Stellenbosch Municipality

By: Stephanie Nieuwoudt

Residents of Klapmuts (Ward 18) were surprised on Wednesday (19 August 2015) by “Superman” who accompanied staff of Stellenbosch Municipality to distribute 100 wheelie bins to households in the area.

“Superman” is Charl Ciliers, of the environmental and botanical consulting service My Habitat who is working with Stellenbosch Municipality to make people aware about environmental issues.

“The Superman suit makes people smile. And it feeds into the idea that citizens have to do the right thing.”

“Superman” Charl Cilliers and the Stellenbosch Municipality team who distributed wheelie bins in Klapmuts, Nomapha Msizi, Arthur Adams, Nelson Mzili, Clayton Hendrickse, Zizipho Fatshane, renata fourie, Charlotte Cronjé, Gerald Abraham and Shaun Nomnganga. On the truck are Lusindiso Joyi, Mabuthi Makupula, Werenr Groenewald and Dawid Reitz.

Resident Rachel Gabriels said she is extremely grateful for her bin.

“The black bags are not effective. Dogs, looking for something to eat, tear them to shreds.

“This area lies on the wine route. When the streets are covered in litter, it sends out a terrible message to tourists who pass by here.”

Mrs Fransina Remmetts (82) who has been living in the area for more than 50 hyears, also said she was excited about the bin.

“I have been waiting for a bin for a long time, because animals won’t be able to tear them open, like they do with the black bags,” she said.

Grateful Klapmuts resident Rachel Gabriels (third from the left) standing next to “Superman” Charl Cilliers. With them are municipal staff members,Nelson Mzili, Charlotte Cronjé, and Nomapha Msizi. In front are Zizipho Fatshane and Arthur Adams.

The distribution is part of a bigger project by the Municipality’s solid waste department to distribute 3 000 bins to all residential areas in Klapmuts by the end of September.

“Residents of Klapmuts have up to now been using black refuse bags. It has contributed to the problem of litter in the area,” explains Cllr Sophie Louw, Mayco member: Local Economic Development. “We hope that these wheelie bins will help to curb litter and the illegal dumping of waste in open spaces.”

Executive Mayor of Stellenbosch, Conrad Sidego, says that the wheelie bins are an intervention to add to the vision of Stellenbosch to help its residents live dignified lives.

“Waste that is dumped indiscriminately cause a variety of problems of which health issues are foremost. The bins will help to get rid of waste more effectively. The next challenge is to ensure that our residents know that recyclable waste can be turned into economic opportunities.”

Ms Charlotte Cronjé of the Municipality’s solid waste department adds that black refuse bags are an inefficient system.

“When bags get torn by dogs and other roaming animals the waste spilling out then lies in the street or gets scattered in the wind. People are more aware of their waste and the need to get rid of it in an appropriate manner when they have wheelie bins,” she says.

Members of the Municipality’s Youth in Waste project helped to distribute the bins. These young people make residents and especially the youth aware of the importance of getting rid of waste effectively.

“It is important to tell other young people why it is important not to litter. They see adults dumping rubbish anywhere and this sets a bad example for them,” says Namapha Msizi one of the Youth in Waste workers.

“In Stellenbosch our landfill site will be filled to capacity within the next three years. We also try to teach young people about the importance of recycling. Plastic, glass, cardboard and metal can be collected and sold. There is money and great opportunities in recycling. We should all make more of an effort to re-use, reduce and recycle.”

‘Live in the moment’ – Women’s Month message

By: Stephanie Nieuwoudt

Women and girls should stop thinking “if only” and live in the now.

This was the message of Ms Michelle Aalbers, Manager: Community Development; Planning and Economic Development on Friday (7 August). She spoke to a group of girls at the Franschhoek Valley Community Sports Centre in Groendal as part of a programme of events for Women’s Month.

“We do not have power about the past – which has already happened. And we do not have power over the future. We only have power about this very moment. We have to value this moment,” Aalbers said.

She said that woman and girls do not often experience feelings of “awesomeness”, “magic” or “fabulousness” because they focus on thinking “if only”.

“We believe that if only we were richer, or thinner, or cleverer we would be happy. We need to focus on what is happening right now. We can decide to be fabulous and feel fabulous every day. We can choose how we feel. Whether they are young or old, women do not need other people to make them feel wonderful.”

After her talk, the girls had to write down decisions they believed could have a long-term impact on their lives. Juliana Sterkse wrote that she decided that she would study harder so that she could succeed in life.

Chelsey Davey said that she wanted to rise above her circumstances while for Davidene Adonis it was important to practise hard at sports so that her school, Groendal Sekondêr, could win the sports derby.

Deur: Stephanie Nieuwoudt

Dit is nog sowat twee weke voordat Loslitdag nasionaal gevier word.

Maar Stellenbosch Munisipaliteit se Burgemeesterskomiteelede en die Uitvoerende Burgemeester het reeds hul verbintenis tot Loslitdag (4 September) getoon deur lank voor die belangrike dag elk ʼn Lostlitdag-plakker te koop.

Stellenbosch Munisipaliteit se Burgemeesterskomiteelede en die Uitvoerende Burgemeester toon hul verbintenis tot Loslitdag (4 September)

Op die foto is Raadslede Pietman Retief, Valerie Fernandez, Johannie Serdyn, Quintin Smit, Nyaniso Jindela, Aldridge Frazenburg en Sophie Louw. Agter is die Uitvoerende Burgemeester, Conrad Sidego.

Landwyd word geld wat met die verkoop van plakkers verkry word, vanjaar aan organisasies en tehuise geskenk wat op een of ander manier gemoeid is met gestremdes. Die Dorothea Skool vir kinders met spesiale behoeftes sal vanjaar baat by verkope deur Stellenbosch Munisipaliteit.

Loslitdagplakkers is teen R10 te koop by Tazmynn Linders (Beplanning en Ekonomiese Ontwikkeling: 1ste Verdieping, Stadsaal, Pleinstraat, Stellenbosch) of by die munisipale gebou te Andringastraat 85.

Daar is vyf plakkers – elk met ʼn verskillende beeld daarop.

Onthou om op 4 September jou kleurvolste klere aan te trek en jou uitrusting te versier met Loslitdagplakkers.

By: Stephanie Nieuwoudt

Women and girls should stop thinking "if only" and live in the now.

This was the message of Ms Michelle Aalbers, Manager: Community Development; Planning and Economic Development on Friday (7 August). She spoke to a group of girls at the Franschhoek Valley Community Sports Centre in Groendal as part of a programme of events for Women's Month.

Nazlee Engelbrecht (12) and Jamy Carolus (11) attended a Women’s Month talk by Ms Michelle Aalbers at the Franschhoek Community Sports Centre

Nazlee Engelbrecht (12) and Jamy Carolus (11) attended a Women’s Month talk by Ms Michelle Aalbers at the Franschhoek Community Sports Centre.

"We do not have power about the past – which has already happened. And we do not have power over the future. We only have power about this very moment. We have to value this moment," Aalbers said.

She said that woman and girls do not often experience feelings of "awesomeness", "magic" or "fabulousness" because they focus on thinking "if only".

"We believe that if only we were richer, or thinner, or cleverer we would be happy. We need to focus on what is happening right now. We can decide to be fabulous and feel fabulous every day. We can choose how we feel. Whether they are young or old, women do not need other people to make them feel wonderful."

Ms Michelle Aalbers talking to a group of girls

Ms Michelle Aalbers talking to a group of girls.

After her talk, the girls had to write down decisions they believed could have a long-term impact on their lives.

Juliana Sterkse wrote that she decided that she would study harder so that she could succeed in life.

Chelsey Davey said that she wanted to rise above her circumstances while for Davidene Adonis it was important to practise hard at sports so that her school, Groendal Sekondêr, could win the sports derby.

Some of the teenage girls who attended the talk by Ms Michelle Aalbers

Some of the teenage girls who attended the talk by Ms Michelle Aalbers: Audrey Sterkse, Stacey Follet, Mbasa Mayana, Anthea Chrisian, Abigail Fortuin, Marlene Cornelissen, Jay-Nique Claassen, Juliana Sterkse, DavideneAdonis, Tristan James, Roche Bezuidenhoud, Heidine Brickers, Frendeline Davids, Hazel Brown, Nicole Mntuyedwa and Chelsea Davey.

Opgradering van Waternetwerk – Goridon & Adendorff Streets, Idas Valley

Geagte Inwoner

Geliewe kennis te neem dat Stellenbosch Munisipaliteit tans besig is om gedeeltes van die waternetwerk in u woonbuurt op te gradeer. Dit sluit die verskuiwing van watermeters in.

Die verantwoordelike kontrakteur is Exeo Khokela Construction. Die kontakpersoon op terrein is Lucien Mars en navrae kan gerig word by 082 859 9933 .

Indien dienste na u perseel geaffekteer word of toegang tot u perseel benodig word, sal u as inwoner byvoorbaat in kennis gestel word.

Om beserings te voorkom word ouers versoek om hul kinders te waarsku teen die gevare en naby die uitgrawings en toerusting te verbied.

U vriendelike samewerking en geduld met enige ongerief wat die werksaamhede mag veroorsaak, sal waardeer word.

Upgrading of Water Network Goridon & Adendorff Streets, Idas Valley

Dear Resident

Please note that Stellenbosch Municipality is currently upgrading sections of the water network in your neighbourhood which includes the moving of water meters.

Exeo Khokela Construction is the responsible contractor. The contact person on site is Lucien Mars and any enquiries can be directed to 082 859 9933.

Should services to your property be affected or the need exist to access your property, you will be notified in advance.

To prevent injuries we request that parents warn their children against the dangers and prohibit them from coming near the excavations or any equipment.

Your friendly co-operation and patience with any inconvenience which may be caused by the work will be appreciated.

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