EARTH HOUR, 27 MARCH 2021 (20:30 TO 21:30)

EARTH HOUR, 27 MARCH 2021 (20:30 TO 21:30)

Theme: Climate Change to Save Earth

Earth Hour promotes the notion of sustainability through conservation of natural resources such as oceans, land and wildlife. This will benefit the environment which in return will enable us to thrive. Earth Hour is a campaign used to raise awareness on climate change and provides educational insight on alternative renewable energy sources. Earth Hour is more than switching off lights, it is a course for the greater good of the plant.

Earth Hour is a global campaign with many participants ranging from government, business and individuals. The Earth hour campaign is adaptable to fit the needs of the organisation or individuals for example local governments and businesses turn off the lights in huge office spaces, public buildings while individuals turn off home based lights and other appliances. In South Africa, Earth Hour has many participants such as corporates, municipalities, retailers, restaurants, schools and universities take part in this global event.

The Earth Hour campaign has had its successes in South Africa over the years. Since the introduction (2009) of Earth Hour in South Africa, landmarks such as Table Mountain and the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town and the Nelson Mandela Bridge and FNB Stadium in Johannesburg have taken part in switch- off events. Other achievements of Earth Hour in South Africa include the following.

  • In 2017 WWF South Africa launched a successful public petition urging Eskom to make the shift to renewable energy. Over 13 000 South Africans signed the petition, showing their commitment to building a cleaner, greener future together.
  • In 2014 Cape Town beat 163 cities in 14 countries in the annual Earth Hour City Challenge to become the Earth Hour Global Capital of the Year.
  • In 2013, WWF launched an award-winning ‘Things to do in the dark’ campaign which included a Facebook App which offered a variety of ideas and inspiration for everyone to celebrate Earth Hour.

Every year, we countdown together across the globe to celebrate Earth Hour and take one iconic action: switch off the lights.

But it is so much more than that. It is a symbol of unity. It is a symbol of hope. It is a symbol of power in collective action for nature.

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SALDANHA BAY SCHOOLS AND WCDM RECEIVE R240K DONATION IN ICT EQUIPMENT

SALDANHA BAY SCHOOLS AND WCDM RECEIVE R240K DONATION IN ICT EQUIPMENT

On Friday, 12 March 2021 Saldanha Bay Municipality donated three (3) line printers to the West Coast District Municipality (WCDM) and 27 photocopy machines to the principals of 23 primary and high schools within the municipal area.

The Western Cape Department of Education assisted the Municipality to identify schools in need of ICT equipment after an internal process was completed to dispose of and transfer moveable assets to other state organs. This process includes the donation of printers to the WCDM.

The value of the line printers was estimated at R40 734.56 and the photocopy machines at R205 188.17, on 30 June 2020.

The schools identified by the Education Department include Diazville Primary School, Diazville High School, Eden Primary School, EJ Malgate Primary School, Hopefield Primary School, Hopefield High School, HP Williams Primary School, Jurie Heyes Primary School, Karitas Primary School, Langebaan Primary School, Louwville High School, Masiphathisane Primary School, Middelpos Primary School, Panorama Primary School, Saldanha Primary School, St Andrews Primary School, St Augustine Primary School, Steenbergs Cove Primary School, Vredenburg Primary School, Vredenburg High School, Weston High School, St Helena Bay Primary School and Weskus Skool.

The transfer of ownership of redundant assets complies with the principles and prescriptions of the Municipal Finance Management Act and is consistent with Saldanha Bay Municipality’s supply chain management policy.

Photograph:

  1. Executive Mayor, Alderman Marius Koen together with other representatives from Saldanha Bay Municipality and recipients of the donated ICT equipment.

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NOTICE WITH REGARDS TO PROCLAIMED SIU PROBE INTO SBM BUSINESS

Saldanha Bay Municipality is aware of Proclamation R39 of 2020 published in the Government Gazette of 24 December 2020. The gazette indicates that the investigation is in relation to the contracting for security services by or on behalf of the Municipality, in terms of bid number SBM 45/17/18, and payments made in respect thereof.

The Municipality has not received any formal communication from the Special Investigations Unit. Upon receipt of official  communication or brief from the Unit, the Municipality will fully cooperate with them and provide all information required. Saldanha Bay Municipality takes pride in its clean and transparent administration and is keen to use the opportunity to proof such to the SIU and the public. The Municipality herewith ensures its cooperation and continued effective, efficient and economical services to the local community.

The Municipality is committed to keep the public informed about the progress and outcome of the said investigation.

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SALDANHA BAY MUNICIPALITY GENDER BASED VIOLENCE AWARENESS LAUNCH AND SIXTEEN DAYS OF ACTIVISM PROGRAMME

Saldanha Bay Municipality (SBM) utilising the whole of society approach (WoSA) that included  the West Coast District Municipality (WCDM), South African Police Services (SAPS), the Western Cape Government – Social Development and other stakeholders, launched its Gender Based Violence awareness campaign on 25 November 2020 to coincide with the national 16-Days of Activism Programme.

The event was hosted at the White City Multipurpose Centre in Saldanha. Keynote Speakers were the Executive Mayors of the WCDM and SBM, Alderman Harold Cleophas and Alderman Marius Koen, who delivered strong messages in support of the Gender Based Violence (GBV) awareness campaign.  In his address Captain van Reenen from the local SAPS appealed to citizens to work together in the fight against GBV. Where incidents of violence are reported, victims must be treated with respect and dignity.  The guests further received powerful messages from Ms L Goliath from the Department of Justice and testimonials from an ex-offender as well as a speaker who attested to her surviving a GBV-related crime.

Dignitaries, including Saldanha Bay Municipality Councillors, were given an opportunity to sign the Pledge Against Gender-Based Violence. After the formalities, guests progressed to an area opposite the Saldanha SAPS offices where Executive Mayor, Alderman Koen unveiled the specially commissioned mural in commemoration of the GBV campaign.

The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children Campaign (16 Days Campaign) is a United Nations campaign which takes place annually from 25 November (International Day of No Violence against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day).

Given the scourge of Gender-Based violence in the country, Government is implementing the Emergency Response Action Plan on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide, which was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa in September 2019. The 16 Days Campaign forms the centre point of government’s comprehensive 365 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children.

Together, let us take actions to support the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign.

Photographs attached.  Photo credits: West Coast District Municipality and Saldanha Bay Municipality

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Vredenburg Driving Licence Testing Centre (DLTC) takes a Zero-tolerance Stance against Fraud and Corruption

A possible syndicate operating with fraudulent documents were stopped in their tracks by Saldanha Bay Municipality’s Vredenburg DLTC.

Vredenburg DLTC opened a fraudulent case on 5 November 2020 against four applicants that came to the centre and submitted fraudulent proof of addresses, when they applied for learner licences and professional driving permits.

The testing officer noticed that the documents submitted by the applicants were the same bank statements, cellular phone and clothing retailer accounts with different personal details (names, surnames and addresses). One applicant attempted to schedule a learner’s licence appointment with two different bank institutions’ statements. This was immediately reported to management, where after the suspect was chased and found in a white station wagon outside the Weskus Mall, with eight occupants inside the vehicle.

The Municipality’s Law Enforcement department and the Vredenburg Police Station were contacted to assist. The suspects were apprehended and accompanied to the traffic department, where the police took statements from Mr Craig Barends (Examiner of Driving Licences) and Mr Gordon Swarts (Deputy Chief: Registration and Licencing). Thereafter the suspects were taken to the Vredenburg Police Station for detention.

The Traffic Department monitored suspicious activities after a sudden increase in Cape Town applicants were noticed visiting the Vredenburg DLTC to specifically apply for professional driving permits, of which they obtained their driving licences from testing centres outside the Western Cape province.

It is unclear whether the forged documents came from a single source. This will form part of the police investigation.

Saldanha Bay Municipality reminds the public that the obtaining and submitting of fraudulent documents is illegal and can lead to imprisonment. Our plea to the public is to refrain from participating in such activities.

Media Enquiries:

Ethne Lawrence – Communications and Public Relations Officer

Email: Ethne.Lawrence@sbm.gov.za

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First Confirmed COVID-19 Case in the Saldanha Bay Municipal Area

First Confirmed COVID-19 Case in the Saldanha Bay Municipal Area

STATEMENT BY THE EXECUTIVE MAYOR OF SALDANHA BAY MUNICIPALITY, ALDERMAN MARIUS KOEN

Today, the Western Cape Government confirmed the first COVID-19 case within the Saldanha Bay Municipal area.

We have not received any other details regarding the patient and are awaiting a more detailed update.

I really want to plead with all residents to please stay indoors, continue practicing social distancing and handwashing during this period and to not be arrogant about the seriousness of this virus.

Saldanha Bay Municipality urges communities to take heed of the lockdown measures and to act responsibly to contain and prevent the further spread of COVID-19 within the municipal area.

 Media Enquiries:

Ethne Lawrence – Communications and Public Relations Officer

Email: Ethne.Lawrence@sbm.gov.za

 

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