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Municipal Offices Closed For Upcoming Public Holidays

Please be advised that the George Municipality offices will be closed for the upcoming Public Holiday, General Election Day, on the 29th of May 2024.

We urge all George residents to take note of these closures and to plan their business accordingly.

Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated.

Credit Control Department – New After-hour number

Please be advised that the emergency number of the credit control department outside of business hours has been changed.

The new emergency number is 072 501 1843.

This number is to be used strictly for EMERGENCY BLOCKED ELECTRICITY METERS during the following hours: Monday to Friday from 16:30 to 20:00, Saturday from 8:00 to 20:00 and Sunday from 8:00 to 14:00

 

After-Hours Contact Numbers

Fire Only Emergency Number (24/7): 044 801 6311

TOLL-FREE Disaster Number (24/7): 087 152 9999

George Municipality After Hours Number: 044 801 6300

Credit Control After Hours Number: 072 501 1843

REFUSE COLLECTION DURING THE UPCOMING PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

Households may put out SEVEN BLACK, FOUR GREEN and an UNLIMITED number of BLUE bags on their weekly collection day.
Additional tied bundles of branches are allowed if they are shorter than a meter in length and can be picked up by one person.

PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF HOUSEHOLD REFUSE REMOVAL SCHEDULE OVER THE UPCOMING PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
29 May 2024 (General Elections) – Collection as per normal schedule

ALL BUSINESS REFUSE WILL BE COLLECTED ON MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS AND FRIDAYS.
REFUSE REMOVAL DAYS

MONDAY: Blanco, Riverlea, Heatherpark, Heatherlands, Glen Barrie, Kraaibosch, Groenkloof, Blue Mountain Village, Herold’s Bay, Victoria Bay, Rondevlei area (George side)

TUESDAY: Levallia, Rosemoor, Conville, Protea Park, Parkdene, Ballotsview, Borchards, Lawaaikamp, Thembalethu, Wilderness, Constantia Kloof, Kleinkrantz

WEDNESDAY: Camphersdrift, Fernridge, Denneoord, Bo-Dorp, Blommekloof, Tweerivieren, Hoogekraal, Hoekwil, Touwsranten farm areas

THURSDAY :Wilderness Heights, Dormehlsdrift, George South, Le Grand, Bos en Dal, Groeneweidepark, Sinksabrug, Herold, Geelhoutboom, Eselsjacht, Hansmoeskraal, Jonkershoek, Rooirivierrif, Pacaltsdorp, Rosedale, Waboomskraal, Touwsranten village

FRIDAY: Glenwood, Loerie Park, Eden George, Genevafontein, Denver Park, Bergsig, Eastern Extension

BUSINESSES: Monday, Wednesday and Friday

CONTACT
George Municipality Environmental Services
82 Meade Street, George. Phone 044 802 2900

Unplanned water outage in Wilderness

A pipe has burst on Anchorage Lane, impacting several areas.

The affected areas include The Dunes, South Side, George Rd (CBD), Spar, Wilderness Hotel, Milkwood Village, 10th Avenue, and Anchorage Avenue.

Kindly note that a water cart will be stationed at the Wilderness Hotel parking lot for the convenience of the residents and businesses in the affected areas.

Upgrading of the George New Water Treatment Works

Construction of temporary bypass on 04 June 2024. The estimated disruption duration is one day.

DESCRIPTION:
The existing raw water bulk pipeline has reached the end of its design life and must be replaced. On the 04th of June 2024 a bypass pipeline will be constructed to enable the replacement of the old pipeline.

CONSTRUCTION PERIOD:
04June 2024 from 07h00 to 18h00

SERVICE DISRUPTION:
Potable water distribution may be affected during the construction period and consumers are requested to use water sparingly.

IMPACT:
The Supply of potable water to the residents of George Municipality might be disrupted from 07h00 to 18h00 while the construction work is carried out.

ACCESS TO SITE:
Access to the construction site will be strictly controlled. No member of the public will be allowed access to the construction area, in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

The George Municipality apologises for any inconvenience and appeals to the public to be patient and use water sparingly on 04 June 2024.

Uniondale: Water Discolouring

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Uniondale water treatment plant’s outflow quality was affected with the unusual low raw water dam levels.

Floc carryover was noticed and the George Municipal operations had to clean the primary and secondary sedimentation dams at the water treatment plant. This resulted in higher-than-normal turbidity water entering our potable water storage reservoirs, and ultimately the water distribution network.

George Municipality can confirm that the water is safe for consumption and advise the public to boil the water before consumption.

The maintenance will be concluded within the next 3 to 4 hours after which the water network will be scoured.

The water discolouring will subside over the next few hours.

A water truck will be roaming the town area.

Update: Low Water Pressure and No Water in Heather Park

The issue has been identified as faulty valves that need to be replaced. Municipal teams are on their way to restore water supply.

The affected areas include De Oewer and the SPAR shopping center.
Estimated time for restoration is 4-6 hours.

A water tanker will be stationed at SPAR Heather Park during this time.

Pipe burst: Kleinkrantz, Wilderness

The George municipality team is currently on-site addressing the burst pipe issue in Kleinkrantz.

A water tanker will be dispatched to roam the area.

Estimated time for repair is 4-6 hours.

PLANNED POWER OUTAGE: PORTION OF MODDERRIVIER LINE R404.

NOTIFICATION OF INTERRUPTION OF THE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY.

THE FOLLOWING AREAS WILL BE AFFECTED:

PORTION OF MODDERRIVIER LINE
R404.

NOTICE is hereby given that the electricity supply will be interrupted on THURSDAY 23 MAY 2024 FROM 09H00 TO 16H00 for the purpose of doing alterations to the electrical mains. Consumers are warned to treat the installation as being live for the full duration as the supply may be resumed at any time within the notified period.

Should circumstances prevent the work being carried out during the abovementioned period; the work will be done on
FRIDAY 24 MAY 2024 FROM 09H00 TO 16H00.
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KENNISGEWING VAN DIE ONDERBREKING
VAN DIE ELEKTRIESE TOEVOER.

DIE VOLGENDE AREAS SAL GERAAK WORD:

GEDEELTE VAN MODDERRIVIER LYN
R404.

KENNISGEWING geskied hiermee dat die elektriese toevoer onderbreek sal word op DONDERDAG 23 MEI 2024 VANAF 09H00 TOT 16H00 met die doel om veranderings aan elektriese hoofleidings te maak. Klante word gewaarsku om die installasie as lewendig te beskou vir die volle periode aangesien die toevoer enige tyd gedurende die periode aangeskakel mag word.

Sou omstandighede verhoed dat die werk gedoen kan word gedurende bogenoemde periode, sal die werk gedoen word op
VRYDAG 24 MEI 2024 VANAF 09H00 TOT 16H00.

George Supplier Day Invitation

The George Municipality is excited to announce a new groundbreaking initiative!

George Municipality, in partnership with Absa Bank, will host a George Suppliers Day event that will bring together stakeholders from financial institutions and small businesses.

If you have a business in sectors such as infrastructure, manufacturing, ICT, and consulting, we strongly encourage you to take advantage of this great initiative on 12 June 2024.

Register your business now by clicking the following link:
https://www.formpl.us/form/5537617839259648

Closing Date for registration:
30 May 2024

Please note that this is an invitation-only event. If you are selected to attend, you will receive a notification as spaces are limited.

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#Cityofopportunities
#SmartCity
#economicdevelopment
#businesspartnership
#Growyourbusiness

Unexpected water outage in Parkdene, Conville Lawaaikamp

The team from George Municipality is currently on-site and addressing an unexpected water outage issue.

An estimated time for repair will be provided once the problem is isolated.

Information regarding the locations of water tankers will be communicated shortly.

Planned Power Outage: Portion Of George Central Gloucester, Palm Lane And Langenhoven Street

NOTIFICATION OF THE INTERRUPTION OF THE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY.

THE FOLLOWING AREAS WILL BE AFFECTED: A PORTION OF GEORGE CENTRAL GLOUCESTER, PALM LANE, AND LANGENHOVEN STREET

NOTICE is hereby given that the electricity supply will be interrupted on THURSDAY 23 MAY 2024 FROM 09H00 TO 16H00 for the purpose of doing alterations to the electrical mains.

Consumers are warned to treat the installation as being live for the full duration as the supply may be resumed at any time within the notified period.

Should circumstances prevent the work being carried out during the abovementioned period; the work will be done on MONDAY 27 MAY 2024 FROM 09H00 TO 16H00.

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KENNISGEWING VAN DIE ONDERBREKING VAN DIE ELEKTRIESE TOEVOER.

DIE VOLGENDE AREAS SAL GERAAK WORD: GEDEELTE VAN GEORGE- SENTRAAL GLOUCESTER , PALM LYN EN LANGENHOVEN STRAAT

KENNISGEWING geskied hiermee dat die elektriese toevoer onderbreek sal word op DONDERDAG 23 MEI 2024 VANAF 09H00 TOT 16H00 met die doel om veranderings aan elektriese hoofleidings te maak.

Klante word gewaarsku om die installasie as lewendig te beskou vir die volle periode aangesien die toevoer enige tyd gedurende die periode aangeskakel mag word.

Sou omstandighede verhoed dat die werk gedoen kan word gedurende bogenoemde periode, sal die werk gedoen word op MAANDAG 27 MEI 2024 VANAF 09H00 TOT 16H00.

MEDIA STATEMENT: 15:00 Update on Building Collapse Site in George, Western Cape – South Africa

Issued by the Garden Route District JOC/George Municipality, 17 May 2024 at 15:30

The rescue and recovery operations for the building collapse site lasted 260 hours.

SITE HANDOVER CONCLUDED

Search and rescue efforts are completed. Consequently, the site is classified as a crime scene and has officially been handed over for a formal investigation by the South African Police Service (SAPS) who will hand it over to the Department of Labour and Employment for their formal investigation to be conducted.

RESCUE OPERATIONS CONCLUDE WITH MANY SAVED, SOME DECEASED

The success of the rescue efforts undertaken after the building collapse, can be largely attributed to the critical actions taken during the first 48-hours. During this period, rescuers performed their operations with remarkable precision by ensuring victims were safely removed from the incident. This swift foundational phase was also carefully coordinated from a Joint Operations Centre on-site and a Multi-Agency Command Centre at the Garden Route District Municipality.

The Multi-Agency Command Centre can only account for those who were recovered during the search and rescue operations from the scene. This is why approximate totals were used as each minute unfolded.

Based on information received from the contractor on site, the South African Police Service (SAPS) and other emerging external sources (witness statements), the estimated number of individuals on site during the incident amounted to approximately 81. We are aware that as the incident unfolded the numbers fluctuated, however we can now officially confirm that with the rescue and recovery efforts now completed, only 62 individuals are accounted for.

The difference between the approximate of people on site and the official number now confirmed can be attributed to the following ABCs:
A) We found that some of the names on the contractor’s list were duplicated
B) Official investigations by SAPS confirmed that some of those on the contractor’s list were not at work on the day of the incident
C) CCTV clearly proved that some of those on the site left before the first responders reached the site and to date they have never reported their whereabouts.

Report history:
75 (approximate on-site) reported from 6 May 2024, 21:00 until 9 May 2024 at 06:00
81 (approximate on-site) reported from 9 May 2024, 6:30am until 16 May 2024 at 21:00
62 (confirmed on-site) reported on 17 May 2024, 09:00 at the end of the rescue and recovery operations.

The confirmed statistics for the incident are:
* Rescued and recovered: 62
* Deceased: 33
* Of the 33 deceased, two (2) still to be formally identified
* Hospitalised: 10
* Discharged: 19

List of nationalities present on the incident site:
* South Africa: 15
* Mozambique: 19
* Zimbabwe: 7
* Malawi: 13
* Lesotho: 5
* Permanent Residency Holder: 1
* Unknown nationality: 2

Repatriations are being undertaken by the Consulates of Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi and Lesotho.

Feature Photograph: South African Police Service

Additional Photo: Garden Route District Municipality

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Joint Media Release: George building collapse rescue and recovery operation concluded

Issued on behalf of the Western Cape Government

“Today we concluded the George building collapse rescue and recovery operation,” said Anton Bredell Western Cape Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs, and Development Planning. Minister Bredell added that this disaster will be remembered for the immense and tragic loss of life, but also for the incredibly brave and selfless work carried out by the more than 1 000 rescue, support, and volunteer workers who were involved since Monday, 6 May, when the incident occurred.

The rescue operation saw more than 6 000 tons of rubble being carefully removed while rescue workers searched for survivors. The operation lasted 260 hours, with personnel working on a 24-hour basis, with 2 shifts on rotation.

Premier Alan Winde said, “This has been an exceptionally difficult time for us all. But through it all, our disaster management workers and volunteers persevered with the sole aim of saving the lives of as many people as possible. My heartfelt condolences go to the families of the 33 victims. We share your pain and will do everything we can to hold those responsible for this tragedy accountable.”

Minister Bredell confirmed that the numbers of people involved in the collapse were:

62 people were on the building site when the collapse occurred;
34 people were successfully rescued;
33 people passed away, including 5 people who were rescued, but sadly succumbed to their injuries in hospital;
10 people are still in hospital, and 19 people have either been discharged or received on site medical treatment.

The Minister said that although there were several revisions to the number of people who were reported to be on site when the collapse happened and during the rescue operation; it is important to understand that rescue personnel had to work under extremely difficult conditions, with the information provided to them at the time based on information received from the contractor on site, the South African Police Service (SAPS) and other emerging external sources. “I am very happy that we could revise the number of people on site down from 81 to 62, as it means fewer families are grieving today,” he stated.

Premier Winde concurred adding, “Our attention is now focused on the investigation that the Western Cape Government (WCG) launched just hours after the incident. This was a devastating tragedy. We need to understand what happened and what steps need to be taken to ensure that we do whatever we can to hold those who need to be held to account.”

An update on this investigation will be provided in due course.

“This operation saw a rescue rate of 54.8%, which is truly remarkable when compared with international statistics which indicate a rescue rate of only 10% during similar building collapse scenarios. This is testament to the brave and professional work of our rescue workers, and the result of years of investing and training in our provincial disaster capabilities, which are world-class. There were so many tough and difficult moments for our teams on the ground during this operation, and I am so proud of our team for every life saved. I know what it did for all of us when our teams pulled Gabriel from the rubble early on Saturday morning. And I must again recognise all the residents of this province who pulled together and showed immense compassion and support, thank you,” concluded Premier Winde.

MEDIA STATEMENT: 09:00 Update on Building Collapse Site in George, Western Cape – South Africa, 17 May 2024 at 09:00

Rescue and recovery operations at the 75 Victoria Street building collapse site in George will cease during the course of today and access to Victoria Street remains closed from York Street. Rescue workers and other role-players have been on site for 259 hours.

Based on information received from the contractor on site, the South African Police Service (SAPS) and other emerging external sources, the estimated number of individuals on site during the incident was 81. We are aware that as the rescue operation unfolded the numbers fluctuated, however we can now confirm that 62 individuals were either recovered or rescued which allows for a 54.8% rescue rate.

The confirmed statistics for the incident are:
* Rescued and recovered: 62
* Of which deceased: 33
* Of deceased still to be formally identified: 4
* Alive (and/or hospitalized): 29

HANDOVER OF SITE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
The Garden Route District JOC/George Municipality are finalising preparations for the Department of Labour and Employment to take over the building collapse site to continue their formal investigation.

RESPECTING PATIENT PRIVACY IN MEDICAL FACILITIES
Members of the media and public are kindly requested to respect the privacy of the patients who are still hospitalised and receiving treatment at medical facilities. Their dignity while they recover, should be observed, protected, and respected.

REFRAIN FROM SPECULATION
The public is advised that official investigations into the incident are being undertaken by SAPS, Department of Labour, Department of Infrastructure, and an independent structural engineering firm appointed by the Western Cape Government. Speculation and possible causes by unofficial “experts” could impact negatively on the official investigation. The public is requested to refrain from spreading malicious rumours and/or fake news.

POST-INCIDENT SUPPORT BY DSD
There is currently a Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) desk at the George Town hall, which is referring any family members or close relatives of the affected contract workers to their offices at York Park Building situated in York Street. For more information contact telephone number: 044 814 1920/21 / 072 4561 486.

The Western Cape Department of Social Development has indicated that a comprehensive range of services will continue to be made available to the affected families for a minimum of 6-months. Psychosocial support for all rescue and non-rescue personnel will be addressed.

COMMUNICATION WITH THE MEDIA/PUBLIC
Updates about the rescue and recovery operations are scaled down to three (3) updates per day at 9:00, 12:00 and 15:00.

The next update will be issued at 12:00.

Photograph Garden Route District Municipality

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Media Release: SANRAL and Provincial Traffic collaborate to improve safety and mobility at high-risk intersection – N2 Knysna Road and Urbans Boulevard

Issued by George Municipality on behalf of SANRAL

Western Cape, 16 May 2024 – The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) and Western Cape Government Provincial Traffic are working together to improve safety and mobility during the R700 million upgrade of the N2 between Kraaibosch and Touw River, where a pointsman, supported by Provincial Traffic will be dedicated to direct traffic during peak travel times.

The current road improvement construction contract starts at Kraaibosch at the N2 George Interchange and ends at the Touw River, just past Wilderness. As part of the improvement contract, a 3km section of the N2 between Kraaibosch and the turn-off to Victoria Bay will be reconstructed as all pavement layers needs to be replaced. This section of road will also be widened in places to accommodate four lanes (two in each direction).

The existing intersection (previously a traffic circle), between Urbans Boulevard and Rademachers falls within this section of road. “Given the significant traffic volume, every effort is made to maintain two-way traffic and minimise one-way traffic accommodation sections by means of a Stop/Go traffic control,” said David Le Cordeur, SANRAL Project Manager.

“Furthermore, for the contractor to do the required work on this section of road, while maintaining two-way traffic, certain lanes needed to be closed. This resulted in the temporary removal of the traffic circle and replacing it with the existing intersection to Rademachers and the Urbans Boulevard. Once the road surface improvements have been completed, the traffic circle will be reconstructed.”
Le Cordeur explained that the N2 traffic currently has right of way with a 60 km/h speed limit and the adjoining traffic from Rademachers and the Urbans Boulevard is controlled by means of Stop signs.

“The frustration experienced by road users, particularly the adjoining traffic from Rademachers and Urbans Boulevard is noted and to this end, Provincial Traffic will henceforth be on site during peak travel times, to assist the contractor’s pointsman in directing the traffic at this intersection,” said Le Cordeur.

The contractor will also have flagmen in place to assist the pointsman, who will be in place between 07h00 and 17h30 on weekdays. However, if the traffic situation requires the availability of the pointsman for longer hours, this will be considered.
It is anticipated that the construction period will last for approximately seven months on this section of the road, and road users are encouraged to make provision for additional travel time between George and Wilderness.

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MEDIA STATEMENT: 15:00 Update on Building Collapse Site in George, Western Cape – South Africa, 16 May 2024 at 15:00

Caption: The President of the Republic of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, took a moment to greet and thank all the rescue workers on site. Pictured is K9-unit’s Sergeant Makhosonke and to his right is Sergeant Kotze. The President was accompanied by the Premier of the Western Cape, Alan Winde, and various National and Provincial Minister.

Rescue and recovery efforts are on day ten (10), following the incident that took place at 75 Victoria Street on 6 May 2024. Rescue workers and other role-players have been on site of the collapsed building for 241 hours.

The confirmed statistics for the incident are:
* Total estimated individuals on-site when the incident occurred: 81
* Rescued and recovered: 62
* Of which deceased: 33 (27 males, 6 females)
* Currently hospitalised: 12
* Unaccounted for: 19

FAMILIES LINKED TO SURVIVORS AND DECEASED

So far, 47 victims have been linked to their families.

STRICT VERIFICATION IN PLACE

The Garden Route District Joint Operations Centre’s adherence to a stringent double verification protocol is crucial for maintaining the integrity and accuracy of reported numbers of the deceased, which is essential in emergency and disaster response scenarios. This verification process involves cross-referencing information from multiple reliable sources, such as recovery teams, hospitals, and forensic services.

POST-INCIDENT SUPPORT

The Western Cape Department of Social Development has indicated that a comprehensive range of services will continue to be made available to the affected families for a minimum of 6-months.

Psychosocial support for all rescue and non-rescue personnel will be addressed.

The next update will be issued at 18:00, 16 May 2024.

Photograph: Garden Route District Municipality

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MEDIA STATEMENT: 09:00 Update on Building Collapse Site in George, Western Cape – South Africa, 16 May 2024 at 09:00

Rescue and recovery efforts on day nine (9) will carry over to day ten (10) at 14:09, following the incident at 75 Victoria Street. Rescue workers and other role-players have been on site of the collapsed building for 235 hours.

The confirmed statistics for the incident are:
* Total estimated individuals on-site when the incident occurred: 81
* Rescued and recovered: 62
* Of which deceased: 33 (27 males, 6 females)
* Currently hospitalised: 12
* Unaccounted for: 19

FAMILIES LINKED TO SURVIVORS AND DECEASED

So far, 47 victims have been linked to their families.

BUILDING RUBBLE REMOVAL

An estimated 2 500 tons of building rubble has been removed from the incident site, with approximately 500 tons still remaining. For the purposes of the rescue operation, the site has been divided into six sections. Two of these sections have not yet been fully cleared down to the basement level and that process continues to take place.

STRICT VERIFICATION IN PLACE

The Garden Route District Joint Operations Centre’s adherence to a stringent double verification protocol is crucial for maintaining the integrity and accuracy of reported numbers of the deceased, which is essential in emergency and disaster response scenarios. This verification process involves cross-referencing information from multiple reliable sources, such as recovery teams, hospitals, and forensic services.

MINISTERIAL AND OTHER VISITS

The President of the Republic of South Africa, Hon. Cyril Ramaphosa, is visiting the disaster site in George today with the Premier of the Western Cape, Hon. Alan Winde. They will be accompanied by several National and Provincial Ministers.

A media briefing is set for 13:00 in front of the foyer of the George Town Hall.

DONATIONS FOR EMERGENCY PERSONNEL AT THE GEORGE BUILDING COLLAPSE SITE

The George Municipality would like to provide details of how the public can support the multi-disciplinary emergency personnel with donations of drinking water, energy drinks, wine gums, or food for emergency services while they are on-site.

Donations may be delivered to AFM (AGS) Soteria Church at 27 Victoria Street in George or contact the Gift of the Givers: Mario Ferreira (082 490 2752) and Herman Pienaar (082 829 6428) in this regard.

POST-INCIDENT SUPPORT

The Western Cape Department of Social Development has indicated that a comprehensive range of services will continue to be made available to the affected families for a minimum of 6-months.

Psychosocial support for all rescue and non-rescue personnel will be addressed.

The next update will be issued at 12:00 midday today, 16 May 2024.

Photograph: Garden Route District Municipality

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