Eight Tons of vegetables distributed to non-profit organisations and schools – Kouga Municipality

Eight Tons of vegetables distributed to non-profit organisations and schools – Kouga Municipality

Kouga Municipality once again facilitated the delivery of one ton of fresh vegetables to various non-profit organisations in Humansdorp.

In response to the growing challenges of the rising cost of living, the municipality coordinated the delivery of a combined total of eight tons of fresh vegetables to various non-profit organisations and schools across the region.

Supported by Wildeklawer Farm in Barkley West, this initiative is part of a broader mayoral effort, demonstrating the municipality’s dedication to community well-being and a community-centric approach to supporting residents facing economic hardships.

The municipality expresses heartfelt gratitude to Wildeklawer for their generous donations and looks forward to continued collaboration in the months ahead to provide more vegetables to residents in need.
Balancing iron and duty – The grit of a Kouga Municipality law enforcement bodybuilder

Balancing iron and duty – The grit of a Kouga Municipality law enforcement bodybuilder

KOUGA – Balancing iron and duty.

In the world of bodybuilding, dedication is paramount.

The regimen demands unwavering commitment to training, nutrition, and rest.

Now imagine layering upon this demanding lifestyle the responsibilities of a law enforcement officer – long shifts, nights, weekends, and public holidays.

It seems implausible, yet Dehan de Bruyn (23), a competitive bodybuilder and a dedicated law enforcement officer at Kouga Local Municipality since January 2021, deifies the odds with remarkable resolve.

Bodybuilding, often hailed as a 24-hour sport, intertwines the intricacies of nutrition, energy expenditure, and sleep.

For De Bruyn, navigating through these elements while juggling the rigors of law enforcement is a feat in itself. Yet, he lives by a simple mantra: “You can have excuses or results, not both”.

World of fitness

De Bruyn took his first steps into the world of fitness in January 2020.

Armed with little more than determination and a thirst for transformation, he embraced the challenge head-on. It was a daunting endeavour, filled with setbacks and doubts, but De Bruyn refused to be deterred.

Balancing iron and duty

“Slowly but surely, I began to carve out a new path for myself,” said De Bruyn.

“The once dormant muscles stirred to life under the guidance of a dedicated training regime. Every rep, every set, brought me one step closer to my goal of gracing the body building stage as a competitor.

As weeks turned into months, De Bruyn’s physique underwent a remarkable metamorphosis. The soft contours of his body gave way to chiselled muscles, a testament to the countless hours of sweat and sacrifice poured into his training.

Bodybuilding competitions

Encouraged by his progress, De Bruyn set his sights on a new horizon: bodybuilding competitions.

“Stepping onto the stage for the first time at the PCA Provincial Championship in September 2022, where I secured two podium finishes and earned a spot in the PCA South African Championship, I felt a surge of adrenaline coursing through my veins – an intoxicating blend of nerves and excitement after months of hard work and determination,” said De Bruyn.

More competitions followed.

Training regime

De Bruyn described the path to competition day as arduous, filled with gruelling workouts, meticulous meal planning and unwavering dedication.

Six-days-a-week training already starts at dawn for De Bruyn – pounding the pavement at 04:00 for cardio in Da Gama Road. “With my gym unlocking its doors at 05:00, I must make the most of every minute before my 06:00 shift begins,” he said.

As an operational officer, De Bruyn’s duties are unpredictable.

Access to amenities like a microwave is a luxury he often foregoes. Cold meals consumed on the go become the norm, a testament to his unwavering commitment to nutrition and timing – crucial pillars of his training regimen.

His typical meal plan before a competition consists of oats, eggs, fish, rice, and vegetables, as well as a lot of water.

According to De Bruyn, he never completely eliminates carbohydrates from his diet.

Support system

Yet, De Bruyn finds solace in his support system. He credits his coach, Jaques du Preez, for his unwavering belief since day one. Additionally, the camaraderie shared with law enforcement officer, Schalk Burger, a partner during previous competitions, provided a vital backbone during challenging times.

However, it is De Bruyn’s family and friends who serve as his pillars of strength. “In the realm of bodybuilding, where the mental fortitude required can often rival the physical demands, their unwavering support becomes a lifeline,” he said.

As De Bruyn reflects on his journey, he extends a hand of encouragement to all who may read his story. It is a call to action, urging individuals to cast aside excuses and fears, and instead, set their sights on ambitious goals.

“Through perseverance and unyielding dedication, even the most daunting obstacles can be overcome,” he said.

See also: Road Closure Due To Resealing Of Section Of R330 between St Francis and Humansdorp

Road Closure Due To Resealing Of Section Of R330 between St Francis and Humansdorp

Road Closure Due To Resealing Of Section Of R330 between St Francis and Humansdorp

Provincial Dept Of Roads

A section of the road between Humansdorp and St Francis Bay (R330) is set to be temporarily closed from 07 May 2024 to 10 May 2024, with one lane being closed at a time.
The closure is essential for the resealing of two sections of the road.
While Kouga Municipality understands the inconvenience this may cause, it is crucial for easy sanitization of the road for health and safety reasons.
This is in addition to the closure of the road four times a day to facilitate the safe crossing of cows. Following each crossing, an extensive clean-up and disinfection process, lasting about five minutes will be conducted. Throughout this period, the road will remain closed.
To accommodate this necessary procedure, motorists are advised to anticipate a 20-minute waiting period during specific times of the day. These intervals, scheduled from 05:00 to 05:20, 09:00 to 09:20, 14:00 to 14:20, and 17:00 to 17:20, serve as windows for the implementation of control measures.
However, it is important to note that these times may vary depending on prevailing circumstances and operational requirements.
We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Vandalism Targeting Essential Electrical Infrastructure On The Increase

Vandalism Targeting Essential Electrical Infrastructure On The Increase

– In recent weeks, Humansdorp has been grappling with an alarming increase in deliberate acts of vandalism targeting essential electrical infrastructure.
Vigilantes, armed with wires, have been brazenly throwing them across overhead lines, resulting in widespread and unplanned electricity outages throughout the community.
These malicious acts have varied in their impact, with some instances requiring a simple removal of the wire to restore power, while others have led to more prolonged interruptions due to secondary faults caused by the interference.
The consequences are dire, not only in terms of infrastructure damage but also in the discomfort and frustration experienced by affected residents and businesses.
What makes this situation even more distressing is the realisation that these acts are being perpetrated by members within the community itself. Cable theft, in general, has seen a concerning rise, with reports of cables being stolen from houses during these periods of darkness, exacerbating the already dire situation.
In response to this surge in criminal activity, Kouga Municipality is taking decisive action. We are offering a reward of R10 000 for any information that leads to the successful arrest and prosecution of those responsible for these deliberate acts of sabotage. This initiative aims not only to address the immediate issue but also to send a clear message that such behavior will not be tolerated.
The impact of these actions extends far beyond mere inconvenience; it poses a serious threat to public safety and undermines the well-being of the entire community.
Kouga Municipality urges residents to stand together against this menace by promptly reporting any suspicious activity to the South African Police Service (SAPS) and making cable theft a priority crime.
If you have any information related to these incidents or have witnessed any suspicious activity, please do not hesitate to contact Senior Law Enforcement Officials, Johnny Hayward at 081 322 7399 or Adam Floors at 081 215 8713. Your identity will be protected, and all information provided will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.
New boreholes In St Francis Bay – Municipality boosts water supply

New boreholes In St Francis Bay – Municipality boosts water supply

KOUGA – Pouring innovation into every drop.

With the completion of two additional boreholes in St Francis Bay – yielding a combined output of 0.8 million litres per day (Ml/d) – Kouga Municipality has significantly enhanced the region’s water infrastructure to meet the growing demand.

These new boreholes, along with the existing three boreholes, will now provide a yield of 1.8Ml/day, enough to virtually meet the average daily water demand of the area.

The R3 million project, which commenced in February 2024, included the development of two new boreholes adjacent to the R330, as well as improvements of metering and control systems at three existing municipal boreholes at The Links. Additionally, telemetering systems were established at all five boreholes, and level control systems were enhanced at the two elevated tanks at the existing reservoirs.

The completion of the project also involved the supply of water into the storage reservoirs and from there into the reticulation system, ensuring efficient distribution to residents.

Kouga Execuitve Mayor, Hattingh Bornman, expressed his optimism about the project’s impact, “The development of these two new boreholes marks a significant milestone in our efforts to secure a sustainable water supply for St Francis Bay. By utilising more borehole water and improving our infrastructure, we are taking proactive steps to address the challenges posed by water scarcity.

“With a combined yield of 1.8Ml/day, we are better equipped to meet the needs of our residents and businesses.”

However, Bornman highlighted that during peak periods, the municipality will still rely on the Churchill Dam for water supply.

He added, “While these additional boreholes will substantially reduce our dependency on the Churchill supply system, it remains a crucial part of our water infrastructure, especially during peak periods of demand.”