We wish you a very blessed Easter. Please drive safely and enjoy this special time of the year with your family and friends.
Ons wens u graag ‘n geseënde Paasfees toe. Veilig ry en geniet hierdie spesiale tyd van die jaar saam met u familie en vriende.
PAINTING OF ROAD SIGNS / STREET NAME SIGNS
I have noticed and received complaints that a number of the street road signs in Ward 9 have faded and need to be repainted. The municipality informed us that we should provide them with a list of faded road signs and street name signs.
I therefore urge you to identify road signs and/or street name signs which need repainting by contacting my office.
TRAFFIC LAW ENFORCEMENT
We received the following feedback from the Traffic Department re speed law enforcement conducted along Samantha Way, Framesby:
- On 14 March 2012 between 06:30 and 08:30, a total of eight hundred and seventy (870) vehicles were measured, the highest speed recorded was 78 km/h and eight (8) motorists were prosecuted for exceeding the speed limit in a 60 km/h zone.
- On 19 March 2012 between 06:50 and 12:00, a total of one thousand five hundred (1500) vehicles were measured, the highest speed recorded was 86 km/h and eighteen (18) motorists were prosecuted for exceeding the speed limit in a 60 km/h zone.
- On 22 March 2012 between 08:00 and 11:30, a total of five hundred and eighty six (586) vehicles were measured, the highest speed recorded was 74 km/h and eight (8) motorists were prosecuted for exceeding the speed limit in a 60 km/h zone.
- On 27 March 2012 between 12:45 and 17:45, a total of two hundred and fifty (250) vehicles were measured, the highest speed recorded was 84 km/h and nine (9) motorists were prosecuted for exceeding the speed limit in a 60 km/h zone.
- We measured the speed of three thousand two hundred and six (3206) vehicles.
- A total of thirty six (43) motorists were prosecuted.
- The highest speed recorded was 86 km/h and the offence rate was 1.3%
The area will be monitored as and when manpower permits.
DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE MARCHING FOR EDUCATION
On Wednesday 21 March 2012, Human Rights Day, DA Leader Helen Zille, DA National Spokesperson Mmusi Maimane, Annete Lovemore MP (DA Shadow Minister for Basic Education) and Edmund van Vuuren MPL (DA Provincial Spokesperson for Education) marched together with other DA members to the Port Elizabeth SADTU regional office.
The march was for underprivileged learners’ right to a quality education and against SADTU’s policies that are jeopardising this right.
DA EASTERN CAPE PROVINCIAL CONGRESS
The DA’s Eastern Cape held a very successful Provincial Congress over the weekend of 29 – 31 March 2012. Further details to follow in our next newsletter.
NEWS FROM THE METRO
Some issues from the Metro which I would like to bring under your attention:
The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality invites you to the annual Splash Festival at Hobie Beach from 6 to 9 April 2012.
“…The Splash Festival is one of the flagship events the city hosts and promises to be four days of fun for the whole family. The music genres ranges from gospel music, kwaito and soul music and feature artists like the well known Zonke, who hails from Port Elizabeth. Loads of entertainment is on offer for the kids and a variety of sports for sport lovers…” Possible problems to be experienced at the Metro’s refuse sites
We received the following e-mail from the Metro w.r.t. the refuse sites in the Metro:
“…Bid Evaluation Committee dated 24/2/12 resolved that certain tenders in all Directorates will have to be re-advertised and proceed again through the bid committees for award. This decision would, amongst other, affect current existing contracts as follows:-
- CE 68/1 Supply and Delivery of 30 m3 Open Roll-on Bulk Containers
- CE 68/2 Hire of Refuse Bulk Containers and Services
- CE 68/8 Repairs to Roll-on Containers
An item was immediately drafted to extend these current essential waste services contracts to allow for the finalization of the Bid process of new tenders. The item was submitted to the Bid Evaluation Committee on 23/3/12.
The item will now proceed to the next Bid Adjudication Committee sitting on 12/4/12 and then onto the Municipal Manager for a resolution.
PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THE FOLLOWING: Negative consequences are expected for a duration of approximately two weeks, as the Municipal Manager’s resolution is not expected before 12/4/12 and the expiry date of these essential waste services contracts are 1/4/12. It is anticipated that five (5) Transfer Stations in Summerstrand, Kabega, Framesby, Walmer and Hunters Retreat servicing approximately fifteen thousand households will be closed and the removal of waste from all sixty-nine (69) drop-off centers and temporary skip sites will be severely affected…”
China FAW executives in Nelson Mandela Bay to sign historic agreement
The Coega Development Cooperation (CDC) and the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality hosted a Gala Dinner on Monday to welcome China FAW Group Corporation Executives to Nelson Mandela Bay. FAW top brass are in Nelson Mandela Bay to preside over the signing of a cooperative business agreement that will see FAW invest in a new assembly plant at the Coega Industrial Development Zone.
The investment, totalling R677-million, will see FAW start with the assembly of 5,000 medium to heavy commercial vehicles and 30,000 passenger and light commercial vehicles in subsequent phases.
Delivering his welcome address at the Gala event, the Executive Mayor, Councillor Zanoxolo Wayile expressed his excitement at the massive boost the investment will have on the economy of Nelson Mandela Bay and committed the city to working closely with FAW and the CDC to guarantee the success of the venture. ”The partnership between FAW and Nelson Mandela Bay should be used as a catalyst to attract more investment to the region. This cooperation naturally reinforces our relationship and provides an impetus to the way in which China and South Africa address the social and economic inequalities and disparities that confront both our great countries”, remarked Mayor Wayile.
In his reply, the Chairman of FAW Group Corporation, Mr Jin Yi, said his company was committed to growing the economy of the region. “Our desire is to contribute positively to the economic development of Nelson Mandela Bay, the Province of the Eastern Cape and South Africa as whole. Through this investment we hope to contribute to South Africa’s project of growing the economy and providing much needed work opportunities”, concluded Chairman Yi…”
Walmer Link Social Housing Project:
The following information was given at a recent Human Settlements meeting on the abovementioned project:
“…779 units are being developed with the sizes ranging from 45 sq m (2-bedroom units) to 62 sq m (3-bedroom units). Of these, 347 will be for rent and 432 for sale.
The income limits for tenants are between R1 500 and R7 500, and for home ownership between R3 500 and R12 000 per month.
Land, services and house cost range from R158 046 for the smaller units to R294 361 for the larger. Rent and installments are calculated individually and government subsidies will apply to all prospective renters and buyers. Details of actual monthly repayments will have to be discussed on a one-on-one basis with Amahlali Housing, who are the developers.
Contact person: Mr Lance Del Monte, Abahlali Housing Association (t/a The Home Market), 7 Upper Dickens Street, Port Elizabeth 6001 (Telephone: 041 373 1843 and e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org )”
Customer Care Centres in Nelson Mandela Bay:
There are thirteen (13) Cusomer Care Centres in Nelson Mandela Bay. These are:
- Mfanesekhaya Gqobose Building: Govan Mbeki Avenue, Central – Takes Cash
- Mtombolwazi Office: ddo Road, Motherwell – Does NOT Take Cash
- Korsten Office: Durban Road, opposite Livingstone Hospital – Takes Cash
- Cleary Park Office: Cleary Park Shopping Centre – Takes Cash
- New Brighton Office: Ntshekisa Road, New Brighton – Takes Cash
- Zwide Office: Johnson Road, Zwide – Does NOT Take Cash
- Walmer Office: Cnr 6th Avenue and Huegh Road – Takes Cash
- Uitenhage Office: Town Hall Building, Uitenhage – Takes Cash
- Despatch Office: Main Road, Despatch – Takes Cash
- Daleview Office: Cnr Hoog and Long Street, Despatch – Takes Cash
- KwaNobuhle Office: Next to KwaNobuhle Police Station – Takes Cash
- Khayamnandi Office: 29 Chief Albert Lethuli Street, Despatch – Takes Cash
As residents of Nelson Mandela Bay, you are encouraged to make use of the 13 Customer Care Centres which have been opened for your convenience. Should you experience any problems please feel free to call:
- 041 506 5555 Account queries
- 041 506 5333 Customer Satisfaction office (for any complaints about inefficient or ineffective service)
- 0800 20 50 50 Toll-free all queries number
- 041 502 0000 Communications Office
I would like to send our condolences to Yolanda Leschinsky (our DA Ward 9 Branch Committee’s chairperson) whose mother-in-law passed away on 18 March 2012 and to Lynne Phillip our (DA Ward 9 Branch Committee’s secretary) whose husband, David, passed away on 31 March 2011.
You and your family are in our hearts and prayers. May the Lord hold you in his arms and bring you comfort and peace in the days ahead.
I would like to congratulate Rainer Cheryl Wüsthoff (members of our DA Ward 9 Branch Committee) on their 37th wedding anniversary on 14 March 2012. Some important personal news from my side: during the December 2011 holidays, I got engaged to the lovely, Miss Leandi Strydom.
Article source: http://mype.co.za/new/2012/04/ward-9-easter-news/