Informal Food Traders training for Food Handlers PDF Print
Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Educating and training informal food traders is one of the focus areas of Eden District Municipality’s (Eden DM’s) Environmental Health Practitioners (EHPs).  The purpose of these training sessions is to improve the level of food safety in our communities, by sharing knowledge of legal requirements and responsibilities, good operational procedures and awareness of food safety issues.

On Wednesday, 08 June 2016, EHPs in Knysna, Ms Mendy Tyhawana, Mr Mthetho Sithonga and Mr Linden Herwels, facilitated an informal food traders training session in the Knysna Town Library. Twenty two (22) food handlers, including local food vendors from Hornlee and the Knysna Taxi Rank, attended the session.

The 5 Keys to Safer Food, as well as health and hygiene practices in an informal environment were the two focus points of the training session. The programme was conducted in an interactive manner, during which the food handlers responded in an enthusiastic way. In conclusion, participants were awarded with incentives, such as cooler boxes, containers and buckets, presented by the Community Services Portfolio Chairperson, Cllr Henry McCombi, and the Manager: Municipal Health Services, Mr Johan Compion.

group_photo.jpg Informal Food Traders who participated in the training with the Eden District EHPs. With them are (front, far left) Mr Johan Compion and (front, far right) Cllr Henry McCombi.

Handwashing methods and benefits explained PDF Print
Wednesday, 29 June 2016

How true the saying, ‘your health is in your own hands’.  Despite the lifesaving effect of correct handwashing by using soap and water, this action is seldom practiced correctly.


Mr Francois Koelman demonstrates the correct handwashing method.






Washing hands correctly, saves more lives than any vaccine or medical intervention.  That is why it is one of the most effective and inexpensive ways of preventing the spread of germs.  Regular handwashing, particularly before and after certain activities, could save millions of lives.

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In an effort to instill this lifesaving habit on grassroots level, Environmental Health Practitioners (EHPs) from the Eden District Municipality (Eden DM) Municipal Health Office in George, Ms Khanyisa Joja, Ms Carike Soman, Mr Francois Koelman, Ms Nomvuyiso Pono, Ms Lana Alexander and Mr David Papier, presented training and a demonstration session at the Pacaltsdorp Primary School, to sixty (60) Grade R learners and two (2) teachers.

Learners were taught on when to wash their hands, as well as five simple and effective steps (wet; lather; scrub, rinse and dry), when washing hands.  
By washing hands for at least 20 seconds can prevent diseases that cause millions of preventable deaths amongst children under the age of five years.  

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 June 2016 )
R75 Million upgrades to the Friemersheim divisional road PDF Print
Monday, 27 June 2016

img_4338.jpg An excited group of Roads Services employees, together with the Senior Manager of the department (front left) and the Executive Mayors of Eden District- and Mossel Bay Municipality, during the official opening of roadworks in Friemersheim. 


On Monday, 20 June 2016, the Executive Mayor of Eden District Municipality, Cllr Wessie van der Westhuizen and the Executive Mayor of Mossel Bay Municipality, Alderlady Marie Ferreira, officially opened operations on the divisional road, 1578, Friemersheim.  Eden District Municipality (Eden DM) will be the Contracting Agent to rebuild the road over a period of 3 years.

The upgrade project was approved by the Western Cape Provincial Administration and the total cost of the project is estimated at R75 million.  Upgrades will be done between the km 15.8 and km 23.4.  The total length of the road will be upgraded to a permanent surface.  The completed road will consist of a paved side walk, with bus bays, side drains, layer works put together with imported selected subgrade, subbase and base course. Street lights will also be installed.

Eden DM will build the road in three (3) phases. The first phase will start from the 15.8 km point, to the 18 km point, through Friemersheim. An amount of R22 million was made available by the Western Cape Provincial Administration to conclude the first phase.


Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 June 2016 )
Youth in the Klein Karoo receiving much needed support PDF Print
Tuesday, 21 June 2016

The Youth from the Klein Karoo finally witnessed the doors of the long awaited Youth Café opened on Tuesday, 24 May 2016 in St John Street, Oudtshoorn.

033_1.jpg This victorious event attracted governmental officials, including the Western Cape (WC) MEC for Social Development, Adv. Albert Fritz, Councillors, Senior Management from municipalities in the Eden district, officials from Botswana, who are involved in youth development programmes, but most importantly youth from the Broader Oudtshoorn area.

After the Administrator of Oudtshoorn Municipality, Mr Kam Chetty, welcomed all present at the event, especially the youth, he stated: “In any particular country, city or town, the most important things that drive its future are its people, infrastructure, innovation, drive and passion, to succeed, but if the foundation is shaky, then we are not going to have a bright future”. 

Eden District’s Portfolio Councillor for Corporate Services, at the event, said:  “The opening of the Provincial Youth Café in Oudtshoorn is an attempt through which we hope, in conjunction with the Department of Social Development, to address the diverse and ever-changing, real and virtual needs of our youth within the boundaries of Oudtshoorn.  The purpose of the Youth Café will therefore be to equip the youth confidently, positively and purposefully to meet the challenges of the twenty first century”.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 June 2016 )
Environmental Week Commemorated - Land and Sea 2016 PDF Print
Tuesday, 07 June 2016

World Environment Day is held each year on June 5. It is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations (UN) stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action. The International theme for this year was “Go Wild For Life” – the emphasis being on zero tolerance for the illegal wildlife trade.

The Eden District Environmental Services Unit used World Environment Day to organise a special two day event.  The first day’s activities were held on Friday at Herbertsdale Primary School where learners were treated to a Biodiversity theatre show by the Lunchbox theatre group where important conservation messages regarding species protection were conveyed to them. This was followed by a donation of a water tank to Herbertsdale Primary School by Eden District Municipality, for their new food garden. Learners were given a rare opportunity to visit Gondwana Game Lodge to see and learn about wild animals and plant life up close.

According to Vernon Gibbs-Halls, Environmental Specialist for Eden District Municipality: “Learners were taught about the booming illegal trade in wildlife products which is eroding Earth’s precious biodiversity, robbing us of our natural heritage and driving whole species to the brink of extinction. The killing and smuggling is also undermining economies and ecosystems, fuelling organised crime, and feeding corruption and insecurity across the globe.” environmental_week_2016_donation_of_water_tank_laerskool_herbertsdale.jpg

Cheerful learners from Herbertsdale Primary School after a water tank was donated by Eden District Municipality to their school, for their new garden.

The following day commemorated Oceans Day 2016 and “Paddling out for Sharks”, which was celebrated with Thembalethu High School. World Oceans Day is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. World Oceans Day is an annual observation to honour the world's oceans, celebrate the products the ocean provides, such as seafood, as well as marine life itself for aquariums, pets, and a time to appreciate its own intrinsic value. The ocean also provides sea-lanes for international trade. Global pollution and over-consumption of fish have resulted in drastically dwindling population of the majority of species. World Oceans Day also provides a unique opportunity to take personal and community action to conserve the ocean and its resources.

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The Lunchbox theatre group conveys conservation messages to the Herbertsdale learners during the Biodiversity theatre show.

The learners enjoyed “Paddling out for Sharks” with Mr Muneer Moses (middle) from the South African National Parks.

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Cheerful learners from Thembalethu High School - We “Hugged a Shark!” 

Ms Ester Jacobs Overbeeke shared information on shark conservation. 

Thembalethu High School learners were further treated to a day out at Ebb and Flow to participate in various activities organised by Eden District Municipality, the Landmark Foundation, SANParks and the “Keep Fin Alive” programme of Esther Jacobs Overbeeke.

After an introduction by Mr Vernon Gibbs-Halls of the SASSI chart for wise fish choices to be bought or consumed in order to utilise our oceans sustainably, Ms Esther Jacobs Overbeeke gave a riveting presentation on shark conservation. Using her puppet called “Fin” as an ambassador of her educational programme, learners were left with a greater understanding of the importance of sharks in our oceans’ ecosystems and the threats they face through nets, ocean plastic, long line fishing, finning and trophy hunting. They were then accompanied by Ms Monica Vaccaro from Landmark Foundation on a hike through the forest, while others participated in a paddling activity with Mr Muneer Moses of SANParks entitled: - “Paddling out for Sharks”. Paddle Out for Sharks has become an annual event to raise awareness for the plight of sharks in our country.


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 June 2016 )
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