Stellenbosch Municipality

Geraldine Mettler- Municipal Manager

6 August 2018

Yesterday, 5 August 2018, a meeting took place with various role-players to find a solution to the illegal occupation of a piece of private land in Stellenbosch. Premier Helen Zille, the Minister of Community Safety Dan Plato, the Minister of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde, Executive Mayor Gesie van Deventer, the South African Police Service and I were among the participants at this meeting.

To our knowledge, the operation of removing the structures erected on the private land is going ahead. The Municipality continues to monitor the situation closely and provides assistance within our legal framework.  The Municipality has interdicts on Municipal land.

We continue tirelessly to provide as many housing opportunities as possible for all beneficiaries on our database.

 

Media queries:

Stuart Grobbelaar
T: 021 808 8172 | C: 084 036 1395
Mart-Marié Haasbroek
T: 021 808 8024 | C: 072 910 3724

Geraldine Mettler - Municipal Manager

6 August 2018

We condemn the looting and destruction of property that took place in Kayamandi and parts of Stellenbosch today.

While it is encouraging to see communities exercising their constitutional rights to demonstrate peacefully, the level of violence and destruction of property that accompanied these activities today is of great concern to us.

It is becoming increasingly clear that a small group of troublemakers and ringleaders are behind this protest. These individuals are simply taking advantage of the situation by looting and stealing. Shop windows were broken, cars were vandalised and stores in especially the Bird Street area were looted. We cannot allow a small group of criminals to hold our businesses and residents hostage.

Let it be very clear - looting and the destruction of property is never an answer and will not be tolerated in Stellenbosch.

Our Law Enforcement is currently working with the South African Police Service (SAPS) to identify those involved. We will assist the police with any means possible to ensure that these criminals are brought to book.

We ask that anyone with video footage that can assist the police in positively identifying the culprits, to share this information with us.

Media queries:

Stuart Grobbelaar
T: 021 808 8172 | C: 084 036 1395
Mart-Marié Haasbroek
T: 021 808 8024 | C: 072 910 3724

Councillor Wilhelmina (Mienie) Petersen has been elected as the new Speaker of the Stellenbosch Municipality Council. She will serve as the first female Speaker since the establishment of the Council in 2000. 

Nelson Mandela famously said: “It is in your hands to make of the world a better place.”

The Stellenbosch Municipality did just that by undertaking numerous initiatives on Mandela Day, assisting residents in need and continuing to build on Madiba’s legacy of a united South Africa.

Please make use of the document available at this link to view ESKOM’s load shedding stages:

https://tinyurl.com/ycdtram2

The ESKOM blocks that apply to the Stellenbosch Municipal area are Block 2 and Block 8. Kindly make use of the zoom feature to see Block 2 and Block 8 information.

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