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NA maande se harde werk, wag en wonder, is Jeffreysbaai as Kwêla se Dorp van die Jaar vir 2018 aangewys.

Die gewilde vakansiedorp is as die wenner van die kompetisie aangewys op 17 Junie. Die eerste prys is R1-miljoen se gratis televisie-bemarking en daar sal ook ‘n groot makietie in die wendorp gehou word in September.

Horatio Hendricks, Kouga-burgemeester, glo dat dit die mense van Jeffreysbaai is wat die oorwinning moontlik gemaak het.

“Die dorp spog met die beste branders in die wêreld, maar dit is nie hoekom ons gewen het nie. Ons het gewen danksy die mense van Jeffreysbaai. Hulle is warm en verwelkomend en dít skep ‘n fantastiese atmosfeer.”

Volgens die burgemeester, is die oorwinning ook tekenend van wat behaal kan word wanneer mense saamwerk.

“Mense uit alle oorde het saamgewerk en stemme vir Jeffreysbaai gewerf. Dit wys dat ons sterker is wanneer ons saamstaan as wanneer ons alleen dinge probeer doen.”

Hendricks het die oorwinning opgedra aan sy voorganger, Elza van Lingen, wat die Kwêla-veldtog in Maart begin het.

Van Lingen, wat burgemeester geword het in 2016, is op 19 April oorlede, slegs twee weke nadat sy deelgeneem het aan die verfilming van ‘n insetsel oor Jeffreysbaai vir Kwêla.

“Dit was haar droom dat Kouga die beste munisipaliteit in Suid-Afrika word. Die Kwêla-titel is ‘n groot stap in die regte rigting. Ek is seker sy kyk met trots vanuit die hemel na ons.”

Jeffreysbaai was een van nege finaliste in Suid-Afrika en Namibië. Die ander finaliste was Montagu in the Wes-Kaap, Parys in die Vry-staat, Fochville in Gauteng, Wakkerstroom in Mpumalanga, Modimolle in Limpopo, St Lucia in KwaZulu-Natal en Mariental in Namibië.

Jeffreys Bay wins Kwela Town
of the Year

JEFFREYS Bay has won the Kwêla Town of the Year competition for 2018.

The popular holiday town was announced the winner of the competition on 17 June. The main prize is R1-million’s worth of free television advertising and a celebratory festival in September.

Kouga Mayor Horatio Hendricks attributed the win to the people of the town.

“J’Bay may have the best waves in the world, but that’s not why we won. We won because of the town’s people, who are warm and welcoming, and the atmosphere they create here.”

He said the victory showed what could be achieved if people worked together.

“People from all walks of life took hands to make this happen. It shows that, as a town and the broader Kouga community, we are better together than we are apart.”

The win was also a bittersweet moment for him as the campaign was started by his predecessor, Elza van Lingen.

Van Lingen, who was elected as Mayor in 2016, died of cancer in April, only two weeks after she took part in the filming of a segment on Jeffreys Bay for the Kwêla competition.

“It was her dream that Kouga would be the best municipality in South Africa. This is a big step in the right direction and I am certain she is smiling down from heaven on us.”

J’Bay was one of nine finalists from South Africa and Namibia. The other finalists were Montagu in the Western Cape, Parys in the Free State, Fochville in Gauteng, Wakkerstroom in Mpumalanga, Modimolle in Limpopo, St Lucia in KwaZulu-Natal and Mariental in Namibia.

iJeffreys Bay iphumelele njenge yona dolophu yonyaka

IJEFFREYS Bay iphumelele ukhuphiswano leKwela lwango-2018 lokuba yidolophu yonyaka.

Le dolophu idume njengendawo yokutyelela ethandwayo iye yachazwa njengephumeleleyo nge-17 June. Ibhaso lokuqala ziintengiso ezisimahla kumabonakude kwakunye nomnyhadala wombhiyozo ngoSeptember.

USodolophu waseKouga uHoratio Hendricks uyibeke le mpumelelo kubantu bale dolophu.

“I-J’bay inganawona maza mahle ehlabathini, kodwa asiphumelelanga ngenxa yaloo nto. Siphumelele ngenxa yabantu bale dolophu, abafudumeleyo nabanobubele, kwanomoya ohmle abawenzayo.

Uthe le mpumelelo ibonakalisa okungafezwa xa abantu besebenzisana.

“Abantu bankalo zonke baye babambana ngezandla ukuphumeza oku. Oku kuyabonakalisa ukuba njengedolophu noluntu lwaseKouga luphela, singcono xa sibambene kuna xa sahlukene,” utshilo.

Le mpumelelo ibimnandi ikwakrakra kuye nanjengoko eli phulo liqalwe ngulowo angene ezihlangwini zakhe uElza van Lingen.

UVan Lingen, nowanyulwa njengoSodolophu ngo-2016, uye wabhubha ngenxa yomhlaza ngo-April, emva kweeveki nje ezimbini ethabathe inxaxheba ekwenziweni kwenqaku malunga neJeffreys Bay kolu khuphiswano lweKwela.

“Ibiliphupha lakhe ukuba iKouga ibengoyena masipala uphambili eMzantsi Afrika. Eli linyathelo elikhulu nelilungileyo kwaye ndiqinisekile ukuba usijongile encumile esemazulwini.”

“I-J’bay ibiyenye kwezilithoba kwezaseMzantsi Afrika naseNamibia ezikumagqibela-kankqoyi. Ezinye iidolophu ibiyiMontagu ekwiphondo laseNtshona Koloni, iParys eseFreyistata, iFochville eGauteng, iWakkerstroom eMpumalanga, iModimolle eLimpopo, iSt Lucia KwaZulu Natal neMariental eNamibia.

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