Shock Labour Department bill

Shock Labour Department bill for Kouga

The Kouga Council has been confronted with a shock bill from the Department of Labour – this one dating back ten years and totalling almost R13-million.

Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said the outstanding monies were for Return of Earnings (RoEs), required for what is commonly known as “workmen’s compensation” and payable annually by the municipality to the Compensation Commissioner at the Department of Labour.

“The Council recently made the shocking discovery that the municipality hasn’t been submitting its Return of Earnings to the Compensation Commissioner since 2007.

“This means that municipal employees have not had proper cover for Injury on Duty claims for the past ten years, putting not only staff but Council at substantial risk.”

She said the municipality owed the Department of Labour a total of R12,619 million, accumulated from 2007 to 2016.

Employers, including municipalities, are required to submit a Return of Earnings form on an annual basis in line with the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act, No 130 of 1993.

The Act provides for compensation for disablement caused by occupational injuries or diseases sustained or contracted by employees in the course of their employment, or for death resulting from such injuries or diseases.

“The municipal administration is already in discussion with the Department to arrange for payment of the outstanding amount.

“Our first priority is to ensure that staff are covered, as we are not prepared to gamble with the lives of our employees or the money of our ratepayers.”

The Mayor said an investigation was underway to determine why the municipal administration had failed to disclose the outstanding monies to Council.
Press Release 
Laura-Leigh Randall
Kouga Municipality
Media Liaison Officer
084 2055 388

Municipal payments

Important info for Kouga Municipal payments and account holders

Kouga Municipal cashiers to close at noon on 30 June & Residents asked to re-register for municipal online service

Residents are asked to take note that all municipal pay-points (cashiers) will close at 12 noon on Friday, 30 June 2017.

Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said the early closure was necessary so as to allow the municipality to close off its books for the 2016/2017 financial year.

Friday, 30 June 2017, will be the last day of the current financial year.

She said the arrangement would only affect those wanting to make payments directly at municipal offices, including the Kouga Traffic Department at Humansdorp.

Residents will still, however, be able to make internet banking payments or pay at external pay-points such as the Post Office, pay@, Ackermans, Shoprite/Checkers/Usave, Spar, Pick n Pay, Pep Stores, EasyPay, My eBills and Boxer.

Residents asked to re-register for municipal online service

Residents and ratepayers who registered during the months of March 2017 and April 2017 to receive their municipal accounts via email have been asked to re-register.

Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said that data added to the system during these two months was lost when the service providers’ server crashed.

“We humbly apologise for the inconvenience, and would like to assure residents that additional back-up measures have been introduced to prevent this from happening again,” she said.

Those who registered during March and April 2017 are asked to contact the municipality’s Income Department at Jeffreys Bay to verify that they are still registered or to obtain a new access key to re-register.

Those affected can phone 042 200 2138 (Patrick), 042 200 2135 (Trevor) or 042 200 2263 (Centelle).

Press Release
Laura-Leigh Randall
Kouga Municipality
Media Liaison Officer
084 2055 388