22 February Phelophepa building healthy communities February 22, 2017 By Tabisa Mntengwana Latest News 0 A lot of people in the low-income communities often experience barriers with the access of basic healthcare services but with the Transnet Phelophepa Train in town for a few days that will be a thing of the past. The train is in town to provide basic healthcare services to the people of Buffalo City until 3 March and is stationed at Mount Ruth Train Station. Phelophepa comes to the City in an effort to confront these challenges to rural communities and also to support existing healthcare services, by providing a range of affordable, accessible mobile medical care. Speaking about the initiative, Phelophepa Manager Lynette Flusk said that the initiative was established in 1994 operating with only three eye clinic coaches and making visits every two years. “Over the years, the train has since expanded to an 18-car train that offers comprehensive services in dental care, eye care, diabetic screenings, pap smear, prostate and breast cancer screening and psychological counselling,” said Flusk. She added that in 2012, Phelophepa rolled out a second train which made it possible to visit every year covering four provinces with a total of 35 stops around the country. “Due to the high turn up of patients every year, the train allows other patients to spend the night at the station. Mostly, those are patients coming to the eye care clinic as that service always has high number of patients each year.” “It is a situation we try to avoid but it is not always possible as some patients travel long distances to get to the station,” she added. Nomabandla Mngambe from NU3 Mdantsane has had vision problems for two years. Mngambe was excited when she received a pair of glasses. "My poor vision has limited my ability to perform daily activities, I have difficulty moving around unfamiliar places and sometimes identifying faces and objects. I hope my vision will improve with my new pair of glasses,” said Mngambe. When asked why she did not seek help from public health services, Mngambe said that she could not afford the fee that is required to get prescribed spectacles, she was also discouraged by the waiting period between eye testing and receiving the spectacles. Noloyiso Mkhwakhwi from Nxarhuni visited the dental care clinic to extract a tooth. Mkhwakhwi said that she has been hesitant to seek help because of a traumatic experience she had a few years back when she extracted her wisdom teeth in a public hospital. She received good reviews from members of her community about the service at Phelophepa that she decided to come. "I am so glad I came here today, the dentist was so friendly and gentle during the extraction. I did not feel any discomfort, I was even able to have a meal afterwards. The service was exceptional,” said Mkhwakhwi. From Mount Ruth Train Station, the dedicated team of 22 permanent staff, supported by students will continue on their nine-month medical journey stopping at King William’s Town and Queenstown, before moving on to the Free State, North-West Province and the Western Cape. Related R405 million for KWT Waste Water Treatment plant This project which will be done in six phases will amalgamate the Schornville, Zwelitsha, Breidbach and Bhisho WWTWs into one regional works. Acting General Manager: Construction, Roads and Project Sandile Sojini said the purpose of combining the WWTWs was due to high demands and that the capacity of the plants could not handle the work load. “The capacity of the plants could not handle the work load and that the biological process at the plants could not treat the water into the required efficient standards as set out by Section 21 of the National Water Act.” “The implementation of the whole project was to establish a centralised, regional sewage area thus enabling the decommissioning of the dysfunctional WWTWs and improving the level of sewage transport and treatment achieved across the focus area.” “It was necessary to construct a network of bulk sewers to facilitate the transfer of sewage from smaller plants to the Zwelitsha plant with associated structures such as pipelines bridges, screens and pumps stations. Sojini said the amalgamation of the plants will reduce the operational cover over the life of the plant and that upgrading all smaller plants would be more expensive. “The project will focus on the Schornville, Zwelitsha, Breidbach and Bhisho WWTWs and that the later be upgraded as regional 35MI/day capacity WWTWS and the remaining smaller plants decommissioned.” He added that phase one of the project has kicked off and that 30 percent of the work has been completed. Phase one which has ate away an amount of R15 million of the budget consist of seven kilometers of 700mm – 80mm diameter gravity outfall sewer taking the raw sewage water from Schornville Water Treatment Plant to Zwelitsha WWTWs. In Phase two the upgrading of the works will be done in two phases with the first phase consisting of upgrading of the works to 17.5 mega litres per day. The following new main infrastructure will be constructed during this phase: Ø A new inlet works with an odour control building Ø A division box to allow for dividing flows equally to the reactors. Ø A new 24 000m³ Reactor with Anaerobic, Anoxic and Aerobic zones with necessary recycling streams Ø A division box to divide the flow from the two reactors to 6 x Secondary Setting Tanks (SST’s) Ø 3 x 29m diameter SST’s Ø 1 x Chlorine contact tank Ø Return Activated sludge (RAS) screw pump station Ø Drainage Pump Station Ø Peak flows balancing Tank Ø Sludge dewatering building Ø Administration Building Ø Plant operators living contours Ø Chemical dosing and storage building Ø Related Civil Engineering Structures – that is roads, storm water and washwater Mtsi delivers the SOMA Mtsi said the Metro had to operate and deliver adequate services to communities during the difficult economic circumstances due to low global economic growth. “As the Metro we had to do more with less as a result we had to find ways of strengthening the economy through partnerships.” However, the Metro manage its finances well and it was rated the second most financial stable metropolitan municipality in the country by the Rating Africa falling by just two point behind the leader. “The City has achieved a credit rating of A which signifies a strong cash position in the long term with minimal exposure to long term debt.” He said, even though the City is financially self-reliant and it is in a position of taking on additional long term loans, “We will ensure that there is a direct impact on improving the revenue of the municipality through economic growth and job creation.” “In making such decision we will ensure that there is a direct impact on improving the revenue of the Metro,” Mtsi adds. Looking at the 2016/17 new financial year, Mtsi said that 96 percent of the R7.4 billion Capital Budget will be allocated towards service delivery and basic infrastructure to improve service delivery as well as efforts towards Local Economic Development to improve investor appeal to the City. The Executive Mayor also said, the metro is currently upgrading the Zwelitsha and Reeston Waste Water Treatment Works (WWTWs) to regional WWTWs at the value of R500 million and R300 million respectively to improve development in the areas. “We are upgrading Zwelitsha and Reeston Waste Water Treatment Works (WWTW) to regional WWTW at the value of R500 million and R300 million respectively.” In addressing electricity challenges, Mtsi mentioned that the Metro has spent R15 million in electrifying informal settlements in the past financial year and invested more than R400 million into developing and upgrading bulk electricity infrastructure. “In the past financial year more than 887 informal dwellings, received electricity taking the overall figure to 3 085 in the past five years for new electrical connections.” “Over the past five years the Buffalo City Metro has refurbished switch houses, mini-substations, transformers and MV lines at various areas within the Metro,” said Mtsi. In addition to the infrastructure development, the Metro is in discussion with the South African Road Agency (SANRAL) to plan the upgrades of the R72 bypass that links R72 to the N2 as well as the Mount Ruth off-ramp from the N2. He added that the City committed a total of R340 million for upgrade, maintenance and the completion of major projects that include Fleet Street and Gonubie Main Road. On sports and recreation, Mtsi said the City has spent an amount of R12 million to develop safe parks for children including the upgrading of the Buffalo City Stadium to meet the Premier Soccer League standards (PSL). “Sports and recreation is an element of a happy and healthy society and we have recognised the necessity of providing safe playing areas for our children.” He added that the Metro has also initiated a number of multi-year projects aiming at maintaining and enhancing facilities with the redevelopment of the NU 2 swimming pool being one of the flagship projects. The Metro has made great strides in delivering secure and comfortable homes to its citizens and as a result it has been recommended for Level 2 housing accreditation. “We have delivered new low cost houses to vulnerable communities, victims of natural disasters to fight homelessness as well as to communities lying outside the urban edge in the Metro.” He mention that the City has taken the following number of intervention that aim at redressing the inherited socio economic imbalances: • The Integrated Sustainable Human Settlement Plan which will define what is required to unlock housing delivery in strategic areas across the Metro and identify what other social and infrastructural services would be required to do so in a holistic and integrated way; • The Buffalo City Metro’s Informal Settlement Upgrading Policy and Strategy has been developed, accompanied by upgrading plans for 32 informal settlements, through the National Upgrading Support Programme (NUSP); • The Land Identification Study for Partial or Full Relocation of Informal Settlements in BCMM has been adopted by Council; • The Mdantsane Industrial Township Feasibility Study identifies and assesses the suitability of land with industrial and warehousing potential adjacent to Mdantsane along the N2 and • The Newlands Local Spatial Development Framework has been adopted. Twinning ties strengthened This is part of the twinning partnership, which is set to look at an alternative energy solution and renewable technology systems. City of Oldenburg was in town for a weeklong visit from 19 to 21 October. Speaking about the project, Manager: Integrated Environmental Management and Sustainable Development Nomthandazo Hanise said, “The objective of the project is to convert the Metro’s Electricity Department to an energy efficient building and to add a limited amount of renewable technology system.” This is a pilot project for BCM so that the communities, schools and business can see an example from the project. The delegates also visited the Nahoon Estuary Reserve Environmental Centre in Beacon Bay. The strategy and the outcome of the project is for communities, schools and business to view an energy efficient, renewable energy, energy efficient projects as a showcase for various applications that may be adopted within their environment. Speaking at the event Executive Mayor Alfred Mtsi said, “Indeed, our relationship with the City of Oldenburg has borne fruits in various fronts. We have worked together on various projects. Some of those projects include projects pertaining to renewable energy and waste management.” “Through our interaction with Oldenburg, we have gathered much knowledge, skills and understanding on matters about climate change and the need for us to go green. We need to introduce solar houses in the Metro. Thank you very much we will make sure that the equipment that you are handing over to us is used wisely.” “Working in partnership with the City of Oldenburg has been an eye opening experience for many of us and the relationship has already enriched us in so many ways. We hope that the bilateral relationships our countries for many more years,” Mtsi said. The Mayor of Oldenburg Jurgen Krogmannalso added, “It is a great pleasure for us to come here for a good work, our partnership with Buffalo City Metro still continues and we are really enjoying exchanging knowledge with each other.” This year marks the 20-year anniversary of the partnership between Eastern Cape Province and the Lower Saxony in Germany. Dignity restored in Emajarantiyeni The facilities add to the eight existing ones which accommodates 170 prefabricated households. This was in commemoration of the World Toilet Day that is celebrated world-wide on 19 November to commit on improving toilet and sanitation conditions. The Metro hosted the event along with the Eastern Cape Department of Water and Sanitation and Solid Waste with the theme Toilets and Nutrition Day. Resident Zinikele Jayiya said, “I feel more proud now to be a resident in this community, we are very grateful for the additional toilets and to Buffalo City Metro for restoring our dignity.” Ward Councillor Gideon Norexe said, “I feel honoured that Ward 45 had been chosen to celebrate this day as the City saw the need to host this informative event to educate the residents of this community about World Toilet Day.” He added that the new toilets will restore the dignity of the community as they live in temporary structures with few facilities. “Life is going to change for the better for this community moving forward,” adds Norexe. Speaking about the event Environmental Health Educator in the Inland Region Zongamele Msiwa said there was a need for the community to be educated about hygiene and nutrition. “As the department we thought it best that we visit the community of Emajarantiyeni to educate them on hygiene, nutrition and toilet cleaning.” He added that the community should try by all means to keep their toilets clean as well as the community at large. Addressing the residents the City’s Department of Environmental Health official Tandeka Mokololo said community members must know the importance of keeping their toilets clean and food safety. “Today we are here to educate the community of Emajarantiyeni on the importance of keeping their toilets clean, as toilets are there to preserve human dignity.” She added that food safety and nutrition plays a major role in keeping healthy, residents should try and adopt the culture of ploughing and planting their own vegetables. The residents were also informed on water safety and how they should ensure it is kept clean. Programme Manager for Water and Sanitation Khunjuzwa Ngethu said resident must avoid drinking unhealthy water for human consumption. “People should not drink unhealthy water to avoid the risks of getting infected by water borne diseases,” said Ngethu. MGDS vision to bolster the City The purpose of the day was for the City representatives and external stakeholders to interact, represent community needs and priorities to be achieved by 2030. Speaking at the meeting Executive Mayor for Buffalo City Metro Alfred Mtsi said, “I want to see space created for the many super talented Metro citizens who have good ideas on how to save the future of the city.” The City’s MGDS Coordinator Abongile Dlani listed five strategic outcomes to be achieved in the next five years that include: · Creating an innovative and productive city with rapid and inclusive economic growth and falling unemployment; · A green, clean and healthy city of subtropical gardens that makes the best of its natural assets; · A connected city with cheap, high quality connections to information and communications technology (ICT) and · A well governed city and a spatially integrated city. Dlani presented the Metro’s MGDS overview which puts officials to work building business confidence by supporting thriving sectors which in turn would lead to more growth and jobs. The over view calls for quick decision making when dealing with investors and most importantly for the Metro to release land for development and economic growth. Acting General Manager of the IDP and Performance Management System Nozuko Frans highlighted priority issues and challenges the Metro needs to focus on. “BCM has prioritised finding houses for the disabled and people who have been on the housing list for more than 20 years, meeting requests for toilets, water supply, fixing faulty electrical poles, upgrading and maintaining sports fields, regularly collecting refuse, building new storm drains and maintaining existing drains.” The outcomes of the summit have been adopted by Council at the executive mayoral lekgotla that was held on November 16 t0 18 and that they should reflect in the new Integrated Development Plan (IDP). The meeting also comprised of three clusters that include Institutional and finance that covers communication, By-laws, Public participation, budgeting, special programmes, disabled, elderly and youth. Economic development for SMMEs, agriculture, tourism, safety, disaster, fire and rescue services, environmental health and township economy. Infrastructure and Spatial that include water, electricity, roads, sanitation, spatial planning, human settlements, urban generation and transportation. The socio- economic cluster which is led by BCMM Executive Mayor called for linkages to rural development with manufacturing plants to supply the rural areas. The forum called for the establishment of an investment council and the revival of the metro agricultural forum. Community roadshows to help NPOs This follows an announcement made by the Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini after thousands of NPOs were deregistered between August and December of 2012 on the NPO database due to non-compliance of the NPO Act. NPOs registered on the database are required to submit annual financial reports to ensure greater transparency and would normally face removal from the roll if they fail to do so. The first leg of the roadshows took place in the Metro on Monday 14 March in Mdantsane and other roadshows are scheduled to take place in King William’s Town and in the East London area. According to the social development website the registration of NPO is a voluntary facility that enhances the credibility of registered NPO and it is free of charge. The registration of the NPOs will improve the credibility and funding opportunities, allow the organisation to open a bank account and help the NPO with tax incentives. Speaking to BCMM Website, Director Institutional Capacity Building and Support from the Department of Social Development Ndumiso Gola said the purpose of the roadshows was to register new NPOs, assist them with issues of compliance, educate NPOs on good governance, transparency and accountability matters. “The task team is ready to do everything in our power to assist NPOs to meet their legislative requirements and to promote their objectives.” “Currently, there are 64 476 NPOs registered with the NPO Directorate in the Department of Social Development and 36 428 had been de-registered due to non-compliance with the NPO Act.” However, he said the 66 072 NPOs that were non-compliant have to submit their annual reports before March 31. “The de-registered NPOs will be reinstated and reflected as registered on the NPO database, while efforts would be made to assist them to achieve compliance and correct their registration status.” The Task Team for the roadshows comprised of representatives of government, civil society organisations, business and other entities such as the National Lotteries Board and the South African Revenue Services (SARS). Xhanti Msawuli who has an active organistion said, “Ï am here to receive a certificate for my organisation called Xhanti Msawuli Foundation. My organistion develop residents through sport to decrease the rate of crime, alcohol and drug abuse in our community.” One of the beneficiaries Thabisa Loliwe from Mdantsane said, “I’m here to register and gather more information as I possibly can.I have already submit my form now I waiting to receive the certificate for my organisation.” Noluthando Masualle who also attended the roadshow said the information she received will help her a lot when she starts her own organisation. “I am here to gather as much information as possible. I’m currently starting a new organization and I want to be fully equipped and develop my community. She said that people must learn from programmes like these, people must work hand in hand with the government to develop their communities.” “Residents do something to develop your community, we cannot be sitting around folding arms and feeling sorry for ourselves, let’s all do something to develop our communities.” For more information NPOs can visit www.dsd.gov.za/npo to submit their annual reports or they can call any of the following numbers: 012 312 7013/ 012 312 7273/ or 012 312 7748. A list of non-compliant NPOs is available on the department’s website and will be updated monthly. Comments are closed.