Clean Audit for Eden DM PDF Print
Monday, 25 May 2015

img_9509.jpg FLTR back: Cllr Henry Mc Combi – Portfolio Chairperson: Community Services, Mr Godfrey Louw – Eden’s Municipal Manager, Mr Clive Africa – Executive Manager: Community Services and Mr Hans Ottervanger – Senior Manager: Roads Services. Front: Cllr John Maxim – Portfolio Chairperson: Tourism and LED, Cllr Sharon May – Portfolio Chairperson: Roads Services , Cllr Johan du Toit – Portfolio Chairperson: Strategic Services, Cllr Tertius Simmers – Portfolio Chairperson: Corporate Services, Ms Louise Hoek – Chief Financial Officer, Cllr Wessie van der Westhuizen – Eden Executive Mayor and Ms Trix Holtzhausen – Executive Manager:  Strategic /Corporate Services.  


Since the inception of district municipalities in the year 2000, 2014 has highlighted a year of great achievement for Eden District Municipality, receiving its first clean audit opinion from the Auditor-General.  This is a major milestone for the District and one of many more to come.


Receiving a clean audit report from the Auditor-General validates that the municipalities’ financial statements present fairly, in all material aspects the financial position of the municipality, its financial performance and the cash flows for the year ended, were in accordance with the SA standards of GRAP and the requirements of the MFMA and DORA.


“To build on this achievement, strict adherence to policies, procedures, legislation and the implementation of internal control mechanisms by both staff members and council members will be required” said Ms Louise Hoek, Chief Financial Officer of Eden District Municipality.  She furthermore stated that it will be more difficult to achieve a clean audit opinion for a second year, but “as a collective, we can achieve it again”.


At a Mayoral Committee meeting held on Thursday, 21 May 2015, the Executive Mayor, Councillor Wessie van der Westhuizen handed over a Certificate of Excellence and an award received from SALGA.  This prestigious award was received by the Executive Mayor on behalf of the municipality during a National Member Assembly on 24 March 2015 in Cape Town.  The Mayor also commended the Audit Committee for their input and diligence.   

Last Updated ( Monday, 25 May 2015 )
Customised learning programme aimed at further development of local Councillors PDF Print
Thursday, 21 May 2015

img_9285.jpg Chairperson of EDM's Corporate Services, Councillor Tertuis Simmers (right), thanking Councillors for attending the training which will assist them to perform their duties effectively.


SALGA (South African Local Government Association) National-and Provincial Offices contacted the Eden District Municipality's (EDM) Skills Development section to initiate a 5 day capacity building programme for local Councillors.  The programme, which is facilitated by Mr Allen Gwara from the Southern African Institute of Learning (SAIL), is currently in progress until 22 May 2015 at George Municipality.

The programme consists of the following 9 modules which will be measured by individual Portfolio's Of Evidence on Friday, 22 May 2015:
1.    Understanding of the Legislative Framework of Local Government
2.    Municipal service delivery improvement
3.    Leadership and management
4.    Local Economic Development
5.    Municipal Finance
6.    Programme Management
7.    Community Development
8.    Supply Chain Management
9.    Public and Media Communication

The Chairperson of EDM's Corporate Services, Cllr Tertuis Simmers, who is also responsible for the Portfolio Skills Development at EDM, welcomed the 17 Councillors and said that: "This programme will help all Councillors to revisit what exactly their roles and responsibilities are". "It is important to be active during the discussions because everyone has different perceptions; through this programme, we can all find clarity about topics discussed in the 9 modules which will be to the benefit of communities", he elaborated.

img_9288.jpg The facilitator, Mr Allen Gwara(front), Councillors and Officials in attendance at the Councillor Development training Programme which is being presented at George Municipality between 18 and 22 May 2015.


Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 May 2015 )
First Aid - A Priority for Eden District Disaster Management PDF Print
Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Eden District Municipalities’ Joint Operations Centre (JOC) housed a few ‘operations’ of its own last week. Ten (10) Eden DM employees gathered at the JOC to attend a week of comprehensive first aid level 3 training, conducted by disaster management volunteer, Ms Cindy Bezuidenhout. 

The week long programme, which took place from 4-8 May 2015, introduced trainees to a variety of life-saving skills, ranging from wound care to Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, more commonly known as CPR. Ms Bezuidenhout guided each trainee to the rhythm and beat of Bee Gee’s anthem, “Staying Alive”, when practicing CPR on an injured individual – the song’s title happens to be quite suited to the act of bringing someone back to life.

Disaster Management Officer, Mr Wouter Jacobz, comments that: “First aid training is not just a prerequisite of working in an emergency services unit; it is also our duty as members of society to equip ourselves to care for each other”.   The training was part and parcel of promoting health and safety in the workplace, and also creating awareness regarding the fundamental value of first aid.



Mr Dimitri Oktober (left) and Mr Marchell Mcewane (right) learning to dress and treat an injured forearm.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 May 2015 )
A Joint Planning Initiative: Establishment of Eden District Infrastructure Forum PDF Print
Friday, 15 May 2015

The District Infrastructure Forum drew together at Eden District Municipality Council Chambers on Thursday, the 9th of April, to discuss the progress and development of various infrastructural projects in the Eden District. The meeting concluded in a spirit of fervor for the momentous leaps to come in the development of infrastructure across the region.  The latter stands as the result of a request by the MEC for Local Government Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Mr Anton Bredell, to strengthen the Eden District Infrastructure Forum, giving it a distinct structure, as well as electing a Chairperson: Eden District Municipal Manager: Mr Godfrey Louw and Deputy Chairperson: Eden District Bulk Infrastructure Coordinator: Mr Faan van der Merwe.

Eden Road to Rail
The discussion regarding Eden’s Road to Rail project adopted a ‘constructive’ approach. Mr Alan McVitty, from Mech Mobility, conducted a presentation of the technology necessary to see the project through to completion, as well as the financial implication of Road to Rail in terms of future sustainability. If all stakeholders concur, McVitty estimates that approximately 125 jobs will be created throughout the District. A final decision will be announced by Transnet within the next few months.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 May 2015 )
Ongoing Training Benefits Watsons PDF Print
Tuesday, 12 May 2015

watsons_certificates_23042015_022.jpg Staff from Watson’s Butcheries and the Environmental Health Practitioners from Eden District Municipality.




The Management of Watson’s Butcheries in George realized that well trained staff will benefit the company as far as food safety is concerned. In achieving this aim, the relationship between the Watson’s Butcheries and Eden District Municipality’s Municipal Health Services, is of such a nature that training sessions are given on a regular basis to educate personnel on personal hygiene, correct and safe preparation and handling of foodstuff, maintenance importance of the cold chain and the understanding of the principle 5 KEYS TO SAFER FOOD.  

The core message of the 5 Keys to Safer food include:
Keep clean;
Separate raw and cooked;
Cook thoroughly;
Keep food as safe temperatures; and
Use safe water and raw materials.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 May 2015 )
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