Thursday, 08 October 2015

The Eden District Municipality: District Air Quality Unit recently embarked on an air quality project, namely the Eden Clean Fire Campaign. The project was identified due to poor air quality in especially the informal settlements, caused by fires used for household purposes such as cooking and heating.

The Peer Educational Project was partially funded by price money that Eden won for the 2013 and 2014 Greenest Town competition, sponsored by the Western Cape Government as well as by the Eden District Municipality.

The Peer Educational Project was first launched in the Klein Karoo in 2014, but was further rolled out in Albertinia and Riversdale. On 28 and 29 September 2015, the project moved to Uniondale in collaboration with the George Municipality. The project entailed the selection of peer educators by the George Municipality’s Environmental Services of which 10 peer educators were recruited.  

SA Teacher, was the appointed service provider to educate the peer educators on air pollution, the health effects thereof and how the communities that are largely dependent on fires for household purposes, can reduce the effects of fires on the environment and their health.   

The Clean Fire Courses were rolled out over a 2 day period. The course material was compiled by SA Teacher, in collaboration with the Air Quality Unit of Eden District Municipal. The course material included the following:

•    What air pollution is;
•    The health effects thereof;
•    What cause air pollution;
•    How you can help reduce air pollution;
•    How to make a fire;
•    How to make a “cleaner” fire for heating purposes; and
•    How to construct a stove from waste material


Mr Clive Africa, Executive Manager: Community Services welcoming the student to the training course.


Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 October 2015 )
Cape Film Commission announces Eden Independent Film Festival PDF Print
Wednesday, 07 October 2015
cape-film-commission.jpg The Cape Film Commission recently announced the first Eden Independent Film Festival, which will take place in George in the Western Cape, from 30 October to 1 November 2015.

The festival, which has been organised by the Cape Film Commission, is supported by the National Lotteries Commission, and the City of George which recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Cape Film Commission to assist in developing the film industry in George and the Eden District.

The festival is designed to bring local and international films to the region, and through a series of workshops, engage with the local film community on how to generate more film prospects for the region.

The opening film, Die Ontwaking, is an Afrikaans (with English subtitles) crime thriller by local director Johnny Breedt.

The story follows Abel, owner of a small gallery specialising in African masks and art, who is also curating a collection of tattoos belonging to beautiful female victims that will fit his cosmic journal theme.

The film is a collaboration between The Showroom Theatre, Advantage Entertainment and Enigma Pictures.

The locally made short film In Light of will also screen on the festival’s opening night. The film is directed by local resident Sabine Bittle.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 October 2015 )
Wednesday, 07 October 2015

Eden District Municipality's and the Local Municipality Communication Officials are currently in the process of distributing the latest version of the Eden District External Newsletter.


This issue highlights some of the key events which took place during the months of June to September 2015.

The public is hereby requested to download the newsletter by clicking on the following link:  http://goo.gl/njb5Q1

The tabloid-sized newsletter, includes some of the following articles:

  1. A message from the Acting Executive Mayor of Eden District Municipality
  2. DMISA 2015 Conference attracts hundreds of National and Internationaldelegates to Hartenbos
  3. Transnet Phelophepa II Health Care Train visits George
  4. Eden Sport Council honours sport stars that are "not forgotten"
  5. Hessequa wins the National Arbor Award

Download the newsletter - and read more!

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 October 2015 )
Eden: International Coastal Cleanup – a great success PDF Print
Friday, 02 October 2015

International Coastal Clean up day was again celebrated in earnest throughout Eden District. In a collaborative initiative involving Eden District Municipality, The Provincial Department of Environmental Affairs, Natures Valley Trust, SANParks, CapeNature, Born in Africa, Bitou Municipality, Monkeyland, Orca Foundation, Plastics South Africa and volunteers, tons of litter was collected in a well organised day for the Crags Primary School in Kurland.
On the third Saturday of September each year, volunteers around the world take part in the world’s biggest coastal cleanup, known as International Coastal Cleanup Day. The event has been held internationally each year for over 20 years, when people head to the beaches and begin removing debris and rubbish from shorelines, waterways and oceans.

In 1986 the American Centre for Marine Conservation held the first beach cleanup on the Texas coast with the aid of 2 800 volunteers. Since then, the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) has included inland lakes, rivers, streams and underwater sites in the cleanup and approximately half a million people in more than 100 countries have participated in the cleanup.

The problem of marine debris does not necessarily start in the ocean, but is dumped further inland and washed down into the oceans. Statistics from the 1999 ICC showed that 59% of debris collected was from land sources. Each year there is a vast increase in the number of marine animals injured or entangled in debris found in the oceans. Turtles mistake floating plastic bags as food and thousands of seals, whales, dolphins, sharks and birds die from entanglement in fishing lines and other debris.

The aim of the cleanup is: to remove debris from all bodies of water; to collect valuable information about debris; to heighten public awareness of the causes of litter and debris; to make a positive change and to promote water pollution prevention efforts worldwide.
Portfolio Councillor for Eden District Municipality’s Community Services, Councillor Henry McCombi addressed the pupils of the Crags Primary and conveyed to them the importance of healthy living.
Mr Vernon Gibbs-Halls of Eden District Municipality commended all parties concerned for their great efforts and a special word of thanks to Cindy Cloete of Nature’s Valley, who ensured the success of the event.

Officials from the Provincial Department of Environmental Affairs, Natures Valley Trust, SANParks, CapeNature, Born in Africa, Bitou Municipality, Monkeyland, Orca Foundation, Plastics South Africa and volunteers, with the learners from the Crags Primary School in Kurland, after the cleanup operation.

Last Updated ( Friday, 02 October 2015 )
Eden Fire and Rescue bids Farewell to WOF’s structurally trained Firefighters PDF Print
Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Eden Fire and Rescue bids Farewell to WOF’s structurally trained FirefightersTuesday, 22 September 2015, marked a sad day for the Eden Fire and Rescue Service when they had to bid farewell to 12 of the structurally trained Working on Fire (WOF) firefighters. This group of trained firefighters was part of the FFA Operations, implementer of the WOF Programme placed at the Eden District Municipality, to gain practical experience as well as to assist mainly at satellite stations where manpower is very limited.

Manager of the Eden District’s Emergency Services, Mr Gerhard Otto, said:  “It is unfortunate that due to financial constraints, the FFA Operations could no longer carry the costs for their Structural Firefighting program and therefore the program had to be terminated.”

At the farewell ceremony, Mr Otto extended a word of gratitude to these dedicated and disciplined firefighters for their service delivery over the last four years, and added that, “Although the intention of the program was for these learner firefighters to gain practical experience, in turn their passion and commitment sparked new vigour with the ‘old hands’”.

The Eden staff realised that by being the teacher you become the master of your subject.


The exiting structurally trained WOF firefighters with officials from Eden Emergency Services and Manager, Mr Gerhard Otto (back left), at the farewell occasion.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 September 2015 )

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