13 September National cleanup week campaign September 13, 2017 By Luxole Komani Latest News 0 Buffalo City Metropolitan’s Solid Waste in conjunction with Coca-Cola kicked off the Cleanup awareness campaign at the Tyutyu Community Hall on Monday 11 September with a Community workshop. 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. Related Rural Indigent Registration Campaign The first Rural Indigent Registration Campaign kicked off on Tuesday 19 September in Mzintshana covering Pirie Trust, Nakani, Nomgwadla and Mzintshane areas. The aim for the roadshows is to give the underprivileged citizens access to free water and electricity. As of 30 June 2017 The consumers that are receiving Indigent Subsidy are approximately 60 000. The Metro has identified more than 40 locations that will be part of the Registration Campaign as part of its mandate of improving the lives of the citizens of the City and truly living up to its A City Hard at Work mission. Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality is undertaking the campaign in the first quarter of the new financial year 2017/18 which aims to register all rural indigent consumers so as to ensure that indigent consumers benefit from the free basic services offered by council. The main aim of the Metro is to cover rural areas within its jurisdiction including the recently demarcated areas to BCMM. Indigent subsidy and who benefits from it? It is a citizen of the Metro and must earn less than R3.200 per month, the person must be a pensioner, must be an account holder, must own and be staying at the house, should not own more than one fixed property and lastly the value of a property must not exceed R120 000. The criteria for applying for the subsidy is that community members must get an indigent application form from a nearest municipal office and take it to their ward councilor to sign and submit it with these supporting documents: ID copy and affidavit; Proof of income if employed and earning less than the threshold income (Threshold income must not exceed R3.200 (Household income); Proof of pension if you are a pensioner and When the applicant gets approved they receive an equivalent R652.90 towards their account, which translates to six kilolitres of water and free 50 units of electricity once a month. In the rural areas applicants receive free electricity from Eskom and the Metro pays at a lesser price. The Indigent Subsidy is funded from an equitable share from National Treasury. BCMM provides indigent subsidy to its indigent consumers through the billing of their accounts and free tokens in respect of electricity which is equivalent to 50Kwh. STI and Condom week The event was organised with the aim to look into the National Condom Week which is commemorated each year from 14 February until 21 February. The City joined thousands of South Africans in observing this week to increase awareness and to help fight the spread of HIV and Aids as well as caution on myths and stigmas around the virus and sexuality focusing on the community. Speaking about the initiative, Co-Chair of Metro Aids Council Nzuzo Novuka said people must know the importance of getting tested so that they don’t live in fear. “If you’re not infected it doesn’t mean you’re not affected. It is important to ask questions about matters or issues one is not aware of to gain more knowledge. The more one gets more insight the more it is advantageous to share information not just with family members but with the community at large,” said Novuka. He also encouraged residents to attend such programmes “as these forums provide knowledge and a clearer understanding of the various forms of STIs, the symptoms and the importance of getting it checked out before it is too late.” Ward Councillor Mendi Wetsetse said, “The community of Buffalo City Metro both young and old need to be part of sessions like this one to gain more information and to increase their knowledge on STI’s and sexuality associated with HIV and Aids.” “Let us all be responsible, love one another, support and encourage each other,” she said. Giving words of support, Nokuthula Tsawu from the Metro’s Disability Forum said, “Persons living with disabilities also need a voice as they also have sexual needs and need to beware of the dangers of not using protection during intercourse. Tsawu mentioned that women and children living with disability are the most vulnerable not only towards being victims of sexual abuse but in contracting various sexual infections. “The disability sector supports this initiative to address the stigma and myths around disability, reproductive health and sexuality as well as to raise awareness about STI’s and condom usage.” As part of the programme of the day, testing centres were also set up to encourage residents to get tested not only for STI’s or HIV but for diabetes and blood pressure levels and also got an opportunity to pose questions and comments to eliminate their fears. Nolizwi Mantsanga a resident from Duncan Village also touched upon the importance of not discriminating against people living with HIV and Aids. “We should be more knowledgeable about the various infections so we can understand and assist other people in our communities who are not aware about the virus.” “I have learned a lot today and will take what I have learned and share it with my children and my community,” she said. . BCM celebrates World Environment Week The purpose of the visit was to provide an educational experience about wildlife and the environment with this year’s theme in mind Connecting People to Nature. The children had the opportunity to drive through the park with the Game Rangers where they were taught all the different wildlife kept in the park and how each species makes an important contribution to the environment. Avuyile Plaatjies a Grade 10 pupil said, “We are very excited to be here and learn about the wildlife in the park this is a rare opportunity for us.” Highlighted on the trip was also the importance of insuring the survival of each animal and safeguarding them from extinction that might result from poaching. The day is celebrated annually on the 5th of June to raise global awareness about the significance of a healthy environment and to solve various environmental issues by implementing some actions to protect nature and Earth, leading to a positive and healthy environment for all. Jane Galo from Environmental Services said, “We need to educate our children about the importance of keeping a cleaner greener environment. We need to protect our wildlife for further generations.” The City has a week-long schedule of events to celebrate the environment which includes an Environmental Management Inspectorate Workshop at the Nahoon Estuary Reserve Wednesday June 7, the handover of municipal recycling bins will be on Thursday June 8 and finally the Commemoration of World Economic Day at the Mdantsane Sun Friday June 9. Weekend raids in full swing This follows the successful raids that saw a number of illegal liquor operating establishments and places of entertainment shut down around the City's CBD area on the weekend of July 14 -16. On Friday July 21, Traffic Services issued an overall value of fines amounting to at least R29 900. A number of arrests and closing down of illegally operating shops were also made on the day. The success for the joint operation include: In East London one person was arrested for being in possession of cannabis cigarettes. 55 pirated DVDS, four cannabis cigarette and knives were confiscated. In King Williams Town, 174 traffic fines were issued and 25 people were arrested for driving under the influence. Section 56 issued 23 fines for non-complying shops and 21 were issued with notices while two were closed down due to failure of complying with the environmental health standard. BCM Traffic Commander Mr Quinton Chetty is available on 043 705 9309 upon request to take interviews for the detailed version of the operation. Plant a tree, save a life Arbor Week is aimed at highlighting the importance of greening the community, this National Arbor Week kicked off from 1 to 7 September and it provides an opportunity to plant indigenous trees and educate the community about the importance of environmental sustainability. This week is set aside to provide an opportunity to plant indigenous trees and educate the community about the importance of environmental sustainability. The Metro’s Integrated Environmental Management and Sustainable Development Department went to Sandisiwe High School in Mdantsane to educate learners on the importance of recycling and take responsibility for the earth and the energy they use so they can contribute in the reduction of the carbon footprint. The common trees to be planted for 2015 include the Combretum krausii, Forest bushwilow and the Bosvaderlandswilg and the uncommon trees are the Heteromorpha arborescens, Parsley tree and the Wildepieterseliebos. “Arbor Week promotes planting and conserving trees as well as the release carbon emissions and to improve the quality of life and uplift the environment,” said Jane Galo the Metro’s Environmental Impact and Systems Officer Speaking the Metro's Website, Galo said that learners at Sandisiwe High School need to know about the importance of planning trees. “Planting trees does not only provides shelter but it also produces food for animals and converts carbon dioxide into oxygen.” She said that Arbor Week is celebrated internationally and highlights the importance of global sustainability. “Our role is to educate learners about the importance of the motto Reuse, Reduce, Recycle, Repair and Respect.” Galo also encouraged learners to prune their trees at home, to be environmentally aware and to share the knowledge they have learned with their families. The Metro donated five trees to the school which will be planted in celebration of Arbor Week. “Today I have learned how to not only save electricity and also to be wise with the way I use water at home and to sort out my garbage at home,” said Linathi Tyolo Learner from Sandisiwe High School. Siphamandla Ngwatyu Learner from Sandisiwe High School added that he learned a lot, this was an educational and interactive discussion. “I have learned that trees reduce soil erosion. I am looking forward to educating his siblings and parents at home.” 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. Comments are closed.