Stellenbosch Municipality

The Executive Mayor of Stellenbosch attended a 110% Green high tea with the Premier of the Western Cape, Ms Helen Zille on the 10th of March 2015 at Leeuwenhof in Cape Town. The 110% Green initiative is in support of the Western Cape’s intent to position itself as the Green Economic Hub of Africa. The Western Cape Government aims to provide a platform that stimulates people and organisations to build an innovative and dynamic Green Economy. The hope is that organisations will pick up the flag and invest in ways that support green growth.

Stellenbosch Municipality is also committed to helping to make the vision of a green environment a reality for the winelands valley. It has started a range of initiatives such as the Million Trees Project which aims to create a green environment in all our communities. The project plants trees in the communities across the region adding to the dignified living goals of the municipality and also provides vegetables gardens and boxes to assist with food security and job creation.

There are over 30 organisations, businesses, NGOs and local governments that have signed the 110% Green flag to establish themselves as the innovators and entrepreneurs of the Green Economy. The 110% Green high tea was a special occasion to welcome and thank all that are participating in this initiative as well as a call to COMMIT to the Green Economy, to ACT on green commitments and to make an IMPACT. The Premier asked organisations to join her to lead by example and commit to flagship projects that support the growth of the Green Economy.

Mayor Sidego supports the 110% Green initiative and is working with the local Stellenbosch municipality’s environmental teams to take the Million Trees Project further. He made a new commitment of planting a further 50,000 trees.

For further information on the Million Trees Project visit – www.milliontreesproject.org.za

Andringastraat (by Eikestad Mall) tussen Pleinstraat & Victoriastraat word gesluit (16/3/15 - 15/8/15) vir motoriste weens konstruksie.

Due to construction Andringa Street (at Eikestad Mall) between Plein & Victoria Street will be closed (16/3/15 - 15/8/15) for motorists.

Die uitvoerende burgermeester Conrad Sidego het die ‘WAR’ (WAR AGAINST RACISM) bekenstellingsaand in Stellenbosch bygewoon. Die beweging se 2015 veldtog sluit in die STAR veldtog wat staan vir Stellenbosch Against Racism.

Die bekenstellingsaand van die veldtog volg ook op ‘n onlangse geval van rassisme aanval in Stellenbosch wat Universiteit van Stellenbosch (US) studente en werkers van ‘n plaaslike onderneming ingesluit het.

Die doel van die veldtog is om rasse onverdraagsaamheid in die algemeen aan te spreek. Die vraag word weer gevra wat beteken die oorblywende drie grondliggende bepalings van die Grondwet, wat Suid-Afrika se vasberadenheid bevestig om voort te bou op 'n grondslag van gelykheid, die reg en demokrasie. Die Grondwet bepalings sluit in nie-rassigheid en nie-seksisme; oppergesag van die Grondwet en die oppergesag van die reg.

Raadslid Franklin Adams gaan ‘n “Rememberance Walk” ter ere van wyle Prof Botman doen. Burgermeester Sidego het uitgewys dat hierdie ‘n pragtige manier is om hom te vereer sowel as die werk wat hy gedoen het om nie-rassigheid en transformasie op die US kampus teweeg te bring.

Die Burgermeester het in sy toespraak aangedui dat in Suid-Afrika aanvaar persone nog steeds dat rassisme oor dekades in ons samelewing gewettig, gereguleer en gesosialiseerd is, en dat dit vir sommige persone vandag nog steeds aanvaarbaar is.

Die Burgermeester het verdere aangedui dat die spesifieke voorval onlangs in Stellenbosch kommerwekkend omdat dit jongmense is. ‘n Generasie van Suid-Afrikaners wat Apartheid nie self beleef het nie. Die voorvalle van rassisme skep die gevoel dat die ideale en beginsels van die Suid-Afrikaanse Grondwet en demokrasie nie meer belangrik is nie.

‘Stellenbosch kan nie ‘n tuiste bied vir rassiste nie’ het hy aangedui maar ook dat rassisme nie net by groot instellings waar die houding van die instelling en die persone wat daar werksaam of woonagtig is, moet verander nie maar in die basiese sosialisering en kondisionering van elke ‘n persoon in die gemeenskap.

Veldtogte soos hierdie skep forums en geleenthede vir openhartige en eerlike gesprek, refleksie en dialoog oor rassisme en om oplossings te vind om die verlengde impak en probleme wat dit versoorsaak in die Suid-Afrikaanse samelewing te verander.

Burgermeester Sidego het Raadslid Adams alle voorspoed en sterkte toe met sy veldtog gewens en hoop dat dit ‘n sukses sal wees en dat hy in sy doel sal slag om meer bewustheid te kweek en persone en gemeenskappe sal kry om openlik en eerlik oor rassisme te praat, en hulle tot die Grondwetlike beginsels van nie-rassigheid en geen diskriminasie te verbind.

The executive mayor of Stellenbosch, Conrad Sidego would like to thank the business community and public of Stellenbosch for the support and donations received for the fire fighting teams involved in containing the Jonkershoek Fire.

A fire which started in the Jonkershoek Valley on Monday 9 March 2015 flared up again late on Tuesday (10 March 2015) afternoon. A South Easterly wind pushed it towards the Stellenbosch area. The fire also moved closer towards the Helderberg Basin which has put some farms potentially under threat.

Justin Lawrence, spokesperson for Cape Nature has indicated that the aim today is to conduct a back burn in the Stellenbosch mountains to reduce the size of the flammable area and bring the blaze under control.

The executive Mayor of Stellenbosch Conrad Sidego wishes to inform the public that due to this controlled fire there is more smoke but it does not mean that the fire has increased in size. ‘We are thinking of the fire-fighters who are battling to get this fire extinguished and under control. On behalf of the community of this valley I would like to express our gratitude for everything that these teams are doing to control this fire and to assure them that their hard work is valued by all.

Over 200 fire-fighters, including aerial support and ground crews from CapeNature, Cape Winelands District Municipality (CWDM), Working on Fire (WoF) and the Volunteer Wildfire Services (VWS) are actively working to contain the blaze which is burning high in the mountains.

According to the joint operating team there is no immediate threat to life and property in the area".

'I urge all to stay calm and not panic as the firefighting team are doing all they can to contain the situation as soon as possible.’ Sidego says.

Approximately 2900ha of alien vegetation and fynbos has been burnt so far. There is an ecological concern as the last fire that took place in the area was in 2009. Many of the fynbos species in the area need between 12 - 20 years to produce enough seed to sustain the population after the fire.

The Jonkershoek Nature Reserve is closed until further notice. The public is also requested to stay clear of the hiking trials and the general Coetzenburg area in Stellenbosch. All visitors and tourists to Stellenbosch and residents must please stay clear of the affected area.

Donations are welcomed especially sunblock products, water, colddrink, energy drinks and hygienic products. Contact Mr Zayne Malan at the Stellenbosch Fire Department on +27 874 8992 if you wish to make a donation for the fire fighting teams.

The Executive Mayor of Stellenbosch, Conrad Sidego together with the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms Edna Molewa, observed a test to reduce the spread of fire in temporary structures in informal settlements (Shack fires). The test was conducted on 19 February by the Departments’ Working on Fire (WoF) and Eco-Furniture programmes, and the Stellenbosch Municipality at the Lanquedoc Sport Field in Stellenbosch.

The new building design and material was tested to assess their effectiveness in reducing the spread of fires in informal settlements and in limiting their often devastating impact on people and property. Structures were built from the new material and dwellings based on materials commonly used in informal settlements were set alight in order to compare the speed in which they burned and the extent to which fire spreads from them.

Developed with funding from the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) channelled through the Working on Fire (WoF) programme, and implemented by the Kishugu Group, the new material consists of compressed composite boards. The test was observed by DEA and its partners in the project, the non-government organisation Design Change, which has developed a new fire-retarding design for temporary structures based on the material, Stellenbosch Municipality and its Disaster Management Centre, WoF and WoF beneficiaries.

The project was developed through a process in which the DEA and its partners have been looking at the potential of using use invasive alien biomass in the construction of temporary structures and exploring options to reduce the spread of fires in informal housing, while the pressures of formal housing are being addressed wherever possible. Mayor Conrad Sidego, who welcomed the Minister of Environmental Affairs and Deputy Minister of Public Works, Jeremy Cronin emphasised the fact that we cannot continue with “business as usual in face of very dangerous sires in informal settlements. Dignity and innovation is at the heart of this project as the Stellenbosch espouses to be the innovation capital of South Africa while promoting the dignity and safety of all of its citizens.”

In her keynote address Minister of Environmental Affairs Mrs Edna Molewa explained the importance of finding solutions to ever the growing plight of shack fires. “These experiments demonstrate the commitment of our government and its structures to seek solutions to the plights of the poor. This will extend to the quality of life for those living in such settlements in the pilot projects that we shall again run with our same group of partners regarding the green, safe and secure structures that may be temporary options in such circumstances,” she said. The design of temporary structures based on the new material aims to provide a low-cost alternative that saves lives.

The design is intended not just for its fire-proof properties, but for benefits that include thermal properties, safety, noise reduction, flooding protection, food security, denial of access to rats and other vermin and greater human dignity.

If the new dwelling design and composite fire-boarding prove to be effective in reducing the rate of spread of shack-fires, the use of woody invasive alien biomass could play a meaningful role in the reduction of loss of life, property and livelihoods of millions of South African citizens.

This would mean that the ongoing clearing of alien invasive timber from water-catchment systems would create not only jobs, but contribute to protecting lives and livelihoods.

For media queries please contact Zolile Nqayi 082 898 6483 or Vernon Bowers 084 593 6491

ISSUED BY THE DEAPRTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS AND THE STELLENBOSCH MUNICIPALITY

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