Late Mayor praised for turning municipality around

2018-06-28 06:02
Elza van Lingen, at her inauguration as Kouga’s Mayor in August 2016. With her is then Speaker, Horatio Hendricks, who has taken over the baton from her.               Photo:SUPPLIED

Elza van Lingen, at her inauguration as Kouga’s Mayor in August 2016. With her is then Speaker, Horatio Hendricks, who has taken over the baton from her. Photo:SUPPLIED

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KOUGA Mayor Horatio Hendricks paid tribute to his predecessor when he delivered his first budget speech in May.

Hendricks praised the late Mayor Elza van Lingen for turning Kouga around and vowed to build on what she had achieved.

“Turning around a municipality from poor to high performance takes time,” he said.

“It is like turning around a huge steam boat, going in the wrong direction. First you must slow it down, then stop it. You slowly turn it to where you want to steer it, then build up steam again, eventually gaining top speed.

“This is exactly what the late Mayor was tasked to do when the term started and I want to thank her for the heroic accomplishment of turning this municipality around.

“It is my full intention to get us back to top speed.”

Burgemeester bring hulde aan sy voorganger

KOUGA se nuwe burgemeester, Horatio Hendricks, het hulde gebring aan sy voorganger toe hy sy eerste begrotingsrede gelewer het.

Hendricks het die ontslape burgemeester, Elza van Lingen, geprys vir die wyse waarop sy die munisipaliteit omgekeer het.

“Dit neem tyd om ‘n munisipaliteit wat swak presteer om te keer. Dit is soos om ‘n groot stoomboot om te moet draai wat in die verkeerde rigting vaar.

“Die boot moet eers tot stilstand gebring word en dan omgedraai word in die regte rigting. Dan moet die boot eers weer stoom opbou totdat dit weer teen top spoed vaar.

“Dit is presies wat daar van ons voormalige burgemeester verwag is toe die termyn in 2016 begin het. Ek wil haar bedank vir die heldhaftige wyse waarop sy dit gedoen het en is ten volle oorgehaal om haar werk vorentoe te neem.”

Ufumene izibongo uSodolophu ongasekhoyo ngokuphucula umasipala

USODOLOPHU waseKouga uHoratio Hendricks uye wamtyibela ngamazwi lowo angene ezihlangwini zakhe ngexa esothula intetho yakhe yokuqala yohlahlo-lwabiwo-mali ngoMay.

UHendricks uye wambonga uSodolophu ongasekhoyo uElza van Lingen ngokujika iKouga kwimo ebikuyo, watsho efunga ukuba uyakwakha phezu koko sekwenziwe.

“Ukujika umasipala ukusuka kofedayo ukuya kulowo uphuma emagqabini kuthatha ixesha,” utshilo.

“Kufana nokujika isikhephe esinzima, sisiya kwicala elingelilo. Okokuqala kufuneka usenze sicothe, emva koko usimise. Usijika ngokucotha side side siye kule ndawo ufuna siye kuyo, siphinde sithabathe amandla kwakho, side sifumane isantya.

“Yilento kanye athe wayenza uSodolophu wethu ongasekhoyo ewayenikwe ukuba makayenze ukuqala kwesigaba solawulo kwaye ndifuna ukumbulela ngobugorha athe wayenza ngabo loo nto.

“Kuyinjongo yam ngokuzeleyo ukwakha umdlandla wokusibuyisela kwisantya esiphezulu.”

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