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Oct 09 2017

Launch of the R32 million Wittekleibosch Dairy Project

The Eastern Cape MEC for Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, Mlibo Qoboshiyane together with Koukamma Local Municipality Mayor Sam Vuso officially opened a brand new dairy at Tsitsikamma on the 21 September 2017.

Government injected R32 million to construct the new dairy with state of the art dairy parlour machinery milking about 66 cows at a time and yielding the owners 16 000 litres of milk daily which is sold to Parmalat.

At the height of apartheid about 152 families from Tsitsikamma were forcefully removed from their land which includes the 650ha Wittekleibosch farm and surrounding farms. When the land was handed over in 1994 they formed a partnership with a dairy farmer John Du Plessis to continue dairy farming in the area, forming a commercial trading entity known as the Wittekleibosch Development Trust. The dairy farm has created 24 permanent jobs for the communities.

 

Sep 29 2017

Dept Social Development Celebrates Nelson Mandela Month in Koukamma

 

DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT  CELEBRATES NELSON MANDELA MONTH IN KOUKAMMA LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

 

The Honourable MEC for Social Development Mrs Nancy Sihlwayi visited Koukamma Local Municipality in a bid to celebrate the Nelson Mandela Month with the community of Koukamma on Tuesday, 25 July 2017.

MEC Sihlwayi spent her time together with the Department’s Management, and Koukamma Mayor Councillor Sam Vuso and his entourage by cleaning Bambino Early Childhood Development Centre in Clarkson and hand-over educational toys to the centre.

Thereafter  the delegation  then proceed to Guava Juice settlement to hand over wheel chair, blankets, food parcels and a cheque of R24 000 to Guava Juice Seniors Club.

 

 

 

 

 

The official hand-over of deliverables took place in OR Tambo Community Hall in Wittelkleibosch where MEC Sihlwayi  addressed  an estimated crowd of more than 400 on the Department’ s plans to curb poverty and other social ills in the municipality of Koukamma.

18 July has been declared Nelson Mandela International Day, but South Africans embrace the chance to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s life for the whole of July

 

 

Sep 29 2017

Nelson Mandela International Day 26 July 2017

NELSON MANDELA INTERNATIONA DAY 26 JULY 2017
KOUKAMMA MUNICIPALITY: RAVINIA

Every year on 18 July South Africans together with the global community honour our late former president and international icon Nelson Mandela in the celebration of Nelson Mandela International Day. The day was officially adopted by the United Nations in November 2009 as an annual international day. The UN noted that marking the day recognizes Mandela’s “values and his dedication to the service of humanity” and acknowledging his contribution “to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world”.

The overarching objective of Nelson Mandela International Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good. The idea is to do something that will benefit those around us on Nelson Mandela International Day as it was inspired by Mandela himself. He said: “It is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now.”

The Nelson Mandela International Day campaign asks that individuals, groups and corporates pledge 67 minutes of their time on 18 July, and every day thereafter, to give back. It offers South Africans and the world an occasion to honour the ethos of the late former President Mandela.

Therefore Sarah Baartman District Municipality as part of an International community in the past years has committed to follow suit. It has also become a culture in the institution to celebrate the life of first democratic president. This year Sarah Baartman District Municipality has identified Koukamma Local Municipality to Co-Host the Nelson Mandela International Day in Ward 3 in particular Ravinia municipal area. Koukamma Municipality has identified Fairland Early Childhood Development Centre (ECDC) popular known as Crèches. The intension is to embark on a clean-up campaign involving community members, Koukamma Municipal staff, Sarah Baartman Municipal staff and Councilors. Sarah Baartman District Municipal Executive Mayor (Cllr. K. Kekana) together with her Mayor Committee Members and the Meyor of Koukamma (Cllr. S. Vuso); local councilors will have a TEA & CAKE session with elderly people from that community. The rationale behind the session is to discuss the challenges and issues facing elderly people in general.

May 22 2017

Newsletter Jan – March

 

Apr 24 2017

New Municipal Manager

Koukamma Welcomes Newly Appointed Municipal Manager

We are pleased to welcome Mr Pumelel0 Maxwell Kate into our fold as our new Municipal Manager effective 11 April 2017.

Mr Kate is well qualified to head the municipality and brings with him a wealth of government qualifications and experience.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Development Studies and over 16 years’ experience on Local Government.  Mr Kate has served most of his political and administrative career at Sarah Baartman District Municipality serving as an Executive Mayoral Committee Member and the last five years as the District Municipality’s Director of Economic Development. We are also fortunate that he also acted as the Municipal Manager of the amalgamated Ikwezi Local Municipality

After a vigorous selection process it was found that he has excellent credentials to serve as the MM of Koukamma Municipality and we appreciate his willingness to accept this appointment.

 

Mr Kate can be reached as follows:

 

Join us in wishing him a warm welcome and best of luck in his new appointment.

 

 

Feb 01 2017

Wittekleibosch Dairy Farm

 Government Invests 32million to boost production at the Wittekleibosch Dairy Farm.

32 million has been invested by the Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform for the construction of a rotary dairy parlour equipped with 66points together with a feeding system, handling facilities and a waste management system at the Wittekleibosch farm in the Koukamma Local Municipality. This was announced by the Eastern Cape MEC for Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, Mlibo Qoboshiyane at a sod-turning event on the 4th of October 2016 in the presence of Koukamma Mayor Sam Vuso, Municipal Manager Sabelo Nkuhlu and various stakeholders including members of the community. “The facilities at the farm currently are depleted and do not have enough capacity to milk 1 100 heifers hence there was a need for this kind of investment from the government.  The government also believes that as a result of this investment – output and revenue will be increased as this is also government’s way of creating more jobs in the area,” said Qoboshiyane.

This is the first land claim to be settled by government under the Land Claims Restitution Act of 1994, Wittekleibosch is part owned by the Wittekleibosch Development Trust (WDT) which represents 152 families of the Amamfengu tribe who were forcefully removed by the apartheid regime between 1977 and 1978. Through a joint venture between WDT which uses land as the asset for the agreement and commercial dairy farming brothers Johan and Willie du Plessis, and the Wittekleibosch farm sells the 6.2million litres of milk it produces to Parmalat.

Feb 01 2017

Tsitsikamma Community Wind Farm

 CENNERGI CELEBRATES COMMERCIAL OPERATIONS at its TSITSIKAMMA COMMUNITY WIND FARM with jubilation & restitution in the air WITTEKLEIBOSCH, EASTERN CAPE 16th September 2016

Cennergi – the cleaner energy company started by Exxaro and Tata Power yesterday formally celebrated the commencement of operations at its 95MW Tsitsikamma Community Wind Farm with the local AmaMfengu community in Wittekleibosch. The ribbon cutting ceremony brought dignitaries from far and wide to mark the completion of the dream of the father of the Mfengu community, the late Mcebisi Msizi, who dreamed of his people having a wind farm on the hills of the Mfengu land.

After years of planning and construction, towering giants of engineering excellence can now be seen 30km west of Humansdorp, next to the N2 National Highway in the Koukamma Local Municipality where 31 Vestas turbines gracefully turn their 58 metre blades against a backdrop of rolling green hills. There is the sound of closure and restitution in the air, as dairy cattle graze on the land where formally displaced rural communities now also enjoy their place in the sun.

The Deputy Minister of Energy, Ambassador. Thembisile Majola, the CEO of Cennergi, Mr Thomas Garner, the CEO of Exxaro, Mr Mxolisi Mgojo and the CEO of Tata Power, Mr Anil Sardana (from India), the Speaker of the Eastern Cape Province, Ms. Noxolo Kiviet, the Mayor of the Koukamma Local District, Mr Mpumelelo Vuso and the Msizi family all attended the celebration.

The Deputy Minister lauded Cennergi for running a project that has managed to create a balance between profit and people. She emphasised that now that the wind farm is operational that she was hopeful of Cennergi’s continued contribution to the community, because the people on the ground felt part of the project.

“This is a particularly special day for me because this is one of those projects that one believes is close to where Mike Msizi imagined it, where it’s not just a project about profit, about who can get wealthier than the other, but a project that is about making a difference,” said Ambassador Majola.

The Department of Energy’s REIPPP Programme has attracted 190 billion rand investment to date and it’s hardly 5 years old, with roughly 80% of that investment from South Africa. Since 2011, there have been a number of renewable projects procured with 2000MW installed so far from wind and solar projects, mainly in the Eastern and Northern Cape.

“We want to contribute to a better tomorrow and a sustainable future for our children. Can you imagine having to walk for an hour to charge your cellphone, or you have to go outside to the toilet in the dark. Electricity makes a difference in the lives of many women and children, because it provides security. With electricity, you can now use the time to bring change in your life – to read, to listen to the news, to find job opportunities on the internet. Electricity has that capacity to transform lives. I have seen how people have been able to say ‘this little budget I have can now stretch because I can now buy meat for the week instead of every day and I now put it in the fridge. I save money on transport costs and I also save time’… Women particularly feel the impact of having electricity more than others. When you have modern forms of energy, you can really play a meaningful role in society,” said Ambassador Majola.

Cennergi CEO, Thomas Garner, dressed in traditional attire, said: “TCWF is Cennergi’s second wind farm that has reached its operational phase and marks the company’s start in growing its vision to be a leader in cleaner energy in Africa. It has been an immense privilege to have community partners that have joined hands with Cennergi to write a new narrative for development in South Africa. We will continue to assist and support the Tsitsikamma Mfengu community to use this project to further determine their ideal future.”

Cennergi is a 50:50 joint venture between South Africa’s Exxaro and India’s Tata Power. Exxaro’s CEO Mxolisi Mgojo said, “The commissioning of the Tsitsikamma Community Wind Farm fulfils Exxaro’s vision of extending its position in the energy value chain beyond coal. In addition, it is a tangible commitment to our environmental stewardship to reduce the impacts of carbon emissions in the medium-to-long term, while addressing the country’s short-term electricity needs.” Anil Sardana, Managing Director and CEO of Tata Power, a global company with assets in 180 countries, said, “I’m happy to be here and happy to be partnering with Exxaro in building classic wind farms, which have been scientifically developed and which are environmentally benign. We have done careful bird and bat studies to ensure we don’t entrap the paths of birds and bats. And we will make sure that this wind farm will actually deliver on the promises made.” “We are also very happy to have partnered with the community, because community is the mainstay of Tata’s existence…We are business houses, which exist because the communities embraced us. We have earned the right of co-existence and we should be happy to deliver on our promises and the community should enjoy the prosperity of these assets,” said Sardana.

Sindiswa Speelman, herself from Wittekleibosch and now an employee of the project, said, “Who would have thought that today, 20 years after Mcebisi Msizi’s vision that people as far as India and Denmark would come to this place – to Wittekleibosch. We have learned that your future is not determined by your background, your situation today, no matter how bad; you have all the power to change that.”

Ambassador Majola summed up the communities sentiments when she said, “Thank you to Cennergi. You have walked with us through a number of projects, from learners doing science and maths and technology, to seeing what career guidance advice you can provide. You have carried the message, ‘Where you come from must not determine where you’re going to’.”

Garner sees a further opportunity for uplifting the Tsitsikamma community and other wind farm communities with turbines being manufactured and produced in South Africa in the decades to come.

“I think there’s a possibility of that happening, although it’s not going to be soon – it’s going to be 10 years plus. We first need to get economies of scale and we need to sort out our competitiveness in terms of capital- and labour productivity.”

This project has created 47 jobs for the people of Koukamma Municipality and special attention has been given to local beneficiation of Small Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMME) whom are based within a 50km radius of where the wind turbines are located. The main aim is to improve their socio economic conditions by creating job opportunities and training them the necessary skills to work in the project.

 

 

 

 

 

Feb 01 2017

International Day of Older Persons

EASTERN CAPE CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL DAY OF OLDER PERSONS IN KAREEDOUW IN THE KOUKAMMA LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

 

After an alarming increase in the number of abuse cases and killing of elderly people across the province – some being accused of witchcraft, the Eastern Cape government has devised strategies to dispel the myth around older persons. Subsequently, the small town of Kareedouw in the Eastern Cape was abuzz on Friday, 14 October 2016 with music play, poetry, fashion, and general arts and culture activities when the Province celebrated the International Day of Older Persons. The day is aimed at celebrating the contribution of older persons in society and raise awareness against discrimination, poverty, violence and abuse.

 

The MEC’s for Health and Social Development, Dr Phumza Dyantyi and Nancy Sihlwayi and Mayor of Koukamma Municipality Sam Vuso respectively, were among the keynote speakers. Commenting on the importance of the day, Dr Dyantyi said: “Older persons are a hub of wisdom from which we tap into their knowledge, experience, values and norms on which we base the moral fibre of our society and compass for our direction to a better life for all in our Province. Our Provincial Government values their contribution and therefore older persons deserve our care, love and attention to their needs.”

 

 

 

 

 

The International Day of Older Persons was introduced by the United Nations General Assembly in 1990 and was observed for the first time on 1st October 1991. The Eastern Cape Provincial Government has chosen 14 October for its Provincial event. Last year the event was held at a Centre for the Elderly in Centane and was characterized by presentations on, inter alia, The Right to Food, Making Agriculture Work for Older Persons, and Creating a Sustainable Community Food Garden for the elderly.

 

Dec 17 2015

World Aids Day

Koukamma Municipality commemorated World Aids Day on the 10 December 2015 in Ravinia under the theme: “Rise, Act and Protect”.

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Dec 12 2015

Official Launch Road Paving Blikkiesdorp

In ward 6, Koukamma  Municipality appointed consulting engineers and a contractor to provide professional services, project management support and paving of the gravel roads in Blikkiesdorp. Doing the official handover is Mayor Sam Vuso, Municipal Manager Sabelo Nkuhlu and ecstatic community members.

 

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