Almost all the municipalities in the Eastern Cape are under extreme financial distress.
Almost all of them owe massive amounts of money to Eskom. Most of them can’t pay their creditors. At least 14 of them are considered financially unsustainable.
Local government has all but collapsed across the entire province, except for one clear exception, and that is Kouga Municipality.
The municipality of Kouga has had an outright DA government since 2016, and the difference this has made to every single aspect of the municipality’s governance cannot be ignored.
Since 2016, almost 1600 households in Kouga have received electricity for the first time. New water treatment works have been constructed and old ones upgraded.
Many kilometres of road have been resurfaced and tens of thousands of potholes have been repaired.
60 new vehicles were added to the municipality’s fleet and a further 130 vehicles and plant were refurbished.
In 2018 and 2019 alone, more than 1800 historic title deeds were handed over to rightful beneficiaries, and further 110 have been handed over so far this financial year.
Kouga now also has the country’s first eco-friendly road built with waste plastic, as well as over 1,000 streetlights and floodlights fitted with energy-saving LED lights.
And last year Kouga passed its first-ever billion Rand budget.
In a sea of local government failure in the Eastern Cape, Kouga stands out as an island of excellence. And again, this is no coincidence. Given a full mandate to execute our plan, this is what the DA does.
We don’t steal. We don’t empower our friends and family. We don’t protect the corrupt. We simply do the basics of good governance, and we do it well.
And this means that wherever the DA governs, people have a better chance of building a life of value for themselves and their families.
A better chance at freedom.
If that sounds like the kind of place you would like to live in, you need to make the first move. You need to make sure your name is on the voters roll now so that you can cast your vote in October.
And when the 27th of October arrives, you need to go out and do your bit to ensure that Kouga remains with a government that can deliver.
Don’t think the other voters will do this for you. Because that’s when you end up and handful of votes short of a proper government.
Yes, there is plenty a DA government can do for you, but the first move is all yours.