A Salute to Successful Kouga Women

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WOMEN from different walks of life will be sharing their achievements and the challenges they have faced in the past with the broader Kouga community this August.

“August is Women’s Month, which makes it the ideal time to showcase the role women, of all races and ages, have been playing towards the achievements and success of Kouga Municipality,” said Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks.

“It is an opportunity to remind women just how strong they really are and to encourage them to believe in themselves and to support one another.”

The programme will feature four women, all employees at Kouga Municipality, who will be interviewed by Oasis FM Station Manager, André Swartz, every Thursday at 07:15 in August.

The interview will be broadcast on Oasis FM 89.8 and will also be streamed live on the Facebook Pages of Kouga Municipality and Oasis FM.

Elvina Felix, Office Administrator for the Office of the Mayor, will open the programme on Thursday, August 5. She will share her journey as a single teenage mother, and how she has overcome many obstacles to be a successful businesswoman today – with a daughter who boasts a diploma in analytical chemistry.

The next week, August 12, the spotlight will turn to Lana Makoba, who puts her life on the line everyday to keep residents safe.

Librarian Nombuyiselo Gonya will take to the spotlight on August 19.

She will be followed by an interview on August 29 with former litter-picker Nokufika Mvundla, who has become the first woman to be appointed as a plant operator at the municipality. She passed her test to operate a tractor loader backhoe, commonly known as a TLB, in May last year and are now handling one of these yellow giants for the municipality’s Waste and Environmental Management section.

Increase In Local Active Covid-19 Cases

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THERE has been an increase in the number of active COVID-19 cases in the Kouga region.

Active Covid-19 cases totalled 212 on July 26 according to the latest report from the Department of Health. On July 22, there was 197 active COVID-19 cases in the region.

There are three COVID-19 patients (none oxygenated) at the Isivivana Hospital in Humansdorp, and two COVID-19 patients (two oxygenated) at the Humansdorp Hospital.

Some 154 residents have died.

The breakdown per town, as at July 26, was Jeffreys Bay (85), Humansdorp (85), Patensie (16), St Francis Bay (10), Loerie (7), Hankey (6), Thornhill (3), Andrieskraal (0), and Oyster Bay (0).

The hot spots are Arcadia (7), Aston Bay (2), C-Place (5), Gill Marcus (15), Graslaagte (1), Hankey (6), Humansdorp (15), Humansdorp Town (26), Jeffreys Bay (2), Jeffreys Bay Central (54), Johnson’s Ridge (1), Kruisfontein (12), KwanomZamo (6), Loerie (7), Paradise Beach (1), Patensie (16), Pellsrus (9), St Francis Bay (10), Thornhill (3), Vaaldam (1), and Waveccrest (12).

The cumulative total stood at 6 492, including, 6 126 recoveries.

Covid stats Kouga region

Do Not Close Fire Hydrants

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Kouga residents are urged to not close open fire hydrants.

Once a water pipe has been repaired, these hydrants must be opened to let the air out of the system. If the hydrant is not opened, the air column can damage the pipeline as the valves are opened and the pipeline starts to fill with water.

We are grateful that residents are mindful and vigilant on the issue of saving water.

Concerned residents can report open fire hydrants at Kouga Municipality’s Call Centre at 042 200 200 (option 5) during office hours or at 042 291 0250 after hours, as well as through Kouga’s Link App.

The Link App is available for Android and iOS devices and can be downloaded at https://download.linkapp.co.za/#dl, from the Google Play Store or App Store.

Upon registration the App will request permission to access your location – this is important, be sure to accept.

To link to your ward, click on “+ and Add Channels”. Select the blue municipal ward icon, allow the app to geo-locate you and link to your ward as displayed.

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Additional boreholes to help counter drought effects

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TEN viable boreholes will be connected in areas worse affected by the drought to help mitigate the effect of the prolonged drought.

This after one more borehole at Jeugkamp in Humansdorp was connected to the existing water treatment works earlier this month.

The drilling of exploratory boreholes is also being considered, as well as desalination. Kouga Municipality is, furthermore, looking for additional water sources across the region – including at Die Berg in Humansdorp.

According to Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks, the municipality is in the process to connect three additional boreholes at St Francis Bay, while four existing boreholes in Humansdorp and three boreholes in Hankey will also be connected. This in a bid to help counter the drought effects in the region.

“While residents of St Francis Bay currently use 2 616kl of water per day on average, the three boreholes will add an additional 1 000kl of water per day to the current groundwater supply of 259kl per day,” said Hendricks.

He said that the average water consumption in Hankey is 1 635kl per day, of which 810kl are borehole water. “The new boreholes will add an additional 510kl of water per day – giving a total of 1 320kl of water per day.

“Once connected, the four boreholes in Humansdorp will supply 400kl of water per day.”

Hendricks, however, warned that even the boreholes can run dry when water tables decline.

“As part of our efforts to manage water usage, municipal taps are turned off at public open spaces, all municipal buildings will be equipped with rainwater harvesting tanks, and stringent measures have been put in place to ensure that the restricted allocation of 50l of water per person per day is adhered to,” said Hendricks.

“Saving water starts with all of us. Let us work together and reduce our water consumption.”

Drought Disaster Funding

Two funding applications to the tune of R151.228 million for drought-relief, submitted by the municipality, have been fully approved by National Treasury in October 2018 – securing extra water for the drought-stricken region.

The funding included R58.7 million for groundwater exploration and R92.5 million for water conservation and demand management.

More than 40 exploratory boreholes were drilled and tested, with a total of 15viable boreholes connected across the region. This includes Jeffreys Bay (4), Humansdorp (1), Hankey (2), Patensie (2), St Francis Bay (1), and Oyster Bay 5).

The Water Treatment Works at Jeffreys Bay was also upgraded at a cost of R35 million to improve the treatment of borehole water. The water storage capacity at Humansdorp was, furthermore, increased to cater for extra groundwater.

According to Hendricks, the water conservation and demand management projects focused on minimising water losses through leaks. “Old reticulation systems were replaced in Hankey, Patensie, Oyster Bay, Jeffreys Bay and Humansdorp.

“Leaks at 1 878 houses in disadvantaged areas were repaired, while extra bulk meters were installed to improve water monitoring. Furthermore, over 15 200 domestic water meters were audited and replaced where necessary.

“Leak detection were also completed in eight areas.”

Residents must save water now

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TAPS in Humansdorp are set to run dry should residents not drastically safe water with immediate effect.

“Due to technical problems at the Churchill Dam, which supplies water to Humansdorp, there is little to no waterflow at the specific dam and our local reservoirs do not receive enough water to supply in the current demand,” said Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks.

“Therefore, residents must immediately cut back on their water consumption.

“If they do not reduce their average water usage, the municipality will be forced to implement water rationing.”

This means that water will only be available from the taps for a few hours per day and will be shut off for the remainder of the day – as currently being implemented in Hankey and Patensie.

Municipality to install Water-Flow Restrictors

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KOUGA Municipality is set to start installing water-flow restrictor discs in the homes of high-water users across the region – should their water consumption not reduce significantly.

This as the combined levels of the dams that supply water to the region totalled 9.44% on July 6 as per the latest information from Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality. The two biggest dams, Kouga and Impofu, stood at 4.2% and 14.38% respectively. The Churchill Dam was at 14.84%, and the small Loerie Dam balancing at 28.85%.

“If the water usage is not reduced significantly by the end of July, water-flow restrictors will be implemented across the region,” said Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks.

“These meters allow a water supply to each household until the daily limit of 1 000 litres per household is reached. The meter then automatically turns off the water supply until 05:00 the next morning.”

Hendricks continued should this fail to be effective; the municipality will be forced to implement strict water rationing. “This means that water will only be available from the taps for a few hours per day and will be shut off for the remainder of the day,” he said.

“Any planned restrictions will be carefully considered and proper consultation with affected parties will take place before water curtailing measures are implemented.”

Meanwhile, the municipality has been working around the clock to implement measures to circumvent the prospect that the Kouga region run out of water.

This includes the possibility of connecting additional viable boreholes across the area to the various water treatment works, while the drilling of exploratory boreholes is also being investigated. The municipality is, furthermore, in the process of erecting five 5 000l designated water points in Hankey to ensure residents have access to clean drinking water.

“As part of the municipality’s efforts to manage water usage, municipal taps are turned off at public open spaces, all municipal buildings will be equipped with rainwater harvesting tanks, and stringent measures have been put in place to ensure that the restricted allocation of water – 50l per person per day – is adhered to,” said Hendricks. “The municipality is also working with law enforcement to enforce compliance.”

Residents are remined that the current water restrictions prohibit the connection of a hose pipe or an irrigation system to taps supplying water from the municipal system.

Pools may not be filled or topped up, and the washing of paved areas, roofs and walls with municipal water are also not allowed.

“Every one of us has a role to play in preventing Kouga’s taps from running dry – we must do all we can to save water,” said Hendricks. “Every single one of us should be taking active measures to save water in our daily lives.”

SAVE WATER NOW