8 December Public Notice: Onsite Sound Engineer By-law December 8, 2017 By Tabisa Mntengwana Latest News 0 Any residents or visitor to our city is entitled to the ordinary comfort and convenience of his/her home or holiday stay. To minimise noise levels therefore, the City is making the following compulsory request to events organisers, with effect from the 8th of December 2017. On the day of the event, all music event organisers must have a sound engineer on-site, who will monitor and control sound levels. The City wishes that all event organisers will abide by this rule and cooperate with the City, so that all of us can have a wonderful festive season. For more information on this go to www.buffalocitymetro.gov.za/Portals/0/slides/18 x 3 BCM8392 Notice.pdf Related Waterworld Complex is open to the public All the pools in the complex have been repainted and refurbished to cater for swimmers during the festive season. Speaking about the re-opening of the complex Programme Manager for Amenities Keshav Panday said, “The pools were closed for maintenance purposes and have been repainted while ablution blocks have been refurbished to cater for the needs of the public.” He added that the pools will be opened between 8am and 6pm everyday. 80th IMESA Conference held The three-day conference was held from the 26 to 28 October. The purpose of the conference is for the engineering professionals to deliver key messages on various topics pertaining to engineering challenges and opportunities whilst promoting excellence in municipal engineering amongst its members for the benefit of the community. The theme for this year’s conference IMESA Conference is Siyaphambili – Engineering the future. Speaking at the conference BCM Executive Mayor Xola Pakati said, “The IMESA conference will assist the metro to share best practices that have been successful in other municipalities but mostly to derive new solutions through active engagements with all stakeholders in the engineering sector.” “The conference should have outcomes that will assist us as the Metro to change lives of our communities,” said Pakati. “Our engagement here today should provide an enabling socio-economic environment in which our ultimate goal of a competitive city is based on our five pillars of the Growth and Development.” The conference also hosted panellists which represented a wide range of engineering interests while on the other side of the conference there were also stalls with various engineering products on show. Giving an overview of her research in training and development of municipal engineers and updated findings following her book which was published in 2005 titled Numbers and Needs Allyson Lawless said, “There is an urgent need to implement a system to develop young municipal engineering practitioners which includes training courses and workshops associated with activities in the municipal calendar.” She further added that research carried out both locally and internationally showed that civil engineering capacity in South African municipalities was too low to deliver, operate and maintain local government infrastructure in a sustainable manner. Following that, Stephan Jooste, a specialist in the advisory field from Aurecon spoke in length about the proposed increase involvement from the private sector through Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) to respond to the significant challenges in service delivery in municipalities. Another speaker giving his views on the sustainable growth through rural connectivity was Darren Keep from Mabey Bridge who said, “Bridges connect communities, provide children with safe access to education and facilitate direct access to social health-care and amenities.” The conference culminated with a platform for debate and dialogue from the delegates on the presented topics. City rolls out free Wi-Fi Access points have been installed around the CBD, Libraries and Civic Centres across the Metro with access initially restricted to Buffalo City employees, but citizens will also soon enjoy free Wi-Fi as the City is in the process of activating public access. BCMM ICT Manager Jongikhaya Stuurman said, “Controllers of the access points are currently being programmed to create a separate public access to the network for public Wi-Fi.” He added that four public outdoor access points have already been activated in Duncan Village Redevelopment Initiative (DVRI) by the Community Hall, Steers in Oxford Street, Cnr of Amalinda Main Road by Clarendon High School and Buffalo City College. The remaining 18 public outdoor points will be activated by end October 2017. The hotspots will include among others the East London City Hall, Trust Centre, John Forbes Pharmacy, BP Garage, Bhisho and King William’s Town. Stuurman said the public will benefit from having access to free internet as it will increase access to job opportunities and information as well as decrease the digital divide. The City’s network will provide the public with 250MB of data per day at a connection speed of 2MB to 4MB per second. There will be a once-off registration required where a cell number will be authenticated for security purposes. Safety in BCM Beaches Presently these sections include the Public Beaches and associated tidal pools, Public swimming beaches, picnic areas and related public open spaces including the Orient Beach and Waterworld Pay Complexes. Areas of Operation: · Gonubie Main Beach and River Mouth · Gonubie Tidal Pool through the Point to the end of Ocean Way · Queenera Picnic Site, Bonza Bay Beach, Lagoon and Picnic Area · Nahoon Main Beach, River Mouth and Blue Lagoon area · Nahoon Reef and Corner · Eastern Beach and Little Mauritius · Orient Pay Beach and Esplanade · Waterworld Complex · Western Seafront Tidal Pools (Rifle Range and Leaches Bay) · Hickman’s River Mouth Repairs and Maintenance underway include: · General Repairs will be done by the Beaches Handyman · Hire of Chemical Toilets (Informal Tender) · Repairs to Boardwalks at Bonza bay, Gonubie, · Remove and Replace Windows and install Burglar bars at Orient Main Entrance · Repairs and painting at Eastern Beach Lifeguard building · Multiple Repairs to Orient Beach Lifeguard Room, Supervisors Office and · Males Change Room. · Electrical Repairs at Orient Quanza Plant Room · Grouting of Paddling Pool · Replacement of butterfly Valves and Associated Filtration equipment · Service and Supply of Pumps and Motors at paddling Pool Season Dates: 9 December 2017 – 4 January 2018 Our teams will be operational in all BCM sanctioned events that will be taking place within the City. We will be implementing strict security measures. We will also be enforcing the Bylaw on noise and event organisers will be expected to have sound engineers and hotline contact numbers for complaints around noise nuisance and other disturbances. SEASONAL STAFFING: In terms of staffing personnel relating to cleaning we have an additional 26 EPWP Project Staff who will be in operation from 10/12/2017 - 29/01/2018. This is over and above the cleaning staff and supervisor members working for The Coast/ project staff. In terms of staffing personnel relating to beach swimming safety, we have employed a total of 36 life guards who will be operating for an 8 week period between 9/12/2017 - 31/01/2018. AREAS COVERED BY BEACHES DURING SEASON: · Gonubie Main Beach and River Mouth · Gonubie Tidal Pool through Point to Black Rock · Black Rock through to German Bay · Quinera and Lagoon Mouth · Bonza Bay Main Beach and Picnic site · Bonza Bay to Nahoon River Mouth · Nahoon Main Beach through Nahoon Corner to Nahoon Reef · Eastern Beach and Blind (Inyana) River Mouth · Marina Glen (Ebuhlanti)and Little Mauritius · Esplanade through to Orient Beach Complex · Western Seafront from Fullers bay through Rifle Range Tidal Pool to Water world · Leaches Bay to Hickman’s River Mouth and Beach · Igoda Beach (Lifesaving only) · Kidd’s Beach Main Beach(Lifesaving only) · Kaiser’s Main Beach(Lifesaving only) · Waterworld (9.00am – 18h00pm daily) LIFESAVING OPERATING TIMES: NORMAL OPERATING TIMES 08:30-17:00 Gonubie, Bonza Bay, Nahoon, Eastern Beach, Orient Complex and Waterworld Complex (1 September 2017 to 8 December 2018) PEAK SEASON OPERATIONAL TIMES 07:00-18:00 Gonubie beach, Bonza Bay Beach, Nahoon Beach, Eastern Beach, Orient complex and Waterworld Complex and Tidal Pool (09 December to 31 December 2018) NEW YEAR’S DAY 2018 OPERATIONAL TIMES: (SHIFTS) 09:00-17:00 Hickman’s River, Leaches Bay, Igoda, Kidds Beach (Lifesaving Services only from 09 December 2017 to 03 January2018) 04:30-20:00 Eastern Beach (New Year’s weekend 1 January2018) 05:00-20:00 Orient Complex and Waterworld Complex (New Year’s 1 January 2018) 07:00-19:00 Gonubie, Bonza Bay, Nahoon, Leeches Bay, Hickmans River, Igoda, Kidds beach (New Year’s weekend 1-3 January 2018 Public Swimming Beaches Covered by Lifeguards includes: Beach No: of Lifeguards 1. Gonubie Main Beach and River Mouth 6 2. Bonza Bay and Lagoon 6 3. Nahoon Main Beach 6 4. Eastern Beach 6 5. Orient Pools and Beach 8 6. Waterworld complex 3 7. Western Seafront Rifle Range Pool 3 8. Leaches Bay Tidal Pool 3 9. Kidd’s Beach 3 10. Hickman’s River and Beach 2 11. Igoda Beach 2 NB: The Lifeguards roster is subject to the availability of sufficient lifeguards, and is therefore subject to change. PORTABLE ABLUTIONS: The above is subject to procurement processes being executed on good time and or use of annual contractors SAFETY: We have launched our festive season campaign Ska bapha Chance: Be responsible, we need you in 2018. This includes roadblocks and our state of the art ticket reading bus systems. Our R16 million “big brother” camera surveillance projected which began in May 2016 will also be in action. This is to enable Buffalo City Metro to become a smart, a safe and secured City for tourists and potential investors which in turn would promote investment and Local Economic Development, and also to ensure safety of BCM citizens within the Central Business District (CBD), another reason is to monitor and control traffic as well as crime monitoring too and lastly to just monitor the City as a whole in general.” The various areas with cameras in the City include: ·Frere Hospital Amalinda Main Road ·Corner Amalinda Main Road & Oxford Street ·Corner Lukin Road & Oxford Street ·Corner St Georges & Oxford Street ·Corner St Peters & Oxford Street ·Corner Kimberley Road & Oxford Street ·Corner Park Avenue & Oxford Street ·Corner Park Avenue & Buffalo Street ·Corner Park Avenue & Beaconsfield Road ·Corner Beaconsfield Road and St John Road ·Corner Douglas Smith Highway & Black Road ·Corner Douglas Smith Highway & Parkridge Road ·Duncan Village Community Hall - Mdantsane Highway taxi rank - Esplanade This will be assisting our joint operations centre which will be led by SAPS comprising of traffic, environment, fire and disaster management services. We will be having a total additional 770 marshals/ beach steward added as part of the new years plan from the 20 December 2017 TO 03 January 2018. The Esplanade will have a total of 20 marshals daily and everyday there will be a total of 40 deployed around all beaches. Harsh weather conditions will also determine deployment. Our Agency, the BCMDA will also be hiring additional green peace officers to be deployed along the beachfront and an announcement on this will be made next week. REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE Repairs and maintenance will be carried out at the following beaches as listed below: BEACHES REPAIRS /MAINTENANCE TO BE UNDERTAKEN 1. Gonubie Beach Maintenance and replace broken window pane and outside showe. 2. Gonubie tidal pool toilets Repairs and Service of Toilets 3. Gonubie boarwalk and Ocean Way Board Repairs and revamp upgrading of boardwalk, 4. Quenera Lagoon Toilets Service and repairs 5. Bonza Bay Main Ablutions Repairs and Service of Toilets 6. Bonza bay Picnic Area Repairs and Service of Toilets BEACHES REPAIRS /MAINTENANCE TO BE UNDERTAKEN COMMENTS/ PROGRESS 7. Bonza Bay Carpark toilets and carpark area Repairs and Service of Toilets 8. Bonza Bay Boarwalk Repairs to Boardwalk Finalising informal tender for service provider 9. Nahoon Main Beach Revamp of toilets 10.Nahoon Corner Revamp of toilets 11.Nahoon Reef Revamp of toilets 12.Little Mauritius Revamp of toilets Finalising informal tender for service provider 13.Marina Glen Revamp of toilets Finalising informal tender for service provider 14.Eastern Beach Ablutions Service and repairs to toilets In-house 15.Orient Complex Service and repairs to toilets Painting and Service of paddling Pools pumps and motors Inhouse Motors were damaged by high seas and is currently with service provider appointed by insurance 16.Waterworld Complex Painting and Service of pools Service completed. In-house painting in progress 17.Tidal Pool Ablutions New doors and plumbing to be fitted 18.Leaches Bay Ablutions Toilets completely vandalised Maintenance will have to be done closer to the peak festive season in order to ensure that further vandalism do not hamper festive preparations COSTS: Hiring of Additional Chemical Toilets = R200 000 Recruitment of 36 additional seasonal Lifeguards = =R288 000 Recruitment of Beach Marshalls = R84 700 Other costs are within the operating costs of repairs and maintenance, overtime etc New BCM leadership sworn in The Executive Mayor Xola Pakati and his deputy Zoliswa Matana, who is the first woman to take the position in BCM, were introduced to the Council together with the Speaker of Council Alfred Mtsi and Chief Whip Mzwandile Vaaiboom. The hall was filled up to its capacity with more people outside eager to get inside to witness their leaders being sworn in. Addressing the Council for the first time as the speaker Mtsi thanked the people of Buffalo City for giving the ruling party another chance “to carry on the mandate from where they left off in the past term of office.” Mtsi also announced the members of the mayoral executive committee, which are Ncedo Kumbanca as head of engineering and infrastructure, Ayanda Myute as head of health and public safety, Xolani Witbooi as head of special programmes, Pumla Nazo-Makathala as head of development, Nontsikelelo Peter as head of Finance, Nozandile Mhlola as head of Human Settlements, Helen Neale-May as head of Community Services, Mawethu Marata as portfolio head for Local Economic Development and Sindile Toni as head of Corporate Services. Giving his remarks, Pakati said the elected representatives should serve the citizens of the Metro regardless of their political affiliation. “As elected representatives, we therefore occupy the positions we occupy by virtue of the trust bestowed upon us by the people for no other purpose but to serve the people. Regardless of our political affiliation, all of us would, I am certain be agreed, that “more and more rural communities [must] benefit from investments in basic services (water, electricity, sanitation and roads) and empowered to end hunger by productively using the available or redistributed land.” Pakati said there must be robust discussions between community and their leaders about the value of investments and protecting infrastructure. “At the same time, we must also engage with our people in a sustained discussion about the need to value the investments they make in such areas as may include public property and other amenities. Simply put, no one benefits out of the destruction of public property during public protests to register grievances, however legitimate these might be.” Dignity restored for Masizakhe Children's Home Over 100 people gathered at the centre to witness the occasion with dignitaries including Programme Manager and Head of Secretariat Vuyisa Dayile, Deputy Minister of Communications Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, Transnet Group executive Human Resources Nonkululeko Sishi, Deputy Minister of Public Enterprise Bulelani Magwanishe and Executive Mayor Alfred Mtsi. According to a Press Release issued by the Department of Public Enterprise, the commitment was successively honoured through a donation of over R1.7 million grants from the Department of Public Enterprise’s state owned enterprise-Transnet Foundation in 2014. International Children's Day is celebrated on the 1st Saturday of November in South Africa. As part of the donations to the centre the Eastern Cape Aids Council (ECAC) in collaboration with the Real Gijimas Athletics Club hosted a healthy living 10 kilometre and 5 kilometre fun walk in 2013 as part of the World Aids Day build-up activities an amount of R5 000 was donated to Masizakhe Children’s Home which was identified as the prime beneficiary from the event. Speaking at the event, the Metro’s Executive Mayor Alfred Mtsi said, “We are gathered here today to handover this beautiful dining hall and kitchen to Masizakhe Children’s Home. There are many homeless children around the Highway area, this home takes them in and cares for them.” “That is why we saw the need to give a hand, every child whether they are parentless or not deserves a good upbringing.” He added that Buffalo City Metro contributes at least an amount of R5 000 to help maintenance of the centre as well as books and blankets. Speaking about the home, the Centre Manager Luyanda Lusizi said, “I am so speechless and full of gratitude today receiving this hall. Transnet has made the dreams of these children come true.” “We used to cook in the girl’s house which made it difficult for them to watch television, do their school work or play as there would be stoves and food all over. Starting from today all the children will gather at this new dining hall and kitchen to eat as a family as that is what we are.” The construction of the dining hall and kitchen began in May 2015. The home caters for 72 children from the ages of five to 13 with a mix of boys and girls. Addressing the crowd, Deputy Minister of Public Enterprise Bulelani Magwanishe said, “We are very excited to be here as government to celebrate this important occasion, children are our future we have a responsibility to make sure that we invest in our future and there is no better way to do so by making sure that our children are able to give because as parents we have started giving them first.” He added that the hall is a symbol of a safe place as part of the children’s rights, the kitchen is to make sure the food they eat is better nourished. Speaking on behalf of the children living at Masizakhe Children’s Home, 15-year-old Siphelele Tonisi who is currently doing Grade 9 at Ulwazi High School said, “We are grateful to Transnet for this beautiful kitchen we will eat as a proper family.” Adding to that Deputy Minister of Communications Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams said, “We are members of a caring government not just the organisation only, therefore what it means is that we have a responsibility to take care of each other especially as Africans bringing back that spirit of Ubuntu is the only way to go, my child is your child.” “This is our future and we will do everything in our power to make sure that it is safe and protected so that they can provide a proper and progressive guidance to the country entirely.” The children also received tablets from the National Department of Communications to make it easier for them to access information to do their school work. One of the beneficiaries Kholiswa Matyholweni doing Grade 11 at Ulwazi High School said, “This kitchen makes us so happy especially us girls as we could not play in our house because it was turned into a kitchen. Not only did we get a kitchen but we received tablets to access information, we will no longer walk to the library.” Comments are closed.