Stellenbosch Umasipala

Mayor Conrad Sidego met with industry stakeholders at the South African Leisure Tourism and Hospitality Association (SALTHA) conference at Spier. The Imbizo was held in co-operation with the Industry Association for Responsible Alcohol Use (ARA). The Imbizo is a platform for tavern owners and role players to discuss issues of responsible alcohol selling, liquor licensing and problems of alcohol abuse.

The mayor welcomed participants to the Imbizo taking place in the heart of the Cape Winelands: considered to be the capital of the South African wine industry with more than 60 estates operating in this leading centre for viticulture and viticulture research. He further added that the wine industry added to this buoyant regional and national sector of the economy but also stressed the importance of the shared responsibility of all stakeholders in education, information sharing and character leadership.

Stakeholders who were in discussion and presentation sessions were Dr Osborn Mahanjana (ARA CEO), Mr Churchill Mrasi (SALTHA President), Mrs Leana Olivier (FARR CEO, Foundation for Alcohol Related Research), Lieutenant-General Arno Lamoer (SAPS Police Commissioner), Ms Masechaba Sefulano (|Programme Director, SALTHA), Mongezi Memani (Nafcoc Western Cape (National African Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry), Monga Phaladi (Saltha Secretary General), Philip Prinsloo (WC Liquor Board) and Cllr Siyabulela Mamkeli (MMC City of Cape Town).

The main focus for discussion was the promotion of responsible selling and consumption of alcohol. It was highlighted that tavern owners play an important role in communities and share in the responsibility of responsible retailing and can play a significant role in curbing alcohol abuse in communities. Stakeholders also agreed that awareness about responsible drinking and selling of liquor was a shared responsibility and that with co-operation, communication and information sharing safety of lives, places and movement can be ensured.

A pledge was signed with 200 licenced tavern owners from the Western Cape to abide by the Code of Practice drafted by the Industry Association for Responsible Alcohol Use (ARA). The code promotes the responsible sale of alcoholic beverages by encouraging taverners to refuse the sale of alcohol to underage minors, pregnant women and patrons already visibly intoxicated.

Die uitvoerende burgermeester van Stellenbosch Munisipaliteit, Conrad Sidego het veranderinge bekend gemaak aan sy Burgermeersterskomittee.

Die veranderinge is die volgende:

  • Raadslid Nyaniso Jindela wat voorheen plaaslike Ekonomiese Ontwikkeling, Toerisme en Landbou hanteer het, sal nou die portefeulje Finansiële Dienste behartig.

  • Raadslid Sophie Louw (voorheen Korporatiewe Sake en Strategiese Dienste) sal nou die portefeulje Plaaslike Ekonomiese Ontwikkeling, Toerisme en Landbou behartig.

  • Raadslid Martin Smuts (voorheen Finansiële Dienste) sal nou die portefeulje Korporatiewe Sake en Strategiese Diense behartig.

  • Raadslid Donovan Joubert is ‘n nuwe lid in die Burgermeesterskomittee waar hy na Inginieursdienste sal omsien. Hy neem die portefeulje by raadsheer Dawid Botha oor.

Burgermeesterskomitee met portefeuljes sien dus as volg daarna uit



Aldridge Frazenburg


Valerie Fernandez

Geïntegreërde Menslike Nedersettings en Eiendomsbestuur

Nyaniso Jindela

Finansiële Dienste

Sophie Louw

Plaaslike Ekonomiese Ontwikkeling, Toerisme, Landbou

Pietman Retief

Sport, Kultuur en Fasiliteite

Johanna Serdyn

Department Beplanning en Omgewingsake

Quintin Smit

Wetstoepassing en Openbare Beskerming

Martin Smuts

Korporatiewe Sake en Strategiese Dienste

Donovan Joubert



Die uitvoerende burgermeester van Stellenbosch, Conrad Sidego het Dinsdag, 27 Januarie 2015 besoek afgele aan Saint Vincent laerskool in Koelenhof, Stellenbosch. Dit was ‘n besonderse vieringsdag vir die skool vir twee redes, eerstens het die priesters die skool se nuwe fasiliteite ingeseën vir die skool wat deur die gemeenskap ondersteun is. Tweedens, is sertifikate deur die burgermeester oorhandig aan meer as 20 personneellede wat die karakterleierskapskurses voltooi het.

Die kurses is ‘n samewerkingsprojek tussen die Stellenbosch Burgermeester, Stellenbosch Munisipaliteit en Dr Jeannette Luttig de Klerk van die Universiteit van Stellenbosch se Kantoor van Morele Leierskap wat die kurses aangebied het. Dr Jeannette Luttig de Klerk bied die kurses aan in ‘n reeks skole in Stellenbosch. Die fokus van die kurses is om gemeenskapleiers op te lei in die filosofie en eienskappe wat karakterleierskap verteenwoordig. Karakterleierskap is essensieël vir ‘n gemeenskap om te floreër en word verteenwoordig en uitgebou deur leierskap wat waardes en eienskappe uitleef soos integriteit, respek en verantwoordelikheid sowel as leer in hul gemeenskap.

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The annual grape harvest parade of the 2015 Stellenbosch Wine Festival takes place Saturday, 24 January in Stellenbosch. The Mayor of Stellenbosch invites all visitors and residents to the harvest when he joins Saturday in the blessing of the harvest at the Stellenbosch Municipality Town Hall at 10:00am.

All things grape will form part of the harvest as marching bands, Cape minstrels, drum majorettes as well as decorated tractors and trucks from participating wineries meander their way through the oak-lined streets of the historic winelands town of Stellenbosch.

The parade celebrates the essence of the winelands and captures the harvest in a colourful and vibrant procession. It pays homage to the thousands of men and women, who are responsible for sustaining the wine industry in Stellenbosch and surrounds. At the same time, the parade marks the annual harvest that will again yield the wonderful and award-winning wines responsible for making Stellenbosch a world-renowned wine producing area.

The parade starts at Paul Roos Gimnasium school round 09h15 and makes its way to the iconic Town Hall in Plein Street where the official blessing of the harvest will take place at 10h00.

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The Hope Through Action centre opened in Groendal, Franschhoek on Thursday, 15 January 2015. This Franschhoek Valley Community Sports Centre and Early Learning Centre was formally opened by the executive mayor of Stellenbosch, Conrad Sidego, the premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille and the British High Commissioner to South Africa, Ms Judith MacGregor.

This centre has made the dream of changing lives and bringing hope for disadvantaged youth a reality through the construction of this new indoor community sport centre. The mayor described the centre as a ‘cathedral of dreams’, a place whereby with sports and life skills training individuals can realise their dreams.

Caption: Premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille and Executive Mayor of Stellenbosch, Conrad Sidego Mayor and Premier participating in the zumba dance with youth zumba group at the opening of the Franschhoek Valley Community Sports Centre in Groendal.

The centre was built by Hope Through Action, a charity registered in South Africa and in the United Kingdom as well as Power Construction who was involved in the construction and Lyners Consulting who did the project management. The centre includes a synthetic multi-sport pitch which is a FIFA standard 3G pitch, meaning a third generation pitch where the synthethic carpet is laid onto various bases, from the top-specification ‘engineered system’, consisting of stone base, porous tarmac layer and shockpad. The facility also includes training rooms, showers, meeting rooms and spectator seating for 300 people. Various sports will be accommodated at the centre such as handball, netball, cricket, volleyball, rugby, zumba dancing and soccer. The engineering of the pitch makes it one of the best in the municipality and the area and of world-class standard.

The centre will provide unique opportunities to the youth and will help fulfil their potential and skills, the premier, Mrs Helen Zille highlighted in her address. She also stated the central importance of sport in the development of a person within a social and group context. She commended the Hope Through Action movement for this development in the Franschhoek community and area and indicated that government, private sector and NGO’s such as Hope Through Action should partner to make this successful model ‘n role player for duplication in all areas in the province.

The centre was funded by Hope Through Action, a charity in SA and the UK which assists disadvantaged youth to develop life skills such as through sport. The opening was hosted by Mr Philip Green, Patron of Hope Through Action and Mrs Judy Green, Patron of Hope Through Action.

The development of the skills is done in a very holistic way, for the focus is not just on sport but also encompass the intellectual, sychological, mental and spiritual well-being and development, Phil Bland, Chair of the Hope Through Action indicated. The benefits to the community are numerous not just from an educational and sport perspective but the facility adds to initiatives to get the youth of the street, committed to sport and to improve their health and lives by making responsible and informed decisions. The impact is a positive difference in the lives of residents in the valley, young and old.

The opening programme also included inspiring talks by community leaders and the youth; sports demonstrations by young people, a zumba demonstration with active participation by VIPS and especially the executive mayor of Stellenbosch, Conrad Sidego and the premier of the Western Cape, Mrs Helen Zille. The VIP group toured the facility and unveiled plaques in the sports centre and in the early learning centre.

Other VIPs attended were councillor Aldridge Frazenburg, MayCo member of Stellenbosch Municipality, Mr Graham Power, CEO of Power Construction, Mr Fred Laker, Project Manager, Lyners Consulting, Mr Stafan Howelss, CEO of SCORE, Mr D Gurr, Trustee of the Kusasa Project, Mr J MacGregor, husband of the British High Commissioner and Mr Phil Bland, Chair of Hope Through Action.