Stellenbosch Municipality

As a result of the severe drought conditions and due to the State of Emergency declared by the Western Cape Government, Stellenbosch Municipality has decided to move to Level 4B Water Restriction conditions. New restrictions are hereby published for implementation on 17 July 2017.  Tariffs have already been designed to drastically reduce water consumption.

Stellenbosch Municipality has approved Level 4B Water Restrictions, effective from 17 July 2017 until further notice.


  • No watering/ irrigation with municipal drinking water is allowed. This includes watering/irrigation of flower beds. lawns, vegetables, agricultural crops, other plants, sports fields, golf courses, schools, teaming institutions facilities, nurseries, parks and other open spaces. (Nurseries and customers involved in agricultural activities or with historical gardens may apply for exemption. See below for the application process.)

  • Municipal departments may only irrigate sports fields, parks, etc. using non-drinking water and upon agreement of days and times with the Water Department.

  • Facilities/customers making use of borehole water, treated effluent water, spring water or wellpoints are encouraged to only use boreholes on Tuesdays and Saturdays before 09:00 or after 18:00 for a maximum of one hour and not to water/irrigate within seven days after rainfall that provided adequate saturation.
  • All boreholes and wellpoints must be registered with Stellenbosch Municipality and must display the official Stellenbosch Municipality signage clearly visible from a public thoroughfare.
  • You are encouraged to flush toilets (manually using a bucket) with grey water, rainwater or other non-drinking water.
  • All properties where alternative non-drinking water resources are used (including rain water harvesting, grey water re-use, treated effluent water and spring water) must display signage to this effect clearly visible from a public thoroughfare.

  • No washing or hosing down of hard-surfaced or paved areas with municipal drinking water is allowed. (Users. such as abattoirs, food processing industries. care facilities, animal shelters and other industries or facilities with special needs may apply for exemption. See below for the application process.)

  • The use of municipal drinking water for ornamental water fountains or water features is prohibited.


  • No washing of vehicles, trailers, caravans or boats using municipal drinking water is allowed. These must be washed with non-drinking water such as borehole and grey water or waterless products.

  • Customers are strongly encouraged to install water efficient parts, fittings and technologies to minimise water use at all taps, showerheads and other plumbing components.

  • No topping up (manually or automatically) of swimming pools allowed, even if fitted with pool covers. This includes the filling of new pools or the refilling of an existing pool after a repair. The use of portable or any temporary play pools are prohibited.

  • No increase of the indigent water allocation over and above the free 350 litres a day will be granted, unless through prior application and permission for specific events such as burial ceremonies.

  • Maximum use of municipal drinking water at 87 litres per person per day is strongly encouraged.


  • No washing of vehicles, trailers, caravans or boats with municipal drinking water allowed except where an exemption has been granted. This applies to both formal and informal car washes. Vehicles, trailers, caravans and boats should be washed with non-drinking water or waterless products. Exemption on application may be granted if water recycling is used in the washing process. (See below for the application process.)
  • The use of fitted pool covers for public swimming pools is strongly encouraged where practically possible.
  • No automatic top-up systems for swimming pools are allowed.
  • The operation of spray parks is prohibited.
  • Customers/facilities must install water efficient parts, fittings and technologies to minimise water use at all taps, showerheads and other plumbing components in public places and adhere to all relevant legislation, including municipal by-laws.
  • Golf courses, sports facilities, parks, schools and learning institutions are not allowed to establish any new landscaping or sports fields, and existing facilities to be irrigated only with non-drinking water.
  • For users supplied with water in terms of special contracts (notarial deeds. water service intermediaries or water service providers), the contract conditions shall apply.

Know your water regulations. Visit our website to obtain exemption forms. All exemptions grants under level 2, level 3 and level 4 restrictions are withdrawn with immediate effect and re-application will not be considered unless otherwise stated above.

Customers should note that water pressure may be reduced to below applicable regulations or standards requirements to limit water leaks and such may cause intermittent water supply. Note that the water situation is very critical and any possible savings should be followed in order to make the supply of water last as long as possible.

For further information visit our webpage. Afrikaans & Xhosa versions of this notice are available on request.

The Traffic Department will close at 12:00 (noon) on Friday, 30 June 2017 due to financial year end. Please note all sections where payments are done will be closed however the Accident Bureau will be open for enquiries. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.







As Mayor of Stellenbosch, I am determined to make every effort to improve the safety and security of all residents and visitors across the entire municipal area, especially in the view of recent events. That is why I am very excited to announce that we have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to be part of the Namola smartphone application to improve safety and security. The MOU was signed with Happimo NPC for a trial period of six months, at no cost to the municipality.


This app allows citizens to report incidents of crime using their smartphones to send their information and GPS coordinates directly to the Stellenbosch command centre. The nearest emergency vehicles will then respond. In cities and towns where the app is deployed it eliminates having to wait for a call centre to answer an emergency call or even language barrier problems that may delay emergency response time.  Stellenbosch Municipality will be the first municipality in the Western Cape to use this application.


Using technology such as this in our fight against crime is an essential step in the right direction to improve the safety and security of our residents and visitors. The recent murder of a student and the rape of young girl within our municipal area have again highlighted the need for innovative thinking from local government to find and implement workable solutions. Namola provides a unique approach to improving safety and security and allows for multiple stakeholders to work together, including the Municipality, the South African Police Service and private security. 


The Namola application will go live for the entire Stellenbosch municipal area already on Thursday, 15 June 2017! It is available to download from the iTunes and Google Play stores for free and can be installed on any smartphone. As the municipality continues its roll out of free wi-fi access across the entire municipal area it will help to make the services of the app even more accessible to all residents in all areas.


I want to encourage all residents to download this application on their smartphones and use it in case of an emergency. I am committed to finding solutions and working with all stakeholders to improve safety and security in our communities.

Downlaod the app here:

Met die onlangse reën wat geval het, verkeer sommige inwoners onder die wanindruk dat ons waterprobleme nou verby is. Dit is egter GLAD NIE die geval nie. Die Raad het vandag besluit om die Stellenbosch Munisipale gebied as ‘n droogte rampgebied te verklaar, in lyn met die optrede en besluite van die Wes-Kaapse Provinsiale Regering.

Indien ons dieselfde hoeveelheid reënval kry in 2017 as in 2016 sal ons nie oor voldoende oppervlakwater beskik voor die volgende reënseisoen in 2018 nie. Indien die situasie nie drasties verbeter nie en die huidige waterverbruik voortgaan, sal ons Munisipaliteit se waterbronne opraak teen Mei 2018.

Die verklaring van ‘n rampgebied stel die Rampgebiedbestuurswet van 2002 in werking. Dit maak onder andere voorsiening dat die Munisipaliteit die nodige verordeninge in werking kan stel om die situasie so effektief moontlik te bestuur. Die Munisipaliteit is tans in die proses om ons waterverordeninge te hersien en ook ‘n boetestelsel te implementeer wat gebruik sal word om oortreders te straf.

Ek wil alle inwoners herinner dat Vlak 4 waterbeperkings in werking sal bly vir die voorsienbare toekoms, ongeag enige reën wat ons oor die volgende paar dae en weke kan ontvang. Op 1 Julie 2017 tree die nuwe tariewe vir die nuwe finansiële jaar ook in werking. Inwoners moet daarop let dat terwyl vlak 4 waterbeperkings geld, pas die Munisipaliteit vlak 4 watertariewe toe. Dit kan ‘n geweldige uitwerking hê op u munisipale rekening indien u nie water verantwoordelik gebruik nie. ‘n Inwoner wat byvoorbeeld 80 Kiloliter water in ‘n maand gebruik sou op vlak 1 R1431.20 per maand betaal het. Op vlak 4 beperkings sal hy/sy in die nuwe finansiële jaar R 8241.52 betaal. Inwoners word dus gemaan om hul waterverbruik so ver moontlik te beperk. Wees gewaarsku dat inwoners wat nie hul verbruik beperk nie, verantwoordelik gehou sal word vir enige moontlike onkoste. Die nuwe tariewe is beskikbaar op ons webblad (

Rapporteer asseblief enige watervermorsing onmiddellik aan die munisipaliteit.

Om wateroortredings aan te meld kan u 021 808 8215/8953 skakel. Alle inligting sal vertroulik hanteer word. Onthou, waterbesparing is ons almal se verantwoordelikheid.


Stellenbosch Municipality Bursary Fund: Academic Year 2017


Stellenbosch Municipality budgeted for bursaries for learners residing in the Greater Stellenbosch municipal area (WC024). This is the Municipality’s contribution to the skills development process in the community.  The Municipality wants to attract top performing learners and learners with potential to succeed in Higher Education Institutions (HEI) in the areas such as finance, economics, accounting, supply chain management, internal audit, risk management, infrastructure.

Requirements to qualify for a bursary:

  1. Registration must be at a Higher Education Institution (HEI);
  2. Proof of residence in the Greater Stellenbosch municipal area (WC024);
  3. Proof of a recently passed Senior Certificate (Grade 12) with results;
  4. Proof of registration at a registered educational institution (2017);
  5. Learners from the designated Employment Equity groups, particularly women, Blacks (African, Coloured, and Indian) and disabled persons will receive preference.

All applications must be accompanied by certified copies of students’ academic records.

Learners are invited to apply for the bursaries by submitting a detailed curriculum vitae and a certified copy of their Identity Document.  Applications must be addressed and submitted to the Head: Skills Development, Human Resource Services, Municipal offices, 71 Plein Street, Ecclesia Building, Stellenbosch or can be posted to Stellenbosch Municipality, PO Box 17, Stellenbosch, 7599.

The closing date for applications is Monday, 26 June 2017 at 15h00.


Please note: Applications must be hand-delivered or posted and must reach Stellenbosch Municipality before or on the specified due date and time. Faxed and/or e-mailed applications will not be considered. Should there be no feedback received by or before 31 July 2017, applicants may assume that their applications have been unsuccessful.  Stellenbosch Municipality is under no obligation to award a bursary to anyone.

For any queries, please feel free to contact Michelle Langeveldt on 021 8088997 or Jo-Ann Petersen on 021 8088058.