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Wednesday, 21 June 2017







20 June 2017
Statement by Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell.
WC Water Update – Dams levels increase slightly
The average water level for dams across the Western Cape has increased by around 2% on average over the past week and around 4% over the past two weeks.

On 29 May the average levels were reported as being 17.6% across the Western Cape.
The latest readings indicate the levels have increased to 21.2% on average across the Western Cape.

Anton Bredell, the minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western Cape says the Western Cape remains a drought stricken province despite recent rainfall.

“There has been a slight increase in the average dam levels but we are still a long way off from breaking this ongoing drought.

We hope to be around 75% on average by October with the eye on the coming summer period.”
Bredell has cautioned the public to continue to use water sparingly when it does start to rain as forecast over the next few weeks.

“We must ensure that dam levels recover, so when it starts to rain, consumers should not revert back to using water wastefully.”

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 June 2017 )
Eden sponsors 15 water tanks to Oudtshoorn Municipality PDF Print
Friday, 09 June 2017

To address the potable water shortage of community members in rural areas of Oudtshoorn, the Eden DM Executive Mayor, Cllr Memory Booysen, was requested by the Oudtshoorn Executive Mayor, Cllr Colan Sylvester, to assist with funding and provision of plastic water tanks. Tanks will be used by the Oudtshoorn Technical Services for roll-out to areas where communities experience urgent water needs.
One of the beneficiaries of water tanks is Pierewiet Primary School in Volmoed who received a water tank on 5 June 2017.

The idea is to fill these tanks with water initially and to link these tanks to rainwater harvesting systems later.

During December 2016 and January 2017 the Oudtshoorn Municipal area experienced significant veldt fires in the main water catchment areas for both De Rust, as well as rural communities near Oudemuragie. These fires were followed by an extremely dry period, that resulted in the area being declared a local drought disaster area.

handing_over_watertanks_022_170601.jpg During the handover of 15 water tanks, the Eden DM Executive Mayor, Cllr Memory Booysen (left), Oudtshoorn Executive Mayor, Cllr Colan Sylvester (middle) and the Eden DM Portfolio Chairperson, Financial Services, Cllr Jerome Lambaatjeen. 

The Future of South Africa lies in Education PDF Print
Friday, 09 June 2017

Every year in June, our nation celebrates Youth month, and to latch on to this year’s celebrations, the Eden District Municipality (Eden DM), through its Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), handed certificates to twenty-three (23) young people who successfully completed their Early Childhood Development (ECD) Training.

As part of the 2014/15 - 2015/16 EPWP Business Plan, the Eden DM Council approved a ‘pilot’ ECD Project.   The long-term aim of the project is:
•    to train at least one (1) ECD Practitioner per registered site of twelve (12) children over a period of five (5) years;
•    to decrease the high levels of poverty and unemployment within the district and lastly;  
•    to improve the care and learning environment of pre-school children.

pic_1.jpg The group of ECD graduates who completed their qualification with Eden DM Executive Mayor, Cllr Memory Booysen, the Mayoral Committee Members and representatives for some of the hosting schools.


Twenty-seven (27) unemployed youth, mostly females between the ages of 16-35 years who reside within the Eden district, were registered at the South Cape Training College for an 18 months NQF Level 4 accredited ECD qualification. Practical classroom experiences during these 18 months were gained at registered Crèches and Primary Schools with Grade R classes in the district’s rural areas.  Furthermore, students received a daily stipend of R90 per eight hours, together with a separate monthly stipend of R1 514.00 from South Cape Training College, anticipated to cover their transport and study material, providing that they attend all classes and finish their assignments.

pic_2.jpg The Acting EPWP Manager, Mr Richard Dyantyi directed the programme during the ECD certificate handover ceremony.
Last Updated ( Friday, 09 June 2017 )
Latest update on fires in the Eden district PDF Print
Thursday, 08 June 2017


8 June 2017 - 19:00


At this point and time, there are no run-away fires. In Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, several flare-ups and hotspots are being attended to. Late afternoon, aerial support was utilised for an hour and a half.  All areas are being monitored with extreme vigilance.

The Eden District Municipality would also like to thank residents from the district and even from the rest of the country, who have opened their hearts and brought /send donations.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 June 2017 )
Western Cape Premier visited Eden DM district JOC PDF Print
Thursday, 08 June 2017

8 June 2017

During the JOC briefing session earlier today.


Today, 8 June 2017 around 01h30, the Western Cape Premier, Ms Helen Zille, visited the Eden DM Joint Operation Centre (JOC), on her way to Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.

During her visit, Mr Gerhard Otto, Eden DM Disaster Management Manager, who also act as the JOC Incident Coordinator, gave Premier Zille a synopsis of the past two days’ happenings.  All provincial stakeholders involved, gave the Premier a brief feedback of their departments’ interventions as well as challenges.

“At this point, no fire is under control,” said Mr Otto.

Straight after the briefing, Premier Zille departed with the Eden DM Executive Mayor, Cllr Memory Booysen and the rest of the delegation, to inspect the affected areas in Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.


zil_2.jpg Premier Zille busy answering the emergency line, during the session.


*Issued by Eden District Municipality*

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 June 2017 )