STATEMENT BY EXECUTIVE MAYOR GESIE VAN DEVENTER
17 April 2019
What a privilege to officiate two ceremonial openings in one day in Klapmuts! The new Klapmuts Fire Station and the official opening of the state-of-the-art Klapmuts Multipurpose Community Centre are two highlights for me as Mayor. The fanfare, ribbon-cuttings and plaque unveilings of today were special moments shared with the community, but what is really important is that these two facilities will genuinely improve the lives of the Klapmuts community for years to come. This will open doors to better education, employment and business opportunities, fuelling socio-economic development in the Klapmuts community.
After years of planning, public participation processes and several significant alterations, the Klapmuts Multipurpose Community Centre is open for business. The Municipality spent R27 million on this project. The facility will act as a one-stop shop for residents as they can make account payments, apply for indigent grants, pay fines, attend ward meetings and participate in community events all under one roof.
The centre also houses a new Cape Access e-centre of the Western Cape Government, making information and communication technology available and accessible to residents. Computers, free internet and accredited computer training will be provided to residents to make it possible for them to conduct research on school projects and jobs, compile CVs, access social media and emails, submit SARS e-filling, make internet banking payments, print documents and access important government information.
The building itself is an impressive feat of environmentally-conscious engineering. Great care was taken in the construction of this facility to source greener building materials. Low-flush toilets and waterless urinals were installed, rain water is harvested and the roof is lined with solar panels to generate electricity. The facility even treats its own effluent on site to be recycled and reused! Rain water harvesting will mean an 80% reduction in potable water usage whilst the solar panels will lead to an estimated 35% saving on the electrical bill.
The Klapmuts Fire Station will act as a vital satellite fire station of the Stellenbosch Fire and Rescue Services, reducing response time and thereby ensuring that the community and their properties are safer. Work on the project commenced at the start of the current Council’s term after a great need for emergency services was identified in the community.
Budgetary constraints and a lack of a suitable site for the station were major challenges but we knew we had to act fast and had to think outside the box. To be as cost-effective as possible with public funds, the station was constructed by upgrading an existing facility at the centrally located Klapmuts Sports grounds instead of building a facility from scratch. The project cost R2 500 000.00. Today the station stands as a shining example of what can be accomplished when we think innovatively and optimise Council property for service delivery.
What a privilege it was to celebrate the opening of these two magnificent facilities with the residents of Klapmuts today!
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Statement by Executive Mayor Gesie van Deventer
The upgrade of the Mandela City informal settlement in Klapmuts is a project that I am extremely proud of and grateful for. When I first worked in this informal settlement in 2016, I was shocked to see the circumstances these residents were living in. I was committed to doing everything within our power to provide dignified living opportunities for these residents.
Statement by Executive Mayor Gesie van Deventer
21 March 2019
As part of our Human Rights Day celebrations, Executive Mayor Gesie van Deventer celebrated with the community of Jamestown today as another 160 title deeds were handed over. A title deed gives a person the ownership of a property and acts as a passport to participation in the economy. As a responsible and caring local government, the Stellenbosch Municipality understands that our people have a fundamental right to own property.
Mayor van Deventer urges Stellenbosch residents and visitors to make a big change with their small change by giving responsibly.
Adv. Gesie van Deventer - Executive Mayor of Stellenbosch Municipality
15 March 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Destitute people living on the street are a universal concern and a challenge that is not unique to Stellenbosch. Although there are many organisations that try to assist, isolated efforts can only go so far due to limited resources.
That is why Stellenbosch Municipality, in line with its mandate, has stepped up to bring various stakeholders together and combine our resources to create a project that will provide a more holistic approach to assisting homeless people on a more sustainable basis.
The Stellenbosch, Give Responsibly campaign is a culmination of months of talks and cooperation between various non-governmental organisations, stakeholders and the Municipality. It started with a summit, initiated by Mayor van Deventer, in August 2018.
This project is focussed on encouraging residents, visitors and students to make responsible choices when giving to street people. Research has shown that simply giving money keeps people on the street, because it is often financially rewarding for them. The collective aim of this project is to provide our destitute people with the necessary resources to survive, but also to assist them to access social and government services. The ultimate goal is to reincorporate them into society.
The coupon system has been in a soft launch phase since January 2019 and more than 800 coupons have been sold. The system works as follow:
The key to the success of this project is the collaboration with community organisations and partners. Although several organisations were operating their own coupon systems, the systems were not integrated and the coupons were not widely available. By bringing the NGO’s together, the municipality created an opportunity for cooperation on a greater level than ever before. This resulted in Heartflow NPC, a local NGO, developing the concept we are officially launching today, supported by the Municipality.
Our partners in this initiative have all done invaluable work in our community for many years, and as a municipality we are dependent on their support and cooperation. Our collaboration includes Straatlig, Stellenbosch Night Shelter and the University of Stellenbosch with support from Feeding in Action. They will also look into possibly assisting us in gathering important data and providing it to the Municipality. This will help us with future initiatives to assist people living on the streets.
We encourage all residents, students and visitors to support this initiative. The coupons are available from several outlets in Stellenbosch *. We are dedicated to working together and addressing the challenge of street people in a sustainable and positive way. As the program grows, we will be speaking to more and more local businesses and restaurants so that we can further increase the distribution network, making the coupons even more easily accessible.
The Mayor ended off her address at the launch with the famous quote by Ronald Reagan: “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” She continued “by supporting this initiative, you will be helping us to help those in need. Make a big change with your small change and support the Stellenbosch, Give Responsibly Campaign!”
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