13 September National cleanup week campaign September 13, 2017 By Luxole Komani Latest News 0 Buffalo City Metropolitan’s Solid Waste in conjunction with Coca-Cola kicked off the Cleanup awareness campaign at the Tyutyu Community Hall on Monday 11 September with a Community workshop. The workshop focused on waste as a resource and waste minimization initiatives with emphasis was on illegal dumping as it is a major issue in the area. Community members were educated on the dangers of illegal dumping as well as ways in which to dispose of waste in a safe manner. The campaign continues at the Sweetwaters Hall on Tuesday followed by cleanups in Tyutyu on Wednesday 13 August and Sweetwaters on Thursday 14 August. The Clean-up will focus of litter picking and separation of waste. During the campaign, the City will use two types of bags, one for recyclable waste and one general waste. The general waste will be collected by refuse trucks and the recyclable kept for the Recycling Day. The Recycling Day is held as a platform to increase the awareness concerning waste management and particularly to promote a cleaner environment to live, in and around urban areas. Community volunteers have been roped in along with EPWP’s, CWP’s and officials from various stakeholders. The main event will be held on Friday 15 August at the Sweetwaters Hall. On this day, volunteers will be sorting recyclable waste for the first two hours and the formal program at 10am with the Executive Mayor Xola Pakati as the Main Speaker. Related STI and Condom week The event was organised with the aim to look into the National Condom Week which is commemorated each year from 14 February until 21 February. The City joined thousands of South Africans in observing this week to increase awareness and to help fight the spread of HIV and Aids as well as caution on myths and stigmas around the virus and sexuality focusing on the community. Speaking about the initiative, Co-Chair of Metro Aids Council Nzuzo Novuka said people must know the importance of getting tested so that they don’t live in fear. “If you’re not infected it doesn’t mean you’re not affected. It is important to ask questions about matters or issues one is not aware of to gain more knowledge. The more one gets more insight the more it is advantageous to share information not just with family members but with the community at large,” said Novuka. He also encouraged residents to attend such programmes “as these forums provide knowledge and a clearer understanding of the various forms of STIs, the symptoms and the importance of getting it checked out before it is too late.” Ward Councillor Mendi Wetsetse said, “The community of Buffalo City Metro both young and old need to be part of sessions like this one to gain more information and to increase their knowledge on STI’s and sexuality associated with HIV and Aids.” “Let us all be responsible, love one another, support and encourage each other,” she said. Giving words of support, Nokuthula Tsawu from the Metro’s Disability Forum said, “Persons living with disabilities also need a voice as they also have sexual needs and need to beware of the dangers of not using protection during intercourse. Tsawu mentioned that women and children living with disability are the most vulnerable not only towards being victims of sexual abuse but in contracting various sexual infections. “The disability sector supports this initiative to address the stigma and myths around disability, reproductive health and sexuality as well as to raise awareness about STI’s and condom usage.” As part of the programme of the day, testing centres were also set up to encourage residents to get tested not only for STI’s or HIV but for diabetes and blood pressure levels and also got an opportunity to pose questions and comments to eliminate their fears. Nolizwi Mantsanga a resident from Duncan Village also touched upon the importance of not discriminating against people living with HIV and Aids. “We should be more knowledgeable about the various infections so we can understand and assist other people in our communities who are not aware about the virus.” “I have learned a lot today and will take what I have learned and share it with my children and my community,” she said. . BCM celebrates World Environment Week The purpose of the visit was to provide an educational experience about wildlife and the environment with this year’s theme in mind Connecting People to Nature. The children had the opportunity to drive through the park with the Game Rangers where they were taught all the different wildlife kept in the park and how each species makes an important contribution to the environment. Avuyile Plaatjies a Grade 10 pupil said, “We are very excited to be here and learn about the wildlife in the park this is a rare opportunity for us.” Highlighted on the trip was also the importance of insuring the survival of each animal and safeguarding them from extinction that might result from poaching. The day is celebrated annually on the 5th of June to raise global awareness about the significance of a healthy environment and to solve various environmental issues by implementing some actions to protect nature and Earth, leading to a positive and healthy environment for all. Jane Galo from Environmental Services said, “We need to educate our children about the importance of keeping a cleaner greener environment. We need to protect our wildlife for further generations.” The City has a week-long schedule of events to celebrate the environment which includes an Environmental Management Inspectorate Workshop at the Nahoon Estuary Reserve Wednesday June 7, the handover of municipal recycling bins will be on Thursday June 8 and finally the Commemoration of World Economic Day at the Mdantsane Sun Friday June 9. Weekend raids in full swing This follows the successful raids that saw a number of illegal liquor operating establishments and places of entertainment shut down around the City's CBD area on the weekend of July 14 -16. On Friday July 21, Traffic Services issued an overall value of fines amounting to at least R29 900. A number of arrests and closing down of illegally operating shops were also made on the day. The success for the joint operation include: In East London one person was arrested for being in possession of cannabis cigarettes. 55 pirated DVDS, four cannabis cigarette and knives were confiscated. In King Williams Town, 174 traffic fines were issued and 25 people were arrested for driving under the influence. Section 56 issued 23 fines for non-complying shops and 21 were issued with notices while two were closed down due to failure of complying with the environmental health standard. BCM Traffic Commander Mr Quinton Chetty is available on 043 705 9309 upon request to take interviews for the detailed version of the operation. Plant a tree, save a life Arbor Week is aimed at highlighting the importance of greening the community, this National Arbor Week kicked off from 1 to 7 September and it provides an opportunity to plant indigenous trees and educate the community about the importance of environmental sustainability. This week is set aside to provide an opportunity to plant indigenous trees and educate the community about the importance of environmental sustainability. The Metro’s Integrated Environmental Management and Sustainable Development Department went to Sandisiwe High School in Mdantsane to educate learners on the importance of recycling and take responsibility for the earth and the energy they use so they can contribute in the reduction of the carbon footprint. The common trees to be planted for 2015 include the Combretum krausii, Forest bushwilow and the Bosvaderlandswilg and the uncommon trees are the Heteromorpha arborescens, Parsley tree and the Wildepieterseliebos. “Arbor Week promotes planting and conserving trees as well as the release carbon emissions and to improve the quality of life and uplift the environment,” said Jane Galo the Metro’s Environmental Impact and Systems Officer Speaking the Metro's Website, Galo said that learners at Sandisiwe High School need to know about the importance of planning trees. “Planting trees does not only provides shelter but it also produces food for animals and converts carbon dioxide into oxygen.” She said that Arbor Week is celebrated internationally and highlights the importance of global sustainability. “Our role is to educate learners about the importance of the motto Reuse, Reduce, Recycle, Repair and Respect.” Galo also encouraged learners to prune their trees at home, to be environmentally aware and to share the knowledge they have learned with their families. The Metro donated five trees to the school which will be planted in celebration of Arbor Week. “Today I have learned how to not only save electricity and also to be wise with the way I use water at home and to sort out my garbage at home,” said Linathi Tyolo Learner from Sandisiwe High School. Siphamandla Ngwatyu Learner from Sandisiwe High School added that he learned a lot, this was an educational and interactive discussion. “I have learned that trees reduce soil erosion. I am looking forward to educating his siblings and parents at home.” KWT spruced up The main issues of the residents were the non-pickup of refuse on scheduled days, the over grown grass at the cemetery, the maintenance or the lack there off in municipal buildings especially community halls and the illegal dumping sites. Speaking about the campaign Acting General Manager for Parks and Cemeteries Phumzile Kalazane said the campaign was done due to the unhappiness expressed by residents of Club View about the state of the town’s cleanliness when they met with the mayor in December and also the commitment by the Metro to keep its towns clean. The hotspots were identified as the King Williams’ Town Cemetery, illegal dumping sites in the Club View Main Road and the West Bank Area. “Today we are honouring the promise made by the mayor to the residents to ensure that people get the services they deserve around King William’s Town particularly with grass cutting in Club View and West Bank, the cleaning of King William’s Town cemetery, clearing of illegal dumping sites and the maintenance of municipal buildings,” said Kalazane. “We have combined teams from Zwelitsha and King Williams Town to focus on the identified hotspots in Club View on the first day Jan 11 and picking up litter in the West Bank area on January 12 starting from the Alberton Street which is over polluted and also carry out some bush clearing.” Kalazane added that they will also put up no dumping signs to stop people from dumping litter illegally. “We want to ensure that the general public is informed of the effects of dumping and that they must refrain from dumping.” He also mentioned that the non-collection of refuse on scheduled days contributes to illegal dumping however he said that the department has addressed the challenges. Even though the taxi rank is not part of the campaign Kalazane said they are looking at extending the campaign to accommodate the taxi rank. South African Surfing Championships 2017 The Mercedes of South Africa (MBSA) Championships hosted by the Metro is the premier event on the Surfing South Africa calendar and features surfers in the Open Men’s and Women’s Divisions as well seven other age groups ranging from over 30 to over 60. Nahoon Reef has hosted numerous South African Championships since the inaugural event in 1965 and in 1978 the ISA World Surfing Championships took place at this iconic surf spot. This year Surfing South Africa celebrates the 52nd edition of the South African Championships making it one of the longest running surfing tournaments in the World. Mercedes Benz and the Buffalo City Metropolitan have partnered with Surfing South Africa which will not only showcase South Africa’s surfing talent at the annual National Championships but will also help the National Team prepare for Surfing’s inclusion in the 2020 Olympics in Japan. In addition, Buffalo City Metro, MBSA and Surfing South Africa will highlight East London’s importance as a major South African surfing venue through the presenting of the annual championships, preparation and support of the National Team, hosting of coaching and judging Seminars and support of local outreach programmes. The 2017 South African Championships will feature over 160 surfers from eight districts who will be competing for nine individual South African titles. Adding prestige to the event is the news that current World Big Wave Champion, Grant Twiggy Baker will be representing eThekweni in the over 40 Division while World Masters Champion and five-time South African Men’s Champion Greg Emslie will be back to defend his title, this time at his local surf spot. He will also be competing in both the Open Men's Division and the Over 40 Division, the same group as Twiggy Baker. Chris Knutsen of eThekweni, a five-time World Champion and four-time South African Champion, will be competing in the Over 55 Division while former World Tour campaigner, ISA World Masters Champion and eight-time South African Champion Heather Clark of Ugu Surfriders, will be hoping to add at a ninth title to her list of achievements. Twenty four current and former national team members are competing while six of the nine 2016 South African Champions are back to defend their titles. There are six World Champions turning out for their Districts at this year’s Championships along with some well-known provincial and district surfing stars. Surfers representing Districts from along the South African coast will contest 11 divisions from Under 20 to Over 60 and will compete in a total of 140 heats. The 126 heats make up 47 hours of competition which will be completed over six days of intense competition. Individual titles will be at stake in nine divisions and surfers scores will be allocated to their District totals to determine which Team will win the 45-year-old Presidents Cup and the Masters Cup. This year all the points from the Open Divisions and Masters Divisions will be combined to determine the winners of the inaugural Champions Cup. The 2016 Presidents Cup was won by Cape Town Surfriders and at Seal Point in 2016 the Buffalo City Surfriders team secured their 11th Masters Cup. These events were held separately in 2016. To commemorate the memory of a much loved President of the Buffalo City Surfriders, Surfing South Africa has introduced the Dave Fish Trophy which will be awarded to the most consistent surfer throughout the event. Dave Fish passed away just days before last year’s SA Masters Championships. Proceedings get under way with an Opening Function at the Old Selbornians Club at 7pm on Monday August 21 and heats start on Tuesday August 22 at 8am. The heats as well as the Event schedule will be posted on the Surfing South Africa website www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and results will be updated daily. Daily photos will also be posted on the Surfing South Africa website. The Surfing South Africa Instagram, Twitter and Facebook will be updated regularly during the contest. The 2017 Mercedes Benz South African Surfing Championships are hosted by Buffalo City Municipality and supported by Sport and Recreation SA and the National Lotteries Commission. The event is hosted by Buffalo City Surfriders, presented by Surfing South Africa and produced by Accelerate Marketing. Surfing South Africa is the governing body for the sport in South Africa and is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA). Comments are closed.