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Opportunity to gain experience given to Interns and Students at Eden DM for a 5th consecutive year PDF Print
Friday, 17 February 2017
 Interns and their Mentors, Portfolio Councillors with Executive Management from Eden District Municipality (Eden DM), all foregathered on 15 February 2017 at Eden DM’s Joint Operation Centre. This occasion has become a tradition, a platform given to mentees and mentors to share their insights and experiences which contributed to their growth over the months of working alongside each other. Some interns do not only work in one specific section, but are rotated throughout the organisation to broaden their experience and understanding of how Local Government works.

This is the fifth consecutive year, since 2012, that Eden DM opened their doors to students who needed experience in order to grow and enhance their opportunities to pursue a career choice. To date, 47 interns and students have been hired by Eden DM since 2012. These type of initiatives offer more highs than lows; the ultimate low for everyone has always been to say goodbye to mentees. Soon, five mentees, including Mr Bandile Mbalo, Ms Andisiwe Kelem, Ms Angela Louw, Mr Duwayne Pietersen and Mr Justin Cupido, will leave Eden DM behind as they spread their wings when they enter the outside working world.
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 The group of mentees and mentors standing behind the leaders who played a vital role in making sure that initiatives that better the lives of communities are rolled out annually. Seated are (fltr): Acting Municipal Manager, Mr Clive Africa; Deputy Executive Mayor, Cllr Rosina Ruiters who is also the Chairperson of the Local Economic Development Forum; The Executive Manager, Corporate-/Strategic Services, Ms Trix Holtzhausen and Cllr Isaya Stemela, Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee, Corporate Services.
Last Updated ( Friday, 17 February 2017 )
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Draft Annual Report Open for Public Comment PDF Print
Thursday, 16 February 2017

fb-spublicnotice.jpg DRAFT ANNUAL REPORT: 2015/2016 FINANCIAL YEAR - OPEN FOR COMMENT
Notice is hereby given in terms of Section 127 (5) of the Municipal Finance Management Act, 2003 (Act 56 of 2003), that the Eden District Municipality (Eden DM) Draft Annual Report for the 2015/2016 financial year was tabled at the Council Meeting of 30 January 2017 and is open for public inspection and comments.
It is electronically available at http://bit.ly/2jU4ve7

Members of the public are welcome to attend the first MPAC meeting to be held on 17 February 2017 at the Eden DM Head Office at 11:00am, Council Chambers in George, 54 York Street. Please contact Daphne October on 044 803 1300 (Monday - Friday, 07:30 - 16:00).

All comments must be submitted to the Acting Municipal Manager at the under-mentioned address before Thursday, 23 February 2017 (12h00) or clearly marked “Draft Annual Report: 2015/2016” and be placed in the Tender Boxes at the respective offices. Comments can also be submitted electronically to This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it

C Africa
Acting Municipal Manager 
54 York Street / P.O. Box 12, George, 6530

Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 February 2017 )
 
Eden district Culinary and Hospitality students receive recognition of success PDF Print
Wednesday, 08 February 2017

Another jubilant occasion repeated itself at the Francois Ferreira Academy, situated at the PW College in George, in recognition of the 8th group of students, who successfully completed a Culinary and Hospitality Skills programme through the Eden District Cater Care initiative. 

On Friday, 27 January 2017, the Eden District Municipality (Eden DM) councillors and staff, representatives from the Francois Ferreira Academy and service providers, showed a face of great excitement and hope for the group of 10 students who successfully completed their Food Assistant and internationally recognized City & Guilds Training programme. Parents of the students were amongst the special guests to observe this memorable and life-changing occasion to witness the feedback by all role-players who ensured that their children succeed.

The programme came into existence in 2008, by means of a collaboration between the Francois Ferreira Academy, Eden District Municipality and ABSA Bank.  During 2016, another addition, the National Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), joined the partnership in the endeavour to strengthen efforts in the fight against unemployment.

Executive Deputy Mayor of Eden DM, Cllr Rosina Ruiters, at the event, emphasized the aim of the programme and highlighted: “This programme seeks to address the high rate of unemployment within the Eden district, further to this, the programme seeks to provide culinary skills training for people who are unemployed and/or who own a catering enterprise in the Garden Route and Klein Karoo area”. Cllr Ruiters further added that the training is intended to equip people, as well as entrepreneurs from small, medium and micro enterprises, with the relevant skills to access jobs in the local hospitality industry. In closing of her motivational remarks to the students, Cllr Ruiters revealed that at some stage in her life she also wore a chef’s hat and warm-heartedly confessed: “If you love cooking – I love you”. 

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Councillors and officials from Eden District Municipality, representatives from the Francois Ferreira Academy and the students during the graduation ceremony.

Head of the Academy, Chef Francois Ferreira, boasted with the success of the programme and highlighted: “The programme upholds a stable reputation of 89% success rate for putting students into jobs and also maintains a 0% drop-out rate, since its existence.” Ferreira further motivated the students with the words: “This is not a normal job, this is a life time job – you become the eternal student. Keep your humility, keep you want to learn – that inquisitiveness”.  

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Executive Deputy Mayor of Eden District Municipality, Cllr Rosina Ruiters, emphasized the aim of the programme during her keynote address. 

 

 

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Head of the Francois Ferreira Academy, Chef Ferreira himself, almost overspent his timeslot in front of the students while motivating them to succeed in the Culinary and Hospitality industry.

 

The students could not thank the Academy, the Eden District Municipality, ABSA and EPWP enough for making this learning opportunity possible.

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 Top left: Ms Katriena King (left) admitted that she is very excited for her daughter Claudia King (right), for showing so much progress. “I see it every day when she applies many of the techniques that she learns, at home.”

Top right:  Mr Willem Mfecane (right) said that he is very proud of his son, Mlungisi Lewis (left), who always shows enthusiasm to learn and help at home.  “I believe that he will come far in life with his willingness to learn new things”.

One student in particular, Silulami Ngwane, praised the Academy for its efforts to bring the group where they are today and for producing students in this industry. To the Eden District Municipality he said: “Thank you for giving us an opportunity to shine”. 
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An overjoyed group of students who successfully completed their courses (fltr) are: Mlungisi Lewis, Vuyokhazi Mtnuyedwa, Valencia Cupido, Sibahle Diamond, Silulami Ngwane, Micha van Tonder, Claudia King, Mpumezi Mxaba, Demi van Wyk and Wandisile Welman.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 February 2017 )
 
DRAFT ANNUAL REPORT: 2015/2016 FINANCIAL YEAR - Open for comment PDF Print
Thursday, 02 February 2017
fb-spublicnotice.jpg DRAFT ANNUAL REPORT: 2015/2016 FINANCIAL YEAR - OPEN FOR COMMENT
Notice is hereby given in terms of Section 127 (5) of the Municipal Finance Management Act, 2003 (Act 56 of 2003), that the Eden District Municipality (Eden DM) Draft Annual Report for the 2015/2016 financial year was tabled at the Council Meeting of 30 January 2017 and is open for public inspection and comments.
It is electronically available at http://bit.ly/2jU4ve7 as well as from tomorrow, 03 February 2017, at the following Eden DM offices and B-Municipalities:

1.    Eden DM Head Office, 54 York Street, George
2.    Eden DM Roads Services, Mission Street, George Industrial (Next to Railway Museum) George
3.    Eden DM Community Services, Mission Street, George Industrial (Next to Railway Museum), George
4.    Eden DM Oudtshoorn Office, 15 Regent Street, Oudtshoorn
5.    Eden DM Riversdale Office, Mitchell Street 24, Riversdale
6.    Eden DM Mossel Bay Office, Cnr Marlin & Sampson Street, Ext 23, Mossel Bay
7.    Eden DM Knysna Office – 24 A Queen Street, Knysna
8.    Eden DM Plettenberg Bay Office - 7 Gibb Street, Plettenberg Bay
9.    Bitou Municipality - 4 Sewell Street, Plettenberg Bay 6600
10.    Knysna Municipality - 5 Clyde Street, Knysna
11.    George Municipality - 71 York Street, George
12.    Mossel Bay Municipality - 101 Marsh Street, Mossel Bay, 6500, Western Cape
13.    Hessequa Municipality - Van den Berg Street, Riversdale, 6670
14.    Kannaland Municipality - 32 Church Street, Ladismith
15.    Oudtshoorn Municipality - Cnr CJ Langenhoven Street & Voortrekker Road, Oudtshoorn

All comments must be submitted to the Acting Municipal Manager at the under-mentioned address before Thursday, 23 February 2017 (12h00) or clearly marked “Draft Annual Report: 2015/2016” and be placed in the Tender Boxes at the respective offices. Comments can also be submitted electronically to This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it

GW Louw
Municipal Manager
54 York Street / P.O. Box 12, George, 6530

Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 February 2017 )
 
Eden employees bid farewell to outgoing Municipal Manager PDF Print
Tuesday, 31 January 2017
Over the past 8 years, Eden District Municipality (Eden DM), under the leadership of Mr Godfrey Louw, achieved significant milestones and accolades, including Clean Audits, Greenest Municipality Awards and a financial turnaround that saved the municipality millions. On Friday, 27 January 2017, employees had a chance to gracefully bid farewell to Mr Louw, he was appointed as the Accounting Officer of the municipality on 1 July 2008.

The Eden DM Executive Manager, Mr Clive Africa, delivered the keynote address. He boasted about the performance, leadership and legacy of the municipal manager.  " The future of this beautiful Eden district has been preserved, secured and protected because of your visionary leadership, discipline, hard work, dedication and commitment," said Mr Africa. His speech followed by a beautiful rendition sung by Ms Mariska Pieterse, Internal Auditor, of "New Birth - Never Let Love Fade Away".  Ms Pieterse chose this song because it speaks about faith in God, who will lead a person through difficult times.
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Mr Clive Africa, who worked with the MM for years, gave a speech characterised by respect, integrity and appreciation. Mr Godfrey Louw during his final address to Eden DM employees.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 31 January 2017 )
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