Cutting edge training in Hospitality offered to Eden residents PDF Print
Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Francois Ferreira Academy, in association with the Eden District Municipality (Eden DM) and Absa Bank, commenced with the 3 month Cater Care training programme on 9 September 2014. The aim of the programme is to equip 9 participants with the required skills for the hospitality field and to assist them with finding employment.

The training repertoire is not only limited to cooking, but also includes life skills, such as money management, customer care and entrepreneurship. "When the Cater Care training programme was developed, I shaped the content of the programme in a way that ensures that every student has more than just cooking skills, but also entrepreneurial-,social-and leadership skills," said Chef Francois Ferreira, Principal of the Francois Ferreira Academy.

The programme is in its fifth year and most of the students are offered jobs because of the reputation and quality tuition of the training academy. Francois Ferreira Academy furthermore committed themselves to assist students with a R25 travelling stipend per day, to help them reach the workplace.

Participants of the Cater Care training programme enjoys a cup of coffee moments before the commencement of class. Front FLTR: Chef Elizabeth Theron, Mr Yonela Khweleta, Mr Yongama Chulayo, Mr Clayton Pillay, Ms Cheri-Lynn Speelman. Back FLTR: Mr Xolisa Kuse, Ms Lea-Marie Henning, Mr Piet Kutu (absent, Lungisa Mayipheli) .

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 November 2014 )
Eden wins 2014 Greenest District Municipality award for the second time PDF Print
Friday, 07 November 2014
Eden District Municipality was officially recognised as the Greenest District Municipality on Monday, 3 November 2014 in Stellenbosch.

At a press conference held on Friday, 7 November 2014, Eden Executive Mayor, Cllr Wessie van der Westhuizen highlighted:  “Having now won the award in two consecutive years is indicative of Eden District Municipality’s commitment and passion to conserve and protect the district’s natural resources which we all rely on for tourism and economic growth in our region.”

As mandated to the Municipality by the MEC, Mr Anton Bredell, the categories in which Eden District Municipality won as overall winner for 2014 include: Air Quality, Water Conservation, Waste Management, Biodiversity, Climate Change and Coastal Management. Mayor Van der Westhuizen therefore commended the following officials: Portfolio Chairperson for Community Services, Bishop Henry Mc Combi, the Municipal Manager Mr Godfrey Louw, the Executive Manager of Community Services, Mr Clive Africa, as well and the Manager of Environmental Services, Mr Johan Compion for their management and capable leadership.  Mayor Van der Westhuizen further said: “We remained in awe when it was announced that we won first places in all these categories and proud to have being bestowed upon us most of the trophies and a grand cheque of prize money to the value of R120 000.”

greenest_municipality.jpg After being announced as overall winner of the 2014 Greenest District Municipality are from left: Cllr Wessie Van der Westhuizen - Executive Mayor, Mr Godfrey Louw - Municipal Manager, Cllr Henri McCombi  - Portfolio Councillor: Community Services, MEC Anton Bredell  - Western Cape Minister of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Mr Clive Africa - Executive Manager, Community Services, Mr Johann Schoeman -  Manager:  Air Quality, Mr Johan Compion, Manager: Environmental Services and Mr Vernon Gibbs-Halls - Coordinator:  Environmental Management.
Last Updated ( Friday, 07 November 2014 )
Eden - Business Breakfast to boost Economic Development and Tourism PDF Print
Monday, 03 November 2014

img_5232.jpg The panel of discussions consisted of the following speakers (fltr): CEO of the Western Cape Economic Development Partnership, Mr Andrew Boraine, Eden’s Executive Mayor, Cllr Wessie van der Westhuizen and keynote speaker, Western Cape Minister of Tourism, Economic Development and Agriculture, MEC Alan Winde.


Economic Development in the Eden District Municipality is focused on promoting strategic partnerships to improve the economic development opportunities in the district.  For that reason, Eden District Municipality’s Local Economic Development- and Tourism Units held a business breakfast on 28 October 2014, to discuss economic development related aspects as well as tourism initiatives, at the Simola Hotel in Knysna.

The purpose of the event was for public- and private sector to network; to outline a number of key partnership opportunities and challenges and also to develop links/synergies to enhance possible partnerships.

As keynote speaker of the event, MEC Alan Winde, Western Cape Minister for Economic Development, Tourism and Agriculture in many ways identified potential blockages that could hamper economic growth in the Eden region, such as red tape within the public sector, the absence of a unified brand for all various economic and tourism related platforms, the fact that role-players do not have sufficient measurements for performance. Minister Winde further elaborated that the various brands that are used to promote the Eden district create confusion in the public and reiterated:  “We have to find a unified brand”.

img_5173.jpg Eden Speaker, Cllr Doris Nayler facilitated the entire session as program director of the event.


Minister Winde elaborated on the importance of the green economy, an ICT data management pipeline, which seeks to facilitate support to local business in the region. The meeting agreed with MEC Winde that more business investment needs to be attracted to the region.  At the same time Minister Winde also congratulated George for winning the Business Chambers of South Africa award this year and challenged them to win it again next year.  

Eden Executive Mayor, Councillor Wessie van der Westhuizen, at the event, emphasized the importance of partnerships such as with the Nelson Mandela University and the other municipalities in the region.  Mayor van der Westhuizen also stressed that the district is suffering from a very high youth unemployment rate, meaning that there is a huge need for skills development and labour intensive initiatives to improve the unemployment rate in the district. However, given the high unemployment rate, Cllr Van der Westhuizen victoriously announced that the final procurement process of the R140 million regional landfill site project (situated next to PetroSA in Mossel Bay) that will bring about 70 permanent job opportunities for the Eden district, will start within the next couple of weeks and the construction work will commence from the middle of next year.  Mayor Van der Westhuizen further appealed to business owners:  “We need your skills, your resources, we need to build better relations; we will make the region an extra-ordinary region whom all of us can be proud of.


Last Updated ( Monday, 03 November 2014 )
EBOLA workshop hosted at the Eden Municipal Disaster Management Centre PDF Print
Monday, 03 November 2014

On Thursday, 30 October 2014 the Eden Municipal Disaster Management Centre (MDMC) in collaboration with the Department of Health and the Eden District Municipal Health Section presented a workshop on Ebola Virus Diseases (EVD) at the Eden DM disaster centre.

Mr Manie Abrahams, Provincial Environmental Health Officer based in George, informed stakeholders and line functionaries on the status of the region’s current contingency plans as well as the activation of outbreak response teams. He elaborated on the roles and responsibilities of each Department and line function as well as the correct personal protective gear to be worn when dealing with infected persons and probable- and suspect cases.

img_8635.jpg Mr Manie Abrahams from the Department of Health presented an overview of the current status of the EBOLA outbreak. 




The main purpose of the workshop was to create awareness amongst first responders as well as to ensure enhanced levels of competency to be able to effectively deal with any communicable disease, including EVD.  This workshop was the first of similar monthly sessions to be hosted at the Eden MDMC.

img_8638.jpg Stakeholders from the Department of Health, Mossel Bay Port, SAPD, Oudtshoorn Disaster Management and Eden District Municipal Health Section attended the workshop.

Last Updated ( Monday, 03 November 2014 )
Eden establish Health and Safety Committees PDF Print
Thursday, 30 October 2014

Every second year during the month of October, new Occupational Health and Safety Committees are established within Eden District Municipality.  The purpose of these committees is to provide consultative opportunities for employees in order to contribute to decisions that impact on their health and safety.

img_8492.jpg The Oudtshoorn group, front row fltr: Johanna Rondganger, Shahida September, Samentha Swarts, Brain Afrikander, Kleinbooi Stoffels, Wouter Jacobs and Esmeralda Winster. Middle row fltr: Maevia Lindoor, Chrystal Spies, Michael April, Nellie Meyer, Malcolm Hess and Haily Oktober. Third row fltr: Georg Hendriksz, Gert Verwey, Marius Bence, Jan Tobias, Dirk Krohn, Diazene Pretorius and April Meyer. Back row fltr: Henry Stuurman, Elton van Rooyen, Ernest Gusa, Quinton Adams, Henry Diedricks and Nicolaas Laubscher.

Last Updated ( Monday, 03 November 2014 )
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