12 February BCM Undertaking the General Valuation February 12, 2018 By Tabisa Mntengwana Latest News 0 The City’s 2017 General Valuation Process is underway. All properties in the Municipal area are being valuated in terms of the Municipal Rates Act 6 of 2004. Property Valuers and Data Collectors will be visiting properties for measurements and to update property information. They will identify themselves by means of ID cards and letters of delegation. Agents can be expected to visit between 07h30 and 19h00 any day of the week except Sundays and Holidays. The process is due for completion on 01 July 2018. For more information, contact the BCMM Valuations Office on 043 705 3548 Objection forms can be downloaded on www.buffalocitymetro.gov.za or www.bcmm.evaluations.co.za Related 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. System launched to fast track property applications Acting General Manager Property Management Siphiwo Bam said, “Today the Information Technology and the GIS sections launched the IPIMS which will help the institution run effectively.” “Initially the previous approach that we used in the past was manual in the sense that we would receive applications, write down information and send for circulation. With this new system everything will be integrated and it will shorten the time taken for business process.” He also said the system will help shorten the time spent on processing application by seven days. “In the past it took normally 21 days to process information and it has shorten the process to14 days and now comments can be received within seven days.” The system will run across eight distinct processes and across three departments in BCMM which are City Planning, Land Administration and Building and Architecture. IPIMS will also help community members track the status of their applications online on the following when the system goes live on the City’s website: · Property use change · Rezoning application · Lease management · New building plan application · Application for Sub-division · Sale of land · Land acquisition · Property subdivision · Deeds integrations Speaking about the system GIS Co-ordinator Fezeka Bokveldt said the system initially started in 2012 with data alignment to test the system. She said the system will help the Metro in identifying discrepancies, gaps and inaccurate property information within non-financial property databases or information systems and with the following: · the development of data clean-up schedule to assist the affected departments with correcting data; · investigating of existing property business process to ensure property information integration; · identifying gaps within the existing methodology; · Rules and database management to future capturing of property data and design and · Develop an efficient property business process to ensure property information integration. Bokveldt said the main aim of implementing the system was that property information is one of the main datasets within GIS and it needed to be linked, integrated and managed with non GIS property information and systems. “Property forms a basis of all municipal planning, engineering services, rates and billing so it was important to have a cadastral layer that is a spatial representation of property information as per the surveyor general approved diagrams where it can also be spatially verified.” System Business Analyst from Data World Phila Dlamini said that the system will also incorporates all the departments within the Metro. “IPIMS will help speed up the process of applications. The applicants who apply will be able to log on to the system using their reference number and be able to check or track the status of their application. The system will also be integrated with the billing system, property system and the call centre,” said Dlamini. The link for the system is 172.31.4.37//landmatrix. SONA Activations 2017 Activities kicked off with a train ride from East London, passing Mdantsane and the last stop was Berlin on February 2. The main activity was to distribute government information products which include SONA leaflets, newsletters, general government information leaflets and interacting with people about their expectation from the upcoming SONA and about service delivery in general. This programme was one of the pre-SONA activations intended to create awareness about the upcoming State of the Nation Address scheduled for 9 February 2017. The theme for SONA 2017 is The year of Oliver Reginald Tambo: Unity in Action Together Moving South Africa Forward. Speaking to one of the train commuters from East London to Berlin, Bayambela Sifumba said, “I am concerned with how the government plans to deal with issues of unemployment and service delivery in our community.” According to the GCIS website (www.gcis.co.za), the President will provide an update on the implementation of the Programme of Action based on the National Development Plan (NDP). The 2017 SONA will also be delivered within the context of the current strides made by government to respond to the various challenges that our country is facing. Public Participation Practitioner Kenneth Kodwa said, “We set out to share information with the public about the SONA, we acknowledge the importance of community involvement in sound governance and also in keeping with the Batho Pele principals.” The public is encouraged to participate in discussions on Facebook (GovernmentZA) and Twitter on the hashtag #SONA2017 Other activation events include a radio debate amongst school pupils from two high schools in Duncan Village namely Kusile and Sinovuyo High on Kumkani FM, 6 February and a dialogue session with the community that will be held in Berlin 8 February. The SONA will be broadcast live on television, radio and social media from 7pm on February 9. IDP and Budget concludes The Metro set aside Tuesday 9 May to discuss the 2017/18 financial budget at Mngqesha Great Place with the traditional leaders. The IDP and Budget is reviewed annually to allow the municipality to improve its plans and strategies and also allow citizens to give their inputs to the IDP for the year, the previous year and next financial year. This year’s theme for the IDP and Budget Roadshows is Unity in Action: A City hard at work. Speaking at the meeting, Chief Whip of Council Councillor Mzwandile Vaaiboom said, “The main purpose of the meeting is to present the draft 2017/18 IDP Review, Medium Term Revenue and Expenditure framework budget to the Queen of Rharhabe and all the Rharhabe Chiefs for inputs before Council adoption.” This follows after the City consulted with all its wards during the roadshows which started on 18 April until 8 May. Discussed during the event include including Tyutyu Phase 3 project, Umzonyana Dam Upgrade, water and the procurement of graders for rural roads. Other issues that came up range from the community hall that was requested in Masingatha, Mlakalaka and Godidi, the agricultural support, requests for ablution facilities in Kwelerana, Mdange Village requested fencing of grazing fields and the request for electricity in Tshatshu. Adding Executive Mayor Xola Pakati said, “Other upgrades that are planned by the Metro include the revamping of the Rharhabe royal family graves, build a tombstone for Chief Tshatshu, Construction of new King William’s Town Traffic Centre, storm water drainages, sanitation, dams and weirs, water treatment works, bulk mains, pump station, distribution mains, reservoirs, agricultural and rural development programmes. Following the Traditional Leaders Session, City officials met with the business sector to discuss projects pertaining to their needs for 2017/18. The Business Breakfast was held at the Regent Hotel in Quigney on Wednesday 10 May. Acting City Manager Bob Naidoo opened the session by giving an overview of the roadshows and its success. “We had a smooth flow of public meetings with hiccups here and there.” The Business Breakfast is held as part of the annual IDP/Budget consultation process, this is mandated by law to involve organised business as a stakeholder in the planning and budgeting process of the municipality. “This meeting is set to provide an opportunity for organised businesses to comment on the draft 2017/18 IDP and Budget before it is tabled in council for adoption and discuss concerns that arise during this engagement,” said Naidoo. Some of the issues raised at previous engagements with the business fraternity included procurement processes with the City’s Supply Chain Management Office, where it was raised that there were interferences at low level when awarding contracts and rural areas being neglected in terms of economic development. In response to this, Pakati assured businesses that the intention of the City is to bring more investment into the City not minimise it. “We are working with other stakeholders to look at what measures can be brought to local businesses to retain and grow the current investment, this work is being done with the Department of Trade and Industry because they have an existing Supply Side Policy which we do not want to duplicate,” said Pakati. Another concern was the inefficiency of the Monitoring and Evaluation of the Metro Growth and Development Strategy. Pakati said that tools are being developed for the strategy and the City is currently reviewing the Supply Chain Policy Framework to include some of the issues raised such as the 30 percent participation of local businesses. “It has been agreed in council that upon conclusion of the framework compilation, all relevant stakeholders will be engaged with for their input,” said Pakati. Attending stakeholders also emphasised that there must be separation between business and politics. Pakati acknowledged the concern but affirmed that the awarding of tenders follows a process which is defined by the Municipal Finance Management and there are no politicians operating in that space. He continued to say that tenders go through a bidding evaluation process and an adjudication process where political interference is barred. Closing off the meeting Speaker of Council Alfred Mtsi said that the principle of meaningful participation was exercised during this engagement. He assured stakeholders that their participation will be expressed in the development of processes undertaken for governance and administration. In closing Pakati announced that there will be a Council Open Day on Tuesday May 16, the adoption of the financial IDP/Budget on May 26 and the State of the Metro Address will be on Thursday 22 June. National cleanup week campaign 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. 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 Comments are closed.