Communities to have their say

2017-04-20 06:01

THE Kouga Council is taking the municipality’s draft Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and draft budget to communities as part of its commitment to transparent governance.

Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said residents could either attend the meetings, to be held at all wards, or submit written comments on the draft documents to the Office of the Municipal Manager. The deadline for submissions is at noon on May 9.

The draft IDP for 2017/2022 and draft budget for 2017/2018 were approved by the Kouga Council at the end of March.

“We promised residents that we would be transparent and include them in our processes,” said Van Lingen. “This series of meetings is an opportunity for residents to have a say in how they are governed. We would like to encourage all communities to attend.”

Public meetings have already been held at Wards 1, 2 and 3. The remainder of the sche-dule is as follows:

  • Ward One will have a second meeting tonight, April 20, at the Sea Vista Community Hall. The first meeting took place on Tuesday at Oyster Bay.
  • Ward Four will meet on April 24 at the Baptist Church Hall.
  • Ward Five will meet on April 25 at the Kruisfontein Community Hall.
  • Ward Six is set to meet on April 26 at the KwaNomzamo Community Hall.
  • Ward Seven will also have two meetings. The first meeting will take place on May 2 at the Loerie Community Hall, followed by a meeting at the Katrien Felix Hall in Thornhill on May 3.
  • Ward Eight will also be meeting on May 3 but at the Newton Hall, Jeffreys Bay.
  • Ward Nine will meet on May 4 at the Vusumzi Landu Hall, Hankey
  • Ward Ten is set to meet on May 8 at the Dan Sandi Community hall, Patensie.
  • Ward Eleven will be meeting on May 9 at the Newton Hall, Jeffreys Bay.
  • Ward Twelve will be holding three meetings. The first will take place on May 10 at the St Francis Village Hall. The second will take place at the Paradise Beach Dutch Reformed Church hall at 15:00 on May 15 and the third will take place at the Humansdorp Country Club on May 16.
  • Ward Thirteen will meet on May 11 at the Weston Community Hall.
  • Ward Fourteen is set to meet on May 15 at the Tokyo Sexwale Sportsfield.
  • Ward Fifteen will be holding two meetings, both on May 16. The first meeting will start at 15:00 and take place at Ons Tuiste in Humansdorp. The second meeting will start at 18:00 at the Humansdorp Country Club and will be a joint meeting with Ward Twelve.

All but two of the meetings, at Paradise Beach and Ons Tuiste in Humansdorp, will start at 6pm.

Enquiries can be directed to the Manager: IDP, Colleen Dreyer, at cdreyer@kouga.gov.za or 042 200 2143, or the Manager: Budget and Treasury, Shukree Abrahams, at sabrahams@kouga.gov.za or 042 200 8503.

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