Stellenbosch Municipality

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!

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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.

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. 

 

 

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:

  1. You purchase a coupon for R10 at any of the participating retailers where the Give Responsibly poster is displayed;
  2. You write the person’s name, the person for who the coupon is intended, on the coupon (to prevent reselling) and select one of the services (a plate of food, a blanket or a night in the shelter) on the coupon.
  3. The recipient then goes to the chosen organisation to trade the coupon for services.

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 Municipality and our partners welcome any feedback relating to the initiative to assist us with future development. Your contributions can be send to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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!”

*List of outlets:

  • Tony’s Barber;
  • PostNet (Plein Street and Andringa Street);
  • Cash Crusaders, iThemba Curious;
  • Super Spar (Boord);
  • Kwik Spar (Neelsie);
  • BP petrol station (Merriman Street and Dorp Street)
  • Moeder Gemeente;
  • NG Kerk Stellenbosch Wes and Welgelegen,
  • Joshua Generation,
  • Kruiskerk
  • Christ Church
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