Stellenbosch Municipality
FVZS and ATKV take hands in expanding leadership programme

By: Stephanie Nieuwoudt

Leaders have to convey a message of hope while at the same time addressing challenges in such a way that others can be convinced there is hope.

“Hope is the common denominator which can spur rich and poor to action,” said Stellenbosch Executive Mayor Conrad Sidego on Monday (14 September) at a breakfast jointly hosted by Stellenbosch University’s Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert Institute for Student Leadership Development (FVZS) and the ATKV.


Stellenbosch Municipality wishes to inform all affected residents that the switching time of all geysers have been changed from 17h00-19h00/20h00 (winter peak timeslot) to 18h00-20h00/21h00 (summer peak timeslot) as from 1 September 2015. Eskom’s official three month winter peak period (01 June – 31 August) has concluded and the summer peak time slot switching scheme will remain until the following winter peak period next year. Please note that this recurring switching timeslot rotation will be implemented each year as each peak period commences. The Municipality apologizes for any inconvenience caused due to this change and offers a special word of thanks to everyone for their assistance to relieve the pressure on the national grid.



Stellenbosch Munisipaliteit wil graag inwoners attent daarop maak dat die afskakelingstye van alle warmwatersilinders met ingang van 1 September 2015 verander het vanaf 17h00-19h00 /20h00 (winter spitsperiode) na 18h00 – 20h00/21h00 (somer spitsperiode).

Eskom se amptelike  winter spitsperiode (01 Junie – 31 Augustus)  het nou tot ‘n einde gekom en die somer spitsperiode afskakelingstyd (18h00 -20h00/21h00) tree vanaf 1 September tot 31 Mei 2015 in werking en die rotasie sal jaarliks herhaal word.

Stellenbosch Munisipaliteit bied verskoning aan vir enige ongerief en bedank alle inwoners vir hul samewerking om die druk op die netwerk te verlig.

Jeug vereer en e’Bosch Erfenisprojek bekend gestel


Jeug vereer en e’Bosch Erfenisprojek bekend gestel

Deur: Stephanie Nieuwoudt

Die werk wat volwassenes in Stellenbosch met die jeug doen, is ʼn weerspieëling van die dorp se geloof in die jong mense van hierdie land.

So het Raadsheer Conrad Sidego, die uitvoerende burgemeester van Stellenbosch, op 1 September gesê by die Universiteit Stellenbosch (US) Museum tydens ʼn geleentheid waar sertifikate oorhandig is aan volwassenes wat besonderse werk met die jeug doen. Die twee wenners in elke dorpie was onder meer jeugleiers, onderwysers, bibliotekarisse, sportafrigters en kultuurmense.

By Stephanie Nieuwoudt

There were stalls with vegetable gardens, a hothouse built from recycled plastic bottles, a selfie frame and animals made from old tyres on Die Braak.

Mr Gerald Esau, Ms Dione Swartz, Alderman Conrad Sidego and Ms Nazeema Mohammed in the “selfie”-frame on Die Braak.

And in front of Town Hall, Mr Leon Visser and Cameron Brand on Thursday (3 September) showed the learners how trees should be climbed when they need to be pruned.

These activities were part of Stellenbosch Municipality’s Arbor Week projects. “You are still in the Spring of your lives,” Alderman Conrad Sidego, Executive Mayor of Stellenbosch told the learners.

“You are being formed into remarkable people. But to have a wonderful Summer – as adults – you need to look after the soil that are helping you grow now. You have to be careful of that which you choose to fill your minds with now.”

A hothouse built from recycled plastic bottles.

Sidego urged the learners to plant trees to mark the day that they committed themselves to preparing for a wonderful future.

Learners watched in awe as Cameron Brand from Trees Unlimited used ropes to climb the huge English Oak in front of the Town Hall.

Groendal Secondary School pupils Tylor September, Ruth Morgan (teacher), Alicia van Wyk, Siphelo Ngxambane and Carla Titus with Executive Mayor Conrad Sidego.

“With this activity we teach children how to care for trees which have to be pruned regularly. We also show them the safest way to climb trees,” explained Brand.

Gardening in a small space.

Municipalities, individuals, schools, churches and other organisations who want to plant trees, can register their projects on the website help Stellenbosch Municipality to plant 1 million trees in September.

For more information about the Executive Mayor’s tree planting initiative, go to .

By: Stephanie Nieuwoudt

He can do basic carpentry, painting and plumbing. But he has always wanted to do an electrician’s course.

And with this certificate, he can now further im0prove his qualifications so that he can obtain his Wireman’s License.

“It is going to take a few years, but I have a passion for electrical work and this is a qualification I shall work hard to obtain,” said Chadwin Apollis, one of twelve beneficiaries of the Mayoral Skills Development Electrician Assistant course at the event where they received their certificates at Stellemploy on Monday (31 August).

Chatwin, who was also the best student on the course, proudly showed some of his test results.

Caption: Ms Betta Augustyn, CEO of Stellemploy with the young men who received their Ellectrician Assistant certificates Hilton Palison, Nathan Maroma, Judon Jagers, Kerwyn Roos, Gaino Segers (Office Manager: Stellemploy), Eurgan Groenewald (middle) Brent Simmers, Armeen Cornelson, Lindsay Nieveldt, Chadwin Apollis, Eagan Marlow, Zane Goliath, William Thys. The Executive Mayor of Stellenbosch, Conrad Sidego is in the back row. With Shane Zeederberg who trained the young men.

“When I got 97% for a test, I was very unhappy. I was only satisfied when I got 100%,” he said.

On Monday Stellemploy, which trains young people in skills such as carpentry, cooking, electrical work, gardening and painting also celebrated its 20th anniversary.

The Executive Mayor, Conrad Sidego said that Stellemploy is a place where “dreams are given to young people”.

“This certificate is a key that these young men can use to open a number of doors. And when there is no door, one sometimes have to create one.”

Caption: Some of the young men who completed their certificate course qualifying them as electrician’s assistants.

Referring to dire poverty he said that many South Africans are “born dead because of a lack of opportunities”.

“You give young people the skills to live,” he said to Betta Augustyn, CEO of Stellemploy. “When people really live, they also create opportunities for others.”

For Lindsay Nieveldt (23) this course was a further break with drug-fuelled past.

“I was involved with drugs and after a stint in rehab I realised I am really messing up my life. I decided to pull myself together. I know that I will be able to get a decent job with this certificate. “

Brent Simmers had a pragmatic reason for why he wanted to do this course: “Everybody needs electricity. And I know there will always be work for an electrician.”