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, Rescue and Safety Services
The Municipality owns and operates a fire and rescue 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 June 2013 there was a list of 13 315 families waiting for houses, an increase from 13 161 families in the previous year.
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. A total of 1 284 building plans was approved in the financial year to the end of June 2013. In the previous financial year 1 306 plans were approved. A total of 596 township formalisation applications were also approved in the year under review compared to 590 in 2012.
Vehicle and Driver Licensing Services
The Municipality provides vehicle registration services and also issues drivers licences in its area of jurisdiction. Some of these services are rendered on an agency basis. Income from motor vehicle registrations amounted to R18 975 297 in 2012/2013, compared to R21 534 222 in 2011/2012. Income from driver’s licences issued in 2012/2013 amounted to R2 044 378, compared to R2 111 521 in the year to 30 June 2012.