SALDANHA BAY MUNICIPALITY’S APPEAL TO RESIDENTS FOLLOWING NATIONAL UNREST

Saldanha Bay Municipality calls on all residents to please remain calm, to reject violence and incitement, and to respect the law during this time of national public unrest.

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.

Should any violence break out, we will inform the community accordingly.

It is important that we do not fall prey to false, unverified or inaccurate information. We urge the public to be weary of fake news spread through social media, including WhatsApp.

We are busy fighting a deadly third wave of Covid-19 infections, while trying to roll-out life-saving vaccines.

Let’s remain focussed and move forward.

Saldanha Bay Municipality

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HANDOVER OF PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT TO NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCHES

HANDOVER OF PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT TO NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCHES

On Monday, 24 May 2021, the Executive Mayor of Saldanha Bay Municipality, Alderman Marius Koen hosted special guests, partners and stakeholders at an event where nine, local neighbourhood watches received equipment to assist them with their operational activities.

The following neighbourhood watches (NHW) were represented, namely: Hartbeesfontein Farm Watch (Hopefield), Hopefield, Paternoster, Saldanha, Jacobsbaai, Team Langebaan (Langebaan), Vredenburg Buurtwag (Vredenburg), Vredenburg Ou Dorp (Vredenburg) and Vredenburg Night Vision (Vredenburg.)

The Western Cape Government MEC for Community Safety, Minister Albert Fritz was the keynote speaker and made use of the opportunity to acknowledge the neighbourhood- and farm watches’ chairpersons and members, for their selfless, volunteer work.

Saldanha Bay Municipality’s Director for Corporate and Public Safety Services, Phumzile Mbaliswana, said that he believed the relationship between SBM, law enforcement entities and the neighbourhood watches would only grow stronger.  Councillor André Truter, Portfolio Councillor for Corporate Services and Public Safety acknowledged and thanked the local South African Police Services (SAPS) for their assistance and support towards the work of the local neighbourhood and farm watches.

Equipment that were handed out at the event included reflective jackets, pepper spray with pouches, hand cuffs with pouches and torches.  Forty (40) bicycles will also be distributed amongst the various neighbourhood watches to assist them with their work within their areas.

Alderman Koen made use of the occasion to convey his sincere appreciation towards all the individuals who are involved in neighbourhood watches and he thanked them for their dedication and commitment towards making communities safer.

    Photographs Attached:

    1. Photograph 1:   Minister Albert Fritz, Executive Mayor, Alderman Marius Koen and members of the Saldanha Bay Municipality’s Mayoral Committee, chairpersons and representatives of the neighbourhood and farm watches and officials from the Saldanha Bay Municipality gathered to commemorate the event.
    2. Photograph 2 & 3: Examples of some of the protective equipment that were presented to the representatives from the local neighbourhood and farm watches.

     

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    STANDARD BANK IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SALDANHA BAY MUNICIPALITY AND WoSA PARTNERS DONATES COVID-19 COMPLIANCE PPE TO THE VALUE OF R 500,000

    On Wednesday, 3 March 2021, 170 Early Childhood Development (ECD) educational facilities, distributed across the 14 municipal wards in Saldanha Bay Municipality, received care packs with COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) consumables ranging from disposable face masks to various disinfectants.  The value of each care pack is estimated at approximately R 3,000.

    This generous and much needed donation was financially made possible by Standard Bank South Africa to the Saldanha Bay Municipality in conjunction with its Whole of Society Approach (WoSA) partners, namely the Early Learning Resources Unit (ELRU), Grassroots Educare Trust and the Western Cape Government’s Department of Social Development (DSD).

    One of the receiving ECD centre’s principals noted with appreciation that, “Every little bit helps.  For us, every Rand counts.  In this instance the little actually means a lot!”  When discussions between Standard Bank and Saldanha Bay Municipality were initiated in late 2020 about possible support to ensure ECD service continuity within the municipal area, it was specifically directed at ways to alleviate the severely negative financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on this sector. At best a small contribution was expected, but a substantial donation to the value of R 500, 000, was wishful thinking!

    The vision to be able to make a contribution, became a reality in November of 2020 when Standard Bank confirmed their donation to assist the early childhood development centres in the area to achieve and maintain COVID-19 compliance status and thereby ensure that these facilities remain open and continue a safe education and child care service to its users.  The COVID-19 operating compliance cost inevitably necessitated additional expenses for ECDs.  Already hard hit by long closing periods and loss of income during 2020, such additional expenses were simply not provided for in centre budgets.  It goes without saying that the Standard Bank donation contributed considerably to ease the financial burden.

     

    Several items such as disposal adult and children’s masks, spray guns and sanitiser tablets, rubber gloves, disposable paper rolls, bleach, tissue paper, toilet rolls, disinfectant and soap were received.

    Saldanha Bay Municipality and its WoSA partners Early Learning Resources Unit (ELRU), Grassroots Educare Trust and the Western Cape Government’s Department of Social Development (DSD), would like to sincerely thank Standard Bank for their insight and this donation of PPE that will go a long way in making a significant impact on many young lives.

    Photographs:

    1. Speaker of Saldanha Bay Municipality, Alderman Olwene Daniels, together with various role players and representatives from the ECDs who received the COVID-19 care packs donated by Standard Bank.
    2. Delivery of the care packs to 170 local Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres takes place.
    3. The much needed content of the care packs displayed.
    4. Illustrating the content of the PPE care packs.

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    World Wetlands Day

    World Wetlands Day

    Feb 26, 2020 | News

    World Wetlands Day, officially known as the Convention of International Importance, especially as Waterfowl Habitat is commemorated annually on 2 February. It marks the day of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971 in the Iranian City of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. World Wetlands Day was first celebrated in 1997.

    Wetlands are land which is transitional between terrestrial and aquatic systems where the water is usually at or near the surface or the land is periodically covered with shallow water. Under normal circumstances, this land supports or would support vegetation typically adapted to life in saturated soil (National Water Act, Act 36 of 1998).

    South Africa has 26 Identified Wetlands, with a surface area of 563,005 hectares in total, which are of International Importance. The wetland ecosystems in South Africa are known to be critically endangered. The Ramsar Convention also created the Montreaux Record as a tool to protect, as a manner of priority, wetlands that are or will be threatened by technological development, pollution or human activity.

    To understand the value and importance of wetlands, one needs to primarily understand what is meant by Wetlands as stated above. Wetlands play a vital role in ecosystems, wetlands contribute flood control, drought relief, nutrient retention, soil protection, fish nurseries etc. these contributions are critical in maintaining terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.  Over the years Wetlands have become critically endangered due to Climate Change, eutrophication, water pollution caused mainly by anthropogenic activities (mining, development within and around wetlands) and by other processes (erosion, Invasive alien plants). This has led to Wetlands being regarded as of high International importance.

    There are different types of wetlands such as marshes which are characterized by soft- stem vegetation. They are sometimes saturated with water and grasses growing in wet soil conditions. Marshes are classified further as tidal and non-tidal marshes both with different characteristics. Swamps are wetlands dominated by trees and other woody plants, characterised by wet soils. Bogs are freshwater wetlands dominated by green trees and shrubs. Many other types of wetlands such as Vernal ponds and Prairie potholes are found globally across the globe.

    Rivers in the Saldanha Bay municipal area such as the Mosselbank (Paternoster), Bok (Saldanha) and Sout (Hopefield) Rivers also have wetland components because the areas in which they are situated are fairly low lying and flat. This results in pans and wetlands which are highly seasonal to the low rainfall in the region.

    The Langebaan Lagoon is a large saltwater lagoon; is listed as a Wetland of International Importance (Ramsar Site) and is situated in the West Coast National Park. The salt marshes contribute 32% of the entire saltmarsh habitat in the country. The lagoon furthermore servers as a nursery for the development of juvenile fish. the lagoon supports large populations of crabs and snails, marine algae, waterbirds (Waders in summer) and Palaearctic migrants.

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    CELL C LAUNCHES WIFI PUBLIC ACCESS AND FTTH WITH SALDANHA BAY MUNICIPALITY

    Driving digital inclusion to positively impact lives

    Cell C in partnership with Facebook and the Saldanha Bay Municipality (SBM) have launched express public access hotspots and Cell C Fiber FTTH using the municipality’s fiber infrastructure.

    The move is part of an ongoing initiative by Cell C to deploy free Wi-Fi hotspots to marginalised communities, students and anyone in need of free, reliable connectivity.

    The programme will enable South African to connect to the Internet via Facebook’s Express WiFi platform. The partnership is part of a plan to roll out Wi-Fi hotspots across the country.

    The Saldanha Bay Municipality is the second Municipality to make its infrastructure available to the Program. The City of Cape Town was the first.

    “We are currently rolling out to all the technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges in the metro, and looking for new opportunities that are aligned to the Municipal Model, says Schalk Visser, Cell C’s Chief Technical Officer.

    “We are aiming at an additional 300 Access points in the Metro by the end of December 2020. Alongside that, we’re aiming at having another 100 access points or more with the SBM in the first quarter next year as we expand to other towns in the same Municipality,” he says.

    The open access fibre network will enable connectivity for all residents of the Saldanha Bay Municipality, and forms part of a new beginning for the region’s basic utility service delivery and infrastructure development. The high capacity telco‐grade fibre infrastructure functions as the enabler for true convergence and the birth of a true Smart City.

    The benefit in creating a significant fiber infrastructure asset is apparent: by reclaiming the municipality’s legal and regulatory rights to own fiber infrastructure as a utility, the asset can be leveraged as a new, additional and sustainable evergreen municipal revenue stream

    “One of the strategic objectives of Saldanha Bay Municipality is to be an innovative   municipality on the cutting edge in respect of the use of technology and best practice,” says Alderman Marius Koen, the Executive Mayor of Saldanha Bay.

    “With local government being the key to the tangible, on‐the‐ground service delivery strategy of the government, one of our nation’s most pressing challenges has become the need to strengthen local government and thereby further empower its citizens,” he says.

    Contact:

    Eugene Neethling

    Baobab Programme Manager

    083 326 2672

    eugene@amoebatsc.com

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    URGENT GENERAL PUBLIC NOTICE – SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT

    Saldanha Bay Municipality would like to inform and assure the public of the following:

    All SBM tender processes are handled by its Administration and no Councillors are involved.

    The Disaster Management is overseen by the Director responsible for Public Safety Services and an internal coordinator was appointed to oversee and facilitate our humanitarian relief initiatives.

    EPWP (extended public works programme) appointments are done according to standard operating procedures.  The Speaker’s office serves as the link between Ward Councillors and Administration to ensure an effective roll out of the programme.

    During the national lockdown and under regulations, of the cigarettes that were confiscated 4653 packets have been returned to shop owners.

    • Only one incident occurred of theft and was dealt with by means of an internal disciplinary process.
    • Another incident is currently under joint investigation between SAPS and SBM’s Law Enforcement division.

    All confiscated alcohol was as result of a joint operation with SAPS.  SBM assisted with the transportation of the confiscated material.

    Appointments of official are done according to relevant policies and overseen by Administration.

    H F W METTLER
    MUNICIPAL MANAGER

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