Stellenbosch Municipality

Statement by Executive Mayor Gesie van Deventer

28 February 2019


Executive Mayor Gesie van Deventer was joined today by Western Cape Minister of Human Settlements, Bonginkosi Madikizela, to hand over 135 title deeds to families in Mooiwater, Franschhoek.

Giving residents ownership of their homes is a priority for the municipality because it creates new opportunities for the beneficiaries. 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. A title deed provides a valuable asset to a family and empowers them for generations to come. 

The deeds handed over today form part of the Mooiwater Housing Project in which 231 new houses have been built. The project cost R31.86 million and was initiated to provide safe and dignified living conditions for Groendal residents and backyard dwellers. The oldest beneficiary today is Ms Christina Hoffman, who turns 76 this year.

The transfer of title deeds is the continuation of a commitment made by Mayor van Deventer upon taking office in 2016. At the time, Stellenbosch Municipality had a backlog of nearly 2700 title deeds that needed to be transferred to beneficiaries.  Last year, three big title deed handover ceremonies took place and today is the first title deed handover event of 2019. The next title deed handover ceremony has already been scheduled for Human Right’s Day (21 March 2019) in Jamestown. 


The handing over of deeds forms part of our commitment as a local government to ensure dignified living conditions for all our residents. The Mayor added that she urges all new home owners and their families to take care of their new assets, as it has the potential to unlock many economic opportunities for them and their children.

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.

Verklaring deur Burgemeester Gesie van Deventer

08 Julie 2019


Die nuwe regulasies wat onlangs deur die Nasionale Tesourie en Departement van Plaaslike Regering aangekondig is, is nie vir ons ‘n verassing nie en word lankal reeds toegepas in Stellenbosch. Hierdie kostebesparingsregulasies, wat op munisipaliteite regoor die land van toepassing is, het amptelik op 1 Julie 2019 in werking getree.

Die maatreëls is egter niks nuuts vir Stellenbosch nie. Die politici en administrasie van hierdie Munisipaliteit is verbind tot effektiewe finansiële bestuur. Met die intree van die huidige raad, het die Burgemeester reeds hierdie kostebesparingsmaatreëls streng toegepas en seker gemaak dat onnodige uitgawes en vermorsing van fondse gestaak word.

Daar is weg gedoen met uitgawes en kostes wat nie tot die voordeel van ons gemeenskap strek nie. Daarom gee Stellenbosch die pas aan as dit kom by slim werk met die publiek se geld. ‘n Paar stappe wat ons as munisipaliteit reeds vir jare in plek het, sluit ondermeer in:

• Geen Raadslede of amptenare van die munisipaliteit het kredietkaarte tot hul beskikking waarvan die Raad die rekening betaal nie.
• Die munisipaliteit koop nie enige voertuie aan vir die gebruik van Raadslede nie.
• Die Burgemeester se ampsmotor was 10 jaar terug aangekoop en is ‘n 2009 model.
• Die ampsmotor wat vroeër jare deur die Onderburgemeester gebruik is, is in 2016 oorgeplaas na die Verkeersdepartement en word nou gebruik as ‘n noodreaksievoertuig by ongelukstonele.
• Bywoning van konferensies en werkswinkels word streng beperk tot onderwerpe wat werklik verband hou met die werk van ʼn amptenaar. Konferensies en werkswinkels wat deur ons as Munisipaliteit aangebied word of waarvoor ons as gasheer optree, word intern fasiliteer en munisipale geboue/sale word hiervoor gebruik om kostes te bespaar.
• Geen Raadslede of amptenare vlieg eersteklas of besigheidsklas nie, self nie vir vlugte van 5 ure en langer nie. Buitelandse reise word reeds tot ʼn absolute minimum beperk.
• Hotel akkommodasie vir Raadslede en amptenare word beperk tot 3 of 4 ster enkelkamers.
• Onthaaltoelaes is beperk en word streng gereguleer. Geen alkohol word enigsins deur die Raad betaal nie. Die Munisipaliteit betaal ook glad nie vir enige alkohol tydens funksies of wanneer belangrike gaste en besoekers onthaal word nie.
• Die munisipaliteit betaal nie vir jaareindfunksies van personeel nie.
• Konsultante word slegs aangestel in gevalle waar die munisipaliteit nie intern oor die nodige kundigheid of tegniese vaardighede beskik nie. Waar dit wel gedoen word, word daar streng by voorgeskrewe Verkrygingskanaal prosedures gehou.

Hierdie is slegs ‘n paar voorbeelde van maatreëls wat reeds vir jare by die Stellenbosch Munisipaliteit in werking is om goeie finansiële bestuur te verseker. Die Munisipaliteit bly daartoe verbind dat elke sent van ons belastingbetalers se geld aangewend moet word om gehalte munisipale dienste te lewer aan elke inwoner. Ons verwelkom die aankondiging dat hierdie maatreëls nou amptelike regulasie geword het.

 

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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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