Ramadan Mubarak - best wishes for the month of fasting
The Council and Management of Saldanha Bay Municipality wishes its Muslim staff, Councillors and community a blessed and prosperous Ramadan.
May Allah (God) bring happiness, peace, reward and joy to you and your families. We hope that this sacred month is a source of blessing and happiness and that all good works are accepted.
“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.
New SASSA Cards Available
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.
Construction of March Street parking facilities (Langebaan)
The construction of March Street parking facilities in Langebaan will commence on Tuesday, 10 April 2018.
Construction of the new parking facilities will be undertaken in two stages, during which flag controlled traffic accommodation will be in operation between the hours of 08h00 and 18h00. 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 22 June 2018.
Please direct all enquiries to George Tanner of Nadeson Consulting Services on 083 764 6039.
Notice on Boreholes within the Saldanha Bay Municipal area
Saldanha Bay Municipality, as per promulgated By-Law’s relating to Water and Sanitation services, herby issues this public notice effective on 15 February 2018 on all owners or occupiers of any premises within our area of jurisdiction.
- All existing boreholes must be registered with Saldanha Bay Municipality. Application website: http://www.sbm.gov.za/
- Any person who intends to sink a borehole on their premises must notify Saldanha Bay Municipality before the work commences.
- Saldanha Bay Municipality may require the owner or occupier to undertake an environmental impact assessment before sinking the borehole.
- Boreholes are subjected to all requirements of the National Water Act, 1998 (Act No. 36 of 1998).
- Water supply from a borehole may under no circumstances be connected to a water installation which is connected to the water supply system of the municipality.
- The owner or occupier of premises on which water supply from a borehole is used for human consumption, must ensure that the water quality complies with SANS0241 standards at all times.
- For the full By-Law please visit http://www.sbm.gov.za/
Further to Saldanha Bay Municipalities By-Laws, the following Notice as published in Government Gazette number 41381 on 12 January 2018 must be adhered to.
- A 45% curtailment (water saving) on the abstraction of ground water (boreholes and well points) must be reached. The Baseline from which the 45% curtailment must be measured is the water user’s average 5 year demand from 2010/11 until 2014/15.
- Borehole and well points must also be equipped with electronic water recording devices (meters). Recordings of water usage must be submitted to the Department of Water and Sanitation weekly by Monday 12:00 to email@example.com.
In terms of the NATIONAL WATER ACT, 1998 (ACT 36 OF 1998), a person may only use groundwater permissibly (Sect 22(1) of NWA, 1998) as follows:
- Schedule 1 use:
This use only applies to a consumer who is not connected to the water distribution network of the Municipality. If a person lawfully owns/occupies a property where no other water services exists, he/she may take water for personal use such as for general domestic water usage, water for small gardening (not commercial) and watering of animals (excluding feedlots), on the condition that he/she has lawful access to the resource, the use is not excessive in relation to the capacity of the water resource and the needs of other lawful water users.
- Existing Lawful Use (ELU):
This is only applicable to boreholes that were operational before 1995. There was a window period from 1995 – 1999 where users could declare their boreholes with Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) at no cost.
- General Authorisation (GA):
A GA is issued by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and can be downloaded from the Department’s website (www.dws.gov.za). The GA is applicable if the water use is not excessive in relation to the capacity of the water resource and the needs of other lawful water users.
The groundwater GA is set per quaternary catchment. Saldanha Bay is within catchment G10M and this use has a maximum limit of 150 Kl/ha/annum. For a property of 1000m², the owner will only be able to abstract 15 kl/year. This can only be abstracted after the GA has been issued by DWS.
It is important to know that in terms of the General Authorisation, for taking water from a water resource, no water may be taken within a:
- 500 metre radius of boundary of a wetland, pan or estuary;
- 100 metre radius of boundary of a watercourse or state dam;
- 500 metre radius of state dam wall;
- 500 metre high-water mark of the ocean without a Water Use Licenced issued by DWS.
- One should also give effect to conditions of Groundwater Control area.
If the above conditions could not be met, water use should stop immediately and the water users should apply through a Water Use Licence (WULA) for permission. If a person abstracts at a rate of more than 1L/sec, he/she must apply for permission through a Water Use Licence Application before they can continue engaging in that water use activity.
- WULA (Water use license application):
Water Use Licences are issued under the Act and require approval by the Department of Water and Sanitation. This is required if the groundwater abstraction is intended to be higher than the GA. Intensive studies and a lengthy application procedure is necessary for a WULA.
Subterranean Government Groundwater Control Areas:
No drilling may commence within such an area unless prior permission is obtained from the Department of Water and Sanitation. The proposed groundwater use will have to be authorised by the Department of Water and Sanitation, irrespective of the amount to be abstracted. The red zone (in the image below) comprises such an area in our municipal area:
NON-POTABLE WATER SOURCES FOR CONSTRUCTION
Due to the current water crisis having intensified, the Council has decided that all construction projects, including the building of houses, may only be conducted with non-potable water.
Alternative (non-drinking) water sources for construction sites include the following:
- Treated effluent:
- Preference will be given to industry, bulk construction and build projects for the use of treated effluent.
- To obtain treated effluent, please complete the application form available on the municipal website: http://www.sbm.gov.za.
- Useful for compaction, cleaning of tools and dust control.
- Not suitable for use in concrete.
- Sea water:
May be used for concrete without reinforcement or other embedded metal (do not use seawater where steel is involved, to avoid corrosion).
- Rain water harvesting:
Arrange with shopping centres or buildings with large roof surfaces for setting up water tanks and collecting rain water for future use / next rainy season.
- Borehole water:
Make sure you obtain borehole water from a credible source. The person selling the borehole water must be registered with the Department of Water and Sanitation to legally abstract and sell ground water.
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.
Upgrading of Oostewal Street in Langebaan: Phase 2
Road works for phase 2 of the Oostewal Street upgrade in Langebaan to Jon Olafsson Street commenced on Monday, 5 March 2018.
The construction of the new road works will be done in stages and flag controlled traffic accommodation by-passes will be in operation between the hours of 08h00 and 18h00. Two way traffic flow will remain throughout the project, including alternate traffic routes.
The circle at Langebaan Country Estate will be completed at the end of May 2018 and it is anticipated that all road works in Oostewal Street be completed approximately 30 September 2018.
Please direct all complaints and enquiries to: G. Tanner of Nadeson Consulting Services on 083 764 6039 or B. Shepherd of Marracon Civil on 082 563 0498.
Report uncovered manholes
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).
Application/Alteration of 240-litre refuse containers
Saldanha Bay Municipality herewith informs all residents that as from 1 November 2017 a verification process will start to compare refuse removal services rendered versus refuse removal services billed.
Therefore if a household is only billed for one refuse bin, the municipality will only empty one refuse bin per week. Owners can apply for additional refuse bins or a reduction of refuse bins by means of the standard wheelie bin application form. Please note that only green SBM wheelie bins will be emptied as part of our refuse removal level of service.
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.