Data Collectors Start Gathering Info For New Valuation Roll

Data Collectors Start Gathering Info For New Valuation Roll

The official Kouga Municipality valuers – DDP Property Valuers as appointed by the municipality – will be collecting preparatory data in Kouga towns from August 1, 2022.

Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks, said the data collection would lay the groundwork for the compilation of the new General Valuation Roll for the period 2022 to 2025.

“Duties of the data collectors will include property inspection and taking of photographs of a property,” said Hendricks. “They might have to enter some houses.

“We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, however, these preparations are important if we are to compile a credible valuation roll.

“They will be wearing identity tags in the intertest of security. However, if someone knocks on your door, and you are not certain if it really is them, we ask that you call our revenue office at 042 200 2200 to verify their identities before allowing them access to your premises.”

Property owners will be informed of the new valuation of their property and will have the opportunity to object should they believe the valuation is incorrect.

The new valuations will determine the worth of a property and influence how much property owners pay for rates from July 2023. Properties will be valued according to their market value as at July 1, 2022.

For more information about the valuation process, contact Julius Hammond at 042 200 2200 or send an email to valuations@kouga.gov.za.

Alternatively, visit Kouga Municipality’s Revenue Office at 33 Da Gama Road, Jeffreys Bay.

KOUGA MUNICIPALITY BOOSTS JOB CREATION

KOUGA MUNICIPALITY BOOSTS JOB CREATION

THROUGH a much-needed donation, Kouga Municipality played a valuable role in equipping local women with life-changing sewing skills – facilitating economic growth and job creation in the region.

The Local Economic Development (LED) and Tourism Department of the municipality donated R50 000 towards the Sakhe Family Care’s (a non-profit organisation) sewing projects in November last year.

The organisation – whose vision is to build sustainable and quality family life through psychosocial programmes, education support and promotion of economic independence for families to function at their optimal level – used this money to purchase sewing equipment.

This in turn, enabled them to train 11 local women in the art of sewing.

The graduates received their certificate of completing the basic sewing course on Thursday, June 30.

Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks, said these skills will enable the women to find income-generating work, or to even become entrepreneurs.

“The programme that ran over two months, will ensure full-time employment for 50% of the graduates,” he said.

“Keeping Kouga growing in a sustainable way is non-negotiable. Providing the environment that stimulates economic growth is a core mandate of local government.”

Graduates

  1. Luleka Sogo
  2. Anna Booi
  3. Siphosethu Sikeyi
  4. Leno Abrahams
  5. Caroline Thulisile
  6. Siphilisiwe Makuleni
  7. Thulisile Khumalo
  8. Matsoari Lebohang
  9. Nonzwakazi Khamanga
  10. Avoya Noluvuyo
  11. Neliswa Mbekwa
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Join your Ward’s Whats app group

Kouga Residents can now join their respective ward’s whatsapp group to stay informed, as well as to report water leaks in their ward.

This is part of the DA led Kouga Municipality’s drive to bring government to the people and to keep residents updated on Municipal affairs.

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SELF-PROCLAIMED CHIEF THREATENS TO KILL POLITICAL LEADERSHIP

SELF-PROCLAIMED CHIEF THREATENS TO KILL POLITICAL LEADERSHIP

“LET us kill them all . . .!”
Wayne Petersen, from the Links Royal House of the Khoi, threatened to kill three top Kouga political leaders as they left the Kouga Municipality main building at 33 Da Gama Road on Tuesday, 21 June.
The political leaders are Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks, Kouga Deputy Executive Mayor, Hattingh Bornman, and Chief Whip, Councillor Daniel Benson.
An altercation ensued, which was quickly ended by Kouga Municipality’s law enforcement officers and the SAPS.
This after members of the Links Royal House of the Khoi have been illegally occupying the space at the main entrance of the municipality since Monday – intimidating municipal clients and perpetrating hate speech.
“Petersen requested information held by the municipality in respect of a third party on behalf of certain members of the Kabeljous community,” said Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks. “We informed the applicants that the request is incomplete and that certain procedures must be followed in order to lawfully comply with a request in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA).
“Petersen and accompanying community members threatened to occupy the space at the front gate until such time as they have received the requested documents, with no regard for the legal processes to be followed.
“They have been informed that certain information may not be given without consent of the third party.
“The records or information we could provide they did not want to accept.”
“The matter has since escalated from a PAIA request to include complaints relating to an alleged land claim dispute, which falls outside the scope of the municipality, as well as a dispute regarding impoundment of livestock.”
According to Hendricks, it is important to note that land claim disputes are the mandate of the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, and not that of a local municipality.
“It must, furthermore, be noted that the particular land claim dispute is that of privately owned land and not municipal property.
“It is therefore unknown why they are continuing to occupy the space at the main entrance since the municipality has dealt with their request as legislated.”
Hendricks concluded that the municipality has a very good relationship with the Gam/Inqua Tribal House under the leadership of Chief Johannes Maarman.
“We thank Maarman for his valuable intervention in dealing with the current situation.”
Fourteen Codes To Compete In The 2022 Mayor’s Cup

Fourteen Codes To Compete In The 2022 Mayor’s Cup

Fourteen sporting codes are poised to take part in the 2022 Mayor’s Cup.

New sports include surfing, skateboarding, and marathon.

The official launch of the 2-22 Mayor’s Cup was held at the St Francis Links on Thursday, June 9. Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks, said that The 2022 Mayor’s Cup would include soccer, rugby, netball, golf, cricket, pool, and chess.

Seven New Sports Added

However, seven new sports have been added to the mix – touch rugby, tennis, gymnastics, bowls, surfing, skateboarding, and marathon.
“We would like to thank all the sports associations and clubs for joining hands with us to present the Kouga Mayor’s Cup. It’s good to see the tournament growing stronger every year,” said Hendricks.
He said the aim of the tournament was to facilitate sports development. Also, it was to encourage participation among people from all walks of life.

The Benefits Of A Healthy Lifestyle

“It’s about showing communities the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle. So, not only is playing sports fun. It is also a great way of achieving social cohesion and building community spirit.”
He said the tournament would start towards the end of June and run until the end of July.
“Also, the matches will be hosted at different venues across Kouga. This will allow as many communities as possible the opportunity to participate and support the programme.”
For more information or to become a sponsor of the tournament, contact Kouga Special Programmes Coordinator, Elvina Felix, at elvina@kouga.gov.za.
SELF-PROCLAIMED CHIEF THREATENS TO KILL POLITICAL LEADERSHIP

Kouga Municipality’s Customer Satisfaction Survey is underway. What do you really think?

Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks, said the aim of the survey was to determine how residents experienced service delivery during the 2021/2022 financial year, which comes to an end on June 30.

He called on residents to make use of the platform to evaluate the municipality and to suggest areas of improvement.

“The focus is on everyday service delivery, including, water, electricity, refuse removal, sanitation and roads,” he said.

The survey has the different services offered by the municipality, with scores of one to five, the former reflecting the worst opinion and the latter the best.

Hendricks said the Council valued input from residents as this helped the municipality to identify and prioritise work that needed to be done.

“When we adopted our vision, Good Governance through Service Excellence, we understood that running a municipality was about listening and responding to the communities we serve,” he said.

He said the survey would not replace platforms such as community meetings but was designed to enhance accountability and the involvement of residents in municipal processes.

The municipality will make use of digital platforms and other practical methods to communicate and receive inputs on the Customer Satisfaction Survey.

This includes an online survey at https://forms.office.com/r/esqcbHnZsm. The survey is also available on Kouga Municipality’s website.

Questionnaires are also available at all municipal offices, ward offices and public libraries.

The closing date for the survey is 15 July 2022.