Municipality Assists Fire Victims

A Fire broke out on 17 December 2014 at 15:05 in Khayamandi, Stellenbosch. 8 Fire trucks were deployed; 5 from Stellenbosch Municipality; 2 from the Cape Winelands District Municipality and 1 from Drakenstein Municipality. 25 Fire officials were deployed to fight the fire containing it by 21:25 pm. It is estimated that +/-150 informal shacks have been detroyed but this is currently being verified. It is further estimated that the fire affected 500 people.

A Joint Operational Centre (JOC) oversees the Stellenbosch Municipality’s team that works with this disaster which includes representatives from the directorates Law Enforcement; Housing; Fire & Disaster and Community Services. Those affected by the fire can contact Lucinda Siegels on 082 050 4834 who is present at the disaster site with other disaster management officials. They can be recognised by their bright neon overjackets.

Immediate assistance includes the provision of food, clothing, blankets and baby food packs Temporary shelter was provided last night in the Legacy Centre & Stronghold halls in Khayamandi.

The cleaning of the area has already started. The electricity was disconnected yesterday and will be connected once the verification process of people affected in the fire has been done and the area has been declared 100% safe. The verification process of people affected was started this morning at 10:00 for the issuing of fire kits (building materials) and the roll-out of additional social services.

The Housing Director of the Stellenbosch Municipality, Mr Tabiso Mfeya is overseeing the re-building process which will only start once the verification of victims have been finalised today. The Acting Mayor of Stellenbosch Municipality, Mrs Valerie Fernandez is playing a facilitation role with SASSA and the Departments of Social Development and Home Affairs in relation for the SASSA grant pay-outs.

The site is being secured by the Stellenbosch Municipality’s Law Enforcement department as well as two additional private security companies and this will be done over the next 7 days. Additional planning today will be done by the directorates of Housing and Planning at the Stellenbosch Municipality to re-look at the fire road access plans which in future will also serve as a natural firewall. The municipal manager, Christa Liebenberg is co-ordinating all directorates in Stellenbosch Municipality with regard to the disaster and also to conduct the forward planning activities.

Mayor Sidego also would like to encourage but also thank all the disaster management officials and teams that are involved in this disaster management assistance for residents of Khayamandi.

Mayor Sidego visits Safe House

Executive Mayor Conrad Sidego met with Lee Rossouw, manager of the Safe House, Stellenbosch during the ‘16 Days of Activism Campaign Against Abuse of Women and Children’. The Safe House in Stellenbosch is named L’Abrie de Dieu, meaning ‘God’s Shelter’- a shelter that supports physically, emotionally and sexually abused women and children by facilitating a restorative programme in order to give hope and a future.

The mayor was shown the building project activities underway, the vegetable garden and the housing facilities as well as the administration offices. Lee Rossouw also explained how the Safe House operates as a place of refuge for abused women and children; providing protection, comfort, support and healing.

The Safe House was established in 2006 as a response to the high levels of violence against women and children that was experienced specifically in the Stellenbosch court. The Safe House organisation works to counteract the scourge of violence that pervades society and robs people of their dignity. Lee Rossouw and her team work passionately to promote the objectives of this organisation in its vision of protecting vulnerable citizens against abuse. The Safe House is a safe place for women and children trapped in abusive households; a place they have to go to after suffering physical and emotional abuse related to domestic violence.

The Safe House is a sanctuary for those who find themselves destitute as a result of domestic violence. It provides shelter, protection, food, clothing and toiletries. Emotional support, counselling and skill training is provided to assist women and children to come to terms with past trauma so that they can develop into successful and mature individuals.

The community can become involved as the Safe House is dependent on the time and skills of volunteers. Visit the Safe House website for information if you need help or on how you can assist with your services, talents, ideas and time. Everyone has something to offer and all it takes is a caring hearth and enthusiastic spirit.

Lee Rossouw, Manager, Safe House, Stellenbosch and Mayor Conrad Sidego during this visit.

Residents advised not to give “Christmas boxes” to Solid Waste staff

Residents are advised that Stellenbosch Municipality do not encourage the giving of “Christmas boxes” or donations to staff, particularly to those that solicit directly from the residents. In the spirit of goodwill and the festive season, there is a natural tendency of kindness and giving, but this unfortunately also has led to too many negative consequences.

Problems have arisen where people posing as municipal staff have solicited for money, sometimes rudely and aggressively. This is normally followed up with a threat that waste will not be collected if their demands are not met. This behaviour will not be accepted from the municipality’s staff, and hence under no circumstances is staff encouraged to solicit donations. All permanent municipal staff is in receipt of a bonus which is paid in November.

If residents are intimidated they should report any incidents of intimidation to the Fraud Hotline, 0800 111 027, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or sms 32840. Please copy the Manager: Solid Waste in at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with all incidents of intimidation. Apart from the date, time and place, the staff identity number and/or vehicle registration number should be provided so that the culprits can be identified.

Such reports will be investigated immediately and, where residents are willing to testify, the municipality will be able to prosecute offenders. Should you be aware of outsiders posing as municipal staff, the matter should be reported to the South African Police Services.

If residents believe that excellent service has been provided, they should notify the Manager: Solid Waste Management on 021 808 8224, who will take compliments to the respective staff member and ensure that due recognition for service excellence is noted within the municipality.



2014 marks the seventh anniversary of the Festival of Lights event hosted by the Stellenbosch Municipality. The event has evolved over the years to a two-day affair with a free-entry concert on the Saturday where the Executive Mayor, Conrad Sidego switches on the Christmas lights and a "Carols by Candlelight" evening on the Sunday involving local churches and gospel bands . This year's event takes place on 6 and 7 December 2014.

The list of artists performing at the free-entry concert includes:

  • Zoe Zana from Idols fame,
  • Wayne McKay,
  • Chommies,
  • Tebogo Louw,
  • Afrikaans Ruk,
  • Martie Hauptfleisch,
  • Lelethu,
  • Tribal Echo,
  • Pieter Mohr,
  • Herat and Soul,
  • Mujahid George and
  • Kay

The event will once again be hosted by famed comedian and master of ceremonies Wayne McKay.

In 2013, the event attracted about 6000 people from all around and was highlighted by various activities with the opening and the switching on of the Christmas lights by the Executive Mayor. This event created the spirituality of Christmas and was well received by the community. The event also provides an opportunity for 43 informal traders to do business as provision was made for stalls alongside the Braak in Bird- and Blom Street. Food, toys, clothing and other items will be on sale at the stalls.

The festival of lights event is a free event and no alcohol is allowed at the event. Right of admission is reserved.

Please view the attached poster.

Temporary road closures – Festival of Lights

The following streets will be closed for the purpose of the festival on 6 & 7 December 2014:

  • Bird Street between the two traffic circles from 14h00-23h00 (Direction North only)

  • Blom Street between Meul Street and the Checkers parking entrance from 14h00- 23h00

  • Alexander service street in front of the Anglican Church from 14h00- 23h00

Free transport by bus:


Saturday, 06 December 2014


Cloetesville (Smartie Town-17:00, Shops-17:00);

Raithby (Church - 17:00, Vliegveld - 17:30);

Vlottenburg/ Devon Valley (Vlottenburg Shop – 17:00, Devon Valley “uitval werke” – 17:30);

Jonkershoek (Okkie Jooste – 17:00);

Kayamandi ( Legacy Hall-17:00, Trust Centre-17:00, Admin Building-17:30);

Idas Valley ( Bruckner De Villiers-17:00, Speelkring-17:00, Library-17:20);

Jamestown ( Rynse Church-17:00, Shop-17:20);

Elsenburg/Koelenhof/Kromme Rhee (Elsenburg School – 17:00, Kromme Rhee – 17:20, Koelenhof School – 17:30);

De Novo/ Bottelary Farms (De Novo Hall - 17:00, Farms – 17:20);

Klapmuts (Ward Office – 17:00, Clinic – 17:20);

Lanquedoc/ Pniel (Lanquedoc Church – 17:00, Werf – 17:30);

Kylemore (Cnr Brand & School Str – 17:00, Community Hall – 17:30);

Mooiwater / Groendal / La Motte / Wemmershoek (Mooiwater Building, Groendal Clinic– 16:30, La Motte Hall, Wemmershoek Hek – 17:00)

All buses return from the Braak at 23:00 to the various points.


Sunday, 07 December 2014


Cloetesville (Smartie Town– 17:00, Shops-17:15);

Jonkershoek (Okkie Jooste – 17:00);

Idas Valley ( Bruckner De Villiers-17:00, Speelkring-17:15, Library-17:20)

Klapmuts (Ward Office – 17:00, Clinic – 17:20);

Mooiwater / Groendal / La Motte / Wemmershoek (Mooiwater Building, Groendal Clinic– 16:30, La Motte Hall, Wemmershoek Hek – 17:00)

All buses return from the Braak at 21:30 to the various points

Load Shedding Schedule and Maps

No load shedding for 11 Dec 14

Please click on the link below to view the load shedding schedule and maps.

Load Shedding Schedule

Load Shedding Schedule Maps

Eskom Load Shedding Website


Die byeenkoms is gereël deur die Plaaswerkergemeenskap in samewerking met die Landbougenootskap. Verskeie inskrywings vir handwerkprodukte en gebak is ontvang wat gedurende die dag ge-evalueer is. Daar is ook ‘n wisseltrofieë toegeken aan die plaas, Fransmanskraal vir die beste stalletjie wat hul opgerig het. Die uitvoerende burgermeester van Stellenbosch, Conrad Sidego het die werk van 'n plaaswerker in die konteks van boeredery vandag beskryf as a professie van hoop en sodoende dat plaaswerkers boonop die landbou professie en verbouing ook hoop in ons samelewing kultiveer. Die belangrikheid van plaaswerkers in Suid-Afrika mag glad nie onderskat word nie, sowel as die bydraes wat hul tot die ekonomie van die streek en die land bydra.

Tydens die Huisvlutskou is vaardighede, kreatiwiteit en innovasie met inlê, handewerk en gebak, naaldwerk en houtwerk gewys en meer bewustheid oor hierdie vaardighede geskep. Die Huisvlytskoutentoonstelling is belangrik om hierdie vaardighede ten toon te stel en blootstelling te skep vir persone wat die vaardighede kan oordra aan die volgende generasies. Burgermeester Sidego het uitgewys dat hierdie vaardighede ook deel is van die streek se erfenis. Van hierdie vaardighede is aan die kwyn en die blootstelling vandag is ook om te wys dat 'n bestaan daaruit gemaak kan word, ekstra inkomste kan gegenereër kan word met die voortbou en gebruik van die vaardighede.'

Geleenthede soos hierdie voeg tot die selfbeeld van die plaaswerker, dit bemagtig die plaaswerker en skep inklusiwiteit in ons gemeenskap. Die impak van die deelname aan hierdie tipe vaardighede en stokperdjies binne die plaaswerkersgemeenskap is belangrik en kan veral die jeug weghou van sosiale euwels soos dwelms en alkohol. Vroulike plaaswerkers gebruik huisvlyt ook om warmte en inklusiwiteit in hul huise en gemeenskap te skep en om 'n positewe verskil teweeg te bring.

v.l.n.r: Rose van Wyngaard van La Motte provinsiale toekenning vir Sosiale Ontwikkeling Gladwin Nzima van Villiera Wyne is aangewys as die beste Tegniese Operateur van die Jaar Jerome Thomas van Kanonkop is aangewys as die Wes-Kaapse Plaaswerker van die Jaar 2014 Wayne van Rooyen van Kleine Zalze was die kategoriewenner vir die administratiewe personeel.

Mayor Sidego opens Graceland Library, Stellenbosch

The Executive Mayor of Stellenbosch, Conrad Sidego opened the Graceland Library for pre-schoolers this morning in Devon Valley, Stellenbosch. The community, community leaders and the enthusiastic pre-schoolers joined in the excitement of opening their new library. The library provides a beautiful and creative reading space with a range of books suitable for pre-schoolers in the ECDC phase of education.

The Graceland Library is part of a preschool project of the Thembalitsha Foundation, situated on the Devon Valley road in Stellenbosch. Thembalitsha offers hope by providing quality preschool education to vulnerable children. The preschool programme aims to prepare and stimulate these pre-schoolers in order to maximise their future success.

Mayor Sidego in his address said that this library creates a space for pre-schoolers to learn, read and dream. He also highlighted that the library also becomes an innovation centre where the community can come together to grow the minds of this future generation and discuss ideas to create; develop this valley of opportunity and address the pressing needs of our society.

Graceland library is a centre where reading can contribute to developing these future giants of our valley. A place where each child of the Graceland school can not only learn to read but experience the magic of imagination, knowledge and books. Founder of Thembalitsha, Frank Christie explained that human learning takes place primarily via sight; 83% of learning takes place via this channel. He explained that reading creates the ability to learn and that reading further creates patterns in the neuro-pathways that enhances the expansion of the learning process.

The mayor read, ‘Mia se Ma’ to the children of Graceland.

Stellenbosch Honours War Veterans

The Stellenbosch Municipality will pay homage to war veterans on 11 November 2014 as part of the international Remembrance or Armistice Day. The event will start at 09:30 at the Stellenbosch Town Hall.

Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day or Armistice Day) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries since the end of World War I to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. This day, or alternative dates, are also recognised as special days for war remembrances in many non-Commonwealth countries. Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November to recall the end of hostilities of World War I on that date in 1918. Hostilities formally ended "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month," in accordance with the Armistice, signed by representatives of Germany and the Entente between 5:12 and 5:20 that morning. ("At the 11th hour" refers to the passing of the 11th hour, or 11:00 am.)

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Ms Noluthando Mbali on 021 808 8002 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Municipality promotes SMMEs with new website

Municipality promotes SMMEs with new website

The Stellenbosch Municipality Local Economic Development Department facilitated the development of an SMME Website ( and SMME booklet in order to create an electronic marketing platform for SMME’s to showcase their products and services and to lure possible procurement opportunities and investment to grow their businesses.

This project is in line with the Municipality’s vision which is the Innovation Capital of South and Africa underpinned by the goal of establishing Stellenbosch as the preferred investment destination for businesses and entrepreneurs thereby creating wealth.

The website and pocket guide aims to: 

  • Connect SMME’s with each other and with potential local and international consumers 
  • Connect them to business support services & opportunities 
  • Increase their income & market share



Geagte Inwoner

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 Franschhoek, Kylemore en Lanquedoc onderbreek sal word vanaf:

DINSDAG, 14 Oktober 2014 om 12h00 tot

DONDERDAG, 16 Oktober 2014 om 16h00.

Stellenbosch Munisipaliteit sal poog om die reservoirs vol te maak voor die onderbreking. U word egter dringend 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 sal toegelaat word tydens hierdie periode nie. Ons vertrou op u samewerking en begrip vir die situasie. Navrae kan gerig word aan die Departement: Waterdienste by telefoonnommer (021) 808 8209.


Dear Resident

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 Franschhoek, Kylemore and Lanquedoc will be interrupted from:

TUESDAY, 14 October 2014 at 12h00 until

THURSDAY, 16 October 2014 at 16h00.

Stellenbosch Municipality will fill the reservoirs before the interruption commences. 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 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 8209

Stellenbosch Wins the Arbor City Award for 2014!!

The Stellenbosch Municipality, the 8th best municipality in South Africa (survey) and the Innovation Capital of South Africa won the Arbor City Award for 2014 underpinning its strategic objective to be the greenest municipality in South Africa. The award was presented to the Executive Mayor, Gerald Esau and Portia Bolton at a gala function at Mofolo City Park, Soweto on 1 September 2014.

The Arbor City Awards is a partnership programme between the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) and the Institute for Environment and Recreation Management. The competition is sponsored by TOTAL South Africa. The purpose of the competition is to encourage Local Municipalities to green their areas of jurisdiction, especially informal settlements. The 2014 Arbor City Award competition was conducted in all nine provinces.

To win, municipalities had to fulfil a number of requirements; among these were a portfolio of evidence showing a greening policy or strategy, a tree register, maintenance plans and budget; a portfolio of evidence in videos or pictures depicting projects, sites, and special trees.

“Stellenbosch is a very proud town today, a very proud community”, says Mayor Conrad Sidego. "This award did not just happen to come our way come. We worked hard and creatively to achieve this and the Million Trees Project is one of a number of innovative projects that drives us and motivates us to increase the quality of life of everyone in the greater Stellenbosch community. The challenge now is to build on this performance, and remain the greenest city and municipality in South Africa".

The Municipality will be concluding its Arbor Week festivities by celebrating its victory, as well as the Million Trees Project's first year on Friday, 5 September 2014, at the Jan Marais Nature Reserve in Stellenbosch.

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