Kouga covid-19 recovery rate remains steady at 83%

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The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Kouga region has increased to 1 175.

This is according to the latest report that was tabled by the Department of Health at the Kouga Joint Operations Committee meeting on Tuesday.

“The recovery rate for the area has remained steady at 83%, which is encouraging. That means almost 1 000 Kouga residents have already beaten the disease,” said Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks.

He said 26 COVID-19 related deaths had thus far been recorded and expressed his deepest condolences to those who have lost family, friends and colleagues to the disease.

The number of active cases currently stands at 171.

According to the latest report, the number of active cases per area is as follows: Andrieskraal 2, Hankey 15, Humansdorp 80, Jeffreys Bay 38, Loerie 18, Oyster Bay 0, Patensie 8, St Francis and Cape St Francis 1 and Thornhill 9.

Hendricks urged residents to remain vigilant.

“Residents are reminded to practice good hygiene and to wear masks when in public. Stay at home if possible. Avoid crowds and maintain social distancing if you do need to go out.

“These are the best ways to protect both yourself, your loved ones and community from the pandemic.”



New Vehicles for Kouga Lifeguards & Disaster Management

Kouga Municipality - logoAs the Tourism industry slowly but surely re-opens, Kouga Municipality has set the wheels in motion to welcome visitors back to its swimming beaches this coming festive season.

New vehicles for Kouga Municipality

A new 4×4 bakkie and quad bike have been purchased for the municipality’s lifeguards.

“The lifeguards work over a wide area, covering swimming areas all the way from Oyster Bay to the Gamtoos Mouth,” Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said.

“There are also times when they have to respond to emergencies that happen away from the main swimming areas.

“The new vehicles will help to improve their response time in these instances.”

He said the safety of Kouga’s beaches was a big drawing card for tourists and that the municipality would continue its efforts to strengthen its lifeguard section year on year.

A new 4×4 bakkie has also been procured for Kouga’s Disaster Management section.

“This section’s old bakkie is still in working order and will also be used for the lifeguard section when necessary.”

Councillor caring for the elderly 

Kouga Municipality - logoA Jeffreys Bay councillor is helping to look after the frail and elderly in his ward.
Ludwig Vorster, the ward councillor for ward eight, recently delivered six new wheelchairs to the Amala Nursing Home.
The wheelchairs were bought through Kouga Municipality’s Ward Development Fund (WDF).
Amala matron, Estelle Botha, said the wheelchairs were heaven sent and would go a long way towards ensuring quality care for those who live at the nursing home.
Other projects that have been completed in ward 8 through the Ward Development Fund include new street name boards and speed bumps.
Ludwig Vorster Jbay

Speaker Hattingh Bornman joined Clr Vorster for the delivery of the wheelchairs.



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Kouga Municipality and Oasis FM have joined hands to celebrate Women’s Month 2020.
Join us every Tuesday from 10am for interviews with dynamic women across Kouga who will be speaking about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on their lives and the role they have played in keeping Kouga safe and growing.
The interviews will be streamed live on Facebook or tune in to Oasis FM on 89.8.
The first interview will be with Amor Hendricks, wife of Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks, today at 10am.

More than 1 000 LED lights to brighten Kouga

Kouga’s future is looking bright.

More than 1 000 streetlights and floodlights across the region have been retrofitted with LED lights.

LED Lights for Kouga

Kouga Mayor Horatio Hendricks and Speaker Hattingh Bornman, with the LED lights that are being rolled out across the region.

“The advantage of LED lights is that they are brighter than conventional bulbs but actually use less energy and last longer, which brings with it cost benefits,” said Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks.

He said the programme was rolled out in the 2019/20 financial year after the municipality’s Electrical Services section secured R4-million from the national Department of Energy for Energy Efficiency Demand Side Management (EEDSM).

“Municipalities are able to apply for this funding to roll out projects such as streetlight replacements and to increase the energy efficiency of municipal buildings and assets such as pump stations,” he explained.

“It, therefore, presented us with an excellent opportunity to decrease the region’s electricity usage, especially during peak periods when Eskom charges a higher tariff, without compromising on quality.

“Reducing energy consumption is also good for the environment and in line with our efforts to keep Kouga green.”

He said the project had included the replacement of 161 1000W floodlights with 400W LEDs while 80 400W floodlights had been replaced with 200W LEDs. A further 860 125W streetlights had been replaced with 37W LEDs.

“The funding also made provision for job creation, which enabled us to employ six youths from the area for a period of three months.”

He said the project had been complemented with an awareness drive to encourage residents to minimise their electricity usage between the peak hours of 5pm and 7pm and 6am and 9am.

“I would like to congratulate our Electrical Services team for successfully implementing the project despite the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown.  

“Going forward, the LED lights will save the municipality money while staff will also have more time to attend to other projects aimed at improving service delivery to communities.”

He said the municipality would be applying for more funding as part its commitment towards service excellence and cutting down on carbon emissions to help save the planet by supporting green energy.      

He said the aim was to roll out the programme to towns within Kouga fed by Eskom, so as to reduce the streetlight bill from Eskom in those areas as well.

New wheels for electricity team

More than 50 new vehicles have been purchased over the past four years to strengthen Kouga Municipality’s fleet. 

Among the latest acquisitions are five brand new bakkies for the municipality’s Electrical section. 

New wheels for electricity team

Mayor Horatio Hendricks, Electrical Services manager Theo Madatt, Infrastructure and Engineering Portfolio Councillor Bryan Dhludhlu and Infrastructure & Engineering director Victor Felton joined staff from the Electrical section for the hand-over on Friday.

“The municipal fleet was in complete disrepair when we took over the Council in 2016,” said Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks. 

“At the time only 4% of the vehicles were operational. Four years later we can proudly say that 98% of the fleet is in working order, enabling staff to get where they need to go to keep Kouga serviced.” 

Acting Fleet manager, Nico Gouws, handed over the branded vehicles to Electrical Services manager Theo Madatt and his team on Friday. 

Also at the hand-over was Kouga Infrastructure and Engineering Portfolio Councillor Bryan Dhludhlu, who welcomed the extra wheels for the section. 

“It is essential that our Electrical team has reliable transport as they have to travel across Kouga to do new installations, maintenance or repairs,” he said. 

“They used to rely on 12 bakkies, of which two were constantly breaking down.

“The new bakkies will enable them to respond to call-outs sooner and improve this service to communities.”

Kouga Municipality’s Electrical section is responsible for the network in Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp and the greater St Francis area. 

“Eskom and Nelson Mandela Bay are responsible for the supply in Hankey, Patensie, Loerie and Thornhill, but the Kouga team also looks after the electrical requirements of all municipal buildings, facilities and high mast lights in those areas,” he said. 

He said the municipality’s Fleet section had also refurbished three old cherry pickers for the Electrical team. 

“The cherry pickers are now as good as new. This has greatly helped to improve the response time for electrical faults.”