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7 November 2023 Media Release: Regional Skills Development Forum focuses on Training Initiatives and Grant Applications

Media Release: Regional Skills Development Forum focuses on Training Initiatives and Grant Applications

For Immediate Release
7 November 2023

A Regional Skills Development Forum convened on 2-3 November 2023, bringing together all Skills Development Facilitators (SDF) from the Garden Route and Central Karoo District Municipal areas. This quarterly engagement serves as a platform for SDFs to discuss and strategise various training initiatives within these two districts.

One (1) of the key highlights of the forum was a discussion revolving around discretionary grant applications for municipalities.  Ms. Aneeka Jacobs, the Provincial Manager of LGSETA (Local Government Sector Education and Training Authority), provided valuable insights into the application process for discretionary grants. It was emphasised that the deadline for the submission of Discretionary Grant Applications is Wednesday, 8 November 2023.

During his presentation, Dr Florus Prinsloo provided valuable insights.

In addition to grant applications, the forum also featured the participation of the Garden Route Skills Mecca Technicians and Coordinator, Dr. Florus Prinsloo. He facilitated a workshop on the evolving SETA landscape and the processes of the Quality Council on Trades and Occupational (QCTO). This insightful discussion shed light on the changing dynamics of skills development and education in the region.

The Regional Skills Development Forum continues to play a vital role in promoting skills development and education within the Garden Route and Central Karoo Districts. By fostering collaboration and sharing best practices, SDFs and their partners are working towards enhancing the workforce’s skills and employability, ultimately contributing to the region’s economic growth and prosperity.

Featured image caption: A group of skills development facilitators from municipalities in the Garden Route District and the Central Karoo District.


2 June 2023 Media Release: Garden Route District Municipality celebrates Archives Week

Media Release:  Garden Route District Municipality celebrates Archives Week, 5 – 9 June 2023

For immediate release
02 June 2023

Leave No One Behind: Archives in the Era of Artificial Intelligence

Archives and Records Management functions and processes are essentially necessary, and it helps the Municipality to keep track of the information it creates and needs.

These processes also help to ensure that information is stored in an organised manner so that it can be retrieved when needed.

To comply with relevant legislation, the Garden Route District Municipality disposes of, and transfers all records every year. The Municipality recently undertook a Records Clean-Up Project for which 3 unemployed youth were assigned to assist.

The Municipality also conducted records management information sessions with departments to ensure that all records are centralised for easy retrieval.

The Municipality will, therefore, continue to encourage GRDM staff to send records to the registry section for processing and safekeeping in accordance with good governance practices.

The Western Cape Archives and Records Service would like to invite everyone interested to attend the National Archives Awareness Week Launch ONLINE on Friday 2 June 2023, 11:00-13:00, ahead of Archives Week, 5-9 June 2023.

Interested staff members are invited to attend/log into any of the workshops, at:

No Good Governance without a proper Records Management System.


10 May 2023 Media Release: GRDM adopts its Workplace Skills Plan

GRDM adopts its Workplace Skills Plan

For Immediate Release
10 May 2023

An organisation’s Workplace Skills Plan (WSP) describes its skills needs and the range of skills development interventions it will use to address them. It comprises of information from the Skills Audit and Personal Development Plan processes as well as the Organisational Needs Analysis through the Integrated Development Plan (IDP). To align the WSP with the IDP, the Training Section of GRDM must ensure that each employee completes a Skills Audit form and a Personal Development Plan (PDP).

On Monday, 24 April 2023, the Garden Route District Municipality’s (GRDM) Education, Training and Development Committee approved the 2023 Workplace Skills Plan. This meeting was also attended by the Western Cape Deputy Director: Training Coordination from the Department of Local Government and the Provincial Manager from the Local Government Sector Education and Training Authority (LGSETA).

According to Mr Reginald Salmons, Coordinator of Skills Development of the organisation, most of the skills-related projects included in the WSP are in their implementation stages and include the Home-Based Care; Work Based Learning and Development; Renewable Workshop Assistants; Tourism and Hospitality; Water and Sanitation; Fire Fighter, Patrol Officers and Just Energy Transition Projects. “With these projects, the main objective is to eradicate unemployment in the region and make unemployed people employable by equipping them with the necessary skills, particularly the youth,” Salmons said.

Photo Caption:  GRDM Municipal Manager, Monde Stratu, signing the WSP with Ms Trix Holthausen, Executive Manager of Corporate Services and officials from the Training and Development Section.


Op Maandag, 24 April 2023 het die Tuinroete Distriksmunisipaliteit (GRDM) se Opvoeding, Opleiding en Ontwikkelingskomitee die 2023 Werkplek Vaardigheidsplan goedgekeur. Hierdie vergadering was ook bygewoon deur die Wes-Kaapse Adjunkdirekteur: Opleidingskoördinering van die Departement van Plaaslike Regering en die Provinsiale Bestuurder van die Plaaslike Regering Sektor Onderwys en Opleiding Owerheid (LGSETA).

Volgens mnr Reginald Salmons, Koördineerder van Vaardigheidsontwikkeling van die organisasie, is die meeste van die vaardigheidsverwante projekte wat in die Werkplek Vaardigheidsplan ingesluit is in hul implementeringsfases. “Die hoofdoelwit van hierdie projekte is om werkloosheid in die streek uit te roei en werklose mense indiensneembaar te maak deur hulle toe te rus met die nodige vaardighede, veral die jeug,” het Salmons gesê.

31 January 2023 Public Notice: Garden Route District Municipality telephones offline

31 January 2023 Public Notice: Garden Route District Municipality telephones offline

Members of the public, please be informed that all telephone lines of the Garden Route Municipality (GRDM) are currently offline due to technical problems. Only the switchboard number (044 803 1300) is working, however no calls can be transferred.

If you need to contact an official urgently, we kindly advise that you alternatively send an email to the relevant official or contact him or her on a cell phone number until the problem is resolved.

Thank you for your patience in this regard.

Issued: GRDM Communications

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,, 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!