Stellenbosch Municipality

Mayor van Deventer recently welcomed Mr Charl Kitching, the newly appointed Senior Manager of Protection Services at Stellenbosch Municipality. Mr Kitching brings with him years of experience in the fields of public safety and security, having previously managed Law Enforcement operations at the City of Cape Town.

Statement by Executive Mayor Gesie van Deventer
15 February 2019


Today is a wonderful day for the residents of Pniel (including residents of Meerlust, Hollandsche Molen and neighbouring farms). From today onwards, all their basic services will be provided by the Stellenbosch Municipality, following the electrical network switchover from Drakenstein to Stellenbosch. To make this project a reality for our residents, the municipality paid R16,2million and the additional R1,5 million for Metering and Connection changes to Drakenstein Municipality.

On Saturday, 2 February 2019, Mayor van Deventer gave her keynote address at the 2019 Blessing of the Harvest Parade in Stellenbosch. The event is now in its seventh year and continues to go from strength to strength. It is fast becoming a highlight on our town calendar and next year promises to be even bigger and better!

January 2019


Mayor van Deventer was part of the University procession through campus when she recently took part in the first ever Dream Walk.

The procession walked through campus as part of a new tradition of welcoming the more than 5000 new first year students and their parents.

As part of the ceremony, students and faculty members had the opportunity to write their dreams on a card and place it on trees in Victoria Street. This follows the Centenary Celebrations in 2018 and launched the next 100 years of excellence at the Stellenbosch University on a high note.

A warm welcome to our new student residents!

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

Mayor van Deventer hands over 326 title deeds

On 3 December 2018, the Executive Mayor Gesie van Deventer, handed over 326 title deeds to beneficiaries of various projects, from across the Municipal area. The handing over ceremony took place at the Stellenbosch Town Hall. This follows two previous handovers earlier this year, bringing the total to more than 620 for the year. One of the oldest title deed recipients on Monday was Mr James Mzalwana who is 89 years old.


Giving residents ownership of their homes is a priority for the municipality because it helps to redress the injustices caused by Apartheid legislation. It allows them access to the economic benefits that come with the owning of property and allows residents to alter and upgrade these properties to their needs, as they were never able to do before. Property ownership allows for a larger middle class and increased economic stability.


The transfer of title deeds is the continuation of a commitment Mayor van Deventer made upon taking office in 2016. At the time, Stellenbosch Municipality had a backlog of almost 2700 title deeds that needed to be transferred to beneficiaries.  As it is a costly and time consuming process, the assistance of the Free Market Foundation (FMF) Khaya Lam project, which is funded by the Reinet Foundation, is critical in our success. The Khaya Lam project, with the funding received from the Reinet Foundation, is assisting the municipality by funding the employment of additional temporary administrative support to increase our capacity and speed up the process of transferring registered title deeds. The Rupert family is part of the Reinet Foundation.


Stellenbosch Municipality is committed to continue the handing over of title deeds. The next handover event has already been scheduled for February 2019 and we look forward to making even more residents property owners in the Greater Stellenbosch.

 

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

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