Municipal election scheduled for August 3

2016-04-14 06:00

THE gloves are off and the major battle is yet to come - the 2016 local municipal elections.

Voting to decide who will be at the head of the Kouga Municipality, is scheduled to take place on August 3.

With the Democratic Alliance (DA) that led the National African Congress (ANC) 49.87% to 44.22 during the provincial elections in 2014, the battle is set to be fierce this year in a bid to triumph as the leading party in the region.

ANC Sarah Baartman regional secretary Scara Njadayi is confident that the ANC will once again rule over Kouga.

“After the 2014 national elections we did some in depth internal reflection to see where we can improve and how we can recruit more supporters,” says Njadayi.

“It was found that 700 residents from Ward 12 did not vote for the ANC due to problems with service delivery. Delayed housing projects prevented some 1 008 residents from KwaNomzamo in Humansdorp to cast their vote, while a further 2 000 residents did not support the ANC due to a lack of electricity, water and sewerage infrastructure.

“All of these problems have been addressed, and we have residents’ commitment to once again vote for the ANC in the upcoming election.”

Njadayi continues that residents can expect a lot of changes and development in the Kouga, “when we win the election”. These include proper roads, bigger reservoirs, additional waste sites, constant refuse removal, improved service delivery and land made available to investors.

On the opposite side of the coin, the DA is just as confident that they will be the leading party come August.

According to DA Member of Parliament (MP) and leader of the DA in Kouga, Elza van Lingen, the DA believes that they can win Kouga owing to voters yearning for change and quality service delivery.

“Voters are calling for a well-run municipality with good and clean governance - a municipality where services are regularly and properly delivered to each and every ward,” says Van Lingen.

“We will have a caring municipality offering increased opportunities, and a safe and inclusive municipality for all residents. Being forward thinking in Kouga is key to ensure a free, fair and opportunity rich society.”

According to Van Lingen, attracting investments is only possible in a well-run and clean municipality. “It is the DA’s priority to create that environment for investment to create the much-needed jobs for the people in Kouga.

“There will be a vast improvement in basic service delivery and stock will be taken of housing lists, housing projects, the high number of municipal vehicles out of order, the increasing debtors and creditors, as well as a full audit of all Expanded Public Works Programme projects,” she says.

“Regular and fruitful communication will furthermore be restored.”

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