Stellenbosch Municipality

Adv. Gesie van Deventer
11 September 2018


After careful consideration and following recommendations by Provincial and National Government, I am pleased to announce that water restrictions in our Municipality will be reduced from Level 6B to Level 5 from 1 October 2018.

The recent winter rains have helped our dams to recover and the Western Cape Water Supply System’s dams are now at a 68% capacity.

I would like to give special credit to our residents and businesses for their cooperation over the past few months. Thanks to the immense water saving efforts by our communities, water consumption was kept far below average, allowing our reservoirs to replenish faster and helping us to get through the drought together. I would like to thank each and every person who worked with us by sticking to the 50 litre per day rule. Your efforts have helped our region to cut water consumption so drastically that it is being talked about the world over.

We are however not out of the woods yet and residents must continue to save water. Under Level 5 water restrictions each person is allocated 70 litres per day instead of 50 litres. The use of municipal drinking water for gardens, water fountains, the topping up of swimming pools, hosing down of paved areas and washing of vehicles is still prohibited. For more details on what Level 5 water restrictions entail, please contact our Water Department on 021 808 8215 / 8953 / 8343 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

It is important to note that water tariffs in our Municipality was capped on Level 4 water rates. This was done in order to shield our residents from higher water tariffs that accompany Level 5 and 6 restrictions. As a result, tariffs will remain unchanged until such time that we go below Level 4 restrictions.

We encourage residents to continue to work with us by using water sparingly.

Adv. Gesie van Deventer
07 September 2018


The new Groendal Library in Franschhoek is a state-of-the-art green building that will provide access and opportunity for learning to the Groendal community. It is also one of the first libraries in the province equipped with a visually impaired section.

Geraldine Mettler- Municipal Manager
14 August 2018

Following a positive meeting between the Municipality and representatives of the Kayamandi community yesterday, an agreement has been reached on the way forward.  The meeting was facilitated by the Provincial Human Rights Commissioner, Mr Chris Nissen. The Sherriff of the Court and South African Police Service also attended the discussions.

All the stakeholders resolved that differences must be set aside to find a way forward to the illegal occupation of a piece of private land next to Kayamandi. As a result of this agreement, the Municipality can continue service delivery to the residents of Kayamandi.

Under this agreement, all parties agreed to the following -

1. That a joint monitoring committee be established inclusive of:
• The Sherriff of the court;
• A Director from the Municipality supported by municipal officials;
• Five Kayamandi Community Leaders;
• and SAPS.
2. That an independent audit of occupiers of the illegal structures be undertaken by the Municipality;
3. That legal processes must continue without any interference (The Municipality has been added as a respondent in an eviction case scheduled to appear before court on 21 August 2018 - therefore this matter is sub judice and we cannot comment on the legal proceedings);
4. That existing municipal projects and service delivery in the area continue with immediate effect and without interference;
5. That no new structures shall be erected;
6. That the joint monitoring committee will monitor and ensure that no new structures are erected;
7. That the Municipality continue with efforts to acquire land;
8. That the Executive Mayor requests a meeting with the Provincial Minister of Human Settlements.

The Executive Mayor, the Sherriff of the Court and the Provincial Human Rights Commissioner have already signed the memorandum of agreement. It is expected that representatives of the community groups and the SAPS will sign the agreement today (14 August 2018).

 

Media queries:

Stuart Grobbelaar
T: 021 808 8172 | C: 084 036 1395
Mart-Marié Haasbroek
T: 021 808 8024 | C: 072 910 3724

8 August 2018

We are pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached between all stakeholders, regarding the unrest in Kayamandi.

The Sheriff, SAPS, municipal officials, community leaders and representatives from the Human Rights Commission were present for the discussion and agreement.

The Kayamandi stakeholders have agreed that no further land invasions will take place and that no new structures will be erected. The Municipality has agreed that service delivery to the area will return to normal.

It was further agreed that talks on the way forward will continue on Monday, 13 August 2018 and an agenda for Monday’s discussions has been agreed upon. Discussions will include the land interdict and the role of the municipality in the land issue.

All parties agreed that if the conditions are not adhered to, the full extent of the law will be enforced.

We are pleased that service delivery to Kayamandi can now resume.

 

Media queries:

Stuart Grobbelaar
T: 021 808 8172 | C: 084 036 1395
Mart-Marié Haasbroek
T: 021 808 8024 | C: 072 910 3724

Geraldine Mettler- Municipal Manager

6 August 2018

Yesterday, 5 August 2018, a meeting took place with various role-players to find a solution to the illegal occupation of a piece of private land in Stellenbosch. Premier Helen Zille, the Minister of Community Safety Dan Plato, the Minister of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde, Executive Mayor Gesie van Deventer, the South African Police Service and I were among the participants at this meeting.

To our knowledge, the operation of removing the structures erected on the private land is going ahead. The Municipality continues to monitor the situation closely and provides assistance within our legal framework.  The Municipality has interdicts on Municipal land.

We continue tirelessly to provide as many housing opportunities as possible for all beneficiaries on our database.

 

Media queries:

Stuart Grobbelaar
T: 021 808 8172 | C: 084 036 1395
Mart-Marié Haasbroek
T: 021 808 8024 | C: 072 910 3724

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