Month: September 2014

COUNCIL APPROVES AMNESTY PERIOD IN RESPECT OF METER TRANSGRESSIONS

The Town Council of Mossel Bay at a Special Council Meeting on 12 September 2014 approved an amnesty period of six months until 15 February 2015 for the reinstallation of electricity meters, which were removed because they were either tampered with or bypassed. The tampering fee in this regard will also be waived during the amnesty period.
Where electricity meters can be re-used a charge of R125, plus VAT, will be levied to cover the installation costs thereof. If a meter is damaged a charge of R575, plus VAT, shall be levied to cover the cost of replacing the meter and installation costs. These charges may be recovered in cash or through auxiliary payments on the customer’s accounts.

Alderman Jim van der Merwe, Chairperson of the Finance Committee of Council, said the Municipality will also install split-type prepayment meters with separate control and customer interface units to prevent tampering with the meters. The estimated cost to the Municipality of the installation of such meters is R634 000.

He appealed to all consumers with illegal connections to make use of this opportunity offered to them by Council to legalise their electrical connections.

“Although the illegal use of electricity is illegal in terms of the Electricity Regulation Act, 2006, as well as the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993, there is a continuous loss or revenue to the Municipality due to the theft of electricity by way of illegal electrical connections in the Mossel Bay municipal area. The Municipality has over the past three years disconnected approximately 1 200 electrical connections.
“Certain households are also reselling electricity illegally to their neighbours at exorbitant rates, while cables and wires are also laid dangerously across streets and public spaces, putting the safety of especially small children at risk.

“Municipal meters and distribution boxes are continuously vandalised for the illegal tapping of electricity, while continuous power interruptions are encountered in some low voltage networks due to overload conditions caused by the illegal activities.”

RAAD KEUR TOEGEWINGS AAN DEERNIS- EN ARM HUISHOUDINGS GOED

Die Mosselbaaise Stadsraad het op ‘n Spesiale Raadsvergadering op 12 September 2014 goedkeuring verleen dat die getal gratis eenhede vir arm huishoudings van 20 eenhede tot 50 eenhede per maand verhoog word. Dit beteken dat arm en deernishuishoudings nou dieselfde hoeveelheid gratis elektrisiteit per maand sal ontvang.

Terselfdertyd sal die gemiddelde elektrisiteitsverbruik oor die voorafgaande vier maande om vir die maandelikse subsidie op diensterekeninge van deernis en arm huishoudings te kwalifiseer, verhoog word van 400 eenhede per maand tot 650 eenhede waar daar ‘n agterplaaswooneenheid is, en dit deur ‘n ander huishouding sonder ‘n elektrisiteitsmeter bewoon word.

“Tot dusver was die situasie dat huishoudings op eiendomme waarop daar ‘n woonhuis en ‘n bewoonde agterplaaseenheid sonder ‘n elektrisiteitsmeter is hul subsidie of kon verbeur, of nie daarvoor gekwalifiseer het nie as die gemiddelde elektrisiteitsverbruik oor ‘n tydperk van vier maande 400 eenhede oorskry het. Dit is om hierdie mense tegemoet te kom dat die nuwe perk ingestel is,” sê Raadsheer Jim van der Merwe, voorsitter van die Stadsraad se Finansieskomitee.

Hy het gesê die Raad is terdeë bewus daarvan dat elektrisiteit baie duur is, en hoewel die Raad probeer om die tariewe so laag as moontlik te hou, word die pryse ongelukkig deur Eskom bepaal. Die Raad probeer egter om op hierdie wyse verligting vir arm en deernishuishoudings te bring. Die perk van 400 eenhede elektrisiteit sal egter steeds geld waar daar slegs een huishouding op ‘n eiendom is.

Die Munisipaliteit subsidieer die diensterekeninge van deernis- en arm huishoudings met ‘n bedrag van R404,79, plus BTW, per maand.

Om by aansoek as ‘n deernishuishouding geregistreer te word, mag die totale huishoudelike inkomste nie meer as twee keer die Staatsouderdompensioen beloop nie. Vir registrasie as ‘n arm huishouding mag die totale huishoudelike inkomste nie meer as R5 000 per maand wees nie.

In albei gevalle mag die gemiddelde elektrisiteitsverbruik nie meer as 400 eenhede en die gemiddelde waterverbruik nie meer as 15 000 liter oor die voorafgaande vier maande beloop het nie. Die nuwe toegewing maak egter nou daarvoor voorsiening dat die gemiddelde elektrisiteitsverbruik 650 eenhede kan wees ten opsigte van eiendomme waarop daar tans ‘n agterplaaseenwooneenheid sonder ‘n elektrisiteitsmeter is.

Die Mosselbaaise Munisipaliteit is sover bekend die enigste Munisipaliteit in die land wat, benewens deernishuishoudings, ook ‘n kategorie vir arm huishoudings het. Hoewel die subsidie vir deernishuishoudings uit Staatsbydraes gefinansier word, wend die Munisipaliteit sy eie fondse aan vir die subsidiëring van arm huishoudings. •

FIELD GUIDE (FGASA level 1) COURSE OFFERED

Mossel Bay Learners and school leavers with and interest in specifically field guiding career must please take note of the field guiding course that is being proposed in Mossel Bay, during the first two weeks in December 2014. “The Garden Route Casino Trust has partnered with the Pinnacle Conservation Trust in making accredidated learnerships possible for specifically field guiding. This FGASA course will provide a tremendous boost to young local people, to become passionate guides and ultimately gain invaluable knowledge about the environment and local Fauna and Flora”, said Aiden Beck, Conservation Manager at Pinnacle Conservation.
This course forms part of Pinnacle Conservation’s Community Career Learnership project and aims at providing young people with an opportunity to pursue a career in field guiding. The course will be hosted by The Aardvark Nature College, and should learners succeed then they will receive an accredited FGASA level 1 certificate. The course will stretch over 12 days, Monday to Saturday from 08h00 till 17h00, and be hosted at the PetroSA Nature Reserve Educational Centre.
A special thanks goes to the Garden Route Casino Community Trust who agreed to sponsor this FGASA course, which again shows their continual interest in the upliftment of the community and environment of Mossel Bay. All conservation students and graduates including: Grade 11’s; matriculants and unemployed youths, who are interested in a career in nature conservation (specifically field guiding), can contact Pinnacle Conservation to book an interview. All applications will be screened to ensure that the applications best suited for field guiding are given a priority and an opportunity. There are limited places available, and interviews will be held with interested learners and the best candidates will be selected for the course. For more information and to book an interview, contact Pinnacle Conservation at admin@pinnacleconservatio.co.za or 044 601 3149. Cut-off date for enquiries is 24 November 2014. •

EVENTS

PetroSa Marathon:
Sunday, 28 September 5-, 10-, 21.1-, and 42.2km road races with a total of almost R600,000 in prize money and other incentives up for grabs.
The PetroSA Marathon is strictly a pre-entry event. Please see www.aswd.co.za/event/petro-sa-marathon for details.

Great Brak River Muse Festival:
Wednesday, 24 –Sunday, 28 September.
A festival aimed at positioning Great Brak River as “the Art Village of the Southern Cape”. Highlights include a landscape installation on Suiderkruis Beach by the internationally acclaimed Strijdom van der Merwe, book signings, music, cabaret, wine tasting, high tea, art exhibitions, and more. Please see www.greatbrak.com and www.mosselbayart.co.za.
(Mosselbay Tourism)

Mossel Bay’s Whale Wave
25 October. Various parties and events to thank the migratory southern right whales and the humpback whales that visit Mossel Bay every year to mate and calve – and to Wave them goodbye as they depart for their summer feeding grounds in the deep waters of the Antarctic region. Details as they become available at
www.visitmosselbay.co.za

HARTENBOS FEES 3 – 5 Oktober

Waar: Amfi-teatergronde Hartenbos
Toegang: R30 vir volwassenes en R10 vir kinders
Begin: Vrydag, 3 Okt. – vanaf 13:00 tot laat !!
Saterdag, 4 Okt. – 9:30 tot laat !!
Sondag, 5 Okt. – 10:00 – 14:00
Kom besigtig die nuutste kamptoerusting, woonwaens, veldwoonwaens , veldsleepwaens, 4-trekvoertuie, bote, tente – nuutste tegnologie, kragbesparingstoestelle en – beligting.
Kom kuier en ry saam met Andre DeVilliers die 4×4 spesialis in sy eie TV voertuig waarmee hy weekliks op TV verskyn en belewe die avontuur!!!!!!!!

Die vispotjie en visbraaikompetisie vind Saterdag vanaf 10:30 – 14:00 plaas.
Skakel TIAAN LOURENS van Cachalot by 082 412 6953 / 044 695 0094 om in te skryf.
Lekker vet pryse kan gewen word.

Hope pret vir die kinders om die hele dag besig te bly.

Kom leer oor die gebruik van HEUNINGBOSTEE, VOLSTRUISLEER, NGUNIBEES LEERVELLE en vele meer.
Groot hoeveelheid stalletjies met interessante verskeidenheid artikels.

KEN van die skubaduikskool, sal mense touwys maak in ‘n swembad op die perseel.

VRYDAGAAND is Chris Els en Dillon op die verhoog en SATERDAGAAND is Arno Jordaan en Joe F daar om u te vermaak.
U toegangskaartjie is ook geldig vir die aand se vermaak.

Saterdagoggend sal daar ‘n straatmyl plaasvind wat die voorloper vir Desembermaand se Driehoekige straatmyl is – dit begin op Oudtshoorn, van daar na George wat dan op 23 Desember, op die Hartenbos Amfiteatergronde eindig .

Hou die pers/media dop vir alle nuwe toevoegings tot die uitstallings en programme.
Kom kuier saam…………en geniet die BUITELUG AVONTUUR!!!

Navrae vir STALLETJIES kontak JOHAN HORN 083 635 3301
AANSOEKVORMS: annelieb@atkv.org.za
MORNAY BEUKES…………082 827 4276
WERNER KOCK……………..082 372 5874

Stalletjies Galore

STALLETJIES GALORE
Vrydag, 26 September 2014

Diaz Strand Hotel beplan weer ‘n feestelike geleentheid vir Vrydag, 26 September met ‘n groot verskeidenheid stalletjies, en die belofte, “iets vir almal”.

Om ‘n paar te noem:
Monica’s, Fynproewers, Crazy Creatures, Bay guns, Tackle Shack, Glenhoff Bier, AST Motorfietse, CBS Biltong, Bardines, Annique, Sassy Events, New Hair, Avon, Erica van Rooyen Naels.

Toegangsgeld beloop: R50 per persoon
Uitstallers: R50 per stalletjie

Daar sal pannekoek te koop wees met,
Sjerrie, Sop en Broodjies, Tee/Koffie wat gratis verskaf sal word.

Wees daar en kom deel in die feestelike atmosfeer!!

CANSA Mosselbaai Relay for life

CANSA – Mosselbaai
Relay for Life
ATKV AMFI TEATER

· Junior Relay For Life : –
Friday , 14 November 2014 (17:00 – 21:00)
Kontak – Marinda Muller – 082 828 5938

· Bark For Life: –
Saturday, 15 November 2014 (9:00 – 12:30)
Kontak – Ann Pretorius – 082 565 1868
· 6de Cansa Relay For Life: –
Sunday, 15 – 16 November 2014 (17:00 – 06:00)
Spanne Kontak: Elizabeth – 084 673 2411
Survivors: Kontak: Zella 082 290 5136

· Algemene Inligting:
Freddie 083 560 2457
Bennie 072 846 3717
Annemarie 082 826 7407
Trudi 076 422 6852
Babie 082 553 3961

 

van die Redaksie

Redaksie

“Be Kind –
For everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about”.

‘n Glimlag of ‘n kompliment kan jou dag maak.
Nou hoekom vergeet ‘n mens dit so maklik ?

Hoekom is ons skaars met komplimente uitdeel, hoekom wys ons nie meer vir die mense om ons, ons waardeer hulle nie? Waardeer wat hulle doen, maak nie saak hoe gering nie.

Komplimenteer iemand wat mooi lyk en wys waardering vir ‘n goedbedoelde gebaar.
Betoon liefde teenoor jou geliefdes, gee drukkies, sê dit en wys dit.

Toets dit gerus. Loop in die straat af, of kyk na die dikwels strak gesigte in die motors op die pad na waar….elkeen besig met sy eie gedagtes en eie probleme.

Nou loop met ‘n glimlag en ‘n huppel in jou stap en sien hoe die gesigsuitdrukkings verander. So opvallend !
Dalk in sommige gevalle is dit die enigste glimlag wat die persoon daai dag sal ontvang.

Wees bedagsaam en dink tweemaal voordat jy kwaad of ongeduldig raak.

Niks kom by die vreugde van dankbaarheid, wat wys op die gesigte van iemand wat ‘n onverwagte maar opregte kompliment ontvang het nie.

Maak iemand se dag met iets wat niks kos…gee ’n glimlag of ‘n kompliment !

GREAT BRAK RIVER – THE GREAT MUSE FEST

201408281409211479 Great Brak Logo

Great Brak River is a delightful little gem of a town situated at the confluence of the Great Brak River and the Indian Ocean on the Garden Route of the Southern Cape. It offers the scenic beauty of the majestic Outeniqua Mountains and the azure blue sea, rolling green hills and pastures, rich agriculture and culture. River bush and fynbos, aloe and dolphin, whale, suikerbekkie and man live side by side in a place one can only describe as paradise. The community is alive and the area is yet to be discovered by tourists. There is an Arts Route, several Cycling and Hiking Routes, the Fragrance Route (lavender planted in local gardens) and a Historic route. The community is alive with cultural activities, musical events and art in all its forms. It’s a tourist’s route. The community is alive with cultural activities, musical events and art in all its forms. It’s a tourist’s paradise.

THE GREAT MUSE FEST:
22 to 28 September 2014

(Workshops 22 & 23 September and Main Programme 24 to 28 September ’14)

Hosted by the quaintest village in the Garden Route •

 

Great Muse Fest
22 to 28 September 2014

(Workshops 22 & 23 September and Main programme 24 to 28 September ’14)
For more information visit: www.greatbrak.com
Hosted by the quaintest village in the Garden Route

Art galleries * Beaches * Birding * Charming Eateries * Crafters * Cycle Route * Fragrance Route * Fynbos * Game Farm * Historic Buildings * Island * Lake * Lavender * Organic Vegetables * Stunning Scenery * Award-winning Human Origins Exhibit at Museum

(Great Brak River is the proud host of the award-winning Human Origins Exhibit which explores the story of the local community within the context of modern human origins. This fascinating exhibition can be viewed at the Great Brak River Museum where the friendly staff will assist you with general tourism enquiries as well.)
Slow living by choice

Compiled by: Lola Patrick (Freelance Writer)

Cell: 082-411-4687
Email: lolacharmaine@gmail.com