Baobab Smart City Project: Launch of the Saldanha Bay Municipality Digital Citizen App

Baobab Smart City Project: Launch of the Saldanha Bay Municipality Digital Citizen App

On Thursday, 02 June 2022, the Saldanha Bay Municipality in its continued commitment to be innovative and at the forefront of technology, has launched its Digital Citizen App and effectively put the Municipality in the palms of its residents.

The Digital Citizen App forms part of the Baobab Fibre project, which is focused on connecting every single household in the municipal area.

The App is a comprehensive engagement platform between the citizens, the Municipality and service providers with communication, an emergency button, help desk, utility management, services shopping, digital wallet and payments, document repository, events, photo gallery and facility management functionality.

“Technology is not the solution on its own but is rather an enabler and catalyst to be utilised in innovative ways to achieve socio-economic development in and for our communities,” says Executive Mayor, Councillor André Truter.

The Digital Citizen App is one of two key building blocks for the Saldanha Bay Municipality, the first of which is the installation of a single Open Access Network.

“This open access network provides a digital highway to our Municipality that unlocks access to a multitude of Internet Service Providers and provides the access medium, to enable the rest of the building blocks”, adds Councillor Truter.

The Baobab Fibre Project is embedded in the overarching framework of Saldanha Bay Municipality’s open access infrastructure, focusing on solving the provision of Fibre-to-the-X for all in the community.

This creates an open, equitable and transparent platform for the private sector and Municipality to provide value-added services on the back of the fibre network and platforms,” says Executive Mayor, Councillor Truter.

As interest in smart cities continues to grow, driven by a range of social, economic, and technological developments that are impacting cities around the world, more are committing to programmes for sustainability, innovation and economic development that depend on technological investments.

“Choosing the correct partners and providers to deliver these programmes is of critical importance for the future of Saldanha Bay Municipality.  An effective telecommunications network and related services is one of the essential enablers of such a smart Municipality vision,” concludes the Executive Mayor, Councillor Truter.

The Digital Citizen App will be available to download from the App Store and Google Play Store on 01 July 2022.

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SALDANHA BAY MUNICIPALITY

WARD COMMITTEE ELECTIONS 2022 – 2026

WARD COMMITTEE ELECTIONS: 2022 – 2026

The Saldanha Bay Municipality (SBM) Ward Committee Election processes for all 14 wards were concluded on 08 February 2022.

For any enquiries, contact André Lewaks at 022 701 6859 or PublicParticipation@sbm.gov.za or your Ward Councillor.

SEE BELOW LIST OF ELECTED WARD COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

NUM NAME & SURNAME WARD
1 CENGIMBO, LWANDO WARD 1
2 DE BRUYN, ELLIOT WARD 1
3 JOOST, MARK WARD 1
4 MAFENUKA, SIYABULELO WARD 1
5 MHLWEMPU, PHUMLISA WARD 1
6 NGWADLA, KHAYALETHU WARD 1
7 PRETORIUS, VERONIQUE WARD 1
8 STEMELA, GCOBISA WARD 1
9 VACANT WARD 1
10 VACANT WARD 1
NUM NAME & SURNAME WARD
1 BIXA, MZWAMADODA LENNOX WARD 2
2 DAVIDS, NOMBULELO WARD 2
3 FELIX, EVOLEEN WARD 2
4 JAGGERS, SIMPHIWE WARD 2
5 LOKHWE, NIKELWA WARD 2
6 MBALO, SIMNIKIWE WARD 2
7 MITCHELL, ELAINE WARD 2
8 NDABA, NOMFUNDO WARD 2
9 NGQOLA, PHIKOLONZI WELCOME WARD 2
10 VAN WYK, NORMAN WARD 2
NUM NAME & SURNAME WARD
1 CARSTENS, ALBERTUS WARD 3
2 JORDAAN, VINCENT WARD 3
3 REID, CHRISTINE WARD 3
4 SAMUELS, GREZELDA WARD 3
5 SOLOMONS, WAYNE WARD 3
6 SUMMERS, LEVONA WARD 3
7 SUMMERS, SHAMSUNIESA WARD 3
8 VAN KOLVER, BERYL WARD 3
9 VRAAGOM, DUWAYNE WARD 3
10 VRAAGOM, WILLIAM WARD 3
NUM NAME & SURNAME WARD
1 DE BRUYN, ADELE WARD 4
2 DE KLERK, MARCO WARD 4
3 MAQOMA, YANDISWA WARD 4
4 RHODES, ERIC WARD 4
5 SEPTEMBER, ELFRIEDA WARD 4
6 SNYDERS, JOHN WARD 4
7 VAN RHYN, FRANKLIN WARD 4
8 VRAAGOM, CALLAN-LEE WARD 4
9 WILLIAMS, JO-ANNE WARD 4
10 WITBOOI, MAGDALENE WARD 4
NUM NAME & SURNAME WARD
1 BURGER, MARTHINA WARD 5
2 CARSTENS, ALWYN WARD 5
3 CLAASSEN, ALETTA WARD 5
4 HANEKOM, FRANCOIS WARD 5
5 LAUBSCHER, JOHANNES WARD 5
6 O’NEILL, CILLIAN WARD 5
7 SCHOEMAN, AUDREY WARD 5
8 SCHULZE, INGRID WARD 5
9 TRUTER, CHRISTO WARD 5
10 TRUTER, SHEENA WARD 5
NUM NAME & SURNAME WARD
1 BAILIE, LAWRENCE WARD 6
2 BLEEKER, JOHAN WARD 6
3 COETZEE, ROXANNE WARD 6
4 COETZEE, SHANE WARD 6
5 DE VILLIERS, ISABEL WARD 6
6 GOUWS, LEON WARD 6
7 LUBBE, CHARET WARD 6
8 MATTHEWS, CLEMENT WARD 6
9 MATTHEWS, MIRANDA WARD 6
10 MINNAAR, NOEL WARD 6
NUM NAME & SURNAME WARD
1 BORRIE, GERALDINE WARD 7
2 CLEOPHAS, MEGAN WARD 7
3 CLEOPHAS, WALTER WARD 7
4 HENDRICKS, ISABELLE WARD 7
5 JACOBS, MARESA WARD 7
6 MOSTERT, TANYA WARD 7
7 SOLOMONS, DELMARIE WARD 7
8 STRYDOM, LIZELLE WARD 7
9 VAN DEN BERGH, JOHANNES WARD 7
10 WILLIAMS, MAGGIE WARD 7
NUM NAME & SURNAME WARD
1 BARNARD, MARIA WARD 8
2 CORDOM, SHANE WARD 8
3 DU TOIT, ADAM WARD 8
4 DU TOIT, JACQUELINE WARD 8
5 LOUBSER, EDWINA WARD 8
6 SAMSON, RU-CHANDRE WARD 8
7 TRUTER, FREDERIK WARD 8
8 VAN BOVEN, WENDY WARD 8
9 VAUGHAN, ANTHONY WARD 8
10 WILLEMSE, ANGELIQUE WARD 8
NUM NAME & SURNAME WARD
1 CAKACA, MZOXOLO PATRICK WARD 9
2 FILTANE, TEMBANI WARD 9
3 GQEBA, MALIBONGWE WARD 9
4 JODO, MANDISA WARD 9
5 MOKHELE, DINEO ANNA WARD 9
6 MONDLI, ASIPHE WARD 9
7 MPIKA, ZUKO WARD 9
8 NOMNGONGO, BUYISIWE WARD 9
9 SEMARU, MATSHIDISO VERONICA WARD 9
10 TSHAYINTAKA, OLWETHU WARD 9
NUM NAME & SURNAME WARD
1 AFGHAN, FARENAAZ WARD 10
2 DELPORT, LADGEN WARD 10
3 FRIESTER, KEVIN WARD 10
4 FRIESTER, KYRA WARD 10
5 KOOSTE, MEAGAN WARD 10
6 MENTOOR, KATRINA WARD 10
7 PERSENS, ELIZABETH WARD 10
8 SYSTER, DOTTIE WARD 10
9 VAN WYK, NORMAN WARD 10
10 WATERBOER, LENA WARD 10
NUM NAME & SURNAME WARD
1 ACHILLES, CHARLENE WARD 11
2 CLOETE, MARUIS WARD 11
3 CORAIZIN, FAREN SHAUNTAY WARD 11
4 GIBSON, JAN THOMAS WARD 11
5 JOSHUA, MURIEL ANN WARD 11
6 KEARNS, FREDDIE WARD 11
7 PIETERS, RENIER WARD 11
8 SUMMERS, RYNO WARD 11
9 VAN ZYL, ELMARIE WARD 11
10 WITBOOI, JOHANNES WARD 11
NUM NAME & SURNAME WARD
1 CLOETE, SAMANTHIA CHERYL WARD 12
2 DU TOIT, KARIN WARD 12
3 DUIKER, CLARENCE RANDALL WARD 12
4 ESAU, MELISSA WARD 12
5 LOUW, RICARDO CHARLES WARD 12
6 MENDELA, NOKONWABISA WARD 12
7 NTANJANA, MASIBULELE WARD 12
8 PETER, THANDO WARD 12
9 SIKHANGELE, NDAWULE WARD 12
10 SKIPPERS, SUE-ELLEN WARD 12
NUM NAME & SURNAME WARD
1 CLAASENS, ANNA WARD 13
2 DE KOKER, CLAUDIA-JOY WARD 13
3 KAMALIE, CHANTEL WARD 13
4 MARITZ, MARIZAAN WARD 13
5 MAY, JOHN WARD 13
6 MENTOOR, ISAK WARD 13
7 SMITH, SOPHIA WARD 13
8 TALMAKKIES, CHRISTINA WARD 13
9 WILLIAMS,CHRISTINA WARD 13
10 WILLIAMS, LABRIAN WARD 13
NUM NAME & SURNAME WARD
1 CLOETE, WINSTON WARD 14
2 DAVIDS, JO-ANN WARD 14
3 EBETE, PETRA PETRO WARD 14
4 FORTUIN, JOHANNES WARD 14
5 NIEUWOUDT, CHARLTON ASH WARD 14
6 NIEUWOUDT, TREVOR PAUL WARD 14
7 SMITH, SOLENE WARD 14
8 THYS, WILNA WARD 14
9 VAN BOVEN, JOHRENE WARD 14
10 VAN DER WESTHUIZEN, JULIAN TSEPO WARD 14

ESKOM LOADSHEDDING: 4-6 DECEMBER 2021

Due to generation capacity constraints, Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented from 21:00 tonight until 05:00 on Monday, 6 December 2021.

The affected areas and times are as follows:

Vredenburg, Paternoster:
00:00-02:30 (Sunday)
08:00-10:30 (Sunday)

Saldanha, Jacobsbaai:
12:00-14:30 (Sunday)
20:00-22:30 (Sunday)

Langebaan, Hopefield, St Helena Bay, Green Village:
14:00-16:30 (Sunday)
22:00-00:30 (Sunday)

Download the loadshedding schedule: https://sbm.gov.za/wp-content/uploads/Pages/Load_Shedding/LOAD-SHEDDING-STAGE-1-TO-8.pdf

Saldanha Bay Municipality’s response to the Witteklip Community Committee

The Saldanha Bay Municipality herewith wants to clarify and inform the community around the protest action due to the eviction of illegal land invaders. The Municipality wants to emphasise that illegal land invasion and land grabbing cannot be tolerated as it infringes on the rights of law-abiding citizens, creates disorder and is against the law. The Municipality however understands the plight of the poor, but wants to emphasise that approved processes must be followed to systematically and sustainably address this problem that is currently experienced in all our wards, and in fact in all South Africa.

Background information:

On 2 April 2021, persons were found erecting illegal structures on Portion 10 of Erf 132 in Witteklip, Vredenburg. This land was originally set out for the development of 1 155 erven and possible top structures.

Saldanha Bay Municipality’s law enforcement department managed to remove six of the 12 illegal land invaders. On 3 April 2021, four additional illegal structures were erected, totalling ten land invaders who refused to move.

A court interdict was obtained from the Cape Town High Court to stop further invasion, giving Saldanha Bay Municipality and the South African Police Services (SAPS) the right to remove any further structures on the property. In addition, the Municipality also approached the High Court for an eviction order to remove the ten illegal land invaders. Following the successful application, an order was given on 13 July 2021 that instructed invaders to remove their structures and vacate the property by 31 July 2021. Failure to do so would have resulted in the Sheriff and law enforcement agencies removing persons and structures from the property on 7 August 2021.

This eviction order to remove the ten (10) structures was executed by 11 August 2021 and provided for the eviction of all other persons occupying the property.

The Municipal Manager met with various representatives of the illegal occupants and the main reasons given was that, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, people were evicted from their backyard dwelling.

Public protests that included the burning of tyres, stoning and the burning of a vehicle occurred during this time. The representatives of the evicted persons claimed that this was not their doing as they were looking for a peaceful solution and condemned the violence incited. The SAPS is currently investigating these occurrences. The Municipality intends to pursue criminal charges against those who incited the violence.

Memorandum:

On 8 September 2021, Witteklip community members marched to the Saldanha Bay Municipal building in Vredenburg in support and handed over a memorandum to the Municipal Manager, containing the following points:

  • Request for alternative accommodation for the evicted persons;
  • Reimbursement of all confiscated and damaged material and other personal belongings; and
  • Expediting the allocation of 300 serviced sites with communal services.

The group was subsequently informed by the Municipal Manager that an official response by Saldanha Bay Municipality will be given in seven working days. A petition committee meeting was held to consider the content of the memorandum that was handed to the Municipality.

Saldanha Bay Municipality’s response to the Witteklip Community Committee is as follows:

  1. Request for alternative accommodation for the evicted persons

Response:

o     The only housing activity currently approved is the Witteklip development 1st Phase (197).

o     No circumventing of the housing database queue is allowed.

o     The occupants of the ten illegal structures will be allowed to stay with friends and family or landlords as backyard dwellers.

o     A donor came forward that will financially assist each of the ten (10) evicted illegal structure occupants, as per the eviction order, with R500 per month for six months towards their rent. Saldanha Bay Municipality will facilitate this process.

Although Saldanha Bay Municipality is sympathetic towards the plight of the ten families affected, it is important to note the Municipality is unable to fund these activities due to legislative constraints. All spending without approval from the Department of Human Settlements is considered as irregular and unauthorised expenditure and will be subject to interrogation and repayment.

  1. Reimbursement of all confiscated and damaged material and other personal belongings

Response:

o     The owners of the ten informal structures to identify their confiscated and/or damaged material at the municipal store.

o     Saldanha Bay Municipality will assist with the transportation of the material.

o     A donor is making funds available to assist with some building material.

  1. Expediting the allocation of 300 serviced sites with communal services.

Response:

o     The Department of Human Settlements was requested to assist in the fast tracking of this development.

o     The waiting list and conditions prescribed by the Department of Human Settlements must however be adhered to.

Saldanha Bay Municipality will not tolerate any land invasions within its jurisdiction. Our plea to the community is to respect the rule of law and the processes prescribed.

Housing remains a National and Provincial government mandate. The Municipality performs an agency function for the Western Cape Government’s Department of Human Settlements. The Saldanha Bay Municipality will always endeavour to assist our inhabitants but must do so within the confines of the laws that regulates the municipal sphere.

— ENDS —

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    Since 2016, the municipality’s kerbside recycling collection service has been running well, reaching over 40% participation of households in middle and upper-income suburbs. However, in high-density, lower-income areas, average participation is below 15%.

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    Co-sponsoring the pilot with Pick n Pay’s ‘People and Planet’ sustainability programme, is PETCO, the plastics recycling organisation. PETCO sponsored a street trolley cart which the recycling collector will use to tour the area.

    A donation to the school will be made on behalf of Pick n Pay for each bag of recyclables given to the collector. The collector is a resident of George Kerridge, hereby providing a local job creation component to the project.

    As a pilot, the project will run for three to six months. If successful, the aim is to continue it and later expand to other areas of the municipality.

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    At the moment, there has been no looting within the Saldanha Bay Municipal area.

    A strategy is in place to respond to all potential risks within the Saldanha Bay Municipal area. All law enforcement agencies have been deployed to patrol potential hotspot areas and to monitor illegal gatherings and suspicious behaviour. We appeal to residents to report, should they notice such activities, to the South African Police Services on 08600 10111.

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