Jeffreys Bay
Emergency funding required for Kouga’s roads

5 September 2015

The roads in Kouga are in a serious state of disrepair following weeks of persistent rain.

A road in Ocean View

A road in Ocean View

The farming area in the Gamtoos Valley has been particularly impacted, which will have financial consequences for the farmers.

“After several calls by the residents in both Kouga and Koukamma about the damage caused to roads during the heavy rains over the last week, I held an urgent meeting with Mr Randall Moore, Chief Engineer, in the department of Roads and Public Works yesterday (Friday 4 September), said Elza Van Lingen from the Democratic Alliance.

“In Koukamma, the Suuranys road (DR1800) has been inaccessible for some time and now there is virtually no road left.  The milk routes on the Tsitiskamma side also need urgent attention.

The Milton Bridge. Photo: InniKloof

The Milton Bridge. Photo: InniKloof

Kouga has several problems in and around Hankey and Patensie and the most critical roads have been reported.  Higher up in the Patensie area towards the Baviaans Mega Reserve, certain approaches to bridges washed away, but not all can be reported now.  The water levels of the  rivers must first drop before a proper assessment can be made,” added Van Lingen.

Petrus du Preez, chairperson of the Gamtoos Agricultural Union and Danie Malan, who also serves on the Kouga Roads Forum, have reported the most critical cases.  Marius Klein also reported the severe damages to the Oudebosch road towards Kleinfontein.

A road in the Gamtoos Valley. Photo: Christa Bekker

A road in the Gamtoos Valley. Photo: Christa Bekker

“The Oyster Bay road from Humansdorp up to the Goedgeloof turnoff and then from Oyster Bay further on to Palmietvlei, is in very poor condition.  In fact the little bridge across the Slang River has always been in a poor condition and is now in a critical condition,” said Van Lingen.

“Early next week, consultants will be sent to assess the damages and take photographs.  Funding will be a problem, but we have been assured that the officials will communicate to the Head of the Department of Roads and Public Works for emergency funding and more for flood damages.

Any further information must please be sent to us for proper assessment this week.” concluded Van Lingen.

Her contact details are: phone: 082 557 4206 and email: ecvanlingen@gmail.com

The Kouga Dam overflowing. Photo: Sunelle Whitehead

The Kouga Dam overflowing. Photo: Sunelle Whitehead

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