Stellenbosch Umasipala

Everything you need to know about the new parking management system:

  • The Municipality recently appointed a new service provider, Street Parking Solutions (SPS), to manage public parking in the Stellenbosch CBD from 1 April 2019;
  • Street Parking Solutions is an experienced parking management company that has successfully been managing public parking in the City of Cape Town since 2009;
  • All parking marshals employed by the service provider in Stellenbosch must be a resident of the Stellenbosch Municipality;
  • SPS trains the parking marshalls and has 13 years experience in the training of parking marshalls;
  • All persons employed by SPS must be subjected to SAPS background checks;
  • Officials may not accept cash as a method of payment. Should this happen, please inform the municipality immediately;
  • Officials do not have to take photos of your card. Should this happen, please inform the municipality immediately;
  • The new cashless payment system is far safer and more convenient – payment can be made via debit card, credit card, tap-and-go MyCiti card or SnapScan;
  • Prepaid cards are available from the SPS office (Corner of Andringa and Crozier Streets, next to Specs Eye Care);
  • The cards cost R30 each and can be loaded with an amount ranging between R15 and R1500 (Please make use of the EMV - standard option when toppoing up cards and not the mover option). Cards can also be topped up at any ABSA ATM;
  • We are in the process of making the MyCiti cards available at more outlets around the CBD;
  • There are NO bank charges for the customer’s account when paying for parking- that cost lies with the service provider;
  • The Municipality can be contacted on 021 808 8215/ 021 808 8953/ 021 808 8343 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any further queries. 

 

 

Statement by Executive Mayor Gesie van Deventer

21 March 2019


As part of our Human Rights Day celebrations, Executive Mayor Gesie van Deventer celebrated with the community of Jamestown today as another 160 title deeds were handed over. A title deed gives a person the ownership of a property and acts as a passport to participation in the economy. As a responsible and caring local government, the Stellenbosch Municipality understands that our people have a fundamental right to own property.

Mayor van Deventer urges Stellenbosch residents and visitors to make a big change with their small change by giving responsibly.

 

Adv. Gesie van Deventer - Executive Mayor of Stellenbosch Municipality

15 March 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Destitute people living on the street are a universal concern and a challenge that is not unique to Stellenbosch. Although there are many organisations that try to assist, isolated efforts can only go so far due to limited resources.

That is why Stellenbosch Municipality, in line with its mandate, has stepped up to bring various stakeholders together and combine our resources to create a project that will provide a more holistic approach to assisting homeless people on a more sustainable basis.

The Stellenbosch, Give Responsibly campaign is a culmination of months of talks and cooperation between various non-governmental organisations, stakeholders and the Municipality. It started with a summit, initiated by Mayor van Deventer, in August 2018.

This project is focussed on encouraging residents, visitors and students to make responsible choices when giving to street people. Research has shown that simply giving money keeps people on the street, because it is often financially rewarding for them. The collective aim of this project is to provide our destitute people with the necessary resources to survive, but also to assist them to access social and government services. The ultimate goal is to reincorporate them into society.

The coupon system has been in a soft launch phase since January 2019 and more than 800 coupons have been sold. The system works as follow:

  1. You purchase a coupon for R10 at any of the participating retailers where the Give Responsibly poster is displayed;
  2. You write the person’s name, the person for who the coupon is intended, on the coupon (to prevent reselling) and select one of the services (a plate of food, a blanket or a night in the shelter) on the coupon.
  3. The recipient then goes to the chosen organisation to trade the coupon for services.

The key to the success of this project is the collaboration with community organisations and partners. Although several organisations were operating their own coupon systems, the systems were not integrated and the coupons were not widely available. By bringing the NGO’s together, the municipality created an opportunity for cooperation on a greater level than ever before. This resulted in Heartflow NPC, a local NGO, developing the concept we are officially launching today, supported by the Municipality.

Our partners in this initiative have all done invaluable work in our community for many years, and as a municipality we are dependent on their support and cooperation.  Our collaboration includes Straatlig, Stellenbosch Night Shelter and the University of Stellenbosch with support from Feeding in Action.  They will also look into possibly assisting us in gathering important data and providing it to the Municipality. This will help us with future initiatives to assist people living on the streets.

We encourage all residents, students and visitors to support this initiative. The coupons are available from several outlets in Stellenbosch *. We are dedicated to working together and addressing the challenge of street people in a sustainable and positive way. As the program grows, we will be speaking to more and more local businesses and restaurants so that we can further increase the distribution network, making the coupons even more easily accessible.

The Municipality and our partners welcome any feedback relating to the initiative to assist us with future development. Your contributions can be send to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Mayor ended off her address at the launch with the famous quote by Ronald Reagan: “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” She continued “by supporting this initiative, you will be helping us to help those in need. Make a big change with your small change and support the Stellenbosch, Give Responsibly Campaign!”

*List of outlets:

  • Tony’s Barber;
  • PostNet (Plein Street and Andringa Street);
  • Cash Crusaders, iThemba Curious;
  • Super Spar (Boord);
  • Kwik Spar (Neelsie);
  • BP petrol station (Merriman Street and Dorp Street)
  • Moeder Gemeente;
  • NG Kerk Stellenbosch Wes and Welgelegen,
  • Joshua Generation,
  • Kruiskerk
  • Christ Church

Statement by Executive Mayor Gesie van Deventer

28 February 2019


Executive Mayor Gesie van Deventer was joined today by Western Cape Minister of Human Settlements, Bonginkosi Madikizela, to hand over 135 title deeds to families in Mooiwater, Franschhoek.

Giving residents ownership of their homes is a priority for the municipality because it creates new opportunities for the beneficiaries. A title deed gives a person the ownership of a property and acts as a passport to participation in the economy. As a responsible and caring local government, the Stellenbosch Municipality understands that our people have a fundamental right to own property. A title deed provides a valuable asset to a family and empowers them for generations to come. 

The deeds handed over today form part of the Mooiwater Housing Project in which 231 new houses have been built. The project cost R31.86 million and was initiated to provide safe and dignified living conditions for Groendal residents and backyard dwellers. The oldest beneficiary today is Ms Christina Hoffman, who turns 76 this year.

The transfer of title deeds is the continuation of a commitment made by Mayor van Deventer upon taking office in 2016. At the time, Stellenbosch Municipality had a backlog of nearly 2700 title deeds that needed to be transferred to beneficiaries.  Last year, three big title deed handover ceremonies took place and today is the first title deed handover event of 2019. The next title deed handover ceremony has already been scheduled for Human Right’s Day (21 March 2019) in Jamestown. 


The handing over of deeds forms part of our commitment as a local government to ensure dignified living conditions for all our residents. The Mayor added that she urges all new home owners and their families to take care of their new assets, as it has the potential to unlock many economic opportunities for them and their children.

Mayor van Deventer recently welcomed Mr Charl Kitching, the newly appointed Senior Manager of Protection Services at Stellenbosch Municipality. Mr Kitching brings with him years of experience in the fields of public safety and security, having previously managed Law Enforcement operations at the City of Cape Town.

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