Stellenbosch Municipality

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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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.


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Notice is hereby given that Stellenbosch Municipality moves to Level 2 Water Restrictions but is still aiming to save 30% of its previous intake from surface sources of water. Should this saving not be achieved the Municipality will institute more stringent restriction measures.

This notice is effective as from 1 December 2018.

Click HERE to view the Level 2 notice. 


29 October 2018

Ms Geraldine Mettler – Municipal Manager

This morning, 29 October 2018, a group of approximately 40 protestors marched from the Magistrates’ Court in Mark Street to the Town House Complex in Plein Street after community leaders appeared in court.

This was an illegal gathering as permission was not granted in terms of the Gatherings Act 205 of 1993. The gathering furthermore failed to take place peacefully and with due regard to the rights of others.

While we reiterate our support of people’s right to protest peacefully, we strongly condemn the violence and destruction of property that occurred in parts of the Stellenbosch CBD today. Protestors damaged several properties, threw dangerous projectiles such as bricks and beer bottles and physically threatened municipal staff with knopkieries.

We cannot allow a small group of demonstrators to bring our town to a standstill. Their actions are illegal, unnecessary and unfair towards the hundreds of residents, business owners and vendors who are trying to make an honest living under very difficult economic conditions.

Law Enforcement Officials and the South African Police Service were called to restore calm in the CBD area and remain on high alert. The safety of all residents is our main priority.

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Verklaring deur Burgemeester Gesie van Deventer

28 November 2018

Die Stellenbosch Munisipaliteit het op 28 November 2018 sy jaarlikse veldtog vir die 16 Dae van Aktivisme teen Geweld teen Vroue en Kinders geloods op die Braak in die hartjie van Stellenbosch. Hierdie veldtog word jaarliks regoor die land gehou om ons daaraan te herinner dat geweld en misdaad teen veral vroue en kinders in Suid-Afrika steeds baie voorkom en dat dit nie ‘n probleem is wat vanself gaan verdwyn nie.

Geweld teen vroue en kinders is nie ʼn probleem wat uniek is tot ʼn spesifieke ekonomiese klas of kultuurgroep nie. Dit diskrimineer nie teen wit of swart, ryk of arm, gay of “straight” nie – dit is ʼn verskriklike en werklike probleem wat oral in ons samelewing voorkom. Alhoewel die veldtog jaarliks net gefokus is op 16 dae, is dit nie ‘n probleem wat beperk is tot ‘n sekere aantal dae nie. Dit is belangrik om ons daaraan te herinner dat die slagoffers van mishandeling en geweld elke dag saam met ons leef en werk.

Die Verenigde Nasies se tema vir hierdie jaar is “#HearMeToo” en fokus op die stories van slagoffers, wat so dikwels steeds geïgnoreer word of ligtelik deur selfs owerhede afgemaak word. In die Wes-Kaap fokus ons op “Count Me In”. Dit plaas die klem om die hele gemeenskap en verwys daarna dat die hele gemeenskap slagoffers van geweld is en daaraan blootgestel is, totdat ons almal saam staan en praat oor hierdie probleem.

Ek weet dat dit baie moeilik is om te erken dat u ʼn slagoffer is of selfs was, maar ek vra u asseblief, praat hieroor en kry hulp! Ek sal enige iemand wat my kontak hieroor probeer help en met streng vertroulikheid hanteer. Ons moet sterk standpunt inneem in ons gemeenskappe en help om ons vroue en kinders te beskerm en te beveilig teen geweld.
Dankie aan elke polisielid, nie-regeringsorganisasie en mediese beampte wat slagoffers van mishandeling en geweld met groot deernis en respek hanteer. Ons is afhanklik van u samewerking om geweld en mishandeling te stop.

As Burgemeester wil ek ‘n beroep op elke inwoner doen om asseblief nie hierdie vreeslike plaag te duld nie. Indien u bewus is van iemand wat mishandel word, meld dit asseblief aan. Dit is slegs wanneer ons die stilte en geheimhouding oor mishandeling en geweld gaan breek, dat ons die situasie sal kan verbeter.


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