The Eden District Municipality, was identified by the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) as one of the municipalities to receive a donation of fire equipment through the “business adopt a municipality” (BAAM) initiative.
Santam donated the fire equipment which Mr John Lomberg, Santam’s Chief Executive Director officially handed over to the municipality on Tuesday, 23 April 2013 at the Eden Fire Service Station.
According to Head of National Disaster Management, Mr Ken Terry, the BAAM project was initiated by Department of Cooperate Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) in 2010 and, at the event, said: “Santam was one of the companies that attended the consultation sessions with the private sector and State Owned Entities (SOE’s) in 2010 to communicate the need for their participation in issues of Local Government.”
The equipment that includes, radio’s, computers, GPS’s, binoculars and vehicle equipment, will be providing much needed relief after the Eden region had to cope with the effects of natural and man-made disasters from 1996 up until 2012. Eden’s Executive Mayor, Councillor Wessie van der Westhuizen, said: “Pro-active planning and the implementation of risk reduction projects like early warning etc. is the key to success,” and commended Santam for the initiative taken to start the process. Van der Westhuizen further extended a word a gratitude to SALGA for the willingness to support and drive this project in collaboration with COGTA; to the Eden MDMC for the enthusiasm to see to it that the Eden region could benefit from this initiative, as well as to the Mayors within the Eden region for their leadership that makes it possible for municipalities to remain focused in creating a safe, prosperous and united Eden district where all it’s inhabitants enjoy high standards of living.”
The entire BAAM project together with the other identified municipalities that will also be receiving the equipment, amounts to R2 million.
Santam, at the same event, also handed over cheques to the value of R25 000 respectively to SedgefieldPrimary School and PacaltsdorpHigh School. These schools were specifically identified by the office of Eden’s Executive Mayor in collaboration with Eden’s Social Development Unit, to benefit from the project.