Where we govern


This is Kouga Local Municipality’s first term under DA government. Their vision is, ‘good governance through service excellence’. Already, the Municipality is making headway with plans to replace the municipal vehicle fleet that it inherited from the previous administration, with one that works. Projects to upgrade tourist attractions and renewable energy plants are in the pipeline. Under DA governance, real change is on its way.

Kouga's Success Stories

In Kouga a Local State of Disaster has been declared so that our municipality can apply for more funding from provincial and national government.

Kouga Municipality works to ensure that initiation customs are treated with respect and that our children are safe.

“Great to see the roads being resealed in my neighbourhood – first time in 15 years.” – Glen Bowles, Wavecrest

Meet the Mayor & Mayoral Committee Running Kouga Municipality

Elza van Lingen

Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen is a dynamic and passionate former member of Parliament. This is her first term as executive mayor of the Kouga Municipality. Elza has lived in Cape St Francis since 2000. When she first relocated to the Municipality she complained madly about the quality of the water, prompting the late Prof….

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News from Kouga

Emergency water tariffs to be charged from August

The price of water is set to increase steeply from August when Kouga starts charging emergency drought tariffs. Kouga Mayor Elza van Lingen said the implementation of the higher charges – Part C of the municipality’s tariff structure – was approved by Council at the end of May. The Council also declared a local state…

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Kouga clears its books of old unauthorised expenditure

Kouga Municipality is cleaning up its books by writing off unauthorised expenditure spanning five financial years. The resolution, to write off R288 million of unauthorised expenditure, was taken in a Council meeting held last week. Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said the resolution was in line with the prescripts of the Municipal Finance Management Act…

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Fire prompts second disaster declaration

Prompted by the widespread destruction caused by fires that have been burning in the region since Wednesday (7 June), the Kouga Council this afternoon declared a Local State of Disaster. The declaration, made at a special meeting at Jeffreys Bay this afternoon, will now be promulgated in the Provincial Gazette. The declaration will allow the…

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