Kouga Traffic Re-Opens for License Re-newals and Registration

 

Kouga Municipality - logoThe Kouga Traffic Department in Humansdorp has re-opened for driving and motor vehicle licence renewals and registrations.

No new learner or driving licence test applications will, however, be accommodated at this stage.

Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said the focus during June would be on clearing the backlog that had been created by the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown.

“Motorists will once again be able to renew their vehicle licences at the Humansdorp office from today (1 June).

“Those who had appointments for driving licence renewals from 26 March to 31 May are asked to contact the Kouga Traffic Department for a new booking.”

He said that those who were scheduled to be tested for new learner’s and driving licence tests during this period would be contacted to reschedule.

“Due to the backlog, no new applications for driving licence or learner’s licence test applications will be accommodated until the Department of Transport gives the go-ahead.

“This is a directive from the Department of Transport and is applicable to the whole province,” he said.

“The priority will be on clearing the backlog created by the lockdown and assisting those whose licences and permits expired during this period.”

In terms of the latest Covid-19 regulations all drving licences, temporary driving licences, learner’s licences, professional driving licences, temporary permits, vehicle registrations, motor vehicle licence discs and roadworthy certificates that would have expired from 26 March 2020 to 31 May 2020 are deemed valid for 90 days after 1 June 2020.

All motor trade number licences that would have expired from 26 March 2020 to 31 May 2020 are deemed valid for six months after 1 June 2020.

Benson said all prescribed hygiene measures, disinfection controls and health protocols would be in place at the registration offices and testing centres.

“Social distancing will be enforced at all times and hand sanitiser will be available.

“It is, furthermore, mandatory for all visitors and staff to wear masks. These could be cloth or homemade masks, covering the mouth and nose,” he said.

“We ask that motorists be patient should they visit the Department, as delays may be experienced due to the Covid-19 safety precautions that must be followed.”

Nationwide Delay In Re-Opening Of Traffic Departments

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Nationwide Delay In Re-Opening Of Traffic Departments For Licensing & Registration

Traffic departments around the country have been unable to re-open because the online system required for licence bookings and registration has not yet been activated. 

Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said traffic licensing and registration services was allowed to operate under level four of the nationwide lockdown. 

“However, the national Department of Transport still has to give the go-ahead and activate the online licensing system, called NaTIS, which is used by traffic authorities across the country.

“They have not yet done so, which means no bookings can be made for learner’s and driving licences. 

“Renewals of driving licences, professional driving permits and motor vehicle licences also cannot be done until such a time as NaTIS is activated.”

He said the offices of the Kouga Traffic Department were being prepared for re-opening in line with Covid-19 disaster management regulations. 

“We have also submitted an action plan to the Department of Transport, indicating our readiness, as required by them.

“The Department has indicated that inspections of all traffic authorities must first be done before they will be allowed to open. 

“They have not yet scheduled a time when they will be inspecting Kouga’s units.”

He said the municipality was unable to say when this process would be completed so that the Kouga Traffic Department could re-open for business. 

“Unfortunately, the deciding factors are beyond our control. 

“Our Traffic team is, however, in regular contact with the Transport Department. 

“We will update motorists as we receive feedback from them.”

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Lockdown Ban On Controlled Burns Lifted

Kouga Municipality - logoThe ban on permitted, prescribed burns in the Kouga region has been lifted.

Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said land owners and farmers could once again apply for a permit to conduct controlled burns. 

“The ban was put in place at the start of the Covid-19 lockdown but has been lifted to assist the agricultural sector with their seasonal activities,” he said. 

“Various factors were considered. Most importantly, winter is upon us and some crops need to be planted now in the interest of food security.”

He said prescribed burns could only be a conducted if a permit had been issued by Kouga Fire and Disaster Management. 

“All rules and regulations, as stipulated on the permit, must be adhered to.”

Applications can be emailed to hvanrooyen@kouga.gov.za

Benson said all fire stations were still open and ready to respond to emergencies. 

T contact Kouga Fire and Disaster Management dial 042 291 0250 or 112 from any cellular network.

Day Zero Looms For Hankey & Patensie As Kouga Dam Drops Below 10% — copy

The level of the Kouga Dam has dropped to below 10%.

Kouga Dam drops below 10%

Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks has urged residents of Hankey and Patensie to use water extremely sparingly and, where possible, to make use of the water in the tanks that have been installed in the area. 

He said the municipality was carting in water from Humansdorp to fill up the tanks, so as to minimise usage from the Kouga Dam. 

“The Kouga Dam is the only storage dam that supplies these two towns with water. 

” While boreholes have been drilled to serve as an additional source, the connection of the boreholes to the existing supply has been delayed due to the lockdown restrictions,” he said. 

He said the contractors were expected to return to site next week once all Covid-19 related health and safety measures were in place.

If all goes according to plan, the boreholes can then be brought on line in July.