22 March BCMM celebrates National Library Week March 22, 2018 By Tabisa Mntengwana Latest News 0 Buffalo City Metro celebrated National Library week from 19 -23 March 2018. As part of the celebration, Executive Mayor Xola Pakati officially launched the Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator project to offer BCMM unemployed youth a chance to work. The launch was held on Tuesday 20 March at East London Central Library. On the day, Pakati also opened the new Children’s Library which has moved beyond the traditional library services, loaning out of books and providing a safe haven for children as well as to provide an area of study to be able to complete projects and assignments and sometimes just to do their homework. The purpose of the launch is to promote literacy and enhance libraries in Buffalo City, especially the culture of reading, as well as engage the community through targeted outreach programmes that are aimed at improving the lives of information-deprived communities who currently lack adequate access to information and books. Speaking about the projects, Pakati said, “Education is the great engine of personal development. There is no denying that giving the right education and foundation for our young people plays a significant role in reducing many social ills in our society.” “This therefore means that when a nation is properly educated, the nation benefits as there will be progress,” said Pakati. He also urged businesses to see value in investing in the communities that they are located in. The occasion brought acknowledgement of the services offered by Harambee and how the youth of Buffalo City Metro will benefit from the programmes. The Children’s Library also shows the importance of Early Childhood Development and the measures being implemented to address the low levels of literacy amongst school children. Masakhane Mlamla from the Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator project said, “Harambe’s responsibility is to facilitate opportunities for young people to get a chance to work.” “Unemployment is one of our biggest challenges in the City and it is up to each individual to make the most of the opportunities we provide to get a job.” Mlamla said Harambee is very honoured to be in partnership with various stakeholders that include Buffalo City Metro, D.G. Murray Trust, Beyond Zero, Masimanyane Support Group, Small Projects Forum, Early Childhood Development as well as the Chamber of Commerce in working together to develop our society. Anathi Pule, who is One of the young people benefiting from the said the project has helped her a lot as she was struggling to get employment. “I have learned a lot from the programme. I really appreciate the effort by all the stakeholders in this project to reduce unemployment in our City. Today my life has changed for the better. I want to encourage others to join the project,” said Pule. Other activities that formed part of the library week celebrations included an exhibition of library material held at Vincent park mall and a visit to Sinomonde Primary School in Santa. The activities of the day at the school included story-telling, reading, picture book analysis and a spelling bee competition. Related National cleanup week campaign 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. 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. BCMM declares readiness for the weekend The City will host the African Nation Congress (ANC) January 08th statement at three stadiums on Saturday 13 January, with the main event being held at the Buffalo City Stadium in Arcadia. Pakati announced that the City has beefed its resources at the beachfront including lifeguards and cleaning staff as part of its festive season operations. These include the integrated joint operation with members of the East London /Mdantsane cluster, Provincial & Local Traffic, BCMM Law Enforcement, Environmental Health & Fire Safety in terms of the pillars of safer festive season back to basic, which is meant to cordon and search to check for illicit drugs, illegal fire arms, stolen vehicles and goods. This operation kicked off on Monday 8 January at North End - California Night Club, Belgravia Hotel, business premises, Quigney - Curry Court and Moore Street where 12 premises were searched,38 vehicles and 102 people. Three suspects were arrested for possession of drugs and one for housebreaking and trespassing. Traffic fines issued to value of R13 500 and four vehicles unroadworthy impounded by BCMM Traffic Department. Six undocumented persons were also arrested and detained at EL Police Station and the police force are waiting for Immigration to verify documents. Also found in some of the condemned properties in Quigney is 19 knives, a panga, dagga plants, two remote controls, a packet of tik, 20 females who are suspected to be involved in prostitution. The operations also included the Cambridge SAPS Cluster Roadblock on Tuesday 9 January at Amalinda N2, where 181 motor vehicles were stopped, 56 Summonses issued to the value of R23 100 and three men were arrested for being in possession of stolen goods and an undisclosed amount of money. Various streets around the venues will be closed on Saturday in order to manage the traffic, these streets include Brill Street at Tilney Street, Brill Street at Mill Street, Recreation Road at Commercial Road, Deyer Street, Recreation Road at Commercial Road, Recreation Road at Lambert Road. These operations are conducted to insure safety in the City. Pakati added that the Metro has ticked all the boxes and is ready to deliver an incident free event. Gompo Library receives new books During the, Taking Parliament to the People programme, officials focused on education amongst other topics discussed and as a result several schools and public libraries were visited after the programme. Gompo Library was one of the libraries that were visited and in honouring the commitment that was made a book handover ceremony was held at the library last week. Speaking at the function, House Chairperson of the NCOP Archibald Nyambi said that it was the responsibility of the NCOP to ascertain that they leave a legacy wherever they go. “We are here today to donate books in an effort to serve on the challenge faced by libraries in the Metro as we stated in our previous visit that we will focus on enriching education and libraries.” Nyambi added that they were thrilled about the library legacy project in Buffalo City. “We are also pleased to support the initiative by the Executive Mayor Xola Pakati to sustain information centres as he has also embarked on his Library Legacy project,” said Nyambi. He also mentioned that they will return in November 2017, for another follow up session as well as to build sustainable partnerships. Speaking to the City’s Website, the Metro’s Acting General Manager for Libraries Mzodumo Dliwayo expressed his gratitude for the initiative by the NCOP. “We are grateful for this initiative because it will result in pro-activeness of the public and entice them to make use of the resources at their disposal.” Dliwayo further expressed the importance of resources in libraries and strategies on how to sustain the visitation from the public. “Libraries need to have strategies that are more interactionist and hold material issues that talk to social issues,” added Dliwayo. Member of the NCOP Lungelwa Zwane also recognised as Chairperson of the Select Committee on Education and Recreation said, “We did not come here empty handed. We came with various books that will serve on the purpose of education.” “Education is the best weapon to fight against poverty, as a result a biggest chunk of the state budget goes to education,” she added. Zwane further added that the culture of reading and research should start from a very young age. “It is therefore our responsibility as parents to instill the culture at a very tender age.” The various books that were donated by the NCOP include Mathematics books, Law books, English Grammar and Literature books, Public Administration books and the South African Constitution. Roadworks underway in BCMM According to the Municipal Spokesperson Samkelo Ngwenya Fleet Street users need to have a little patience while the City is working hard in making its roads user friendly and up to standard. “Fleet Street users need to have a bit of patience.” While Fleet Street motorists are cautioned to have patience, Batting Bridge users can use the bridge since the weekend as works have been finished in that area. The bridge was closed from July 14 and was opened on Saturday 22 July in time for the schools reopening. The contractor in Fleet Street has over the weekend completed works on the northern side of Fleet Street which is between Station Street and Oxford Street - this section has been tarred and is open for public use over the weekend. A two-way traffic for east and westbound which is towards Quigney and towards the East London Airport direction traffic will be provided with alternative routes. The contractor will then close the southern side and commence with excavations and layer works as of Monday 25 July, with completion of this works anticipated to be achieved by the second week of September this year. Following that, the works will move to Zone 1 works which include the Oxford to Pontoon Roads with road works planned completion to be complete by December this year. “We will advise motorists close to the works beginning accordingly on this stage with finer details of planned works and traffic accommodation and also deploy pointsmen accordingly,” said Ngwenya. City hosts 2nd Afrika Bike Week 2018 Speaking to Carl Frayne who is the Project Manager for Afrika Bike Week 2018 he said, “We have chosen Buffalo City because East London fits our demand as bikers as it possesses tourism attraction sites, good accommodation and knowledgeable people with regards to biking,” he said. According to Frayne 10000 people are expected to descend on the City’s shores to experience live entertainment. On the four days thousands of motorcycles from all over the country are expected to attend this great motorcycle event which has become a must do annual event for Harley-Davidson owners and other bikers enthusiasts. Hordes of event visitors will get to experience the world of entertainment and soak up its philosophy and lifestyle and one lucky person will be going home with a brand-new Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Other entertainment will include world class stunt shows, trial bike shows; cage racing; flight-night motorcycle aerial displays; skills riding; extreme motor cross; BMX and skateboard shows as well as the traditional mass ride. Bikers enthusiasts will appreciate the opportunity to ride and have fun while making their way to East London. Event organisers are encouraging everyone to share their Road to ABW 2018 on social media platforms like Facebook; Twitter and Harley Davidson website as well as the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality’s website. Entry is free, register online at http://www.afrikabikeweek.com/ and enjoy Afrika’s largest free motorcycle extravanza. Comments are closed.