Veld Fire Warning PDF Print
Wednesday, 13 June 2018

important_notice.jpg Updated Severe Weather Warning issued for the Eden District by the South African Weather Service.

13:00 on 13-06-2018


Hazard: Veld Fire Conditions

Alert Level: Warning

Valid From (SAST): 13/06/18 08h00  

Valid To (SAST): 14/06/18 23h00   

Warning 1.  Expected over the Central Karoo and Eden District today (Wednesday).
Watch 2.  Extremely high fire danger conditions are expected over the Central Karoo and Eden District tomorrow (Thursday).

Description: Strong damaging winds
Strong damaging winds often occur along coastal regions, but also often occur during thunderstorm activity. These winds are sudden and can cause much damage.

Precautions:  Strong damaging winds
Stay indoors where possible, away from the windows that open towards the severe winds. Be aware of the following: - sudden cross winds if traveling especially between buildings, fallen trees or power lines and flying debris.
Small boats must stay away from the open sea and seek the shelter of a harbour, river estuary or protected bay.
Parked aircraft should be pointed into the direction of the wind and secured. Listen to the radio or TV for warnings and obey the instructions from Disaster Management Officers.

Description: Dangerous veld/bush fire conditions
Whenever there are prolonged periods of little and no rain coupled with warm dry winds, veldt or bush fires can easily be sparked and will spread rapidly in strong winds.

Precautions: Dangerous veld/bush fire conditions
Don’t make fires in the open and/or leave fires unattended. Don’t throw cigarette butts out of cars or in the open veldt. Don’t throw bottles in the veldt as they can magnify the sun’s rays and start fires. Prepare and maintain fire breaks in controlled manner. In the case of a large fire report it immediately and move away from the area to let the professionals deal with it. Never throw water onto a fire started by an electrical fault or fires started by oil or paraffin lamps. In this case sand or a blanket should be used to smother the fire. Listen to the radio or TV for warnings and obey the instructions from Disaster Management Officers.

At this point in time three fires have been reported to the Eden DMC nl: Hansmoeskraal, Jonkersberg and North of Jongensfontein, but according to the fire services at these fires these fires have all been contained.

Please report any severe weather related incidents or any new fires to the Eden DMC at (044) 805-5071

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 June 2018 )
Acting Speaker unanimously elected by Council PDF Print
Wednesday, 13 June 2018
During a Special Council meeting which was held on 13 June 2018, Cllr Barend Groenewald was unanimously elected as the Acting Speaker of Eden District Municipality. Cllr Groenwald's appointment follows the resignation of Cllr Mark Willemse on Monday, 11 June 2018.

Cllr Mark Willemse has recently been elected as the Executive Mayor of Knysna Municipality.
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Cllr Barend Groenwald solemnly promises to perform his functions as the Speaker of Eden District Municipality, on his right is Municipal Manager, Mr Monde Stratu. Chairing his first Eden District Municipality Special Council meeting is Cllr Groenewald (middle), with Municipal Manager, Monde Stratu (left) and the Executive Manager of Corporate Services, Ms Trix Holtzhausen.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 June 2018 )
Eden DM hosts an EPWP Workshop PDF Print
Wednesday, 13 June 2018

As the Political Champion for the Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP) at Eden District Municipality (Eden DM), Executive Mayor Cllr Memory Booysen recently initiated a workshop with internal and external stakeholders, aimed at providing them with a better knowledge and understanding of EPWP.   A workshop, which was held on 6 June 2018, also sought to institutionalise EPWP within the organisation and therefore, this platform was used to enable Eden DM to coordinate EPWP for the entire region.

img_7590.jpg Councillors, Senior Management and Officials of Eden DM together with the Representatives of the National- and Provincial Department of Public Works who attended the Workshop.


The Eden DM Council committed to an EPWP vision that strives to achieve long-term socio–economic goals, through the empowerment of youth and designated groups within the district.  Council also strongly agrees that a multi- sectoral and all-inclusive approach must be utilised, to ultimately achieve the goals of the programme.

Representatives from the National and Provincial Department of Public Works were invited to present on the following topics.

•    A Historical Overview of the EPWP Programme;
•    The Current National Stance;
•    Recruitment and Selection Guidelines; and
•    Funding Models.

After presentations, attendees were given the opportunity to pose questions, which in many cases prompted robust discussions amongst attendees. The representative from the National Department of Public Works enlightened Council about all the different processes, which form part of the 4th phase EPWP Plans and informed them about the consultation process scheduled for 26 June 2018.

In conclusion, Mr Monde Stratu, Eden DM Municipal Manager, emphasised the fact that although the EPWP Programme is a political programme, it must not be politicised. He furthermore explained that the Programme does not belong to one department, but needs to be an organisational programme.  He acknowledges the linkage between Skills Development, Training and EPWP, elaborating on the fact that Eden DM plan to develop the region into a Skills Mecca.


Representatives of the National- and Provincial Department of Public Works with the leadership of Eden DM.

FLTR (back): Mr Richard Dyantyi – Eden DM EPWP Manager, Mr John Cloete – Deputy Director Coordination, Provincial Department of Public Works, Mr Jacobus Nakoo – EPWP Technical Support: Infrastructure Sector, National Department of Public Work, Mr Tembela Ndlazi – Social Sector – Deputy Director, National Department of Public Works, Cllr Memory Booysen – Eden DM Executive Mayor, Mr Mzimkulu Gusha – National EPWP Chief Director, National Department Public Works, Mr Monde Stratu – Eden DM Municipal Manager and Mr Lusanda Menze – Executive Manager:  Planning and Economic Development.

In stipulating the way forward, Council recommended that the Eden DM EPWP Section engage on the following processes: 


  • Coordinate the EPWP or other employment programmes and be point of entry (contact) for other sectors in the region.
  • Review the current EPWP Policy and include the structure, its dual reporting and ensure compliance to the Ministerial Determination.
  • That the EPWP Section, through its Executive Manager re-inforce the Internal Steering Committee.
  • EPWP must form part of the agenda of the Executive Committees of Council and Management.
  • That Eden DM should strengthen Institutional arrangements to coordinate EPWP within the Municipality and ensure that EPWP Champions are appointed for all departments within the Municipalities.
  • EPWP targets for Phase 3 should be included in the scorecards/performance agreements of Heads of Departments and the Municipal Manager.
  • Regular feedback to Council, the Municipal Manager and Senior Management on EPWP progress.
  • Continued Technical support be provided by National- and Western Cape Department of Public Works in order to assist the Municipality.
  • That Council commit its support for more capacity within the EPWP Section.
  • Eden DM EPWP Section must focus on sustainable livelihood in terms of training and SMME development of the beneficiaries.

img_7595.jpg The Eden DM EPWP Team that was responsible to organised the Workshop.

FLTR: Mr Sheldon Flemming, Mr Richard Dyantyi, Ms Henlene Festus, Cllr Memory Booysen – Eden DM Executive Mayor, Ms Beaunita van Ryn , Ms Carmen Hartnick and Mr Samkelo Mthalaliso.

According to the EPWP Manager and organisers, the workshop managed to achieve the envisaged objective Council expected and they embark to have more sessions of this nature in future.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 June 2018 )
Tuesday, 12 June 2018

important_notice.jpg Performance Agreements for the 2018/2019 financial year in draft format.


These documents are available for public perusal and due for signature by 31 July 2018.

To view the PDF documents, click here.



For more information, please contact Ms Ilse Saaiman at:
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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 12 June 2018 )
Tuesday, 12 June 2018

important_notice.jpg FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

Click here to download the PDF document for perusal and comment.

Closing date for comments is 25 June 2018.

All comments must be forwarded to:

Ms Ilse Saaiman at:
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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 12 June 2018 )