27 July BCM explores green power July 27, 2017 By Tabisa Mntengwana Latest News 0 Buffalo City Metro embarked on a quest to explore the potential of turning its waste into energy in a workshop with Germany’s DLR Institute of Networked Energy Systems at the Beacon Bay Electricity Department Tuesday, July 25. 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. Related 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.” 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. Moving women forward “We are here to celebrate women ‘viva women viva’, said Ayanda Peter Portfolio Head for Executive Support Services. Women from the Deafsa, Metro Councillors, Youth City Council, Disability and Gender Forum were all present at the event. “This event means a lot to my department as we celebrate and acknowledge the struggles women face on a daily basis. This event is driven to highlight the issues we as women face and the various steps we can take to encourage each other through them,” said Peter. Speaking to Thabisa Myataza from the Masimanyane Women’s Support Centre about the 20 000 who paved the way for women today by marching to the Union Buildings in 1956. “These women all had a dream to sustain the progressive strides towards economic empowerment of women and gender equality,” said Myataza. The Executive Mayor Alfred Mtsi addressing the women at the event said that the battle for gender equality will never be achieved if we ourselves are not transformed from the inside. “Transformations has to begin at home and in our schools. Women’s advancement is central to the development of people and society,” said Mtsi. The event included discussions about the struggles of women living with disabilities, the proactive measures in civil society towards violence against women, the burden of HIV and AIDS and the institutions to advance gender equality. Speaking to Dr Lesley Foster Executive Director of the Masimanyane Women's Support Centre about the non-profit international women’s organisation she said that the organization focuses on violence against women, sexual and reproductive health and rights and the gendered nature of HIV and Aids. “We aim to build the capacity of women and human rights advocates to claim and realise women's human rights. This is done through the development of new knowledge and the utilisation of a rights-based approach,” said Foster. Foster said even thou there are women who are being placed in powerful positions such as Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka the United Nations Secretary General and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma the Chairperson of the African Union more needs to be done to liberate and inspire the young women of our country. “We need to create a space for women’s voices, we have the wisdom and the determination we need to be given the opportunities, Gender equality has to be central in all we do.” Plant a tree and reduce deforestation The event was held with the aim to discuss global environmental issues including deforestation and the effect of the global footprint and how learners can make a difference in their communities. The theme for the 2016 WED is Join the race to make the world a better place. The day is also set aside to educate but also to raise awareness to various communities about global issues like the problem of climate change and how we all need to get on board so we can make the world a better place,” said Chief Whip Mzwandile Vaaiboom. Giving lessons about the importance of the environment Regional Manager for the Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT) Briant Noncembu said, “Everyone is responsible for saving the environment, we need to focus on the critical issues facing the world today and how we can make a difference.” He also added that there are various issues communities need to be aware of including ecological infrastructure, deforestation, greenhouse gases and climate change. Learners from Lingalethu High School and Nompumelelo Public School gave a short play on the effects that deforestation has on the environment. The learners highlighted how land invasion plays a massive impact on the decline of natural resources. During the play learners highlighted the negative impact of deforestation and how it is the driving force behind climate change, they gave lessons on the importance of keeping trees and not cutting them down and the contribution it has in the land and other species. The learners also added that trees play a critical role in absorbing greenhouse gases that fuel global warming. Speaking about the plans to make the City green, Deputy Executive Mayor Xola Pakati said, “As part of the Metro Growth Development Strategy (MGDS) we are dedicated in ensuring the cleanliness and the reduction of waste in the Metro.” Pakati added that to eliminate the problem of deforestation, is the Metro’s responsibility to encourage residents, schools and organisations to plant more trees. He also said, “Environmental issues need to be prioritised and we need to be aware of the role we play in preserving the environment and natural resources.” Schools that participated on the day including Lingalethu High School, Noncedo Combined School, Nompumelelo Public School and Kusile Comprehensive School. They received certificates and recycling bins for planting trees and received recognition in their contribution towards educating other learners on the importance of sorting and recycling waste. Youth Economic Emancipation Seminar The seminar was held with the aim to encourage and motivate the youth to establish their own Small Medium Micro Enterprises (SMMEs). The theme for this year’s seminar was, Enhancing Youth Economic Participation in Economic Development for Job Creation. Speaking at the seminar Portfolio Head for Corporate Services Nomfezeko Ngesi said, “The young people of the Metro are faced with various socio-economic challenges such as unemployment, HIV/Aids, crime and various others.” Ngesi added that seminars such as these are a great tool to encourage young people to not only seek employment but to create their own opportunities for economic freedom. A panel discussion was held with representatives from various organisations including South African Breweries (SAB), ABSA Bank, the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), the Office of the Premier Youth Unit, Soul City Institution of Social Development, Boss Babes Movement SA and the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform were part of the discussion. Speaking on behalf of SALGA, the Advisor for Human Development Natasha Poni said, “Not all of us are going to get a university degree but if you have a talent explore that talent.” She also pointed out that a lot of musicians in South Africa are from the Eastern Cape. Poni also encouraged young people to take up every opportunity that is presented to them and to learn to be independent about the decisions that they make. The representatives presented and encouraged the youngsters to seek various sustainable employment opportunities and channels they could take to combat the issue of unemployed. Discussions around the issue of how to fill in forms for bursaries, internships and the correct way to draw up a business which will attract investors to help fund their business ventures. Ayanda Msiza, an unemployed youngster from Duncan Village said, “The Metro needs to hold more information sessions such as these. “We are often not aware of how to go about applying for internships or bursaries, the information I have received here will really help me in the near future.” Founder of the Boss Babes Movement SA Yamkela Njingolo who was previously unemployed speaks about how the Non-Profit Organisation provides career and entrepreneurial guidance to South African women who aim to empower themselves. Njingolo reflected on the hardships she had to endure to get to where she is today. “One lesson I have learned along the way of establishing my own business and being a business women is that if you want to go fast go alone, but if you want to go far take others with you,” said Njingolo. Due to the large numbers of aspiring entrepreneurs ABSA offered to organise and host a free one day financial management course on how to manage finances, how to draw up a business plan and the correct steps required to receive funding for a business model. Interruption of Electricity Supply in Zwelitsha The interruption will start from 07h00 to 17h00 on the following dates (alternate dates): v Thursday, January 19 - January, 20 v Tuesday, January 24 - January, 25 v Thursday, January 26 - January, 27 v Tuesday, January 31 - February, 1 Areas that will be affected by the upgrades are partial areas of Zone 1, 2, 3, and 6 per street of transformer area. BCMM is further warning users to treat all apparatus as live throughout the whole period as power may be restored any time during these hours. It is strongly recommended that all non-essential appliances be disconnected from the supply during this period to prevent any damages that may be incurred. Comments are closed.