Notice of Council Meeting PDF Print
Friday, 26 August 2016
Last Updated ( Friday, 26 August 2016 )
Eden Air Quality Weather Station PDF Print
Wednesday, 24 August 2016
img-20160819-wa0004.jpg The Eden District Municipality’s (Eden DM) Air Quality Unit recently commissioned a Weather Station in Mossdustria, Mossel Bay. The station was erected on the same premises as the South Cape Ostrich Tannery (SCOT). This is a secure location, with 24 hour security and the electricity supply is provided by SCOT. The location is also free of overhead obstacles and nearby buildings that could influence the weather readings.

The weather station can measure all the important weather parameters, such as wind speed and direction, humidity, rainfall, solar radiation and temperature. Weather information is an essential tool for Air Quality Management and Dispersion Modelling Studies. The installation of the weather station was highlighted as a requirement in the Eden DM Air Quality Management Plan.

State of the art technology is used and all data is recorded on an electronic data logger.  This allows the Eden DM Air Quality Unit, to download data directly from the station onto a laptop, or direct wireless communication. “This will also assist with complaints dealing, so that when we receive an air quality related complaint, we can almost immediately determine the weather parameters that could assist us in determining the possible source of pollution,” said Dr Johann Schoeman, Manager: Air Quality Control. The station may also assist Industry in that region with better planning of activities that may cause a nuisance to the surrounding businesses.  

Eden DM wants to thank SCOT for allowing the installation on their premises and for the electricity supply.  A word of thanks also goes to C&M Consulting Engineers, for the commissioning of the station.  

Furthermore, it is with pleasure that Eden DM Community Services announces that they are also in the process of procuring a Mobile Air Quality Monitoring Station, which will assist and improve the general air quality management of the district. 
SCLI talks to Eden DM Disaster Management following the recent devastating wild fires PDF Print
Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Leaving a trail of destruction, devastating fires, driven by a strong berg wind and soaring temperatures, recently ripped through several places in the region.

Not only did some residents lose their homes and their entire belongings, nature also suffered a blow with precious “renosterveld”, wetlands, bird sanctuaries and “fynbos” that were left destroyed.

The value attached to the destruction of property in Hoekwil and Wilderness alone is estimated to be in excess of R 40 million. The question begs: Could the region be better prepared to deal with wildfire, or can we expect more of the same in years to come?

Mr Cobus Meiring from the Southern Cape Landowners Initiative (SCLI) interviewed Mr Gerhard Otto, Head of Eden District Disaster Management / MDMC, about risks associated with invasive alien vegetation and wild fire management.




Properties and nature suffered the effects of recent severe Wildfires in Hoekwil and Wilderness. - Photo: Fire Protection Association


CM: (1) We know that Eden Disaster Management (EDM) recognizes invasive alien plants in the Southern Cape as a major contributor to fire risk exposure in the area. To what extent do you think invasive alien plants contributed to the destruction caused by the recent fires?

GO: “Berg winds and soaring temperatures can be regarded as an unavoidable natural phenomena and are considered key factors in spreading wildfires. However, the ferocity of wildfire can be reduced significantly through a reduction in biomass associated with high densities of invasive alien plants.

Berg wind conditions dries out biomass and reduces the moisture levels in all plants, making it susceptible to severely hot fires. In addition, in areas where you find dense stands of invasive alien plants, you will always find dead and dry plant material on the ground, which serves as tinder for an inferno.

In fires driven by strong berg wind conditions, coupled with high temperatures, basically anything (including indigenous plants and forests) will burn.

The prevalence of invasive alien plants in the entire region is a grave concern. This is due to the densities of biomass provided by invasive alien plants (Pines, Wattles, Rooikrans, Port Jackson).  Biomass in turn, fuel fire to the extent that they become uncontrollable”.


CM: (2) Areas such as Wilderness Heights have unacceptably high levels of invasive alien plants, and a wild fire such as we have recently experienced will have much more severe consequences had it occurred there. Yet, despite the clear and present risk to their lives and properties, landowners are indifferent to clearing their land. What would you ascribe this complacency to?

GO: "There are landowners who really do their best to clear their land from invasives, but we think others either do not have the means to clear their land, or do not comprehend the severity of wildfire and the predicament they create for themselves and their communities by failing to control invasive alien plants on their land".


CM: (3) Do Eden District and George municipalities have strategies in place to engage with communities on invasive alien plant management and control?

GO: "Eden District Municipality, as well as all the local municipalities, have invasive alien plant management strategies in place, but landowners remain responsible for what grows on their land, and have to comply with the relevant legislation.

Eden District Disaster Management intends to increase levels of awareness of the danger posed by invasive plants to landowners, especially in areas where we know exposure levels are high". 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 24 August 2016 )
Eden District Municipal Health Services contributes to the success of the Knysna Oyster Festival PDF Print
Monday, 15 August 2016

Knysna was the proud host of the 33rd annual Oyster Festival during the period of 1 to 10 July 2016.  This spectacular occasion has once again proven itself to have grown into one of the biggest and most popular lifestyle and sporting events in South Africa.

The program boasted more than one hundred sporting and social events over the ten day festival.  During the festival numerous food markets and gala events were held catering for people to indulge in a variety of culinary delights, of which the famous oysters remained the main attraction.

According to statistics compiled by the Eden District Knysna Municipal Health office, more than 107 000 oysters were consumed by an estimated 74 000 visitors to Knysna during the 10-day period.

Role and interventions by the Eden Municipal Health Department
Eden officials at the Knysna Municipal Health office, prepared well in advance for this annual event, by planning and implementing a mitigation and monitoring work schedule before, during and after the festival, to minimize and address any public health issues that might arise.

Food Control

  • Pre-festival inspections, as well as inspections during the event, were also undertaken at 184  informal and formal food premises, including daily inspections at Oyster Festival "Hot Spots" and also the central Festival grounds.
  • Inspections were further undertaken at various oyster holding tanks in town, where thousands of oysters were kept under conditions prescribed by Eden District Health Section.       
  • Sixteen batches of oyster samples were dispatched to the Merieux Nutriscience Laboratory in Cape Town for bacteriological analysis, before and during the Festival.
  • Fifteen of the abovementioned samples conformed to the prescribed requirements as stipulated under the Marine Food Regulations, Regulation 692 of 1977, promulgated under the Foodstuffs, Cosmetic and Disinfectant Act, Act 54 of 1972.
  • Drinking water (sachets) provided to the 7 000 athletes who participated in  the Forest marathon, were analyzed and conformed to the prescribed requirements stipulated under the Bottled Water Regulations, Regulation 692 of 1997, promulgated under the Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectant Act, Act 54 of 1972.


Environmental Health Practitioners inspected 184 informal and formal food premises, which include daily inspections at Oyster Festival "Hot Spots".


Water quality monitoring

  • Bacteriological water monitoring of the Knysna estuary was undertaken by sampling water at 14 identified sites in and around the estuary. 
  • Sampling included sites which hosted recreational water-sports events related to the Festival.
  • Twelve of the above samples complied with the recreational standards prescribed by Department of Water Affairs.

Communicable disease outbreak

A strict communication protocol regarding the report to the health authority for investigation, in the event of an elevated food-related gastro enteritis outbreak, was established between the Eden District Municipal Health Services and relevant Medical Health Care Providers, which included both the Private and Provincial Hospitals, General Practitioners and Pharmacies.

No gastro-related food illness was reported to the Eden District office by any health care providers during the 10-day period.

Mr James McCarthy, the Eden District Chief for Municipal Health Services in the Knysna area, confirmed that a huge contribution was made behind the scenes by Eden District Environmental Health Practitioners, to ensure that a high level of public health status was maintained during this extremely busy festive period. It also indicates the huge success that was achieved due to the interventions by Environmental Health Practitioners in the Knysna and surrounding areas.

Last Updated ( Monday, 15 August 2016 )
Monday, 08 August 2016

Eden District Municipality's and the district's b-municipal Communication Officials are currently in the process of distributing the 22nd edition of the Eden District External Newsletter.

The public is hereby requested to download the newsletter by clicking on the following link: http://goo.gl/A2oQps image.jpg








The tabloid-sized newsletter, includes some of the following articles:

  • A final word from the Chief Whips of the 2011-2016 Eden DM Council
  • R75 Million upgrades to the Friemersheim divisional road
  • Oudtshoorn Youth Café is finally open
  • Knysna leads from the front, with KnysnaON high-speed broadband
  • Eden DM Speaker concludes her "House 2 Home" project
  • Occupational Health and Safety at Eden DM Roads Services improves
  • and more...

Download the newsletter - and read more!

Last Updated ( Monday, 08 August 2016 )
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