Eden DM donates R15 563 to FreshStart for recycling project PDF Print
Wednesday, 13 July 2016

FreshStart Sedgefield, a Non-Profit Organisation that aims to create new possibilities by teaching children to help themselves and break the cycle of poverty, received a visit from the Eden District Municipality’s (Eden DM's) Speaker, Cllr Doris Nayler, early last week. 

According to Mr Schalk Van As, the Smutsville Recycle Swop Shop,  driven by FreshStart, not only teaches children the value of personal effort, but it also makes them aware of environmental challenges of today, as well as how to contribute towards a healthier environment. 

Due to active community involvement and increased volumes of donations, the project has grown in such a way, that one container is not big enough for the storage of items. It is for this reason that Eden DM saw it fit to donate an amount of R15 563.00 towards the project. This generous donation will be used to construct a second, more spacious container, which will expand the project’s operations. 
Given her role in the community, Speaker Nayler makes it her duty to visit the initiative frequently and nurtures relations with residents who share the same sentiment, such as Mr Rejoice Gawie, who was present during her visit.  Siblings Callan and Courtney Gravett from East London, were also caught by surprise while donating a car boot full of items to the Swop Shop. 

As exiting Speaker of Eden DM and a Councillor of Knysna, Speaker Nayler says the residents of the town Sedgefield and the Eden district as a whole, over the past 16 years, touched her life in many ways – “it is for that reason that I will keep on serving our people”.


Photo Caption:  Eden DM's Speaker, Cllr Doris Nayler (2nd from left), hands over the cheque to Fresh Start’s Mr Schalk Van As (3rd from right), with Mr Rejoice Gawie (left) and donators Callan and Courtney Gravet (right and far right) present at the event.


Where is the Smutsville Recycle Swop Shop situated?

The Swop Shop is situated on the property of Sedgefield Primary School.

When to visit or donate to the Swop Shop?

Between 13h30 to 16h00 every Wednesday during school terms.

How does the Smutsville Recycle Swop Shop work?

Children collect and separate recyclable material and ‘swop’ it for MULA points. Using these MULA, the children ‘purchase’ items from the Swop Shop. They are also able to save MULA points towards bigger items.

The shop stocks second hand clothing, toys, sports equipment and books, as well as new stationery and toiletries.

After shopping, each child is given a fruit and has the option to stay longer and spend time at the Kiddies Corner where they can listen to stories, colour in, do a little craft or play with educational toys.


This year, 3140children from Sedgefield have traded 16 729kg of recyclable material for a total of 6 709 items through 18 SwopShops.


Last Updated ( Friday, 15 July 2016 )
Burgemeester van Eden DM red die lewens van jeug met skenking van R18 000 PDF Print
Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Dienslewering was gister die fokuspunt tydens ‘n toespraak gelewer deur Eden Distriksmunisipaliteit (Eden DM) se Uitvoerende Burgemeester, rdl Wessie Van der Westhuizen, terwyl hy aan begunstigdes van donasies gesê het:  “Die doel van Plaaslike Regering het lankal verander.  Plaaslike Regering het nie meer ten doel om die lewens-standaarde van mense te verbeter nie, maar eerder om die lewens van ons jeug te red”.

Tydens dié geleentheid het Burgemeester Van der Westhuizen ‘n tjek ten bedrae van R 8 000 aan RVC Titans en ‘n bedrag van R10 000 aan die Suid-Kaap Jeug Ontwikkeling Inisiatief oorhandig.

“Ek gee hierdie geld as ‘n begin van ‘n verhouding sodat ons gesamentlik hand aan hand die Eden distrik kan verander. Jeug en landelike ontwikkeling lê ontsettend baie na aan my hart en met dit glo ek dat mense van die landelike gebiede ook God se mense is,” het Burgemeester Van der Westuizen genoem.
Rdl Niklaas Booysen stigter van die RVC Titans rugby klub het Burgemeester Van der Westhuizen bedank vir die skenking en genoem dat die rugby span gebore is uit kinders wat verslaaf was aan dwelms en kinders wat langs die straat opgetel is. Rdl Booysen het verder beklemtoon: “Eden DM is een van die eerstes wat RVC Titans behulpsaam was met so ‘n groot skenking”. mayoral_donations_18_000.jpg

Tydens die tjekoorhandiging is (vlnr), verteenwoordigers van RVC Titan, rdl Niklaas Booysen en mnr. Danny Saayman, Eden DM se Uitvoerende Burgemeester, rdl Wessie Van der Westhuizen en verteenwoordigers van die Suid-Kaap Jeug Ontwikkeling Inisiatief, mnr. Mervin Minnies en mnr. Sam Witbooi.

Op sy beurt het mnr. Sam Witbooi, verteenwoordiger van die Suid-Kaap Jeug Ontwikkeling Inisiatief tydens sy bedankingstoespraak genoem: “Hierdie skenking is ‘n teken dat daar mense is wat saam met jou in die stryd is vir ontwikkeling. Miskien lyk die skenking nie groot nie, maar as ons ‘n verskil in een of twee persone se lewens gemaak het, dan maak ons ‘n groot verandering”.

Burgemeester Van der Westhuizen het die begunstigdes geadviseer om seker te maak dat hulle verslag doen oor hoe die fondse aangewend was en dat dit ‘n goeie motivering sal wees vir wanneer hulle weer skenkings vanaf Eden DM in die toekoms sal benodig.

Nadat Burgemeester Van der Westhuizen ook ‘n spesiale woord van dank aan sy kantoorpersoneel, mnr. Dawid Willemse (Kantoor Bestuurder), me. Nicolette Bell en mnr. Jason Barnes vir hul toewyding en vertroue gerig het, het hy ter afsluiting alle persone geïnspireer met die volgende woorde:  “Kom ons vat mekaar se hande en bou voort”.

Last Updated ( Friday, 15 July 2016 )
Women making Film & TV PDF Print
Tuesday, 12 July 2016








On the 24th June 2016, during the Durban International Film Festival, women making films and television (both locally and internationally) came together to address common concerns, share experiences, support and inspire one another. All in attendance supported the importance of working towards ensuring that women are given a voice in the industry, through organised action.
It was agreed that there will be initially different chapters of this organisation in order to meet and work out a way forward and begin to define what it should do. Other meetings will take place in Johannesburg and Durban at the same time.
We invite all women working in the film and television sector in Cape Town and the Western Cape, to attend the inaugural meeting or, if unable to make it, send through your details to be added to the mailing list.

The details for the meeting is as follows:
Date:  Thursday, 14 July 2016
Time:  18h00 - 19h00

Place: Kings Cross Corner, 9 Queens Park Avenue, Salt River (2nd Floor: Priest Post Production - MAP)

Parking available opposite the Kings Cross Building - signs will be put up.
Please RSVP your attendance here: http://goo.gl/forms/S2yvs9ch8IAvEfVK2 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 12 July 2016 )
Garden Route Biosphere Reserve PDF Print
Friday, 08 July 2016

official_photo_for_biosphere_release.jpg From left to right: Mr Vernon Gibbs-Halls (Eden DM Environmental Specialist: Biodiversity and Coastal Management), Ms Mary Jane Waite, Mr Johan Compion (Eden DM Manager: Environmental Services), Mr Godfrey Louw (Eden DM Municipal Manager) and Ms Julie Carlisle (Bitou Valley Foundation).


The i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed as final preparations for the submission of the Garden Route Biosphere Reserve application are underway. Sixteen (16) lever arch files and over 8000 pages of required documentation, has been painstakingly compiled over the last two years, after it was decided 10 years ago that the area between George and Jeffrey’s Bay, is worthy to be included in the acclaimed United Nations UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere programme.

After sustaining the Garden Route Initiative (GRI) under the Cape Action for People and the Environment (C.A.P.E), the Eden District Municipality (Eden DM) embarked on an initiative to gain accreditation of the Garden Route Biosphere Reserve (GRBR).  This vital step towards ensuring that efforts to conserve the environment are met, is the brainchild of the Eden DM Environmental Specialist, Mr Vernon Gibbs-Halls and a consultant, Ms Julie Carlisle. The Executive Mayor of Eden DM, Cllr Wessie van der Westhuizen and the Eden DM Portfolio Chairperson, Community Services, Cllr Henry McCombi, congratulated the team on their hard work and efforts. The Eden DM Council continues to support and firmly believes that the application for accreditation of the GRBR will be a success.

Last Updated ( Monday, 11 July 2016 )
Premier's Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards (PERA 2016) PDF Print
Thursday, 07 July 2016

The Western Cape Premier’s Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards 2016 is the fourth edition of an annual competition that recognizes the achievements and potential of some of the Province’s most exciting entrepreneurs. By acknowledging and showcasing successful entrepreneurs, this Awards programme is helping to build a culture of entrepreneurship in the Western Cape – and in turn, support the creation of opportunities by small and medium businesses.

Categories include:

Click on the category to download the entry form.

You can enter the competition using this entry form, or online at www.wcpremiersawards.co.za

The closing date for entries is 05 September 2016.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 July 2016 )
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