8 February Power Outage in East London and Surroundings February 8, 2018 By Anga Mtongana Latest News 0 The main switch in Stafford sub-station has tripped affecting Vincent, Amalinda, Cambridge, Hemmingways, Dorchester Heights and some parts of Southernwood. The City warns consumers to handle all apparatus with caution during this period and advises consumers to disconnect all non-essential appliances from the supply to prevent damages when power is restored. Electricians are currently on site resolving the fault. Your patience will be highly appreciated regarding the matter. To report electricity faults and outages call 043 050 5683 Related Power outage in Bhisho Park Notice This is a short term solution we are drenching to replace some of the cable but this size cable is not in stock normal delivery is 4 to 6 weeks. We have source the cable from another supplier it will be on site by Wednesday 22 March. Youth empowerment through construction This was shown when the Buffalo City Metro together with National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) hosted a construction seminar on last week at Cambridge Hall in East London. The purpose of the seminar was to encourage and empower BCM youth that are interested in construction to be courageous and be strong in construction industry. At least six stakeholders were part of the seminar and presented their services to the young people. The stakeholders that attended the seminar include Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA), NHBRC, Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), Financial Institute Supervisory Authority (FISA) and Provincial Department of Public Works. Nomthandazo Mkhwanazi from NHBRC’s Training Department said that the NHBRC empowers young people who are interested in the construction industry to gain more information and skills about the industry so that they can create jobs for themselves and in their communities. “We train young people in various skills such as bricklaying, painting, plastering, roof laying, carpentry, plumbing and business management to be able to manage their own businesses and become qualified contractors,” Mkhwanazi added. She added that infrastructure and construction have created the foundations of our global economy and have the basis for improving quality of life. “It has also contributes significantly to the country’s economy and provides much needed employment.” Speaking about funding and stating a business Vuyiswa Sidiba from NYDA said the agency has a programme called voucher programme to assist people who wants to start their own businesses. “The NYDA has a programme called voucher programme to assist people who wants to start their own businesses. The programme is designed to provide quality business development support to young entrepreneurs.” “Today we are here to assist BCM youth to open their own businesses and we are to help them grow in their businesses,” said Sidiba. Bulelani Mabhokela who benefited from programme said that he is running a successful website company after he received a R100 000 from NYDA. “I have a website development company and my business now has equipment through NYDA. The agency also gave me R100 000 to buy tools for my business. Today, I am a successful business person because of them.” Mabhokela urged them to visit the NYDA offices and ask for assistance and be persistent. “I want to encourage you to stay focused and never give up on your dreams. You must visit these places make sure they don’t forget your face,” said Mabhokela. One resident from Duncan Village Siphesihle Mpali said, “The seminar was very informative. I had always wanted to know how to start my own business and now I know exactly where to go and start. I am motivated to register for training, get skills and be equipped then start my own construction company.” Interruption of Power in Bhisho Central The outage will affect all consumers supplied by Buffalo City Metro. The City warns consumers to handle all apparatus with caution during this period and advises consumers to disconnect all non-essential appliances from the supply to prevent damages when power is restored. To report electricity faults and outages call 043 050 5683 Water Outages in Bhisho Due to Amatola Water strike and syphon failure at the Laing Water Treatment Works (WTWs) water supply in the following areas will be affected: · Bisho, · Berlin, · Ilitha, · Ndevana, · Zwelitsha, · Phakamisa, · Schornville, · Balasi Valley, · Balasi village, · Kuni 1, · Thembisa, · Mabaleni, · Nkqonqweni and · Newlands villages Although, both the syphon problem and strike have been resolved on 29 March the system will take at least five days to recover in the urban areas and may take up to 10 days in rural areas. This means the affected areas will be without water for the next two days, however, pressure will start to recover to full capacity on Friday, March 31. Buffalo City Metro will dispatch at least 15 water tankers and 15 Jojo Tanks to assist with temporary water supply in the affected areas. The tanks will be placed at strategic points, where people can go and collect water for basic services (e.g. schools, clinics and rent offices.). Road Closures During Ironman 70.3 TIME FOR ROAD CLOSURES: The N2 from Beacon Bay off ramp to Blaney intersection will be closed at 06h15 and re-opened when all the cyclists are off the N2 The N2 from Blaney intersection to the NEX off ramp will be closed at 06h30 and re-opened if all cyclist are off the N2 The 2 lanes on the North East Expressway direction Gonubie will be opened once all the cyclist are on the N2 START: CYCLE ROUTE · The race starts in the Orient Theatre parking. · The cyclists will come out at Orient Road, · Right into Currie Street, · Onto the Esplanade, · Left into Moore Street, · Right into John Baillie Road, · Left into Buffalo Park Drive, · Turn right onto the North East Expressway, · Left onto the N2 direction KWT, · Left onto Berlin off ramp, · Right at the Berlin off ramp direction Berlin Industrial Area, · Right onto the N2 on ramp direction East London, · Left at North East Expressway on ramp, · Return via the same route and finishing at the Orient Theatre car park. START: RUN ROUTE · From the transitional area the runners will run along the Esplanade, · Into Link Road, · Right into John Bailie Road, · Right into Turnberry Avenue, · along Gleneagles Road, · Right into Galway Road turning at the turning point in Galway Road and Return via the same route finishing at the Orient Pool. ROAD CLOSURES: N2 N2 direction King Williams Town at Beacon Bay off ramp on the N2 N2 at Blaney intersection direction East London on the N2 N2 on ramp at Bonza Bay Main Road direction East London N2 on ramp at North East Expressway direction King Williams Town N2 on ramp at Western Avenue interchange direction Gonubie N2 on ramp at Meadow Road direction King Williams Town Amalinda Main at N2 on ramp direction King Williams Town Amalinda Main at N2 on ramp direction Gonubie N2 on ramp at Nahoon Dam interchange direction King Williams Town N2 on ramp at Nahoon Dam interchange direction East London N2 on ramp at Fort Jackson interchange direction King Williams Town N2 on ramp at Fort Jackson interchange direction East London N2 on ramp at Berlin interchange direction King Williams Town N2 on ramp at Berlin interchange direction East London ROAD CLOSURES: NORTH EAST EXPRESSWAY: Commercial Road direction Buffalo Park Drive at Fitzpatrick North East Expressway at Bowls Road / Buffalo Park Drive Buffalo Park Drive and North East Expressway St Peters Road at Nahoon View Road North East Expressway on ramp at Pearce Street interchange direction North North East Expressway on ramp at Pearce Street interchange direction South Old Transkei Main Road and NEX on ramp direction City N2 on ramp at North East Expressway direction Gonubie (Sasol Garage) North East Expressway at Wyse Ave ROAD CLOSURES: ESPLANADE: Orient Road closed at Hillview Road Currie Street closed at Brighton Street Rhodes Street at Brighton Street Esplanade closed at Rhodes Street Esplanade closed at Quanza Street Esplanade closed at Fitzpatrick Road Esplanade closed at Clifford Street Esplanade closed at Inverleith Terrace Esplanade closed at Long Fellow Street Moore Street closed at the Holiday Inn entrance John Bailie Road closed at Mc Jannet Drive John Bailie Road closed at Turnburry Road John Bailie Road closed at Ainsdale Road LANE CLOSURE: TURNBERRY AVENUE AND GALWAY ROAD The right hand lane up Turnberry Avenue, left into Gleneagles Road and turning right into Galway Road will be closed for traffic. The left hand lane in Galway Road will be divided into two lanes. The right hand lane up Turnberry Avenue, left into Gleneagles Road and turning right into Galway Road will be closed for traffic. The left hand lane in Galway Road will be divided into two lanes. ALTERNATIVE ROUTES AS PER N2 INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM: FROM GONUBIE TO KWT From N2 left into Beacon Bay off ramp, left into Bonza Bay Main Road, right into Batting Road, left into Old Transkei Road, right into Pearce Street, into Lukin Road, right into Oxford Street, left onto Amalinda Main Road to Voortrekker Road, left onto Voortrekker Road into R102, right at Ndevana/Ilitha Street and continue with the N2. OR From N2 left into Beacon Bay off ramp, right into Bonza Bay Main Road, right into Wyse Ave, left into Old Transkei Road, right into Pearce Street, into Lukin Road, right into Oxford Street, left into Amalinda Main Road to Voortrekker Road, left into Voortrekker Road, into R102, right at Ndevana/Ilitha Street and continue with the N2. FROM KWT TO GONUBIE From N2 right into Ilitha/Ndevana Road, left onto the R102 into Voortrekker Road, right into Amalinda Main Road, right into Oxford Street, left into Lukin Road, into Pearce Street, left into Old Transkei Road, into Batting Road, left into Bonza Bay Road, right onto the M10 and continue with the N2. Buffalo City Metro wishes all an enjoyable and safe traveling. BCM explores green power Portfolio Head for Infrastructure Services Ncedo Kumbaca together with the Water and Electricity Managers in the Metro met with the two German Scientists from DLR to explore the various ways in which the City can create renewable energy from its waste water and sludge treatment works. The DLR Institute of Networked Energy Systems in the City of Oldenburg, Germany develops technologies and concepts for future energy supply based on renewable energy sources. The City of Oldenburg and Buffalo City Metro have been in a sister relationship since 2009 and the workshop is part of the sharing of knowledge between the two cities. The purpose of the workshop was to discuss ways in which to collaborate the German and South African ideas for energy renewal projects in the City. With a history of forced load shedding in South Africa which has had major effects on the country’s economy, Buffalo City’s Department of Electricity was tasked with implementing alternative strategies for the prevention of load shedding. In his presentation on the City’s current state, Acting Electricity and Energy Services Manager Robert Ferrier said, “Currently BCMM imports all It’s energy from external sources, mainly Eskom and in terms of national requirements BCMM should reduce consumption of electricidal energy by 10 percent.” He further added that the City’s Electricity Department was in the process of issuing a renewable energy audit tender to establish clearly the potential within BCM. This audit will establish what has been done to date, identify gaps and opportunities in the market, set objectives and targets, identify strategies and programs, identify strategic partners and develop a multi-year program and allocate resources. DLR believes that the Metro has great potential for creating its own energy from its wastewater and sludge treatment works and feeding it back into the grid thus reducing its reliance on external sources. DLR scientist Meike Kuhnel said, “BCMM currently does not create electricity from its wastewater and sludge treatment works. There is an opportunity here to produce electricity and have self-sufficient plants.” Some of the potential sources of energy which the City has identified include wind energy in places where large areas of land that is not suitable for building houses can be used for wind farms, solar energy, waste to energy, waste dump sites and energy from sewage. “The big site we are looking at is the Berlin dump site, we have huge potential for recycling as well as harvesting natural gas from this site,” said Ferrier. Wastewater and Sludge Treatment Works Manager Mark Westerburg said that the infrastructure is in place for the possible energy renewal programmes and the City has budgeted R420 million in the current financial year for the upgrades of the Reeston and Phakamisa wastewater works and Eastern Beach sewers. Several ways in which the National Department of Energy has identified to help the City conserve energy encompass the introduction of light-emitting-diode (LED) street lights to save energy, energy efficiency in all municipal buildings and upgrading the electrical grid to a smart grid including smart metering. The Energy Department proposes a memorandum of agreement with the East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ) to co-operate on all potential projects within the BCM area. Comments are closed.