Eden District Municipality and Stakeholders seek to develop Entrepreneurs in Television and Film PDF Print
Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Students receive special word of motivation

A group of students residing within various areas in the Eden district, last week, commenced with an 8-day training programme in the television and film industry. Ikasi Media was appointed to facilitate the training programme from 15 to 22 May 2017 at the Africa Skills Village in Thembalethu, George.

Three days after commencement of the programme, on 18 May 2017, one of Eden District Municipality’s (Eden DM’s) Portfolio Councillors for Economic Development and Tourism, Cllr Khayalethu Lose, and officials of the department visited the class to encourage them with the following words: “The film industry is currently receiving increasing interest from national and international production companies, therefore we are investing in your empowerment to develop our young people and equip you so that you will be skilled when the opportunities arrive”. On behalf of the Eden District Municipality, Cllr Lose further stated: “We value our young people and we wish you all the best with the programme and your future within this industry”.

film_and_television_students_motivation_small.jpg  Facilitator from Ikasi Media, Ms Lamise Inglis (left), Ms Lika Berning, South African Television and Film actress (3rd, left) and Eden DM Councillor for Economic Development and Tourism, Cllr Khayalethu Lose (front, sitting) with some of the students.

Graduation ceremony

On Monday, 22 May 2017, these learners celebrated the recognition of their hard work during a graduation ceremony which was attended by facilitators of Ikasi Media, councillors and officials from Eden DM and officials from the Africa Skills Village. Eden DM’s Councillor Liza Stroebel congratulated the learners and said: “Stay positive, speak good over your life, speak blessings over your life and it will manifest.” Cllr. Stroebel further emphasised: “It is important that you write down your dreams on your wall, so that when you leave your home in the morning, that you are reminded of what you want to achieve”.


Facilitators from Ikasi Media, councillors and officials from Eden DM and officials from African Skills Village, with the enthusiastic learners of the 8-day Television and Film Training Programme, at the graduation ceremony.

Learner Carlisle Lodewyk from Rheendendal near Knysna, described the programme as a remarkable experience and said: “My eyes were opened in such a way that I now already see myself in Hollywood”.

Ms Lamise Inglis, facilitator of the programme, praised the learners with the following words: “I was very impressed with learners considering that they travelled from far, but when they walked into the class they were upbeat and awake and willing to learn. They showed their willingness to be entrepreneurs and willing to create their own content from their communities. I was very impressed and inspired by the group”.  

film_and_television_students_eden_team_small.jpg Eden DM Councillor Liza Stroebel (4th, right) thanked the Eden DM team, under leadership of Eden DM’s Manager: Strategic Services, Ms Melanie Wilson (4th, left) who were present at the graduation ceremony.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 May 2017 )
Eden DM House 2 Home Project continues PDF Print
Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Cllr Mark Willemse, the Speaker of the Eden District Municipality (Eden DM), continued with the ‘House 2 Home Project” which was initiated by his predecessor Cllr Doris Nayler, who aimed to make a difference in the lives of people in need, irrespective of age, race or color.

During an interview, Cllr Mark Willemse explained that the project portrays a very important social awareness tool for Eden DM. “It is essential that Council do something for the community, and I believe through this project, we can support our poorer communities in the district.  Currently, we are donating blankets, and as we all know, winter is fast approaching and a blanket is always welcome. We also foresee to assist and help families during fires and disasters, which has become a common phenomenon in our region,” said Cllr Willemse.

During the past week, Speaker Willemse, accompanied by Eden DM’s Portfolio Councillors, donated blankets to vulnerable and needy people throughout communities of George and Mossel Bay. Forty (40) blankets were donated to a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) in Thembalethu, the “Disabled People of South Africa”.



Eden DM Speaker, Cllr Mark Willemse (front, 3rd right), Eden DM Portfolio Councillors, Cllr Erica Meyer (front, 3rd left) and Cllr Khayalethu Lose (front, 4th right), with representatives and residents of Disabled People of South Africa in Thembalethu, with the blankets.

On Friday, 12 May 2017, 35 blankets were handed to a group of underprivileged and elderly residents from Ward 8 in Parkdene, George.  This was done after a request was received from the Ward Councillor, Cllr David Willemse from the George Municipality.  Later that day, the delegation continued their visits to an informal settlement in Great Brak River, where families lost their belongings and two (2) loved ones during a recent fire. 

20170512_101736_001.jpg Eden DM Speaker, Cllr Mark Willemse with Cllr David Willemse and residents from Parkdene who received blankets.





In Kwanonqaba, Mossel Bay, the Eden DM delegation met with residents whose informal structures were burnt down.  During this engagement, thirty-six (36) blankets were given to the victims of the fire. Thereafter, the Speaker visited a house that was damaged by the fire and handed 20 liters of paint and tools to repaint the building. The last stop of the day was at the Benevolent Park Old Age Home, where 10 blankets were given to elderly.  


Recipients from Kwanonqaba in Mossel Bay, the Eden DM delegation and Councillors from Mossel Bay Municipality. 





Throughout the day, the recipients of the blankets showed great appreciation for the “small but yet significant gift,” received from Eden DM.  The driving force behind the project remains the same, to make a difference where it’s really needed.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 24 May 2017 )
Cross Cape Cycling Route launched in Plettenberg Bay PDF Print
Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Western Cape Government, WESGRO, Municipalities, Tourism offices and private sector celebrates the completion of the Cross Cape Cycling Route.

Friday, 12 May 2017 was a pivotal occasion for cycling and the tourism economy in the Western Cape and specifically the Eden district. The Cross Cape Cycling Route’s launch started at 08:35am at the Melville corner shopping Mall in Plettenberg Bay. The route, stretching just over 742 km, from Plettenberg Bay to Stellenbosch, is part of the Provincial Government’s Economic Growth Strategy - implemented by the Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, MEC Alan Winde.

Cross Cape is the first route of a cycle network mapped by the Western Cape Government to grow cycling tourism, crossing 10 towns. The departure point is the beautiful holiday town of Plettenberg Bay in the Eden district, cycling through scenery, including white sandy beaches, natural fynbos, forests, 360 degree mountain views, the Wittedrift Road along the Keurbooms River climbing steeply into the Garden of Eden, an indigenous subtropical forest which is home to 800-year old Yellowwood trees.

The Route then crosses over the Montagu Pass into the spectacular Klein Karoo, touching Herold, Oudtshoorn, Calitzdorp and Van Wyksdorp, taking the cyclist to Riversdale, Suurbraak and Swellendam. The last leg takes riders through Riviersonderend, Greyton and into Stellenbosch.

The route is supported by WESGRO, an economic agency responsible for Western Cape Tourism domestically and internationally.


   A group of cyclists and the MEC Alan Winde (front) from Plettenberg Bay’s Main Street as they took part in the inaugural ride of the Cross Cape Cycle Route which extends from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town.

During his opening address MEC Winde said that one of the purposes of the Cross Cape Cycle Route, is to connect our towns, small villages and grow their economies whilst allowing cyclists and adventure tourists to see different parts of the Cape that they won’t normally see while traveling by car. The trail is much more than just a cycling route; it will provide many opportunities for local tourism along its networks, MEC Winde concluded.


Eden DM Executive Mayor, Cllr Memory Booysen, Bitou Executive Mayor Cllr Peter Lobese and Minister Alan Winde at the inauguration.

Eden District Municipality’s Executive Mayor, Cllr Memory Booysen, said: “The Cross Cape Cycle Route will create new opportunities for residents to become more directly involved in the tourism industry, expanding on the wonderful offerings for visitors who are coming to the Eden district. I am so excited for the Eden district to be included as a departure point, as this initiative will create new opportunities for jobs and economic transformation in our rural areas in the district.” On a lighter note he alluded by saying: “Next year I am going to ride by your side MEC”.










Eden DM Executive Mayor, Cllr Memory Booysen, Bitou Executive Mayor Cllr Peter Lobese, Minister Alan Winde and a group of Cyclist moments before the official cycling route was opened.

Executive Mayor of Bitou Municipality, Cllr Peter Lobese thanked MEC Winde: “We are grateful for this wonderful opportunity to put our town in the spotlight. Plett is home. It is alpha and omega. You can start here and end here.”

Through the Cross Cape Cycling Route, it is evident that unemployment will be addressed and the route will also unlock economic opportunities for residents throughout the Cape.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 17 May 2017 )
Workplace Skills Plan PDF Print
Monday, 15 May 2017

2017-2018 Eden DM Workplace Skills Plan signed

img_0043.jpg All the role-player present at the signing of the 2017/18 Eden DM Workplace Skills Plan.






On Wednesday, 26 April 2017 at the Eden District Municipality’s Council Chambers, the Workplace Skills Plan for 2017/18 was signed after the Eden DM Training Committee approved the Organisation's Workplace Skills Plan (WSP).

Eden DM chairperson for the Training Committee, Cllr Stephen De Vries, during his address said: “This process is a clear indication of how the Union carries the best interest of their members at heart - skills development and training.”  He added that with the minor adjustments to the WSP recommended by the Committee, will make provision for Councillor training and learnerships, apprenticeships and skills programmes for Unemployed Youth from the communities within the Eden district. In conclusion, Cllr De Vries commended the South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU), Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (IMATU) and Eden District Municipality’s Training and Skills Development officials for taking the lead in ensuring that the document is presented in a high quality manner.

“Today we are signing this Plan for our members and not for ourselves; we therefore have to, on a quarterly basis, re-evaluate the training needs of our members. From the Union side we will network but we want the same commitment from the Employer’s, side” said, Mr Richard Dyantyi, IMATU representative, while signing the WSP.

SAMWU’s Constituency’s Shop steward, Ms Moseline Maree, expressed a word of gratitude to the Training Team: Mr Calvyn Scheepers, Mr Reginald Salmons and Ms Angeline Naidoo and Eden’s Training and Skills Development officials, for their dedication and hard work throughout the process.

Mr Calvyn Scheepers, Eden DM’s Assistant Manager:  Human Resources, praised the Executive Manager:  Corporate-/Strategic Services, Ms Trix Holtzhausen, for her support right through the entire process and said:  “We now have moved away from complying only, but also seek to find qualitative outcomes”.  The 2017/18 WSP will address the needs of all employees, irrespective on which level they are on in the organisation, thereby ensuring that all employees improve the quality of their lives by empowering themselves with the knowledge and skills needed to grow in their careers,” Mr Scheepers concluded.

Last Updated ( Monday, 15 May 2017 )
Businesses, Provincial- and Local Government work together to build healthier staff corps PDF Print
Tuesday, 09 May 2017

Eden District, George and Oudtshoorn municipalities held Wellness Day 2017

Shortly after the commemoration of Workers' Day this year, municipal staff from the Eden district convened and took their first step to improve their health at a Wellness Day programme that took place on 3 and 5 May 2017 in George and Oudtshoorn respectively.

The programme was a joint initiative between Eden District, George and Oudtshoorn Municipalities and was held at the centrally located George Municipality Banquet Hall in George and the De Jager Sport Centre in Oudtshoorn. Both venues got its fair share of attendance by very keen employees from 8:30 to 14:00 daily.

The main purpose of the initiative was to a build healthy and productive staff corps which can deliver services more effective and efficiently to their broader communities within the boundaries of the Eden district.

img_5.jpg The Eden DM Human Resources staff formed part of the planning team to organise the successful event. With them are Councillors from the Eden District Municipality.

In addressing all staff and service providers at the event held in George, Executive Deputy Mayor of Eden District Municipality, Cllr Rosina Ruiters said: “Eden District Municipality takes the health of its employees very seriously in order to achieve its mission and vision”.  According to the World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Index which states that a healthy workforce is vital to a country’s competitiveness and productivity. “Workers, who are not well, will be less productive,” Deputy Mayor Ruiters emphasised. 


Deputy Executive Mayor of Eden District Municipality, Cllr Rosina Ruiters has set the example by letting her eyes tested by Ms Verenay van Niekerk from IC Optometrist at the event held in George, while Cllr Joslyn Johnson (middle) and Ms Lizelle Uithaler (left) look on.

During the two days, staff was provided an opportunity to undergo various health screening tests, such as Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Diabetes, TB, HIV & Breast exams. Primary health care services were also made accessible and proper consultation sessions by Service Providers were conducted to ensure that any enquiries made by staff, were immediately attended to. These service providers include: medical aid schemes, fitness and health institutions, as well as financial institutions.  Councillors and Management from all three municipalities also made their appearance at this successful event.

img_3.jpg Representatives from the Western Cape Health Department during an in-depth health related discussion with a staff member from George Municipality.



The Eden District Municipality would like to extend a word of gratitude to all the role players, including: the Western Cape Health Department, FAMSA, CANSA, SAMWUMED, Bonitas Medical Scheme, LA Health, Key Health, Hosmed, 4 Life Dietitians, ABSA Bank, First National Bank, Capitec Bank, Standard Bank, Old Mutual, Liberty and Metropolitan, as well as the Human Resources Team of both George Municipality and Oudtshoorn Municipality, who went the extra mile to contribute to the success of the event. 

img_2.jpg Mr Derick Bokhary from Old Mutual gave his full attention to Roads Services staff members while consulting them at the event.




Through this initiative, it is evident that municipalities care about the well-being of its staff and more so, furthermore continues to foster and promote sound intergovernmental relations by working together to achieve their goals.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 May 2017 )