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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. •

MOSSELBAAI KRY NOG ‘N VROULIKE BURGEMEESTER

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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. •

HEALTH CARE TRAIN BACK IN MOSSEL BAY IN AUGUST 2014

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 hclaassen@mosselbay.gov.za. •

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 fran@out-there.co.za.
“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. •

WETSTOEPASSERS VIER VROUEDAG

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 ZUMA SPEECH WILL SET TONE FOR THE FUTURE

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

HUISEIENAARS GENOOI VIR OORDRAG VAN EIENDOMME

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.

Mossel Bay in top 10 best run Municipalities

The South African Institute of Race Relations has released its 80/20 Local Government report, tracking the best and worst performing municipalities in South Africa.

According to the report’s editor-in-chief, Frans Cronje, the 80/20 report seeks to explore long-term shifts in local governance in South Africa over the past 20 years, which includes assessing the performance of SA’s 287 municipalities across 80 indicators.

“It is easy for the superficial analyst to emphasise either the socio-economic progress that has been made, or the failures of governance that are so obvious, and then to come to a simple conclusion on whether local governance in South Africa should be described as an example of failure and success,” Cronje said.

“This sort of shallow and naïve analysis also produces naïve conclusions such as that ‘better skills training’ and ‘improved delivery’ will solve South Africa’s local government problems. Reality is far more complex,” he said.

The data for the 80 indicators was sourced mainly from the Census 2011, published by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) in October 2012 and Gaffney’s Local Government in South Africa Yearbook, 2011–2013.

“We have always attempted to include the latest and most up-to-date information, but a cut-off point was inevitable. In general, the statistical data is from 2011,” the SAIRR said.

In order to gain insight into which municipalities are performing well and which are performing poorly, ten of the 80 indicators were used to rank all the municipalities. The majority of the ten indicators are service delivery indicators.

 

These indicators are:
The unemployment rate,
The proportion of people aged 20 and older who have passed grade 12,
The poverty rate,
The number of houses which are owned but not fully paid off,
The proportion of households that use electricity for lighting,
The proportion of households that have access to piped water inside the dwelling or yard,
The proportion of households that do not have access to piped water within one kilometre of the household,
The proportion of households that have their refuse removed by the local authority or a private company,
The proportion of households that have a flush or chemical lavatory, and
The number of households that have no lavatory.
Some 70% of the best performing municipalities are located in the Western Cape, while 80% of the worst performing are located in the Eastern Cape, the report said.

Best municipalities

# Municipality Province Score
1 Saldanha local WC 7.88
2 Siyancuma local NC 7.86
3 Overstand local WC 7.66
4 Umdoni local KZN 7.65
5 Drakenstein local WC 7.62
6 Mossel Bay local WC 7.61
6 Swartland local WC 7.61
8 Stellenbosch local WC 7.55
9 Gamagara local NC 7.54
10 Cape Town metropolitan WC 7.53
According to the SAIRR, the Alfred Nzo district municipality in the Eastern Cape has the highest poverty rate, at 79%, while the lowest rate among all the district municipalities is that of the Cape Winelands district municipality in the Western Cape, at 48%.

Out of all the district municipalities, Sedibeng in Gauteng has the highest proportion of people aged 20 and older with a grade 12, at 32%. The Alfred Nzo district municipality in the Eastern Cape has the lowest, at 13%.

The Western Cape again wins when it comes to unemployment, with the Cape Winelands district municipality having the lowest unemployment rate, at 14%. The Sekhukhune district municipality in Limpopo has the highest rate, at 51%.

The IRR argues that service delivery in South Africa has not been the failure that many think it has.

Between 1996 and 2011 the total number of households in South Africa increased by 60%, or 5.4 million and the population by 28%, or 11.4 million.

In the same period, the number of households using electricity for lighting increased by 135%, or by 7.1 million.

The number of households with access to piped water increased by 82% or 5.9 million.

The number of households with access to flush or chemical lavatories have increased by 99% or 4.4 million.

And the number of households who have their refuse removed by their local authority by 90%, or 4.3 million.

“While accountability and the quality of management at local government level clearly leave much to be desired, the real problems confronting local authorities actually exist in the macro-economy,” Cronje said.

“The IRR has always believed that South Africa’s development goal should be to beat poverty and dependency levels by placing people in a position to
improve their own lives.” •
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RESTRICTIONS ON KEEPING OF ANIMALS ON PROPERTIES

The keeping of animals in the Mossel Bay municipal area is regulated in terms of by-laws and the public are urged to take note of these as transgressions of the by-laws concerned may result in the guilty parties being prosecuted and, in some cases, the impoundment of the animals.

In terms of the By-Law on the Keeping of Dogs, as published on 20 November 2009 and the Amended By-Law of the Keepings of Dogs, as published on 3 June 2011, a maximum of two dogs are allowed on normal urban residential premises unless the prior written consent of the Municipal had been obtained to keep more dogs. The restriction does not apply for a period of 16 weeks after the birth of a litter from an animal kept on the property in compliance with the by-law.

The provisions of the by-law do not apply to premises which are zoned for agricultural purposes or bona fide agricultural purposes or are used as veterinary clinics or veterinary hospitals or for the training of guide dogs for the blind. They also don’t apply to premises where dogs are kept for security services or for security training purposes.

In terms of the By-Law Relating to Public Nuisances, published on 18 January 2010, a person may not keep on any premises a cat or cats in such a manner so as to cause any nuisance or annoyance to other people. The Municipality may impose conditions for and restrictions on the number of cats that may be kept on a property. A breeder of cats who wishes to keep more than two cats must obtain permission from the Municipality.
No other animals, except pets, may be kept on any premises or property without the prior written permit issued by the Municipal Manager unless the premises are in terms of an applicable town planning scheme zoned for the keeping of animals. The owner or keeper of the animals may not cause or allow an animal to interfere with the ordinary comfort, convenience, peace or quiet of other people or cause damage or pose a danger to other people or animals. They may also not leave or allow any animal to be on a public road or any section thereof or leave such animal in a place where it may stray into such section of a public road, or roam uncontrolled.

If animals are impounded, the owner is, in addition to paying a fine, responsible for all costs, including transport costs to the pound, daily tariffs and other costs related to the keeping the animals at the pound. The animals will not be released if the monies are not paid and non-payment could result in the animals being sold at an auction to recover the costs.

The Municipality has in recent weeks impounded 31 heads of cattle and 7 pigs, mainly in the Great Brak River area, and 23 goats.

The mentioned by-laws can be viewed on the Municipality’s website at http://www.mosselbay.gov.za or at the Municipality.•