Forgiveness is healing. PDF Print
Friday, 19 December 2014

Reconciliation Day, 16 December 2014 commenced with a breakfast in Oudtshoorn attended by community stakeholders and various government departments.

The message of forgiveness, working together, radical reconciliation, an appeal to conduct a peace audit and to walk the talk, was the key message conveyed during Eden District Municipalities Reconciliation Day event.

img_9718.jpg Political leaders from the different Municipality with the guest speaker, Reverend Frank Chikane.






Eden District Municipality’s Reconciliation Day Celebrations thereafter proceeded to the Mossel Bay Town Hall in collaboration with Mossel Bay-, Knysna-, Oudtshoorn-, Hessequa-, and George Municipalities.  The event was experienced as a tremendous success and was well attended by residents throughout the region.

In a quest to portray and celebrate the rich cultural diversity within the region, different indigenous groups such as the Griqua’s from Plettenberg bay, G-Minor Musical Group from Mossel Bay, the Riel Dancers from Van Wyksdorp, the Xhosa Dancers from Mossel Bay and Mr Lekay from the George Correctional Services entertained the audience with their unique talent.



Executive Mayor, Cllr Wessie van der Westhuizen with the Riel dancers for Van Wyksdorp.




The Mayor of Mossel Bay Municipality, Alderlady Marie Ferreira welcomed all guests. A dynamic speech from the Executive Mayor of Eden District Municipality, Cllr Wessie van der Westhuizen acknowledged the progress made with reconciliation thus far, but urged churches to play a more prominent role in partnering with government to alleviate inequality and poverty in order to foster a community which is free and united.  In conclusion he said: “It is time that all of us present, put our hands in our own bosom, and ask ourselves the question, who am I.”

img_9876.jpg Reverend Frank Chikane, President of the Apostolic Faith Mission International.





Reverend Frank Chikane, President of the Apostolic Faith Mission International, was the guest speaker at the event.  In a very concise message he encouraged the audience not to forget where they come from and where they are heading to. He described South Africa as crossing a bridge called apartheid which was very difficult, but was done with certain compromises such as declaring 16 December reconciliation day, a symbol of what it has to be in future.

Reverend Chikane quoted a section from former President Nelson Mandela’s first Reconciliation Day message on 16 December 1995, emphasising the following words: “Today we no longer vow our mutual destruction but solemnly acknowledge our inter-dependence as free and equal citizens of our common Motherland. Today we re-affirm our solemn constitutional compact to live together on the basis of equality and mutual respect.” In conclusion he stated that the last paragraph of that speech defines the true purpose and intention of reconciliation day: “… working together to correct the legacy of past injustice. It means making a success of our plans for reconstruction and development.”


Residents from different ages and nationalities attended the event. 






A pre-recorded message from the former President of South Africa, FW de Klerk had guests on the edge of their seats as they listened attentively to the words of wisdom emanating from a former great leader who has ensured the liberation and freedom of our nation.

The event was sponsored by PetroSA in collaboration with Eden DM and Mossel Bay Municipality.

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Eden Emergency Services and partners ready for this season PDF Print
Friday, 12 December 2014

img_9231.jpg The various role-players from Eden District Municipality, Southern Cape Fire Protection Agency, WOF, San Parks, Cape Nature, Cape Pine and the B-Municipalities, after the pre-season discussions held at the EDMC.

With the 2014/2015 festive season approaching, the Eden District Emergency Services under leadership of Mr Gerhard Otto together with various role-players including, representatives from the B-municipalities in the Eden district, the Southern Cape Fire Protection Agency (SCFPA), Working On Fire (WOF), San Parks, Cape Pine and Cape Nature were involved in discussions to ensure that their contingency plans are updated to be ready for the summer season.

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Knysna officially a place of Hope for marine life PDF Print
Tuesday, 09 December 2014

It is official!

Knysna is officially a place of hope for marine life as it was declared a Hope Spot on Sunday, 7 December, by Dr Sylvia Earle, global marine biologist and diver. Speaking at a launch cocktail function, Earle said the Southern Cape coastline is beautiful and worth conserving. Through her initiative  called the Sylvia Earle Alliance, a 501c3 organization, which was formed in response to Sylvia Earle’s 2009 TED Prize wish she has urged people “to use all means at your disposal — films, expeditions, the web, new submarines — to create a campaign to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas; Hope Spots large enough to save and restore the blue heart of the planet.” 

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Reconciliation day celebrations PDF Print
Tuesday, 09 December 2014
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16 Days of Activism PDF Print
Wednesday, 26 November 2014
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