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Swedish Delegation explores potential investment opportunities in the Eden district PDF Print
Monday, 11 December 2017

A group of Sweden delegates, on Tuesday, 5 December 2017, visited the Eden District Municipality (Eden DM) satellite office in Mossel Bay, to discuss the progress of the Regional Landfill Facility that is now in the final stage until the operation.  The aim of these deliberations was to sketch a clear picture of the Landfill Facility to the visitors and unlock potential investment opportunities. swedish_delegation_2_small.jpg

The group, together with representatives from Business Sweden (CEB, Johannesburg) and Greencape (Cape Town), South Cape Economic Partnership, as well as Eden District Municipality and Mossel Bay Municipality after the formal discussions in front of the Eden District Municipality satellite office in Mossel Bay.

Mr Morton Hubbe, Manager of District Waste Management at Eden DM, took them through the approval process followed, the layout and progress made to date with the development of the Landfill Facility. The short and long-term development and management activities at the landfill facility were also discussed with the delegation.

According to Mr Hubbe, Eden DM has entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with USAID: SA LED to assist them with a study on the availability and composition of Biomass feedstock in the Eden DM area and to identify feasible and cost-effective alternatives to manage this, rather than taking it to landfill sites to be landfilled. “Problem waste lines that will be included in this study are abattoir waste, wood waste, green waste and sewage sludge,” Mr Hubbe said.

As soon as the Biomass Report is finalised and made available during February next year, these potential investors will also be allowed to examine its content, before making an informed decision on their possible future commitment towards the project.

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During the discussions relating to the Eden district Regional Landfill Facility, are representatives from Cortus Energy, Ecopar and the South Cape Economic Partnership.

In a press statement issued on 7 July this year, Western Cape MEC for Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Minister Anton Bredell, said that the project is a top priority because an existing contract with PetroSA, which allows municipalities to dispose waste at the PetroSA facility ends on 31 July 2018.

The delegation was represented by officials from Cortus Energy, Ecopar and Business Sweden (CEB) and  are currently visiting various organisations within the Eden district, such as MTO Forestry, PetroSA, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture, SANParks, Transnet, Portnet, the National Port Authority, Airports Company of South Africa etc.  Mr. Jarrod Lyons, a  representative from Greencape (Cape Town) and Mr Shaan Padayachy from Business Sweden (Johannesburg), also accompanied the delegation throughout their itinerary, as well as officials from Eden District and Mossel Bay Municipalities. Mr Paul Hoffman, from the South Cape Economic Partnership, coordinated the visit.

Eden DM, using its mandate, will continue to engage with relevant role-players and use every single platform to address challenges relating to the finalisation of the process, to ensure that the Landfill Facility gets off the ground before its envisaged launch date.

Last Updated ( Monday, 11 December 2017 )
 
Eden District Municipality name to change to Garden Route District Municipality PDF Print
Friday, 08 December 2017
On 5 December 2017, the Eden District Municipality Council approved the name change of Eden District Municipality to Garden Route District Municipality (GRDM). The decision came after the entire Eden DM Council took note of the rigorous Public Participation process followed by Eden DM and all role-players since the onset of the name-changing process. The next step of the name change will be to inform the Western Cape Government, MEC for Local Government, Mr Anton Bredell, of Council’s decision and request to publish a notice about the name change in the Government Gazette.

During a debate in Council, Cllr Memory Booysen – Eden DM Executive Mayor explained the reasoning behind the name change, by saying: “The Regional Tourism brand will still be known as Garden Route and Klein Karoo and will continue to be marketed in that way. By changing our name to Garden Route District Municipality does not mean that we see less value in the name Klein Karoo, we see the Klein Karoo as part of the Garden Route. When looking at the name “Eden”, it never included the name "Klein Karoo", but people were still aware of it.”

Cllr Mark Willemse – Eden DM Speaker also shared his personal views about the name change. He explained: “The name Eden is not familiar to people outside the region and it also did not add any value to tourism in the region – it only created confusion. If a person does a Google search for the word “Eden”, it does not even mention anything about the Garden Route or Klein Karoo, but once a person searches for the phrase “Garden Route”, the words “Klein Karoo” ends up with the search results of Garden Route.”

The Public Participation and awareness of the proposed name change included:
  • Website: Online comment submissions
  • Social media: WhatsApp messages, Facebook posts, Tweets
  • Broadcast media: Radio interviews (Algoa FM, Eden FM)
  • Print media: Newspaper notices in the Group Editors regional newspapers
  • Public Participation sessions: All B-Municipalities (Bitou, Knysna, George, Mossel Bay, Hessequa, Kannaland and Oudtshoorn).
Outcome of public and council opinions:
  • Municipal Councils in favour of the proposed name change:
  • Eden, Mossel Bay, Hessequa, George, Bitou and Knysna.
  • Municipal Councils opposed to the proposed name change:
  • Oudtshoorn and Kannaland.
  • Public in favour of the proposed name change: 28
  • Public opposing the propose name change: 26
  • Other proposals: 7

The Communication and Graphic Design Section of the municipality will design the GRDM logo and a brand guide to ensure that the organisation transitions smoothly into a new identity. 
 
Eden DM Council approves MOU with Stellenbosch University PDF Print
Thursday, 07 December 2017
After numerous meetings between Eden District Municipality (Eden DM) and representatives of Stellenbosch University, both institutions have decided to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Collaborative research will be conducted to resolve issues relating to the growth of the district.  Future collaboration concerning research and capacity building, will, in turn, enhance service delivery to communities.

Councillor Memory Booysen – Eden DM Executive Mayor and Professor Nico Koopman – Vice Rector for Social Impact and Transformation and Personnel at Stellenbosch University, signed the MOU at a Council meeting on 5 December 2017.

Before the Council meeting, Eden DM top management had the opportunity to share the importance of involving Stellenbosch University in the public participation processes relating to the Eden DM Integrated Development Plan (IDP), Spatial Development Framework (SDF). Stellenbosch University was also requested to form part of a steering committee which will meet on a quarterly basis.
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 Before to the Council meeting of Eden DM which was held on 5 December 2017, Executive Managers and Senior Officials of Eden DM had the opportunity to discuss pressing issues with Stellenbosch University representatives. Pictured are (front, fltr): Prof Nico Koopman – SU: Vice-Rector of Social Impact, Transformation & Personnel, Mr Monde Stratu – Eden DM Municipal Manager, Mr Clive Africa – Eden DM Executive Manager: Community Services. (Back, fltr):  Dr Jerome Slamat – SU Senior Director: Community Interaction, Dr Antionette Smith-Tolken – Acting Director: Social Impact, Dr Leslie van Rooyen - SU Senior Director: Social Impact and Transformation and Mr Johan Compion – Eden DM Senior Manager: Environmental Services and Municipal Health.  At the Eden DM Council meeting, the MOU was signed by Cllr Memory Booysen – Eden DM Executive Mayor (front, right) and Prof Nico Koopman – SU: Vice Rector of Social Impact, Transformation and Personnel, while representatives of Eden DM and SU observes.
 
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Denneoord emergency airstrip is safe and a major boost to regional firefighting efforts PDF Print
Wednesday, 06 December 2017

The George Municipality is proud of its role in establishing Eden’s first dedicated emergency firefighting airstrip in Denneoord and is confident its operations will be safe for residents in its flight circuit.

The municipality will officially open the Denneoord Aerial Fire Base tomorrow (6 December 2017) together with the Southern Cape Fire Protection Association and in partnership with Working on Fire and Eden District Municipality. The opening will coincide with the launch of the Southern Cape summer fire season.

George Municipality Fire Chief Neels Barnard said having a dedicated airstrip for firefighting aeroplanes was a major step forward for firefighting efforts in George and Eden as quick response to fires was essential. “Having a dedicated emergency airstrip means firefighting planes can respond much faster than they would be able to if they were stationed at an airport where they would have to wait in line for a runway along with other aircraft. This is especially applicable during the summer fire season which coincides with the very busy holiday season when hundreds of flights are scheduled at commercial airports.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 December 2017 )
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Garden Route Environmental Seminar held at Brenton-on-Sea, Knysna PDF Print
Tuesday, 05 December 2017

Recently, the Garden Route Environmental Seminar brought officials representing the public sector, forestry companies, conservation bodies, academic institutions, as well as landowners together, to discuss the aftermath of the fires that recently destroyed parts of the Eden district, especially Knysna and Bitou.

The Seminar was held at the Community Hall of Brenton-on-Sea and took place from 23 to 24 November 2017. On the first day, the platform allowed all present to take part in active discussions and question-and-answer sessions, during which site visits were also conducted.

The discussions mainly focused on the Garden Route’s ecology and the environmental recovery thereof.   These discussions also made way for Western Cape Premier, Ms Helen Zille and Cllr Memory Booysen, Executive Mayor of the Eden District Municipality, to extend a word of gratitude to everybody who made a tremendous contribution towards the recovery of the area during the past couple of months.   garden_route_environmental_seminar_2.jpg

Brenton-on-Sea Community Hall was fully packed while the Garden Route Environmental Seminar was underway.

 

Mayor Booysen praised everyone for their efforts during and after the inferno and said:  “Although it was one of the biggest disasters in the history of the country, within ten days the basic services were reconnected. The whole of Eden district came together to deal with the disaster of this magnitude,” and added:  “I want to thank each and everyone for all their efforts and also Premier Helen Zille for the initiatives that were run from her office”.

During her keynote address, Premier Zille elaborated on the Garden Route Rebuild Initiative (GRRI), which is coordinated by Dr Hildergard Fast and she furthermore focused on the various work streams created through the initiative, as well as the progress made by each work stream. 

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(Above, right) During the Seminar were (FLTR): Executive Mayor of the Eden District Municipality, Cllr Memory Booysen, Mr Gerhard Otto, Eden DM Manager:  Emergency Services (middle) with Western Cape Premier, Ms Helen Zille (right).

(Above, left) Executive Mayor of the Eden District Municipality, Cllr Memory Booysen (left) and Dr Hildegard Fast, Coordinator of the Garden Route Rebuild Initiative (right), listening to the various speeches made at the Seminar.

 

With reference to the efforts of the Environmental work stream, Premier Zille commended the team for the great projects implemented so far, namely:  the implementation of the Slope Stabilisation Project, the Fire Risk Reduction Process and the Hydro Seeding Projects. “The GRRI is very much an ongoing project - and one that will become a model for the management of disasters and reconstruction, and perhaps even a tool that we can use before disaster hits,” the Premier said. Furthermore she thanked the Eden District and Knysna municipalities respectively which assisted with funding. Read more about the work streams at www.gardenrouterebuild.co.za.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 December 2017 )
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