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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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Dec 12 2015

16 Days of Activism

 

On the 26th of November 2015 Koukamma Municipality in collaboration with the Sarah Baartman District Municipality joined the rest of South Africa in commemorating the 16 Days of activism for no violence against women and children. A special event was held at the Mandela Park Community Hall under the theme “Count me in as we together move towards a Non Violent South Africa”. The Mayor of Koukamma Municipality Sam Vuso emphasized that there should be humanity and love amongst one another and put an end on all forms of abuse in our communities.

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Sep 08 2015

Coldstream Multi-Purpose Community Centre

Official Handover of the Coldstream Multi-Purpose Community Centre

A special ceremony was held on the 4 September 2015 to officially open the Multi-Purpose Community Centre that was built by the municipality in Coldstream.  At this special ceremony the multi-million rand MPCC was handed over to the Community of Coldstream in the Koukamma Municipal Region. The MPCC is caters for 500 people and it cost the Municipality 5.4 million through the Municipal Infrastructure Grant. Unveiling the new centre was the Koukamma Mayor Sam Vuso and Municipal Manager Sabelo Nkuhlu. It is named Clerence Anthony Draai MPCC.

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Sep 08 2015

Women’s Day Celebrations

WOMEN WORKING TOGETHER FOR RADIANT ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION was the theme for the Koukamma Women’s Day Celebrations held on the 25 August 2015. Women all over the Koukamma municipal area gathered at the Misgunt Community Hall to commemorate this special day.

A number of government departments and entities also attended this event with the aim of empowering women through information to start-up businesses that can sustain themselves. These departments included:
Department of Social Development
DEAT
Department of Trade and Industry
Standard Bank
ABSA
Department of Agriculture
Department of Justice
Department of Home Affairs
Department of Health
Moral Regeneration

The Mayor of Koukamma Municipality Sam Vuso reflected on the role that women played in the liberation struggle. “On the 09 August 1956 women from all walks of life became equal partners in the struggle for non-racial, non-sexist South Africa when they marched to the Union Buildings in a quest to fight pass laws of the then government” he said. He further highlighted the very important role that women play in society. “Women are very important beings in our society, they are capable of doing everything, they nurture us and they stand for the truth“. He further encouraged women to take up leadership roles in society and utilise the information provided by the government departments to start up their own sustainable businesses.

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Sep 08 2015

Mandela Day with the elderly citizens

Koukamma Municipality celebrates Mandela Day with the elderly citizens.

Koukamma Local Municipality joined the rest of the world in celebrating Mandela Day (18 July 2015) by handing over blankets and toiletries to the elderly people of the area in a special function on Friday 17 July 2015. This was a joint initiative with the Department of Social Development and the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA).The event was targeted at citizens whom are 80years and older residing in the area. It was also a special day for Mrs Williams who was celebrating her 100years on the day.

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