24 April NU 2 Swimming pool plans underway April 24, 2018 By Tabisa Mntengwana Latest News 0 Looking back in history, the NU2 swimming pool was once a safe haven for the youth of Mdantsane in the early 70’s until late 80’s when it was closed. The swimming pool activities that were held in Mdantsane produced well-trained swimmers and professional lifeguards however since its closure in late 80’s it has become a home for criminal activities and antisocial behaviour. For years, the Mdantsane community has made public appeals for the revival of the swimming pool but efforts made by the Metro to rehabilitate the facility were met with procurement and service provider challenges. The City’s plans for the coming financial year is that the pool to be completed without interruptions. Moving forward with the plans, the plans on Friday 20 April, a sod turning ceremony was held at the NU 2 swimming pool to mark the start of its reconstruction. Addressing the NU2 community last week during the ceremony, Executive Mayor Xola Pakati said, "Buffalo City will bring back the pride and joy of this community and the young people will have an opportunity to acquire swimming skills and have a safe place for enjoyment.” Pakati said the project has a total budget of R12 million and will be undertaken in two phases. The first phase will focus on getting the existing swimming pool functional, it will be completed by December 2018 and R3 million will be spent for this phase." "The second phase will include the development of other structures such as additional swimming pools and ablution facilities, R9 million has been budgeted for this phase and it is estimated to complete in June 2019," said Pakati. He added that the City also plans to upgrade the sports precinct that comprises of the Orlando Stadium and Sisa Dukashe Stadium. Sky High Consulting Engineers is the appointed contractor for the development and design of the facility. Quinton Winandt representative from Sky High Consulting Engineers said that the scope of work will include the demolishing of slabs, pump house and entrance, repair and retiling of the existing swimming pool, construction of parking area and the construction of two kiddies’ pools and walkways. Future expansions will include constructing a gymnasium at the facility and heating of the Olympic size swimming pool. 69-year-old Johnny Fulani was delighted to hear that their beloved structure which has been in a state of ruin for years is coming back to life. "I am so happy today, finally our children will get to experience what we experienced back in the 1960's when the swimming pool was first built," said Fulani. Related City launches swimming project for kids These kids will be equipped with water safety skills and an introduction on swimming. Every summer, thousands of visitors flock to the beaches in BCM and sadly so, many families go back home with one of their loved ones wrapped in a body plastic bag. To prevent any more of these tragedies, the Metro and its Sister City, the City of Leiden established a Water Safety Project in January 2016 where youngsters from Isibindi Child and Youth Care and Safe Park in Duncan Village were given introductory swimming lessons and trained on water safety. This year, the programme continues with a six-month swimming programme where 20 youngsters from the Safe Park and another 20 from Scenery Park ages nine to 15 will be equipped with water safety skills. The group from Scenery Park are children who were involved in the drowning tragedy at the Umzonyana Dam in Scenery Park where a young life was lost in February 2017. The programme will ensure the identified participants are able to practice water safety activities in different aquatic environments and are able to swim and surf in a safe and fun way. BCMM Spokesperson Samkelo Ngwenya said, “It is our aim that the life skill of swimming is imparted to as many children as possible and that they are exposed to the different forms of water sport including swimming, diving and surfing without fear.” Buffalo City and the City of Leiden will spend a total of R137 550 towards the project covering costs that include swimming equipment and gear, transport to the venue and salaries for the project team. The programme was launched on Wednesday 1 November 2017 at the Orient Beach Pool. Speaking at the event, one of the learners Lisa Quluba who was very excited to benefit from the programme said, “I look forward to learning how to swim because I want to be able to save others.” Motivating the participants, International Surfer, Craig Jarvis said, “Every time I see a young child get on a surfing board for the first time, I relive my childhood as I recall standing on my very first wave here at the orient beach.” He then encouraged them to get familiar with the sea water as “the ocean can be your best friend but it can also be your enemy that is why safety is very important, it is sad to hear of children drowning at sea when it can be prevented through training and education.” Special Programmes Portfolio Head, Xolani Witbooi appealed to the young group to commit fully to the programme so that one day they can represent the City at international sporting events such as the Olympic Games and also impart the knowledge to others. Roadworks underway in BCMM According to the Municipal Spokesperson Samkelo Ngwenya Fleet Street users need to have a little patience while the City is working hard in making its roads user friendly and up to standard. “Fleet Street users need to have a bit of patience.” While Fleet Street motorists are cautioned to have patience, Batting Bridge users can use the bridge since the weekend as works have been finished in that area. The bridge was closed from July 14 and was opened on Saturday 22 July in time for the schools reopening. The contractor in Fleet Street has over the weekend completed works on the northern side of Fleet Street which is between Station Street and Oxford Street - this section has been tarred and is open for public use over the weekend. A two-way traffic for east and westbound which is towards Quigney and towards the East London Airport direction traffic will be provided with alternative routes. The contractor will then close the southern side and commence with excavations and layer works as of Monday 25 July, with completion of this works anticipated to be achieved by the second week of September this year. Following that, the works will move to Zone 1 works which include the Oxford to Pontoon Roads with road works planned completion to be complete by December this year. “We will advise motorists close to the works beginning accordingly on this stage with finer details of planned works and traffic accommodation and also deploy pointsmen accordingly,” said Ngwenya. Great plans between Gävle and the Metro The partnership was formed to strengthen local democracy, improve competence and capacity among the parties in their developmental role as service providers through mutual transfer of knowledge and to promote economic growth. The two cities have over the years shared experiences, knowledge and best practices and this year the City of Gävle visited BCMM shores as part of their twinning agreement to strengthen the ties. The visit of the delegation from Gävle started from the 25 - 29 January where various activities and workshops were arranged to discuss future plans, review of ongoing and upcoming projects. The activities for the week-long visit kicked off with a workshop on Thursday 28 January with the aim of discussing key focus areas within both municipalities. The key focal areas will generate project ideas that will be implemented in both cities over the next five years. Some of the key priorities discussed during the workshop range from education, green economy and sustainable communities, infrastructure and economic development. Speaking to the Metro's Website, the Development, Cooperation and International Relations Manager Darby Gounden said, “The partnership between the City and Gävle was initiated in 2002.” “It has provided a bridge to solve problems faced by a developing and developed world and to exchange ideas on how these issues can be resolved,” said Gounden. She also added that the partnership has created various opportunities to tackle issues of a global nature. Speaking about the partnership the Executive Mayor Alfred Mtsi said, “It is great to share knowledge and ideas with such a great City. We as the Metro can really learn a lot from Gävle.” He also added that Gävle is counted amongst the centre of economic growth in the world. “The history and contribution Sweden has made towards the foundation of the new South Africa is one which will strengthen the relationship between the Metro and Gävle.” Wrapping up the workshop, City Manager of Gävle Goran Aenell spoke about the various challenges facing Gävle such as population increase, education, job creation, youth development and immigration. “We have various challenges currently facing Gävle, the biggest challenge for us at the moment is the large number of refugees that are entering the country, who are unable to secure employment.” He also spoke about the various projects that have been implemented between Gävle and the Metro. Some of the activities the partnership has implemented include the renewable energy pilot project in Beacon Bay and other areas. Another topic discussed include the implementation of good governance projects through local active political bodies have formed projects to alleviate poverty and improve the quality of lives for all who lives in the municipal area. He also added that the City of Gävle looks forward to working with the Metro sharing and developing ideas which will contribute in the economic growth and benefit both cities. Culminating the visit the Deputy Executive Mayor Xola Pakati, Committee for Engineering, Infrastructure Services and Gävle delegation also visited the Beacon Bay Electricity Offices to view the Gävle/ Buffalo City Renewable Energy Pilot project implementation and phase 2 of the Solar Project. Beach Inspection underway The inspection saw over 10 delegates checking beaches including the Igoda Mouth, Hickman’s River, Leaches Bay and Waterworld. The next inspection of other beaches will be discussed at a later stage. “We are planning to make this a continuous exercise and we have hope that we will make a difference in making our beaches safer, fun, economic viable and enjoyable for our citizens,” said Manager: Office of the Deputy Executive Mayor Sthembiso Khanyile. The city has a lot to offer including the nature and conservation. “The coastal line of our City can benefit a lot of people and our Tourism opportunities can be explored better.” Adding to that Superintendent Nimrod Dastile said that the inspection should be set aside as an on-going process and that will help the Metro in achieving its goals of making its beaches a place of fun and enjoyment. "Our coastal areas serve as a major destination for tourism which can offer multiple benefits to the Metro such as greater appreciation of the value of natural resources," said Landiwe Sikhinzi, Researcher in the Deputy Executive Mayor's Office. Work underway to restore water in the Metro There are currently problems with the inverted siphon (water cannot be sucked from the holding dam to the treatment plant). The technicians are trying to prime the siphon and installing a direct feed from the canal around the holding dam and straight to the treatment works. We have dispatched water tankers to hospitals and old age homes as this is our first level of intervention. Water tankers will be dispatched to communities as well. Reservoir levels are critically low throughout East London and will affect all the supply zones. The works of installing the pipes is expected to be finished by midnight. Fully recovery of the system pressure will take 3 to 6 days. People that still have water supply should use water sparingly. We apologise for the inconvenience and assure you we are doing all in our control to restore the water supply to normal as. We apologize for all the inconvenience. 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.