Francois Ferreira Academy Class of July 2015 PDF Print
Thursday, 30 July 2015

The 21st of July 2015, defined a new chapter in the lives of 12 aspiring chefs from the Francois Ferreira Academy and the Cater Care Program.  In its 5th year of existence, the program celebrated its 10th graduation ceremony, launching a group of skilled recruits into the hospitality industry.

During the ceremony, Chef Ferreira acknowledged the dedicated involvement of Eden District Municipality by awarding a special word of thanks to Tourism Officer, Ms Amagene Koeberg, for seeing the program through since its inception in 2010.  In partnership with Absa Bank, Eden District Municipality, and the Francois Ferreira Academy, the Cater Care Program has received the necessary support and financial investment, and with it, has seen over 90% of its former pupils finding permanent employment.

In addition to the celebration of academia and achievement, the Francois Ferreira Academy was proud to showcase an achievement of its own – the first edition of the cooking and lifestyle magazine titled, Ginja. The paperback magazine is the perfect representation of the standard of professionalism and finesse offered by the Academy. 

The graduating class of July 2015 with (front FLTR): Ms Maynie Turnbull (Life Skills lecturer); Ms Denise Lindley (Vice Principal); Mr François Ferreira (Principal); Ms Amagene Koeberg (Eden Tourism Officer) and      Ms Lydia Barret.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 July 2015 )
Mandela Day at Isiseko Crèche PDF Print
Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Eden Staff invested their time and energy in the lives of 145 young children in the spirit of Mandela Day 2015. On Friday 17 July, officials from the Eden Roads- and Corporate- / Strategic Services, sponsors and helpful volunteers populated the classrooms and play areas of Isiseko Crèche to restore their learning and recreational facilities. 

Isiseko Crèche found its roots in the backyard of Crèche Principal, Ms Florence Ntuze in 1997. It has since grown and found a permanent home in Zone 7, Thembalethu.  The current staff members are made up of 6 teachers, 1 cleaner and 1 chef.  After Eden’s first visit to the Crèche, it was clear that there existed a need for the replenishment of the facilities. The Crèche experienced no shortage of warmth and passion within its walls, all that was needed was the design of an environment conducive to learning and development.

regte.jpeg Eden officials and volunteers preparing the soil for the new vegetable patch.



The Isiseko Crèche revamp included the restoration of the Crèche Foyer, repainting of classroom doors, the mounting of new bathroom mirrors, the planting of a vegetable patch, the erection of brand new signage and a generous donation of food items and clothing.

The project required a dedicated partnership between the private and public sector and would not have been feasible without the following sponsors:
•    City Paint and Tool – Paint, labour, and tools;
•    Digifusion – Signage and square tubing frame;
•    Blitsdruk – Printing; and
•    PG Glass – Mirrors and window repairs

web.jpeg The City Paint and Tool team in the revamped Isiseko Crèche Foyer.







Owing to the large scale of the project, it remains ongoing.  As spoken by Tata Madiba himself, “It always seems impossible until it's done”.  “Apho kukho khone ithemba, kukhona okunokwenzeka” – Where there is a will, there is a way.  May projects such as these continue to strengthen relationships within communities by addressing needs and acting in the true spirit of Ubuntu.

Municipal Manager, Mr Godfrey Louw, extends his gratitude to all sponsors and volunteers – the value of your sponsorship remains priceless. 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 July 2015 )
City Paints & Tool prepares for Eden's Mandela Day Activity PDF Print
Friday, 17 July 2015

Four gallant City Paints & Tool employees exceeded their 67 minutes in celebrating Mandela Day yesterday.  The team worked from 11:00-16:00 preparing the walls for Eden Staff to commence what is deemed to be our biggest Mandela Day project to date.  The tasks of the team included the filling of deep cracks and the painting of an undercoat on all walls.  Needless to say, our job would be ‘easier said than done’ had they not donated their time and expertise.

The Isiseko Crèche revamp commences today, 17 July 2015, and will include the restoration of the Crèche Foyer, repainting of classroom doors, the planting of a vegetable patch, and a generous donation of food items and clothing. 


The City Paints & Tool team  worked tirelessly to prepare the walls for the Staff to celebrate Mandela Day by repainting Isiseko Crèche in Thembalethu.   
FLTR: Messrs Vukile Ranzela, Lungisa Giyama, Victor Gwija and Siyabulela Xhosa.


Municipal Manager, Mr Godfrey Louw, extends a word of gratitude to City Paints & Tool and all other sponsors, the value of your sponsorship is priceless – and thank you to Eden DM staff for your kind donations.  Kindly refer to our Mandela Day Calendar for information on other Eden DM Mandela Day projects taking place today.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 July 2015 )
Eden Speaker and the Eden Lions Club celebrate Madiba PDF Print
Thursday, 16 July 2015

In her quest to ensure that the Eden District municipal area’s residents live their lives in acceptable conditions, the Eden Speaker Doris Nayler decided not to stop reaching out while the need is still evident.  Speaker Nayler, through her “House to Home Project”, which initially came into existence last year after various families lost their homes due to fire, again donated 20 blankets and 10 stoves to the Eden Lions Club. 

The event took place on Monday, 13 July 2015 at her office at the Eden District Municipality. 

Speaker Nayler could have selected various beneficiaries in the district to donate these items to, but instead decided to join forces with the Lion’s Club to further fulfil their vision, to better the community. On Friday 17th of July 2015, the Lion’s Club will be constructing recyclable sleeping bags at the Outeniqua Transport Museum in George (9am to 4pm) in celebration of Mandela Day and subsequently will donate the bags around the George area on 18 July 2015 (Mandela Day).  While distributing the sleeping bags, these blankets and stoves will also form part of the “hand out” process - ONE PROJECT OF GOODWILL, COMPLEMENTING ANOTHER.



Eden Speaker Doris Nayler (right) and Mr Carl van Blerk from the Eden Lions Club (left), with the items that will be distributed on Mandela Day.


After handing the items to Mr Van Blerk, Speaker Nayler said:  “The moment you start reaching out to people, only then you realise that there are so much more to do.”  When Mr Van Blerk took the items in acceptance, he emphasised: “Anything we receive, we give back to the community” and also added that when they give, they get so much more back.  Mr Van Blerk further explained that the only challenge the Club is facing, is the need for more hands. For more information to contribute towards the project or provide a voluntary service, contact the Eden Lions Club (Mr Carl Van Blerk) at telephone number 044-8841829 or via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it .

Last Updated ( Friday, 17 July 2015 )
The Eden Donor Drive Kicks off! PDF Print
Wednesday, 08 July 2015

The 7th of July marked the start of the week-long organ donor drive initiated by Eden District Municipality’s Communication Unit. This initiative aims to raise awareness and instill a sense of belief in the currency of life.

Eden employees showed their support by sporting a painted green ribbon on their cheek or hand.  The green ribbon is the official symbol of organ donor awareness. This organ donor awareness campaign is fully supported by the Senior Management Team.



Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 July 2015 )
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