Cheri-Lynnís dreams become a reality PDF Print
Thursday, 26 March 2015

During August 2014, at the Francois Ferreira Academy’s Open Day, Cheri-Lynn Speelman decided to book an appointment with the Principal, Francois Ferreira. Cheri-Lynn's passion was clear to the Academy during the first minute of the interview. “All I want to do is cook and I want to start as soon as possible”, these words spoken with confidence by Cheri-Lynn, changed her life forever.

Fortunately for Cheri-Lynn, the ABSA Cater Care Course in association with Eden District Municipality was starting in September of that year.

She arrived the first day with her co-learners and it was clear that she was a lady on a mission. Cheri-Lynn’s desire to justly own a Chef’s jacket and work in the kitchen would soon become a reality.

Cheri-Lynn found the time to break away for a photo at the Francois Ferreira Academy's kitchen where she is advancing her career.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 March 2015 )
World Tuberculosis Day - 24 March 2015 PDF Print
Thursday, 26 March 2015

“On World TB Day, 24 March, World Health Organisation (WHO) is calling for new commitments and new action in the global fight against tuberculosis – one of the world’s top infectious killers.

There has been tremendous progress in recent years, and the world is on track to meet the Millennium Development Goal of reversing the spread of TB by 2015. This is however not enough. In 2013, 9 million people fell ill with TB and 1.5 million died.

Clearly, we all need to do more.” – World Health Organisation



  Officials of the Oudtshoorn Roads Department.







As part of the awareness of Tuberculosis (TB) and in recognising World TB Day, Eden District Municipality joined forces with the rest of the nation by having a HEALTH DAY CAMPAIGN in Oudtshoorn on 24 March 2015.  About 30 employees were tested by “That’s It” (Department of Health) and an information session on TB; the symptoms, risk and treatment of the disease were communicated to the employees.  


What is Tuberculosis (TB)?
TB is a lung disease caught by breathing in a germ that spreads in the air with coughing, sneezing and spitting.  Without treatment, a person with the TB disease will spread TB germs to 10-15 people every year.  Drug resistant (MDR or XDR) TB is TB that does not improve with medication because the TB germ is stronger than standard TB medication.  Drug resistant TB is difficult to treat and cure.  The goal of treatment is to finish the full course as instructed so that all TB germs are killed.

TB Symptoms
A bad cough that lasts 3 weeks or longer;
Pain in the chest;
Coughing up blood or sputum (phlegm from deep inside the lungs);
Weakness or fatigue;
Weight loss;
No appetite;
Chills; and

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 March 2015 )
Eden DM Water Week Celebrations PDF Print
Monday, 23 March 2015

National Water Week was celebrated in both Knysna and George in partnership with the Eden District Municipality on 16-18 March 2015, under the theme: “Water Has No Substitute”.  Pupils of Knysna- and Percy Mdala High Schools were treated to a guided tour of the Knysna Water Works where after they participated in a thrilling drama workshop of water related activities which were designed to educate learners towards the importance of water conservation.


Pupils from Percy Mdala High School during a drama workshop presented by Lunchbox Theater, a local drama group from Bitou.  




Eden District Municipality commented that: “Water Week each year continues to serve as a powerful campaign mechanism re-iterating the value of water, the need for sustainable management of this scarce resource and the role water plays in eradicating poverty and under-development in South Africa.”



Everybody learning and enjoying themselves.







The celebration of Water Week throughout the district continues, building on the ongoing awareness creation within the broader Western Cape. This awareness creation is coupled with the responsibility every citizen must take in ensuring the integrity of our water resources and its efficient use. Particularly, the linkages between water services, supply, resource management, poverty eradication, social and economic development are emphasised in a number of innovative ways.

Last Updated ( Monday, 23 March 2015 )
Cater Care Training lays the foundation for entrepreneurs and employment PDF Print
Monday, 16 March 2015

Eden has again partnered with Absa to invest in developing and empowering residents from the Eden district. A 3 month training course, presented by the Francois Ferreira Academy which kicked off on 2 February 2015 is equipping 12 learners with education in cooking, basic food assistance, wine serving, money management and basic life skills.

hospitalityindustry.jpg Participants of the Cater Care training programme with Chef Elizabeth Theron shortly after their photo session by the Eden Communication Section. Participants in no particular order: Eldrich Jordaan, Olwethu Pata, Akhona Gxumisa, Simhle Ngxotu, Andiswa Matolengwe, Bulelwa Mjali, Maria Sayimpi, Sharleen Hoorn, Vuyokazi Volvophike, Lilly Sonatamba, Wandle Job.


Eden District Municipality (EDM) has been involved in the recruitment of regional applicants since 2011, and is currently deliberating a budget for approximately R200 000 towards further training of residents seeking training in the Hospitality Industry.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 March 2015 )
George Airport to go solar PDF Print
Friday, 06 March 2015

The George Airport is set to become the first airport nationally to run entirely off solar energy. In a presentation made to the Executive Mayor of Eden DM, Cllr Wessie Van der Westhuizen, Deputy Executive Mayor Cllr Lionel Esau and senior officials on 18 February 2015, Mr Cornelius du Plessis (Chief Engineer) explained the process of the proposed installation of photo voltaic panels which will generate sufficient electricity through harnessing energy from the sun in order to make George Airport completely independent of the grid.

Last Updated ( Monday, 23 March 2015 )
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