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Published: 12 Aug 2019Title: CONTROLLED FIRES PLANNED DENNEOORD AND GARDEN ROUTE DAM NEXT TWO WEEKS Status: George Municipality Fire Department will be conducting controlled burns above Denneoord and around the Garden Route Dam as part of fuel reduction and veld fire management activities in August. Burns are weather and wind direction dependent, and therefor no specific dates are available.
Published: 07 Aug 2019Title: WATER UPDATE: 7 AUGUST 2019Status: Garden Route Dam Level: 72.31% Please note the dam level is currently being managed to facilitate construction to raise the spillway of the Garden Route Dam. Once completed, the heightened dam wall will increase its storage capacity by 25%. Construction is expected to be completed next year.
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11 April 2019

George  - two for one! Financial independence and the highest quality of life on offer

Accolade document.pdf

George  - two for one!

Financial independence and the highest quality of life on offer

 

George was recently hailed as one of the Western Cape cities offering the highest quality of life, beating Cape Town according to Numbeo’s data which indicates that George offers the highest safety rating, a good climate, a relatively affordable cost of living, low traffic and low levels of pollution. In terms of total cost of living, George is 21% cheaper than the City of Cape Town and 9% cheaper than Port Elizabeth. This is according to Expatistan, a collaborative international cost of living index. The most noticeable saving was found in the housing sector, where, on average housing costs were up to 49% cheaper relative to Cape Town.

 

“The relative affordability of George makes it an ideal location to invest, especially in terms of remote-work or finance and business service offices as well as retirement real estate and other key sectors where affordability is a major pull factor such as the film and multimedia. “ said Pedro Oliphant, Economic Development Manager for George Municipality.

 

Joan Shaw, Tourism Manager George noted that the high standard of living available in George is one of the reasons that a number of families are relocating here from all over South Africa.  This is an important marketing tool for tourism and investment.  “When marketing internationally, I often tell prospective clients, tongue in cheek, that ‘George is where Capetonians come for their holidays’, but it is a well-known fact that George offers a particular lifestyle that is to beat, not just from a cost of lliving point of view, but as a perfect location from where to access and explore the entire Garden Route & Klein Karoo region.”

 

A second accolade was highlighted this week by the release of the Quarterly Financial Statistics of Municipalities (QFSM) survey which collates data on municipal operating expenditure and income. George was noted as one of only two municipalities in the Western Cape, and one of only 28 in South Africa to be financially independent, that is they only rely on national government grants for up to 10.6% of their total income. Income is either  generated by the municipality itself via property rates, service charges, fines as well as levies on water, electricity, sanitation, refuse, or grants and subsidies received from other spheres of government.

 

Executive Mayor, Melvin Naik highlighted the survey’s findings in his budget speech and congratulated the administration, CFO and his team on the financial management of George Municipality. He also noted that it was very exciting news for George to be credited as a destination with such a high quality of life. “It is an indication that we are on the right track of laying the foundation for investment in the City. We will definitely build on this accolade  and predictions are positive that we can do even better. My sincere congratulations goes to excellent staff of the George Municipality who deserves all the credit,” he said.

 

Trevor Botha, Municipal Manager said that George offers first world living, playing, business and studying environment. “The vision of the Municipality’s states that it is the city for a sustainable future, and taking into consideration the infrastructure,  long-term infrastructure planning, green initiatives and the financial independence enjoyed by the municipality, it is clear that George is the Garden Route’s leading city with a diverse economy and a municipality that looks towards the future.”

 

Please refer to the attached document of George Municipality Accolades for March 2019.

Last published 11 April 2019