Author: Herman Pieters

World Environmental Health Day Webinar on 26 September 2022

World Environmental Health Day 2022

Theme: Strengthening Environmental Health Systems for the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

“Placing Environmental Health at the Heart of Human Health”

Monday, 26 September 2022
8.30 – 16.00
REGISTER FOR THE ZOOM WEBINAR

The National Department of Health invites you to attend a webinar on World Environmental Health Day – Strengthening Environmental Health Systems for the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The objectives are:

  • To strengthen efforts and cooperation on the implementation of SDGs.
  • To capacitate Environmental Health Practitioners on the execution of their functions related to SDGs.
  • Share good / best Environmental Health practices on global recovery.

Please see programme below.
Programme WEHD

CPD points will be awarded for the attendance of the webinar. Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email with details on how to join the webinar. Register here for the webinar.

13 September 2022 Media Release: Environmental Health Practitioners monitor river water quality

Media Release: Environmental Health Practitioners monitor river water quality

For Immediate Release
13 September 2022

Managing and protecting river systems are of utmost importance. Agricultural and land management practices, wastewater works maintenance, wetlands protection, and invasive alien plant control and eradication all play a role in the health of river systems.

“The Garden Route District Municipality (GRDM) is the official Water Quality Monitoring Authority of the Garden Route region. Environmental Health Practitioners (EHP) take water samples on a monthly basis to ensure that water intended for human consumption, recreation or use by industries is safe and complies with specific standards,” said Johan Compion, GRDM Manager for Municipal Health Services.

The term water quality describes the physical, chemical, biological and aesthetic properties of water, which determine its suitability for a variety of uses and for protecting the health and integrity of aquatic ecosystems.”

Compion says the river water sampling and monitoring programme of the GRDM strives to provide accurate and consistent information. He added, “Sampling results assist to determine the main sources of pollution and to introduce specific interventions aimed at addressing these identified sources of pollution”.

The water quality monitoring function rendered by the EHPs of GRDM includes the following:

  • Monitoring of quality and availability of water intended for human consumption, recreation or use by industries;
  • Regular taking of water samples for analysis;
  • Identification and control of sources of water pollution;
  • Protection of water sources and resources by enforcement of legislation relating to the water quality;
  • Taking of samples for wastewater quality compliance;
  • Enforcement of legislation to ensure a supply of water safe for health (Water Services Act, 1977), Act No 108 of 1997) and South African National Standards (SANS Code 241).
  • Introduction of corrective and preventative actions (e.g., making recommendations to relevant authorities);
  • Implementation of health and hygiene awareness actions and education relating to the water supply.

Whenever risks can compromise safe drinking water in communities, the GRDM takes a preventative approach.

Sampling results serve to evaluate the suitability of the water of the various rivers for irrigation, livestock watering, recreational and domestic purposes and according to the following standards/ guidelines:

  • Wastewater limit values applicable to the discharge of wastewater into a water source in terms of the National Water Act, Act No. 36 of 1998.
  • South African Water Quality Guidelines: Agricultural use – Irrigation
  • South African Water Quality Guidelines: Agricultural use-Livestock Watering
  • South African Water Quality Guidelines: Recreational Use
  • SANS code 241 for drinking water

Typical water types that are monitored, sampled and analysed include, but are not limited to drinking water, rivers, dams, treated sewage effluent, recreational waters and industrial effluent. Rivers, which receive final effluent from Waste Water Treatment Works (WWTW), are of higher risk to human health, and water- and environmental pollution. EHPs inspect WWTW, and do water sampling to ensure that the final effluents are safe to discard in rivers and the environment as per specific WWTW permit requirements.

The applicable legislation is enforced by EHPs and is stipulated in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, Act 108 of 1996, the Water Services Act, no 108 of 1997, the National Water Act no. 36 of 1998 and the National Health Act no. 61 of 2003.

The GRDM with an area of 23 331km² is a Category-C Municipality and comprises seven local municipalities: George, Mossel Bay, Knysna, Bitou, Oudtshoorn, Hessequa and Kannaland.

Criteria used to determine high-risk and low-risk rivers, include:

Rivers that receive final effluent from Waste Water Treatment Works, are regarded as high risk to human health.

The rivers in the GRDM region where EHPs take water samples monthly include the following:

A. HIGH RISK
A) Ruiterbos Paardekop River
B) Heidelberg Duiwenhoks River
C) Riversdale Goukou River
D) Oudtshoorn Olifants River
E) George Gwauiing River, Schaapkop River, Molen River
F) Mossel Bay Hartenbos River
G) Plettenberg Bay Ganzevlei
H) Kurland / Plettenberg Bay Sout River
I) Zoar and Ladismith Nels River
B. LOW RISK
A) Oudtshoorn Grobbelaars River
B) Mossel Bay Klein Brak
C) Knysna Salt River and Bongani
D) Plettenberg Bay Piesang-, Keurbooms-, and Ganzevlei River
E) Plettenberg Bay Touw and Kaaimans River
F) George Garden Route Dam
G) Mossel Bay Kleinbrak and Grootbrak Rivers

All relevant role-players, municipalities and state departments must be involved in serious cases of river pollution. Where necessary EHPs advise water users on appropriate treatment options in accordance with the usage of the water and the specific determinants (total Coliforms, E-Coli and Faecal Coli organisms) not complying with relevant standards or guidelines. The “polluter pays” principle is applicable in cases of continuous pollution of water resources. EHPs report non-compliance to water services authorities and institutions to implement rectification measures in cases of unsafe and unhealthy conditions and health hazards.

What is the difference between a Water Services Authority and the GRDM Municipal Health Services?

Collaboration between local municipalities, the Department of Water Affairs, the Department of Environmental Affairs, other government departments and private entities, as well as all relevant role-players, will ensure that short-, medium- and long-term goals are reached, to ensure clean and healthy river systems.

A Water Services Authority (WSA) is any district municipality or metropolitan or local municipality that is responsible for providing water services to end users. A water services authority may either provide water services itself (an internal mechanism) or contract a water services provider to provide water services (an external mechanism).

Municipal Health Services is a function of District Municipalities, and the EHPs perform water quality monitoring as part of their municipal health functions, which include the following:

  • Monitoring of water reticulation systems
  • Monitoring of quality and availability of water intended for human consumption, recreation or use by industries
  • Regular taking of water samples for analysis
  • Identification and control of sources of water pollution
  • Protection of water sources and resources by enforcement of legislation relating to the water quality
  • Enforcement of legislation to ensure a supply of water safe for health (Water Services Act, 1977 Act No 108 of 1997) and SANS Code 241
  • Introduction of corrective and preventative actions (e.g. making recommendations to relevant authorities)
  • Implementation of health and hygiene awareness actions and education relating to the water supply.

For any further information, please contact us at the respective regional offices within the Garden Route District Municipality:

Klein Karoo Region

Mr. Desmond Paulse
Tel: +27(0)44 272 2241
Cell: +27(0)83 678 6530
Address: 94 St John Street, Oudtshoorn

Mossel Bay

Mr. Sam Bendle
Tel:  +27(0)44 693 0006
Cell: +27(0)83 630 6108
Address C/O Sampson & Marling Street, Ext 23, Mossel Bay.

George Outeniqua

Ms. Emmy Douglas
Tel: +27(0)44 803 1501
Cell: +27(0)78 457 2824
Address: Mission Street, Industrial Area, George, 6530

George Wilderness

Mr. Pieter Raath
Tel: +27(0)44 803 1501
Cell: +27(0)83 644 8858
Address: Mission Street, Industrial Area, George

Knysna Region

Mr. James McCarthy
Tel: +27(0)44 382 7214
Cell: +27(0)82 805 9417
Address: 26A Queen Street, Knysna

Bitou Region

Mr. Gawie Vos
Tel: +27(0)44 501 1600
Cell: +27(0)83 557 1522
Address: 7 Gibb Street, Plettenberg Bay

Hessequa Region

Mr. Haemish Herwels
Tel: +27(0)28 713 2438
Cell: +27(0)83 678 6545
Address: 23 Michell Street, Riversdale, 6670

Mr. Johan Compion
Manager: Municipal Health & Environmental Services
Cell: +27(0)82 803 5161
E-mail: info@gardenroute.gov.za

Switchboard: 044 803 1300

Feature image: Sample taken of water by an EHP.

ENDS

2 September 2022 Media Release: GRDM is gearing up for Public Service Month: Walk-the-Talk

Media Release: Garden Route DM is gearing up for Public Service Month: Walk-the-Talk

2 September 2022
For immediate release

South Africa celebrates Public Service Month (PSM) annually in September. This month is a reminder of what it means to serve communities and to consider how the government impacts service delivery.

In South Africa, Public Service Month is supposed to help governments clear up the red tape and bottlenecks that get in the way of people getting services and access. Also, ensure that public resources are used efficiently according to the public’s expected standards.

We are very excited to announce that the Garden Route District Municipality (GRDM) will join the rest of the country in embracing the upcoming public service month. We plan to recommit ourselves to belonging, caring and serving the district. Enhance service delivery through various forms of interventions in order to solve service delivery challenges and hasten the transition to a more responsive public service that meets citizens’ expectations.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Batho Pele White Paper as a framework for the transformation of public service delivery, therefore the theme of the 2022 Public Service Month is: “Batho Pele Revitalisation- walking the talk“.  We’ve linked our activities for September to some of the eight Batho Pele principles. Why? Because a ‘People first’ approach is what the public deserves.

The following are some of the municipalities’ interventions for the month:

A new GRDM E-recruitment system launched today, 2 September.

The online job application system aims to make it convenient for applicants to apply for vacant positions. This means applicants won’t need to go to the municipality’s office to fill out an application or bring in their Curriculum Vitae.

It is GRDM’s vision to be a leading, enabling, and inclusive district. Therefore, this system will allow vacancies to be advertised, viewed, and applied for online, enhancing recruitment and selection.

Internal stakeholders who were present during the launch of the GRDM E-recruitment system.

Having an Anti-Fraud Hotline helps whistle-blowers to be protected when they report instances of fraud and corruption. A 24/7 call centre will guide the public and assist whistle-blowers in the language of their choice. They can assist in all the 11 official languages example, English, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Southern Sotho, Northern Sotho, Tsonga, Venda, Swati, Tswana, Ndebele and Zulu.

We encourage the public to let their voices be heard – toll-free. Contact 0800 116 616. Other means of reporting alleged corruption or fraud, include grdm@thehotline.co.za, www.thehotlineapp.co.za, SMS 30916 or by reporting it through the Vuvuzela Hotline (App Store).

It remains the primary responsibility of the Garden Route Emergency Communications Call Centre and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to act as the ‘middle-man’ when coordinating different types of emergency calls made by the public.

Both call centres serve the public 24/7, 365 days a year, and are based at the Head Office of Garden Route District Municipality (GRDM) in George (54 York Street). The Unit forms part the Disaster Management Section of the Community Services Directorate.

Monthly call logs of both the call centres have, to date, assisted more than 200 000 callers per annum. This means that the average emergency call rate per month can easily reach 20 000 while during the festive season, call logs nearly double.

Emergency Call Centre Operators are busy serving the public every day of the year, 24/7 a day.

We are doing our best to meet and exceed your service expectations!

ENDS

29 August 2022 Notice of a combined APAC/MPAC meeting on 29 August 2022 at 09h00

GARDEN ROUTE DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY
NOTICE NR 100/2022
NOTICE OF A COMBINED APAC/MPAC MEETING ON 29 AUGUST 2022 AT 09:00

Notice is hereby given that a combined APAC/MPAC MEETING of the Garden Route District Municipality will be held at the CA Robertson Council Chambers, 54 York Street, George and via Zoom, on 29 August 2022 at 09:00.

The meeting will be live streamed on the municipality’s official Youtube channel: www.youtube.com/channel/UC66RBZT0_U2_L4-zSn7yXJQ

MG Stratu
Municipal Manager
54 York Street
P O Box 12
GEORGE
6530
Tel: 044 803 1300
Fax: 086 555 6303

Notice Number 100/2022
29 August 2022

Copy of notice: Notice – Combined MPAC and APAC Committee- 29 August 2022

24 August 2022 Public Notice: Garden Route District Municipality, through the Cater Care (Food Handler) Training Programme – Call for Applications

The Garden Route District Municipality through the Cater Care (Food Handler) Training Programme aims to train previously disadvantaged individuals in the hospitality sector. The District Municipality through the Tourism Unit is solely responsible for the funding of this programme, with the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) Unit contributing towards this programme.

GRDM aims to address the high rate of unemployment within the District. In particular, the GRDM seeks to provide Culinary Skills training to unemployed people in the District. The Cater Care Training Programme is intended to equip people to access jobs in the local hospitality industry and tourism sector.

The Cater Care programme occurs over a three (3) month period and provides an accredited course with theoretical and practical (industry – learnership) training. This year the course takes place from September 2022 until December 2022.

Criteria for the learners:

  • Must be a SA Citizen
  • Aged 18-30
  • Unemployed
  • School Qualification Grade 10 to Grade 12
  • Must have a bank account
  • Must have a Tax number
  • Eager to shape a career in the hospitality industry
  • Reside in the Garden Route District Municipal region

Application process is as follows:

  • Prospective learners must apply in person at the Garden Route District Municipality, 54 York Street in George.
  • All applicants must bring their CV, certified ID Copy, and school results. Certification of documents must not be older than 3 months
  • Letter from the bank confirming their account
  • Must have a contact cell phone number plus an alternative number

Contact details:    

Address: François Ferreira Academy
Farm 208. R102 Airport Road
George, Western Cape
South Africa

Contact person: Ms Veronica Mekile (veronica@francoisferreira.com)
Office number: 044 – 884 0765; Office hours: 08:00 – 16:30 (Mon- Thu); 08:00 – 15:00 (Fri)

The deadline date is 15 September 2022 for all applications to be submitted
*All successful candidates are responsible for their own accommodation arrangements and transport and only serious and committed applicants will be considered for this opportunity.

MG Stratu
Municipal Manager
54 York Street
PO Box 12
GEORGE
6530
Tel:   044 803 1300
Fax:  086 555 6303

Copies of notices in all three official languages of the Western Cape:

22 August 2022 Public Notice: SMME Support and Development Programme Garden Route District Municipality Call for Business Proposals

Public Notice: SMME Support and Development Programme Garden Route District Municipality Call for Business Proposals

Garden Route District Municipality (GRDM) is embarking on a Small-, Medium- and Micro Enterprise (SMME) Programme to help dynamic and committed entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. A broad scope of non-financial assistance will be provided, including compulsory business development interventions and training.

Only serious applicants with a workable business concept or business profile should apply.

IMPORTANT: Applicants MUST complete an application form (obtainable from either the District Economic Development Office, 54 York Street, George, 6530 or email smme@gardenroute.gov.za with the following important supporting documents attached:

  • Company Profile/ Business Proposal or Business Plan – maximum 10 (ten) pages; if more, please deliver it physically.
  • Six (6) months Profit and Loss Summary or (recent Financial statements, if available);
  • Business registration document.

Criteria:

  • Must be a registered business operating for a minimum of 1 (one) year;
  • Must have a viable business idea/proposal with clear directions/deliverables;
  • Must be available to present to a selected panel and attend the compulsory business development interventions and training identified by the panel;
  • SARS registered AND Tax Clearance certificate;
  • 100% South African owned;
  • Formally registered for a minimum of 1 (one) year or incorporated, e.g. with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC); and must be in operation for the mentioned period;
  • Operating and residing within the Garden Route;
  • It is classified as a micro or small enterprise in terms of the National Small Enterprises Act.

All applications must be in an envelope, stating “2022/2023 SMME Support and Development Programme – Garden Route District Municipality” and be dropped off at 54 York Street, George, 6530 or at any Garden Route DM Offices for attention Mr Johannes Jafta or emailed to smme@gardenroute.gov.za. Enterprises that benefitted from the previous year’s programmes (July 2019 to June 2021) will not be considered. NO LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED. Please provide us with a detailed outline of your business proposal, together with all required proof. If you do not adhere to the set criteria, your application will be unsuccessful. Only shortlisted enterprises/businesses will be contacted to present their business concept to the adjudication panel virtually or in person. Only the top business concepts concerning the set criteria will be selected.

NB! If you did not get any feedback from us within 30 days after the closing date, please consider your application to be unsuccessful.

Closing date: Wednesday, 31 August 2022 by 13h00.

All enquiries related to the programme can be directed to the Garden Route District Municipality Economic Development Office at smme@gardenroute.gov.za

MG Stratu
Municipal Manager
54 York Street
PO Box 12
GEORGE
6530
Tel: 044 803 1300

Join our Garden Route Skills Mecca Quarterly Stakeholder Engagement on 25 August 2022

Are you planning to join our Garden Route Skills Mecca Quarterly Stakeholder Engagement? It will take place on 25 August 2022 at 09h00 am.

Why should you join? Find out what possible skills programmes and interventions are planned for Local Government in the Garden Route (including Hessequa, Mossel Bay, George, Knysna, Bitou, Greater Oudtshoorn, Kannaland and the Garden Route District Municipalities).

How to get involved? We will share how you can become a mentor or share the expertise you’ve built up over the years to empower communities.

Register here: https://gardenroute.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_k8SepCsfQ8es9nvy8ZMajw

Public Notice: Performance Agreements 2022/23 approved

Public Notice: Performance Agreements 2022/23 approved

The following Performance Agreements for the 2022/2023 financial year are approved and available on the municipal website:

Click here to access and download the agreements.

For more information, please contact the GRDM Performance Manager, Ms Ilse Saaiman at:
E-mail: performance@gardenroute.gov.za
Switchboard: 044 803 1300