The Kouga Council is set to take transparency to the next level by live-streaming its meetings over the internet.

Kouga Speaker Hattingh Bornman said the municipality’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) department was currently exploring how best to give residents virtual access to Council meetings.

“Council meetings are open to the public, but only a limited number of people can be accommodated due to space restrictions,” he said.

“We are, therefore, looking at using technology to make Council meetings accessible to everyone.”

He said transparency and active citizenry were important to the Council.

“The matters that are discussed at Council meetings affect the day-to-day lives of our communities. We want residents to have direct access to these discussions, so that they know exactly what was decided and why,” he said.

“In addition to strengthening transparency, it will give communities deeper insight into the processes and legislation that govern municipalities.”

He said potential platforms that would be used, included Youtube, Facebook and the municipal website.

“The meetings will not only be live-streamed as they are happening. The recordings will also be available online so that residents can watch it at their convenience.”

He said Council meetings were advertised in the local media and on the municipal website and Facebook page.

“Please keep an eye on these platforms should you wish to book a seat at the next Council meeting. Bookings can be made through my office.”