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Energy transition goals set by Eden DM and Local Municipalities PDF Print
Wednesday, 18 April 2018
Eden District Municipality (Eden DM) hosted a Green Energy Summit on 11 and 12 April 2018 at Fancourt in George, which was themed "Promoting Green Energy initiatives towards an even Greener Eden District". More than 200 delegates from the public and private sectors, through their active participation in discussions about the region's transition to a collective, sustainable and renewable energy model, have confirmed their ambition 'green energy'. The 'big idea', which also forms part of the prerogative of the Western Cape Government, is to harness enough power for positive, sustainable growth that has a low carbon footprint. Added to this, the idea is to have Executive Mayors of all municipalities in the Eden district sign a declaration of intent which outlines municipalities' drive toward sustainable energy solutions that will provide a reliable, secure, sustainable and affordable supply of electricity to communities.

 

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Nearly 200 delegates from the public and private sectors joined hands over the two-day Summit to find a 'green' way forward for the district.

 

While officially opening the Summit, Eden DM Executive Mayor, Cllr Memory Booysen said: " Our district was voted the Greenest District for the past five years in a row, and this summit is yet another confirmation of our commitment towards ensuring a greener future for all." He also explained that vulnerable members of the community require subsidised electricity and that "the district is committed to meeting their needs for affordable and reliable energy supply".

   

001.jpg Day one of the Green Energy Summit was facilitated by Mr Mawethu Nyakatya, who works at the University of Stellenbosch's Division for Social Impact. 

   

During a press conference on 11 April 2018, Eden DM Executive Mayor, Cllr Memory Booysen said: "We are going to take up our rightful place, by positioning the Eden District on the Green Energy map". Booysen also explained that Eden DM has a keen interest in biomass and possibly biofuel. "Our Regional Landfill site is situated next to PetroSA, which is one of the leading refineries in the world and we will leverage this strategic position to see how we can work with them in the future," said Mayor Booysen.

 

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Eden DM Executive Mayor, Cllr Memory Booysen (5th from the left) and Eden DM Municipal Manager, Mr Monde Stratu (4th from the left) with all the Speakers of the first day of the Green Energy Summit.

 

As far back as 2016, Eden DM already started with its first step of going 'greener', when it invested in a PV Plant of 476 panels at its head office in George. The concept of Green Energy also forms part of the key priorities of the Eden DM Council and is now well reflected in its new Spatial Development Framework which was adopted and approved by the Eden DM Council on 5 December 2017.

On the second day of the Summit, the public and private sector delegates voted to pursue the following government-driven 'green' initiatives over the short-, medium and long-term (in order of priority):

  1. To develop an “Eden Integrated Energy Plan” aligned with local raw water sources in Eden District (e.g. groundwater pumping, desalination, pumped storage, etc.), SDF’s, IDP’s, Sector Plans and to then integrate such a plan into the planned “Eden Growth and Development Plan.”
  2. To implement at least one (1) new green energy project per municipality in the Eden District and to collectively pursue such projects under a new Eden Energy Forum that will aim to meet on a bi-monthly basis (first meeting to be held on 31 May 2018)
  3. Explore and implement alternative transport fuel strategies, including the conversion of municipal fleets and alternative fuel charging/filling networks / PV charge stations throughout the Eden district
  4. To ensure existing, planned IPPs (e.g. 75MW Dysselsdorp Solar PV Project & George Biomass Energy Project) are implemented, and to attract new IPPs to the District by creating an enabling environment
  5. Ensure that “green” planning elements are fully reflected in each Municipality’s SDF, IDP and Sector Plan implementation framework
  6. Establish a local Biomimicry Research Centre and Discovery Park at an appropriate location in the Eden District.

004.jpg Executive Mayor, Cllr Sakkie Franken from Overberg District Municipality (left) also requested to attend the Summit. On his right is Eden DM Executive Mayor, Cllr Memory Booysen.

 

According to Dr Hildegarde Fast, Energy Security Game Changer Lead. Department of the Premier, Western Cape Government., Solar PhotoVoltaic (PV) prices will continue to fall and level out at around R8 000 - R10 000 per kWp. Dr Fast also explained that "solar will be one of the cheapest sources of energy in South Africa and uptake of Solar PV will continue to increase". She raised concerns about the District and its municipalities 'lagging behind' when specifically referring to Local Government creating an enabling environment for PV.

According to Dr Hildegarde Fast, Energy Security Game Changer Lead. Department of the Premier, Western Cape Government., Solar PhotoVoltaic (PV) prices will continue to fall and level out at around R8 000 - R10 000 per kWp. Dr Fast also explained that "solar will be one of the cheapest sources of energy in South Africa and uptake of Solar PV will continue to increase". She raised concerns about the District and its municipalities 'lagging behind' when specifically referring to Local Government creating an enabling environment for PV.

Dr Clinton Carter-Brown, Chief Engineer from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, presented interesting facts about new wind and solar PV which were installed globally. According to Dr Carter-Brown, 54GW of new wind and 70GW of solar PV capacity was installed worldwide in 2016. This is all very new, because it indicates that roughly 80% of the globally existing solar PV capacity was installed since 2013. Dr Carter-Brown also said that future key drivers in energy consumption and control would include Plug-in Electric Vehicles; Energy Efficiency; Energy Controls; Heat Pumps and Consumer Electronics.

 

005.jpg On the second day of the Summit, delegates from the public and private sectors voted to pursue specific green initiatives over the short-, medium and long-term.

 

Ms Sue Swain from Biowise / Bio Mimicry, also presented an alternative approach to 'Green Energy', which involves humans making use of the same system nature uses to create conditions conducive to life. She explained to the audience that becoming "Earth Savvy" is a wise decision, because there are limitless opportunities offered by the natural environment - a dynamic system; cyclical processes; inter-constructiveness; multi-functionality, to mention a few.

In closing, Mr Monde Stratu, Municipal Manager of Eden DM, said that the outcomes of the Green Energy Summit mark the beginning of the hard work ahead and that the Summit will form part of Eden DM's Long-Term Growth and Development Strategy and an Integrated Energy Master Plan. "This Summit was part of us positioning ourselves as a 'district of choice', Section 84 of the Municipal Structures Act also gives us as a district the authority to distribute energy".

Editor's note: The Green Energy Summit follows on the SALGA 2018 Energy Summit held on 7-9 March 2018 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Gauteng Province, under the theme “Defining the Energy Future of Local Government” between Municipalities, National and Provincial Government, together with International guests, Technology partners, Academic institutions, Business and Stakeholders within the Local Government sector, and inspired by the spirit of a new dawn of Green Energy focus in South Africa.

Read more about what was discussed at the Green Energy Summit by clicking here: http://greenenergy.edendm.gov.za/presentations/

 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 April 2018 )
 
Seminar on Lifecycle Management of Grid Connected Distribution Assets PDF Print
Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Swedes currently meeting with Local Government in the Eden District

Another delegation from Sweden is currently presenting Smart City Solutions to Eden District, Knysna-, George-, Mossel Bay- and Hessequa Municipalities at the Town Lodge in George.

 

20180418_100203.jpg Mr Monde Stratu officially welcomed the delegates and expressed a special word of welcome to the Swedish delegation. 

 

 

The Eden DM Municipal Manager Mr Monde Stratu welcomed delegates to the Seminar on Lifecycle Management of Grid Connected Distribution Assets. Mr Stratu urged delegates to draw up an action plan with target dates setting clear, specific and attainable outcomes.

 

MODERN CITIES
Modern cities or municipalities in urban areas are already today dependent on complex networks to provide public services such as electricity, gas, water, heating and finer optic communication. To move forward the creation of a more cost-effective, transparent and reliable platform for new products, sustainable public services or greater customer engagement, it is essential to utilize integrated network planning and operations across all aspects of a utility's public services domain.

Topics being discussed today will include:
- Electricity
- Water
- GIS for Network Owners
- District Heating or Cooling
- Telecom and Fiber Optics
- Gas
- Technology and Architecture


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This specific Swedish delegation could not attend the Garden Route Investment Conference which was held on 7 & 8 March or the Green Energy Summit which was hosted by Eden DM on 11 and 12 April 2018.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 April 2018 )
 
Big turnout at Day 1 of the Green Energy Summit PDF Print
Thursday, 12 April 2018
More than 140 delegates attended Day 1 of the Green Energy Summit at Fancourt in George. The purpose of the first engagement was to set the scene for Green Energy, debate issues and opportunities. 

Presentations were done by ‘Green Energy’ specialists from governmental institutions and the private sector. Speakers on day 1 included: 
  • Western Cape Provincial Energy Security Game Changer
    – Dr Hildegarde Fast
  • Green Cape
    – Mr Jack Radmore
  • Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Energy Centre
    – Dr Clinton Carter-Brown
  • InovaSure
    – Mr Jaco de la Rouviere
  • Independent Power Producer (IPP) Projects Office
    – Ms Lolette Kritzinger-van Niekerk 
  • Green Building Council South Africa
    – Mr Grahame Cruickshanks
  • Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning
    – Ms Lize Jennings-Boom 
  • Nelson Mandela University / uYilo
    – Mr Hiten Parmar 
  • Centre of Renewable & Sustainable Energy Studies, Stellenbosch University
    – Ms Karin Kritzinger 
  • South African Local Government Association
    - Mr Ryan Roberts 
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
    – Mr Christopher Gross 
  • PowerX
    – Mr Derek Batte 
  • Microcare Solar
    - Mr Gareth Burley 
  • George Local Municipality – Various Green Energy initiatives
    – Mr Steyn van der Merwe
  • Thebe Solar Energy 75MW Dysselsdorp Solar PV Project
    – Mr Gert Linde
  • MBH Energy, Biomass to Energy project in George
    – Mr Karl Siege 
  • Biowise, Bio Mimicary
    – Ms Sue Swain 

All presentations of Day 1 of the Summit are accessible here: http://greenenergy.edendm.gov.za/presentations

 In summing-up day one of the Summit, the audience was given the opportunity to raise important questions to speakers about points of clarity.
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Green Energy Summit on Day 1 was well-attended.
Municipal Manager, Executive Managers and Strategic Manager of Eden District Municipality at the Green Energy Summit which is currently underway at Fancourt, George. Fltr, are: Mr Clive Africa (Executive Manager: Department Community Services), Mr Monde Stratu (Municipal Manager), Ms Louise Hoek (Executive Manager: Department Financial Services), Mr Thembani Loliwe (Strategic Manager), Ms Trix Holtzhausen (Executive Manager: Department Corporate Services) and Mr Lusanda Menze (Executive Manager: Department Planning and Economic Development).
 
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Executive Mayor, Cllr Memory Booysen (5th from left) and Municipal Manager, Mr Monde Stratu (4th from left), with all Speakers of Day 1 of the Green Energy Summit.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 April 2018 )
 
Green Energy Summit now on (11 - 12 April 2018) PDF Print
Tuesday, 10 April 2018

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To read more about the Summit, visit http://greenenergy.edendm.gov.za 

Interested in Tweeting about Green Energy? Use the following hashtags - #GardenRoute #GreenGardenRoute #GreenEnergy #ThinkGreen 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 April 2018 )
 
Eden DM Mayor Signs Durban Commitment PDF Print
Friday, 06 April 2018
 On 27 March 2018, Eden District Municipality (Eden DM) pledged its commitment to the environment when the Executive Mayor, Cllr Memory Booysen, signed the Durban Commitment, joining leading local governments from around the world as a partner in the global movement to protect biodiversity.

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The document was signed during a Political Leadership Wetlands Awareness Workshop, which was sponsored by the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), as part of their Local Action for Biodiversity (LAB) Wetlands South Africa project. The Durban Commitment is a non-binding commitment and model created by local governments, for local governments and the communities they serve, in order to protect and enhance biodiversity at the local level. The workshop was attended by officials and political leaders from the district and focused on raising awareness on the value wetlands play in sustaining healthy communities and ecosystems.

Cllr Khayalethu Lose, Portfolio Chairperson of Community Services, officially opened and welcomed attendees; he acknowledged the sponsor ICLEI, and thanked them for enhancing awareness of wetlands and biodiversity.  Ms Kate Snaddon of the Western Cape Wetlands Forum presented ‘what wetlands are and why they are valuable’.  

During the training, it became known that Wetlands are able to purify water by filtering pollutants out of water systems. They are also essential in protecting communities from the impacts of natural disasters such as droughts, as they are in regulating flooding impacts by reducing water flow, acting as sponges that store water and release it slowly. The severity of the impact of droughts and floods are therefore greatly reduced through the natural functioning of wetlands.


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Back fltr: Mr Wouter Jacobs- Eden DM Disaster Management Coordinator, Mr Rian Basson – Disaster Management Intern Researcher, Ms Lee-Ann Joubert – Disaster Management Intern Researcher, Ms Nina Viljoen - Specialist: Environmental Management, Cllr Noluthando Mwati - Deputy Mayor: Oudtshoorn Municipality, Cllr A Dellemijn – Mossel Bay Portfolio Councillor, Mr Siphiwe Dladla – Manager: Office of the Executive Mayor and Mr D Kotze – Deputy Mayor: Mossel Bay Municipality.

Front fltr: Ms Kirsty Robinson – ICLEI Representative, Ms Crystal Brown - Disaster Management Intern Researcher, Ms Gail Bekeer – Administrative Assistant: Disaster Management, Ms Tippie Bouer - Disaster Management Emergency Centre Supervisor, Cllr Memory Booysen – Eden DM Executive Mayor, Cllr Charlotte Clarke – Deputy Mayor: George Municipality, Cllr Khayalethu Lose – Eden DM Portfolio Chairperson: Community Services, Ms Kate Snaddon – Western Cape Wetlands Forum and Ms Machi Majoe – Representative of ICLEI.

 

Wetlands are considered to be high-value ‘ecological infrastructure’, in that they provide critical ecosystem services within the areas where they occur. Poorer communities are most vulnerable to the impacts of wetland degradation. Many of the plants growing within and around wetlands have natural medicinal properties. Local communities harvest these plants to maintain or improve their personal health. Local communities living within the Eden District commonly harvest reeds from wetlands to make baskets and furniture, grasses for thatching and Arum lilies to sell on the side of the road.

In conclusion, the Executive Mayor of Eden DM, Cllr Memory Booysen, thanked the service providers for the insightful training session and said:  “Today, I have developed a different view pertaining to wetlands as a whole. I will definitely be an influence to other people. This was indeed an ‘eye-opener’ – I chose to never attend these kind of engagements in the past, but as from today, I am a clever mayor who will look at you from a different perspective as protectors of the environment,” Mayor Booysen said.

By signing the Durban Commitment, the Eden District Municipality pledged its dedication to wetland protection within the Eden district, as well as its commitment towards the implementation of remedial action towards the recovery of degraded and damaged wetlands. 

 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 April 2018 )