23 March 2020
STATEMENT BY THE EXECUTIVE MAYOR OF STELLENBOSCH MUNICIPALITY, ADV GESIE VAN DEVENTER
The Stellenbosch Municipality will be reducing the number of staff at all municipal offices by 50% until further notice. Administrative staff will be required to work from home on a rotational basis, helping us restrict physical contact as much as possible while still enabling us to effectively deliver services to residents.
This decision was made in order for us to comply with social distancing that is required during this unprecedented time.
The Municipality is doing all it can to protect our employees, while still ensuring that essential services such as refuse removal, area cleaning, water and electricity services continues as normal.
Customer offices will remain open but we urge members of the public to phone, email or send a WhatsApp to engage with the Municipality or their local councillor instead of visiting a municipal office in person. This will restrict direct physical contact and potentially slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Residents are encouraged to submit service requests using the following channels:
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. Restricting physical and social contact is essential in curbing the spread of the virus and we all have a responsibility to work together to reduce infections.
STATEMENT BY EXECUTIVE MAYOR OF STELLENBOSCH MUNICIPALITY – GESIE VAN DEVENTER
Release: Immediate 20 March 2020
A report served in front of the Mayoral Committee today to inform the Mayoral Committee of the steps the Stellenbosch Municipality is taking to comply with the national state of disaster due to the COVID 19 outbreak, as announced by the President earlier this week.
Many of these steps have already been implemented and this information will also be presented to the Council at the upcoming Council Meeting, scheduled for 30 March 2020.
The report states the following:
a) Municipal services will provisionally continue as normal, but residents are encouraged to avoid non-essential visits to any of the municipal offices and facilities, and to rather use online, telephone, and electronic services;
b)The following municipal facilities be closed with immediate effect, until further notice:
c) The Municipal Manager be authorised to take urgent decisions relating to the COVID pandemic, inter alia regarding but not restricted to the following:
As the situation develops, we will keep our residents and the broader community updated. We are fully aware that this is a challenging time and we urge all residents to please give their full cooperation and adhere to the restrictions as they are announced and implemented by the national and provincial authorities. Please adhere to the restrictions of 100 people (including staff) or less at social events. This includes funerals, weddings and religious services.
Our law enforcement section has been briefed and they have been instructed to act according to the regulations as announced in the national government gazette. Residents and businesses who do not adhere to these regulations may face a hefty fine or even jail time.
For safety information, useful tips and government communications please visit our website (www.stellenbosch.gov.za) or follow us on social media - Facebook: Stellenbosch Municipality and Twitter: @StellMun
#FlattenTheCurve: Stellenbosch Municipality COVID19 Update by Gesie van Deventer
Release: Immediate 18 March 2020
The Stellenbosch Municipality is working hard to prevent and combat the spread of the Corona virus. With this in mind we already took the first essential steps on Monday, in accordance with the President’s decision to declare a national state of disaster. Every decision we make is in the interest of PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY.
The Stellenbosch Municipality have taken the following steps:
These emergency measures have also forced us to postpone several events, including a title deed handover ceremony as well as the annual Mayoral Golf day.
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. Limiting physical and social contact is essential in curbing the spread of the virus. I therefore urge residents to help us curb the spread of the virus by doing the following:
Please be aware of scammers posing as health practitioners to gain unlawful access to properties. There have been several reports of criminals approaching people, claiming to be health workers from various institutions 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 remains a challenge. We urge all residents not to participate in the distribution of inaccurate, unverified or false information. Spreading fake news on The Corona is now a punishable offence and if found guilty you can spend up to 6 months in jail, as detailed in the Government Gazette, published yesterday. Please consult official sources if you have any doubts or concerns. For official COVID-19 advice, updates and queries:
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.
“I call on all residents to stay calm during this time of crisis. Please act with kindness and consideration towards all citizens, and be mindful that social isolation will be challenging for many people. Please check in on your loved ones via electronic communication, and please do not panic buy as it contributes to a stressful environment during this difficult time.” – said Mayor van Deventer
We will continuously share information and updates on our municipal website and social media pages.
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.
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 –
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.