Stellenbosch Munisipaliteit

Municipal Manager - Geraldine Mettler

16 March 2020




The Stellenbosch Municipality welcomes the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa and will work to ensure that service delivery continues while the well-being of residents and staff is protected.

With the national state of disaster declared by the President last night and the potential threat of the COVID-19 virus, it is essential to ensure contingencies are in place. The municipality therefore called an emergency meeting of senior management this morning to determine our hands-on response to this virus.

We will continue to work with our National and Provincial partners to ensure that measures are in place to curb the spread of the virus. Key to achieving this, is to minimise physical contact between people and to limit any fears and anxieties that our residents may have.

The Stellenbosch Municipality will be taking the following steps -

The Joint Operations Centre (JOC) with various public and private stakeholders in the health, safety and disaster management environments has been activated and an internal JOC consisting of representatives from municipal departments is also being established. 

  • Effective immediately, Community and Protection Services will cancel all event and gathering applications where 100 people or more are expected.
  • The Jonkershoek picnic site will be closed to members of the public from today, 16 March 2020 until further notice.
  • We are in discussions with the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport on the opening times of municipal libraries across the province and more information will follow in due course.
  • Effective immediately, all non-essential travel for all spheres of government to areas outside of the Republic is stopped and domestic travel is restricted. Residents are being encouraged to phone, email or WhatsApp to engage the Municipality or their local councilor instead of visiting a municipal office in person, to restrict direct physical contact
  • The municipality will provide hand sanitizers or wipes at building entrances to be used to disinfect hands when entering facilities.
  • Public meetings that were scheduled to begin next month, have been cancelled. Electronic, written and telephonic submissions will be encouraged. We are also currently exploring alternative electronic platforms for public participation.
  • We have approached the MEC of Local Government on a decision as to whether or not scheduled Council and Mayco meetings may continue as normal.
  • Please be aware of scammers posing as health practitioners to gain access to properties. There have been several reports of criminals approaching residents at their homes pretending to conduct home testing for COVID-19.

We encourage residents to please pay attention to official announcements, and follow the instructions being given. Fake or inaccurate information continues to be a challenge. We urge all residents not to participate in the distribution of inaccurate, unverified or false information. 

By working together we can restrict the spread of the virus

We are aware that the outbreak of COVID-19 will present a challenging time for our region as it will have an adverse effect on our thriving tourism and hospitality industries.

We urge every business owner to act in the best interest of our community and to adhere to the restrictions and guidelines outlined by national government.

For official COVID-19 advice, updates and queries –

  • National Hotline 0800 029 999
  • WhatsApp 0600 123 456
  • Provincial Hotline 021 9284102

Further announcements will be made in due course.



Statement by Executive Mayor Gesie van Deventer
4 March 2020

The Stellenbosch WWTW is the single biggest capital expenditure item and bulk infrastructure project in the history of Stellenbosch and will serve our communities for generations to come.

03 March 2020

Over the past weekend, 28 February – 1 March 2020, Stellenbosch Municipal Law Enforcement joined the South African Police Service in various special Liquor and Drug operations across the municipal area. Several arrests for the possession of drugs and the sale of alcohol without licenses were made. Drugs and alcohol confiscated from our streets during these operations include –

• 7 large bags of tik
• 56 small bags of tik
• 20 mandrax tablets
• 170 liters of alcohol

Criminal cases have been opened against all of the accused. We will continue to work with public and private safety stakeholders to ensure that our streets are safe for our children. If you suspect any illegal activity, including the sale of drugs and illegal alcohol, please contact –

• Municipal Law Enforcement (021) 808 8890
• SAPS Stellenbosch (021) 809 5000
• SAPS Cloetesville (021) 888 5940
• SAPS Klapmuts (021) 875 8000
• SAPS Kayamandi (021) 889 5761
• SAPS Groot Drakenstein (021) 874 8000
• SAPS Franschhoek (021) 876 8061

Media enquiries:
Stuart Grobbelaar T: 021 808 8172 | C: 084 036 1395


11 December 2019
Statement by Chief Financial Officer, Mr Kevin Carolus

The Stellenbosch Municipality is once again in a position to report credible and reliable financial and performance results, evidenced by the unqualified audit opinion issued by the Auditor General of South Africa. The audit outcome reflects that the municipality maintained a healthy financial position year on year. The latest audit outcomes marks the 12th consecutive year of unqualified audit outcomes in Stellenbosch.

10 Desember 2019

Verklaring deur Burgemeester Gesie van Deventer

Die La Motte gemeenskap, net buite Franschhoek, het die wonderlike kersgeskenk ontvang van ‘n nuut opgeknapte gemeenskapsaal. Die bestaande saal moes twee jaar gelede gesluit word omdat die gebruik daarvan onveilig was. Na baie harde werk, is die La Motte Gemeenskapsaal ten volle gerestoureer en is dit nou die trots van die klein bosbou gemeenskap.