Eden Firefighters excel at 30th SAESI 2015 Conference PDF Print
Friday, 20 November 2015

The 4th competition that took place at the 30th South African Emergency Services Institute (SAESI) Conference this year, once again confirmed the competence, strength and confidence of the Eden District Municipality’s Firefighters.
This year’s conference took place from 3 to 5 November 2015 at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg and was attended by Eden’s Fire Station Officer, Mr Wayne Young, as well as competition participants Messrs Emile Conrad, Deon Stoffels, Edwin Lottering and Branville Abrahams. 
During the formal part of the events, the local and Australian based speakers mainly focussed their topics around the theme “Building Resilient Communities.” The topics that were under discussion were challenges such as: Education, Risk Management and Societal Security, with the main aim to provide a way forward for all disciplines serving the Fire industry. 
The competition took place over the first two days of the Conference and the award ceremony was held on the last day.
The participants used every second to their avail to ensure that they enter the competition in the right spirit and in a good state of fitness. The Eden team only participated in the Relay and Individual disciplines.  After showing an outstanding performance in the Relay discipline (Firefighter Combat Rescue Challenge), the team victoriously walked away with 3rd place (bronze) in the category. Mr Emile Conrad took the gold as winner of the Individual discipline. 

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(Top left) Eden Firefighters (fltr): Messrs Edwin Lottering, Deon Stoffels,  Emile Conrad and Branville Abrahams after their victory with 3rd place in the Relay discipline. Photo: Supplied

(Top right) An amazed Eden Fire Station Officer, Mr Wayne Young (right), with winner of the Individual discipline, Mr Emile Conrad (left). Photo:  Supplied

Last Updated ( Friday, 20 November 2015 )
Tourism Buddies graduation ceremony PDF Print
Friday, 13 November 2015

Today, 13 November 2015, a total of 232 learners from across the Eden region, graduated under the National Department of Tourism, Tourism Buddies programme.  These learners was enrolled on a 12 month learner ship programme, composed of 30% theory and 70% practical training, during which learners were placed at various hospitality establishments to gain workplace training.

The ceremony took place at the George Civic Centre and started with a Stakeholders’ Breakfast, during which the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Ms Tokozile Xasa, engaged with the media and tourism stakeholders, acknowledging Host Employers for their input into the project.  A special word of thanks was given to Host Employers who absorbed learners into permanent employment.  

After the briefing session, the formal graduation ceremony followed during which excited learners received their CATHSSETA accredited National Certificate in Accommodation Services NQF Level 2 and National Certificate in Food and Beverages NQF level 4.  tourism_buddy_graduation_2.jpg


At the event are (fltr): George Deputy Executive Mayor, Cllr Daniël Maritz, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Ms Tokozile Xasa and Eden Acting Executive Mayor, Cllr Lionel Esau.



The Tourism Buddies Graduates during the event.



Last Updated ( Tuesday, 17 November 2015 )
Natuurlewe se onbesonge held vereer PDF Print
Thursday, 05 November 2015

 “Raak betrokke by jou omgewing en raak deel van hierdie ongelooflike belangrike funksie,”het die bekende natuurliefhebber en aktivis, Vernon Gibbs-Halls, Eden Distriksmunisipaliteit se Spesialis: Omgewingsbestuur, gesê nadat hy onlangs as Groot-Brakrivier Bewarea se Onbesonge Held vir 2015 bekroon is tydens die Bewarea se jaarvergadering by De Dekke, Grootbrakrivier. Dit is die tweede jaar dat hierdie toekenning gemaak word.

web_vernongibbs-halls.jpg Groot-Brakrivier Bewarea se helde van die afgelope jaar. Van links staan die Onbesonge Held 2015 Vernon Gibbs-Halls, Tersia Marais, Sandra Fallanga, Andre Fraser, dr Frans de Graaff, Alexia Reganati, Kay Prinsloo en Vivien Stadler. (FOTO: Denise Lloyd)

Die doel van die Bewarea is om die natuur te bewaar en die gemeenskap bewus te maak van die bydrae wat hulle kan lewer.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 November 2015 )
Eden bags the Greenest District Municipality Award for a third consecutive time PDF Print
Wednesday, 04 November 2015

Eden District Municipality (EDM) has added a feather in its cap after being awarded for the third consecutive year, as the overall winner in the Greenest District Municipalities Competition, walking away with R130 000. One of EDM's local municipalities, namely Hessequa Municipality, topped the B-municipality category.

The winners were announced by the Western Cape Government MEC of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell on Monday, 2 November 2015 at the Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West.

greenestdistrictmunicipality.jpg Eden District Municipality wins the Greenest District Municipality for the third consecutive year. Representatives from Eden with the MEC Anton Bredell, from left to right: Cllr Henry Mc Combi, Portfolio Chairperson: Community Services, MEC Anton Bredell, Western Cape Government: Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Dr Johan Schoeman, Manager: District Air Quality Control, Mr Clive Africa, Executive Manager: Community Services, Mr Morton Hubbe,  Manager: District Solid Waste Management, Mr Vernon Gibbs-Halls, Specialist: Environmental Management, Mr Johan Compion, Manager: Municipal Health and Environmental Services.

The following categories were won by EDM and well received by their respective managers:

  1. Waste Management (Mr Morton Hubbe,  Manager: District Solid Waste Management)
  2. Air quality (Dr Johan Schoeman, Manager: District Air Quality Control)
  3. Water conservation (Mr Vernon Gibbs-Halls, Specialist: Environmental Management)
  4. Climate Change (Mr Vernon Gibbs-Halls, Specialist: Environmental Management)
  5. Environment and Coastal Management (Mr Vernon Gibbs-Halls, Specialist: Environmental Management)
  6. Leadership and Compliance (Mr Clive Africa, Executive Manager: Community Services and Mr Johan Compion, Manager: Municipal Health and Environmental Services)

Mr Hubbe, Dr Schoeman and Mr Gibbs-Halls report directly to Mr Johan Compion, Manager: Municipal Health and Environmental Services, who provided continuous support to his section's efforts of changing the environment to improve the lives of communities. Cllr Henry Mc Combi, Portfolio Chairperson: Community Services, also attended the event and congratulated the officials for their hard work and setting the bar for other municipalities in and around the Western Cape.

"We would like to thank all officials from EDM for their collective effort, prioritisation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and excellent service delivery," said the Executive Manager of Community Services, Mr Clive Africa.

The Municipal Manager of EDM, Mr Godfrey Louw, said: "The prize money will be shared amongst the various disciplines with the aim on advancing and advocating sustainable development in the district".

The GMC aims to promote improved service delivery that restores community pride and commitment in caring for the living environment.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 November 2015 )
World Environmental Health Day 2015 PDF Print
Monday, 26 October 2015
During September 2015, the global community celebrated World Environmental Health Day, with the theme of this year’s event, ‘Children are our future; let’s protect their environment and health’. Children’s health and safety and the protection of their environment are not only of high importance according to the International Federation of Environmental Health, but it is also noted within the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 November 2015 )

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