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DLTC EXPERIENCING SYSTEM PROBLEMS

Please note that the Driving Licence Testing Centre (DLTC) at Pacaltsdorp is experiencing system problems with both Natis and eye tests. This causes long waiting times as the system only works for very short periods.

Issued George Municipality
7 Feb 2023 @10:00

UNEXPECTED POWER OUTAGE

Witfontein, Cape Nature Reserve, Rondebossie Step-A-Side, Much Asphalt and Malgas Pumstation off. ETR 11:00

Issued George Municipality
7 Feb 2023 @08:30

RESTORATION OF POWER SUPPLY IN WILDERNESS COINCIDES WITH LOAD SHEDDING

Mon, 6 Feb 2023 @13:10

Please note that as the power supply is being restored in Wilderness and its surrounds, load shedding also started according to Eskom’s schedule of load shedding. This means consumers would only be able to see if the power supply has been restored after load shedding.

Should there be any complaints about the power supply, please contact the Municipality’s Electrotechnical Services at 044 801 9222 (7.45 – 4.30pm) 044 801 9202/9258. WhatsApp Number 067 350 3295 (Available Monday to Friday 7.45 – 4.30pm) and/or 044 801 6300 (after hours)

Issued George Mun

PLANNED INTERRUPTION OF THE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY – PORTION OF BLANCO

PLANNED INTERRUPTION OF THE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY

THE FOLLOWING AREAS WILL BE AFFECTED:

PORTION OF BLANCO

GEORGE STREET

NOTICE is hereby given that the electricity supply will be interrupted on WEDNESDAY 08 FEBRUARY 2023  FROM  09H00 TO 15H00 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 THURSDAY 09 FEBRUARY 2023 FROM  09H00 TO 15H00.

Issued by George Municipality

6 Feb 2023

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BEPLAANDE ONDERBREKING VAN DIE ELEKTRIESE TOEVOER

DIE VOLGENDE AREAS SAL GERAAK WORD:

GEDEELTE VAN BLANCO

GEORGE STRAAT

KENNISGEWING geskied hiermee dat die elektriese toevoer onderbreek sal word op WOENSDAG 08 FEBRUARIE 2023 VANAF  09H00 TOT 15H00 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 DONDERDAG 09 FEBRUARIE 2023 VANAF 09H00 TOT 15H00.

Uitgereik deur George Munisipaliteit

6 Feb 2023

PIPE BURST IN PARTS OF UNIONDALE

A pipe burst occurred in the main water pipeline in Uniondale. The estimated time of repair has not yet been determined. A water truck will be dispatched to supply water to the affected areas.

The Planet Youth delegates visit the Mayor of George

The Planet Youth delegates visited the Executive Mayor of George, Ald Leon van Wyk on Wednesday, 1 February 2023. The Department of Health and Wellness is launching a whole of society programme focused on mental health called “Planet Youth”. The Planet Youth Concept is an Icelandic Prevention Concept, that has proved a success in reducing substance abuse and is designed to strengthen protective factors building healthy communities, especially for young people.

This concept has already kicked off with trial surveys at Jonga High, Thembalethu High and Pacaltsdorp High School this year. The official roll-out of the programme to the schools in George and Uniondale will occur after the launinrom February 2023. A Convenors Group has been established, with the Department of Health, George Municipality, Departments of Education, Sports, Arts and Cultural Affairs, Social Development, University of Cape Town, SAPS and several Non-Governmental Organisations.

Background to Planet Youth Programme:

Planet Youth George is a WOSA (Whole of Society Approach) platform for community collaboration that aims to improve mental health by reducing youth substance use, violence, and school dropout rates using an evidence-based and internationally tested approach of youth development activities, community empowerment and rigorous auditing.

Planet Youth inc. is an international organization, working in many countries worldwide, developed, and underdeveloped, to alleviate alcohol harms in adolescence with benefits across the life course.

Planet Youth and UCT commenced the George Planet Youth Programme in October 2022.

Aims of the Planet Youth community program

By engaging with Planet Youth:

  1. The community of George aims to enroll all children across the subdistrict in mass participation to proactively develop health and wellness.
  2. The local community aims to achieve a significant reduction in youth alcohol harms which will be measured as decreased school dropout rates, improved school academic performance, and a reduction in violence. This is projected to alleviate the burden on the overwhelmed mental healthcare system, correctional services, judiciary, education and social development.
  3. The local community aims to improve employment rates by producing employment-ready youth.
  4. Applying the Planet Youth view of positioning the school as the hub, reducing the economic and social harms of youth substance use and by increasing employment rates, the local community aims to significantly improve food security in affected communities.
  5. The local community aims to achieve a significant increase in sporting and cultural achievement which will improve mental health, physical well-being and competitiveness in affected schools.

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CAPTION:

FROM LEFT: Dr Zilla North (Department of Education), Dehran Swart (UCT), Lynn Le Grange (Department of Education), Councillor Raybin Figland (Executive Deputy Mayor of George), Alderman Leon van Wyk (Executive Mayor of George), Pall Rikhardsson (From Iceland, CEO of Planet Youth), Dr Herman Reuter (UCT and Sahara), Jonel Kerspuy (Planet Youth Programme)

 

 

MAYOR’S NEWSLETTER FOR GEORGE HERALD OF 2 FEBRUARY 2023

In January, municipalities reflect not only on the results of the first half of the current financial year but also on the previous financial year that ended on 30 June.

We have achieved another clean audit for the 2021/22 financial year. This is an important achievement as it helps in our endeavours to procure additional grant funding to further improve our infrastructure. As our municipality grows and we successfully implement and maintain our infrastructure while ensuring good governance, we progressively seek to qualify for larger grants that are also earmarked for the larger intermediate and metropolitan cities.

Our draft annual report for 2021/22 which provides an insight into the past year’s activities and achievements is in an advanced state of preparation prior to public release.

During the July-December 2022 period, it is already evident how load-shedding has impacted negatively on revenue through lower electricity sales resulting from not having Eskom power for 6-10 hours per day. Businesses are also likely to be similarly affected. To exacerbate this further, there are additional costs associated with the diesel purchased to operate generators at the various water and wastewater treatment plants and pump stations.

Through the gloom of load-shedding, we recently received indications that an international company will shortly commence business operations in George and start hiring and training staff. I also had the privilege along with a few senior colleagues to attend a presentation by Harvard University’s Growth Lab team on how they utilise data on business activities to focus on potential economic sectors that can provide strong growth opportunities for a city. Although George falls outside of the 1022 cities worldwide with populations of over 300000 that are already incorporated into their data sets, the Growth Lab already has access to some relevant data on George. This presentation will no doubt spur our outreach to gain insight into business sectors that could grow employment in our economy.

Over the past weeks, we have continued our interactions with the Western Cape Government and key role-players internationally to explore the acceleration of implementing renewable energy projects that will benefit the George economy. It is crucial too that the business and agricultural sectors, in particular, engage with us on their challenges with load-shedding to maintain their production levels. It is becoming important for business to communicate their electricity capacity needs as we jointly search for solutions through collaboration and partnerships. The challenges include technical feasibility, the ability to connect to the grid, environmental approvals, legislative requirements, funding sources and identifying a range of power suppliers.

Stakeholders with challenges or parties who are interested in offering practical solutions are welcome to use the supportbusiness@george.gov.za email address as a point of contact to facilitate a discussion.

Ald Leon van Wyk

Executive Mayor of George

 

ANNUAL REPORT – 2021/2022 PUBLIC NOTICE: INVITATION TO SUBMIT COMMENTS OR INPUTS

ANNUAL REPORT – 2021/2022 PUBLIC NOTICE: INVITATION TO SUBMIT COMMENTS OR INPUTS

Pursuant to Section 127(5) of the Local Government: Municipal Finance Management Act 56 of 2003 and Section 21A of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act 32 of 2000, the George Municipality invites local communities to submit written comments or representations in connection with its Annual Report for the period 1 July 2021 – 30 June 2022.

Full notice in English: https://www.george.gov.za/george-document/invitation-to-submit-comments-or-inputs-on-annual-report-2021-2022-english/

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JAARVERSLAG – 2021/2022: OPENBARE KENNISGEWING: UITNODIGING VIR KOMMENTAAR OF INSETTE

Ingevolge Artikel 127 (5) van die Wet op Plaaslike Regering: Munisipale Finansiële Bestuur (Wet 56 van 2003) en Artikel 21A van die Wet op Plaaslike Regering: Munisipale Stelsels (Wet 32 van 2000), nooi die George Munisipaliteit plaaslike gemeenskappe uit om geskrewe kommentaar of vertoë op die jaarverslag, vir die tydperk vanaf 1 Julie 2021 – 30 Junie 2022, in te dien.

Volledige kennisgewing in Afrikaans en Isi-Xhosa:https://www.george.gov.za/george-document/invitation-to-submit-comments-or-inputs-on-annual-report-2021-2022-afrikaans-and-isixhosa/

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INGXELO YONYAKA – 2021/2022 ISAZISO SIKAWONKE-WONKE: ISIMEMO SOKUNGENISA IZIMVO

Ngokungqinelana neCandelo le- 127(5) likaRhulumente weKhaya: uMthetho wokuLawulwa kweMali kaMasipala (No: 56 wama-2003) kunye neCandelo lama-21A likaRhulumente weKhaya: uMthetho weeNkqubo zikaMasipala (No: 32 wama- 2000), uMasipala waseGeorge umema uluNtu ukuba lungenise izimvo ezibhaliweyo okanye umelo malunga neNgxelo yoNyaka yesigaba sexesha lomhla woku- Nge-1 kaJulayi 2021- 30 Juni 2022.

Isaziso esipheleleyo ngesiNgesiXhosa ne Afrikaans: https://www.george.gov.za/george-document/invitation-to-submit-comments-or-inputs-on-annual-report-2021-2022-afrikaans-and-isixhosa/

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PLEASE VIEW AND DOWNLOAD THE DRAFT ANNUAL REPORT ON THE FOLLOWING LINK:

KYK EN LAAI ASSEBLIEF DIE KONSEP JAARVERSLAG OP DIE VOLGENDE SKAKEL AF:

NCEDA UJONGE UKHUPHELELE INGXELO YONYAKA EYILWAYO KWELIKHONKCO LILANDELAYO.

https://www.george.gov.za/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/GM-Draft-Annual-Report-2021-2022.pdf

GEORGE MUNICIPALITY READY AS BLUE DROP EVALUATIONS ARE UNDERWAY

The Department of Water and Sanitation’s (DWS) Blue Drop programme which was established to encourage continued progress and to acknowledge excellence in drinking water services management in South Africa is in progress, and the George Municipality`s first round of evaluations took place from Tuesday 17 January to Wednesday 18 January 2023.

The Blue Drop and Green Drop Certification Programmes are forms of Incentive-based Regulation (IBR) pioneered by the South African Water Sector since 2008. legislation, Water Services Act; Act 108 of 1997, Section 82 d, e & f. The programme seeks to focus on Improvement in Performance, Compliance and Efficiency.

According to the Deputy Director for Water and Sanitation in the Civil Engineering Services Department in the George Municipality, Deon de Jager, the Blue Drop Certification is intended to monitor the drinking water quality supplied to consumers countrywide. “Both water quality and administrative aspects are combined in this certification with the emphasis being on the administrative aspects instead of water quality and George has put all the ducks in a row to be evaluated.”

“The first-round assessments for the upcoming Blue Drop evaluations were held on 17 and 18 January 2023.  After the first-round evaluations, the DWS will, if necessary, allow the George Municipality to implement and report on corrective measures to be implemented, to enable the Municipality to correct and submit the required information,” de Jager added.  The second-round discussions on the corrective measures will take place on 28 February 2023 after which the George Municipality will receive (if successful) its final Blue Drop certification/score.

De Jager confirmed that the revised water safety plans and treatment plant process audits have been completed, and the George Municipality was assisted by IX Engineers and Chris Swartz consultants.  “All relevant personnel reporting to DWS have been registered on the IRIS reporting system.  The George Municipal Water Treatment and Laboratory sections are working around the clock to ensure that we comply with all legislative requirements as set out by the DWS.  Furthermore, the George Municipality is still in the process of performing process audits on all its raw and potable water pump stations, towers, and storage reservoirs.”

 

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CAPTION:

From Left to Right: Deon de Jager (Deputy Director: Water and Sewer Services), Melvin Koopman (Senior Superintendent: Water Treatment), Geoffrey Bredenkamp (Manager:  Water Treatment), Dewald van Staden (DWS Lead Inspector), Nkosinathi Masilela (Inspector DWS), Tladi Dineo (Inspector DWS), Randy Wesso (Manager Laboratory Services), Alton Michaels (Consultant SMEC Engineering Group)

 

ESKOM LOADSHEDDING UPDATE: 23 JANUARY 2023 @06:45

Two generating units at Tutuka Power Station were shut down during the night, while the return to service of an Arnot Power Station unit has been delayed, further reducing available capacity. Loadshedding will be maintained at Stage 3 until 16:00 on Monday. Stage 4 loadshedding will be implemented at 16:00 – 05:00. Eskom will publish a full update during the afternoon. (Eskom)

George will be affected as follows:

Monday 23/01/2023
12:00 – 14:30
20:00 – 22:30

Tuesday 24/01/2023
04:00 – 06:20
20:00 – 22:30

Wednesday 25/01/2023
02:00 – 04:20
10:00 – 12:30

Thursday 26/01/2023
02:00 – 04:20
18:00 – 20:30

Friday 27/01/2023
18:00 – 20:30

Saturday 28/01/2023
02:00 – 04:20
18:00 – 20:30

Sunday 29/01/2023
00:00 – 02:30
08:00 – 10:30

Uniondale will be affected as follows:

Sunday 22/01/2023
15:00 – 17:30
23:00 – 01:30

Monday 23/01/2023
16:00 – 17:30
23:00 – 01:30

Tuesday 24/01/2023
07:00 – 09:20
23:00 – 01:30

Wednesday 25/01/2023
13:00 – 15:20

Thursday 26/01/2023
21:00 – 23:20

Friday 27/01/2023
21:00 – 23:20

Saturday 28/01/2023
05:00 – 07:20
21:00 – 23:30

Sunday 29/01/2023
03:00 – 05:30
11:00 – 13:30

VERY IMPORTANT PLEASE
ONLY USE ESSENTIAL APPLIANCES WHEN POWER IS RESTORED
Consumers are reminded to use electricity sparingly especially when power returns after load shedding. This will reduce the risk of overload tripping on the network. Consumers are requested to not switch on appliances such as stoves and kettles for at least 30 minutes after load shedding.

ESKOM LOADSHEDDING UPDATE: 22 JANUARY 2023 @16:20

Stage 3 loadshedding will be implemented from 16:00 this afternoon until 05:00 on Monday morning. Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented during the day at 05:00 – 16:00, whereafter Stage 1 loadshedding will be implemented daily.

On Monday afternoon Stage 4 loadshedding will be implemented at 16:00 – 05:00. Evening loadshedding will then be reduced to Stage 3 daily from Tuesday until further notice.

George will be affected as follows:

Sunday 22/01/2023
20:00 – 22:30

Monday 23/01/2023
20:00 – 22:30

Tuesday 24/01/2023
04:00 – 06:20
20:00 – 22:30

Wednesday 25/01/2023
02:00 – 04:20
10:00 – 12:30

Thursday 26/01/2023
02:00 – 04:20
18:00 – 20:30

Friday 27/01/2023
18:00 – 20:30

Saturday 28/01/2023
02:00 – 04:20
18:00 – 20:30

Sunday 29/01/2023
00:00 – 02:30
08:00 – 10:30

Uniondale will be affected as follows:

Sunday 22/01/2023
15:00 – 17:30
23:00 – 01:30

Monday 23/01/2023
16:00 – 17:30
23:00 – 01:30

Tuesday 24/01/2023
07:00 – 09:20
23:00 – 01:30

Wednesday 25/01/2023
13:00 – 15:20

Thursday 26/01/2023
21:00 – 23:20

Friday 27/01/2023
21:00 – 23:20

Saturday 28/01/2023
05:00 – 07:20
21:00 – 23:30

Sunday 29/01/2023
03:00 – 05:30
11:00 – 13:30

VERY IMPORTANT PLEASE
ONLY USE ESSENTIAL APPLIANCES WHEN POWER IS RESTORED
Consumers are reminded to use electricity sparingly especially when power returns after load shedding. This will reduce the risk of overload tripping on the network. Consumers are requested to not switch on appliances such as stoves and kettles for at least 30 minutes after load shedding.

NATIONAL ENERGY CRISIS COMMITTEE RELEASES SIX-MONTH PROGRESS UPDATE ON IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ENERGY ACTION PLAN

TO ALL
MEDIA/NEWS EDITORS

SATURDAY 21 JANUARY 2023

NATIONAL ENERGY CRISIS COMMITTEE RELEASES SIX-MONTH PROGRESS UPDATE ON IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ENERGY ACTION PLAN

The National Energy Crisis Committee (NECOM) has today, 21 January 2023, released a six-month progress update on implementation of the Energy Action Plan.

This update follows a period of load shedding which was escalated to stage 6 due to a high number of breakdowns across Eskom’s generation fleet.

The declining Energy Availability Factor of Eskom’s fleet reflects the cumulative impact of historical underinvestment in maintenance and assets, exacerbated by flaws in the design of new power stations in the last decade.

To respond to the severe impact of load shedding on households, small businesses and the economy as a whole, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a range of measures in July 2022 to improve the performance of existing power stations and add new generation capacity as quickly as possible.

The Energy Action Plan was developed through extensive consultation and endorsed by energy experts as providing the best and fastest path towards energy security.

The NECOM has since been established to coordinate government’s response and ensure swift implementation of the plan.

During the past week, the President has convened the NECOM in order to accelerate government’s efforts to reduce load shedding. He has also engaged with a wide range of stakeholders, including political parties, labour unions, business associations, community groups, interfaith leaders, traditional leaders, premiers and mayors to ensure a collective response to this national challenge.

The progress update released today outlines important steps that have been taken to follow through on the commitments announced by the President.

These include:
– Schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act has been amended to remove the licensing requirement for generation projects, which will significantly accelerate private investment.
– Since the licensing threshold was first raised to 100 MW, the pipeline of private sector projects has grown to more than 100 projects with over 9000 MW of capacity. The first of these large-scale projects are expected to connect to the grid by the end of this year.
– The NECOM has instructed departments to cut red tape and streamline regulatory processes for energy projects, including reducing the timeframe for environmental authorisations to 57 days from over 100 days previously; reducing the registration process from four months to three weeks; and ensuring that grid connection approvals are provided within six months.
– Project agreements for 19 projects from Bid Window 5 and six projects from Bid Window 6 of the renewable energy programme, representing 2800 MW of new capacity. These projects will soon proceed to construction.
– A new Ministerial determination has been published for 14771 MW of new generation capacity from wind, solar and battery storage to accelerate further bid windows.
– An additional 300 MW has been imported through the Southern African Power Pool, and negotiations are underway to secure a potential 1,000 MW from neighbouring countries starting this year.
– Eskom has developed and launched a programme to purchase power from companies with available generation capacity through a standard offer. The first contracts are expected to be signed in the coming weeks.
– A team of independent experts has been established to work closely with Eskom to diagnose the problems at poorly performing power stations and take action to improve plant performance.

Six power stations have been identified for particular focus over the coming months through a comprehensive Generation Recovery Plan, with oversight from the new Eskom board.

While the power system remains constrained in the short term, these measures will reduce the frequency and severity of load shedding as new capacity is brought online.

President Ramaphosa said: “South Africans are right to demand immediate action to address the devastating impact of load shedding on our lives and on the economy.

“The Energy Action Plan provides a clear way out of this crisis. We do not need any new plans – we are focusing on implementing this plan fully and effectively to achieve energy security for all South Africans.”

The President has further instructed law enforcement agencies to ramp up efforts to protect electricity infrastructure.

A special meeting of the National Security Council will be convened in the next week to receive a report on operations underway to disrupt criminal syndicates and address theft and sabotage at several power stations.

Addressing the ongoing shortfall in electricity remains government’s single most important priority.

Further updates will be provided on a regular basis regarding progress in implementing the Energy Action Plan.

The full update can be accessed at http://bit.ly/3D4243A

Media enquiries:

Vincent Magwenya,
Spokesperson to the President

ISSUED BY THE PRESIDENCY OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA

www.thepresidency.gov.za

ESKOM LOADSHEDDING UPDATE: 20 JAN 2023 @16:20

Loadshedding will be maintained at Stage 4 for this and tomorrow evenings at 16:00 – 05:00. Loadshedding will be lowered to Stage 3 at 05:00 – 16:00 on Saturday and further reduced to Stage 2 on Sunday morning. A full statement will be published on Sunday.

George will be affected as follows:
Friday 20/01/2023
14:00 – 16:30
22:00 – 00:30

Saturday 21/01/2023
04:00 – 06:30
12:00 – 14:00
20:00 – 22:30

Sunday 22/02/2023
04:00 – 06:30
12:00 – 14:30
20:00 – 22:30

Uniondale will be affected as follows:
Friday 20/01/2023
17:00 – 19:30

Saturday 21/01/2023
07:00 – 09:30
15:00 – 17:00
23:00 – 01:30

Sunday 22/02/2023
15:00 – 17:30
23:00 – 01:30

VERY IMPORTANT PLEASE
ONLY USE ESSENTIAL APPLIANCES WHEN POWER IS RESTORED
Consumers are reminded to use electricity sparingly especially when power returns after load shedding. This will reduce the risk of overload tripping on the network. Consumers are requested, where possible to not switch on appliances such as stoves and kettles for at least 30 minutes after load shedding.

PIPE BURST AT HOEKWIL

There’s a pipe burst at Hoekwil’s main water line. The pipe burst occurred at the corner of Valley Road in Hoekwil. Water will now be turned off. We’ll advise when trucks are needed. ETR is 3 hours.

Issued by George Municipality, 20 Jan 2023 @11:15