KOUGA residents and stakeholders have just over a week left to submit comments on the Kouga Municipality’s draft integrated development plan (IDP) for the 2021/ 2022 financial year.
“The IDP, a five-year plan that captures the development needs of communities, is the municipality’s most important planning tool,” said Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks.
“It captures the service-delivery and development requirement for each ward. These requirements, in turn, help to determine how the annual budget of the municipality is allocated. It is, therefore, critical that communities provide input to ensure that the needs of their wards are correctly identified and addressed.”
According to Hendricks, the biggest capital project is the resealing and repair of roads across the Kouga region.
“Apart from the resealing of 12km of road during the 2019/ 2020 financial year, more than R8 million has been budgeted for the resealing of roads in the current financial year, ending on June 30, 2021,” he said.
“It is hoped to secure additional funding for the resealing programme in the adjustment budget this month – allowing us to tackle more roads.
“Furthermore, R9.2 million was spent on gravel road upgrades, while 15 378 potholes were fixed in 2019/2020 compared to the 7 785 potholes fixed in 2018/ 2019. A further 9 720 potholes were fixed from July 2020 to December 2020.”
He said that the highest priority in the IDP, and one of the municipality’s greatest concerns, is the dependence of the informal settlements on the bucket system – which needs to be eradicated.
“Usually, the first round of IDP public meetings takes place in October and November each year,” said Hendricks. “Regrettably, we had to put the meetings on hold last year due to the resurgence of positive COVID-19 cases in our region.
“Lockdown restrictions on gatherings have, unfortunately, not yet been relaxed. As a result, we have had to make alternative arrangements to consult with residents about the review.
“I would like to encourage each and every one of you to take the time and use this opportunity to voice what you would like to see happening in your ward.”
An electronic copy of the IDP is available on the municipal website at www.kouga.gov.za, as well as at all municipal offices, libraries and ward offices. The IDP will furthermore be circulated on flash drives.
Comments and suggestions on the ward priorities can be submitted to the IDP section headed by Colleen Dreyer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, contact Dreyer at 081 760 7245.
It can also be dropped into one of the comment boxes at the ward offices, libraries and main administration units.
The closing date for submission is Friday, February 26, 2021.
Issued by Kouga Municipality
Stuur jou mening van 300 woorde of minder na MyStem@netwerk24.com en ons sal dit vir publikasie oorweeg. Onthou om jou naam en van, ‘n kop-en-skouers foto en jou dorp of stad in te sluit.
Netwerk24 ondersteun ’n intelligente, oop gesprek en waardeer sinvolle bydraes deur ons lesers. Lewer hier kommentaar wat relevant is tot die onderwerp van die artikel. Jou mening is vir ons belangrik en kan verdere menings of ondersoeke stimuleer. Geldige kritiek en meningsverskille is aanvaarbaar, maar dit is nie 'n platform vir haatspraak of persoonlike aanvalle nie. Kommentaar wat irrelevant, onnodig aggressief of beledigend is, sal verwyder word. Lees ons volledige kommentaarbeleid
Waldimar Pelser is redakteur van Rapport en aanbieder van 'In Gesprek' op kykNET.
Blouwillem is 'n voorheen bevoordeelde, tans geseënde middeljarige man.
Murray La Vita is 'n bekroonde rubriekskrywer en profielskrywer vir Netwerk24.
Johann Maarman is eindredakteur by Die Burger en 'n bekroonde rubriekskrywer.
Nathan Trantraal is 'n strokiesprentkunstenaar en digter van Kaapstad.
Leopold Scholtz is 'n vryskutjoernalis en politieke kommentator.
Barnard Beukman is die redakteur van Beeld.
Gert Coetzee is redakteur van Volksblad.
Herman Lategan is 'n skrywer wie se rubrieke in 'Binnekring van Spookasems' gebundel is.
Sonja Loots is 'n dosent aan die Universiteit van Kaapstad en bekroonde outeur.
Sarel van der Walt is 'n joernalis vir Netwerk24 en 'n voormalige Londen-korrespondent vir Media24.
Charles Smith is Netwerk24 se nuusredakteur in Bloemfontein.
Hallo, jy moet ingeteken wees of registreer om artikels te lees.