7 February NU5 to get a bridge February 7, 2017 By Anga Mtongana Latest News 0 NU 5 residents will have a proper and safe bridge connecting them to NU 6 and surrounding areas in Mdantsane. Buffalo City Metro allocated an amount of R12 million for the construction of a culvert at the NU5 stream in Ward 11. The bridge will be 4.2 metres wide above the 1:20 flood level and wide enough for a vehicle to cross level. The construction commenced in May 2016 and is expected to be completed in before the new financial year. According to a Municipal Report, there has been a high demand for development in the area during the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and Budget as well as Mayoral Imbizo roadshows. Speaking to the Metro’s Website, Ward Councillor Mashwabada Gcilishe said that the Metro heard the cries of the residents of Ward 11 and “due to lack of development in the area, the bridge is a step forward in delivering services to the people of Mdantsane.” “Due to an outcry from the community, we had to build a structure which will span physical obstacles without closing the way underneath such as a body of water, for the purpose of providing proper thoroughfare for the residents of NU5 and NU 6,” said Gcilishe. He added that the road had a high rate of fatal accidents due to poor road conditions. Gcilishe also mentioned that a number of job opportunities were opened to the people of Ward 11 during the construction of the bridge. Related Pakati outlines his first 100 days programme in office Pakati who has been in office for over 30 days outlined the plans to ensure better service delivery for the people of Buffalo City. The action plans included providing comfortable homes and addressing the growing number of informal settlements in the City. The Metro has built a number of houses for poor families and storm victims, and will continue with housing projects including those in Sunny South, Tsholomnqa, Nkqonqweni and Majali as part of rural housing project. Over 160 houses will be handed over to legal beneficiaries 100 in Reeston, 20 in Nkqonqweni, 20 in Majali and 20 in Mdantsane for the cluster 2 project. The Metro has planned to minimize the impact of air pollutants on human health by monitoring air pollution in the City. This will be through ensuring that air pollution does not exceed the 25 days permitted by the National Ambient Standards. Other highlights of the 100 day programme include: · New electricity pre-payment system enabling BCMM citizens to buy pre-paid electricity through Internet, ATMS, Cellphones and increase vending points. · The official launch of the Mayoral Library Legacy Project which anticipates at least 500 000 collected books. · Maintaining a Clean and Green City; by picking up litter, sweeping of roads and waste collection. · Supply Chain Management turnaround strategy to improve the efficiency and effectiveness in the SCM · Buffalo City Metro Development Agency to improve capacity of BCMM to deliver on its mandate · Rollout of fiber network EL CBD and surroundings to improve connectivity amongst BCMM services centers · CCTV cameras have been mounted in East London CBD, Munifin and City Hall to increase surveillance monitoring in the City · Refurbishment of Ebuhlanti as part of boosting the City’s tourism and improving the tourism infrastructure · Rural development – fencing of arable land and camps and handing over seedling in rural communities for job creation and creating a productive City · Road Traffic Safety - a new integrated parking management system and the construction of new traffic centre in King Williams Town · Decentralisation billing and meter reading to improve the management and quality of meter reading · Indigent Management Program to allow efficient and effective registration and verification of indigent consumers · Construction of KwaTshatshu pedestrian bridge and Needs Camp/ Potsdam bridge · Upgrading of Nahoon boardwalk · Refurbishment of Gonubie and Eastern Cape Beach lifesavers buildings and ablutions On job creation Pakati said the unemployment rate is high and he ensured job creation for at least 693 people in this financial year. 80th IMESA Conference held The three-day conference was held from the 26 to 28 October. The purpose of the conference is for the engineering professionals to deliver key messages on various topics pertaining to engineering challenges and opportunities whilst promoting excellence in municipal engineering amongst its members for the benefit of the community. The theme for this year’s conference IMESA Conference is Siyaphambili – Engineering the future. Speaking at the conference BCM Executive Mayor Xola Pakati said, “The IMESA conference will assist the metro to share best practices that have been successful in other municipalities but mostly to derive new solutions through active engagements with all stakeholders in the engineering sector.” “The conference should have outcomes that will assist us as the Metro to change lives of our communities,” said Pakati. “Our engagement here today should provide an enabling socio-economic environment in which our ultimate goal of a competitive city is based on our five pillars of the Growth and Development.” The conference also hosted panellists which represented a wide range of engineering interests while on the other side of the conference there were also stalls with various engineering products on show. Giving an overview of her research in training and development of municipal engineers and updated findings following her book which was published in 2005 titled Numbers and Needs Allyson Lawless said, “There is an urgent need to implement a system to develop young municipal engineering practitioners which includes training courses and workshops associated with activities in the municipal calendar.” She further added that research carried out both locally and internationally showed that civil engineering capacity in South African municipalities was too low to deliver, operate and maintain local government infrastructure in a sustainable manner. Following that, Stephan Jooste, a specialist in the advisory field from Aurecon spoke in length about the proposed increase involvement from the private sector through Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) to respond to the significant challenges in service delivery in municipalities. Another speaker giving his views on the sustainable growth through rural connectivity was Darren Keep from Mabey Bridge who said, “Bridges connect communities, provide children with safe access to education and facilitate direct access to social health-care and amenities.” The conference culminated with a platform for debate and dialogue from the delegates on the presented topics. 2015 Mayoral Imbizo The Executive Mayor Alfred Mtsi gave an overview of the highlights of the 2015/16 financial year focusing on the successes of Buffalo City Metro. Mtsi spoke about the housing projects that the City has embarked on including the Ilinge Housing project, Ndancama Housing Project in Scenery Park, the Manyano/Tembelihle Housing Project in Mdantsane. According to Mtsi, the Inland Region is projected that as part of the ongoing programme to address housing backlogs, 1 200 new houses will be handed over to approved beneficiaries in the current financial year and another 1 700 in the next year. “We provided 1 254 serviced sites by the end of March 2015 that will be converted into top structure developments in the coming financial year,” he said while addressing the crowd at Victoria Grounds Stadium. Another housing project in the Inland Region include the KWT Peelton/Hanover and the Skobeni region which will also benefit from an estimated 1 242 new low-cost housing opportunities in the next and ensuing financial year. On the issue of potholes Mtsi assured residents that the City already has a plan in place to minimise the potholes. “We have heard your cry on the state of roads in your areas – like potholes, which seem to be a permanent feature in areas where we stay. This challenge remains with us. The Infrastructure Development Directorate had in place a Pothole maintenance programme.” He added that the Roads Construction in the City is picking up its pace with an amount of R23 million being set aside in the upcoming financial year for the rehabilitation of bridges in the Metro. On the issue of Water, Mtsi said, “We are proud to say that access to potable water increased from 97 percent of the Metro’s citizens in 2012 to 99 percent in 2015.” He added that the eradication of the remaining water backlogs is estimated to require a further provision of R59 million. A variety of supply projects are in the pipeline, to a total estimated cost of R977 million, including the design and implementation of the Kei Road Water Treatment Works. Another highlight that Mtsi looked at is the issue of installation of electricity at informal dwellings. He mentioned that at least a large number of shacks have been electrified through the City’s plan to reduce the risk of illegal electricity connection (Izinyoka). “As part of the focus of improving access to electricity to our disadvantaged communities, we have started a process of electrifying informal settlements in the Metro, and this is being rolled in the various parts of our Metro.” He also mentioned that the Metro’s Electricity Department has, over the medium term electrified RDP houses in places such as Sweetwaters, utilising dedicated funding made available by the National Department of Energy. The Executive Mayor also mentioned that the City has to-date over 200,000 citizens of all ages who are now beneficiaries of the Metro’s indigent subsidy. The last Imbizo will take place on 1 November and will be held at the Jan Smuts Stadium at 2pm. 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. R405 million for KWT Waste Water Treatment plant This project which will be done in six phases will amalgamate the Schornville, Zwelitsha, Breidbach and Bhisho WWTWs into one regional works. Acting General Manager: Construction, Roads and Project Sandile Sojini said the purpose of combining the WWTWs was due to high demands and that the capacity of the plants could not handle the work load. “The capacity of the plants could not handle the work load and that the biological process at the plants could not treat the water into the required efficient standards as set out by Section 21 of the National Water Act.” “The implementation of the whole project was to establish a centralised, regional sewage area thus enabling the decommissioning of the dysfunctional WWTWs and improving the level of sewage transport and treatment achieved across the focus area.” “It was necessary to construct a network of bulk sewers to facilitate the transfer of sewage from smaller plants to the Zwelitsha plant with associated structures such as pipelines bridges, screens and pumps stations. Sojini said the amalgamation of the plants will reduce the operational cover over the life of the plant and that upgrading all smaller plants would be more expensive. “The project will focus on the Schornville, Zwelitsha, Breidbach and Bhisho WWTWs and that the later be upgraded as regional 35MI/day capacity WWTWS and the remaining smaller plants decommissioned.” He added that phase one of the project has kicked off and that 30 percent of the work has been completed. Phase one which has ate away an amount of R15 million of the budget consist of seven kilometers of 700mm – 80mm diameter gravity outfall sewer taking the raw sewage water from Schornville Water Treatment Plant to Zwelitsha WWTWs. In Phase two the upgrading of the works will be done in two phases with the first phase consisting of upgrading of the works to 17.5 mega litres per day. The following new main infrastructure will be constructed during this phase: Ø A new inlet works with an odour control building Ø A division box to allow for dividing flows equally to the reactors. Ø A new 24 000m³ Reactor with Anaerobic, Anoxic and Aerobic zones with necessary recycling streams Ø A division box to divide the flow from the two reactors to 6 x Secondary Setting Tanks (SST’s) Ø 3 x 29m diameter SST’s Ø 1 x Chlorine contact tank Ø Return Activated sludge (RAS) screw pump station Ø Drainage Pump Station Ø Peak flows balancing Tank Ø Sludge dewatering building Ø Administration Building Ø Plant operators living contours Ø Chemical dosing and storage building Ø Related Civil Engineering Structures – that is roads, storm water and washwater 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.” Comments are closed.