Thousands of people attend the NCOP's "Taking Parliament to the People" programme in Oudtshoorn PDF Print
Wednesday, 15 April 2015


Deputy Chairperson of the National Council of the Provinces (NCOP), Mr Raseriti Tau, addressed about 3 000 people of the Eden District said: "We are gathered here in Oudtshoorn, during a very important historical time of our developmental state. We have just surpassed the 20th year of our Democratic Parliament, which is a milestone in our historic journey, to build a truly democratic and socially unified nation." ncop-oudtshoorn.jpg

People of Eden District came in numbers to attend the week-long, 13 - 17 April 2015, "Taking Parliament to the People" programme at the Bridgton Sports Grounds in Oudtshoorn. 

Mr Tau spoke at length about the preliminary work that the NCOP has conducted in the Eden District in preparation for this five-day programme. "We started working in this district several months ago. The aim was to ensure that we listen to the people to ensure that when we come here this week we are relevant and we are able to deal with the issues that affect them."

The NCOP conducted wide-ranging onsite research in the District and the City of Cape Town followed by preliminary visits by its various committees. The preparations were concluded with a public meeting in George last month to hear the public and to discuss the agenda for this week.

The Executive Mayor of the Eden District Municipality, Cllr Wessie van der Westhuizen welcomed the NCOP in Eden: "This is indeed a historic week for us in the Eden District. The importance of this week cannot be underestimated as it will afford our people the opportunity to voice their concerns."

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 April 2015 )
Eden celebrates World Health Day: 7 April 2015 PDF Print
Friday, 10 April 2015

From farm to plate, making food safe

img_8623.jpg Informal Food Traders from around the Eden district who attended the World Health Day celebrations.




Once again the Eden District Municipalities’ Municipal Health and Environmental Services demonstrated their commitment and devotion to service delivery by educating the public on environmental health issues in celebration of World Health Day.


Owing to the rising number of deaths caused by food-borne diseases, the theme and focus for this year’s International World Health Day was about Food Safety, “from farm to plate, make food safe”.  


The well-attended event was organised by the Eden DM Municipal Health and Environmental Section.  Informal Food Traders from the different towns within the district were invited to George, where an informative celebration session took place.



Stakeholders who played a key role in the success of the day. FLTR: Mr Tony Dyers - Department of Agriculture, Marche Loff - Swift Siliker, Clive Africa - Executive Manager of Community Services, Staff Nurse Shipalane - Dept of Health, Sust Nel - Dept of Health, Mr Godfrey Louw - Eden Municipal Manager, Mrs Gloria Qumba - Community Member, Anza Bester, Swift Siliker and Assistant Chef Cheri-Lynn - Francois Ferreira Academy.   

Last Updated ( Friday, 10 April 2015 )
Be strong and be well PDF Print
Wednesday, 08 April 2015


FLTR front:  Angeline Naidoo – Training Officer , Proy Koopman – IMATU Representative, Marie Arries – Human Resources Student, Celeste Booysen – Disaster Management Student , Kayla Petersen – Human Resources Student, Fredine May – Human Resources Student, Sizwekazi Plaatjies – Administration Student and Porch September – Toursim Student.

Middle, fltr:  Gerhard le Roux – Manager:  Human Resources, Cllr Tertius Simmers – Portfolio Chairperson of Corporate Services, Cllr Lionel Esau – Eden Deputy Executive Mayor,  Andisiwe Kelem – LED Student, Lytessa April – Performance Management Student, Leah Moodaley – Communication Intern, Charlton Jafta – IDP Intern, Natalie Raubenheimer – LED Officer and  Amagene Koeberg – Tourism Officer.

Back, fltr:  Calvyn Scheepers – Assistant Human Resources Manager, Reginald Salmons – Coordinator: Training and Development, Clifford Sheldon – Fleet Management Officer, Angela-Ziva Louw – Human Resources Student, Bandile Mbalo – Training and Development Intern and Bonisile Desha – SAMWU Representative.


“Carpe Diem ad Laboris, Infinitum – Seize the moment in work without end”, with these words the Portfolio Chairperson of Corporate Services, Cllr Tertius Simmers saluted students and interns who left Eden District Municipality after completing of their practical training.  


In a very honourable way, Eden District Municipality said goodbye to 9 Students and 4 Interns, some of whom have spent the past 18 months obtaining practical workplace experience in their different fields of study.  These students were appointed as part of Eden DM’s WILL Programme (Work Integrated Learning), providing opportunities to learners, and allowing them to develop into competent individuals who are capable of overcoming challenges in today’s ever-changing and competitive working environment.  


Cllr Lionel Esau, Deputy Executive Mayor of Eden DM, encouraged the students to be positive South African citizens and to never forget the Batho Pele Principles in serving the public. He further inspired them to be lifelong learners, improve themselves and to share their wisdom with other people.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 April 2015 )
Pledge Nature Reserve - R5 000 Donation PDF Print
Wednesday, 08 April 2015


Eden Executive Mayor, Cllr  Wessie Van der Westhuizen (2nd from right,) Eden Environmental Specialist, Vernon Gibbs-Halls (right) and Eden Councillor Henry McCombi (left) hand the cheque over to Mr Stan Davis, Trustee and Chairperson of the Pledge Nature Reserve. 


A donation of R5 000 was made to the Pledge Nature Reserve in Knysna by Executive Mayor of the Eden District Municipality, Councillor Wessie van der Westhuizen and Portfolio Councillor for Community Services, Cllr Henry McCombi, last week. These much needed funds are part of Eden’s ongoing environmental efforts to protect biodiversity in our District.  Less than 100 years ago this 10 ha portion of land was an abandoned brickfield and waste dumping site where stormwater runoff polluted the Knysna lagoon. In terms of the Provincial Government Gazette (11 October 1991), the Pledge Nature Reserve was formed. Today it is managed by the Pledge Nature Reserve Trust.

The area was restored to create wetland, forest and fynbos areas with 5 kilometers of walking paths.  Indigenous plants (at last count 270 species) including the endangered Garden Route Shale Fynbos, replaced the exotics and now attracts more than 88 different species of birds and numerous small mammals, reptiles and amphibians.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 April 2015 )
Green economy in Bitou Valley receives R30 000 boost PDF Print
Tuesday, 07 April 2015

A donation of R30 000 was made to the Bitou Valley and Green Valley Sewing Group by the Executive Mayor of the Eden District Municipality, Cllr Wessie van der Westhuizen and Portfolio Councillor for Community Services, Cllr Henry McCombi last week.

The Bitou wetland and surrounds have been identified as a priority biodiversity area. It is recognised that, if prescribed conservation targets are met, the Bitou Wetland will be of national importance. Spear-heading the project, Julie Carlisle and Mary Jane Waite said: “The potential is vast and includes environmental, social and tourism aspects which can all work together to enhance the conservation status of the wetland, improve its functioning and benefit the environment and people of this area.”

bitou-valley-wetland-sewing-group.jpg Ladies of the Bitou Valley and Green Valley Sewing Group with the Eden Executive Mayor, Cllr Wessie van der Westhuizen (fifth from the left).

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 April 2015 )
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