DA now focussed on transforming Kouga under new Mayor, Elza Van Lingen

AUGUST 4, 2016

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Kouga Local Municipality on Thursday said that it will now focus on transforming the municipality after its majority win the 2016 Local Government Elections held on Wednesday. The party won the municipality by a 17 - 12 margin, a change of fortune after the DA won 14 seats to the ANC’s 15 in the 2011 election.

“We are ecstatic about winning Kouga for the sake of the people and would like to thank the voters for putting their trust in the DA to govern the Municipality and to deliver a better life for all, said Elza Van Lingen, who will become the new Mayor of Kouga.

“There is a lot of hard work to be done in Kouga due to the years of neglect our towns have suffered.

"Our voters realise that the problems are not going to be solved overnight, but that corruption has come to an end in and they have voted in a government that cares and is committed to service delivery and the creation of a Municipality that serves its citizens.

"We want to clean up our towns and get rid of the rubbish that is strewn around and creating a neglected look to Kouga due to an ANC government that has been incharge for far too long."

Van Lingen said that they will engage with the community and develop an Integrated Development Plan (IDP) that is aligned with the Kouga budget, which will prioritise the infrastructural shortcomings that face our Municipality.

"The sewage spills all over Kouga, roads that are riddled with potholes and informal settlements that have no basic services all need to be addressed in the short term to ensure a better life for all our residents, and to attract investors back into the area, considering Kouga has the third strongest economy after the two metros," she said.

"Our assets like the JBay Winterfest will be supported to ensure tourists return to our towns and ensure growth in the tourism industry that will ultimately lead to more jobs being created.

"Voters have voted for a new government and we will bring much needed change that will move Kouga forward again.

"We would like to thank voters for giving us a chance to create jobs, deliver better services, and stop corruption."