Stellenbosch Municipality

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.

WATER ONDERBREKING / WATER INTERRUPTION: Pniel, Kylemore en Lanquedoc

Die drinkwater in u gebied word verkry vanaf die Stad Kaapstad en versprei deur Stellenbosch Munisipaliteit. Stad Kaapstad het kennis gegee dat die watertoevoer na die volgende areas onderbreek sal word: Pniel, Kylemore en Lanquedoc vanaf:

DINSDAG, 27 SEPTEMBER 2016 vanaf 16h00 tot DONDERDAG, 29 SEPTEMBER 2016 om 18h00.

Stellenbosch Munisipaliteit sal poog om die reservoirs vol te maak voor die onderbreking en sal ook water versprei in die geaffekteerde areas. U word egter versoek om tuis ook voorsorg te tref vir die opgaar van water en water so spaarsamig as moontlik te gebruik, tot voordeel van die hele gemeenskap.

Geen besproeiing, was van voertuie en geplaveide areas word tydens hierdie periode toegelaat nie.

Ons vertrou op u samewerking en begrip vir die situasie.

Navrae kan gerig word aan die Departement: Waterdienste by telefoonnommer (021) 808 8215.

The potable water in your area is supplied by the City of Cape Town and distributed by Stellenbosch Municipality. A notice was received from the City of Cape Town that the bulk water supply to the following areas will be interrupted Pniel, Kylemore and Lanquedoc from:

TUESDAY, 27 SEPTEMBER 2016 from 16h00 until THURSDAY, 29 SEPTEMBER at 18h00.

Stellenbosch Municipality will fill the reservoirs before the interruption commences and will distribute water in the affected areas. As residents you are however requested to make provision in advance to provide for your needs as well as to use water as sparingly as possible to the benefit of all.

No irrigation, washing of vehicles and paved areas will be allowed during this period.

Your cooperation and understanding will be appreciated.

For more information, please contact the Water Services Department at (021) 808 8215.

Please note of the rescheduling of Council meeting from Wednesday, 28 September 2016 to Wednesday 5 October 2016.

Stellenbosch Municipality's Executive Mayor, Gesie Van Deventer launched its first Isabelo™ Smart Bench on Bergzicht Market, which backs onto a popular taxi rank in the heart of Stellenbosch on 7 September 2016.

The Isabelo™ Smart Bench – a stand-alone, entirely solar-powered free Wi-Fi hotspot for public use complete with USB charging points, night lighting and easy seating – can now be found in Stellenbosch Municipality on the corner of Merriman and Bird street, on Bergzicht Market which backs onto a popular taxi rank.

This historically sensitive public space boasts a large protected River Red Gum tree (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) planted in front of the Heerenhuys in 1880. The Isabelo smart bench was positioned slightly north of the tree to help ensure it does not overshadow the solar panels, which power the smart bench.

“It is only fitting that Stellenbosch Municipality – The Innovation Capital – should be the first municipality to collaborate with us, as our product brings with it a new form of urban innovation that focuses on placemaking and access to the internet in public spaces.” says Louise Meek, managing director of Isabelo™.

Richard Bosman, Acting Municipal Manager of the Stellenbosch Municipality, comments: “Stellenbosch, in early 2012, became the first town in Africa to offer free Wi-Fi to its residents. The municipality wanted to position itself as the Innovation Capital of South Africa by offering free Wi-Fi. The very purpose of the Wi-Fi project is to empower the most disadvantaged communities by providing access to the Internet. This will, for example, enable job seekers and school children respectively to apply for jobs and conduct research for their studies. Partnering with the Isabelo project is therefore a natural progression. The Isabelo™ smart bench will help us to further advance these goals and it’s positioning near a busy taxi rank ensures that the more disadvantaged people benefit from the free Internet in a convenient manner.”

The Isabelo™ smart bench is a locally designed product, which was created as a mechanism to address socio-economic challenges faced in cities through the provision of free Wi-Fi in public spaces.

“The Isabelo™ smart bench is so much more than just a bench… it is a place where prosperity can happen. It is an accessible social connection point for people to interact with each other, as well as get connected to the Wi-Fi. Through the installation of the Isabelo™ smart bench, we hope to create safe, vibrant, inclusive public spaces where everyone feels welcome.” says Adriaan Hugo, Isabelo’s lead industrial designer.