is the assurance of Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks as thousands of Kouga residents prepare to stay home from midnight on 26 March till midnight on 16 April.
 
Hendricks said that municipal services considered “critical” would continue during this time.
 
“Refuse will still be collected on the usual days, sewer tanks will be emptied, drinking water will be treated to the required standard and electrical staff will be ready to deal with any power interruptions,” he said. 
 
“The Kouga Call Centre will also be operational for communities to log service requests or report faults.”
 
He said certain municipal operations would, unfortunately, be interrupted temporarily.
 
“In terms of national guidelines road resealing and the filling of potholes are not considered critical during this time. Our road repair programme will, therefore, be suspended for the duration of the lockdown,” he said.
 
“This is also true for grass-cutting and general infrastructure maintenance.”
 
He said the Kouga Traffic Department would be closed for licence and registration applications.
 
“However, our Traffic officers, along with the municipality’s Law Enforcement and Security sections, will still be working to help keep communities safe.”
 
He said all municipal units and facilities, including beaches and parks, would be closed to the public.
 
“Account balance queries can be directed to the call centre while residents are encouraged to make use of internet banking or alternative paypoints to pay their accounts.”
 
The Kouga Call Centre can be contacted on 042 200 2200 (option 5). Service requests and complaints can also be reported to the call centre or through the Link service delivery app, which can be downloaded for free from the App Store or Google Play.
 
Hendricks encouraged all communities to adhere to the requirements of the lockdown.
 
“There is no need to panic. Food stores and medical services will remain open, but we ask residents not to go out unless it is absolutely necessary. If you need to buy food, avoid taking anyone with you. It is safest to go alone and take the necessary precautions.
 
He said arrangements were also being made to ensure that those who are homeless have a place to stay during this time.
 
“The municipality has, furthermore, in partnership with stakeholder groups been distributing soap and information pamphlets to disadvantaged areas.
 
He said donations could also be made to the Kouga Mayoral Fund to purchase food and essential supplies for those families who have nothing. Should you wish to make a donation, please send an email to ajonck@kouga.gov.za.    
 
“We urge everyone to adhere to the President’s call – please stay home, look after one another and check official government channels for updates,” Hendricks said.
 
“Let’s take this extraordinary action to stop the spread of the coronavirus and keep Kouga safe.”
 
Koga Lockdown essential services

Niklaas Draai (left) and Fumanekile Lloyd (second right) from Kouga Municipality were part of the joint awareness drive at Thornhill this week. Here they make sure Lungelwa Gidi and Kholeka Booi have soap for their homes and flyers with information on how to avoid contracting or spreading the virus.

No controlled burns allowed during lockdown

Approval has been withdrawn for all controlled burns until further notice.

Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said this step was necessary in view of the pending Coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown.

“All permit holders and farmers are, therefore, asked to take note that no prescribed controlled burns may happen and that no new permits will be issued until further notice,” he said.

“This decision is made in consideration of the 21-day lockdown period to stop the spread of the Coronavirus.”

He urged all those affected to adhere to the ban.

“Burning without a permit is punishable by a fine of R2 500 in accordance with the National Veld and Forest Fire Act 101 of 1998.

He said Kouga’s Fire and Disaster Management Services would remain open during the lockdown period to respond to emergencies.

“Our fire stations are open and ready to serve our communities during this extraordinary time.”

Control burning banned