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Kouga Local Municipality brightens up Donkerhoek

Jul 2, 2018
Kouga Local Municipality brightens up Donkerhoek

The Kouga Local Municipality has brightened up the lives of more than 100 households at Humansdorp.

Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks switched on the electricity to 116 homes at Donkerhoek on Friday.

The mood was joyous as the Mayor was hoisted to the transformer for the official switch-on.

Ward councillor Freddy Campher thanked the municipality for making Donkerhoek a priority in its electrification programme.

"We know the need is great in many areas and are thankful for the work the municipality has done here," he said.

Addressing the beneficaries, Mayor Hendricks said developing informal settlements into urban areas would be a focus point throughout his term.

"We want to see services being installed at informal areas  and houses being built.

"There is still a lot of work that needs to be done here at Donkerhoek and it will take time, but the Council is fully committed to walking the long road with residents."

Hendricks further challenged residents to think of a new name for their neighbourhood.

"My predecessor, the late Mayor Elza van Lingen, switched on electricity to 250 households at Donkerhoek last year. It is my privilege to complete what she started. 

"With so many homes shining a light, this community can no longer be called 'Donkerhoek'.

"I invite residents to come up with a new name that reflects the bright future we want to help build for this community, most especially for the children."

He said Kouga would also be switching on electricity at the Kruisfontein housing development before the end of June and that almost R10-million has been budgeted for further electrification projects in the new financial year, starting July.

Image: Kouga Local mUnicipality Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks, leads the countdown to the switching on of electricity to Donkerhoek.