Kouga Mayor Honoured With Alderman Title

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Kouga Mayor Hendricks now AldermanTHE Council of the Sarah Baartman District Municipality (SBDM) hosted a Special Council Meeting on Tuesday, September 28 to confer the title of Alderman/Alderwoman upon sixteen of its Councillors.

The event was held at Addo Wildlife and included the official handover of certificates from the Speaker of SBDM Council, Cllr M. E. Njadayi. The event was held in accordance with all COVID-19 protocols.

The title of Alderman/Alderwoman serves as recognition for the role played in local government by qualifying serving Councillors. The following criteria is used to qualify for the title:

– Serving on one or more local government bodies with South Africa for a consecutive period of 20 or more years.

– Assumption of the Office of Executive Mayor of the District Municipality.

– Attainment of 20 points which includes additional points for serving as a chairperson of portfolio/standing committee or Mayoral Committee.

The title of Alderman/Alderwoman has been conferred upon the following Councillors in the district:

– Cllr Horatio Hendricks for his 10+ years of service and the various positions he has held, including his role as Executive Mayor of Kouga Municipality.

– Cllr Khunjuzwa Kekana for her 20+ years of service and her position as Executive Mayor of SBDM.

– Cllr Deon De Vos for his 20+ years of service and the various positions he has held, including his role as Mayor of Dr. Beyers Naudè Municipality.

– Cllr Phindile Faxi for his almost 20 years of service and the various positions he has held, including his current role as Portfolio Councillor in SBDM.

– Cllr Vernon Stuurman for his 20+ years of service and the various positions he has held, including his current role as Portfolio Councillor in SBDM.

– Cllr Nomhle Gaga for her almost 20 years of service and the various positions she has held, including her current role as Portfolio Councillor in SBDM.

– Cllr Solethu Lukas for his almost 20 years of service and the various positions he has held, including his current role as Portfolio Councillor in SBDM.

– Cllr Karen Smith for her 10 years of service and the various positions she has held, including her role as EXCO member in Sundays River Valley Municipality.

– Cllr Nosicelo Xhasa for her 10 years of service and the various positions she has held, including her role as EXCO member in Ndlambe Municipality.

– Cllr Monica Mateti for her almost 20 years of service and the various positions she has held, including her role as local representative to the district.

– Cllr Joseph Britz for his 10+ years of service and role he has played as a committee member and PR Councillor.

– Cllr Leslie Reynolds for his 30 years of service and the various roles he has held.

– Cllr Fuzile Yake for his 20+ years of service and the various roles he has held.

– Cllr Daniel Bezuidenhout for his almost 20 years of service and the various positions he has held.

– Cllr Asanda Mboneni for his 10 years of service and the various positions he has held.

– Cllr Xolani Madyo for his 20+ years of service and the various positions he has held.

This event was the first of its kind for the Sarah Baartman District Municipality, and the province, and it showcases its appreciation to those Councillors who have served on various Transitional Local Councils, Western District, Cacadu District Municipality and now Sarah Baartman District Municipality. Through their steadfast leadership the district has remained a district committed to progress and development.

“It is with sincere appreciation that I accepted the conferment of the title of Alderman from Sarah Baartman District Municipality,” said Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks.

“I want to extend my gratitude to the Council, as well as salute my fellow confirmands for reaching this milestone in their political careers. My wish is for us is to live out this honor with humility and service to our communities and keep this title in good stand.”






BACKBOARD . . . rip current . . . swim . . . first aid . . . paddle . . . buoy and warning flags – all in day’s work, no matter the weather.

Some 22 dedicated and hard-working young residents from Kouga between the ages of 16 and 30 have received their prestigious Lifeguard Award certificate from Lifesaving SA, a globally recognised qualification, on Wednesday, September 22.

Apart from cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and water rescue skills, they have been trained in anatomy and physiology, as well as site specific emergency care and the general duties and scanning skills of a lifeguard.

Two more lifeguards received their Lifeguard Qualifying Award certificate on the day, enabling them to perform similar duties, except for water rescue skills.

The training was conducted free of charge by Kouga Municipality’s senior lifeguards and swimming instructors.

To date, the municipality trained over 40 qualified lifeguards.

“The initiative was launched to increase the pool of locally-bred lifeguards and to create seasonal employment opportunities for the youth,” said Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor, Daniel Benson.

“We would like to have lifeguards whose skills and discipline are known locally and who are within easy reach.”

He said one of the requirements to earn the certificate is a 200m run, followed by a 400m swim and another 200m run in under 10 minutes.


Local lifeguards Angelo Faulkner (second from left) and Nomfanelo Mbhele (second from right) receive their certificates from (from left) Zweli Mafutha (Kouga Senior Lifeguard), Hennie van Rooyen (Kouga Divisional Commander Fire Prevention, Safety and Training), Daniel Benson (Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor), Dewald Barnard (Kouga Chief Fire Officer), and Paul Makupula (Kouga Senior Lifeguard).


Surf legends shine in sizeable conditions at the SA Longboarding Champs

Day Two of the South African Longboarding Champs presented by RYD Brand sanctioned by Surfing South Africa kicked off in balmy weather and, once again, flawless offshore surfing conditions.

Sam Christianson

KwaZulu Natal surfer Sam Christianson scores high in entertainment value Photographer: Mike Ruthnum

To start the day, the Veteran division took to the sizable 4-6ft conditions in style. This is no small feat considering that this division comprises surfers aged 60 and older.

Barry Campbell, representing KwaZulu Natal, put together an excellent heat, locking in the second highest heat score total of the day with a 17.00 total (8.00 + 9.00). The 63-year old, former Springbok surfer comes fresh off a win at the South African Surfing Masters Championships last week and proved to be a standout for the day, across all divisions. 

As the wind turned onshore in the late morning, the Open Men’s abilities were put to test in somewhat trickier conditions. Standouts from the first day of competition who shone in the trials of more difficult conditions included Thomas King (Western Province), Sam Christianson (KwaZulu Natal) and Michael Hill (Eastern Province), marking them as surfers to watch for possible podium finishes. Each of these surfers achieved at least one excellent score (range 8.00 – 10.00) in testing surf.

The contest site was graced by representatives of the Kouga Municipality, who took the opportunity to snap a photo with World Tour surfer Jordy Smith. As the main sponsor, the Kouga Municipality has shown unwavering support for the event.

The day was cut short by a rising onshore wind that rendered the conditions sub-par. Action will resume tomorrow with the Quarterfinals taking place in what are expected to be smaller, clean offshore conditions. 

For Live Heat score updates from the event, head to https://www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za/ and click on the “LIVEHEATS” Button.

For media use only, images from the day available here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rvstnz46i1cdli1/AAD6s4TBzCIWNVxoDgfYcyJ4a?dl=0 

Photographer credit: Mike Ruthnum

Jeffreys Bay delivers pristine waves for Day 1 of the SA Longboard Championships

Llandudno surfer Luke Slijpen is embarking on his rookie year on the World Surf League’s (WSL) World Qualifying Series (WQS) with the strong backing of Quiksilver International.

Luke Slijpen takes to the skies © Ian Thurtell

Luke, a powerful 20-year-old natural footer, blew minds in Hawaii last winter. As a direct result, he found his signature needed on a recent Quiksilver International contract. This initial offering will see him competing for the next two years with a mountain and wave sticker on the nose of his board.

The initial contract is a two-year deal for renewal. The accomplished surfer is determined to vindicate the global surf brand’s vision of signing him up.

When not competing, Luke loves to hunt down heavy barrels and big waves. His gutsy and powerful performances at Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu drew the attention of the Quiksilver International team manager Miky Picon. 

Luke Slijpen

A victorious Slijpen © Thurtell

“In Hawaii, I got to stay at the Quiksilver house for a month. It was a good opportunity to surf all day, meet the Quiksilver crew and push my surfing with them,” said Slijpen.

Hailing from a surfing family, Luke has clear cut goals for the upcoming competitive year. “I want to make the Challenger Series (CS) next year, and I want to do a sick movie,” said Slijpen.

He knows what hard work is all about and is grateful for the opportunities. 

“Since I was a youngster, I always looked at the guys that got sponsored by international brands,” said Slijpen. “It’s tough to climb up the ranks in South Africa and get an international brand to commit to taking you on. Now I have Quiksilver, and I’m super amped to push it and do the best I can for the brand and hopefully keep moving forward with them.” 

“I stayed with Mikey Wright and Kauli Vaast, Leo Fioravanti, Zeke Lau, Koa Rothman and a couple of other Quik guys. Thanks to Reef Macintosh for letting me stay at the house. I’m super amped to go back this year and push my surfing even harder!”

Slijpen can often be found on the podium, with a string of successes to his name. These include a series of first-place finishes in the Pro Juniors, including contests at Lambert’s Bay, Durban and Victoria Bay, and a third-place at the ISA World Juniors in the U18 division.

Currently up the west coast in the Northern Cape, Slijpen is competing in the Experience Northern Cape Namakwa Challenge at a remote location in the Hondeklip Bay area. An invite-only WSL Specialty contest, the event also raises awareness about the mining that is destroying the place. 

“There are some amazing waves up there, and hopefully, we can share awareness of the destruction of the land that is happening along the coastline,” said Slijpen.  

Sunset Road, Cape Town

Luke also loves the big stuff. Sunset Reef, Cape Town © Van Gysen

For more on the Namakwa Challenge – https://www.worldsurfleague.com/events/2021/spec/3715/namakwa-challenge

Luke’s Instagram @lukeslijpen

Luke’s WSL Profile – https://www.worldsurfleague.com/athletes/10270/luke-slijpen

Luke is sponsored by Quiksilver, SMTH Shapes, Nixon, Globe and Zombie Tread. 



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The first day of the South African Longboarding Championships presented by RYD Brand, sanctioned by Surfing South Africa, opened today with magnificent weather and flawless conditions at Point, Jeffreys Bay. The world famous right-hand point-break did not disappoint, delivering nothing short of perfect, lined-up waves throughout the day.
Alfonzo Pieters

Gqebhera local Alfonzo Pieters carving through to the next Round. Image: Mike Ruthnum

A well-equipped contest site, experienced staff and strict enforcement of Covid regulations set the stage for a successful first day of the event. 
Longboard surfers through the ages took to the waves with stylish manoeuvres. Standouts of the day included Greg Smith, a Cape St. Francis local representing the Eastern Province. With a combination of arching turns and long, steady nose rides, Smith secured an impressive 9.17 points out of a possible 10.
Western Province power couple Thomas and Tarryn King impressed in their respective divisions. Tarryn put together a near perfect heat with two excellent scores (9.17 and 8.4) and Thomas followed suit with an equally outstanding combination in the Masters division (9.67 and 8.33) and a further win in the Open Mens division.
Jeffreys Bay local Coert Venter put on a spectacular show with his stylish, traditional-inspired longboard surfing, knocking World Tour surfer Jordy Smith into the elimination round. Much to the crowd’s delight, Venter spiced up his successful heat with a perfectly executed handstand, followed by a bow in response to the spectators’ cheers.
Crystal Hulett of Cape St. Francis put together a beautiful heat with well-timed turns and tidy nose-rides on the best waves, securing a spot in the Quarterfinals with ease.
KwaZulu-Natal surfer Sam Christianson wrapped up the day’s proceedings with the highest heat score total of the day, putting on a spectacular, confident performance to earn him a total of 18.33 points (9.33 + 9.00).
The week ahead promises fair weather and brilliant waves. Stay tuned for updates on contest action.
Photographer Credit: Mike Ruthnum

Municipality To Find Lasting Solution For Stray Animals

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KOUGA Municipality is looking at different approaches to find a permanent solution for roaming animals across the region.

Community Services Portfolio Councillor, Daniel Benson, said roaming animals were a serious threat to public safety and had been highlighted as a matter of concern by residents.

“The municipality has been leading investigations to find a lasting solution – especially now that there is no pound for stray animals,” he said.

“We have already engaged with roleplayers such as livestock owners in order to get a better understanding of the challenges and are working closely with the municipality’s law enforcement unit to identify and implement solutions.”

He said possible solutions include the establishment of a municipal-run pound or a pound managed by the SPCA Assisi in Humansdorp. The third option is a privately owned pound in the region.

Benson said two of the challenges identified, are the shortage of commonage land for local upcoming farmers and the easy availability of calves for purchase.

“This means that when animals are impounded, livestock owners simply buy new calves as this is cheaper than paying the fine and transport their confiscated cattle from the pound,” he said. “If we are going to stop this from happening, we need the support of the wider farming community and will be engaging with them as well.

“Furthermore, more education will be done in our communities on how to care for animals and the dangers they pose to residents once they are let loose and left unsupervised.”

Benson encouraged all livestock owners to ensure that their animals do not wander around unattended and that they are properly branded.

“Ultimately, it is the responsibility of livestock owners to keep their animals from damaging other people’s property and roaming around in the road, where they can cause serious accidents,” he said.

The keeping of livestock is subject to municipal by-laws such as the Road and Traffic by-law and Prevention of Public Nuisance and Keeping of Animals by-law. In terms of municipal notice 109/2016, published on 13 October, livestock owners have been granted seven days to comply with the by-laws, failing which their animals will be impounded.

Kouga Adds No Markup on Electricity Tariff Increase

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AS much as Kouga Municipality was mindful of the tough economic climate on residents, its recent electricity tariff increase was guided by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa and Eskom.

From July 1 this year, residents were paying 14.59% more for electricity.

This despite the municipality voicing their concern through the participation process to NERSA earlier this year.

Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks, said the municipality realised that the electricity hike would hit residents’ pockets hard given the current economic climate brough about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In a bid to keep the electricity tariff as low as possible for local residents, the municipality did not add a markup to the awarded increased percentage by NERSA to Eskom – giving them the green light to charge municipalities more,” he said.

“The municipality is also on the receiving end as far as this is concerned, especially when it comes to electrical infrastructure service delivery and electrical bills that have to be paid.”

The step tariff electrical costs are as follows:

  • Block 1: 0 units to 50 units – R1.16 per unit
  • Block 2: 51 units to 350 units – R1.51 per unit
  • Block 3: 351 units to 600 units – R2.16 per unit
  • Block 4: More than 600 units – R2.60 per unit

Hendricks urged all residents to utilise electricity wisely, as well as to use less electricity from 07:00 to 09:00 and from 17:00 to 22:00.