• Jeffreys Bay
    Serious financial challenges facing Kouga Municipality

    Since taking over Kouga Municipality in August 2016, the DA led Council under Mayor Elza Van Lingen has discovered that there are a number of financial claims and serious matters of non-compliance hanging over the municipality like a dark cloud. “The most serious instances are a R 46 million water bill owed to the Nelson […]

  • Jeffreys Bay
    Mayor’s Cup taking place this month

    Forty three soccer teams, 14 rugby teams and 10 netball teams will battle it out for top honours in the 2017 Kouga Mayor’s Cup tournament this August. The main action is set to take place at Humansdorp on Saturday, August 26, at various venues, including, Humansdorp Senior Secondary, Graslaagte Primary and the Kruisfontein sports complex. […]

  • Jeffreys Bay
    New Council uncovers another outstanding 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 R 13-million. Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen says the outstanding monies were for Return of Earnings (RoEs), required for what is commonly known as “workmen’s compensation” and payable annually by […]

  • Jeffreys Bay
    A State of Disaster declared in Kouga

    Prompted by the widespread destruction caused by fires that have been burning in the region since Wednesday (7 June), the Kouga Council declared a Local State of Disaster yesterday afternoon. The declaration, made at a special meeting at Jeffreys Bay, will now be promulgated in the Provincial Gazette. This will allow the municipality to apply […]

  • Jeffreys Bay
    Kouga’s Mayoral clean-up programme moved to Humansdorp last week

    The Kouga Municipality’s Solid Waste team swept through KwaNomzamo, clearing up illegal dump sites. A front-end loader and truck could be seen picking up all forms of refuse, from building rubble and garden waste to ordinary domestic waste. Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen says the programme was part of the municipality’s drive to create […]

  • Jeffreys Bay
    Massive clean up in Kouga

    Kouga Municipality staged a massive clean-up at Hankey and Patensie last week. Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen says the municipality had joined hands with Wagondrift Farming and the Gamtoos Irrigation Board for the programme. Masses of litter along the roads, at public facilities and open spaces were removed by a small but determined municipal team. […]

  • Jeffreys Bay
    Draft budget of R 811 million passed by Kouga Council

    Kouga Municipality’s draft budget for the new financial year was unanimously approved by Council. Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said the draft budget, as well as the draft Integrated Development Plan (IDP), would now be taken to communities for feedback so that both documents can be finalised in line with legislation and what Kouga’s people […]

  • Jeffreys Bay
    Council to tighten reins on illegal signage

    THE Kouga Council will be tightening the reins on outdoor advertising and signage boards in the region. Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said the municipality had taken hands with the East Cape Department of Roads and Public Works to improve control over the placement of advertising and signage boards across Kouga towns. Other roleplayers include […]

  • Jeffreys Bay
    Kouga to investigate R 483 million of irregular, wasteful expenditure

    THE Kouga Council is set to re-open investigations into unauthorised, irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure totalling R 483,2 million and dating back to 2010. This is according to the 2015/2016 Audit Report Action Plan that was tabled to the Council on Friday as part of the municipality’s second draft Annual Report for the 2015/2016 financial […]

  • Jeffreys Bay
    Kouga to re-advertise Municipal Manager position

    THE Kouga Council is set to embark on a second round of recruitment for the position of municipal manager. Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said the Council had resolved to re-advertise the position of municipal manager at a special meeting held on Friday, January 27. “We first advertised the position in October last year. […]

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