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30 September 2022 Media Release: Garden Route Skills Mecca Technicians warmly welcomed by Municipal Manager

Media Release: Garden Route Skills Mecca Technicians warmly welcomed by Municipal Manager

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30 September 2022

The Garden Route Skills Mecca (GRSM) continues to support all municipalities in the District with enhancing skills development. Complementary to this support, the Garden Route District Municipality (GRDM) has secured funding that offers all municipalities in the Garden Route, one-year full time Garden Route Skills Mecca (GRSM) Technicians. They were appointed through the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP).

GRDM Municipal Manager, Monde Stratu, addressing and welcomed all Garden Route Skills Mecca Technicians at the Garden Route District Municipality.

According to Reginald Salmons, Coordinator for Skills Development at GRDM, five (5) of the technicians are placed at the GRDM and all the seven (7) local municipalities in the district became a workplace home for one (1) technician each, totaling twelve (12) technicians. They are all qualified in either one of the following fields: Business, Economics, Finance, Engineering, Human Resources or Public Administration.

The local municipalities’ Technicians are placed at respective Local Economic Development (LED) Units, and undergo an intensive work-based learning programme to design, develop and implement proposals, projects and programmes for skills development within their towns. In addition, they assist LED Units with reporting, administrative, secretariat tasks, and create, build and maintain a Portfolio of Evidence (POE). The POE will enable them to be considered for future relevant Recognition of Prior Learning processes within the Skills Development Sector. They are mentored and supported by the GRSM team located at the GRDM.

GRSM Technicians warmly welcomed to GRDM, 14 September 2022

On Wednesday, 14 September 2022, Technicians attended an induction session at the GRDM Roads Department in George. They were warmly welcomed by the GRDM Municipal Manager, Monde Stratu. As he welcomed them, he emphasised the vision of the organisation and indicated GRDM’s ongoing commitment towards empowering young people through the various EPWP and Skills Development Programs. Stratu requested each Technician to commit 100% and called on them to represent the GRDM with pride and diligence. He also wished them the best of luck and encouraged them to do their best while they are on contract with the GRDM.

The Executive Manager for Corporate Services responsible for Skills Development at GRDM, Trix Holtzhausen, facilitated the introduction session. Holtzhausen motivated and challenged them to become true ambassadors for the GRSM and she encouraged them to think innovatively and creatively. Reginald Salmons, Coordinator for Skills Development at GRDM facilitated the topic “Andragogic approach to learning about the Skills Mecca” (what each of them already know about the Skills Mecca). This was through a multiple-choice questionnaire based various skills development policies and documents.

Dr Florus Prinsloo, the GRDM Skills Mecca Coordinator, facilitated the discussion on the answers to the questionnaire, allowing for debate and deeper understanding of the world of skills development in South Africa. At the end of the session all the Technicians received memory sticks containing twenty resource documents that included the:

– Skills Development Act
– Garden Route Growth and Development Strategy; and
– critical documents that form the basis for their future work within the Garden Route Skills Mecca.

In conclusion, each Technician was given the following homework to engage in once back at their offices:

  • Watch PPP Intro Video 17 Minutes
  • Prep for Module 1 and Module 2, planned for 13 October 2022
  • Immediate Work  = Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority Project,
  • Imminent Work JET Project
  • Follow Ups – Memorandum of Understandings, Integrated Development Plans, Indabas, Public Private Partnerships
  • Schedule & Plan: Task Team and Forum

The session concluded with Dr Prinsloo thanking everyone for their attendance and participation in the session.

Did you know?

Garden Route Skills Mecca (GRSM) refers to a concept that the Garden Route District Municipality in collaboration with stakeholders in all seven local Municipalities are implementing to the benefit of all who live and thrive in this region. To ensure continuity and alignment to the processes that have organically emerged with the development of the Garden Route Skills Mecca since 2017, existing institutional arrangements and structures have been adopted, adjusted as necessary and are being formalised cross the district.

The Garden Route Skills Mecca actively creates partnerships with an arrange of role players that also serve as an ongoing intelligence gathering system to inform the work of the Garden Route Skills Mecca. In this manner the Garden Route Skills Mecca is the directly linked to and supports the national District Development Model.

Feature Image: Executive Manager for Corporate Services at GRDM (right) and Coordinator for the Garden Route Skills Mecca (second, left) with GRDM Skills Development officials and Garden Route Skills Mecca Technicians soon after the introductions.

ENDS

 

Wrap-up of today’s Environmental Health Day talks by the Executive Manager of Community Services, Clive Africa

Wrap-up of today’s Environmental Health Day talks by the Executive Manager of Community Services, Clive Africa

“Section 24 of the Constitution of South Africa reads that everyone has a right to a safe and healthy environment. At the Garden Route District Municipality, we, the administration and our political elected officials, are very serious about protecting the rights of our citizens. Municipal Health Services in the district are performed by our 40 Environmental Health Practitioners, previously known as Health Inspectors. These officials do regular health and hygiene inspections at schools, créches, shops, butcheries, barber shops, hospitals and many other facilities.”

“I think you would agree with me that we live in one of the most beautiful places in our country and we have a collective responsibility to preserve our heritage – especially for future generations to come. But, we are noting that the issue of illegal dumping is becoming a huge problem within our communities. Illegal dumpsites are places where diseases easily spread and where rats and other vectors breed. These places are causing our people and in particular, children, to get sick. We have seen this, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic and many families have lost loved ones because of this illness.”

“We, therefore, urge the people of the district to eliminate illegal dumping within the next 5 years. Now, this is achievable – if everyone works together, we can do it!”

“We ask you to report any incidents of illegal dumping at your local municipal offices. The motto of municipal health is “prevention is better than cure”. We will continue to urge the public to still apply good hygiene practices by continuing to wash hands and sanitise regularly.”

“Health education remains one of our most critical functions and we will keep on informing the public on any health-related issue because what you don’t know can possibly harm you or kill you,” – Clive Africa, Executive Manager: Community Services, Garden Route District Municipality.

 

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An Environmental Health Practitioner (EHP) explains our role in the Disposal of the Dead

An Environmental Health Practitioner (EHP) explains our role in the Disposal of the Dead

“Disposal of the dead is one of the nine key municipal health functions performed by EHP. It is governed by the Regulations relating to the Management of Human Remains, Regulation number 363 of 22 May 2013, promulgated under the National Health Act 61 of 2003.

For EHPs, the disposal of the dead involves the monitoring of funeral undertakers, mortuaries, crematoriums and cemeteries for compliance and also the management, control and monitoring of exhumation, rebuttal and disposal of human remains.

Currently, as it stands, ESKOM has continued to implement load-shedding for weeks. It is for this reason that Environmental Health Practitioners urge all funeral undertakers, crematoria and mortuaries to have a backup plan (like generators during load-shedding). Fridges need to keep running during power outages to prevent bodies from decomposing. The decomposed bodies do not only compromise the dignity of the deceased but also pose health threats for those exposed,” – Khanyisa Shoto, Environmental Health Practitioner, Garden Route District Municipality.

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Prevention and surveillance of Communicable Diseases by Environmental Health Practitioners

Prevention and surveillance of Communicable Diseases by Environmental Health Practitioners

“Communicable diseases are diseases that can be spread from one person to another through a variety of ways. These include contact with blood, and body fluids, breathing air-borne viruses or being bitten by certain insects, amongst others. Communicable diseases include hundreds of viral or bacterial infections, of which some most prevalent include Covid-19, TB, Hepatitis-B and others. You can prevent the spread of communicable diseases by keeping a social distance between yourself and others. Also, avoid contact with contaminated surfaces. Last, and a very important point – always keep your hands clean – wash your hands regularly,” – Sive Mkuta, Environmental Health Practitioner, Garden Route District Municipality.

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Illegal dumping and its impacts on the health and environment (and our water)

Illegal dumping and its impacts on the health and environment (and our water)

“Illegal dumping is one of the biggest challenges we face as environmental health petitioners on a daily basis. The reason for this is that illegal dump sites causes the spread of bacteria, diseases, causes rodent infestations, causes water, soil, and air pollution and it also blocks our water network systems. Our plea with you today is to help us protect the health of the community, to help us protect your health. Please report any illegal damping to your local municipalities. And please dispose of your waste in an approved manner. Let’s be the changes in our communities and let’s curb illegal dumping together.” Jessica Erasmus, Environmental Health Practitioner, Garden Route District Municipality.

To report illegal dumping in your area, contact:
𝗛𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗾𝘂𝗮 𝗠𝘂𝗻𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆: Call 028 713 8020 or e-mail info@hessequa.gov.za
𝗠𝗼𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗹 𝗕𝗮𝘆 𝗠𝘂𝗻𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆: Call 044 606 5143 or 044 606 500 or 44802 (SMS) or e-mail admin@mosselbay.gov.za
𝗚𝗲𝗼𝗿𝗴𝗲 𝗠𝘂𝗻𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆: Call 044 801 6350 or e-mail sprins@george.gov.za
𝗞𝗻𝘆𝘀𝗻𝗮 𝗠𝘂𝗻𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆: Call 044 302 6405 / 081 556 3974 (W’App) or e-mail rloxton@knysna.gov.za
𝗕𝗶𝘁𝗼𝘂 𝗠𝘂𝗻𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆: Call 044 501 3174/5 or e-mail customercare@bitou.gov.za
𝗚𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗢𝘂𝗱𝘁𝘀𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗿𝗻 𝗠𝘂𝗻𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆: Call 044 203 3900 or 044 203 7800/1
𝗞𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗮𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗠𝘂𝗻𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆: Call 078 409 9064

Read more about Environmental Health Practitioners here: http://www.gardenroute.gov.za/municipal-health-services/

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26 September 2022 Impact Based Severe Weather Warning: Damaging Winds

Impact Based Severe Weather Warning: Damaging Winds

The Cape Town Weather Office has issued an Impact Based Warning for Damaging Winds valid from 00:00 to 23:00 on 27 September as follows:

Legal notice:
“This warning from SA Weather Service must be communicated as received and may not be altered under any circumstance.
It must be forwarded or communicated in its entirety and no portion hereof may be replicated or copied and distributed.”

Report weather related incidents to the Garden Route Disaster Management Centre at 044 805 5071.

A snapshot of Vector Control – a function of Environmental Health Practitioners

A snapshot of Vector Control – a function of Environmental Health Practitioners

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“Today I am going to be speaking about one of the nine (9) functional areas of Municipal Health Services, which is Vector Controlling. Some interesting statistics – according to research, vector-borne diseases account for approximately 17% of the estimated global burden of infectious diseases. Now, what are these vectors? Vectors include insects or animals that spread an infectious disease through a bite or contact with urine, faeces, blood or other body excretions or fluids. Vectors include mosquitoes, flies, ticks, rodents, cockroaches or fleas. Diseases spread by vectors include malaria, Dengue fever, Zika virus, Yellow fever, Rift Valley fever and plague. The role of an Environmental Health Practitioner in vector controlling is to; one, understand the vector, and how it transmits infectious pathogens; two – to monitor the possible existence of environmental factors that can create a conducive environment for vectors; three – to conduct case investigations of vectors; lastly – health education on preventative measures. Preventative measures for pest control include proper waste management, good housekeeping, and elimination or removal of conducive environments that will lead to the breeding of pests. It is of utmost importance for businesses to have a pest control programme in place.

The effective execution of pest control programmes must be regularly monitored. Therefore, EHPs appeal to the public to report any nuisance caused by vectors to the Municipal Health Section of Garden Route District Municipality on 044 803 1300,” – Lusizo Kwetshube, Environmental Health Practitioner, Garden Route District Municipality.

Regional contact numbers of EHP Chiefs:

𝗛𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗾𝘂𝗮 𝗥𝗲𝗴𝗶𝗼𝗻: 𝗠𝗿. 𝗛𝗮𝗲𝗺𝗶𝘀𝗵 𝗛𝗲𝗿𝘄𝗲𝗹𝘀 – Cell: +27(0)83 678 6545
𝗠𝗼𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗹 𝗕𝗮𝘆: 𝗠𝗿. 𝗦𝗮𝗺 𝗕𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗹𝗲 – Cell: +27(0)83 630 6108
𝗚𝗲𝗼𝗿𝗴𝗲 𝗢𝘂𝘁𝗲𝗻𝗶𝗾𝘂𝗮: 𝗠𝘀. 𝗘𝗺𝗺𝘆 𝗗𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗹𝗮𝘀 – Cell: +27(0)78 457 2824
𝗚𝗲𝗼𝗿𝗴𝗲 𝗪𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀: 𝗠𝗿. 𝗣𝗶𝗲𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗥𝗮𝗮𝘁𝗵 – Cell: +27(0)83 644 8858
𝗞𝗻𝘆𝘀𝗻𝗮 𝗥𝗲𝗴𝗶𝗼𝗻: 𝗠𝗿. 𝗝𝗮𝗺𝗲𝘀 𝗠𝗰𝗖𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗵𝘆 – Cell: +27(0)82 805 9417
𝗕𝗶𝘁𝗼𝘂 𝗥𝗲𝗴𝗶𝗼𝗻: 𝗠𝗿. 𝗚𝗮𝘄𝗶𝗲 𝗩𝗼𝘀 – Cell: +27(0)83 557 1522
𝗞𝗹𝗲𝗶𝗻 𝗞𝗮𝗿𝗼𝗼: 𝗠𝗿. 𝗗𝗲𝘀𝗺𝗼𝗻𝗱 𝗣𝗮𝘂𝗹𝘀𝗲 – Cell: +27(0)83 678 6530

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The importance of washing hands

The importance of WASHING HANDS – education continuously rolled out by Environmental Health Practitioners

“Hand washing with soap and water is an effective way to prevent diseases. It can prevent about 30% of diarrhoea-related sicknesses and about 20% of respiratory infections. We can protect ourselves and those around us from getting sick by washing our hands every time after sneezing, coughing, before preparing food and after using toilet facilities,” – Carike Jantjies, GRDM Environmental Health Practitioner, Garden Route District Municipality.

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A snapshot of Food Control done by Environmental Health Practitioners

A snapshot of Food Control done by Environmental Health Practitioners

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“One of our key performance areas as Environmental Health Practitioners is food control. Food control includes: ensuring food safety in respect of microbiological and chemical standards. The quality of food for human consumption and hygiene control throughout the food supply chain from the point of production up until the point of consumption. Food control includes monitoring informal food traders and all food premises.

EHPs inspect production, distribution, and consumption areas. EHPs also promote safe transportation, handling, storage, and preparation of foodstuffs. Enforcing legislation such as R638. This regulation emphasizes all the standard requirements for food premises and the transport of food. Complying with related regulations and legislation prevents any food contamination and foodborne diseases,” Yonwaba Sifo, Environmental Health Practitioner, Garden Route District Municipality.

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A snapshot of sampling done by Environmental Health Practitioners

A snapshot of sampling done by Environmental Health Practitioners

Remember – today, 26 September 2022, is World Environmental Health Day

“Today I am going to speak ‘all things sampling’, but very very briefly. I think the question on the table is why do we take samples, to begin with?; where exactly do we take the samples?; and where do we take them at the end of the day? We take samples on a monthly basis without fail to determine whether or not the food or water is fit for use. So, we go out on a monthly basis to different sampling points to clinics, hospitals, créches, and informal settlements, to name a few. We do this to try and determine whether or not the food or the water we take samples of, are fit for human consumption. Not only that, we go out to rivers, beaches and even wastewater plants to take water samples. Even after that, we take it to an accredited lab for analysis. This is just one of nine (9) key performance areas EHPs have to perform on a daily basis.” Ivy Mamegwa, Environmental Health Practitioner, Garden Route District Municipality.

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