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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by Provincial Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities Feb 26, 2020 | News

Over 1,000 people visited the Western Cape government’s Career Resilience Outreach Workshops that took place at the White City Multipurpose Centre in Saldanha last week to provide support for those affected by the winding down of the ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) steel plant, and the community of Saldanha Bay. 

The workshops were hosted by the Department of Economic Development and Tourism in collaboration with the Department of Local Government, and included representatives from several national, provincial and local government departments and agencies who provided a range of services and advice on workers’ rights, financial planning, starting a business, re-training, applying for a new job and CV support for example.  

Feedback from those who attended the workshop was very positive. Phikiswa Nketshe travelled from Vredenburg to attend the workshop: “I came to see SARS and to find out whether there are learnership opportunities available. Most importantly, I want to start my own catering business, so I completed forms at the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) to complete training on how to run a business.”

While Alungile Mapitiza, also from Vredenburg, said, “I attended the workshop to find out what opportunities are available for youth. I completed learnership and scholarship application forms at the NYDA. I also gained knowledge about the agriculture industry and received contacts within the agriculture industry.” 

These workshops are one of many initiatives being run by the task team established by the Provincial Minister for Finance and Economic Opportunities, David Maynier, for the purpose of mitigating the impact of a possible closure of the AMSA steel plant.  

Minister David Maynier said: “We are really glad that so many people, including those affected by the winding down of the AMSA steel works plant, made use of the services available at the workshops. A massive thank you to all involved in these successful workshops. We remain committed to working together with government and business stakeholders to continue growing the regional economy.” 

Commenting on the workshops, Executive Mayor of Saldanha Bay Municipality, Marius Koen, echoed these sentiments, “We are extremely pleased with the turnout of the career resilience workshops. Saldanha Bay Municipality received positive feedback from all those who attended. We believe these workshops were beneficial to each person present. I would like to thank all government departments, institutions and partners for their participation and their valuable assistance and service.” 

The task team will continue to be in frequent contact with all stakeholders invested in the success of Saldanha Bay and the West Coast region to minimise the impact of the AMSA plant closure, support the workers affected and continue to drive the growth of the economy and create jobs in the region.

Earlier this month the Saldanha Bay IDZ (SBIDZ-LC) announced the launch of their SME Co-Lab Centre in Platinum Street in Saldanha Bay. The Centre is a shared work space for the Saldanha Bay business community providing offices, meeting rooms, free Wi-Fi, printing facilities and access to laptops. The Centre also offers access to networking sessions with relevant public and private sector stakeholders and partners. For more information on the SME Co-Lab Centre visit www.sbidz.co.za/news-media/media-releases/

Organisations that took part in the Career Resilience Outreach Workshops included:

 

Department of Economic Development & Tourism
  • Consumer complaints
  • Career Resilience Information
  • Financial literacy
Department of Social Development
  • Care & support to families
  • Youth development
  • Social relief of distress
Department of Employment & Labour
  • UIF applications
  • Registration on employment database
Department of Cultural Affairs & Sport
  • Sports programmes
  • Arts and Culture programmes
Department of Agriculture
  • Veterinary Services (Career Exhibition)
Department of Transport & Public Works
  • Exhibition and Presentation of EPWP services
South African Social Security Agency (SASSA)
  • Grant applications
Saldanha Bay Municipality
  • Housing enquiries
National Youth Development Agency (NYDA)
  • Jobs database and information
West Coast College (WCC)
  • Career guidance
Independent Communication Authority of South Africa (ICASA)
  • Broadcast license registrations
  • Receive and resolve complaints
Cape Access (CA)
  • Information
  • CV Writing information
Department of Correctional Services
  • Information and Parole support
Government Communication and Information Services
  • Information on government service offerings
Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA)
  • Business Advice and Information
  • Subsidized interventions
  • Tender, Business Training
  • Linkages to other stakeholders
Small Enterprise Finance Agency (SEFA)
  • Exhibition
South African Revenue Service
  • One on one assistance with general tax queries arising from workshops
South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC)
  • Information
  • Legal advice
Legal Aid
  • Information
  • Legal Advice
Commission for Conciliation Mediation & Arbitration (CCMA)
  • Pamphlets/ Brochures on training interventions
  • General Enquiries
  • Completion of referral forms
Media, Information and Communication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority(MICSETA)
  • Skills programmes in ICT & Med
  • Learnership & internship
Saldanha Bay IDZ (SBIDZ)
  • Information on programmes and plans
Working on Fire (WOF)
  •  Fire Awareness
Media Enquiries:

Francine Higham
Spokesperson for the Provincial Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities
(Responsible for the Provincial Treasury and the Department of Economic Development and Tourism)
Tel: 021 483 4327
Cell: 071 087 5150
Email: francine.higham@westerncape.gov.za

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Career resilience workshops planned for workers in Saldanha Bay affected by winding down of ArcelorMittal steel plant

Career resilience workshops planned for workers in Saldanha Bay affected by winding down of ArcelorMittal steel plant

by Provincial Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities Jan 28, 2020 | News

Career resilience workshops planned for workers in Saldanha Bay affected by winding down of ArcelorMittal steel plant

We are committed to supporting the workers affected and the Saldanha Bay community. To this end the Department of Economic Development and Tourism in collaboration with the Department of Local Government will be hosting career resilience outreach workshops from 09:00 – 15:00 on the 20 – 21 February at the White City Multipurpose Centre in Saldanha.

This is follows the announcement by ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) that the winding down of the steel works plant in Saldanha will be largely completed by the end of the first quarter of 2020, and that the large-scale employee reorganisation has been largely finalised and resulted in a reduction of employees.

Support staff at the workshops will provide advice on worker’s rights, financial planning, starting a business, re-training, applying for a new job and CV support.

The Department of Economic Development and Tourism has also created a guide to career resilience and unexpected job loss which is available on the Western Cape government website at https://www.westerncape.gov.za/general-publication/career-resilience-when-facing-unexpected-job-loss.

Following the first announcement by AMSA of their intention to wind down the plant in November last year we immediately established a task team consisting of government stakeholders such as the Saldanha Bay Municipality, the Saldanha Bay IDZ (SBIDZ), the Department of Economic Development and Tourism, the Department of Social Development and Wesgro with the purpose of mitigating the impact of a possible closure of the plant.

In addition to the career resilience outreach workshops, the task team have also engaged with SMMEs and individuals who were contracted to AMSA in Saldanha Bay to identify the extent of the impact of the plant closure on their business. A questionnaire was issued to these businesses, and the results are currently being reviewed to ascertain the level of support the require.

The task team will continue to be in frequent contact with all stakeholders invested in the success of Saldanha Bay and the West Coast region to minimise the impact of the AMSA plant closure, support the workers affected and continue to drive the growth of the economy and create jobs in the region.

Despite the setback of the plant closure we will work hard, together with the municipality and business stakeholders, to continue to grow other sectors in the regional economy.

by Minister David Maynier

Last week I attended the Saldanha Bay IDZ (SBIDZ) Launch 2020 event which brought together existing and new investors to share with them the vision of the SBIDZ. This vision is quickly becoming a reality and I am excited about the opportunities for economic growth and job creation that the SBIDZ offers for Saldanha Bay, the West Coast and the Western Cape.

For more information about the career resilience outreach workshops, affected workers can contact the following individuals.

__________________________________________________________________________________

Zenobia Anthony (Zenobia.Anthony@westerncape.gov.za) – 021 483 5859

Sinovuyo Lizo (Sinovuyo.Lizo@westerncape.gov.za) – 021 483 5287

Abigail Robinson (Abigail.Robinson@westerncape.gov.za) – 021 483 5106

Media Enquiries:

Francine Higham

Spokesperson for the Ministry of Finance and Economic Opportunities

(Responsible for Provincial Treasury and Departments of Economic Development and Tourism)

Tel: 021 483 4327

Cell: 071 087 5150

Email: francine.higham@westerncape.gov.za

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Job creation and economic growth in Saldanha Bay remains a priority

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MEDIA RELEASE BY ALDERMAN MARIUS KOEN, EXECUTIVE MAYOR OF SALDANHA BAY MUNICIPALITY

The Saldanha Bay Municipality has set out a vision for the municipality to have a “Smart Future through Excellence” and under my leadership, the municipality has been making sure that the foundations and building blocks are being put into place to make this a reality.

With the recent media announcements about the threatened future of the ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) plant in Saldanha Bay, government stakeholders including the municipality, the Saldanha Bay IDZ (SBIDZ) and Wesgro have come together, under the initiative and leadership of the Western Cape Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities, David Maynier, to form a task team focusing all their efforts on mitigating the impact of a possible closure of the plant.

The aim of the task team is to ensure all stakeholders invested in the success of Saldanha Bay and the West Coast region are in frequent contact to minimise the impact of any possible AMSA plant closure, support the workers affected and continue to drive the growth of the economy and create jobs in the region. To this end, the Saldanha Bay Municipality has been meeting regularly as part of the task team.

The task team are actively working on the following:

  • Identifying possible buyers of the AMSA plant and supporting the Department of Trade and Industry in encouraging AMSA to consider these, and other options, for the plant,
  • looking at measures to make sure that the workers and businesses who may be affected by the possible closure have access to the necessary information and support to help them adjust and transition quickly to new jobs or economic opportunities, and
  • accelerating efforts to attract investors into the Saldanha Bay IDZ and into the wider municipality.

On the latter, we are really pleased that the construction of the facility of a local investor, West Coast Corrosion Protection, began in earnest this past month.

Based in White City in the town of Saldanha Bay, the workshop will see West Coast Corrosion Protection (WCCP) nearly double their workforce, as they position themselves to grow their already established business with the support of the SBIDZ and the SEZ Fund in the SEZ Programme.

As a small, local company in the corrosion protection and support services industry, WCCP services a range of marine vessels in a number of ports across South Africa. Their new facility will provide a necessary base to expand their value and service offering, and in an SEZ dedicated to the maritime industry, will open doors to new markets and customers.

Next year, construction on two more tenant buildings at the SBIDZ will begin, heralding a pivotal moment in the SBIDZ’s journey as it becomes a real and firm fixture on the West Coast skyline. One can already feel the change the new improved road networks, the Access Complex and the serviced port land has signalled.

In addition to other investment projects within the wider Saldanha Bay Municipal area, as the only Free Port in South Africa, the development of the SBIDZ is key to unlocking the industrialisation potential of the West Coast, and Saldanha in particular.

The SBIDZ has, to date, signed 11 lease agreements with an investment value of over R3billion. An investment pipeline of 60 investors continues to be explored, with a selection of key potential investments in active conversation.

Skills programmes initiated in the SBIDZ that focus on enterprise and contractor development have created a total of 2,199 individual training opportunities with 88% of learners having already graduated.

As the Saldanha Bay Municipality, we will continue to work closely with the national and provincial government, the SBIDZ, Wesgro and local businesses to do what we can, not only to actively mitigate the impact of any company withdrawals in the region, but also to realise the enormous economic potential in Saldanha Bay.

Contact:

Ethne Lawrence

Communications and Public Relations Officer

T: 022 701 6801  / C: 083 237 1303

E: Ethne.Lawrence@sbm.gov.za

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Smoke alarms installed in Middelpos and George Kerridge

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On Monday, 28 October 2019 Saldanha Bay Municipality’s Fire Services Department installed smoke alarms in seven residences in Middelpos, Saldanha. The installation forms part of the smoke alarm project; initiated and implemented by the Western Cape Government’s Department of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in 2017.

The project is aimed at combating fire related deaths in informal settlements across the Western Cape, and at the same time, assist in creating awareness about fire safety. The new smoke alarm system has a 10-year battery life and has been proven to detect smoke in less than 15 seconds. This will help raise the alarm of a fire danger quickly, lessen the level of smoke inhalation and in so doing, save lives.

The municipality received 198 smoke alarms from the Western Cape Government’s Disaster Management to be installed in high fire risk areas within the municipal area. The George Kerridge and Middelpos informal settlements were identified as high-risk areas, according to statistics generated by the municipality’s Fire Services Department.

Saldanha Bay Municipality’s Executive Mayor, Alderman Marius Koen urged residents present at the installation to continue being alert when it comes to fires. He encouraged them to memorise the fire services emergency contact number, and to report fires or smoke as soon as it may be spotted.

“It is critical that fires are reported as soon as possible, to ensure that our firefighters reach and react to them as quickly as possible.”

Smoke alarms in the home provide an important early warning of fire, allowing people additional time to escape. According to research, if there is a quick discovery of the fire, there is faster reaction time and a better chance of escaping and survival.

In the unfortunate event of a fire, contact the Municipality’s Fire Services Department on 022 713 1815 or on 086 007 3473.

PHOTO 1: SMOKE ALARM HANDOVER

Phumzile Mbaliswana (Director: Corporate and Public Safety Services), Alderman Olwene Daniels (Speaker), smoke alarm recipient Nontembeko Maquba, Executive Mayor Alderman Marius Koen, Ward 1 Councillor Siyabulelo Mafenuka, Councillor André Truter and Councillor Sinah Mohale at the handover in Middelpos, Saldanha.

PHOTO 2: SMOKE ALARM INSTALLATION

Councillor Siyabulelo Mafenuka and Alderman Marius Koen assisted with the installation of Nontembeko Maquba’s smoke alarm.

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The Saldanha Bay Municipality’s free residential door-to-door recycling collection service has been given the green light to continue for the next three years. Beginning in Langebaan in October 2016, the service has been extended year by year and now covers the wider municipal area.

To date, over 7 500 households from all seven towns within the municipal area have joined in the “We Care – Recycle” programme. This means that one in every three households are into the recycling routine. Each week, a full bag of recyclables is collected and swopped for a fresh bag to carry on with.

‘The steady increase of residents joining the service has led to significant diversion of waste materials from our landfill. It has also created 46 jobs for our local community,’ said David Wright, Senior Manager: Solid Waste and Bulk Water Supply.

Recycling waste materials instead of landfilling saves on energy and natural resources, helps reduce littering and encourages broader environmental awareness and action.

Last year the programme won a national environmental award.  During the recent Recycle Week, the municipality partnered with the West Coast National Park and Sea Harvest to hold a schools promotional and educational event.

Ratepayers not yet on the programme (or who have been, but have run out of clear bags to restart) can collect free ‘starter’ bags for recycling from any Saldanha Bay Municipal office. They are also available for purchase at participating retailers.

Full details on what is recyclable and how to participate are available on the municipal website at www.sbm.gov.za.

Photograph caption:  Langebaan Primary School learners modelled their recyclable clothing at the “Trashion Show”, held at the Vredenburg Landfill Site.

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