8 December BCMM Summer Season Events December 8, 2017 By Tabisa Mntengwana Latest News 0 Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality would like to inform the public about the following upcoming events that will be hosted during the festive season. For more information click here http://www.buffalocitymetro.gov.za/Portals/0/slides/12 x 3 BCM8400 Notice.pdf Related 2015 Summer Season kicked off Following that was the annual Summer Carnival KWT which kicked off on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 December. Artist that entertained revellers over the weekend include Afropop singer Zahara of Loliwe fame, Hip-hop artist Kid X and various House artists including Bucie, Uhuru and Naak Music. Other local artists include kwaito artist Mashava, Young Reezy, Yolanda Vuthela, Zama and the Voice Ministries, DJ Zenzo and DJ Nunuza. At least 1 000 revellers filled up the botanical gardens to be part of the fun filled two days. The next leg of the Summer Carnival will be held at the Mdantsane City Mall on Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 December while the last leg will be held in the Quigney’s Court Crescent on Friday 18 December and Sunday 19 December. National artists expected to perform in Mdantsane include Dbn Nyts, The Soil, iFani, Ma-E and Thandokazi while East London will see Beatenberg, Professor, Donald, Liquideep and Mobi Dixon. Metro unpacks the Festive Season Safety Operations Speaking at the briefing Portfolio Head for Health and Public Safety Amanda Mnyute said, “We had a joint operation from December 30 to January 2, 2017 with the aim to control the crowd during the festive season in all our beaches and other areas of the Metro.” “During this period some of the roads in the beachfront were closed to accommodate the traffic congestion and easy flow of vehicles in the Quigney areas,” she said. Mnyute added that children were lost and that was a major challenge this year for the City. “Over 40 children were lost and later reunited with their parents. Another major challenge was the consumption of alcohol and making open fires in areas that ae not designated for that.” “The number of drunken driving in the Buffalo City has increased from last year to 190 drunk driving incident during this festive season.” Buffalo City Metro Commander for Traffic Services Quinton Chetty said, “The traffic flow showed a great improvement due to the earlier road closures. This was done to create a vehicle free zone and create a safe environment for the pedestrians.” “Areas that were affected by the road closures include Quigney, Beacon Bay, Nahoon and Gonubie,” said Chetty. “The Metro conducted a Joint Operation Centre (JOC) which was situated at the Osner Hotel and was operational on 31 of December 2016 as well as on 1 and 2 of January 2017.” Stakeholders involved in the operation include the South African Police Services (SAPS), Emergency Ambulance Service, Provincial Department of Social Development, BCMM Traffic Department, BCMM Law Enforcement Services and Environmental Health Services. The following statistics recorded during the festive season: Statistics between November 2016 and January 2, 2017 for drunk driving was 119, inconsiderate driving was at 149, those who were held for speeding 7 333, impounds, suspensions and un-roadworthy vehicles were 155. Highest speed recorded in King William’s Town was 112km/h in a 60km/h zone and highest speed in East London was 163km/h in a 90km/h zone. Operation Commander for SAPS East London Cluster Colonel Errol Francis said, “Our operation started from 10 November to 31 January 2017 to prevent crime against people in the Buffalo City area.” “In the morning of December 31 and January 1, we had low levels of crime incidents reported, only five cases were reported, while later on New Year’s Day, 12 crime incidents were reported and on January 2, only four cases were reported,” said Francis. According to the Municipal Report, over 30 lifeguards were employed during the festive season and were operating in all the beaches. “The Metro has 19 fulltime Lifeguards and 39 Seasonal Lifeguards in all the surrounding beaches in the Metro were employed to minimise the number of drownings and swimming incidents.” This festive season saw at least 86 near drowning incidents and four drownings. “We urge people to learn to swim so that when they decide to go swimming during the festive season they are able to do so and limit the drownings,” said Mnyute. BCMM presents the 2017 Franchise Expo The event has gained huge support over the years and as a result, it is set to be bigger and better with about 50 exhibiters in line to showcase their franchises and business opportunities. The expo is an enterprise development initiative of BCMM. It is aimed at linking franchisors and SMEs offering business opportunities with potential investors and financial institutions. Some of the exhibitors this year include ABSA, Amway, Doves, Daily Dispatch, Nino’s and many more. In addition, the expo features an exciting workshop programme which is aimed at removing uncertainties about whether franchising is something they should consider. Existing franchisors, franchisees, business owners who would like to franchise there, business entrepreneurs interested in owning a franchise, school-leavers and graduates entering the business arena, business developers, financial institutions, local, district and provincial government members of the public are all encouraged to attend. Attendees will be able to tap into the latest developments critical to franchising, explore the role of franchising in the empowerment of the small business sector, engage knowledge sharing and networking. Experts in their respective field will inform attendees about the diverse options available, how to assess them and how to make the decision that’s right for them. While some of the presentations will be offered daily, others are once-off events. The full events programme is available on the website www.bcmmfranchise.co.za The day will also see visitors engaging with exhibitors, questions answered by experts, visitors to the expo will receive information material they can take home for future reference. Entry to the eagerly anticipated expo and workshop attend is free. Gavle and BCMM strengthen ties Executive Mayor Councillor Xola Pakati with the delegation will be at the East London ICC this morning to discuss various issuses including youth issues, gender equality issues and human rights roles. During the session, there will be presentation by BCMM (Youth engagement project); Commission for Gender equality (issues of discrimination); Human Rights Commission (Roles). After lunch there will be visits to the East London Harbour, Nahoon Point Boardwalk, East London Museum and the Masimanyane Women’s Centre. The twinning relations between the two Cities were initiated in 2002 with the aim to strengthen local democracy, expand knowledge and capacity development as well as to improve competence among the parties in their developmental roles as service providers. The sister Cities have cooperatively implemented projects with the fundamental objective to address underlining issues amongst others, that focus on; local democracy, governance and administration, technical municipal services (waste management, energy, water and sewerage), environmental/climatic issues, sustainable urban development, social welfare operations, education, youth projects and health and medical care operations. From June 2017 the City of Gavle and BCMM jointly implemented the following projects: · Steering Group Project which initiated in 2016 and programmed to carry over to 2018, focusing on matters of discrimination in both cities. · Youth Project also initiated in 2016 and planned to carry over 2018, aimed to enhance and create youth development opportunities for youth in both cities. The Metro in this regard has since piloted six Social Labs which are a ward based multi-stakeholder response for vulnerable groups to proactively engage in Integrated Development Planning Processes. BCMM declares readiness for the weekend The City will host the African Nation Congress (ANC) January 08th statement at three stadiums on Saturday 13 January, with the main event being held at the Buffalo City Stadium in Arcadia. Pakati announced that the City has beefed its resources at the beachfront including lifeguards and cleaning staff as part of its festive season operations. These include the integrated joint operation with members of the East London /Mdantsane cluster, Provincial & Local Traffic, BCMM Law Enforcement, Environmental Health & Fire Safety in terms of the pillars of safer festive season back to basic, which is meant to cordon and search to check for illicit drugs, illegal fire arms, stolen vehicles and goods. This operation kicked off on Monday 8 January at North End - California Night Club, Belgravia Hotel, business premises, Quigney - Curry Court and Moore Street where 12 premises were searched,38 vehicles and 102 people. Three suspects were arrested for possession of drugs and one for housebreaking and trespassing. Traffic fines issued to value of R13 500 and four vehicles unroadworthy impounded by BCMM Traffic Department. Six undocumented persons were also arrested and detained at EL Police Station and the police force are waiting for Immigration to verify documents. Also found in some of the condemned properties in Quigney is 19 knives, a panga, dagga plants, two remote controls, a packet of tik, 20 females who are suspected to be involved in prostitution. The operations also included the Cambridge SAPS Cluster Roadblock on Tuesday 9 January at Amalinda N2, where 181 motor vehicles were stopped, 56 Summonses issued to the value of R23 100 and three men were arrested for being in possession of stolen goods and an undisclosed amount of money. Various streets around the venues will be closed on Saturday in order to manage the traffic, these streets include Brill Street at Tilney Street, Brill Street at Mill Street, Recreation Road at Commercial Road, Deyer Street, Recreation Road at Commercial Road, Recreation Road at Lambert Road. These operations are conducted to insure safety in the City. Pakati added that the Metro has ticked all the boxes and is ready to deliver an incident free event. BCMM youth taking charge of their health At least 200 young people from various areas of Buffalo City Metro were part of the Preventainment initiative which focuses on youth development and health consciousness looking at the scourge of HIV/Aids and teenage pregnancy. The event is an initiative held due to the high rate of teenage pregnancy and the HIV/Aids pandemic at some of the schools in the Buffalo City Metro and also to make awareness to the young people on new infections in young people between the ages of 16 and 25. Preventainment is a term coined by the organisors, linking the message of prevention with entertainment to appeal to youth. The event was intended to encourage youth to make use of available health facilities and engage in open dialogues to express the challenges they face as teenagers. “Our mission as the Metro and the Department of Health is to get the youngsters to engage with us making use of the suggestion boxes and complaint forms at various clinics, hence we came up with the word Preventainment so we understand your struggles as the youth,” said Portfolio Head Xolani Witbooi. During the programme various health issues were discussed including the importance of washing hands, the causes of HIV/Aids, prevention of STIs and it was followed by a demonstration of washing hands. “It is important to wash your hands everytime you need to, including after using the bathroom and before eating,” said Xolisa Melude Health Practitioner from the Community Leader Trust. The day culminated with the youngsters grouped into groups of 10 to discuss topics including the lack of confidentiality from nurses, no services on weekends, substance abuse, the separation of treatment collection points and poverty, peer pressure and lack of knowledge and transparency from parents. One of the youngsters at the event Sange Hibana from Inkwenkwezi High School said, “Events of this nature are important because they teach us about abstinence, the use of condoms and the significance of contraceptives.” Comments are closed.