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Kouga Local Municipality was 'packed with holidaymakers' over festive season: Mayor

Jan 20, 2017
Kouga Local Municipality was 'packed with holidaymakers' over festive season: Mayor

Once again Kouga Local Municipality has been packed with holidaymakers during the festive season "and it was pleasing to note that as a Municipality, we achieved our goals that were set out in the 100 day plan," said Kouga Local Municipality Executive Mayor, Elza Van Lingen, on Friday.

"The peak season was always going to be critical when we took over in August 2016 and the new Mayoral Committee worked closely with the officials to make sure Kouga Municipality was as prepared as possible for the influx of people.

"We identified shortcomings in equipment (mainly vehicles) and manpower and moved to address these shortcomings by hiring additional vehicles and hiring seasonal staff to make sure we delivered services during the season," the Mayor said.

"Thousands of potholes were repaired in the buildup to December, roads signage was painted, light bulbs were replaced and public open spaces were neatened up during October and November.

"All the hard work of our officials paid off, and we have received numerous compliments from our holidaymakers who said that they could see a difference, when compared to 2015."

She said that one holidaymaker, who has been coming to the Jeffreys Bay Caravan Park for the past 35 years, remarked that the Park has never been this secure (six security guards were employed by the municipality) and hasnt been this clean in many years.

"Of course there were going to be problems and our game plan was to react quickly when a problem occurred and to sort it out timeously.

"Water pipes did burst, there were sewage spills and we did lose power from time to time," the Mayor said.

"However, our staff worked extremely hard throughout the season and ensured that the Municipality delivered services that will see holidaymakers return in 2017.

"I would personally like to thank each and every employee of Kouga Municipality who worked tirelessly over the festive season for all their efforts and commitment.

"Together we will take the Kouga Municipality to greater heights than ever before."