MEDIA RELEASE: Development of the Langebaan Waste Facility
20 November 2018
The Saldanha Bay Municipality appointed contractors Peter Starke Civils CC during the 2016/2017 financial year for the upgrading of the Langebaan Landfill Site to a Drop-Off Facility with an approved project value of R35 764 233.18, excluding VAT. This project commenced on 1 March 2017, to be completed on 2 October 2018 and included the following activities:
- Construction of the new drop-off facility to enable Saldanha Bay Municipality to transfer all waste to the new extended Vredenburg Landfill Site.
- The separation and removal of builders’ rubble and garden greens stockpile on the old historical landfill site and placing it onto the existing permitted landfill site.
- Rehabilitation, re-vegetation and securing of the historical landfill site and closing, sealing and re-vegetation of the existing landfill site, all as per the approved specifications required by the National Department of Environmental Affairs.
During the early months of 2018, the contractor experienced financial and cash flow problems. Despite the contractual steps taken by the municipality to put Peter Starke Civils on terms as required by the formal contract agreement to expedite the works to meet the completion date, it became evident that they were not able to complete the project. In June 2018, the limited activities on site ground to a standstill and the contractor went into breach of contract by abandoning the site completely.
Saldanha Bay Municipality completed a time-consuming procedure to cancel the contract with Peter Stark Civils and claim the default contract guarantee amount from the contractor’s guarantee insurers, as well as the retention amount that was withheld according to the contract. These amounts will be used to make up the shortfall between the original contract amount and the new contractor.
As per the Saldanha Bay Municipality’s regulations, the incomplete project was offered to the original second lowest qualifying tenderer. The municipality is in process of appointing the contractor to complete the project.
The total expenditure to date on the project amounts to R17 300 000 and the new cost of the outstanding work is in the order of R23 500 000. The increase in the contract amount will be made up by the claimed guarantee and retention amounts withheld from Peter Starke Civils.
The documentation is being prepared and is currently in the approval process. The completion of the project is scheduled to commence December 2018 with a contract period of ten (10) months.
The delays caused by the non-completion has influenced the availability of landfill space at the Langebaan Waste Disposal Facility. Contractors are requested to abide by the interim restricted amount of loads that may be disposed of at the Langebaan Landfill Site.
Further communication in this regard will follow as soon as the new appointed contractor’s construction programme is available.
Saldanha Bay Municipality will endeavour to reduce the impact on landfill users as far as reasonably possible.
ATTENTION PATERNOSTER (FARMS) WATER CONSUMERS
Area: Farms: Paternoster
Date: Tuesday, 20 November 2018
Time: 08h00 – 17h00 (9 hours)
Kindly note that Council must urgently undertake maintenance work on the reticulation network supplying water to the above mentioned area. Your water supply will be interrupted from 08h00 to 17h00.
Should you experience any problems during this period, please contact the municipal call centre on 022 701 7061.
** NOTICE: TABAKBAAI RESORT CLOSED **
Please note that the Tabakbaai Resort, Day Camp and swimming pool in Diazville, Saldanha is closed until further notice.
SOLID WASTE DEPARTMENT CONDUCTS CLEAN-UP CAMPAIGN AT TOWN ENTRANCES
The employees of Saldanha Bay Municipality’s solid waste department recently conducted a bulk clean-up at the entrances of Vredenburg and Laingville towns. The department’s main initiative is focussed on the cleanliness and appearances of towns in the municipal area, and at the same time encourage and inspire communities to take charge of their environment.
All refuse compactor truck drivers, skip truck drivers, operators and tipper truck drivers participated in this initiative in an effort to assist in cleaning our towns and to show that we can make a positive change to our environment.
Saldanha Bay Municipality urges the community and visitors to the municipal area to play an active role in keeping the environment clean and to report illegal dumping to the municipality’s 24hour call centre on 022 701 7061.
Vredenburg clean up.JPG: “The solid waste department conducted its bulk clean-up at the entrance to Vredenburg at George Kerridge.”
Laingville clean up.JPG: ”Saldanha Bay Municipality’s solid waste department after a successful clean-up initiative in Laingville, St Helena Bay.”
UPGRADING OF FLAGSHIP SEWER RETICULATION: PHASE 2
The Upgrading of Flagship Sewer Reticulation: Phase 2 in Flagship Street, Britannia Bay will commence on Wednesday 17 October 2018, entailing the construction of a Foul Sewer Reticulation Pipeline.
The construction of the sewer reticulation will be undertaken in two stages, reticulation and house connections, during which the road will be closed between the hours of 07h30 and 17h30 and only residential access will be in operation.
Two way traffic flow will remain throughout the project, including alternate traffic routes. It is anticipated that the construction of the parking facilities will be completed by 14 December 2018.
Please direct all enquiries to: I van Nieuwenhuizen of Imvula Trading (Pty) Ltd on 076 908 5474.
ROADWORKS BETWEEN HOPEFIELD AND VREDENBURG
Trench Road TR2102 between Hopefield and Vredenburg, will be affected by roadworks between September 2018 and July 2019. Signalled one-way traffic (stop/go controls) will be in place to facilitate traffic safety during the construction period.
The 10-month contract awarded to Roadmac Surfacing Cape for periodic maintenance on 17 km of the TR21/02 between Hopefield and Vredenburg, will require a number of half-width road closures.
The expected completion date is July 2019, if everything goes according to plan.
These areas are environmentally sensitive, and the contractor is required to adhere to the terms of a comprehensive Environmental Management Plan (EMP) for the project. It is a provision of the contract that traffic must be accommodated with the fewest possible delays and the least discomfort to the public.
The safety and convenience of the travelling public are of utmost importance and every effort will be made to ensure that all temporary road signs, cones, flag operators and speed controls are maintained and are effective, and that courtesy is extended to the public at all times.
The contractor is required to make use of approved methods to control the movement of construction equipment and vehicles so as not to constitute a hazard on public roads.
The public is requested to be patient and exercise caution when using these roads during construction.
Site office contact number: 083 654 9947.
Byron la Hoe
Department of Transport and Public Works
Tel: 021 483 9813
Cell: 079 281 8570
Municipality rolls out Phase Three of free recycling collection service to Saldanha and St Helena Bay
During the first week of October, the Saldanha Bay Municipality will be rolling out free door-to-door recycling collection services each week to residents of Saldanha and St Helena Bay.
This follows the successful launch of recycling collections to the rest of the Saldanha Bay Municipal area. So far more than 4 500 residents are already participating and some 115 000 kg of recyclable materials have been diverted from landfill, creating 46 jobs to date.
Our ‘WeCare - Recycle’ programme is a national environmental award winner and is part of the municipality’s commitment to improving service deliveries to ratepayers. This helps create employment for the community and keeps clean the West Coast, whose natural beauty brings thousands of tourists and visitors annually.
Free clear bags:
Residents will be given a starter pack with educational information about how to participate as well as free clear bags for the first two weeks. Into the clear bag go all paper, plastics, glass, and tins together. There is no need to sort the different ‘dry’ items (food scraps, wet and other waste goes as usual into the green bin).
On the same day as refuse removal day each week, residents place their clear bag with recyclables on the pavement next to the refuse bin. The municipality’s recycling contractor Wastegro will pick up the bag of recyclables and swop a fresh clear bag for the householder’s next week’s recyclables.
Bags are taken to the materials recycling facility at the Vredenburg landfill site. Here trained workers from the community sort the recyclables so they can be baled and transported to Cape Town for processing into new products again.
All residents of Saldanha and St Helena Bay are encouraged to join Langebaan, Vredenburg, Paternoster, Jacobsbaai and Hopefield and participate in the free, door-to-door collection of their recyclable materials which otherwise would go to waste in landfill.
Businesses and restaurants are not included in the free weekly domestic recycling collection system. Recycling arrangements can be made with contractors of their choice, or business can contact Wastegro on 082 3353 177.
For more information, contact the Saldanha Bay Municipality call centre on 022 701 7061.
SALDANHA BAY FIRE SAFETY INSPECTIONS
The Saldanha Bay Municipality Fire Services Department is currently conducting fire safety inspections at businesses and institutions within their area of jurisdiction.
The inspections are carried out in terms of the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act, including the section relating to the fire safety requirements of all buildings.
The PDF file contains the Fire Services tariffs for the 2018/2019 financial year, as approved by Council.
NATIONAL INDUSTRIAL ACTION DELAYS ISSUING OF DRIVING LICENCE CARDS
Members of the public waiting for their driving licence cards may experience a delay because of industrial action at the Driving Licence Card Account (DLCA) in Pretoria. While the processing of applications for new licence cards and renewals is decentralised, all cards are issued by the DLCA, a trading entity of the National Department of Transport. This delay will therefore affect applicants all over South Africa.
Drivers who apply for a driving licence card renewal on or before the expiry date pay R140 for the new card. They may continue to drive for a maximum of three months, provided they are in possession of their application receipts and their old cards. Drivers who apply after their licences have expired pay R140 for the new card, and must also apply for a temporary licence at an additional cost of R45. Temporary driving licences are valid for six months. The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) encourages members of the public to apply for their replacement cards well in advance to mitigate the risk of having to obtain a temporary driving licence.
It bears repeating that application receipts and old licence cards may only be used for three months from the application date. Should drivers not yet have received their new licence cards at that point, they will have to obtain a temporary licence. This is unfortunately outside the control of DTPW.
DTPW is acutely aware of the frustration this may cause. Despite the fact that this delay is not the fault of DPTW or any of the local driving licence testing centres, the Department will keep the public informed of any further developments. This dispute can only be resolved at national level, and the delay will persist until such time as the dispute is resolved.
The DLCA has as a contingency and a service delivery improvement measure implemented a short message facility, allowing the public to check the status of their applications via sms (self service). This will free up the DLTC staff from having to deal with unnecessary queries and also prevent applicants from having to visit DLTC’s to determine the status of their applications.
Safety Tips for Parents
Indigent Benefits and Rates Rebate
Register your cell phone number or update your personal details on the municipal SMS database to receive messages related to Saldanha Bay Municipality’s water restrictions, emergency situations (floods, fires, power outages and pipe bursts), notices and announcements.
Submit your completed SMS database registration form to any Saldanha Bay Municipal office. You can also fax your completed form to (022) 715 1518 or submit via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for an electronic copy of the registration form.
Ontec (Prepaid Electricity) Vendors
Saldanha Bay Municipality has 69 registered Ontec vendors supplying prepaid electricity to residents and businesses within the municipal area. All Vendors are appointed on the NRS 047 standard.
Prepaid electricity can also be purchased at any Saldanha Bay Municipal office. Below are maps of the locations of the Ontec vendors per town in the municipal area.