Kouga local municipality
Tel:+27 (0)42 200 2200
All-hours Emergency:+27 (0)42 291 0250
Alternative Number:+27 (0)42 200 8330
Featured Pages
LOADSHEDDING SCHEDULES FOR KOUGA LOADSHEDDING SCHEDULES FOR KOUGA

Click here for the loadshedding schedules for Kouga towns. Kindly note that Thornhill falls under Nelson Mandela Bay Metro's electrical distribution area. Their schedule can be accessed at https://nelsonmandelabay.gov.za/Council.aspx?pageID=202

KOUGA CALL CENTRE AND LINK APP KOUGA CALL CENTRE AND LINK APP

Should you wish to report a service fault, please contact the Kouga Call Centre on 042 200 2200. The call centre is open seven days a week from 7:30am to 7pm. Outside these hours faults can be reported at 042 291 0250 or 042 200 8330. Alternatively, click here to download the Link app for easy fault reporting.

DRIVER'S LICENCE CARDS DRIVER'S LICENCE CARDS

Hundreds of driver's licence cards are awaiting collection at the Kouga Traffic Department in Humansdorp. Motorists affected by the nationwide delay in the printing of licence cards can check here if their cards have arrived.

Last modified: 04 Apr 2019
Back To Index

Draft budget and IDP tabled for 2019/2020

02 April 2019

Kouga Municipality’s draft budget and draft Integrated Development Plan (IDP) for the new financial year, starting July, were adopted by the Kouga Council on Friday(29/03/2019).

Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said the draft documents would now be taken to communities for feedback so that both documents could be finalised in line with legislation and what Kouga communities consider to be the priorities.   

"We've tried to keep the proposed tariff increases as low as possible, but there are factors beyond the municipality's control," he said.

"This would include, for example, how much Eskom and the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro charge us for electricity and water respectively. 

" Municipalities are further compelled by law to cover the cost of delivering basic services through the income for that service."

In terms of the draft budget the operating revenue for 2019/20 totals R833,972-million. This is an increase of 9,7% compared to the 2018/19 Adjustments Budget.

The main revenue sources are basic service delivery(54,75%), property rates (23,81%) and operating grants and subsidies (15,96%).

The operating expenditure for 2019/20 totals R889,468-million, resulting in a budget deficit of R55,496-million. It is a 8,5% increase compared to the 2019/20 Adjustments Budget.  

The main expenditure items are employee-related costs (32,71%), bulk electricity purchases (25,71%) and depreciation (9,57%).  

The proposed tariff increases are:

  • 7,5% for property rates
  • 7,5% for water
  • 8% for sanitation
  • 8% for refuse
  • 5% for the Environmental Management Fee
  • 13, 87% for electricity (average increase in income).

The draft capital budget for 2019/20 totals R89,932-million, which is a decrease of 57,08% compared to the 2018/19 Adjustments Budget. The decrease is mainly due to the allocation of the Water Services Infrastructure Grant to the municipality during the current financial year. 

Capital projects on the draft include R2-million for the acquisition of land for housing projects, a priority identified in the IDP for various communities. 

A further R2-million will be used to purchase wheelie bins for households and R1, 5-million for roads while almost R10-million has been earmarked for the upgrade of sport facilities, with the bulk going to KwaNomzamo.

Also included are upgrades to parks such as Yellowwoods at Hankey, Pellsrus and Kabeljous at Jeffreys Bay and the Cape St Francis Beach. 

Almost R16-million is set to go towards the completion of the Sea Vista Waste Water Works upgrade, R8,7-million for the  KwaNomzamo Waste Water Works and R4, 4-million towards the Patensie sewerage package plant.

A further R2, 3-million will be used for the municipality's programme to eradicate the bucket system.

Several electricity projects have also been prioritized for the new financial year, including the electrification of houses at Ocean View and Kruisfontein. R1,2 million has also been earmarked for public lights. 

The full list of proposed capital projects can be viewed in the draft document.