In her acceptance speech, Van Lingen said: “During this historic election, we have seen a wave of change hit our beautiful country, South Africa.
"A blue wave, where a Democratic Alliance led Government was voted for by the people to bring about the change needed to create a better life. A better life not just for some, but a better life for all.
"Rest assured, from today, we not only represent the Democratic Alliance but all the people of Kouga regardless of who you voted for."
Housing and job creation
In Humansdorp and Kruisfontein, 391 houses have also been committed to while in Hankey and Weston, respectively 990 and 196 units have been approved.
"These projects will continue but we will monitor any tenders for pals and reprimand anyone found to waste money through corrupt activity – as this has become a hallmark in ANC led governments," said Van Lingen.
"Too many of our people are unemployed and cannot find work.
"Agriculture and Tourism have been at the heart of our economy and will be prioritised as key sectors for job creation.”
Van Lingen also announced the new Mayoral Committee for the next five years: Desmond Petersen (will lead Infrastructure, Planning and Development), Danny Benson (Social Services), Frances Baxter (Tourism and Creative Industries), Bryan Dhludhlu (Local Economic Development), Brenton Williams (Finance, Administration, Monitoring & Evaluation) and Nico Botha (Special Projects).
Main image: Horatio Hendricks and Elza Van Lingen are the new Speaker and Mayor of Kouga. Photo: Clive Wright