Oudtshoorn Youth Café to open in May this year PDF Print
Thursday, 28 April 2016

The youth of the broader Oudtshoorn will soon be the beneficiaries of another breakthrough initiative of the Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD).

It is envisaged, that the Oudtshoorn Youth Café will open its doors on 24 May this year, with the aim to develop and grow the youth of Oudtshoorn.  By opening these Cafés in the Western Cape, DSD would want to see that every young person in the Province will be inspired, educated, responsible, independent, healthy and a productive citizen by the age of 25.  youth_cafe_oudtshoorn.jpg









The building in St. John Street where the Oudtshoorn Youth Cafe will be housed.

The programmes and services that the youth can look forward to receive at the Café include:  empowerment programmes, job readiness training, community development programmes, wellness programmes, arts programmes, personal development training, leadership mentoring and entrepreneurial training.  Through these services, the Youth Café seeks to make the youth more employable in order for them to find a work or start their own businesses.

During a Task Team meeting that was held on Wednesday, 24 February 2016, Mr Elrico Van Rooyen from Suff Academy (Service Provider appointed to open the Café) walked the representatives of the Department of Social Development, Eden District Municipality and Oudtshoorn Municipality, through the building where the Youth Café will be housed in St John Street.  “We are optimistic that the Youth Café will create an environment where the youth of Oudtshoorn will feel safe and developed to their full potential”, Mr Van Rooyen said.

The vast building with its multiple segments and colourful walls that belongs to the Eden District Municipality, is foreseen to be a place that the youth of Oudtshoorn can only benefit from.

Vehicle Emission Testing Project in Eden PDF Print
Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Vehicle emissions, especially diesel emissions, is a significant contributor to air pollution in the Eden district. The control of diesel vehicle emissions is an objective of the Eden Air Quality Management Plan.
Although monitoring of vehicle emissions is in terms of the National Framework for Air Quality Management in SA, a local municipal function, Eden is coordinating air quality matters in the Eden district and is assisting B-municipalities (local) with amongst others, vehicle emission testing. 
Dr Johann Schoeman, the Eden District Manager for Air Quality, said: “A Vehicle Emissions Testing programme was initiated as outcome of the last Eden Air Quality Officers Forum which includes testing of vehicles in Mossel Bay, Bitou, George and Hessequa.”
The project was launched in Louis Fourie Road, Mossel Bay on 20 April 2016.  During the launch, diesel trucks were tested for compliance, in accordance with the emission limits set in the Mossel Bay Air Quality By-Law. Only one diesel vehicle failed the smoke test and was issued a repair notice.

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Air Quality Officers assessing a vehicle during the launch.

 Officials issue a Repair Notice to a vehicle.

The next vehicle testing will take place on 28 April 2016 on the N2 in Plettenberg Bay, in collaboration with Bitou Municipality.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 April 2016 )
Severe Weather Events 21-23 April 2016 PDF Print
Thursday, 21 April 2016

fb-spublicnotice.jpg Please be advised that the following warnings of severe weather conditions have been issued.

For the Eden district, the priority concern is the possibility of storm surge conditions, predicted to reach our coastal region from 16:00 this Saturday the 23rd of April 2016.



Please inform the Eden MDMC of any major service disruptions, evacuations or fatalities.

Severe Weather Warning Service information issued for the Western Cape by SAWS.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 April 2016 )
Raising of Green Flag for Touwsranten Primary School PDF Print
Thursday, 21 April 2016
Eden DM has been in collaboration, on an annual basis since 2010, with Touwsranten Primary School, about environmental awareness that includes Wetlands Day and Arbor Week.

Eden DM is proud to be associated with a school that embraces environmental education at every opportunity and incorporates the natural environment in their teaching. Only through educating youth regarding environmental matters and challenges, will we be able to secure a sustainable environment for future generations.

Since 2003, more than 10 229 schools across all nine provinces in South Africa, have participated in the WESSA Eco-Schools Programme. Over 6 000 of these schools have sustained their environmental projects for 3 to 12 years, involving more than 500 000 learners and 40 000 teachers. WESSA Eco-Schools accredits schools that make an ongoing commitment to improve their school’s knowledge about the environmental.

As Eco School Node Co-ordinator for Eden DM, Mr Vernon Gibbs-Halls, has evaluated the work  done by Touwsranten Primary School. Gibbs-Halls motivated to WESSA, that this primary school deserves the raising of an international accredited GREEN FLAG. Eden DM salutes Touwsranten Primary School for their efforts and success. The event took place on 15 April 2016.

green-flag-award-laerskool-touwsranten.jpg Learners from Touwsranten Primary School with Mr Robert Draai (Headmaster), Cllr Doris Nayler (Eden DM Speaker) and Mr Vernon Gibbs-Halls (Eden DM Specialist: Biodiversity and Coastal Management).
Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 April 2016 )
Eden DM donates R5 000.00 towards the Eco Bricks Schools Competition PDF Print
Thursday, 21 April 2016
Atlas and their partners were given R5 000.00 on 15 April 2016, to use for start-up funds of a unique Eco Bricks Project.

Eden DM is proud to be a partner of this initiative, as we have an ongoing awareness campaign about the effect that plastic has on the ocean. Plastic is uniquely problematic because, it is a non-biodegradable material that sticks around for up to 1 000 years. Around 80 percent of marine litter, originates on land; either swept in from the coastline or carried to rivers from the streets during heavy rain via storm drains and sewer overflows. Plastic ends up in the food chain and affects human-and animal health.

cheque-eco-brick-project.jpg The Eco Bricks Project beneficiaries and Eden DM employees presenting the donation of R5 000.00 by Eden DM. Fltr are: Ms Carol Levin, Mr Vernon Gibbs-Halls (Eden DM Specialist: Biodiversity and Coastal Management), Cllr McCombi (Eden DM Portfolio Chairperson: Community Services) and Ms Rhian Berning.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 April 2016 )

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