Forces join for safer festive season

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Service Delivery

The municipality is working hard to ensure that the region would be ready for the influx of holiday-makers in December.

According to Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen, some contingency mea-sures have been put in place to meet service delivery expectations during the holiday season.

Temporary general workers will work in different service delivery sections across the Kouga.

“Due to the expected increase in water usage, our reservoirs will be monitored twice daily, and if the need arises, action will be taken to ensure a steady water supply by moving water between the different reservoirs where possible,” says Van Lingen.

“We expect low water pressure challenges, especially during the late mornings in Jeffreys Bay. This is, unfortunately, unavoidable due to the high levels of usage during this time. This is a trend that has been observed over the past ten years in coastal towns as people go to the beach in the early morning and return home to take showers.”

According to Van Lingen, a dedicated plumbing team will monitor and repair public ablution facilities along the beachfront, municipal caravan parks and Dolphin Beach.

Additional chemical public toilets will be hired and placed at different spots where it is most busy to cater for holiday-makers.

“We have hired four additional sewer suction tankers to help deal with the high demand during the festive season.

We have two 100Kva mobile generators that will be used to power critical service delivery installations during unforeseen power outages,” says Van Lingen.”

“Ongoing weekly visual inspections of the main 66kv incoming electrical line and structures are being conducted for possible and obvious defects. Arrangements will be made with specialised electrical service providers to assist the municipality should the need arise.”

Bulk cold asphalt is being ordered and will be stockpiled for road repairs. “This is done to ensure that we are able to deliver this service while the supplier is closed for holidays.”

Van Lingen says that the recently procured four new trucks – two compactor trucks and two mesh trucks - and two extra compactor trucks, will be used for refuse removal.

“We are hiring 72 temporary general workers who will work from December 1 until the end of January 2018. They will be deployed to various teams, such as litter picking, refuse removal and the grass cutting and bush clearing teams,” says Van Lingen.

“A programme of clearing road verges and entrances to towns started in November, moving from one town to the next, and should be completed by the first week of December.”

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