New banners welcome visitors to Stellenbosch

New banners erected along the fence of the Agricultural Research Council (located on the eastern side of the R44) on 14 August welcome visitors to Stellenbosch and highlight the many attractions of this historic Boland town.

The different banners reflect the town’s status as Innovation Capital of South Africa as well as its status as the Food and Wine Capital. Also represented is its status as a centre of education and Town of Oaks.

The Executive Mayor of Stellenbosch, Conrad Sidego, launched the Innovation Capital initiative in 2012. This initiative rests on five pillars: preferred investment destination, greenest municipality, safest valley, dignified living and good governance.

Images on new banners on the eastern side of the R44 reflect Stellenbosch’s status as Innovation Capital, Food and Wine Capital, centre of Education and Town of Oaks. Photo: Harold Daniels

Among other things, innovation means that creative thinking brings about economic and social improvement. Innovation is therefore key to bring about change in communities in Stellenbosch through stimulating social and economic development.

The banners also reflect the town’s status as Food and Wine Capital. The fine wines produced in this area are internationally renowned. A number of annual food, wine and cheese festivals contribute significantly to the local economy.

Stellenbosch is home to more than 20 000 students and the banners also reflect the town as a centre of education. For the last 100 years Stellenbosch University has contributed to research both internationally and internationally and is ranked among the top 500 universities worldwide.

The banner with an image of a tree serves to highlight Stellenbosch as the Town of Oaks. Some of these trees are centuries old and have been declared national monuments.

Stellenbosch Municipality’s Coat of Arms is also reflected on the banners.

Superman lends hand to distribute wheelie bins in Klapmuts

By: Stephanie Nieuwoudt

Residents of Klapmuts (Ward 18) were surprised on Wednesday (19 August 2015) by “Superman” who accompanied staff of Stellenbosch Municipality to distribute 100 wheelie bins to households in the area.

“Superman” is Charl Ciliers, of the environmental and botanical consulting service My Habitat who is working with Stellenbosch Municipality to make people aware about environmental issues.

“The Superman suit makes people smile. And it feeds into the idea that citizens have to do the right thing.”

“Superman” Charl Cilliers and the Stellenbosch Municipality team who distributed wheelie bins in Klapmuts, Nomapha Msizi, Arthur Adams, Nelson Mzili, Clayton Hendrickse, Zizipho Fatshane, renata fourie, Charlotte Cronjé, Gerald Abraham and Shaun Nomnganga. On the truck are Lusindiso Joyi, Mabuthi Makupula, Werenr Groenewald and Dawid Reitz.

Resident Rachel Gabriels said she is extremely grateful for her bin.

“The black bags are not effective. Dogs, looking for something to eat, tear them to shreds.

“This area lies on the wine route. When the streets are covered in litter, it sends out a terrible message to tourists who pass by here.”

Mrs Fransina Remmetts (82) who has been living in the area for more than 50 hyears, also said she was excited about the bin.

“I have been waiting for a bin for a long time, because animals won’t be able to tear them open, like they do with the black bags,” she said.

Grateful Klapmuts resident Rachel Gabriels (third from the left) standing next to “Superman” Charl Cilliers. With them are municipal staff members,Nelson Mzili, Charlotte Cronjé, and Nomapha Msizi. In front are Zizipho Fatshane and Arthur Adams.

The distribution is part of a bigger project by the Municipality’s solid waste department to distribute 3 000 bins to all residential areas in Klapmuts by the end of September.

“Residents of Klapmuts have up to now been using black refuse bags. It has contributed to the problem of litter in the area,” explains Cllr Sophie Louw, Mayco member: Local Economic Development. “We hope that these wheelie bins will help to curb litter and the illegal dumping of waste in open spaces.”

Executive Mayor of Stellenbosch, Conrad Sidego, says that the wheelie bins are an intervention to add to the vision of Stellenbosch to help its residents live dignified lives.

“Waste that is dumped indiscriminately cause a variety of problems of which health issues are foremost. The bins will help to get rid of waste more effectively. The next challenge is to ensure that our residents know that recyclable waste can be turned into economic opportunities.”

Ms Charlotte Cronjé of the Municipality’s solid waste department adds that black refuse bags are an inefficient system.

“When bags get torn by dogs and other roaming animals the waste spilling out then lies in the street or gets scattered in the wind. People are more aware of their waste and the need to get rid of it in an appropriate manner when they have wheelie bins,” she says.

Members of the Municipality’s Youth in Waste project helped to distribute the bins. These young people make residents and especially the youth aware of the importance of getting rid of waste effectively.

“It is important to tell other young people why it is important not to litter. They see adults dumping rubbish anywhere and this sets a bad example for them,” says Namapha Msizi one of the Youth in Waste workers.

“In Stellenbosch our landfill site will be filled to capacity within the next three years. We also try to teach young people about the importance of recycling. Plastic, glass, cardboard and metal can be collected and sold. There is money and great opportunities in recycling. We should all make more of an effort to re-use, reduce and recycle.”

‘Live in the moment’ – Women’s Month message

‘Live in the moment’ – Women’s Month message

By: Stephanie Nieuwoudt

Women and girls should stop thinking “if only” and live in the now.

This was the message of Ms Michelle Aalbers, Manager: Community Development; Planning and Economic Development on Friday (7 August). She spoke to a group of girls at the Franschhoek Valley Community Sports Centre in Groendal as part of a programme of events for Women’s Month.

“We do not have power about the past – which has already happened. And we do not have power over the future. We only have power about this very moment. We have to value this moment,” Aalbers said.

She said that woman and girls do not often experience feelings of “awesomeness”, “magic” or “fabulousness” because they focus on thinking “if only”.

“We believe that if only we were richer, or thinner, or cleverer we would be happy. We need to focus on what is happening right now. We can decide to be fabulous and feel fabulous every day. We can choose how we feel. Whether they are young or old, women do not need other people to make them feel wonderful.”

After her talk, the girls had to write down decisions they believed could have a long-term impact on their lives. Juliana Sterkse wrote that she decided that she would study harder so that she could succeed in life.

Chelsey Davey said that she wanted to rise above her circumstances while for Davidene Adonis it was important to practise hard at sports so that her school, Groendal Sekondêr, could win the sports derby.

Plakkers vir Loslitdag nou beskikbaar

Deur: Stephanie Nieuwoudt

Dit is nog sowat twee weke voordat Loslitdag nasionaal gevier word.

Maar Stellenbosch Munisipaliteit se Burgemeesterskomiteelede en die Uitvoerende Burgemeester het reeds hul verbintenis tot Loslitdag (4 September) getoon deur lank voor die belangrike dag elk ʼn Lostlitdag-plakker te koop.

Stellenbosch Munisipaliteit se Burgemeesterskomiteelede en die Uitvoerende Burgemeester toon hul verbintenis tot Loslitdag (4 September)

Op die foto is Raadslede Pietman Retief, Valerie Fernandez, Johannie Serdyn, Quintin Smit, Nyaniso Jindela, Aldridge Frazenburg en Sophie Louw. Agter is die Uitvoerende Burgemeester, Conrad Sidego.

Landwyd word geld wat met die verkoop van plakkers verkry word, vanjaar aan organisasies en tehuise geskenk wat op een of ander manier gemoeid is met gestremdes. Die Dorothea Skool vir kinders met spesiale behoeftes sal vanjaar baat by verkope deur Stellenbosch Munisipaliteit.

Loslitdagplakkers is teen R10 te koop by Tazmynn Linders (Beplanning en Ekonomiese Ontwikkeling: 1ste Verdieping, Stadsaal, Pleinstraat, Stellenbosch) of by die munisipale gebou te Andringastraat 85.

Daar is vyf plakkers – elk met ʼn verskillende beeld daarop.

Onthou om op 4 September jou kleurvolste klere aan te trek en jou uitrusting te versier met Loslitdagplakkers.

"Live in the moment" – Women’s Month message

By: Stephanie Nieuwoudt

Women and girls should stop thinking "if only" and live in the now.

This was the message of Ms Michelle Aalbers, Manager: Community Development; Planning and Economic Development on Friday (7 August). She spoke to a group of girls at the Franschhoek Valley Community Sports Centre in Groendal as part of a programme of events for Women's Month.

Nazlee Engelbrecht (12) and Jamy Carolus (11) attended a Women’s Month talk by Ms Michelle Aalbers at the Franschhoek Community Sports Centre

Nazlee Engelbrecht (12) and Jamy Carolus (11) attended a Women’s Month talk by Ms Michelle Aalbers at the Franschhoek Community Sports Centre.

"We do not have power about the past – which has already happened. And we do not have power over the future. We only have power about this very moment. We have to value this moment," Aalbers said.

She said that woman and girls do not often experience feelings of "awesomeness", "magic" or "fabulousness" because they focus on thinking "if only".

"We believe that if only we were richer, or thinner, or cleverer we would be happy. We need to focus on what is happening right now. We can decide to be fabulous and feel fabulous every day. We can choose how we feel. Whether they are young or old, women do not need other people to make them feel wonderful."

Ms Michelle Aalbers talking to a group of girls

Ms Michelle Aalbers talking to a group of girls.

After her talk, the girls had to write down decisions they believed could have a long-term impact on their lives.

Juliana Sterkse wrote that she decided that she would study harder so that she could succeed in life.

Chelsey Davey said that she wanted to rise above her circumstances while for Davidene Adonis it was important to practise hard at sports so that her school, Groendal Sekondêr, could win the sports derby.

Some of the teenage girls who attended the talk by Ms Michelle Aalbers

Some of the teenage girls who attended the talk by Ms Michelle Aalbers: Audrey Sterkse, Stacey Follet, Mbasa Mayana, Anthea Chrisian, Abigail Fortuin, Marlene Cornelissen, Jay-Nique Claassen, Juliana Sterkse, DavideneAdonis, Tristan James, Roche Bezuidenhoud, Heidine Brickers, Frendeline Davids, Hazel Brown, Nicole Mntuyedwa and Chelsea Davey.

Opgradering van Waternetwerk – Goridon & Adendorff Streets, Idas Valley

Opgradering van Waternetwerk – Goridon & Adendorff Streets, Idas Valley

Geagte Inwoner

Geliewe kennis te neem dat Stellenbosch Munisipaliteit tans besig is om gedeeltes van die waternetwerk in u woonbuurt op te gradeer. Dit sluit die verskuiwing van watermeters in.

Die verantwoordelike kontrakteur is Exeo Khokela Construction. Die kontakpersoon op terrein is Lucien Mars en navrae kan gerig word by 082 859 9933 .

Indien dienste na u perseel geaffekteer word of toegang tot u perseel benodig word, sal u as inwoner byvoorbaat in kennis gestel word.

Om beserings te voorkom word ouers versoek om hul kinders te waarsku teen die gevare en naby die uitgrawings en toerusting te verbied.

U vriendelike samewerking en geduld met enige ongerief wat die werksaamhede mag veroorsaak, sal waardeer word.

Upgrading of Water Network Goridon & Adendorff Streets, Idas Valley

Dear Resident

Please note that Stellenbosch Municipality is currently upgrading sections of the water network in your neighbourhood which includes the moving of water meters.

Exeo Khokela Construction is the responsible contractor. The contact person on site is Lucien Mars and any enquiries can be directed to 082 859 9933.

Should services to your property be affected or the need exist to access your property, you will be notified in advance.

To prevent injuries we request that parents warn their children against the dangers and prohibit them from coming near the excavations or any equipment.

Your friendly co-operation and patience with any inconvenience which may be caused by the work will be appreciated.

Die Bos loop deur onder motorboewe, maar veiligheidswagte help misdaad bekamp

Deur: Stephanie Nieuwoudt

Die teenwoordigheid van opgeleide motorwagte help om misdaad in die gebied waar hulle werksaam is te bekamp. Om misdaad nog verder hok te slaan, beoog die Stellenbosch Munisipaliteit om eersdaags te begin met die opleiding van nog sowat 20 mense om in die sentrale sakegebied diens te doen.

So het Quintin Smit, raadslid van die Stellenbosch Munisipaliteit wat gemoeid is met openbare veiligheid Donderdag (30 Julie) gesê. Hy het gepraat by ʼn kwartaallikse vergadering van die Stellenbosch Veiligheidsinisiatief (SSI) wat bygewoon is deur rolspelers in die veiligheid- en sekuriteitsvelde. Dit sluit in buurtwagte, private veiligheidsmaatskappye, munisipale wetstoepassers, die Universiteit Stellenbosch se veiligheidsdienste en die polisie.

“Opleiding behels onder meer dat wagte geleer word hoe om lede van die publiek te benader en hoe om hul rol aan buitelandse besoekers te verduidelik,” het Smit gesê. “Hulle is waardevolle rolspelers in misdaadbekamping.”

Smit het kommer uitgespreek oor die toename in diefstal uit motors.

“Veral studente loop deur. Mense laat eiendom soos selfone, rekenaars en klere binne sig in die motor en dit lok diewe om ruite te breek en die voorwerpe te steel.’’

Kol Nelson Govender het gesê die gemeenskap “skep geleenthede vir misdadigers deur voorwerpe binne sig in hul motors te los”.

Smit het gewaarsku teen onopgeleide mense wat sonder amptelike erkenning as motorwagte optree. Hierdie mense dra soms by tot die voorkoms van misdaad en verkoop onder meer dwelms en is by ander oortredings betrokke.

Die deelnemers het gewaarsku dat Stellenbossers nie vir rondlopers en bedelaars geld of kos moet gee nie. Van hulle is onder meer betrokke by sakerollery en ander klein misdade.

Tussen 7 April en 20 Junie vanjaar is 31 arrestasies vir diefstal uit motors gemaak. Dit is ʼn 46% toename vergeleke met die voorafgaande drie maande van vanjaar. Daar was 76 arrestasies vir die besit van dwelms, 20 vir handel in dwelms, 640 vir minder ernstige misdaad, 42 vir inbraak, 10 vir motordiefstal, 35 vir roof, 4 vir moord en 43 vir huisbraak .

Mayor’s Youth Skills Development Programme brings hope

By: Stephanie Nieuwoudt

He knows that without some kind of skills training, life will be tough. And that is why he decided to apply for the Mayor’s Youth Skills Development Programme.

“I left school with a grade 10 certificate, but I have since realised that nothing comes easily to you without a formal qualification,” says Kenwood Malgas (20) one of twelve young people who successfully applied for the carpentry programme offered at Stellemploy training centre on the Knorhoek Road just outside the town of Stellenbosch.

Here the young wannabe carpenters are hard at work sawing, fitting and planing pieces of wood.

Photograph: Arthur Palmer, Emmanuel Nkoko and Kenwood Malgas say they know they will find employment as carpenters.

“I wanted to do this carpentry course because I love working with my hands. I like the way that wood can become a number of things like roof trusses, skirting boards, cabinets and much more.”

Executive Mayor of Stellenbosch, Conrad Sidego, this year made three accredited skills development programmes available. They are in carpentry, electrical skills and basic cooking skills – which includes an introduction to other aspects of the hospitality industry. The names of the 36 (12 in each discipline) successful applicants were announced at a Mayoral Youth Day Event in June 2015. The carpentry and electrical candidates are trained by Stellemploy and the hospitality industry candidates at the Private Hotel School in Vlottenburg were trained as part of an accredited programme of Bergzicht Training.

The successful young people had all passed an interviewing phase, practical testing and had paid a visit to the industry.

“The way the candidates interacted during their industry visit was quite important in the selection process,” explains Michelle Aalbers, Manager: Community Development at Stellenbosch Municipality. “We also took into account passion, eagerness to learn more about the industry and dedication.”

Says Sidego: “These 36 skills development opportunities are sustainable and offer great potential for future growth. Sometimes one thinks that a certain goal is unreachable. I want to encourage all young people to do what they might think is impossible. Because anything can seem impossible until it is done.”

At Stellemploy Arthur Palmer (27) puts down his hammer to share why he applied for this programme.

Although he play drums for a band and was previously a member of the Cape Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, he also knows he “will not make any headway in life without some formal training”.

“I hope that this course and the skills that I learn here, will help me to get a permanent job.”

Photograph: Wesley Gordon, Jacqueline Skippers and Shireen Julius learning some cooking skills.

 

Emmanuel Nkoko (21) wanted to study civil technology, but his applications to a number of institutions were unsuccessful. But realising, like Arthur and Kenwood, that the workplace demands some kind of qualification, this programme was an opportunity he could not miss.

“Putting things together gives me a sense of achievement. When you work with wood you can create a number of things.”

He is also the bass guitarist for the band Blackout.

“The band is doing quite well and I love being involved with music. But I also believe one needs to expand one’s skills base. The more knowledge and skills you have, the more things you can achieve.”

A few kilometres away, the quiet of the Private Hotel School in Vlottenburg is quite a contrast to the busy Stellemploy workshop. Here 12 candidates are learning more about the hospitality industry and acquiring basic cooking skills. The food preparation component is accredited by City and Guilds.

Cooking is her life. And when she saw the advertisement that she could apply for the Mayoral Skills Development Programme, she immediately decided to act.

Jacqueline Skippers deftly whisks some batter in a bowl as she passionately says: “Cooking is my whole life. When I saw the advertisement that I could apply for the Mayoral Skills Development Programme, I just had to grab at this chance.

“I left school with only a grade 11 certificate. Since then I have felt like a failure. The Mayor’s Skills Development Programme which enabled me to do this cooking course, will change my life,” she says.

Wesley Gordon (19) says he is a great fan of cooking and baking programmes on TV.

“I have always loved baking and I hope that this course will be the foundation that will help me to eventually open my own bakery.”

Shireen Julius (22) believes this course has opened up a number of opportunities.

“I am learning so much. I like the cooking aspect, but I also like the fact that I have been introduced to other aspects of the hospitality industry. Although I love cooking, I would also like to be part of the front of house team at a hotel or restaurant.”

  • A video of the complete Youth Day event where the successful applicants were announced can be seen by clicking here or go to bit.ly/1goF2HP.
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  • Stellemploy was started 20 years ago by CEO Betta Augustyn. The goal was and still is to give unemployed people a chance to empower themselves through skills training. Training is offered in welding, gardening, painting, cooking, electrical repairs, carpentry, plumbing, building, paving, mechanics and spray-painting. Stellemploy can be contacted on 021 886 6993.
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  • Bergzicht Training’s the mission is to inspire and empower disadvantaged people with little or no formal education by equipping them with the skills that they need to uplift themselves from impoverished circumstances. Courses offered include home management, frail care, edu-care and cater care. Contact them on 021 883 3525 or send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Countrywide initiative to plant 1 million trees in Arbor Month

By: Stephanie Nieuwoudt

Planting trees is about more than beautifying the environment. It is also about greening our souls.

With this belief Stellenbosch Executive Mayor, Conrad Sidego, launched his Million Trees Project in April 2013. And now he is extending an invitation to other municipalities, organisations and individuals in South Africa to help him plant 1 million trees countrywide in September – Arbor Month.

Since he launched the Million Trees Project, more than 21 000 trees have been planted in the greater Stellenbosch Municipal area.

“Trees are symbolic of nurturing, safety and perseverance,” says Sidego. “The benefits of trees to communities are enormous. Some studies have shown that there is less aggression and violence in leafy environments. There is also research which shows that children fare better academically when they grow up surrounded by trees.”

It is widely accepted that trees have environmental benefits – the most important being that it helps counter global warming and the greenhouse effect.

Trees that bear edible fruit can also help to counter food insecurity and tree planting projects can help to boost the economy by providing job opportunities.

Sidego and his team, headed by Gerald Esau, Manager: Community Services at Stellenbosch Municipality have created a website where individuals and organisations can register every tree planted.

“It is important for us to include schools and learners in this project because we believe that planting a tree can teach a child important lessons – not least caring for a living thing,” says Esau.

Those who cannot plant a tree, but who would nonetheless want to be involved in the project, can make a financial donation.

“Let us take hands countrywide to not only beautify our country, but to also contribute to the emotional wellbeing of every South African,” says Sidego.

For information about donations and how to register trees The Million Trees website can be accessed by clicking here or go to www.milliontrees.co.za.

MEDIA INQUIRIES: Please contact Stephanie Nieuwoudt 083 297 8785

Executive Mayor receives honorary membership from Rotary Club

Executive Mayor receives honorary membership from Rotary Club

By: Stephanie Nieuwoudt

Rotarians scale great heights. There were the Wright brothers who invented and built the first successful aeroplane, Sir Edmund Hillary, the first European who reached the summit of Mount Everest and Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon.

“And I believe that Rotarians scale great heights each day through the different initiatives that address challenges in their communities,” said Conrad Sidego, Executive Mayor of Stellenbosch on Wednesday evening (21 July 2015) when he received honorary membership from the Rotary Club Stellenbosch.

Ms Zelda Ellis, a past president of the Rotary Club Stellenbosch with Executive Mayor Conrad Sidego.

He received his pin from past president Zelda Ellis.

“We believe the Executive Mayor, like the Rotarians, wants to serve the community of Stellenbosch,” said Ellis. “We are giving him honorary membership in recognition of his commitment to the Rotarian organisation.

Sidego was one of the founding members of a Rotary Club in Denmark, when he was ambassador to that country in the 1990’s and he has a longstanding relationship with Rotary Innternational.

“I am looking forward to working with Rotary Stellenbosch to address the needs of our community,” Sidego said.

Overarching drive to act against illegal building activities, structures in Stellenbosch

Overarching drive to act against illegal building activities, structures in Stellenbosch

By: Stephanie Nieuwoudt

Stellenbosch residents who erect illegal buildings on their properties or who are using existing structures for purposes other than what the municipality had given permission for, risk being prosecuted. They also risk losing their insurance cover if the property is damaged in a disaster.

This is the warning of Dupré Lombaard, Director: Planning and Economic Development at Stellenbosch Municipality. The Municipality initiated a drive in March this year to act against owners of illegal structures. This drive is overarching and includes farm owners and restaurateurs as well as home owners who rent rooms to students.

According to Cllr Johannie Serdyn, Mayco member for Planning and Environment 14 cases have since March been handed over to the lawyers.

It is estimated that there are more than 1 000 properties in the municipal area where owners erected buildings without prior building plan approvals, or changed the use of the buildings without prior land use approvals.

“The municipality is aware of these illegal land uses and unlawfully erected buildings in the rural areas, mostly on farms, zoned for agricultural use and in the urban areas, zoned for single dwelling use, but used for student accommodation,” says Lombaard.

Conrad Sidego, Executive Mayor of Stellenbosch says: “In Stellenbosch, Innovation Capital of South Africa, we strive to keep all our residents safe and to ensure a dignified lifestyle. By acting on illegal activities, we minimise the risks of possible tragedy.

“There is always a need for accommodation in the town Stellenbosch and in the surrounding areas. And there will always be those who will try to secure an income from this need. One has respect for the entrepreneurship shown in the process, but as a municipality it is our responsibility to maintain law and order. We cannot just allow illegal building and the erection of illegal structures as this could easily lead to chaos.”

The National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act, 1977, Act 103 of 1977 (NBR), defines buildings and structures and the requirements for the erection of them. Land owners often argue that farms and properties outside of urban areas were exempted from the need to submit building plans.

“However, at no time since the implementation of the NBR was any property exempted from having to submit building plans, other than specifically exempted informal settlements,” says Lombaard.

“All farms and land holdings, mines and quarries, state properties included, must have building plans for the structures erected thereon. Owning properties with buildings and structures for which no building plans or other approvals were granted, holds significant risks for the owners.”

The Stellenbosch Municipality wishes to assist land owners to regularise the use of their land and to gain approvals and authorisations in terms of the relevant statutory provisions. In order to reduce the risks to land owners and the problems faced by purchasers, the Municipality started with a drive to investigate and act on illegal structures in March.

“Some farm owners who have permission to run guesthouses are renting out accommodation on a long-term basis. We encourage tourism to Stellenbosch as it boosts the economy and creates jobs. However, when units meant for tourists are let out to long-term tenants, this does very little to bring in revenue or to create work opportunities,” says Lombaard.

“We are also acting against business owners who have illegally erected structures which serve as restaurants and we are investigating private residences where 8 to 10 rooms are let to students. This is in contravention of the Stellenbosch Zoning Scheme which stipulates that a maximum of 2 non-family members (students) may be accommodated in a private residence.”

According to Lombaard the municipality is using aerial photographs and GPS data to determine whether structures are newly built. This is supported by inspectors who visit the relevant properties. Residents who are found to have acted illegally, could face a fine or be forced to demolish the structures. The ideal would however be to legalise the desirable structures and uses.

Lombaard emphasises that the Municipality is keen to help residents to follow the legal route.

“If you already have a structure which might be illegal, speak to us. We will advise you on how to go about obtaining legal permission for the building.”

  • The NBR defines a building to include " any other structure, whether of a temporary or permanent nature and irrespective of the materials used In the erection thereof, erected or used for or in connection with - the accommodation or convenience of human beings or animals, ... the cultivation or growing of any plant or crop, … any wall, swimming bath, swimming pool, reservoir, ... " etc. The effect of the aforementioned is that buildings or structures erected without approved building plans are in conflict with the provisions of the NBR, LUPO and the relevant Zoning Scheme.
  • The Land Use Planning Ordinance, 1985, Ordinance 15 of 1985 (LUPO) and the regulations made in terms thereof, contain provisions on the illegal use of land and rectification thereof. Moreover, the zoning schemes applicable to the Stellenbosch Municipality contain further limits and prescripts within which land owners may or may not use the land.
  • According to the Consumer Protection Act, 2009, Act 68 of 2009 sellers of property are obliged to declare all legal defects – including illegal structures.

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