From the Mayor’s Desk
16 April 2021
The Public Participation programme for the reviewed 2017-2022 IDP and Budget continuous and communities are encouraged to attend these sessions. The draft IDP and Budget are open for a period of 21 days for inspection and comments and the document is available at all Municipal administrative offices and Public libraries situated in the municipal area. The programme for the next week is as follows:
19 April 2021 – Koebergville and Asherville – Assembly of God at 17h00
20 April 2021 – Asherville and Santaville – Ryneveld Primary School at 17h00
21 April 2021 – Kroonvale – Alex Laing at 17h00
22 April 2021 – Horseshoe and Adendorp – Auditorium at 17h00
The Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) is one of government’s key programmes aimed at providing poverty and income relief through temporary work for the unemployed. The programme provides an important avenue for labour absorption and income transfers to poor households, in the short to medium-term. EPWP is a nationwide programme covering all spheres of government.
Dr Beyers Naudé Local municipality has been performing exceptionally with the programme and is the top achiever in the Sarah Baartman District. The municipality has overachieved its annual target of 260 by creating jobs, through the EPWP, for a total of 563 community members. Due to the high performance of the municipality, DBNLM was invited to present best practices to the Provincial Steering Committee and, DBNLM is the municipality that received the biggest grant allocation in the district, for the next financial year.
All avenues and opportunities available, must be utilized to assist with unemployed communities in the area. Another initiative, Green deeds, has appointed 60 unemployed persons who will be assisting in cleaning illegal dumping sites in the area. This past week, they were busy in the Bree Street area. The team will continue in other areas over the following weeks. I cannot reiterate the importance of keeping our areas clean, enough. The responsibility is on us, the community, to keep areas clean and refrain from dumping refuse illegally.
The Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG) aims to eradicate municipal infrastructure backlogs in poor communities to ensure provision of basic services such as water, sanitation, roads, and community lighting. The Department of Cooperative Governance is responsible for managing and transferring the MIG and provides support to municipalities on implementing MIG projects
The Infrastructure department has been performing excellent in securing an additional MIG allocation of R4 748 000.00. The conditions of the additional allocations are that it must be utilized in the current financial year with preference to water and sanitation projects. Therefore, it will be utilized on the current Upgrading of the sewer pump station project in Graaff-Reinet.
Water scarcity is a reality and dam levels are decreasing daily. This is not only the reality for our area, but it affects all in the country. We must all adjust to our current status and start with re-purposing of water. Grey water is a perfect way to conserve fresh water. Communities must start shifting their mindsets and maybe next time when you do your washing, instead of letting the water go down the drain, use the water in the garden.
Covid-19 statistics for Dr Beyers Naudé Local Municipality, as at 11 April 2021 indicates no new cases for the area with two active cases in the area. I want to congratulate communities in our areas as the statistics is a clear indication of adherence to safety measures in place.
On 13 April 2021, Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize released a statement on the voluntary temporary suspension of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine roll out until the causal relationship between the development of clots and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is sufficiently interrogated.
Phase 2 of the vaccination roll-out is underway. Those eligible for phase 2 of the vaccination programme, can start registering from today, 15 April 2021. The Health Minister launched the Covid-19 Electronic Vaccination Data System for those over 60 years of age virtually this morning at 7am. The following link can be followed for registration: https://vaccine.enroll.health.gov.za/#/
The vaccine is our best chance at reaching herd immunity and combating the pandemic. I encourage all eligible to register and get vaccinated.
Cllr D. De Vos MAYOR