CPUT joins forces to empower unemployed youth
Fifteen youngsters from the Saldanha Bay Municipality have been awarded certificates of completion from Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) because of their involvement in a well-known jazz festival. Each year the Jazz on the Rocks music festival hosted by Camissa Solutions pumps much needed skills development and boosts tourism in the area when thousands descend on the tiny fishing village of Paternoster for a weekend of top notch music in the pristine Cape Columbine Nature Reserve.
This year CPUT’s Town and Regional Planning and Architecture Department have joined forced with Camissa Solutions to train youngsters from the area in mapping skills. These skills enabled them to read and interpret basic maps and act as ushers during the event. Lecturer Nicholas Pinfold says the experience enables young unemployed residents of Paternoster to get involved in the festival through CPUT’s Community Engagement arm. “The youth were brought to the CPUT Foreshore campus prior to the event to spend a day with us, I also joined them in Paternoster to tutor them in the field,” says Pinfold.
Executive Mayor Alderman Francois Schippers says the project was about much more than maps. “Unfortunately in this area, with unemployment rates of around 23%, the youth don’t feel acknowledged or that there are any prospects for them. Thank you for what you are doing to inspire them to a better future. With your certificates and the contacts you have made here today I hope you will explore options for yourself,” he told the youngsters. Elizna Jacobs was one of the participants and says she would love to encourage more youngsters to grasp the opportunity. “When they approached me to do mapping. I thought ‘What is mapping?’, in the beginning it was difficult but once we got the hang of it I really enjoyed it. Also to be part of the festival and stay on site was really nice,” she says.
CPUT’s Jacqui Scheepers says the institutions involvement will be extended in the future. “This project is about enriched learning because learning does not only happen in the classroom,” she says. Camissa’s Lovetta Bolters says their company ethos is to do good and Jazz on the Rocks exemplifies that. “Your participation here actually teaches us and it has been amazing to work with you,”
Vredenburg Library to close 30 minutes earlier during winter
Vredenburg Library has amended its operational hours this winter from 16 May 2016 to 15 August 2016. The winter operational hours are as follows:
Monday – Friday: 09h30 – 17h30
Notice is hereby given in terms of section 21(1)(b) of the Municipal Systems Act, no 32 of 2000 that the Saldanha Bay Municipality’s Revised Draft Tourism Strategy is open for inspection at all municipal offices and libraries in the municipal area as well as the municipal website (click here) from Friday, 6 May 2016.
The Revised Draft Tourism Strategy will be considered for final approval before 30 June 2016 after consultation with external stakeholders. Written comments or objections from interested groups and/or individuals can be submitted on or before 23 May 2016 by 12:00. All submissions must be directed to the Municipal Manager with reference 5/17/3/1 Revised Draft Tourism Strategy.
Saldanha Bay Municipality Water Restrictions
As from March 2016, a 20% water restriction limit will be imposed to all water consumers, except Agriculture and small holdings. Tariff increases (as per attached advertisement) will be applied on accounts and will be processed as from March 2016.
Special efforts will be made by Saldanha Bay Municipality to repair water leaks where (RDP) households are not in a position to carry the costs for repairs.
Driving Licence and Motor Registration Centres open on Saturdays
Saldanha Bay Municipality’s Driving Licence and Motor Registration Centres in Vredenburg will be open on Saturdays, on a fortnight basis during 2016.
The Driving Licence Centre’s services include the writing of learner’s licences, collection of driving licence cards, renewal of driving licences, application of professional driving permits, learner’s licences and driving licence applications. The Vehicle Registration Centre assists with the renewal of vehicle licences and registration of vehicles.
Click here for a list of the scheduled dates for 2016.
The South African Revenue Services (SARS) will visit the Saldanha Bay Municipal area on the followings days during 2016:
|4 May 2016||08h00 - 15h00||Diazville Hall, Saldanha|
|5 May 2016||08h00 - 15h00||Diazville Hall, Saldanha|
|31 May 2016||08h00 - 15h00||Sklipad Hall, Vredenburg|
|1 June 2016||08h00 - 15h00||Skilpad Hall, Vredenburg|
|28 June 2016||08h00 - 15h00||Diazville Hall, Saldanha|
|29 June 2016||08h00 - 15h00||Diazville Hall, Saldanha|
Registration on Municipal SMS Database
Register your cellphone number or update your personal details on the municipal SMS database to receive messages related to emergency situations (floods, fires, power outages and pipe bursts), notices and announcements in te Saldanha Bay Municipal Area.
Submit your SMS database registration form to any Saldanha Bay Municipal office. You can also fax your form to (022) 715-1518 or submit via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.