From the Mayor’s Desk
23 July 2021
Dear residents of Dr Beyers Naudé Local Municipality.
Firstly, we are deeply saddened by the passing of Councillor Eldan Adley Carolus. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones. His soul is now at peace. May my condolences bring you comfort, and may our prayers ease the pain of this loss. Remember, the ones we love are never gone; they live within our hearts.
The Director Community Services, Mr Hermanus, has declared war on illegal dumping in Graaff-Reinet. With the assistance of the Green Deeds Programme, a 30 day campaign has been launched during which a service provider with front-end loader and tip-truck was appointed to clean up all
wards. The Green Deeds Programme is led by the Department of Environmental Affairs and aims to promote environmental actions that take into consideration sustainable living practices. Let us all work together to restore and maintain Mother Nature’s majesty.
The Dr Beyers Naudé Municipal area received a Drought Declaration after an application submitted to the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) was successful. This means that the government can make funds available to assist the Municipality and farmers.
We are very grateful to the Department of Water Affairs for the supply and delivery of 100 water tanks. These tanks were allocated to Water Treatment Plants and Reservoirs as follows: Aberdeen (5), Jansenville (12), Steytlerville (6) and Graaff-Reinet (77). As we all know, we live in a drought-stricken area and every drop counts. I would thus like to use this opportunity to urge all residents to save water and treat the reporting of all water leaks as a priority.
The Department of Transport has been awarded a contract by the Department of Roads of the Sarah Baartman District Municipality for the upgrading of roads in the Willowmore, Steytlerville and Baviaanskloof areas. The grading of the rural roads on to Vondeling is near completion and the contractor will also grade gravel roads in the town areas. The road to Willowmore Hospital is currently being graded.All vehicle owners in the Eastern Cape should take note that you can now renew your Motor Vehicle License disc anywhere in the Province, regardless of the area where it was registered or your residential area.
Lastly, as Covid-19 cases continue to rise, I urge everyone to keep wearing your masks, maintain social distancing and sanitize and disinfect surfaces regular.
Let’s Stay Home and Stay Safe
Cllr D. De Vos MAYOR