Stellenbosch Umasipala

Stellenbosch lifts water restrictions

 

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Statement by Executive Mayor Adv. Gesie van Deventer

21 October 2020

 

I am pleased to announce that Stellenbosch Municipality will be lifting all water restrictions. This follows an announcement that the City of Cape Town will lift water restrictions in the metro, which places us in a position to do the same. 

From 1 November 2020 Stellenbosch Municipality will therefore move from level 2 water restrictions to no water restrictions, meaning that our normal water tariffs will apply. It will be the first time in 5 years that we are in a position to lift water restrictions, following two years of excellent seasonal winter rains. 

The normal water tariff has been approved by council earlier this year as part of the annual budget for the 2020/2021 financial year. The lifting of water restrictions and the move to the normal water tariff scale has the potential to offer financial relief to residents and businesses. 

Many of our residents and businesses have enquired about the state of water restrictions and tariffs, given the fact that our Province has experienced good rainfall that has filled up most of the dams in the Western Cape Water Supply System (WCWSS). The WCWSS is a complex water supply system comprising an inter-linked system of six main dams, pipelines, tunnels and distribution networks across the province. 

Stellenbosch Municipality is bound by decisions taken by the National Department of Water and Sanitation, who operate the WCWSS network, as well as the City of Cape Town. This is because we tap into the same water resources as the City and receive approximately a third of our water from the City.

Research has shown that South Africans use up to 70% more water per capita than the international average. We are a water scarce country and our high water usage could result in another future crisis situation.  I urge all residents to please continue to use water wisely, save water wherever possible and help us to avoid another crises. I also want to thank all our residents who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to save water and who helped us successfully manage this difficult time. I am proud of all the efforts being made to make us a water wise region!

 

Media queries:

Stuart Grobbelaar T: 021 808 8172 | C: 084 036 1395

Mart-Marié Haasbroek T: 021 808 8024 | C: 072 910 3724

 

 

17 SEPTEMBER 2020


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The Stellenbosch Council has approved the lowering of parking tariffs for on- and off-street public parking in the Stellenbosch Central Business District. Parking tariffs will be reduced by 20% from Monday, 21 September 2020.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdown, residents and businesses have faced severe economic hardship. That is why, in an effort to aid and support speedy economic recovery, the Executive Mayor and the Council considered it prudent to lower parking tariffs in the CBD area. 

Even though parking tariffs were not increased for the current financial year, it was felt that as a caring local government even more must be done to assist residents and businesses. Due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the national lockdown, many of our local businesses suffered severe economic losses and council thus proposed that the parking tariff should be reduced to increase local business activities and encourage economic growth.

The proposed lowered tariffs were made available for public inputs and comments. Following the public participation process, largely positive comments and feedback were received. The reduction in fees was then officially approved by Council on 11 September 2020 and the reduced tariffs will come into effect from Monday, 21 September 2020.

It is impossible to provide a free public parking service because funds are needed to maintain an efficient parking system and parking facilities. Many businesses approached the municipality to request that the paid parking service resumes after the initial levels of the “hard lockdown” as the system leads to a much higher turnover of available parking spaces close to their businesses. Without any form of payment, parking spaces are often occupied for hours on end (even the whole day) and clients, customers and diners struggle to find parking close to businesses, restaurants, etc.

*Download the reduced tariffs here.

WE WILL NOT BE HELD HOSTAGE BY A SMALL GROUP OF WORKERS ON AN ILLEGAL STRIKE

30 JULY 2020

GERALDINE METTLER

MUNICIPAL MANAGER


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A group of workers at the Beltana municipal depot are still refusing to work as they are aggrieved about not receiving a salary increase. Some workers have also started participating in illegal actions such as sabotage and the destruction of property. We condemn these acts in the strongest possible terms, will take appropriate disciplinary action against anyone found guilty of destroying municipal property and call on the SAPS to arrest any person who breaks the law. The municipality is urgently obtaining an interdict to prevent these individuals from further destroying any property. A shutdown notice has also been distributed – locking down the depot with immediate effect. 

The 3 year salary and wage agreement concluded in 2018 provides for a 6.25% increase for the 2020/21 financial year, which started on 1 July 2020. Given the economic situation in the country and the impact of the COVID pandemic on all local governments across the country, the municipality submitted an exemption application in terms of the collective agreement.  In the collective agreement the dispute resolution mechanism provides for any of the parties to the agreement to apply for exemption in a situation where unforeseen circumstances happen. Whilst this is still being negotiated between SALGA and the SALGBC at a national level, National Treasury has recommended that no increases be paid until the negotiations are finalised. 

However, several workers are refusing to accept this and have continued with illegal strike action. To ensure that services such as the refuse removal service can continue, the services of a private contractor has been secured and the contractor has commenced with work across various areas. Due to intimidation and violence by some aggrieved municipal workers who are deliberately sabotaging the refuse removal service, the service had to be suspended for the rest of the day. The safety of workers and residents as well as the safeguarding of assets are the top priorities. Areas will be serviced once it is safe for trucks to operate. We will also work into the weekend on both Saturday and Sunday if necessary, to ensure that all areas are serviced.

 

Media queries:

Stuart Grobbelaar T: 021 808 8172 | C: 084 036 1395

Mart-Marié Haasbroek T: 021 808 8024 | C: 072 910 3724

 

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WEBINAR FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES

COVID-19 and the national lockdown has had a devastating effect on many big and small businesses across South Africa. Stellenbosch Municipality invites all local entrepreneurs and business owners to participate in a webinar on the realities, remedies and road ahead.

The webinar will be hosted by the Stellenbosch Municipality, Stellenbosch Network and The Launchlab (a locally based start-up incubator).

Our local businesses are the beating hearts of our towns and its people. Now more than ever, we need to work together and support local businesses. There is an alphabet of people waiting for your support – artists, bakers, chefs, drivers, electricians, florists, graphic designers, handymen…you get the picture. So whatever you need, buy local, live local and love your locals!

📅 Date: Thursday, 23 July
⏰ Time: 13h00 – 14h30

Follow this link to register: bit.ly/3fCwk7U

#LoveYourLocals ❤

15 JUNE 2020

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Stellenbosch Municipality wishes to inform all staff, residents and other stakeholders of a second official who sadly passed away due to Covid-19 on Sunday, 14 June. 

Municipal Manager, Geraldine Mettler offered the administration’s sincere condolences to the family and colleagues of the deceased. The MM added that “it is always a sad day when we have to say farewell to a colleague and a friend who was a treasured part of our organisation.” Executive Mayor Gesie van Deventer also offered condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the official on behalf of Council. “We keep the family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time, especially the two children that have been left behind.”

This is the second COVID-19 related death recorded at Stellenbosch Municipality. The number of active cases under officials is currently at 12. Most officials who test positive make a full recovery and are in good spirits.

The municipality requests that the privacy of the official and that of the family is taken into consideration at all times during this difficult period. 

 

Media enquiries:

Stuart Grobbelaar T: 021 808 8172 | C: 084 036 1395

Mart-Marié Haasbroek T: 021 808 8024 | C: 072 910 3724

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