Giving thanks for the recent rains

Ongoing water-saving mooted at prayer day

Ward 10 Councillor Amos Mabukane with the Patensie farmers at the thanksgiving day at the Kouga Dam

Kouga Municipality’s leadership, the religious fraternity and farming community of Patensie gathered in praise and worship at the Kouga Dam on Friday, giving thanks for the recent rains and praying for the ongoing drought to be broken.

Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks opening the thanksgiving day at the Kouga Dam on Friday.

The mass prayer was opened by Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks, who spent a number of years in the area as a teacher and headmaster at the nearby Andrieskraal Primary School.

“We are truly thankful that the Lord has heard our prayers. I have worked for many years in this area and I have seen the dam fill up and overflow. It was shocking for me to see how low the water level had become and how long the rain stayed away,” he said.

Hendricks said although Kouga had some good rainfall over the past weeks, this did not mean that the community could now be complacent. If anything, the Mayor said, the recent drought brought about a new culture of taking good care of water, a finite resource essential to life.

“Together, we must cement the new normal in Kouga – save water!” he concluded.

Ward 10 Councillor Amos Mabukane thanked the Patensie community for standing and praying together throughout the drought crisis.

“We are an agricultural community and depend heavily on water for the economy of the area to thrive. We came here, united, to pray before the rains and we are back again to thank the Father for answering our prayers,” said Mabukane.

Chairperson of the Gamtoos Valley Farmers Association Spes du Preez

Chairman of the Gamtoos Valley Farmers Association, Spes du Preez, on behalf of the congregation, thanked everyone who contributed towards making the day a success.

The Kouga Dam is standing above 51,7%, up from below 7% when the drought was at its harshest.

Another prayer day will be held by the Mighty Men Eastern Cape and the municipality this Saturday.

It is set to take place at the Farm Mooi Uitsig, off the R102 between Jeffreys Bay and Mondplaas.

The session will start at 9am and culminate in a bring and braai from noon.

 

The municipal leadership, led by Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks (second left) and the Ward Committee of Ward 10, led by Councillor Amos Mabukane, together with the clergy at the Kouga Dam rain prayer and thanksgiving day.

Driver Licence Delays

Unrest at Pretoria delays issuing of driver’s licences

 

Daniel Benson – Community Service Portfolio Councillor

Kouga Municipality has been informed that labour unrest continues to take place at the Driving Licensing Card Account (DLCA) offices in Pretoria. The unrest has been going on since 20 July this year and it is believed that the dispute remains unresolved.Community Service.

Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said the strike may have affected applications for driving licences, leading to delays in the issuing of driving licence cards.

 “The DLCA is a section in the national Department of Transport responsible for the printing of all driving license cards for both provincial and municipal licencing centres. The municipality renders licencing services as an agent of the provincial Department of Transport and is dependent on the guidelines, regulations and the services provided by the provincial and national governments, including that of the DLCA,” he said.

Benson said the licence cards do continue to arrive, though not at a desired pace and this is a countrywide problem.  

Kouga and the Mighty Men to give thanks for the rain

Two prayer days, including a session arranged by the Mighty Men Eastern Cape, will take place in the Kouga region this month to give thanks for the recent rain and pray for the ongoing drought to be broken.

Kouga Mayor Horatio Hendricks said the first prayer day will take place tomorrow, 5 October, from 9am at the Kouga Dam. Participants will include the municipality, Gamtoos Farmers Association, schools and churches.

The second prayer day, arranged by the Might Men Eastern Cape and municipality, will take place on Saturday, 13 October.

Set to take place at the Farm Mooi Uitsig, off the R102 between Jeffreys Bay and Mondplaas, the session will start at 9am and culminate in a bring and braai from noon.

Participants only need to bring along their own meat, cold drinks, salads and camping chairs.

For further information have a look at the official promo video at https://youtu.be/AtJZTGQzOBM

Kouga Municipal News

Kouga Municipality held a “Focus on Food Safety” event and a “Health Day for Municipal Men” this past week

Focus on food safety for World Environmental Health Day

Caterers Solomzi Dayiman (second left) and Martha Nodaka (second right) get their certificates of attendance at the hygiene training organised by Kouga Municipality. With them are the municipality’s Environmental Health Practitioners Noluthando Spengane-Biyana (left) and Darrol Petersen.

Kouga Municipality marked this year’s World Environmental Health Day (WEHD) by training caterers on food hygiene at the Newton Hall in Jeffreys Bay on Wednesday last week. The International Federation of Environmental Health declared 26 September as “World Environmental Health Day”, to be celebrated across the globe every year.

This year’s theme was: “Global Food Safety and Sustainability”.

Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said the main aim of the training was to support the provision of  nutritious and safe food, as well as potable water.

“We also wanted to encourage communities to value sustainable food production. We decided to target caterers, mainly because they make and provide food for members of the public at large,” he said.

The caterers were trained on food safety and food-borne illnesses such as listeriosis. They were also trained on the dangers of counterfeit food and personal hygiene. Benson said food safety was increasingly under threat because of various factors, stemming from production and preparation methods.

“There are various food-borne diseases that result from the ingestion of contaminated products. Therefore, health education programmes such as WEHD is a useful measure to ensure that there is proper and safe handling, preparation and storage of food,” he said.

About 30 caterers were trained on the day.

Health day for municipal men

Community Services staff member Nceba Sidenana is screened by Sister Koesie Peens of the Clicks Phamarcy. Senior Occupational Health and Safety Officer Denzil van Vuuren looks on.

Male employees of Kouga Municipality had an opportunity to receive free health screening during a men’s campaign organised by the municipality’s Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) section last week.

The campaign, which took place at the Dan Sandi Hall in Patensie, targeted male employees from all units and sought to encourage men to go for check-ups for early detection of possible illnesses.

Corporate Services Portfolio Councillor Frances Baxter said during a recent survey done by the OHS team, it was detected that male staff members did not make use of health facilities unless they were really sick.

“From a general observation, it may be an issue of stigma and ego that few men make use of clinics for testing. We decided that perhaps if we arrange an all-male health awareness day, more men will come, and we are happy the day was a success. We care about our staff’s well-being and we believe that a healthy employee is a productive one,” she said.

Nurses from the Department of Health and Clicks Pharmacy conducted the screening. Attendees volunteered to be tested for different illnesses, including male-related diseases such as prostate cancer and other silent killers such as cholesterol and diabetes.

Mayor hands out more title deeds

Mayor Horatio Hendricks handed out title deeds in Hankey yesterday with 100 year old Mr Thomas Bambani eventually receiving his title deed. The ANC who previously controlled the Kouga Municipality had a backlog of title deeds, stretching back over twenty years but since the DA took over the government of Kouga in August 2016 the municipality has now distributed 1688 title deeds.

Some KwaNomzamo residents have waited since 1996  and even an ANC Ward Councillor Velile Vumazonke waiting since 1998 before he recently received his title deed in Humansdorp. Another, former ANC Speaker of Council, Magdalene Dhlomo, also received her deed in Patensie.

Title deeds were handed out in the following areas:

Thornhill – 205
Kruisfontein, Humansdorp – 631
Sea Vista, St Francis Bay – 87
Patensie – 194
Pellsrus, Jeffreys Bay – 141
Hankey – 324
KwaNomzamo, Humansdorp – 106

“Mayor Hendricks said it best when he stated that giving people ownership of their properties is an effective means of empowering them and allowing them access to the economy,” said Andrew Whitfield, the chairperson of the DA in the Eastern Cape.

“The DA government in Kouga has brought the change that residents voted for in 2016.

This is the kind of change which the DA can bring to the whole of the Eastern Cape in 2019,” added Whitfield.

Jeffreys Bay Police Constable Arrested for Armed Robbery

Police reacting to an armed robbery report arrested two suspects, one of whom was an off-duty police constable attached to the Humansdorp Operational Command Centre in Jeffreys Bay yesterday morning.

A 30-year-old complainant reported that he had allegedly been robbed of his casino winnings from a gambling facility in Da Gama Street, Jeffreys Bay early in the morning. The complainant alleged that while walking in Jeffreys Street on his way to visit a friend, a black Tata Indigo vehicle stopped next to him. The two men jumped out of the vehicle and assaulted him and also stole his cash before fleeing the scene. Police were immediately dispatched and moments later, they spotted the vehicle fitting the description given by the complainant in Diaz Street with the two men busy refuelling the vehicle. The two men were taken in for questioning and later arrested for aggravating robbery. The two suspects aged 22 and 26 are due to appear in the Humansdorp Magistrates Court soon on charges of robbery with aggravating circumstances.

“It is regrettable and at the same time pleasing to note that, among the suspects a member of the South African Police Service was among them. This affords us the opportunity to take appropriate action against our own. We wish to reiterate our stance as the South African Police Service, that there is no place for corrupt or criminal elements in our organisation and this arrest sends a strong message that we will continue to investigate without fear or favour” said Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga.