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Draft Bitou Zoning Scheme By-law for public comment (2019-12-11 to 2020-02-07) - Municipal Notice No: 398/2019

 

ERF 976, C/O Robberg Road and Greenpoit avenue, Plettenberg Bay, Bitou Municipality: Proposed, Departure and Removal of Restrictive Title Deed Condition - Document Here

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COVID-19

30 May 2020

Limited re–opening of Municipal Offices 01 June 2020

BITOU MUNICIPALITY (WC047)

Notice is hereby given that certain municipal offices will re – open for the public on Monday, 01 June 2020, to render the following services:

  • Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing – Melville’s Corner
  • Consumer Services
  • Payments of Municipal Accounts – Melville’s Corner
  • Account related enquiries and related information – Melville’s Corner
    • (Members of the public are however encouraged to submit / direct any queries and / or complaints via e-mail to finance@plett.gov.za)
  • Town planning and Building Control – Melville’s Corner
  • Administrative and Legal matters – Municipal Main Building – Sewell Street
  • Engineering and Community Services – Marine Drive.

The municipality will continue to provide essential services and the provision of other municipal services will be rendered on a limited scale. 

Security personnel will be on duty at all Municipal buildings to render assistance in terms of access.

Members of the public are reminded that the wearing of face masks is compulsory and access to municipal buildings will be prohibited to individuals not adhering to the regulation.

The normal office hours will be applicable.

Adv. LMR Ngoqo
MUNICIPAL MANAGER
Bitou Local Municipality

Last published 30 May 2020

SCM/RFQ/2020/094/ENG: Supply and Delivery of Fluke 279FC Multi Meter

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COVID-19

29 May 2020

Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde

28 May 2020

As of 1pm on 28 May, the Western Cape has 7726 active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 17286 confirmed cases and 9157 recoveries

Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

Sub-districts:

Unallocated: 605 (201 recovered)

Additional data can be found on the dashboard at www.westerncape.gov.za/coronavirus.

The Western Cape has recorded an additional 16 COVID-19 deaths-bringing the total number of deaths from the virus in the province to 403. We extend our condolences to the family and friends of the deceased at this time.

Please see the statement issued earlier today on the Western Cape's new scenario expectations here: https://coronavirus.westerncape.gov.za/news/western-cape-scenarios-covid-19-peak-we-need-your-help-save-lives

Last published 29 May 2020

COVID-19

29 May 2020

We need your help to save lives

28 May 2020

Over a month ago, the Western Cape Government provided an update to the media on its scenario planning for the Covid-19 pandemic, projecting on the number of hospitalisations expected during the course of the pandemic and therefore what would be required by our healthcare system to respond at the peak.

This update was done on the best available evidence at the time, mainly drawing on international data and experiences to better understand the trajectory of the virus in our context. As we mentioned at the briefing, this would be updated continuously as the situation changes and more evidence becomes available – both in South Africa and globally.

Our initial projections based on this data regarding bed shortfalls were as follows:

  • We would have a shortfall of 1000 general care beds at the peak.
  • We would have a shortfall of 750 ICU beds at the peak.

With more evidence available to us, especially with respect to hospitalisations and deaths, we can now provide a further update. This is part of our continued efforts to be open and transparent with the people of the Western Cape as we navigate this uncertain time together. Our government views every person as a partner, with the ability to help make a difference.

Over the course of the last few weeks, we have also taken several steps to ensure our modelling and projections are of the highest possible standard. Fortunately, South Africa has many top scientists and we have sought to leverage these great minds. We therefore have been engaging with both the Actuarial Society of South Africa (ASSA) and the National Covid-19 Modelling Consortium, to compare our assumptions and projections for the peak of the pandemic in the Western Cape.

The findings of these two modelling exercises have been different:

  • The ASSA model is projecting a notably higher peak in the province than the Western Cape’s initial projection (based on the available data a month ago).
  • The National Consortium model’s peak is lower than the ASSA model’s projection, but it is still higher than the Western Cape’s initial projection (based on the available data a month ago).

It is important to keep in mind that modelling is based on a number of assumptions, which are not certain at this time. This includes various factors such length of stay in a hospital facility and the percentage of symptomatic versus asymptomatic cases in the population.

These uncertainties must be kept in mind and new data must always be factored in as the pandemic progresses.

We have been tracking our own initial projections against the current deaths and hospitalisations at this moment in time:

  • Our initial provisioning scenario is tracking the actual number of deaths and hospitalisations in the province consistently to date. Currently the number of deaths is slightly lower than our initial model projected, but this might be explained by reporting lags.
  • This scenario was a conservative one to ensure adequate provisioning, and the fact that we are close to this level of demand on our platform requires us to consider if further provisioning is necessary.

It is important to note that both the ASSA model and the National Consortium model projections are consistent with our initial projections at this stage of the curve. To put it differently, all three of our curves are at similar points at this stage of the pandemic, but they diverge as they approach their respective peaks.

This leaves our government in a very difficult position. We have taken significant steps to make sure we are prepared for the peak based on the best available evidence and modelling, but it is difficult to know exactly how pronounced the peak will be at this stage.

To try and create more certainty, we have since worked with the National Consortium to calibrate our models based on new data now available on Covid-19 in the Western Cape, including hospitalisations and deaths. This was done because their modelling is also being used by the National Government.

The calibrated modelling exercise has therefore projected the following:

  • A peak towards the end of June, beginning of July 2020.
  • There will be a requirement of approximately 7800 beds at the peak of the pandemic. We had previously worked on a 6200-bed requirement.
  • Cumulative deaths of approximately 9300 people in the Western Cape.

Based on the original scenario plan we presented to you before, the Western Cape Government intervened quickly to ensure we prepared additional facilities for the peak we might be expecting, including the 850 intermediate care beds at the CTICC temporary hospital and the 300 intermediate care beds at the Brackengate warehouse. However, this collaborated modelling points to the need for additional capacity.

My cabinet will now meet to consider these new projections, and together with the National Government, including the National Treasury, we will consider both whether, and then when and how, to bring online additional bed capacity.

There are other risks that must be factored in, however:

  • We recognise that the ideal scenario would be to wait until we are closer to the projected divergence point in the models to see if this additional investment will be required. Unfortunately, a wait-and-see approach will not be possible because the different modelling projections have curves that are largely similar up until a very distinct point, at which they quickly move away from each other. This will leave us with no time to take a different course – we must choose our course soon. Put differently, there isn’t a noticeable “trigger” point to bring additional beds online.
  • Additional beds require additional doctors and healthcare staff. The CTICC temporary hospital will have more than 900 staff. Finding additional staff is most probably the most difficult part of any additional scale-up. We must also factor in the fact that some healthcare workers will get infected with Covid-19 and they will not be able to work.
  • The private sector has additional capacity, but it is costly. This would require significant additional resources.

We will provide further updates on our modelling, projections and further interventions taken following a number of important engagements over the next week. Our priority remains being fully open and transparent with you during this difficult time.

As we communicated to you last week, we have already adjusted our health strategy that will focus on protecting high-risk individuals, including those who are older than 55 and those with underlying conditions. It is these individuals who are more likely to be hospitalised and get seriously sick. Our targeted hotspots interventions, including community screening and testing, have already been repurposed to meet this imperative. Our focus is now on saving lives.

But I want to be very honest with you now, we simply cannot fight this pandemic alone. We need each and every person to help us. When you keep yourself safe, you keep your loved ones safe too. When you follow the golden rules of good hygiene, wear a cloth mask, and keep a distance, you prevent someone who might need to be hospitalised from getting the virus. You can help us flatten the curve, and your behaviour will save lives.

So I am calling on you today. If you have not taken this seriously yet, take it seriously now. Its going to get much worse before it gets better. We need you to slow the spread of this virus to protect the ones you love.

How can you help?

  • Stay home as much as possible.
  • If you are an employer, make sure that your workplace is strictly adhering to all guidelines to ensure cloth mask usage, hygiene and distancing.
  • If you should not leave your home unless absolutely necessary if you are in a high-risk group category, particularly with underlying health conditions.
  • Always wear a clean cloth mask when in public. Keep it over both your nose and mouth and don’t touch it.
  • Keep your distance. Always. There is nothing more respectful, and caring, to do right now than to tell someone to keep away from you.
  • Always follow the golden rules of hygiene, by washing your hands, sneezing into a tissue, and not touching your face.
  • If you do get sick, stay home and call our hotline on 021 928 4102 for advice. You don’t want to pass the virus onto any person.
  • But if you get very sick, and you are battling to breathe, seek urgent healthcare.

If every single one of us takes up this responsibility now, the worst-case scenario peak can be avoided, and we can save lives.

Please keep safe. Keep your loved ones safe. Save lives.

Last published 29 May 2020

COVID-19

29 May 2020

27 Western Cape municipalities awarded unqualified & clean audit outcomes

Statement by Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell

The Western Cape government is pleased to note that 27 out of thirty municipalities in the province, has received unqualified audits for their 2018/19 financial year from the Auditor General of South Africa (AGSA).

The AG tabled its latest MFMA report in parliament earlier this week to the Standing Committee on the Auditor-General.

The Western Cape has one metropolitan municipality, five district municipalities and 24 local municipalities that get audited under the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA).

Anton Bredell, Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning says in addition thirteen councils received clean audits. The AGSA only awarded 20 out of 257 councils audited in the country with a clean audit for the year under review.

“We’ve seen an improvement year on year in the Western Cape with regards to clean audits and I want to congratulate and thank our councils for the hard work and efforts they undergo to provide communities with the reassurance that their money is being spent as it should.”

Bredell says efficiently run municipalities remain key to delivering the services needed to make the province a better place for all who live in it.

“Given the legacies we inherited, there will always be some areas where improvements are needed. However, it is reassuring that the evidence shows that Western Cape municipalities continue to provide their communities with the best services possible within the budgets they receive. When it comes to providing free basic services to the poorest of the poor, services that include sanitation, water and electricity, Western Cape municipalities stand out nationally. To do so within the constraints of existing budgets is all the more remarkable.”

According to the report, 72% of all Western Cape municipalities are in good financial health.

Bredell says good financial governance translates into better service delivery.

“We are investing all our energy into making this goal a reality. Over the past years, we have worked tirelessly to instill a zero-tolerance approach toward those who transgress the financial laws governing this province. We have also rolled out various further training initiatives to ensure that staff are skilled.”

Graham Paulse, head of the department of Local Government in the province, says municipalities in the province are keeping up with payments to large creditors like Eskom.

“Only three municipalities are in arrears but there are settlement agreements in place that are being adhered to.”

The municipalities that received clean audits are:

Bergrivier, Cederberg, Saldanha Bay, Drakenstein, Langeberg, Witzenberg, Cape Agulhas, Overstrand, Theewaterskloof, Cape Winelands District Municipality, West Coast District Municipality, Hessequa and Prince Albert.

ENDS.

Media Enquiries: 
James-Brent Styan
Spokesperson to Anton Bredell
Telephone: 021 483 2820
Mobile: 084 583 1670
E-mail: James-Brent.Styan@westerncape.gov.za

Last published 29 May 2020

COVID-19

29 May 2020

Implementing the Hotspot Strategy to ensure safer workplaces

28 May 2020

On Tuesday (26 May 2020) I visited businesses in Dunoon, one of the Covid-19 hotspots in the Western Cape, to see how these businesses were implementing the necessary safety measures to stop the spread of Covid-19 and hear from them the challenges they face in ensuring customers maintain these safety measures. [Watch video of Minister’s visit to Dunoon]

This visit was part of the Department of Economic Development and Tourism’s operational plan to support the Western Cape government’s targeted Hotspot Strategy which focuses the entire provincial government’s impact on geographical areas where the virus is spreading, in order to slow it down and protect vulnerable people.

The department’s role in the Hotspot Strategy is specifically to assist businesses in slowing the spread of Covid-19 in the workplace, and to ensure economic recovery in the hotspot areas.

In addition to the work already done to support businesses in the Western Cape since the start of the Covid-19 crisis, we will also do the following to slow the spread of Covid-19 in the workplace in hotspot areas:

  • Provide businesses in hotspot areas, especially those that are high-risk, with health guidelines and materials that display information on safety measures in the workplace,
  • Monitor the compliance of businesses in implementing safety measures in the hotspot areas through reporting mechanisms that allow the public to report non-compliance such as an online form,
  • Assist businesses to access the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) by connecting them with suppliers through our PPE marketplace, and
  • Identify and resolve systemic issues making it a challenge for businesses to implement the necessary safety measures to stop the spread of Covid-19.

As part of our economic recovery plan for the hotspots, we will also be zoning in on businesses in these areas to ensure they access the support we’ve put in place to adapt and survive during this crisis such as:

  • our SupportFinder tool which helps businesses navigate and apply for the available financial relief packages,
  • our Jump for entrepreneurs smartphone app which provides valuable advice, networks and tools for those who run a business, or who wish to start a business,
  • our Tech Volunteers Programme which connects businesses who want to become more digital with industry experts for free two-hour advisory consultations, and
  • our #GoDigitalWC webinars which brings leading experts in digital technology and business transformation to present ideas and advice for SMMEs on how they can adapt and innovate during Covid-19.

The more businesses that are able to operate safely during the Alert Levels, the sooner we can get people working again, and the sooner we will move towards an economic recovery in the Western Cape.

To avoid a return to tighter restrictions it is imperative that every employer and employee in a business that is operating now, or which opens under the new alert levels, plays by the rules, and implements the necessary health and safety measures as instructed by national government to avoid further negative impacts on their respective sector.

Businesses can view the guidelines and resources developed by the Department of Health to stop the spread of Covid-19 in the workplace here: https://coronavirus.westerncape.gov.za/frequently-asked-questions/frequently-asked-questions-how-prevent-and-manage-covid-19-infections

Some of the key safety measures that we’re asking all businesses to implement include the following:

  • Develop a workplace safety plan before they re-open and implement any necessary changes to the workplace in advance of re-opening
  • Include details in the safety plan on how these businesses will implement hygiene and social distancing measures; how they will screen employees on arrival each day, how they will assist employees to quarantine or isolate, and how they will assist with contact tracing if employees test positive.
  • Identify and explore ways of protecting employees that are at risk, such as those who are over 60 years and / or who suffer from underlying conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease and cancer, either by enabling them to work from home where possible, changing the nature of their work, isolating their area of work or placing them on paid special leave if the other options are unavailable
  • Consider allowing all employees who can work from home to do so
  • Implement staggered and non-interacting shift work, and / or divide teams into smaller units to reduce the spread of infections and to minimise impacts on business operations should infections occur
  • Stagger working hours for employees and provide transport for employees where possible to help reduce congestion on public transport and reduce exposure to infection of employees. Where workers are using public transport, advise and encourage safe practices for using public transport
  • Spread out and closely monitor all communal break areas such as canteens and smoke break areas to ensure maintenance of safe practices.
  • Get employees to share their knowledge with their families and friends and encourage good practices outside of the workplace.

For assistance in understanding the regulations, guidance on workplace safety or help navigating the financial relief packages email us at supportbusiness@wesgro.co.za

Notes for media: 

Media Queries:
Francine Higham
pokesperson for the Provincial Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities
(Responsible for the Provincial Treasury and the Department of Economic Development and Tourism)
Cell: 071 087 5150
Email: francine.higham@westerncape.gov.za

Last published 29 May 2020

COVID-19

27 May 2020

Western Cape Provincial Overview 9

27 May 2020

Municipalities in the Western Cape continue to implement wide ranging steps to address the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western Cape, Anton Bredell, says the onset of winter further complicates the work being done and will bring additional challenges.

“Mass sanitising of public spaces is taking place on an ongoing basis, as is feeding schemes including soup kitchens, and all basic municipal services. Our emergency services and disaster centres remain fully operational and are on standby in the event of an emergency.”

Some of the latest efforts being done in some municipalities across the province includes:

  • Mossel Bay Municipality is supporting private initiatives in distributing donated cloth face masks made to fit young children and taxi passengers.
  • Cape Winelands District Municipality has partnered with Santam to develop Hotspot specific communication for the next 3 -6 months that will encompass various platforms. CWDM delivered 12 tons of agricultural produce to the local municipalities for distribution to the needy. This is the second distribution as a result of the partnership between, CWDM,  LG, Agri-Western Cape and Overberg District Municipality.
  • From 1 June 2020, the Drakenstein Municipality Traffic Department will open its doors for licence renewals and registrations. From 1 July 2020 onwards, the system will be open for new applications. During June, the Municipality will attend to the backlog that was created by the national lockdown.
  • Knysna Municipality has appointed a committee to consider ad hoc applications for payment relief received from local businesses and accommodation establishments in an effort to assist these entities during the ongoing crisis. Delaying rates and services charges as well as a possible reduction in municipal property rentals is also being considered.
  • As part of the West Coast District Municipality’s COVID-19 Mitigation Strategy the disinfection of public spaces continues which include National, Provincial and Private owned buildings in support of interventions already in place by the building occupants. WCDM Executive Mayor, Alderman Harold Cleophas, and Council approved a financial contribution of R250 000 (R50 000 per local municipality in the district) to be utilized for humanitarian aid by the local municipalities. WCDM has procured the necessary PPE as prescribed in the direction issued by the Minister of Employment and Labour for all personnel.

Bredell has urged all citizens with questions or concerns or who wish to make a contribution in the ongoing struggle to visit the provincial website: www.westerncape.gov.za/coronavirus or to get in touch with their local municipalities for assistance.

“In addition, if you have flu-like symptoms, and may have come into contact with someone who has COVID-19, please contact the provincial hotline on 021 928 4102 for advice on what to do next.”

Last published 27 May 2020

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