Stellenbosch Municipality

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE

Notice is hereby given for the temporary closure of the following roads:

  • Merriman Avenue, Bosman Street, Victoria Street, Marais Street, Van Riebeeck Street, Jonkershoek Road, Jannasch Street, Endler Street and Martinson Street.

The road closures will be from 07:00 – 14:00, on the 18 February 2017 for the hosting of the Color Run Event.

Stellenbosch Municipality regret any inconvenience and thank you in anticipation for your co-operation and understanding.

TYDELIKE PADSLUITING

Kennis word hiermee gegee vir die tydelike sluiting van die volgende strate:

  • Merrimanlaan, Bosmanstraat, Victoriastraat, Maraisstraat, Van Riebeeckstraat, Jonkershoekpad, Jannaschstraat, Endlerstraat en Martinsonstraat.

Die tydelike padsluitings is vanaf 07:00 – 14:00, op 18 Februarie 2017 vir die doeleindes van die “Color Run” funksie.

Verskoning word aangebied vir enige ongerief en u word byvoorbaat bedank vir u samewerking en begrip.

As Burgemeester, moet ek my ernstige kommer oor die watersituasie in ons Munisipaliteit met u deel. Die voortslepende droogte wat ons streek teister vir meer as ‘n jaar, is nog  lank nie verby nie. Klimaatsverandering het ‘n geweldige impak op ons reënpatrone die afgelope paar jaar gehad en dit het tot gevolg dat ons damvlakke kommerwekkend laag is. Die moontlikheid bestaan dat van ons damme gaan opdroog oor die volgende paar maande tensy ons buitengewone goeie reënval kry.

Tans kry Stellenbosch Munisipaliteit ongeveer 60% van sy water vanaf die Stad Kaapstad. Kaapstad het onlangs aangekondig dat hulle vlak 3B waterbeperkings ingestel het vanaf 1 Februarie 2017. Die Stad se verskerpte beperkings sluit hoër boetes, die natmaak van tuine met ‘n emmer of gieter net op sekere dae en die aanspreek van die stad se top 20 000 waterverbruikers in. Ek doen ‘n ernstige beroep op alle inwoners om waterverbruik in te perk anders sal ons verplig word om strenger op te tree teen oortreders.

Die Munisipaliteit pas hier reeds ‘n geruime tyd waterbeperkings toe. Die beperkings is in Desember verder opgeskerp. Ons spaar egter steeds nie genoeg water nie, en vind dat daar steeds baie oortreders in die Munisipale omgewing is.  Die grootste aantal waarskuwings is uitgereik in die Onder Papegaaiberg, Stellenbosch en Franschhoek-areas. Alhoewel tariewe reeds aangepas is om onverskillige gebruik te verhoed, vind ons dat baie inwoners steeds nie gehoor gee aan ons oproepe nie.

Ek het onlangs met al die betrokke amptenare en die Munisipale Bestuurder vergader oor hoe om die huidige waterbeperkings af te dwing en seker te maak inwoners gee gehoor daaraan. Inwoners sal voortaan meer wetstoepassingsbeamptes gewaar wat watermisbruik in woonbuurte patrolleer. Daar gaan ook gekyk word na ‘n boetestelsel. Ons gaan meer aandag gee aan watervermorsing in informele areas. Bewusmakingsveldtogte sal ook opgeskerp word. Die Munisipaliteit spits hom daarop toe om seker te maak dat elke inwoner ingelig sal word oor waterbeperkings en die gevolge daarvan. Indien inwoners nie hul waterverbruik ernstig inkort nie, sal die Munisipaliteit ongelukkig nog meer drastiese stappe moet implementeer. 

Inwoners word aangemoedig om watervermorsing aan te meld by die Munisipaliteit. Skakel asseblief 021 808 8215/8953/8261 of stuur ‘n e-pos na This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Alle inligting word vertroulik  hanteer. 

  • Welcome back to MAYCO and all Councillors

    • Hope you are well rested and ready for our first full year in Council.

    • Much work to be done and success will depend on all of us working together for the community

  • I would like to introduce and welcome our new Municipal Manager, Geraldine Mettler.

    • Ms Mettler joined us on 2 Jan 2017.

    • Comes from City of Cape Town

    • Qualified Lawyer, brings a lot of experience and expertise to the position

    • Welcome to Stellenbosch Municipality, I am looking forward to working with you in the coming months and years.

    • I know there are many challenges and l am looking forward on tackling them alongside you.

    • I am sure that all our communities will benefit from your leadership.

  • It is my pleasure to announce that Deputy Mayor Jindela has been assigned and accepted the portfolio of Parks, Open Spaces and Environment effective from 1 January 2017.

    • Important portfolio in our area because much of our uniqueness and attraction relies on a healthy environment.

    • Our area contains many parks and open spaces that adds to our attraction and natural beauty for tourists and residents.

    • Deputy, I wish you all the best for this portfolio and know, together with the Municipal Officials you will maintain and create a positive green environment for us to enjoy.

  • I want to thank the Mayoral Committee and the Directors for the strategic session we recently conducted at our boardroom in Franschhoek.

    • Session highlighted clear expectations and focus areas for the next five years

    • It is exciting to see the shared vision and passion we have for our residents and the creation of a local government dedicated to delivering the best possible services to every resident.

  • Baie geluk aan die Matrieks van al ons skole. Ons leerders het baie goed gedoen. Geluk ook aan die ouers van al die Matrieks.

    • Top Presteerder in elke skool vir Matriek is as volg:

      • Xokozela Khayalethu – Hoërskool Franschhoek

      • Amy Jefthas - Groendal Sekondêr

      • Candice Williams – Kylmore Sekondêr

      • Jacqueline Snyman – Luckhoff Sekondêr

      • Jacobie Mouton – Hoërskool Bloemhof

      • Maxwell Azer – Hoërskool Cloetesville

      • Siyanda Dyomfana – Kayamandi Secondary School

      • Athenkosi Mantshi – Makupula Secondary School

      • Hans-Jacques Koetsier – Paul Roos Gimnasium

      • Priyanka Govender – Rhenish Gilrs High School

      • Jacques Valentine – Hoërskool Stellenbosch

      • Leone Deysel – Stellenzicht Sekondêr.

  • Ek het baie kommunikasie van die publiek af ontvang rakende die afsny datum om besware in te dien ten opsigte van die Munisipale Waardasierol.

    • Alhoewel ons reeds uitstel toegestaan het van 17 Desember 2016 na 11 Januarie 2017, het ek die Munisipale Bestuurder versoek om verdere uitstel te verleen tot 31 Januarie 2017.

    • Die afsnydatum vir besware rakende die waardasierol van die Stellenbosch Munisipaliteit is dus nou 31 Januarie 2017.

  • Verhoogde aantal besoekers gedurende die toerismeseisoen.

    • Besighede en Stellenbosch 360 het sterk groei aangeteken met tussen 12-15% styging aan besoekers.

    • Ons is verheug oor ons gewildheid onder buitelandse en binnelandse toeriste. Hulle dra by tot werkskepping en ekonomiese groei in ons omgewing en skep nuwe geleenthede vir die area as ‘n unieke mark.

    • Dankie aan al die inwoners wat hul beaam het as Ambassadeurs vir ons dorpe; wat gehelp het om veilige een aangename omgewing te skep vir die besoekers.

  • Twee sake wat baie ernstig bly gedurende die warm somer wat ons nou ervaar,

    brande en waterbeperkings

  • Brande het ernstige verwoesting tot gevolg gehad regoor die Kaapse Skiereiland.

    • Binne Stellenbosch Munisipaliteit was daar meer as 116 grasbrande en meer as 33 strukturele brande sedert 1 Desember 2016.

    • 2 persone is dood in twee afsonderlike brandgevalle in Desember soos reeds genoem by vorige raadsvergadering

    • Groot brand in Kayamandi vroeë die maand waar 109 mense geraak is.

    • Munisipaliteit het hulp verskaf en ook noodbehuisingstoestelle verskaf asook komberse en kospakkies met die nodigste in.

    • Munisipaliteit vind dat nalatigheid grootste oorsaak van brande in ons omgewing bly.

    • Oop vure of vlamme wat sonder toesig gelaat word

    • Kinders wat met vuurhoutjies of klappers speel sonder ouers se wete of toesig.

    • Ernstige beroep op inwoners om uiters versigtig te wees en te hou by reëls en bepalings rakende vure.

    • Wees asseblief versigtig. Geen oop vure, geen beheerde brande, geen braaivleisvure sonder toesig. MOENIE sigaretstompies of vuurhoutjies net neergooi nie. Hou erwe skoon van rommel en onkruid wat maklik kan brand

  • Waterbeperkings

    • Situasie is krities

    • Ons het reeds verskeie waarskuwings aan oortreders uitgereik.

    • Munisipaliteit verskerp die polisiëring van oortreders.

    • In die medium termyn beplan ons wysigings aan ons verordeninge om nog strenger teen oortreders op te tree insluitend die instel van ‘n boetes

    • Inwoners moet asseblief hul gebruikspatrone dramaties aanpas om water te bespaar.

    • Vermorsing en oortredings van die beperkings moet onmiddellik aangemeld word by die Munisipaliteit.

    • Indien inwoners en besighede nie ‘n groot poging aanwend nie, sal die Munisipaliteit genoodsaak word om stappe te implementeer wat groot ongerief tot gevolg hê.

  • 2 Ministerial visits in the past week

    • Minister Debbie Schafer from the Provincial Department of Education.

    • The department is looking to build a new school in the Municipal area and we discussed how we can assist because education is important to all of us.

    • Met with Minister Bonginkosi Madikizela from the Provincial Department of Human Settlements

    • Discussed the acceleration of affordable GAP housing and the importance of sharing upgrades of informal settlements and the possibility for the provision for serviced sites.

    • Minister indicated that Municipality’s whose business plan is geared accordingly will be prioritised by province to roll out new GAP housing projects.

    • Stellenbosch Municipality is already aligned and is looking forward to working with province in creating sustainable housing opportunities.

  • Stellenbosch was approved as a Restructuring Town including the Zones by the National Minister of Human Settlements

    • After two years of immense hard work by the municipal officials in various departments, consultants and Provincial Department of Human Settlements to make this a reality, it finally happened.

    • Start to readdress the imbalances of the past by creating rental/housing opportunity to those who are willing to pay for affordable rent, in a well located part of town.

  • Op 14 Februarie vier ons Valentynsdag.

    • Die oorsprong van die dag is baie interessant en u kan gerus ‘n bietjie gaan oplees oor die verskeie tradisies en stories rondom die dag.

    • Ons vier gebruiklik die liefde gedurende die dag en sommer die hele maand.

    • Ek wil u aanmoedig om alle vorme van die liefde te vier hierdie Valentynsmaand, nie net die romantiese soort nie.

    • Doen iets spesiaal vir vriende, familie, bure of selfs u groter gemeenskap.

    • Kom ons vier liefde in oorvloed gedurende hierdie Valentynsmaand.

The Western Cape has landed another world cycling showpiece event – the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano race. The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) series attracts the crème de la crème of international cross country mountain biking and tens of thousands of spectators to its races around the world. The South African leg will open the 2018 season and take place on March 10th on the slopes of the Coetzenburg Mountain in Stellenbosch. The event will be staged by Grandstand Management, the Cape Town-based company that operates and manages the Absa Cape Epic, the world’s foremost mountain bike stage race.

“This is great news for our sport and the region,” said Absa Cape Epic and Grandstand Management CEO Lynn Naudé. These races are televised live to many countries around the world and attract significant media attention.”

Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, welcomed the news.

“My aim is to ensure that the Western Cape becomes Africa’s premier cycling destination. Securing the 2018 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup opener is a major victory in this quest. By showcasing the beauty and sophistication of our trails, this event will stimulate international interest in our province as a bucket-list cycling destination. My hope is that cycle tourism becomes a major revenue and job creator for our region. We’re thrilled to be working with such excellent partners in executing this event,” said Minister Winde.

Executive Mayor of Stellenbosch, Gesie van Deventer, looks forward to welcoming this event to the area. “As Mayor, I am  very excited to have Stellenbosch host the opening leg of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in 2018. Stellenbosch is well known as a mountain biking destination in South Africa and this is our opportunity to become an international destination for the sport. We are looking forward to welcoming the visitors, participants and organisers to our region and to partner with them for an incredible world class experience.  This is a significant boost to Stellenbosch and will have a knock on effect which will benefit our entire community.”

The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano consists of eight rounds around the world. Riders are given points based on their results and at the end of the year the competitor with the most accumulated points is declared the winner.

Four races will be held in their respective categories on March 10th – the men’s and women’s elite events and corresponding under-23 races. The races will be held eight days before the start of the Absa Cape Epic and the day before the Cape Town Cycle Tour.

“There are thousands of cyclists in the Western Cape at the time and we hope many will take the opportunity to watch the world’s best in action at Coetzenburg,” said Naudé.

South Africa previously staged a UCI World Cup race in Pietermaritzburg in 2014.

Cross country races are held over several laps of a physically demanding course, which typically includes technical descents, forest track, rocky paths and natural obstacles. Circuits range from four to ten kilometres each and racing varies from about one hour to two hours. The short nature of the courses means exciting viewing for television and spectators.

The 2018 race will start from the University of Stellenbosch, on to the cross-country course on the Coetzenburg Mountain. A course already exists on the slopes and has hosted a national championship, but will be upgraded by Grandstand Management.

“The existing infrastructure is already there and is very spectator-friendly. We will be adding some world class elements,” said Naudé

Stellenbosch has also been positioning itself as a mountain biking mecca and is a favourite stopover of foreign riders, some of whom stay there to train during the European winter.

She pointed out that securing the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano round was aligned with Grandstand Management’s growth strategy as an event business “and we are naturally delighted to have secured such a prestigious race for the region”. 

Naude said the benefits for the region would include:

 

    • Bringing the world’s best riders to a passionate South African mountain biking audience

 

    • Showcasing the region as an ideal destination for major sporting events

 

    • Promoting a cycling culture and all the health and economic benefits associated with it

 

For media queries, kindly contact:

Bronwynne Jooste

Spokesperson: Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities

Responsible for Tourism, Economic Development and Agriculture

Western Cape Government

142 Long Street, Cape Town

Tel: 021 483 3550

Cell: 060 970 4301

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Traffic services is not able to render the services of vehicle license renewals for the period as from 03-06 January 2017 due to operational reasons at Franschhoek Offices.  On 09 January 2017 the offices will be open for such functions, operational hours previously communicated will be applicable.