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Friday, 22 June 2018

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The South African Weather Service has issued the following Impact Based Warning:

 

Hazard:  Coastal (Waves)

Alert Level:  Level 2 - Yellow Warning

 

Valid from (SAST): 00:00 (SAST) on 24/06/2018

Valid To (SAST):  20:00 (SAST) on 24/06/2018

Persistent heavy swells (4m-6m) with high energy waves are expected during Sunday.

Affected Area:   Coastal areas between Alexander Bay and Plettenberg Bay (up to 15nm)

PRECAUTIONS: 

Listen to the radio or TV for warnings and obey the instructions from Disaster Management Officers.

Please plan accordingly and notify the Eden DM Disaster Management Centre (044 805 5071) of any incidents.

Last Updated ( Friday, 22 June 2018 )
 
Eden DM delegates in China to further discuss investment prospects PDF Print
Tuesday, 19 June 2018
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 The Eden DM "Team" representing the District in China.

Eden District Municipality recently received an invitation from the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDS) to attend the Belt and Road Summit which will take on the 28 June 2018 in Hong Kong, China. During the visit, delegates from Eden DM will also go on a fact-finding mission to Shanghai, to engage with Dr Hongbin Cheng, Executive Director of New China Time Technology (NCTT). Dr Cheng forms part of the Chinese delegation who visited the Garden Route on two previous occasions with a keen interest in the region as an investment partner. During the Eden DM's visit to China, the Co-Founder of the China-South Africa Bridge (CSA), will also be visited.

The objectives of the visit to China include:

  • Present the region as a suitable destination for trade and investment by meeting with Chinese business and government representatives; 
  • Hold strategic engagements and form possible partnerships; 
  • Discuss the establishment of a possible Communication Centre to enable efficient communication between the two countries (Communication Centre’s have already been established in Korea, Thailand and Germany, with one underway in the Netherlands, as per feedback from Dr Cheng in October 2016); 
  • Investigate trade and investment opportunities regarding Agriculture and Agri-processing, renewable energy technologies, as well as Tourism; 
  • Do site visits to familiarize the Eden team with practical solutions to various economic initiatives specifically in the fields as already alluded to. 

The following District representatives will be travelling to China:

  • Cllr Memory Booysen, Eden DM Executive Mayor
  • Mr Monde Stratu, Eden DM Municipal Manager 
  • Mr Lusanda Menze, Executive Manager, Planning and Economic Development 
  • Ms Melanie Wilson, Manager: Tourism and Local Economic Development 
  • Mr Siphiwe Dladla, Manager in the Office of the Executive Mayor

The District is fully committed to positioning itself as a destination of choice for tourism and as a viable investment hub for national and international investors.

The following initiatives have been key to where the district is positioned at the moment:

  • The investment readiness initiative to address various internal decision-making processes regarding turnaround times (gaps and shortcomings to eliminate to become investment friendly); 
  • February 2018: A Skills summit was hosted with the purpose of establishing the District as a Skills Mecca; 
  • March 2018: An International Investment conference to attract investment; 
  •  The availing of Council properties for investment opportunities. 

The Hong Kong Belt and Road Summit: 28 June 2018 

The Belt and Road Initiative is a visionary blueprint that seeks to enhance global economic development. The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the HKTDC will jointly organise the third edition of the Belt and Road Summit on 28 June 2018 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

 The theme of the Summit is to “Collaborate for Success”.

A full-day One-on-one Business Matching activities will take place. The three concurrent Project Presentation & Networking Sessions will feature notable projects from sectors of:

  • Transport & Logistics Infrastructure 
  • Energy, Natural Resources & Public Utilities 
  • Rural & Urban Development (Rural – including agricultural projects; Urban, including industrial park development, SEZs). 

The Investment and Business-matching Session serves the purpose of creating a platform for integrated matchmaking and networking. Business and government will also be able to connect with project owners and operators, investors and service providers from a myriad of business sectors.

Meetings and site visits with Dr Cheng and team

Eden DM has been invited to engage with relevant Chinese business and government stakeholders based on previous discussions with Dr Cheng, leader of the Chinese Business delegation who visited Eden District in October 2016 and during the Garden Route Investment Conference which was held in March 2018.

During the discussions, Dr Cheng indicated that they intend to establish trade relations with the Garden Route regarding Agriculture and Agri-processing, Renewable Energy Technologies, as well as Cultural Tourism. 

During Dr Cheng's second visit to the Garden Route, he and his delegation met with various Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises to discuss possible trade opportunities which would further be facilitated through the assistance of Wesgro.

The Eden DM delegation will be supported by Ms Rehana Boolay from Wesgro, who will accompany the team to all meetings and site visits. Ms Rehana Boolay is Wesgro’s investment specialist for China trade and investment facilitation between China and the Western Cape.

It is also suggested to approach the Western Cape Department of Agriculture to avail an agriculture specialist familiar with the Eden District/stationed in the Eden District to form part of the delegation to China, for the cost of the Department of Agriculture.

No business representatives will be included in this visit, as it will be a fact-finding visit and business will be invited once a relationship between Eden DM and relevant China stakeholders have been established.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 June 2018 )
 
Veld Fire Warning PDF Print
Wednesday, 13 June 2018

important_notice.jpg Updated Severe Weather Warning issued for the Eden District by the South African Weather Service.

13:00 on 13-06-2018

 

Hazard: Veld Fire Conditions

Alert Level: Warning

Valid From (SAST): 13/06/18 08h00  

Valid To (SAST): 14/06/18 23h00   

Warning 1.  Expected over the Central Karoo and Eden District today (Wednesday).
Watch 2.  Extremely high fire danger conditions are expected over the Central Karoo and Eden District tomorrow (Thursday).

Description: Strong damaging winds
Strong damaging winds often occur along coastal regions, but also often occur during thunderstorm activity. These winds are sudden and can cause much damage.

Precautions:  Strong damaging winds
Stay indoors where possible, away from the windows that open towards the severe winds. Be aware of the following: - sudden cross winds if traveling especially between buildings, fallen trees or power lines and flying debris.
Small boats must stay away from the open sea and seek the shelter of a harbour, river estuary or protected bay.
Parked aircraft should be pointed into the direction of the wind and secured. Listen to the radio or TV for warnings and obey the instructions from Disaster Management Officers.

Description: Dangerous veld/bush fire conditions
Whenever there are prolonged periods of little and no rain coupled with warm dry winds, veldt or bush fires can easily be sparked and will spread rapidly in strong winds.

Precautions: Dangerous veld/bush fire conditions
Don’t make fires in the open and/or leave fires unattended. Don’t throw cigarette butts out of cars or in the open veldt. Don’t throw bottles in the veldt as they can magnify the sun’s rays and start fires. Prepare and maintain fire breaks in controlled manner. In the case of a large fire report it immediately and move away from the area to let the professionals deal with it. Never throw water onto a fire started by an electrical fault or fires started by oil or paraffin lamps. In this case sand or a blanket should be used to smother the fire. Listen to the radio or TV for warnings and obey the instructions from Disaster Management Officers.

At this point in time three fires have been reported to the Eden DMC nl: Hansmoeskraal, Jonkersberg and North of Jongensfontein, but according to the fire services at these fires these fires have all been contained.

Please report any severe weather related incidents or any new fires to the Eden DMC at (044) 805-5071

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 June 2018 )
 
Acting Speaker unanimously elected by Council PDF Print
Wednesday, 13 June 2018
During a Special Council meeting which was held on 13 June 2018, Cllr Barend Groenewald was unanimously elected as the Acting Speaker of Eden District Municipality. Cllr Groenwald's appointment follows the resignation of Cllr Mark Willemse on Monday, 11 June 2018.

Cllr Mark Willemse has recently been elected as the Executive Mayor of Knysna Municipality.
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Cllr Barend Groenwald solemnly promises to perform his functions as the Speaker of Eden District Municipality, on his right is Municipal Manager, Mr Monde Stratu. Chairing his first Eden District Municipality Special Council meeting is Cllr Groenewald (middle), with Municipal Manager, Monde Stratu (left) and the Executive Manager of Corporate Services, Ms Trix Holtzhausen.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 June 2018 )
 
Eden DM hosts an EPWP Workshop PDF Print
Wednesday, 13 June 2018

As the Political Champion for the Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP) at Eden District Municipality (Eden DM), Executive Mayor Cllr Memory Booysen recently initiated a workshop with internal and external stakeholders, aimed at providing them with a better knowledge and understanding of EPWP.   A workshop, which was held on 6 June 2018, also sought to institutionalise EPWP within the organisation and therefore, this platform was used to enable Eden DM to coordinate EPWP for the entire region.

img_7590.jpg Councillors, Senior Management and Officials of Eden DM together with the Representatives of the National- and Provincial Department of Public Works who attended the Workshop.

 

The Eden DM Council committed to an EPWP vision that strives to achieve long-term socio–economic goals, through the empowerment of youth and designated groups within the district.  Council also strongly agrees that a multi- sectoral and all-inclusive approach must be utilised, to ultimately achieve the goals of the programme.

Representatives from the National and Provincial Department of Public Works were invited to present on the following topics.

•    A Historical Overview of the EPWP Programme;
•    The Current National Stance;
•    Recruitment and Selection Guidelines; and
•    Funding Models.

After presentations, attendees were given the opportunity to pose questions, which in many cases prompted robust discussions amongst attendees. The representative from the National Department of Public Works enlightened Council about all the different processes, which form part of the 4th phase EPWP Plans and informed them about the consultation process scheduled for 26 June 2018.

In conclusion, Mr Monde Stratu, Eden DM Municipal Manager, emphasised the fact that although the EPWP Programme is a political programme, it must not be politicised. He furthermore explained that the Programme does not belong to one department, but needs to be an organisational programme.  He acknowledges the linkage between Skills Development, Training and EPWP, elaborating on the fact that Eden DM plan to develop the region into a Skills Mecca.

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Representatives of the National- and Provincial Department of Public Works with the leadership of Eden DM.

FLTR (back): Mr Richard Dyantyi – Eden DM EPWP Manager, Mr John Cloete – Deputy Director Coordination, Provincial Department of Public Works, Mr Jacobus Nakoo – EPWP Technical Support: Infrastructure Sector, National Department of Public Work, Mr Tembela Ndlazi – Social Sector – Deputy Director, National Department of Public Works, Cllr Memory Booysen – Eden DM Executive Mayor, Mr Mzimkulu Gusha – National EPWP Chief Director, National Department Public Works, Mr Monde Stratu – Eden DM Municipal Manager and Mr Lusanda Menze – Executive Manager:  Planning and Economic Development.

          
In stipulating the way forward, Council recommended that the Eden DM EPWP Section engage on the following processes: 

 

  • Coordinate the EPWP or other employment programmes and be point of entry (contact) for other sectors in the region.
  • Review the current EPWP Policy and include the structure, its dual reporting and ensure compliance to the Ministerial Determination.
  • That the EPWP Section, through its Executive Manager re-inforce the Internal Steering Committee.
  • EPWP must form part of the agenda of the Executive Committees of Council and Management.
  • That Eden DM should strengthen Institutional arrangements to coordinate EPWP within the Municipality and ensure that EPWP Champions are appointed for all departments within the Municipalities.
  • EPWP targets for Phase 3 should be included in the scorecards/performance agreements of Heads of Departments and the Municipal Manager.
  • Regular feedback to Council, the Municipal Manager and Senior Management on EPWP progress.
  • Continued Technical support be provided by National- and Western Cape Department of Public Works in order to assist the Municipality.
  • That Council commit its support for more capacity within the EPWP Section.
  • Eden DM EPWP Section must focus on sustainable livelihood in terms of training and SMME development of the beneficiaries.

img_7595.jpg The Eden DM EPWP Team that was responsible to organised the Workshop.

FLTR: Mr Sheldon Flemming, Mr Richard Dyantyi, Ms Henlene Festus, Cllr Memory Booysen – Eden DM Executive Mayor, Ms Beaunita van Ryn , Ms Carmen Hartnick and Mr Samkelo Mthalaliso.

According to the EPWP Manager and organisers, the workshop managed to achieve the envisaged objective Council expected and they embark to have more sessions of this nature in future.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 June 2018 )