Stellenbosch Municipality

29 May 2019

GERALDINE METTLER
MUNICIPAL MANAGER


The Stellenbosch Municipality is aware of challenges being experienced by applicants in the issuing of planning and land use applications. The process that plans have to follow from application to approval is generally a lengthy and time-consuming one, but many applicants have been waiting for far too long and we find this unacceptable.

That is why we are implementing a remedial action plan to address the backlog and accelerate the process.

Since last year, the Provincial Government has been assisting our Planning Department with appeals assessments. In addition to this, two Senior Planners will now be seconded from Province for 6 months to fast-track the processes in our Planning Offices.

We are also pleased to announce that a new Municipal Planning Tribunal (MPT) Board will commence with their duties on 1 July 2019. The vacancies for two permanent Senior Town Planners have also already been advertised and the positions will be filled before the end of June 2019.

As a Municipality that strives to provide efficient and effective services to the people that we serve, we apologise for any frustration experienced by applicants and commit ourselves to addressing these challenges head-on. We are confident that the steps taken will reduce the waiting period for building plans and ensure a more efficient experience.

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Media queries:
Stuart Grobbelaar T: 021 808 8172 | C: 084 036 1395
Mart-Marié Haasbroek T: 021 808 8024 | C: 072 910 3724

 

 

The Stellenbosch Municipality was honoured to host firefighters from across our province for the 2019 International Fire Fighter’s Day. The event took place on 4 May 2019 at Die Braak.

 

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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!

Media queries:
Stuart Grobbelaar T: 021 808 8172 | C: 084 036 1395
Mart-Marié Haasbroek T: 021 808 8024 | C: 072 910 3724

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.

Everything you need to know about the new parking management system:

  • The Municipality recently appointed a new service provider, Street Parking Solutions (SPS), to manage public parking in the Stellenbosch CBD from 1 April 2019;
  • Street Parking Solutions is an experienced parking management company that has successfully been managing public parking in the City of Cape Town since 2009;
  • All parking marshals employed by the service provider in Stellenbosch must be a resident of the Stellenbosch Municipality;
  • SPS trains the parking marshalls and has 13 years experience in the training of parking marshalls;
  • All persons employed by SPS must be subjected to SAPS background checks;
  • Officials may not accept cash as a method of payment. Should this happen, please inform the municipality immediately;
  • Officials do not have to take photos of your card. Should this happen, please inform the municipality immediately;
  • The new cashless payment system is far safer and more convenient – payment can be made via debit card, credit card, tap-and-go MyCiti card or SnapScan;
  • Prepaid cards are available from the SPS office (Corner of Andringa and Crozier Streets, next to Specs Eye Care);
  • The cards cost R30 each and can be loaded with an amount ranging between R15 and R1500. Cards can also be topped up at any ABSA ATM;
  • We are in the process of making the MyCiti cards available at more outlets around the CBD;
  • There are NO bank charges for the customer’s account when paying for parking- that cost lies with the service provider;
  • The Municipality can be contacted on 021 808 8215/ 021 808 8953/ 021 808 8343 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any further queries. 

 

 

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