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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In the wake of a Fourth Industrial Revolution, 4IR or Industry 4.0, it has become inevitable for governments to become part of this rapidly growing development.  With its finger on the pulse of a changing, technology driven, global environment, Saldanha Bay Municipality recognises the value that 4IR can bring to enhance the lives of its residents through e-government services, smart resource management, safety, artificial intelligence (AI) and many other value-added services.

Saldanha Bay Municipality strives to be innovative and at the forefront of technology and to this effect, it embraced the challenge of getting our municipal area ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and to enable our citizens to take up the opportunities and enhancements that 4IR brings.

Traditional methods for telecommunication services deployment is driven largely by uptake or potential uptake. For maximum uptake, large citizen or potential user numbers are required within the medium to high income groups or a large industry footprint is a prerequisite to justify the roll-out of, for example, fibre infrastructure within a municipal area.  Whilst from a commercial point of view, this concept is understood, however, it did not support the vision that Council had for improved connectivity in the Saldanha Bay Municipal area at large. The only resolve seemed to be that the municipality itself had to drive fibre installation from a basic infrastructure perspective in order to give access to all its citizens. A model driven by basic need for decent connectivity, rather than by uptake and the potential to earn return on investment was adopted.  This new model or project was coined BAOBAB since it turns the traditional model upside down – similar to the burly baobab tree that looks like it is growing with its routes above ground.

The mistake is often made to adopt technologies without due consideration for the back-end infrastructure that exists, to support new technologies. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is no different.  Many countries will be left behind due to lack of infrastructure geared to support the impact of 4IR.  Weary nót to fall behind and to remain receptive to all opportunities that modern-day technology is offering, Saldanha Bay Municipality actively, in a responsible and sustainable  manner, embarked on the journey to establish an innovative, next generation infrastructure that will provide an open access fibre network utility which will be available to all consumers within the municipal boundaries.  Saldanha Bay Municipality is proud to proclaim that it is currently the only municipality in South Africa that has tackled the challenge of data network connectivity within its communities.

In order to further invest in the success of the project, Saldanha Bay Municipality proactively built a “proof of concept network” that tested the viability of creating fibre as a utility service, designed to connecting every single household within the municipal area.

This infrastructure and system will in future deliver sustainable, scalable and replicable local programmes and projects that will directly support the following “SBM Game Changer Objectives,” namely: 

  • Stimulate and support economic development and growth;
  • Deliver service that shows customer care;
  • Next generation fibre infrastructure as a utility will place Saldanha Bay Municipality at the forefront of technology and innovation;
  • The digital platform will allow you to drive a cleanliness programme across multiple digital channels;
  • The Open Access Network (OAN) platform and its broad technology capabilities will create new opportunities for the community, whereas a cost-effective utility is provisioned for delivery of an extensive layer of services such as Internet Service providers (ISPs), content, education, utility management (for example water and electricity), security and the internet of things (IoT).
  • The spare capacity of the network will be made available to all internet service providers who have the required licensing to operate as an open access network supplier and that will enable them to provide services to all our residents. Saldanha Bay Municipality, through its BAOBAB project, will be connecting all households to this fibre network. 

Some of the key advantages of this project are:

  • Freedom to choose you provider – open access infrastructure is open to all.
  • Reduced cost of communication – 48% of the cost is for the physical network installation.
  • Easy to switch between providers.
  • Allows for better e-government solutions.
  • Makes cross subsidising lower income groups possible for the municipality.
  • Smart city/town concepts.
  • Revenue enhancement.
  • Better broadband penetration and uptake.
  • Municipal owned television stations.

With COVID-19 we have already ascertained a boom in the local property market, marking a trend where people are moving from busy urban areas to coastal towns and rural areas where they can experience a more serene lifestyle. People have realised that they can work from anywhere in the world if they are able to be connected.  We must therefore actively address improvement of the connectivity issues in the area; project BAOBAB aims to meet this challenge.  The dream of a connected, digitised municipality is fast becoming a reality!

Additional spin-offs of Project BAOBAB:

  • Temporary work and permanent jobs will be created over the life cycle of this project.
  • Skills transfer and training of local workers will be done to ensure that competent and well-trained resources are available to maintain the network over a very long term.
  • Local businesses are encouraged to participate with the projects and business owners are encouraged to contact the Baobab Program Office in this regard at E-mail: leon@amoebatsc.com
  • The Saldanha Bay Municipal ward councillors will be fully versed with the most important project elements to ensure that the local communities are able to reap the full benefits of what the project has to offer.
  • In March 2022 the Baobab team will launch the Saldanha Bay Municipality Mobile Citizen Application. This will include communication across social media platforms.
  • From March 2022 roadshows within the different municipal towns will commence. Activities will include public community meetings to be hosted in each town where members of the public will be briefed in person about the various aspects of the project.  The value and benefits of the Baobab Project will be discussed and explained to interested parties.

It is important to note that any individual, groups or businesses that illegally engage with the project, performing unauthorised and illegal trenching work in the municipal area, without the necessary Wayleave approvals, will be acted upon. No construction or other work that will negatively impact on the execution of the BAOBAB project, where an official appointment letter by First in Fibre Optics (Pty) Ltd. cannot be presented, will not be allowed.  Such activities will need to be reported to Saldanha Bay Municipality Law Enforcement Agencies.    Interested parties who would like to become involved with the further execution and/or civil works that entails the project, can send an E-mail to baobab@sbm.gov.za for assistance and consideration.

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Saldanha Bay Municipality

Communications and Public Relations

Enquiries: E-mail to baobab@sbm.gov.za

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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.

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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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    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.

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    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, 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.

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