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Eden DM's Air Quality Unit shares best practice during fact finding mission PDF Print
Thursday, 01 December 2016

Mr Kamaseelan Chetty, Senior Manager: Air Quality Information at the South African Weather Services, approached the Eden District Municipality (Eden DM) for a fact finding mission to the Eden DM Air Quality unit on 23 and 24 November 2016.

The SA Weather Service has current service agreements with certain Provincial and Local authorities, to assist them with capacity building of their respective Air Quality units. The purpose of the visit was to explore and learn best practices in respect of air quality, from the Eden DM Air Quality unit.

The team consisted of officials from the City of Tshwane, the SA Weather Services, Gert Sibande District Municipality, Nkangale District Municipality and the Mpumalanga Department of Environmental Affairs.

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During the visit were (in no particular order): T. Hlanyane, S. Maruleka, N. Mpho, M. Mahlalela, K. Chetty (Facilitator- SA Weather Service), N. Potwana, E. Msatshe, B. Gericke, T Godobedzla and Dr Johann Schoeman (back, right) from the Eden DM Air Quality Unit.

On day one of the visit, Eden provided an introduction and background in terms of air quality management in the Eden district (how it all started, initial and current structure and lessons in establishing the function at district level). Aspects such as the Eden DM air quality management planning and Air Quality Management Plans, the Air Quality Bylaw, atmospheric emission licensing, enforcement and the Eden Air Quality Working Group, Air quality monitoring (ambient, in-stack) & vehicle emission testing, were covered.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 06 December 2016 )
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Eden District Air Quality: Government Institutions prioritise towards healthier communities PDF Print
Thursday, 01 December 2016

Air Quality Monitoring station in Dana Bay relocates

The Air Quality unit of the Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs, commissioned an Air Quality Monitoring station in Dana Bay during 2011. This was done on request of the Eden District Municipality’s (Eden DM’s) Air Quality unit due to the possible impact of Industrial activity on Dana Bay residents.

Eden DM’s Air Quality Manager, Dr Johann Schoeman, said: “The results of the station, over the last 5 year period, did not exceed the ambient air quality standards for Benzene and Hydrogen Sulphide,” was also within the World Health Organisation guideline limits and further added that the station was however vandalized twice over the last year. Schoeman further confirmed that both Eden DM Air Quality and Province decided to relocate the station to a more secure environment.  “The Eden DM Air Quality unit then proposed to move the station to the Mossel Bay Air Quality office in Extension 23.  The offices are located in a residential area which is also in the prevailing wind direction from Industrial activity. It therefore falls within the scope of a receptor environment and covers Kwa-Nonqaba, Ext 23, 26, and parts of D`Almeida,” Schoeman further stated. 

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The Air Quality Monitoring Station (George station) that was relocated from Dana Bay to the Mossel Bay Air Quality office situated in Extension 23.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Permission was also granted by the Mossel Bay Municipality to relocate at this premises and the necessary building plans were approved. Mossel Bay Municipality also provided the electricity for the station. Techno Asphalt handled the transport of the station to its new location, free of charge. 

Last Updated ( Friday, 02 December 2016 )
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NOTICE OF INTENTION TO COMPILE A MUNICIPAL SPATIAL DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK (EDEN SDF) PDF Print
Thursday, 01 December 2016
fb-spublicnotice.jpg Notice is hereby given, in terms of section 28(3) and 29 of the Municipal Systems Act, 2000 (Act 32 of 2000), section 20 of the Spatial Planning and Land Use Act, 2013 (Act 16 of 2013), section 11 of the Western Cape Land Use Planning Act, 2014 (Act 13 of 2014) that Eden District Municipality intends to compile its Municipal Spatial Development Framework (MSDF).

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 December 2016 )
 
Global Hand Wash Day activities in Knysna PDF Print
Thursday, 10 November 2016

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On 15 October 2016, Global Hand Wash Day was celebrated at various venues in Knysna.  In recognition of this, Eden DM Environmental Health Practitioner, Ms Mendy Tyhawana and Sister Nokana from the Khayalethu Clinic, visited the Ethembeni Day Care Centre, to train an excited group of toddlers (21) and one (1) educator, the benefits of washing hands correctly.  How, when and why it is important to wash hands, was explained and later practically demonstrated to the group.  A highlight of the visit was when each child got the opportunity to wash his/her hands with soap and water.

On the same day, Environmental Health Practitioner, Linden Herwels was invited to present and demonstrate proper hand-wash techniques to learners from the Sunridge Primary School in Hornlee.   Three-hundred and thirty (330) learners from Grade R to Grade 2, attended the session.  Learners participated keenly in the demonstrations and expressed their gratitude towards the initiative.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 November 2016 )