‘Yellow caps’ to replace illegal car guards at JBay Beurtwater dalk Kouga-streek se voorland

2016-12-22 06:01
Kouga Social Services Portfolio Councillor Danny Benson (front left) and Smhart Security boss Carl Trahms (front right) hand over the first official J-Bay Car Guard caps to David Johnny, Earthwell Dingani, Michael Witbooi and Brian Atties.                 Photo: SUPPPLIED

Kouga Social Services Portfolio Councillor Danny Benson (front left) and Smhart Security boss Carl Trahms (front right) hand over the first official J-Bay Car Guard caps to David Johnny, Earthwell Dingani, Michael Witbooi and Brian Atties. Photo: SUPPPLIED

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A new breed of car guard will be out and about on the streets of Jeffreys Bay this Festive Season.

With their bright yellow caps, the 22 men and three women are Jeffreys Bay’s first official parking attendants under an initiative by the Kouga Council to clamp down on illegal car guards in the popular holiday town.

“Car guards have been getting out of hand in Jeffreys Bay,” said Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen. “Shortly after the election, we promised residents that we would clamp down on illegal car guards. We are proud of the progress that has been made.”

The project is being run by the Council in conjunction with the Jeffreys Bay SAPS and local security companies.

The caps, emblazoned with the words “J-Bay Car Guard”, were sponsored by Smhart Security.

The Mayor said four of the parking atten-dants had already been registered with the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA) while the fingerprints of the others had been submitted for vetting.

“If they receive security clearance, they will be trained by local security companies and registered with PSIRA. In the meantime, they are being monitored closely so as to ensure they are sober and presentable. If any of them step out of line, they know they will lose their caps immediately,” she said.

The Kouga Council would like to encourage residents and visitors to refrain from tipping car guards who are not wearing the official yellow cap.

“Let us support those who are making an effort to be presentable, polite and properly qualified to look after vehicles,” she conclu-ded.

TE midde van die toeloop van vakansiegangers is beurtwater dalk die voorland vir gewilde kusdorpe, soos Jeffreysbaai en Oesterbaai, as mense nie briek aandraai met hul waterverbruik nie.

Laura-Leigh Randall, woordvoerder van die Kouga-munisipaliteit, sê die watersituasie in Oesterbaai verbe-ter nie omdat inwoners nie saamwerk om water te help bespaar nie. “Ons lewer al water met twee 18 000 liter-vragmotors aan die dorp. Dit neem ongeveer 45 minute om een vragmotor te vul,” sê sy.

Die plan is om daagliks vier keer die 18 000 liter af te lewer terwyl die waterverbruik gemonitor word. “As die situasie nie verbeter nie, sal ons beurt­water instel,” sê Randall.

Die inwoners van Wavecrest op Jeffreysbaai moes ook eergister gewaarsku word dat die watertoevoer in die boonste deel van Wavecrest onder geweldige druk is weens oormatige waterverbruik.

Inwoners en vakansiegangers is nou deur die Kouga-munisipaliteit versoek om hul waterverbruik te verminder.

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