Drama and Dance Festival

Audition for Drama and Dance Festival

Budding stage performers from Kouga will have an opportunity to put their talents to the test in auditions to be held for a major upcoming festival at Grahamstown.

Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said auditions for the District Drama and Dance Festival would be held at the Humansdorp Country Club on Tuesday, 30 May, at 2pm.

The auditions are being held by the Sarah Baartman office of the Eastern Cape Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture (DSRAC), in conjunction with the Dakawa Arts Centre.

She urged Kouga artists to make full use of the opportunity and to give the best of what they have.

 “Those who make it through will go on to showcase their talent at the District Drama and Dance Festival, to be held on 3 June in Grahamstown,” she said.

“Our area is abundantly rich with talent and it is time we shared that with the rest of the communities in our district, the province and even nationally,” she said.

For further information about the auditions and the festival, one can contact DSRAC’s Mphumezi Mesani on 046 603 4205/076 785 8805 or email mphumezi.mesani@ecsrac.gov.za.

Alternatively, contact Kouga Municipality Arts and Culture Officer Xolile Wagosa on 042 200 2219 or email xwagosa@kouga.gov.za.

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New municipal valuers

Public meetings to introduce Kouga’s new municipal valuers

With the compilation of Kouga’s new General Valuation Roll set to commence in July 2017, four public meetings have been arranged to explain the process to property owners.

Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said the meetings have been set for June.

“Property owners will have the opportunity to meet the new valuers and to interact with them regarding the valuation process to be followed,” she said.

Valuators for General Valuators Roll

The two valuators will be wearing identity tags in the interest of security

“The new General Valuation Roll will determine how much property owners will be expected to pay for rates and taxes from the 2018/2019 financial year. We would, therefore, like to encourage them to attend the meetings as the outcomes of the process will affect everyone.”

Van Lingen said the new roll would be finalised and advertised for objections by 31 January 2018.

The public meetings will start at 18:30 and have been scheduled as follows:

* On Monday, 12 June, the first meeting will be held at the Newton Hall in Jeffreys Bay. The meeting will focus on the Jeffreys Bay area, including, Aston Bay, Marina Martinique, Pellsrus, Mandela Bay, Tokyo Sexwale, Ocean View and Paradise Beach.

* The second meeting will be held at the Katrien Felix Hall at Thornhill on Tuesday, 13 June. The focus will be on Thornhill, Loerie, Hankey, Patensie, Gamtoos, Crossways, farms in the Hankey and Patensie areas, as well as those Uitenhage farms that fall under Kouga’s jurisdiction.

* On Wednesday, 14 June, a meeting will be held at the Humansdorp Country Club for Humansdorp town and surrounds, including, Kruisfontein, KwaNomzamo, Vergenoeg, Vaaldam and farms in the Humansdorp area.

* The fourth and final meeting will take place on Thursday, 15 June, at the St Francis Links Clubhouse. The focus areas will be St Francis Bay, the St Francis Links, Kromme River, Sea Vista, Cape St Francis and Oyster Bay.

DDP Valuers has been contracted to conduct the valuations for the new roll. Information about them will be available on the municipal website

Further information about the valuation process is available from the municipality’s Valuations Department. Contact Marinda van der Merwe on 042 200 2157 or valuations@kouga.gov.za;  Regardt van Vuuren on 042 200 2157 or valuations2@kouga.gov.za or Wendy Jonkers on 042 200 8543 or valuations3@kouga.gov.za

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IDP meetings

New budget and IDP to be taken to communities for feedback

The Kouga Council would like to invite all residents and stakeholders groups to a series of community consultation meetings to discuss the new Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and budget for Kouga Municipality.

The draft IDP for 2017/2022 and draft budget for 2017/2018 were approved by the Kouga Council on Thursday (30/03/2017).

Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said the drafts would be taken to the community for feedback in April and May.

“We promised residents that we would be transparent and include them in our processes. This series of meetings is an opportunity for residents to participate in how they are governed. We would like to encourage all communities to attend,” she said.

All but two of the meetings, at Paradise Beach and Ons Tuiste in Humansdorp, will start at 6pm.

The meetings have been scheduled as follows:

  • Ward One will have two meetings. The first meeting will take place on 18 April at the Oyster Bay Community Hall, followed by a meeting at the Sea Vista Community Hall on 20 Apri
  • Ward Two will meet on 19 April at the Pellsrus Community Hall.
  • Ward Three is set to meet on 11 April in the Newton Hall, Jeffreys Bay.
  • Ward Four will meet on 24 April at the Baptist Church Hall.
  • Ward Five will meet on 25 April at the Kruisfontein Community Hall.
  • Ward Six is set to meet on 26 April at the KwaNomzamo Community Hall.
  • Ward Seven will also have two meetings. The first meeting will take place on 2 May at the Loerie Community Hall, followed by a meeting at the Katrien Felix Hal in Thornhill on 3 May.
  • Ward Eight will also be meeting on 3 May but at the Newton Hall, Jeffreys Bay
  • Ward Nine will meet on 4 May at the Vusumzi Landu Hall, Hankey
  • Ward Ten is set to meet on 8 May at the Dan Sandi Community hall, Patensie.
  • Ward Eleven will be meeting on 9 May at the Newton Hall, Jeffreys Bay
  • Ward Twelve will be holding three meetings. The first will take place on 10 May at the St Francis Village Hall. The second will take place at the Paradise Beach Dutch Reformed Church hall at 3pm on 15 May and the third will take place at the Humansdorp Country Club on 16 May.
  • Ward Thirteen will meet on 11 May at the Weston Community Hall
  • Ward Fourteen is set to meet on 15 May at the Tokyo Sexwale Sportsfield
  • Ward Fifteen will be holding two meetings, both on 16 May. The first meeting will start at 3pm and take place at Ons Tuiste in Humansdorp. The second meeting will start at 6pm at the Humansdorp Country Club and will be a joint meeting with Ward Twelve.

Enquiries can be directed to the Manager: IDP, Colleen Dreyer, at cdreyer@kouga.gov.za or 042 200 2143.