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Author: Ntobeko Mangqwengqwe

Mayor’s newsletter for George Herald of 6 October 2022

On behalf of our Mayoral Committee (Mayco) and Councillor team, I want to recognise, praise and thank all our hard-working municipal employees for their determination, dedication and commitment to the tasks that they undertake daily and often over weekends as well. We would not have come so far over the past 21 months without the team effort of the directors and their supporting staff who are so ably led by Dr Michele Gratz as municipal manager.

Our objective has been to tackle the refurbishment and expansion of infrastructure while improving the standards of service delivery. This has been a focused effort with huge pressures on individuals to constantly drive the changes that are needed to implement state-of-the-art practices. To achieve this, you need new ideas and a work ethic that is diligence and performance-driven. New and existing employees have seized opportunities to introduce data-driven methodology and productivity. As councillors, we applaud and thank the team for the ongoing work efforts week by week that are being undertaken. We, therefore, take note and appreciate that throughout the organisation from the maintenance, technical, cleaning and refuse teams through to the administrative, professional and management teams that there is pride in the work being done.

The reference to infrastructure links to a recent SA Property Owners Association (SAPOA) conference held in Cape Town. During a panel discussion, it was stated that local government competence, maintenance of infrastructure and corruption were the three biggest challenges facing infrastructure in South Africa. Their survey covering the 15 largest metropolitan and intermediate cities (George comes in at no.19) revealed that the state of municipal infrastructure including roads had worsened over the past 5 years for all the cities except for Cape Town. Property developers viewed future projects and investments in the Western Cape positively whereas they foresee significant declines in investment in the Eastern Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal and Free State followed by the other Provinces due to the failure to adequately provide for the maintenance and bulk infrastructure timeously.

This survey reinforces the efforts that we are undertaking in George to position ourselves as attractive for investment and employment.

We applaud a recent Business Chamber event where the formation of a group of companies was announced that results from the collaboration between investors and operators of training academies.

I have been approached by a young businessman who is keen to collaborate with contemporaries in the under-40 age group. Secondly, it has been suggested that we should inspire our restaurateurs to “up their game” in terms of meal and service offerings to coincide with the forthcoming holiday season. We plan to shortly engage on both these projects. As always comments and suggestions are welcome at: supportbusiness@george.gov.za

 

 

PUBLIC NOTICE:  WARD 9 Upgrading of 36th and 27th Streets

PUBLIC NOTICE:  WARD 9 Upgrading of 36th and 27th Streets

DRAW for (3) SUB CONTRACTORS FOR LAYING OF PAVING AND KERBS

You are cordially invited to a draw for (3) Sub Contractors
TYOLORHA PRIMARY SCHOOL HALL, ZONE 7

Emerging Contractors residing in Ward 9 wishing to partake in this project need to be registered with the following entities:
CIPC:             Companies and Intellectual Property Commission

CSD:              Central Supplier Database

CIDB:             Construction Industry Development Board (Registered as 1 CEB or Higher)

The supporting documents proving valid registration with the above-mentioned entities need to be presented at the draw and will serve as an access pass to limit attendance numbers.

DATE:            10 OCTOBER 2022

VENUE:         TYOLORHA PRIMARY SCHOOL  HALL

WARD:          9

TIME:             10h00

Very Important Note:

  1. Only one (1) representative per SMME Construction Business will be allowed
    due to Covid-19 Regulations.
  2. Emerging Contractors who have done work on similar projects for George Municipality in the past two (2) years, will not be considered in the initial round, but will be allowed to partake should no successful contractors be found.

ESKOM LOAD SHEDDING STAGE 3 UPDATE 2 OCT 2022

Stage 3 load shedding will continue to be implemented until 05:00 on Thursday morning as generation capacity remains constrained.

George will be affected as follows:
Sunday 02/10/2022
14:00 – 16:30
22:00 – 00:30

Monday 03/10/2022
06:00 – 08:30
22:00 – 00:30

Tuesday 04/10/2022
06:00 – 08:30
14:00 – 16:30

Wednesday 05/10/2022
04:00 – 06:30
12:00 – 14:30
20:00 – 22:30

Uniondale will be affected as follows:
Sunday 02/10/2022
17:00 – 19:30

Monday 03/10/2022
01:00 – 03:30
09:00 – 11:30

Tuesday 04/10/2022
01:00 – 03:30
09:00 – 11:30
17:00 – 19:30

Wednesday 05/10/2022
07:00 – 09:30
15:00 – 17:30
23:00 – 01:30

VERY IMPORTANT PLEASE
ONLY USE ESSENTIAL APPLIANCES WHEN POWER IS RESTORED There is a high risk of tripping due to overload conditions and your assistance in curbing this will be appreciated. Consumers are requested, where possible to not switch on appliances such as stoves and kettles for at least 30 minutes after load shedding.

UPDATE: KNYSNA ROAD IS PARTIALLY CLOSED DUE TO A VEHICLE/MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

An accident involving a motor vehicle and a motorcycle that occurred earlier today on Knysna Road resulted in the temporary closure of a single lane in each direction of the Road. Both lanes toward York Street have been opened, while only one lane remains open in the opposite direction (towards the Garden Route Mall). Traffic officers are regulating the traffic flow at the scene of the accident.

LOW PRESSURE EXPERIENCED IN BERGSIG

The George Municipality are aware of the low water pressure experienced in the Bergsig area.

This is due to low reservoir levels on 2 x 8 ML reservoirs due to maintenance executed during Thursday and Friday. Pressures to restore in Bergsig areas experiencing low pressures as resrvoirs recover/fill.

No pipe breakages detected in network. We apologies for the inconvenience.

ESKOM LOAD SHEDDING UPDATE 29 SEPT 2022

Stage 4 loadshedding will continue to be implemented until 05:00 on Saturday morning and reduce to Stage 3 throughout the weekend.

George will be affected as follows:

Thursday 29/09/22
16:00 – 18:30

Friday 30/09/22
00:00 – 02:30
08:00 – 10:30
16:00 – 18:30

Saturday 01/10/22
06:00 – 08:30
14:00 – 16:30
22:00 – 00:30

Sunday 02/10/22
14:00 – 16:30
22:00 – 00:30

Uniondale will be affected as follows:

Thursday 29/09/22
19:00 – 21:30

Friday 30/09/22
03:00 – 05:30
11:00 – 13:30
19:00 – 21:30

Saturday 01/10/22
01:00 – 03:30
09:00 – 11:30
17:00 – 19:30

Sunday 02/10/22
01:00 – 03:30
17:00 – 19:30

Monday 02/10/22
01:00 – 03:30

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.

EXECUTIVE MAYOR OF GEORGE PETITIONS AGAINST ESKOM’S ELECTRICITY TARIFF INCREASE OF 32% IN THE 2023/2024 FINANCIAL YEAR

On Wednesday, 28 September 2022, the Executive Mayor of George, Ald Leon van Wyk wrote to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) to petition against Eskom’s proposed electricity tariff increase of 32% in the 2023/2024 financial year.

The letter to NERSA is as follows:
As Executive Mayor of George Municipality, I am writing to you on behalf of the citizens of George, to appeal to you not to grant Eskom’s application to increase the price of electricity by 32% in the 2023/2024 financial year,” his letter read to NERSA.

“In my letter addressed to you earlier this year on the question of Eskom’s increases for 2022/23, I stated that our citizens are not able to afford increases at a level above the inflation rate. It is unfair, unaffordable, and unjustified to expect citizens to pay increases substantially above the inflation rate.

Across the country, we are already burdened with high food and fuel prices. The recent hefty interest rate hike adds to the high cost of living making it even more difficult for citizens to make ends meet. Moreover, the requested increase will further cripple businesses financially that are already struggling to operate profitably, and to sustain and create jobs. It will destroy the hope of economic recovery in South Africa and add to our burden of poverty.

On behalf of George Municipality, I am therefore objecting in the strongest possible terms to any increase in the price of electricity that is above an inflation increase. We, accordingly, appeal to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) to reject the proposal.

The price of electricity has risen by more than 500% over the past 16 years, far exceeding inflation over that time. Over this period in which electricity has become steadily more expensive, the security of our electricity supply has progressively become more unreliable. This year is already the worst year of load-shedding on record. The Stage 6 load-shedding we have experienced in the last short period destroyed R4,2 billion in value from our South African economy each day.

It is unacceptable that Eskom is trying to shield itself from the commercial consequences of years’ worth of mismanagement and poor maintenance of its infrastructure by drastically raising its prices at the time that it is least able to supply electricity to the country. Consumers correctly do not understand the logic of Eskom requesting a 32% increase when it is unable to reliably supply electricity. It would therefore be an unspeakable injustice to burden struggling South Africans even further by making them Eskom’s financial scapegoat.

It is now the time, however, that Eskom undertakes the drastic measures needed to reduce the bloated salary bill, stop the mismanagement, inflated tenders, corruption, etc. and recover the outstanding debt not being paid by defaulters. The municipalities that are up to date with their Eskom account are burdened with huge increases because of the many municipalities that have huge outstanding debt owing to Eskom.

We have not seen meaningful progress on any of these aspects, and yet Eskom is still willing to make ordinary South Africans pay for its lack of action. NERSA must reject this application and insist that the remedial action be implemented.

At George Municipality we have committed ourselves to work tirelessly to bring down the cost of electricity for our citizens through the procurement of our own generated electricity from cheaper sources than Eskom. Our Council has approved the necessary funding for these projects to source up to 15% of our daily off-take from Eskom within the next three years.

Our Municipality is fully aware of the challenges facing Eskom and is working with all stakeholders to find acceptable solutions for businesses and domestic consumers. There are large commercial undertakings and hospitals (as examples), that operate on a 24-hour basis, that are being drastically affected by the ongoing load-shedding. They look to the Municipality in an endeavour to find solutions that will enable them to stay in business. An increase of 32% would send the wrong message to all electricity consumers.

NERSA should rather endeavour to work with the private sector and those Municipalities capable of procuring alternative sources of electricity by only permitting inflation-based tariff increases to ensure that there is a focus on bringing additional electricity online over the next three to four years to assist with the supply constraints faced by Eskom.

I trust that this letter will receive your urgent attention and ensure that Eskom’s application for a price increase is limited to the increase in the consumer price index.

Ends.

WATER SUPPLY INTERRUPTION PORTION OF BLANCO

 

The following streets in Blanco are currently experiencing water supply interruption due to a pipe replacement in Pieter Theron Street in Blanco.

  • Pieter Theron Street
  • Maitland Street
  • Uitspan Street
  • Napier Street
  • Voortrekker Street, Fancourt Gardens and neighbouring streets might also experience pressure problems or water interruptions as they are close to Theron Street in Blanco.

Water supply will be restored at 14:00 to the affected streets. We sincerely apologise for the short notice.

 

PLANNED INTERRUPTION OF THE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY WILDERNESS HEIGHTS

PLANNED INTERRUPTION OF THE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY WILDERNESS HEIGHTS

THE FOLLOWING AREAS WILL BE AFFECTED:
PORTION OF WILDERNESS HEIGHTS
ERIKA STR, SILVER RIVER STR, STRAWBERRY HILL, CLAIRE WOOD, IDILLE FOREST EXPERIENCE

NOTICE is hereby given that the electricity supply will be interrupted on SATURDAY 01 OCTOBER 2022 FROM 09H00 TO 17H00 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 SUNDAY 02 OCTOBER 2022 FROM 09H00 TO 17H00.

Issued by George Municipality
28 Sept 2022

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BEPLAANDE ONDERBREKING VAN DIE ELEKTRIESE TOEVOER WILDERNIS HOOGTE

DIE VOLGENDE AREAS SAL GERAAK WORD:
GEDEELTE VAN WILDERNIS- HOOGTE
ERIKA STR, SILWER RIVIER STR, STRAWBERRY HILL, CLAIRE WOOD, IDILLE FOREST EXPERIENCE

KENNISGEWING geskied hiermee dat die elektriese toevoer onderbreek sal word op SATERDAG 01 OKTOBER 2022 VANAF 09H00 TOT 17H00 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 SONDAG 02 OKTOBER 2022 VANAF 09H00 TOT 17H00.

Uitegereik deur George Munisipaliteit
28 Sept 2022

PLANNED INTERRUPTION OF THE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY PORTION OF DENNEOORD

PLANNED INTERRUPTION OF THE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY PORTION OF DENNEOORD

THE FOLLOWING AREAS WILL BE AFFECTED:
PORTION OF DENNEOORD
11TH AVENUE, DALIA SOUTH, AFFODIL AVENUE, NEW WATER WORKS

NOTICE is hereby given that the electricity supply will be interrupted on FRIDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 2022 FROM 09H00 TO 16H30 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 03 OCTOBER 2022 FROM 09H00 TO 16H30.

Issued by George Municipality
28 Sept 2022

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BEPLANDE ONDERBREKING VAN DIE ELEKTRIESE TOEVOER GEDEELTE VAN DENNEOORD

DIE VOLGENDE AREAS SAL GERAAK WORD:
GEDEELTE VAN DENNEOORD
11DE LAAN, DALIA SUID, AFFODIL LAAN, NUWE WATER WERKE

KENNISGEWING geskied hiermee dat die elektriese toevoer onderbreek sal word op VRYDAG 30 SEPTEMBER 2022 VANAF 09H00 TOT 16H30 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 03 OKTOBER 2022 VANAF 09H00 TOT 16H30.

Uitgereik deur George Munisipaliteit
28 Sept 2022

PLANNED OUTAGE PORTION GWAING

PLANNED OUTAGE PORTION GWAING
Issued by George Municipality, 28 Sept 2022

Unforeseen delays during this outage have unfortunately pushed the reinstatement time to 18:00. The originally planned outage was scheduled for 09:00 – 16:00.

ESKOM LOAD SHEDDING UPDATE: 28 SEPT 2022

Stage 3 and Stage 4 load shedding will continue to be implemented between 00:00 – 16:00 and 16:00 – 00:00 daily until Saturday. Breakdowns currently amount to 15 492MW while planned maintenance is 5 076MW. A full statement and a further update will be published Friday afternoon.

George will be affected as follows:
Wednesday 28/09/22
18:00 – 20:30

Thursday 29/09/22
00:00 – 02:30
08:00 – 10:30
16:00 – 18:30

Friday 30/09/22
00:00 – 02:30
08:00 – 10:30
16:00 – 18:30

Saturday 01/10/22
06:00 – 08:30
14:00 – 16:30
22:00 – 00:30

Uniondale will be affected as follows:
Wednesday 28/09/22
21:00 – 23:30

Thursday 29/09/22
03:00 – 05:30
11:00 – 13:30
19:00 – 21:30

Friday 30/09/22
03:00 – 05:30
11:00 – 13:30
19:00 – 21:30

Saturday 01/10/22
09:00 – 11:30
17:00 – 19:30

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.

MAYOR VAN WYK WISHES GEORGE MUNICIPALITY’S OFFICIALS WELL FOR THE GARDEN ROUTE SPORT AND RECREATION DAY

“George Municipality is ready!” So cheered a group of George Municipality’s jubilant officials who will participate in this weekend’s Garden Route Sport and Recreation Day which will take place on Friday 30 September 2022 at Riversdale.

In a special address by the Executive Mayor of George, Alderman Leon van Wyk on Tuesday afternoon at the George Municipality’s Banquet Hall, the executive mayor wished the officials success in their participation in these games, formerly known as Better Together Games.

More than just over 80 employees of the George Municipality are set to participate in this year’s Garden Route Sport and Recreation Day. In a programme that was released to the participants, indications are that the Western Cape Minister of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, MEC Anroux Marais deliver a keynote address to officially open the sport and recreation day.

The Garden Route Sport and Recreation Day is an annual sports event that is hosted by Sport and Recreation Services of the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport involving government officials in the various districts of the province as well as in the metropole to try their hand at soccer, mini-cricket, volleyball, tug of war, chess, athletics and many other codes at the Better Together Games (BTG) for government officials.

The George Municipality has always been part of the Better Together Games since its inception in 2007 and successfully brought back gold, silver and bronze medallions and gone through to the final games. The George Municipality has last attended the finals known as the Corporate Games in 2019 and won gold in both Rugby cricket and dominoes.

“Did you exercise, are you fit?” Ald van Wyk quipped. “Go and make us proud, and please be cautious and we do not want to hear of any injuries, go out there and enjoy yourselves,” he said. In response to the mayor’s message, the group of officials shouted with joy said, “We are ready!”, assuring the Executive Mayor and the city of George that they will make the city proud.

Ends.

WARD 12: UPGRADING OF JOHANNES, PETRUS AND NQWEMESHA STREETS

WARD 12: UPGRADING OF JOHANNES, PETRUS AND NQWEMESHA STREETS

DRAW for (3) SUB CONTRACTORS FOR LAYING OF PAVING AND KERBS

You are cordially invited to a draw for (3) Sub Contractors
ALL BRICK COMMUNITY HALL

Emerging Contractors residing in Ward 12 wishing to partake in this project need to be registered with the following entities:
CIPC:                Companies and Intellectual Property Commission

CSD:                 Central Supplier Database

CIDB:                Construction Industry Development Board (Registered as 1 CEB or Higher)

The supporting documents proving valid registration with the above-mentioned entities need to be presented at the draw and will serve as an access pass to limit attendance numbers.

DATE:              30 SEPTEMBER 2022

VENUE:           ALL BRICK COMMUNITY HALL

WARD:            12

TIME:               10h00

Very Important Note:

  1. Only one (1) representative per SMME Construction Business will be allowed
    due to Covid-19 Regulations.
  2. Emerging Contractors who have done work on similar projects for George Municipality in the past two (2) years, will not be considered in the initial round, but will be allowed to partake should no successful contractors be found.

Issued by George Municipality