From the Mayor’s Desk
14 May 2021
The Vehicle Testing Station (VTS) in Willowmore officially opened on Wednesday, 12 May 2021, after being closed for almost three months. The section was not functional due to non-compliance, as per the Inspectorate from Department of Transport.
The testing station had old equipment and therefore needed an upgrade in order to be compliant. A final inspection was done on Monday, 10 May 2021 and the Inspectorate from Department of Transport congratulated the municipality on a job well done with the reopening of the station. The test station now has an A Grading, and it will be operating normal working hours, i.e., Mondays to Fridays from 08h00 to 15h00.
The municipality continues to investigate all possible avenues to decrease expenses in order to improve the financial status of the municipality. One of many plans to cut cost was implemented this week, the municipality installed an energy saving device to ensure that the municipality save energy. Apart from preventing greenhouse emissions and conserving water, energy efficient appliances also help save money by reducing the electricity bill. The system will be monitored to measure the cost saving effectiveness.
Waste Management challenges specifically related to illegal dumping remains prevalent in our towns. Cleaning of illegal dumping sites are occurring, yet the process of dumping refuse/waste remains. The Community Services Directorate continues to provide weekly service to the community amidst the various challenges experienced. I plea communities to remain patient with refuse collection, the collection times may vary but the department is trying its best to collect on scheduled days.
The Karoo is known for its winter seasons that is usually has little to no rain, i.e., dry winters. Therefore, it is imperative for all of us to work together to beat a dry winter and start using water sparingly. In the Graaff-Reinet area, water is currently only supplied by boreholes. Residents must please repair any toilet leaks and also report any other leaks.
Covid 19 statistics for DBNLM as of 13 May 2021 indicates 5 new cases and 10 active cases. An increase in infections is evident nationwide with the Sarah Baartman District indicating a steep increase in active cases and Steytlerville, a town within our jurisdiction is identified as a hotspot area. The Health Minister, Dr Z Mkhize announced on the 12th of May 2021 that the country is in the third wave therefore, communities are cautioned to continue complying with regulations, and precautionary measures put in place.
Phase 2 of the vaccination roll-out process will commence from Monday, 17 May 2021. Eastern province citizens 60 years and older now have more options to selfregister for vaccination, namely;
Dial *134*832# and follow prompts, Or *134*832*Your ID Number # and follow prompts, and you will receive a message when done. This is free.
For Whatsapp users, send the word REGISTER to 0600123456; answer all questions in the vaccine secure chat. When you are done, you will receive a confirmatory message. Alternatively visit www.vaccination.enroll.health.gov.za and self- register there. Communities that are not able to register on these platforms will not be turned away from vaccination sites. Communities are encouraged to register and get vaccinated.
Cllr D. De Vos MAYOR