Saldanha Bay Municipality inaugurated its second Youth Council at a special ceremony held at the White City Multipurpose Centre on Saturday, 16 June 2018 (Youth Day).
The Youth Council will serve the youth of our municipal area, work together with youth orientated organisations and liaise with the municipality’s Youth Forum (18 - 35 years) to address issues relating to peer pressure, substance abuse and school drop-out rate. The elected Youth Councillors are a fair representation of all wards in the Saldanha Bay Municipal area and attend high schools within our municipal towns.
Saldanha Bay Municipality welcomes its new Youth Council and wishes them well for their 2018/19 term of office.
Front Row: Deputy Junior Speaker – Cllr Jeanetta Fredericks, Junior Speaker – Cllr William Hendricks, Executive Mayor – Alderman Marius Koen, Junior Mayor – Cllr Thabo Rhongo, Deputy Junior Mayor – Cllr Charlton Mopp.
Middle Row: Cllr Lynn Barends, Cllr Akhona Mngeyane, Cllr Anja Schutze, Cllr Gabrielle Carolissen, Cllr Johane-Lee Griphiths, Sinoxolo Nizilane, Cllr Monique Melck, Chrisna Vraagom, Mia Van Der Linde , Cllr Chamira Solomon, Cllr Zoe Barends.
Back Row: Cllr Diego Vasconselos, Cllr Shana Van Wyk, Cllr Jonathan Pols, Simamkele Lalile, Cllr Laurence Pretorius, Cllr Diederick Botha, Cllr Bernice Cowan, Luxolo Donowo, Cllr Carmen Swanepoel.
Date: Thursday, 21 June 2018
Saldanha Bay Municipality intends to interrupt the supply of electricity to the above mentioned area to carry out essential maintenance work on the electrical network of the area. Your installation must be treated as live for the full duration of the period, as the power may be switched on earlier than planned.
The Saldanha Bay Municipality’s Law Enforcement Department has moved to a new premises.
Law Enforcement Address (new address):
19 School Street, Vredenburg
The Council of Saldanha Bay Municipality approved the Amended 4th Generation IDP
and 2018/19 MTREF Budget on 31 May 2018.
Extract from budget speech:
“Our commitment to achieving the objectives of local government set out in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa remains. We strive to do so in an efficient, effective, sustainable and a pro-active/problem solving manner. We are aware that the resources that we work with do not belong to us and that we are merely custodians thereof. It is therefore our commitment to use these resources in a manner that benefits the owners of these resources, the communities and people residing in the Saldanha Bay Municipality.
This puts doubt in investor’s minds that this area will have sufficient water resources, resulting in a low economic growth rate. Council has implemented level 6B water restrictions, which requires a water saving of up to 60% from consumers. Over the next 3 years our investment in water infrastructure will be R428 million, which comprises 55% of the capital budget. A total amount of R170 million will potentially be borrowed to fund these water projects.
Umoya Energy wins Skills Development award
Saldanha Bay Municipality, in collaboration with ArcelorMittal and Sea Harvest, partnered and recently hosted the second Saldanha Bay Community Awards. Umoya Energy, a wind farm outside Hopefield, received a nomination for their Hopefield Home Improvement Project, securing them a first prize in the awards category “Development of skills of marginalised people”.
Over a period of two years, 18 previously unemployed residents of Hopefield were trained and now work as artisans making improvements to more than 600 homes in Hopefield.
Saldanha Bay Municipality’s Executive Mayor hands over the award to Umoya Energy’s representatives. FLTR: Amber Zeeman, Veronique Isaacs, Alderman Marius Koen, Alderman Johanna Stoffels and CEO Ryan Hammond.
Phase one of the project included plumbing, electrical and carpentry training of the 18 previously unemployed residents, which included a four-week course at Northlink College and on-the-job training throughout the project. Solar water geysers, insulated ceilings and electrical reticulation were also installed in 590 Hopefield homes.
On completion of the first phase of this project, Umoya Energy conducted an Entrepreneurship Incubation Programme for the 18 artisans that implemented Phase one. The outcome of this Entrepreneurship Incubation Programme was the establishment of three businesses that are now used to implement phase two of the project. The Community Awards project recognises and celebrates outstanding community service and contributions rendered within the Saldanha Bay Municipal area.
The awards consists of seven categories which are used to nominate persons or organisations through a formal nomination process, followed by an evaluation and gala ceremony. The seven categories are bridging the gaps between divided communities, youth, education, disabled/differently abled, development of skills of marginalised people, community safety and the Mayoral award.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Umoya Energy was unable to attend the Community Awards ceremony held in April 2018. Their award and trophy was officially handed over by the Executive Mayor Alderman Marius Koen at the municipal office in Vredenburg.
“Fibre Infrastructure as the 5th Utility”- Now a Reality
With local government being the key to the tangible, on-the-ground service delivery strategy of the government, one of our nation’s most pressing challenges has become the need to strengthen local government and thereby further empower its citizens. To this end, the use of effective ICT-enabled solutions offers great prospects, when implemented in conjunction with an integrated municipal turnaround strategy which encompasses strategy, people, process and technology.
The Saldanha Bay Municipality ‘Baobab Proof-of-Concept’ project is an innovative, functional joint initiative co-created through the Saldanha Bay Innovation Helix (SBIH) programme with the Stellenbosch University and the private sector to bring change technology closer to the people. Over the last two years, the Baobab fibre infrastructure utility project was incubated through the SBIH programme, with the aim of finding a solution to bridge the digital divide by challenging the existing broadband-centric solutions driven by private business, in an attempt to resolve National connectivity limitations.
Based on a municipal-centric model that creates a future enabled, open, equitable and transparent shared open access infrastructure; an innovative business model and solution was crafted that enables basic service delivery for the municipality to provide services to communities, underpinned by enabling fair competition amongst private sector service providers. The end-to-end platform demonstrated how to solve the Saldanha Bay Municipality’s immediate market pressures with a wide range of policies, procedures, systems and technical knowledge by bringing a unified basic service delivery to the community over a single shared open access fibre infrastructure.
The open access fibre network will enable connectivity for all residents of the Saldanha Bay Municipality, and forms part of a new beginning for the region’s basic utility service delivery and infrastructure development. The high capacity telco-grade fibre infrastructure functions as the enabler for true convergence and the birth of a true Smart City, Town or community.
The benefit in creating a significant fibre infrastructure asset is apparent: by reclaiming the municipality’s legal and regulatory rights to own fibre infrastructure as a utility, the asset can be leveraged as a new, additional and sustainable evergreen municipal revenue stream. The project now moves from POC status to full deployment and is expected to come into full swing within the next two years. The Baobab project is a game changer that embraces true innovation whilst meeting key deliverables for the Saldanha Bay Municipality.
The project was officially opened and sanctioned by the Office of the Executive Mayor, Alderman Marius Koen, on 26 April 2018. During his speech at the launch of the Baobab Demo Centre, Mayor Koen stated that the council has identified five game changers or focus areas to achieve the vision and mission of the municipality. These are: economic development and growth, customer care, technology and innovation, cleanliness and youth. “With this in mind, technology and innovation are very important when it comes to engaging with the younger generation and our broader community. We can no longer be behind on a technological level and expect individuals to be smart citizens. The development of the digital economy on the back of a high capacity fibre network can enhance market penetration, provide value-added services such as content, education, security and television,” Koen said.
The Council has also approved the open access network infrastructure to be adopted as the next generation utility infrastructure as a vehicle to create new and sustainable revenue.
The demo centre, located at the Arcelor Mittal Science Centre, is open to the public and showcases the Baobab project and its innovative technology. The project can be followed at https://sbm.agilitygis.com, where residents can register and apply for value-added services, as well as track the progress of the project.
Vehicle donation to Cederberg Municipality
Saldanha Bay Municipality donated a refuse removal truck to Cederberg Municipality, to assist in alleviating service delivery pressures in Graafwater. The vehicle was handed over to the Executive Mayor of Cederberg Municipality Councillor Jimmy Barnard in Saldanha on Wednesday, 30 May 2018 by Saldanha Bay’s Executive Mayor Alderman Marius Koen.
This donation will accelerate Cederberg Municipality’s service delivery in Graafwater, hereby ensuring that there are no delays nor disruptions in the municipality’s refuse removal schedule.
The Municipality has the right to seize or impound animals found in streets or public spaces.
Click here for more information on the impoundment of animals, the process of releasing impounded animals as well as the relevant contact numbers.
The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) cards are still valid until 31 December 2018.
Swap your existing SASSA card for a new one from 1 April to 30 September 2018 at your nearest Post Office, SASSA office or designated venue. For more information, contact the SASSA Call Centre on 0800 60 10 11.
Click here for the SASSA notice.
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.
Saldanha Bay Municipality aims to ensure that manholes within the municipal area are safely covered to prevent the occurrence of any accidents or incidents.
The municipality and the South African Police Services are working together to halt and prevent the theft of fire hydrants, manhole covers and water metre covers. To further assist with the prevention of these incidents, we require the assistance of the community.
We encourage the community to report uncovered manholes, fire hydrants and water metres by contacting the 24-hour Saldanha Bay Municipality call centre on 022 701 7061. Alternatively, contact the municipal health and safety department on 022 701 7190 to report the occurrence of accidents and incidents related to uncovered manholes.
The municipality will ensure that the relevant department investigates and replaces the uncovered manhole(s).
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.