Closing date: 28 December 2013
Top Performing Local Municipality
The Saldanha Bay Municipality is proud to once again be the top performing local municipality in the Municipal IQ Municipal Productivity Index. This index measures (1)the ability of individuals to engage with local economies; (2) whether residents live in acceptable conditions; (3) how vibrant the local economy is; and, importantly, (4) how the municipality is contributing to this.
The SBM ranking confirms the correctness of the decisions by the national and provincial governments to make Saldanha Bay a key area for implementing programmes and projects of national and provincial importance. These include the establishment of the Saldanha Bay IDZ, Special Infrastructure Projects 5 & 8 and the establishment of a Wi-Fi Mesh Network.
The challenge remains for the SBM and provincial and national government to ensure that we continue to, in a pro-active manner, plan for the social, environmental and economic challenges that will inevitably accompany the increased economic activity that is rapidly taking off.
The private sector needs to ensure that they use all the opportunities that are available and that, as far as possible, local businesses benefit from these opportunities. Our communities, and especially our youth, must ensure that they are adequately skilled to also make use of the opportunities that will be available.
We are proud of this achievement, and at the same time aware of the extra pressure that it places on us.
Cllr. Francois Schippers
5 Star SHER Audit
The Saldanha Bay Municipality’s SHER (Safety, Health, Environment and Risk) audit took place during October which was conducted by IRCA. IRCA, an external compliance auditing association, measures and monitors organisation’s compliance in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and any other legislation pertaining to a business and it’s operations.
The management of the Saldanha Bay Municipality recently announced that they obtained a 95,05% score (five star) in this year’s SHER audit conducted. SBM objective is to obtained an OHSAS 18001: 2007 certification which is an internationally recognised achievement which will be a first for a municipality.
The achievement of this award was due to the HIRA (risk assessment process, safe work procedures and an overall change in behaviour in terms of safety in the workplace). SBM is extremely proud of all the contributions of their staff members to ensure this benchmark achievement.
Francois Schippers, executive mayor, gave a special word of thanks to all the safety representatives and the safety committee members in the various workplaces and towns, and their commitment to the health and safety objective of SBM. Edward Makok, risk management official, who’s in charge of SHE Risk Management for the municipality , was singled out for his great contibution towards the achievement of this benchmark. His diligence and passion was a conduit to strengthen all the contributions by staff.
Indeed a great achievment for the Saldanha Bay municipality.
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