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Eden Clean Fires Campaign PDF Print
Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Since 2011, the Eden District Municipality’s Air Quality Unit embarked on an air quality project, namely the Eden Clean Fire Campaign. The project was identified due to poor air quality, in especially the informal settlements, caused by fires used for household purposes such as cooking and heating. The project further advanced to a stage where peer educators are trained to teach the community on the dangers of air pollution and proper fire-making methods.

The Peer Education project was first launched in the Klein Karoo in 2014, followed in Hessequa and Uniondale, but was further rolled out in collaboration with the Working on Fire George branch initiative in George on 3 and 4 May 2016. Eden’s Air Quality Unit decided to team up with the Working on Fire initiative which is part of the Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP) of National Government. Reason being, to ensure sustainability of the programme, as the Working on Fire employees must create awareness as part of their job description. This will ensure that more people are reached by the project and the possible improvement of air quality within the informal settlements of the Eden region.

Service provider, Mingcele Africa, was appointed to educate the participants (peer educators) on air pollution, the health effects thereof and how the communities that are largely dependent on fires for household purposes, can reduce the effects of fires on the environment and their health.   The two-day Clean Fire Course was rolled out over a two (2) day period.

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Top left: The rocket stove built out of recycled material.

Top right: Peer educators raising awareness in Blanco.

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Peer educators preparing a meal on the rocket stove.

According to Eden’s Manager for Air Quality, Dr Johann Schoeman, the course material that was compiled by the service provider, in collaboration with the Eden District Air Quality Unit, entailed the following topics: what air pollution is; the health effects thereof; what causes air pollution; how you can help reduce air pollution; how to make a “cleaner” fire for heating purposes and how to construct a stove from waste material.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 May 2016 )
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Training on handling hazardous material provided to Eden DM Roads employees PDF Print
Tuesday, 24 May 2016
Eden District Municipality (Eden DM) Roads employees received training about handling hazardous materials, on 19 and 20 May 2016 at the Eden DM Joint Operating Centre (JOC). Roads employees often transport and store hazardous objects that are used at civil construction sites.

The NQF Level 2, Unit Standard 14560, was facilitated by Ms Sherley Storey, from the Academy for Construction Skills. The outcome of this training upskills employees on topics, such as: how to identify and take precautionary measures when handling various hazardous materials, in terms of their physical properties. The training also included overviews of the National Road Traffic Act and Occupational Health and Safety Act regulations.

01_training_edendm_web.jpg The facilitator, Ms Sherley Storey (front) with Eden DM Roads employees.
Middle (fltr): Mr Afrika Heyns, Mr Kenhardt Jantjies, Mr Nicholas Jantjies, Mr Phillipus Scholtz, Mr Marthinus Februarie, Mr Jacobus Joseph and Mr Daniël Phokaners.
Back (fltr): Mr James Gunguluza, Mr Franswa Hough, Mr Juan Theron, Mr Limon Els and Mr Thomas Rixana.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 May 2016 )
 
Internal Auditors raise the bar PDF Print
Friday, 13 May 2016
On 22 February 2016, two of Eden District Municipality's (Eden DM) officials, Ms Pamela Lufele (Senior Internal Auditor) and Ms Mariska Pieterse (Internal Auditor), successfully completed their final assessments in Internal Auditing Technicians (IAT) in Cape Town.

The IAT training program lasted 24 months and included 8 modules. It is a generic, but flexible program that caters for sector specific needs. The Department of Higher Education and Training and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), certifies the course at NQF Level 7.

Individuals who had completed IAT designations must demonstrate ongoing professional commitment to the field by satisfying Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements.

Ms Lufele said that, "I found the contents of the course useful and encouraging, because it highlighted the importance of Internal Auditing and it added valuable skills to my skill set". Ms Pieterse added that the knowledge she gained through this program, boosted her confidence and has motivated her to continue to sharpen her skills. "Ongoing changes in legislation in local government has an impact on the complexity of the job of an Internal Auditor," said Ms Pieterse.

Mr Jan-Willem De Jager, Eden DM's Chief Audit Executive, said that he is proud of his team members and that the great news came just in time for the International Internal Audit Awareness Month of May. "Internal Auditing is an independent, objective, assurance and consulting activity, that adds value to and improves an organisation’s operations;  when it comes to adding value across the board, there's no better resource to use than an internal auditor," Mr De Jager elaborated.

web-internal-auditors-eden-dm.jpg Two of Eden DM's Internal Auditors who achieved their qualifications in IAT. Left, Ms Pamela Lufele (Senior Internal Auditor) and right, Ms Mariska Pieterse (Internal Auditor).

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Eden DM Firemen does it once again PDF Print
Tuesday, 10 May 2016

img_0679.jpg Firefighters who won the first place in the International Firefighter Day Challenge. Fltr, Mr Edwin Lottering, Mr Branville Abrahams, Mr Freddy Thayver - newly appointed Fire Chief, Mr Gerhard Otto - Manager: Emergency Services/MDMC, Mr Emile Conrad and Mr Deon Stoffels.

 

The 4th of May annually marks International Firefighters’ Day, and in commemoration of this year’s celebrations, the Overberg District Municipality successfully hosted the 2016 Firefighter Team Challenge.

This year, the BeSafe Expo, which is also an annual event that coincides with International Firefighter Day, was held during the same celebrations in Bredasdorp.  The Expo is primarily a Western Cape initiative which allows members of the industry to attend pertinent seminars and workshops relating to risks within the province.  Furthermore, the Expo allows the different provincial committees and workgroups to host meetings, create awareness around safety during for example, fires and car accidents, inform members on latest technological advances and showcase the abilities of individual municipalities in different disciplines.

The Eden District Municipality (Eden DM) Fire Services entered 3 teams into the Firefighter Team Challenge.  As overall winner of the 2015 challenge, Eden DM received a special invitation in order to defend the title won last year.  The challenge is a gruelling display of skill, strength, discipline and teamwork, whereby a team must accomplish a range of tasks in the quickest time, while displaying proper procedure and safety.   A total of 16 teams, consisting of firefighters from various municipalities, Provincial and Emergency Services Department partook in this year’s proceedings.

Firefighters from Eden DM once again achieved first place in the challenge, with the other 2 teams coming in at 6th and 10th place respectively.  The teams of City of Cape Town followed 2nd, and the Air Force in 3rd place.

During the event it became apparent that firefighters in the Western Cape Province trained exceptionally hard with the prospect of beating the Eden DM Team.  The boys of Eden DM are named “Manne sonder longe” by their competitors and colleagues in the industry, and this is just a demonstration of the professional sportsmanship respect fireman have for the firefighters of Eden DM.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 May 2016 )
 
Eden 2016/2017 Workplace Skills Plan to benefit all Eden staff PDF Print
Monday, 09 May 2016

The Training Committee of Eden District Municipality approved the organisation’s Workplace Skills Plan (WSP) for the year 2016/2017. The signing of the Plan took place in the Eden Council Chamber on Tuesday, 26 April 2016.

The parties were represented by Cllr Tertuis Simmers, in his capacity of Chairperson for the Training Committee and Chairperson of the Eden Local Labour Forum, SAMWU union representative, Mr Bonisile Desha and IMATU union representative, Mr Faan van der Merwe.   Eden’s Skills Development Facilitator, Mr Reginald Salmons, who took the lead in ensuring that the document is presented in a high quality manner, was also a signatory to the Plan.

During the ceremony Cllr Simmers, while signing on the dotted line, commented: “We do so with the full knowledge that the consultation processes that have led to this moment, were transparent and that we reached all our employees across the district.”

“The 2016/17 WSP will address the needs of all employees, irrespective on which level they are within the organisation, thereby ensuring that all employees improve the quality of their lives by empowering themselves with the knowledge and skills needed.” Cllr Simmers further highlighted, that the Plan will facilitate access to mobility and progression within education and training, as well as career paths of the Eden staff members.

Mr Francois Goosen, Eden’s Manager for Support Services and Ms Angeline Naidoo, Eden’s Training & Development Officer, who assisted with the compilation with the Plan, also attended the ceremony.

eden_workplace_skills_plan_2016-17_signed.jpg After signing the 2016/2017 Eden WSP, are fltr:  Eden’s IMATU representative, Mr Faan van der Merwe, Cllr Tertuis Simmers, Chairperson for the Training Committee and Eden’s Local Labour Forum, Eden’s Skills Development Facilitator, Mr Reginald Salmons and SAMWU representative, Mr Bonisile Desha.

Last Updated ( Monday, 09 May 2016 )
 

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