Kouga Municipality has gone indigenous to celebrate the arrival of Spring.
The garden at the municipality’s Jeffreys Bay headquarters received a facelift last week Wednesday and now boasts an array of endemic plants such as spekboom, clivias, dietes, euphorbias and succulents.
Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said the make-over reflected the changes taking place in the region under its new leadership.
“We promised residents we would clean up the municipal administration, as well as our towns. What better place to start than the municipality’s headquarters, which suffered under the culture of neglect for too long,” she said.
She said security lighting in the municpal garden had also been replaced with low-energy lights.
“Ultimately, it’s all about sustainability and building a Kouga of which we can all be proud.”
She said the decision to go indigenous could not have come at a better time.
“South Africa is a water-scarce country. An indigenous garden is one way to save this precious resource. Since indigenous plants require less water, it will also help us to ensure that our headquarters look well-kept regardless of whatever conditions global warming might send our way,” she said.
She said future plans included the creation of an aloe and medicinal garden at the municipality in recognition of the Kouga area’s rich biodiversity and heritage. The yukkas will also be replaced with indigenous trees.
The Mayor thanked the Supertubes Surfing Foundation for assisting the municipality with their expertise and making plants from their indigenous nursery available for the project.
“It’s been incredible to see the eagerness with which residents, business and community organisations have been coming forward to offer their assistance and expertise.
“We have amazing people here in Kouga and the new leadership looks forward to taking hands with each one of them to give this region the care it deserves,” she said.