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Western Cape State of the Environment Outlook Report 2014 – 2017

SRK Consulting (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd (SRK) has been appointed by the Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEA&DP) for the research and compilation of the Western Cape State of Environment Outlook Report (SoEOR), as required in terms of Section 16A of the National Environmental Management Act 107 of 1998, as amended (NEMA).

The purpose of the SoEOR is to inform policy makers, the public and other interested parties of the status of the natural resources in the Western Cape Province and trends in their utilisation. The SoEOR addresses the following key themes: Air Quality, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Health, Land, Climate Change, Human Settlements, Energy, Waste Management, Inland Water and Oceans and Coasts.

W/Cape SoEOR #00 – Cover Page

W/Cape SoEOR #01 – Introduction

W/Cape SoEOR #02 – Drivers & Pressures

W/Cape SoEOR #03 – Land

W/Cape SoEOR # 04 – Biodiversity

W/Cape SoEOR #05 Inland Water

W/Cape SoEOR #06 Oceans and Coasts

W/Cape SoEOR #07 Human Settlements

W/Cape SoEOR #08 Air Quality

W/Cape SoEOR #09 Climate Change

W/Cape SoEOR #10 Energy

W/Cape SoEOR #11 Waste Management

W/Cape SoEOR #12 Outlook

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Final Municipal Property Valuation for the Ward 2 Area

Theewaterskloof Municipality completed a General Valuation of all
properties located in the Municipal area. The valuations are carried out in accordance with the Local Government: Municipal Property Rates Act, Act No. 6 of 2004, as amended (hereinafter referred to as “the Act”). The new General Valuation Roll will come into effect on 1 July 2018.
In terms of the provisions of the Act, the basis of all valuations is market value. Market value is defined in Section 46 (1) of the Act as the amount that the property would acquire on the date of valuation (1 July 2017) in the open market if it would be sold by a willing seller to a willing buyer.
Below are copies of the respective Valuation Rolls of properties in the Ward 2 Area, as determined by the appointed service provider on behalf of the Local Authority.

Genadendal GV 2017 V_2

Sectional Title GV 2017 V_2

Greyton GV 2017 V_2

Guidelines on Valuations

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2016/2017 TWKM Audit Committee Annual Report of the Performance Audit

The TWKM Audit Committee tabled their annual audit report. The primary purpose of the audit committee is to provide oversight of the financial reporting process, the audit process, the system of internal controls and compliance with laws and regulations. The Audit committee also considered the internal controls and reviewed their effectiveness.

Herewith the Audit Report as submitted to Council:

Chairpersons report –  September 2017

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Budget Presentation by MEC. Dr Ivan Meyer to TWKM Council

Purpose of the presentation was to provide:

  1. an overview of the current fiscal and socio-economic reality within which the 2017 budget is set, including an overview of the impact of the recent credit downgrades on the Western Cape;
  2. elaborate on the fiscal and budget policy principles that informed the 2017 Provincial Budget
  3. share the 2017 Provincial Budget with specific reference to infrastructure spending within the Overberg District and the Theewaterskloof Municipality; and
  4. strengthen the working relationship and culture of intergovernmental cooperation between the Western Cape Government and the Municipality.

TBTP Theewaterskloof Presentation – 26 October 2017

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Full-time Bursaries – Dept Environmental Affairs

Great opportunity with the Department of Environmental Affairs inviting full-time students to apply for bursaries for the 2018 academic year.

For further information please see the brochure:  Full-time Bursary Information Brochure

Application Form: Full-time Bursary Application Form – 2018

Further information please contact: Jean Venter (Institute of Environmental & Recreational Management: General Secretary)

Tel: 011 061-5000 Institute of Environmental & Recreational Management (IERM): http://www.ierm.org.za

 

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Is Cell Tower Radiation Dangerous?

Whilst the debate continues and intensifies, it is important to note and view the information as published over recent years. This in itself is a quagmire of information and disinformation as the race to expand the coverage and networks for cellular companies intensifies.

Interestingly enough is that most of these towers that are being erected of late, are being undertaken by none cellular companies who in turn lease antennae space to service providers at rates that are based on bandwidth usage that flow through their installed facilities. This recent model has created very lucrative opportunities for businesses that specialise in the erecting of communication towers.

To wade through the numerous, and often contradicting, information documents and scientific papers available on the subject leaves the reader more confused than before.

In researching the topic for the 1st Communications Tower Application for Greyton, which has now been approved by TWKM, the Ward 2 Forum collected and collated numerous documents to determine the effects of the EMF radiation.

Our findings are inconclusive for numerous reasons; Current research done on the topic is so contradicting none of which have compelling arguments based on hard scientific research completed on the effects of electric and magnetic radiation on human, animal and flora health.

Epidemiological studies should normally be the most interesting considering human health because it takes into account individuals in their environment. In reality this is not so: epidemiology provides correlation but not causal relationships. Other studies are therefore necessary for a better understanding of pathophysiological working mechanisms and to enhance the credibility of epidemiological studies:

  • controlled human clinical trials,
  • in vivo investigations and
  • in vitro studies.

Well-conducted in vitro studies can reveal mechanisms of action at the cellular or molecular level that can explain pathophysiological effects. But the results of in vitro studies do not necessarily mean that an effect will be observed in vivo.

Advantages of epidemiological studies

  • Focus = humans
  • Exposure to agent = real situation
  • Endpoints: mortality & morbidity
  • Potentially hypersensitive subjects can be investigated
  • Acute and chronic exposures can be studied

Limitations of epidemiological studies

  • Difficult to demonstrate effect & causality
  • Difficult to take all “confounders” into account
  • Difficult to obtain accurate individual measurements of real exposure
  • Epidemiological studies are very expensive and time consuming (especially cohort studies)

The most comprehensive and compelling study document we found was the Exponent Research document published:   Electric & Magnetic Fields: Health Review of the Scientific Research (Mar’12 – Dec’16)

For further reading, hereto several interesting documents relating to the topic:

Cellphone Tower Facts

Cellphone masts damaging our brains

Dangers of cellphone technology discussed

Cellphones harming your health

ICNIRP Guidelines: For limiting exposure to Electromagnetic Fields (up to 300ghz)

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Resurface Maintenance – R406

R406 Road Maintenance

Road surface maintenance is scheduled for the last 13 km stretch of the R 406. The project will commence on or about the 13th November 2017 and is expected to be completed by mid February 2018.

Whilst we have been assured that all will be done to minimise the inconvenience to motorists, the standard practice of utilising Stop ‘n Go measures over specific sections will be implemented to control traffic flow for most parts of this maintenance period. The stretch of the R 406 affected will be between the Searjeants Rivier farm and the N2.

Please be careful when using this stretch of the R406 during this period. Loose stone chips and construction vehicles will be the biggest hazards.

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