Garden Route Investment Conference - Official Conference Statement PDF Print
Friday, 09 March 2018

Conceived and driven by the Executive Mayor of the Eden District Municipality, Cllr Memory Booysen, a very successful and robust Garden Route Investment Conference was convened at the beautiful Oubaai Resort in George on 7 and 8 March 2018.

In his address, the Executive Mayor of the District, Cllr Memory Booysen was unambiguous about the Garden Route being open for business through active engagement with the private sector, SMMEs and emerging entrepreneurs, and in particular previously disadvantaged individuals and enterprises. At the centre of this conference is the message that the Garden Route District wants to grow the Region’s economy in collaboration with the private sector (domestic and foreign) and all Municipalities in the District, as well as National and Provincial Government and State Owned Companies, in the pursuit of:

  • Job Creation and Training
  • Business and Skills Retention
  • Increasing Quality of Life
  • Industry Diversification
  • Empowerment
  • Food Security
  • Adequate and diverse housing solutions
  • Integrated and Modern Transportation
  • Sustainable Infrastructure and Natural Resource Management
  • Protecting and enhancing our Environmental and Cultural Heritage
Shortly after Business Sweden's Mr Staffan Arbring (2nd from left) and Ms Cecilia Leideman-Bäck signed a "Letter of Intent" to commit to long-term collaboration with the District. Cllr Memory Booysen (2nd from right) and Mr Monde Stratu (left) also signed the "Letter of Intent".
The objectives of the Conference were to pursue business development and foster relations with prospective investors and partners and to ensure that measures are being developed for smooth and efficient planning processes, which would contribute to generating investment outcomes through ease of doing business, investment readiness, etc. With the active participation of the various municipalities, through showcasing their various opportunities and projects, the Conference created a comprehensive and cohesive picture of the economic growth prospects.

An average of 300 people attended the conference over the two days. Emerging entrepreneurs, small businesses and established businesses constituted about 65% of delegates. A total of thirty scheduled meetings were facilitated by Eden District Municipality between local businesses and national and international investors. A consequence of this is that there is currently significant progress towards concluding business agreements between local businesses, SMME’s and one of the Chinese delegations.

Conference was presented with robust and varied global and national economic perspectives affording us a glimpse into the complexity of the global economy and its impacts as well as where we should cast our eye for new opportunities and alliances. It also impressed on how critical stimulus strategies are for economic growth. 
More than 350 local and international delegates attended the two-day Garden Route Investment Conference which was held at Oubaai Hotel in Herold's Bay on 7 and 8 March 2018.
During the various stimulating and sometimes heated sector stream meetings, some of the key strategic issues raised were:
  • Access to land, finance and funding.
  • The need for more streamlined and efficient decision-making.
  • Managing Red Tape.
  • The need for institutionalised dialogue between Government and the Private Sector and where relevant, labor.
  • Developing clarity or better understanding for Public Private Partnerships, especially in the delivery of human settlements and bigger real estate developments.
  • Modernising and optimizing Infrastructure.
  • Regarding Red Tape issues, the District and B-Municipalities pledged unequivocally to reduce red-tape, without compromising the guidelines in the Municipal Finance and Management Acts and have One-Stop Centres for Business. 
  • Conference highlighted how imperative it is to support SMME’s and emerging farmers with access to funding and finance.  
  • The need to develop coherent Regional Coordination would be valuable in identifying new markets and grow export strategies and opportunities. 
  • Critical game changing opportunities in the agriculture sector - honey bush tea, essential oils and berries. 
Dr Hongbin Cheng (2nd from left) and members of his delegation also attended the Garden Route Investment Conference. Cllr Memory Booysen, Eden DM Executive Mayor is pictured in the middle, while Mr Paul Hoffman from the South Cape Economic Partnership is pictured left.
  From the infrastructure stream it emerged that there is a need for:
  • A comprehensive Infrastructure Plan
  • A District Infrastructure Chamber allowing for dialogue and critical engagements between Government and the Private Sector;
  • The idea for a District Development Agency or Garden Route
Most importantly, the Municipal Manager, Mr Monde Stratu called for the development of a Regional Growth Strategy in line with the Millennium Development Goals and the National Development Plan. This call was welcomed, by Conference delegates. Many of all the other important issues highlighted during the two days will be made available to all delegates in the very near future through a complete conference report.
Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises also benefited from the Conference when they were given a detailed explanation of the route to follow when entering the exporting arena. SMMEs were also given the opportunity to showcase what their businesses entail, with what they are struggling and where they see themselves in the future.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 14 March 2018 )
Listeriosis - Eden DM's Official Statement PDF Print
Friday, 09 March 2018
A Press Conference was held on 7 March 2018 about Listerios and how it affects the Eden District. Eden DM Panel members are (fltr): Mr Monde Stratu (Municipal Manager), Cllr Memory Booysen (Executive Mayor), Mr Clive Africa (Executive Manager: Community Services) and Mr Johan Compion (Senior Manager, Municipal Health and Environmental Services). 

The Municipal Health Services Section of Eden District Municipality (Eden DM) has a statutory obligation in terms of the National Health Act (61 of 2003) and the Foodstuffs, Cosmetic and Disinfectant Act, (Act 54 of 1972) to monitor and ensure safe food to communities, which include the storage and disposal of condemned foodstuffs.

The Eden DM has assisted with the recall of the indicated products after the source of Listeriosis outbreak had been identified by National Government.

Eden DM's objective is to ensure that the following products are removed and not enter the food chain of our people of our District: 
• Enterprise polony
• Enterprise smoked Russians
• Enterprise Frankfurters
• Rainbow Chicken viennas

The National Department of Health has released a cautionary notice indicating that persons at risk of Listeriosis should not consume these products from indicated Enterprise and Rainbow chicken processing plants. All shops have been requested to withdraw Enterprise® and Rainbow® products and consumers must return these products to retailers. 

Smaller shops such as general dealers, house shops, mobile and spaza shops that are generally more difficult to reach, are the focus areas where urgent interventions are needed. Many wholesalers do communicate their customers via electronic media and we have seen a positive response in this regard.

Currently Environmental Health Practitioners are doing comprehensive inspections and investigations at formal and informal food premises and are requesting or instructing the Managers in charge of food premises to remove all products from shelves, which have been listed to be recalled. 

All contaminated products have to be handled safely, detained, sealed and stored for collection and removal.  It also have to be disposed by the distributor for safe disposal at an approved waste facility not accessible to the public.  The only approved waste facility in Eden District Municipality area of jurisdiction is the Optimum Waste Incineration plant in George
Environmental Health Practitioners are also conducting awareness and education sessions at the formal and informal food premises, which also include crèches, schools and Old age homes.

People who are extremely vulnerable and at risk are: Pregnant woman, the elderly and persons with underlying conditions such as diabetes, cancer, chronic liver or kidney disease, persons with weakened immune systems due to HIV and chemotherapy.  

Proper hygienic cleaning and disinfection, with e.g. bleach of preparation services, separation of raw and prepared food and safe storage of foodstuff are communicated to all identified target groups within respective communities and the business sector.
Last Updated ( Friday, 09 March 2018 )
Garden Route Investment Conference now on until 8 March 2018 PDF Print
Wednesday, 07 March 2018
 The Garden Route Investment Conference is finally here. 

The Conference will provide municipalities and businesses the opportunity to showcase the potential economic investment opportunities of their municipal jurisdictions to South African and International Investors. More than 45 potential investment opportunities will be presented to investors during the Conference. 

Download the final program here.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 March 2018 )
EPWP Law Enforcement Project pioneered by Eden DM PDF Print
Tuesday, 06 March 2018
Fifteen (15) Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) Law Enforcement Officers, pledged their commitment to improving the safety of their people and properties in Plettenberg Bay (Bitou Municipal area). This commitment was formalised by a Service Level Agreement reached by Eden District Municipality and Plettenberg Bay Crime Prevention Association (PBCPA) Law Enforcement Officers signed on November 13, 2017. This saw recruitment and induction of 15 beneficiaries appointed through the EPWP programme on a R180 per day stipend. During a Ceremony of Appreciation and Handovers, which was held at the Plettenberg Bay Angling Club, new uniforms were handed out to beneficiaries, four beneficiaries were also given certificates for their outstanding performance over the past few months.
The group of beneficiaries with representatives of Eden DM and PBCPA. Executive Mayor, Cllr Memory Booysen is standing 8th from the left.
Mayor Booysen in his keynote address thanked PBCPA for partnering with Eden DM to make the program a success. He urged beneficiaries to take up the opportunity which has been provided to them and to “grab it both hands” – this dedication could see them one day growing into permanent positions. Cllr Booyen also reiterated the importance of Law Enforcement Officers to keep upholding the reputation of Eden DM while on duty.
The need for additional training was highlighted by the Mayor, and he said that the Municipality is “currently looking into further training opportunities that will be of benefit to Law Enforcement Officers”.
Councillor Memory Booysen, Eden DM Executive Mayor during his keynote address. (Left) Mr Lusanda Menze, Executive Manager, Planning and Economic Development and Mr Richard Dyantyi, Manager: EPWP (right).
The EPWP Law Enforcement Programme is a first of its kind for the District and according to the Manager: EPWP, Mr Richard Dyantyi, the Executive Mayor of Eden District Municipality, Cllr Memory Booysen, earlier in 2017 requested that the original plan of 10 job opportunities would not be sufficient. The Mayor asked that an additional five (5) appointments be made which would the add up to 15 job opportunities. 

The Eden DM Executive Manager, Planning and Economic Development, Mr Lusanda Menze, during his welcoming address, explained that EPWP is one of the key focus areas of the Executive Mayor, which provides the opportunity for the unemployed to enter the job market. “The Garden Route’s main economic driver is tourism which cannot grow if crime prevails, Law Enforcement Officers are critical in ensuring that law and order are kept and that tourists feel safe in our district,” said Mr Menze. 
Team Eden who all had a role to play in the success of the EPWP programme to date.
Marius Venter coordinates EPWP at PBCPA, said that the first big job of the Law Enforcement Officers was the Matric Rage in December 2017. No serious incidents happened during this period which indicated that the EPWP Law Enforcement Officers did a sterling job. Venter did however  explain that Council needs to look into additional funding for overtime because incidents of petty theft that usually takes place between 16:00 and 19:00 when tourists stroll along the beautiful coastal beaches of Plettenberg Bay. Currently, the regular working hours of EPWP Law Enforcement Officers start at 07:30 and end at 16:30, but in some cases Officers are required to work up to 12 hours per day, especially during the high-season.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 06 March 2018 )
Eden District Municipality and partners ready for the Garden Route Investment Conference PDF Print
Friday, 02 March 2018

During a press conference held on 28 February 2018 at Eden District Municipality (Eden DM), the Eden DM Executive Mayor, Cllr Memory Booysen, confirmed the readiness of Eden DM and partners to engage with South African and international investors at the upcoming Garden Route Investment Conference which will be held on 7 and 8 March 2018 at Oubaai Hotel Golf & Spa, Herold's Bay.  More than 45 potential investment opportunities will be presented to investors during the conference, which could amount to millions of Rands in income, a range of new jobs and a sustainable economic environment.


The arrangements of the Investment Conference which has been themed “Vukuzenzela - Creating opportunity in a Global Uncertainty” is currently in its final stage, while investors are already entering the Garden Route to explore various attractions and scenic experiences. eden_dm_ready_for_gric.jpg



FLTR: Ms Melanie Wilson, Manager: Economic Development and Tourism, Mr Lusanda Menze, Executive Manager: Economic Development and Planning, Ald Memory Booysen, Executive Mayor, Mr Monde Stratu, Municipal Manager and Mr Paul Hoffman, Programme Manager of South Cape Economic Partnership, during the press conference.


Mayor Booysen explained the intention of the initiative, when he said: “We want this Conference to be a district Conference where we want to give an opportunity to Municipalities within the Eden district to showcase the potential economic investment opportunities of their municipal jurisdictions.  We also want investors to zoom in on specific projects which these municipalities are capable of offering,” Mayor Booysen added.


International delegations, such as the South African ambassador to the Maldives, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, Ms Ruby Marks, the Trade Commissioner, Business Sweden, and two groups of Chinese Business delegations, are expected to attend the event.

Investment Opportunities within the following sectors, will be presented and might evolve to possible investments and partnerships: Agri Processing, Aviation, Education and Training, Finance, Business Services and Real Estate, ICT, Light Manufacturing, Oil, Gas and Energy, Timber Economy, Tourism, Waste Beneficiation and Clean Energy.

To read about the Garden Route Investment Conference, visit invest.edendm.gov.za.

Last Updated ( Friday, 02 March 2018 )