During March 2018, Stellenbosch plays host to several major events that attract thousands of visitors as well as domestic and international tourists to our town. These annual events are highlights on the social calendar and inject millions into the local economy, creating much needed jobs for the people of our region.
A major challenge of hosting such events, is the increased demand for travel it brings to our already congested town. Residents and business owners are well aware of the congestion we already face on a daily basis, due to the over-reliance on low occupancy private vehicles and aging infrastructure. In order to ensure the successful management of the additional transport demands, we urge residents to take note of the following events taking place during March:
The SU Woordfees (2-11 March)
The SU Woordfees celebrates its 19th year in Stellenbosch. The festival attracts thousands of visitors who flock to our town to see hundreds of performances over a 10-day period. Over 60,000 spectators are expected at the various venues located within town and nearby wine farms.
For more information on the road closures and the hugely successful park-and-ride system that has been implemented for the past three years, please visit http://www.woordfees.co.za/
UCI Mountain Biking World Cup (6-10 March)
This year Stellenbosch welcomes the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup with the opening race taking place on the slopes of the Coetzenburg Mountain. The main race-day event, on 10 March, is expected to draw approximately 20,000 spectators.
Spectators are encouraged to come by bicycle as a safe and secure bicycle lockup facility will be available at the main event area.
For more information on parking areas and road closures, please visit https://worldcupstellenbosch.com/
Varsity Cup (5 March)
The Varsity Cup derby will take centre stage when the Maties host the UCT Ikeys at the Danie Craven Stadium on 5 March.
Stellenbosch Street Soirees (7 & 21 March)The hugely popular fortnightly event hosted by Stellenbosch Wine Route will take place on 7 and 21 March. The event brings many hungry residents and thirsty visitors to Drostdy Street.
The Stellenbosch municipality acknowledges the concerns that some residents and business have raised around increased traffic congestion during this busy time. Our officials and law enforcement officers are working very closely with event organisers and local stakeholders to ensure that the events run smoothly, with as little impact on the day-to-day lives of residents as possible.
The Stellenbosch Municipality will also continue to invest in several initiatives that will alleviate congestion in and around the Municipality.
We look forward to welcoming the thousands of visitors descending on our town, who contribute significantly to our economy and the creation of new jobs for the people of Stellenbosch.