Stellenbosch Municipality
KENNISGEWING VAN TYDELIKE PADSLUITING

KENNISGEWING NOMMER: 49/2016

Kennis word hiermee gegee van ‘n tydelike padsluiting van die volgende strate op Sondag, 23 Oktober 2016 vir die PPA One Tonner geleentheid:

Merriman vanaf Jannasch – Simonsberg Pad, 04:30 – 09:45.

Helshoogte Pad vanaf R44 – Simonsberg Pad, 09:30 – 15:30.

Motoriste kan vertraging verwag. Dit word aanbeveel dat motoriste ‘n alternatiewe roete gebruik.

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

NOTICE OF A TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE

NOTICE NUMBER: 49/2016

Notice is hereby given of a temporary road closure for the following streets on Sunday, 23 October 2016 for the PPA One Tonner Event:

Merriman from Jannasch – Simonsberg Road, 04:30 – 09:45.

Helshoogte Road from R44 – Simonsberg Road, 09:30 – 15:30.

Motorists may expect traffic delays, and it is recommended that motorists use an alternative route.

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

 

Businesses, large and small, play a key role in our local economy. That is why I am making every effort to engage with all stakeholders in this regard.

I recently met with the Black Business Forum of Stellenbosch to discuss the critical role they play in especially the establishment and running of small, medium and micro enterprises (SMME’s). SMME’s are a vital part of the South African economy as a whole. In South Africa, the majority of SMME’s are connected to the informal market. This has become an alternative for many people who cannot find employment in the formal market. In 2013 the African Development Bank found that approximately 55 % of Sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP is contributed by the informal sector.  The prominence of the informal sector comes from the fact that it provides income to the most vulnerable groupings in our society, especially women and children.

Although the informal sector is responsible for creating a large number of jobs, the sector does not provide stable and secure income for the people working in it. To stimulate these small businesses they need to become a part of the formal sector. The formal sector tends to be uninviting for people in the informal sector due regulations, red tape and the lack of infrastructure. There are however more benefits for the owners, employees and the broader economy when SMME’s are part of the formal market. As part of the formal sector, SMME’s gain access to capital, financing and credit with which they can grow their businesses. It also offers more secure income, benefits and social protection. As a local government, municipalities have a role to play in making it easier for informal businesses to become part of the formal market.

I am therefore happy to share with our community, that Stellenbosch Municipality is taking the first steps to assist informal traders by providing much needed infrastructure for informal traders to help them create more sustainable and attractive businesses. The Municipality has committed R1.1 million to create infrastructure in Idas Valley and Franschhoek.

We will aim to erect multipurpose affordable infrastructure for informal trading and a community market at the entrance of Idas Valley. The Idas Valley Market will target the community of Idas Valley as suppliers and clients. The aim is also to attract tourists who travel between the towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek via the Helshoogte Pass.

In Franschhoek, where the traders are a well-known tourist feature and part of the community, we aim to formalise their trading space by erecting permanent structures that will create other opportunities for the expansion of the informal trading area, assisting more residents with innovation and opportunity

We envision that in the long term we will be able to create a trading space similar to that of Green Market Square in Cape Town, which has become a tourist attraction in its own right.

This is only the first steps for me in engaging and strengthening the relationship between local government and local businesses. I intend to build strong relationships with business to ensure mutual cooperation and to create economic opportunities that will benefit the broader community and the region. With this in mind, I am launching a new forum later this month where I will engage with business representatives from the greater Stellenbosch area, so that we can discuss opportunities as well as address obstacles to growth and opportunity. I will be providing feedback on these interactions to the community, so as to keep them informed of our progress as well as opportunities. I am positive that these interactions will create new opportunities and deliver benefits for our entire community.

 

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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