PLANNED WATER INTERRUPTION TO LAINGVILLE

Date: Wednesday, 30 November  2022

Area: Laingville, Koppiesveld Farm

Time: 08:00 – 18:00

Kindly note that Saldanha Bay Municipality intends to interrupt the water supply to the above mentioned area to enable the tie in of a relief pump to the Laingville Reservor. Your water supply will thus be temporarily suspended from 08:00 to 18:00.

The supply of water may be restored earlier than scheduled, without further notice, as soon as the works involved are completed. A water truck will be on standby during this period.

Saldanha Bay Municipality apologises for the inconvenience occurred and urges all other water consumers to use water sparingly during this period.

Should you experience any problems, please contact the 24-hour Saldanha Bay Municipality call centre on 022 701 7061.

UNPLANNED WATER INTERRUPTION TO LOUWVILLE, VREDENBURG

Saldanha Bay Municipality is attending to a faulty fire hydrant in Louwville, Vredenburg, which resulted in an unplanned water interruption in the area.

The interruption is affecting residents in 6th street, Valk street, Spreeu street and Kraai street and surrounding areas.

Repair works have commenced in order to restore the supply of water as soon as possible. The Municipality apologises for the inconvenience experienced and urges the affected consumers to be patient during this period.

Should you experience any problems, contact the 24-hour municipal call centre on 022 701 7061.

SALDANHA BAY MUNICIPALITY ENABLES THE DIGITAL CITIZEN IN SOUTH AFRICA

SALDANHA BAY MUNICIPALITY ENABLES THE DIGITAL CITIZEN IN SOUTH AFRICA

SALDANHA BAY MUNICIPALITY ENABLES THE DIGITAL CITIZEN IN SOUTH AFRICA

The Saldanha Bay Municipality has accepted the challenge to prepare its municipality for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and, in so doing, to enable its residents to benefit from opportunities and improvements.

The municipality has commenced with the process of establishing an optical fibre network that will provide all its residents with open access to data networks. At this stage, the Saldanha Bay Municipality is the only municipality in South Africa addressing the problem of accessibility to a data network in the community.

The Boabab Fibre project has now formally started and substantial progress has been made with the establishment of the open access fibre infrastructure (already installed in Langebaan, Saldanha, Vredenburg, Jacobsbaai, Hopefield and Paternoster).

In July 2022, the Saldanha Bay Municipality introduced its Digital Citizen app, which is integrated with the open access network in order to digitally provide its utility services to prospective users and residents. The app has received a lot of attention to date and is used by more than 1 071 residents.

The SBM Digital Citizen was conceptualised by Amoeba TSC to integrate seamlessly with Saldanha Bay’s municipal systems, with the focus on connecting every household in the municipal area.

The app is a comprehensive platform for liaison between residents, the municipality and service providers and includes the following functions: communication between residents and the municipality, a helpdesk, an emergency button, service purchases, repository for documents, facility management, utility management and a digital wallet. Homeowners can also connect their properties to the app. Furthermore, the app contains many more functions to make the lives of our residents hassle-free.

The SBM Digital Citizen can be downloaded from Google Play Store, Apple App Store and Huawei App Gallery. Residents are welcome to visit www.sbmsmartcity.co.za or www.sbm.gov.za for further information.

ESKOM PLANNED ELECTRICITY INTERRUPTION: ST HELENA BAY

Date: Tuesday, 29 November 2022

Time: 08:00 – 18:00

Area: St Helena Bay, Stompneus Bay, Sandy Point Harbour, Shelley Point, Britannia Bay, Laingville

Eskom intends to interrupt the supply of electricity to the above-mentioned areas to conduct maintenance work on its Blouwater/Fisheries 66 kV network.

Your installation must be treated as being live for the full duration of the maintenance period, as the power may be switched on before the time mentioned above.

Please use electricity sparingly after switch-on to enable a smooth and stable energising process for all.

CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF SBM COMMUNITIES VIOLATED

CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF SBM COMMUNITIES VIOLATED

CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF SBM COMMUNITIES VIOLATED

Sadly, both days of the provincial taxi shutdown saw numerous incidents of violence and intimidation, leaving our communities vulnerable and feeling unsafe.

This morning it was evident that there was a calculated effort to disrupt and close off Saldanha. In the early hours of the morning the senseless damaging of our public property continued as our residents were intimidated and assaulted.

As the Executive Mayor of Saldanha Bay, I want to explicitly state that this barbaric behaviour is strongly condemned. We will do whatever it takes, within the ambit of the law, to protect our citizens and property.

I want to give credit to our diligent Neighbourhood Watch, Law Enforcement and Fire Services, as well as members of POPS [Public Order Policing] who continued to work diligently under dangerous conditions to maintain a good presence in our towns and for going beyond the call of duty to restore law and order. The members of Vredenburg SAPS are also commended for the effective manner in which they executed their duties on Monday, 21 November ’22.

Whilst we respect the democratic right of the Taxi Industry, and any other industry for that matter, to strike / protest peacefully, we will never tolerate rogue individuals and groups who utilize this opportunity to embark on violent actions and disruptions to create chaos by damaging and destroying roads and public property and interfering with the free movement of our people.

Our urgent request to those participating in the protest action, is to refrain from interfering in any way, shape or form, with learners and their parents.

In view of the numerous illegal and violent incidents that happened, I can confirm that the Saldanha Bay Municipality reported several crimes to the local police for further investigation.

Our communities are advised to-

  • Pay no attention to any unsubstantiated posts or rumours [and refrain from sharing it].
  • If you must travel, ensure beforehand that your planned route is safe.
  • Report any illegal activities to the Saldanha Bay Municipality Control Room on 022 701 6834.

I want to plea with each and every member of our respective communities to put your safety and the safety of your loved ones first. Do not interfere and do not take the law into your own hands.

According to the Constitution, every person has the right to assemble with others and express their views on any matter freely in public and to enjoy the protection of the state while doing so. Section 17 of the Constitution provides that: everyone has the right, peacefully and unarmed, to assemble, to demonstrate, to picket and to present petitions. The exercise of such rights shall take place peacefully and with regard to the rights of others.

Saldanha Bay Municipality acknowledges the value of the Public Transport Industry in the local economy and has no dispute with the industry. However, in a democracy that is bound by the rule of law, we cannot and will not allow one party to exercise a constitutional right which infringe the constitutional rights of others.

Cllr André Truter

Executive Mayor: Saldanha Bay Municipality