Stellenbosch Umasipala

A Fire broke out on 17 December 2014 at 15:05 in Khayamandi, Stellenbosch. 8 Fire trucks were deployed; 5 from Stellenbosch Municipality; 2 from the Cape Winelands District Municipality and 1 from Drakenstein Municipality. 25 Fire officials were deployed to fight the fire containing it by 21:25 pm. It is estimated that +/-150 informal shacks have been detroyed but this is currently being verified. It is further estimated that the fire affected 500 people.

A Joint Operational Centre (JOC) oversees the Stellenbosch Municipality’s team that works with this disaster which includes representatives from the directorates Law Enforcement; Housing; Fire & Disaster and Community Services. Those affected by the fire can contact Lucinda Siegels on 082 050 4834 who is present at the disaster site with other disaster management officials. They can be recognised by their bright neon overjackets.

Immediate assistance includes the provision of food, clothing, blankets and baby food packs Temporary shelter was provided last night in the Legacy Centre & Stronghold halls in Khayamandi.

The cleaning of the area has already started. The electricity was disconnected yesterday and will be connected once the verification process of people affected in the fire has been done and the area has been declared 100% safe. The verification process of people affected was started this morning at 10:00 for the issuing of fire kits (building materials) and the roll-out of additional social services.

The Housing Director of the Stellenbosch Municipality, Mr Tabiso Mfeya is overseeing the re-building process which will only start once the verification of victims have been finalised today. The Acting Mayor of Stellenbosch Municipality, Mrs Valerie Fernandez is playing a facilitation role with SASSA and the Departments of Social Development and Home Affairs in relation for the SASSA grant pay-outs.

The site is being secured by the Stellenbosch Municipality’s Law Enforcement department as well as two additional private security companies and this will be done over the next 7 days. Additional planning today will be done by the directorates of Housing and Planning at the Stellenbosch Municipality to re-look at the fire road access plans which in future will also serve as a natural firewall. The municipal manager, Christa Liebenberg is co-ordinating all directorates in Stellenbosch Municipality with regard to the disaster and also to conduct the forward planning activities.

Mayor Sidego also would like to encourage but also thank all the disaster management officials and teams that are involved in this disaster management assistance for residents of Khayamandi.

Executive Mayor Conrad Sidego met with Lee Rossouw, manager of the Safe House, Stellenbosch during the ‘16 Days of Activism Campaign Against Abuse of Women and Children’. The Safe House in Stellenbosch is named L’Abrie de Dieu, meaning ‘God’s Shelter’- a shelter that supports physically, emotionally and sexually abused women and children by facilitating a restorative programme in order to give hope and a future.

The mayor was shown the building project activities underway, the vegetable garden and the housing facilities as well as the administration offices. Lee Rossouw also explained how the Safe House operates as a place of refuge for abused women and children; providing protection, comfort, support and healing.

The Safe House was established in 2006 as a response to the high levels of violence against women and children that was experienced specifically in the Stellenbosch court. The Safe House organisation works to counteract the scourge of violence that pervades society and robs people of their dignity. Lee Rossouw and her team work passionately to promote the objectives of this organisation in its vision of protecting vulnerable citizens against abuse. The Safe House is a safe place for women and children trapped in abusive households; a place they have to go to after suffering physical and emotional abuse related to domestic violence.

The Safe House is a sanctuary for those who find themselves destitute as a result of domestic violence. It provides shelter, protection, food, clothing and toiletries. Emotional support, counselling and skill training is provided to assist women and children to come to terms with past trauma so that they can develop into successful and mature individuals.

The community can become involved as the Safe House is dependent on the time and skills of volunteers. Visit the Safe House website www.safehousestellenbosch.co.za for information if you need help or on how you can assist with your services, talents, ideas and time. Everyone has something to offer and all it takes is a caring hearth and enthusiastic spirit.

Lee Rossouw, Manager, Safe House, Stellenbosch and Mayor Conrad Sidego during this visit.

Residents are advised that Stellenbosch Municipality do not encourage the giving of “Christmas boxes” or donations to staff, particularly to those that solicit directly from the residents. In the spirit of goodwill and the festive season, there is a natural tendency of kindness and giving, but this unfortunately also has led to too many negative consequences.

Problems have arisen where people posing as municipal staff have solicited for money, sometimes rudely and aggressively. This is normally followed up with a threat that waste will not be collected if their demands are not met. This behaviour will not be accepted from the municipality’s staff, and hence under no circumstances is staff encouraged to solicit donations. All permanent municipal staff is in receipt of a bonus which is paid in November.

If residents are intimidated they should report any incidents of intimidation to the Fraud Hotline, 0800 111 027, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or sms 32840. Please copy the Manager: Solid Waste in at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with all incidents of intimidation. Apart from the date, time and place, the staff identity number and/or vehicle registration number should be provided so that the culprits can be identified.

Such reports will be investigated immediately and, where residents are willing to testify, the municipality will be able to prosecute offenders. Should you be aware of outsiders posing as municipal staff, the matter should be reported to the South African Police Services.

If residents believe that excellent service has been provided, they should notify the Manager: Solid Waste Management on 021 808 8224, who will take compliments to the respective staff member and ensure that due recognition for service excellence is noted within the municipality.

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS 2014

2014 marks the seventh anniversary of the Festival of Lights event hosted by the Stellenbosch Municipality. The event has evolved over the years to a two-day affair with a free-entry concert on the Saturday where the Executive Mayor, Conrad Sidego switches on the Christmas lights and a "Carols by Candlelight" evening on the Sunday involving local churches and gospel bands . This year's event takes place on 6 and 7 December 2014.

The list of artists performing at the free-entry concert includes:

  • Zoe Zana from Idols fame,
  • Wayne McKay,
  • Chommies,
  • Tebogo Louw,
  • Afrikaans Ruk,
  • Martie Hauptfleisch,
  • Lelethu,
  • Tribal Echo,
  • Pieter Mohr,
  • Herat and Soul,
  • Mujahid George and
  • Kay

The event will once again be hosted by famed comedian and master of ceremonies Wayne McKay.

In 2013, the event attracted about 6000 people from all around and was highlighted by various activities with the opening and the switching on of the Christmas lights by the Executive Mayor. This event created the spirituality of Christmas and was well received by the community. The event also provides an opportunity for 43 informal traders to do business as provision was made for stalls alongside the Braak in Bird- and Blom Street. Food, toys, clothing and other items will be on sale at the stalls.

The festival of lights event is a free event and no alcohol is allowed at the event. Right of admission is reserved.

Please view the attached poster.

Temporary road closures – Festival of Lights

The following streets will be closed for the purpose of the festival on 6 & 7 December 2014:

  • Bird Street between the two traffic circles from 14h00-23h00 (Direction North only)

  • Blom Street between Meul Street and the Checkers parking entrance from 14h00- 23h00

  • Alexander service street in front of the Anglican Church from 14h00- 23h00

Free transport by bus:

BUSES TO AND FROM THE EVENT - PICK-UP POINTS:

Saturday, 06 December 2014

 

Cloetesville (Smartie Town-17:00, Shops-17:00);

Raithby (Church - 17:00, Vliegveld - 17:30);

Vlottenburg/ Devon Valley (Vlottenburg Shop – 17:00, Devon Valley “uitval werke” – 17:30);

Jonkershoek (Okkie Jooste – 17:00);

Kayamandi ( Legacy Hall-17:00, Trust Centre-17:00, Admin Building-17:30);

Idas Valley ( Bruckner De Villiers-17:00, Speelkring-17:00, Library-17:20);

Jamestown ( Rynse Church-17:00, Shop-17:20);

Elsenburg/Koelenhof/Kromme Rhee (Elsenburg School – 17:00, Kromme Rhee – 17:20, Koelenhof School – 17:30);

De Novo/ Bottelary Farms (De Novo Hall - 17:00, Farms – 17:20);

Klapmuts (Ward Office – 17:00, Clinic – 17:20);

Lanquedoc/ Pniel (Lanquedoc Church – 17:00, Werf – 17:30);

Kylemore (Cnr Brand & School Str – 17:00, Community Hall – 17:30);

Mooiwater / Groendal / La Motte / Wemmershoek (Mooiwater Building, Groendal Clinic– 16:30, La Motte Hall, Wemmershoek Hek – 17:00)

All buses return from the Braak at 23:00 to the various points.

 

Sunday, 07 December 2014

 

Cloetesville (Smartie Town– 17:00, Shops-17:15);

Jonkershoek (Okkie Jooste – 17:00);

Idas Valley ( Bruckner De Villiers-17:00, Speelkring-17:15, Library-17:20)

Klapmuts (Ward Office – 17:00, Clinic – 17:20);

Mooiwater / Groendal / La Motte / Wemmershoek (Mooiwater Building, Groendal Clinic– 16:30, La Motte Hall, Wemmershoek Hek – 17:00)

All buses return from the Braak at 21:30 to the various points

Below is the link to the load schedding schedule we've received from Eskom.

Load Shedding Schedule

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