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Refuse is building up in the

streets of Cradock due to a

go slow by workers of the

Inxuba Yethemba

Municipality

Residents of Cradock are bearing the brunt of a total shutdown of service to the public due to a go slow by employees of the Inxuba Yethemba Municipality.

A well-run town provides a good quality of life for all, along with access to basic services and well-maintained public spaces. Instead, there has been no refuse collection for the last two weeks. Dustbins are overflowing and rubbish is spreading all over while the municipal workers roam the streets. This week, electricity pay points were also closed as office staff joined in on the go-slow, forcing residents to buy their pre-paid electricity from supermarkets.

Last weekend Cradock was visited by hundreds of people for the annual Fish River Canoe Marathon. They were welcomed by piles of rubbish. The Canoe Marathon brings revenue to Cradock and this town cannot afford to lose business and opportunities because of dirt and filth.

Refuse is building up in the streets of Cradock due to a go-slow by workers of the Inxuba Yethemba Municipality.

The go slow is because municipal refuse removal workers have not received protective clothing to do their jobs. According to them, they were told by the municipality that protective clothing was ordered and paid for in June already. Should that be the case, the DA is greatly concerned about the credibility of the supplier the municipality is using.

I wrote to the Municipal Manager, Mzwandile Tantsi, on Friday, 7 October 2016, to inquire what measures the municipality is taking to solve this matter. I also requested the name of the supplier, tender documents and proof of payment. A time frame of 7 days has been given to the municipality to respond to my letter.

In order for the Eastern Cape to become a province of freedom, fairness and opportunity, we need municipalities that are well-run and able to create a caring and safe environment for all its residents.

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COMMUNITY IT HUBS

Bedford and Cookhouse

On 10 October 2016, Enel Green Power RSA handed over IT HUBS to the communities of Bedford and Cookhouse, two towns close to the Enel Green Power’s Nojoli wind farm, which is situated in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.

One IT HUB will be housed in Bedford and the other in Cookhouse. Through engagement with the Cookhouse and Bedford project steering committees (PSCs), a lack of IT infrastructure and training in the two communities was identified.

It was decided that Enel Green Power’s Nojoli wind farm would provide a solar-powered IT HUB to each community.

The IT HUBs, which will be self-sustaining in the short term, will provide much needed resources in IT functions for the communities and offer internet connectivity and other computer and communication services designed to add value to the communities. The IT HUBs are expected to benefit learners, locally-based organisations and businesses, the youth and the community in general.

The IT HUBs will have the following:

  • Shipping container with a completely off-grid solar system, which charges during the day and lasts for 12 hour+ at night.
  • Eight tamper-proof PCs – Intel powered and pre-loaded with Windows and Microsoft Office?.
  • All-in-one server PC – file server and print server and pre-loaded with internet café management software
  • Custom-designed furniture and fittings, including branded individual cubicles
  • Thermal insulation and two ceiling fans for temperature control
  • Full internet connectivity via 3G/satellite (for remote locations)
  • Printer – B&W/colour, scan, copy and fax functionality
  • Vendor machine – selling pre-paid airtime and electricity
  • Receipt printer and lockable cash drawer
  • Remote support with a rapid restore system
  • Camera with inbound viewing set-up
  • Laminator
  • Projector – mounted and configured

In addition to providing the ICT infrastructure, Enel Green Power will train a locally based youth to fill a full-time position managing the daily activities of the hubs. Nojoli is Enel Green Power’s first wind farm to start production in South Africa. The new wind farm has a total installed capacity of 88 MW and will be able to generate more than 275 GWh per year, equivalent to the annual consumption needs of around 86,000 South African households, therefore avoiding the emission of more than 251,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere each year.

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Draft statement on relations between

Enel Green Power

South Africa and the communities

surrounding the Nojoli wind farm

Enel Green Power, one of the world’s largest alternative energy companies in the world, is proud of its role in providing South Africa with alternative, green and clean energy to its citizens. The company continues to demonstrate its commitment to South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme through the construction and completion of the company’s first wind farm in South Africa, the 88 Mega Watt Nojoli wind farm, situated in Eastern Cape Province. The Nojoli wind farm brings much-needed investment, infrastructure development and the creation of jobs to the region.

The company continues to demonstrate its commitment to South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme through the construction and completion of the company’s first wind farm in South Africa, the 88 Mega Watt Nojoli wind farm, situated in Eastern Cape Province. The Nojoli wind farm brings much-needed investment, infrastructure development and the creation of jobs to the region.

Enel Green Power South Africa acknowledges the difficulty experienced by all stakeholders during the early phase of construction of the wind farm. A lot of work has gone into addressing these issues, with the formation of community project steering committees (PSC), which is an all-inclusive structure with representatives from various stakeholders. Its aim is to assist with informing constituencies about the current state of the project, conflict resolution and to ensure that information filters to those not represented in the PSC.

We are confident the relationships that Enel Green Power South Africa has forged with the community members in and around Nojoli will stand all of us in good stead in the future. Nojoli, for us, is an example of a good partnership between the public and the private sector.

Stakeholders represented in the PSC are the following:

– Local taxi Associations

– Local Municipalities

– Civic organizations

– Co-Ops and Farmers

– Youth Groups

– Church Groups

– South African Police Services

– NGOs

– Women’s group etc.

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