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31 July 2015

YOUNG WOMEN’S CAMP

In a very short space of time a camp, facilitated by the Bitou Municipality’s Mayoral Office Youth and Gender Desk, was carefully planned and implemented over the weekend of 31 July to 02 August 2015. Ward Cllr Neville de Waal opened this camp by extending “a warm welcome to all participants to Ward 1 with its exquisite nature scenery. This will provide the tranquility needed to open up and talk and interact with your hearts and mind.”

Due to the existence of various social ills and imbalances with the communities of Bitou it was endeavored that at the onset of Women’s month the focus should be on the YOUNG WOMEN of Bitou. The following activities were focused on:

Life skills, Health and Safety issues, Substance abuse, Youth involvement in the community, Career empowerment and Teambuilding.

This camp was specifically put together with the mutual aim to capacitate our female youth with various everyday issues and how to deal with them. We invited other governmental departments to share some knowledge and experiences. These shared some valuable life skills and gave direction to these young women. These departments include:

  • South African Police Services
  • Departments of Social Development
  • Knysna Alcohol & Drug Centre

At the end of the 2 day camp it was a collective decision was taken to establish the Bitou Young Women’s Forum. They envisage to meet once per month in order to discuss community issues which are crosscutting.

As for continuity, communication channels have been opened in order to provide assistance beyond this camp.

 

Last published 30 March 2016

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30 July 2015

COASTAL CARE EPWP PROJECT COMES TO AN END

 

This project started back in September 2013 and has come to an end for the current beneficiaries and Zetaline threw a farewell lunch on Thursday 30 July 2015, in honour of those who made this project a success.

Mr Josia Modiga (Project Implementer for Zetaline) said that “this project was aimed at keeping the Plett coastline in an attractive state from Robberg to Keurbooms and wooden lookout decks was part of the end result.” He also stated that training was provided to all beneficiaries in Environmental Awareness & Health and Safety and praised the administration for efficiently applying these EPWP beneficiaries where needed within the Municipality.

“Bitou and Mossel Bay Municipality has been allotted a communal amount of R12 million for a similar project which will commence in Bitou during October 2015” said Mr Mark Fourie (Bitou Manager: Human Settlements, Beaches and Parks)

 

Ms Thobeka Gqolana one of the beneficiaries said “by being part of this project I was able to put food on my table and it instilled skills within me which no one can take away from me.”

Mr Allen Paulse (Bitou Municipal Manager) – stated that “Poverty knows no political boundaries and these projects aim to stimulate the economical hunger within Bitou.”

Cllr Memory Booysen (Executive Mayor of Bitou) began his keynote address by saying “I will be open and frank and start off by saying that all was not sunshine during the course of this project and yes we have received various complaints. But we can only improve on those previous flaws. Let wearing a green overall be a stepping stone for your personal development. It is never too late to make an impression; it is never too late to change your attitude. Let us all bring along our skill-sets when we come to work in the morning. I give this team an overall 8 out of 10.”

 

Last published 30 March 2016

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Bitou is committed to focusing on the education of our youth to ensure our community is uplifted and improved constantly. Our schools and education programs have seen a huge growth in recent years and we strive to ensure that all children have a good basic grounding in primary and secondary education.

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25 May 2015

GEYSER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AUDIT TO BE UNDERTAKEN IN BITOU MUNICIPALITY

Eskom and Bitou Municipality joined forces to install a residential load management (or geyser control) system in Plettenberg Bay. These geyser relays or units were installed to enable the Bitou Municipality to move a substantial portion of the residential evening peak geyser load to the off-peak period (after 20:00), when there is less strain on the national electricity grid. A total of 970 new relays were installed and 780 old relays were reconnected which brings the total number of relays that can be managed by the Municipality during peak demand times to 1750. The Bitou Municipality and Eskom wish to thank Plettenberg residents for their positive attitudes and support in allowing the installation of these relays.

Geyser audit technicians, Jason van Rooyen and Chadd Botha.

As part of an auditing process by Energy Insight (Pty) Ltd, homes in the following areas in Plettenberg Bay will be visited by two technicians as part of a capacity and verification audit to be undertaken from 25 March to 29 May 2015:

  • Plettenberg Bay Central
  • Whale Rock
  • Robberg
  • Longships
  • Piesang Valley
  • Brackenridge
  • Poortjies
  • Marine Way area
  • Beacon Way area

According to Mr Willie Botha, Project Manager: Energy Insight (Pty) Ltd, the aim is to verify whether all relays are in a workable condition and also to verify the exact number of relays that are being controlled by the municipality. There will be no cost to the homeowner.

The two technicians, Jason van Rooyen and Chadd Botha (pictured above), are employed by Energy Insight and will present proper identity cards (displaying logos of Eskom, Bitou Municipality, Energy Insight (Pty) Ltd and EOH). Access should only be granted to these two technicians upon displaying their identity cards.

Residents who are not at home during the day, are requested to contact willieb@energyinsight.co.za orruxannew@energyinsight.co.za to arrange a time which is convenient for a visit.

Further enquiries can be directed to Energy Insight, tel (012) 345-5215, or via e-mail on willeb@energyinsight.co.za.

Last published 30 March 2016

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27 March 2015

PLETT VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS COMMENDED BY MAYOR MEMORY BOOYSEN AND PATRICIA DE LILLE

Four local volunteer firefighters who are very passionate about what they do, took it upon themselves to travel to Cape Town in order to assist with runaway veld fires.

Local donations and own funding made it possible for Messrs; Ian Barnard, Eben van Huyssteen, Steve Myburgh and Josh Martin to make their way to Cape Town.

On arrival they reported at Lakeside fire station and were immediately deployed to Tokai Forest. Upon arrival at the Tokai command post, they were assigned to Senior Fire Fighter Jonker of the Strand fire department, and they proceeded to their area of responsibility.

They spent 25 hours fighting flare ups in the Tokai Manor area. One particular flare up was quite serious and threatened a nearby spa. Due to quick response they were able to avert disaster and control the flare up before any further damage could be done.

By the next morning all fire fronts were under control and able to be managed by local fire services.

On Friday 27 March 2015, Mayor of Cape Town Patricia De Lille visited the Bitou Fire Department to thank these brave Plett residents for all their efforts, hard work, and much needed assistance.

Mayor De Lille said “It is due to heroic and patriotic acts like this, that makes me proud to be a South African citizen.”

Mayors Booysen and De Lille and Acting Municipal Manager Mr Reginald Smit, handed over Certificates of Gratitude to the firefighters and thanked them for going beyond the call of duty.

Last published 30 March 2016

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20 February 2015

ROAD ACCIDENT FUND ON THE ROAD HOSTS STAKE HOLDER ENGAGEMENT IN BITOU

The Road Accident Fund (RAF) provides a social security safety net to the country and economy by making available compulsory social insurance cover to all users of South African roads. The fund provides two types of cover, namely personal insurance cover to accident victims or their families, and indemnity cover to wrongdoers.

The RAF is a one of the service departments for the Department of Transport, and Bitou Municipality played host when they visited KwaNokuthula Community Hall for their stakeholder engagement outreach program on the 20 February 2015.

This official stakeholder engagement was conducted to assist Bitou communities by creating easy access to the services of the fund, the speedy resolution of claims, optimizing service delivery to residents and to build efficient client-service focused relations.

The RAF is a caring organization which aims these campaigns at bridging the gap between themselves and all affected individuals in their pursuit to improve service delivery and to meet strategic, socio-economic and other objectives.

RAF Acting Chief Human Capital Officer, Mr Ian Barriel said “These campaigns and stakeholder engagements will be rolled out countrywide to all communities, and we aim to educate citizens about RAF services and offer assistance with the status of claims. We are basically bringing the services to the people.”

Last published 30 March 2016

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17 February 2015

WARD COMMITTEE SUMMIT 2015

The Speaker of Bitou of Municipality, Cllr Annelise Olivier hosted a very successful one-day Ward Committee Summit on Saturday 14 February 2014 with a 79% attendance of all invited.
Speaker Olivier pleaded that the functioning of Ward Committees and Public Participation should be stepped up this year as our communities are failing to receive the correct messages within an adequate timeframe, in order for them to make a well informed decision.

Various discussions were held on the day which included:

a) Formalising of a Ward Committee Forum which will be tabled at the Council meeting of 25 February 2015
b) Meeting Schedules for Ward Committees and Councillors’ report back meetings to communities
c) Ward Delimitation process presentation by Head of Department Corporate Services Mr Reginald Smit
d) Code of Conduct by Provincial Department: Public Participation Mr Mzimasi Tansanqa

Ms. Buyiswa Jack the Deputy Director of Department Local & Provincial Government made a presentation on the Back to Basic Approach.

Ward committees had to discuss the following topics in their wards:

  • Assessment of the present public participation and ward committee policy and legislation.
  • How best can government improve or enhance participatory democracy taking into account the upcoming Local Government Election in 2016.
  • Collectively come up with new ideas on how the department can structure future municipal support programmes that can take participatory democracy to a higher level.
  • Look at what mechanisms can be put in place, whereby, the gap and trust between citizens and local government as well as active citizenry can be improved.
  • To strengthen public participation through effective communication.

The very fruitful discussions engaged into during the summit now paves the way for process underway, with the first Ward Committee Meeting due to take place on 17 February 2015.
The facilitator of this summit, Mr Brain Blaauw of African Development Group volunteered his time and abilities to Council for this engagement

Last published 06 June 2016

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