Veld Fire: North-East of Cango Caves - Oudtshoorn PDF Print
Wednesday, 17 June 2015

On Saturday night (13th June 2015) around 20:30 CapeNature received a notification about the veld fire burning North East of Cango Caves and immediately deployed CapeNature personnel who patrolled and monitored the fire until late Sunday the 14th of June 2015. The cause of fire is still unknown and we are busy with investigations. Reports from the ground crews indicate that about 5000ha of veld between ages 11 and 25 years has burnt in CapeNature and Private Land. We have also received reports about a hut that burnt down in Meiringspoort area and this is being investigated.

A meeting was held on Monday the 15th of June 2015 between representatives from CapeNature, Oudtshoorn Municipal Fire Services and Eden District Fire Services, to look at the status of the fire and also to plan suppression tactics. Following the meeting, firefighting teams were deployed on the fire-line where it was safe and accessible for direct attack, isolation and mopping up.

Another follow up meeting was held on the morning of Tuesday 16th June 2015 for progress report and planning for the next operational period. We currently have Working on Fire, CapeNature teams on the fire-line, mainly for monitoring and mopping up. Both the Oudtshoorn Municipal Fire Department as well as the Eden District Services’ firefighting teams are on standby.

Currently the fire is under control with favourable weather conditions predicted throughout the day until early hours of Thursday the 18th of June 2015. These weather conditions will continue to make it easier for the teams on ground to execute the plan effectively. The public will be kept updated regarding the status of this fire.

Issued by:  CapeNature

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 17 June 2015 )
Regional Job Evaluation TASK Team goes GREEN PDF Print
Friday, 12 June 2015

The 10th of June 2015, marked a day to remember at Eden’s Head Office in George, when the Eden district’s Regional TASK (Tuned Assessment of Skills and Knowledge) Committee hosted their first web-based job evaluation session. This web based application is easily accessible for all TASK members and role players. In addition, the Audit Committee will no longer require printouts or e-mailed documents to fulfill their duties, but will simply log on to the platform to access any TASK related information.

Through this convergence from paper to digital, a staggering amount of approximately R33 600 will be saved annually. This paperless endeavor will decrease the costs related to the purchasing of paper, printing cartridges, postage fees and the inexpedient time taken to shredding paper.

The Municipal Systems Act (No 32 of 2000) gives Municipal Managers the authority to institute a TASK unit for their municipality.

Gerhard le Roux, Regional Task Co-ordinator and Eden’s Human Resources Manager, remarked: “The Regional TASK Unit, which represents municipalities such as George, Knysna, Mossel Bay, Oudtshoorn, Kannaland, Hessequa , Bitou and the Eden District Municipality, is the first in the Western Cape to converge from paper to a web-based platform.”

task-evaluation-regional-edendistrictmunicipality.jpg The Regional TASK Committee members from municipalities in the Eden district present at the session in June 2015. Members of the committee are from front, left to right around the table: Lynette Janse van Rensburg – Eden DM, Danielle Loftie-Eaton – Hessequa, Megan Cunningham – Regional Task Administrator, Joe Williams – Bitou, Christo Engelbrecht – Mossel Bay and Gerhard le Roux – Regional Task Co-ordinator from Eden DM.

Last Updated ( Friday, 12 June 2015 )
Eden strengthens tourism relations PDF Print
Wednesday, 10 June 2015

The festival market in South Africa has mushroomed since festivals set the scene for a whole new industry.  Following in the footsteps of the Aardklop, Grahamstown and Klein Karoo National Arts Festivals, an estimated 600 festivals have sprung up around the country. The latter is understandable seeing that a successful festival can be extremely lucrative, not just for the organisations hosting it, but for the entire region.

In light of the above, and in line with Eden DM’s Tourism Marketing and Development Strategy, the Tourism Unit requested all Local Tourism Organisations (LTO’s) to submit business proposals for financial support in April 2015. The main objective of this initiative was to create platforms for Regional SMME’s to expose and sell their products.  Furthermore, to promote the brand of the Garden Route & Klein Karoo, strengthen relationships with stakeholders and to make the brand more visible in the tourism industry.  

small.jpg The Eden DM Mayoral Committee with the different Local Tourism Representatives.

FLTR: Cllr Johan du Toit, Cllr Tertius Simmers, Speaker Doris Nayler, Executive Mayor Wessie van der Westhuizen, Marcia Holm – COO of Mossel Bay Tourism, Francois Ferreira  - Principal of Francois Ferreira Academy, Denise Lindley, Vice-Principle of Francois Ferreira Academy, Greg Vogt  - CEO of Knysna Tourism, Cllr John Maxim, Alderman Emile Scheepers - Mossel Bay Municipality, Glendyrr Fick - Tourism Development Manager: Knysna Tourism, Cllr Lionel Esau and Cllr Henry McCombi.   

On Monday, 08 June 2015 the Executive Mayor of Eden District Municipality, handed cheques to the amount of R 385 000 to various LTO’s, sponsoring six (6) local projects and events.  The beneficiaries were the Plettenberg Bay Wine and Bubbly Festival; Plettenberg Bay Birding and Hiking Trails Media Launch, Knysna Collective Craft Shop, Knysna Green Chefs Initiative, Mossel Bay Travel Festival and the Francois Ferreira Academy.

During a press conference attended by the LTO’s, the Executive Mayor, Councillor Wessie Van der Westhuizen said: “To establish and build relationships with you is very important to us.  As a municipality we need to assist businesses to create economic development in order to stimulate the local economy.  He applauded the Francois Ferreira Academy for the opportunity given to young people in the region, equipping them in the catering industry.

In conclusion, the representatives from the different LTO’s thanked the Eden Tourism Unit for their ongoing support and assistance in developing their events and products.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 June 2015 )
Bon Voyage - Make us proud PDF Print
Thursday, 04 June 2015

4 June 2015

Today, ten of South African’s best Fire Fighters have left their home ground to attend the World’s Toughest Firefighter Alive (TFA) Championships to be held in Hanover, Germany.  This exciting event, known to be the hardest firefighter competition in the world, is regarded as an event where firefighters can acquire the strength and physical fitness to be effective at operational incidents.

img_9694.jpg The Executive Mayor, Management and colleagues with Emile Conrad shortly before his departure.




Emile Conrad, Senior Fireman of Eden District Municipality and overall winner of the 2014 SA Toughest Firefighter Alive Competition, which is hosted annually by the City of Cape Town, is one of 10 SA representatives.  The City of Cape Town has received an invitation from the Mönchengladbach Fire Service from South Africa, requesting Conrad, as the current national winner, to represent the country at the TFA World Championships in Germany.  The competition will run from 8 – 13 June 2015 and has attracted over 240 firefighters from 14 different nations.  The competition will also run concurrent with Interschutz, the world’s largest firefighting exhibition, which is held every five years.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 June 2015 )
Thursday, 04 June 2015

The following roads have been closed due to flooding:

  • Seweweeks Poort (link between Zoar and Matjiesvlei)
  • R 62 Between Ashton and Montague
  • The Swartberg Pass will only be accessible with a 4x4 vehicle.

For more information, contact the Eden Disaster Management Centre - 044 805 5071 (All hours).

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