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Building plans of R1,2 billion approved

28 January 2021

A total of 1 793 building plans, with an estimated combined value of over R1,267 billion, have been approved by Kouga Municipality since July 2017, stimulating economic growth in the region.

For the period a total of 1 066 building plans were approved in Jeffreys Bay – including, Aston Bay (184), Paradise Beach (113) and Pellsrus (36) – while a total of 144 plans received the green light in Humansdorp, including Kruisfontein (38).

Patensie and Hankey saw 19 and seven plans receive the stamp of approval respectively while 367 and 104 building plans were approved for St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis. Further approved plans included Crossways (12), Gamtoos Mouth (56), Loerieheuwel (1), Oyster Bay (9) and Thornhill (1).

Over the past year alone, 325 and 36 plans for Jeffreys Bay and Humansdorp were approved, respectively.

“The increase in building plans submitted can be contributed to the fact that Jeffreys Bay has become the perfect digital nomad destination since the national COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown last year,” said Kouga Finance Portfolio Councillor, Brenton Williams.

“Remote working has become the norm for many companies and individuals – and Jeffreys Bay is perfectly positioned to take advantage of this new normal in the workspace.  

“Not only does the town offer top co-working spaces, but also boasts a major deployment of fibre with Telkom, Herotel and Vodacom all rolling out fibre, with other companies like Frogfoot in the planning phase.

“Then there is also the world’s best wave at Supertubes, various coffee shops, surf shops, a mall, a skate park and a number of outdoor activities – all within close proximity.”