Stellenbosch Municipality

On 14 October 2016, Stellenbosch Municipality hosted the various role-players in disaster management at the Klapmuts Sports Complex. Cape Winelands Municipality, Western Cape Provincial Government, Working on Fire and the Disaster Management Section for the Province, along with various departments within the Stellenbosch Municipality, hosted exhibitions and activities for the learners of Klapmuts Primary School. The programmes aim to educate and create awareness of disaster management and prevention in a fun and creative manner. This event presented an opportunity for stakeholders to share what they have learned through experience and sharing innovation to prevent the future loss of life. Our efforts to reduce risk will not be successful if our community does not know, understand and help with our plans to reduce disasters.

Every year, we celebrate International Disaster Risk Reduction Day. It has become a key event on the disaster management calendar for Stellenbosch and the Cape Winelands Region. Following the success of the UN’s Step Up Campaign, they launched the new Sendai Seven Campaign, 7 Targets – 7 Years, earlier this year. This campaign aims to promote seven dedicated targets over the next 7 years to improve disaster risk management across the world.

Target 1 for 2016, is to substantially reduce the global disaster mortality rate by 2030. The theme for this year’s Disaster Risk Reduction Day therefore is Live to Tell. The goal is to get all stakeholders, government role players, civil society and public and private partnership, to share their knowledge and achievements so that we can share and create best practices that focus on life-saving measures.

 Live to Tell, seeks to strengthen disaster risk governance, invest in disaster risk reduction and enhances disaster preparedness by focussing on effective response during disasters and improving rebuilding, to prevent future disasters.  The responsibility of ensuring that all these focal points are implemented rests on government and the cooperation of all the relevant stakeholders. 

As a municipality we try to improve our disaster risk reduction by;

  • Improving our early warning systems and including the community in these systems
  • Reducing the risk of fires in informal settlements
  • Preparing for every eventuality – making sure we have fully developed and mandated disaster management plans in place for any eventuality.
  • Adopting a strategy of “Prevention is better than cure” executing plans that aims at reducing the possibility of the occurrence of disasters.

We try to ensure that we identify high risk areas and we put plans in place to manage and mitigate the risks as much as possible. One such an example is the potential disaster posed by fire season annually. As a municipality we prepare by maintaining fire breaks where needed, preventing overcrowding in densely populated areas, enforcing building codes and standards and educating the community about fire safety.

We must develop and support a culture of risk-informed decision making. This must be backed up with the necessary financial and human resources. To do this successfully, we need to support and cooperation of all stakeholders and especially the community we serve.

In discussing disaster risk management we are reminded or those who have lost their lives in protecting our community. We are reminded of the victims who were left destitute. We thank the emergency workers, disaster managers and other stakeholders who often work in difficult and dangerous environments, to mitigate the effects of disasters and to prevent them in future.

Disaster management is everybody’s business!

Traffic Services is always experiencing high volumes on application of licence renewals and registration of vehicles and driving licenses, as result of that we decided to have extended hours for service delivery, which includes Saturdays. NB However the members of the public must please note no application of renewal of driving license cards and professional driving permits will be done during the extended hours of service due to operational reasons. However collection of Driving License cards can be done.

October 2016: Extended hours

Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing:

  1. 15-10-2016- operational hours 08:00-12:00

  2. 22-10-2016- operational hours 08:00-12:00

Driving License Section:

  1. 08-10-2016- operational hours 08:00-13:00

  2. 22-10-2016- operational hours 08:00-13:00

  3. 29-10-2016- operational hours 08:00-13:00

              

  November 2016: Extended hours

Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing:

  1. 05-11-2016- operational hours 08:00-12:00

  2. 12-11-2016- operational hours 08:00-12:00

  3. 19-11-2016- operational hours 08:00-12:00

Driving License Section:

  1. 05-11-2016- operational hours 08:00-12:00

  2. 12-11-2016- operational hours 08:00-12:00

  3. 19-11-2016- operational hours 08:00-12:00

December 2016: Extended hours:

Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing:

  1. 03-12-2016- operational hours 08:00-12:00

  2. 10-12-2016- operational hours 08:00-12:00

Driving License Section:

  1. 03-12-2016- operational hours 08:00-13:00

  2. 10-12-2016- operational hours 08:00-13:00

 

A plan is in place to make up for lost time on the Department of Transport and Public Works project to replace damaged pipe culverts on the R44 near Avontuur wine estate in Stellenbosch. This R10 million project, which also involves thetemporary widening of the road to accommodate traffic during construction,started in October 2015 and is scheduled for completion inDecemberthis year. Events outside the Department’s control have resulted in the works falling behind schedule. The contractor has undertaken to take the steps needed to complete the project on time.

Approximately 25 000 vehicles use the R44 every day. A 0,5 km temporary deviation has been built to allow two lanes of traffic to flow in each direction. No full road closures will take place.

The second diversion of traffic is planned for 7 October 2016. Winery Road may be used as an alternative route to avoid congestion. For safety reasons, the speed limit through this deviation on the R44 has been reduced to 40 km/h. Stellenbosch Traffic Services will be on hand to help ensure that the change-over is carried out as safely as possible. Motorists are asked to adhere to applicable speed limits at all times.

The contract has a target of 3 600 person-days of work for local labour from the Stellenbosch municipal area. A total of R700 000 of the contract value is expected to be spent on targeted Western Cape contractor businesses.

The Department thanks motorists and cyclists for their patience and urges them to exercise caution along the R44.We are aware that delays are frustrating, but some delays during construction are inevitable.Motorists and cyclists will soon be able to enjoy a safer and more pleasant travelling experience on this road.

Follow the Department on Twitter @WCGovTPW under the hashtag #roadworksWC

Media enquiries:

Byron la Hoe

Communication Officer

Department of Transport and Public Works

Tel:021 483 9813 | Cell: 079 281 8570

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Goeie middag, good afternoon, molweni, as-salaam alaikum.

Ons is alreeds verby Erfenismaand, en ek hoop almal van u het ‘n wonderlike Erfenisdag beleef. As deel van Erfenismaand het ons ook Boomplantweek gevier, en ek was bly ek kon help om Boomplantweek ‘n sukses te maak in samewerking met Wildlands.

September was also Tourism month, and this year the theme for Tourism month is “Tourism for All – Promoting Universal Accessibility". The “Tourism for All” theme gives us an opportunity to promote universal accessibility while encouraging the tourism industry to cater for all South Africans.

Tourism Month provides the tourism industry with the opportunity for a heightened focus on the importance of tourism to the local economy. It also serves as an opportunity to promote domestic tourism and create a culture of travel amongst South Africans.

Tourism Month also aims to generate awareness on the enormous contribution that the tourism industry makes to provincial and national economic growth and job creation. The greater Stellenbosch area is very dependent on tourists visiting our region, and we must all become ambassadors for our towns.

Een van my doelwitte vir hierdie termyn is om baie meer sigbaar in alle areas van die munisipaliteit te wees, en daarom het ek besluit om die eerste Vrydag van elke maand in Franschhoek deur te bring. Die inwoners van Franschhoek moet dieselfde toeganklikheid en dienslewering beleef as die inwoners van Stellenbosch.

As part of my focus on good governance and as I had requests for information from councillors, I must clarify the unauthorised expenditure of R49,8 million during the financial period of 2014 / 15 that has been written about in the media this past week.

The explanation received from the CFO is that unauthorised expenditure of R49,8 million disclosed in the annual financial statements is defined in the Municipal Finance Management Act as overspending of the total amount appropriated for a vote (a directorate) in the approved budget.

What it means is that the municipality overspent on the amount budgeted for a directorate (a vote) in this case Engineering Services including depreciation and provisions.

The unauthorised expenditure does not relate to non-compliance with the legislative framework or fraud and corruption. The expenditure is a result of the accounting treatment for employee benefits and the provisions. These assessments are done at year-end and are very difficult to predict when preparing the budget.

I trust this suffice to explain the concern amongst councillors regarding the view expressed in the media and will reinforce the trust and confidence in the municipality and administration to ensure accountability and good governance.

As part of good governance I have requested Speaker and all officials to cut down on catering for councillors and staff at all official meetings. We are privileged to have jobs and the tax payer’s money so saved can rather be used to take care of vulnerable groups.

As deel van die visie om inwoners van Stellenbosch met die internet te konnekteer en sodoende te verseker mense kan verniet Wi-Fi gebruik om CV’s te stuur en aansoek te doen vir werk, is die “Isabelo bench” naby die taxi-staanplek op Bergzicht opgerig. Dit is ‘n loodsprojek en daar word gehoop meer van die “benches” sal opgerig kan word in ander areas van die munisipaliteit.

It is wonderful to welcome here today the following persons, who are all staff members who participated in the national Toughest Firefighter Alive Championship. This was hosted by the Eden District Municipality in George.

They are:

  • Ruaan Opperman;

  • Rohan Brand;

  • Nicole Smit;

  • Taswell Baartman, who placed second in his age group;

  • Leonie Deysel, who placed third overall;

  • Jurgens Williams, who placed second in his age group;

  • Theodore Ramat.

On behalf of Council and the municipality I want to congratulate everyone who participated and especially the three who received accolades. You make us really proud!

Oktober is ook Borskankermaand, en dit is ‘n wêreldwye veldtog om mense bewus te maak van die belangrikheid om nie net getoets te word nie maar ook om navorsing en opvoeding te ondersteun. Volgens die Nasionale register van die Kankervereniging affekteer borskanker 1 in elke 29 vroue in Suid-Afrika. Hierdie risiko kan verminder word deur gereelde ondersoeke en bewusmaking.

Ek moedig almal aan om hierdie veldtogte te ondersteun, en veral te help dat ons vallei ‘n gesonder vallei word, en bly.

Baie dankie, thank you, enkosi khakulu. 

It is with great sadness that we have learned about the passing of Jennifer Prinsloo, the CEO of Franschhoek Tourism yesterday, 26 September 2016.

Ms Prinsloo was well-known in tourism circles in the Franschhoek area and the greater Stellenbosch, as well as the Western Cape. She will be missed by all, and we must remember the legacy and the impact she made in Franschhoek. As the CEO of Franschhoek Tourism, she managed to change Franschhoek from a quiet town to the bustling and vibrant tourist destination that it is today.

She was a true ambassador for tourism and will be sadly missed.

On behalf of all the residents of the greater Stellenbosch I express sincere condolences to the family of Ms Prinsloo.