KEY MUNICIPAL SERVICES
The Municipality of Mossel Bay renders a range of traditional municipal services in an area covering 2007 square kilometres.
The area includes rural and residential areas such as Boggomsbaai, Brandwag, Buisplaas, D'Almeida, Dana Bay, Friemersheim, Fraaiuitsig, Great Brak River, Joe Slovo Village, KwaNonqaba, Little Brak River, Fraaiuitsig, Glentana, Hartenbos, Herbertsdale, Hersham, Mossel Bay, Outeniqua Beach, Reebok, Tergniet, Ruiterbos, Southern Cross and Vleesbaai.
The current main services rendered by the Municipality are:
In the 2012/2013 financial year, electricity was supplied to 32 190 consumers. New connections decreased from 904 in 2011/2012 to 200 new connections in 2012/2013. The Municipality does not generate its own electricity and the national electricity supplier, Eskom, supplies the electricity to the Municipality for resale to consumers in the municipal area. A total of 304 247 058 units (kWh) of electricity was purchased from Eskom in 2012/2013, compared to 285 600 053 units in 2011/20112. Free basic supply increased to 8 283 033 units at a cost of R7 677 098,68 in 2012/2013 compared to 8 146 656 units valued at R6 820 864 in 2011/2012.
Households that gained access to electricity amounted to 61 in 2012/2013 compared to 904 in 2011/2012.
The Municipality owns and maintains a water distribution network consisting of pipelines, storage dams and boreholes. The water reticulation system is approximately 601 km in length. The storage dams are the Ernst Robertson Dam, the Klipheuwel Dam, the Wolwedans Dam and the Hartebeeskuil Dam. Waste water is also purified for consumption by way of a reverse osmosis process at the Municipality’s water purification plants. A 15 Ml/day seawater desalination plant was commissioned in the third quarter of the 2011/2012 financial year as a drought relief project when the Mossel Bay district experienced its worst drought in 123 years and the district was officially declared a disaster area. As the Municipality’s storage dams have consistently maintained high water levels as a result of good rains over the past three years, the plant is operated in zero mode at present.
The Municipality owns and maintains a sewage disposal network as well as processing plants. The number of households in Mossel Bay serviced by a water-borne, flush sanitation system increased from 27 161 in 2011/2012 to 27 288 in 2012/2013.
Waste Management Services
The Mossel Bay Municipality provides cleansing services, mainly in the form of refuse removal, as well as environmental health services in addition to those provided by the Eden District Municipality. A refuse removal service is provided to all residential areas and there are no backlogs. Waste tonnage decreased from 25 092 tonnes in 2012/2013 to 23 953 tonnes in 2012/2011. Recyclable waste tonnage increased from 2 120 tonnes to 1 864 tonnes over the same period.
Fire and Disaster Management Services
The Municipality owns and operates a fire and disaster management service which provides firefighting, fire prevention and road and other rescue services. Its community safety service provides a range of law enforcement and community protection services.
The Municipality is responsible for the planning, construction and maintenance of urban road networks.
The Municipality has a network of 432,9 km of paved and concrete roads and 36,9 km of gravel roads under its control. A distance of 2,5 kilometres of gravel roads was tarred in 2012/2013. The national and main regional roads fall under the relevant authorities, and the Eden District Municipality is responsible for rural public roads within the Municipal area.
The Municipality seeks to address the housing needs of low-income groups and middle-income groups who do not have access to the commercial bond market. In this regard it acts as an agent for the Department of Human Settlements. This involves the identification of potential beneficiaries, identification and securing of suitable land for housing development, the sourcing of funding and project management. At the end of January 2017 there was a list of 9703 families waiting for housing opportunities. For the past 2 years the data on the Database is verified in collaboration with the Department of Human Settlements and the names of deceased people, duplications and people who already benefitted from subsidies in the past, are removed.
There are eleven libraries, including a mobile library, in the Mossel Bay municipal area. They are managed on an agency basis for the Provincial Government of the Western Cape and play a major role in the education of the community. The membership of libraries increased to 23 310 at the end of June 2013 from 22 495 at 30 June 2012. A total of 533 703 books, periodicals, CD’s and DVD’s circulated in the financial year 2012/13 compared to 541 628 in the 2011/12 financial year.
Urban Development and Control
In addition to doing its own spatial development planning and exercising control over development and building activities, an information service is provided to property owners and developers. The Total Number of Plans Approved 2371, Estimated Costs R1299 996 700 and Total square meter 202004 for the period of January 2016 - December 2016.
Motor Vehicle Registration and Driving License Services
The Municipality provides Motor Vehicle Registration and Driving Licence services in its area of jurisdiction on an agency basis for the Western Cape Provincial Administration. Services are rendered from Monday to Friday from 08h00 untill 15h00. Transaction in respect of the abovementioned require proof of identification in the form of the SA ID, Passport, Traffic Registration Certificate and proof of residential address on all transactions as required in terms of FICA. The following is accepted as verification documents in respect of proof of address, providing not to be older than 3 months namely: Utility account (Water, Electricity or Refuse removal), telephone account, retail store statement of account or a bank/financial statement. Proof may also be provided in the form of a lease agreement (signed by both parties), an official tax return/tax assessment or valid television licence document, provided that it is not older than 1 year.
For any equiries to the abovementioned or in respect of the services being rendered, the different offices can be contacted at the following telephone numbers, namely, Motor Vehicle Registration : 044 606 6304 or Driving Licence Services : 044 606 6342.