A Day to Honour the Courageous: Fire and Rescue Services Commemorative Day

A Day to Honour the Courageous: Fire and Rescue Services Commemorative Day

One of the essential services provided by the Saldanha Bay Municipality is its efficient and well-equipped Fire and Rescue Services. On Saturday, May 11, 2024, a special commemorative event was held by the municipality to honour its dedicated firefighters and the extended family of first responders.

The event was attended by representatives from various fire and rescue service units in the industry, including Sea Harvest and the SAS Saldanha Naval training base, as well as local emergency services representatives. Family members of the firefighters and other rescue services personnel were also present to show their support.  The event also provided an opportunity for high school learners from different schools in the area to witness rescue simulations and participate in the formalities. It was a chance for the community to come together and recognize the hard work and dedication of those who put their lives on the line to keep us safe.

During his address, Municipal Manager Heinrich Mettler expressed his deep gratitude and admiration for the firefighters, emergency services, public protection services, and dedicated volunteers from the community. Their brave and selfless commitment to their duties does not go unnoticed.

Mettler also shared his hope that the day’s events, which included various rescue demonstrations, would inspire students to consider a career in firefighting and emergency services.

Following the formalities, guests were treated to exciting live demonstrations. These included a motor vehicle accident rescue, a simulation of firefighting in an informal settlement, and the Sea Harvest group showcasing the intense challenges faced by firefighters. It was a thrilling and eye-opening experience for all in attendance.

International Firefighters’ Day is commemorated annually on May 4th. This day serves as a time for society to honour the brave firefighters who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their communities, as well as those who continue to dedicate their lives to ensuring the safety of others worldwide. It is an opportunity for us to express our gratitude and support for the invaluable work that firefighters do throughout the year.

The Saldanha Bay Municipality boasts a state-of-the-art Fire and Rescue Services facility located next to the Saldanha Bay Airport, which was inaugurated on August 3, 2023. This world-class facility is home to 15 operational firefighters, four reservists, management and administrative staff, and a fleet of 11 specialized vehicles, including two fire engine major pumpers. The facility also houses a well-equipped control room to efficiently coordinate emergency responses.

In the event of a fire emergency, the Saldanha Bay Municipality Fire and Rescue Services can be reached at (022) 713 1815 or through the 24-hour control room at (022) 701 6834. Your safety is our top priority, and we are committed to serving and protecting the community with professionalism and dedication.

Saldanha Bay Municipality and NSRI continue to instil water safety skills in local youth

Saldanha Bay Municipality and NSRI continue to instil water safety skills in local youth

Saldanha Bay Municipality in partnership with the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) hosted the NSRI’s Survival Swimming Programme at the South African Navy Base in Saldanha on Thursday, 14 March 2024. 

This is the second event hosted by the NSRI in the Saldanha Bay municipal area and ideally fits into the Saldanha Bay Safety Initiative’s (SBSI) objective of achieving an overall safer Easter festive season.  Other role players at the event were amongst others the Department of Education, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Disaster Management volunteers / interns.

The NSRI’s Survival Swimming Programme is geared at youth and adults in under-resourced areas with the purpose of imparting on valuable life skills. The programme teaches the very basics of Breath-control, Orientation, Floating, and Moving through water.

Eight local schools participated at the event, namely St Andrews Primary, Masiphathisane Primary, Hopefield Primary, Steenbergs Cove Primary, Vredenburg High, New Vredenburg High, Weskus Skool and EJ Malgarte. 

Through this journey with the NSRI, we envisage to continue with a two-cycle project on an annual basis, one before the December festive season and one before Easter, in the efforts to prevent the occurrences of drowning in the area. 

This initiative is focussed to instil an attitude of confidence and trust amongst local youth.

Ensuring Safety: Free Roadworthy Tests for Minibus Taxi Operators

Ensuring Safety: Free Roadworthy Tests for Minibus Taxi Operators

Roadworthy tests play a crucial role in ensuring that vehicles on the road meet the necessary safety standards. In an effort to promote public transport awareness and enhance road safety, the Saldanha Bay Municipality will offer free roadworthy tests to minibus taxi operators the week leading up to the Easter long weekend.

Roadworthy tests will be conducted at the Langebaan Vehicle Testing Centre (VTC) for a limited period of four days from 25 – 28 March 2024. This is a total voluntary awareness initiative, with no obligation attached to it.

During the four days, public transport operations will be conducted and if, to the discretion of Traffic Law Enforcement Officials, a minibus taxi appears unroadworthy, the vehicle will be referred to the Langebaan VTC for a roadworthy test. 

Saldanha Bay Municipality therefore invites all minibus taxi owners and drivers to participate in the initiative to ensure that their vehicles are in a roadworthy condition, when driving locally or long distance during the upcoming Easter school holiday.

Let’s prioritise passenger safety and make our roads safer for everyone.

REWARD FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO THE FINDING OR LOCATION OF JOSLIN SMITH

REWARD FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO THE FINDING OR LOCATION OF JOSLIN SMITH

An amount of R20 000 was paid to the Saldanha Bay Municipality by anonymous donors, for “finding or locating Joslin Smith of Diazville”. Joslin, only 7 years old, went missing on Monday, 19 February 2024.

The investigation into the disappearance of Joslin is officiated by SAPS and it is their sole responsibility, however the Saldanha Bay Municipality has worked closely with the SAPS to find little Joslin.

The administration of this reward is managed by the Saldanha Bay Municipality as the donors paid the funds into the MFMA section 12 bank account of the municipality, with the condition that it may only be used to find or locate Joslin Smith.

Anyone with information on Joslin’s whereabouts is requested to contact the investigating officer, Sergeant Meyer Millstine of Vredenburg FCS, at 079 879 8588 or Crime Stop at 08600 10111. Alternatively, Missing Children SA at 072 647 7464.

Alternatively, Lindie Kleynhans in the Office of the Executive Mayor may also be contacted at 079 518 4615 or 022 701 6971.

Yours truly,

ACTING MUNICIPAL MANAGER
Mr. Stefan Vorster

SALDANHA BAY MUNICIPALITY COMMITTED TO THE TRANSPARENT ADMINISTRATION AND SUPPORT SERVICES TO ADDRESS HOUSING NEEDS

SALDANHA BAY MUNICIPALITY COMMITTED TO THE TRANSPARENT ADMINISTRATION AND SUPPORT SERVICES TO ADDRESS HOUSING NEEDS

Saldanha Bay Municipality works in conjunction with the Provincial Government to attend to the growing need for housing opportunities in the area within the restricts of the relevant legislative framework.

The role of the municipality in the demand and beneficiary management process, is mainly to assist applicants with the completion of the forms and to capture such applications on the system. Once applications are captured and uploaded, the forms are submitted to the Provincial Department of Infrastructure for further processing.

For implementation where relevant, once a project has been identified and approved for implementation, in the case of subsidy applications, the municipal Housing department submits a report to Council. On 28 September 2023 the composition of the Louwville housing project was recommended and approved.

The selection criteria and priorities for a project, for example in the case of Louwville, are as follows:

  1. Households headed by persons who are 60 years of age or older.
  2. In the case of the Louwville project, there were too few individuals in the priority group and individuals in cohorts of five years were selected, i.e. age group 59 – 55 years of age.
  3. Households headed by Military Veterans.
  4. Households affected by permanent disability within ward.
  5. Households affected by permanent disability.
  6. Households headed by individuals older than 60 years. (On the broader Vredenburg waiting list.)

The municipal Housing department extracted the names of prospective applicants from the demand database and submitted the content to the Provincial Department of Infrastructure (Human Settlements).

Screening was completed to identify deceased, establish correct identity details and persons who received subsidies.

The result of the pre-screened list (for the Louwville project), was advertised in the Weslander on 19 October 2023 and the community were invited to provide input to the list of applicants by 2 November 2023.  Subsequently, the municipality received 46 inputs.  In terms of feedback, the municipality informed the Ward 13 Ward Committee from which specific complaints were received, via registered mail on 24 November 2023.

After consideration of áll inputs and responses received and the exclusion of unsuitable applicants, the municipality compiled a Final Prospective list of Beneficiaries.

This list was advertised in the Weslander on 25 January 2024 through which applicants were invited to apply for subsidies; subject to the following additional verification processes which forms part of the subsidy application process by the Provincial Department of Infrastructure:

  • Income to be verified with the Department of Labour (DoL) – unless a person is not registered for UIF or registered with the DoL by the employer;
  • Identity details to be verified with the Department of Home Affairs;
  • Deeds searches to be conducted to confirm ownership of property, nationally;
  • Housing Subsidy system to be checked whether an applicant or spouse received a subsidy nationally.

In addition, confirmation of property ownership is verified to prevent dual property registration.

After all the above-mentioned processes were followed, 46 subsidy applications for the Louwville housing project have been completed to date.  All possible avenues will be followed to invite persons on the list of prospective beneficiaries to apply for subsidy applications.  In the event of insufficient applications, the necessary processes will be followed including the screening of the housing demand database, until all housing opportunities have been fully allocated.

Projects are not divided or selected based on racial demarcation but rather based on the timeframe when a specific ward received a housing project.  For example, Wards 13, 10, 8 and 2 have not benefited in the past 15 years.

In recent projects within the Saldanha Bay Municipal area, the selection of beneficiaries was done based on age-based prioritisation as regulated by the relevant Provincial circular and where relevant, where the catchment area does not have sufficient applicants older than 60 years, individuals were selected based on longest registered on the waiting list.

The waiting list backlog of Saldanha Bay Municipality as on January 2024 has an estimated total of 12,811 applicants.  Applicants are required to update their waiting list details on a 6-monthly basis to ensure successful applications.

Saldanha Bay Municipality would like to invite all prospective applicants to make use of these opportunities to apply for housing subsidies.

OFFICIAL OPENING AND STATE OF THE PROVINCE ADDRESS

OFFICIAL OPENING AND STATE OF THE PROVINCE ADDRESS

Saldanha Bay Municipality will broadcast the livestreaming of the Official Opening and SOPA, the Debate on the SOPA, and the Reply on the SOPA Debate in the Saldanha Bay Municipality Council Chamber at 12 Main Road, Vredenburg.

  1. Official Opening and SOPA: Monday, 19 February 2024 @ 18:00
  2. Debate on the SOPA: Tuesday, 20 February 2024 @ 09:30
  3. Reply on the SOPA Debate: Tuesday, 20 February 2024 @ 14:00

Everyone is welcome to attend these events. No pre-booking is required.

What is SOPA?

The State of the Province Address, also known as SOPA, is an annual address to the province by the Premier, which focuses on the current political and socio-economic state of the province.

What happens during the SOPA?

The Premier sets out government’s key policy objectives and deliverables for the year ahead in his State of the Province Address (SOPA).  It highlights the province’s achievements and challenges experienced over the past year and maps the year ahead.  SOPA covers wide-ranging political, economic and social matters and considers the general state of South Africa.

What happens after the SOPA?

Political parties have an opportunity to debate, comment and raise questions on matters addressed in the Premier’s speech during a debate on the Premier’s State of the Province Address. This debate happens after the address and forms part of the oversight function the Provincial Legislature performs over the Executive in holding the Premier accountable for government’s performance and plans for the year ahead. The Premier also has the opportunity to reply to the debate.

The cyclical link between the State of the Province Address, the Budget and the Oversight function of Parliament

  • The State of the Province Address outlines government’s priorities for the year.
  • The MEC of Finance allocates the Budget in line with the priorities outlined in the State of Province Address including regular reporting.
  • Legislature conducts oversight over the Executive to ensure that government delivers on the priorities set out in the State of the Province Address and checks that allocated funds are spent accordingly.