7 March IEC to update voters roll March 7, 2018 By Tabisa Mntengwana Latest News 0 IEC will embark on a nationwide drive to update the voter’s roll ahead of next year’s general elections. Over 22 000 voting stations across the country will be open on 10 – 11 March 2018 for eligible voters to check, update and confirm their address details. Registration for first time voters and those that want to re-register for reasons such as having moved to a new ward, town or province will also be done. Please remember to bring your smart ID card, green bar-coded ID document or a valid temporary ID certificate. To find your voting station, visit the IEC website www.elections.org.za or SMS your ID number to 32810 to receive a replying SMS containing the address of your voting station (charged at R1). For more information, call 0800 11 8000 Related City rolls out free Wi-Fi Access points have been installed around the CBD, Libraries and Civic Centres across the Metro with access initially restricted to Buffalo City employees, but citizens will also soon enjoy free Wi-Fi as the City is in the process of activating public access. BCMM ICT Manager Jongikhaya Stuurman said, “Controllers of the access points are currently being programmed to create a separate public access to the network for public Wi-Fi.” He added that four public outdoor access points have already been activated in Duncan Village Redevelopment Initiative (DVRI) by the Community Hall, Steers in Oxford Street, Cnr of Amalinda Main Road by Clarendon High School and Buffalo City College. The remaining 18 public outdoor points will be activated by end October 2017. The hotspots will include among others the East London City Hall, Trust Centre, John Forbes Pharmacy, BP Garage, Bhisho and King William’s Town. Stuurman said the public will benefit from having access to free internet as it will increase access to job opportunities and information as well as decrease the digital divide. The City’s network will provide the public with 250MB of data per day at a connection speed of 2MB to 4MB per second. There will be a once-off registration required where a cell number will be authenticated for security purposes. Community roadshows to help NPOs This follows an announcement made by the Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini after thousands of NPOs were deregistered between August and December of 2012 on the NPO database due to non-compliance of the NPO Act. NPOs registered on the database are required to submit annual financial reports to ensure greater transparency and would normally face removal from the roll if they fail to do so. The first leg of the roadshows took place in the Metro on Monday 14 March in Mdantsane and other roadshows are scheduled to take place in King William’s Town and in the East London area. According to the social development website the registration of NPO is a voluntary facility that enhances the credibility of registered NPO and it is free of charge. The registration of the NPOs will improve the credibility and funding opportunities, allow the organisation to open a bank account and help the NPO with tax incentives. Speaking to BCMM Website, Director Institutional Capacity Building and Support from the Department of Social Development Ndumiso Gola said the purpose of the roadshows was to register new NPOs, assist them with issues of compliance, educate NPOs on good governance, transparency and accountability matters. “The task team is ready to do everything in our power to assist NPOs to meet their legislative requirements and to promote their objectives.” “Currently, there are 64 476 NPOs registered with the NPO Directorate in the Department of Social Development and 36 428 had been de-registered due to non-compliance with the NPO Act.” However, he said the 66 072 NPOs that were non-compliant have to submit their annual reports before March 31. “The de-registered NPOs will be reinstated and reflected as registered on the NPO database, while efforts would be made to assist them to achieve compliance and correct their registration status.” The Task Team for the roadshows comprised of representatives of government, civil society organisations, business and other entities such as the National Lotteries Board and the South African Revenue Services (SARS). Xhanti Msawuli who has an active organistion said, “Ï am here to receive a certificate for my organisation called Xhanti Msawuli Foundation. My organistion develop residents through sport to decrease the rate of crime, alcohol and drug abuse in our community.” One of the beneficiaries Thabisa Loliwe from Mdantsane said, “I’m here to register and gather more information as I possibly can.I have already submit my form now I waiting to receive the certificate for my organisation.” Noluthando Masualle who also attended the roadshow said the information she received will help her a lot when she starts her own organisation. “I am here to gather as much information as possible. I’m currently starting a new organization and I want to be fully equipped and develop my community. She said that people must learn from programmes like these, people must work hand in hand with the government to develop their communities.” “Residents do something to develop your community, we cannot be sitting around folding arms and feeling sorry for ourselves, let’s all do something to develop our communities.” For more information NPOs can visit www.dsd.gov.za/npo to submit their annual reports or they can call any of the following numbers: 012 312 7013/ 012 312 7273/ or 012 312 7748. A list of non-compliant NPOs is available on the department’s website and will be updated monthly. Rural development initiative brings hope Growing up in a home headed by a single parent in the outskirts of Morgan Bay, Alex Tshijila together with his younger brother shared a two bedroomed RDP house with five of their extended family members. His mother Collina Tshijila has over the years been the sole breadwinner putting food on the table for the family of eight. After matriculating from Byletts High in 2012, Tshijila had dreams and aspirations of becoming a nurse but due to financial difficulties he was unable to enroll in a tertiary institution. However, circumstance did not deter the polite calm spirited young man as he went on to volunteer at a clinic in his area for nine months and was appointed to serve as a counselor for a further two years. In 2016 a unique opportunity presented itself in the form of a youth development programme called National Youth Service Cops (NARYSEC) which he benefitted from it. Alex was one of ten young people chosen from his area to be a participant in the programme, in the second intake of 2016. NARYSEC is a skills development programme launched by the Department of Rural Development and land Reform (DRDLR) in 2010 to recruit rural youth between the ages of 18 and 25, who have completed grade 12. Speaking to BCMM Monthly, the 23-year-old said, “I am thankful to be a part of this programme, it is a great privilege. I am now able to take some of the burden off my mother’s shoulders and help put food on the table at home”. He further added that young people need to regain dignity and the respect that has been tarnished by bad behavior and the use of drugs. Delivering the keynote speech the BCM Speaker Alfred Mtsi said, “This programme not only combats the high unemployment rate in our rural communities but also provides an opportunity for our youth to be the champions of socio-economic development.” A welcoming event was hosted by Buffalo City Metro together with DRDLR at the East London City Hall for the participants who completed the first phase on Wednesday 15 February 2016. Speaking at the event, Mandayi Rala Director of DRDLR said, “The aim of the programme is to develop young people at the cutting edge of rural development. We wish to empower these young people to become agents of change and development.” The recruits are contracted for a period of 24 months with a stipend of R1320 per month which comes as much needed financial relief for the participants. Rala said the participants are put into initiation phase which is a period of four months where they receive military training. “The participants are put into initiation phase which is a period of four months where they receive military training in either Saldana or 3 Sai Battalion military base followed by two months of community service.” She said after the first phase participants can then choose from a range of fields in which to be trained. “The participants choose from a range of fields that include plant production, specialist security, information technology technical, water and wastewater, business management and transport operations to name a few. NARYSEC currently has 1200 participants enrolled in the programme across the province and is looking to strengthen its relationship with the Metro through partnerships with colleges and the municipality. Water Outages in Bhisho Due to Amatola Water strike and syphon failure at the Laing Water Treatment Works (WTWs) water supply in the following areas will be affected: · Bisho, · Berlin, · Ilitha, · Ndevana, · Zwelitsha, · Phakamisa, · Schornville, · Balasi Valley, · Balasi village, · Kuni 1, · Thembisa, · Mabaleni, · Nkqonqweni and · Newlands villages Although, both the syphon problem and strike have been resolved on 29 March the system will take at least five days to recover in the urban areas and may take up to 10 days in rural areas. This means the affected areas will be without water for the next two days, however, pressure will start to recover to full capacity on Friday, March 31. Buffalo City Metro will dispatch at least 15 water tankers and 15 Jojo Tanks to assist with temporary water supply in the affected areas. The tanks will be placed at strategic points, where people can go and collect water for basic services (e.g. schools, clinics and rent offices.). BCM increases capital budget by 11 percent Pakati said the metro’s progressive allocation of capital budget was testimony of the City’s commitment “to better the living conditions of the urban and rural communities.” This means that more money will be allocated to making sure that the different needs of BCM communities – ranging from upgrading and provision of wastewater infrastructure, water services, the upgrade and construction of roads infrastructure network and storm water drainage systems, human settlements, electricity services and transport planning among other services – will be implemented. To ensure work will be done and to complement the R1.65 billion capital budget set for the upcoming year, Pakati said there were plans to roll out training and awareness to all Metro employees to also ensure reduced fraud and corruption tolerance. In the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 financial years, the capital budget is further expected to grow to R2.22 billion and R2.39 billion respectively. “We will be taking on a multifaceted and multidisciplinary approach, which involves educating employees during policy workshops about the strategy. Distribution of frequently asked questions to employees is to be done on a regular basis to enhance awareness and strengthen early detection and prevention,” Pakati said. Under its adopted theme Unity in action, A City Hard at Work, the Metro is moving ahead with its plan to position itself as a logistics hub of the Eastern Cape and taking advantage of its geographic location. Transnet has committed to funding the East London Port expansion programme and Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has committed to expanding the operations of the East London Airport in an effort to respond to the imperative of being a logistics centre. From next month, the construction of a R70 million bridge linking Needs Camp and Potsdam will commence. Residents of Qalashe will have a brand new pedestrian bridge by the end of July. A contractor has already been on site. Pakati said other road networks and links that would unlock the city’s development potential included: ● The North West Corridor, scheduled to start in May next year; ● Awarding of phase 7 of the upgrading of Mdantsane’s Qumza Highway to a dual carriageway is expected at the end of this month and ● Pedestrian bridges planned in Scenery Park, Duncan Village-Buffalo Flats, Duncan Village- Matinzima, Duncan Village-Gesini, Cambridge Location Phase 3, Amalinda Forest and Sithembiso Senior Secondary School in Mdantsane’s NU3. Other spatial plans include reversing apartheid spatial planning. This includes a review of the Bonza Bay local spatial development framework, which has already commenced to update and make additional land use policy proposals for the Bonza Bay Road study area. Staying true to its commitment of servicing the advantaged and disadvantaged, BCM set goals in the upcoming financial year, including the electrification of 1 000 informal dwellings and 1 600 formal dwellings. The rural areas will also not be left out as BCM will work closely with Eskom who supply electricity to all rural areas within the metro’s jurisdiction. South African Surfing Championships 2017 The Mercedes of South Africa (MBSA) Championships hosted by the Metro is the premier event on the Surfing South Africa calendar and features surfers in the Open Men’s and Women’s Divisions as well seven other age groups ranging from over 30 to over 60. Nahoon Reef has hosted numerous South African Championships since the inaugural event in 1965 and in 1978 the ISA World Surfing Championships took place at this iconic surf spot. This year Surfing South Africa celebrates the 52nd edition of the South African Championships making it one of the longest running surfing tournaments in the World. Mercedes Benz and the Buffalo City Metropolitan have partnered with Surfing South Africa which will not only showcase South Africa’s surfing talent at the annual National Championships but will also help the National Team prepare for Surfing’s inclusion in the 2020 Olympics in Japan. In addition, Buffalo City Metro, MBSA and Surfing South Africa will highlight East London’s importance as a major South African surfing venue through the presenting of the annual championships, preparation and support of the National Team, hosting of coaching and judging Seminars and support of local outreach programmes. The 2017 South African Championships will feature over 160 surfers from eight districts who will be competing for nine individual South African titles. Adding prestige to the event is the news that current World Big Wave Champion, Grant Twiggy Baker will be representing eThekweni in the over 40 Division while World Masters Champion and five-time South African Men’s Champion Greg Emslie will be back to defend his title, this time at his local surf spot. He will also be competing in both the Open Men's Division and the Over 40 Division, the same group as Twiggy Baker. Chris Knutsen of eThekweni, a five-time World Champion and four-time South African Champion, will be competing in the Over 55 Division while former World Tour campaigner, ISA World Masters Champion and eight-time South African Champion Heather Clark of Ugu Surfriders, will be hoping to add at a ninth title to her list of achievements. Twenty four current and former national team members are competing while six of the nine 2016 South African Champions are back to defend their titles. There are six World Champions turning out for their Districts at this year’s Championships along with some well-known provincial and district surfing stars. Surfers representing Districts from along the South African coast will contest 11 divisions from Under 20 to Over 60 and will compete in a total of 140 heats. The 126 heats make up 47 hours of competition which will be completed over six days of intense competition. Individual titles will be at stake in nine divisions and surfers scores will be allocated to their District totals to determine which Team will win the 45-year-old Presidents Cup and the Masters Cup. This year all the points from the Open Divisions and Masters Divisions will be combined to determine the winners of the inaugural Champions Cup. The 2016 Presidents Cup was won by Cape Town Surfriders and at Seal Point in 2016 the Buffalo City Surfriders team secured their 11th Masters Cup. These events were held separately in 2016. To commemorate the memory of a much loved President of the Buffalo City Surfriders, Surfing South Africa has introduced the Dave Fish Trophy which will be awarded to the most consistent surfer throughout the event. Dave Fish passed away just days before last year’s SA Masters Championships. Proceedings get under way with an Opening Function at the Old Selbornians Club at 7pm on Monday August 21 and heats start on Tuesday August 22 at 8am. The heats as well as the Event schedule will be posted on the Surfing South Africa website www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and results will be updated daily. Daily photos will also be posted on the Surfing South Africa website. The Surfing South Africa Instagram, Twitter and Facebook will be updated regularly during the contest. The 2017 Mercedes Benz South African Surfing Championships are hosted by Buffalo City Municipality and supported by Sport and Recreation SA and the National Lotteries Commission. The event is hosted by Buffalo City Surfriders, presented by Surfing South Africa and produced by Accelerate Marketing. Surfing South Africa is the governing body for the sport in South Africa and is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA). Comments are closed.