Notice Board:

Electricity Shutdown 16 December from 08H00 - 12H00: Please note that repairs and maintenance will be carried out on the Aloes substation transformer equipment. Areas affected: Wells Estate, Markman Township, Bluewaters Bay, Amsterdamhoek, parts of Coega, Coega village, St Georges Strand and Dumbrody farms. All installations to be treated as live for the duration of the outage. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

  Go Green News

Go Green - Have a Clean Summer

November 2016

As we enter the long awaited summer holiday and festive season, we start to plan our travels and daily outings. The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Go Green campaign is encouraging everyone to make this a safe and clean festive season.

Our friendly city, as many know, is also the windy city. This unfortunately means that litter is easily spread far and wide and quickly finds its way onto the dunes or into the sea. Litter can also provide fuel for fires and the dry weather that the Bay is currently experiencing provides perfect conditions for veld fires. Our coastal areas and Blue Flag status beaches are particularly vulnerable due to beach goers and holiday makers having direct access to both indigenous vegetation and marine life. It is therefore paramount that we work together to ensure that we keep these areas clean and safe from harm.

 Tips to help you have a safe, clean and green summer:

1.  Reduce the number of disposable products that you bring with you to the beach

2.  Make use of the bins that are provided or better yet;

3.  Remove your waste when you leave and recycle them at one of the many recycling drop off points .  

4.  Ensure that fires are properly extinguished before leaving the facilities & be responsible with cigarette butts.

5.  Bring your own braai wood. (It is illegal to disturb the surrounding indigenous vegetation)

6.  Use the toilets provided.

We request that residents and holiday makers please assist the friendly NMB employees that will be working over this festive season to keep the facilities safe and clean for you and your families by reducing your waste when visiting the coastal areas. We also encourage you to remove all glass products when you leave the facilities. These are a danger to fellow holiday makers in that they can cause injury or even result in fires.

We thank you for your support in advance and wish you a wonderful safe and clean festive season! 

Climate Change & Green Economy in Nelson Mandela Bay 

October 2015 

Building on climate change focused work which began  in 2009, the NMBM has finalized a Climate Change and Green Economy Action Plan for the city. The Action Plan, which was adopted by the Public Health Standing Committee on the 11 November 2015, will be used to guide the implementation of climate response interventions by the NMBM, throughout the mandates of its directorates. 

The Action Plan's development was spurred by a three-year partnership project between the Swedish city of Gothenburg and the NMBM. The partnership project objective is for both cities to move from excellent policies (which are ineffectively implemented) to having effective implementation of those policies. The areas of focus for the project are: sustainable mobility, integrated inner city planning, climate change and sustainable energy. As a fundamental basis for the Action plan, a municipal-focused climate vulnerability study was developed by the South African Weather Services (SAWS). This study, which has a 95% probability for the next 100 years, was used in a consultative vulnerability assessment that was workshopped with municipal officials.

 

The Nelson Mandela Bay Climate Change and Green Economy Action Plan aims to:         

a)   Develop a climate response programme which includes opportunities for green economy growth 

b)   Integrate climate change responses, the need for energy efficiency and the development of renewable energy solutions into the same policy legislation 

c)   Include climate response in city policies, activities, operations and initiatives, 

d)  Address the vulnerability of municipal services to the effects of climate change, and identify ‘green economy’ project and initiatives within the NMBM through the action plan, 

e)  Include climate response considerations into city planning in order to ensure a climate resilient city, and 

f)   Involve relevant role-players with executive powers and functions in an integrated manner. 

The development of this Action plan was inclusive in that meetings were held with relevant directorates in order to integrate their master plans and to gain their input. Input obtained from directorates included: their identified climate threats to the NMBM, their estimation of costs of the climate interventions and the benefits of these climate adaptation options. 

This first-generation climate response for the city of Nelson Mandela Bay clearly states the scientific case for the city’s vulnerability to climate change-induced hazards, and guides the Municipality in responding in a sustainable manner. 

The Grootkloof Education Center 

September 2015 

The Grootkloof  Education Center was launched by the Portfolio Councillor for Public Health Mrs Joy Searle on the 28 September 2015. The center is located within the Van der Kempskloof Nature Reserve in Helenvale and had a budget of approximately R16 million. 

The center is the headquarters for the Environmental Education manager ,four Environmental Education officers and support staff. 

Functions at the center comprise of, amongst others: 

a)   Environmental Education activities that will play a key role in investing in human development and in environmental protection to ensure sustainable livelihood and safe environments for all;

 

b)  Displaying and showcasing the natural educational resources that the Metro has e.g. Nature Reserves with 5 Biomes; Environmental Education campaigns, indigenous vegetation; 

c)    Raising environmental awareness through presentations and workshops that will take place in the center; 

d)     Team building activities and environmental research with school groups; 

e)  Celebration of key Environmental Days such as International Day for Biological Diversity, Environmental Day ,Recycling Day, etc.; 

f)     Alien eradication initiatives and other conservation activities.

 

The Center was built by the NMBM as a facility to promote environmental education amongst the residents of Port Elizabeth. It includes classrooms, offices, kitchen and toilet facilities, as well as caretaker’s accommodation.  It is owned and managed by the NMBM as a public building, and is also the first municipal-owned green building in the Metro.

 

The lights at the center were replaced with LED lights which operate on motion sensors, which translate to an energy saving of 59% on lighting alone. Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels and a 200 liter solar water heater are installed, which provide hot water and energy to power the center’s appliances. This system is also grid-connected, meaning that excess electricity generated is fed back into the national grid. Four rainwater harvesting tanks (5000 liter capacity each) and a 3-stage filtration system ensures that the water used at the center is potable, available for irrigation and prevents the use of the municipal water supply. 

Members of the public are welcome to visit the center, accessible via the entrance in Cannon Street in Hillside, Port Elizabeth. For enquiries, contact Pumla Koltana on 041 506 1661.

Earth Hour City Challenge

1st March 2015

On Saturday the 28th March 2015, cities around the world switched off their lights to honour one hour of light-free activity in support of Global Earth Hour.

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is actively attempting to go further than one hour by supporting and showcasing local initiatives which create an energy-efficient, low-carbon and resilient city.

In 2013, the Municipality was encouraged to enter the WWF Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC), due to our status as a project city under the ICLEI Urban LEDS programme (see previous article). Some of the initiatives entered included the Access to Electricity Award-winning High Mast LED Lighting Pilot in the Walmer township, non-motorized transport lanes throughout the city, and the Waste-to-Energy project.  Even though we were unsuccessful in 2014, there was still a wealth of sustainability interventions and actions being put into action, and so NMB entered again for the next round. For the 2015 round of EHCC entries, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality was a finalist city, and citizens of NMB are encouraged to vote for the Friendly City by visiting www.welovecities.org. 

NMBM and ICLEI deliver an updated Greenhouse Gas Inventory

5th September 2014

Climate change is recognized in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality Integrated Development Plan (IDP, 2011-2016, 10th Edition)) as a developmental challenge to the public health of residents. Climate change has become a global concern, and one of the drivers of this concern is the rapid increase in global temperatures caused by the release of greenhouse gases (GHG). Activities such as animal farming, coal-generated electricity and even driving cars all generate GHG. This release of GHG emissions, especially carbon dioxide (CO2) is fast-tracking climate change and its effects (in Nelson Mandela Bay we have seen an increase in intense flooding, more intense droughts and seasonal changes).

One of the ways in which GHG emissions can be tracked is by creating a greenhouse gas inventory (GHGI), also known as an emissions profile. The GHGI is created using a global protocol (a standard method) and uses data (fuel types, waste tonnages, electricity consumption) which is inputted into a software system that assigns emission factors.

The Municipality’s first emissions profile was developed was published in the State of Energy in Cities South Africa Report in 2011.

 An opportunity to update this GHGI came from the Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) Urban Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) programme, in which the NMBM is a project municipality.

From 2013, ICLEI and the Environmental Management Sub-Directorate collaborated on sourcing 12 months of data from waste, electricity and fuel usage within the Metro.

A mini-workshop was held by Environmental Management on the 4thSeptember 2014, and officials from the Air Quality Unit and Environmental Management Sub-Directorate (Public Health), Performance Management Unit (Chief Operating Officer), Economic Development, Tourism and Agriculture, were present. The intention of this meeting was to present the draft findings, explain the Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) and the value of the GHGI to the Municipality.

The GHGI for the NMBM was finalized at the end of January 2015, and

A greenhouse gas inventory can be a useful tool to focus energy efficiency, renewable energy and actions which demonstrate sustainable development on. It also represents the NMBM’s commitment to sustainable development and to becoming a Green City that can become resilient to the effects of climate change. 

Green Partnership project with Swedish Sister City

1st March 2014

The NMBM and the Swedish city of Gothenburg have been in collaboration on strategic issues for approximately 10 years. Their partnership, which was initiated after a visit by the Swedish delegation to South Africa in 2005, has covered thematic areas such as libraries, art, air quality and policy development. Each city has taken lessons from the other in order to facilitate sustainable development.

NMBM and the City of Gothenburg are currently involved in a 3-year (2013-2016) municipal partnership project financed by funds from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and administered through the International Centre for Local Democracy (ICLD). The overall objective of this project is for both institutions to move from policy to implementation in order to produce low carbon, energy efficient and sustainable cities. The overall objective of this project is for both institutions to move from policy to implementation in order to produce low carbon, energy efficient and sustainable cities. The aim of the project is information sharing and knowledge exchange around four focus areas i.e. integrated city planning, sustainable mobility, sustainable energy, and climate change.

This project thus brings together officials and disciplines from the Electricity & Energy, Infrastructure and Engineering, Land Planning, Policy, Strategy and Research, Environmental Management and Disaster Management departments.

The climate change focal area will build upon the climate change co-ordination work initiated in 2009 within the NMBM.

Both councillors and officials are involved in yearly exchange visits (twice per year) so that both cities can learn from the complexities and realities of each other’s working environments. It is hoped that both cities can continue to work together in future partnership projects. 

The Go Green Advocacy Programme

14th February 2014

Since 2008, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s Go Green campaign has promoted and showcased the greening efforts that all directorates have made. Some of these efforts include the All Hands on Waste campaign, the Baakens Valley Community Partnership, Solar Water Heater Project roll-out and the Small Scale Embedded Energy Generation scheme, amongst others.

Because the Go Green campaign is also about educating residents of Nelson Mandela Bay on how they can become ‘greener’, the municipality officially launched its’ Go Green Advocacy Programme in December 2013. The updated campaign is funded by the Department of Environmental Affairs through its Greenest Municipality Competition. The prize money won in 2011 by the Municipality will be utilised to fund this programme, and facilitators from 52 wards in the Bay will receive training and wages through the Special Public Works Programme (SPWP).

 The Go Green Campaign will focus on these key action themes:

1. POWER WISE: Conserving Energy

2. WATER WISE: Conserving Water

3. WASTE WISE: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Waste

4. POLLUTION WISE: Air & water pollution management

5. CONSERVATION WISE: Plant indigenous trees, start a vegetable garden

6. CONSUME RESPONSIBLY: Environmentally friendly and locally produced goods and services

Even though we don’t all contribute equally to the problem, nor will we all be affected in the same way, everyone has a crucial role to play in building a more climate resilient and sustainable society. This campaign intends to raise awareness about climate change and service delivery issues related to the action themes, as well as to mobilize communities in Nelson Mandela Bay to report illegal activities that impact on their communities and surroundings.

Look out for road shows with the Go Green bus on Saturdays and Sundays in your ward. Facilitators wearing Go Green branded uniforms will also perform home visits to educate and demonstrate how you can GO GREEN. During the campaign, a competition is also open to residents who can enter for a chance to win prizes including a fully installed Solar Geyser and fully installed Water Tank. 

Green Procurement in Supply Chain Management Road Shows

30th September 2013

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s (NMBM) Supply Chain Management (SCM) Sub-directorate held Road Shows from the 2nd to 16th of September at 10:00 to 16:00 on weekdays at locations throughout Port Elizabeth, Despatch, and Uitenhage. The aim of these road shows was to inform suppliers and potential suppliers on the procedures to follow when wanting to do business with the municipality. South African Revenue Service (SARS), ABSA, Nedbank, Standard Bank, and the Environmental Management Sub-directorate also presented. Presentations included how to register on the municipal database, information on informal and formal tender procedures, compliance checks, and the NMBM’s Green Procurement concept.

The Environmental Management Sub-Directorate gave the suppliers an introductory presentation on the Municipalities Green Procurement Implementation Strategy(GPIS) and how this will influence the tender process of the Municipality in future. The 2 approaches mentioned in the GPIS i.e. supplier and product approach were explained in the presentation. The audience were also informed that the municipality had decided to go with the product approach which will look at product specifications. The Strategy was explained in a simplified manner for the suppliers/potential suppliers and they were also provided with examples of green products, such as handbags made of recycled plastic and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified printing paper. Concern was raised about how the Municipality plans to reach out to Small Medium and Micro Enterprises(SMMEs) and inform them about Green Procurement and how it will affect them.

The opportunity to present at the SCM Roadshows led to an invitation by Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) to give a presentation on Green / Sustainable Procurement for Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality to their Information and Communication Technology Incubates.    

Volkswagen SA (VWSA) hosts first Think.Blue Expo
11th September 2013 

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s(NMBM) Environmental Management Sub-directorate recently participated in the Volkswagen South Africa Think.Blue Expo, which kicked off on the 4th to 11th September from 11:00 a.m. to 15:00 p.m. on weekdays. The first of its kind, at the Uitenhage manufacturing plant, the Expo took place at VW’s Engine plant. Participants/Exhibitors included, ESKOM, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), Ellies and the NMBM’s Waste Management Sub-directorate and their mobile Exhibition Unit (MEU), as well as the Electricity & Energy Directorate.

The aim of the Think.Blue Expo was to raise awareness on environmentally responsible/sustainable living for their 4400 Staff members. It also presented an opportunity for exhibitors and suppliers to showcase their green/sustainable products to the VW Staff. The exhibitors were also given an opportunity to present on their products and initiatives. Presentations included: wind turbine options for home owners by Kestrel, the NMBM Waste Exchange and the greening projects under the Go Green campaign of the NMBM presented by the Environmental Management Sub-directorate.

The employees who attended showed interest and had many questions for the exhibitors. The last week of the Expo saw some learners from neighboring schools visit the Expo to learn about what they could do in their communities to be more environmentally responsible.  

African Green Campus Initiative (AGCI) Conference
31st July 2013

The Association of College and University Housing Officers International Southern Africa Chapter (ACUHO-I-SAC) hosted the second National ACUHO-I-SAC Green Campus Conference for House Committees and Student Housing Staff from 2 July to 6 July 2013. The African Green Campus Initiative (AGCI) was conceptuslised in 2011, it was initiated to promote educational awereness on the causes and impacts of climate change and how universities and colleges can design and implement green campus programs This conference held at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) south campus residences aimed to promote environmentally sustainable programmes at colleges and universities. Various institutions such as Durban University of Technology (DUT), Capricorn University, presented papers and shared best practices/programmes on Green Campus initiatives. 

The Environmental Management Sub-directorate received an invitation to present on ‘going green initiatives’ in the Metro on Thursday 4 July. The presentation was an overview ofNMBM’s green initiatives i.e. saving water; saving electricity, waste management etc. The NMBM also used the Mobile Exhibition Unit (Go Green Bus) to display what organizations can do to manage their waste production better.

The activities included the green fashion show which saw universities showcasing designs made from recyclable materials, a screening of the documentary : Thin Ice, the inside story of climate science. These provided a platform to share ideas on campus greening, as well finding new ways to influence others to ‘Go Green’.  

Groen Sebenza Jobs fund Partnership
23rd May 2013 

The Environmental Management Sub-Directorate recently welcomed sixteen interns to the working world of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM). These interns (also called incubates) are a mixture of graduates with tertiary qualifications and school leavers with Matric qualifications, who all have varying degrees of working experience. This internship was made possible by the Groen Sebenza Jobs Fund Partnership.

The Groen Sebenza Jobs Fund Partnership is an internship programme between the South African National Botanical Institute (SANBI) and various host organizations in the environmental and biodiversity sectors. Groen Sebenza is aimed at developing priority skills in the biodiversity and environmental sector by creating sustainable employment for unemployed graduates and matriculants over a two and a half year period. Interns will work from the Swartkops and Van Stadens Reserves, Settlers Park, Lillian Diedericks Building and the Beach Office. They will work in functional areas such as reserve management, conservation, environmental planning, environmental impact assessments and other functional areas.

The incubates began their internship with Environmental Management on the 2nd of May 2013. They were provided with a formal induction, where they were exposed to various operations and projects within the Sub-Directorate, and learnt how the municipality conducts its’ operations according to the Integrated Development Plan (IDP). Fun and interaction with staff members also formed part of their induction. Each intern is provided with a mentor, who guides and monitors their development within the organization.

When asked how she felt about the start to their internship at the municipality thus far, Vuyokazi Bazi, 27, from Mdantsane said "It has been a very interesting and informative journey, and I look forward to learning more”.

The Sub-Directorate welcomes our "new recruits”, and endeavors to mould and develop the interns to become productive members of the work force. 

 

Water Week 2013
25th March 2013 

National Water Week has been set for the 18th to the 25thof March 2013 by the National Department of Water Affairs. To celebrate National Water Week this year, the Environmental Education Unit of the Public Health Directorate is performing water awareness activities at primary and high schools in the Bay area. 

Kicking off on Monday the 18th of March, the water activities range from showing schools how to identify the sources of water, to taking water meter readings and measuring daily water usage. Five dedicated Environmental Education Officers will create an understanding of the amount of water used when washing hands or through leakages, and the importance of conserving water. The Nelson Mandela Bay area is currently heading towards a dry period (in which less rainfall is expected) (The Herald, Monday 18 March 2013).

The data from the water activities will be collected and translated into bar graphs for learners to understand what the water use profile of their schools are. These graphs and charts will be presented by chosen learners to their schools on the 27th of March to further promote awareness of the importance of wise water use.

International Water Day will be celebrated globally on the 22nd of March 2013.