Further increase in local COVID-19 cases

COVID-19 infections continued to climb in the Kouga region last week.

According to the latest report from the Department of Health, the number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 65 on 26 October.

 
The active cases were located in Humansdorp (34), Jeffreys Bay (22), Patensie (3) and St Francis (1). The location of the remaining five cases had not yet been confirmed. 
 
Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks, said the Revenue section at Kouga Municipality’s main office building in Jeffreys Bay had to be closed this week till further notice after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. 
 
“The coronavirus is still very much among us and the recent resurgence of positive cases is of great concern. If the trend continues, it could have a detrimental effect on the upcoming summer holiday. 
 
“We each have a role to play in curbing the spread and keeping ourselves, our families and broader communities safe and healthy. 
 
“Residents are urged to wear face masks when in public, wash their hands regularly and to practise social distancing. 
 
“These safety precautions are just as important at social gatherings, which have been contributing to the spike in local cases,” he cautioned. 
 
According to the latest statistics, the cumulative number of COVID-19 infections in Kouga totalled 1897 on 26 October, including 1 786 recoveries and 46 deaths. 
 
Other local municipalities in the Sarah Baartman District have also been experiencing spikes, with 132 active cases being recorded in Blue Crane Route and 106 in Dr Beyers Naude. 
 
The number of active cases in the remaining local municipalities totalled 33 in Ndlambe, 29 in Makana, 27 in Koukamma and 18 in Sundays River Valley. 
 
The cumulative numbers in the Sarah Baartman district stood at 8019 total cases, 410 active cases, 262 deaths and 7347 recoveries at the beginning of the week. 
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Wood chippers to help clear trees chop-chop

The two Nukor machines, procured at a cost of more than R500 000, were delivered to the municipality last week.

Kouga Wood Chipper

Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor, Daniel Benson, joined Parks and Public Amenities manager, Frank Tamboer, and superintendent, Edo Madatt, for the delivery of the wood chippers.

Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor, Daniel Benson, said the new machines would mainly be used by the municipality’s Parks and Public Amenities section when trimming or removing trees along road verges.

“While our focus is on trimming trees, there are those that need to be removed completely because their roots have started damaging the verges and roads,” he said.

He said the wood chippers would make it easier for staff to remove the cuttings.

“Fewer trips will have to be undertaken to dispose of the cuttings, which means the municipality will save on fuel, as well as on space at the landfill sites.”

He said the municipality was also working on a biomass plant which would allow for the wood chippings to be used for green energy production.

Golden opportunity for households to get rid of unwanted goods

Households have an opportunity to shape up for the summer holidays this November. Starting next week, Kouga Municipality will be helping residents to get rid of any unwanted items and waste they have at home that cannot be put out for standard refuse collection.

“This includes building rubble, electronic waste, garden refuse and even old furniture,” said Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor, Daniel Benson. “The only thing that is excluded is food, as we do not want to attract scavengers.

Old food should be put out in wheelie bins on the days usually reserved for refuse collection.” Benson said the initiative had been dubbed “Coca-Maak Skoon”, which is the isiXhosa and Afrikaans words for cleaning up.

“The initiative forms part of the Keep Kouga Clean campaign and will run from 2 November to 3 December.

“We’ll be starting off in the Gamtoos Valley next week, followed by Humansdorp and the St Francis area, with Jeffreys Bay being the last stop. “A provisional programme is available, but residents are encouraged to watch the municipality’s Facebook page should there be any changes to the schedule,” he said.  

The provisional programme is as follows: ·         

  • 2 November – Patensie ·         
  • 3 November – Hankey and Weston ·         
  • 4 November – Loerie ·         
  • 5 November – Thornhill ·         
  • 9 November – Kruisfontein, Donkerhoek, Maak ‘n Las and Gill Marcus ·         
  • 10 November – Vaaldam and Arcadia ·         
  • 11 November – KwaNomzamo, Vergenoeg and the Golf Course ·         
  • 12 November – Humansdorp town, Boskloof and Panorama ·         
  • 16 November – Sea Vista and Santareme ·         
  • 17 November – St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis ·         
  • 18 November – Oyster Bay ·         
  • 23 November – Kabeljous and lower Wavecrest ·         
  • 24 November – Upper Wavecrest ·         
  • 25 November – C-Place and The Sands ·         
  • 26 November – Jeffreys Bay Central Business District ·        
  •  30 November – Pellsrus, Tokyo Sexwale and Mandela Bay ·         
  • 1 December – Ocean View ·         
  • 2 December – Aston Bay ·        
  •  3 December – Paradise Beach     

Revenue section at Jeffreys bay main office closed temporarily due to Covid-19

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The Revenue section, including the cashiers and account enquiries desk, at the municipality’s main building at 33 Da Gama Road, Jeffreys Bay, will be closed until further notice after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

All other sections of the main building and units in other towns remain open.

Our sincere apologies for the inconvenience. Residents are reminded that they can make their account payments online, as per the attached leaflet.

Kouga municipal account paypoints

 

 
 

Festive season events can save jobs and lives

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As part of its economic recovery plan for the region, Kouga Municipality is putting together an action-packed programme for the coming festive season.
 
“The COVID-19 lockdown has been hard on our local businesses. Some have had to close their doors while others have had to let go of staff,” said Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks. 
 
“Depending on the COVID-19 restrictions in December, the festive season could be an opportunity for us to give our businesses a much-needed boost, thereby facilitating job retention and creation.” 
 
He said the municipality had started planning towards the festive season so that everything would be in place to receive and entertain visitors should the COVID-19 restrictions allow it.
 
“Should our Tourism industry be able to operate unrestricted during December, but no plans are in place, it will be yet another blow for our region’s economy and people’s ability to make a living,” he said. 
 
“Should the restrictions prevent us from hosting certain events, the programme will be adjusted accordingly.” 
 
Hendricks said provisional plans included a combined laser and fireworks show on 18 December to open the season. 
 
“We are also planning towards Old Year’s Eve and are hopeful that we will be able to welcome in 2021 with a traditional fireworks display.”
 
He said the municipality was mindful that many animal lovers objected to fireworks. 
 
“We are not unsympathetic towards these concerns and have weighed up the pros and cons very carefully.”
 
He said the potential positive spin-offs of an organised  fireworks show outweighed the risks. 
 
“Fireworks are traditionally associated with special events and welcoming the new year. This is true across the globe, not only in South Africa or the Kouga regional,” he said. 
 
“Firework displays are major crowd-pullers and we need events of this nature to attract visitors to our region and drive the recovery of our economy, job retention and creation.”
 
He said the shows would go hand-in-hand with a campaign to discourage people from discharging fireworks at home or other public areas.
 
“Despite this being illegal, people shooting off fireworks in their personal capacity has been an ongoing challenge and is difficult to police.
 
“Our aim is to encourage everyone to attend the official events and to refrain from breaking the law by shooting off fireworks elsewhere.
 
“Animal lovers will then also know exactly when to expect the fireworks so that they can put measures in place to keep their pets safe.”
 
He said the municipality would be working closely with stakeholders, including the safety and tourism sectors, to help ensure communities reaped as much benefit as possible from the 2020 festive season.
Kouga Lifeguards

Lifeguard applicants were put to the test last week as part of Kouga Municipality’s preparations for the festive season.

Kouga region sees sharp increase in COVID-19 cases

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The number of COVID-19 infections in the Kouga region almost doubled last week, leading to a renewed call on residents and business to adhere to the basic safety precautions.

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According to the latest report from the Department of Health, there were 45 active cases of COVID-19 in the Kouga region as at 18 October compared to 24 on 12 October. 

“This is the first steep increase we have seen in some weeks and a harsh reminder that the coronavirus is still very much among us. 

“We cannot relax our guard if we are serious about avoiding a second wave,” cautioned Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks. 

“All residents and visitors are urged to wear face masks when in public, practise proper hand hygiene and to maintain social distancing.”

The latest statistics show that there were 22 active cases In Humansdorp on 18 October, 12 in Jeffreys Bay, four in St Francis and one in Hankey. 

The cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in the Kouga region stood at 1 794 on 18 October, including 1 706 recoveries and 43 deaths.