Stellenbosch Municipality

Level 2 tariffs with Level 5 restrictions

Please note that a notice that appeared in the local newspapers last week incorrectly announced that the Stellenbosch Municipality is on Level 2 water restrictions.

Council approved the lowering of water tariffs to Level 2 water tariffs as of 1 November 2018 but Level 5 water restrictions remain in place until further notice.

We apologise for any confusion this may have caused.

For details on Level 5 restrictions, click here:  Level 5


Vlak 2 tariewe met Vlak 5 beperkings

Let asseblief daarop dat ʼn kennisgewing wat verlede week in die plaaslike koerante verskyn het, verkeerdelik aangedui het dat die Stellenbosch Munisipaliteit op Vlak 2 waterbeperkings is.

Die Raad het die vermindering in tariewe na Vlak 2 watertariewe vanaf 1 November 2018 goedgekeur, maar Vlak 5 waterbeperkings bly steeds in plek tot verdere kennisgewing.

Ons vra om verskoning vir enige verwarring wat hierdie kennisgewing veroorsaak het.

Vir meer besonderhede oor wat Vlak 5 beperkings inhou, kliek hier: Vlak 5

29 October 2018

Ms Geraldine Mettler – Municipal Manager

This morning, 29 October 2018, a group of approximately 40 protestors marched from the Magistrates’ Court in Mark Street to the Town House Complex in Plein Street after community leaders appeared in court.

This was an illegal gathering as permission was not granted in terms of the Gatherings Act 205 of 1993. The gathering furthermore failed to take place peacefully and with due regard to the rights of others.

While we reiterate our support of people’s right to protest peacefully, we strongly condemn the violence and destruction of property that occurred in parts of the Stellenbosch CBD today. Protestors damaged several properties, threw dangerous projectiles such as bricks and beer bottles and physically threatened municipal staff with knopkieries.

We cannot allow a small group of demonstrators to bring our town to a standstill. Their actions are illegal, unnecessary and unfair towards the hundreds of residents, business owners and vendors who are trying to make an honest living under very difficult economic conditions.

Law Enforcement Officials and the South African Police Service were called to restore calm in the CBD area and remain on high alert. The safety of all residents is our main priority.

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


Mayor van Deventer wishes the Class of 2018 well as they take on the final hurdle in their schooling career.

Good luck to each and every student who will be writing the National Senior Certificate Examination between October and November.

Study hard, stay calm and do your best. The entire community is behind you!


02 Oktober 2018

Burgemeester Gesie van Deventer

Die Stellenbosch Munisipaliteit is tans besig om sy watertariewe vir die huidige boekjaar te hersien om verbruikers te help. Dit volg na talle positiewe interaksies en vergaderings met inwoners en besighede regoor die munisipale gebied. Die hersiene tariewe en glyskale sal hierdie maand voor die Raad dien.

Adv. Gesie van Deventer
Executive Mayor of Stellenbosch Municipality
19 September 2018

The Stellenbosch Municipality is leaving no stone unturned in its pursuit to identify and preserve its rich and diverse heritage. Towards the end of 2015 the Municipality, through the Cape Winelands Professional Practices in Association (Pty) Ltd., launched a ground-breaking Heritage Project that seeks to identify, classify and map the full heritage of every corner of our landscape.

This in-depth mapping of our cultural and environmental heritage is the first of its kind in Africa and is considered to be one of only five similar studies worldwide. It will produce an advanced Heritage Inventory that identifies all heritage resources and measures their significance. The inventory will be a living document that can be expanded when required and will inform our Conservation Management Plan (CMP) to ensure compliance with the National Heritage Resources Act.

The value of our heritage resources has been highlighted repeatedly since 2009, when the Cape Winelands was placed on the UNESCO Tentative List of World Heritage Sites. It is also a major contributing factor to our local economy.

The Stellenbosch Municipal area is dotted with a wide array of sites that are of great cultural, environmental and historical significance. Diverse peoples have long inhabited these iconic valleys, each leaving their own mark on the landscape and on history – a history that must be preserved for future generations. Due to the complex evolution of our landscape over many centuries and the historical factors involved, a key to the Heritage Project method has been to devise ways of analysis and synthesis across ‘nature’ and ‘culture’ and at different scales of consideration.

The project is thus comprised of five phases:
• Phase 1: Concepts and Method;
• Phase 2: Survey and Draft Heritage Inventory;
• Phase 3: Report on the Draft Heritage Inventory;
• Phase 4: Draft Conservation Management Plan (CMP);
• Phase 5: Training of municipal staff.

Phases one, two and three have been successfully completed following public participation processes and the reports have been approved by Heritage Western Cape. Phase 3 produced a consolidated, interactive online map of all Heritage Resources, with links to detailed heritage significance sheets for every Landscape Unit, Townscape Unit as well as individual Heritage Sites and Structures. The reports were made public and were approved by Heritage Western Cape in May 2018. All reports and relevant documentation is available from the Stellenbosch Heritage Foundation’s website:

The CMP is the next phase of the project and maps out a process for the municipality to manage its heritage resources in a rational, systematic and practical way that will protect features of cultural significance, while ensuring that continued informed development of the cultural landscape can occur. It will assist municipal officials in their assessment of development applications, to ensure that their decisions recognise heritage significance and promote constructive action to maintain such significance. We look forward to receiving the inputs and proposals of our residents when the CMP is presented for public comment later this year. We invite the public to partner with us, ensuring that their perspectives of the cultural significance of the townscapes and landscapes are incorporated into the final plan.

Mayor van Deventer said “the Heritage Project shows that Stellenbosch is a Municipality that truly cares about its heritage. We have revolutionised the way that local governments view heritage preservation and believe that our approach will make us an example of national and international best practice. Our methods demonstrate our firm commitment to heritage conservation and the continued informed development of our shared cultural landscape.”