Category: News


The Transnet Phelophepa Health Care Train will arrive in Mossel Bay and will be at the Mossel Bay station to provide health care services to the Mossel Bay public from Monday, 25 August 2014 to Friday, 29 August 2014, and from Monday, 1 September 2014 to Friday, 5 September 2014.
The aim with the train is to support the Department of Health as well as to provide services that are not yet available at all clinics. The train is operated on a day-to-day basis by a team of health care professionals. Most of the services are free, although fees may be payable in some cases. It will, however, be minimal and the most that anyone will pay, is R30 for a pair of spectacles.
The services provided include a basic health education programme for community volunteers. The aim of this programme is to inform them on issues such as personal and environmental hygiene, oral rehydration therapy, immunisation, family planning, prevention of STD’s, HIV and AIDS, alcohol abuse and smoking. It is anticipated that once trained these volunteers will be utilised as support systems in communities to Community Health Nurses and Workers.
Another service on the train is the Roche Health Clinic, of which the main function is to do screening for health problems and to do health education.
The Eye Clinic on the train provides screening for visual problems and ocular pathology while there is also a Dental Clinic which provides oral health education as well as a range of dental services. The majority of the services are free, although there will some charges. People are advised to come early as they will be assisted on a first-come first-served basis.
Qualified psychologists as well as final-year psychology students man the psychology/counselling unit on the train and provide individual and group counselling. This team also provides workshops on request to social workers, nurses, teachers, community centres, hospitals, clinics, religious leaders, police and parents.

More information on the train can be obtained from Ms Haylene Claassen at the Mossel Bay Municipality at telephone (044) 606-5228 or 0846503970 or by e-mail at

Raadslid Venolea Fortuin, Burgemeesterkomiteelid vir sosio-ekonomiese aangeleenthede het op Dinsdag, 26 Augustus die bestuurder van die trein ontmoet en ook die fasiliteite op die trein besigtig.

Die doel is om gesondheidsdienste, wat nog nie by klinieke beskikbaar is nie, aan die publiek van Mosselbaai te verskaf.
Dienste is die week tot 29 Augustus beskikbaar en weer vanaf Maandag 1 September tot Vrydag, 5 September 2014.
Vir meer inligting oor die trein kontak: Ms Haylene Claassen by Mosselbaai Munisipaliteit by:
044 606 5228 of
084 650 3970 •

Postcards, art and archaeology connect Mossel Bay and Europe

South African born artist Laura Emsley is using postcards to connect the people of Europe with their African origins via her ‘Modern Minds’ exhibition, which was developed during a three-month-long residency at La Maison des arts Georges Pompidou. It’s been on show in the French town of St Cirq Lapopie ( since the 6th of July, and is also a feature of the Lot Valley region’s Contemporary Art Festival.
St Cirq Lapopie is situated close to the famous Pech Merle Cave, which is decorated with rock art that dates from the Gravettian culture (which thrived more than 25,000 years ago), and possibly from the later Magdalenian era (18,000 years ago). The seven chambers of the cave sport lifelike images of woolly mammoths, horses, reindeer, and humans, as well as many abstract symbols. The system is one of only a few French rock art sites that are open to the public.

Mossel Bay’s Pinnacle Point Caves, on the other hand, have revealed the earliest evidence for modern human behaviour – dating to 162,000 years ago. This includes the systematic harvesting of seafood, the earliest complex technology (in which tiny, precisely made stone bladelets were embedded in other media – wood or bone – to create more efficient tools), and the earliest use of fire to anneal a raw material (silcrete), and so create a superior product from which tools were made.

With more than 40 scientists from around the world, and massive grants from the USA’s National Science Foundation and the Hyde Family Trust, the South African Coastal Palaeoclimate, Palaeoenvironment, Palaeoecology, and Palaeoanthropology (SACP4) Project is led by Curtis Marean, an associate director of the Institute of Human Origins and professor at the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University. It is the largest scientific project of its kind in the world today.

“In Europe, the common belief still seems to prevail that the modern mind with its ability to create symbolic form appeared there, out of nowhere, during the Upper Palaeolithic” (or Late Stone Age), said Ms. Emsley.

“The significance of the finds in South Africa does not seem to have penetrated the European public’s consciousness. The aim of this project is to disrupt this Eurocentric version and create a greater awareness of [humankind’s] links to South Africa.”

For her exhibition, Ms. Emsley made videos in both Pech Merle and Cave 13B at Mossel Bay’s Pinnacle Point, which is the focus of the SACP4 Project – an interdisciplinary study of the Middle Stone Age archaeology and other aspects of various caves in the Southern Cape.

She said that her project links the abstract markings seen on the walls of various European caves to markings on artefacts like those on the famous engraved ochre block that was found by the team led by Prof Chris Henshilwood (of the Institute for Human Evolution at the University of the Witwatersrand) at Blombos Cave in the Western Cape – and which accord with theories advanced by David Lewis-Williams in his seminal book, ‘Mind in the cave.’

According to Dr. Peter Nilssen, a consulting archaeologist who brought the Pinnacle Point Caves to the attention of the scientific community at the end of the 90s (when he and his colleague, Jonathan Kaplan, discovered the finds during a routine survey of the land that would become the Pinnacle Point Beach & Golf Estate), Ms. Emsley has focused her project on the use of the word ‘modern.’

“She looks at how the word defines ourselves and our concept of time, and how relics and art of the archaeological record connect our minds across the space that separates Europe from South Africa.

“In order to physically and symbolically make the connection between Pech Merle and Mossel Bay – and between Africa and Europe – Laura has created a limited edition of fifty works by adapting one of the Postcards from Pech Merle, with a painting of a mammoth on the front, and the label ‘Post-modern’ on the back.

“These are available at five Euros each, and the proceeds go to the trust that sees to the conservation of the Pinnacle Point Caves.

“Laura gets the buyers in France to address the cards to themselves, and to put them into envelopes which she posts to us in Mossel Bay.

“When we get them, we write a short greeting from the Point of Human Origins on each one, and stamp and post them back to their owners via the postbox at the historic Post Office Tree in the Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex – complete with a special commemorative frank from the world’s South Africa’s oldest post office,” said Dr. Nilssen.

“The participants’ contribution to the preservation of the Pinnacle Point Caves is acknowledged through a listing on the Roll of Honour on Mossel Bay’s Point of Human Origins website – and the circle linking humanity across the planet is completed,” he said.

Violent Protests in Mosselbay

The riots started unexpectedly in the morning on Sunday, 10 August 2014, when a group of people marched to the Louis Fourie Road/Mayixhale Street junction where they vandalised and damaged a set of traffic lights and also burnt objects in the road. They then moved to a municipal building in Mayixhale Street, which houses the housing offices, and set the building alight, causing hundreds of thousands of rands. The damage to the traffic lights amount to R300 000 and as the lights are uninsurable, the bill has to be footed by the ratepayers.
At no stage was an application made for permission to stage a protest march, nor was this granted.
They subsequently set the Garden Route Primary School, the Thusong Centre, the KwaNonqaba Community hall and the KwaNonqaba satellite police station in Asla Park alight. These fires could, however, be put out and the damage was minimal. They continued to vandalise other stuctures such as the Thusong Centre fence and traffic signs and also looted spaza shops. They continued to burn tyres on roads and threw stones at passing traffic on internal roads as well as on the N2. It is clear that criminal elements became involved.
Attempts were made to talk to the leaders but the they wanted the Mayor to address a mass meeting which she refused to do for personal safety reasons. The leaders were invited to meet with the Mayor on Friday, 15 August 2014 and their response is awaited.
The hot spot appears to be illegal dwellings in Thembelihle, Umfuleni and Sijaji Streets where problems continue to be experienced with illegal electricity connections. Although a notice was issued to these people to refrain from this practice or face prosecution, no illegal connections were removed in the past month.
The Municipality has in close proximity to this area:
– Completed 440 new houses in the 2013/2014 financial year, while another 220 are due for completion in March 2015
– Serviced another 400 sites, with another 250 due to be completed in March 2015.
– Built 441 Access to Basic Services units with flush toilets and basins (one unit for every five households) for people who do not have a house or serviced site. Most of these structures have been vandalised in the meantime. Vandalism and theft continue to be a major problem.
The residents have over a period of time demanded electricity, although this cannot be given to them due to the Department of Energy’s policy that houses cannot be electrified if people have located themselves on a flood plain or a school site, as in this case, or if they are going to relocate within three years or if there is not housing plans in the long term for the particular site.
The influx of informal settlers is very high and the Municipality is unable to keep pace with demands with limited resources. The Municipality is furthermore dependent on the National Government for housing grants and at present has a housing waiting list of 14 000 families. It would be grossly unfair to provide housing to new arrivals at the expense of people whose names have been on the waiting list for years in some cases.
It is believed that the riots are politically motivated as political flags have featured during the riots and as there is a by-election in a nearby ward.
The SA Police is in control of the situation. It is generally calm at present although sporadic incidents are apparently occurring in the KwaNonqaba area. •



Die Uitvoerende Bestuur van Mosselbaai se Jeugraad vir 2014/2015. Van links na regs verskyn Darcia Bencsh (Curro); Chané Terblanche (Hoërskool Punt); Carmia James (Hillcrest);  Jade James (Sao Bras); Ashley Moos (Sao Bras); Cuan Terblanche (Sao Bras) en Danica Barnard (Curro).

Mosselbaai het nog ‘n vroulike Burgemeester gekry toe Carmia James van Hillcrest Sekondêre Skool verlede week tot die Junior Burgemeester van Mosselbaai verkies is. Saam met haar is nog vier jong dames tot die Uitvoerende Bestuur van die Mosselbaaise Jeugraad verkies.

Die verkiesing van die Junior Jeugraad vir 2014/2015 het op Vrydag, 8 Augustus 2104, onder die wakende oog van mnr Chris Balie, uitreikingskoördineerder van die Onafhanklike Verkiesingskommissie in Kaapstad, plaasgevind.

Die Junior Jeugraad is verkies uit die verteenwoordigers van die vier hoërskole in die Mosselbaaise munisipale gebied. Elke skool kon vier verteenwoordigers, wat almal stemgeregtig was, na die verkiesing stuur. Die onderwysers van die Hoërskool Punt, Curro en Groot Brakrivier, wat teenwoordig was, het as waarnemers van die verkiesingsproses opgetree.

Benewens Carmia, is die ander lede van die Uitvoerende Bestuur Chané Terblanche (Junior Onderburgemeester, Hoërskool Punt), Jade James (Junior Speaker, Sao Bras Sekondêre Skool), Ashley Moos (Junior Munisipale Bestuurder, Sao Bras Sekondêre Skool), Cuan Terblanche (Junior Uitvoerende Lid vir Sport), Sao Bras Sekondêre Skool), Darcia Bensch
(Junior Uitvoerende lid vir Jeugsake, Curro Mosselbaai) en Danica Barnard (Junior Uitvoerende Lid vir Gemeenskapsdienste, Curro Mosselbaai).

Hierdie jong mense sal saam met die amptenary aandag gee aan die prioritisering van jeugontwikkeling gedurig deur geprioritiseer word. •


The Transnet Phelophepa Health Care Train will visit Mossel Bay again from 25 August 2014 to 5 September 2014 to provide a range of medical and related services to the community of Mossel Bay.

The aim with the train is to support the Department of Health as well as to provide services that are not yet available at all clinics. The train is operated on a day-to-day basis by a team of professionals.

The services provided include a basic health education programme for community volunteers. The aim of this programme is to inform them on issues such as personal and environmental hygiene, oral rehydration therapy, immunisation, family planning, prevention of STD’s, HIV and AIDS, alcohol abuse and smoking. It is anticipated that once trained these volunteers will be utilised as support systems in communities to Community Health Nurses and Workers.

Another service on the train is the Roche Health Clinic of which the main function is to do screening for health problems and to do health education.

The Eye Clinic on the train provides screening for visual problems and ocular pathology while there is also a Dental Clinic which provides oral health education as well as a range of dental services. In some cases small fees are charged for the services.

Qualified psychologists as well as final-year psychology students man the psychology/counselling unit on the train and provide individual and group counselling. This team also provides workshops on request to social workers, nurses, teachers, community centres, hospitals, clinics, religious leaders, police and parents.

More information on the train can be obtained from Ms Haylene Claassen at the Mossel Bay Municipality at telephone (044) 606-5228 or 0846503970 or by e-mail at •

Reawakening the Knysna Wood industry

“When I was a young man and wanted to become a cabinet-maker, there was no question about it, I had to go to Knysna. In those days all wood related businesses and careers started in Knysna. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we can get that reputation back?” said Richard Henley, owner of Full Circle Furniture, Bibby’s Hoek.

Several wood merchants in Knysna share Henley’s sentiments and so the Working with Wood festival came to light. This three-day festival will run from 9 – 11 October 2014 and the organisers are mindful to include a variety of products, as long as they manufactured from indigenous and/or recycled wood.

The Working with Wood Festival, sponsored by Vermont Sales (PTY) Ltd and supported by Knysna Tourism, Knysna Municipality and the Knysna Timber Initiative will follow on from a busy September, recognised as Arbor month. “During National Arbor Month, Arbor Week and National Arbor Day, the Knysna Municipality and other stakeholders will focus on schools activities and other wood related events, all of which will add to the build-up of this exciting festival,” said Gene Kruger Working with Wood Festival promoter.

Timber Village, Welbedacht Lane will serve as the festival hub with displays, lectures, tool and project demonstrations, food stalls and entertainment for both adults and children. Festival participants receive a Timber Town Tour and Knysna Timber Route map. These maps will direct participants to relevant establishments outside of the festival grounds.
The Timber Town Tour will take them to all festival related, participating shops and restaurants. These retail outlets are bound to have several specials running throughout the festival.
The Knysna Timber Route will allow festival participants to witness wood manufacturers work their wood into beautifully crafted products within the Knysna Industrial area. These open days will not only allow the participants to experience real timber productions, but participating manufacturers will have certain items on sale at bargain prices throughout the festival as well.

“This festival meets our Naturally Knysna brand promise and speaks to the brand core values,” said Greg Vogt, Knysna Tourism CEO. “A celebration of our timber industry is well overdue and it is exciting to have an initiative that will translate into opportunity throughout the year.”

Vogt added: “Our vision for leveraged opportunities will be realised through the Green Chefs being incorporated into the timber celebrations as food service providers. This highlights our crossover initiatives kicking in earlier than we had realised and we are grateful to the festival organisers for this opportunity. I only hope our vision to bring timber initiative ‘activities’ and product into next year’s Oyster Festival is not overly ambitious”

The festival organisers have secured a demonstration by Marc Maingard. This talented man will not only demonstrate how to craft a beautiful guitar out of wood, but will astound festival participants with the beautiful sounds that these guitars produce.

Johan van Schalkwyk, Knysna Tourism Marketing Manager expressed his excited about the festival and said: “It is exciting to see this new festival take shape. Working so closely with the coordinator and committee has shown me the importance of showcasing the timber history and heritage of our town through this wonderful Working with Wood Festival.”

Should wood crafters and merchants wish to show their skills and goods during this festival they may contact Festival Coordinator, Fran Kirsten at
“Knysna residents will be well advised to diarise the date (9-11 October) as not to miss out on the opportunity to witness the Knysna timber industry coming alive,” concluded Kruger. •


Padgebruikers op Louis Fourieweg gaan op Woensdag, 6 Augustus 2014, op eg vroulike wyse deur die vroulike wetstoepassers van Mosselbaai herinner word aan Nasionale Vrouedag, wat op 9 Augustus 2014 amptelik gevier word – en hopelik sal dit met nie te veel boetekaartjies gepaard gaan nie.

Die vroulike lede van die Mosselbaaise Verkeersdepartement, in samewerking met ander wetstoepassingsinstansies in Mosselbaai, sal naamlik op die dag ‘n padblokkade hou wat deur slegs vroue beman sal word.

Die doel van die blokkade is darem nie om mense te vervolg nie, maar om padveiligheid te bevorder en te bewys dat die vroue in die onderskeie dienste paraat is, en nie vir die manne terug hoef te staan as dit by die hierdie soort werk kom nie.

Hulle sal, soos gewoonlik, voertuie nagaan vir padwaardigheid asook voldoening aan lisensiëringsvereistes, terwyl bestuurders ook gevra sal word om hul rybewyse te toon.

Nasionale Vrouedag is ‘n openbare vakansiedag wat sedert 1994 jaarliks op 9 Augustus in Suid-Afrika gevier word, en gedenk die nasionale optog van 20 000 vroue na die Uniegeboue op hierdie dag in 1956 om protes aan te teken teen onder meer die paswette wat in daardie stadium van toepassing was. •

National Oil Recyclers Association South Africa (NORA-SA) and Recycling Oil Saves the Environment Foundation (ROSE) – Placement of Enviro Containers

In an effort to not only create, but maintain environmental standards in the used oil industry, the ROSE Foundation and NORA-SA have embarked on strategies to ensure accountable and responsible collection, recycling and provision of renewed resources in South Africa.
It is a collective and mutual relationship that was in place before 2005, but expanded after 2005 to include the broader collection society in South Africa, with the specific focus and objective to structure and formalize the informal collection sector in such a manner that ROSE from an environmental producer responsibility (EPR) is seen to be responsible and accountable.
ROSE members levy their members per litre of new oil produced and this is income is used by ROSE to incentivize collections, set up infrastructures in specific gap areas (industrial developing areas where there is limited or insufficient infrastructure), propagate the potential harm products may cause, involvement in community projects and in general assistance to previously disadvantaged communities etc.
To achieve these aims a need arose for a partner to collect, recover and process as much volumes as possible. At this stage only 180 million of the 270 million produced litres are recovered although the last two years have seen the steady increase of recoverable old oil.
Besides collectors and processors being incentivized, ROSE have set up agreements with both to ensure that the collection, storage and recycling/ processing is done within legal and environmental compliance standards.
Typical examples would be the following:
1) All processors are encouraged to obtain ISO 14001 standards, and once this is achieved, ROSE incentivizes processors on volumes recycled, and this is an incentive developed to contribute towards the maintenance of the ISO standards.
2) Processors & collectors are incentivized by way of R0-30c/ litre for collection in outlying areas further than 100 kilometres away from a bulking/ storage or processing facility and R0,10c/ litre in the case of urban areas.
3) To ensure environmental- and legal compliance the following auditing or checking systems have been introduced:
· Collectors are being assessed by processors and checklists for checking are being maintained at the processor sites who are all ISO 14001 compliant
· ROSE has appointed an environmental officers whom effects random checks at all processors and within collectors operating
· ROSE pays an appointed external environmental auditing Company (WSP Walmsley) to once a year, assess all collectors and facilities and bring out a report which is submitted to ROSE. These reports play and invaluable role specifically in the case of processors, as such reports may be submitted as a objective and external report to the Department of Environmental Affairs in order to honour requirements as set out in processor’s permits/ licenses in terms of their activities.
New Enviro Centre Facilities
In an effort to assist Municipalities ROSE and NORA SA have engaged with the Municipalities of Plettenburg Bay, Knysna, Mossel Bay, Oudtshoorn, Riversdale and George and the Eden District Municipality for the placement of containers at all disposal sites open to the public. In total 24 will be placed at convenient venues to enable the recovery of used oil.
The idea is for the public to bring their used oil filters and used oil to these facilities to dispose safely the said commodity. The containers will be marked and identified on all sites and Municipality personnel had received training in this regard.
Oil Separation Solutions (Pty) Ltd has been appointed by the Eden District Municipality to collect the said oils and transfer it to the ROSE approved storage facility based in Beach Boulevard East, Diaz Mossel Bay.
There is no cost to the public to dispose use oils and filters however no contaminated rags/ waste will be allowed – ONLY Oil filters and used oil. These facilities will NOT cater for the industries.
The used oil that is referred to is motor/ engine oil and not cooking/ sunflower oils.
Tuinroete Agri has also joined the initiative and 1000 litre containers have been placed on certain depots such as Albertinia, Riversdal, Uniondale and Herold.
Interested industries and the public are welcome to contact the Mossel Bay Bulking facility at office number (044) 695 4922 to arrange collections or dropping at the facility.



President Jacob Zuma will tonight deliver his State of the Nation Address (SoNA) and outline government’s programme of action for the year. His address will largely be informed by decisions from the Cabinet Lekgotla that took place last week at Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House in Pretoria. The Lekgotla brought together ministers, provincial premiers and senior government officials to discuss the Medium Term Strategic Framework and the National Development Plan with the aim of moving South Africa forward.

The Lekgotla was also about prioritising service delivery and ensuring that quality services are brought to the people. Speaking on the side-lines of the meeting, Minister in the Presidency Mr Jeff Radebe stated: “Our president is deeply concerned about the protests that have been happening around the country. We are going to make sure that we go into those areas with concrete responses.”

The SoNA will set a clear tone for the period ahead and is an opportunity for the President to directly share his plans with the nation, and the world. South Africans should familiarise themselves with the content of the address so that they can share and contribute to our future vision.

Our successes over the past 20 years have shown what can be achieved if we all work together and towards a common goal. Ultimately the success or failure of Vision 2030 rest on our collective shoulders and the onus is on all South Africans to unite and make it a reality. Our representative democracy empowers all of us to monitor government and hold it accountable. This is in line with the vision of active citizenry and a capable and developmental state, as envisaged in the National Development Plan.

President Jacob Zuma has appointed skilled and competent men and women to take the country forward. Constitutionally, the President of the Republic is entrusted with the appointment of the deputy president, ministers and their deputies. The team is selected from the members of the National Assembly, and he may in terms of the Constitution select no more than two ministers from outside the Assembly.

His administration will bring together different constituencies and will be one that will ultimately safeguard the interests of all people. South Africans can be rest assured that this is a caring and responsive government, which will serve everyone diligently.

In the words of President Zuma during his recent presidential inauguration: “We do not take this confidence bestowed upon us lightly. We are truly humbled and will do all in our power to build a South Africa in which all citizens will have a sense of belonging and hope for a brighter future.”

In order to succeed the new government is reliant on the help and support of all South Africans. In addition, it will lean heavily on the dedicated men and women in the Public Service. Our dedicated public servants are the frontline of service delivery and are therefore expected to embody Batho Pele (People First), the Public Service’s guiding principles of consultation, service standards, access, courtesy, information, openness and transparency, redress and value for money.

The annual SoNa also holds special significance in the sense that it takes into account the pulse of the nation and needs of the country. This year’s SoNA takes place against the background of the celebrations of 20 Years of Freedom. As a united nation we need to build on the gains we have made over the last twenty years.

However, during the address it is not always possible for the President to provide extensive details on every announcement and undertaking he makes. It is against this background that more details and specifics on the pronouncements emanating from the SoNA are generally given during post SoNA briefings by relevant Government Clusters Ministers. In the week following the State of the Nation Address media briefing will be taking place wherein the Cluster Ministers will be unpacking what their respective programmes will entail.

All South Africans are encouraged to show keen interest in this auspicious event and subsequent briefings so as to ensure they are able to play an active part in moving the country forward and assist government in its quest to eliminate the triple challenge of inequality, poverty and unemployment. •

Business Breakfast


Die Munisipaliteit is bekommerd oor die stadige pas waarteen huise in Uitbreidings 8, 13 en 23, Chris Hani Valley, Joe Slovo en gedeeltes van Groot Brakrivier in die name van die eienaars geregistreer word omdat hulle nie by die onderskeie behuisingskantore gaan aanmeld om die nodige dokumentasie te teken nie.
‘n Beroep word dus gedoen op mense wat huise ontvang het, maar wat nog nie in hul name geregistreer is nie, om die naaste munisipale behuisingskantore te gaan besoek, sodat die nodige reëlings getref kan word. ‘n Eiendom is ‘n groot bate, en dit sal in die beste belang van die mense wees dat die eiendomme in hul name geregistreer word.
Persone wat die behuisingskantore besoek, moet afskrifte van die man en die vrou se identiteitsdokumente en huweliksertifikaat, indien hulle getroud is, of skeibrief, indien hulle geskei is, saamneem. In die geval van ‘n weduwee of wewenaar moet die doodsertifikaat van die oorlede eggenote saamgeneem.
Die Munisipaliteit benodig ook afskrifte van die mense se munisipale rekeninge, en, indien beskikbaar, van hul salarisstrokies.
Navrae in die verband kan aan mnr Riaan Pienaar by telefoon (044)606-5187 of mnr T Seconds by telefoon (044) 606-5286 gerig word.