The Executive Mayor of Stellenbosch, Conrad Sidego opened the Graceland Library for pre-schoolers this morning in Devon Valley, Stellenbosch. The community, community leaders and the enthusiastic pre-schoolers joined in the excitement of opening their new library. The library provides a beautiful and creative reading space with a range of books suitable for pre-schoolers in the ECDC phase of education.
The Graceland Library is part of a preschool project of the Thembalitsha Foundation, situated on the Devon Valley road in Stellenbosch. Thembalitsha offers hope by providing quality preschool education to vulnerable children. The preschool programme aims to prepare and stimulate these pre-schoolers in order to maximise their future success.
Mayor Sidego in his address said that this library creates a space for pre-schoolers to learn, read and dream. He also highlighted that the library also becomes an innovation centre where the community can come together to grow the minds of this future generation and discuss ideas to create; develop this valley of opportunity and address the pressing needs of our society.
Graceland library is a centre where reading can contribute to developing these future giants of our valley. A place where each child of the Graceland school can not only learn to read but experience the magic of imagination, knowledge and books. Founder of Thembalitsha, Frank Christie explained that human learning takes place primarily via sight; 83% of learning takes place via this channel. He explained that reading creates the ability to learn and that reading further creates patterns in the neuro-pathways that enhances the expansion of the learning process.
The mayor read, ‘Mia se Ma’ to the children of Graceland.
The Stellenbosch Municipality will pay homage to war veterans on 11 November 2014 as part of the international Remembrance or Armistice Day. The event will start at 09:30 at the Stellenbosch Town Hall.
Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day or Armistice Day) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries since the end of World War I to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. This day, or alternative dates, are also recognised as special days for war remembrances in many non-Commonwealth countries. Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November to recall the end of hostilities of World War I on that date in 1918. Hostilities formally ended "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month," in accordance with the Armistice, signed by representatives of Germany and the Entente between 5:12 and 5:20 that morning. ("At the 11th hour" refers to the passing of the 11th hour, or 11:00 am.)
Municipality promotes SMMEs with new website
The Stellenbosch Municipality Local Economic Development Department facilitated the development of an SMME Website (www.linkhub.co.za) and SMME booklet in order to create an electronic marketing platform for SMME’s to showcase their products and services and to lure possible procurement opportunities and investment to grow their businesses.
This project is in line with the Municipality’s vision which is the Innovation Capital of South and Africa underpinned by the goal of establishing Stellenbosch as the preferred investment destination for businesses and entrepreneurs thereby creating wealth.
The website and pocket guide aims to:
Die drinkwater in u gebied word verkry vanaf die Stad Kaapstad en versprei deur Stellenbosch Munisipaliteit. Stad Kaapstad het kennis gegee dat die watertoevoer na Franschhoek, Kylemore en Lanquedoc onderbreek sal word vanaf:
DINSDAG, 14 Oktober 2014 om 12h00 tot
DONDERDAG, 16 Oktober 2014 om 16h00.
Stellenbosch Munisipaliteit sal poog om die reservoirs vol te maak voor die onderbreking. U word egter dringend versoek om tuis ook voorsorg te tref vir die opgaar van water en water so spaarsamig as moontlik te gebruik, tot voordeel van die hele gemeenskap.
Geen besproeiing sal toegelaat word tydens hierdie periode nie. Ons vertrou op u samewerking en begrip vir die situasie. Navrae kan gerig word aan die Departement: Waterdienste by telefoonnommer (021) 808 8209.
The potable water in your area is supplied by the City of Cape Town and distributed by Stellenbosch Municipality. A notice was received from the City of Cape Town that the bulk water supply to Franschhoek, Kylemore and Lanquedoc will be interrupted from:
TUESDAY, 14 October 2014 at 12h00 until
THURSDAY, 16 October 2014 at 16h00.
Stellenbosch Municipality will fill the reservoirs before the interruption commences. As residents you are however requested to make provision in advance to provide for your needs as well as to use water as sparingly as possible to the benefit of all. No irrigation will be allowed during this period.
Your cooperation and understanding will be appreciated. For more information, please contact the Water Services Department at (021) 808 8209
The Stellenbosch Municipality, the 8th best municipality in South Africa (survey) and the Innovation Capital of South Africa won the Arbor City Award for 2014 underpinning its strategic objective to be the greenest municipality in South Africa. The award was presented to the Executive Mayor, Gerald Esau and Portia Bolton at a gala function at Mofolo City Park, Soweto on 1 September 2014.
The Arbor City Awards is a partnership programme between the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) and the Institute for Environment and Recreation Management. The competition is sponsored by TOTAL South Africa. The purpose of the competition is to encourage Local Municipalities to green their areas of jurisdiction, especially informal settlements. The 2014 Arbor City Award competition was conducted in all nine provinces.
To win, municipalities had to fulfil a number of requirements; among these were a portfolio of evidence showing a greening policy or strategy, a tree register, maintenance plans and budget; a portfolio of evidence in videos or pictures depicting projects, sites, and special trees.
“Stellenbosch is a very proud town today, a very proud community”, says Mayor Conrad Sidego. "This award did not just happen to come our way come. We worked hard and creatively to achieve this and the Million Trees Project is one of a number of innovative projects that drives us and motivates us to increase the quality of life of everyone in the greater Stellenbosch community. The challenge now is to build on this performance, and remain the greenest city and municipality in South Africa".
The Municipality will be concluding its Arbor Week festivities by celebrating its victory, as well as the Million Trees Project's first year on Friday, 5 September 2014, at the Jan Marais Nature Reserve in Stellenbosch.