Day Zero Looms For Hankey & Patensie As Kouga Dam Drops Below 10%

The level of the Kouga Dam has dropped to below 10%.

Kouga Dam drops below 10%

Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks has urged residents of Hankey and Patensie to use water extremely sparingly and, where possible, to make use of the water in the tanks that have been installed in the area. 

He said the municipality was carting in water from Humansdorp to fill up the tanks, so as to minimise usage from the Kouga Dam. 

“The Kouga Dam is the only storage dam that supplies these two towns with water. 

” While boreholes have been drilled to serve as an additional source, the connection of the boreholes to the existing supply has been delayed due to the lockdown restrictions,” he said. 

He said the contractors were expected to return to site next week once all Covid-19 related health and safety measures were in place.

If all goes according to plan, the boreholes can then be brought on line in July.

Kouga Council to consider payment relief for residents and business

Kouga Municipality - logoThe Kouga Council will be considering various payment relief options on municipal accounts to help businesses and residents whose income has been affected by the coronavirus crisis. 

Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said all debt collection measures on outstanding accounts, including the disconnection of electricity, had already been stopped. 

“The municipality is also currently not charging interest on any outstanding payments,” he said. 

He said additional measures under consideration, included rates rebates, payment “holidays” and allowing residents and businesses to make arrangements to pay off outstanding monies without being penalised. 

He said the final measures would be tabled to the full Council later this month for approval

Municipal Buildings Re-Open For Account Payments And Enquiries

Kouga Municipality - logoThe municipality’s income section, including the cashiers at all units, is once again open to the public.

The Jeffreys Bay unit opened for business today. All other units will be open from tomorrow (Thursday, 14 May). 

The operating hours during the Covid-19 lockdown will be as follows:

  • Mondays to Thursdays: 08:30 – 15:00
  • Friday: 08:30 – 13:00

While this means residents can once again pay their accounts at the cashiers, we would like to encourage those who can, to make use of the online options instead.

EFT account payments can be made into the following bank account:

  • Name: Kouga Municipality
  • Bank: First National Bank
  • Account number: 52540033504
  • Reference: Your municipal account number and surname

Payments can also be done online through pay@. 

This service can be accessed through the following link, including the unique code given to each account – https://payat.io/qr/yourcode

Your unique code can be found on page two of the municipal account next to the pay@ option.  For example: https://payat.io/qr/1137400000

Balance and general account queries can also be directed to the municipal call centre at 042 200 2200 (option 3).

Media Release – Kouga Municipality

Open Letter to our Executive Mayor of Kouga Municipality

Craig Kilfoil’s letter to the Mayor can be read below but CLICK HERE TO READ THE MAYOR’S REPLY

 

have your say on St Francis TodayDear Mayor Horatio Hendricks,

One of the best-kept secrets at this time is what an outstanding job you have done to deal with the COVID-19 threat in your Municipality. Sincerely, thank you.

Allegedly [info from leaders in the community], there are no active cases of COVID-19 in Humansdorp. All 8 cases in Kwanomzano recovered. St Francis’s 1 case recovered.

Jeffrey’s Bay, Patensie, Oyster Bay, Andrieskraal, Loerie has zero. Recovery of the last remaining case in Hankey is imminent. Well-done Sir!

Now comes the tough part.

As pronounced by Government and Minister Patel on 2 May, I quote “… there are five levels of restrictions based on the health risk and the level of infections. Eventually this approach will differentiate between provinces and districts … the lower level of risk and the greater the level of health readiness, the greater the openness of the economy.” 1

As pronounced and per definition, it seems that your new mandate is now:

One – Stop or mitigate the risk of infected people coming into our area by strictly enforcing the travel bans to or from Kouga : –

Two – Open our Towns at Level 1, because we have no active cases of COVID-19 and an entire hospital in readiness : –

You have saved us all from COVID-19. Now your people need you to save them from economic ruin and poverty.

We urgently [not eventually] need you to make our towns Level 1 because they presumably qualify per Government pronouncements and there appears to be no justifiable health reason to prevent you from doing so.

Chokka Boat

Chokka Boat off St Francis Bay – Photo from- Martin Barbour landscape collection

Can you just imagine the positive economic impact of our Chokka fleet being out at sea again next week?

We encourage you to continue to set the bar, by which other leaders will be measured.

We appreciate the Political risk you would be taking by setting a precedent, but ask you to be brave Sir. Be our Hero.

Your Sincerely,

Craig Kilfoil – Kouga Resident

https://www.dispatchlive.co.za/news/2020-05-02-economys-shift-to-level-3-will-depend-on-health-results/ https://www

Food-Relief Projects reminded to register

Kouga Municipality - logo

Food relief projects that have not yet submitted their distribution programmes for next week to the Kouga Joint Operations Committee (JOC) are asked to do so by 10am on Thursday, 30 April.

The Kouga JOC is the official government  coordinator of all local Covid-19 interventions and consists of various roleplayers, including, the municipality, SAPS, the Department of Health and other state departments. 

“These submissions are necessary because  many groups and individuals involved in food relief projects are not registered as essential services, ” Kouga Mayor Horatio Hendricks explained. 

“That means that while these initiatives are very necessary, some are actually operating against the current lockdown laws. This puts the police in a very difficult position when it comes to enforcing the regulations.”

He emphasized that the intent was not to stop projects or to prescribe to them who their beneficiaries should be. 

“It’s about making sure that those involved, have the necessary permission and protection to continue the incredible work they are doing to keep food on the tables of Kouga families.”

Food relief projects that have not yet done so are asked to email their details to ajonck@kouga.gov.za by 10am on Thursday, 30 April. 

The email should include the following information:

The name of the food drive or organisation in charge of it

  • The names, surnames, addresses, ID numbers and vehicle registration numbers of all those required to leave their homes for the purpose of arranging or distributing food parcels
  • The distribution programme, including, the number of beneficiaries, the area of distribution and method of distribution (eg, door-to-door).
  • Ideally, the names and addresses of beneficiaries should also be included. This is to help avoid the same households receiving more than one food parcel while others receive none.

Hendricks said, going forward, the establishment of a food bank was being considered in order to streamline the distribution of food parcels through entities that have the necessary permits to do so.

“Again, I would like to stress, that the aim is not to prescribe to groups who their food parcels should go to. They can choose the beneficiaries, for example, a church can specify that its food parcels must go to members of its congregation. 

“Once the food bank has been established, the idea is that donations and food parcels, together with relevant beneficiary lists, can be dropped off there. 

“The parcels will then be distributed to the specified  beneficiaries by the municipality’s Law Enforcement unit and other entities with the necessary permits to do so.” 

He said the details of the food bank, including the procedure to be followed, were currently being finalised. 

#Kouga #Covid19 #StayhomeSA #foodrelief

Media Release Kouga Municipality

 

Renewed call for lockdown adherence as Covid-19 in Humansdorp increase

Covid-19A joint statement from Kouga Municipality, the Department of Health and Shoprite regarding the closure of the Humansdorp store on Friday.

With three more Covid-19 cases having been confirmed at Humansdorp this past week, a renewed call has gone out to residents to stay home to avoid contracting or spreading the Coronavirus.

“We started the week with five cases in Humansdorp. This has now increased to eight,” Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said.

“All indications are that the first two patients were infected at a funeral in Port Elizabeth.

“The virus then spread through local contact, with the extra cases being identified by the Department of Health through contact tracing and the mass screening programme.”

He said the patients all resided in KwaNomzamo, where more than 9 500 residents were reached last week through the Department’s mass screening and testing campaign.

“Of concern is that one of the new patients is a security guard at Shoprite in Humansdorp,” he said.

He said the municipality had met with the management of Sarah Baartman District Health and Humansdorp Shoprite over the weekend to discuss strategies and interventions to mitigate the possible spread of the coronavirus. Sarah Baartman District Mayor Eunice Kekana and East Cape MPL Virginia Camealio-Benjamin were also present.

The Department of Health said they welcomed the swift closure of the shop and were satisfied that Shoprite had been implementing the necessary precautionary methods to minimise the potential spread of the virus.

They will be working with Shoprite to ensure all employees and contract staff are tested.

Shoprite said in a statement that the shop would be sanitised and deep cleansed before re-opening. This will be done in consultation with the Department of Health.

“An employee screening programme, supported by the company’s mobile clinic, has been put in place and those staff members who had close contact with the infected person are now self-quarantining for 14 days.”

Hendricks said the rise in cases emphasized how important it was for all residents, not just those from Humansdorp, to stay home.

He said the Joint Operations Committee (JOC) would be meeting daily to coordinate all anti-Covid-19 efforts in Humansdorp.

According to the Department of a Health, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Kouga is nine – the first in St Francis Bay, followed by eight in Humansdorp.

PRESS RELEASE: – Kouga Municipality, Media Liaison Officer