CWDM and Santam – proof that partnership works!
The Cape Winelands District Municipality (CWDM) and Santam celebrated the conclusion of a three-year Partnership for Risk and Resilience (P4RR) that has significantly contributed to reducing risks associated with fires and floods in our communities. Given the unforeseen pandemic, activities were adapted and rose above the challenges of Covid-19 with resilience and success.
“We are here to convey our appreciation and to show that partnership is indeed the way to enhance service delivery. We welcome all partnerships in the Cape Winelands as we cannot take this district forward if we work in silos,” said Ald (Dr) Elna von Schlicht, Executive Mayor of the CWDM, after welcoming guests to the handover event held on Thursday 10 November 2022 at Grand Roche Hotel in Paarl.
Since June 2019, the P4RR assisted with capacitating local municipalities in terms of their needs and matters that have a direct impact on communities. These included fire equipment and PPE, smoke alarms, upskilling of officials and the provision of relief packages to name but a few.
Further benefits include the supply of an awareness and outreach trailer for Stellenbosch Municipality, three skid units installed on Breede Valley Municipality vehicles, and the development of a mascot, Lenny the Leopard, to enhance the learning experience during school visits. Water safety training was provided to 44 994 learners across the district, which was especially valuable as there is a high incidence of drowning in the district. In addition, the disaster ready awareness toolkit distributed to all local municipalities will allow officials from Disaster Management and Communication to broaden their reach and ensure effective messaging and use of social media before and after a disaster.
The extent of this project included SASRIA who, in conjunction with Santam, established a multipurpose centre in De Doorns. This multimillion-rand project is aimed at uplifting youth through training and educational projects. In communities where resources are few and access to skills development is limited, a centre such as this can be lifechanging.
“It is quite evident from the array of projects and the amount of money invested into our municipalities and communities just how fortunate we are that Santam chose to partner with our district. We are proud of what we have managed to achieve with Santam during this partnership and assure you that the legacy of the P4RR will be felt for years to come,” said Henry Prins, Municipal Manager of the CWDM.
Thanks to P4RR, the district’s fire services are now better resourced, our officials are skilled in identifying and responding to risks, and our communities are safer and more disaster ready.
Dankie vir die omgee, Santam!
In 2019 het die KWDM en Santam ’n driejarige Vennootskap vir Risiko en Veerkragtigheid (P4RR) aangegaan om die risiko’s van brande en oorstromings in ons gemeenskappe aan te pak. Te danke aan P4RR is die distrik se brandweerdienste nou beter toegerus, ons amptenare is bekwaam om risiko’s te identifiseer en daarop te reageer, en ons gemeenskappe is veiliger en rampgereed. Soos ons Munisipale Bestuurder sê, “Ons is trots op wat ons tydens hierdie vennootskap met Santam kon bereik en verseker u dat die nalatenskap van die P4RR vir nog talle jare sal geld.”
Enkosi Santam ngokukhathala!
Ngonyaka wama-2019, iCWDM kunye noSantam bangena kuThelelwano lweminyaka emithathu yoMngcipheko nokoMelela olwaziwa njenge-(P4RR) olujonge ukwenza igalelo ekucutheni imililo nezikhukula kuluntu lwethu. Sithi enkosi kwiP4RR, ngoku iinkonzo zocimo-mililo zesithili zixhotyiswe bhetele, amagosa ethu anezakhono zokuchonga nokusabela iingozi. Kwakhona uluntu lwethu lukhuseleke bhetele yaye lukulungele ukujongana neentlekele. NgokoMlawuli kaMasipala wethu, “Siyazingca ngoko sithe sakwenza sikunye noSantam ngethuba lolu thelelwano, yaye siniqinisekisa ukuba oku kulilifa nokwenziwe yiP4RR, kuya kuvakala nakwiminyaka emininzi ezayo.”