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Eden and Sweden to strengthen relations PDF Print
Friday, 22 September 2017
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The Eden District Municipality team who will be representing the Eden District at Sweden are (fltr): Cllr Memory Booysen (Executive Mayor), Mr Monde Stratu (Municipal Manager) and Ms Nadiema Davids (Manager: Legal Services).
The Swedish Trade and Investment Council has invited Eden District Municipality (EDM) and local municipalities, including George, Mossel Bay and Knysna, to the two-day Middle East and Africa (MEA) Summit to meet with more than 100 Swedish companies. Local municipalities, however, asked Eden to attend the MEA Summit on their behalf and to present the entire district as a suitable destination for trade and investment. The visit will also form part of an upcoming Memorandum of Agreement between 'Business Sweden' and EDM.

On the table for discussion will be strategic issues and possible partnerships, and it is envisaged that Sweden stands the chance to play an effectual role in the envisioned deliverables with reference to renewable energy, waste management, tourism, ICT and transportation in the district. It is a wise decision to partner with Sweden because of their climate change policies and because they have already committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2045.

Executive Mayor, Cllr Memory Booysen said that: "I have a keen interest in discussing how we can work with Sweden to find more alternative solutions to solid waste management because it is a pressing matter for the entire district. Maybe Sweden could subsidise some of the projects; assist with state-of-the-art technology to reposition EDM to become a central hub for new energies (alternative fuels); share best practices in waste management; assist with job creation and skills development".

"Another benefit would be solar plants and wind turbines, which can be set up on one of the EDM properties. Eden will therefore be able to sell surplus energy and generate additional income," Cllr Booysen said.

Municipal Manager of EDM, Mr Monde Stratu explained that the newly adopted vision, which reads: "Eden, the leading, enabling and inclusive district, characterised by equitable and sustainable development, high quality of life and equal opportunities for all," could be achieved through a partnership approach. We need to find alternative approaches to equitable and sustainable development, which will ensure that we lead by example and ensure that spin-offs result in a high quality of life and equal opportunities for all."

Delegates from EDM who will leave on 24 September and return on 29 September to attend the MEA Summit, include Cllr Memory Booysen (Executive Mayor), Mr Monde Stratu (Municipal Manager), and Ms Nadiema Davids (Manager: Legal Services). One representative from the Southern Cape Economic Partnership, Mr Paul Hoffman, will also attend.

Sweden leads the world in many fields and is well known for:
  • According the OECD, Sweden offers the best healthcare in the world;
  • Their production of the fastest car in the world, 439 km/hr;
  • Leading the way in renewable energy;
  • Leads the way in burying its depleted nuclear waste;
  • Leads the way in shared parenting;
  • Leads the way in dumping socialism;
  • Leads the way in public records transparency;
  • Committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2045;
  • Sweden is the best place to grow old with 25 percent of the population over the age of 60; and
  • According to the Spartacus index, Sweden is the only country with full points  for anti-discrimination legislation.


Last Updated ( Friday, 22 September 2017 )
 
OR Tambo District Municipality visits Eden DM to share best practices PDF Print
Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Delegates from the OR Tambo District Municipality (OR Tambo), which is situated in the Eastern Cape, with its head-office based in Umtata, visited Eden District Municipality (EDM), on a study tour to experience the EDM Induction programme. This came after OR Tambo delegates who were also present at the Institution of Municipal People Practitioners of Southern Africa (IMPSA) conference, where Ms Trix Holtzhausen, Eden DM Executive Manager: Corporate-/Strategic Services, presented a best practices presentation about inductions at Eden DM.

The monthly induction programme at Eden DM took place on 7 and 8 September 2017 and was facilitated by Ms Angeline Naidoo, Eden DM Human Resources Practitioner. During this induction, Ms Holtzhausen extended a warm welcome to the delegates, and wished them well in the implementation of their induction programme. “Eden DM Council, management and employees, are very pleased and delighted to host you in our district. It is good to share best practices with colleagues, which will be of benefit to the communities at large.”

Ms Holtzhausen concluded that, "we would like to extend a word of gratitude towards OR Tambo DM for visiting Eden DM - employees will be empowered with knowledge and be given a chance to better understand the municipal environment".

 
The group of District Municipal employees from Eden and OR Tambo who attended the two-day Induction session hosted by Eden DM.
 
Delegates, Ms Zuzile Beje: Human Resources Manager (Left), Mr Thembile Vacu: Skills Development Facilitator (SDF) (right) and Ms Tandeka Bangani: Learning and Skills Development Officer (middle), from OR Tambo DM, during a robust debate at the induction session.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 September 2017 )
 
KNYSNA MUNICIPALITY INVITES PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE IN AN EXPRESSION OF INTEREST PROCESS PDF Print
Tuesday, 19 September 2017

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KNYSNA MUNICIPALITY INVITES PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE IN AN EXPRESSION OF INTEREST PROCESS TO PROVIDE THE MUNICIPALITY WITH PROPOSALS FOR TEMPORARY HOUSING SOLUTIONS FOR PEOPLE DIRECTLY AFFECTED BY THE RECENT FIRE DISASTER

Proposals are invited from individuals / companies / organisations which are able to provide temporary housing solutions to people directly affected by the recent fire disaster. 

Many buildings were destroyed or badly damaged during the June fires, requiring the residents of those buildings to seek alternative accommodation. In some cases, this alternative accommodation is only available until the start of the holiday season in December 2017.

The intention of this invitation is to obtain information about possible solutions to assist people directly affected by the fires to obtain access to temporary accommodation, in order to enable the Municipality to facilitate access to viable solutions.

The proposal(s) should speak to the following issues:
• Nature of the accommodation (land only or actual accommodation) and the number of people who could be accommodated;
• In the case of land only, the size, existing services, land use rights, and known development constraints pertaining to that land;
• Location of the housing solution;
• Financial model underpinning the solution (i.e. extent to which it would be supported by rental income, range of rents to be charged, etc.); and
• Period of time that the accommodation would be available.

Proposals will be short-listed, and the individuals / companies / organisations making these proposals will be invited to present their proposals to the Municipality on a date to be confirmed.

Technical enquiries relating to this invitation may be addressed to the Manager: Town Planning & Building Control, Mr Hennie Smit at Tel No. 044 302 6319 or e-mail:  This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it .

The closing time for submission of expression of interest is 12h00 on Monday, 02 October 2017. Proposals must be sealed in an envelope clearly marked and title given above, and placed in the bid box at the Supply Chain Management Unit, Finance Building, Queen Street, Knysna, on or before the mentioned time and latest date.

K CHETTY
MUNICIPAL MANAGER
Clyde Street
KNYSNA
6570

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 September 2017 )
 
Special Council Meeting PDF Print
Tuesday, 19 September 2017

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Notice is hereby given of a Special Council Meeting that will take place as follows:

Date:  Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Time: 11:00

Place: Eden DM Council Chambers

 
Eden district - Rainfall and Dam Status Report PDF Print
Tuesday, 19 September 2017

The past weekend, the Eden district received good rainfall over most of its Southern parts. Rainfall varied between 66mm in Riversdale, 84mm in Mossel Bay,  207 mm in Waboomskraal, 54mm in Knysna and 47mm in Bitou. (Download the latest rainfall register received from the South African Weather Service.)

All major dams have showed an increase in the storage volume with the Duiwenhoks peaking at an increase of 12,38%, followed by the Garden Route dam on 9,77% and the Wolwedans Dam on 7,82%.

Download the status of our regional dam as at 10:50 yesterday morning.

These figures will still increase in the next day or two, with more rain expected to fall from today and the run-off from the past weekend’s rain still flowing into dams.

The Eden Disaster Management Centre would like to extend a word of caution - this should not be seen as the end of the drought in our area and with very little follow-up rain predicted for the rest of this year, we need to save as much of the water that we have in storage to tie us over to the middle of next year, when near normal climatic conditions is expected to return.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 September 2017 )