Latest Council Snippets 11 – 17 September

PROVIDING WATER AND CREATING JOBS

Thursday 11 September 2019

Providing Water and Creating Jobs

As part of our commitment to improved service delivery, providing potable water to our north- and north-eastern communities is now a reality.
Works at these pumps, as well as at the Concordia and Dam-se-Bos reservoirs have been completed. We have already started works on the new Heidevallei reservoir and project that these will run until May 2020.
Not only will our residents in these areas have better access to potable water, but the project employs 37 labourers.

EMPOWERING WOMEN AND KEEPING OUR RIVERS HEALTHY

12 September 2019

Empowering Women and Keeping our Rivers Healthy

51 ladies are employed four days a week to clear refuse from the main tributaries of the Bongani- and Bigai rivers. This waste inevitably ends up in our estuary, but these women are making a valiant effort at managing the situation – while earning an income.

PROTECTING OUR ESTUARY BY UPGRADING OUR INFRASTRUCTURE

13 September 2019

Protecting our Estuary by Upgarding our Infrastructure

Our wastewater treatment works has been upgraded to the tune of R9,7 million. We have converted the sequential batch reactor to a nutrient removal plant.
This will remove nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus from our wastewater before it is discharged, protecting our estuary from these harmful nutrient compounds. The mechanical and electrical works will be completed during the current financial year.

16 September 2019

NEW JOBS GIVE INVASIVE PLANTS THE AXE


The Department of Environmental Affairs approved our invasive species plant control plan in February. Since then, a team of 10 residents have been trained, equipped and employed to eradicated invasive plants on municipal properties.

The undeniable link between invasive plants and fire risk makes this a long-term project and three additional teams will be appointed to join this fight against invasive vegetation.

17 September 2019

INVESTING IN THE WHITE LOCATION COMMUNITY


Retired American soccer star Julie Foudy wrote: “…sports build good habits, confidence, and discipline. They make players into community leaders and teach them how to strive for a goal, handle mistakes, and cherish growth opportunities.”

This ties in perfectly with our spend of just over R11 million on the upgrades to the sports field at White Location, as well as the R25 million spend on the new White Location multipurpose community centre.

Soon our budding sport stars will have access to a fantastic training facility, and the community will have access to a centre where they can foster our community leaders of tomorrow.